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How to Spend 3 Days in Split

How to Spend 3 Days in Split

Croatia’s second city is known for its unique culture, history, and landscape, as well as for its ease of access to other Croatian highlights. With some planning, it’s possible to experience the best of Split and beyond in just three days. Here’s how.

Day 1: Hit the Highlights

Begin with an overview of the city as you familiarize yourself with Split's historic landmarks. Bike tours allow you to zip between highlights hassle-free, while walking tours offer a more intimate perspective. Hop-on hop-off bus services are also available, and make transportation worry-free. Either way, an early start is key, as Old Town tends to fill up during the day. Once you’ve taken in attractions such as Diocletian’s Palace and Marjan hill, head to the waterfront to unwind on a city beach, or set sail on a sunset cruise. Absorb views of the Adriatic over dinner or drinks on board, and then round out your evening exploring Split after dark, taking advantage of nightlife tours, which guide you to the city center’s liveliest spots.

Day 2: Discover Dalmatia

The port city is a prime departure point for wider exploration of the Adriatic. Transfer by speedboat to view several highlights in one day, or enjoy a more active excursion as you kayak along the coastline. Kornati National Park isn’t far by boat, and offers an relaxed alternative to the mainland. Full- or half-day tours typically include round-trip transfer, and some also include lunch. If you’d rather stay on dry land, you can get a taste of authentic Dalmatian cuisine on a food tour. Come evening, take a stroll along the Riva promenade, or visit local wine bars to sample rich Croatian flavors among Split natives.

Day 3: Croatia and Beyond

Reserve your final day for exploring further afield, taking advantage of full-day tours that travel to Croatia and beyond. Nature fans and hikers head to Plitvice Lakes National Park or Krka National Park for a day in scenic surroundings, while history buffs and city lovers gravitate to the coast and the historic city of Zadar on a day of urban sightseeing. The neighboring Balkan state of Bosnia and ‎Herzegovina is another popular day-trip destination, and round-trip transfer from Split makes international exploration easy. Wind down back in town with a classic peka dinner, before making your way back up to the Marjan summit for final views of the coastal city by night.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park Small-Group Day Trip from Split

Plitvice Lakes National Park Small-Group Day Trip from Split

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Lose yourself in the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Plitvice Lakes National Park on this full-day tour from Split. Take a short hike around the magnificent tree-lined Upper Lakes (Gornja Jezera); stand in awe before Veliki Slap, Croatia’s biggest waterfall; and enjoy a thrilling cruise around the Lower Lakes (Donja Jezera).
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  • 12 hours
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6 Islands, Hvar and Blue Cave Small-Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

6 Islands, Hvar and Blue Cave Small-Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Discover six islands and caves on a full-day speedboat cruise from Split. Board a RIB (rigid-inflatable boat), and visit beauty spots including the Blue Cave, Monk Seal Cave (weather permitting) and passing by Green Cave before stopping to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe at Budikovac Island’s Blue Lagoon. After a restaurant lunch, cruise to sandy beach Smokova Bay in Vis island. Continue to Hvar Town, enjoying free time here before a wine tasting on Brac Island. Lunch with wine and water, entrance fees to Blue Cave, and use of snorkeling equipment included.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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1.5-Hour Split Evening Walking Tour

1.5-Hour Split Evening Walking Tour

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The seafront promenades and UNESCO-listed monuments of Split are even more atmospheric after dark and an evening walking tour means you’ll benefit from the cooler weather. On this 1.5-hour tour, admire landmarks including Diocletian's Palace, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and the Venetian Tower, then take in the views from Marjan Hill.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$21.59
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Krka National Park and Sibenik Day Trip from Split

Krka National Park and Sibenik Day Trip from Split

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Get out of town and into nature with this exciting day trip from Split to Šibenik and Krka National Park. Spend some time exploring Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian town on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea. Visit the Cathedral of St James. And then discover Krka National Park with its 17 waterfalls and verdant landscape. Take some time to swim in the lower lake and wander the park.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.96
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Kayaking Tour from Split: Hvar and Pakleni Islands

Kayaking Tour from Split: Hvar and Pakleni Islands

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One hour journey on a ferry reaches Hvar town, where you will join our sea kayaking tour. Combine the historic town of Hvar with the emerald jewels of the Pakleni Islands for one of Croatia's most popular half-day kayak tours. Explore the myriad of the Pakleni Islands, divine collections in front of Hvar, whose pine trees provide shade to numerous idyllic coves. As tour duration is up to 3 to 4 hours there is enough time to swim, snorkel, chill, get a coffee or refreshing drink at the beach bar. Kayak slowly back to Hvar in the early afternoon, and enjoy exploring Hvar town before you board the ferry to Split. The length of the route is 3-5 Nm, with one beach stop - depending on weather conditions and pace of the group.
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  • 12 hours
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Day Trip to Zadar From Split

Day Trip to Zadar From Split

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Enjoy a day away from bustling Split and experience another Croatian city on a private day tour to Zadar. Avoid the hassle of travel with round-trip transfer from your hotel and benefit from the personalized service of a private tour. Discover city landmarks, including the Sea Organ, Church of St Donatus, and Museum of Ancient Glass, and enjoy insights provided by your personal guide.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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$250.76
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