Plitvice Lakes National Park

Zagreb & Plitvice

Our Croatia holiday specialists have created a selection of luxury holidays to Zagreb and the absolutely stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park

Browse our fantastic selection of luxury holidays and twin and multi centre holidays to Zagreb and the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Explore Croatia’s capital Zagreb with its cultural charm or take a day to admire the absolutely stunning Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s most popular tourist destination. We also offer a range of hand picked range city breaks to Zagreb which include day trips to visit the nearby Plitvice Lakes.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

A Croatia multi centre holiday must!

Zagreb

Zagreb has everything that one would expect from a European capital city – from culture, arts and music through to (beautiful Austro-Hungarian) architecture, impressive gastronomy and a thriving nightlife scene. The city is indeed quite small when compared to other capitals throughout Europe, though it’s packed with so much to do that one would never notice.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

On the flip side – the nearby Plitvice national park – Croatia’s lake district – is a natural wonderland of enchanting lakes that cascade unto one another via a series of waterfalls that emerge from cracks in eroded rocks and from beneath thick vegetation – creating a landscape that wouldn’t be out of place in the deepest lakes of China or Vietnam.

Please read our Insider Guide for more information on these destinations

A selection of hand-picked luxury holidays to Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park

Our Croatia holiday specialists have hand-picked a selection of predominantly 4 and 5 star holidays to Zagreb and Plitvice. These luxury holidays to Croatia include return flights, private return airport transfers and access to our concierge service, on hand to book any day tours or additional services you require on your holiday.

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The exterior of the hotel at the Best Western Astoria Hotel Zagreb

Best Western Astoria Hotel

Centrally located luxury hotel featuring old world charm in Zagreb. 3 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 359.00
4 Star
The indoor pool with city view at the Double Tree by Hilton Zagreb

Double Tree by Hilton

Stylish luxury hotel with spectacular city centre views in shopping district. 3 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 389.00
4 Star
The grand hotel in the evening at the Esplanade Hotel Zagreb

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

An imposing and truly lavish 5 star hotel in Zagreb’s historical old town. 3 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 399.00
5 Star
The outside of the hotel at night at the Hotel 9 Zagreb

Hotel 9 Zagreb

A luxury Zagreb hotel which sets the bar for style & sophistication. 3 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 389.00
4 Star
Outdoor seating and water feature at the Hotel Jagerhorn Zagreb

Hotel Jagerhorn Zagreb

Historic hotel opened in the 1800’s with excellent service & Old Town access. 3 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 349.00
3 Star
The gardens of the Hotel President Zagreb

Hotel President Zagreb

An award winning luxurious intimate hotel in Zagreb’s city centre. 3 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 399.00
4 Star
Hotel Degenija in Seliste Dreznicko

Hotel Degenija, Plitvice Lakes

A comfortable and spacious hotel just 4km from the entrance to National Park Plitvice. 3 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 399.00
4 Star

Discover Croatia's historic capital and explore the beautiful Adriatic islands on one of our land and Croatia island hopping holidays.

Croatia island hopping cruises have become a popular way of seeing more of this beautiful country, by combining a visit to Zagreb, the historic and cultural capital of Croatia with a land and island hopping tour of the stunning Adriatic islands and ports of Dubrovnik and Split.

These small group holidays include stays at luxury hotels combined with small and intimate luxury Croatia cruises on board 4 and 5 star ships. These fully equipped luxury ships have English speaking crew and professional tour guides on board.

These luxury land and island hopping Croatia holidays include return flights, overnight bed and breakfast accommodation in luxury hotels, half board aboard the ships, return transfers, internal small group transport and professional tour guides.

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10 Night Zagreb & Kvarner Islands Cruise

Visit Croatia's capital Zagreb, the stunning Plitvice Lakes and then cruising around the unspoilt Kvarner Islands. Including flights & transfers
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£ 1,495.00
4 Star
10 Night Zagreb, Plitvice, Dubrovnik & Split Land and Cruise Holiday 1 MAIN

10 Night Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes & Split Cruise

Explore Zagreb, Croatia's capital, visit the beautiful Plitvice Lakes and then cruise along the stunning Dalmatian coast. Including flights & transfers
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£ 1,495.00
4 Star
10 Night Zagreb, Plitvice, Dubrovnik & Split Land and Cruise Holiday 16

10 Night Croatia Land & Sea Cruise from Zagreb

4 Star land & cruise holiday from Zagreb stopping at Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik. Including flights & transfers
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£ 1,495.00
4 Star
10 Night Zagreb, Plitvice & Kvarner Islands Hopping Cruise 4

10 Night Zagreb & Kvarner Islands Cruise

4 Star land & cruise holiday from Zagreb to Plitvice, Opatija, KRK, Rab, Cres and Losinj. Including flights and transfers.
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£ 1,495.00
4 Star

Our Croatia twin centre holidays from Zagreb allow you to explore more of Croatia by combining two, three or more destinations.

