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Zadar: Lojena Beach, Kornati Islands and Telascica Boat Trip

1. Zadar: Lojena Beach, Kornati Islands and Telascica Boat Trip

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 of Levrnaka. Take a swim in the crystal blue sea of the sandy cove of Lojena. If you love hiking, trek to the top of the island and admire the unique view of the Kornati Islands and islets. 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.

Zadar: Speedboat Tour to Ugljan, Osljak, and Galevac

2. Zadar: Speedboat Tour to Ugljan, Osljak, and Galevac

Explore the 3 islands of Zadar's archipelago on this half-day experience starting from Zadar. Travel between them in style by speedboat, as you experience Osljak, Ugljan, and Galevac. Meet at Jazine harbour in Zadar and board your speedboat. Look out for the 12th and 16th century city's walls from the seaside as you cruise away from the port. Pass close to the famous attractions Regards to the Sun & Sea Organ, learn its working principle and enjoy in Organ's magical sounds. Speed away from Zadar across the crystal blue waters as you begin your island-hopping adventure. Alight from the boat for your first stop at Osljak Island. This is the smallest inhabited island in Croatia, so small you can circle it by foot in only 20 minutes. Learn amazing facts about island history and why its protected park of nature today. Shoot a beautiful pics at the lighting house from where you can jump in the crystal clear water. Take a relaxed swim in a turquoise waters at pebble beach nearby. Explore underwater world with provided snorkeling equipment. Enjoy another thrilling ride to Preko village at Ugljan island. It's a delightful large island featuring medieval architecture and charming shops and cafes. Take a snack or homemade ice cream (own expense) during the short walk to next turquoise bay between Galevac and Preko. Learn about domestic people way of life in the history and today while visiting some monuments on the way. Travel across the crystal waters to the nearby Galevac island in a traditional wooden boat. Once there, visit the Franciscan Monastery of St. Paul The Hermit. Learn about its amazing history while exploring island in depth. Return back to Preko village and use free time for a refreshing swim in a turquoise bay, relax on many other beaches, enjoy local specialties, drink colorful cocktails or just continue to explore and enjoy in a beautiful sightseeing. Final, jump back on the speedboat for another thrilling ride back to Zadar.

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.

Zadar: 3-Hour Guided Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

4. Zadar: 3-Hour Guided Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

For all the foodies who love to explore local cuisines! During a 3-hour tour, you will enjoy a variety of dishes from the Croatian coastal region - Dalmatia, ranging from traditional to modern classics, and find out more about local customs. It's a fun and informative tasting tour to the largest green market, but also local restaurants, and food shops in the very city center of Zadar. The tour covers some of the main sights like the Roman forum, Kalelarga - the main street, the People’s Square, and some hidden gems while also tasting some typical Croatian and Dalmatian delicacies. Not to reveal all the details, you can expect some great prosciutto and cheese, a glass of local beer or wine, some Croatian chocolates for those with a sweet tooth, and much more. Our suggestion is – come hungry!

Zadar: Virtual Reality Guided History Walking Tour

5. Zadar: Virtual Reality Guided History Walking Tour

The virtual reality tour of Zadar's history is a combination of an audio guide translated in 7 languages, a super friendly assistant who walks you to the right places and the Virtual Reality glasses with amazing 360° views, interesting animations, 3D objects, and sound effects. Instead of imagining how Zadar once looked, you will experience it in a different and innovative way. Recreated VR visuals of most significant historical moments in Zadar's history will show you Roman Forum, which was the center of social and economic life in the ancient Zadar. You will learn more about 4th Crusade and see the invasion coming from the sea in 1202. You will visit the St. Chrysogonus' Church, which is otherwise closed to the public. Besides that, you will stand at the location of the former city market, which in relation to today was on the other side of the town. Enjoy in the view of the old city from the hot-air balloon and discover how Zadar looked after World War II. Simple user interface allows the user to choose when to see the next point. Users do not need advanced technological knowledge to manage the VR glasses. In any case, the assistant will be at your disposal throughout the tour. Book your VR adventure and time-travel in Zadar's history.

Zadar: Evening Walking Tour of the Old Town

6. Zadar: Evening Walking Tour of the Old Town

In this 70 min walking tour to begin with we will take you trough the old town which is padded on the peninsula, surrounded by beautiful parks and city walls. At the heart of the peninsula there are numerous monuments, restaurants and cafes and also numerous facilities for visitors such as museums, various shops. . . Zadar's incredible Sea Organ , designed by local architect Nikola Bašić, is unique. Set within the perforated stone stairs that descend into the sea is a system of pipes and whistles that exudes wistful sighs when the movement of the sea pushes air through it. The effect is hypnotic, the mellifluous tones increasing in volume when a boat or ferry passes by. You can swim from the steps off the promenade while listening to the sounds. Sign up for the tour and meet your guide at ''Five Wells Square'' . Tour start with special introduction to the city of Zadar. The tour covers all the Old Town main sights including Forum, Five Wells Square, Kalelarga, People's Square, St. Donatus Church and St. Anastasia's Cathedral, Sea Organ, and many more.

