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From Split: Full-Day Trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park

1. From Split: Full-Day Trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park

This day tour of Plitvice lakes from Split is a perfect tour for all staying in Split and trying to make the most of their holiday in Croatia. Plitvice National Park was founded in 1949 and became famous during the 1960s and 1970s through several Western film productions of Karl May novels. Many scenes were shot at the lakes or waterfalls. The geographic position of the Plitvice Lakes and the specific climate features contributed to the emergence of many natural phenomena and a rich biodiversity within this area. Despite the vicinity to the Mediterranean, a moderate mountainous climate prevails due to the Velebit mountain range, which acts as a climatic separator between the coastal and continental region. For centuries, legends have been created about these mythical lakes, rivers and waterfalls. According to one legend, inhabitants of the region were craving water and called upon the magic queen to help them, which she did by creating the Plitvice lakes. The availability of water has a great impact on the biodiversity of this area. The forested mountain slopes serve as water reservoirs and as a refuge for many animal species. The wider area of the national park is one of the last areas in Europe where wolves and brown bears can be found. About 50 species of mammals and 321 different species of butterflies live in this region. Explore the hidden pathways of Plitvice.

From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave Entry

2. From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave Entry

Visit 5 of Croatia’s islands in style with a fun-filled day trip by speedboat. Head on an adventure where you explore caves, swim and snorkel, and discover Dalmatian towns.  Choose either Trogir or Split as your starting point. And best of all, choose from either a small-group or private experience.  Cruise on a 90-minute speedboat journey to reach the island of Biševo where the Blue Cave is located. Hop into a smaller local boat and explore the stunning Cave from the inside and admire its vibrant blue glow.  Continue next to the island of Vis. Explore the village of Komiža with 1 hour of free time. Discover the traditional Dalmatian fishing village with its narrow streets, pebble beaches, and inviting promenade.   Swing by Stiniva Cove next, accessing the cove at the sunniest time of the day for a quick 15-minute dip. Then head to Budikovac Island for your next activity: snorkeling and swimming in the Blue Lagoon. Borrow the snorkeling gear onboard to enjoy a relaxing hour-long dip here, or even a refreshment on the beach. Last up is a visit to Hvar, with some free time to eat lunch and do some sightseeing in the picturesque port city. Highlights include the historic town center and the Španjola Fortress’ views of the Pakleni Islands. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you are then transported back to Split or Trogir.

From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip

3. From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip

Explore Montenegro on a day trip from Dubrovnik. Enjoy free time in the picturesque towns of Kotor, Perast, and Budva, and embark on a sightseeing ferry across the Boka Kotorska Bay. Departing from Dubrovnik in the morning enjoy the sights of the Old Town and its surroundings while driving through the beautiful Župa Dubrovačka and the Konavle region. After crossing the Montenegro border, continue along the picturesque Montenegro coast. During the drive through Boka Kotorska Bay, stop at the charming town of Perast. Have the option of visiting the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. During the drive, your host will tell you all about Montenegro's most important cultural monuments, and about the country's history and legends. Upon arrival at Kotor, enjoy free time to explore on your own. The town of Kotor is famous for its nautical tradition, famous commercial fleet, and imposing city walls. After sightseeing, proceed towards Budva. Once at Budva, enjoy another sightseeing tour and free time. Budva is famous for its old city core and beautiful clean sandy beaches. It is a key tourist center of Montenegro. From Budva, return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon, by van and a short ferry trip across the Boka Kotorska Bay.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

4. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Admire the mesmerizing beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park in the company of a professional guide as you enjoy a memorable hike and boat ride. Start your day with transportation by van. Then, get ready to savor the spectacle of 16 azure lakes surrounded by gushing waterfalls as you explore Plitvice Lakes during an 8.5 km hike and 20-minute boat ride. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Croatia as you gain fascinating insights from your guide, and experience fantastic views across the Croatian countryside on the journey to and from the park. Marvel at the fairytale village of Rastoke en route to the park, and get snaps of its 17th-century watermills.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

5. From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Plitvice Lakes National Park on a day trip from Split with your entry ticket and a guided tour. Listen to interesting stories about Croatia before arriving at the park. Walk the path around the lakes and relax on a boat trip. Make your way to the tour office in the morning and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enjoy a brief introduction and start driving out of the city, admiring the Croatian countryside and listening to live commentary on your way to the park. Arrive at the lakes and explore the upper and lower waterfalls. Take amazing photos by the water and discover flowing springs, flowering meadows, and mysterious caves. Rest your feet after the trail with a train ride and a scenic boat trip on the turquoise water with banks of lush green trees. Take one last look at the waterfalls before returning back to Split.

Paklinski Islands: Hvar Half-Day Morning Sailing Tour

6. Paklinski Islands: Hvar Half-Day Morning Sailing Tour

Your departure time for your half-day sailing tours is 10 AM, at which point you depart from the Hvar main harbor catamaran ferry dock. Throughout your tour, experience dynamic and adventurous sailing on a 37-foot racing sailboat which is especially set up for single-handed racing. Begin with 2 hours' sailing, following which you enjoy an hour to swim and refresh yourself at some of the secluded coves of the Paklinski Islands. These coves are only accessible by boat, and following your hour there you sail back to the Hvar town harbor. Throughout your tour, travel with a professional skipper, and rest assured with full passenger and third-party insurance.. There are drinks on board, consisting of non-alcoholic beverages and bottled water. Your guide also treats you to, snorkeling gear, and a stand-up paddle board throughout your tour.

Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour with Boat, Swimming & Free Time

7. Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour with Boat, Swimming & Free Time

Escape the hustle and bustle of Split's city center on a full-day guided tour of one of Croatia’s most beautiful national parks at Krka. Glide along the Krka River's calm water on a boat cruise and make the most of your free time in the park once you arrive. Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace for a transfer to Krka National Park. Alternatively, drive straight to the park in a private vehicle, depending on the option selected. Upon arrival, go to the small town of Skradin to take a short boat cruise down the Krka River. Disembark at the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, and marvel at Europe’s largest travertine cascade system. Take in the fresh air and wild nature, or go to the Ethno Museum in one of the old mills. See the remains of ancient settlements and small stone houses, along with the first hydroelectric power station in Europe. After the National Park, visit a sandy beach Skradin's sandy beach for a refreshing rest. Visit a local winery and taste local wines and olive oils, not included in the tour price.

Dubrovnik: City Walls Tour for Early Birds

8. Dubrovnik: City Walls Tour for Early Birds

Get to the city walls as soon as the gates open on this guided walking tour in Dubrovnik. Uncover the secrets of this must-see city sight on a shared or a private tour. Capture pictures of sweeping views from the top of the Minceta Tower.  Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point and begin your early morning adventure. As you walk, learn from your guide about how the wall was built. Listen to exciting legends and funny tales about the city.   Get started by climbing some steps in the cool morning air to be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the main street of Stradun and the skyline of the Old Town.  Stroll along 2 kilometers of the wall to enjoy beautiful landscapes of the sparkling Adriatic Sea and a skyline that still speaks of the splendor of a town that was a wealthy republic for 450 years.  See how the wall is six meters deep in some places and pass by forts looking out to both sea and land. End your tour at the highest point along the wall, the top of Minceta Tower, where the view is not to be missed.

Dubrovnik: Kravica Waterfalls, Mostar and Pocitelj Day Trip

9. Dubrovnik: Kravica Waterfalls, Mostar and Pocitelj Day Trip

Start your journey in Dubrovnik and enjoy a less than 2-hour drive with your English-speaking driver. Discover the scenic routes of Croatia and across the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. First, stop at the Kravica falls, one of the best-kept secrets of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The falls created by the river Trebizat provide a relaxing background for swimming and picnics in summer. Then, continue to your next stop, the city of Mostar. Join your local guide for a tour of the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town. Then marvel at the Old Bridge that crosses the river Neretva. Finally, stop at the medieval town of Počitelj, before going back to Dubrovnik.

From Split: Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour

10. From Split: Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour

Meet the group near Riva promenade and board a speedboat for an adventure. Ride 1 hour and 15 minutes to the Blue Cave on the island of Biševo. The early morning is perfect for spotting groups of dolphins. Once near Biševo, the boat will anchor 200 meters from the Blue Cave. Entry tickets allow access to the swimming area and a chance to explore the Blue Cave in a small boat. Marvel at the flickering blue lights and glowing water. Before leaving, grab a drink at a local café.  Next, visit Stiniva Cove, located in the southern part of Vis – the furthest inhabited island in Croatia. Known for its high limestone cliffs and pebble beach, Stiniva is the perfect place to swim and snorkel. Admire the clear turquoise sea, ranging from 10-15 meters.  Continue to Budikovac, a small and almost uninhabited island. Meet its only permanent resident, Mr. Andro, an ex-ship captain who runs a small restaurant on the island that serves the best traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Savor local produce fresh from his vegetable fields and visit the donkeys and chickens on the farm.  Admire Mr. Andro's Dalmatian-style stone house and take a break to check out the island. Then, it’s time to head to the Pakleni Islands where you can delve further into the local food by choosing from several restaurants overlooking the sea. Have a cocktail at a beach bar and relax on the sandy beach. Your next stop, Hvar Island, is just 15 away. Once in the port town, walk the old-town streets and pass by souvenir shops. Visit historical sites such as the Arsenal, one of the oldest theaters in Europe, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Franciscan Monastery, and the Bishop’s Palace. To catch some panoramic views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands, you can go up to the Spanjola fortress. After a tour of Hvar, begin the return journey to Split.

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This walking tour experience at Zagreb was really informative, friendly and enjoyable. I’m so glad that I was able to join this tour to get to know the beautiful city, Zagreb. Im a solo traveler and came without any background knowledge to the meeting point! Our guide was warm welcoming and it was really nice to walk around with a reliable guide despite of the bad weather! I received a full of tips to explore the city further, restaurant, bars and shops- real local recommendations! Thank you so much for the great time!!!

The museum is really interesting and worth visiting. You can see old aeroplanes and cars, as well as fire engines amd ship models. We also did the free guided tour at 3 in the afternoon and watched the demonstration in Tesla's cabinet. It was exciting. Finally, we walked through the undergroung mine and got an idea of how mining worked in the pat. Highly recommended!

i like that it is a small.group and our guide Bojan was an excellent tour guide. He's informative,funny,wntertaining and gas a good grasp of the history in thus region. He was patient and was attentive to everyone! I also like our walking guide in Ljubljana who was equally knowledgeable and kept the tour interesting. Highly recommend this company.

Reviewed 1 week ago Met all the expectations! Learned about the culture, history and economy of Croatia during the road trip. Our tour guide Goran, stopped in every breathtaking spot in the lakes. He had also provide us with a list of the best restaurants in Zagreb for traditional food and additional tips during our stay.

Amazing trip, would recommend this activity to everyone looking to explore Plitvice!