Premier natural water attraction

Plitvice Lakes Group Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Plitvice Lakes, a magical destination where cascading waterfalls create a never-ending story.

3

9-12h

129€

3 passengers

1 person can make a reservation

English

Overview

Prepare to be enchanted by Plitvice Lakes, Europe's premier natural water attraction. Marvel at the breathtaking waterfalls that spill into shimmering pools of blue and green, surrounded by lush forests teeming with exotic wildlife and flora. With 16 interconnected lakes and cascading waterways, this awe-inspiring destination is a must-see for any nature lover or outdoor enthusiast.

Departure and meeting point

We typically arrange pick-ups at around 09:00 AM from your accommodation, and the drop-off time is approximately 07:00 PM, depending on the road conditions for your return journey to your accommodation. We kindly ask that you be ready at the agreed-upon time in front of your accommodation's address, at the nearest designated stopping spot for our shuttle.

Itinerary

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08:30-09:00 AM: Pick-up from your designated location

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11:00-12:00 PM: Visit to Rastoke village

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01:00-05:00 PM: Exploration of Plitvice Lakes

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07:00 PM: Drop-off at your chosen destination

Booking and pricing

Our tours are available and guaranteed throughout the year, ensuring you can enjoy them at any time.

The price covers shuttle ground transportation with waiting included and a valid ticket for the National Park. This includes a shuttle, a skilled driver, fuel, tolls, taxes and a valid ticket.

Please keep in mind that gratuity for the driver is not included in the price, so it is appreciated to provide a tip separately.

Included

  • A visit to the picturesque village of Rastoke
  • A multilingual, professional driver
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fuel, tolls, and parking
  • Hotel/apartment pick up and drop off
  • On-board Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bottle of water for each passenger
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance fee for Plitvice lakes national park

Optional

  • Traditional meal
  • Gratuity for the driver, so it is appreciated to provide a tip separately

Tour highlights

Embark on an unforgettable journey through breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and awe-inspiring landmarks that will leave you with cherished memories for a lifetime.

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Jastrebarsko

While traveling from Zagreb to Karlovac, we will pass through Jastrebarsko, often referred to as "Hawk City." This town is known for its abundance of wild hawks that can often be spotted perched on the fences along the highway.

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Karlovac

As we continue our journey, we will reach Karlovac, a city situated at the meeting point of four rivers. During the drive, you will have the opportunity to witness three out of the four rivers that flow through the historic town. Karlovac has a rich military history and is renowned for its brave Croatian defenders who have played a significant role in various wars.

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Rastoke

Our next stop will be the picturesque village of Rastoke, which serves as a captivating convergence of two rivers: Slunjčica and Korana. This charming village is renowned for its enchanting waterfalls that adorn the landscape, creating a truly stunning sight.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Lastly, we will arrive at the renowned Plitvice Lakes National Park, home to some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking landscapes and unique vistas that await you in this UNESCO-protected park. It's a true natural wonder that will leave you in awe.

Tour introduction

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We will start our tour from your hotel in Zagreb from approx 09:00 and make our way to the captivating Plitvice Lakes. As we pass Karlovac, which takes about an hour, you'll notice the changing landscapes and terrains along the route. Our first stop will be the charming village of Rastoke, famous for its picturesque watermills.

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Rastoke Falls came into existence through a remarkable interplay of natural forces. The vibrant blue-green waters of the Slunjčica River flow down a series of travertine barriers, merging with the Korana River and creating a mesmerizing chain of waterfalls, rapids, pools, and cascades that the village is built around. After exploring this enchanting sight, we will continue our journey to the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes.

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Once inside the park, you'll find splendid wooden trails that wind through the forest and connect the magnificent lakes. To enhance your experience and make getting around easier, there are electric boats and trains available. These convenient modes of transport allow you to navigate the renowned National Park more efficiently. After immersing yourself in the park's wonders, we will begin our return journey to Zagreb.

Explore with Ease

8 passengers

We provide ground transportation using shuttle which has space for up to 8 passengers. Our drivers are extensively trained and experienced, and we utilize advanced communication technology to guarantee a seamless and secure journey.

A bottle of water

As a complimentary gesture, each passenger will receive a bottle of water during the ride.

Free Wi-Fi

Additionally, our vehicles are equipped with onboard Wi-Fi for your convenience.

