NO GUIDE,NO GROUP ,ENTRANCE TICKET NOT INCLUDED , SIMPLE AND CHEAP
VISIT THE PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Spend 6 hours in the park on your own , don't waste the day on following grous and listening to guides ! Join us , we do it every day ! We have entrance tickets booked for all participants , if you already have your own national park ticket for any entrance , no problem , we have it covered , just join us !
This way to do the Plitvice lakes excursion is for people who don't like to follow groups and listen to guides. Over the past years we noticed that most of our customers want to explore the park on their own , so we give them 6 hours in the national park and give them a map with our suggested route. The tour takes around 10 hours, including the bus ride and the time (6 hours) you spend in the national park. If you do it the way we suggest , you will see the entire national park in about 4 hours and have 2 hours extra time for relaxing, taking photos and having lunch . The driver will collect the booked tickets and give them to all the participants . IMPORTANT: We have national park entrance tickets booked for all our customers at gate 1 / 10:00 am for every day ! You just have to prepare cash , Croatian Kuna for the tickets that day and the driver will collect the tickets for you . There will be no queues for our customers and you will enter the park in time ! IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT YOUR OWN TICKETS FOR ENTRANCE 1 OR 2 , NO PROBLEM , WE HAVE IT COVERED , IN THAT CASE YOU WILL NOT NEED TO BRING CASH FOR THE TICKETS BECAUSE YOU HAVE YOUR OWN !
National park ticket prices
Start This is where we meet 7:50 am that morning( if you are staying in old town or near ) . If you are staying in Zadar , but not in the old town , we will pick you up included in the price . We will give you the pick up time after you booked and we have your address ! (Now we will collect the money for the entrance tickets , please prepare it in cash , Croatian Kuna or Euro ) If you already have your own tickets , that is no problem , entrance 1 or 2 , it does't matter , you can join our tour and it will work out fine . Just leave it to us !
Stop at the supermarket On our way to the park we stop at the supermarket(we should be there around 9:00). and make a 20 minutes break . You can buy food and drinks and take it in the park , but you can also bring it with you from home or eat in the restaurant in the park . That is up to you . We suggest , bring your own food and water !
Arival at entrance 1
At the entrance 1 we should arrive around 10:00 am . Now the driver will collect the booked tickets with which you can enter the park with no waiting ! We will give you a map with our suggested route and you will have your 6 hours in the park. Our bus will wait for you at the same place and we will stay in touch . We will wait for you if you are late , but you will have plenty of time to see everything , take photos and relax. Our suggested route which includes the train and boat ride takes 4 hours and you will have 2 hours extra time to relax . We will talk about this before the excursion , exchange phone numbers ... just relax and enjoy this great place ! That is the reason why you should do it with us , guides are boring and groups just slow you down , you do not need that ! IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN ENTRANCE TICKETS FOR ENTRANCE 1 OR 2 , IT WILL STILL WORK OUT FINE , WE HAVE IT COVERED AND YOU JUST RELAX AND ENJOY THE NATIONAL PARK !
The national park
In the park it is all wooden routes .You can not go wrong or get lost .The boat and train are included in the ticket price and go there and back all the time . The walking part is around 5 km long and the rest is by boat and train ! Enjoy the park , it is the only place like this left in Europe , we are sure you will love it !
Return to Zadar 4:00 pm 4:00 pm we meet at the same place again . We go back the same way and we bring everybody to their home again . You should be home around 6 pm . Please feel relaxed , we are there with more then one vehicle every day and we would never leave you behind ! Just make sure your phone is charged ! If you have a number that does not work in Croatia , let us know in advance and we will provide you with cell phone and a local number for that day !
Here are the national park ticket prices : We have them booked for you, no queues !
Prices for : June , July , August , September
Adults ------------------------ 33 euro
Students --------------------- 21 euro
7 - 17years old- --------- 16 euro
Under 7 ----------------------free
Prices for : April , May , October
Adults ------------------------------14 euro
Kids ( 7 - 17 years old )------- 8 euro
Kids under 7 years old-------- free
Prices for : November , December , January , February
Kid's ( 7 - 17 years old )----4 euro
Under 7 years old------------free
Public transportation nearby
infant seats available
What do I need to bring?
