Cultural Heritage of Split Sightseeing Tour

Discover the Diocletian’s Palace in the heart of The Old Town, Meštrović Gallery & Ethnographic Museum

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Tour duration
4-5 hours

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Start time
On demand

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Language
English

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Included
Licensed guide

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Excluded
Entrance fees

Meeting point
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HIGHLIGHTS

Join me on a full tour of Diocletian’s Palace, Ethnographic Museum and the Old Town with a refreshing coffee break at any point during the tour. We then leave the Old Town in a taxi or a private car to admire the works of the most distinguished Croatian sculptor of the 20th century, Ivan Meštrović. We wrap up the tour with a ride back to The Old Town.

ITINERARY

We begin our tour at the bustling, main waterfront “Riva”. Explore the spectacular Diocletian’s Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979 that represents the best preserved late-antiquity building in the world.

The Roman Palace of Diocletian, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, delightfully dominates the city centre. With locals still living within its walls, it remains a present-day, breathing monument of one era and a “must see” when meeting Split for the first time. Beyond the palace, the city offers a wonderful maze of narrow streets and stunning views from the peace and quiet of the nearby Marjan Park Hill.

In addition to all the treasures of Diocletian, another fascinating historical journey awaits in the shadow of St. Domnius Cathedral, the fascinating Ethnographic Museum

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Opened in 1910, and housed in several locations before its current home, the museum houses much of the rich tradition and heritage of Split and Dalmatia, from jewellery and weapons to costumes and embroidery. Another little gem not to be missed – the museum guards the entrance to the top of Vestibule, via a stone staircase, which offers spectacular views of the sea, the Old Town and Vestibule below.

After completing Split walking tour, we drive over to the iconic Meštrović Gallery magnificently housing the works of Ivan Meštrović – the most outstanding Croatian sculptor and architect of the 20th century whom the French sculptor Auguste Rodin once called “the biggest phenomenon among sculptors”.

As a worldly global artist who lived and worked across Europe, Meštrović moved to the USA in 1947 where he taught as a university lecturer. He was widely praised by the American people and President Eisenhower, so much so he was granted American citizenship.

An architect and equally sculptor, Meštrović designed his own summer house in Split. With the deed of gift to the Croatian people of 1952, his villa (today’s gallery) and set of his art works had become a public museum collection. There are more striking sculptures at the garden, but it is the stunning view of the sea and the islands that will take your breath away.

 

ENTRANCE FEES

Substructures of the Diocletian’s Palace approx. €6.00 per person (HRK 45.00)

Mausoleum & Jupiter’s temple approx. €3.50 (HRK 25.00)

Ethnographic Museum €2.80
(HRK 20.00 )

Mestrovic Gallery approx. €6.00 per person (HRK 40.00)

Please note that the taxi or a private car to Meštrović Gallery and back is not included in the tour price.

 

Knowledgeable, professional, and flexible

Jelena arrived promptly at my hotel with a smile. As explained on her profile she speaks perfect English. She was very flexible in the tour of Diocletian’s Palace by avoiding areas that are tourist traps and focused on the genuine points of interest. We also paid a visit to the lovely Mestrovic Gallery full of the iconic Ivan Mestrovic sculptures. The gallery overlooks a beautiful garden and part of the sea. Her knowledge of the history of the palace, the city of Split, and Croatia in general is vast and she will surely satisfy your curiosity. However, where Jelena proved most resourceful to me personally was her stellar recommendation of restaurants and cake shops, in fact not only in Split, but also in other cities I visited with my friend afterwards in Croatia. I find the food experience to be of equal importance to the tour itself and that’s why I was so grateful for her recommendations. Overall, you will have a local-guided, genuine, informative, friendly, and professional tour with Jelena in Split.

Abdulrahman, London

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Having Jelena as our guide was a delight

She is a professional, loves guiding and most importantly she LOVES her topic – history! She is engaging, attentive, followed the interests of our group and wanted to share with us the things she knows. The amount of information given was just right, allowing us to ask more questions according to our level of interest. As the tour progressed and she discerned our interests she directed us to places and stories she knew we would enjoy. And we had several readers/history buffs in our group of six. Her knowledge is deep and she will give you as much information as you desire – could be a college professor easily. The mark of someone who loves their work is that they will pursue more knowledge and she told of several instances when she went to see a few new discoveries on her own… she just loves it. We have been many places and on many private tours around the world and she is in the top 3 guides we have had… wish we could tour with her everywhere. Appreciate you, Jelena!!

Selby, the USA

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The Best Private Guide in Split

After years of traveling, I have learned that a great guide will turn a good trip into a fantastic trip. If you are able to have a great private guide, your trip will be enhanced far more than if you attempted to see a city and the surroundings independently. This is what Jelena was able to accomplish for us. Jelena was a fantastic private guide. We, two persons, utilized Jelena as a private guide in Split and the surrounding area for two days. In addition, Jelena was able to assist us in arranging safe and reliable private transportation from Split to Dubrovnik. From the first time that I contacted Jelena until the end of our trip, Jelena was professional, friendly, and prompt. Jelena was able to provide interesting and insightful information related to Croatian history and Croatian culture. I can say without hesitation that we enjoyed Split much more with the help of Jelena than if we had toured the area independently….

Robert and Allen, Georgia

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What others think

Knowledgeable, professional & flexible

Jelena arrived promptly at my hotel with a smile. As explained on her profile she speaks perfect English. She was very flexible in the tour of Diocletian’s Palace by avoiding areas that are tourist traps and focused on the genuine points of interest. We also paid a visit to the lovely Mestrovic Gallery full of the iconic Ivan Mestrovic sculptures. The gallery overlooks a beautiful garden and part of the sea. Her knowledge of the history of the palace, the city of Split, and Croatia in general is vast and she will surely satisfy your curiosity…

Abdulrahman, London

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Having Jelena as our guide was a delight

She is a professional, loves guiding and most importantly she LOVES her topic – history! She is engaging, attentive, followed the interests of our group and wanted to share with us the things she knows. The amount of information given was just right, allowing us to ask more questions according to our level of interest. As the tour progressed and she discerned our interests she directed us to places and stories she knew we would enjoy. And we had several readers/history buffs in our group of six. Her knowledge is deep and she will give you as much information as you desire – could be a college professor easily…

Selby, the USA

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The Best Private Guide in Split

After years of traveling, I have learned that a great guide will turn a good trip into a fantastic trip. If you are able to have a great private guide, your trip will be enhanced far more than if you attempted to see a city and the surroundings independently. This is what Jelena was able to accomplish for us. Jelena was a fantastic private guide. We, two persons, utilized Jelena as a private guide in Split and the surrounding area for two days. In addition, Jelena was able to assist us in arranging safe and reliable private transportation from Split to Dubrovnik…

Robert and Allen, Georgia
 

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Learn a local word

Cvike
/tsvee-ke/
noun

Cvike – local coastal slang for sunglasses. Rain or shine, it’s no secret it’s every Dalmatians’ essential fashion accessory. There are two reasons behind this. Firstly, the great amount of sunshine per year in Dalmatia, and secondly, the locals, quite frankly – love to look good!

According to the locals, if you don’t wear a pair of cvike you’ll damage your eyesight, and eventually go blind! Most Dalmatians own at least two pairs. A less expensive pair for the beach and a more chic pair for strolling around the city. The best examples of cvike can be seen on Riva – the main waterfront in Split. So pop on your shades, look cool and feel like a Dalmatian!

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