Day Tour from Split to Adorable Plitvice Lakes will Absolutely Delight You
12 hours (approx.)
Up to 12 hours in advance
What to expect
Your English speaking guide will take care of you during your tour from Split to Plitvice Lakes and make sure you do not miss any of the best highlights on the way! After a three hour long drive you arrive to the Plitvice National Park, a world’s natural heritage site.
The National Park Plitvice Lakes is one of the greatest natural wonders of Europe. It was proclaimed the first national park in Croatia in 1949. The Plitvice Lakes were internationally recognised in 1979 with their inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Let us take you on a journey through history and unique nature. While on the road you will have the opportunity to see famous Croatian landscapes and our guide will tell you some interesting facts about Croatian customs and cultural heritage. When you reach the destination, the guide will take you to buy the tickets. An electric train and a boat ride that take you around the park are included in the ticket price. After entering the park, you will be provided with important information and a map. There are two entrances to the National Park (Upper and Lower Lakes). These are marked 1 and 2 on the panoramic map. Large notice boards at each entrance provide visitors with basic information concerning walking trails through the Park and the locations of viewpoints, car parks, hotels, post office, bus stops, first-aid posts etc. The trails are also marked on the tickets bought at the entrance. From then on, you will have 4 hours of free time to explore sixteen beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green water and hypnotic cascades. You have seven different routes to tour the lakes. If you decide on going hiking you can choose between four hiking trails.
The Plitvice Lakes are a whole year sensation, especially when covered in snow during winter periods. They truly resemble a winter wonderland. You can relax in the shade or explore the results of the process called sedimentation of the calcium carbonate and the work of special kinds of algae and moss. Tufa or travertine has continuously been deposited to form the natural dams that separate the lakes. Since the process is still going on today, just as it has always been, new travertine barriers, curtains, stalactites, channels and cascades are being built and the existing ones are changing, giving the water sparkling beauty and enhancing the allure of the trees and stones which fall into the lakes. The water keeps breaking through the travertine barriers at different places, so that the entire process of formation of lakes and dams is alive and very dynamic. This is a unique and interesting natural phenomenon. Nature continues to impress in undisturbed ecological conditions. Besides the lakes, there are some interesting caves in which the remains of prehistoric settlements have been found. In the end, we suggest using the opportunity to taste typical local dishes from this area in a local tavern (optional).
The meeting before returning to Split is at a pre-arranged location. The ride back takes just a bit longer than 3 hours. The expected time of return is at 8 pm.
Departure & return
Maruliceva 4, 21000 Split
Return to original departure point
Included in price
- Official English speaking guide
- Transportation by bus or van
Price does not include
- Ticket for entrance to National Park Plitvice lakes (boat and tram ride)
Entrance ticket price:
April, May & October
Children 7 to18 years: 50,00kn
Children under 7 years: Free
June, July, August & September
Children 7 to18 years: 70,00kn
Children under 7 years: Free
Know before you go
- It is necessary to arrive 15 minutes earlier to the meeting point.
For a full refund, cancel at least 12 hours in advance.
Questions and answers
How far is Plitvice Lakes National Park from Split?
The Plitvice lakes national park is approx 2:45h from Split.
What is included in the price of a tour to Plitvice?
In the price of a trip, we include: transportation by bus or van of the highest tourist class, official English speaking guide, boat cruising and Insurance.
Entrance tickets to the National park are not included.
How do I get to the Plitvice Lakes from Split?
If you want to reach Plitvice lakes from Split, then the best option is to take the same tour with a local travel agency which offers tours with or without a tour guide, and go directly by highway.
The second option is to take a local bus to Zadar, and from Zadar bus station to the National park.
For that transfer, you will pay aprox 27Eur - 35Eur, but you will spend more hours on the bus and will be more stressed about how to organize the return from Plitvice lakes.
Direct transfers from Split to Plitvice lakes by local bus, does not exist.
Do you need to buy tickets in advance for Plitvice Lakes?
Yes, you need to buy tickets in advance.
What stops are included in a tour to Plitvice Lakes?
In this tour, we go directly to Plitvice lakes, with coffee break stops.
Is a tour to the Plitvice Lakes National Park suitable for everyone?
The tour is not suitable for people with a walking disability, or for wheelchair users.
What do you need to know before going on a tour from Split to Plitvice Lakes?
The tour includes approx. 5km of walking on uneven surfaces -please wear comfortable walking shoes (we visit the highlights of both, the Lower Lakes and the Upper Lakes).
Here are a few items you may need to make your time on the excursion better: closed comfortable shoes (sneakers), sportswear, in case of rain, a raincoat or an umbrella. After summer time we also recommend bringing a warm sweater or jacket.
Is swimming allowed in the Plitvice Lakes?
Swimming is not allowed in the Plitvice lakes.
Which is the best entrance to Plitvice Lakes?
If you want to go to the main waterfalls, and then up to the Upper Lakes, you should go to Entrance 1. But, going from the Upper Lakes to the Lower lakes, you should go to Entrance 2.
What is the best way to reach Plitvice from Split?
The best way to reach Plitvice from Split, is the option with a travel agency. Some of them have tours with or without a tour guide, and ticket prices depend on it.
Is it possible to avoid the crowds at the Plitvice Lakes?
We can’t avoid queues at the Plitvice lakes, and you should make reservations the day before if you go alone because in high season they often don’t have tickets available on the day of the tour. If you go with a travel agency, they will make ticket reservations for you.
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