Welcome to the enchanting shores of Croatia, where ancient history merges with stunning coastal beauty to create a destination like no other. Nestled along the picturesque Dalmatian coastline, the cities of Split and Dubrovnik beckon travelers with their rich heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and an array of captivating experiences waiting to be discovered.
Whether you're joining us on one of our Global Adventures to Croatia, or exploring the country on your own, we invite you to embark on an unforgettable journey to two of Croatia's most alluring cities, Split and Dubrovnik. These historical havens hold the key to Croatia's past while offering a glimpse into its vibrant present. From magnificent ancient ruins to idyllic beaches, and from bustling city life to tranquil coastal retreats, Split and Dubrovnik promise an enthralling fusion of experiences for every kind of traveler.
We've rounded up some top experiences that you can indulge in during your visit to Split or Croatia. Some options are similar, each with their own twist. Use the variety to find the flavor of adventure that best suits your tastes. Here we go!
Things to Do in Split, Croatia
Museums & Galleries
Archaeological Museum of Split: Delve into the depths of Split's ancient past at the Archaeological Museum, where a remarkable collection of artifacts, sculptures, and mosaics narrate the city's historical journey from the prehistoric era to the Roman period. This treasure trove offers an immersive experience, shedding light on the region's cultural heritage and providing visitors with a deeper appreciation for Croatia's rich archaeological legacy.
Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments: Nestled within the stunning 17th-century Gothic-style building of the Split's Monastery of St. Francis, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments houses a unique assortment of medieval stone inscriptions, sculptures, and religious artifacts. As the only museum in Croatia dedicated solely to early medieval artifacts, it serves as a captivating window into the country's early Christian heritage, preserving the memory of its distant past.
Gallery of Fine Arts: Located within the regal confines of the Old City, the Gallery of Fine Arts in Split offers an inspiring journey through Croatia's artistic heritage. From Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary works, the gallery's diverse collection showcases the creativity and talent of Croatian artists through the ages. Wander through its halls, and you'll be immersed in a world of colors, shapes, and emotions, reflecting the nation's artistic soul.
There are a zillion fabulous tours in Split and the surrounding area. We had such a hard time narrowing down this list of ours in Split because they all look so thrilling! At the end of the day, we decided it was best to give you options — a mix of outdoorsy tours, city tours, and some water-focused excursions.
- Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour, Boat Cruise & Swimming
- Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting tour from Split
- Private Krka Waterfalls Day Trip from Split including Wine Tasting & Lunch
- Split to Krka Waterfalls - Full Day Private Tour Including Free Detour
- Mostar and Herzegovina Tour with Kravica Waterfall from Split & Trogir (City tour with a quick visit to Kravica Waterfall)
- Split and Trogir private tour *ideal for cruise ship guests*
- Eco City Tour Split
- Split History and Gastro Tour
- Mostar and Herzegovina Tour with Kravica Waterfall from Split & Trogir
- Rafting Experience in the Canyon of the River Cetina
- Zipline Croatia: Cetina Canyon Zipline Adventure from Omis
- ATV Quad Safari Tour from Split
Food & Culture
You really can't go wrong when it comes to culture in Split. There are boundless restaurants with dishes that bubble over with flavor, sensational markets that offer local, fresh foods and artisan crafts, and countless cultural sites — both historical and modern.
If you're looking to stretch your legs, take a walk around Riva Harbor. The white stone promenade is lined with tall palm trees and quaint fishing boats bob gleefully on the water. Among them, ritzy sailboats float proudly with tall masts, and the smell of Gregada — a traditional fish stew — wafts over the promenade and you suddenly feel hungry. Hey, maybe the fish in that dish were caught on one of the boats this morning.
From the promenade, you can walk over to the Green Market where artisanal foods and fresh produce abound. Grab some fresh fruit, smoked meats, aged cheeses, and a local bottle of wine. Once you've had your fill here, take the six minute walk west to the Split Fish Market; it's a real treat!
Things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
A trip to Croatia isn't complete without a visit to Dubrovnik! On our Global Adventures to Croatia, we end our itinerary in this incredible, historic city. Captivating and enchanting, Dubrovnik's timeless charm and extraordinary beauty dazzle tourists far and wide. Nestled along the pristine Adriatic coast, the city's well-preserved medieval architecture (you may recognize some of it from the hit show, Game of Thrones), including its iconic fortified walls, transports travelers back in time. Dubrovnik's rich history, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant cultural scene make it an ideal destination for those seeking a perfect blend of historical exploration, coastal relaxation, and memorable experiences.
There are many tour options in Dubrovnik if you search on sites like Viator and Trip Advisor. We checked out a few options and found a few that will give enhance your trip itinerary, from waterfall tours to a kayak excursion in the Adriatic Sea!
Sea Kayak Tour: On this kayak day tour from Dubrovnik, you'll see the "Pearl of the Adriatic." What's that!? That's the beloved nickname for Dubrovnik, which is also regarded as the most picturesque city on the Dalmatian coast. Your guide will lead you from a beach in Dubrovnik around local landmarks along the coast. Partway through the tour, you'll "dock" at a secluded beach where snacks, sun, and snorkeling are offered! If you book the sunset tour, your guide will have a glass of wine ready for you at the beach. Relaxing!
Tour to Montenegro: Embark on a captivating journey from Dubrovnik to Montenegro on this full-day trip. Traverse the stunning southern Dalmatian Coast, passing through quaint Adriatic villages and towns, including the UNESCO-listed gem of Kotor, nestled within Europe's southernmost fjord. Revel in breathtaking vistas of the Adriatic Sea, the Bay of Kotor, and the lush valleys of Župa Dubrovacka and Konavle. An optional boat trip to the picturesque Our Lady of the Rocks island adds an extra touch of allure to this unforgettable experience. Conclude your day with a scenic drive back to Dubrovnik, cherishing the memories of this enchanting adventure.
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour: Don't let the logistics of getting to these beautiful waterfalls stop you from seeing them! This tour makes it simple and hassle-free to see Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls. Your experienced driver will pick you up from your Dubrovnik hotel, leading you through the picturesque seaside villages of the Dubrovnik Riviera and into the scenic Bosnian countryside en route to the medieval town of Mostar. Enjoy ample free time to explore Mostar's fascinating landmarks before making a stop at the mesmerizing Kravice Waterfalls on your return journey to Dubrovnik. With convenient pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, this day trip promises a seamless and unforgettable adventure.
Game of Thrones Tour: This Game of Thrones Walking Tour highlights a handful of landmarks from the renowned television show. On its own, Dubrovnik is a World Heritage listed Old Town, and the added drama of the Game of Thrones storyline makes this city even more appealing. See the sights like King's Landing and get behind-the-scenes filming knowledge on the show. This and many other tours can give you the real Game of Thrones treatment.
From the ancient wonders of Diocletian's Palace in Split to the majestic walls of Dubrovnik's Old Town, these cities have revealed their timeless allure. Whether you sought history, culture, or coastal beauty, these Croatian gems have proven themselves as captivating destinations for every kind of traveler. As you bid farewell to the cobblestone streets, scenic landscapes, and warm-hearted locals, take with you the essence of Croatia's magic, knowing that this journey is merely the beginning of an enduring love affair with these enchanting coastal cities.