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Zadar

Expect unique art installations, Roman ruins, and fascinating museums from this coastal Croatian city.

Our most recommended things to do in Zadar

Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica National Parks Boat Trip

1. Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica National Parks Boat Trip

Embark on an inclusive boat trip with food and time for swimming. Combine your boat journey up the coast with exploring the National Parks at your leisure. Get ready for a sea adventure on the Croatian coast. Begin the tour at 8:15 AM as you board your ship. Immediately be spoiled with some delicious local Rakija and ham and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. Meet your tour guide and hear fascinating stories. Between 11:30 AM and 1:15 PM, enjoy free time to explore the Natural Park Telašćica on your own. Discover the views of the magnificent cliffs and bathe in the salt waters of Lake Mir. Also, go for a swim either in the sea or the lake. Admire the scenic views of the next stop, the Kornati National Park and Suha Punta Bay, before a delicious lunch of grilled meat, fish, and salad with Croatian wine. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Enjoy some juicy watermelon to help you stay hydrated on the journey back, arriving back at the pier at 18:00 PM.

Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

2. Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

Unwind and get back to nature with a cruise from Zadar to the Kornati National Park and the salt lake in Telascica. Savor a delectable lunch and breakfast onboard and relax with a refreshing glass of wine and an aperitif. Take a dip in the Adriatic and in a salt lake. Meet your captain at the boat in the morning and embark on your cruise to the Kornati National Park. Enjoy the Adriatic sea as you snack on a scrumptious breakfast sandwich on the way to through 109 islands that make up the Kornati National Park. Admire soft grassy hills, steep rocky cliffs, and the dramatic karst-limestone formations from the boat. Stop to swim through the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. Sit down to a delicious packed lunch. Visit Telašćica Bay, one of the largest natural ports in Adriatic, with 25 small beaches. View the cliffs of Dugi Otog which rise up to 161 meters above the sea and reach down to 90 meters below sea level. Keep an eye out for the local bird population that frequents the Mir salt lake. Hop into the salty lake for swim in water that's warmer than the sea. Return to your meeting point in Zadar at the end of your tour.

Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

3. Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe: perfectly clear warm water, a spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls. They are easy and safe enough for beginner canoeists but their scenery makes them also very exciting. You will see many fish and birds and explore typical karst phenomenon – living travertine waterfalls. The trip begins in Kastel Zegarski, only one hour drive from Zadar. You will quickly learn how to handle sit-on-top kayaks as you slowly enter the canyon. After the first hour of paddling down easy rapids you will – if time and weather permit – visit beautiful Krupa waterfalls and swim under them. More waterfalls and rapids wait for you as you continue down Zrmanja towards Muskovci where the trip ends. At the end of the trip optionally you can enjoy refreshments at a nearby restaurant or take a picnic on your own. Itinerary: 10:00 AM - Arrival to destination – Kastel Zegarski village 10:30 AM - Preparing for the trip and safety instructions provided by the trip leader 11:00 AM - Trip starts 12:30 PM - Continuing down the river Zrmanja 3:00 PM - Finish at Muskovci village 3:30 PM - Optional refreshments 4:00 PM - Departure

From Zadar: Krka National Park Trip with Wine Tasting

4. From Zadar: Krka National Park Trip with Wine Tasting

Take a day outside of the city and enjoy the beauty of Krka NP at your own pace. Simple, Smart and Precise. From Zadar in an air-conditioned van with an tour escort with all the tips and tricks that you need for a relaxing day outdoors around lakes and waterfalls. We will buy you the tickets (Entrance Skradin) so you don`t wait in the line and then at the start of the pathway. Our escort will give you info and directions to enjoy in the best way possible. A total of 4h in the park on two locations. Explore for 3h at the first location - Skradinski Buk. Our escort is then waiting for you at the arranged time next to the boat pier. Amazing boat ride down the Krka river canyon bring us to the area of the town of Skradin, still inside of the NP where you will have 1h to relax, take a swim in the Krka river, take a lunch or coffee, go to the Skradin Oldtimer Museum or just enjoy the surrounding scenery. Then we are going to the vinery. Once there, you will be greeted by a local sommelier. He will take you on a tour of the winery, show you the wine cellar and the procedure of wine-making. After the tour, it's time for the degustation that includes different kinds of wine, aperitif, and local cheese. It`s on you to decide! Explore the waterfalls and walking trails of Krka National Park on a self-guided tour. Admire the beautiful waterfalls in this scenic river area Visit the historic stone workshops and watermills that line the river. Discover the park at your own pace on one of the numerous walking trails. Includes roundtrip transport from Zadar’s city center.

Zadar: Day Trip to Kornati and Telascica by Boat with Food

5. Zadar: Day Trip to Kornati and Telascica by Boat with Food

Discover some of the most stunning islands in the Kornati archipelago and enjoy a visit to Telascica Nature Park on a full-day boat tour from Zadar that includes breakfast, lunchbox, and swim stops. Cruise past peaceful bays, rugged cliffs, and rocky meadows while listening to your guide's commentary. Meet the boat crew in the city harbor in the morning. Depart from Zadar and stop at the ports of Drazenica and Preko (Ugljan island). Soak in panoramic views of Mrtovac, Levernaka, and Mana islands on the way to Kornati. Savor a welcome drink and a sandwich for breakfast. Sail around the Kornati cliffs while your guide shares its history with you. Upon arrival in Kornati, enjoy 50 minutes of free time to explore the island. Don't miss the 6th-century Fort Tureta standing high on Tureta hill, and the Church of Our Lady of Tarac. Then, get back to the boat to sail onward to Telascica. Tuck into your onboard lunch grilled fish with salad or vegetarian pasta made in tomato sauce, accompanied by wine. As the boat drops anchor at Telascica port, get ready to make the most of your 2 hours in the bay. Once in Telascica Nature Park, you can walk to the 150-meter-high lookout for stunning views of the Adriatic and the Kornati islands, swim in Lake Mir or the open sea, or simply chill by the catering facilities to sip on cold drinks. Finally, settle back in for the 3-hour return trip to Zadar, admiring the coastline along the way. If needed, the boat will make stops at the ports of Drazenica and Preko.

Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Walking Tour

6. Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Walking Tour

Journey back in time and explore the history of Split, from Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman emperor in 305 CE, through to the present day. Marvel as history is brought to life before your eyes. See the Cathedral of Saint Domnius with its 12th-century bell tower, and visit the impressive Peristyle courtyard of Diocletian's Palace. Admire the statue of Gregory of Nin by the 20th-century sculptor, Ivan Meštrović. Take a closer look at the impressive Golden Gate that Diocletian walked through to enter his palace. Go down to the Riva promenade to get lovely views of the Adriatic Sea, and see the Old Town Hall and City Clock on People's Square. Walk in a small group for a more intimate experience and the chance to choose what you want to see. Visit the fish market, explore the old neighborhood of Varoš and much more.

From Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour

7. From Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour

Visit  Plitvice National Park on a full-day tour departing from Zadar. Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979, Plitvice is marked on old maps as the “Devil’s Garden" and consists of 16 interconnected terraced lakes gushing over moss-covered rocks. Depart from Zadar early and drive for about 1 hour and 45 minutes before reaching Plitvice National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, including wild boar, wolves, and even bears. Once at the national park, begin your 4-hour guided tour, visiting Upper and Lower lakes and enjoying the unspoiled nature of one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Although you can’t swim in the protected lakes, your guide will show you the best places to explore and relax in this paradise of natural wonders. Your tour also includes an electric boat ride on Kozjak Lake. Return to Zadar at around 18:00.

From Zadar: Round-Trip Transfer to Plitvice Lakes

8. From Zadar: Round-Trip Transfer to Plitvice Lakes

Board the direct bus and head off to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the jewels of Croatia. Arrive at the park and explore the area at your leisure. Walkthrough the lush green forests and take in the beauty of Croatia’s Dinaric Mountains. Marvel at the terraced lakes and waterfalls as the clear water flows through a vast and lush environment. Plitvice is located approximately halfway between Zagreb and Zadar and was granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1979. The bus will leave Plitvice at approximately 3 PM to take you back to Zadar.

From Zadar: Kornati, Telašćica, and Ugljan Island Boat Tour

9. From Zadar: Kornati, Telašćica, and Ugljan Island Boat Tour

Discover some of Croatia's lesser-known islands on this boat trip from Zadar. Visit the charming fisherman's village of Kukljica on Ugljan Island, the picturesque Lake Mir in Telašćica, and the deserted Suha Panta bay. Stop for lunch at a seaside location that will remind you of Robinson Crusoe. Meet your guide in Zadar and hop on the boat that will lead you around the islands. Enjoy a breakfast of sandwiches as you listen to fascinating stories about the sights from your guide. Your first stop is at Telašćica Nature Park on Dugi Otok island. Enjoy some free time to explore the island at your own pace. Stroll around the picturesque Lake Mir, climb to a viewpoint for breathtaking views of the cliffs and sea, or go for a dip in the lake or sea. Next, head to Suha Punta bay and take in breathtaking views of the Kornati National Park. There are no ferries, running water, or electricity at the bay, so prepare for a real-life Robinson Crusoe experience at lunch. Feast on grilled meat, fish, and salad, all washed with local Croatian wine. On your way to the next stop, enjoy organic seasonal fruit before arriving at Kukljica on Ugljan island. Enjoy some free time to explore this fisherman's village at your own pace. You could go for a swim, see the sights, or pick up some fresh, locally made ice cream. At the end of the day, sit back and relax as you take in some final views of the islands before arriving back to Zadar in the evening, just in time for dinner.

Zadar Guided Walking Tour

10. Zadar Guided Walking Tour

Take a journey through ancient history on a guided walk along the streets of Zadar's old town, a UNESCO World-Heritage Site. Stop by the Church of St. Donat, a pre-Romanesque structure dating from the 9th century. See the site of Roman Forum, built between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD. Visit the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the largest church in Dalmatia. The tour continues to the Sea Gate, Land Gate, City Walls and 5 Wells Square. Visit the famous city market and marvel at the wide variety of products from nearby farms. The duration of the walking tour is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,118 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour! Sime, our guide, was knowledgeable and passionate about his town, with an excellent (and accurate!) sense of humour which had us laughing throughout the tour. He happily let the tour run over as he had so much more that he wanted to share with us. It was excellent value for money and I would thoroughly recommend it. If Sime ever does put his idea of a drink and people spotting tour into practice, then that would be a must too!!!!!!

Our guide Marco was extremely knowledgeable and gave us great insight into Zadar/Croatia's past. Marco was able to give an entertaining tour whilst ensuring we understood the history and answered any questions we had. We did this tour at the beginning of our holiday so it was a great way to get to know the city. This tour is highly recommended and well done to Marco for making it so enjoyable.

This was a wonderful activity to do on our first day. The guide was such a pleasure to be around. He was very knowledgeable and pointed out many aspects and features that we would not have spotted for sure! There wasn't too much in the way of walking - some gentle strolling and a lot of info which worked well for us. Highly recommend!

The tour was interesting and our tourguide radiated expertise and excitement for the subject. It was a pleasure listening as our tourguide explained city's various history from ancient Rome through Veteniese empire to modern day.

Overall, great experience! 2 hours were enough to visit Krka, then we had 1 hour to visit the city, also enough in terms of time. The wine tasting was the highlight for us