Grand Diocletian Tour

Grand Diocletian Tour
Price: $34.00
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  |  20 ReviewsReview This Tour
great guide
December 15, 2019
great tour and guide
Reviewer: carol h - dont print my email anywhere
5 Stars
Great value!
November 13, 2019
Open windowed bus was waiting at the dock for us, easy to find. First part of tour was a ride around the city and then out of Split along the coastline. Tour guide did a good job of describing what we were seeing and was knowledgeable. We were dropped off at the Split promenade and given instructions about our ride back to ship etc. we were joined by our guide for the tour of the Diocletians Palace, which was a fairly short walk. The guide had an amazing amount of knowledge, but too much to take in. Advise buying a book of the history so that you can review what you heard. After the tour we stayed around the palace area and had a cold beverage before walking along the harbour to get some great pics of the beautiful buildings, palm trees and yachts in the harbour. After lunch wandered through the market area and was an easy walk back to the ship.
Reviewer: Judy Sharp
4 Stars
Diocletian tour
October 01, 2019
Very historical and interesting
Reviewer: Dina droppo
4 Stars
palace great
September 18, 2019
Loved the tour. Palace very interesting, especially underground where they filmed some GOT scenes.
Reviewer: mike brunschwig
5 Stars
Very good tour
September 15, 2019
This was a fantastic tour! Natali was very informative and kept the tour interesting. She was well prepared and had a good sense of humor. I would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Betty Shuster
5 Stars
Grand Diocletian Tour
September 09, 2019
Very knowledgeable guide.
Reviewer: Norman Corbin
5 Stars