Communism and World War II Tour

7. Communism and World War II Tour

Explore what it was like to live under fascism, nazism, and communism in a guided walking tour of Zadar. Supported by historical photos, walk through the city and discuss the many regimes that have ruled over the 20th century. Zadar came under the rule of fascist Italy in the first part of the 20th century. As an important fascist and later nazi strategic point, Zadar was a target of a disastrous bombing campaign in the Second World War when 80% of the Old Town was destroyed. After the war, there was a new totalitarian rule: a communist one. A specific liberal style of communism brought both prosperity and misery to the people. Western products were copied or smuggled into the state, Western movies were filmed in Yugoslavia and Western culture influenced the younger generations. This tour includes more than 80 photos and pictures while discussing workers, workplaces, tourism, everyday life, products, music, movies, and much more with the goal of providing an in-depth perspective on what the life of ordinary people looked like in a communist state.

Zadar: Private Walking Tour Through 3,000 Years of History

8. Zadar: Private Walking Tour Through 3,000 Years of History

Zadar represents one of the most interesting and oldest urban localities in the Mediterranean, constantly inhabited from 1000 BC. In the 1st century it became a Roman colony and acquired the characteristics of a city. You will visit remains of a Roman Forum, the biggest one built in Croatia and the center of social life at the time. Zadar was the capital of Dalmatia region from the fall of the Western Roman Empire until the end of the First World War. Hear the story of its defensive walls that the Venetian Republic built in the 16th century for protection against the Ottomans and see the picturesque port of Fosa with its beautiful Land Gate. You will walk the famous Kalelarga, the main and most famous street in the city. Stand in front of the church of St. Donat, the symbol of Zadar and see Zadar Cathedral dedicated to St. Anastasia. Zadar is famous for its Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun art installations situated at the Riva promenade. You will listen to the unique music of the sea played by the Sea Organ while learning the most interesting facts about these modern installations. Next, taste maraschino cherry liqueur, the recipe of which dates from the 16th century.

From Zadar: Full Day Private Tour of Medieval Motovun & Senj

9. From Zadar: Full Day Private Tour of Medieval Motovun & Senj

Take a ride to the medieval destinations of Senj and Motovun from the romantic city of Zadar. Make stops at the Vratnik Fortress, Nehaj Castle, and the Parenzana Tunnel for sightseeing, at-your-own-pace exploration, and photo opportunities. Enjoy pickup from your accommodation and depart for your adventure early in the morning. Make your first stop at the Viewpoint Maruna for quick sightseeing and taking photographs of the stunning view. Then, arrive at the Vratnik Fortress for a quick history lesson and photo op. Up next, take your time for an hour at Nehaj Castle, with a guide included in the experience. Walk through the castle's walls and learn important facts about the building's history. Find yourself next at the Gates of the Adriatic, a rest stop that includes options for food, drinks, and washrooms. Take as many photos as you like and enjoy the ambiance of the environment. Then, explore Motovun on your own, an Istrian Village that was once occupied by both the Celts and the Illyrians. Take the option to discover the town in the hills with a guide if you want the full experience. Afterward, spend some time at the Parenzana Tunnel. Admire the beautiful stonework as you walk through the arched passway and learn its historical importance. Afterward, make a final rest stop at Macola, where you can eat and pose with the stuffed animals.

Zadar: Guided City Walking Tour & Zadar Cathedral View Point

10. Zadar: Guided City Walking Tour & Zadar Cathedral View Point

Meet us on the Five Wells Square, where you start your journey through the past and present of Zadar. The first stop is the historical entrance to Zadar - the 16th-Century Land Gate with a great look at the UNESCO World Heritage Site fortification system. The next stop is the St. Simeon's Church after which we will stroll down the main street in town - Kalelarga. The People's Square awaits with its historic buildings including the Town Guard and the Town Lodge. We will stop to taste the famous Zadar cherry liqueur Maraschino. We will continue to the Roman Forum covered with archeological remains. In the center is the iconic rotunda - the St. Donatus Church. The highest building in both the Forum and the whole of Zadar is the Bell Tower of St. Anastasia's Cathedral. We will climb the 183 steps to be rewarded with the best view of Zadar! The tour continues with the world's unique Sea Organ played by the waves. Sit down, relax, and listen to the music of nature and see why the great Alfred Hitchcock said: "Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, in Florida, applauded at every evening." When the sun sets, right next to us a new one rises - the Greeting to the Sun installation starts to shine - all night long.

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based on 173 reviews

AMAZING, WAY better than expected!! Dante was our skipper-guide, super friendly and accommodating, spoke good English and was amazing. He would offer to take pictures for us, helped us with steep/rocky paths, gave us facts and indepth history about each place or attraction and he was lovely to be around! Also offered water, jackets and alcohol at the end! DEFINITELY BRING TRAINERS/SNEAKERS a lot of walking, not complaining, but walking up to the top of a steepish island wearing sliders/crocs isnt the best idea haha

Nous avons passé un très bon moment, tout était très bien organisé. Les paysages sont exceptionnels, les arrêts sont laissent le temps d’aller se promener et de se baigner. A prévoir (même en octobre): - maillots de bain - serviettes - argent liquide car les boissons (café, thé, coca, etc..) sont payantes à bord

He is super kind! He knows how to make children laugh and adjusted our journey for my 7-year-old daughter. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour even though it was late October.

Very pleasant excursion of very very beautiful landscape Too bad the breakfast and lunch are not up to the excursion

Very informative. 2 hours packed with information and insight. Ask for Leah!!!