Unforgettable Adventures

During the tour, our knowlegable guide will share insights about the park's flora, fauna and geological formations.

They will take your interests, energy level, and available timeinto account, ensuring that you can fully enjoy and make the most of this remarkable place.

We can say that the unforgettable stories and hidden gems of the park cannot be fully appreciated without the expertise of an official guide.

Culinary Delights

Meals are not included in the tour package. Each passenger will receive a complimentary bottle of water at no extra charge.

Tailored Escapes

It is not possible to make stops along the way during the tour. As this is a shared tour, it is essential to prioritize and respect the time and interests of all participants. However, we can guarantee that our carefully planned itinerary provides a comprehensive and enjoyable experience for all passengers on board.

Safe Day Tours

Follow all park regulations during your stay

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a place of extraordinary biodiversity and geological variety, attracting more than a million visitors each year. Therefore, we kindly request that you refrain from leaving any traces of your visit behind, in order to protect this preserved area for future generations. Stick to the designated paths and follow all park regulations during your stay.

Eight circular routes available for you to choose from

If you're interested in exploring the lake area, there are eight circular routes available for you to choose from. Alternatively, if you prefer a quieter experience and want to learn more about forest ecosystems, there are four hiking trails to select. You can obtain brochures on hiking trails and a tourism map from the park information centers.

We recommend wearing appropriate clothing and footwear

The walking trails within the park are relatively narrow and traverse uneven terrain, including wooden bridges along the lake shores. To ensure visitor safety and preserve the unique landscape, it is strictly forbidden to stray from the marked walking trails. Due to the terrain's characteristics, we recommend wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, and protecting yourself from the sun or rain as necessary.

The existing trails in the lake area are not fully accessible for individuals with disabilities

Please note that the existing trails in the lake area are not fully accessible for individuals with disabilities (including those in wheelchairs or using motorized vehicles) and it is advised not to use children's trolleys. For further information and instructions, please contact our staff at the park information center.

A valid park entrance ticket

All visitors must possess a valid park entrance ticket at all times, which grants access to the lake zone and hiking trails.

Garbage bins

There are garbage bins available throughout the park, and visitors are kindly requested to avoid littering along the trails.

We recommend checking the weather in advance

Weather conditions in the park can be highly variable, leading to trail closures or limited vehicle entry. We recommend checking the weather in advance through our website, the park information centers, or by contacting our Marketing and Sales Department.

Be extra careful

Rocks can be extremely slippery when wet, so exercise caution while walking, especially in the Šupljara cave.

Be extra careful when walking on trails that pass along steep slopes or above canyons.

Dogs are allowed in the park

Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash at all times, including on boats and trains.

Easy Day Tour Booking

Our tours are available and guaranteed throughout the year, ensuring you can enjoy them at any time.

The price covers shuttle ground transportation with waiting included and a valid ticket for the National Park. This includes a shuttle, a skilled driver, fuel, tolls, taxes and a valid ticket.

Please keep in mind that gratuity for the driver is not included in the price, so it is appreciated to provide a tip separately.

Know Before You Go

When making a reservation, it is necessary to immediately pay a deposit of 100% of the agreed-upon amount.

Cancellation of the reservation up to 30 days prior to the start of service execution will not incur any charges and will be fully refunded.

Cancellation of the reservation between 7 and 30 days prior to the start of service execution will incur a 30% charge of the reservation amount.

Cancellation of the reservation within 7 days prior to the planned start of service execution will incur a 100% charge of the total amount.

Here you can check all our terms and conditions.

Explore Destinations

We invite you on a journey through one of these locations

Landscapes shaped by nature endure for thousands of years. Sculpted so thoroughly - inch by inch, moment by moment - the results are always incredibly special. Some particular places are simply breath-taking examples of these living landscapes; seemingly eternal locations, yet slowly changing. Exploring these beautiful, never-ending environments will forever delight us – and we invite you on a journey through one of these locations.


It is a landscape showing off the perfection of Nature’s work

Pleistocene is the beginning of our voyage into the natural wonders of the Plitvice Lakes. Nature’s thousand-year toil results in a sight that refreshes each body and soul. This place seems unreal, fresh off the pages of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel, with thousands of waterfalls and cascades, beautiful lakes, and vivid blues and greens everywhere you look. A couple of mythical creatures and an elf or two would not seem so out of place here! But this place really exists; it's not a movie set. It is a landscape showing off the perfection of Nature’s work and enchanting us with its beauty, as it has done for many others for hundreds of years.


