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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered 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
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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
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
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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9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Petros d.o.o
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "There is a split wood pathway so be sure to wear closed shoe toes or good tennis shoes." See review
  • "Proper foot wear and being prepared for rain are also advisable." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Beautiful, wonderful, awesome “must visit” location
Ram_M
, May 2022
We had a wonderful time, thanks to Petra and Mario. Petra is simply outstanding, very knowledgeable, and wonderful person. The national park is beautiful and a “must see” on any Croatian vacation. Thanks for making our trip a memorable and awesome experience.
star-5
Plitvice Nation Park
Mona_S
, May 2022
Tour guide Rinalti was excellent giving us local information on the trip to the park. He was an excellent guide and directed our group to the best positions for photos. He even took great photos of us with our cameras. The nation park is spectacular and it is worthwhile to book this trip for a once in a lifetime experience.
star-5
Amazing day
jorge_n
, May 2022
Definitely a must go experience. Petra our tour guide was just amazing during the whole tour. Landscape are unbelievable beautiful and with such a good and well organised tour,it's impossible to miss.
star-5
The tour was terrific. I...
Doreen_U
, May 2022
The tour was terrific. I had a great time and the guide explained everything very well. I will recoment the tour it to my friends.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for the wonderful feedback. Warm regards from Zagreb!
star-5
Superb
David_K
, May 2022
Renato was a superb tour guide. Very friendly and made the tour fun and informative. An excellent day trip.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for booking the tour and writing this fantastic review. All the best form Petros DMC team!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Tour!
Shelley_C
, May 2022
This small group tour with Renato was one of my favorite tours ever! The hike, the scenery and the information and pace of the tour was perfect. I cannot say enough good things about Plitvice Lakes. Try to get this guide if you go.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for booking the tour and posting this amazing feedback. Cheers!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A MUST!
MarcAnthony_B
, May 2022
Trip was worth every penny! I took this tour by myself but felt very welcomed by the tour guide Renato and other guests; it was like I was meeting up with old friends. Renato was very charismatic, knowledgable and allowed our group with ample time to spend at each destination. Overall, would recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for posting this amazing review and best regards from Zagreb!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Don’t miss these lakes
MM_N
, May 2022
We were lucky with the weather and this enhanced the excellent trip. The lakes are stunning and our guide, Renato, was friendly, helpful and very informative. We enjoyed the whole day.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for this amazing feedback. It was our pleasure to have you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must see!
Brittany_L
, May 2022
My friend and I had a great time! This is definitely a must when in Croatia. I would definitely recommend this tour. Our guide was amazing!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for this wonderful review. It was our pleasure to host you. Best regards!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent Tour in a Magical Place
Sara_W
, May 2022
Excellent tour with Mat to this magical, glorious national park! Great arrangements including good accommodations for rain (umbrellas, ponchos, etc). Our rainy day was beautiful with different views and fewer visitors to the park. Rain or shine be sure to wear comfortable, sturdy waterproof shoes! There are hours of well-paced walking and climbing so prepare for a good day of exercise in this special location. Super trip and having a great guide made it easier, more efficient, and more interesting with history, information and hints for the best experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for joining the tour and posting this amazing review. All the best from Petros DMC team!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Plitvice Lakes
Joy_N
, May 2022
We had a wonderful day on this tour! Mat, our guide, was a wealth of knowledge and filled the day with interesting facts and humour. We learnt about the unique geology of the region, which makes Plitvice lakes so special. The place was absolutely stunning! Mat ensured that we arrived ahead of the big coach groups and we beat all the queues which was an added bonus. I would highly recommend Mat and this tour - it was a great day! (Small piece of advice - some people wore sandals, but I would definitely not suggest doing so! We were really glad we wore trainers as the paths are very uneven in places)
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for this fantastic review. We are pleased to see you had a wonderful day with us and we send you our best regards from Zagreb!
star-5
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.
icon 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!
star-5
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 ❤️
icon 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!
star-5
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.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Many thanks for booking the tour and posting this amazing feedback. Best regards from Petros DMC team!
star-5
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.
icon 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!
star-5
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.
icon 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!
star-5
Superb Tour
MichelleBleicher
, Apr 2022
Plitvice is not to be missed. It is one of natures wonders and we’re so thrilled that we were able to have this incredible experience. We took the tour through Petros booked through Viator. Matija was our tour guide. He was excellent! Every step of the way, he explained everything we saw and made us feel like family. He even bent down to tie my shoelaces. Book with Petros and ask for Matija to be your guide! Tell him hello from Michelle from Florida!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Michelle, thank you very much for this fantastic review. It was our pleasure to show you around and to share details about Croatia and the national park. Warm regards from Petros DMC team!
star-5
Great experience
Rebecca_E
, Apr 2022
Excellent tour guide and beautiful surroundings would highly recommend for anyone looking to explore the region
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for booking the tour and writing this 5 star review. We always appreciate and value feedback from our guests.Best regards!
star-5
Amazinggg
Bjorn_V
, Apr 2022
It was an amazing experience with a great tour guide which made our day extraordinary. Value for money!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Many thanks for this great feedback and best regards from Petros DMC team!
star-5
Great trip, highly recommended!
Vijay_T
, Apr 2022
Places we visited were beautiful. The tour organizer who came with us was excellent! He took us everywhere on time, made sure we got breaks in between, told us great info about the places and most important when I fell sick during the trip he took super good care - checking in regularly, suggesting me alternative shorter routes etc. overall a great experience and would highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you very much for joining the tour and posting this amazing review. We do hope you are feeling better now and enjoying the stay in Croatia. Best regards from Zagreb!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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