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Split's Diocletian Palace

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Today's Split is the product of 17 centuries of building, renovating and remodeling so that the new of today meshes with the old of yesterday. Split is the largest Dalmatian city and is at least 1,700 years old, although recent archaeological research suggests that is might go back as far as the 6th century BC.

At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace that Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the 4th century. What began as an imperial residence and fortified camp is today an intriguing warren of narrow cobblestone streets, where pre-Romanesque churches live alongside Gothic chapels, history-filled museums abut galleries of contemporary art and delicious-smelling restaurants compete with bustling cafes for the attention of passers-by.

The palace is almost a town in itself. Entering the palace through its impressive arches, take time to stroll around this 4th century architectural feat that boasts grand open courtyards, restaurants, shops, magnificent stone columns and narrow cobbled lanes.

The walking tour starts with a walk through the cellars of the Palace that are still very well preserved. The cellars offer a good view at how the life in the Palace was organized. Once you come out from the cellars, you will emerge at Peristyle Square, where you will see the Cathedral of St. Duje (St. Dominus), the patron saint of the city. The Cathedral was also built by Emperor Diocletian on the remains of an ancient shrine, and is supposed to be the oldest in the world. A visit will be made to the charming Temple of Jupiter, a 13th century structure that has been remodeled many times over the years and features imposing stone columns.

On your walk through the narrow streets of the Diocletian palace, you will also see the beautiful Golden and the Silver Gates. After the walking tour, take advantage of the wonderful shopping and souvenir hunting opportunities nearby in the market, or stroll along the Riva waterfront boulevard. Reserve your spot on this fascinating tour of Split's most beautiful historic sights.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Diocletian Palace Entrance. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk approximately half a mile over paved and cobblestone surfaces, and up approximately 50 steps.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 11 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsSplit's Diocletian PalaceDecember 06, 2016

Reviewer: Rick
This was an eye opener tour. Crowded but well worth having the guide to step you through everything

5 StarsVery interesting excursionOctober 07, 2016

Reviewer: Anatoli
Beautiful city with many interesting places, especially inside Diocletian palace. The guide Maya provided knowledgeable and interesting information.

5 StarsBeautifulNovember 12, 2015

Reviewer: Gloria the traveler
Very informative and educational

5 StarsExtremely interstingAugust 20, 2015

Reviewer: Lost Traveler
A map to the starting point would bed helpful or a picture of the starting point. We walked by the starting point twice before we found where it was.

5 StarsVERY INTERESTINGNovember 21, 2014

Reviewer: TERRY
OUR GUIDE WAS EXCELLENT. HE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE. HE SHARED SOME PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE SITES, AS WELL AS HIS OWN PERSONAL LIFE IN SPLIT. HE ALSO MADE GREAT SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTIVITIES WITH OUR FREE TIME. THE TOUR WAS WELL ORGANIZED & STARTED RIGHT ON TIME. IT WAS EASY TO FIND THE STARTING POINT.

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