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Split: Diocletian's Palace and Old Town Guided Tour

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You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Mobile Ticket
1 hr. 30 min.
  • Set out on an exciting walking tour of Split, and discover the largest city of the Dalmatia region with an expert local guide.
  • There is 1,700 years' worth of the city’s history, from the construction of the Diocletian Palace in 305 CE to its current place as Croatia's 2nd largest city.
  • Your guide will meet you at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace. Together, see the remains of this ancient palace of the Roman Empire.
  • Then, stroll to the Cathedral of St. Duje (Saint Dominus), said to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world to still be in use in its original structure.
  • Towards the end, make your way over to the Riva promenade to take in views of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea.
  • Set out on an exciting walking tour of Split, and discover the largest city of the Dalmatia region with an expert local guide.
  • There is 1,700 years' worth of the city’s history, from the construction of the Diocletian Palace in 305 CE to its current place as Croatia's 2nd largest city.
  • Your guide will meet you at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace. Together, see the remains of this ancient palace of the Roman Empire.
  • Then, stroll to the Cathedral of St. Duje (Saint Dominus), said to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world to still be in use in its original structure.
  • Towards the end, make your way over to the Riva promenade to take in views of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea.

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour walking tour of Split
  • English-speaking guide
  • Starting point: Golden Gate, Split
  • Game of Thrones Museum
  • People's Square
  • Fruit Square
  • Riva
  • Diocletian's Cellars
  • Peristil
  • Cathedral of Saint Domnius
  • Vestibul
  • Ending point: Golden Gate
  • Tip: Splurge on a scoop (or two) of gelato at Slastiarnica Fenomen, a local institution with flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.
  • This experience is not accessible by wheelchair.
  • Children aged under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Guided Tours
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Split: Game of Thrones Tour with Diocletian's Cellar

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Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
1 hr. 30 min.
  • Walk through the streets of Split and visit attractions that have not only shaped the history of the city but have been a huge part of the Game of Thrones world.
  • Along with your guide – who will enthusiastically guide you through GoT and the history of Split – you’ll visit the filming locations of scenes set in the mythical show.
  • Marvel at the Diocletian Cellars (the Dragon Crypt of Daenerys), the Diocletian Palace itself, and its Golden Gate and Vestibule (where the Sons of Harpy attack the Unsullied)
  • The Palace is an iconic piece of Split’s history – dating back to Roman times – and is a significant UNESCO Heritage site.
  • As you wander through Papalićeva Street – another part of the world of Westeros – you’ll soak up more information and stories surrounding the city and the acclaimed fantasy series.

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide (who's also a fan of GoT)
  • Entrance to Diocletian's Cellars
  • Walk through the streets of Split and visit attractions that have not only shaped the history of the city but have been a huge part of the Game of Thrones world.
  • Along with your guide – who will enthusiastically guide you through GoT and the history of Split – you’ll visit the filming locations of scenes set in the mythical show.
  • Marvel at the Diocletian Cellars (the Dragon Crypt of Daenerys), the Diocletian Palace itself, and its Golden Gate and Vestibule (where the Sons of Harpy attack the Unsullied)
  • The Palace is an iconic piece of Split’s history – dating back to Roman times – and is a significant UNESCO Heritage site.
  • As you wander through Papalićeva Street – another part of the world of Westeros – you’ll soak up more information and stories surrounding the city and the acclaimed fantasy series.

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide (who's also a fan of GoT)
  • Entrance to Diocletian's Cellars

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide (who's also a fan of GoT)
  • Entrance to Diocletian's Cellars
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Not recommended for wheelchair users.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Diocletian’s Palace | Croatia’s “Living museum”

If you visit Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, you are bound to visit Diocletian’s Palace – not only because it is the city’s most famous attraction but because it is part of the city itself! Built in the late 3rd/early 4th century AD by Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement residence, the 1,700-year-old palace today forms the core of Split’s historic town centre, with bustling shops, cafes, and restaurants co-existing with centuries-old Roman monuments. Keep reading for further details about Diocletian’s Palace tickets, tours, opening hours, and other information to enhance your visit.

Why visit Diocletian’s Palace?

Exterior view of the Diocletian’s Palace

Historical significance: Diocletian’s Palace is one of the largest and best-preserved examples of ancient Roman architecture in the world. It was built as a combined imperial residential villa, military garrison, and fortified town.

