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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

2. 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 Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

3. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Depart Zagreb and journey to the village of Rastoke and 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.

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

4. 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.

From Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour

5. From Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour

Visit  Plitvice National Park on a full-day tour departing from Zadar. Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979, Plitvice is marked on old maps as the “Devil’s Garden" and consists of 16 interconnected terraced lakes gushing over moss-covered rocks. Depart from Zadar early and drive for about 1 hour and 45 minutes before reaching Plitvice National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, including wild boar, wolves, and even bears. Once at the national park, begin your 4-hour guided tour, visiting Upper and Lower lakes and enjoying the unspoiled nature of one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Although you can’t swim in the protected lakes, your guide will show you the best places to explore and relax in this paradise of natural wonders. Your tour also includes an electric boat ride on Kozjak Lake. Return to Zadar at around 18:00.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

6. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Admire the mesmerizing beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park in the company of a professional guide and small group, as you enjoy a memorable hike and boat ride. 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.

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.

From Split or Trogir: Plitvice Lakes Tour with Entry Tickets

8. From Split or Trogir: Plitvice Lakes Tour with Entry Tickets

Embark on a day in inland Croatia on an outdoor excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park by van. Visit Croatia's largest national park and marvel at its turquoise blue waterfall waters. Watch cascades of clear water smoothly flow in front of your eyes as you walk through the park's pristine natural grounds and sit on a boat cruise to the lower lakes. Leave Split and Trogir and enjoy a drive through the countryside toward a unique jewel - the Plitvice Lakes. On arrival, start your tour on foot through the woods, led by your guide.  Cross Gornja Jezera, which are the upper lakes, and continue by boat, accompanied by the sound of the waterfalls, to Donja Jezera, the lower lakes. Approach the Great Falls, 78-meters (256-feet) high, and hear the roaring thunder of the water hitting the ground. Go to Outlook Cave, made famous from the scene in Karl May’s movie, “Treasure of Silver Lake.” End your journey with a panoramic train ride. Recuperate with an optional lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Split after your tour.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Trip

9. From Split: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Trip

Be an early bird and join us on our Plitvice lakes tour. Marvel at the views as you reach the largest and the oldest of Croatia's national parks. Admire the colorful waterfalls, tall trees, and sounds of nature as you pass over wooden trails and bridges. Begin your sightseeing journey from lower lakes and take it easy as you move to the upper lakes. Discover the limestone canyon and Great Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Croatia, making the lower lakes a popular area. Take a moment to soak up the scenery, surrounded by amazing cascading waterfalls, fishes and ducks swimming in lakes and rich flora and fauna. On this tour you won't be accompanied with a guide so you will have an opportunity to spend your time inside the National Park on your own. Spend a perfect day in nature and discover one of the most beautiful Croatian attractions. Don't forget to bring your camera with you to collect breathtaking photos of your vacation. After exploring this little slice of heaven, make your way back to Split.

Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Plitvice Lakes National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,083 reviews

This was an amazing trip emersedin such beautiful lakes and waterfalls! The trip was super extra ordinary and spectacular thanks to our knowlegeable and comical guide, Sandra!!!! Can’t thank her enough for her endless attention to addressing our questions and providing such an enjoyable day. She is beyond friendly, caring and comical! Thank you. Hope to see you again on Split!

This is a great shout if you need to transfer from Zagreb to Split. We had a private pick up to take us to the lakes, and then we joined onto a lake tour there. On our tour the park entry and private transfer were all included. We took the bus with the tour back to split but felt nice to do something on the day of transfer! Parks are also a must see.

Amazing trip, with amazing guide Sandra, you should definitely choose this one day trip, and you will be lucky if your guide will be Sandra, very interesting stories about place, and her sense of humour ohh, good jokes in good place are amazing 100% worth it!!!!

A must-see trip for every visitor who comes to Croatia, a team with experience, excellent and courteous guides, worth the money, great pleasure.

Klara was an excellent guide, very informative and friendly.