KRKA WATERFALLS FROM SPLIT
Transfers from Split and Trogir - tour escort- 3 hours of free time in the national park - panoramic boat tour - visit to sibenik or primosten
Krka tour summary
In this quick and economic Krka waterfalls tour from Split, we explore one of the 7 amazing Croatian National parks.
Trip to Krka Waterfalls from Split includes bus/van transfer to National Park and boat cruise to Skradinski Buk (Buk, buka – noise), the loudest and best-known waterfall on the Krka River.
You will spend the day at the dramatic waterfalls this park is famous for. Stroll along wooden boardwalks and bridges at Skradinski Buk and later embark on a panoramic boat tour to Skradin – a picturesque town settled at the mouth of the Krka river.
Later we visit the town of Sibenik (off-season) famous for the UNESCO-protected cathedral for a short sightseeing tour or take a stop in the coastal town of Primosten (for the tours booked in the summer) for a swim break.
We are back in Split at around 4:00 PM. – optional.
Krka tour highlights
Krka waterfalls tour itinerary
Krka waterfalls tour from Split starts at 08:15, at the meeting point (western side of the Riva waterfront promenade – Bus stop in front of St. Francis church ). Please be there at least 15.00 minutes earlier for check-in. (Pick-up is optional for small groups and private tours).
Prepare yourself for a very unique experience away from the city vibes! Get on the bus, buy the entrance ticket upon arrival and enjoy the beauty of Krka National Park. You will have 3 hours of free time inside the national park.
We suggest you take a one-way, circular, educational walking trail around the waterfalls by walking along wooden boardwalks and bridges, visiting the former watermills, now restored and served to demonstrate the old trades.
Later on, you can relax on green grass near the Skradinski Buk (Skradinski Buk – (Buk, buka – noise), the loudest and best-known waterfall on the Krka River or try some local dishes in nearby restaurants. Later we will embark on a panoramic boat tour to Skaradin – a picturesque town settled at the mouth of the Krka river.
In the afternoon we visit the coastal town of Primošten (during the summer) or Šibenik (off-season). Leisure time for lunch, swimming, or sightseeing.
We will be back in Split around 4:00 PM.
Skradinski Buk - The most memorable experience of Krka National Park tour
Probably the most unusual and beautiful landscape on your Krka day trip from Split would be the Skradinski Buk. This travertine barrier is located approximately 13 kilometers downstream from Roški slap and a total of 49 kilometers downstream from the source.
The growth of travertine barriers at Skradinski Buk was caused by the unification of the waters of Krka River with the three-kilometer lower current of the Čikola River at Roški slap, creating one of the most unusual and beautiful landscapes you’ll see on your Krka National Park tour from Split.
All science aside, travertine formations of the river include thresholds, travertine islands, draperies and barriers, caves, and tufts. All great photo ops for anyone who would like to post his Split to Krka pics on social media. Filming is, of course, also allowed, so you could try to catch a part of the atmosphere of the walking trail.
The walking trail constructed over the river takes you on a 60 minute light walk through the deep shade of the lush Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean vegetation, which offers the exceptional possibility of direct contact with the unique microcosms of mystical sounds, lights, colors, the mysterious world of travertine mosses and numerous plant species of the travertine barriers and aquatic habitats.
Lucky visitors will not miss the song of the nightingale, the splashing of the coot, the swimming of the Illyrian ide, fast movements of the European grass and dice snakes, the call of the green frog, the flight of the hawk, and the playful ballet of emerald dragonflies and colorful butterflies.
Is Skradinski buk accessible to persons with limited mobility, persons in wheelchairs, and families with baby buggies?
Persons with reduced mobility, persons in wheelchairs, and families with baby buggies can visit the ethnography village and the imperial viewpoint of Franz Joseph I at Skradinski Buk, and they can reach the base of Skradinski Buk along the walking trail with the wooden bridge, and take the white trail to bypass the natural staircase on the right bank to the foot of Skradinski Buk. Access is not possible only from the falls themselves to the Krka hydropower plant on the left bank of the Krka River.
