Perfect for cruisers, 1,700 years of history and the birthplace of Zinfandel!
Split's Diocletian's Palace has been continuously occupied for more than 1, 700 years! As many people live inside its fortress walls today as did when the Emperor Diocletian ruled the Roman world. We'll discover this UNESCO World Heritage site together, strolling the ancient streets, visiting St. Duje Cathedral, arguably the first Christian cathedral on the planet; Jupiter's Temple (Diocletian was the last self-proclaimed diety, the son of Jupiter), local haunts (amazing ice cream, meet the city's last filigree maker in his workshop) and more. Then it's off to the birthplace of Zinfandel, 400 meters above the sea enjoying a spectacular outdoor konoba enjoying three different wines and a bespoke lunch all prepared by the vineyard owner and his family! A glorious day of true authentic experiences.
We will meet you at the dock if coming with a cruise, or at the tourist office in the middle of the waterfront Riva to introduce you to our professional guide who will be your host for the day. The ground level tourist office has a big white circle with the letter "i" in the middle. Start time is 9AM unless otherwise agreed to
9-11:00 Walking in the Palace, with admissions included to Duje Cathedral and Jupiter's Temple. Stop for ice cream/coffee, etc.
11:30-12:15 Transfer to the vineyard in Kastela, your host is the winery owner and his sommelier!
12:15-2:15 in the vineyard enjoying a bespoke lunch prepared by the winemaker himself and his family. . . . lots of time to enjoy the vineyard and spectacular views.
2:15-3:00 transfer back to Split
3:00 time to shop, enjoy the waterfront, etc. we will be happy to point you in the right direction!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet you at the dock if coming by ship or at the city Tourist office, which is in the middle of the waterfront Riva, look for the large white circle with the letter "i" in the middle next to the Hotel Adriana
End location: We will take you back to the ship or the waterfront Riva
Duration: 6 hours
We will have you back on board when your ship sails, don't worry!
up to 4 people, private transfer in my 1992 Mercedes! Larger groups will require a van. From Kastela up into the vineyard, the winery wagon...a wild ride up the mountain, you will love it!
If you are a guest coming by ship, we meet you at the dock with a private car and be sure to get you back in time for departure. Otherwise we meet and greet you at the watefront Riva tourist office. Included is the walking program with admissions, transfer to and from the winery, lunch with three wines. guide fees. There are no extras. Although this is ideally a 4 person program, please contact me if there are less--or more of you!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 kuna - The kuna is the only local currency. Check the conversion rate when you come, it is around 6.5 to the $1. You can use any debit card to get kuna at ATMs. Wine is around $15-20 a bottle if you wish to buy some to take home
Any items of a personal nature
All programs to historic sites are conducted by a licensed, professional, local Croatian guide. I will meet you and act as an escort to share my experiences. For programs not requiring a guide, I will meet you and escort you to the host/captain