City breaks trip

Get to know Split and Šibenik, beautiful Dalmatian cities

Stay in Split, capital of Dalmatia, and from there go explore the historic city of Šibenik. Embrace the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle, while picking up a story or two about rich local cultural history.

Split is the urban centre of the eastern part of the Adriatic Sea, known for its beaches, beautiful promenade, warm Mediterranean climate, bars and restaurants, but also for its’ 4th-century Roman palace in the city centre. Šibenik lies on the shores of Adriatic, next to the mouth of the river Krka, one of the most beautiful Karst rivers in Croatia. Šibenik has four historic forts and massive city walls and is also famous for its UNESCO protected Cathedral of St. James.

Trip highlights

  • Walking tour of Split's antique landmarks including Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Excursion to Šibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast
  • Visit to the Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Boat trip to the exceptional Renaissance building of fortification architecture St.Nicholas' Fortress

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Activities are taking place in Split and Šibenik

Split is the largest city on the Croatian coast, and yet it has preserved the relaxed lifestyle of the Mediterranean. You are expected to take it easy here since some call it “The craziest city in the world”. The city grew around the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian which had been built almost two millennia ago.

The historic centre of Split, built entirely from white stone, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but the ancient landmarks are a normal backdrop of everyday life - they are not enclosed or set up as an archaeological site. So Split has many sides: a rich history, exquisite food and wine, endless fun. The nearby city of Trogir doubles as a museum: the centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, owing to its historic landmarks, especially the Cathedral of St. John, a Renaissance masterpiece.

Do not miss the Salonae Archaeological Park, just outside Split, the largest Roman settlement on the east Adriatic coast and see the amphitheatre that could seat 18,000 people.

While in Šibenik the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast, explore the one-of-a-kind Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the large fortresses that offer breath-taking views of the city and its surrounding area.

And for your palate, take a slice of the famous and award-winning Dalmatian prosciutto and homemade cheese.

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1

Getting to know Split

Arrival in Split and check-in at the hotel after 14h. The nightlife in Split is lively and diverse. As with many other Dalmatian cities or towns, the evening begins with a walk on the main promenade. The promenade is lined with cafés and bars. We suggest you visit some of the most famous bars and clubs in Split, such as Luxor, which is located in the historic centre. Marcvs Marvlvs, one-of-a-kind jazz bar with a library is located outside the 15th century Split City Museum and the Academia Ghetto Club is a bar with the unique gallery. The promenade is teeming with cafés and shops. Try to guess the time from the old city clock, one of only a few timepieces that shows the numbers from 1 through 24.

DAY 2

City tour of Split and visit to roman emperor’s Golden Gate

Breakfast will be followed by a walking tour of the city (cca. 2 hours), which includes Diocletian's Palace, the city's centrepiece at the heart of the historic centre, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will also be visiting the cellars of Diocletian's Palace and its central square, the Peristyle, which is situated at the crossroads of two major ancient roads. The Peristyle is dominated by the majestic Cathedral of St. Domnius.

Your next stop is the magnificent Golden Gate, which was exclusively used by Diocletian and his family members, after which you will continue to the statue of the Croatian bishop Gregory of Nin. The toe of this colossus has lost some of its lustre, since it is frequently rubbed by passers-by for good luck in the hope that their wishes will come true. A black sphinx is located in front of the entrance to the cathedral, which serves as a reminder of Diocletian's fascination with these mythical creatures.

We recommend that in the afternoon you visit Trogir, a medieval town under the patronage of UNESCO. Trogir is located on a small island and its historic centre is surrounded by walls. The town expanded between the 13th and 15th centuries and quickly became one of the most important cultural centres of Dalmatia. You can visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of the best-known landmarks in Trogir, which was built in the 13th century and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

DAY 3

Walking city tour of the historic city of Šibenik and a boat ride to St Nicholas' Fortress

After breakfast, you will be going on a full-day excursion to the gorgeous Dalmatian city of Šibenik where you will take a look around the jaw-dropping historical centre of the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. The tall stone houses, churches and monasteries, narrow winding streets, endless steps, arched passageways and the remains of the city walls create an archaic and romantic Mediterranean atmosphere – with the Cathedral of St. James, which is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Time at leisure for lunch at your own. At 2.00 pm take the boat tour from the Šibenik waterfront to visit the St Nicholas' Fortress, a unique monument of world architectural heritage, which in 2017 was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the nomination "Defense Systems of the Republic of Venice of the 16th and 17th centuries".

The tour that starts with a half an hour boat ride from from the pier "Krka" to the St Nicholas' Fortress. Driving through the St Anthony's Channel, you will get to know the historical and natural sights of a part of the significant landscape "Kanal-Luka" in Šibenik. Arriving at St. Nicholas fortress you will be provided with audiovisual multilingual mobile guides with handsets, through which you will receive information about the location at specific points.

On the way back, you can enjoy the view and use the time to photograph the beautiful panorama of the city of Šibenik and the St Anthony's Channel.

Private return to Split by car with driver. Overnight in Split..

DAY 4

Take one more stroll and sip on coffee like a local

Breakfast and hotel check-out. If you still have some spare time left, explore the old Matejuška fishing wharf or take a stroll through Varoš to the Marjan viewpoint, which offers a spectacular view of the city. Of course, you can also sit in one of the cafés and indulge in the favourite pastime of Split's denizens – sipping coffee and observing the surrounding hubbub.

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