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).


Mrežnica rafting / kayak adventure (Lower Mrežnica)

Mrežnica is one of the most beautiful rivers in Croatia, known as a “pearl of natural karst”. Its source is near the town of Slunj, and it flows into the River Korana near Karlovac – the city lying on four rivers (Mrežnica, Kupa, Korana, Dobra). Mrežnica forms numerous waterfalls and underwater travertine barriers, which are a key feature of the Mrežnica River. It is ideal for canoeing, rafting and kayaking. Our rafting adventure starts within the wilder upstream stretches and ends within the calmer downstream reaches of the river. During the ride, you will see amazing scenery and experience the power of rapids and waterfalls.

This trip does not require any previous experience. We use professional SOTAR rafting boats for up to 12 people. An experienced skipper is in charge of training and safety of the crew on each boat. The boats are equipped with a waterproof container for cameras, mobile phones etc. Every participant is given a safety vest and protective clothing for cold or windy weather. If some participants do not feel comfortable with rafting, kayaks can be organized. For kayak trips, we use inflatable Hypalon kayaks. Each group has one or two guides, depending on the size of the group.

Distance from Zagreb: ca. 100 km (62 mi)

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

Price per person (based on minimum 15 and maximum 18 participants): 570,00 HRK (77 EUR)

The price per person includes: return transfer from Zagreb to Mrežnica River, a licenced tour guide, rafting guide, equipment, insurance and lunch without drinks.

  


Croatian Zagorje with Trakošćan Castle and Krapina Neanderthal Museum

Trakošćan castle, dating way back to the 13th century, was initially built as a small medieval castle (Burg) and a defense fortress. Later, it becomes a residence of the Drašković noble family, and the castle gets surrounded by a park and an artificial lake. Today, the well-preserved castle houses a museum on four levels, with rooms representing various styles of interior decoration. After visiting Trakošćan, we are going to visit the Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, one of the biggest Neanderthal archeological finding sites in Europe. The exhibition is set up as a time machine through the history of the mankind, but it emphasizes the Neanderthal period. After the Museum, we will have lunch, which will offer a local food tasting experience.

Distance from Zagreb: ca. 100 km (62 mi)

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

  • Price per person (based on minimum 40 participants per bus): 470,00 HRK (64 EUR)

The price per person includes: return transfer from Zagreb to Trakošćan and Krapina, guide, entrance fees to Trakošćan castle and Krapina Neanderthal Museum and a lunch (4-course menu without drinks).


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.


Excursion to Island of Krk

Krk is the largest island in Croatia, located in the northern Adriatic Sea, in the Kvarner Bay. Because of its rich cultural heritage, Krk is often called the cradle of Croatian culture. This excursion includes a rich full-day Krk adventure. After 2 hour bus ride from Zagreb, we will arrive to Biserujka Cave – the only karst cave on the island opened to visitors. The cave is relatively small (110 m long), but comprises an impressive collection of karst subterranean features – stalactites, stalagmites and calcite columns. We will then visit the island of Košljun, located close to Punat – one of the largest nautical centres in Croatia. Košljun is a small island (6.5 hectares), and its highest point is located 6 metres above sea level. On its relatively small surface, 540 plant and mushroom species are present. The Franciscan Monastery is located on the island of Košljun, where the monks have conserved a number of archeological, ethnographic, sacral and natural history values over the centuries. After a lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the Church of St. Lucy in Jurandvor near Baška, where the Baška Tablet (Baščanska ploča) was found – one of the oldest stone-carved monuments of the Croatian language written in the Glagolitic script in year 1100. At the end of our tour, we will visit the town of Baška and its Aquarium – a unique experience of sea life and underwater world of the Croatian Adriatic Sea, with more than 100 species of fish and 400 species of mussels and snails in an area of ​​ca 200m2.

Distance from Zagreb: ca. 200 km (125 mi)

Duration: full day (cca. 12 hours), departure from Zagreb at 7:00h.

Price per person (based on minimum 40 participants per bus): 750,00 HRK (102 EUR)

The price per person includes: return transfer from Zagreb to Krk, guide, entrance fee and guidance for Biserujka cave, boat transfer from Punat to the island of Košljun, entrance fees to Franciscan Monastery and archeological, ethnographic, sacral and natural history collections, lunch (3-course meni excluding the drinks), entrance fee and guidance for the Church of St. Lucy in Jurandvor, entrance fee for Baška Aquarium.

  


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.


Sightseeing & Unlock Zagreb tour

The Zagreb walking tour usually starts from Zagreb’s main square –  Ban Jelačić Square and continues with the visit of Kaptol and Gradec, two historic settlements from which Zagreb, as a capital city, developed. On Kaptol, you will not only learn about the biggest Cathedral in Croatia but get a chance to discover our picturesque farmers’ market Dolac. After crossing the border between the two hills, today the loveliest walking street in Zagreb, we will climb up to Gradec and enter the old city core through the only preserved medieval gate – the Stone Gate. In Gradec you will see the Parliament and Government buildings, as well as St. Mark’s Church with its famous colored roof, the baroque church of St. Catharine‘s and 13th century Lotrščak tower. In order to get to the final point of the tour, there is an option to use Zagreb’s Funicular, originally built in 1890, and known as the shortest funicular in Europe.

After the offical sightseeng tour you will have a chance to see some lesser-known historical and architectural sights by paricipating in adventure called Unlock Zagreb! After the meet and greet with the team Unlock®-Enigmarium®, the game masters present the game and divide the playing sets to the groups. The game continues until all of the groups have found all of the locations, solved all of the puzzles and unlocked all of the locks. The right code will open another page of the book, reveal another puzzle, all the way to the last location. Our game masters circle between the locations and offer help with a hint or two. The groups end up where they started – on Krvavi most – where they try to unlock the last chest!

Although the game is set in the city centre, which is mostly closed to traffic, all players must still follow the traffic rules and safety regulations.

Duration: 4-5 hours for walking tour

Price per person (based on minimum 20 and maximum 30 participants per group and guide): 155,00 HRK (21 EUR)

The price per person includes: city tour with licenced tour guide and Unlock Zagreb game according to the program.

The price per person does not include: cost of personal nature, additional food and drinks.You can bring your own snacks.

    


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