4 ROMAN CITIES TOUR
4 Roman Cities Tour
4 Roman Cities Tour
HALF DAY ADVENTURE
(5-6 hour tour)
You are just reading about our most detailed tour that covers four historical cities, the location of surprise, panoramic views that are rarely to be seen and historical sites, still unknown to wider tourist population, that would surely become a great future hit.
In a way, you are among few lucky ones who will see some of the sites during this tour, as they are offered exclusively and still only by the Easy Ride Agency.
This half-day tour starts from the place of your accommodation or any other place of your choice. The tour starts at 9 a.m. but we can change it at your pleasure. The tour lasts for about 5 to 5 and half hours. Transfer is by luxurious, comfortable and
air-conditioned vehicle, and your driver is a multifunctional professional person full of knowledge and skills, excellent English speaker, a sharpened talent for top and universal photography with mobile phone, in good spirits, communicative and always there for you if you need organizing anything you might need on the tour, or after it, or even during your complete stay in the Republic of Croatia.
Heading to our first stop, we pass through the historical Roman city of Spalato or Split, designed as a vacation palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century. Split is the second largest city in Croatia with 250,000 habitants and is considered the Pearl of the Mediterranean, one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean as well. It is also well known for its gorgeous girls, excellent food, night scene and leisure life. The first stop is on the Marjan Hill, which is the city's lungs, at the place
Vidilica (a view spot), just above the old part of the town. Vidilica offers one of the kind panoramic fairy-tale view, as if from a movie, at the Diocletian Palace by the sea, and the whole town to the nearby mountain range that plunges into the sea. Vidilica is also the location of the third oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe (1573).
You can also see many islands, some of which are world famous such as the island of Hvar – nature & top parties with famous superstars, the island of Brac – the most beautiful beach in Europe shaped by the wind and the island of Vis –a paradise of nature and filming location of the musical movie Mama Mia 2.
After taking photos and enjoying the view we might have a drink/coffee at this location or somewhere else during our tour. We drive through the city to the west side of the Marjan Hill, passing by the museums and state residences in the woods by the sea, to our second stop at Kasjuni Bay beach with the always calm sea and amazing surroundings. Kasjuni is also the most beautiful beach in Split. From here, you can see the peak of the Marjan Hill, where there are two Christian monasteries from the 15th century built in the caves. You will want to simply jump into the crystal clear sea and enjoy the view of history, nature and islands in this incredibly natural and unique environment. It is unbelievable fact that Kasjuni beach is only 3 km/1.86 mi away from the city center, but when you are on the beach, you can see only minimal signs of civilization around you. It is absolutely a must feel experience. After Kasjuni beach our happy group is heading towards the exit of the city, passing the 'Poljud' city stadium and newer parts of Split. We head towards the Klis fortress at the junction of the Kozjak and Mosor mountains at 360m/1181ft above sea level. On the way to the Fortress, we pass by a Roman aqueduct, dating from the 3rd century. It supplied the
Diocletian's Palace and Split with fresh water from the mountains.
We also pass through the historical Roman city of Solin/ancient Salona, which was the capital city of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Solin or the Roman Salona was one of the 4 largest cities of the whole Roman Empire, taken over from the Greeks in the
1st century. Solin/Salona is also the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian who founded the town of Split. As we continue to climb the road to the mountains, we enjoy the view of Split and the green nature that surrounds us. We arrive at our third stop, the Klis Fortress, which dates from the 5th century, but gained its fame in the bloody battles against the Turkish conquerors and the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century.
This military fortress is very well-preserved and consists of three gates and three towers at different levels. Below the driveway, climbing to the Klis Fortress, are still the bones of Turkish soldiers who died trying to occupy the fortress, while Croatian soldiers spilled hot oil on them, throwing stones, arrows and spears. At the entrance of the fortress we admire an absolutely amazing view of two cities (Split and Solin),
7 islands, vineyards, olive groves, orchards and local farms at the foot of the hill. The Klis Fortress was also the prime location for the TV series 'The Game of Thrones' (The City of Meereen) in the area and has been a hotspot for all the fans of this series in the recent years. We promise magnificent and unique photos, our driver & host is an expert with a cellphone photos and he created, on this spot, a special kind of photography that nobody else had in the world! That is one of the elements of the extraordinary tours we do. After sightseeing this historic fortress, we head to our fourth stop on this tour, which is the Gladiator's Arena, located at the northwest of the ancient Salona and played an important role in the town defense system.
The gladiatorial arena was built at the same time as the Diocletian's Palace in the late 2nd and early 3rd century by the Roman emperor Diocletian. The full capacity of the amphitheater was approximately 17,000 spectators. The amphitheater was made as
a place for the cruel amusement of emperor and Roman citizens. The emperor Diocletian is known to have been one of the worst persecutors of Christians of that time.
Below the arena there are tunnels that housed cages with lions and tigers, cages with gladiators, Christians and a cage with beautiful slave women from across the Roman Empire who served as a reward for the gladiator-winner of all the fights of the day.
First, Christians would be released into the arena and they would die with singing to God, as the beasts tore them apart. This was an introductory part for the emperor and the masses in the stands. After the Christians, 20 gladiators would enter the arena and only 1 needed to stay alive. However, the last one was not the winner. Two lions or two tigers would be released into the arena and only if he killed them too he would be considered the winner of the day. According to the Roman law at that time, it was necessary to win three such fights in order to get the gladiator out of slavery.
