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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb (Included: Entry Ticket)

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Overview

Visit the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park and riverside village of Rastoke on this full-day trip from Zagreb. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, stop in Rastoke, dubbed the ‘Little Plitvice,’ and see its cascades and watermills before continuing to Plitvice proper. Here, take a 4-hour sightseeing tour, admiring the lakes and waterfalls by foot, boat, and tram. Finish with lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant before returning to Zagreb. Entrance fees included.
  • Full-day trip to Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes National Park from Zagreb
  • Call at riverside Rastoke, known as the ‘Little Plitvice’
  • Admire the cascades, watermills, and mountain-hut-style houses
  • Take a guided tour of UNESCO–listed Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Follow the walkways over the blue and green lakes and past the waterfalls
  • Ride a boat and tram in the park, and break for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned minivan, with admission tickets included
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Entrance ticket to Plitvice Lakes
Entrance ticket to Rastoke
Air-conditioned vehicle
Official English speaking tour guide
Road tolls and parking
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Lunch
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Zrinjevac 2 , Zrinjevac 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

At he main meeting point. Address: Trg Nikole Subica Zrinjskog 2, 10000 Zagreb; by the meteorological display.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart central Zagreb by air-conditioned minivan, and travel south toward Plitvice.

Then, break for a stroll and coffee (own expense) in Rastoke, a picture-perfect village dubbed the ‘Small Lakes of Plitvice.’

This historical town fringes the River Slunjčica near its junction with Plitvice’s River Korana, and is famed for its waterfalls. Admire the cascades along with the watermills and distinctive stone-and-wood architecture.

Next, continue to UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Composed of 16 lakes joined by waterfalls, the park is famed for its beauty and lakes’ changing hues, which shift from turquoise to emerald and gray depending on their mineral content and the angle of sunlight.

Take a guided tour, following the wooden walkways over the lakes and enjoying the beauty of the rushing cascades. On route, take a boat and tram ride to absorb the scenery.

After four hours at Plitvice, enjoy a classic Croatian lunch (own expense), with your guide recommending dishes and drinks (own expense).

Finally, return to Zagreb, where your tour ends at the departure point.

Itinerary

8:00                      Pick Up in Zagreb

9:45 - 10:30          Visiting Rastoke and a coffee break

11:00 – 15:00       Sightseeing of Plitvice Lakes National Park with tour
guide

15:30 – 16:00       Time for lunch

19:00                    Drop off in Zagreb

Possibly the itinerary may be adjusted due to traffic, flooded trails in the park or bad weather conditions.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rastoke
This village respresents an excellent introduction to the Plitvice Lakes as this location is often called as „Small Lakes of Plitvice“ because both destinations are connected with the same river. Apart from astonishing natural beauties, Rastoke are best known for its little waterfalls along the Slunjčica river and well-preserved mills and houses which represent the unique style of this region.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The unity and harmony of the 16 lakes and their rare natural and cultural value is not only famous through Croatia but also worldwide. This national park for its beauty and unique has its place on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. Arriving at Plitvice you will walk through the beautiful waterfalls and lakes led by our experienced English speaking tour guide who will do his best to take you on a route that will ensure for you to have the best possible experience. Excursion covers whole of the national park and includes train and boat ride inside the park. Our tour will start with the Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes), continue with Donja Jezera (Lower Lakes) and finish of with the highlight of the park and Croatia "Veliki Slap" (Big Waterfall) 78 meters tall waterfall. At the end you will have an opportunity to taste authentic dishes of the area at an optional lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Zagreb.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour includes prox. 5km of walking on uneven surfaces -please wear comfortable walking shoes (we visit highlights of both, the Lower Lakes and the Upper Lakes).
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Not recommended for child aged 3 and under
  • Not recommended for participant with walking disabilities
  • Depending on the weather conditions some parts of the park may be restricted
  • Here are few items you may need to make your time on the excursion the best of all: closed comfortable shoes (sneakers), sportswear, In case of rain raincoat or an umbrella. After summer time we recommend to bring also a warm sweater or jacket.
  • Entrance ticket to Plitvice Lakes IS included in the price of the tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Portal day tours
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 a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb (Included: Entry Ticket)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb (Included: Entry Ticket).
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What is the social distancing policy during Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb (Included: Entry Ticket)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb (Included: Entry Ticket).
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb (Included: Entry Ticket)?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb (Included: Entry Ticket).

