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1 day--Split or Skradin/Krka Nat'l Park


I will be visiting Split in early November for one day as part of a Mediterranean cruise. I am trying to decide if I should 1) Take the optional excursion to Skradin and the Skradinski Buk waterfalls in Krka park or 2) Spend the entire day in Split. It is unclear if there will be a minimal amount of time to explore Split if I take the excursion, but for the purposes of this question I will assume that they are mutually exclusive.

I would appreciate any recommendations from people who have traveled to the area before.

Some parameters: 1) The following day of the cruise is in Dubrovnik, and I intend to the spend that whole day in the city. 2) The waterfalls excursion isn't free, but I'm asking for a price-independent assessment for right now. 3) Split and Dubrovnik are the only 2 Croatian ports on the itinerary.

Thank you in advance!

Posted by
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What are the chances it will be raining by early November? (On my one visit to Split, it was raining by mid-October, but of course, the weather varies every year.) Too bad you have to decide early. I personally would not want to go up to Skradinski Buk in the rain. At least in Split, I could camp out at a restaurant for an hour if it's raining and maybe wait til it stops then go exploring some more.

But, Skradinski Buk is a beautiful waterfall, and who knows - it could be a bright sunny November day that day.

If the excursion included a stop in Sibenik, that might persuade me to go that way...

Posted by
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Thank you for your prompt response.

Ah, I forgot to mention that I'm assuming the weather is good enough to support the trip. We will be able to cancel the excursion if it looks like rain. I just like to plan things out early (not least of all because it's fun to do). I didn't read anything about Sibenik on this tour, but I'll look into it!

Posted by
2131 posts

There are a number of things to do in Split, which allow you to remain in town. There's the palace, which is interesting, and in which there are lots of shops. There's the Archeological Museum, which has some wonderful things. There is no archeological museum in Dubrovnik. There's just wandering about.

All in all, I'd stay in town. But it really depends on what you like to do.

Posted by
2041 posts

Split and Dubrovnik are two cities with diferent vibes. Dubrovnik is more medeaval while Split is more Roman. For the one day in port, walk around on your own and save your money for the fabulous shops.
FYI, if you want a private guide in Split we hired a wonderful person. Let me know if you would like his info.