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Split: Krka Waterfalls Trip with Boat Cruise and Swimming

Split: Krka Waterfalls Trip with Boat Cruise and Swimming

Join a tour of Krka Waterfalls from Split by bus or upgrade your experience to include private transport by car. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the cascading natural wonders that are the waterfalls of the Krka National Park and learn about this natural site from your local guide. After a 90-minute journey away from Split in an air-conditioned tour bus, you will discover this fairytale-like and highly sought-after attraction, which is located in the middle of one of the sunniest areas of Croatia. Your first stop is the quaint little town of Skradin, whose origins date back to ancient times. After a 30-minute panoramic cruise through the magical entrance to the park, you will reach Skradinski Buk, the awe-inspiring highlight of the site. Also, learn about the location, including its history, through a guided tour inside the park. Enjoy a total of 3 hours in the park, allowing you to get the most out of this wondrous experience—from picnicking, snapping artsy photos to simply breathing it all in. Continue to the picturesque town of Primosten, where some of Croatia’s finest beaches can be found. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to go swimming, or explore the quaint cobblestone streets of the old town. You have the option to partake in wine tasting.

Plitvice Lakes: National Park Official Entry Ticket

Plitvice Lakes: National Park Official Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in the vast beauty of Croatia's largest national park, nestled between the Mala Kapela and Lička Plješivica mountain ranges. Book your ticket to Plitvice Lakes National Park and hike through lush forests to gaze at stunning tufa formations and cascading lakes. Choose from 7 routes and 4 hiking trails to explore this pristine landscape year-round. Witness the magic of 16 named lakes and countless smaller ones, flowing one into another. Discover the Upper Lakes, offering gentle shores, or marvel at the Lower Lakes, boasting steep cliffs and impressive waterfalls, like Sastavci. Join nature enthusiasts who've cherished this park since receiving its national park status in 1949.

From Split: Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting Tour

From Split: Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting Tour

Visit Krka National Park on a day tour from Split. Travel on an air-conditioned bus, enjoy a relaxing boat ride to Skardin, visit a local winery, and much more. Head to the meeting point in Split and board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus to begin your journey. Upon arrival at the park, walk the wooden path through the park and discover a green oasis with endemic species of birds, fish, and butterflies. Visit the beautiful ethno-village and discover traditional costumes and crafts, the little house dedicated to Nikola Tesla, as well as old watermills. See the Jaruga hydroelectric power plant below the Skradinski buk, the second oldest hydroelectric power plant in the world and the first in Europe. After spending time in the park with your guide, embark on a relaxing boat ride to Skradin. Take a walk through the little town, climb the fortress and enjoy panoramic views, grab a cocktail or lunch at one of the bars and restaurants, or take a swim at a beach nearby, where the Krka River meets the sea. Finally, visit Plastovo village and get to know one of the local winemakers. Sample fine Dalmatian wine, homemade olive oil, cheese, and bread, before returning to Split.

Split/Trogir: Blue Cave, Mamma Mia, Hvar and 5 Islands Tour

Split/Trogir: Blue Cave, Mamma Mia, Hvar and 5 Islands Tour

Visit 5 of Croatia’s islands in style with a fun-filled day trip by speedboat. Head on an adventure where you explore caves, swim and snorkel, and discover Dalmatian towns.  Choose either Trogir or Split as your starting point. And best of all, choose from either a small-group or private experience.  Cruise on a 90-minute speedboat journey to reach the island of Biševo where the Blue Cave is located. Hop into a smaller local boat and explore the stunning Cave from the inside and admire its vibrant blue glow.  Then, the Mamma Mia part of the tour starts with the boat ride to the island of Vis. Explore the first Mamma Mia location, village of Komiža with 1 hour of free time. Discover the traditional Dalmatian fishing village with its narrow streets, pebble beaches, and inviting promenade.   Swing by next Mamma Mia location - Stiniva Cove accessing the cove at the sunniest time of the day for a quick 15-minute dip. Passing by Srebrena beach, one of the famous Mamma Mia locations. The skipper will be more than willing to slow down so that you can take some amazing photos. After all the amazing Mamma mia locations, the next stop is Budikovac Island for your next activity: snorkeling and swimming in the Blue Lagoon. Borrow the snorkeling gear onboard to enjoy a relaxing hour-long dip here, or even a refreshment on the beach. Last up is a visit to Hvar, with some free time to eat lunch and do some sightseeing in the picturesque port city. Highlights include the historic town center and the Španjola Fortress’ views of the Pakleni Islands. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you are then transported back to Split or Trogir.

