Discover the ins and outs, secrets and secluded spots of Diocletian’s Place in Split, a UNESCO-World Heritage-listed spot, with a knowledgeable local guide as you traverse this 1,700-year-old palace that has become a part of the city. The 1.5-hour tour takes you through the palace to Peristyle Square, underground cellars, the Temple of St. Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Duje. And if that’s not enough, upgrade the tour to include an additional 2-hour tour of nearby Trogir, a stunningly gorgeous small town that is beautifully preserved and off the radar to many tourists.
Meet up with the guide just outside of Diocletian’s Palace then begin the walking tour of this historical wonder. Built in the early third century as a retirement home for the Roman emperor, the palace was large and lavish. In the seventh century, 400 years after it was built, the palace was crumbling and city residents began incorporating it into the city. Which is why today, the palace is made up of homes and shops and cafes.
Begin the tour in the cellars and the subterranean tunnels that exist underneath the old palace and learn about their function from your guide. Then head above ground again and linger for a while in Peristyle Square. Stroll the streets of the palace as the guide tells historical tales about the emperor, who was quite an eccentric fellow. Stop into the Cathedral of St. Duje – named for the patron saint of Split – as well as the Temple of Jupiter, and then wander through the market to gawk at the fruit and vegetable and other delights for sale.
Not had enough? Of course not! Then upgrade the tour to get in an extra two hours. Head to Trogir, a UNESCO-listed town just north of Split. Hop on the shuttle for the drive along the coast to the walled town. Stroll the town at your leisure, your guide regaling the small group with interesting historical tales about the once-important city on the coast. See St. Lawrence Cathedral, designed by lauded medieval architect Radovan. After traversing the city, hop back on the shuttle and split back to Split, ending at the palace where the tour began.
Absolutely loved it, even in the rain. What a gem and a surprise this palace was for us. Our guide who's name I've forgotten sorry was so knowledgeable and full of interesting historic facts. It's probably the best Roman Palace I've ever been in and there's been a few. The fact that it's a living/breathing part of the city with shops, restaurants and apartments inside is even better because it's not just a museum or ruin. I believe you do want a guide to show this place to you so you understand it and it's brought to life. It would be a shame to just walk around it on your own.
The side trip to Trogir is also very interesting but was very short due to traffic. We saw the waterfront, cathedral and I walked some of the back streets exploring but having now seen it briefly, I would recommend doing a day trip, perhaps by boat, to this amazing little town - it's quite stunning and deserves more time.
Overall, we loved the tour and highly recommend it.
my guide was great and very informative. Highly recommended!
Great tour and very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Booking was fast, and the sites worth while visiting.
Damir was an excellent tour guide. We enjoyed the tour of the Palace as well as the trip to Trogir. This is a must on any trip to Split.
Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. As many still live in parts of the Diocletian Palace, this is not like other tours of 4th Century UNESCO Heritage Sites. So there are parts that are not accessible. However, the tour extends round the City Walls to include the interesting and checkered history of this important site. We also visited Trogir which was worth the extra time. Our guide some excellent English and we would recommend thenWalking Tour. Booking was easy and quickly confirmed.
Great tour guide. Informative without giving too much detail, took the perfect amount of time. Was also nice to be in a smaller group unlike other tours of 20+ people. Would definitely recommend.
Anna was a great guide, told us plenty of interesting stories about the palace and the old town, which brought it's ancient history to life. We ended up having a private tour too which was great. Thanks Anna!
Our guide Ines was lovely and very knowledgeable. I didn't book the trip to Trogir and she gave me loads of tips on what to do in and around Diocletian Palace after the walking tour.
We had a great time on this tour! We loved all the history and culture of this city. Our guide was very familiar with all the buildings, structures and statues. She knew her history and never hesitated to answer our questions. There was a nice balance between guided tour and free time, which we used to enjoy a wonderful meal in a restaurant in Trogir. There really is far too much to see and learn about Croatian history to try and navigate on your own, no regrets on booking this one!
A Wonderful tour. Great way to learn about both the Diocletian Palace and visit the fabulous town of Trogir. Our guide, Damir, was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Highly recommend adding Trogir to the trip. A very pleasant day. Just the right length we had time to relax and walk around Split when the tour was over.
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