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Our most recommended Central Croatia Day Trips

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

1. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Depart Zagreb and journey to the village of Rastoke and 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 Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

2. 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.

Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

3. 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.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

4. 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 works 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. Have 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 boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before driving back to Zagreb to get dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

5. 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.

From Zagreb: Transfer to Split & Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour

6. From Zagreb: Transfer to Split & Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour

Travel from Zagreb to Split or Trogir on a 12-hour group transfer that includes a tour of the stunning Plitvice Lakes along the way. A tour guide will pick you up at an agreed-upon time and your journey will begin with a comfortable drive to the protected national park. En route, there will be stops at viewpoints to take in the spectacular scenery. At Plitvice Lakes, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the whole park area that features 16 lakes connected by waterfalls and cascades. At the end of the tour, stop at a local restaurant for lunch (optional), where you can taste traditional dishes and delicacies. Your guide will gladly offer recommendations for the best food and drinks to try. After lunch, continue the journey to your final destination in Split or Trogir.

From Split or Trogir: Zagreb Transfer & Plitvice Lakes Tour

7. From Split or Trogir: Zagreb Transfer & Plitvice Lakes Tour

Take advantage of a transfer from Split or Trogir to Zagreb with a tour of the Plitvice Lakes. Meet your tour guide at the meeting point at the agreed-upon time and start your journey with a comfortable drive to the protected National Park. On the way, make some stops with nice viewpoints to snap great pictures. Upon arrival to Plitvice Lakes, visit the whole park area with its 16 lakes that are connected by waterfalls and cascades. After the guided sightseeing, your tour guide will take you to a local restaurant for an optional lunch, where you can taste traditional dishes of the area. Your guide will gladly make some recommendations for food, drinks or even souvenirs. Finally, enjoy a comfortable drive to your final drop-off location in Zagreb.

From Zagreb: Varazdin Baroque Town & Trakoscan Castle

8. From Zagreb: Varazdin Baroque Town & Trakoscan Castle

Start your day with a pick-up from your centrally located hotel or Park Zrinjevac. Hop-in an AC vehicle for a drive towards the baroque town of Varazdin. Your guide will share interesting stories on the way. Discover the baroque gem Varazdin with a local licensed guide. Visit one of the most beautiful graveyards of Europe. Go on a walking tour from the Old Town fortress to the city hall, cathedral and parish Church of St. Nicholas. After the tour, your will be given free time for your own activities. Drive to Trakoscan Castle. The fairy tale castle dates back to the late 13th century but was reconstructed in the 19th century in the Romantic spirit by the noble Draskovic family. In the castle, you will see a valuable collection of paintings, furniture and weapons. Return to Zagreb in the late afternoon hours.

Zagreb: Transfer to Split with Plitvice Lakes Tour

9. Zagreb: Transfer to Split with Plitvice Lakes Tour

Enjoy a stop at the stunning Plitvice Lakes on your transfer from Zagreb to Split. Watch the Croatian landscape go by and relax all the way to your destination with an amazing sightseeing experience in between. Discover the 16 stunning lakes of Plitvice National Park, connected by amazing waterfalls. Take a boat ride on waters that are surrounded by natural green forests and beautiful landscapes that will take your breath away. Encounter different animal and plant species and stumble across spectacular panoramic views with your guide. Enjoy some free time inside the park to explore on your own before completing your transfer.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana, Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Tour

10. 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, valleys, seasides, rivers, caves, and forests. It is well connected with other towns and basically halfway to anywhere. The old city center has a unique architectural appearance, particularly due to 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, the most popular karst cave in the world. First, ride an underground electric 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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What people are saying about Central Croatia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 144 reviews

Goran was fantastic. He had predicted busy roads and the route around Plitvice being busy due to the time of the year and planned routes to make sure we got the most of our day. Plitvice is incredible and the fact that we avoided the busiest areas but still saw everything we would have wanted to was great. Goran talked with passion about the country, its history and more. We are so glad that we chose to book the tour rather than go it alone.

the tour was great. excellent guide Dino with good knowledge and friendly. the Predjama castle in the cave was brilliant and unique. lots of good audio explanation on the tour for the history. the Postojna caves were fascinating - good train ride inside and walk around the stalactites and stalagmites. recommend this trip

Marko the tour guide was great!! It was very comfortable to get there and travel for a short trip in Croatia. Great value for the money.

Luka was an amazing guide. Took as much time as we needed to see the National park.

Very well guided and organized tour with an expert guide