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Shore Excursion – Split

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Explore the city of Split on an Exeter International Private Shore Excursion. Enjoy behind the scenes access and expert guiding while you are in port. 

The following is just a suggested shore excursion itinerary.  

For custom luxury travel, tours and shore excursions to Split and Croatia, please contact one of our travel experts.

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Day 1
Split | Split

This morning, your guide will meet you at your port to begin you exploration of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. This busy maritime and shipbuilding center is also the home of the Diocletian Palace complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 3rd Century and covering a considerable area in the heart of the old town.

The Diocletian Palace, facing onto the Split harbor, is one of the most impressive Roman architectural monuments and is protected as a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Roman Emperor Diocletian, noted for his persecution of early Christians, was supposedly a native of nearby Salona before rising through the military ranks and getting appointed as emperor by his legions. He ruled for 20 years before abdicating and retiring to this palace. After his death, the palace was gradually abandoned until the 7th century when refugees from the surrounding areas, fleeing foreign invasions, sought shelter within the palace’s protective walls. In the following centuries, the castle’s population outgrew its capacity and the town

sprawled outside the walls. Nowadays, Split is a major port and industrial center, as well as a perfect base for day trips to many nearby attractions.

You will have the chance to wander around the more than 200 buildings within the boundaries of the Diocletian Palace complex, many of which are still homes, while others house cafes, restaurants, and shops. Like a typical Roman fort (castrum), in its original form the palace had a roughly square layout and was surrounded by a thick wall with gates and watchtowers. Some of the best-preserved sites you can visit are the Vestibule, the Temple of Jupiter, the Peristyle, and Diocletian’s Mausoleum – now the Cathedral of St. Dominus.

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Later today, your guide and driver will take you on a private visit to the gallery of Ivan Mestrovic - the most celebrated Croatian artist of the 20th Century. Even as a youngster in rural Croatia, Mestrovic demonstrated a unique talent for molding clay. This talent was later honed in Zagreb and Vienna from which emerged an exquisite artist whose brilliant creativity translated itself into sculpture. He was a colleague and friend of the famous French sculptor August Rodin in Vienna. During World War II Ivan Mestrovic was imprisoned but later freed when the Vatican intervened on his behalf. Mestrovic came to the United States to teach and create until his death in 1962. He is buried in a mausoleum that he designed himself. The artist was known for immortalizing womanhood in pieces such as Maternity and the History of Croatia. The gallery in Split was the original residence of the artist.

Note: While transportation services are included, the historical center of Split is pedestrian only. Please wear comfortable footwear.

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