Split: Blue Lagoon and 3 Islands Speedboat Tour

Split: Blue Lagoon and 3 Islands Speedboat Tour

Set sail on the Adriatic Sea with this half-day speedboat tour from Split. Cruise between beautiful beaches and bays. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Laganini Beach Club. Swim or snorkel in the glittering Blue Lagoon. Explore the historic city of Trogir. Hop onboard a boat and meet your skipper. Discover some of the most fascinating destinations in the middle of the Adriatic. After enjoying a relaxing boat ride and panoramic views of Split, reach your first destination of the day, Laganini Beach Club on Čiovo island. Enjoy white sand, beach bars and pine trees. After exploring this club, take a boat ride to Blue Lagoon. Greet the turquoise sea and sandy beaches. Jump straight into the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim. Dive to explore the rich marine life underwater. Hit the sun deck to sunbathe and relax. Head to your final destination, the historic town and harbor of Trogir. This city-island is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak in the breathtaking views of the Central Dalmatian coast and islands while cruising back to Split.

Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

Travel back in time on a guided walking tour of Split and explore 1,700 years of the city’s history, from the construction of the Diocletian Palace in 305 CE, to its place as Croatia's second largest city. Uncover sights like the Saint Domnius Cathedral along the way.  Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace and marvel at the remains of an ancient palace from the Roman Empire which now forms about half the Old Town of Split. Stop to view its open colonnades in the palace's central Peristyle square. Continue to the impressive Saint Domnius Cathedral, which is thought to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original form. Hear about the story of Gregory of Nin by his statue in Giardin Park. Stroll along the Riva promenade to admire views of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea. Finish your tour where it began at the Golden Gate.

Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour, Boat Cruise, and Swimming

Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour, Boat Cruise, and Swimming

Discover Krka National Park on a bus tour from Split. Hear the most important facts about the national park from your guide, visit a small ethno-village, enjoy the surroundings, and head to the largest waterfall in the park, Skradinski Buk. Continue to the Jaruga hydroelectric power plant, the second oldest hydroelectric power plant in the world, and the first in Europe. Enjoy your free time inside the national park, capture some nice moments, and create memories. After spending time in the park with your guide, enjoy a panoramic boat ride to Skradin, one of the oldest towns on Croatia's coast. Take a walk through its city core, pay a visit to the little fortress with some stunning views, grab lunch, or enjoy swimming on the beach where the river meets the sea.

From Split: Blue Cave & Five Islands With Hvar Boat Tour

From Split: Blue Cave & Five Islands With Hvar Boat Tour

On this round-trip tour from Split, see 5 islands and 7 locations via speed boat. Enjoy the ultimate off-shore experience with swimming breaks, free time, and unbeatable island views. Visit the Blue Cave, Stiniva Beach, Hvar Island, and more. Begin your journey in Split and, after 90 minutes, arrive at Blue Cave. Then, head to the beautiful fishing town of Komiza on Vis Island, where "Mamma Mia 2" was filmed. Next, visit Stiniva Beach, voted the best beach in Europe. Enjoy another swimming break at the hidden turquoise Blue Lagoon on Island Ravnik. Marvel at the untouched nature of this part of the island as you get plenty of time to relax on the pebbled beach and soak up the sun. Next on the itinerary is the beautiful city of Hvar on Hvar Island. You'll have 2.5 hours for lunch, and to explore the city's exquisite architecture or just to enjoy more swimming time on Hvar's beaches before returning to Split.

Split: Blue Lagoon Boat Party with DJs, Shots & After-Party

Split: Blue Lagoon Boat Party with DJs, Shots & After-Party

This is Split's biggest boat party with a capacity of up to 250 people. A swim stop in the famous Blue Lagoon for only a fraction of the price of other Blue Lagoon tours but with the added value of one the best local DJ's around town! On board hosts are there to make sure you are having an amazing time as we party the day away together on our huge dancefloor. Our three fully stocked bars and kitchen are very affordable and our bartenders are very friendly. Upstairs you can soak up all the sun you need and downstairs offers very comfortable booth seating for those who burn easily! Enjoy as the sun sets behind us and carry on partying into the evening as your ticket includes free priority access into one of Split's hottest night clubs for our afterparty! This is an experience that many often refer to as the highlight of their trip - so don't miss out on the opportunity! Hosts will offer full details daily of any information necessary and will attend to all your needs. We are also the only boat party in Split that accepts card payments on board.

