Welcome to Plitvice Lakes National Park


The extraordinary natural beauty of the park merits a full day's exploration, but you can still experience a lot on a half-day trip from Zadar or Zagreb. You must be able to walk a fair distance to get the most out of the place.


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$121.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Full-Day Tour from Zagreb

Get picked up from your Zagreb hotel or meet the air-conditioned vehicle in Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square, and travel approximately ninety minutes south towards Lika, a traditional region of Croatia roughly bound by the Velebit and Plješevica mountains.  Arrive at the historic village of Rastoke, situated at the confluence of Slunjčica and Korana rivers. Stroll around the well-preserved watermills and picturesque waterfalls, and admire the unique architecture of the houses built along the river, which are built from limestone and wood with shingle or tile roofs.Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia. Follow your English-speaking guide on a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed park, which is famous for its 16 lakes connected by a series of waterfalls. We will see all of the highlights of the park (both Lower and Upper lakes). Cap off your visit with a boat cruise across the Kozjak lake and a panoramic train ride, soaking up the breathtaking views and pure air before you return to Zagreb.

$104.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Plitvice Lakes from Split Day Trip with Expert Guide

Begin your day with a pickup from your Split hotel, then travel by air-conditioned vehicle to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site around four hours away. The largest and oldest of Croatia’s national parks, Plitvice is a region of outstanding beauty, renowned for its interwoven turquoise lakes, gushing waterfalls and dense forest. On arrival, set off at a leisurely pace to explore the surrounding woodland. As you wander along the forest trails, let the tranquility wash over you, with only your guide’s commentary and the sound of wildlife stirring in the undergrowth breaking the peaceful silence. Admire the towering fir trees and the colorful wild flowers that line the pathways, and pass over quaint wooden bridges for sweeping panoramas of the azure-green lakes. While the trails are steep and your 5 km route takes in some 300 steps, it is well worth it for the excellent vantage points. Next, treat your legs to a well-earned rest with a ride across one of the lower lakes in an electric boat. As you cruise, notice how clear the lake is despite how vivid the waters appear from afar. Back on dry land, continue on foot to the higher lakes, stopping every now and then to snap postcard-perfect photos. Then, depending on your preferences, crown your hike with a panoramic tour by either bus or electric train. Finally, you’ll enjoy free time to perhaps refuel with lunch at one of the park's cafes (own expense). After around an hour, return to your vehicle and relax on the journey back to Split. Please note: See the Itinerary section below for list of hotels that offer pickup and drop-off.

$105.56 Day Trips & Excursions

From Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes Day Trip with Guide

Start your day with a pickup from your Zagreb hotel, then travel south by air-conditioned vehicle to the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. The oldest and largest of Croatia’s national parks, Plitvice is an oasis of interwoven azure-green lakes, thundering waterfalls, gushing streams, mossy caves and dense forest.On arrival, after roughly two hours on the road, set off at a leisurely pace to explore the surrounding forest with your expert guide. Walk amid the towering beech, spruce and fir trees, and hear the rustle of wildlife stirring below the carpet of lush ferns. Admire the rare wild flowers that line the forest trails and have your camera ready as you pass over the pretty wooden bridges that offer jaw-dropping views of the lakes. While the trails are steep and the route takes in some 300 steps, it is well worth it for the excellent vantage points.Next, give your legs a well-earned rest and take a ride in an electric boat around one of the lower lakes. As you glide across the water, notice how clear it is despite the lake's vivid turquoise appearance from afar.Following your boat ride, continue your route on foot, taking in ever more stunning views as you ascend to the higher lakes. Then, dependent on your preferences, hop aboard a bus or train for your final panoramic tour of this magnificent geological wonder.After, enjoy around 1 hour of free time. Perhaps stop off at a cafe inside the park to recharge with some lunch (own expense). Then, return to your vehicle for the journey back to Zagreb, where you tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.List of selected hotels that offer pickup and drop-off:Hotel Astoria - Petrinjska ulica 71, 10000Hotel Hilton - Ulica grada Vukovara 269A, 10000Hotel Esplanade - Mihanovićeva ulica 1, 10000Hotel Westin - Ulica Izidora Kršnjavog 1, 10000Hotel Sheraton - Ul. kneza Borne 2, 10000Hotel Panorama - Trg Krešimira Ćosića 9, 10000Hotel Dubrovnik, Gajeva ul. 1, 10000

