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From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

1. 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, dependent 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, if you wish, 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.

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

2. 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 Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

3. 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 Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

Plitvice Lakes Day Tour From Split

5. Plitvice Lakes Day Tour From Split

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. Besides the lakes, there are some 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 Day Tour with Entry Included

6. From Split or Trogir: Plitvice Day Tour with Entry Included

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Plitvice National Park, home to a variety of native wildlife and plants. See dramatic natural formations like the Plitvice Lakes and Veliki Slap with insightful commentary from your guide. Depart from Split or Trogir on a tour of Plitvice National Park. Admire the scenery of the Lika region from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle before exploring the 16 turquoise lakes by boat, electric train, and on foot. Navigate the wooden paths of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the 78-meter Veliki Slap, the highest waterfall in Croatia, while learning about Croatia’s history and conservation efforts from an English-speaking guide.

From Zagreb: Transfer to Split & Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour

7. From Zagreb: Transfer to Split & Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour

Travel from Zagreb to Split or Trogir on a 12-hour group transfer that includes a tour of the stunning Plitvice Lakes along the way. A tour guide will pick you up at an agreed-upon time and your journey will begin with a comfortable drive to the protected national park. En route, there will be stops at viewpoints to take in the spectacular scenery. At Plitvice Lakes, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the whole park area that features 16 lakes connected by waterfalls and cascades. At the end of the sightseeing tour, stop at a local restaurant for lunch (optional), where you can taste traditional dishes and delicacies. Your guide will gladly offer recommendations for the best food and drinks to try. After lunch, continue the journey to your final destination in Split or Trogir.

From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

8. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

Depart Zadar at 08:30, and journey towards Plitviče Lakes National Park. Drive through the hinterland of the picturesque Lika region for about 2.5 hours, and then enter the park for the start of your 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the natural scenery of the Upper Lakes area, where 12 of the 16 lakes of Plitvice can be found. Cross Kozjak Lake by boat to experience the largest and deepest of the lakes from a different perspective. Belonging to the Upper Lakes group, Kozjak Lake is the result of 2 smaller lakes merging into one and is the only navigable lake in Plitviče Lakes National Park. Glide across the serene waters, where the travertine Stephanie`s island was named by the Crown Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria) after a visit in 1888.  Admire the idyllic scenery of the Lower Lakes region, characterized by small waterfalls, turquoise waters and surrounding greenery. Nearby lies the underground cave of Šupljara, where the conditions have given rise to an abundance of unusual cave fauna. Go to the Great Waterfall within the Lower Lakes and see the water cascade from a height of 78 meters. Then, enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to explore the park on your own and have lunch before the return journey to Zadar at 16:00. 

From Split or Trogir: Plitvice Lakes Tour with Entry Tickets

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

Enjoy a day in inland Croatia on a full-day excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where you will visit Croatia's largest national park. 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 then continue by boat, accompanied by the sound of the waterfalls, to Donja Jezera, the lower lakes. Approach the Great Falls, 256-feet (78 meters) high, and hear the roaring thunder of the water hitting the ground. Go to Outlook Cave, which is known 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 Primišlje: Mrežnica Canyon Kayaking Tour

10. From Primišlje: Mrežnica Canyon Kayaking Tour

Meet up in the small village of Primišlje on the Mrežnica River and get ready for your kayaking adventure as you listen to all the necessary safety instructions. Venture into the wilderness of the upper canyon between Primišlje and Tržič, considered the most beautiful part of the Mrežnica River and ideal for a thrilling kayaking adventure. Paddle your way through a deep and narrow gorge where the sun only enters for a few hours each day and marvel at the spectacular natural light show. Pass cliffs of white rocks and lush vegetation, discover cascading waterfalls, strong freshwater springs and pools of water that are great for swimming in the summer. Get some time to swim and jump at an 8-meter high waterfall before kayaking back to the meeting point in the early afternoon.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,333 reviews

Our guide, Renato, was excellent. Took care of us and made sure our every need was met. Gave us loads of information on what we were seeing and on any relative topic we brought up. He also gave us restaurAant tips in Zagreb as well as information on other locations we were visiting. Highly recommend this trip and especially Renato.

Ante was knowledgeable and interesting, giving perspective on Croatia and its history, Zadar and of course Plitvice lakes. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and appreciated hearing all about the park and it’s biodiversity. An experience to be recommended, we wouldn’t have learned even a fraction without Ante’s guidance.

Plitvice lakes is an amazing experience filled with beautiful lakes and lovely waterfalls. Would definitely recommend. Our tour guide - Vice was extremely accommodating and kind. He was fun and quirky with his descriptions and trivia.

Amazing day visiting this stunning National Park. Bojan made the day perfect being an i formative a d friendly tour guide who was very easy to get along with. Once in a lifetime experience, thank you.

I had a fantastic excursion. Marko was lovely! He was patient, professional, knowledgeable, kind and fun. Many thanks to Marko for his guidance from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes.