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Split Cruises are a wonderful addition to anyone interested in Cruising Croatia because of its rich history that dates back to the days of the Roman Empire. Today, Split is the second biggest Croatian city and lies on the Dalmatian coast. The city was founded as a Greek colony almost 2,500 years ago. It became such an important strategic point that Roman emperor Diocletian directed a magnificent palace be constructed there so he could rule from Split. Parts of this palace stands to this day and is a popular spot for guests during your small ship cruise to Croatia.
Things to do in Split
Our luxury cruises of Croatia embark and return to Split, providing the opportunity for guests to visit the historical points and take in the lively spirit of this ancient city.
The Historic old town area (an UNESCO recognized area) is the ideal place to wander through the narrow winding streets to soak in the special feeling that areas with this amount of history invoke. You can enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and bars and experience fresh, authentic Mediterranean food.
Diocletian’s Palace lies in the city's center. The palace has mostly deteriorated but the basements remain. They've become a popular place for market stalls and crafts sold by local residents. Your imagination will run wild with thoughts of the magnitude of the original place when it once stood. Catch a guided tour to get the most out of your time in the ancient palace.
Saint Domnius Cathedral is not only a historic place in the Catholic religion, it's tower is the perfect spot to catch a hair-raising but impressive panoramic view of Split. Depending on when you visit, you may catch one of the many festivals held at the cathedral. It's always a great time to get the perfect photo of the church or its famous Bell Tower of Saint Domnius.
Best time to cruise from Split
Are you ready to plan ahead for the best time to visit Split? If you arrive in Split in May and June or September and October you're in “shoulder-season” months. All of the tourist activities are in full swing but the crowds are small since it isn't exactly peak season. The weather is lovely and ideal for swimming and visit the pebble beaches and coves Croatia is known for. Hiking, mountain-biking, rafting, and sea kayaking are other adventure activities you can pursue in these months.
By July and August, the guests are rolling in so beaches and resorts are busy. The temperature gets quite hot this time of year as well, so while you can enjoy the weather it will get hot and sweaty for hiking or vigorous activity. July is the time of the Ultra Music Festival, however, and electronic music fans won't want to miss this largest European dance music festival.
November to April is the off season in Split and many attractions and places to stay close. The weather gets cold and erratic but it is still possible to enjoy a trip to Split at this time. You'll certainly save on airfare and absorb a real feeling for life in Split.
What cruises depart from Split?
Cruise Split to Dubrovnik for a very photogenic excursion and a cable car ride from Old Town to Srđ mountain. The view of Walls and Elaphiti Islands is breathtaking. Enjoy a meal or tackle the famous wall walk that's 1,940 m long. You can also walk along the street, square, and promenade called "STRADUN".
Dalmatian Coast cruises whisk guests along the coast hitting Split and Dubrovnik, and walk in the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stops on a small ship Dalmatian Coast cruise feature turquoise lakes, waterfalls, beautiful vegetation, and medieval villages.
Hvar Island cruises keep the island hopping alive with a trip to the longest island in the Adriatic sea. It gets an abundance of sun and has expansive lavender fields that are postcard perfect. Take a tour of the town, the historical Renaissance cathedral, and the oldest community theater in Europe, erected in 1612. There is also a town fort you can hike to for a lovely view of the harbor and the Pakleni islands. When night falls, the restaurants, bars and cafes truly come alive.
Cruise Korčula Island to see the birthplace of famed explorer, Marco Polo. Walk inside the fortified walls along the herringbone patterned streets lined with landmarks and monuments.
Mljet Island adventure cruises feature the famous salt lakes on Mljet. Enjoy a guided tour or wander on your own to take photos and soak in the sun.
Makarska small ship cruises shuttle guests to the Makarska, a port town on the Dalmatian coast famous for its stunning Riviera beaches, coastal promenade, and night entertainment. Don't miss a visit to Kačić Square in the old town for still more incredible photographs.
How do I get to Split?
Croatia is easy to travel to with many airports that receive international flights including Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, and Zadar.
Most guests will fly into Split airport and transfer from there to the harbor to board the ship. Members of the crew will be on hand to assist with your luggage.
Book your next cruise to Split, Croatia today. Contact our reservations team.