🔅 From Diocletian's times to 2024🔅 - 🥇 BEST free walking tour

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Ivana
Quality Verified Registered on March 21, 2023

➡️Ivana: Licensed Tourist Guide in Croatia. I am a passionate traveller who loves meeting people from all around the world. Except in Split where I grew up, I lived in other cities in Croatia and in Spain. I've studied French and Italian language and literature, and my curiosity was leading me always towards history, reading about other cultures, and traveling, so now, I really enjoy the mix I can offer as a guide; speaking in your language and telling you a history of my hometown. I am also a Tour Leader to Croatian biggest National Park - Plitvice Lakes. As a local, I enjoy soaking up the sun and drinking coffee for hours; "fjaka" is what we call it :). You won’t regret booking a tour with me, I guarantee you an exciting journey - stories about Greek Gods, Egyptian sphinxes, Temples, Roman Conspiracies, and much more! It's a beautiful and 1700 year old story that is worth your time.😊 🚩 SMALL GROUPS 🚩 GREAT INTRODUCTION to your stay in Croatia 🚩 TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS after ➡️MIA: prefiero grupos pequenos 😊 Hola, me llamo Mia y seré tu guía en Español. Tengo más de 5 años de experiencia en turismo y en general viajo mucho para descubrir lo que ofrecen otros países para compararlas en la manera mas adecuada con aquela de mi ciudad. Vivi en Andalucía y alli aprendí el estilo de vida que tienen los andaluces. Trabajaba como una periodista mas de tres años y por eso puedo ofrecer una perspectiva más amplia de Croacia y de Split. Me gusta representar Split y su historia en una forma entusiasta, educativa y encima de todo interesante. Voy a dar a mis grupos todo lo que tienen entender de la historia medieval, antigua y reciente. Que tenia que ver Napoleón con mi ciudad… Que tenian que ver los esfinges con Split? Os voy dar también vision de la forma en que la ciudad vivió durante la época más antigua y misteriosa: la época de los griegos y los nuestros indígenas- los ilirios! 🏛 ¡Espero verte! 😄

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Together we will discover why Split is a hidden gem of the Mediterranean, from Diocletian’s times to nowadays – DISCOVER why everybody talks about Croatia! 

Our journey will start in 295 A.D., as you see you are visiting a 1700-year-old city, and wondering how it all happen. How the palace became the second-largest city in Croatia? And how is life in Croatia today

This free tour follows the footsteps of Diocletian, a local boy who left a huge impact on the Roman Empire. His palace, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds historical sights, secrets, and stories that will come to life on this tour. 


This tour covers the most important Split’s historical events like:

  • Diocletian's comeback
  • Demolition of Salona 
  • Beginning of Settlement of the Palace
  • The transformation from pagan to Christian buildings


We will see different areas of the complex, such as the cellars and monumental Peristyle courtyard. Look at the emperor's private observatory and see the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, originally built as Diocletian's Mausoleum. Discover the site of the Temple of Jupiter and Baptistery, and the original Bronze Gate, Silver Gate, Golden Gate, and Iron Gate that provided access to the city. Discover a refuge for the noblewomen of Split at the Benedictine Monastery of St. Arnir, admire the original 15th-century Town Hall, and marvel at the Baroque monuments of Fruit Square (Voćni trg).

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 23...
    Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 23, 21000, Split, Croatia
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    In front of the "aROMA gelato experience Boutique" Split at Riva promenade - direction to ferry port, next to the Southern gate of Diocletian's Palace

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    Outside visit
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    Diocletian's Cellars
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    Jupiter's Temple
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    Saint Domnius Cathedral
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    Golden Gate
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Gregory of Nin
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Narodni trg (Pjaca)
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Fruit square

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Ivana 28 Nov 2023

Great tour with very personal approach, Ivana is a local that perfectly mix history and present of this beautiful country. Highly recommended!!
Jue yin 15 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Ivana is very informative and shares passionately about split culture and history. She also willing to answer any questions we have and shared good restaurants recommendation.
James 14 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Great tour!
Kylie 06 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
One of the best walking tours we have been on!! Our tour was small (only 3 walkers due to the rain), so we were able to have great conversations with Ivana along the way. Ivana was such a great guide, showing us the beauty and history of Split in a relaxed and fun manner. We loved hearing about the city as it was in the past and as it is now, and really appreciate the time Ivana took to answer all our questions. She also had great recommendations for gelato and lunch! Would definitely recommend this tour!!
Katrina 06 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Great walk - informative and fun!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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