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Diocletian's Palace Tours

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Diocletian's Palace
Built in the fourth century as a retirement complex for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this vast, fortress-like compound still dominates Split Old Town. After the palace was abandoned in the sixth century, locals flooded into it. Now, the 220 Roman-era buildings within the palace boundaries house homes, shops, bars, and other businesses.

The Basics
The magnificent ruins of Diocletian’s Palace are not confined to a traditional archaeological site, but rather are part of the living, breathing heart of Croatia’s second-largest city. They can be seen during guided biking, Segway, and walking tours of Split as well as during food and wine tours. The ruins also feature on Game of Thrones location tours, with the HBO hit series having filmed scenes here. Organized day tours to Split from Dubrovnik, Zadar, Makarska, and Trogir typically include guided tours of Diocletian’s Palace. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • One of the most magnificent Roman ruins in existence, Diocletian’s Palace is a must for ancient history aficionados.  
  • Bring a sun hat, sunglasses, water, and sunscreen if exploring during the summer months as it can be hot and humid. 
  • Some parts of the old town, including the palace’s underground ruins and the Riva seafront promenade, which is bordered by the palace’s southern facade, are wheelchair accessible, though large parts are not.

How to Get There
Diocletian’s Palace faces out to the harbor in Split Old Town. The palace can be accessed on foot via the Bronze Gate (sometimes called the Brass Gate) at the eastern end of the Riva, 300 feet (100 meters) from the ferry terminal. 

When to Get There
Diocletian’s Palace is enchanting at any time of the year, though May, June, and September strike an appealing balance, promising sunny weather but fewer crowds. Summer is prime visitor season, and tourist numbers and temperatures both peak in July and August. During these months, come first thing in the morning to avoid the afternoon rush. 

Navigating Diocletian’s Palace
Finding your way around the alleyways, hidden courtyards, and twisting and turning streets can be difficult for first-timers. Use the gates to help get your bearings: Golden Gate is located in the north wall, Bronze Gate (or Brass Gate) in the south, Silver Gate to the east, and Iron Gate to the west. Kresimirova Street, Split’s Decumanus Maximus, runs directly between the east and west gates, dividing the palace in two: To the south was the emperor’s imperial residence, while the northern section housed soldiers and servants. 
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90-min Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

90-min Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

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See the highlights of UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace on this whirlwind, introductory walking tour. Pick from several convenient, daily departure times, and meet your guide at the palace’s North Gate. Discover filming locations that were used for 'Game of Thrones,' see the Cathedral of St. Domnius, and learn all about the landmark’s millennia of history as you discover.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

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Explore nearly 1,700 years of history and discover top attractions with ease on this Split walking tour. Choose the start time to suit your schedule, then follow your guide on a sightseeing tour of Split. Admire famous landmarks such as the Diocletian's Palace, the Catholic Cathedral of Saint Domnius, the Golden Gate and the Riva Harbor. During your sightseeing tour, discover hidden secrets many visitors miss and gain insight into this ancient city’s colorful past.
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Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

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A massive Roman ruin complex and arguably the most important historical site in all of Split, Diocletian's Palace is a must-see for visitors. This tour takes you through 1,700 years of history within the walls of the UNESCO-listed historical complex, and then leads you to other top Split sites such as the City Clock, Riva Harbor, and Nardoni Trg plaza for a quick overview of Split highlights.
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Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour

Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour

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Disembark from your cruise shop at the Port of Split and then meet your guide to explore two incredible UNESCO-listed sites on this half-day shore excursion. Start off by indulging in Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most unique sites in the world, where a former Roman Emperor’s palace, has become a part of the city with shops and residences and cafés in various nooks and rooms of the palace. Then go to Trogir, an off-the-radar town near Split that boasts narrow cobbled alleyways and jaw-dropping architecture. 
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  • 5 hours
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Split Diocletian Palace and UNESCO Trogir Private Tour

Split Diocletian Palace and UNESCO Trogir Private Tour

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Get to know several of Croatia’s most evocative destinations when you embark on a private tour of Split, Salona, and Trogir. Meet your guide at Diocletian’s Palace, in the heart of Split, and set off on a tour of the UNESCO-listed landmark. As you explore, learn all about Split’s place in history from your guide’s commentary. Continue next to the nearby Salona ruins—once the site of a bustling Roman city—and then venture to the medieval town of Trogir, located on its very own island.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Walking Tour of Split with a 'Magister' of History

