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  • From Zadar: Kornati National Park Full-Day Boat Trip

    1. 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.

    Great boat trip, good mix of swimming and hiking. Food was good for the price of the tour. Free Croatian wine was a nice touch, sometimes the guided tour information was difficult to hear.

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

    2. 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 - Arrival to dest...

    Well organized, probably better during the beginning of summer. We missed a bit of water in September…

  • Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

    3. Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

    Sail toward the southern part of Dugi Otok Island. This is where the sea embraces Telašćica, whose name derives from the Latin "Telagus" (meaning 3 lakes). Relax on the boat with a book or sunbathe on deck. Enjoy views of the picturesque Mediterranean landscapes along the way. Chat with the skipper if you are interested in sailing and hear all the secrets of their ancient craft.  Upon arrival at Telašćica Nature Park, enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel. Go for a stroll and give a treat to the timid donkeys. There's a donkey reserve within the park and the coastal (or Dinaric) donkey is an indigenous Croatian breed. Currently, there are 14 donkeys living in Telašćica, while the entire area abounds with flora and fauna. The park has 3 smaller bays within its wider area. Telašćica is the largest and best-protected natural harbor on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. It has 5 islets...

    Die Tour hat super Spaß gemacht. Wir sind drei Stunden zur der Insel Dugi Otok gefahren, wo wir an einen Teil des Telascica Naturpark gehalten haben. Dort kann man ganz gut was trinken, zu einem See spazieren, eine Eselfarm anschauen und einen traumhaften Überblick über die Klippen auf der andere Seite der Insel! Das ist ein Muss. Danach ging es dann in eine Bucht wo wir schwimmen gehen konnten. Schnorchel Equipment gab es hier auch und das Wasser war hier auch super schön. Auf dem Rückweg haben wir viel gesegelt und das schöne Wetter weiterhin genossen. Sehr zu empfehlen!

  • From Zadar: Krka National Park and Waterfalls Day Trip

    4. From Zadar: Krka National Park and Waterfalls Day Trip

    Depart Zadar and journey to Krka National Park, famous for the limestone formations of dissolved calcium bicarbonate in the water of the Krka River and waterfalls. Upon arrival, take a 1.5-hour tour of the park with a licensed guide to see some of the waterfalls, such as the beautiful cascades of Skradinski buk. Admire the travertine and stone walls of the historical water mills of Šibenik-Knin County, where wheat was milled for various towns in ‎Dalmatia in historical times. Get 2 hours of free time for lunch at a restaurant and to go for a walk or swim under the cascades of the biggest waterfall in the park. Return to Zadar via the historical town of Šibenik, where the kings of Croatia were crowned. Avail of 1-hour of free time to discover the UNESCO World Heritage monument of the Cathedral of St. James, stroll the promenade to get stunning views of the Adriatic Sea or just enjoy a c...

    Krka Park lovely. Description of your not very accurate. We didn’t have a guide explaining about the flora and fauna or anything else. Talked a lot in German but when it came to English it was minimal.

  • Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

    5. 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.

    The kayaking experience was set up very well and great for all levels of experience. Zoki was an excellent guide.

  • From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

    6. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

    Depart Zadar at 08:30, and journey towards Plitviče Lakes National Park. Drive through the hinterland of the picturesque Lika region for about 2.5 hours, and then enter the park for the start of your 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the natural scenery of the Upper Lakes area, where 12 of the 16 lakes of Plitvice can be found. Cross Kozjak Lake by boat to experience the largest and deepest of the lakes from a different perspective. Belonging to the Upper Lakes group, Kozjak Lake is the result of 2 smaller lakes merging into one and is the only navigable lake in Plitviče Lakes National Park. Glide across the serene waters, where the travertine Stephanie`s island was named by the Crown Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria) after a visit in 1888.  Admire the idyllic scenery of the Lower Lakes region, characterized by small waterfalls, turquoise waters and sur...

    A beautiful National Park, with amazing crystal clear water and waterfalls. The ecosystem it provides is spectacular. It is one of natures beauties. It gets very busy and we visited in low season. Boardwalks get a bit crazy and pull off areas would be great. A must do if in Croatia.

  • From Zadar: Dugi Otok Half-Day Kayak Adventure

    7. 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 as...

    The tour was very exciting and Zoran, the guide, was very friendly and funny. He took care of us were well and he was preventive about the weather conditions and our safety. The cave was wonderful and the rest of the experience as well.

  • Zadar Guided Walking Tour

    8. 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.

    Wow, we had a great tour with an amazing guide, Sime. He was personable, knowledgeable and had an interesting way of weaving history, architecture and his stories together to be very informative and engrossing. Definitely the best guide we’ve had our entire trip. Sime+ Zadar, quite a combination, don’t miss his tour!

  • Zadar Islands: Private Hidden Treasures Speedboat Tour

    9. Zadar Islands: Private Hidden Treasures Speedboat Tour

    Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion on a comfortable speedboat through the Zadar channel and around the island of Ugljan towards Dugi Otok, stopping along the way wherever you like. Once at Dugi otok, take a quick break to experience the slow pace of life on Croatian islands. Have an ice cream, coffee or a cold drink before head to a hidden bay near Dugi Otok. This beautiful, small and sandy bay, surrounded by wild nature, is a big secret of the area. Rest underneath the olive trees or chill on the boat under the canopy and enjoy the turquoise sea. Next, head to the island of Iž. On the way, see all the beauty of the Zadar archipelago. Discover the islands of Rava, Ugljan, Žut and Sit, before hitting a secluded bay on Iž island. Enjoy some snorkeling and swimming from the boat and make use of the sound system. Visit the village of Iž, an exceptional example of traditional Croatian island ...

    We only had one full day in Zadar and couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than to see the islands and gorgeous water. We booked a private tour for a group of four. It was the perfect amount as we could all sit at the front of the boat and see the gorgeous views. Our guide took us to 6 different islands, stopped at an island for an afternoon beer & a local cafe where we had sushi, fish, fried squid & Dalmatian style wine. The food was phenomenal and something we would’ve never experienced without him. Our tour lasted 9 hours and it was simply amazing. We gained knowledge on the history of the area, swam in pristine waters and went on an island hike to name a few of the adventures. Hands down the best excursion we’ve been on. Croatia was beautiful, we hope to be back!

  • From Zadar: Full-Day Ugljan Self-Guided Bike Tour

    10. From Zadar: Full-Day Ugljan Self-Guided Bike Tour

    Fully equipped, you will go on a bike adventure at your own schedule and your own pace. The Ugljan Island, also known as "the Green Island" has plenty of bays, beaches and small fishing villages spread along the coast that keeps the secret about their past and the hard life of fishermen. From the lookout, St. Michael spreads a breathtaking view of the city of Zadar, the Velebit Mountain and numerous small islands. With a little bit of luck along with clear skies, you can even see the Italian coast. A fun downhill awaits you along the gravel path to the village of Kali, the place where the most successful fishermen on the Mediterranean live. In a traditional island tavern, you can taste fresh traditional Mediterranean food that will fill you with powerful energy. After lunch, you can take a swim on one of many sandy beaches or visit the Franciscan monastery on the small island of Škojić...

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 373 reviews

Our day for Plitvice started early where we were met by our guide Ante. During the drive there he provided a lot of interesting information on Plitvice and Croatia in general - willing to answer any questions we had. The walk itself was good, great views and scenery.

A very nice worthwhile tour. The skipper was very friendly and unobtrusive. Instead of the 2-hour stop on the very tourist island, a stop in a beautiful bay would be more attractive.

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.

Everything was well organized. Very friendly and helpful.