Zagreb National parks

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From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

1. 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.

Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

2. Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Zagreb, and then make your way to the 16 lakes of the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site to take a nature walk through the magnificent woodlands of Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Marvel at a system of 12 lakes separated by travertine barriers and take a closer look at the marble formations of the incredible natural phenomenon. Learn how the lakes, karst rivers and streams are an ongoing process that continue to shape the landscape over time. See some of the magnificent waterfalls and stand in front of the 78-meter high Large Waterfall (Veliki slap) to hear the roaring thunder of the water as it hits the ground. If you are looking for a full-day adventure, you have the option to book this experience with a morning city tour. If you book this option, you will meet your local guide at 9 am for a tour of the city before departing for the lakes.

Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

3. Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

Leave Zagreb and head to the Lika region. The first stop on the itinerary is the picturesque watermill village of Rastoke, located at the confluence of the Slunjčica and Korana rivers. Take a stroll through the town to admire the unique rural architecture. The tour continue on to Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is Croatia’s oldest and most visited national park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. For centuries, water has formed waterfalls and created 16 crystal-clear lakes in this area. Enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the forest landscape and the lakes that are connected by a series of waterfalls. Board an electric boat to cross Lake Kozjak and learn more about karst formations and the abundant animal life in the park. Become one with nature, enjoy the clean fresh air and marvel at the breathtaking views that surround you. The guide will be with you and your small group throughout the day, and will share some interesting stories about the areas you visit and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

4. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Discover the beautiful Plitvice Lakes, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and the village of Rastoke on a day tour from Zagreb. Treat your eyes to the beauty of the small waterfalls, traditional houses, 16 terraced lakes, and more on a guided tour. Depart Zagreb and start your journey to the village of Rastoke. Enjoy a coffee break at the gateway to the amazing Plitvice Lakes area. Get a glimpse at some of the small waterfalls, well-preserved mills, and traditional houses that line the banks of the Slunjčica River. Arrive at Plitvice Lakes National Park and follow your knowledgeable guide to discover the 16 terraced lakes formed by natural travertine dams. Learn how the lakes can change color throughout the day, depending on the angle of the sun’s rays and the mineral makeup of the water. Walk through the park on the guided sightseeing tour before your guide takes you to a local restaurant for an optional lunch. Taste the typical dishes of the region, and feel free to ask your guide for recommendations for food, drinks, or even souvenirs. After lunch, sit back in comfort on the pleasant drive back to Zagreb.

From Zagreb: Transfer to Split & Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour

5. From Zagreb: Transfer to Split & Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour

Travel from Zagreb to Split or Trogir on a 12-hour group transfer that includes a tour of the stunning Plitvice Lakes along the way. A tour guide will pick you up at an agreed-upon time and your journey will begin with a comfortable drive to the protected national park. En route, there will be stops at viewpoints to take in the spectacular scenery. At Plitvice Lakes, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the whole park area that features 16 lakes connected by waterfalls and cascades. At the end of the tour, stop at a local restaurant for lunch (optional), where you can taste traditional dishes and delicacies. Your guide will gladly offer recommendations for the best food and drinks to try. After lunch, continue the journey to your final destination in Split or Trogir.

From Split or Trogir: Zagreb Transfer & Plitvice Lakes Tour

6. From Split or Trogir: Zagreb Transfer & Plitvice Lakes Tour

Take advantage of a transfer from Split or Trogir to Zagreb with a tour of the Plitvice Lakes. Meet your tour guide at the meeting point at the agreed-upon time and start your journey with a comfortable drive to the protected National Park. On the way, make some stops with nice viewpoints to snap great pictures. Upon arrival to Plitvice Lakes, visit the whole park area with its 16 lakes that are connected by waterfalls and cascades. After the guided sightseeing, your tour guide will take you to a local restaurant for an optional lunch, where you can taste traditional dishes of the area. Your guide will gladly make some recommendations for food, drinks or even souvenirs. Finally, enjoy a comfortable drive to your final drop-off location in Zagreb.

From Zagreb to Split: Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke Private Tour

7. From Zagreb to Split: Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke Private Tour

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-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, and two small towns along the way. Your private guide will make sure you get personalized attention all the way through your trip.   Enjoy the scenic journey from Split to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. You’ll be awed by the lushness of nature and the combination of blue and green colors surrounding you. Take a scenic boat tour around the lakes and see Veliki Slap waterfall, a stunning natural formation where water falls from 78 meters high.   Also on your way, visit the riverfront town of Karlovac and the historic watermill village of Rastoke, to get a feel for these smaller, ancient towns. Continue on your way until your guide drops you off at your accommodation in Split.

Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb Including Park Tickets

8. Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb Including Park Tickets

Marvel at the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park on a day trip to the oldest and most visited national park in Croatia, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Marvel at the network of 16 crystal blue lakes with wonderful waterfalls of all sizes. The tour takes you on a walk trough the Lower lakes all the way to the biggest waterfall in Croatia (78 meters high). Visit the small fairytale village of Rastoke, situated on the River Korana and famous for its watermills. Known by many as the "small lakes of Plitvice," the village is renowned for its stunning beauty and natural setting.

Plitvice Lakes Private Tour from Zagreb

9. Plitvice Lakes Private Tour from Zagreb

The first stop on your private 8-hour tour is the idyllic watermill village of Rastoke. See the unique and well-preserved wooden watermills at the waterfalls on the Slunjcica River. After your visit to Rastoke village, continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a 3-4 private guided tour. Enjoy a hike along both the upper and lower lakes, a boat ride on the big lake and a train ride through the park. See 16 green and blue-colored lakes connected to each other by a series of beautiful waterfalls, and surrounded by captivating forests. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant to try the traditional food of the area (at your own expense).

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Private Tour

10. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Private Tour

Depart Zagreb and journey to the small village of Rastoke near the city of Slunj. Enjoy a cup of coffee surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and a delightful river. Get an introduction to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where the locals live in harmony with nature. Take a tour of the 16 lakes inside the park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the amazing rock formations of the Dinara karst area. Re-energize at a local dairy farm, where you can taste many varieties of domestic cheese before going to the Museum of Croatian War of Independence, located in the former backyard of a ruined Austro-Hungarian military base in Karlovac.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 508 reviews

Really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Stepjan was fantastic. He was really knowledgeable and patient. He gave us enough time in Rastoke to look around and then on to the lakes. We really got to see a lot without it being too tiring or unmanageable. I had children with me and he never made us feel like we were slowing the tour down and was great with them all day. The lakes were breathtaking and I would definitely recommend this tour. Just for info the shops and cafes in the park only take cards not cash.

A very successful experience. The guide, Blaz, whas knowledgeable and entertaining.and his explanations were good. The group was small and intimate. The lakes are beautiful and outstanding.

The experience was seemless. Blaz was an excellent guide who set the right pace and information to keep the group informed, engaged and motivated throughout the activity.

the trip was great. I was picked up from the hotel. Renata was a great guide. walking pace was good and he gave us enough time to enjoy and clicked pictures for us

Fab And amazing the tour guide was friendly his knowledge was exceptional .