it couldn’t be better! We ended the day with a new friend! Željko is a great guide, always very kind and willing to talk about Croatia. First we went to visit the war museum in Karlovac, where he told us a bit about the history of the city and the war that took place there. Then we visited Rastoke, a beautiful village built on a waterfall. The rest of the day was walking through Plitvice. At the end of the tour, he invited us to go to his bar for some beers and to eat.
It could not have been better, it was so much more than we imagined. We spent 15 days in Europe on honeymoon, we visited Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, and it’s about this day that we tell our friends the most.Marcus and Nathália, from Brazil.
I could not have asked for a better day or for a better driver/tour guide. I have been to Plitvice before in the summer so I thought I knew what to expect however Željko made the day even better than I could ask for. The car was warm and comfortable for the long drive out to the lakes, which was fantastic for late December.
As I requested we went straight to the lakes first and once we got there he showed me on the map which walking path I should take to be able to see the best of what the park had to offer. After a fantastic few hours wandering around we stopped to get coffee and share what photos we both took. Next Željko took me to the other side of the park which had the most breathtaking views, words cannot even describe. I had never been to this side of the park before and it is an image that I will remember and treasure for a long time to come. On our drive back we stopped in Rastoke and had a lovely meal in a local restaurant. Željko was so kind and so easy to talk to that it just made the drive and the whole day extremely enjoyable and as I was travelling solo it was wonderful to have the company for the day.
Once I arrived back at my hotel he invited me to share some wine and festivities at his Christmas stall, which I ensured to visit every night after, best mulled wine in Zagreb!
I am happy today I ended the day with a new friend and I highly recommend Željko for anyone who is considering heading out to the lakes or any other travel around Croatia. I can honestly say he was the best tour guide I could have asked for and it is a day I will never forget!
Best way to see Plitvice Lake! To see this beautiful spot where pictures don’t do it justice…. there is no better way to see this place than with a person who is truly passionate about his country. From the moment we were picked up by Zeljko we were treated to a personal tour of this incredible country, he drove us out to the lakes, walked us around the 10k+ of frozen wonderland, took us for an authentic Croatian meal, drove us back Zagreb, dropped into his wine bar, then drove us back to the motel. We spent all day with Zeljko and enjoyed every minute, highly recommended seeing the lakes this way and to be treated to true Croatian hospitality. Thank you, Zeljko our new friend.