Architectural marvel: Built in the traditional Roman style, Diocletian's Palace also incorporates Greek and early Christian influences, making it an architectural masterpiece.

Cultural significance: Due to its historical and cultural significance in the history of Split and the region of Dalmatia, Diocletian’s Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Filming location: Diocletian’s Palace was used as a filming location for “Game of Thrones”, as the setting for the fictional city of Mereen. Scenes involving Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons were filmed here.

Diocletian’s Palace tickets & tours explained

Diocletian’s Palace tickets & tours

If you are on a budget

Go for: Guided tour
Duration: 1.5 hours
Diocletian’s Cellars access: No
Guide: Local English-speaking tour guide

  • This tour is ideal for those who want to visit all the main monuments in Split without missing any important landmarks.
  • A local guide will accompany you and enlighten you with interesting facts and trivia about Diocletian’s Palace.

Recommended tour: Split Walking Tour with Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace tickets & tours

If you want to explore in-depth

Go for: Private guided tour
Duration: 1.5 hours
Diocletian’s Cellars access: No
Guide: Local English-speaking tour guide

  • A private guided tour gives you the opportunity to explore Diocletian’s Palace in depth and see all its highlights.
  • You can engage more deeply with your tour guide and learn about Split’s fascinating history.

Recommended tour: Split Walking Tour with Diocletian’s Palace

Two women viewing Diocletian's palace in Split, Croatia.

If you are a history buff

Go for: Comprehensive guided tour
Duration: 1.5 hours
Diocletian’s Cellars access: No
Guide: Local English-speaking tour guide

  • You can enjoy a comprehensive tour of Diocletian’s Palace with a local guide who will provide you with rich historical context.
  • Journey into the past and gain a deeper insight into the cultural and historical significance of Split.

Recommended tour: Split Walking Tour with Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace tickets & tours

If you are a “Game of Thrones” fan

Go for: Specialized guided tour
Duration: 1.5 hours
Diocletian’s Cellars access: Yes
Guide: Local English-speaking tour guide who is also a “Game of Thrones” fan

  • This tour provides access to the underground cellars.
  • An English-speaking guide will accompany you and share fascinating insights into the filming of “Game of Thrones” in the city.

Recommended tour: Split: Game of Thrones Tour with Diocletian’s Cellar

What to see inside Diocletian’s Palace

Cathedral of Saint Domnius & Bell Tower

Cathedral of Saint Domnius & Bell Tower

The Cathedral of Saint Domnius is one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the world. Originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Diocletian, it was converted into a cathedral in the 7th century. The bell tower is the tallest structure in Split’s old town. It was built in the 12th century. Today, tourists can climb up to the top for spectacular views of the entire city.

Ceiling of Jupiter's Temple in Split Croatia

Temple of Jupiter

The Temple of Jupiter is a remarkably well-preserved ancient temple. In Roman times, it contained a statue of Jupiter. Its interiors include many intricate reliefs and carvings as well as a truly magnificent stone ceiling adorned with decorative carved panels. The temple was converted into a baptistery in the Middle Ages.

Diocletian’s Palace Gates

Diocletian’s Palace Gates

Diocletian’s Palace has four gates – the Golden (north) Gate, Silver (east) Gate, Iron (west) Gate, and Bronze (south) Gate. In Roman times, the imposing Golden Gate was the main entrance to the palace, while the Bronze Gate was the sea entrance, from which boats could directly access the subterranean area of the palace.

The Vestibul of Diocletian's Palace

The Vestibul

The Vestibul once served as the grand entrance to Diocletian’s Palace, and a reception area for dignitaries and guests. You can see the impressive Roman architecture and engineering in its striking octagonal shape and the magnificent domed ceiling.

Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace

Peristyle & Sphinx

Originally the main courtyard of Diocletian's Palace, the Peristyle is today a central square within the palace complex. Its distinguishing feature is the series of columns lining its sides. A 3,500-year-old black granite sphinx stands to one side, one of 12 that were brought here from Egypt. It is the oldest object in Split.

Cellars of Diocletian Palace in Split Town Croatia

Diocletian's Palace Cellars

The cellars, also known as the substructures or Diocletian's Palace basement, were used as storage areas in Roman times. They are some of the best-preserved substructures from antiquity. Today, its claim to fame is that scenes from “Game of Thrones” with Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons were filmed here.