Our Croatia specialists have hand crafted a selection of Croatia twin centre and multi centre holidays for you to choose from. Our twin and multi centre holidays include return flights, 4 and 5 star hotels we have carefully selected, private return transfers to ensure your arrival and departure is hassle free, and our concierge service to recommend and book any day tours you wish to do.

Want to create your own holiday? No problem, let our specialists work with you to put together a unique twin or multi-centre itinerary which suits your budget and time frame. We can amend your trip as many times as you like prior to confirming everything, to ensure you get the holiday in Croatia you want.

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Zagreb, Opatija and Rovinj 8 Night Multi Centre Holiday

2 Nights in Zagreb, 3 nights in Opatija & 3 nights in Rovinj in 4 star hotels. Incl flights & transfers
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£ 995.00
4 Star

Zagreb, Plitvice and Split 7 Night Multi Centre Holiday

2 Nights in Zagreb, 2 nights in Plitvice Lakes & 3 nights in Split in 4 star hotels. Incl flights & transfers
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£ 899.00
4 Star
The harbour of Hvar

Zagreb, Plitvice, Split and Hvar 10 Night Multi Centre Holiday

2 Nights in Zagreb, 2 nights in Plitvice, 2 nights in Split & 3 nights in Hvar. In 4 star hotels incl flights & transfers
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£ 1,299.00
4 Star
Aerial view of Dubrovnik

Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik 14 Night Multi Centre Holiday

2 Nights in Zagreb, 2 nights in Plitvice, 3 nights in Split, 4 nights in Hvar & 3 nights in Dubrovnik. Incl flights & transfers
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£ 1,795.00
4 Star

Our day tours in Zagreb help you make the most of your Croatia holiday experience, with less of the hassle and costs involved.

Let our concierge service make your holiday in Croatia even more special by booking one of our selected day tours in Zagreb. The day tour providers we work with, have been chosen based on their service levels and our customer feedback on them. We can add the cost of any Zagreb day tours to your holiday and help you avoid the hassle of high credit card charges on foreign transactions or having to carry excessive amounts of cash.

Our Insider Guide with everything you need to know about Zagreb & Plitvice

Language

Croatian is the official language.

English, German and Italian are widely understood.

Religion

Catholicism

Passports & Visas

Croatia is part of the EU, therefore visas are not required for UK and EU citizens.

Popular Destinations

Zagreb

The small metropolis of Zagreb was made, it seems, for exploring the streets – discovering artsy back alleys where chic bars mingle with traditional bakeries and artists studios, drinking coffee in cool cafes, learning the local history in museums and tuning into the local pulse through the city’s galleries, theatres and concerts. As well as the obvious museums, the striking neo-gothic cathedral and other sites, the city has so very much to offer – amongst them are thriving live music venues, the city zoo, a 17th century convent and of course the iconic blue trams that veer from street to street.

On a culinary note, we simply must recommend the delicious Strukli – a relation of Austrian Strudel and Turkish Borek – made from rolled dough, cottage cheese and sour cream and filled with everything from spinach to salt and sugar – you should sample it at least once while in Zagreb or even make a day out of wandering the various sellers in the city. Nightlife is of course wonderful – to sample it at it’s most local head to the old street of Tkalciceva – which is Zagreb’s rowdy bar crawl locale – home to everything from pubs to stylish underground clubs and grappa bars. There are a variety of markets throughout the city too which are a great way to indulge in a little local colour – though one of our favourite is Britanski trg which during the week is a fruit and vegetable market before converting at the weekend to a bric-a-brac market which counts everything from jewellery and silverware to paintings and antique jewellery amongst its wares.

Plitvice

The perfect contrast to Zagreb’s cosmopolitan streets is the simply phenomenal Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is the country’s biggest single natural attraction – with an eightkilometre string of sixteen lakes, that are enshrouded by dense forested hills, and connected by the water rushing from the upper lakes via a breathtaking sequence of waterfalls. The lakes themselves are an enchanting escape – coloured a bewitching turquoise when seen from a distance and filled with fish, lizards and herons that silently stalk the shoreline of the northern part of the system. Inland from the lakes, wildlife lovers will revel in the fact that a motley collection of deer, bears, wolves and wild boar roam the woodland.

