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From Split: Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour

1. From Split: Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour

Meet the group near Riva promenade and board a speedboat for an adventure. Ride 1 hour and 15 minutes to the Blue Cave on the island of Biševo. The early morning is perfect for spotting groups of dolphins. Once near Biševo, the boat will anchor 200 meters from the Blue Cave. Entry tickets allow access to the swimming area and a chance to explore the Blue Cave in a small boat. Marvel at the flickering blue lights and glowing water. Before leaving, grab a drink at a local café.  Next, visit Stiniva Cove, located in the southern part of Vis – the furthest inhabited island in Croatia. Known for its high limestone cliffs and pebble beach, Stiniva is the perfect place to swim and snorkel. Admire the clear turquoise sea, ranging from 10-15 meters.  Continue to Budikovac, a small and almost uninhabited island. Meet its only permanent resident, Mr. Andro, an ex-ship captain who runs a small restaurant on the island that serves the best traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Savor local produce fresh from his vegetable fields and visit the donkeys and chickens on the farm.  Admire Mr. Andro's typical Dalmatian-style stone house and take a break to check out the island. After lunch, begin the return journey to Split.

Dubrovnik Full-Day Tour from Split or Trogir

2. Dubrovnik Full-Day Tour from Split or Trogir

Explore the walled Old Town of Dubrovnik and learn about the maritime Republic of Ragusa on a guided tour of the monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire Renaissance and Baroque architecture within the 2-kilometer long defensive walls and stroll down the central Stradun. See one of the oldest pharmacies in the world at the Franciscan Church and Monastery and visit the Rector's Palace and Fort Lovrijenac. Get ample photo opportunities on the pedestrianized streets, and use your free time to take the cable car to the top of Srđ Hill. Take in the magnificent views of Dubrovnik and the archipelago, or stroll around the Old Town at leisure. 

From Split: ATV Quad Bike Mountain Tour

3. From Split: ATV Quad Bike Mountain Tour

Your experienced guides will help you discover trails, some of which even the locals would have trouble leading you through, and provide you with a more demanding terrain whilst at the same time taking care of your absolute safety. Enjoy this unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of the Dalmatian Zagora you cannot find in any of the tourist guidebooks! At the end of your exciting adventure you will enjoy a picnic lunch in a scenic spot next to a river.

Brač: Private Boat-Tour from Split or Trogir

4. Brač: Private Boat-Tour from Split or Trogir

Start your private tour at 9:00 AM at the prearranged meeting spot in either Trogir or Split, depending on your preferred choice. At the meeting point, you will be welcomed aboard by your English-speaking skipper and hit the seas to start the action.  Commence the fun with a speedboat ride to the island of Bol, taking in views of the spectacular islands along the way. Once here you will get to swim on a beach, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - the Golden Horn. After a relaxing swim and sunbake on Bol you will continue your trip to the old Yugoslavian submarine army tunnel on the island of Brac. Here you will get to explore unique tunnels built by the ex-Yugoslavian marines. You will get some free time for swimming and jumping and all sorts of fun.  After your tunnel adventure, you will drive to Lučice bay and make a stop for a delicious spot of lunch. At this spot, there are plenty of restaurants selling traditional food for you to choose from. After your delicious lunch, you will visit the authentic fishermen's village of Milna on Island Brač and taste traditional Dalmatian wines at Konoba. You will also have free time to explore the village whilst you are here. After you have explored the village of Milna you will return back to the original meeting point at 6:00 PM.

Split: Klis Fortress GOT and Olive Museum Entry Tickets

5. Split: Klis Fortress GOT and Olive Museum Entry Tickets

Take a walk through the marvelous Klis fortress, full of history, a filming site for Game of Thrones, and learn more about why so many different nations wanted to conquer it. Watch a video in the Interpretation Center, explore all the hidden parts of the Fortress, and take some amazing selfies. With the same ticket head over to Stella Croatica to immerse into the tradition of the area. Get the chance to witness the natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage of Dalmatia. Witness the hand-preparation of traditional delicacies before learning how essential oils are extracted out of typical Mediterranean herbs and then used in natural cosmetics. Stroll through the fragrant gardens and visit the Olive Museum, where one can compare the traditional and modern ways of producing olive oil. Sample the traditional products in the Concept store and take the opportunity to have an authentic meal paired with local wine in the Tavern.