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you have extra time, an extra day or two would enable you to enjoy the additional trails." See review
  • "There is a lot of walking and you cannot bring a stroller pram on the wooden walkways." See review

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star-5
Plitvice Lakes day tour
Rhonda_S
, Jun 2022
A beautiful part of Croatia not to be missed! The waterfalls we're amazing and our guide, Marco was very knowledgeable about the plants and calcium deposits over several thousand years.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The lakes and falls were...
Michael_G
, Jun 2022
The lakes and falls were beautiful. Our guide, Marco, did a good job navigating us through the large crowds. The lunch was very good (but around 2pm). there is a stop around 12:00 where you can grab a dink and snack if you like.
star-5
Just beautiful!!!
Ana_C
, Jun 2022
Amazing and magical place! Loved the small group setup and the attention and knowledge sharing from Marco, our guide, . The scenery is breathtaking! Strongly recommend the tour and specially with a small group!
star-5
Plitvice Lakes Group Tour
Sean_D
, Jun 2022
Marcos was an excellent tour guide, the lakes are beautiful, and the experience exceeded expectations. Fully recommend this day trip.
star-5
Absolutely stunning!
Holly_P
, Jun 2022
Swift pick up - tour to Rastoke was amazing and well worth doing. Arrived at the lakes at 11am. Tour guide Marco was exceptional in keeping us informed and cutting out all unnecessary walking / longer routes. Boat and coach trip to top of mountains included. Lunch (dinner) at a local restaurant could have been a little earlier or another option chosen, so I would definitely take snacks especially if you are diabetic or have kids. One of the best experiences of my life.
star-5
STUNNING
RAMIRO_M
, Jun 2022
I heard so many good things about the Plitvice Lakes. Nothing is compared to the real thing. The tour made it so easy for me; drove me and got the best route to see them all. I still can't shut my eyes from such a beauty. I will a life time greateful for the experience. Do not wait for anything, just do it and you will know what my words mean.
star-5
Highly recommended!
Andrei_B
, Jun 2022
The park is breathtaking (I have visited it on a cloudy, almost rainy weather, but still worth seeing it). The tour guide is great!
star-5
Nirvana for waterfall and nature lovers.
Richard_C
, May 2022
Rastoke is a beautiful introduction to the rest of the day: a picture perfect town full of waterfalls. Plitvice National Park is an astounding display of nature at its best, with waterfalls, cascades, lakes, forests, flowers and wildlife. A tram ride and boat trip make the 5 km walk that much more enjoyable. The guide maintains an easy pace with lots of interesting commentary. Crowds were not an issue in May and the weather was great.
star-5
Tour was very good
Kylie_M
, Dec 2019
I would recommend this tour, it was an easy way to see the lakes from Zagreb. NB: The lakes are worth seeing but are extremely busy.
star-5
TOTALLY WORTH TOUR
TRPSRILANKA
, Nov 2019
The tour guide was on time and the vehicle was comfortable. It was worth what we paid for. Included the hike throughout the lake and a boat ride as well. A great excursion well planned. We were dropped off to where we were picked up from. We really enjoyed.
star-5
Must do if visiting Croatia
VIKRAM_C
, Oct 2019
Great trip. Our guide was Marko. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Croatia and the national park. A trip is not complete without this tour. For $100 this is a no brainer.
star-4
Nice tour
Geri_L
, Oct 2019
The lakes were beautiful and our guide, Markus, was great. Beware that there is quite a lot of walking on uneven ground. The pace is slow and plenty of time to see the beautiful landscapes, but wear sturdy shoes. If you enjoy nature, this tour is a must,
star-5
Stunning Rastoke and Plitvice Lake tour
margingram54
, Oct 2019
The scenery was stunning and Marco was a superb very knowledgeable guide. His english and sense of humour were very good.
star-5
Spectacular waterfalls, great tour guide, nice restaurant
Randy_S
, Oct 2019
