W hy are Plitvice lakes so popular? Nature is the best showman, never disappointing the viewer. No matter how many times we’ve seen the lakes, there is always something different and new. The changing seasons, the rising and falling water levels, color of light in different time of day… A refreshing place to be, at any time. Join us on the Plitvice photo tour.
The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The park has been under UNESCO protection since 1979.
A tour of the lakes easily takes all day, if you feel like walking all the trails. You can speed up your visit by using shortcuts run by boats across the major lakes. But take your time, sit by the waterfalls and get your face wet. When hungry, visit the Lička kuća restaurant for some local delicacies. When tired, make your stops short or else the daylight will hide behind the surrounding tall hills.
On our way to Plitvice, we will warm up our feet and cameras at the Rastoke village. Famous for its watermills, it was constructed on the Sljunčica river, at the point where it enters the Korana river.
Required experience and equipment
All levels of photography experience are welcome, the tour leader will adapt to your knowledge and needs. Bring comfortable shoes for walking and moderate trails. Your camera bag, tripod and any other equipment should not be too heavy or large. Avoid rolling photo bags, use smaller backpacks. Polarizing and ND filters, as well as macro lenses are recommended, but not necessary. Tour can be customized to offer sunrise photography at the lakes.
What better way is there to see Croatia than with a photographer whose job is to travel and explore. Igor Nobilo made photography his profession 18 years ago. Since then he has traveled extensively across Croatia and beyond on assignments and for fun. He has a passion for reportage and exploring the world around us. His expertise in photography enables him to provide a wide range of educational and practical lessons.
Julien Duval is a French photographer specializing in travel and concert photography. After obtaining a geography degree in France, he came to Croatia for an internship and fell in love with the country. He has explored Croatia for 7 years and captured with his camera its amazing scenery. His clients mainly include tourist boards, tourists agencies and musicians. His work is regularly published in Croatian, French and international media.
A red carpet veteran of film festivals across Europe, Krasnodar Peršun today teaches at a private media school in Zagreb. His work led him on travels far beyond Croatia, only to show him that the best sights are at home. He’s been using the experience gained through photojournalism to help others advance in photography. He loves the mid-Adriatic island of Pag, where he vacations and creates magical images. A freelance career has given him the ability to pursue his wants and needs in photography and beyond.
Any day of the year, on request.
After a 1.5h drive, the first stop is the village of Rastoke, built on a river delta. Moving on to Plitvice lakes (20 min drive), the tour of Plitvice takes 4-8h, depending on the guests’ desires and abilities. A visit to the abandoned country villa owned by Yugoslav president Tito or underground airbase is optional.
TOUR DURATION: around 12h, starting at 8 a.m., depending on the month. Start time can be customized to include sunrise at the lakes.
DEPARTING FROM: Any point in Zagreb or nearby cities.
GROUP SIZE: 1-7 guests (single guests can join for price of two).
140€ per person, payable at the start of the journey. 50% discount for children under age 15. Fee includes transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, photographer guide fee, Plitvice lakes entrance ticket and unlimited personal photos by the photographer. Does not include meals or drinks.