This delightful tour gives you an opportunity to step back in time and take a walk through the fascinating ancient city of Salona, as well as familiarizing you with present-day Split.
Your tour begins with a scenic drive to the ancient city of Salona, or Solin. At the time of its greatest prosperity during the 3rd and 4th centuries, Salona had approximately 40,000 inhabitants and the town of Split did not even exist yet. Split is also one of the oldest cities in the area, and is traditionally considered just over 1,700 years old. Considered Croatia's most important excavation site from Roman times, archaeologists have excavated remains of temples, amphitheaters, early Christian churches, burial grounds, and baths.
Following your time at Salona, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to Split. At the core of this sprawling city lies the palace that Emperor Diocletian built at the turn of the 4th century. What had began as an imperial residence and fortified camp is today an intriguing warren of cobblestone streets where pre-Romanesque churches live alongside Gothic chapels, history-filled museums, contemporary art galleries, restaurants and charming cafés.
Upon arrival in the city, your guided walking tour will begin with a visit to the well-preserved palace cellars, which offer a unique insight as to how the palace once operated. You will also visit the Cathedral of St. Duje, the patron saint of the city. The cathedral is built on the remains of an ancient shrine that is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world. An additional visit is planned to the charming Temple of Jupiter, followed by exterior visits to other notable landmarks within the city.
Before being transferred back to the ship, you will be afforded free time to further explore on your own or browse for souvenirs in the colorful open market, the largest on the coast.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking - at times on uneven ground or gravel surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are also a moderate number of steps (approximately 40) to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.