Excursion from Zagreb 30 Sept. Sunny and cool day, two hour journey with useful break at rest area WC in 16 passenger Mercedes shuttle bus. Guide Marko was awesome describing history, geography, geology, ecology and Croatian culture. Rastoke was a beautiful village where rivers converged - the short riverwalk showcased multiple small waterfalls in a charming setting with a WC at the end. Marko continued his captivating narrative as we headed into the mountains and answered myriad questions with patience and amusing stories. Marko handled our group tickets and herded us to a park bus which took us to the top of the park. During the walk around the lakes, Marko stopped periodically to share more details of what we were seeing. The path was crowded but the descent from the upper lakes to lower was manageable- about three hours of walking, not hiking. Marko frequently offered to take pictures of us rather than selfies. The bus met us at the terminus after the visit to the WC again. After leaving the park we drove to a roadside restaurant and Marko recommended traditional menu choices and local beer. The prices were modest. After dinner, some on the tour changed vehicles to a tour bus heading to Split, we returned to Zagreb tired but pleased by a dynamic tour guide Marko and the fair weather. Our gratuity to him was well-deserved.
star-5
A wonderful place to discover !
Guy L
, Sep 2019
Great and impressive lakes in falls. Great guide (Victor) with appropriate comments. Nice excursion !
star-4
1 day trip
Rosaria_N
, Aug 2019
Lakes are beautiful, lots of walking, beautiful city Rastoke ,need more time (at least 45 min) to visit
star-5
If Disney made national parks..
vedrana_d
, Aug 2019
I could make this review really short, and say that Plitvice is stunning, and well worth a visit. It is, and it is. But that would be selling it short. It's more a kind of stunningly beautiful that verges on a word that I detest due to overuse. That word is awesome. It's almost too beautiful to accept that it's natural, hence the Disney title. But unlike anything touched by the House of Mouse it is totally non artificial, nature at her jaw dropping best. It could be that we got it on a good day, certainly the sun was shining and the water was more shades of blue and green than I think I was aware existed hitherto this trip. Look... I'll spare you further hyperbole, just go. You'll likely be glad you did. Special mention to Marko, our guide, who despite doing this every day still managed to be engaging, informative and still retained an attitude that didn't make you think he was bored with the whole thing. Restaurant lunch stop... meh. Really wasn't anything special, some poor sheep died to provide a decidedly lacklustre meal. But overall, whose caring? If you're going for natural beauty, then that's what you'll get. Enjoy.
star-4
Good but hurried Visit to the lakes
Ruqayah_E
, Aug 2019
The trip was well organised and the tour guide Marinko was very good and patient and asnswered all our questions. The lakes and park were amazing. The only comment we have is that it was a rushed trip and we felt there was no time to sit and enjoy the scenery of the place, we had to keep walking to keep up with the group
star-1
It could have been much better, should the guide have had a different attitude!
Lucia_B
, Jul 2019
Unfortunately, left Plitvice with a bad taste in my mouth because we skipped the most important attractions and this was due to the fact that the guide did not want to go on. Though it is true that it rained quite a lot, I took the time to do this excursion despite the weather forecast. If the rain was an issue, then the excursion should not have taken place. I would not recommend it. I feel like I wasted my money.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
We are very sorry to hear that our tour left a bad taste in your mouth. However, please rest assured that on the day of your tour, our tour guide provided a sightseeing tour of the whole park area, both the Upper and Lower lakes, 16 in total. Beside the boat ride which is very uncomfortable when its raining, we did not miss anything. Please consider that the walking pace of the whole group might be faster as it was pouring down, so maybe you got the impression that we skipped something as we exited the park earlier, but this was not the case. One needs to keep in mind that the walking route can be adjusted to the conditions in the park but we do our best to provide the tour our guests have booked and paid for according to the plan.
star-5
A stunning day out at the Plitvice Lakes
Carolyn_A
, Jul 2019
The day ran so smoothly. We had an amazing informative guide who took us on the trip. The trip was really worthwhile. Beautiful lakes (out of this world in fact), beautiful lunch, our guide knew ways of beating the crowds, all in all a really good day and highly recommended.

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