TROGIR AND SPLIT (Full Day)
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Packed lunch
A journey through time, walking among Roman walls, medieval residences and imposing fortifications in two destinations with a rich history.
What we will see
- Trogir: walls, Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, bell tower
- Split: Diocletian's Palace, Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Cathedral Treasury, Temple of Jupiter
What we will do
- Our excursion begins with a visit to the medieval town of Trogir. Located on an island connected to dry land by a small bridge, it was founded as far back as the 3rd century B.C. by Greek settlers who called it Tragurion or "island of goats". We first head for the walls, extended several times over the centuries, and cross the characteristic little streets lined with stone houses, grand residences, churches and monasteries.
- We then arrive at the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, which took four centuries to build. The main façade, created by local architect Radovan and completed in 1240, is considered to be a true masterpiece of medieval art. The bell tower, built in the 14th century, is 47 metres high and constructed in three different architectural styles.
- At the end of our walk we'll take advantage of some free time to admire the beauties of this magnificent city that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
- Returning to the coach, we head for Split where a guided tour of Diocletian's Palace awaits. The imposing architectural complex situated in the heart of the old town is on the exact site of the palace built in the 4th century by the famous Roman emperor, who withdrew to live their following his abdication. Following the destruction of Solin in the 7th century refugees from the town occupied the fortified palace, thus marking the beginnings of modern-day Split, whose ancient origins date back to the Greek colony of Aspalathos (4th century BC).
- Our visit continues with the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, dedicated to the city's patron saint, on the site of what was once Diocletian's mausoleum. Its interiors still retain much of the original decoration, including an arcade of refined Corinthian columns. In the cathedral we also visit the famous Cathedral Treasury which conserves a magnificent collection of artefacts, paintings and manuscripts and also holds the saint's relics.
- Our last stop is at the Temple of Jupiter, originally situated opposite the cathedral, beyond the Peristyle (the square that also led to the imperial apartments). The temple of Jupiter is the only one of the three temples present in Diocletian's original palace to survive today, although it has been transformed into a baptistery. The temple's façade has been remodelled several times over the many centuries of its existence.
- At the end of the guided tour we can explore the city on our own or indulge in some shopping before returning to the ship.
What you need to know
- Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- Having completed the guided tour of the centre of Split, guests can return to the ship on foot by the "all aboard" time set in the Ship's Log Book.
- This tour includes a basket lunch prepared by our ship staff.