Walking Tour of Split with a 'Magister' of History

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This is a walking tour of Split with a local historian! I will guide you through all of the relevant sites in the center of Split in a logical manner following the cities development through time. That covers all of Split's history from ancient Roman times till today. I have a Master's degree in history and I can tell you so much more about history. By that, I don't mean only about the history of Split. I can tell you anything you want to know about Croatia in general since I always welcome and encourage questions! I worked as a history teacher so I try and use all of the teaching skills I earned through education and practice. Interaction and dialogue are very important during my tour! Also, I am a local from Split, I've been living here for my whole life. I try to use multi-media as much as possible so I carry a tablet with me which I use to demonstrate a lot of things I am mentioning. The tablet also has a free Wi-Fi hotspot on it for my group!
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Game of Thrones Tour Split - City Of Dragons

Game of Thrones Tour Split - City Of Dragons

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The historic ruins and UNESCO-listed monuments of Split provided a dramatic backdrop for scenes from HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones. On this tour, follow in the footsteps of Daenerys, Mother of Dragons, and discover memorable filming locations from the show. Explore the ancient ruins of Diocletian's Palace, stroll the grand marble streets, and peek into the underground cellars, as your guide recounts fun facts and anecdotes from the real-life filming sites.
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  • 2 hours
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Exclusive Combo: 'Game of Thrones' in Dubrovnik and Split

Exclusive Combo: 'Game of Thrones' in Dubrovnik and Split

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Go all ‘Game of Thrones’ while in Split by booking this cool combo tour. This Viator Exclusive allows you to walk in the footsteps of your favorite GoT character. Travel to the fictional city of Meereen and stop by the mountainside fortress of Klis. Then go to the real UNESCO World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace. On the second day, go to Dubrovnik and get all the gossip about the series and the filming of the show. Please note: Depending on the availability of the tour, you can decide on the day and the order in which you wish to do the tour.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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Split and Trogir Half Day Tour from Split

Split and Trogir Half Day Tour from Split

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Make the most of your time ashore in Croatia by discovering the highlights of Split and Trogir in just half a day. Following easy pickup, travel to the coastal town of Trogir and explore its fortress, palace, and other highlights while learning about its history from your guide. Then, continue to Split and visit the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and more.
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  • 5 hours
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Split Old town Small group Walking tour

Split Old town Small group Walking tour

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Travel back in time to the ancient Roman Empire during this guided walking tour of Split. Spend 1.5 hours with a knowledgeable local guide strolling through the ancient Dalmatian city, learning about its rich culture and history. Learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage site while taking a relaxing walk through the streets, squares and the grandiose Diocletian's Palace. Stop by the Cathedral of Domnius, St Anthony's monastery and St Francis church. Entrance fees to churches and monuments are not included, but can be purchased at the door.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Split Segway Tour

Split Segway Tour

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Travel with ease across Split, and see the city’s major highlights in just a couple hours, on this small-group Segway tour. Meet your guide, don a helmet and fluorescent safety vest, and get acquainted with your Segway. Once you feel comfortable, set off along the Riva promenade, venture into Diocletian’s Palace, spot landmarks like the Croatian National Theatre, and head to Marjan Park for panoramic views overlooking the city.
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  • 2 hours
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Cetina River Zipline Experience from Split

Cetina River Zipline Experience from Split

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Get adventurous while on the Dalmatian Coast with this thrilling zipline extravaganza over the Cetina River near Split. After the optional pick up in the Markarska Riveriera, listen to the training session and safety procedure from the instructor and then link up with the line that will whiz you across a gorge of extreme (but safe) heights -- specifically 492 feet (150 meters) in the air. Hop off and on and up to eight different stable platforms. Drink in the amazing views from the platforms and from each side othe river during this 3-hour tour. The zipline tour is capped at just 10 people, so you're sure have a great experience.
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  • 7 hours
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Semisubmarine tour

Semisubmarine tour

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Semi-submarine Marijeta departs from Riva (the promenade), located in the centre of Split harbour. This unique vessel offers a pleasant and safe tour and is ideal for adults and children of all ages. It remains above sea level at all times, while its hull, the underwater observatory, is 1.5 metres (5 feet) below the surface. Through your own personal viewing window, you can watch abundance of marine life. Since you can leave the cabin and walk on the deck at any time, you can also enjoy the spectacular view of the historical complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian. You can choose between day tours and night tours with underwater lights.
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  • 50 minutes
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The Best of Split Private Tour

The Best of Split Private Tour

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It can be tricky to appreciate Split’s many historical and cultural landmarks on a self-led tour. Explore the city on a private walking tour, and gain intimate insight into attractions including Diocletian's Palace, Prokurative Square, and the city’s Gregory of Nin statue from your guide. Benefit from the customizable service of a private tour to explore at a time that suits you.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Jewish Heritage & Diocletian's Palace Private Split Tour

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Jewish Heritage & Diocletian's Palace Private Split Tour

