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  • Address: Croatia
  • Hours: Open daily.
  • Admission: $15.00-21.00

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Plitvice Lakes National Park Tours

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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For millions of years, the water has carved its way through travertine rocks making deep lakes and waterfalls. It is the most known Croatian national park, ...  Read more

Location: Plitvička Jezera, Croatia
Duration: 1 to 5 hrs

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Plitvice Lakes National Park Small-Group Day Trip from Split

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Explore the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park on this 12-hour tour from Split. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed park has 16 glittering lakes and ...  Read more

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Full-Day Tour from Zagreb, Zagreb, Day Trips
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Discover the natural beauty of rural Croatia in this 11-hour tour from Zagreb. Visit the picturesque watermill village of Rastoke, then head to Plitvice Lakes ...  Read more

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Discover the outstanding beauty of Plitvice Lakes, UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most famous Croatian tourist attraction. Enjoy the train ride and ...  Read more

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Save your time and money on an organized sightseeing tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park with transfer from Zagreb to Split or Trogir in one day (door-to-door ...  Read more

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Immerse yourself in the outstanding natural beauty of the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park on this day trip from Split. With an expert guide, wander ...  Read more

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Save your time and money on an organized sightseeing tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park with transfer from Split or Trogir to Zagreb in one day. Discover ...  Read more

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Private 8-Hour Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb

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A private tour with an experienced, very well educated and fun driver guide who will allow you to customize the tour as you wish. The main goal is for you to ...  Read more

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Zagreb

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Lose yourself in the stunning wilderness of the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park on this full-day trip from Zagreb. With an expert guide leading the ...  Read more

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb

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Discover the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park accompanied by a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide on a 4 hour sightseeing tour of the whole park ...  Read more

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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