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From Split: Krka National Park Day Trip with Boat Ride

1. From Split: Krka National Park Day Trip with Boat Ride

Make the most of your time in Croatia with a day trip to Krka National Park, one of the country’s most beautiful natural hotspots. See everything from waterfalls to medieval towns along the way. Meet your guide and driver in Split before heading out to Skradin. Catch a relaxing boat ride to Krka National Park from here, with guaranteed unforgettable vistas on the way. Once on the other side, benefit either from a roughly 1-hour complimentary guided tour of Krka, or the freedom to explore on your own. Either way, enjoy extra time after the optional guided tour to explore. Whether it’s of flowing waterfalls at Skrandinski Buk, historical flour mills, or wood trails, snap some photo opportunities of the unbelievable scenic views in front of you. If you are traveling during the high season (June-September), board a bus to the postcard-worthy town of Primošten. Enjoy a couple of hours in this medieval island town to swim, eat, sample wine tasters, or take a scenic stroll. Some of Croatia’s best-voted beaches are native to Primošten, and its vineyards are waiting to be enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage sites. During the low season, when the weather is too cold for swimming, visit the picturesque city of Šibenik, famous for its impressive historical fortresses and known as a gateway to the National Park Kornati. Finish off the day with a transfer back to Split in time for the early evening.

Šibenik or Vodice: Kornati Archipelago Day Tour by Speedboat

2. Šibenik or Vodice: Kornati Archipelago Day Tour by Speedboat

Enjoy a day on the water exploring the islands and beaches of Kornati National Park, the Kornati archipelago in Croatia. Get picked up from locations in Vodice, Šibenik, or from Šibenik’s Solaris Hotel Ivan and choose between a group tour or a private tour. After checking in with the crew at your meeting point, prepare to enjoy panoramic views of the St. Anthony Channel and Šibenik islands on the way to the Kornati archipelago. First, stop at Mana, one of the many islands in the Kornati archipelago. Marvel at views of the cliffs from the sea, a wild beach, and clear water. Continue your journey through the archipelago by visiting the next island, Levrnaka. On Levrnaka sits Lojena Beach, the only real natural sandy beach on the Kornati islands. The boat will leave you on the northeastern side of the island, next to a restaurant in case you would like to have some coffee or food. Lojena Beach is within walking distance of the restaurant. Next, stop at Kornat Island, home to a charming local restaurant called Konoba, where you will have an hour and a half to have lunch next to the sea for affordable prices. Finally, visit Zlarin. Due to its geographical position, the island is seen as St. Anthony Channel’s gatekeeper and the guardian of Šibenik. Use your free time to enjoy the pebble beaches with sand under your feet as soon as you enter the sea. Just before sunset, head back to the starting point of the tour.

From Split or Trogir: Krka National Park and Šibenik Tour

3. From Split or Trogir: Krka National Park and Šibenik Tour

Discover Krka National Park and Šibenik on a guided day tour from Split or Trogir. Witness the Skradinski Buk and Roški Slap waterfalls and swim in the clear water. Admire panoramic views of Visovac Island. Your first stop is Skradinski Buk Waterfall for a guided tour of the local area. Many of the stone houses and watermills have now been transformed into small museums with various exhibits. Walk through a network of pathways and wooden bridges near the waterfalls. Relax and swim at Roški Slap Waterfall. After, you can eat an optional lunch in a typical Dalmatian restaurant. You can enjoy selected wines, as well as delicious traditional homemade food like prosciutto, cheese, and bread. Then move on to the Krka River canyon. Along the way, see the breathtaking panorama of Visovac Island. After, continue to Šibenik to see the sights of the town including the St. James’s Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, return to Split along the beautiful coastal road, passing picturesque villages and islands.

