This morning, your guide will meet you at your port to begin you exploration of Split and the surrounding areas. First, your driver and guide will take you a short distance outside of Split to Trogir – a treasury of cultural and historical monuments dating as far back as the 4th Century BC. Set on a small island just off the mainland, Trogir was first settled by the ancient Greeks, before falling under the Romans and later the Byzantines. Your guide will show you the Gradska loza (the Old City Hall) from the 15th Century, the city walls, and the Kamerlengo Castle, which was once the residence of the Venetian governor. On the sea-side of the island, you may see the Sea Gate, which was built in the 16th Century, and the nearby old fish market, located in an open loggia, surrounded by a colonnade.
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Back in the city, your guide 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. 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.
Afterward, you will tour the Diocletian Palace, one of the most impressive Roman architectural monuments and a UNESCO Heritage Site. 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 theVestibule, the Temple of Jupiter, the Peristyle, and Diocletian’s Mausoleum – now the Cathedral of St. Dominus.
Note: While transportation services are included, the historical center of Split is pedestrian only. Please wear comfortable footwear.