Split: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

6. Split: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Discover Split through the eyes of a local on a private, customized walking tour. Meet your host at your hotel or Airbnb to get familiar with your neighborhood. Then, learn where the best places to buy groceries or eat out are located. Your local guide is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Upon booking, a representative will get in touch to confirm all details and ask you some questions to get to know you better. The right local host will then be hand-picked, based on your interests. Each tour is completely unique to you and you can choose the meeting point, start time and length that you prefer. Learn about the easiest ways to get around, and hear about the top things to see and do. Chat about life in the city and exchange cultural differences. Feel more comfortable navigating your way around on your own, confident that you have all the information you need.

Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

7. Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

Explore the old town of Split on a guided walking tour and marvel at the ancient Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD. Wander the maze of streets in the historical city center to discover a mix of architectural styles, from the last remaining Egyptian sphinx in the black granite Peristyle to more recent buildings from the 20th century. Experience the Mediterranean lifestyle of the locals and learn the history of the magical city as you stroll around the palace grounds from the South Gate to the cellars and main palace square. Admire the North Gate and West Gate, and discover the site of the old fruit market on Voćni Trg (Fruit Square). Go down to the Riva waterfront and get panoramic views of Marjan Hill from the promenade. See the oldest Catholic church in the world at the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum.

Split: Small Group City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill

8. Split: Small Group City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill

Visit the historic Diocletian’s Palace with a guide on this 1.5-hour tour of Split. Take in the churches, cathedrals, city walls, gates and bustling squares, noting the diverse architectural influences. Once you’ve seen the many sights in the city, walk up Marjan Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city and the Adriatic. Head back to the old town of Split and your guide will point out a jazz bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine or the best Guinness in town. Tours operate in the morning and evening when it's cooler, unless you’d rather see the changing of the guard ceremony that occurs around mid-day in high season.

Split: Old Town and Marjan Park Bike Tour

9. Split: Old Town and Marjan Park Bike Tour

Feel like a local and explore Split's top highlights, its verdant Marjan Park, and hidden spots on a 3-hour guided tour riding a bike.  See Split differently as you cruise around the labyrinthine streets of its Varoš neighborhood - one of the oldest parts of the city. Cycle along cobblestone streets in the Old Town and enjoy the city center's architecture from the comfort of your two wheels. Visit many famous sights like the Meštrović’s Kaštelet, a 16th-century villa-turned-chapel which features one of the greatest works of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, and discover architecture marvels that are not on the front pages of tourist magazines. Then, admire the nearby Marjan Park's verdant greenery, its hidden sights, and end your tour with a stunning view of the Croatian coast and its islands from the the top of the park's hill.

Split: Historic Center Gourmet Gastro Walking Tour & Lunch

10. Split: Historic Center Gourmet Gastro Walking Tour & Lunch

Taste the best local dishes from Dalmatian cuisine, with a unique and memorable experience through the historical center of Split. The first page of our “food story” is the Fishmarket – placed in the heart of the town, known as a 'must visit' experience in Split, where you will choose ingredients from a large variety of fresh fish and seafood sold by local fishermen. Our next stop is the Greenmarket, where you can buy some additional groceries, try some of the famous traditional Croatian delicacies, buy homemade honey, cheese, or extra virgin olive oil. Afterward, we will meet a professional chef, who will cook for you out of the groceries bought, while you are on a 90-minute walking tour through the famous UNESCO listed Diocletian’s palace with our guide. After the walking tour, your guide is going to take you to the famous local restaurant, where you will enjoy a traditional local meal, prepared out of the groceries you have chosen. Feel like local, eat like local, enjoy your day like local.

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What people are saying about Split

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 408 reviews

Ted was extremely knowledgeable of the history of Split and Croatia. He is a history teacher and had lots of interesting facts to share. He was very professional and tailored the tour to our timeframe and needs. I totally recommend this tour. Don’t bother going to Split if you don’t take a tour. Without hearing the incredible history of the region you are wasting your time. This tour is a MUST.

I booked in the morning for the afternoon at 5 p.m., and frankly I don't regret it. It was just magnificent, a short, not too physical course with the Vins animator (sorry if I messed up his name) very friendly, sociable I recommend.

Fantastic day with our local guide. We enjoyed Dubrovnik from 11am to 4pm. The journey is a bit long but well worth it.

The food was fabulous as well as the whole experience. Highly recommend!

By far the most adventurous and beautiful day of our vacation!