City Tour Free Spirit Tour Split

The best introduction to Split and Croatia, guided exclusively by certified guides with 500+ tours experience. This free tour follows the footsteps of Diocletian, a local peasant boy who against all odds became the Roman emperor and fierce prosecutor of Christians. His palace, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds historical sights, secrets, and stories that come to life on this tour. The Golden Gate presents the entrapment system designed to defend the palace. The main street leads to the central square - Peristyle, where the emperor would greet his servants as a son of Jupiter.

Jupiter's Temple is nearby but the emperor's mausoleum, today the cathedral, overshadows it in both size and design. Feel humble and small while entering the emperor's quarters through the impressive Vestibule. Imagine joining the emperor on a feast in his Dining Hall, laying down and enjoying loads of exquisite food and wine. Learn what the Romans ate and what we eat today. The cellars hold secrets from ancient through medieval all the way to modern times, hopefully, you don't stumble upon a dragon.

The medieval life was harsh but Split grew both in size and culture - see the Town Hall and meet the author of the first book in the Croatian language. He loved books but also women and drinks. Finishing on the Riva waterfront you will feel that you know Split by heart, where to go, what to do, where to eat, and how to spend the perfect holiday in Croatia.
Duration
2 hours
Destination
Split
Travellers
1+

Check out all the Split must-sees at Free Spirit Walking Tour

Join us for a 2-hour free walking tour with certified local guides with 500+ tours experience, tick off all the Split must-sees including the UNESCO-protected Diocletian Palace, find out what to do, where to eat and drink, and how to spend a perfect vacation in Croatia!
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The best introduction to Split and Croatia, guided exclusively by certified guides with 500+ tours experience. This free tour follows the footsteps of Diocletian, a local peasant boy who against all odds became the Roman emperor and fierce prosecutor of Christians. His palace, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds historical sights, secrets, and stories that come to life on this tour. The Golden Gate presents the entrapment system designed to defend the palace. The main street leads to the central square - Peristyle, where the emperor would greet his servants as a son of Jupiter.

Jupiter's Temple is nearby but the emperor's mausoleum, today the cathedral, overshadows it in both size and design. Feel humble and small while entering the emperor's quarters through the impressive Vestibule. Imagine joining the emperor on a feast in his Dining Hall, laying down and enjoying loads of exquisite food and wine. Learn what the Romans ate and what we eat today. The cellars hold secrets from ancient through medieval all the way to modern times, hopefully, you don't stumble upon a dragon.

The medieval life was harsh but Split grew both in size and culture - see the Town Hall and meet the author of the first book in the Croatian language. He loved books but also women and drinks. Finishing on the Riva waterfront you will feel that you know Split by heart, where to go, what to do, where to eat, and how to spend the perfect holiday in Croatia.
Highlights
  • Tick off all Split must-sees in 2-hour walk
  • Explore the Diocletian's Palace - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Guided exclusively by certified local guides with 500+ tours experience
  • Learn what to eat, where to go for a swim and how to spend the perfect holiday in Split and Croatia
Tour Dates and Times
TOURS IN ENGLISH
May 1st to Oct 31st: every day at 10 am
June 17th to Sep 30th: every day at 10 am and 6 pm
Nov 1st to Apr 30th: no tours

TOURS IN SPANISH
Aug 10th to Sep 30th Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat at 10 am
Destination
Split
Departure Location
Josip Juraj Strossmayer Park, next to the fountain
Return Location
The Riva promenade
Additional Information
Tour language: English Booking information: Instant confirmation How to recognize the guide: Look for an orange umbrella 1 HRK tour: The official price is 1 HRK / 0.13€
Price includes
  • 2-hour guidance around the Old Town
Price does not include
  • Gratuities (optional)

Free Walking Tour Split requires a sign-up, so please sign up for the tour in advance. Feel free to check out our TripAdvisor reviews and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.

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Josip Juraj Strossmayer Park

Enter the park and find your guide holding the orange umbrella standing next to the fountain, to get an introduction to the tour and the city.
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Golden and Iron Gates

The main entrances to the ancient Palace
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Peristyle Square

The heart of the Palace
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Saint Domnius Cathedral

Once Diocletian's mausoleum today one of Split’s main attractions
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Vestibule

Monumental entrance to the emperor's quarters
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Diocletian’s Cellars

Secrets from below
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People's Square

Medieval main square with the Town Hall
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Gregory of Nin statue

A symbol of the struggle for the Croatian language
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The Riva Promenade

Most popular promenade with breathtaking views, and the ending point of the tour

More about this tour

The best introduction to Split and Croatia, guided exclusively by certified guides with 500+ tours experience. Some 1700 years ago Roman emperor Diocletian decided to retire and build a massive palace on the Adriatic coast. Today the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the center of Split.

On our tour, you will explore the palace and beyond, see all the main sights, discover hidden gems known only to locals and hear stories of past and present. The tour starts at the fountain in the Josip Juraj Strossmayer Park where you will be introduced to Croatia and Split.

The monumental Gregory of Nin statue tells the story of Croatia's turbulent history and struggle for our own language and culture. Don't forget to rub his big toe! At the Golden Gate, you will learn of Diocletian, a peasant boy who became emperor, and his life project - the palace in Split. Both a military garrison and residential emperors quarters - the palace is preserved in its original size. The gates had a system to entrap enemy soldiers so they become easy targets for the defenders. Entering the palace travel into the past, walk the main streets - Cardo and Decumanus and learn of Roman architecture. Visit the staggering Peristyle Square and imagine the emperor coming out to greet the people. Hear stories of Diocletian reforms, division of the Roman Empire, and prosecutions of Christians. The St. Domnius Cathedral used to be Diocletian's mausoleum and today it is dedicated to one of his victims.

Next, you will visit the emperor's apartment starting with the impressive Vestibule. In the Dining Hall you will learn about Roman cuisine and how different it is from today. Diocletian's Cellars are perfectly preserved and even hosted some dragons in the Game of Thrones series. The Temple of Jupiter and the Sphinx guarding it are symbols of historical changes, both in religion and culture. The medieval center of town was the People's Square where you will learn about the medieval way of living and what pigs have to do with it.

Next, you will meet the father of Croatian literature who in reality was known as a vagabond. The Venetian Republic ruled over Split and built massive fortifications to keep invaders out but did you know they were more afraid of an attack from within the walls? On the Riva promenade, you will admire the view of the sea and islands while learning what the French, neckties, sulfur, and Dalmatian dogs have to do with Split. Our guides will make sure to give you recommendations on local food and products, the best restaurants and bars, most beautiful beaches and islands, helping you plan the perfect vacation in Split and Croatia. Fall in love with Split in one tour.

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