Plitvice Lakes National Park Tours

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With its emerald-green lakes, rocky caves, and cascading waterfalls framed by soaring dolomite cliffs, ancient woodlands, and fields of wild orchids, Plitvice Lakes National Park is the natural playground of Croatia. The UNESCO World Heritage site has over 73,000 acres (20,500 hectares) of unspoiled landscapes, boasting 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls linked by a network of hiking and biking trails.

The Basics
Most visitors opt to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park on a day trip. Tours run from a number of Croatian cities, including Zadar (the closest), Split, Zagreb, Trogir, Rijeka, and even Dubrovnik. A Plitvice Lakes tour typically takes in the best viewpoints and boardwalks, while an entrance ticket includes an electric boat ride around the lakes and a ride on the park’s panoramic train. It’s possible to take in the highlights in two hours, but for a more comprehensive visit, book a full-day tour.
  • Restaurants, snack bars, and restrooms are located near the park visitor center.
  • Regular shuttle buses run between the park’s main attractions.
  • Bring comfortable shoes, sun protection (in the summer months), and plenty of water.
  • Park buses accommodate wheelchairs, but due to uneven terrain, some of the lakes and park attractions are inaccessible for wheelchair users.
  • Ticket lines can take over an hour in peak season—book in advance to save time.

How to Get There
The closest airports to Plitvice are in Zadar, 80 miles (130 km) southwest, and in Zagreb, 85 miles (140 km) northeast. Buses run regularly from both cities to the national park in summer, but it’s far more convenient to visit with your own vehicle or as part of a group or private tour. Most day tours include round-trip transport, while those coming from further afield often offer the chance to end your trip in a second destination—for example, being picked up from Split and dropped off in Zagreb.

When to Get There
Plitvice is open year round, and while summer is the most popular (and busiest) time to visit, each season brings its own highlights. Spring and autumn are ideal for photographers with fewer crowds, colorful foliage, and high water levels, while the frozen landscapes of winter are unforgettable—although boat trips won’t be possible. To avoid the crowds, plan for an early arrival or stay until sunset.

How to Photograph the Plitvice Lakes
The natural beauty of Plitvice National Park is undeniably photogenic, and there are photo opportunities around every corner. Follow the boardwalks between the Upper Lakes (Gornja jezera) and the Lower Lakes (Donja jezera), then climb up to the most dramatic viewpoint—a lookout over the limestone canyon of Veliki Slap, meaning ‘big waterfall.’
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Admission Ticket

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and renowned for its dramatic waterfalls, glittering lakes, and lush forested cliffs. This admission ticket offers full access to the park’s hiking trails and boardwalks, so you can explore the natural wonders at your own pace. Also included is a ride on the park’s panoramic train, shuttle buses between the Upper and Lower Lakes, and an electric boat cruise around Kozjak Lake.
  • Duration: 1 to 5 hours
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$9.35 USD
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  • Duration: 1 to 5 hours
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Private 8-Hour Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb

The towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes National Park lie in central Croatia, to the south of Zagreb. With this private tour, reach the lakes with ease and customize your itinerary to your own preferences. Perhaps visit the pretty settlements of Rastoke and Karlovac, and discover sites of interest such as the 18th-century Turanj fortress. At the Plitvice Lakes, explore on foot, by boat, and by train with your private guide, and enjoy panoramic views over one of Croatia’s top natural attractions.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Zagreb

Dive in to the beauty that is the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park on this full-day guided trip from the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Let your guide lead you through this natural wonderland, getting dazzled by the turquoise waterfalls, streams and lakes. Get an up-close and personal view of the beautifully colored water on an electric boat and then end the tour with a panoramic train or bus ride. The tour is limited to just 19 people, ensuring ample attention from the guide.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$105.06 USD
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Plitvice Lakes NP Day Trip with Stop in Knin from Split or Trogir

Discover Plitvice Lakes, one of the most visited national parks in Croatia, on this day trip from Split or Trogir. On your way, stop in the small town of Knin for coffee. After arriving at Plitvice National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), embark on a guided walk along its wooden pathways and see its 16 azure blue lakes and over 90 waterfalls. The sightseeing tour also includes a boat ride across Kozjak Lake and free time to explore on your own.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Plitvice Lakes Day Trip from Split

