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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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Simple walking tour - Split

Simple walking tour - Split

A simple walk through the old town with basic informations about the life, living, history and presence of this unique town
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Split and Salona Cultural Heritage Small Group Tour from Trogir or Split

Split and Salona Cultural Heritage Small Group Tour from Trogir or Split

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See the highlights of Split, and discover the ancient ruins of Salona, on this seamless, small-group tour from Trogir. Meet your group in the morning, and travel via air-conditioned minivan along the Croatian coast. Upon arrival in Split, you’ll discover many of the city’s major highlights, from Diocletian’s Palace and the Cathedral of St. Dominus to the Riva promenade and more. After free time for shopping and lunch (own expense), continue to nearby Salona: home to some of the most significant Roman ruins in all of Croatia.
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  • 6 hours
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Split Game of Thrones tour

Split Game of Thrones tour

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For lovers of the blockbuster TV series we offer a specialist Game of Thrones Split tour of all the significant Game of Thrones film locations around Split, starting with the quarry and watermill at Žrnovnica, site of Daario’s legendary battle and Missandei’s bathing scene. We finish our tour at the UNESCO listed Diocletian’s palace in Split, setting of some of Daenerys Targaryen’s more memorable scenes. ENTRANCE FEES OF EUR15.00 PER PERSON ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE OF THIS TOUR AND WLL BE COLLECTED PRIOR TO TOUR COMMENCEMENT.
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  • 6 hours
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Small-Group Split City Bike Tour with Beach Visit

Small-Group Split City Bike Tour with Beach Visit

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Get to know Split’s bustling attractions as well as its tranquil side on this small-group bike tour. In the morning, meet your guide in the city center, and pick up your bicycle and helmet. You’ll discover the area around Diocletian’s Palace, will visit the city’s medieval landmarks, and will learn more about Split's wealth of history. Then, leave the crowds behind when you cycle into Marjan Park and relax on one of Split’s scenic beaches.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Essence of Split - Photo Tour with Local Guide

Essence of Split - Photo Tour with Local Guide

History-saturated Split is a phenomenally photogenic destination, and this tour makes it easy to capture the city’s most beautiful corners. Meet your photographer guide directly at your hotel at a time that works best for you, and set off on a walking tour. Your itinerary is customizable based on your interests; choose to explore Diocletian’s Palace or venture to Marjan Hill for panoramic city views. During your explorations, you’ll also have time to take numerous shots of the city.
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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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Split Wine Tasting Walking Tour

Split Wine Tasting Walking Tour

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Stroll through Split for a sightseeing tour on foot and taste local wines at a neighborhood bar. During this 2-hour afternoon walking tour with a local guide, visit sites like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Diocletian's Palace, Cathedral of St. Duje and the  Grgur Ninski statue. End up in a local bar to taste several locally made varietals, accompanied by traditional Dalmatian appetizers. A small group ensures personalized attention and a intimate experience. 
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Emperor's City for History Lovers-Private Walking Tour of Split

Emperor's City for History Lovers-Private Walking Tour of Split

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This exciting Tour is designed as authentic and interactive mix of History, Discoveries & Fun with advantage of your Private, Licensed & Resident Guide
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Experience Split Walking Tour With Local Historian

Experience Split Walking Tour With Local Historian

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Experience Split Walking Tour is personalized small group tour with maximum of 10 participants guided by local historian in the See, Hear & Feel sense: See the sights, Hear the story & Feel the vibe. With Master`s degree in history and working as a history teacher I was developing my proffessional and educational skills which help me to guide my tours on See, Hear & Feel sense.On my tours participants are encouraged for active participation regardless they have questions or they just want to make an opinion. On this tour I will guide you through the amazing history of Split where I live all of my life and which is full of interesting stories, facts and legends from its beginnings in ancient times till nowadays.I will introduce you to all the relevant sights as well as the interesting hidden gems of the city. Beside history and cultural themes as a main part of the tour, important part is also getting know about local mentality and everyday life with its own special characteristics.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Split Shore Excursion: Full Day History & Game of Thrones Tour

Split Shore Excursion: Full Day History & Game of Thrones Tour

When your ship docks in Split's port, explore the city on a full-day tour. By prebooking this excursion, you'll have no need to scramble for taxis or booking last-minute tours once you step ashore. This comprehensive excursion ensures you hit all the highlights such as the Klis Fortress (a must for "Game of Thrones" fans), Diocletian's Palace, and Trogir.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Explore Split With Kids

Explore Split With Kids

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Tour starts by the scaled model of Split old town at Riva promenade, followed by visiting Diocletian's Palace and it's main parts: substructures, former imperial residence, Peristyle square with the Saint Domnio's Cathedral, and all four gates of the Palace. This is one of very few children-friendly tours. I will give you an insight to historic attractions in more simple and children-suitable way, with stories and legends connected with Split. We will look for ancient hidden wall inscriptions and Egyptian sphinxes, pass through Roman gates, make a wish by rubbing a toe of Bishop Grgur's giant statue. At the end, we will visit the oldest pastry shop in Split, tasting traditional homemade style treats. If needed, we can take a break for bathroom or drink. Two hour length of the tour is not strict, if needed it can be extended. Time and day of tour can be negotiated, depending on other tours that day
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Sunset cruise

Sunset cruise

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Admire the sunset from the water on an evening cruise from Split. You'll have the chance to look back at the city from the sea as you glide around the Split peninsula. A glass of wine is included.
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Split Like a Local: Private tours in English and Spanish

Split Like a Local: Private tours in English and Spanish

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Private guided tours of Split, offered both in English and Spanish, are tailored just for you! Split is my hometown, I have been living here for more than 20 years and I'm passionate about sharing its beauty and culture! I would love you to see Split through the eyes of a local and I know those hidden gems that you often miss when traveling independently. Whatever you’re looking for, I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction, helping you choose great spots to eat, drink and make amazing experiences!
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Ancient Greek times tour of Split, Trogir and Salona

Ancient Greek times tour of Split, Trogir and Salona

On this private tour, we offer you to explore two cities under UNESCO's protection: Diocletian's palace along with the historical core of Split, and the historical core of the city of Trogir and the ruins of Salona - the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel or from your cruise ship. First, you will have a guided tour of the Old City of Split including inside visit of Diocletian palace. You will have a drive to Trogir, where you will explore the city center and also have a visit to Kamerlengo fortress. The last stop will be at the Salona ruins with a guided tour. In the end, your guide will take you back.
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Split Walking Tour

Split Walking Tour

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Explore the history-steeped city of Split with a 1.5-hour walking tour. Begin with a walk along the fashionable Riva promenade, and then veer off down the narrow walkways that lead into UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace at the heart of Split Old Town. Wander amid ancient ruins and see showstopper sights such as Peristyle Square and the Cathedral of St Duje as you listen to your guide’s commentary about Emperor Diocletian and the evolution of his illustrious palace. Explore, too, the eye-catching Republic Square (Prokurative) before turning back onto the waterfront.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Game of Thrones Walking Tour in Split

Private Game of Thrones Walking Tour in Split

Visit the filming locations of HBO’s TV show, “Game of Thrones” in real life on this half-day, guided tour. See behind the scenes and get the inside scoop from your guide who will show you well-known places from the show like Diocletian’s Palace where the Unsullied Army was freed. Visit the Fortress of Klis and snap photos where Daenerys Targaryen once stood.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Discover the history of Split on a grand private tour

Discover the history of Split on a grand private tour

The history of Split is very rich and stormful to fit in just a couple of sentences and a couple of hours. It is the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Split and the surroundings are so stunning and there are so many things to do that you definitely need a guide to help you in exploration! Your guide will pick you up from your hotel or from your cruise ship. You will have a private guided tour of the Old Town and the Diocletian’s Palace. In the end, your guide will take you back.
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Split Walking Tour of Gertrude Belle: The Queen of the Desert in Dalmatia

Split Walking Tour of Gertrude Belle: The Queen of the Desert in Dalmatia

An archaeologist, explorer, and spy who spent much of her life in the Middle East, 20th-century pioneer Gertrude Bell also visited Croatia. On this history-minded, small-group walking tour of Split and Salona, you’ll follow in Bell’s footsteps and will also learn more about the region and its past. Begin in Split, where you’ll uncover the wonders of the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace. Then, transfer to nearby Salona, once a bustling Roman hub, and now home to sweeping ruins.
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Best of Split Walking Tour

Best of Split Walking Tour

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Step thousands of years back in time on this history-themed walking tour of Split. Meet me right on the Riva promenade. From there we'll head to Diocletian’s Palace. Built in the 4th century for Roman Emperor Diocletian, it’s located in the very center of the city. Learn more about Diocletian, local history and customs as we venture to the Peristil Square—roman square that still lives! During this visit you will see some filming locations for Game of Thrones, discover Split’s medieval architecture, and more!
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City tour of Split

City tour of Split

A Vau King tour to visit the Diocletian's Palace and Roman ruins registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a local tourist guide. Join the local guide and accompany you to Split Old Town sightseeing. Visit the Diocletian's Palace, the Cathedral, the Temple of Jupiter, the Gate of Gold, the Gurugur Statue and the Naroduni Square.
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Split 3 hour walking tour

Split 3 hour walking tour

Take a walk through Roman-era Split, medieval Split and Split today with an expert guide who will bring the past to life. Split is the largest city in Dalmatia and the second largest city in Croatia. It's located on the Eastern shore of the Adriatic and is home to beautiful beaches and Roman walls, squares, and temples. The city's old town houses Diocletian's Palace, one of the world's most impressive Roman monuments. The palace was built in the 3rd and 4th centuries by Roman emperor Diocletian. Today, dozens of bars, shops, and restaurants lie in the heart of the palace grounds. Wander the vibrant streets of the promenade and explore one of the many pebble and sandy beaches as you make your way through this gorgeous city.
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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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Spectacular Split Walking Tour

Spectacular Split Walking Tour

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See the best of Split’s scenery—and learn all about the city’s ancient history—on this introductory walking tour. Your main destination is Diocletian’s Palace: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Roman palace now occupies the heart of the city. Explore its architectural highlights, learn about its founding, and see how Split residents interact with the landmark today. You’ll also visit local markets, will admire the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and more.
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