Tours in Croatia by Secret Dalmatia

Duration: half day

Difficulty: easy

Location: Split

Available May to October

Revive Medieval times at Klis Fortress

Private archery & swordplay class

Between the mountains of Mosor and Kozjak, at an altitude of some 360 meters, gaze away at the lands of Bosnia and Croatia like the ancient Romans, Mongol Tatars and Turkish sultans once did. Or Daenerys Targaryen, for that matter. You are at the fortress of Klis, the guardian of the region’s history from its dawn to the present day. Recognized as strategically important stronghold by the Illyrians, regions ancient inhabitants, Klis was later taken over by the Romans and has witnessed the reign of Croatian kings, Knights Templar, Turks, Venetians, Napoleon and Austrians, growing with each subsequent sovereign. Today Klis proudly holds the Croatian flag in face of powerful bura, a wind that always delivers a clear mind and a forceful body much needed as medieval archery requires full focus. An exciting and fun tour that ends with your new skills from the Middle Ages!

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation by our professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van, local guide, private swordplay and archery class.
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months.

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What you'll see on this tour


Take part in the medieval archery class in the incredible setting of Klis Fortress that sits high on a cliff above Split and was also a set for the famous Game of Thrones series!

You will be met by your guide and chauffeur to depart to Klis, an important historical fortress that towers above the village of the same name. From its origin as a small stronghold built by the ancient Illyrian tribe Dalmatae, eventually growing into the royal castle and seat of many Croatian kings, to its final development as a large fortress during the Ottoman wars in Europe, Klis has guarded the frontier. Situated at the most vital passage and the crossroad of the trading routes between the coast and inner Bosnia, Klis was a coveted target, invaded and conquered several times throughout its two-thousand-years-long history. Most recently it has risen again in newfound popularity since it was chosen as one of the locations for the Game of Thrones television series.

In this atmospheric setting you will be greeted by your hosts, members of the Uskok militia reenactment group, who will be dressed in fully accurate medieval attire. Walk through the impressive fortress and its grounds and enjoy a demonstration of traditional swordsmanship. Privately instructed medieval archery class will follow. Learn about different types of bows and arrows, their history, different uses and how to properly handle them. Complete your archery class with shooting a target and see who hits the bullseye first and wins the title of the best medieval man around!

A quick trip from Split, this is also a great family excursion to compliment your experience of Croatia and its fascinating history.

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Distance to attraction


Split: 14 Km





The infamous Uskok pirates

Uskok pirates waged war on the Ottoman invasion and ruled the Adriatic Sea in the 16th and 17th centuries. Originally from the inland, the pirates eventually  migrated to the sea once they realized profit potential of pillaging the goods from the Venetian merchant ships that traveled the coast. With time they became the most famous marauding pirates of the Adriatic known for their cunning ways for luring ships up the narrow channels to trap them and for the skill of navigating the indented coast of Dalmatia.


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Embarking on this journey to Klis, you are signing up for a unique blend of history, culture, and breathtaking views. The centerpiece of this tour, the Klis Fortress, is a historical monument that stands tall on a hilltop, offering a panoramic view of Split and the Adriatic Sea. But the tour is not just about the view. It’s about stepping back in time, walking the paths once tread by kings and soldiers, and immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of Croatian history.

As part of the tour, you’ll get to explore the fortress, learn about its strategic importance in the region’s history, and its role as a filming location for the popular TV series “Game of Thrones”. This tour is not just about sightseeing, it’s about experiencing the spirit of the past and understanding the cultural heritage of our beautiful country.

In addition to the fortress, the tour also includes a visit to the local museum where you can see a collection of historical artifacts and learn more about the life and times of the people who once inhabited this area. This tour is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the historical significance of Klis and its surroundings.

The fortress in Klis has a long and fascinating history that dates back over two thousand years. It has served as a key strategic point for many Croatian rulers due to its location on a pass that separates the mountains Mosor and Kozjak. The fortress has witnessed numerous battles and has been under the rule of various empires, each leaving its mark on the fortress’s architecture and design.

During our guided tour, you’ll learn more about these historical periods and the fortress’s significance in Croatian history. You’ll hear stories of the brave defenders who held the fortress against invading armies, the cunning strategies used to protect the fortress, and the important role the fortress played in the region’s trade and politics.

The fortress is also a testament to the architectural prowess of the time. Despite the numerous sieges and battles, the fortress has stood the test of time and remains one of the best-preserved examples of medieval fortification architecture in Croatia. The fortress’s design, with its thick walls, narrow passageways, and strategic location, is a testament to the ingenuity and skill of its builders.

Our tour to Klis is a comprehensive experience designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the fortress and its historical context. The tour includes private transportation from Split, entrance fees to the fortress, and a professional guide who will share fascinating stories and facts about the fortress and its history. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore the fortress at your own pace and take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

The duration of the exploration can vary depending on your preferences and the pace at which you’d like to explore. However, most guests spend around 2-3 hours at the fortress. This allows ample time to tour the fortress, learn about its history, and enjoy the panoramic views. Please note that the tour duration includes the travel time from and back to Split.

Yes, the exploration of Klis is suitable for children. The fortress’s history and the stories our guides share can be fascinating for kids, especially those interested in history or “Game of Thrones”. However, please note that the fortress is located on a hilltop and involves some walking on uneven surfaces, so it may not be suitable for very young children or strollers.

While we strive to make our tours accessible to everyone, please note that the Klis Fortress is located on a hill and involves some walking on uneven and steep surfaces. If you have mobility issues, please contact us before booking so we can discuss your needs and ensure that you can fully enjoy the tour.

We recommend wearing comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces. Don’t forget your camera – the views from the fortress are truly spectacular! Depending on the weather, you might also want to bring a hat, sunscreen, or a rain jacket. Water and snacks can also be a good idea, especially during the summer months.