Split: Blue Cave, Hvar & 5 Islands Trip with Entry Ticket

Split: Blue Cave, Hvar & 5 Islands Trip with Entry Ticket

Climb aboard a speedboat to visit the Blue Cave on Biševo island (tickets included). Arrive just when the sunlight reflects through the seafloor and bathes the cave in aquamarine light. Enjoy a break in Komiža, old fishermen's village on Vis island and one of the Mamma Mia! filming locations. Spend 1 hour of free time sightseeing, walking through it's narrow streets, or swim at the beach. Also, here you can find outdoor restaurants for breakfast or coffee and souvenir shops. Enjoy a beautiful scenic ride towards Stiniva bay. You will have the opportunity to see WWII Yugoslav military bunkers and amazing small natural limestone caves along the way. The stunning Stiniva bay, another Mamma Mia! location, is the first swimming stop of the day, for about half an hour, followed by the second one on Budikovac island (Blue lagoon) where you can walk from one side of the island to another in couple of minutes, enjoy a cocktail at the beach bar, swim and snorkel for 1,5 hours. Make sure to get goggles and snorkels from our crew! Hop in and swim in the crystal clear lagoon. Dry landing directly onto the beach, you'll have more than enough time to cool off, sunbathe and snorkel in this unique bay. Enjoy a panoramic ride with views of the Pakleni archipelago on the way to sunny Hvar island, where you will have more than two hours of free time. Hvar town is the last and the longest stop of the day, and you will have more than enough time for sightseeing, walking up to the fortress and lunch. The boat will return to the same place where the tour started from, at around 6:00 PM.

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Insider Tips: Planning a trip to Split

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What should I do on my first trip to Split?

Visiting Diocletian's Palace is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Split. This impressive Roman architectural marvel served as the retirement residence for the Roman Emperor Diocletian and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Afterward, I recommend taking a leisurely stroll along the Riva promenade, where you can enjoy the stunning views of the sea. Adorned with palm trees and remarkable buildings, it is a true gem of the coastal city. The Riva is also an excellent place to savor delicious Dalmatian cuisine in cozy cafes and restaurants.

What are some hidden gems to see in Split?

Two hidden gems in Split are the Marjan Forest Park and the Salona Amphitheater. The Marjan Forest Park is a picturesque natural treasure located on a peninsula right next to the Old Town. Here, you can wander along winding paths through dense forest, enjoy beautiful viewpoints, admire ancient stone churches from the 15th century, and swim in hidden natural coves. A hidden attraction is also the Salona Amphitheater, a historical site dating back to the 3rd century BCE, located approximately 6 kilometers outside of Split and less visited than the Roman Diocletian's Palace.

How much time should I spend in Split?

Spending a day in Split is perfect for exploring the main attractions of the Old Town and the impressive Diocletian's Palace. You'll also have enough time to wander the narrow alleys, sample local specialties, and even visit the nearby forest park. However, if you want to experience the beauty of the region in its full splendor, plan for 4-5 days. This timeframe not only allows you to enjoy the Old Town of Split but also embark on day trips to the surrounding islands and cities. Highlights of the area include the Golden Horn on Brac, the island of Hvar, the charming town of Korcula, and the coastal city of Trogir.

What food is Split known for?

In Split, it's all about the rich Dalmatian cuisine, with a strong focus on grilled dishes. Particularly popular are grill platters, which bring together a variety of grilled seafood and meat on a single plate, often served with Swiss chard. For a quick and delicious on-the-go option, be sure to try Soparnik, a hearty pastry filled with Swiss chard and onions. Another culinary delight is peka, where meat or fish is slowly cooked with vegetables, spices, and olive oil in a cast-iron pan, covered with a bell-shaped lid, either in an oven or under hot coals. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is one of the best neighborhoods for great dining. Many restaurants are located in historic buildings, providing a unique and romantic atmosphere for dining. Be sure to try the small hidden taverns in the side streets, which often offer better quality and better prices.

