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From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

1. 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.

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From Split or Trogir: Plitvice Day Tour with Entry Included

2. 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.

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Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

3. 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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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.

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From Split: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Tour

5. From Split: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Tour

Depart Split and journey to the Plitvice Lakes for around 11:30 AM to take in the beauty of 16 terraced lakes laced together by waterfalls and walking paths. Cross the 12 interconnecting lakes at the Upper Lakes (Gornja Jezera) and gaze in awe at the constantly changing color of the water, depending on the mineral composition, microorganisms that live in them and angle at which the sun hits the surface. Stroll across wooden bridges and paths that cross the cascades. Next, journey to the Lower Lakes (Donja Jezera) by boat and enter a fairytale world of natural limestone dams. Take in the views of the Great Waterfall (Veliki slap) and surrounding forest.

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Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

6. Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

Begin your ziplining adventure at the zipline base located near the monument of the Glagolitic Alley. Here you’ll be provided with a zipline safety harness and additional ziplining equipment. Afterward, travel by jeep to the zipline starting point where you’ll be briefed on how to zipline and zipline safety measures. Learn how to zipline in the monkey style on a so-called baby zipline before starting the zipline tour. Once everyone is comfortable using the zipline the group will start the tour. The zipline tour consists of 8 ziplines, with the longest zip line reaching 700 meters. Enjoy the stunning views of the Island of Krk as you travel along the zipline course. Along the way, you’ll be guided by 2 instructors and have the chance to take some amazing photos while on the tour. After everyone has completed the 8 ziplines, you’ll be transported back to the base.

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Plitvice Lakes Day Tour From Split

7. 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. Your tour starts at 7:00 AM and lasts for approximately 10 hours. 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. At around 5:00 PM you will head back to Split and arrive around 8:00 PM

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Plitvice Lakes National Park Economy Tour

8. Plitvice Lakes National Park Economy Tour

Start your day bright and early with a pick up service from the designated meeting point. Here, you will meet your English-speaking driver/guide, and shortly after, set off on your journey. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the 3.5-hour pleasant drive through the hinterland of Dalmatia and Lika region until you reach your destination for the day - the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Plitvice Lakes National Park, this area of outstanding beauty, has been protected since 1979. It features 16 emerald-turquoise lakes that are connected to each other by a fabulous system of waterfalls. These beautiful waters are surrounded by natural green forests and amazing landscapes that will take your breath away. The park is also home to different animal and plant species which makes it even more precious. Along the way you will stumble upon places with absolutely phenomenal panoramic views, making it a fantastic place to grab some holiday snaps. Your guide will assist you in purchasing entrance fees and inform you of when and where to meet after your free time in the park. Use your free time inside the park for a pleasant recreational walk. Explore the park on foot, discover its secrets, and make your way from the lower lakes to the upper lakes. Once you have explored the stunning park, relax and rest your legs in the bus that will take you back home. Before reaching Split, you will have one more stop along the way - the famous Croatian cuisine restaurant which is a must-visit for anyone who travels from the north to the south of Croatia. There you will have an opportunity to taste some of the specialties of the Lika Region or take a short walk to stretch your legs. You will get back to Split early in the evening full of wonderful memories and well rested from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

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Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

9. Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

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.

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Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Tour

10. Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Tour

In Plitvice National Park nature has created 16 lakes and connected them by amazing travertine waterfalls. The park covers 29,685 hectares, with lakes up to 200 hectares in size and forest covering the rest of the park. You’re likely to encounter a variety of native species that pre-date the arrival of humans. The starting point for the tour is the north entrance of the park (Entrance 1). The sightseeing route is circular and includes the Lower and Upper Lakes area, and a combination of walks and electric-boat rides. The return to the starting point will be mostly by panoramic train. Choose either a 3-hour or 6-hour guided tour that’s priced for up to 50 participants. Enjoy the beauty of the largest and most attractive waterfalls and countless smaller waterfalls, as well as the lakes. 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 impressive karst entities in the world.

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What people are saying about Plitvice Lakes National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,026 reviews

It was a beautiful tour! We loved the small village called Rastoke, that we visited before Plivice lakes! But after we arrived on our final destination we forgot about everything! The view was breathtaking and we enjoyed the transfer from the one side to the other with the boat!! Also our tour guide Goram was extremely friendly and kind! We definetely recommend you this tour!!! It was sure worth it!! It was magic!! Thank you Goran for this amazing experience!

Goran was a great guide and has a great business model. I was lucky enough to be the only participant. Usually, excursions cancel due to only having one person but not this one. It is winter, there is a new variant, and less tourists. But I really wanted to see Plitvice Lakes. It was a fabulous day and I have Goran to thank for all of it.

Wonderful tour thanks to Goran who went out of his way to make the trip as enjoyable and informative as possible, highly recommended!

Great guide! Very knowledgeable. We felt like we were on an adventure with a friend. Highly recommend!

It was wonderful to travel with Luka. He is a wonderful and knowledgeable guide.