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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 and small group, as you enjoy a memorable hike and boat ride. 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.

Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

2. 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

3. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Depart Zagreb and journey to the village of Rastoke and 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, dependent 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, if you wish, 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

4. 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 sightseeing 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.

Zagreb: Transfer to Split with Plitvice Lakes Tour

5. Zagreb: Transfer to Split with Plitvice Lakes Tour

Enjoy a stop at the stunning Plitvice Lakes on your transfer from Zagreb to Split. Watch the Croatian landscape go by and relax all the way to your destination with an amazing sightseeing experience in between. Discover the 16 stunning lakes of Plitvice National Park, connected by amazing waterfalls. Take a boat ride on waters that are surrounded by natural green forests and beautiful landscapes that will take your breath away. Encounter different animal and plant species and stumble across spectacular panoramic views with your guide. Enjoy some free time inside the park to explore on your own before completing your transfer.

Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

6. 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.

Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb Including Park Tickets

7. 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.

Zagreb: City Walking Tour

8. Zagreb: City Walking Tour

Take a stroll with us for a couple of hours as we show you the highlights of Zagreb. Your guide will have the local insights and handy tips to leave you wanting to explore some more. Start the tour at Zagreb’s famous Zrinjevac Park which will give you some great selfies and photo opportunities. From the park, continue to Bogovićeva street, known for its bars and restaurants. Next, you will walk across Ban Jelačić square to the next stop at the historic Zagreb Cathedral. After the Cathedral, walk through Dolac Farmers Market to the WW2 tunnels for some more recent history about the city. Enjoy a small rest on the funicular to the top of Grič Hill. At the top of the hill is Gradec (the upper town) where you can take in beautiful panoramic views of the city. From Gradec, descend to Tkalčićeva Street. The street is also famous for its bars and restaurants, so you can decide where to stop for a snack. Finish the tour in Ban Jelačić Square.

Split to/from Zagreb Transfer with Entry to Plitvice Lakes

9. Split to/from Zagreb Transfer with Entry to Plitvice Lakes

Enjoy a full-day transfer between Split and Zagreb with a stop at the stunning Plitvice Lakes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, taking in breathtaking views of the Croatian countryside along the way. Relax as you arrive at your destination in an different city, having had an amazing experience along the way.  During your transfer, pay a visit to one of Europe's most beautiful parks. Take a journey through the 16 lakes that form the Plitvice Lakes National Park, all of which enjoy UNESCO protected status. Along the way, cross amazing travertine waterfalls, natural green forests and amazing landscapes that will take your breath away. You will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with an array of plant and animal species. Use your free time inside of the park to go for a relaxing stroll or to take stunning photos of the landscapes. Explore the park on foot, discovering secrets of the park and making your way from the lower lakes to the upper lakes. Afterward, relax and rest your legs on the comfortable bus that will take you to onwards to Zagreb.

Transfer between Zagreb and Split: Stop at Plitvice Lakes

10. Transfer between Zagreb and Split: Stop at Plitvice Lakes

Enjoy a full day transfer between Zagreb and Split with stop at the stunning Plitvice lakes. This tour operates each way between Zagreb and Split. Please enjoy the ride along the way, watching the Croatian landscapes. Relax as you arrive at your destination in an different city, having had an amazing experience along the way.  This tour will take you to the most beautiful European park. Protected by UNESCO since 1979, as a World Natural Heritage, this park should not be missed. In the Plitvice National Park, nature has created 16 lakes and connected them by amazing travertine waterfalls. These beautiful waters are surrounded by natural green forests and amazing landscapes that will take your breath away. The park is also home to different animal and plant species which makes it even more precious. Along the way you will stumble upon places with absolutely phenomenal panoramic views so it's not a bad idea to bring camera with you to capture the surroundings and the wildlife of Plitvice Lakes. Use your free time inside of the park for a pleasant recreational walk. Explore the park on foot, discovering secrets of the park and making your way from the lower lakes to the upper lakes. Relax and rest your legs in the comfortable bus that will take you to Croatia capital. 

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What people are saying about Zagreb

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 508 reviews

Amazing experience! Our tour guide Bajan was super friendly, he provided us with lots of information about Croatia in a very interesting way. He is very friendly and always willing to answer any questions. He was also very patient when it was time to take photos, where he even offered to take our pictures, which I must say they were all great picture. At the end of our experience he also gave us free tips on best places to explore and to dine while in the area. All in all it was a great experience, I would definitely use pathfinders again on my next trip and I would highly recommend this trip and pathfinders to anyone who is travelling to Croatia.

Great expirience. Beutifull place. Very friendly guide with an amazing guy who was very kind to help, sharing step by step everything to made our journey in the park as much as wonderful can be. I had a stomach pain as well and the driver did everything who could to support however we stopped in 3 different pharmacies untill to find an open one. They made me feel so comfortable. Thank for everything!

it was fantastic! Our guide was more than what you can expect when it comes to guides, he was really friendly and great at taking pictures of me and my boyfriend. He told us about the history in a fun way and knew all the good picture spots by heart. I had a great time!

Bojan was an amazing guide who showed us all the 16 lakes and numerous waterfalls and kept us engaged throughout the tour with his expansive knowledge on Croatian history, culture, politics and cuisine.

The park is amazingly beautiful its just that you have to be fit as it does around 8km walking. Overall I really enjoy it and took so many pictures of waterfalls and lakes.