My husband and daughter will be traveling to Split in September. We will see Diocletian's Palace and do an overnight in Hvar. I'm thinking of also seeing Solon and Trogir. How long would you spend in these two areas? Would you recommend Plitvice Lakes National Park or Krka National Park? It seems it takes a long time to get to Plitvice Lakes from Split and one would need to stay overnight to tour the Park. Any advice on this?
A day trip to Plitvice from Split can be quite long. The earlier you can arrive at the park, the better. Tour busses leave Zagreb and Split at around 8:00 and arrive at the park around 10:00, so getting in before the tour groups is to your advantage, however I can't say how thick the bus tours will be in September. The Plitvice web site publishes several routes of various lengths covering the upper and lower lakes, so you can estimate how much time you'd need in the park. Some people are content with a day trip and one of the longer routes. Others want multiple days to see it all. Really, it's personal preference at that point. See route info here: http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/en/plan-your-visit/explore-the-park/plan-your-visit/
I can't speak about how Krka compares to Plitvice, but it should be an easier day trip from Split.
Thank you Mike. I must not be reading the bus schedule properly. Do you know the bus schedule site for the trip from Split to Plitvice?
I use http://www.buscroatia.com/ to get estimates of how long bus travel will take.
I did a day trip to Plitvice from Split a couple of years ago. If you don't want the hassle of planning it out yourself, I suggest you go with a tour group. I used Portal (http://www.split-excursions.com/). It's a little expensive, but well worth the hassle free trip. We had several hours in the park with our tour guide and I thought this was enough. Like the previous post said, use personal preference as to how much time you want to spend there. I was fine with the few hours we had. You get to cover quite a bit of ground and even take a boat ride across one of the lakes.