With its interlinked lakes, waterfalls, and dense forests, Plitvice Lakes National Park is a superstar natural attraction and, for many, the high point of a trip to Croatia. Here’s what you need to know about experiencing the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site on day tours from Zadar on the Dalmatian Coast.
Group tours to Plitvice Lakes from Zadar offer a hassle-free, great-value experience. As well as round-trip transportation between Zadar and the park, tours usually include either a guided walk along park trails or free time to explore, as well as a boat ride on Kozjak Lake. Some tours also include a scenic train ride showcasing the natural beauty of the park.
With private tours of Plitvice Lakes, you can expect a little more flexibility. You can pick a departure time from Zadar to suit your schedule, and you can tour the park’s Lower Lakes (Donja Jezera) and Upper Lakes (Gornja Jezera) with a private guide at a pace tailored to your group. Boat tours and train rides are often included on private tours. You can also begin a private tour with pickup in Zadar, stop off at Plitvice Lakes, and finish with drop-off in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, or vice versa.
Things to Know
Plitvice Lakes National Park is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Zadar.
Organized day trips from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes typically last about nine hours, with at least four hours spent in the park itself.
Most full-day tours include a stop for lunch at a local restaurant, which is not included in the tour price.
Some tours include national park entrance fees.
Train and boat rides operate from April to October.