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From Split: Full-Day Trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park

1. From Split: Full-Day Trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park

This day tour of Plitvice lakes from Split is a perfect tour for all staying in Split and trying to make the most of their holiday in Croatia. Plitvice National Park was founded in 1949 and became famous during the 1960s and 1970s through several Western film productions of Karl May novels. Many scenes were shot at the lakes or waterfalls. The geographic position of the Plitvice Lakes and the specific climate features contributed to the emergence of many natural phenomena and a rich biodiversity within this area. Despite the vicinity to the Mediterranean, a moderate mountainous climate prevails due to the Velebit mountain range, which acts as a climatic separator between the coastal and continental region. For centuries, legends have been created about these mythical lakes, rivers and waterfalls. According to one legend, inhabitants of the region were craving water and called upon the magic queen to help them, which she did by creating the Plitvice lakes. The availability of water has a great impact on the biodiversity of this area. The forested mountain slopes serve as water reservoirs and as a refuge for many animal species. The wider area of the national park is one of the last areas in Europe where wolves and brown bears can be found. About 50 species of mammals and 321 different species of butterflies live in this region. Explore the hidden pathways of Plitvice.

From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave Entry

2. From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave Entry

Visit 5 of Croatia’s islands in style with a fun-filled day trip by speedboat. Head on an adventure where you explore caves, swim and snorkel, and discover Dalmatian towns.  Choose either Trogir or Split as your starting point. And best of all, choose from either a small-group or private experience.  Cruise on a 90-minute speedboat journey to reach the island of Biševo where the Blue Cave is located. Hop into a smaller local boat and explore the stunning Cave from the inside and admire its vibrant blue glow.  Continue next to the island of Vis. Explore the village of Komiža with 1 hour of free time. Discover the traditional Dalmatian fishing village with its narrow streets, pebble beaches, and inviting promenade.   Swing by Stiniva Cove next, accessing the cove at the sunniest time of the day for a quick 15-minute dip. Then head to Budikovac Island for your next activity: snorkeling and swimming in the Blue Lagoon. Borrow the snorkeling gear onboard to enjoy a relaxing hour-long dip here, or even a refreshment on the beach. Last up is a visit to Hvar, with some free time to eat lunch and do some sightseeing in the picturesque port city. Highlights include the historic town center and the Španjola Fortress’ views of the Pakleni Islands. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you are then transported back to Split or Trogir.

Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

3. Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Cruise on a modern boat and take some time to admire Pula, Istria. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to watch dolphins play. The three-hour voyage starts from the port of Pula and continues along the coast of the Brijuni National Park where you can see dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Brijuni waters because of the abundance of fish that dolphins come to hunt in the evening. With beautiful sunset scenes, dolphins, and Brijuni National Park, enjoy dinner and drinks onboard. For dinner, choose between a Mediterranean fish menu, meat menu, or vegetarian menu. Drinks are served throughout the ride (coca cola, fanta, red and white wine, and water). Upon your return to the Port of Pula, take the opportunity to see the famous Pula giants and the Pula Arena at night.

From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip

4. From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip

Explore Montenegro on a day trip from Dubrovnik. Enjoy free time in the picturesque towns of Kotor, Perast, and Budva, and embark on a sightseeing ferry across the Boka Kotorska Bay. Departing from Dubrovnik in the morning enjoy the sights of the Old Town and its surroundings while driving through the beautiful Župa Dubrovačka and the Konavle region. After crossing the Montenegro border, continue along the picturesque Montenegro coast. During the drive through Boka Kotorska Bay, stop at the charming town of Perast. Have the option of visiting the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. During the drive, your host will tell you all about Montenegro's most important cultural monuments, and about the country's history and legends. Upon arrival at Kotor, enjoy free time to explore on your own. The town of Kotor is famous for its nautical tradition, famous commercial fleet, and imposing city walls. After sightseeing, proceed towards Budva. Once at Budva, enjoy another sightseeing tour and free time. Budva is famous for its old city core and beautiful clean sandy beaches. It is a key tourist center of Montenegro. From Budva, return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon, by van and a short ferry trip across the Boka Kotorska Bay.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

5. 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.