One drawback however is that swimming is forbidden, as the area is a UNESCO World Heritage site – though admiring them from the signposted walkways is all the better because of this. The best time to visit is in the mornings before the crowds arrive and as for the best season – we recommend autumn, as the weather is still pleasant enough and the lush vegetation is changing into its autumnal wardrobe of oranges and yellows – a scene that makes the deep blues of the lakes all the more beautiful.

Zagreb is perfect for a Croatia twin centre holiday – taking in the capital and perhaps a beautiful coastal destination such as Istria or even further afield to Split or Dubrovnik.

Lakes

Unlike in Krka National Park, swimming is not allowed in Plitvice National Park. However, there are small lakes and rivers in nearby villages (such as Rastoke) where you can swim during the summertime.

Lake Jarun in south Zagreb is a great place to relax and swim during warm weather. In the summer the water temperature is a pleasant 24 degrees. The water quality is good and you can find around 2.5km of well-maintained pebble beaches around the lake. There are showers, toilets and plenty of restaurants and sport facilities.

Popular Sightseeing Attractions

City walking tour

Expert local guides can take you on a tour through the city, showing you all the interesting attractions while telling stories about the city’s past and its culture.

Zagreb’s museums and galleries

Zagreb offers plenty of interesting museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Archaeological Museum, the Mestrovic Atelier and many more.

Mirogoj cemetery

Not far from the city centre you can find one of Europe’s most beautiful cemeteries; the Mirogoj cemetery. It has many large sculptures and artfully designed tombs and besides a burial ground, it is also a lovely green park and an open art gallery.

City views from the Lotrscak Tower

This defence tower from the 13th century can be climbed and offers beautiful 360-degee city views from the top.  Visitors who are there at noon can witness the daily cannon firing.

Maksimir Park and Zoo

18 hectares of meadows and woods on rolling hills, romantic lakes, footpaths and cycle paths, cafes and a lovely city zoo with various animals.

Castles around Zagreb

There are plenty of medieval castles to be found around Zagreb, some of them are still intact, while from others only ruins are left. The closest castles to visit from Zagreb are Medvedgrad, Susedgrad and Zelingrad.

Plitvice National Park

The park can be visited all year round and offers a choice of walking routes that vary in length. If you enjoy walking, it is recommended to choose a route that takes around 6 to 8 hours, to ensure that you see all of the park’s best spots. Visitors who have limited time can use the free boats and tourist train that cover part of the route. This way you can save time and still be able to see all that Plitvice has to offer.

Events & Festivals

May

Floraart Festival

International flower and garden event.

Legendfest

A festival of legends, myths and stories of Zagreb County.

June

Dance Week Festival

A wide variety of contemporary dance performances from both Croatian and international dancers.

INmusic Festival

A three-day music event at Lake Jarun.

July

Park in Zagreb

A two-week summer entertainment and culture festival held in various open spaces in Zagreb.

Folklore summer in National Park Plitvice (July & August)

Local folklore bands perform in different locations in and around the park.

Zagreb Summer Festival (July & August)

Concerts and performances in the Upper Town (in galleries, churches and on city squares)

August

International Puppet Festival

A celebration of the art of puppetry, a great event for children.

September

Zagreb Air Show

Air acrobatics, flight displays and other exhibits at Lucko Airport. 

RujanFest

A ten-day gastro event at Lake Bundek featuring Croatian cuisine and live music.

Eating & Drinking

Eating

Zagreb’s relatively cold climate means that the city has a different gastronomy than the coastal towns. Hearty dishes are often on the menu, such as meat dishes with potatoes and cabbage, bean soup, sausages, stews and goulash. The city’s favourite dessert is called Strukli, a pastry filled with sour cream and cottage cheese.

Drinking

Tap water is safe to drink. Croatian mineral water is widely available and of good quality. Restaurants in Zagreb usually offer a large selection of Croatian quality wines and traditional rakija.

Shopping

Shops are open on Sunday in Croatia.

There is a wide choice of supermarkets and plenty of daily markets offering fresh food, clothing and souvenirs.

Besides the large offer of shops that can be found in the city centre, there are also several large shopping centres within walking distance and that can easily be reached by bus or tram.

Tipping

Tips are usually included in the bill. If not included, a tip of 10% is appropriate.

Nearest Airports

  • Zagreb Airport