Split, Croatia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, with a plenty of attractions such as: rich history, beautiful architecture and delicious food. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the most cost-effective and comprehensive way to explore a new destination, which is a free walking tour.
In fact, we will give you an overview of the 5 open-top bus sightseeing routes in Split that offer a free walking tour, including:
Scenic Klis Fortress open-top bus tour
Ancient Salona open-top bus tour
Dalmatia for nature lovers half-day countryside tour
Split city sightseeing open-top bus tour
Hidden Gems of Dalmatia- 48 hour sightseeing pass
At the end of the article we will also give you tips on how to make the most of your experience, so stick around!
About Split Free Walking Tour Provider
Split has an exclusive provider of open-top bus sightseeing experiences, a local tour agency that has been in business since 2013. The agency is dedicated to offering sustainable and eco-friendly tours that are accessible to everyone. Their portfolio includes a range of tours, like nature-geared & countryside half-day tours, scenic sightseeing tours, historical tours to suit the tastes of all types of travelers.
But the best part is that their 5 different open-top bus sightseeing routes offer a free walking tour of Split Diocletian’s Palace, the crown jewel of the city. The value of the walking tour is €15 making it an irresistible bargain! only do you get a complete overview of the city’s main attractions, but you also get to explore the palace on foot with an experienced local guide.
These bus routes are incredibly popular due to their wide accessibility and affordability. They’re perfect for solo travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends. Plus, booking is made easy with the agency’s online booking system.
Now let’s see the 5 different bus routes that come with a free walking tour of Split!
Scenic Klis Fortress Open-Top Bus Tour
The Scenic Klis Fortress Open-Top Bus Tour is a must-do for anyone who loves ‘Instagrammable’, breathtaking views. It’s also a great option for all fans of military history. The tour takes you through the countryside to the impressive Klis Fortress, which has been featured in the 3rd season of Game of Thrones series. The open-top bus ride will maximize your enjoyment, offering breathtaking views along the way.
A free walking tour of Split Diocletian’s Palace is included, giving you the opportunity to learn about the history and architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an English-speaking, licensed local guide.
With daily departures at 10:00 am from Split’s waterfront, priced at only €20, and a free walking tour included, it’s no brainer that you shouldn’t miss out on this unique offer.
Klis Fortress Tour from Split-Only € 20
Ancient Salona Open-Top Bus Tour
The Ancient Salona Open-Top Bus Tour is the ideal for all archeology enthusiasts, and especially all those fascinated by the history of the great Roman Empire. This tour will take you on a fascinating journey through the ancient ruins of Salona, where you will discover the remains of this once-great urban agglomeration.
Departing form Split’s waterfront, it takes about 20-30 minutes to reach Salona. The town used to be the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. You will see the remains of the ancient polis, including the Manastririne ( an ancient necropolis ), Tuluscum (The location where the International Congress of Christian Archeology took place in 1894), The Episcopal Center with the Baptistery and the Oratories, as well as the impressive ancient Roaman Amphitheater.
The price of the tour is only €20 including a free walking tour of Split. The tour is available daily at 16:00 and can be easily booked online.
Ancient Salona Tour from Split | ONLY € 20
Want to explore Split in 2023 with the best local agency? You’re in luck! Our agency is proud to offer a brand new and exciting way to join a free walking tour of Split. With every open-top bus route you book with us, you’ll get a fully professional guided walking tour worth €15 for free! Led by passionate and knowledgeable local guides, our walking tour will take you through the history, culture and hidden treasures of the city. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group of friends, our 2023 Free Split Walking Tour is a must-do activity that will give you an unforgettable experience. Book a bus tour with us today and discover the beauties of Split on foot!
Dalmatia for Nature Lovers Half-Day Countryside Tour
Next on our list of bus routes that include a free walking tour of Split is the brand new ‘Dalmatia for Nature Lovers Half-Day Countryside Tour’. Perfect for foodies and anyone who wants to escape the summer crowds and loves nature. This tour is also a great opportunity to practice responsible sightseeing that focuses on sustainability and discovering authentic local heritage.