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Diocletian’s Palace opening hours

Opening hours: There are no specific opening & closing hours for Diocletian’s Palace as it forms part of the city.

Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours

Best time to visit: May, June, September, and October.

Map of Diocletian's Palace

Address: Dioklecijanova 1, 21000, Split, Croatia

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Getting there:

Split city is walkable, so the best option is often to get around by foot. As part of the old city itself, Diocletian’s Palace is easy to reach from most areas.

  • By bus: 2, 2A, 3, 5, 5A, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 60, 68
    Nearest bus station: Pazar
  • By car: Diocletian’s Palace is 24 km away from Split International Airport
    Distance from Zagreb: 400 km
    Driving time: 4.5 to 5 hrs
    Distance from Zadar: 156 km
    Driving time: 1h 45 min
Diocletian's Palace accessibility
  • Most areas of Split old town are fairly accessible for people using wheelchairs or those with mobility issues, including Diocletian’s Palace basement and the Riva promenade.
  • Certain areas of Diocletian’s Palace have paved streets, uneven surfaces or levels, or access via stairs, which might make it difficult for wheelchair users or those who have difficulty walking.
Diocletian's Palace
  • Entry to Diocletian’s Palace is free, but you have to pay to enter some of its buildings, including the cellars, Jupiter’s temple, the cathedral, and the bell tower.
  • Carry water, especially in the summer months as the weather can be hot and humid
  • Carry sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and any other required sun protection.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking.
  • All visitors to the cathedral should cover their shoulders.
Diocletian's Palace

There are many good restaurants and cafes near Diocletian's Palace in Split, giving travellers a variety of options.

  • Fig: Fig restaurant specializes in cocktails and also offers great continental food.
  • Brasserie on 7: Located on the Riva promenade, Brasserie on 7 serves Croatian cuisine with a French touch.
  • Restoran Para di šoto, Split: Restoran Para di šoto offers outdoor seating, where you can soak up the quaint atmosphere of Split over a lovely meal.
  • Poseidon: Specializing in Dalmatian gastronomy, Poseidon restaurant is renowned for its seafood.
  • Kitchen 5: Located near the western gate of Diocletian’s Palace, Kitchen 5 is a popular dining option serving authentic Croatian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Split Croatia

Riva Promenade: This waterfront promenade is a great place for a leisurely stroll, and offers beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea and Split's historic architecture.

Marjan Hill: A beautiful park forest located on a hill overlooking the city, it is perfect for hiking and offers stunning views of Split and the surrounding islands.

Split Archaeological Museum: One of the oldest museums in Croatia, it showcases a wide range of artifacts from the region's history, including Greek, Roman, medieval, and early modern relics.

Ivan Meštrović Gallery: This art museum is dedicated to the works of Croatia's most famous sculptor, Ivan Meštrović, and is housed in a beautiful villa.

Frequently Asked Questions about Diocletian’s Palace tickets

Where can I buy Diocletian’s Palace tickets?

You can buy Diocletian’s Palace tickets online. Booking online is easy, and allows you to reserve your tickets as a time and date of your convenience.

How much does a Diocletian’s Palace ticket cost?

Tickets to Diocletian’s Palace tours start from €14.

What do the Diocletian’s Palace tours include?

Tickets to Diocletian’s Palace tours include a guided walking tour of the palace and the city. Depending on the experience you choose, you can also get special access to areas like the Diocletian’s Palace cellars.

How do I access the Diocletian’s Palace cellars?

You can access the Diocletian’s Palace basement by opting for the guided Game of Thrones Tour with Diocletian's Cellar ticket.

What is the cancelation policy for Diocletian’s Palace tickets?

You can cancel these tickets for free up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

How long does it take to complete a Diocletian’s Palace tour?

It takes one and a half hours to complete a tour of Diocletian’s Palace and Split city.

What’s the best time to visit Diocletian’s Palace?

The best time to visit Diocletian’s Palace is in May, June, September, and October.

What are Diocletian’s Palace timings?

Diocletian’s Palace has no timings as such, since it forms part of Split city and access is open.

Is Diocletian’s Palace wheelchair-friendly?

While most areas of Split city are wheelchair-friendly, certain sections of Diocletian’s Palace have uneven surfaces and steps, which might make it difficult for wheelchair-users or those with mobility issues.