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How to Spend 1 Day in Plitvice Lakes National Park

How to Spend 1 Day in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Although Plitvice Lakes is one of Croatia’s largest national parks, it’s possible to see both the Upper and Lower lakes in one day, if you plan ahead. Take advantage of the park’s shuttle system, or join a guided trip to make the most of your time. Here’s how to hit the highlights of Plitvice Lakes National Park in a single active day. 

Morning: Lower Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Croatia, so you’ll want to start your day early to beat the crowds. If you’re not on a guided tour, purchase your admission ticket in advance to avoid long lines at the gate. Leave your car at entrance 1 on the eastern end of the park, head to the Lower Lakes, and spend the morning wandering the boardwalk trails. Don’t miss the spur trail to Veliki Slap, the biggest waterfall in the park. Then, enjoy the fantastic views of the Upper Lakes from the viewpoint above Supljara Cave.  

Afternoon: Kozjak Lake

The Lower Lakes trail eventually leads you to Kozjak Lake, the largest and lowest lake in the park’s Upper Lakes region. Here you’ll find a restaurant, gift shop, restrooms, and picnic tables in front of the water—stop and rest a bit before continuing your explorations. Then, take the ferry—included in your Plitvice Lakes admission ticket—to the other side of the lake, where you can catch the Upper Lakes trails (or the shuttle back to entrance 1). 

Evening: Upper Lakes

In what’s left of the afternoon, hike the Upper Lakes trails—or the entire perimeter trail—before taking the shuttle bus back to entrance 1. Wind down a full day by watching the sunset from one of the Lower Lakes viewpoints. Or, spend the evening in nearby Rastoke, a village known for its historic 17th-century mills and picturesque waterfalls. 

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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
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$120.14
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$120.14
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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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$34.85
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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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$15.52
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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 agency&hotel, Hotel 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  -  Hotel 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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$60.47
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