Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip From Split

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Overview

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 along woodland trails and marvel at the oasis of turquoise lakes, linked by thundering waterfalls and flowing streams. Get an up-close look at the lakes on an electric boat, then round off your tour with a panoramic bus or train ride. The hiking route covers a distance of approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km), with numbers limited to 15 to ensure a more intimate experience.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

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Begin your day with a pickup from your Split hotel, then travel by air-conditioned vehicle to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site around four hours away. The largest and oldest of Croatia’s national parks, Plitvice is a region of outstanding beauty, renowned for its interwoven turquoise lakes, gushing waterfalls and dense forest.

On arrival, set off at a leisurely pace to explore the surrounding woodland. As you wander along the forest trails, let the tranquility wash over you, with only your guide’s commentary and the sound of wildlife stirring in the undergrowth breaking the peaceful silence.

Admire the towering fir trees and the colorful wild flowers that line the pathways, and pass over quaint wooden bridges for sweeping panoramas of the azure-green lakes. While the trails are steep and your 1.5-mile route takes in some 300 steps, it is well worth it for the excellent vantage points.

Next, treat your legs to a well-earned rest with a ride across one of the lower lakes in an electric boat. As you cruise, notice how clear the lake is despite how vivid the waters appear from afar.

Back on dry land, continue on foot to the higher lakes, stopping every now and then to snap postcard-perfect photos. Then, depending on your preferences, crown your hike with a panoramic tour by either bus or electric train.

Finally, you’ll enjoy free time to perhaps refuel with lunch at one of the park's cafes (own expense). After around an hour, return to your vehicle and relax on the journey back to Split.

Please note: See the Itinerary section below for list of hotels that offer pickup and drop-off.

Inclusions for Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip From Split

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Entrance fees
  • Electric boat ride
  • Sightseeing by electric train or bus

Exclusions for Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip From Split

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Itinerary:

Hotel President - Ulica Ante Starčevića 1, 21000
Hotel Radisson Blu - Put Trstenika 19, 21000
Hotel le Meridien - Grljevačka ulica 2, 21312

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please bring comfortable clothes and shoes

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

A strenuous amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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115 reviews by the users

  • Amust see. But too much walking on the last part of the tour.

  • 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.

  • Absolutely superb.

  • 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.

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