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.
Full-day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Split
Discover the UNESCO-listed national park with an expert guide
Trek along forest trails and be awed by breathtaking lakeside views
Cruise across the clear waters of one of the lower lakes in an electric boat
Soak up the scenic surroundings with a panoramic bus or electric train tour
Get picked up at your hotel in Split to begin this exciting day trip tour out of the city. Ride in an air-conditioned shuttle for 3.5 hours as you learn about the history and bio-diversity of the national park, which is the biggest and oldest in the country. After arriving in Plitvice Lakes National Park, hop off the shuttle and begin exploring the park, marveling at the diversity of trees there: from pine to spruce to beech trees and the verdant ferns that blanket the forest floor. The trail can be steep at times, going down as much as 300 steps, but it’s well worth it, as you’ll find out. The hiking route covers a distance of approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km), so be sure to bring comfortable shoes. Stroll along the trails, taking in the colorful wild floors that flank your way, and pass over wooden bridges that afford incredible extremely picture-worthy photos of the turquoise lakes, streams and waterfalls. Hop on an electric boat to get an even better look at the lakes, as you cruise along the clear water, the color of which feels like it’s straight out of a dreamed-up fantasy land. After the ride, keep going on foot as you marvel at the views of the higher lakes. Later opt either for a bus or a train ride for the final panoramic view of the the lakes and surrounding forests. Then take 60 minutes of free time to do some more exploring or grab lunch (at own expense) at a restaurant, before returning to the shuttle for the ride back to Split where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
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We did this tour on my birthday and what an amazing day, our guide was very knowledgeable and considerate of everyone, we had the local food which was amazing and was nice to go to try the local food.
Is well worth paying the extra to be within a smaller group. and we were lucky that the park wasn't very busy so managed to get some amazing photos, I will never forget this place.
Be prepared for a long 3-hr ride each way and crowds. We went on a rainy day and it was cold and wet. Bring an umbrella and warm clothes, -no good rain gear I'm sure it is much nicer on a sunny day when you can stop and admire the waterfalls without jostling am ong the imbrellas. Despite all this, we're glad we went.
Definitely a worthwhile experience- gorgeous park w/ amazing waterfalls and tropical colored water! However, if possible I'd highly recommend arranging from a location closer than Split- The 3 hour drive each way is a super long day. Our guide, Iris, was very informative on our drive there but was detached @ park where she was often on her cell phone and unjustly reprimanded a couple different partcipants. Overall, we had a wonderful day walking the trails and were fortunate that the park was not overly crowded as mentioned in other reviews.
Nothing to say except that a trip to Croatia that does not include Plitvice Lakes is the a wasted opportunity of monumental proportions. It will be the highlight of your trip. This tour is exceptional and special and a memory I will treasure for my lifetime.
Our tour guide was very knowledgable and had the best disposition -- energetic, enthusiastic and very passionate. He knew exactly where to take us to avoid the crowds of the national park, and led us through a great tour of this beautiful area. Be aware that this tour and visit in general requires some hiking including slippery, wet and uneven steps. Our visit was rainy and cold, and it seemed like some people were unprepared for the amount of walking involved note: bring layers for warmth and wear comfortable shoes with a good grip. I was fine in sneakers, but if you're not used to walking on uneven terrain/hiking regularly, something with more grip like a hiking book might be advised. My only critique of the tour itself were the stops made on the drive with 20 minute breaks -- restroom stops on the long drives were appreciated, but I wish they had been quicker in order to get us to the national park and then back sooner. Overall, I highly recommend this trip and tour!
Tour start and end times were punctual.
We had unexpected bad weather. Our guide was kind enough to take us to the souvenir shop first so we could buy something warm to wear and rain ponchos. Appreciated how flexible our guide was. ie. allowing us to linger at various spots. He also gave good recommendations for best spots to take photos. Was amazed at how well he could keep track of our group amongst a seas of busloads of tourists from larger chartered groups.
Overall very amiable disposition and beautiful sites to see. Small group under 18 was a perfect size. Would recommend the trip!
What a BEAUTIFUL place!!! Though it rained, more like it poured....we could still tell how truly amazing Plitvice Lakes are. Anna did a great job staying happy and optimistic throughout the wet tour. We were unable to go to the lower lakes due to flooding or take the longer boat ride bummer, but it still is worth the trip!
We could definitely do without the stop on the way home for food!! Just tell people to get food at the stop on the way in which I did think was the point anyway. It just makes for WAY too long of a day when adding that stop on the way back when people are tired from the long day and rides almost 4 hours each way!
The tour guide couldn't have been more sweet. She was patient, well versed in the history of Croatia and Plitvice, and she was very professional. This is a very long day and the added breaks that the tour takes seemed a little unnecessary. They stop on the way to the lake 30min stop and make it seem like you must buy a sandwich there, but when you get to Plitvice there is a shop you take another break at that you can buy sandwiches for the same price that look better than the ones we ended up buying during the first stop/break we took. This stop was another 15min. At some point during the hike you stop to take a 45min lunch break. After you leave the park there is another 45min dinner break at a restaurant on the way home most of us had wished we would have just kept going home so we could eat at a restaurant in Split which we did do at the end of the day. The pictures you see on the tour advertisements are slightly misleading, as you do not see any shots similar to the main Plitvice pictures where multiple lakes spill into one another these are pictures taken by drones. Nonetheless, the park is still beautiful and we wish we could have done both this tour and gone to Krka, because other people on the tour did krka as well and said they enjoyed it more than Plitvice. Still a great tour though and worth it if you have the time.
Our guide wasn't the most professional or organized and became too familiar with us. Also, it is a long drive with a lot of time in the bus. The guide and driver talked to each other the entire trip, both ways, and the guide was quite loud. Everyone wanted her to shut up. She ruined What could've been a perfectly good day.