Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

1. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Admire the mesmerizing beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park in the company of a professional guide as you enjoy a memorable hike and boat ride. Start your day with transportation by van. Then, get ready to savor the spectacle of 16 azure lakes surrounded by gushing waterfalls as you explore Plitvice Lakes during an 8.5 km hike and 20-minute boat ride. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Croatia as you gain fascinating insights from your guide, and experience fantastic views across the Croatian countryside on the journey to and from the park. Marvel at the fairytale village of Rastoke en route to the park, and get snaps of its 17th-century watermills.

Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

2. Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Zagreb, and then make your way to the 16 lakes of the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site to take a nature walk through the magnificent woodlands of Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Marvel at a system of 12 lakes separated by travertine barriers and take a closer look at the marble formations of the incredible natural phenomenon. Learn how the lakes, karst rivers and streams are an ongoing process that continue to shape the landscape over time. See some of the magnificent waterfalls and stand in front of the 78-meter high Large Waterfall (Veliki slap) to hear the roaring thunder of the water as it hits the ground. If you are looking for a full-day adventure, you have the option to book this experience with a morning city tour. If you book this option, you will meet your local guide at 9 am for a tour of the city before departing for the lakes.

Plitvice Lakes: Full-Day Guided Walking Tour and Boat Ride

3. Plitvice Lakes: Full-Day Guided Walking Tour and Boat Ride

Discover the interconnected lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park. Explore 29,685 hectares of lakes and forest. Encounter a variety of native species that pre-date the arrival of humans. Start your tour at the north entrance of the park. Your sightseeing route is circular, and is designed to show you areas from all parts of the park with a combination of walks and electric-boat rides. Enjoy a relaxing return to the starting point, made mostly by panoramic train, while you admire myriad waterfalls of different sizes. The Plitvice Lakes National Park belongs to Dinaric karst area and due to its specific geology, geomorphology, and hydrology, it truly is one of the most unique karst landscapes in the world.

Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

4. Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

Leave Zagreb and head to the Lika region. The first stop on the itinerary is the picturesque watermill village of Rastoke, located at the confluence of the Slunjčica and Korana rivers. Take a stroll through the town to admire the unique rural architecture. The tour continue on to Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is Croatia’s oldest and most visited national park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. For centuries, water has formed waterfalls and created 16 crystal-clear lakes in this area. Enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the forest landscape and the lakes that are connected by a series of waterfalls. Board an electric boat to cross Lake Kozjak and learn more about karst formations and the abundant animal life in the park. Become one with nature, enjoy the clean fresh air and marvel at the breathtaking views that surround you. The guide will be with you and your small group throughout the day, and will share some interesting stories about the areas you visit and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

5. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Discover the beautiful Plitvice Lakes, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and the village of Rastoke on a day tour from Zagreb. Treat your eyes to the beauty of the small waterfalls, traditional houses, 16 terraced lakes, and more on a guided tour. Depart Zagreb and start your journey to the village of Rastoke. Enjoy a coffee break at the gateway to the amazing Plitvice Lakes area. Get a glimpse at some of the small waterfalls, well-preserved mills, and traditional houses that line the banks of the Slunjčica River. Arrive at Plitvice Lakes National Park and follow your knowledgeable guide to discover the 16 terraced lakes formed by natural travertine dams. Learn how the lakes can change color throughout the day, depending on the angle of the sun’s rays and the mineral makeup of the water. Walk through the park on the guided sightseeing tour before your guide takes you to a local restaurant for an optional lunch. Taste the typical dishes of the region, and feel free to ask your guide for recommendations for food, drinks, or even souvenirs. After lunch, sit back in comfort on the pleasant drive back to Zagreb.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

6. From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Plitvice Lakes National Park on a day trip from Split with your entry ticket and a guided tour. Listen to interesting stories about Croatia before arriving at the park. Walk the path around the lakes and relax on a boat trip. Make your way to the tour office in the morning and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enjoy a brief introduction and start driving out of the city, admiring the Croatian countryside and listening to live commentary on your way to the park. Arrive at the lakes and explore the upper and lower waterfalls. Take amazing photos by the water and discover flowing springs, flowering meadows, and mysterious caves. Rest your feet after the trail with a train ride and a scenic boat trip on the turquoise water with banks of lush green trees. Take one last look at the waterfalls before returning back to Split.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes National Park Full-Day Tour