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Visit three sites of Judaistic significance on this private tour. First, visit Diocletian's Palace, a 4th-century complex built for a Roman emperor. Forming a significant portion of Split’s Old Town, the area contains local markets and artisan shops. Then visit a synagogue and a Jewish cemetery, learning about local Semitic culture along the way.
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Private walking tour of Split

Private walking tour of Split

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Afford yourself a highly personalized walking tour. Take a walk with a local licensed guide throughout the Old town center and its famous sights. Get some more information and knowledge according to your personal point of interest. Feel free to ask your guide whatever comes to your mind - we will give our best to fulfill your expectations. Visit the Promenade, most interesting parts of Diocletian's palace, Fruit Square, People's square, Game of Thrones filming locations etc.
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Private Split Walking Tour

Private Split Walking Tour

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This is a private walking tour that is custom made just for you and your small group! No other participants will join on your tour. It is unique that this tour includes inside visit of the Cathedral in Split and Jupiter's Temple. Cathedral of Split is one of the oldest and most unique cathedrals in the world - it is a burial site of the roman's emperor Diocletian!
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Ancient Split bike tour

Ancient Split bike tour

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Get to know Split aboard a bicycle, without the confines of a tour bus, on this 2-hour tour. Travel like a local, and with a guide in the lead, you can focus on the scenery instead of navigation. You'll stop at all the most important sites in Split and learn about its culture, architecture, and ancient history.
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Private Split Walking Tour with Diocletian Palace

Private Split Walking Tour with Diocletian Palace

Go back in time on this history-focused private walking tour of Split. Booking a private tour means you'll get personalized attention and are able to move through the city at your own pace, focusing on sites that interest you. Listen to commentary on the city's many centuries of history and get pointers on where you can continue to explore on your own.
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“Valar Morghulis“ tour Game of Thrones tour Split and Klis fortress

“Valar Morghulis“ tour Game of Thrones tour Split and Klis fortress

Join us on a tour during which we will visit the sites with scenes from world-known GoT series. You will find out more about the history of Split – 1700 year-old town and the seat of the Croatian kings – ancient Fortress of Klis.
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8-Day Dalmatia Home of Zinfandel Grape Tour from Split

8-Day Dalmatia Home of Zinfandel Grape Tour from Split

Explore the Dalmatian Coast’s winemaking heritage on this 8-day Zinfandel grape tour from Split. Visit the ancient vineyards and cellars of Kaštela with your guide. Explore Hvar Island and Brač Island, where varietals such as plavac mali thrive in the fertile soils. Follow your guide through Split’s Old Town — home to Diocletian's Palace and the Cathedral of Saint Duje — and sample fine wines in a local bar. Enjoy free time to explore at your leisure, and master the basics of Dalmatian cookery during a culinary workshop at Klis Ethno Village.
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Walk through 1700 years of history in Split, Croatia

Walk through 1700 years of history in Split, Croatia

Walk through 1700 Years of History in Split Tour is offered by local experienced guide, and offers the perspective of city of Split from the perspective of the one who lives in Split 365 days a year. City if Split is extremely complex on the multiple levels, and as a local guide, through personal contact with the tourists I will present the hidden, not so obvious side of Split.
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Dark Tour of Split

Dark Tour of Split

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Why take the mainstream and dull history tours when you can take the "Dark Tour of Split" where you will learn the basic history facts regarding our city and hear all about the "dark" part of it, too. You will love this tour. That is, if you love tales of murders, witches, whores, drug dealers, heretics, inquisition, tragic love stories, and much, much more. Split is 1700 years old, so it can tell many interesting stories from its history, and a bunch of them can be classified as "dark". Tour starts at the Eastern entrance to our old palace and then we head to the smaller and less used streets of the palace where we can bring to life the centuries and centuries of our dark history more easily, the macabre underbelly of Split that is the backbone of this tour. We will even visit some hidden gems in the old part of the city, which locals like to keep to themselves. At the end of the tour, we head towards the promenade near the sea, where we will enjoy a cold Croatian craft beer.
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Nocturnal Tours Trogir & Split - Soul of the Old Split Tour

Nocturnal Tours Trogir & Split - Soul of the Old Split Tour

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If you are tired of typical walking tours – this is a perfect thing for you. Our guides are messengers between past and present, old and new, perfect for transferring the spirits of the old times into here and now. 1700 years old town has been a home for many of the town's most charismatic, soulful, interesting individuals that were always referred to as the Soul of the city itself. Stone walls of this ancient city hide stories of love, despair, intrigues, and deceits, but also laughter, specific humor, and joy typical for the city of Split. Let the lantern lights guide you through the Soul of the ancient town of Split itself! Open up your senses, relax and give it a try!
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  • 1 hour
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