Student ID (you will get the student price at the national park entrance)
Croatian Kunas cash for entrance tickets
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event
Luggage storage (on the bus or in our office )
National park entrance tickets booked for all participants ( skip the line )
National park entrance fee
Food & drinks
Please be in front of our office (Elegance tours , Varoska 5 , old town Zadar , ) 7:50 am ! If you get the chance , visit us a day before the excursion to see where we are and to get more information and the map . Thank you ! Pick up in front of your building is included in the price ! Just give us your address and we will give you a pick up time !
If you are staying in old town or near old town , this is the meeting point 7:50 am that morning Varoška ulica, Zadar 23000, HR
national park video
Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast. Administratively, the park falls within two counties: Lika-Senj (90.7%) and Karlovac (9.3%).
With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. The process of tufa formation, which results in the building of the tufa, or travertine, barriers and resulted in the creation of the lakes, is the outstanding universal value, for which the Plitvice Lakes were internationally recognised on 26 October 1979 with their inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 1997, the boundaries of the national park were expanded, and today it covers an area just under 300 km2. The park is primarily covered in forest vegetation, with smaller areas under grasslands. The most attractive part of the park – the lakes – cover just under 1% of the total park area. The lake system is comprised of 16 named and several smaller unnamed lakes, cascading one into the next. Due to the geological substrate and characteristic hydrogeological conditions, the lake system has been divided into the Upper and Lower lakes. The twelve lakes forming the Upper Lakes are: Prošćansko jezero, Ciginovac, Okrugljak, Batinovac, Veliko jezero, Malo jezero, Vir, Galovac, Milino jezero, Gradinsko jezero, Burgeti and Kozjak. These lakes were formed on impermeable dolomite rock, and are larger, with more indented and gentler shores than the Lower Lakes. The Lower Lakes, consisting of the lakes Milanovac, Gavanovac, Kaluđerovac and Novakovića Brod, were formed in permeable limestone substrate, cut into a deep canyon with steep cliffs. The lakes end in the impressive waterfalls Sastavci, with the Korana River springing under the base of the falls. The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers visitors seven different routes to tour the lake system, and four hiking trails. The park is open to visitors year round. All visitors are required to follow the instructions listed on the information panels, to keep on the marked trails, and to leave no traces of their visit, such as litter, or marking or devastating nature in any form. The following is strictly prohibited in the National Park:
Collection of plant materials, or taking any “souvenirs” of natural origin
Feeding the animals
Swimming in the lakes
Disposal of litter along the trails or elsewhere, except in the garbage bins installed throughout the park
Straying off the marked trails
FAUNAThe animal world of the Plitvice Lakes National Park is diverse and rich thanks to the diversity and preservation of the habitats. The biological diversity with regard to fauna has not been fully researched. With 259 species established so far, vertebrates have been relatively well studied, except for small mammals (excluding bats). On the other hand, the fauna of invertebrates, although much more numerous, has been studied to a much lesser degree. Most of the studies centring on it were within the scope of limnological research (zooplankton, macrozoobenthos, microzoobenthos), since aquatic habitats are of primary importance in this area. The studied groups (vertebrates and invertebrates) include a significant number of rare and endangered species listed in the Birds Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC), in the Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Council Directive 92/43/EEC), in Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention), as well as a significant number of endemic and strictly protected species (Rules on Strictly Protected Species, Official Gazette of the Republic of Croatia No 144/2013). This indicates how specific the area of the Park is. Among insects, butterflies are a rightfully prominent group with 321 species established so far (80 species of diurnal and 245 species of nocturnal butterflies). Three interesting species from the blue butterfly family are especially in the foreground: the swamp blue Phengaris alcon alcon, the large blue Phengaris arioni and the mountain blue Phengaris alcon rebeli. The swamp blue Phengaris alcon alcon (Figure 1) is a critically endangered species (CR) of butterflies with the densest populations in the Park. The Park is also one of the rare and the best preserved areas in Croatia where this globally endangered species of butterflies is found. The large blue is a vulnerable species (VU), as listed in Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) and in Appendix IV of Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.
