This guided tour of historical Split highlights the landmarks within Diocletian's Palace, including the Cathedral of St. Duje and the Split City Museum. Enjoy a visit to a local tavern for wine tasting and a snack.
-Diocletian Palace: View the UNESCO World Heritage Site on a guided walking tour.
-St. Duje (Dominus Cathedral): Visit the oldest cathedral in the world.
-Split City Museum: See the 16th century Gothic-Renaissance Papalic Palace.
-Ostarija Tavern: Savor locally produced snacks and wine.
Today`s Split is the product of 17 centuries of building, renovating and remodelling, meshing the Split of yesterday with the Split of today. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the spectacular Roman palace erected by 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 of the Cathedral of St. Duje, the patron saint of the city. The cathedral is built on the remains of an ancient shrine and claims to be the oldest in the world. Next, visit the charming Temple of Jupiter before proceeding to the Split City Museum. Occupying a set of medieval buildings within the Diocletian Palace's northeast quadrant, the museum is housed in the early 16th century Gothic-Renaissance Papalic Palace, formerly inhabited by one of Split's most prominent families. The Papalic Palace occupies the eastern, bigger segment of the set, within which exhibition halls are curated among two courtyards. The inner walls of the set are within the Roman era Diocletian's Palace. Its well-preserved pavement, the Carda porch, canals, pavement plate prints, and the remains of white mosaic are sure to make a memorable impression. Following your museum tour, continue past the Golden & Silver Gates and the Peristyle Square, among other well-preserved relics.
At the conclusion of your city tour, join your coach for a short drive to the Ostarija Tavern. Situated in an approximately 100-year old house with its original barrels, the tavern is near the well-known "Bacvice" Beach. With imagination, patience and love, the owners have converted a devastated cellar into a unique, charming tavern. Thick stone walls maintain the natural temperature and provide a unique atmosphere. True wine connoisseurs will appreciate the handmade glasses adorning every table. Enjoy locally produced smoked ham, cheese, olives and great selection of Dalmatian wines. Your tour concludes with a return to the pier by coach.
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 low-heeled, 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 0.50 mile over various surfaces with 30+ steps. The walking tour is primarily over paved or cobblestone surface with around 15 stairs involved.
-Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs.
-No filming is allowed inside the Cathedral of St. Duje.
-This tour will operate in all weather conditions so participants should take appropriate weather gear with them.
-Tour order may vary between groups but always visit the mentioned sites.