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Explore Diocletian’s Palace — the UNESCO-listed palace complex once home to Roman emperor Diocletian — in the heart of Split on this 1.5-hour shore excursion. Discover how the one-time Imperial residence grew into a city within a city as you wander amid grand squares, well-preserved temples and Romanesque churches. See highlights such as Peristyle Square, the Temple of Jupiter and St Duje Cathedral, and learn more about the rags-to-riches emperor and the city of Split.


  • 1.5-hour Split shore excursion to the UNESCO-listed Diocletian Palace
  • Explore Split’s famous palace complex with an expert local guide
  • Wander through the network of palace cellars and then visit Peristyle Square
  • See the Cathedral of St Duje and learn about Split’s patron saint
  • Admire Diocletian Palace’s Golden Gate and see the Temple of Jupiter
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

Explore Diocletian Palace on your Split shore excursion!

When your cruise ship docks in Split Port, take a stroll over to Diocletian's Palace and meet your guide by the palace cellars. Head inside with your small group and start discovering the delights of the incredible palatial ruins — Split’s UNESCO World Heritage site.

Originally built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, the palace gradually became more like a city within a city, as more and more was added to it. As it stands today, the ruins comprise a mix of architectural styles, with influences harking back to the Roman Empire, as well as the Middle Ages, Gothic and baroque periods.

Start with a tour of the cellars to discover how life in the palace was organized during the Middle Ages while wandering through the labyrinth of tunnels. Come out of the cellars into Peristyle Square, at the heart of the palace complex. Walk around, seeing Roman ruins sitting side-by-side with bustling shops and coffee bars, and then pose for pictures outside the majestic Cathedral of St Duje — named after the city’s patron saint.

Nearby is the Temple of Jupiter, so wander over to it next, and admire its headless sphinx that guards the entrance – a feature imported from Egypt around the 5th century. Continue walking around the complex and see the gates that once served as entranceways to the palace itself; there are four in total, but the Silver Gate and Golden Gate are easily the most impressive.

Your tour finishes at Split Market, and your guide will happily give tips for the best stalls to visit. Explore at leisure, browsing the colorful shops for artisan jewelry and crafts work, or for souvenirs of Split’s unforgettable Diocletian's Palace.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to Split Port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Svetlana USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

The tour is great! Our tour guide was very informative. Prepare to walk a lot. It seems that we crossed the old town area several times in different directions.

Paul S

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Carol B

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

NOt anything like I expected, but a lovely day in Split.


4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

good value

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