What is the best way to get around Split?

In Split, it's best to get around on foot, especially when exploring the car-free historic Old Town and its narrow streets. The city center is remarkably compact and pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to explore its most beautiful sights on foot. For longer distances or to visit places outside the city, public buses and taxis are readily available. Additionally, there are excellent guided tours to most regional attractions. If you're planning to visit nearby islands like Brac, Korcula, Hvar, or the Blue Cave, regular ferry and boat services are at your disposal.

What are the best months to visit Split?

The best months to visit Split are definitely June and September. During these months, the weather is pleasant with warm temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Furthermore, the tourist crowds are smaller compared to the peak travel months of July and August. Another plus is the warm sea, perfect for beach days. In Split, various cultural events and festivals take place during these months. A hidden gem is the Radunica Folk Festival in June, while in September, you can enjoy the Split Film Mediterranean Festival.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Split?

The historic Old Town of Split is the vibrant heart of the city, housing the impressive Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you'll discover a labyrinth of narrow streets, ancient buildings, cozy cafes, and restaurants. This lively district allows you to experience Split's cultural heritage up close. However, you should also pay a visit to Varoš. This picturesque and charming neighborhood next to the Old Town can be comfortably reached on foot. Varoš also serves as the gateway to Marjan Forest Park, a green paradise with hiking trails, breathtaking viewpoints, and beautiful beaches.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The historical center of Split offers a great mix of traditional and modern shops and markets. Here, you'll find the lively Fish Market (Peskarija) and the Green Market (Pazar), where you can purchase fresh seafood, local products, and artisanal goods. It's an opportunity to experience authentic market life. Outside the Old Town, the "Mall of Split" and "City Center One" provide modern shopping centers with a wide range of stores, including international brands.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Split?

For an unforgettable stay in Split, the historic center is recommended. Here, you'll find not only the main attractions but also the best restaurants, bars, and shops, all within walking distance of one another. Plus, the harbor for ferries and excursion boats is just around the corner, making it very convenient to organize trips to nearby islands or other destinations. One thing that surprised me about Split is that although it's a city, there are many beautiful beaches, not only pebble beaches but also sandy ones, which are quite rare in Croatia. There are really cool beach clubs here with a relaxed yet lively atmosphere and great cocktails.

What are 4 insider tips for traveling to Split?

• Split surprisingly offers many stunning beaches right in the city and its vicinity. Bacvice Beach, Ovcice Beach, and Kasjuni Beach are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and watersports.

• Split is the perfect starting point for day trips to the nearby islands. Brac, Hvar, and Vis can be easily reached by ferry or on a boat tour.

• The Marjan Forest Park has hiking trails, natural coves, and breathtaking viewpoints. Just a stone's throw from the city center, you can enjoy a Mediterranean adventure without leaving the city.

• Experience Split's vibrant nightlife. Visit lively areas like Bacvice and Matejuška to soak up the great local music scene.

What should people avoid doing in Split?

In Split, visitors and residents should adhere to the new behavioral rules to avoid fines. The consumption of beverages and eating in public spaces is now prohibited, as well as lingering in restaurants beyond closing hours. Spending the night in parks and on public premises, climbing historical monuments, and swimming in public fountains are also prohibited. Wearing bikinis or going shirtless within the historic center is forbidden. These regulations apply to the entire city of Split, particularly in the historic city center and in the vicinity of schools and kindergartens. Both residents and visitors must comply with these regulations.

What are your favorite GetYourGuide experiences in Split?

Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave

Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour, Boat Cruise, and Swimming

Split: Game of Thrones Guided Tour

From Split: Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting Tour

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I greatly enjoyed my time in beautiful Drubrovnik The guide and the driver contributed to make this trip a nice memory. We had experienced thunderstorm during our way and upon our return however Ivan was always with a smile and got us on our destination on time. I would highly recommend this tour to friends and family

It was a nice taster day trip & spent our free time in the palace. Danielle our tour guide was absolutely lovely and so informative 👍

The boat is not very comfortable. The tours offered are excellent and very interesting. The guides Antonijo and Frano are great!

Very good experience, wine tasting is a plus. Krka is just magnificent!

Lovely friendly guides, good locations, just enough stop time as well