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About Split

Nestling on the sparkling Dalmatian coast, the medieval Croatian port of Split, faces the myriad magical islands of the Kornati archipelago which include Brac, Hvar and Vis.

Face the other way across Split's waterfront and you will see Diocletian's Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman palaces in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The pedestrianised centre of Split is easy to walk around. Wander around its huddle of alleys and piazzas and then, for a great view, climb the exposed steps to the top of the 200ft-high cathedral bell tower.

Sip a drink at one of the many cafés along the seafront Riva or pop into a Konoba (wine cellar) to sample the excellent locally produced reds and whites. Culinary specialities include smoke and wind dried ham, stewed beef with noodles and delicious lamb dishes.

Just three miles from Split are the ruins of ancient Salona, once capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.

 

Shore excursions in Split

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Cetina River Rafting and Lunch

Activity highBeach and WaterMeal included

Duration: 7½ hours

Paddles at the ready for a thrilling day of white-water rafting on the beautiful Cetina River.

Your river rafting adventure starts on the banks of the Cetina River in the majestic Biokovo Mountain Nature Park.

Upon arrival, at the launch site you’ll be provided with a life jacket, helmet and a wet suit and given a short safety briefing and instructions. Your experienced rafting guide will then lead you on the inflatable rafts for an exciting descent to Radman’s Mills. Prepare to manoeuvre through white-water rapids and during the calmer moments, take the opportunity to marvel at the scenic landscape of this region.

The original buildings of the 17th century Radman’s Mills are now a popular restaurant and picnic area by the river, in the shade of trees, with a beautiful crystal-clear trout pond and river beach. At this picturesque spot, you’ll leave your raft to enjoy a well-deserved lunch of local delicacies, accompanied by wine. Afterwards, take a stroll through the surrounding woodland or enjoy a swim in the deliciously clear water.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, raft and on foot. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Passengers with back or neck injuries, pregnant women and children may not participate. Participants are required to raft for approximately 11 km on the river which takes around 3¾ hours. Please wear swimwear underneath loose clothing and shoes that can get wet. Ensure to bring a towel and change of clothes as you may get wet. Life vests and helmets are provided which must be worn. The journey to the rafting site takes approximately 1 hour each way.

Krka National Park and Waterfalls

Activity high

Duration: 6½ hours

Explore the natural beauty of Croatia during a visit to Krka National Park, complete with a leisurely boat ride.

Covering an area of 142 square miles, the Krka National Park was established to protect the middle and lower stretches of the River Krka. The river begins its journey inside a canyon and spills over into spectacular waterfalls, forming a series of lakes and rapids.

Visit the most impressive part of the Park, Skradinski Buk. This great clear, natural pool boasts the biggest waterfall in the Park. From a height of 147 feet, the impressive waterfall cascades down 17 steps and is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe.

Above the falls, a large plateau offers spectacular panoramic views and wonderful photo opportunities and you will be able to view a small ethnological exhibition, and an old grinding mill that is still in operation today During your free time at Skradinski Buk, explore the area further via one of the walking trails, or if the weather is on your side you may choose to take a swim in the refreshing waters.

Complete your tour with a pleasant 20 minute scenic boat ride, taking you along the Krka River from Skardinski Buk to the small town of Skradin.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves 1½ hours of walking as well as some steps. If you wish to swim at the falls, please wear your swimwear as there are no changing facilities available, and bring a towel. The journey to the Park takes around 1½ hours. Local currency (Kuna) is required for purchases at any of the outlets in the Park. This is a protected area: please refrain from littering and smoking is not permitted. It is a popular attraction, which can result in delays at the entrance. The boat ride is non-exclusive to P&O cruises, and whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). The tour may operate in reverse. This tour also operates from Sibenik.

 

A selection of cruises to Split

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