Split

A unique historical heritage
A broad and lively Riva (waterfront)
The Diocletian’s Palace

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Split

Linger in a coffee shop and stare out at the blue horizon

With its seafront cafés and ancient alleyways, shouting stallholders and travellers on the move, bustling, exuberant Split is one of Croatia’s and the Mediterranean’s most compelling cities, it’s easy to see this feeling when you step aground from your MSC cruise.

It has a unique historical heritage too, having grown out of the palace built here by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 295AD. The palace remains Split’s central ingredient, having been gradually transformed into a warren of houses, tenements, churches and chapels by the various peoples who came to live here after Diocletian’s successors had departed.

Adapted long ago to serve as Split’s town centre, Diocletian’s Palace is certainly not an archaeological “site”. Although set-piece buildings such as Diocletian’s mausoleum (now the cathedral) and the Temple of Jupiter (now a baptistery) still remain, other aspects of the palace have been tinkered with so much by successive generations that it is no longer recognizable as an ancient Roman structure. Best place to start exploring with an MSC excursion the seaward side of the palace is Split’s broad and lively Riva.

Running along the palace’s southern facade, into which shops, cafés and a warren of tiny flats have been built, the Riva is where a large part of the city’s population congregates day and night to meet friends, catch up on gossip or idle away an hour or two in a café. Nearly everything worth seeing in Split is concentrated in the compact Old Town behind the waterfront Riva, made up in part of the various remains and conversions of Diocletian’s Palace itself, and the medieval additions to the west of it. You can walk across this area in about ten minutes, although it would take a lifetime to explore all its nooks and crannies.

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  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF SPLIT

    CITY TOUR

    SPL01

    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 recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$42.00Price per person

    • WALKING TOUR OF SPLIT

      CITY TOUR

      SPL03

      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 recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$42.00Price per person

        • Children$32.00Price per person

      • SOLIN & TROGIR

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

        SPL02

        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.
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults$62.00Price per person

          • Children$49.00Price per person

        • SPLIT & OMIS

          CULTURE AND HISTORY

          SPL04

          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.
          • Snack included

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults$79.00Price per person

          • Children$59.00Price per person

        • KRKA NATIONAL PARK

          NATURAL WONDERS

          SPL08

          Croatia certainly has more than its fair share of natural beauty and one such example, the sizeable Krka National Park, forms your scenic destination on this enjoyable half-day tour. Stunning views of Šibenik-Knin county will keep you entertained during the 1.5-hour coach transfer to the park. Once you have arrived, you’ll first head for one of the park’s most popular attractions, the beautiful natural pool and waterfall called Skradinski buk. The River Krka runs through the area and feeds the Skradinski waterfall, one of three cascades in the park. Do keep your camera at hand as you set off on a guided walk through the greenery, revealing not only views of the river and gushing cascades, but also including a visit to an old mill with an ethnographic exhibition. There will also be time for you to explore the natural setting at your leisure before the coach ride back to the port, with more lovely vistas to savour on the way, wraps up the tour. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is available only from June to August.
          • Limited seats

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults$75.00Price per person

          • Children$55.00Price per person

        • BEACH TIME AT KAŠJUNI

          SEA & SUN

          SPL09

          If you want to combine sightseeing but have also some relax time in the sun, be in the party and join us on this half day tour. After leaving the port, your tour begins with an approx. 40-minute sightseeing coach drive downtown one of the oldest cities along the Adriatic Coast. Next, head for Kašjuni beach, at the foot of Marjan hill, that you will reach after a 15-minute walk. The scenery is calm and stunning at the same time, with the blue of the sea and the green of the pine forest bordering the rocky beach. You will have approx. 2 hours to relax on a deck chair or to swim in the crystal clear, to sip an ice coffee or taste a croissant. After this enjoyable time at the beach, board the coach and drive back to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is available only from June to August and is subject to weather conditions. Deck chairs and umbrellas included.
          • Snack included

          • Possibility of swimming

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults$59.00Price per person

          • Children$42.00Price per person

        • CATAMARAN & SWIMMING TOUR

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          SPL07

          With the Dalmatian islands just off the coast of Split so close at hand, it takes no more than stepping off the ship and boarding a modern catamaran to pay two of them a visit and spend some time soaking up the rays. To this end, one of the most secluded bays on the largest of these Dalmatian islands, near the small town of Necujam, is your first destination. Apart from going for a swim or working on your tan, you will also have the option of exploring the underwater world during a spot of snorkelling (use of gear included in the price of the tour). Next up is the neighbouring island of Šolta, where a scenic drive through the tiny village of Stomorska, the island’s oldest coastal settlement, awaits you. Your return sail will deliver gorgeous views as you round the island of ?iovo en route to Split, where a round-up of the main sights will be followed by time to spend on your own in the city. Please note: the price of the tour includes a welcoming drink and unlimited soft drinks on the catamaran as well as use of snorkelling gear. This tour is available only from June to August. It is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
          • Drink included

          • Possibility of swimming

          • Limited seats

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults$89.00Price per person

          • Children$62.00Price per person

        • MEDJUGORJE

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          SPL06

          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. A local tourist escort may accompany your guide In Medjugorje.
          • Snack included

          • Limited seats

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            8 h

          • Adults$92.00Price per person

          • Children$69.00Price per person

        The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
        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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Croatia

        Nature and glamour
        Nature and glamour

        A Mediterranean cruise to Croatia shows you a country blessed with a wealth of natural riches, boasting almost 2000km of rocky, indented shore and more than a thousand islands, many blanketed in luxuriant vegetation.


        An holiday to Croatia offers a lot of urbane glamour too with yacht-filled harbours and cocktail bars aplenty – especially in à-la-mode destinations such as Dubrovnik and Hvar. At the northern end of Croatia’s lengthy stretch of coastline, the peninsula of Istria contains many of the country’s most developed resorts, along with old Venetian towns like Poreč and Rovinj, and the raffish port of Pula, home to some impressive Roman remains. The island-scattered Kvarner Gulf, immediately south of Istria, is presided over by the city of Rijeka, a hard-edged port city with an energetic cultural life.

        Beyond the Kvarner Gulf lies Dalmatia, a dramatic, mountain-fringed stretch of coastline studded with islands. Northern Dalmatia’s main city is Zadar, whose busy central alleys are crammed with medieval churches. Croatia’s second city, Split, is southern Dalmatia’s main town, a vibrant and chaotic port with an ancient centre moulded around the palace of the Roman emperor, Diocletian.