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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on a full-day trip from Zagreb, and experience one of Croatia’s most scenic landscapes. Visit the historic village of Rastoke, join a guide for a walk through the park, cruise across Kozjak Lake, then take a panoramic train ride. This full-day Plitvice Lakes tour includes pickup and drop-off at selected hotels in Zagreb, all activities, and entrance fees.
  • Full-day tour from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Guided walking tour through the national park
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup and drop-off at selected Zagreb hotels

What's Included

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rastoke visit
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park admission ticket
  • English speaking licensed tour guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Zrinjevac 2
    Zrinjevac 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

    The guide will wait in front of the small Meteorological station. This is a small display that shows temperature and barometric pressure on the north side of the park.

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Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet a driver at your Zagreb hotel or central meeting point, then board a climate-controlled vehicle for the trip towards Lika, where the first stop of the day is the village of Rastoke, a historic community at the confluence of the Slunjčica and Korana Rivers. Walk through the village to see traditional watermills and old fashioned, riverside houses built from limestone and wood.

Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a guided hike that explores some of the Plitvice's 16 lakes, which are linked by waterfalls. See the lower and upper lakes on foot, then board a train for a brief, but scenic, tour. The last Plitvice Lakes adventure is a boat cruise across Kozjak Lake, which is surrounded by thick evergreen forest (train and boat service are suspended from November through March, when tours of Plitvice Lakes National Park are on foot).

At the end of your day in Plitvice Lakes National Park, begin the return trip to Zagreb, where this tour concludes at drop-off at your original departure point.

Rastoke

Arrive at the historic village of Rastoke, situated at the confluence of Slunjčica and Korana rivers. Stroll around the well-preserved watermills and picturesque waterfalls, and admire the unique architecture of the houses built along the river.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia. Follow your guide on a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage listed park, which is famous for its 16 lakes connected by a series of waterfalls. Start your walking tour of the park with your expert guide that knows all the ins and outs. Get enchanted with the stunning nature that surrounds you while your guide shares interesting tidbits and leads you through the forest parts and board pathways on the lakes. Discover all the highlights of the park (both Lower and Upper lakes). Cap off your visit with a boat cruise across the largest lake and a panoramic vehicle ride, soaking up the breathtaking views and pure air. Please note that from November 1st through March 31st, depending on weather conditions, the panoramic vehicle and electric boats do not operate and only Lower Lakes can be visited. Tour will be operated on foot during these periods and tour last less then 4 hours.

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • In Pltivice lakes we visit all of the Lower lakes and the highlights of the Upper lakes (approximately 8,5 kilometers/ 5 miles walk)
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved with some steep parts – please wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • Not recommended for children younger than three years old
  • Not recommended for travelers with health issues
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Please note: November 1st through March 31st, the panoramic vehicle and electric boats do not operate. Tour will be operated on foot during these periods.
  • Depending on the weather conditions some parts of the park might be restricted
  • Small group for a great experience (the tour is limited to 8 people)
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