Hmm, do you think that was possible? Through 300 years of the bloody history in this arena, only 1 gladiator has been able to defeat both humans and beasts … Once … This arena with a cruel history and beautiful Roman architecture is an indispensable stopping place near the city of Split, which is simply a must feel-experience as well.
After the amphitheater, we go to our fifth stop which is UNESCO’s old town of Trogir.
In 2015 Trogir or Tragurion was proclaimed by the National Geographic the most beautiful island city in the world. It is also known around the world as a Small Venice as it is connected to the mainland by bridges, surrounded by two canals and lies on two islands. This simply beautiful monument-town was constructed as an octagon by the old Greeks and visible are later architectural influences of Romans and Venetians.
The town is more than 2300 years old and as a wealthy trading market was often attacked by numerous invaders such as Romans, Venetians, pirates, Turks and so on so, the town is surrounded by high stone walls, which are remarkably blended into the historical whole. Trogir is also one of the cleanest cities in Croatia and it can also be proud of excellent food in the restaurants and taverns where you can find the prime class wines too. Plan your visit to the St. Lawrence Cathedral and the oldest Benedictine monastery in Croatia, in which the relief depicting Kairos, the god of the lucky moment, from the 4th or 3rd C.B.C. is kept. We will enjoy refreshing drink on the unusually beautiful Trogir waterfront, with a view to the sea and the island of Ciovo, positioned on the other side of the canal. Then we move on the other way over the island toward our surprise location, that I cannot speak much about, since it is a surprise and the Easy Ride is the only agency visiting this secret hidden jewel. But be sure this will be the future top tourist destination. Historical and remarkable structure, incredibly unique position, heartbreaking story that accompanies it and blends with present times that cannot be found anywhere in the world, just be careful not to fall into the sea, ups, I revealed too much.
After the surprise location we head back to Split where we end our tour full of extraordinary memories you would never forget, but hey, if you do not feel that way, give us a good reason and take full refund of paid money. Fulfillment not complete, tour is our treat! Do you know any other agency that offers the same? Now you know a name for the exclusives in the Split area, the Easy Ride Tours. …
Today's targeted destination: Split overview(Vidilica – Kasjuni beach) , Solin, Klis Fortress, Gladiator’s Arena, Ancient Trogir(Little Venice), Kastela by the sea, Surprise location
Duration: 5-6 hours
Max Persons: up to 7 per van, 8 or more per request
Price: 1-4 person 560 euro/4.130 kn
5-7 person 670 euro/4.990 kn
(Split – Vidilica – Kasjuni beach – Salona – Klis Fortress – Gladiator’s Arena – Trogir – Coastal Kastela – Surprise location – Split)
Begining & end of the adventure: From anywhere you like in Split-Dalmatia County
* Within each itinerary and time frame of each tour, it is possible to prolong your stay at one of the daily locations and cancel other stop-s, as if it were a custom tour. You can express your suggestions and wishes before or during the excursion.
* 8:00-9:00h morning tour, or early afternoon tour,
(from anywhere you like in Split-Dalmatia County)
09:15(15 min.) drive through Split to Vidilica
09:35(20 min.) stop for Vidilica – amazing point of view above the city
09:45(10 min.) drive toward Marjan Hill to Kasjuni beach
10:00(15 min.) stop to admire Kasjuni – laguna beach, most beautiful in Split
10:15(15 min.) drive through Split passsing the city stadium, newer parts of Split, Roman aquaduct and ancient city Salona on the way to the Klis Fortress
10:20(5 min.) stop in ancient Solin/Salona, Capital of the Roman province Dalmatia in the 1st century
10:35(15 min.) drive to Klis Fortress
11:05(30 min.) stop at famous Klis Fortress – Game of Thrones tower & breathtaking panoramic view of 7 islands and 2 cities
11:20(15 min.) drive down the mountain to the spectacular Gladiator’s Arena
11:45(25 min.) stop at the undiscovered Gladiator’s Arena – hidden history of cruel gladiator fighting from the 3rd century
12:05(20 min.) drive to ancient Trogir(Little Venice)
13:35(90 min.) stop at ancient Trogir(Little Venice), 2300 years old, the most beautiful island city in the world according to National Geographic, also our hot-stop for coffee/drinks break at the coffe bar on the magnificant promenade by the sea
13:55(20 min.) drive through historic city of Kastela bay by the sea, to surprise location
14:15(20 min.) stop at Surprise location – future tourist hot spot- historical destination, hidden from public view for now…
14:35(20 min.) drive back to Split, or anywhere in Split-Dalmatia County
* All time frames are calculated based on normal driving conditions and traffic density.
ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR
Duration: 5-6 hours
– English speaking multifunctional Private driver/tour guide/host
– The official guide of the old town Trogir 1h
– Private ride, in a luxury, comfortable air conditioned vehicle, plus all
expenses(fuel and parking)
– Entrance tickets for Klis Fortress and Gladiator’s arena
– Coffee or other drinks at the coffee bar
– Bottled water
– Snacks(peanuts, chips…)
– Any private expenses
– sunscreen lotion
– dive mask
– changing the length of stay and sequence of stops on each tour within the time frame
– host/driver resolves all your concerns and needs throughout your stay in Croatia after only one tour/excursion with us
– surprise location
*Departure day/availability: any day/01.01. – 31.12
*This tour is possible to book 2 times per day: 8:00-9:00h morning tour, or early afternoon tour
*Cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the tour experience start date
Price: 1-4 person 560 euro/4130 kn
5-7 person 670 euro/4990 kn