Split - Diocletian's Palace + Salona with a private local guide
Two locations, glorious at the time when the Romans ran the show, still testify to the greatness of that ancient civilization.
Diocletian's Palace in Split - included on UNESCO's World Heritage List - is a unique monument in the world. Where else can you find a retirement home/palace of a Roman emperor?
After the fall of the Roman Empire life went on in Split. Time went on and the different nations conquered this area but the Roman architecture survived along with all the architectural additions of the centuries that followed.
Salona is a different story. The archeological site of what once was the greatest city of this Roman province called Dalmatia remains full of the Roman spirit. Take a walk among the ruins of the basilicas where Christianity blossomed. There are sarcophagi and gravestones to be found every step of the way, an amazing amphitheater and so much more.
You'll feel like time has stopped here and you'll become a Roman citizen, if only just for awhile.
This tour will be a kind of time travel.
We'll visit two locations which proudly tell their stories. Both will "talk" about ancient Romans but their "fate" was different. In Salona time, kind of, just stopped, so you'll get a chance to walk in the shoes of a gladiator (or, better to say, sandals) or play some other role in this "story of Rome". "The scenography" will blow you away; remains of what once were spectacular basilicas, the amazing amphitheater of Salona, sarcophagi on every step of our way. . .
Split will also tell you it's Roman tale. But, here life continued, so we'll talk about rulers that came later, see Romanesque buildings, Gothic and Renaissance palaces and so much more. You will understand why Split has a nickname "the living monument".
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 4 hours
Walking tour, driver-guided tour, A/C vehicle
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 Kuna - Salona entrance fee (per person)
Please note that there are some OPTIONAL costs (monuments we can visit in Split):
- Diocletian Palace Cellars: 45 Kunas
- St. Domnius Cathedral (former Diocletian's Mausoleum) + The Crypt + St. John's Baptistery (former Jupiter's Temple) : 25 Kunas
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VJ was great. He focused on it being our private tour and was sensitive to our needs and wishes and flexible in what we wanted to see and do. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Could not have been better.