Vodice: Krka Waterfalls National Park Boat Tour

4. Vodice: Krka Waterfalls National Park Boat Tour

Depart by boat to the St Anthony Channel, admiring views of the St Nicholas fortress as you leave the port. In Šibenik, the boat will make a stop to pick up fresh mussels, before passing the Šibenik bridge. Continue along the estuary of the Krka river to Prokljan lake. Arrive in Krka at around 11.30 AM. National Park Krka encompasses 7 beautiful waterfalls and natural pools where you can take a refreshing dip. Beneath the Skradinski Buk waterfall, you can visit a hydroelectric power plant, the second oldest in the world, and the first one in Europe. The park is also home to a few cultural and historical monuments, such as a Franciscan monastery, and several old water mills. You will have plenty of free time to explore the full extent of the park. You can stop at one of the restaurants if you are hungry, or at the souvenir shop to buy some presents to take home. In the mid-afternoon, head back to the boat to start the return journey, returning to Vodice at approximately 5:00 PM.

From Split & Trogir: Krka Waterfalls Day Tour with boat ride

5. From Split & Trogir: Krka Waterfalls Day Tour with boat ride

Witness the lush beauty of the Krka National Park on a day trip from Split or Trogir. Depart Split and relax on the short journey to Krka National Park, known for its spectacular waterfalls and the travertine barrier of Skradinski Buk. Listen to your host as they explain all the secrets of the stunning setting and its scenic attractions. Upon arrival, get some free time to stroll the well-organized trails and wander through the lush green forests at your own pace. Hike to a small collection of renovated stone houses, workshops, and other authentic buildings, including a watermill that demonstrates sustainable village life from centuries ago. Wind your way down to the Krka River, stopping every now and again to read the educational maps and interesting information about the herbs and animal species that make the park their home. Relax under the shade of the tall trees, or sit down on the banks of the river and watch the water rush by. Then, enjoy a boat ride down the Krka river canyon, which will take you to the town of Skradin. Located within the grounds of the national park, you will have 2 hours here to relax. Then, say farewell to this piece of paradise and hop back on the bus. Enjoy back to Split via a landscape of striking beauty and pass the picturesque villages of Dalmatia.

Sibenik: Guided Evening Walking Tour

6. Sibenik: Guided Evening Walking Tour

Visit hidden squares and learn interesting facts about Sibenik as you explore this coastal city with a local guide. Avoid the usual tourist crowds by joining your guide for an evening tour of Sibenik. Visit the historic city center, stroll down cobblestone streets, and see some of the city's most iconic attractions.

From Split or Trogir: Krka Waterfalls and Šibenik

7. From Split or Trogir: Krka Waterfalls and Šibenik

Embark on a journey by bus to see some of Croatia's most stunning natural wonders in Krka National Park. Before visiting a historic town, follow your guide through the park's pathways, marvelling at its clear waterfalls. Begin your day with a drive that takes you between the Dalmatian coast and the hinterland. You enjoy views of Trogir, Split, and the surrounding landscape that features abundant greenery and picturesque villages. On this full-day excursion, your first stop will be in Šibenik to see the sights of the town, including the UNESCO-protected St. Jacob’s Cathedral. As you continue the drive you’ll have great views of the coast and offshore islands, and hear from your guide about the area's history. The next stop is in Krka National Park, at the Krka waterfalls. Walk along the wooden paths through the park’s stunning scenery, and hear the singing of rare birds and seawater mills that have been in action for centuries. See the magnificent Skradinski Buk, the biggest waterfall in the park, and one of the most beautiful cliff waterfalls in Europe. Visit Peninsula Primošten. Some of Croatia’s best-voted beaches are native to Primošten, and its vineyards are even on the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy in this medieval island town to swim, chill, eat, or take a scenic stroll.

Private Sibenik Sightseeing Tour

8. Private Sibenik Sightseeing Tour

This oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic is located in the most protected natural harbor in the center of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. This is probably in the same place where some of the original Croatian settlers first saw the blue sea. Sibenik's narrow winding streets, stony houses, many staircases and the remains of the city walls give it a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. St. Jacob's Cathedral is the most famous building in Sibenik. It was constructed over a period of a century, and is testimony to the determination, sacrifice and belief of the generations of inhabitants of Sibenik. It is unique not only in Croatian architecture, but in European architecture as well. It is entirely built of stone, no other material was used. It is unique in its brave structure of stone slabs and ribs, with no binding material; it is also unique among renaissance churches in its trefoil front facade; finally, it is unique in the harmony of its architecture.

