Plitvice Lakes

There are no other words that can describe Plitvice but exceptional natural beauty. Plitvice lakes are the most popular Croatian national park known for its chain of 16 lakes joined by large waterfalls. It’s been for decades now that this national park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. How popular it is usually says the fact that is visited by approximately 1 million people a year.

Biggest part of Plitvice lakes is situated in Lika-Senj county, part of central Croatia, but easily reachable because of the good infrastructure (motor highway). There are two entrances to Plitvice national park, conveniently named Entrance 1 and Entrance 2.  At both entries information center awaits. There you can buy visitor map which is a must if you want to enjoy everything Plitvice has to offer especially if you have limited time to spend here.

If you decide to explore lakes, there are seven different routes you can decide on. If you prefer hiking, there are four hiking trails (definitely take map with you!).

Once you arrive to Plitvice, there are rules you have to follow. We will mention most important ones. National park can be very exciting, but it is really necessary to keep on marked trails just to stay safe. Next one is that you have to take your litter with you so everyone else can enjoy Plitvice as much as you did. One more rule is really strict. Feeding animals you may meet, collecting plants and swimming in the lakes is strictly forbidden.

Since you want to make most of your visit, wear appropriate clothes, especially shoes. Check weather forecast. Depending on the weather, bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen or raincoat and umbrella.

Plitvice are open all year round. Therefore, activities vary depending on the season. Lake tours, hiking, cycling and skiing.

Lake tours

Most popular activity is touring the lakes. As previously mentioned, there are seven routes easily reachable from both entrances. Sightseeing lakes includes visiting both Lower and Upper Lake area.

Hiking

If you are experienced in hiking, you know you must prepare in advance. Look online for map of Plitvice or buy one at information center at the entrance(s). Check a trail map, decide which trail you going to take and stay on it. If you don’t have experience in hiking, take National Park ranger with you. Always stay on marked routes. Always check weather forecast and if it says strong winds, heavy rain or snow it is best not to start at all.

Once you set off you may be pleasantly surprised that you have met an animal. Respect their natural habitat and do not disturb animals in any way (don’t feed them, don’t touch them, don’t pick them up… etc.) Speak loudly so they can hear you and stay away.

Skiing

In winter, skiing is possible. Ski resort is located in nearby town of Mukinje.  If you decide for this activity, easiest way to reach Mukinje is from Entrance 2. Although resort is small, it exists for thirty years now and it is still really popular since ski trails have really gentle slopes. However, trails are only around 400 meters long. On slopes, you can rent skiing and snowboarding equipment. Thanks to gentle slope gradient, this resort attracts beginners, recreational skiers and children.

Cycling

If you decide on cycling it is possible only in some parts of Plitvice; most northern part and southern part. Elsewhere cycling is forbidden.  On the north you can find cycling trails in town Rakovica. Trails are very well organized and marked. In the southern side cycling trails can be found in town of Plitvička Jezera.

Join us and visit this amazing and stunning place. By most visitors, this is a definite yes for the To Do list in Croatia. You will leave full of impressions of the crystal clear water, brightest blues and greens, countless waterfalls and well maintained paths.

Our schedule will be:

07:10 – Departure from Split–Riva

07:30 – 11:30 – Driving through countryside with a coffee brake on the way

11:30 – 15:30 – Sightseeing of Plitvice lakes with a licensed guide

15:45 – 16:45 – Free time for lunch in local cuisine restaurant

20:00 – Return to Split

75 € / per person

Our price includes entry tickets to the Plitvice National Park, professional guide, transportation (hiqhway) with air conditioned van, boat cruise in the Park, electric train ride in the Park, free time, insurance.

07:10 – Departure from Split–Riva

07:30 – 11:30 – Driving through countryside with a coffee brake on the way

11:30 – 15:30 – Sightseeing of Plitvice lakes with a licenced guide

15:45 – 16:45 – Free time for lunch in local cuisine restaurant

20:00 – Return to Split

Details

Our comfortable, air–conditioned mini–van or bus will pick you up at the pre–arranged location. Accompanied by our professional, licensed English-speaking local guide, our first stop – about an hour up the coast – is a dramatic viewpoint above the charming village of Skradin, on the Krka River where it meets the sea and in the distance, surrounded by Krka National Park. After our short stop, we’ll head up through the countryside towards a unique jewel – the Plitvices Lake.

The unity and harmony of the 16 lakes here and their rare natural and cultural value is not only famous throughout Croatia, but also worldwide; earning this remarkable national park a coveted place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Arriving at Plitvice, we’ll walk through these ancient woodlands led by our experienced guide. The path takes you across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes), and then it’s time for a magical boat ride within the sound of the waterfalls to Donja Jezera (Lower Lakes). Wherever you are in Pltivice’s it’s easy to see why its travertine marble formations are such an extraordinary natural phenomenon. The barriers, sills and other forms created in these lakes, karst rivers and streams is still an ongoing process that shapes the wonderful landscapes that make your walk through the park so enjoyable. Its these same travertine formations that have and are still creating the  numerous magnificent waterfalls here. Over time, the water changes its course, leaving some barriers dry as it deposits new layers elsewhere. This constant evolution makes the Plitvice Lakes never look the same.  The best way to actually see this happening is when you are standing in front of the Great falls, 78 meters high, The roaring thunder of the water as it hits the ground is unforgettable!

Our journey ends with a panoramic train ride. Afterward, we suggest walking to a nearby local tavern for an optional lunch to try some national specialties or pack a picnic and find a spot in the shade to savor the view. After a memorable day in such spectacular forests and lakes we will return to Split, still excited and full of lasting impressions — make sure your camera has extra batteries!

75 € / per person

PRICE INCLUDES: Entry tickets to the Plitvice National Park, professional guide, transportation (hiqhway) with air conditioned van, boat cruise in the Park, electric train ride in the Park, free time, insurance

Book the PLITVICE LAKES TOUR! Enjoy!