There is a split wood pathway so be sure to wear closed shoe toes or good tennis shoes.
Proper foot wear and being prepared for rain are also advisable.
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Magical
Joe_B, Nov 2022
Two hours from Zagreb you will find the most amazing place. We stopped at Rastoke en route for half an hour. A picturesque little village full of waterfalls. As we left Rastoke, the cloud lifted and the sun came out as we arrived at Plitvice National Park. At this time of year it was pretty quiet, and along with some incredible weather for early November, this made for some magical scenery. Our guide Mateja was informative, and allowed us to walk at our own pace. We were lucky that the good weather allowed us to take a boat across the lakes. If you are visiting Croatia, this place is a must see.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Many thanks for joining the tour and taking time to post this fantastic review. We really appreciate it. Best regards!
Lovely day tour of Lake Plitvice n Rastoke
TUIIAR_A, Oct 2022
Beautiful park with Autumn colours.Lovely guide ( Renato) telling us about the park and Croatia in general. Good tips and advice on what to see n do for visiting Zagreb n Dubrovnik.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you very much. Happy to see you enjoyed the day at Plitvice Lakes with us. All the best!
A must visit with an awesome guide!
Kayla_G, May 2022
Plitvice Lakes are one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited! Traveling there with the tour guide Mat made it even better. I solo signed up and so did three other people. We were a small crew of four (5 with our guide Mat) and it was an awesome combo. The ride to the waterfalls found us driving through Karlovac and Tušilović and we saw buildings with visible bullet holes, carried over the from the 1991-1995 war. Mat knew so much history about Zagreb and Croatia and was patient with all of our questions. We first stopped at Rastoke, a medieval village... but except for a couple cool photos, it wasn't really worth it. We stayed for only 15 minutes, used the washroom, and some got tea / or grabbed lunch to go. Once we got to the gorgeous Plitvice Lakes, Mat journeyed with us and frequently offered to take solo and group pictures, helping us capture the whole day. He knew so much about the falls, the water, the grounds, the system, etc...He then suggested that we skip the boat that floats up the lake and instead, to spend over an hour walking alongside the lake -- so glad we listened! It was much prettier and much lovelier to be walking. The Upper Lakes were closed for maintenance of walkways, but it was barely a disappointment because the vast grounds still offered so much for what we COULD SEE! I was there in mid April and it was not very crowded (my suggestion to try to go in an uncrowded season). It was also 22*C and the sun was shining... a magnificent experience! I totally bonded with the two other woman in my group and it was such an awesome combo of walking / light hiking, and standing in awe at the gorgeously blue lakes. Mat spoke of his family and his life growing up and his personalization of this tour made it that much more memorable. These lakes are a SITE TO BE SEEN! Do not miss! This tour was worth every penny spent.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you very much for this amazing feedback. It was our pleasure to welcome you and we do hope to see you back in Croatia one day. Best regards!
A Great Education As Well As Entertainment
Melinda_J, Feb 2022
I went as a solo traveler and was picked up near the Zagreb City center by my tour guide, Petra. I was the only one signed up so it was a private tour. She was a fabulous guide and I had an amazing time. She had a wealth of information to share not only at the park itself but also on the way to the park. I learned from her that there is even a bridge named after Jimi Hendrix because someone wrote his name in graffiti across it and the name stuck., She was very animated and entertaining in her delivery telling me the names of the waterfalls, who they were named after, the stories, legends, and histories behind them. One waterfall was even named after a famous opera singer. The park was beautiful with all of the rock formations and a variety of waterfalls. I enjoyed it so much more than if I just went by myself and really learned nothing.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Many thanks for booking the tour and posting such a wonderful review. We really appreciate it. We wish you a lot of happy travels and experiences in the future!
Josip was excellent! He...
Patrcia_G, Dec 2022
Josip was excellent! He drove us to the best spots to visit and eat in Liubliana and Bled Lake and Castle
The highlight of our holiday!
Amy_R, Nov 2022
Walking around the lakes was incredible. We got lucky with the weather so it was sunny and clear, and the walkways were comfortable. You feel so calm being next to the waterfalls! Make sure you wear comfy shoes, and maybe bring some water/snacks with you. Our guide Blaz was amazing. He pointed out so many interesting little details and was lovely to talk to, it very clear that he loves Croatia and the lakes. The smaller tour size (there were 6 of us) was nice too. I would absolutely recommend you do this if you can, it's really something unique!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Many thanks for taking time to write this fantastic review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the day with us at Plitvice Lakes. Take care!
Amazing locations
Tomasz_S, Oct 2022
Great trip. The guide was great. We saved a lot of time with him as he knew which way to go to see everything and not wasting time in long queues.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you. Nice to see you enjoyed the day at the national park. Warm regards!
Breathtaking & Easy Walking
KRISTINA_M, Oct 2022
This tour was the perfect way to experience the vast Plitvice lakes in a day trip from Zagreb. Blush was our guide and he was super friendly and had lots of great stories. The tour explores both upper and lower lakes with a total of about 8km of walking. The trails are mostly shady and cool. It was relaxing to be led through to all the major viewpoints without having to figure out the trails and Blush went out of his way to ensure we were comfortable in pace and make time for lots of pics. Small group, safe drive and comfortable minivan for the 2hr drive there & back.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you very much for booking the tour and writing this wonderful review. Best regards from Petros DMC team!
Breathtaking!
Isma_A, Sep 2022
Plitvice Lakes are the most beautiful lakes I have seen. The scenery and the views of the waterfalls were just breathtaking. Our tour guide Renato was great! He picked us from out hotel, which made it so easier and provided us with many stories of Croatia. Renato had all the tickets booked, which meant we didn't have to wait for long. The best thing was that he knew all the best places to take the best pictures of Plitvice lakes. There was six in our group (which was a good number comparing to the very large groups we saw), which made it easier to chat to our fellow travellers. The walk was at a nice gentle pace and you never felt rushed. The lakes are stunning and definitely must see if in Croatia. I highly recommend this tour, especially having Renato as the tour guide.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Many thanks for this 5 star review. It was our pleasure to host you and show you Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke. Hope to see you back one day. All the best!
Definitely worth it
Catarina_M, Jul 2022
