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Zadar

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

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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 8:45 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 12 PM and 1:30 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. Enjoy some juicy watermelon to help you stay hydrated on the journey back, arriving back at the pier at 5:30 PM.

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From Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

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Zadar: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

3. Zadar: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Book your entrance ticket for Zadar's Museum of Illusions and get access to dozens of exhibits including the Vortex Tunnel, the first of such in this part of Europe.  Be amazed by awesome tricks that will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain, and science. Learn why it easier to perceive why your eyes and see things that your brain cannot understand.  Be brave enough to jump into the crazy illusion created by the Vortex Tunnel. Experience a feeling of heavy struggle as you try to step forward through a rotating cylinder – on a surface so stable and flat.  Deform the image of yourself in a Mirror Room. Loose yourself in the Infinity Room and resist the laws of gravity, size, and ratio. Watch each optical illusion and carefully view each installation. They are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.  Visit the playroom, which contains intriguing and educational games and puzzles. at the end of your visit, make sure you take photos of yourself in every possible position in the Rotated Room.

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From Zadar: Kornati National Park Full-Day Boat Trip

4. From Zadar: Kornati National Park Full-Day Boat Trip

Visit the jewel of the Adriatic Sea on a full-day tour to Kornati National Park, departing from Zadar. Leave in the morning and make your way to the park via boat. Enjoy breakfast as you travel to the 109 islands that make up the park.  During the tour, you will stop for 3 hours to go swimming. Then relax as you are taken on a tour around the park, checking up the dramatic karst-limestone formations that tower around you. In the middle of the day, you will also be treated to lunch.

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From Zadar: 4-Hour Croatian Islands Boat Experience

5. From Zadar: 4-Hour Croatian Islands Boat Experience

Did you know that Zadar county in Croatia has more than 100 islands? In front of the town of Zadar, discover the island Ugljan with its great beaches. On this boat tour, you can decide between a three or four-hour tour. Enjoy the amazing views of the town of Zadar from a boat ride with a private skipper and go for a swim on the island's amazing beaches. Tours start from Foša in Zadar (Land Gate - Leon Gate) and head to the island Ugljan, Preko: • From Zadar (Foša) to Kostanj - Ošljak-Preko tour for 4 hours • From Zadar (Foša) to Frnaza - Preko - Ošljak tour for 4 hours

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Zrmanja: Full-Day Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

6. Zrmanja: Full-Day Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe: perfectly clear warm water, 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

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Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

7. Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

Meet your guide at Mićanovi dvori. The 5-hour activity begins with instruction on how to use your equipment before heading out on a 14.5-kilometer kayaking experience. Depending on pace and physical fitness, the trip can last from 2.5-4 hours. The goal is for everyone to enjoy time in the water to the best of their ability! In the summer, when the water level is low, you’ll head down the river by kayak. The rest of the year, when the water is high, you’ll make your way down the river by raft. Kayaks can seat 2 people and a raft can seat from 6-10 people, including the skipper. You’ll be in a group of 30 people (15 kayaks), with 2 skippers to guide you.

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Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

8. Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

On this full-day kayaking excursion you’ll experience the natural beauty of Dugi Otok, a rugged island located to the west of Zadar. When you arrive, a van will transfer you to the bay, where the kayaking adventure begins. During the tour you’ll encounter secret bays, numerous sea caves and soaring cliffs. Later, when you return to the starting point you’ll be transferred to the north of island, where you’ll have lunch. Afterwards, you’ll paddle your kayak to a sunken ship, which offers a spectacular snorkeling experience. The final part of the tour is spent at the white sandy beach of Sakarun, where you can relax, swim and play the local game of picigin – a real treat for all.

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Sakarun Beach Full-Day Guided Tour from Zadar

9. Sakarun Beach Full-Day Guided Tour from Zadar

Board a boat in the Old Town and sail to the most beautiful islands of the Zadar archipelago on this 10-hour trip. Enjoy the panorama of one of the most stunning coasts in the world and take in views of the islands of Tri sestrice, Sestrunj and Molat. Have breakfast on the boat and enjoy unlimited water. Once you reach Dugi Otok, home to Saharun Beach, you will disembark in the village of Bozava. From there, a bus will take you to your final destination. You’ll be given a box lunch to take the beach, where you can spend time enjoying Saharun. The beach is protected as a significant natural area of the Croatian ecological network.

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From Zadar: Dugi Otok Half-Day Kayak Adventure

10. From Zadar: Dugi Otok Half-Day Kayak Adventure

Explore the natural beauty of the island of Dugi Otok on a half-day kayaking adventure from Zadar. Delight in the white sandy beach of Veli Žal, and swim in a hidden cave. Begin your tour by boarding a ferry at Gaženica port in Zadar and cruise for 1.5 hours to Dugi Otok. Admire the beauty of the magical Zadar archipelago on the sunny deck during the ride. Upon arrival in Brbinj, Dugi Otok, meet your guide in front of the ferry, then take a 15-minute ride to Veli Žal. Once at the beach, choose how you want to spend the first part of your adventure. Soak up some rays on the beach, go for a swim, explore the surroundings in a kayak by yourself, or join your guide on a ride around the island of Mezanj. 2 hours later, transfer to another bay where the real kayaking adventure starts. Paddle out in your kayak with a certified local guide, and try cliff jumping, swimming, and diving in an astonishing cave that changes color depending on sun reflection/the angle of sunlight.

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Frequently asked questions about Zadar

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    If you can, arrive at either end of the tourism season – May/June or September/October – to experience perfect seaside weather without the crowds that come in the peak months.

  • How many days?

    Zadar has a wide variety of attractions, including an archipelago that's perfect for island-hopping! You could complete your city sightseeing in a weekend, but we recommend taking it slow and relaxing into Mediterranean life. If you do choose to explore the islands, allow at least a week.

Good to know

  • Language
    Croatian
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +385
  • Best time to visit
    Go in late spring or early fall for the best of all worlds – warm weather, better prices, less crowds!

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,705 reviews

Beautiful scenery, locations, and water. Friendly staff. They gave us a second meal inbetween the second and third stop, which surprised me since I didn't remember reading it in any description. Bringing your own snacks doesn't hurt, especially being under the sun and on a boat all day.

This kind of guided Tour through Zadar is definitely different to what you are used to. Really funny and interesting. A Mix of standard tour with the virtual reality elements concluded. Absolutely recommend to do this :)

Guide was great (knowledgeable and friendly) lunch was good, great route around the park was chosen. Transportation was good but instructions for pick up were a bit unclear

Great nature and great guide Sandra. She was attentive made sure the pace was good for all of us. Fantastic day. Do it you won’t regret it. Needs good walking shoes.

Wonderful 4 hour boat trip around the islands around Zadar. In between, we took a dip in a beautiful bay. Friendly captain!