Explore jaw-droppingly beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park on this day-long trip from Split. The one-of-a-kind national park, a UNESCO-listed site, boasts coniferous forests and enough tranquility to calm even the most nervous soul. But the real reason to come here is for the water: a stunning turquoise in color, the water flows through streams and into lakes. Take a boat to get an up-close look at the waters, stroll around the park on flower-bedecked trails and enjoy some dramatic views.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Walking Tour

With 16 lakes, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is huge, and it can be easy to wander around and get lost on your own. Take this Plitvice Lakes private walking tour, and go with a guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site. When booking, choose if you’d like to explore the Lower Lakes, Upper Lakes, or both. At the end of your tour, you’ll ride a panoramic train back to the park’s north-side entrance.
  • Duration: 3 to 6 hrs
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$115.45 USD
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  • Duration: 3 to 6 hrs
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8-Day Croatia Tour: Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Zagreb and Plitvice

See the best of Croatia's mainland with this entertaining and educational 8-day guided tour. The trip begins in Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic,' and travels north-west along the coast to superlative Split to see the incredible Diocletian's Palace an early 4th-century retirement palace of a Roman emperor, Diocletian. Go on a walking tour through incredible Plitvice National Park with its amazing turquoise waterfalls, and then get history-laden tours of Trogir, Zadar, and Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Accommodation, transportation, daily breakfast and 5 dinners included.
  • Duration: 8 days
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$1,146.46 USD
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  • Duration: 8 days
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Private Day Tour from Zagreb

Experience the natural beauty of the Plitvice Lakes National Park on a private full-day tour from Zagreb and enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide. Your tour can be customized to suit your preferences, so you can discover the picturesque watermill village of Rastoke, enjoy hiking around the Plitvice lakes, or soak up the scenery on a train ride or boat cruise.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$78.51 USD
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Zagreb Super Saver: Zagreb Walking Tour and Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip

Discover Zagreb and nearby Plitvice Lakes National Park on this Super Saver, which combines two tours at one discounted price. On one day of your vacation, explore the Croatian capital’s lower and upper towns on a 1.5-hour walking tour. Then, on another day, enjoy a tour of Plitvice Lakes. Wander along winding boardwalks, crossing over turquoise lakes and through pretty forest trails, and soak up postcard-perfect views during electric boat, train and bus rides.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Split or Trogir

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of the Plitvice Lakes National Park during this 12-hour tour from Split or Trogir. With a local guide, travel in a comfortable vehicle through the rural area of Dalmatia to the park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hike a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) circuit on a forest trail and learn about the local flora and fauna from your guide as you walk. Hop aboard a boat to explore the group of sixteen emerald lakes, connected by a continuous chain of waterfalls. Back on dry land, board an electric train for a ride that provides panoramic views of the park.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$71.58 USD
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Full-Day Private Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

A visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park is a must for visitors to Croatia’s north and opting for a small-group tour means you’ll enjoy more attention from your guide. On this full-day tour, ride the train around the UNESCO-listed landscapes, hike around the lakes and waterfalls, and enjoy a boat cruise around Kozjak Lake.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$57.73 USD
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Private Tour: Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Explore the natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO-listed spot, on this private day trip from Dubrovnik. Select the guide option to get the complete and interesting low-down on the park. Stroll the flower-flanked trails through the verdant park, crammed with beech, spruce and pine trees, and take delight in the eye-pleasing turquoise waters of the lakes, streams and waterfalls. Hop in an electric boat (at own expense) for an even closer look at the waters or opt for a panoramic train ride (at own expense).
  • Duration: 15 hours
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$115.45 USD
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  • Duration: 15 hours
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Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Tour from Zagreb with Transfer to Split

For visitors stopping in Zagreb on their way to Dalmatia, make the most of your transfer with a private tour of Plitviče Lakes National Park along the way. Enjoy a seamless experience with pickup from your Zagreb accommodation and drop-off in the city of Split, and between discover the UNESCO-listed park’s waterfalls, lakes, and wildlife as you explore with your professional guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$444.50 USD
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Plitvice Private Excursion from Dubrovnik

Explore Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park in high-style during this full-day group excursion aboard a luxury Mercedes vehicle. Grab between three to six companions as you’re whisked to this beautiful outdoor area, taking time to enjoy the area’s wealth of hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes, and more. Packages featuring a standard tour or an upgraded option with a private English-speaking guide are available.
  • Duration: 18 hours
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$883.23 USD
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  • Duration: 18 hours
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Full-Day Private Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Split