The tour was great. The tour guide was very nice and the ride was very comfortable. The fact that it was a small group allowed us to interact more with each other and follow along easier which allowed everything to run much smoother. The guide knew all the best spots from the places we visited, which allowed us to get the best of everything without being worried all the time about getting lost or not being able to get the best out of it all. Also, the drive itself was really enriching, as we were able to talk and learn more about Zagreb's history. A day very well spent. Definitely recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Many thanks for writing this excellent review. We really appreciate it. Cheers!
A walk to natural wonders
Christine_T, Jul 2022
This is a long day so make sure you’re well prepared with lots of water, comfortable shoes and a can-do attitude! The tour is around 9-10 hours long and the first stop is Rastoke which is a quaint little village with a few waterfalls; you’ll have around 30mins here so grab a coffee and enjoy the views. You’ll need cash because most of the coffee shops here do not accept card payments. The next stop is Plitvice which is a huge park full of uphill climbs but breathtaking views. If you go in summer, make sure to take sunblock with you and a hat too if possible. I would also suggest taking a packed lunch because the queues at the food stalls are long and the food is nothing special; also take every opportunity to use the bathrooms because there are only 2 stops along the entire route. The walk is done at an easy pace and our guide, Renato, waited for everyone to take photos and offered to take photos for everyone too. The lakes and waterfalls are beautiful. Definitely worth visiting!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you very much for booking the tour and posting the review. We always appreciate and value feedback from our guests. Best regards and all the best from Petros DMC team!
Blues I’ve never seen before!
Rosalynd_U, Jul 2022
The lakes have some of the most beautiful blue hues I’ve ever seen! This national park is really special and should be on everyone’s Zagreb itinerary. And our tour guide, Blaze, was outstanding. He really made the trip. He was funny, personable, and kept up the group’s energy for the whole 12 hours. Would highly recommend taking the tour with him to get the full experience.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you very much for this fantastic review and best regards from Zagreb!
Excellent Tour!
Michael_A, Jul 2022
We had a great time on this tour with Blaj. He was an excellent tour guide and took us on the many paths to all the lakes and by the many beautiful waterfalls. We also stopped by a charming village on the way. Thank you Blaj. It was great!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you very much for taking time to write this amazing review and best regards!
1 traveler found this review helpful
The best place in the...
mamdouh_k, Jun 2022
The best place in the world to see many waterfalls, rivers and lakes in one place Great experince for all ages
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for this lovely feedback. Hope to see you again one day. All the best from Petros DMC team!
An unforgettable day!
Liane_C, Jun 2022
I was a solo traveler trying to catch some sights before attending an academic conference in Zagreb. I could not ask for a more perfect day! Do not miss this tour if you want to have an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. My guide (Renato) literally knew every corner of the trail so I could just enjoy the breathtaking scenery. We were a motley crew of 3 active solo travelers and a small family. Our guide managed all of our needs brilliantly, letting us move ahead faster/longer in certain spots as well as managing the needs of the family traveling with a young child. (Note: I was a solo traveler on this trip but have 2 kids ages 5 and 8 and would not recommend this tour for you unless you are willing to sit out the hike around the upper lakes - around 1 hour). It was 95 degrees out but the heat was manageable since most parts of the trail are shaded.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Many thanks for posting such fantastic review. So happy to see that you will remember this day for a lifetime. It was our pleasure to host you. Cheers!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience which I'd recommend to everyone who's up for nature
Marco_G, May 2022
It was a wonderful trip and we had a very knowledgable driver who guided us through Rastoke and Plitvice. We've managed to see a lot and I took many beautiful photos. Weather was stunning so overall I'd recommend this trip if you enjoy nature. I guess it also stands and falls with the people joining you in the group. Most of my "colleagues" were nice and enjoyed the tour as much as I did while others took this as an opportunity to talk nonstop for more than 3 hours without taking a break so that they can enjoy what's around them ;-)
Response from Host, May 2022
Many thanks for joining the tour and posting this 5 star review. We really appreciate it. Best regards!
Amazing trip
Oksana_F, Apr 2022
It was an absolutely amazing trip to Plitvice guided by tour guide Renato. We absolutely enjoyed the leisurely walk in the nature. Our guide was very welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly. He also didn’t push us to buy ang souvenirs or to visit any restaurants, it was all up to our own choice, which is very nice compared to other tours we took while traveling in other countries. We definitely recommend this tour ❤️
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you very much for these kind words. We are thrilled to see you enjoyed the Plitvice Lakes tour with us. Warm regards from Petros DMC team!
Amazing park with waterfalls!
Angeliki_S, Apr 2022
Magnificent place! Everyone should visit. Spring is best time to go, as there isn't crowded. Just put on your walking shoes and enjoy the seenary. Renato was a excellent guide. He gave us lots of information about Croatia and Plitvice lakes,during our trip. He knows all the best places for a foto. Very kind with everyone and generally, a positive person.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Many thanks for booking the tour and posting this amazing feedback. Best regards from Petros DMC team!
Great experience
Amber_S, Apr 2022
The tour to the Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke was amazing. It was March and had luck with the weather. We went with only three people in total on the tour and were amazed by the interesting stories our tour guide Petra told us. She was super kind and knew so much about the area. It was a very relaxed tour in which we could truly enjoy the beautiful nature. We even talked about music, the changing climate and many more subjects. It was impossible to nót fall in love with the Plitvice Lakes, Rastoke and Croatia.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
We would like to thank you for taking time to write this amazing review. We are very grateful for guests like you and hope to see you back in Zagreb one day. Take care!
Don’t miss the park full of gorgeous water
Theresa_V, Apr 2022
Amazing day out to a lovely little village and to a beautiful national park with so many waterfalls. It’s nice to do this tour in off-peak so the crowds are light. The hike takes a while but is not difficult so the trip sounds accessible for most people. Lunch was midway through the hike. If you want something besides hamburger or sausage for lunch, go ahead and pack a lunch for the day. The guide also did a great job.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. It was our pleasure to have you!
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