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Approximately 6¼ Hours
A memorable day exploring Split starts with a two-hour walking tour through this extraordinary city.
Follow your guide to Diocletian's Palace. Located in the heart of Old Split, this 4th-century palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in preparation for his retirement in AD 305, is a maze of narrow cobblestone lanes and large, open courtyards. Note the striking stone columns. The palace has a colorful history -- after the destruction of Salona in the 7th century, refugees made their home here in the palace at Split, which today features fortified walls, underground rooms and watchtowers. Built from local white limestone and Egyptian granite, the palace offers access to Diocletian's mausoleum, housed next door in St Dominus's Cathedral. This incredible building, named after Saint Duje (patron saint of Split), features a glorious bell tower that was constructed in AD 1100. View the original sacral objects, paintings and manuscripts and, if you're feeling energetic, climb the stairs for amazing views of the city and Adriatic Sea.
You'll also tour the Temple of Jupiter -- a 4th-century structure featuring wonderful stone columns.
Explore People's Square and the Old Town. The latter is a hubbub of secret corners, quaint shops and busy merchants.
Then, you will have 45 minutes of free time to shop for souvenirs among the stalls in the open-air market. Linger on Marmontova Street -- the marble-paved shopping district -- with its prestigious high-end shops and a smattering of cafés.
Head back to the motorcoach for a 10-minute transfer to the Mestrovic Gallery. Ivan Mestrovic is considered Croatia's greatest sculptor and, today, his former estate is home to a museum and gallery. The elegant neo-Classical villa was designed by Mestrovic himself in the 1930s. Examine the 192 sculptures on display, as well as drawings, paintings and architectural plans.
Next up, you'll take a panoramic drive on the mountain road to Omis -- a small town on the Cetina River estuary. This swift mountain river slices through canyons to reach the sea. Your destination is Kaštil Slanica Restaurant, where you'll dine on a lunch feast of traditional local dishes served with wine and water. Your companion is the beautiful Cetina River.
A 45-minute drive brings you back to Split with more than enough time to savor the glorious coastline views of the Dalmatian Coast.Notes:
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.