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Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Plitvice Lakes: National Park Official Entry Ticket

1. Plitvice Lakes: National Park Official Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in the vast beauty of Croatia's largest national park, nestled between the Mala Kapela and Lička Plješivica mountain ranges. Book your ticket to Plitvice Lakes National Park and hike through lush forests to gaze at stunning tufa formations and cascading lakes. Choose from 7 routes and 4 hiking trails to explore this pristine landscape year-round. Witness the magic of 16 named lakes and countless smaller ones, flowing one into another. Discover the Upper Lakes, offering gentle shores, or marvel at the Lower Lakes, boasting steep cliffs and impressive waterfalls, like Sastavci. Join nature enthusiasts who've cherished this park since receiving its national park status in 1949.

From Zagreb: Plitvice & Rastoke Guided Day Trip with Ticket

2. From Zagreb: Plitvice & Rastoke Guided Day Trip with Ticket

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, train and 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.

Zadar: Plitvice Lakes with Boat Ride and Zadar Old Town Tour

3. Zadar: Plitvice Lakes with Boat Ride and Zadar Old Town Tour

Experience Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a day trip from Zadar. 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 meeting point 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 have 4 hours to explore the upper and lower waterfalls. Take amazing photos by the water and discover flowing springs, flowering meadows, and mysterious caves. Afterwards, rest your feet 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 Zadar. After returning to Zadar, explore the Old Town area with an optional guided walking tour that you can take any day during your stay at 6:00 PM.

Plitvice Lakes: Guided Walking Tour and Boat Ride

4. Plitvice Lakes: 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.

Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

5. Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

Experience Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a day trip from Zadar with entry ticket and a 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 meeting point 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 have 4 hours to explore the upper and lower waterfalls. Take amazing photos by the water and discover flowing springs, flowering meadows, and mysterious caves. Afterwards, rest your feet 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 Zadar. After returning to Zadar, explore the Old Town area with an optional guided walking tour that you can take any day during your stay at 6:00 PM.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

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

Experience the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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.

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

7. 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. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park. Listen to onboard commentary and learn more about the park during the 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 admire the lakes, while enjoying the spectacular views. 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 Zagreb: Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes Small-Group w/ Ticket

8. From Zagreb: Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes Small-Group w/ Ticket

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 Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Day Tour with Boat Ride

9. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Day Tour with Boat Ride

Join a day tour from Zadar and explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Travel in an air-conditioned bus and enjoy your free time exploring the park on your own. This day tour also includes an electric boat ride and a panoramic train tour. Your tour begins with a free pickup from your accommodation in Zadar. Once at the park, your group has the privilege of entering without waiting in line thanks to a reserved entry ticket which you will pay for on the day of the tour in cash. Inside the park, follow the suggested route C and spend around 4 hours visiting all the most important spots, leaving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the picturesque natural surroundings. Meeting point is organized by tour leader at 15:45 pm at the park Entrance no.1. Arrival in Zadar is scheduled around 18:00

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Guided Group Day Trip

10. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Guided Group Day Trip

Discover the beautiful Plitvice Lakes, a Unesco World Heritage Site 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 Plitvice Lakes. 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.

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Plitvice Lakes: National Park Official Entry Ticket

Plitvice Lakes: National Park Official Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in the vast beauty of Croatia's largest national park, nestled between the Mala Kapela and Lička Plješivica mountain ranges. Book your ticket to Plitvice Lakes National Park and hike through lush forests to gaze at stunning tufa formations and cascading lakes. Choose from 7 routes and 4 hiking trails to explore this pristine landscape year-round. Witness the magic of 16 named lakes and countless smaller ones, flowing one into another. Discover the Upper Lakes, offering gentle shores, or marvel at the Lower Lakes, boasting steep cliffs and impressive waterfalls, like Sastavci. Join nature enthusiasts who've cherished this park since receiving its national park status in 1949.

From Zagreb: Plitvice & Rastoke Guided Day Trip with Ticket

From Zagreb: Plitvice & Rastoke Guided Day Trip with Ticket

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, train and 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.

Zadar: Plitvice Lakes with Boat Ride and Zadar Old Town Tour

Zadar: Plitvice Lakes with Boat Ride and Zadar Old Town Tour

Experience Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a day trip from Zadar. 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 meeting point 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 have 4 hours to explore the upper and lower waterfalls. Take amazing photos by the water and discover flowing springs, flowering meadows, and mysterious caves. Afterwards, rest your feet 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 Zadar. After returning to Zadar, explore the Old Town area with an optional guided walking tour that you can take any day during your stay at 6:00 PM.

Plitvice Lakes: Guided Walking Tour and Boat Ride

Plitvice Lakes: 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.

Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

Experience Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a day trip from Zadar with entry ticket and a 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 meeting point 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 have 4 hours to explore the upper and lower waterfalls. Take amazing photos by the water and discover flowing springs, flowering meadows, and mysterious caves. Afterwards, rest your feet 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 Zadar. After returning to Zadar, explore the Old Town area with an optional guided walking tour that you can take any day during your stay at 6:00 PM.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

Experience the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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.

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

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. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park. Listen to onboard commentary and learn more about the park during the 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 admire the lakes, while enjoying the spectacular views. 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 Zagreb: Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes Small-Group w/ Ticket

From Zagreb: Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes Small-Group w/ Ticket

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 Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Day Tour with Boat Ride

From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Day Tour with Boat Ride

Join a day tour from Zadar and explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Travel in an air-conditioned bus and enjoy your free time exploring the park on your own. This day tour also includes an electric boat ride and a panoramic train tour. Your tour begins with a free pickup from your accommodation in Zadar. Once at the park, your group has the privilege of entering without waiting in line thanks to a reserved entry ticket which you will pay for on the day of the tour in cash. Inside the park, follow the suggested route C and spend around 4 hours visiting all the most important spots, leaving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the picturesque natural surroundings. Meeting point is organized by tour leader at 15:45 pm at the park Entrance no.1. Arrival in Zadar is scheduled around 18:00

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Guided Group Day Trip

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Guided Group Day Trip

Discover the beautiful Plitvice Lakes, a Unesco World Heritage Site 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 Plitvice Lakes. 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.

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Overall rating

4.7
(5,388 reviews)

Fantastic! Great value for money. The early bus isn’t a problem (as you get to sleep for a couple of hours). The walk is doable for pretty much anyone (with only one slightly inclined section). Probably not suitable for anyone with mobility issues though. It did get extremely busy at points, and that was in April! So I can imagine in the middle of summer it can be unbearable.

The NP was good. Beautiful. Pretty busy. Tamara, our guide for the connected Old Town tour, was very knowledgeable and fun. Learned a lot about the history of Zadar and Croatia in general. Answered all our questions. 10/10 for old town tour.

An excursion absolutely not to be missed and to be done with Bojan and his agency. I think it was the best choice for the small group of 7/8 people which makes the tour easier and more familiar. Top guide and fantastic places!

On April 3rd I did this trip. We were with a group of 50 people. Despite that I enjoyed the trip. Back in Zadar there was an option to to the walking tour with Ante. He was a wonderful guide.

Being in a small group is nice, our guide explained the little routes to us to avoid the crowds. Magnificent day, too bad there was no way to have a French guide..