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Our most recommended Central Croatia Castle & Palace Tours

Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace 1.5 Hour Walking Tour

1. Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace 1.5 Hour Walking Tour

Travel back in time on a guided walking tour of Split and explore 1,700 years of the city’s history, from the construction of the Diocletian Palace in 305 CE, to its place as Croatia's second largest city. Uncover sights like the Saint Domnius Cathedral along the way.  Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace and marvel at the remains of an ancient palace from the Roman Empire which now forms about half the Old Town of Split. Stop to view its open colonnades in the palace's central Peristyle square. Continue to the impressive Saint Domnius Cathedral, which is thought to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original form. Hear about the story of Gregory of Nin by his statue in Giardin Park. Stroll along the Riva promenade to admire views of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea. Finish your tour where it began at the Golden Gate.

Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Walking Tour

2. Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Walking Tour

Journey back in time and explore the history of Split, from Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman emperor in 305 CE, through to the present day. Marvel as history is brought to life before your eyes. See the Cathedral of Saint Domnius with its 12th-century bell tower, and visit the impressive Peristyle courtyard of Diocletian's Palace. Admire the statue of Gregory of Nin by the 20th-century sculptor, Ivan Meštrović. Take a closer look at the impressive Golden Gate that Diocletian walked through to enter his palace. Go down to the Riva promenade to get lovely views of the Adriatic Sea, and see the Old Town Hall and City Clock on People's Square. Walk in a small group for a more intimate experience and the chance to choose what you want to see. Visit the fish market, explore the old neighborhood of Varoš and much more.

Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

3. Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

Explore the historic city of Split on a tour of sites used to film the legendary HBO TV series “Game of Thrones,” and learn the history of the city as you follow in the footsteps of all your favorite characters. Listen as your guide, who is a true “Game of Thrones” fan, takes you on an amazing journey on a fun tour that combines the real history of Split with a special accent on the exact places where the famous TV series was shot. Visit several film locations in the center of Split, such as the cellars of Diocletian's Palace, where Daenerys kept her dragons in season 5, and the site where the Meereenese slaves from season 4 lived. Marvel as the magic of the show is brought to life before your eyes. Hear facts and stories about the filming process, and learn things about Split, its history, and its importance in Dalmatia that you won’t find in the guidebooks.

From Split: Small Group Tour of Salona, Klis, and Trogir

4. From Split: Small Group Tour of Salona, Klis, and Trogir

For lovers of history and archeology, there is a wealth of medieval and Roman history to be found in the immediate surrounds of Split. On the first stop, you’ll visit the ancient ruins in Salona, which was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia 2000 years ago, as well as being one of the five biggest towns in the Roman Empire. From here you’ll travel to the village of Klis, which is home to an imposing medieval fortress, perched high on a hilltop. This fortress became castle to many Croatian kings and served as a defense against the Ottoman invasion during the early 16th century.More latterly, it has featured in the blockbuster television series “Game of Thrones”. Next, you'll head to Trogir, a city which has had 2300 years of cultural and architectural influence by Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Austrians. In 1997, Trogir was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. There is also an option for lunch at a local Dalmatian restaurant en-route.

Split: Diocletian's Palace Private Food and Wine Tour

5. Split: Diocletian's Palace Private Food and Wine Tour

Feast on the authentic flavors of the Dalmation Coast as you taste local dishes within the luxurious surroundings of the Palace of Diocletian. Marvel at the grandiose architecture of the imperial palace, en route to a local restaurant famed for its handmade macaroni. Taste delicious local wines from Southern Croatia as you tuck into a Dalmatian plate of carefully selected prosciutto and cheese. Savor the taste of Soparnik Pie, a healthy delicacy so good it has been UNESCO recognized! Enjoy handmade pasta with truffles, as well as other local treats, to your heart's content.

Split: Small Group Guided Game of Thrones Tour

6. Split: Small Group Guided Game of Thrones Tour

On this Game of Thrones tour of Split, you will see many of the significant and recognizable Game of Thrones film locations. You will begin the tour with the spectacular and unmistakable fortress at Klis, where so much Game of Thrones filming took place. At this location in season 4, Daenerys overthrows the Meereen, the largest of the three great Slaver Cities. With panoramic views across the valley and the city of Split beneath, this imposing fort has protected the seat of many a Croatian King. Today, it’s a tranquil but spectacular location. You can climb to the top of the fortress to see where Khalisi answered "injustice with justice", by nailing the city’s former rulers to crosses for hundreds to see. You will also visit Kaštel Gomilica, which was the setting of the free city of Braavos. Finally, you will finish your tour at the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the setting of some of Daenerys Targaryen’s most memorable scenes. This 1,700-year-old Diocletian Palace was constructed by Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century and remains the city’s most famous site. It is here that you see Daenerys in her throne room, where she trained her dragons, and where the famous "kill the masters" scene in season 4 takes place.

