The most popular national park in all of Croatia.
The famous guidebook writer Rick Steves describes Plitvice as "Niagara Falls diced and sprinkled over a heavily forested Grand Canyon."
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In 1979 UNESCO proclaimed the Plitvice National Park a World Heritage Site. It is one of the highlights of Croatia. Plitvice features a series of 16 lakes with colors ranging from azure, turquoise, green, blue and gray. It is 200 miles in total area and a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. The Plitvice lakes joined together cover a distance of five miles. Wooden footbridges make the park easy to traverse on foot. Dense forest, amazing flora, birds and other wildlife as well as spectacular waterfalls and cascades make up this national treasure.
Plitvice National Park is carefully regulated in order to keep it pristine. There are no towns or villages in the reserve. The boats and buses available to transport visitors are electric. We suggest spending a full day in Plitvice. Two nights is the most nature lovers will need. You can access the park by bus from both Zagreb and Split. But we believe renting a car is the way to go. This will make for a quicker trip and give some flexibility. The drive from Trogir to Plitvice is about three hours. It's two hours from Zagreb. If you have the time on your Croatia itinerary this natural wonder should not be missed.
Average guest ratings of our Plitvice vacation packages: (4.9/5 based on 25 reviews)
"We were so impressed with JayWay and everyone we worked with from the beginning planning stages to through the trip. The communication, responsiveness and professionalism of everyone at JayWay was excellent. The hotel choices were great, always well located, the touring suggestions very helpful, overall a wonderful experience."
Nikolai, Susan, Fedor, Alex
"Jayway provided our family, on its first trip to Croatia, with all the necessary information and recommendations to make the experience one of the favorite stand-outs in our traveling jaunts. All in all, we had a wonderful vacation, and will recommend Jayway to any and all friends who plan to see Croatia."
Lysbeth, Lindy, Michael & Mike
Where to stay in Plitvice
When it comes to accommodation choices in Plitvice there's not an awful lot of variety, there are no five star palaces to be found! There are however plenty of guesthouses, as you will see when driving through, but based on our own visits we have narrowed down the choices to what we feel are the best hotels and B&Bs available in the Plitvice area. A lack of dining options mean you are usually limited to eating at the place you stay too. Most of our guests who come to Plitvice usually arrive in the late afternoon, stay one night in one of our hand-picked accommodations listed here, see the park the next day then continue on to the next destination. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Things to do in Plitvice
If you are looking for a tour guide during your visit to Plitvice, JayWay is glad to arrange a highly qualified local guide. However we find that Plitvice is one of the easiest destinations to navigate on your own so we do not believe a guide is absolutely necessary. The park uses an easy to follow map system containing a number of suggested hikes. The trails are clearly marked using a color system. The best part of this system is it allows you to navigate the park at your own pace and provides suggestions based on the estimated amount of time you want to spend at the park. At minimum you can spend a half-day at the park but for outdoor lovers a full day or longer is possible. We tend to offer Plitvice as a day trip by private transfer, a group tour or on your own with a rental car.
AntoniaAdriatic Destination Manager
What I love about Plitvice...
“This most famous national park in Croatia is breathtaking,to say the least! So much natural beauty and freshness of the air makes you feel like you never wannt to leave this place! ”
Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Plitvice
Spend some time in Plitvice on a tour that takes in other cities in Croatia and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Plitvice and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.
Get a real flavor of Croatia on this 11 day tour from Zagreb to Dubrovnik seeing all of the country's highlights and tasting the very best of its regional cuisines. You'll visit Rovinj, Plitvice, Split and Hvar along the way, giving a real mix of scenery and sights. read full itinerary
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Tours of Croatia and neighboring countries
2 weeks gives you enough time to travel the length of Croatia as well as see some of Slovenia. Start with the compact Slovenian capital Ljubljana and day trip to Bled. Continue on to Rovinj, a walled city on the coast of Istria, "Croatia's Tuscany". From there you go inland to Plitvice to explore the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Then it's back to the coast, with a night in cosy Trogir, near Split. After a visit to Diocletian's Palace which encloses Old Split it's time for a ferry ride to relax on sunny Hvar Island. We've saved the best for last with Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic your final destination. read full itinerary
Experience the very best of the Adriatic coast, from its Pearl, to its Queen. Starting in Dubrovnik over 2 weeks, you'll have some island time on Hvar and go Roman in Split – and that's just the first week! Next see the spectacular Plitvice Lakes before spending a few days in old-Venetian coastal town of Rovinj. Then finish up in La Serenissima itself, Venice! read full itinerary
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