Grand Diocletian Tour

Grand Diocletian Tour
Excursion Highlights:
  • Discover Split's rich history on this Grand Diocletian Tour
  • Take in Adriatic Sea views from Bacvice Beach and Marjan Hill
  • Visit the world-class Maritime Museum, Archaeological Museum, and Mestrovic Gallery
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Monument, Diocletian Palace
  • Explore Diocletian's Mausoleum and the Temple of Jupiter
Price: $39.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and warm clothing on windy days.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk a little more than half a mile over varying terrain and steps.

Grand Diocletian Tour

Explore the fascinating city of Split with two tours in one. Begin your trip with a open-top bus tour that enables you to see the unique terrain and culture of modern Split. Thereafter, step out and explore the Diocletian Palace and the heart of the city on a fascinating walking tour.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia and one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic Sea. Your English speaking guide will provide you with interesting facts about Diocletian's amazing culture. Beginning at the city center promenade, your open-top sightseeing bus will take you along the scenic Bacvice Beach, where the panoramic views will take your breath away.

Thereafter, you'll see the sports facilities, designed for the Mediterranean Games, and world class museums featuring unique cultural and historical artifacts. These include the Maritime Museum, the Archaeological Museum dedicated to preserving cultural artifacts of the Croats from the Middle Ages, and the Mestrovic Gallery, an art museum displaying artworks from the 20th-century sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.

As you wind up the Marjan Hill, note the lush Mediterranean pine forest surrounded by the city and the Adriatic Sea, a sight that has drawn visitors from all over the world for centuries. View the islands from the slopes of the Marjan Hill, rich with untouched nature and scents from Mediterranean herbs.

After driving through the city and scenic seascapes, the approximately 45 minute bus tour ends where it began, in the city center promenade. Then, it's time to immerse yourself in the history and culture of this enchanting city. You'll walk along the ancient cobblestone streets and historical architectural structures making up the Diocletian Palace.

Tour this world renowned palace, which was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century AD. Known worldwide as the most complete remains of a Roman palace, it is part luxury palace and part military fortress. The palace is a city unto itself, with numerous points of interest for you to discover. Because of its important significance to the Mediterranean region, UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage Monument.

See the Bronze Gates at the southern part of the palace, Diocletian's cellars, the monumental Peristyle court, and the Vestibule of the Emperor's Palace. Explore Diocletian's Mausoleum, which forms the main part of St. Dujam's Cathedral, and view the cathedral treasury containing relics of Saint Dujam's. Make your way to the Temple of Jupiter, an ancient Roman temple that was later converted to Saint John's Baptistery, the Silver Gates, and the City Museum housed within the Papalic Palace. View the Golden Gates, St. Martin's Church, and the Chapel of Arnir the Blessed.

Further stops on the tour include the Piaca (People's Square), the town hall, the Karepic house, the Iron Gates, the Chapel of Our Lady of Belfry, the Fruit Square, the Venetian castle, the Milesi Palace, and the Monument of Marko Marulic.

Book this comprehensive tour where you'll learn many interesting facts about Diocletian and create long-lasting memories.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  27 ReviewsReview This Tour
Very good excursion
August 07, 2023
We enjoyed the trip through time in the medieval buildings. Even though it was really hot during the summer, we still enjoyed ourselves.
Reviewer: David D
4 Stars
Beautiful Tour of Historic Split
June 16, 2023
Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a short, yet comprehensive, history of this beautiful walled city. We were impressed by the amazing stone walls still standing after many centuries, and the influence of other cultures on the city over the years. The pace of the tour was good for all levels and we had time to appreciate the sites and ask questions.
Reviewer: Pamela McCarthy
5 Stars
May 19, 2023
really enjoyed the old fortifications
Reviewer: Kathleen Ferreira
5 Stars
Excellent Guide
November 18, 2022
This tour started out a little disappointing with a bus ride that was not very interesting. Thank heaven the guide was excellent and great at explaining some of the history of the area. When the bus stopped and dropped us off for the walking portion, that is where and when it got good. The tour of the palace and the city walk was amazing! Because the ship was close, we walked back on our own instead of boarding the bus again. This tour was wonderful and worth every bit of the price we paid. I definitely recommend it.
Reviewer: Scott
4 Stars
November 12, 2022
Again we had an excellent guide who was born and bred In Split. Very very knowledgeable with a great sense of humor.
Reviewer: Len Green
5 Stars
Grand Diocletian Tour, Split, Croatia
September 20, 2022
We enjoyed the open-air bus tour around Split before arriving at the Diocletian Palace. Our guide was very informative providing the history of the Palace and tower. After our tour we were able to walk around the grounds and the picturesque marina before walking back to our ship.
Reviewer: Dan & Pam W
4 Stars