This water has never stopped flowing, and so the lakes still exist today

The Plitvice Lakes themselves are buried deep within a local legend, which weaves a story about their creation. The story says that long ago, settlers in the region longed for fresh drinking water after the Black River dried up. With no other sources of water, the villagers turned to the Black Queen for help. In answer to their pleas and prayers, she summoned heavy rainclouds. The rain fell for so long that lakes were formed, filled, and then overflowed into each other – creating thousands of cascades of fresh water for the thirsty villagers. This water has never stopped flowing, and so the lakes still exist today. Even the name of the first large lake harks back to the legends - it is called "Prošćansko" – meaning "begged for in prayers".


Sixteen lakes have been officially named in this region

Sixteen lakes have been officially named in this region, however, there seems to be many more – the larger lakes are connected to numerous smaller ones by the famous cascading waterfalls, blurring the boundaries between the bodies of water. Today we know that these magnificent lakes were created by rivers flowing over and into areas of soluble bedrock, which is a typical feature of the Karst terrain. Fungous hills, known as tufa barriers, become the borders and outlines of the lakes. These natural barriers are the result of calcium carbonate and various environmental factors such as temperature, moss and algae, water, microorganisms, bacteria, flora, and fauna.


The lakes are divided into Upper and Lower lakes

The water in the Plitvice Lakes is heavy with calcium carbonate, and the barriers between these lakes are constantly growing and shrinking. The lakes are divided into Upper and Lower lakes. The Upper lakes are: Prošćansko, Ciginovac, Okrug, Batinovac, Veliko, Malo, Vir, Galovac, Milino, Gradinsko, Veliki Burget, and Kozjak. The Lower lakes are: Milanovac, Gavanovac, Kaluđerovac, and Novaković Brod. It is interesting to notice that the Upper lakes are naturally carved out from dolomite, whereas the Lower lakes are from limestone. The deepest lake in this area is Lake Kozjak. 400 years ago, there were two lakes on this site separated by a slow-growing tufa barrier. Due to rising water levels in the two lakes, the water flooded over the barrier, merging the two together to form what is now also the largest lake in the National Park. Lake Kozjak’s name also stems from an old legend in which a herd of goats was unfortunately chased into the water by wolves, where they all drowned.


The top of the canyon – revealing a magnificent viewpoint that shows off the National Park in all its wonder

Today, an electric boat provides daily transfers for visitors between the Upper and Lower lakes. Many believe that the Upper lakes are more visually attractive as the indented shorelines are characterized by hundreds of small details. The Lower lakes are found within a canyon, filled by steep waterfalls from towering rocks. Visits to the Lower Lakes are often dynamic and very interactive: the path takes you so close to the falls that it is impossible to guarantee staying dry! From here, you can also climb up the steep narrow paths to the top of the canyon – revealing a magnificent viewpoint that shows off the National Park in all its wonder. It is clear to see that everything here is part of an eternal and overwhelmingly impressive display of Nature’s power.


This magical place takes on a different character with every passing hour

This wonderful landscape is becoming more and more popular with international visitors – word is getting out that a visit to beautiful Croatia is made all the more enjoyable with a trip to this elegant forest pearl. Nature lovers are often drawn to the Plitvice Lakes because of the cascades and the stunning variety of colors. This color palette is often named as the most famous feature of the lakes. Depending on the angle of sunlight and the number of microorganisms and minerals present in the water, the color varies from a deep turquoise green to a heavenly and tranquil blue. But you’ll find that this forest paradise gets right underneath your skin and will haunt you long after your visit, awakening the need to come back, stay longer, and discover more of what is hidden away here. From sunrise to sunset, with every rainfall and each dusting of snow, this magical place takes on a different character with every passing hour.


We surely have time enough for at least one visit to this fairy-tale place

Nature’s attitude and rhythm change, adjust, and modify, creating "once in a lifetime" moments every single day. The immense and rich Lika forest surrounding the Plitvice lakes surrounds and protects the scene. Often unnoticed by the passing visitor, a multitude of changes ever builds this eternal landscape and writes its never-ending story – the erosion of a small tufa barrier, fresh autumn leaves catching in the waterfalls, new icicles forming and melting - it all impacts on the tale. Although witnessing the millennial changes would be impossible within our human lifespans, we surely have time enough for at least one visit to this fairy-tale place and experience the quiet peace within its boundaries.


