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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, or 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, chill, eat, sample wine tasters, or take a scenic stroll.  Some of Croatia’s best-voted beaches are native to Primošten, and its vineyards are even on the UNESCO World Heritage sites’ waiting list. 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.

Kornati Archipelago: Boat Tour

2. Kornati Archipelago: Boat Tour

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.

Sibenik: Full-Day Kornati National Park Boat Tour

3. 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.

From Split and Trogir: Krka Waterfalls Day Tour

4. From Split and Trogir: Krka Waterfalls Day Tour

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 driver 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.

From Split or Trogir: Krka National Park and Šibenik Tour

5. 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.

From Split or Trogir: Krka Waterfalls and Šibenik

6. 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.

Krka National Park Tour with a Local Guide and Wine Tasting

7. Krka National Park Tour with a Local Guide 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 inside of the Krka River. 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 food 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 the Krka River and an extra visit to a 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.

Vodice: Krka Waterfalls National Park Boat Tour

8. 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.

Krka Waterfalls & Šibenik: Small Group Day Trip from Trogir

9. Krka Waterfalls & Šibenik: Small Group Day Trip from Trogir

Explore some of the most notable natural and historical landmarks in central Dalmatia at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Explore Krka Waterfalls national park, stroll through the cobblestone streets of the historical town Šibenik and visit Primošten on a full day trip from Trogir. Start in Okrug Gornji, Trogir and Seget Donji, where you will be picked up by air-conditioned car, van or minibus. Stop at the magnificent Krka Waterfalls (entrance Lozovac). Explore the most popular location of the park - Skradinski buk. Take a walk along the wooden trail constructed over the river and enjoy the spectacular sounds and colours of untouched nature around you. visit the traditional stone houses and old water mills, now transformed into souvenir shops and ethno museums. Discover the flora and fauna of one of the most preserved ecosystems in Croatia. Visit the historical town Šibenik, famous for the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cathedral of St. James. Wander along the narrow cobblestone streets of Šibenik center, marvel at the historical fortresses surrounding the town, or grab lunch in one of many restaurants the town has to offer. Head to Primošten, a picturesque town located between Šibenik and Trogir on a small island connected to the mainland. See numerous medieval buildings and traditional stone houses, or simply take a coffee break, while enjoying the view of the city and the sea, before heading back to the starting point.

Private Sibenik Sightseeing Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,443 reviews

The trip was fantastic! From start to finish it was so well organised. Krka National park is not too far from Split so you don’t waste loads of time travelling. Our tour guide was Rudi and he was full of information and so friendly! We took a boat road to the main part of the park. Rudi showed us the route and made sure the group were familiar with the map. We then had a few hours of free time to explore the sights (which were stunning). There were plenty of places to grab a drink and bite to eat. After boarding the bus we were taken to another city around 30 mins away. Again, we were given around 2 hours to explore the city. Perfect place to grab lunch and a drink on the seafront. The trip back to Split was approx an hour so not too long. Rudi was fantastic and super friendly, couldn’t recommend this trip enough!

The tour was good. The waterfalls are quite spectacular and pleasant to walk around. The day trip was nicely spaced so not a problem being in the bus or walking for too long. Daniela is an excellent tour guide with extensive knowledge of the country. The information she gave was interesting and not over complicated. I’d definitely recommend this tour.

Really enjoyed this tour - our tour guide Rudi was amazing & provided excellent facts throughout the tour but also made it funny! We felt we had more than enough time at each location & loved having free time to explore Krka park ourselves. The bus driver was also excellent & we had a comfortable journey. Would 100% recommend :)

I’d give 10 stars if I could! Fab day today thanks to Rudolph. He was so laid back and gave us so much history and information about Croatia. Krka was insanely stunning and we had lots of free time to explore. Well planned day and we got to explore a another Croatian city called Sibenik which was cool!

Fantastic daytrip! Our guide miss D was very enthusiastic and fun. The waterfalls are amazing