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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 as you enjoy a memorable hike and boat ride. Start your day with transportation by van. Then, get ready to 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.

Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

2. 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.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

3. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Discover the beautiful Plitvice Lakes, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and the village of Rastoke on a day tour from Zagreb. Treat your eyes to the beauty of the small waterfalls, traditional houses, 16 terraced lakes, and more on a guided tour. Depart Zagreb and start your journey to the village of Rastoke. Enjoy a coffee break at the gateway to the amazing Plitvice Lakes area. Get a glimpse at some of the small waterfalls, well-preserved mills, and traditional houses that line the banks of the Slunjčica River. Arrive at Plitvice Lakes National Park and follow your knowledgeable guide to discover the 16 terraced lakes formed by natural travertine dams. Learn how the lakes can change color throughout the day, depending on the angle of the sun’s rays and the mineral makeup of the water. Walk through the park on the guided sightseeing tour before your guide takes you to a local restaurant for an optional lunch. Taste the typical dishes of the region, and feel free to ask your guide for recommendations for food, drinks, or even souvenirs. After lunch, sit back in comfort on the pleasant drive back to Zagreb.

From Slunj: Plitvice and Mreznica Waterfalls Kayaking

4. From Slunj: Plitvice and Mreznica Waterfalls Kayaking

Beyond the main tourist attractions, hidden in a rural area, between Rastoke village and Plitvice Lakes National Park is the Mreznica River. In the canyon, dense forest covers the area, surrounded by cliffs where you can reach the waterfalls only by kayak. The source of the river is only 12 km upstream from civilization but it brings clean drinkable water. Surrounded by untouched nature, the easy rapids and calm waterfalls put this river on the world map, marking it the most beautiful river in Europe. Its local name is actually “The waterfall playground”. During this activity, we make several stops which will give you the chance to jump off waterfalls from 1 meter high to 8 meters! For the less adventurous ones, you can swim behind the waterfalls, kayak over them, paddle behind them – the choice is yours. Somewhere halfway, we will make a short picnic break so we definitely recommend bringing sandwiches or snacks, followed by swimming in the emerald green water. What should You wear for the activity? Our guide and trip leader will provide you with all the necessary equipment required for the activity, giving you tips on how to paddle and work as a team to make your trip safe and enjoyable. We will provide you with a tandem sit-on-top inflatable kayak, paddles, buoyancy aid, and helmets. Depending on the time of the year, we provide neoprene wet shoes, neoprene long john wetsuit, and splash jacket for colder weather. We provide a waterproof container for the personal items you want to bring on the water (food, drinks, a camera, personal medicine…). Bring some extra dry clothes to change after the trip. In case you have your old sneakers or water shoes it would be great to bring them and if not, you will get them from us. It’s good to bring a bathing suit, a polyester t-shirt plus a towel because you will be wet at the end! At the finish, our shuttle driver will bring your dry clothes for you to change and transfer you back to the start point/base / parking for refreshments and some chilling with your fellow group participants.

From Zagreb to Split: Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke Private Tour

5. From Zagreb to Split: Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke Private Tour

Maximize your time in Croatia by using your travel day to experience one of the country’s natural wonders. Journey from Zagreb to Split in the comfort of a private vehicle, stopping to explore the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, and two small towns along the way. Your private guide will make sure you get personalized attention all the way through your trip.   Enjoy the scenic journey from Split to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. You’ll be awed by the lushness of nature and the combination of blue and green colors surrounding you. Take a scenic boat tour around the lakes and see Veliki Slap waterfall, a stunning natural formation where water falls from 78 meters high.   Also on your way, visit the riverfront town of Karlovac and the historic watermill village of Rastoke, to get a feel for these smaller, ancient towns. Continue on your way until your guide drops you off at your accommodation in Split.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Private Tour

6. 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.

Private Transfer Tour from Zagreb - Split via Plitvice Lakes

7. Private Transfer Tour from Zagreb - Split via Plitvice Lakes

Welcome onboard a Private transfer tour that is customizable according to your wishes. Relax for a coffee break in the Rastoke Millers Village and explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Start the tour to Plitvice Lakes National Park from your accommodation. Your first stop is the charming Rastoke Millers Village. After a short coffee break, visit the Plitvice lakes. Your tour guide will show you the best of the national park during a 3-hour walk. Stroll along the wooden decks and admire the crystal clear blue water. After sightseeing, decide if you want to have lunch in a local restaurant. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off in Split at your accommodation in the evening.

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What people are saying about Rastoke

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 469 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago Met all the expectations! Learned about the culture, history and economy of Croatia during the road trip. Our tour guide Goran, stopped in every breathtaking spot in the lakes. He had also provide us with a list of the best restaurants in Zagreb for traditional food and additional tips during our stay.

The experience has been unforgettable, it made us a great day, the journey was super short thanks to Bojan, they explained everything about Croatian culture, history... a 10 day for Bojan.

Lucija the guide is a very nice person.She is very friendly and helpful. Plitvice Lakes is an amazing place.very beautiful. We enjoyed it a lot

We were accompanied on the visit by Iva, a professional, prepared and nice guide. The location is splendid and the experience is worth it!

I can recommend this tour! Bojan is a good guide! It was a beautiful day