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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.

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Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

2. 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.

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From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

3. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and see some of the finest work by the architect Jože Plečnik. Experience the local vibe and discover where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Get some free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional pletna boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air. Drive back to Zagreb and get dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

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Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

4. Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

Begin your ziplining adventure at the zipline base located near the monument of the Glagolitic Alley. Here you’ll be provided with a zipline safety harness and additional ziplining equipment. Afterward, travel by jeep to the zipline starting point where you’ll be briefed on how to zipline and zipline safety measures. Learn how to zipline in the monkey style on a so-called baby zipline before starting the zipline tour. Once everyone is comfortable using the zipline the group will start the tour. The zipline tour consists of 8 ziplines, with the longest zip line reaching 700 meters. Enjoy the stunning views of the Island of Krk as you travel along the zipline course. Along the way, you’ll be guided by 2 instructors and have the chance to take some amazing photos while on the tour. After everyone has completed the 8 ziplines, you’ll be transported back to the base.

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Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

5. 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.

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From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Trip

6. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Trip

Take a walk through Croatia's most visited national park, a UNESCO World heritage site: Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice Lakes is one of the oldest national parks in south-east Europe, and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. 18 kilometers of wooden foot bridges and pathways give you the opportunity to explore 16 interconnected lakes arranged in cascades. This heavily forested park hides 75 endemic plants, 55 different species of orchids, 160 bird species and even bears and wolfs. On the way to Plitvice, you'll stop at Rastoke Ethno village. With its well-preserved mills and picturesque waterfalls, Rastoke Ethno village, often referred to as 'Little Plitvice', makes a great place to prepare yourself for the magnificence of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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From Zagreb: Ljubljana, Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Tour

7. From Zagreb: Ljubljana, Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Tour

What makes Ljubljana special is not only its cultural heritage, though it was once and still is a place of many great minds. From a traveler's perspective, it is an exceptionally good starting point for exploring Slovenia’s mountains and valleys, seaside and rivers, caves and forests. It is well connected with other towns and basically half-way to anywhere. The old city center has a unique architectural appearance, particularly due a felicitous combination of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture and masterful creations by the 20th century architect Joze Pleznik. Visit Ljubljana and walk around the city to soak up its vibrant atmosphere. Discover why the Triple Bridge is actually triple, where locals buy their food, how Napoleon was one of the most popular politicians, why Slovenia really lives with LOVE in its name and much more... From Ljubljana, continue to the Karst region of Slovenia and discover the underground world of Postojna Cave, most popular karst cave in the world. First, ride an underground electrical train into the cave, followed by a guided tour through the beautiful passages and chambers with spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains and other unforgettable forms.

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Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

8. Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

Be collected at your accommodation in Zagreb and drive for approximately three hours to Pula. This is the biggest city and the center of the Istrian peninsula. The city was founded by an ancient tribe in the 10th century B.C. and it was well known by Greek travelers and sailors so is mentioned in many Greek myths. In the 1st century, the Romans made the city strong and today the vivid remains of this era can be explored. Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world and will take you back in time as you imagine gladiators battles. Other examples of Roman architecture to discover are the Temple of Augustus and the gates to the city including the Arch of the Sergii and the gate of Hercules.  Continue your journey for 45 minutes to Rovinj. This city was also founded by the Istrian tribes. It was built on a small island close to the mainland and in the 18th was connected to it. It was ruled for five centuries by Venice so both the Italian and Croatian languages are spoken in the city. During this period of occupation, walls were built around the city and the remains are standing still today. Rovinj is a real gem and adored because with every step you take you are compelled to take another photograph. Travel another 45 minutes to Porec. The Old Town is almost 2000 years old and is most famous for the Euphrasian Basilica, from 1997. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. Notice the roman influence and architecture in the city as you walk through the main streets, still preserved in their original form.

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Full-Day Ljubljana and Lake Bled Trip from Zagreb

9. Full-Day Ljubljana and Lake Bled Trip from Zagreb

Your full-day (11-hour) excursion begins with a pick-up at your centrally located hotel or Zrinjevac Park. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle for the 2-hour drive to Ljubljana. En route your guide will tell you about the history of Croatia and Slovenia. You’ll hear about the hidden gems of both countries and the historical dynamics that carved them into countries they are today. Start your visit at Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, where the beauty of this small but big-hearted city will enchant you. Note the variety of architectural styles and quirky bridges with their carved dragons. Your guide will lead you on a leisurely walking tour, and tell you all the interesting bits about this Slovenian pearl. Conclude your Ljubljana experience at Ljubljana Castle, reaching the castle on a 60-second funicular ride. Take in panoramic views of the city. After the tour you’ll have free time for lunch.   Continue your visit to Lake Bled at its impressive medieval castle that dates back to the 11th century. Perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 meters above the glacial lake, it is a symbol of Bled and Slovenia. Take in the mesmerizing views of the Julian Alps, the Church of the Assumption of Mary on the rocky islet and the surrounding natural beauty. Get up close to the lake and enjoy a walk to take in even more breathtaking vistas. Return to Zagreb.

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From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Private Tour

10. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Private Tour

Depart Zagreb and journey to the small village of Rastoke near the city of Slunj. Enjoy a cup of coffee surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and a delightful river. Get an introduction to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where the locals live in harmony with nature. Take a tour of the 16 lakes inside the park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the amazing rock formations of the Dinara karst area. Re-energize at a local dairy farm, where you can taste many varieties of domestic cheese before going to the Museum of Croatian War of Independence, located in the former backyard of a ruined Austro-Hungarian military base in Karlovac.

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What people are saying about Zagreb

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 866 reviews

It was a beautiful tour! We loved the small village called Rastoke, that we visited before Plivice lakes! But after we arrived on our final destination we forgot about everything! The view was breathtaking and we enjoyed the transfer from the one side to the other with the boat!! Also our tour guide Goram was extremely friendly and kind! We definetely recommend you this tour!!! It was sure worth it!! It was magic!! Thank you Goran for this amazing experience!

Goran was a great guide and has a great business model. I was lucky enough to be the only participant. Usually, excursions cancel due to only having one person but not this one. It is winter, there is a new variant, and less tourists. But I really wanted to see Plitvice Lakes. It was a fabulous day and I have Goran to thank for all of it.

Wonderful tour thanks to Goran who went out of his way to make the trip as enjoyable and informative as possible, highly recommended!

Great guide! Very knowledgeable. We felt like we were on an adventure with a friend. Highly recommend!

It was wonderful to travel with Luka. He is a wonderful and knowledgeable guide.