Enjoy the masterpiece created by nature and protected by UNESCO - the Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Croatia. 16 wonderful lakes and 92 waterfalls located in the mountainous area of Croatia, far from the noise of the big cities. The full day trip designed for small groups, up to 8 people, by car or van, starts in Zagreb and crosses the incredible mountainous region of Lika. Before arriving to the national park, you can make a short break in the small village of Rastoke, a true open-air museum, with water mills and traditional houses, to experience how life used to be before all the modern technology. Inside the national park you can visit the Upper or the Lower lakes, depending on your preferences, take a ride with an electric boat through the biggest lake, Kozjak, and take a panoramic train to see the lakes from above.
The tour starts in your hotel or in the city center, according to your wishes. After meeting your driver/guide, head towards Plitvice lakes. The drive takes about 2h from Zagreb to Plitvice lakes, with at least one break for coffee or tea. Halfway to the National Park, you can stop in the village of Turanj, visit the open-air Museum of War or continue towards the "Introduction to Plitvice", as they call the ethnographic village of Rastoke. A small break is recommended to take a short walk, visit the water mills, the traditional houses and witness the phenomena that you will also see in Plitvice lakes. After arriving to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, you can start the tour recommended by the guide. Be prepared for a beautiful, engaging walk through 16 lakes and 92 waterfalls. The walk can last between 3 and 5 hours, depending on your pace, the crowd inside the Park, the time of year and the weather conditions. Bring comfortable walking shoes and a camera so you can catch a glimpse of this unique beauty. After 1,5h a short break is possible to have a quick snack or coffee, before getting on the boat. You can decide if you want to head home after the boat ride, or you prefer the visit the Upper lakes. It all depends on the group. After exiting the National Park, you can enjoy lunch in one of many local, typical restaurants in the area, as recommended by your guide.