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About Split

Nestling on the sparkling Dalmatian coast, the medieval Croatian port of Split, faces the myriad magical islands of the Kornati archipelago which include Brac, Hvar and Vis.

Face the other way across Split's waterfront and you will see Diocletian's Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman palaces in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The pedestrianised centre of Split is easy to walk around. Wander around its huddle of alleys and piazzas and then, for a great view, climb the exposed steps to the top of the 200ft-high cathedral bell tower.

Sip a drink at one of the many cafés along the seafront Riva or pop into a Konoba (wine cellar) to sample the excellent locally produced reds and whites. Culinary specialities include smoke and wind dried ham, stewed beef with noodles and delicious lamb dishes.

Just three miles from Split are the ruins of ancient Salona, once capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.

 

Shore excursions in Split

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Sights and Sounds of Split Riviera

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4¼ hours

Combine a walking tour of Trogir and a visit to Pantan Old Mill for refreshments, as well as time in Split.

A scenic drive takes you into the town of Trogir, situated on a small island squeezed in between the mainland and the larger island of Ciovo. This tiny island is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The entire island, except the parks, is laid out with spectacular constructions in stone, which include palaces, churches, monasteries, towers and walls. The streets are narrow and they truly give a feel of how life might have been like in the old days.

During a guided walking tour, you’ll view Town Loggia, the Town Hall and the Cipiko Palace, before the main attraction; a visit to The Cathedral of St Lawrence. This 13th century building is probably the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia and its unusual construction with 3 naves and 3 semi-circular apses dominates the whole town.

You tour continues to Pantan Old Mill where refreshments of wine and local specialties including smoked ham, cheese and olives will be served, accompanied by entertainment from local singers performing traditional Dalmatian songs.

Round off your excursion with a walking tour of Split Old Town, built on and around the spectacular Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. Highlights include Golden Gate, Silver Gate and Peristyle Square.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour over mostly paved ground, however the road leading to Pantan Old Mill is gravel stoned.

Ancient Split And Salona

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Take a trip to Salona, the site of a Roman settlement, followed by a walking tour of ancient Split with its Roman Palace.

A scenic drive takes you into Salona, the most important Roman excavation site in Croatia. At the time of its greatest prosperity during the 3rd and 4th centuries, Salona had approximately 40,000 inhabitants. Archaeologists have excavated remains of temples, early Christian churches, burial grounds and Roman baths.

On the way to the Old Town a visit will be made to the Archaeological Museum, which will enlighten you on how Split has evolved over the centuries.

Continue to the old town of Split that was built on and around the spectacular Roman Palace, erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, in the 4th century. Your walking tour starts with a visit to the well-preserved cellars of the Palace. Visit the Cathedral of St Duje - built on the remains of an ancient shrine - and the charming Temple of Jupiter. Other sites such as Golden Gate, Silver Gate, and the Peristil Square will be seen from the outside.

Spend some free time in the largest open market on the coast or exploring the town before making your own way back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves 2½ hours’ of walking over steps, inclines and cobblestones. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Photography is not permitted in the Cathedral.

Beach Escape

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Escape to Mistral Beach to soak up the sun and enjoy the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea

A short drive takes you to Mistral Beach, where you’ll have approximately 3 hours at your leisure, to relax in the sun.

Situated in Znjan, the charming residential part of Split, between the beaches of Trstenik in the west and Duilovo in the east, Mistral beach is a pebbly beach and the perfect spot for sun seekers. Upon arrival, you’ll be shown to your complimentary beach chair and then the time is yours to spend as you wish. Sit back, relax and soak up the sun, or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the inviting Adriatic Sea.

During your stay a bottle of water or soft drink, accompanied by an ice cream will be provided.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is inclusive of transfers, sun lounger and umbrella (per 2 passengers). There are approximately 80 steps to negotiate to reach the beach from the parking area. You are reminded to wear swimwear and take a towel and sunscreen with you. Passengers are recommended to carry local currency with them for purchases, as credit cards may not be accepted. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Beach Escape

Biking and Diocletian’s Palace

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3¼ hours

Get ‘on your bike’ and discover the unspoiled beauty of Split, before exploring Diocletian's Palace.

After a short walk along the promenade it’s time to hop on your bike! After receiving a short safety briefing and a bottle of water, your experienced guide will lead you and your fellow cyclists along the coastal road towards Marjan Hill.

During your cycle ride, you’ll pass secluded bays and beaches, as well as some of the best vantage points, offering spectacular views of the area.

Upon reaching the top of Marjan Hill, you’ll be treated to a wonderful panoramic view of the city of Split and the surrounding mountains of Mosor and Kozjak.

Afterwards, cycle back to the city centre where you’ll disembark your bikes to explore on foot the imposing ruins of Diocletian's Palace. Don’t expect a typical palace however, instead you’ll find a labyrinth of narrow streets and courtyards boasting beautiful gothic and baroque buildings.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bike and on foot. Children are not permitted to participate on this tour. The cycle ride is around 1 hour over varying terrain, and includes some hills and steep inclines. Participants must be in good physical condition and previous cycling experience is required. Helmets are provided and must be worn. Please wear clothing suitable for bike riding and take sunscreen.

Cetina River Rafting

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 7½ hours

Paddles at the ready for a thrilling day of white-water rafting on the beautiful Cetina River.

Your river rafting adventure starts on the banks of the Cetina River in the majestic Biokovo Mountain Nature Park.

Upon arrival, at the launch site you’ll be provided with a life jacket, helmet and a wet suit and given a short safety briefing and instructions. Your experienced rafting guide will then lead you on the inflatable rafts for an exciting descent to Radman’s Mills. Prepare to manoeuvre through white-water rapids and during the calmer moments, take the opportunity to marvel at the scenic landscape of this region.

The original buildings of the 17th century Radman’s Mills are now a popular restaurant and picnic area by the river, in the shade of trees, with a beautiful crystal-clear trout pond and river beach. At this picturesque spot, you’ll leave your raft to enjoy a well-deserved lunch of local delicacies, accompanied by wine. Afterwards, take a stroll through the surrounding woodland or enjoy a swim in the deliciously clear water.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, raft and on foot. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Passengers with back or neck injuries, pregnant women and children may not participate. Participants are required to raft for approximately 11 km on the river which takes around 3¾ hours. Please wear swimwear underneath loose clothing and shoes that can get wet. Ensure to bring a towel and change of clothes as you may get wet. Life vests and helmets are provided which must be worn. The journey to the rafting site takes approximately 1 hour each way.

 

A selection of cruises to Split

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