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Split, Croatia-port

Split is the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. Split achieved fame when the Roman emperor Diocletian, noted for his persecution of early Christians, had his retirement palace built here. The spectacular stone edifice and its grounds and cellars are a major highlight of any city tour. Other points of interest include the Cathedral of St. Duje, built on the remains of an ancient shrine purported to be the oldest in the world; and the Mestrovic Gallery, where the impressive works of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic are available for viewing in this home and atelier.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Taste of Split
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Best of Split and Cetina River Cruise
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Divine Dalmatian Coastline and Village Life
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of the Split Riviera
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Historic Split and Ancient Salona
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Krka River National Park
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal

A Taste of Split

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: SPU-002

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty and flavors of Dalmatia's largest city during this memorable tour.

Departing the pier, you'll begin with a panoramic drive through the town before arriving at your first stop, the Meštrovic Gallery. Ivan Meštrovic is the greatest Croatian sculptor of all times and a large part of his impressive work is displayed here in his house, which now serves as an important Croatian gallery.

Proceeding back into the center of town, you'll embark on a guided walking tour of the city. The Old Town of Split is built on and around the spectacular Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (born in Salona - today's Solin) in the 4th century. Your first visit is to the amazing Ethnographical Museum which is situated in the very heart of Diocletian Palace, actually in the Emperor's Apartment. The Museum building itself is very interesting since it is a combination of a beautiful medieval house and stately imperial rooms. Within its walls you will not only find a valuable collection of clothes, dresses and gowns, but also gain an interesting picture of life in Split throughout the centuries.

You will also visit the Cathedral of St. Duje, the patron saint of the city. The cathedral is built on the remains of an ancient shrine that is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world. An additional visit is planned to the charming Temple of Jupiter.

Re-joining your coach, it's a short drive to Tinita, a restored wine cellar located in a 100-year-old house near the renowned Bacvice Beach. This cellar, which has been converted into a unique enoteka, is comprised of thick stone walls that keep the temperature cool and provide a unique atmosphere. Tinita is home to a wide selection of wines from all over the world, with an emphasis on the wines of Dalmatia. Upon arrival, you will be served smoked ham, cheese and domestic desserts, accompanied by a special selection of Dalmatian wines served in handmade glasses. Entertainment will be provided by a group of local singers and musicians performing traditional Dalmatian songs.

Your very special tour concludes with a return transfer to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking over mostly flat surfaces. There are a moderate number of steps to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. Casual light-weight clothing, caps and comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Participants must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages.