, Netherlands 24.07.2019
I went to the Plitvice Lakes yesterday 23-07-2019.
The beginning of the tour was very nice. The bus was clean and okay. The tour guide told us some interesting facts about Zadar, Croatia, the war and the lakes, while we were on the way to the park in the bus. However from the moment we got to the park, to the beginning of the route, the guide led the group very quickly on the path (we had no time to make pictures or enjoy the views at all). This was possibly due to the fact that we had to wait for almost an hour in line to get into the train to get us to the route, and that the guide thought we could save some time by running through the route. I was also doing the tour together with my mom, who is a bit older and cannot walk too fast. It felt stressful and we quickly lost the group as the tour guide was walking way too fast. He did not stop at any fork on the path to show us where to go or to get the group back together, so at some point we just thought of following our way to the boat which we would have to take anyways. We eventually met more people that had lost the group due to this fact and walked on together (which felt a bit more secure, but still very weird).
We only met the group again at the end of the tour where we were completely stressed of missing the group, bus and the fact that we were completely out of touch with them. He told us only "I was already wondering where you were" - but I really had in my mind that exactly that was one of his only jobs on this tour: keeping the group together, unless members of the group would tell him that they would like to split and see the rest of the group at the end, and give information and interesting facts about the park (which we have now completely missed).
For people that would like to go to Plitvice Lakes in the future, I would not choose to travel with this tour: choose another one carefully, or just go there independently: buy a bus ticket, a ticket for the park, search for facts and information about the park on Google and enjoy the day on your own pace (and don't lose a lot of money). By buying this tour you also can't tell that you could get a discount: two of us were students. This could have also saved some money.
When we made the bus eventually I talked to two other members of the group who told us that at some point they had lost half of the group, that they had told the guide but he had just shrugged and ignored it.
Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zadar