During the hot summer days, the park is a refreshing and pleasant oasis

In the spring, we enjoy the revival of the landscape; the soundtrack of this rebirth is the loud gurgling of freshly melted snow and the twitter of birds and their chicks. Fresh colors and smells add to the true bliss of spring in this lively and protected realm. During the hot summer days, the park is a refreshing and pleasant oasis, complete with cool, revitalizing winds and breathtaking sunsets. The autumn brings with it a new set of paints – coloring everything from gentle yellows to crimson reds.


The Plitvice Lakes enchant all who visit, no matter the season

Visitors cannot help but be enticed to catch a falling leaf – to be a part of simply enjoying the beautiful symphony of sights, sounds, and scents in a landscape slowly preparing for winter. And finally, winter blankets everything with a layer of fresh, crisp snow and ice. Although part of the park is closed for safety reasons, a new white landscape is waiting to be explored. Partially frozen waterfalls and vast spaces covered with snow form idyllic winter postcards just there to be savored and remembered forever. The Plitvice Lakes enchant all who visit, no matter the season.


A rich diversity of landscapes is all on show within the park

The lakes and surrounding forests have also worked their charm on UNESCO, which has counted the region as a Natural Heritage site since 1979. The first and largest National Park in Croatia, spanning two Croatian counties - Lika-Senj and Karlovac, is now rightly recognized worldwide for its impressive geological specialties. Alongside its idyllic waterfalls, beautiful lakes, and continuous water flow, the Plitvice Lakes offer visitors much more in unexplored natural diversity. Water covers just 1% of the total area of the National Park, although this is what has brought the region fame. A rich diversity of landscapes is all on show within the park – caves and mountains, viewpoints and deep abysses, forest glades and Karst fields, and beautiful flora and fauna.


A real paradise for curious speleologists

The carving of the rivers through this Karst terrain has formed an underground realm of impressive pits, grottos, and caves – a real paradise for curious speleologists. There are 30 caves within the protected area of the park. Two of these are open for visitors - Golubnjača and Šupljara (located above Lake Kaluđerovac). Other famous caves are "Mračna špilja" (in English - The Dark Cave), Vila Jezerkinje, and the Golubnjača on Homoljačko polje. If you are seeking an underground adventure, you can also visit the Barač caves - located just 10 km away from the National Park. Three named caves wait to be explored - the Great and the Small or the Upper and Lower (depending on your favorite combination!) and the Third. The name Barač is rather uncharacteristic for the Plitvice Lakes region.


The National Park is a protected home for over 1,400 plant species growing quietly and undisturbed

According to folklore, a man called Barač successfully defended this region from invading Ottomans and earned fame and this long-lasting legacy. There are many other legends embedded in this landscape, which are patiently guarded by the older generations and passed down over time. These mysterious human tales add to the charm and identity of this beautiful region. The National Park is a protected home for over 1,400 plant species growing quietly and undisturbed. Among these are some particularly special endemic plants: livadni procjepak (Chouardia litardiere), krški kukurjek (Helleborus multifidus), hrvatski karanfil (Dianthus Croaticus), šupaljka (Corydalis solida). A very special orchid with an unusual name – gospina papučica (Cypripedium calceolus) translates to "lady's-slipper" orchid - grows in peace here. This extremely rare and endangered plant is one of the most beautiful orchids in Europe. There are three varieties of carnivorous plants growing within the park too. Their luring attraction is noticeably different and unique – to both their prey and eagle-eyed visitors.


The abundance of forest resources, nourished by the underground systems of rivers and streams

The rich natural wealth of the Plitvice Lakes region is showcased through the abundance of forest resources, nourished by the underground systems of rivers and streams. The ever-changing landscape of the National Park and the continuous flow of natural water create a suitable habitat for numerous species of plants and animals. While visiting the National Park through the conventional day sightseeing route allows you to see the waterfalls up close, it may not be enough to fully acquaint yourself with all the forest dwellers in this vast region. However, there are some local creatures that you wouldn't want to get too close to... Brown bears (Ursus arctos), grey wolves (Canis lupus), the Eurasian lynx (Lynx), nose-horned vipers (Vipera ammodytes), and common European vipers (Vipera berus) all call this place home! These animals are protected within the National Park, and it is our responsibility to keep a safe distance and respect their natural habitat.


