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How to Spend 3 Days in Plitvice Lakes National Park

How to Spend 3 Days in Plitvice Lakes National Park

With three days in Plitvice Lakes National Park, you’ll be able to explore both the Lower and Upper Lakes trails, and venture outside the park for a kayak or cave tour. Here’s how:

Day 1: Plitvice Lower Lakes and Waterfalls

Get to the park as soon as the gate opens, especially if you’re visiting during peak summer season, when booking an admission ticket in advance will save you up to an hour of waiting to enter Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The park is divided into two parts; the Lower Lakes and Upper Lakes districts. The park is huge so a hiking tour provides a great way to get your bearings and avoid getting lost; it also means that you can return to your favorite parts after the tour. Spend your first day exploring the Lower Lakes paths and checking out Veliki Slap, the largest waterfall in the park. Explore the boardwalks and paths adjacent the water, and the clifftop trails for fantastic birds-eye views of the park. 

Day 2:  Lake Kozjak and the Upper Lakes Trails

Some visitors tick off the Lower Lakes and Upper Lakes trails in one go, but that makes for a very long day. If you’re ambitious and see the entire park on day one, it’s worth doing the loop again in reverse to see the park from a different perspective. The color of the water changes depending on the angle of the sun throughout the day.  

The Upper Lakes tend to be less crowded than the Lower Lakes, but you’ll still want to start early to avoid the crowds. Several trail options exist for the Upper Lakes, from short hikes to the Veliki and Mali Prstavac waterfalls, and longer hikes that cover the entire Upper Lakes region. A free ferry from the Upper Lakes crosses Lake Kozjak where you’ll find a restaurant, gift shop, and a picnic on the water. 

Day 3: Day Trip from Plitvice Lakes

Swimming and boating are not allowed in Plitvice Lakes National Park, so after two days of admiring inviting turquoise pools and waterfalls you’ll be longing to swim. You’ll find a lovely riverside beach in the nearby village of Rastoke, which is famous for its 18th-century water mills, and the small waterfalls and pools that earn the village the nickname of Small Plitvice. Rafting and kayaking tours depart from here and pass dramatic river canyons and dozens of waterfalls.

To avoid the hassle of car hire, opt for a Rastoke Village day trip that stops at Barac Caves—a network of limestone caverns that were forgotten after World War II and only recently rediscovered—and reveals even more of Croatia’s countryside. Alternatively, you can take an ATV tour of the mountains and meadows surrounding Plitvice or head to Karlovac to see the Turanj Fortress and learn about the Croatian War of Independence at the Homeland War Museum.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park Admission Ticket

Plitvice Lakes National Park Admission Ticket

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The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and renowned for its dramatic waterfalls, glittering lakes, and lush forested cliffs. This admission ticket offers full access to the park’s hiking trails and boardwalks, so you can explore the natural wonders at your own pace. Also included is a ride on the park’s panoramic train, shuttle buses between the Upper and Lower Lakes, and an electric boat cruise around Kozjak Lake.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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$9.27
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$9.27
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Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Walking Tour

Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Walking Tour

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With 16 lakes, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is huge, and it can be easy to wander around and get lost on your own. Take this Plitvice Lakes private walking tour, and go with a guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site. When booking, choose if you’d like to explore the Lower Lakes, Upper Lakes, or both. At the end of your tour, you’ll ride a panoramic train back to the park’s north-side entrance.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.55
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Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour

Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour

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The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its stunning natural scenery, including 16 lakes, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls. This guided tour is ideal for independent travelers who can make their own way to the park. Skip the line with your guide to ensure that you don’t waste time queueing and see all the most impressive viewpoints, while avoiding the crowds as much as possible.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Small Group Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb

Full Day Small Group Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb

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Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can experience hiking through Plitvice Lakes National Park during this full-day, guided tour. Leave Zagreb behind and set off to this UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its 16 untouched lakes and beautiful hiking trails. Hike the 5-miles (8-kilometer) trail with your guide and stop to admire lush vegetation, waterfalls, and wildlife.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.61
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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke village shared Day Trip

Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke village shared Day Trip

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Discover one of Croatia’s most beautiful and popular national parks, and don’t worry about logistics: this full-day tour from Zagreb makes exploring simple. Meet your guide in the morning at your accommodation, and travel with just a small group for company. You’ll spend the day in the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, renowned for its many lakes and waterfalls. The tour also includes a stop at the picturesque, riverside village of Rastoke.
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  • 8 hours
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$104.16
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Private Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke tour with drop off in Split

Private Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke tour with drop off in Split

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Maximize your time in Croatia by using your travel day to experience one of the country’s natural wonders. Journey from Zagreb to Split in the comfort of a private vehicle, stopping to explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Plitvice Lakes National Park and visit Rastoke village along the way.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$297.43
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$297.43
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Plitvice lakes semi private tour from Zagreb

Plitvice lakes semi private tour from Zagreb

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Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park with a guide and small group on this tour from Zagreb. Walk through the park, learning about the 16 interconnected lakes and waterfalls, snapping photos and listening to your guide's commentary. This UNESCO-listed unique natural phenomenon is a popular attraction and is more easily explored with a guide to navigate and show you the best parts. Additionally, stop at the ethnic village of Rastoke on the way to Plitvice.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rastoke the Millers village & Barac Caves Tour with cheese tasting

Rastoke the Millers village & Barac Caves Tour with cheese tasting

Venture off the tourist trail on this half-day tour from Plitvice and discover two of Croatia’s most unique attractions. Explore the magnificent Barac Caves in Rakovica, then tour the Millers Village of Rastoke and admire its scenic watermill and waterfalls.
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  • 5 hours
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$100.49
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Plitvice Private Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Plitvice Private Day Trip from Dubrovnik

The UNESCO-listed lakes, waterfalls, and forests of the Plitvice Lakes National Park lie around four hours north of Dubrovnik. On this tour, travel in the comfort of a private vehicle and make the most of the journey as you stop to take photos and soak up the scenery along the way. On arrival, enjoy plenty of time to explore the park’s natural wonders, ride the scenic train, or cruise around the lakes.
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  • 14 hours
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$118.78
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Plitvice Lakes 5h tour with panoramic boat ride

Plitvice Lakes 5h tour with panoramic boat ride

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Explore waterfalls in both the lower and upper lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park on this private half-day tour. You’ll gain insight from your guide as you learn about the legends and natural history of the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Convenient round-trip transport is provided from your area hotel along with a panoramic boat ride between lakes.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.75
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Kayak safari

Kayak safari

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We’re passing through the most beautiful part of Mrežnica, length of 5 kilometers with abundance of magical places for swimming and recreation. Starting in the morning, usually around 10 am in front of our restaurant, "Mirjana Rastoke“. Route ends passing by the magical camp on Mrežnica, at the bridge. The program is suitable for children strating from 6 years of age, depending on water level!          START at 10:00h  -  Tourist center Mirjana&Rastoke -Gathering at 9:30h The price includes - Rental of boats and equipment (paddles, neoprene clothing and shoes, barrels, life jackets and helmets) - Guide-skipper - Photographs during the journey (a CD with photos as a gift)  -Transport from our Tourist center to the river Personal items to bring: swimsuit, towel, sun lotion!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$56.60
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