Full day Plitvice lakes tour
Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Centre since 1979—on a full-day trip from Zagreb, and experience one of Croatia’s most scenic landscapes.
Plitvice Lakes National Park was founded in 1949 which makes it one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe. Its towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls 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 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.
This Full day Plitvice Lakes tour includes pickup and drop-off at selected hotels in Zagreb, all activities, and entrance fees.
What to Expect
In Plitvice National Park, nature has created 16 lakes and connected them by amazing travertine waterfalls. 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. Apart from dolomitic rock, mesosoic limestones with dolomite inserts prevail.
The National Park covers 29685 hectares, where lakes take up to 200 hectares and forest covers the rest of the park. In this area you can encounter different species that have been living here since before the arrival of humans.
Starting point is at the north entrance of the park (Entrance 1). Sightseeing is circular and includes the Lower and Upper Lakes area, and a combination of walks and electric-boat rides, while the return to starting point will be mostly by panoramic train. Enjoy the beauty of the largest and most attractive waterfalls (“Great Waterfall”, “Veliki Prštavac” and “Mali Prštavac”), and countless smaller waterfalls, as well as the lakes.
Meeting your driver and guide at your accommodation or previously arranged pick-up point, board a climate-controlled vehicle for the trip towards Lika, where the first stop of the day is the village of Rastoke, a historic community at the confluence of the Slunjčica and Korana Rivers. Walk through the village to see traditional watermills and old fashioned, riverside houses built from limestone and wood.
We can insert in between a visit to Turanj fortress from the 18th century as well as Homeland war museum right next to it.
Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a guided, 5-mile (8.5-km) hike that explores some of the Plitvice’s 16 lakes, which are linked by waterfalls. You’ll see the lower and upper lakes on foot, then board a train for a brief ride. The last Plitvice Lakes adventure is a boat cruise across Kozjak Lake, which is surrounded by thick evergreen forest (train and boat service are suspended from November through March, when tours of Plitvice Lakes National Park are on foot).
At the end of your day in Plitvice Lakes National Park, begin the return trip to Zagreb, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point.
Returns to original departure point
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
Turanj castle visit
Plitvice Lakes National Park admission fee (train and boat ride included)
English speaking licensed tour guide
Hotel pick-up and drop off (selected hotels only)
* Between 1st of November and 31st of March, the panoramic trains and electric boats do not operate. You will visit the park on foot instead.
Food and drinks (available for purchase)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
In Pltivice lakes we visit all of the Lower lakes and the highlights of the Upper lakes (approximately 8,5 kilometers/ 5 miles walk)
A moderate amount of walking is involved with some steep parts – please wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes
Not recommended for children younger than three years old
Not recommended for travelers with health issues
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
Not wheelchair accessible
Please note: November 1st through March 31st, the panoramic trains and electric boats do not operate. Tour will be operated on foot during these periods.
Depending on the weather conditions some parts of the park might be restricted
Small group for a great experience (the tour is limited to 7 people)
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.