7. From Split: Plitvice Lakes National Park Full-Day Tour

Visit Croatia's first national park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the greatest natural wonders of Europe. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park's unique geology makes for a popular destination for people from all around the world. Meet up in Split and be greeted by your guide and board your transportation for the day. While driving to the park, have the chance to enjoy the beautiful Croatian landscape. Upon arrival to the park, you will be given a map of the park and told about the day's itinerary. Then, have 4 hours of free time to explore 16 beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green water and hypnotic cascades, tour 7 different routes, hike 4 different trails, or just lounge in the shade. Plitvice's natural phenomenon causes it to constantly change through sedimentation of calcium carbonate. It creates special kinds of algae and moss, tufa, or travertine which are deposited to form the natural dams that separate the lakes. See the changing travertine barriers, curtains, stalactites, channels, and cascades being built and the existing ones. Check out interesting caves in which remains of prehistoric settlements have been found. After touring you can also catch a boat or train ride, before heading back to Split.

Split: Self-Guided Plitvice Lakes Day Tour with Boat Ride

8. Split: Self-Guided Plitvice Lakes Day Tour with Boat Ride

Experience the magic of the Plitvice Lakes on this day trip from Split. Ride on a spacious bus and transfer to a boat for a cruise through the park's cascading waterfalls and terraced lakes amid a lush forest. Go deeper into the National Park on a charming woodland train ride. Head to the activity provider's office and board a comfortable coach. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Listen to onboard commentary during the smooth drive. Enter the park and have some free time to take a stroll on the park's wooden paths which line the shores of the crystal-clear waters. Board a boat and sail through the lower lakes for an unobstructed view of the 78-meter-high Plitvice waterfalls. Delve into the depths of the picturesque forest from the comfort of a climate-controlled train. Take in the park's stunning landscapes from your window before returning to the meeting point.

Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

9. Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

Begin your ziplining adventure at the zipline base located near the monument of the Glagolitic Alley. Here you’ll be provided with a zipline safety harness and additional ziplining equipment. Afterward, travel by jeep to the zipline starting point where you’ll be briefed on how to zipline and zipline safety measures. Learn how to zipline in the monkey style on a so-called baby zipline before starting the zipline tour. Once everyone is comfortable using the zipline the group will start the tour. The zipline tour consists of 8 ziplines, with the longest zip line reaching 700 meters. Enjoy the stunning views of the Island of Krk as you travel along the zipline course. Along the way, you’ll be guided by 2 instructors and have the chance to take some amazing photos while on the tour. After everyone has completed the 8 ziplines, you’ll be transported back to the base.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Fully-Guided Day Tour

10. From Split: Plitvice Lakes Fully-Guided Day Tour

Discover the spectacular scenery Plitvice Lakes National Park on a day tour from Split. Admire the beautiful lakes, canyons, and waterfalls of one of the most popular natural landmarks of Croatia, with a guided walk through the park and boat ride on the Lower Lakes. Depart Split in an air-conditioned bus for a scenic ride to the Plitvice Lakes. Take in the beauty of 16 terraced lakes laced together by waterfalls and walking paths. Learn about the lakes from your guide. Cross the 12 interconnecting lakes at the Upper Lakes (Gornja Jezera) and gaze in awe at the changing color of the water, depending on the mineral composition, microorganisms that live in them and angle at which the sun hits the surface. Stroll across wooden bridges and paths that cross the cascades. Next, journey to the Lower Lakes (Donja Jezera) by boat and enter a fairytale world of natural limestone dams. Take in the views of the Great Waterfall (Veliki Slap) and the surrounding forest.

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What people are saying about Plitvice Lakes National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,076 reviews

An intense day trip to one of croatia 's most renowned national parks. The stars were clearly aligned in place when I visited close to the end of October : fewer crowds, pleasant weather and less traffic that would have rendered an otherwise long journey worse. Bear in mind that this tour is harder on the knees than most, but is otherwise a very enjoyable way to spend a free day. Special mention to the guide Sandra for amusing us with anecdotes and keeping a large group engaged : the hours passed by effortlessly indeed.

A very successful experience. The guide, Blaz, whas knowledgeable and entertaining.and his explanations were good. The group was small and intimate. The lakes are beautiful and outstanding.

The park is beautiful. Klara did a wonderful job!☀️Very knowledgeable and very friendly and very kind!☀️Tour is worth the time to take with sightseeing the countryside along the way.☀️

Great experience this! Our guide “Sandra” was super-fun to be with, knows the area inside out & went above n beyond to help everyone in the group. Highly recommend!

Sandra was incredible, so so worth it and it was so fun!!! Super comfortable and October is really a perfect time to come