Mrežnica: River and Waterfalls Kayak Safari

6. Mrežnica: River and Waterfalls Kayak Safari

The guides will welcome you at the meeting point where you will get the basic instructions about the trip and all of the equipement. After that we will take you to the starting point at Mrežnica river with our transportation. Once there, you will get equiped and our guides will give you instructions and safety procedure. You will be passing through the most beautiful part of Mrežnica, length of 5 kilometers with abundance of magical places for swimming and recreation. Expect amazing untouched nature, beautiful turquoise water and many waterfalls and jumps on this river which is place Primišlje. Right after the first waterfall where your adventure beginns, you will arrive at the biggest waterfall on the whole river - Milkovića slap. From that one you can test your bravery and do a jump from 5m or 9m high right into the deep refreshing water! Route ends passing by the magical camp on Mrežnica, at the bridge. The program is suitable for children strating from 6 years of age, depending on water level!

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

7. 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.

Paklinski Islands: Hvar Half-Day Morning Sailing Tour

8. Paklinski Islands: Hvar Half-Day Morning Sailing Tour

Your departure time for your half-day sailing tours is 10 AM, at which point you depart from the Hvar main harbor catamaran ferry dock. Throughout your tour, experience dynamic and adventurous sailing on a 37-foot racing sailboat which is especially set up for single-handed racing. Begin with 2 hours' sailing, following which you enjoy an hour to swim and refresh yourself at some of the secluded coves of the Paklinski Islands. These coves are only accessible by boat, and following your hour there you sail back to the Hvar town harbor. Throughout your tour, travel with a professional skipper, and rest assured with full passenger and third-party insurance.. There are drinks on board, consisting of non-alcoholic beverages and bottled water. Your guide also treats you to, snorkeling gear, and a stand-up paddle board throughout your tour.

Pula: Brijuni National Park Tour with Island Visit

9. Pula: Brijuni National Park Tour with Island Visit

Visit one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic Sea, Brijuni National Park. Explore the park by boat, spotting wild animals along the way, and swim in the water at St. Jerolim Island. Board a comfortable ship with your captain and guide and head out to the islands that form the National Park. This place is famous because its former owner, Josip Broz Tito, had a rare hobby: he collected exotic animals. Your guide on the ship will conduct a sightseeing tour around all the islands and share lots of interesting facts about the islands and their famous owners. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Mediterranean dishes made of fish, beef, or vegetables. Don’t forget to take advantage of the unlimited drinks on board, like wine, mineral water, juice, and sodas. If you're lucky, your ship may be accompanied by dolphins, so don’t forget your camera.   On a stop off at St. Jerolim Island (Sveti Jerolim), you can choose to stay for 2.5 hours or stay on the ship. On the island, you’ll get the chance to wander its scenic beaches, take a swim, or explore the island itself. After a fun day out on the open sea, your ship will return to Pula.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Croatia

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This walking tour experience at Zagreb was really informative, friendly and enjoyable. I’m so glad that I was able to join this tour to get to know the beautiful city, Zagreb. Im a solo traveler and came without any background knowledge to the meeting point! Our guide was warm welcoming and it was really nice to walk around with a reliable guide despite of the bad weather! I received a full of tips to explore the city further, restaurant, bars and shops- real local recommendations! Thank you so much for the great time!!!

The museum is really interesting and worth visiting. You can see old aeroplanes and cars, as well as fire engines amd ship models. We also did the free guided tour at 3 in the afternoon and watched the demonstration in Tesla's cabinet. It was exciting. Finally, we walked through the undergroung mine and got an idea of how mining worked in the pat. Highly recommended!

i like that it is a small.group and our guide Bojan was an excellent tour guide. He's informative,funny,wntertaining and gas a good grasp of the history in thus region. He was patient and was attentive to everyone! I also like our walking guide in Ljubljana who was equally knowledgeable and kept the tour interesting. Highly recommend this company.

Reviewed 1 week ago Met all the expectations! Learned about the culture, history and economy of Croatia during the road trip. Our tour guide Goran, stopped in every breathtaking spot in the lakes. He had also provide us with a list of the best restaurants in Zagreb for traditional food and additional tips during our stay.

Amazing trip, would recommend this activity to everyone looking to explore Plitvice!