Full Day History Tour
Journey into the past as you step aboard your transportation and enjoy the panoramic scenery as you make your way to Salona, an ancient Roman city and one of the richest archeological sites in Croatia.
Admire Salona's amphitheater which dates to the 2nd century AD, designed to house 17,000 spectators. Fights with animals and gladiators took place within these walls, imagine the roar of the crowds and the adrenaline rush the gladiators must have felt as you stand amid these ancient ruins. In the 17th century, during battles with the Ottoman Turks, the Venetians made a strategic decision to deliberately destroy portions of the amphitheater. While here you will also see the Basilica Urbana with its baptistry, the Forum and Manistirine, the old Christian cemetery.
From there you will head to Klis Fortress, a massive medieval structure built into a rocky ridge providing visitors breathtaking views of Split, the Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands. Controlling the valley leading into Split, this imposing fortress spreads along a limestone bluff, reaching 385m at its highest point. Its long and narrow form derives from constant extensions over the course of millennia. Its prime location made the fortress strategically important during the Ottoman invasions of Europe. Of course, today, the only history that most visitors to the site are interested in is courtesy of Game of Thrones - this is Meereen, where Daenerys Targaryen had all those nasty slave-masters crucified in season four.
Continue to Trogir, a historic harbor city built upon the remains of the ancient Greek town of Tragurion. Wander its narrow streets filled with a mix of Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance-style buildings and admire the St. Lawrence Cathedral, the 15th century City Loggia, Cipiko Palace, the Benedictine Convent and more.
Conclude your journey back in beautiful Split with a walking tour and free time to explore this magnificent city on your own. Head to Diocletian's Palace in the heart of the city. This ancient palace built for Roman Emperor Diocletian is, in reality, a large fortress that housed the Emperor's quarters as well as the military garrison.
After the end of the Roman period the fortress stood empty until the 7th century when nearby residents took refuge inside its walls to escape the Croats, then later created homes and business which today forms about half the old town of Split.
This 6.5-hour tour is a must-do for history buffs and GOT fans, reserve your place today!
I recently went on this tour while in Split for a cruise stop. The guide and driver were good overall, providing a lot of information along the way. What is not disclosed is that on each of the different stops along the way, there is a small entrance fee. All of the stops include free time to explore, but some are much more limited than others. All in all, a good historical tour to see the sights, but be aware the cost will increase to get the full experience.