This unique experience combines three handpicked locations, served in a single half-day tour from Split. The bus takes visitors through the scenic countryside of Dalmatia, showcasing the natural beauty of the region. The three locations include an ethno-village with an olive oil museum, the scenic Klis Fortress, and nature interpretation center offering interactive multimedia presentations.
By paying €20, visitors get both the bus tour and a free walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace.
Guests can easily join this activity with daily departures at 12:30 PM from Split’s waterfront and secure their seat on the bus by booking in advance.
Eco Tour Croatia | Responsible Travel Croatia | Dalmatia for Nature Lovers
Split City Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour
The Split City Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour is a convenient and fun way to see the highlights of the city… on the GO! The tour is provided in 8 different languages thanks to the onboard audio guide system.
Simply hop on and enjoy a fully guided bus route, passing by all popular locations such as: Bačvice beach, the archaeological Museum of Split, the museum of Croatian national monuments, the gallery of Ivan Meštrović, the charming yacht marina, the traditional district of Varoš, the Poljud football stadium and the area of National Theatre where the former Venetian city walls can be admired. You will be driving along the relaxing extension of the Riva promenade and the green Marjan peninsula.
You can join this route daily at your preferred time: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:30
Like all previously mentioned bus routes, this one also offers a free walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace, so when you book it for just €20, you get both!
OFFICIAL Split Hop On Hop Off Bus- Sights of Split on the GO!
Hidden Gems of Dalmatia – 48 Hour Sightseeing Pass
Last but not least on our list! The Hidden Gems of Dalmatia 48 Hour Sightseeing Pass is the ultimate way to experience the best of what Central Dalmatia has to offer. This pass includes access to all of the previously presented routes, making it a flexible and cost-effective way to explore the city and its surroundings.
The pass is valid for 48-hours and includes:
The Dalmatia for Nature Lovers- Countryside Half-Day Tour
Scenic Klis Fortress
Sights of Split on the GO- open-top city bus tour
Ancient Salona-The Ancient Heritage of Dalmatia
In addition to all of these amazing routes, the Hidden Gems of Dalmatia pass also includes a free walking tour of Split’s Diocletian Palace. The free walking tour of Split tour is an excellent way to learn about the fascinating history and architecture of the palace, and to explore all of its hidden corners and secret passages.
All this is offered at an unbeatable price of €30!
You can book your 48-hour pass right here:
Hidden Gems of Dalmatia | BEST 48-Hour Tour Package
Tips for tipping your walking tour guide at the end of the tour
So, you joined the free walking tour and you loved it! Excellent! Go ahead, show your gratitude.
At the end of the tour, you can leave your guide a symbolic tip of a few euros (the price of a cup of coffee is considered a decent standard) – and that’s if you enjoyed the tour and can afford it.
This way you can show your respect and appreciation for the time and knowledge your guide has offered you. But remember! It’s at your discretion and it’s up to you whether you want to tip or not, so you’ll never feel pressured to do so.
This custom is basically about showing appreciation and supporting the guide’s seasonal minimum income. Remember! Tour guides surely appreciate it when they get tipped, but they go out of their way to offer you a memorable and professional tour regardless.
Tips for making the most of Split open-top bus sightseeing tours
To make the most of each tour, it’s best to plan and book your route in advance. This way you ensure that you will be able to attend the tour on your preferred date (remember! these tours are extremely popular especially in the summer months)
Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and clothing and wear a hat, as the summer months are quite hot in the area especially in July and August. We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you as well! And of course, don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the stunning views and historical sites along the way.
Don’t hesitate to ask your guide for recommendations on where to find the best local food and drinks. And be sure to interact and ask questions – tour guides are happy to share their insights and stories with you. Finally, take full advantage of the onboard audio-guide system and learn more about the city and its rich cultural heritage in your native language ( English, Croatian, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Russian).
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