Sibenik: Full-Day Kornati National Park Boat Tour

9. Sibenik: Full-Day Kornati National Park Boat Tour

Your speedboat tour departs from the pier in front of the D-Resort hotel in Sibenik. At first, you will take a cruise through the Sibenik channel and see all its famous landmarks such as military bunkers, a sea tunnel called Hitler’s Eyes, and St Nicholas’ fortress.  Then, on the journey to Kornati, you will pass by Bavljenac, a small island famous for its stone walls that look like a giant fingerprint from above. After an hour you will enter the outer parts of Kornati National Park. This part of the archipelago is famous for its steep rock faces emerging from the sea. The first stop is on the island of Mana where you will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, cliff dive or admire the views of its famous ruins.  After that, you'll visit the Lojena lagoon for swimming and snorkelling, followed by a lunch break at a tavern on the island of Levrnaka.  On the way back you will explore the inner part of Kornati archipelago, passing famous landmarks such as Tarac fortress. The last stopover is at Prvic Luka, where you can sip a coffee, eat some ice cream or just walk around. You will then be dropped off back at the initial meeting point.

Split: Krka National Park with Entry Ticket and Wine Tasting

10. Split: Krka National Park with Entry Ticket and Wine Tasting

If you have a couple of days in the Split and Trogir area this could be a trip that you are looking for. Krka National Park is one of two Croatian National Parks that contain lakes and waterfalls. You will be taken to 2 locations of exceptional natural value inside of the National Park with an included boat ride down the river canyon. Meet in Split or Trogir and take a 1 hour and 30 minutes drive to Entrance Lozovac as this is the best place to start the 2km walk around the Skradinski Buk waterfall. Pass through the old water mill system as your guide explains part of the history and traditions in this area. Then continue this amazing walk on the wooden pathway with little lakes and waterfalls everywhere around. This truly is one of the most preserved ecosystems in Croatia. After 2 hours and 30 minutes at Skradinski Buk, continue your journey with a boat ride down the river canyon to your second location inside of the National Park, the lovely little town of Skradin. In this lower part of the stream, you have an opportunity during the hot summer days to cool down with a nice swim in Skradin. And last but not least a special surprise for those who love some good local food and wine. Only a 10-minute drive from our swimming spot we have a little village called Plastovo known for a few beautiful local family foods and wine stops. Next, enjoy some wine tasting, learn about its production and history, and taste some of the local specialties that the family offers. A total of 5 hours inside of the Krka National Park at two locations with exceptional views and scenery, boat ride, swimming inside of Skradin, and an extra visit to local family food and wine tavern (agrotourism). A relaxing day outside of the city that everyone will enjoy. Finish our day with a drive on the highway back to Trogir and Split.

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What people are saying about Šibenik

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,935 reviews

The trip was amazing, and our tour guide Jelena was great, very informative and funny. She told us lots about everything around us and explained the details well. There was free enough time at Krka for exploration, waterfalls were beautiful. Then we went to Primošten, this was a lovley little town, you have 2 hours to explore the town, have dinner at range of restaurants or chill by the beach. All together a worthwhile trip ! Back in split town by 17:30

Very good guide. Gives explanations about the city and the life of the country. Take the meal which is optional it is definitely worth it. It is very good. We have time both to have lunch at the inn and to swim. On the other hand, it is important to respect the timetables for returning to the bus. I highly recommend.

we had a wonderfull time. our guide Marco was exceptional and very entertaining. and also a special thanks to the driver.

Very good tour, well organised. Very helpful tour guide, clear instructions on where to meet up after our free time.

Well worth doing this activity. The park was busy but it is stunning and Rudi is an excellent guide.