Several endangered species are exceptionally beautiful: the Old World swallowtail Papilio machaon, the southern festoon Zerynthia polyxena, the clouded Apollo Parnassius mnemosyne (Bern Convention and Appendix IV of the Habitats Directive), and the marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia. The marsh fritillary and the Jersey tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria (Figure 2) are the Park’s target Natura species
Caddisflies are an especially interesting group of insects with 89 species registered thus far. These include one endemic species, Drusus croaticus, and one endemic subspecies, Ryacophila dorsalis plitvicensis. As caddisflies, dragonflies are an interesting and special group of insects because of their life cycles that connect terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Furthermore, they are important bioindicators for aquatic ecosystems. They have not yet been systematically researched, and neither has a complete inventory of them been made. Of the endangered species that have been established so far (8), the brown hawker Aeshna grandis is especially interesting (Figure 3). They are categorised as EN. They can most commonly be found in the forest areas of the Park. They breed in tranquil waters rich in coastal vegetation (lakes, puddles, cut-off backwaters, etc.). The ornate bluet Coenagrion ornatum is one of the Park’s Natura species. It inhabits small, sunlit, and shallow streams and slowly flowing canals.
The ground beetles are an interesting group of insects due to their ecological characteristics. They can serve as indicators of the quality of a habitat. Twenty-nine species have been found in the Park either by research conducted so far or by accidental sightings. Out of the seven saproxylic species of beetles listed in Appendix II and Appendix IV of the Habitats Directive, six NATURA 2000 species are found in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. For three species, the Park represents an SCI (Site of Community Importance) area. These are the hermit beetle Osmoderma eremita*(*priority species) and the longhorn beetles Morimus funereus and Rosalia alpina. Preserved old-growth forests are an ideal habitat for these species.
Among the common invertebrate inhabitants of aquatic ecosystem, which are of primary importance in the Park, are two endangered and strictly protected species of decapods: the European crayfish Astacus astacus and the stone crayfish Austropotamobius torrentium (Figure 5). The stone crayfish is also one of the Park’s Natura species.
Vertebrates are also greatly varied. The features of the lakes and their tributaries are typical of trout-inhabited alpine waters. The structure of ichthyofauna was altered during the past due to re-stocking, accidental introduction, change in tropia, or due to some other factor (climate change, etc.). Nowadays, the brown trout Salmo trutta(Figure 6) is suppressed by the allochthonous populations of the chub Leuciscuscephalus, the common rudd Scardinius erythrophthalmus, and the northern pike Esox lucius.
There are 14 species of amphibians and reptiles each. Six out of the 14 established species of amphibians are listed in Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) – BE2 and Appendix IV of Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora – DS4. The presence of the alpine salamander Salamandra atra (Figure 7) and the Italian crested newt Triturus carnifex is especially interesting. Both species are characteristic for the Alps and the western Dinarides. Unfortunately, the presence of allochthonous species Pelophylax kurtmulleri originating from Albania and Greece was also confirmed. The monitoring and control of the expansion of allochthonous species, as well as of their effect on the populations of indigenous species, are among priority tasks of the Park’s management.
Like amphibians, reptiles are also represented in the Park by 14 interesting and significant representatives. Nine of these are listed in Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) – BE2 and Appendix IV of Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora – DS4. Furthermore, one species is listed in Appendix IV of Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora – DS4 and one is endangered (DD precautionary principle). Out of a total of 14 established species, 10 are strictly protected (Rules on Strictly Protected Species, Official Gazette No 144/2013). An interesting lizard to mention is the viviparous lizard Zootoca vivipara. The viviparous lizard is ovoviviparous (gives birth to live young) in most of the areas it inhabits. In some southernmost areas it reproduces oviparously (lays eggs). Horvath’s rock lizard Iberolacerta horvathi was also found in the Park. This species is distributed in a narrow belt stretching from the eastern Alps to the northern Dinarides, which also include Croatia. This makes its presence in the Park especially interesting. Two out of three Croatian venomous snake species are found in the Park: the nose-horned viper Vipera ammodytes (Figure 8) and the common European viper Vipera berus.