Experience the natural wonders of the Plitvice Lakes National Park on this private full-day tour from Split and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide. Ride the train around the UNESCO-listed landscapes, hike along the Upper Lakes trail, and enjoy a boat cruise around Kozjak Lake.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$508.00 USD
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Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Day Trip from Zagreb

Venture to Croatia’s most-visited national park when you spend a day at the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Known for its emerald pools, many cascades, and wooden walking trails, the park is one of Croatia’s most scenic corners. Following morning pickup from your Zagreb hotel, travel in a climate-controlled vehicle directly to the park. After your guided tour, stop at a historical local village for further sightseeing before returning to Zagreb.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$311.73 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Excursion to National Park Plitvice Lakes from Dubrovnik

Get back to nature and escape the crowds with a private day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Dubrovnik. See why this outdoor haven on the Dalmatian coast is Croatia's most popular national park, with 16 lakes nestled among expansive forests dotted with waterfalls, rivers, and limestone formations. It can be hard to know where to start in the huge park, but a guide will lead you to the most scenic spots and help arrange a customized day of exploration.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$800.56 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Zadar Plitvice National Park Private Full-Day Tour

Experience the lakes and forests of the Plitvice Lakes National Park on this private tour from Zadar. Venture through Croatia’s countryside to this UNESCO-protected park, where turquoise lakes interconnected by rushing waterfalls are framed by pine forests. Enjoy a walking tour of the Upper and Lower Lakes, ride a boat on Lake Kozjak, and drink in the scenery. Entrance fees, optional breakfast box, and optional lunch at a park-side restaurant all at own expense.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$404.09 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Tour from Zagreb with Transfer to Zadar

Make the most of your journey from Zagreb to Zadar with a stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park. This tour is designed for those travelers in transit: instead of just making a straight journey between points A and B, stop to experience one of Croatia's top natural sights. Embark on a guided walking tour of the interconnected lakes and waterfalls, breaking up the journey with some beautiful scenery. Pickup in Zagreb and drop-off in Zadar makes this a door-to-door convenient experience.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$381.00 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Split or Trogir

Get out of Split for the day with this informative and entertaining private guided tour of the amazing and stunning Plitvice National Park. Learn about the history of the area from the guide while driving there. And then immerse yourself in the gorgeous nature, drinking in the waterfalls and the verdant landscape.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$833.00 USD
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Private Tour to Plitvice Lakes from Split

Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on this private tour to Plitvice Lakes National Park. See the 16 interconnected lakes, deep travertine canyons, and the largest waterfall in Croatia. Explore the park while listening to commentary from your dedicated guide; round-trip transportation means that you and your private party can enjoy the scenery on the drive from Split.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$808.18 USD
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Two days tour to National Park Plitvice Lakes from Dubrovnik

Croatia is so much more than just beautiful beaches and dragons. Venture inland to witness landscapes like nowhere else on earth. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice National Park features a series of lakes and waterfalls difficult to imagine. Seeing is believing during this 2-day tour from Dubrovnik.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Tour from Zagreb to Rijeka Includes The Plitvice Lakes

If you're headed from Zagreb to Rijeka, book this one-way transfer with a stop in Plitvice Lakes National Park to make the most of your time in Croatia. After pickup in Zagreb, head to the UNESCO-listed national park for a stop and a tour of the 16 interconnected lakes. Finish up your tour and continue on to Rijeka, arriving in the evening. This private transfer includes dedicated attention from your guide and the ability to travel at your own pace.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$411.02 USD
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Full-Day Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Private Tour from Zagreb

Combine visits to Plitvice Lakes National Park and the quaint village of Rastoke on this full-day private tour from Zagreb. With round-trip transportation included, there's no need to rent a car and you can simply enjoy the scenery on the way to and from your destinations. At Plitvice Lakes, embark on a guided tour of the16 interconnected lakes on foot, including a boat ride on the largest lake. Depart the park for the village of Rastoke, where you'll enjoy a traditional lunch before returning to Zagreb.
  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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$92.36 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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Private Tour: National Park Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb

Experience the lakes and waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes National Park on an 8-hour private trip from Zagreb. Travel to the UNESCO-listed park, and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the rushing cascades and lakes, whose colors famously change from blue to green to gray. Follow the wooden walkways to explore, and ride the boats and trams to cover as much of the park as possible. Entrance fees and private transport included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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