Plitvice Lakes – The oldest national park in Croatia

Plitvice lakes are the oldest and the largest among the 8 national parks in Croatia. The Plitvice Lakes are located within the karst region of the Dinarid Mountains. Because of their unique natural characteristics such as tufa deposition and highly diverse habitats, the lakes and surrounding forests were declared a national park in 1949 and an UNESCO World Heritage area in 1979. The lakes form a barrage hydrosystem of 16 consecutive oligotrophic, dimictic lakes in which the water flows from one lake to the other over numerous transverse tufa barriers and associated structures (waterfalls, cascades, channels and fast flowing streams). The 16 lakes are divided into an upper and lower cluster, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m a.s.l. over a distance of 8.2 km, and aligned in a south-north direction. Only 2 hours drive from Zagreb you can find yourself in this natural wonder, hiking around the Lower and the Upper Lakes, taking a ride on an electric boat or exploring one of 20 caves in the park. Let us show you why every year more than 1 million travelers decide to visit Plitvice Lakes.

Distance from Zagreb: ca. 130 km (81 mi)

Duration: full day (8-10 hours), departure from Zagreb at 7:00h.

Price per person (based on minimum 40 participants per bus): 420,00 HRK (57 EUR)

The price per person includes: return transfer from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes, a licenced tour guide, National Park entrance fee, lunch without drinks (as the lunch will be organized later in the afternoon, it is suggested that the participants bring their own snack).


Boat trip on river Kupa and Aquatic Freshwater Aquarium

Kupa River sources in the mountainous region of Gorski Kotar, in the area of Risnjak National Park. Because of its diverse flora and fauna, upper stretch of the Kupa River is called the ‘enchanted butterfly valley’. In its lower stretches, Kupa reaches the city of Karlovac – a city famous for its four rivers. In Karlovac, Kupa confluences with other two rivers – Dobra and Korana, which is joined with Mrežnica River. This excursion includes a 90-minute boat cruise, tasting of the homemade liqueurs and homemade traditional cookies. During the sail, our boat host will tell you the story of the boat, the history of the Pokuplje region, the story about the sunken ships, rich biodiversity of the Kupa River, and many other interesting stories. After the trip, we will have a lunch at a local family farm, where you will try local cuisine. After the lunch, we will visit Aquatika – the largest Croatian freshwater aquarium. The aquarium displays the natural richness of Croatian karst rivers – their flora and fauna, geological history, and traditional culture and history of the four rivers of the Karlovac basin.

Distance from Zagreb: ca. 80 km (49 mi)

Duration: full day (cca. 8 hours), departure from Zagreb at 8:00h.

Price per person (based on minimum 40 participants per bus): 450,00 HRK (61 EUR)

The price per person includes: return transfer ticket from Zagreb to Kupa River, guide, boat trip, entrance fees to Aquatika and lunch without drinks.

 


Hike in Nature Park Medvednica (15.5 km/9,6 mi, the total elevation is 800 m/2620 ft.)

Medvednica is located above the city of Zagreb, and its highest peak Sljeme is at 1.033 m a.s.l. Medvednica (literally translated, “bear mountain”) is well known as a place for hiking and other outdoor activities, representing a very rare example of a nature park merging with a capital city. Medvednica was declared a nature park in 1981, but it is an easy and fast getaway from city reachable by public transport. We offer a hike trip to the top of Medvednica – Sljeme. During the hike, you will be able to see Snow Queen Trophy ski-trails and a spectacular view of Zagorje region and Medvedgrad – a medieval castle from the 13th century. During a short visit through the castle ruins, you will be able to hear the story of the legendary Black Queen, see the eternal flames of the Homeland Altar and take beautiful panoramic photographs of Zagreb.

Distance from Zagreb: ca. 26 km (16 mi)

Duration: full day (8,00-17,00h); 6 hours hiking (15-15.5 km/9.3-9.6 mi), public transport (tram and bus)

  • Price per person (minimum 15 participants):  345 HRK (46 EUR)

 The price per person includes: guide, public transport from Zagreb and back, lunch without drinks, entrance fee to the fortress Medvedgrad.


Lonjsko polje – The largest protected wetland area in Croatia

The Lonjsko Polje Nature Park is situated in the alluvial plain of the Sava River, representing a unique landscape of flooded river plain of the Danubian basin. With a total surface of 50 650 ha, the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park is one of the largest wetland area in the entire Danubian basin. The most significant ecological element in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park is flooding, which appears at any time of the year. Due to its natural values and cultural heritage this area has been protected as a nature park since 1990, and has been included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar site) since 1993. Given the abundance of bird species, specific areas of the Park have been protected as special ornithological reserves, while the entire Park has been included in the List of important bird areas in Europe (IBA). The village Čigoč belonging to the area of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park has been proclaimed the European village of storks in 1994, as it has a very large white stork population nests (almost each house has its “own” nest). The characteristics of the cultural landscape and cultural identity of Lonjsko Polje are linked to traditional rural settlements primarily recognized by specific ambiences and traditional wooden architecture – traditional houses built of oak and even standardized by their construction and architectural solutions. During this one-day excursion, you will experience the highlights of the mosaic landscape and traditional life of Lonjsko Polje – the excursion programme includes: visiting Čigoč – the European village of storks; a guided tour through the floodwater retention zone of Lonjsko Polje (Mužilovčica); tasting traditional lunch within the eco-ethno village Strug (“At grandpa Jozeph” Restaurant); visiting Krapje – a Village of the Architectural Heritage; panoramic boat ride on Sava River.

Distance from Zagreb: ca. 116 km (72 mi)

Duration: full day (cca. 8 hours), departure from Zagreb at 8:00h.

Price per person (based on minimum 40 participants): 380,00 HRK (52 EUR)

The price per person includes: return transfer ticket from Zagreb to Lonjsko Polje, guided programe, entrance fee and guidance through the highlights of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, lunch at the restaurant “At grandpa Jozeph” including a welcome drink (‘šljivovica’ – a plum brandy) and a meat or fish main dish with a glass of wine.


Seats are subject to availability and will be booked on a first come first served basis. After receiving your application, tentative confirmation, cancellation policy and payment details will be sent according to the availability. Final confirmation will be sent after receiving your payment.

All cancellations and modifications of reservation must be done in writing to PBZ Card Ltd. travel@pbzcard.hr. Refund according to the cancellation policy will be made after the event. Any bank charge or commission must be covered by the participant.

In the event of any changes to the minimum number of participant in the particular group, VAT (PDV) regime in Croatia or currency rate, new rates will apply.

Cancellation policy

30 days and more before departure – 10% of the total service booked will be charged

29-22 days before departure – 25% of the total service booked will be charged

21-15 days before departure – 35% of the total service booked will be charged

14-8 days before departure – 80% of the total service booked will be charged

7 days before departure and “no show”  – 100% of the total service booked will be charged