The ornithofauna of the Park is rich and diverse. There have been 168 species of birds found so far. Due to the preservation and the size of the forest habitats (around 76% of the surface), there is great diversity and abundance of species related to forest habitats. Groups of birds that stand out among forest species are woodpeckers, owls, raptors and tits, which are all indicators of the preservation and quality of forest habitats. Nine species of woodpeckers, twelve species of raptors and eight species of owls have been found. Half of the raptors and owls that nest in the Park are connected to the forest habitats, which make up 80% of the Park’s surface. The most numerous species in the Park are the common buzzard Buteo buteo, the Ural owl Strix uralensis (Figure 9) and the tawny owl Strix aluco. The populations of the common buzzard, the Eurasian pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum and the boreal owl Aegolius funereus are especially significant. They make up 10%, 8% and 5%, respectively, of the total Croatian populations of those species. The density of the common buzzard populations (5.4 pairs per 10 km2) in beech-fir forests in the northwestern area of the Park is the greatest recorded density of this species in Croatia and among the greatest ones in Europe.
Grasslands make up 23% of the Park’s area. They are important for three species of nesting birds: the Montagu’s harrier Circus pygargus, the short-eared owl, and the corn crake Crex crex (Figure 10). The total population of the corn crake in the Park amounts to 40 to 60 singing males. Habitats that are especially important for this species are located in the southern area of the Park (Homoljačko and Brezovačko fields). A common nesting bird also found in that area is the Eurasian skylark Alauda arvensis.
Out of all nesting birds, 37 are included on the list of endangered species (Rules on Strictly Protected Species, Official Gazette No 144/2013). One species is included in the critically endangered (CR) category – the European honey buzzard Pernis apivorus, a rare and scarce nesting bird in the Park. Six species are included in the vulnerable (VU) category: the Eurasian pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum, the corn crake Crex crex, the black stork Ciconia nigra, the peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus, the common sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos, and the stock dove Columba oenas. Two species are included in the endangered (EN) category: the Montagu’s harrier Circus pygargus and the spotted crake Porzana porzana. The following species are included in the near-threatened (NT) category: the Eurasian eagle-owl Bubo bubo, the Ural owl Strix uralensis, the boreal owl Aegolius funereus, the common kingfisher Alcedo atthis, the three-toed woodpecker Picoides tridactylus, the icterine warbler Hippolais icterina, the willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus, and the Eurasian hobby Falco subbuteo. Out of all nesting birds, 76 are listed in Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention).
Seventeen species listed in Appendix I of the Birds Directive nest regularly or periodically in the Park. Six species (the corn crake Crex crex, the Ural owl Strix uralensis, the boreal owl Aegolius funereus, the Eurasian pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum, the white-backed woodpecker Picoides leucotos, and the three-toed woodpecker Picoides tridactylus (Figure 11) nest in numbers sufficient enough to enable the Plitvice Lakes National Park to become a part of NATURA as a preservation area significant for birds HR100020. The white-throated dipper Cinclus cinclus (Figure 12) is especially interesting as an indicator of the quality of aquatic habitats, of clean (oligotrophic) water. This species can often be seen or heard close to lakes and streams. The rocky habitats of the Lower Lakes are home and nesting site to the Natura species peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus and Eurasian eagle-owl Bubo bubo. These habitats are also the home of rare species, such as the common raven Corvus corax.
Over 50 species of mammals have also been found in the Park. Bats stand out due to their numbers and specificity (22 species). All of the species of bats found in the Park are listed in the Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) and Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). They are also a strictly protected species in Croatia. The barbastelle Barbastella barbastellus, the common bent-wing bat Miniopterus schreibersi, the long-fingered bat Myotis capaccinii(Figure 13), the greater mouse-eared bat Myotis myotis, the Mediterranean horseshoe bat Rhinolophus euryale, and the greater horseshoe bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum are the Park’s Natura species.