The National Park has also named and protected 321 butterfly species, 168 bird species, and 22 bat species

The National Park has also named and protected 321 butterfly species, 168 bird species, and 22 bat species. Members of this impressive flying fleet, along with the park's land and water residents, are rarely spotted by visitors, but they also benefit from UNESCO protection. The lakes contribute to the yearly International Bat Night by hosting an event to raise awareness for the preservation and protection of these beautiful flying mammals. Another resident of the Plitvice Lakes region holds a special place in every Croatian heart – the kuna zlatica - the European Pine Marten (Martes martes). This small, fast-moving animal was once hunted for its thick and shiny fur, which was used as a form of payment in the Balkans. The Pine Marten is now protected by the state, guaranteeing a long future for this playful forest animal. But in memory of its vital role in the Croatian economy, the Croatian currency today is called the "Kuna". The local Lika Pramenka sheep (Lička Pramenka) have adapted well to the extreme living conditions of the region, particularly the harsh snowy winters. Feeding on rich and fertile vegetation, these livestock provide exceptionally delicious meat and milk. Lambs from these flocks are a local delicacy and are traditionally prepared under a domed iron lid called a 'peka'.


Čorkova uvala, a virgin forest

We welcome visitors to dine here and try this hearty dish! Yet within the National Park, there is one particularly special area - one of the last untouched forests in Europe – Čorkova uvala, a virgin forest. Čorkova uvala is protected as a separate ecosystem that has formed without any human influence, making it a unique habitat for many plant and animal species. The Plitvice Lakes have appealed to many throughout history because of their extraordinary beauty, including some powerful leaders who chose to spend their time here.


This region is full of natural grace and beauty

The most famous villa near the Plitvice Lakes belonged to the Yugoslavian Marshal Josip Broz Tito and was built with stone from the mountain of Medvednica. After its construction, the villa was used as a residence for hunters and included a cinema, a billiard room, and a bowling alley. Today, the villa is no longer in use, but plans for reconstruction and repurposing are underway for the site. Although these plans have not been finalized, the villa will play a major role in enriching the cultural heritage of the National Park. Undoubtedly, this region is full of natural grace and beauty, unique and complex ecological features, impressive history, and intriguing tales.


Become a small part in shaping the never-ending story of the Plitvice Lakes and carry the memories formed here

The Plitvice Lakes National Park will always impress nature lovers and reveal many unexpected and unforgettable adventures to its curious visitors. Guests cannot help but smile widely when they first see the deep canyons, high cliffs, and magnificent waterfalls framed by the lush forest landscape. To witness and be part of this magic, to create vivid memories of unity with nature, and to show respect to this magnificent region are all reasons to visit this beautiful site. But perhaps the greatest reason of all is to become a small part in shaping the never-ending story of the Plitvice Lakes and carry the memories formed here in your heart and mind forever.

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Testimonials & reviews

Tripadvisor review Oct 2018.

We just got back from the trip to the Plitvice Lakes, a tour offered by Permansio Tours. It includes a stop at Rastoke, full lunch and tickets to the park, so you can skip standing in line to buy, you get the pre-purchased tickets and go in. There are a few company’s that offer the same trip or very similar, but here’s why I think Permansio is the best.

As mentioned, the owner of the company was our driver today, and he is a great guide! Very knowledgeable and friendly. We actually feel like we made a new friend here today. If you are into learning more of the culture and history of the area, and going to the Plitvice National Park, we highly recommend this company.

They pick up and drop off at your hotel. The relationship with this company and the restaurant is very good, and we felt like we were treated like family.

The customers who book with Permansio are their top priority.

We had a great time and we would use this company for any and all tours when we come back to Zagreb and surrounding area.

Tom G. USA

Civitatis review Sep 2019.

Excursión excelente. Cumplió totalmente nuestras expectativas. Contratamos la comida y fue estupenda, en un moderno restaurante llamado Plitvice. Comida tradicional con un toque de modernidad. La guia Gordana excepcional. En todo momento pendiente de nosotros. Muy buena profesional y muy simpatica y entrañable.guide of Permansio Deluxe Getaways.

Beatriz , Toledo, Spain

Tripadvisor review Aug 2018

Damir Biondic' was our guide to the Plitvice Lakes.

He is a great guy and an excellent guide. Highly Recommeded

Johannes Richter

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