A great option for active travelers who want to combine stunning scenery with outdoor adventure. Starting in Split, you'll explore popular Krka National Park and canyon the Cetina River before taking to the sea to discover Hvar Island. You'll hike, paddle, and rappel your way across the southern Dalmatian coast ending your stay in historic Dubrovnik.
Apart from the beautiful scenery, you'll also learn about the area's unique history. For example, you can visit the restored ethnic village near Skradinski Buk (the largest waterfall), where locals that once lived along the banks of Krka. Some of the older generations still refer to the waterfall as "Buk," as it's the one that makes the "biggest noise" ("buka" in Croatian).
After exploring Skradinski Buk waterfall, enjoy a scenic drive to the Roški Slap area of the park. Roški Slap is less busy and offers an opportunity for walks or hikes, plus a small cave from prehistoric times.
Before moving on, we suggest visiting Visovac, a small islet in the middle of the river with a Franciscan monastery. You probably won't see any monks, but you can still enjoy a 20-minute tour of the island that includes a boat ride.
And as you leave the park, stop to see the spot that once hosted the oldest power plant in Europe (in 1895). People in the neighboring area of Šibenik were the first in Europe with electricity!
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Itineraries with Explore Krka National Park
This route covers the highlights of Croatia's southern Dalmatian coast where you will explore beautiful landscapes and ancient culture. Begin in Zagreb and drive south to Croatia's most popular city, Dubrovnik. En route, you will stop at national parks, Plitvice Lakes and Krka, the historic port cities of Zadar and Split, and sample wine on the island of Hvar before ending your adventure in Dubrovnik.
If spending 11 days traveling with the kids in tow through Croatia's top cities and historic sites sounds perfect, then this complete itinerary is for you. You'll explore the charms of the Istrian peninsula from Pula's mini-Colosseum to the Venetian-inspired architecture of Rovinj before spending three nights in the ancient coastal city of Split discovering nearby Krka National Park and the stunning landscape beyond the coast. End in Dubrovnik and let the kids' imagination run wild as they tramp through the centuries-old streets, climb towering walls, and "sail" through the air up to Srđ Mountain.
Explore Croatia's Adriatic islands and Dalmatian coastline in comfort and style with private transfers and guided tours to and from luxury hotels. Sample sweet and savory local delicacies on a food tour of the ancient coastal city of Split, take a dip in the emerald-green lagoon of Krka National Park's Skradinski Buk waterfalls and discover Hvar's undulating island terrain, accented with vineyard-covered hills, thick olive groves, and fragrant fields full of rosemary and lavender. You'll spend time in Lumbarda wine country, admire the baroque buildings of Dubrovnik's Old Town, and while away the hours lazing on a private cove near Cavtat.
Take in the wild and rugged beauty of Croatia's top sights and attractions on this complete adrenaline-fueled 16-day adventure. You'll cover three historic cities along the Dalmatian coast—Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar—as well as spend two nights in Zagreb with exciting day trips to nearby islands and ancient fortressed cities. Hike and bike island terrain on Korčula and Hvar, spend a day canyoning the Cetina River, and walk amid waterfalls and emerald-green lakes in stunning Krka and Plitvice Lakes national parks.