$76.56 Day Trips & Excursions

Plitvice Lakes National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar

Departing from Zadar in the morning, your day trip starts with the 1-hour-and-45-minute drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.Home to diverse vegetation and wildlife, including wild boar, wolves, and even bears, the park was granted World Heritage status in 1979. Located roughly halfway between Zagreb and Zadar, it's marked on old maps as the Devil’s Garden; the spectacular area consists of 16 interconnected terraced lakes, gushing over travertine rock covered in moss. When you arrive at Plitvice, begin your 4-hour guided tour, visiting the Upper Lakes and Lower Lakes and enjoying the unspoiled environment 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. Besides walking and sightseeing, the tour includes an electric boat ride on Kozjak Lake. On your way back, stop for lunch at a restaurant outside the park (own expense) before returning to Zadar, where your tour ends.

$150.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Zagreb to Split Group Transfer with Plitvice Lakes Tour

At agreed time, your tour guide / driver will pick you up from Zagreb to start comfortable ride to the national park. On your way, you will make a short stop for a coffee in Rastoke. This village represents an excellent introduction to the Plitvice Lakes as this location is often called as 'Small Lakes of Plitvice' because both destinations are connected with the same river. Apart from astonishing natural beauties, Rastoke are best known for its well-preserved mills and little waterfalls along the Slunjčica river. All along the travertine barrier, you can discover houses and mills which represent the unique style of this region.Upon arrival at Plitvice Lakes national park, begins your adventure of discovering the whole park area accompanied by your knowledgeable tour guide. This park consists of 16 terraced lakes, formed by natural travertine dams. Depending on the angle of the sun's rays and the mineral makeup of the water, lakes change colors throughout the day, from bright turquoise to gray. Enjoy the walk and be amazed by the preserved nature of the area. After the tour your tour guide will take you to the local restaurant where you can taste typical dishes of this area. He will gladly make some recommendations of food, drinks or even souvenirs. After the lunch, starts your pleasant drive to the final drop off location in Split or Trogir.Itinerary08:00     Pick Up in Zagreb09:00     Visiting Homeland War Museum in Turanj10:00 – 11:00       Coffee break and short visit of Rastoke11:30 – 15:30       Guided sightseeing tour of the NP Plitvice Lakes16:00 – 17:00       Time for lunch20:00  – 20:30      Arrival in Trogir / SplitPossibly the itinerary may be adjusted due to traffic, flooded trails in the park or bad weather conditions.

$98.60 Day Trips & Excursions

Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb

At agreed time, your tour guide/driver will pick you up from Zagreb to start the comfortable ride to the national park. On your way, your first stop will be a visit to the Homeland War memorial in Turanj. The collection is set up on a battlefield of one of the worst fights of the Croatian army which defended Karlovac and proves the importance of Turanj as an advance guard for Karlovac since the period of the Ottoman Empire.After this intriguing history lesson, enjoy a short stop for coffee in Rastoke. This village represents an excellent introduction to the Plitvice Lakes as this location is often called the 'Small Lakes of Plitvice' because both destinations are connected by the same river. Apart from astonishing natural beauties, Rastoke is best known for its well-preserved mills and little waterfalls along the Slunjčica river. All along the travertine barrier, you can discover houses and mills which represent the unique style of this region.Arriving at Plitvice Lakes National Park, begins your adventure of discovering the whole park area accompanied by your tour guide. This park consists of 16 terraced lakes, formed by natural travertine dams. Depending on the angle of the sun's rays and the mineral makeup of the water, lakes change colors throughout the day, from bright turquoise to gray. Enjoy the walk and be amazed by the preserved nature of the area. After the tour your tour guide will take you to the local restaurant where you can taste typical dishes of this area. He will gladly make some recommendations of food, drinks or even suvenirs. After the lunch, starts your pleasant drive to the final drop off location in Zagreb.Itinerary8:00                      Pick Up in Zagreb9:00                      Visiting Homeland War Museum in Turanj10:00 – 11:00       Visiting Rastoke and a coffee break11:30 – 15:30       Sightseeing of Plitvice Lakes National Park with tour guide16:00 – 17:00       Time for lunch19:00                    Drop off in ZagrebPossibly the itinerary may be adjusted due to traffic, flooded trails in the park or bad weather conditions.

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