Split: Bus Tour to Salona and Klis with Guided Walking Tour

7. Split: Bus Tour to Salona and Klis with Guided Walking Tour

Explore the wonders of Split and its surroundings on this open-top bust tour. Listen to an audio guide in 6 different languages on the bus. Drive to sights like Bačvice beach, sport facilities, and museums. Follow your guide through the picturesque Old Town.   Board the comfortable bus that has Wi-Fi. Capture pictures easily from the open-top bus as you pass by the city's top sights like the turquoise waters of Bačvice beach. Stop in the Old Town for a guided walking tour.  Stroll through the streets of Diocletian's palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best-preserved structures from Late Antiquity. Continue to Klis fortress which was featured in 'Game of Thrones.' Gaze out at panoramic views of Split and the surrounding mountains and islands. After a break, travel to Salona, which was once the largest Roman city in this region. Purchase a ticket to the archeological site which is filled the ruins of ancient basilicas, baptisteries, and an amphitheater. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Split: Tip Based Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

8. Split: Tip Based Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

Discover Croatia's second-largest city, Split, on a historical walking tour. Experience Dalmatian life firsthand as you walk the streets of this exuberant city. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. Marvel at its well-preserved architecture while you feel the lively atmosphere of the bars, restaurants and shops that surround you. Visit different areas of the complex, such as the cellars, the monumental Peristyle courtyard and Diocletian's living room. Then, visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, originally built as Diocletian's Mausoleum. Also, discover the Temple of Jupiter and Baptistery and the original four monumental doors that provided access to the city. Finally, see the statue of Gregory of Knin, Pjaca Square and the Fruit Square before going back to the starting point. This is tip based walking tour, so after the tour you decide how big tip you will give to the tour guide, some of the guests give 10€ per person, some 50€ per person so it is entirely up to you. *10 kunas price for the tour has been shown just for legal purposes.

Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace Visit

9. Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace Visit

This will be your private and personalized sightseeing tour to suit your tempo and interests. Your tour is flexible and guided by a professional, highly qualified guide with a real passion for touring Croatia and showing you its beauty.  You will meet your guide in the center of Split, one of the oldest cities in Croatia, with departure times which suit you. From here, you will embark on a walking tour, exploring Split's 12th- and 13th-Century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-Century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style.  Stroll around the Roman portion of the city, throughout which the ruins of Diocletian's Palace are scattered, and visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Known locally as St Duje, this is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings standing today, built in the 5th Century on the site where Diocletian, the last famous persecutor of the Christians, was interred in 311 AD.  Other incredible sights include the statue of the medieval Croatian bishop, Gregory of Nin, the Golden Gate and the tower-clock, which has kept time in Split since the 15th Century. In the Medieval Quarter, you can take in City Hall, the Fish Market -– a focal point of life in Split – and the beautiful promenade over Riva Harbor. Your private guide will share facts and stories with you as you experience the vibrant culture of this historic city. This is a tour the whole family will enjoy and your personal guide will customize the itinerary for you.

From Split: Krka Waterfalls Cruise & Trogir Walking Tour

10. From Split: Krka Waterfalls Cruise & Trogir Walking Tour

Spend a day in nature combined with sightseeing in the historical town of Trogir - the best possible way to spend your day on vacation, away from city crowds. After only 30 minutes of driving from Split, you will stop to explore this cultural UNESCO heritage site. Accompanied by a licensed guide you have a unique opportunity to explore this famous "city museum". Walking around its historic center and narrow streets it feels like you are stepping back in time, to ancient Greece, Rome, and Venice. Discover medieval walls, bell towers, preserved castles, and churches. Full of impressions, you continue your journey towards the National Park. From the little riverside town of Skradin, you will take a panoramic boat ride through the canyon of the Krka River. Spend some time with your guide who will explain all the secrets of this amazing area as you wind your way through the well-organized trails of Krka National Park. Follow educational trails and find Ethno village, old watermills, stone houses, souvenir shops, authentic buildings, and a restaurant. Spend your free time laying in the shadow of the tall trees and immerse yourself in breathtaking nature.

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What people are saying about Central Croatia

It was a great tour. I would recommend it. So pleased we had 1.5 hours in Trogir. Tour guide Elena was really helpful - informative and amusing and there wasn’t too much talk on the bus. Good that the bus left on time with no cruising around to pick up at different hotels.

Great history and our guide made it very simple to understand its complexity. Easy to hear her and it was a smaller sized group so we didn’t need headphones to hear like other tours which in my opinion are less engaging.

Christina is a very knowledgeable guide. She is also nice and have an excellent sense of humour. She answered questions with a smile on her face.

Tanja, our guide, was AMAZING!! 90 minutes well spent. I learned so much about Croatia, Split, culture and the palace/history. Highly recommend.

It was fabulous and informative our guide Tanja was the best guide we ever had !!!