Cruises to Split Croatia

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia after Dubrovnik, located halfway along this country’s un-spoilt Adriatic coast. Find the perfect cruise to Split with MSC Cruises.

Cruise Croatia with MSC: history and scenery, Split has it all

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia after Dubrovnik, located halfway along this country’s un-spoilt Adriatic coast.

Croatia still remains a relatively unknown holiday destination, but is fast gaining in popularity due to its stunning natural beauty and Roman heritage.Indeed, Split is a UNESCO Heritage Site and deeply historical; thought to be just over 1,700 years old, Split is home to an assortment of impressive archaeological remains.

Split is always a highly popular vacation destination during our MSC Mediterranean cruise itineraries and we really encourage travellers to leave their luxury MSC liner for the day and come ashore. With a great selection of excursion packages that offer history, stunning scenery and fascinating culture, you are sure to find an outing that tempts, as well as a guarantee of the best deals on local sights.

Split city highlights include the 4th-century Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian (Diocletian’s Palace). This monument is thought to be the best-preserved example of a period imperial palace. The remains of what was a luxurious villa and military can clearly be seen and enclose a domed mausoleum, temples and imperial apartments. For a spectacular lush oasis, travel further afield to one of Croatia’s seven National Parks.

Nearest to Split is Krka (pronounced ‘kur-ka’), 100 km of woodland, crystal clear lakes and cascading waterfalls. More natural beauty is to be found on the nearby islands of Brac, Hvar or Korcula, all easily accessible from Split, and fine examples of the 1,000 islands that nestle in the azure waters around this beautiful country.

Cruises to Split - Croatia - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

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 SPL01 - SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF SPLIT (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Split is one of the oldest cities along the Adriatic Coast, generally considered to be around 1700 years-old, although some claim it dates back even further and is the descendant city of an ancient Greek colony. Your excursion will begin with a panoramic drive through the town before reaching Spilt’s oldest district, which is home to the magnificent Diocletian’s Palace. Built at the turn of the 4th century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built this imposing fortress in preparation for his retirement. Much of the old town of Split is built either on or around the Palace and the building’s remains have been a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. A visit to the Cathedral of St. Duje, the patron saint of the city, is also planned as part of your tour. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $58.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 SPL02 - SOLIN & TROGIR (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Solin, formerly the ancient city of Salona, seems to stand still in time. Situated on a small island connected to the mainland by a bridge, Solin reached the pinnacle of prosperity in the 3rd and 4th centuries, and was the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian – who later built his imposing Palace in the neighbouring city of Split. The excursion includes a visit to the city’s archaeological excavations before driving along the Split Riviera to Trogir, also under UNESCO’s protection, which was founded in the 3rd century BC. Take in the stunning monuments of Trogir, which include the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. This building dates back to the 8th century and is probably the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia. Enjoy some leisure time in Trogir before returning to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 SPL03 - WALKING TOUR OF SPLIT (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  This walking tour will take you to visit the beautiful historical quarter of Split, including the awe-inspiring limestone-and-marble Diocletian’s Palace. Built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century A.D. in preparation for his retirement, the palace lies in a bay on the southern side of a short peninsula running out from the Dalmatian coast. The palace remains were declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979. The old town of Split grew around the palace and boasts many architecturally pleasing buildings – so have your camera ready as you stroll. As part of the tour, you will also have a chance to visit the famous Cathedral of Saint Domnius, named after the city’s patron saint of St. Duje, a martyred 3rd-century Catholic bishop. The cathedral complex itself actually consists of a church that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and a Romanesque bell tower that commemorates St. Duje. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $38.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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 SPL04 - SPLIT & OMIS (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Snack included  Cultural  A short drive will take you south-east of Split and along the scenic Adriatic coast to Omiš, a pretty little town situated at the point where the River Cetina flows into the Adriatic Sea. Continuing your journey down the lovely canyon of the River Cetina, you will soon arrive at the Radmanove Mlinice restaurant and picnic site. Idyllically located close to the river in verdant surroundings, this popular excursion destination is not just the perfect place to enjoy a local snack of smoked ham and cheese with a glass of local wine, but also to take some photos. Your tour then heads back to Split, where you can explore the town’s attractions on foot. As you stroll through the open-air market or sit on sun-warmed stones, the relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to forget the bustling, modern port that exists only a stone’s throw away. This juxtaposition of the old and the new is all part of Split’s unmistakeable charm. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 SPL05 - MEDJUGORJE (full day with lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Located in the Herzegovina region near the Croatian border, the small town of Medjugorje became a popular religious pilgrimage site in 1981 in the wake of reports that the Virgin Mary had appeared to six local Catholics. Starting with a 2.5-hour coach drive along the scenic Adriatic coastline to the town itself, you will then visit all the main attractions, including Apparition Hill, the site where the Virgin Mary first appeared, St. James’ Church and the statue of St. Leopold. You will have the option of following your guide, praying at this important religious site or exploring the site on your own. A set of impressive bronze plaques depicting the various Mysteries of the Rosary, which recall the life of Christ, flanks the path up Apparition Hill. You can also choose to stay near the church and visit the outside altar, the statue of our Blessed Lady and the confessionals. The tour concludes with your return to port and your ship. Please note: guests must bring their identity documents (ID or passport) for this excursion; please contact the shore excursion office for further detailed information about the identity documents needed, which will depend on your respective nationality. Children also require their own passport. For children travelling with one parent only, the local authorities require verified written consent from the other parent. Masses are celebrated in only one language at fixed times. In Medjugorje your guide may be accompanied by a local tourist escort. This tour is not available on following MSC Orchestra call: 20.09.2014.

Price per person $117.00 Adults $82.00 Children

   


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 SPL06 - MEDJUGORJE (full day without lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  The small and formerly quiet town of Medjugorje, which is situated in the Herzegovina region near the Croatian border, suddenly acquired global popularity as a religious pilgrimage site in 1981 after news broke that the Virgin Mary had appeared to six local Catholics. A 2.5-hour drive along the lovely Adriatic coastline will take you to view Medjugorje’s key attractions such as Apparition Hill, St. James’ Church and the statue of St. Leopold. You will have a chance to stick with your guide, pray at this important religious site or explore the location at your leisure. The path up to Apparition Hill is adorned with a set of impressive bronze plaques that illustrate the various Mysteries of the Rosary as a recollection of the life of Christ. If you prefer, you can alternatively stay near the church and visit the outside altar, the statue of our Blessed Lady and the confessionals. The tour concludes with your return to port and your ship.Please note: guests must bring their identity documents (ID or passport) for this excursion; please contact the shore excursion office for further detailed information about the identity documents needed, which will depend on your respective nationality. Children also require their own passport. For children travelling with one parent only, the local authorities require verified written consent from the other parent. Masses are celebrated in only one language at fixed times. In Medjugorje your guide may be accompanied by a local tourist escort. This tour is not available on following MSC Orchestra call: 20.09.2014.

Price per person $92.00 Adults $64.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.