Other Highlights of the Krka Waterfalls tour from Split
Another place you could opt to visit in your free time at the Krka tour from Split is Visovac Island. Situated in the middle of Visovac Lake, within the Krka National Park, Visovac Island is one of the most important natural and cultural values in Croatia, therefore a place to visit, while on a Split to Krka day trip.
It has been the site of the Franciscan monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac, since 1445 AD. Monastery’s archaeological collection of historical church linens and dishes as well as the rich library with many valuable books and incunabula is really something to see while visiting Krka National Park.
If you are into history, you should definitely take the boat ride to Visovac and discover the center of worship for the Mother of God at Visovac – the painting of the Virgin. According to the legend, the Franciscans brought the painting with them when they were forced to flee Bosnia during the Turkish invasions, and they found a new shelter at Visovac. Due to the centuries of worship of Our Lady, the island of Visovac is also called Our Lady’s Island.
Jaruga Hydroelectric Power Plant
For all the engineering enthusiasts among the Split to Krka travelers, it would be interesting to take a look at the power plant on Krka. The Krka hydroelectric power plant (later called Jaruga I) was constructed and began operations on 28 August 1895, only two days after the hydroelectric plant on the Niagara River began its operation. It was in operation until World War I when it was decommissioned for military purposes. Today’s Jaruga II hydroelectric power plant was constructed in 1904.
One of the most famous Croatian dishes, Skradin risotto, also originates from the region in which lies the National Park Krka. The dish was named after a beautiful town on the meeting point of the Adriatic sea and the Krka river, that you will be visiting on your Krka day trip from Split.
If you would like to follow the gastro-nomadic footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, you should definitely try this authentic Croatian slow food dish, praised by the late chef in his tv show No reservations. You can check out the recipe here Skradin Risotto, but it would be best to leave the preparation to the professionals, as it takes more than 12 hours to prepare.
All big waterfalls of the Krka National Park
There are seven travertine waterfalls at the Krka National Park: Bilušića buk, Brljan, Manojlovac slap, Rošnjak, Miljacka slap, Roški slap and Skradinski buk, the Krka River is a natural and karst phenomenon.
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Krka from Split - Additional Info
What to Bring
|Type of Tour||Max. number of passengers||Type of vehicle||Price|
27,00 € Per Person
Max 3 persons
220,00 € Per Vehicle
Max 8 persons
250,00 € Per Vehicle
Krka tour FAQ
Krka National Park is open to visitors year-round. Every season is special. Spring and autumn are lovely due to the comfortable temperatures, lively plant and animal life, and enjoying the educational walking trails and bicycle routes. During winter, when the vegetation is resting, water is at the highest level and the geomorphological forms of the rocks and travertine are best seen. In the summer, the vegetation is at its richest, and the culinary oﬀer is at its best thanks to the richness of fresh foods, but the number of visitors is also highest.
2020 was the final year in which visitors to Krka National Park were able to swim in Skradinski Buk. From January 2021, swimming in the whole area of the park is banned.
Cycling is permitted on marked bicycle trails, but not on the walking trails of the Krka national park.
There are indeed two rivers called Krka, one in Slovenia and one in Croatia. However, it is not the same river, as geographically, they are not even close. Croatian Krka river springs in the foothills of the Dinara mountain range, 2.5 km northeast of the historical Croatian city of Knin. The total length of the river from the spring to the Adriatic sea is 72.5 km, with the submerged part of the river included.
The distance from Split to Krka is just above 80 kilometers, so It would take about an hour to get to Krka Waterfalls from Split.
Dogs are permitted in the park when accompanied by their owners. They must be on a leash at all times and during transport (bus and boat), they must have a muzzle. Dogs are not permitted on Visovac Island. They may move freely around the wider area of the Krka Monastery, but are not permitted to enter the monastery.