The presence of great beasts – the brown bear Ursus arctos, the grey wolf Canis lupus, the Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx (Figure 14) and the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra, which are all strictly protected and globally endangered species – are a testimony to the quality and preservation of the habitats: forest habitats for the brown bear, grey wolf and the Eurasian lynx, and the aquatic habitat for the Eurasian otter. All of these species prefer quiet and secluded areas that provide them with enough prey, shelter for their daily rest and, especially, shelter for raising their young. The Eurasian lynx is especially demanding in this regard. The Eurasian lynx is critically endangered (CR) and is listed in Appendix IV of the Habitats Directive. The Eurasian otter, the brown bear and the grey wolf are listed in Appendix I (Bern Convention) and Appendix IV of the Habitats Directive. All four beasts are the Park’s Natura species.
FLORAIn the course of studies conducted so far, more than 1,400 plant taxa(species and subspecies) have been recorded for the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which amounts to 30% of the entire Croatian flora. This can be explained by its specific geographic location (approx. 55 km air distance from the sea in the inland of Croatia’s longest and highest mountain, Velebit, on the slopes of Mala Kapela and Lička Plješevica, at an altitude of 369 to 1279 m above sea level), as well as by geomorphological, climatological and ecological factors. Grassland habitats (meadows and pastures) have a great importance for the diversity and abundance of flora in the Park. Needing a space that would allow them to feed livestock and grow food, people created grasslands in this area a long time ago. By following the traditional way of life, they have increased biodiversity and the stability of the ecosystem. The interaction of all these factors enabled the development of an abundant and diverse plant life. Species of various distributions and flora elements can be found within the relatively small Park area: Mediterranean, Mediterranean-Atlantic, Illyrian, Balkanic, Carpathian, Eurasian, Circulatory, Boreal, and so on. Due to the great diversity and abundance of flora, the presence of endemic species, species protected under international conventions (Berne Convention, Habitats Directive), as well as endangered and protected species, the Park is designated as a valuable floristic area on a national and global level. The Park has a relatively low number of endemic species (approx. 1.7%), but this number should not be neglected as a lot of very interesting species are present: the Dalmatian Scilla Chouardia litardierei (Figure 1), the lacy hellebore Helleborus multifidus, the Croatian carnation Dianthus croaticus, the fumewort Coridalis solida, etc.).
According to the IUCN criteria, a large number of endangered taxa (4.64%) is of great significance. The Park is the only site of the globally critically endangered Siberian leopard plant Ligularia sibirica(Figure 2) in Croatia, as well as in the wider area of Southeastern Europe. It can be found in the vegetation of lowland wet meadows in the southeastern part of Park. The species is listed in Annex IV of Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, and in Annex I of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Berne Convention). The Park as a part of the ecological network Natura 2000 – POVS 50000020 is significant for three target species along with the Siberian leopard plant: the creeping marshwort Apium repens, the Dalmatian Scilla Chouardia litardierei and the lady’s-slipper orchid Cypripedium calceolus (Figure 3). In Croatia and beyond, the densest known populations of the lady’s-slipper orchid Cypripedium calceolus, one of the most endangered and most beautiful European orchids, are found in the forest habitats of the Park. The Park’s flora is characterized by the diversity of orchids (more than 60 taxa). Due to the beauty of their flowers, which distinguishes them among other plants, they have often been rooted out and are now endangered.
Carnivorous plants are especially interesting and unique in the plant world due to their diet. Three species are present in the Park area. The critically endangered (CR) common butterwort Pinguicula vulgaris(Figure 4) can be found in the vegetation of basophilic fens of the Park where the population is still numerous and well preserved. The common sundew Drosera rotundifolia and the lesser bladderwort Utricularia minor, found in the area of sphagnum acid bogs, which is one of the best preserved transitional bogs in Croatia, have preserved populations as well, due to the measures of active bog management.
Due to increasing depopulation and the decrease in traditional management in settlements, the survival of grasslands is becoming more and more threatened, and thus the biodiversity of the Park’s flora as well.
Here is a link button to the official Plitvice lakes site with suggested routes and programs to follow :