OVERVIEW: Visit two highlights of this region - the town of Trogir and Diocletian's Palace in Split, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
HIGHLIGHTS: Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trogir and enjoy a walking tour which includes the St. Lawrence Cathedral. Visit the Pantan Old Mill for traditional cuisine and local entertainment. In Split, take a walking tour introducing the rich cultural heritage of Diocletian's Palace, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.5 mile over even and cobblestone surfaces with 15 to 30 steps.
The town of Trogir and Diocletian's Palace in Split, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, are sure to make memorable impressions during your walking tours of each. In between, you’ll visit the Pantan Old Mill to savor traditional cuisine and entertainment.
-Town of Trogir: Visit the tiny island and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
-St. Lawrence Cathedral: Witness the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia.
-Pantan Old Mill: Savor traditional snacks with live music entertainment.
-Diocletian Palace: Experience Croatia’s best preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Begin your journey with a ride along the beautiful Riviera of the Seven Castles toward the charming town of Trogir. Situated on a tiny island, Trogir is connected by a bridge to the mainland and a bridge to the larger island of Ciovo. Except for the green parks, the island is occupied by spectacular constructions of stone houses, palaces, churches, monasteries, walls, and towers. The streets are narrow and reminiscent of how life might have been in the old days. According to UNESCO, “Trogir is a precious, a consistent part of world heritage. But don’t look just for stone. Look for the mysterious spirit in stone. Look for all those architects, builders, artists, patrons, for all those stories hidden in the history of stone”. Trogir is known as a ‘monument town’. Follow your guide to visit some of the most famous sites including the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, the Kamerlengo Fortress, the Town Gate, the Cipiko Palace, the Town Hall, the Church of St Nicholas, a museum, a picture gallery, and the ‘Kairos’ art collection.
Proceed with your guide to the main attraction in Trogir, the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. This 13th century building is the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia. The unusual construction with three naves and three semi circular apses dominates the town. The main portal carved by the local artist “Radovan” in the 13th century is world famous. Continue past the Town Loggia, the Town Hall and the Cipiko Palace before enjoying free time for shopping or independent exploration. At the designated time and place, rejoin your guide and coach for a scenic ride to the Pantan Old Mill.
After its neglect for many years, its recent renovations have placed it in the Registry of Architectural Heritage in Croatia. Savor its local specialties including smoked ham, cheese and olives while singers serenade guests with local Dalmatian songs. After recharging your senses at the Old Mill, rejoin your coach for the return ride to the town of Split.
Split is the product of 17 centuries of building, renovating and remodeling, meshing the Split of yesterday with the Split of today. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the spectacular Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, for his golden years at the turn of the 4th century. What began as a fortified camp and imperial residence became a maze of narrow cobblestone streets, inhabited by pre-Romanesque churches alongside Gothic chapels, history-filled museums next to galleries of contemporary art while aromatic restaurants compete with bustling cafes for the attention of passers-by. Follow your guide on a walking tour introducing the rich cultural heritage of Diocletian's Palace, a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the Golden & Silver Gates, the cathedral and the Peristyle Square among other well-preserved relics. At the conclusion of the palace tour, your guide will lead you to the pier for return to the ship. Guests may choose to stay in town and return to the ship independently and at their own expense.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
-Local currency for shopping (most stores accept credit cards)
-Sun protection and sunglasses
What to Wear:
-Strongly recommend wearing light clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
-Conservative attire (no tank tops or shorts) that covers both the shoulders and knees is suggested for this tour.
- Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.5 mile over even and cobblestone surfaces with 15 to 30 steps.
-Town of Trogir can be explored over level terrain which is mostly paved and cobblestoned. Exploration of Diocletian Palace is over paved and cobblestoned surface with around 15 stairs involved. The entrance to Pantan Old Mill from the parking area is over gravel terrain with distance of 100 meters.
-Tour order may vary between groups but always visit the mentioned sites.