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Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip (entrance ticket included) from Split

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icon12 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore jaw-droppingly beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park on this day-long trip from Split. The one-of-a-kind national park, a UNESCO-listed site, boasts coniferous forests and enough tranquility to calm even the most nervous soul. But the real reason to come here is for the water: a stunning turquoise in color, the water flows through streams and into lakes. Take a boat to get an up-close look at the waters, stroll around the park on flower-bedecked trails and enjoy some dramatic views.
  • Full-day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Split
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed national park with an expert guide
  • Cruise across the clear waters of one of the lower lakes in an electric boat
  • Soak up the scenic surroundings with a panoramic bus or electric train tour
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minibus
Electric boat ride
Sightseeing by electric train or bus
Entrance to the National Park
Food and drinks
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 22 , Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 22, 21000, Split, Croatia

Tour starts from the entrance to the Diocletian's Palace cellars. The cellar entrance is located on the south (harbor) side of the palace off the Riva walking promenade (the waterfront). Your guide will be standing at the entrance with a sign "Elite travel''.

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7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Hotel Amphora, Šetalište Pavla, Ivana Pavla II 51, 21000, Split Diocletian' Palace Cellars, Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 22, 21000, Split
Get picked up at your hotel in Split to begin this exciting day trip tour out of the city. Ride in an air-conditioned shuttle for 3.5 hours as you learn about the history and bio-diversity of the national park, which is the biggest and oldest in the country.

After arriving in Plitvice Lakes National Park, hop off the shuttle and begin exploring the park, marveling at the diversity of trees there: from pine to spruce to beech trees and the verdant ferns that blanket the forest floor. The trail can be steep at times, going down as much as 300 steps, but it’s well worth it, as you’ll find out.

The hiking route covers a distance of approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km), so be sure to bring comfortable shoes. Stroll along the trails, taking in the colorful wild floors that flank your way, and pass over wooden bridges that afford incredible extremely picture-worthy photos of the turquoise lakes, streams and waterfalls.

Hop on an electric boat to get an even better look at the lakes, as you cruise along the clear water, the color of which feels like it’s straight out of a dreamed-up fantasy land.

After the ride, keep going on foot as you marvel at the views of the higher lakes. Later opt either for a bus or a train ride for the final panoramic view of the the lakes and surrounding forests. Then take 60 minutes of free time to do some more exploring or grab lunch (at own expense) at a restaurant, before returning to the shuttle for the ride back to Split where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Split
Pick up available from selected pick up locations within Split city area.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Situated in a thick forest, the Plitvice Lakes are considered one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world. Sixteen lakes, connected by 92 waterfalls, cascade through its picturesque surrounding. The Plitvice Lakes were declared a National Park in 1949, and since 1979 they have been on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Split
Drop off
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring comfortable clothes and shoes
  • A strenuous amount of walking is involved
  • Not recommended for children under 4 years of age
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Elite Travel LTD
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip (entrance ticket included) from Split?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip (entrance ticket included) from Split.
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip (entrance ticket included) from Split?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip (entrance ticket included) from Split.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip (entrance ticket included) from Split?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
We did this tour on my birthday and...
Nicole H
, May 2018
We did this tour on my birthday and what an amazing day, our guide was very knowledgeable and considerate of everyone, we had the local food which was amazing and was nice to go to try the local food. Is well worth paying the extra to be within a smaller group. and we were lucky that the park wasn't very busy so managed to get some amazing photos, I will never forget this place.
star-5
Amust see. But too much walking on the...
Efraim T
, Oct 2017
Amust see. But too much walking on the last part of the tour.
star-4
Be prepared for a long 3-hr ride...
Kenneth_P
, Oct 2017
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.
star-5
Definitely a worthwhile experience...
Brenda L
, Oct 2017
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.
star-5
Nothing to say except that a trip to...
Rob W
, Oct 2017
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.
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star-5
Our tour guide was very knowledgable...
Angelica B
, Sep 2017
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!
star-4
Tour start and end times were...
Sally Y
, Sep 2017
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!
star-4
What a BEAUTIFUL place!!! Though it...
Stacey_L
, Sep 2017
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!
star-4
The tour guide couldn't have been...
Sarah K
, Sep 2017
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.
star-2
Our guide wasn't the most...
Elizabeth_R
, Sep 2017
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.
star-5
Travel from and back to Split was...
Diptanshu P
, Sep 2017
Travel from and back to Split was made comfortable by driver Tomislav. Guide Ivana was pleasant, informative and helpful and paced the 10Km approx. trip around the upper and lower lakes to perfection for a group that consisted of 4 year old to retired people using walking canes. There was a short boat ride and a bus ride as well in the national park. The lakes are surreal and a must see!
star-5
A must see in Croatia. Our guide was...
cally h
, Sep 2017
A must see in Croatia. Our guide was fabulous. The park is stunning. Although it is a Very long day if doing from Split. In my opinion it was worth it in a day tour, but I am sure not everyone feels that way.
star-5
What a phenomenal tour! We took one...
mccomb.monica
, Aug 2017
What a phenomenal tour! We took one of our days in Split for this adventure. It was a long day as it was 6 hours on a bus going there and back, but was well worth it! This was one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Don't miss out!
star-5
Plitvice Lakes were beautiful. Very...
emmawright1000
, Aug 2017
Plitvice Lakes were beautiful. Very busy place. Managed to see a lot with the tour guides help and knowledge.
star-5
This tour was absolutely awesome. My...
Emma A
, Aug 2017
This tour was absolutely awesome. My friend and I were picked up at the Radisson hotel on time, upon arrival into the national park, our guide Marin knew how to escape the long tourist lines and to get the most from the day. The beautiful color of the waterfalls and lakes were stunning. Highly recommend
star-4
The national park is a bit crowded...
Jeanne F
, Aug 2017
The national park is a bit crowded but beautiful none the less. The tour guide was very informative.
star-3
Plitvice Lakes is a 'must see...
Ms Lynette J L
, Aug 2017
Plitvice Lakes is a 'must see'. Beautiful nature in the raw. Our tour however was spoilt by a the crowds -suggest not going in peak tourist season and b our tour guide - who in her enthusiasm to move us through the crowds pitched the pace at the fit under 30s in the group. As a well past 30 year old, I struggled in the heat to keep up and dared not stop for either a drink of water nor to take a photo.
star-5
Well worth the money, our guide...
Amanda C
, Jul 2017
Well worth the money, our guide Harris knew all the best tracks and saved us from having to line up for hours. Comfortable bus too with easy pick up and drop off. Absolutely fantastic day!
star-3
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is...
Adrian M
, Jul 2017
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is an incredible place and worth the visit. Unfortunatelly we were asigned to EuroAdria Tours who were very unprofessional. Our guide, Slavenka, was rude to us and didnt provide information about the place, just walking around with us. The National Park is absolutely breathtaking but we would have liked a more polite and knowledgeable tour guide. When reserving avoid EuroAdria.
star-3
Quite a long journey from Split in a...
ESLYNNE H
, Jul 2017
Quite a long journey from Split in a vehicle which was not very comfortable. I would recommend doing this tour in a larger group and therefore travelling to Plitvice in a coach. Also, at the lakes, we were rushed through the walking tracks so quickly it was almost impossible to stop to take photos, let alone to see the views of the lakes, without being left behind. Also, due to the time of year, huge numbers of people at the lakes so I would also recommend doing this tour outside the July/August holiday period. The lakes really are stunning and it would be nice to enjoy them in a more leisurely fashion.

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