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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 8:15 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

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

4. 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.

From Zadar: Sakarun Beach & Sunken Ship Snorkeling Tour

5. From Zadar: Sakarun Beach & Sunken Ship Snorkeling Tour

Discover the scenic Sakarun Beach and a sunken ship on a guided snorkeling cruise from Zadar. Swim beneath the waves to watch the colorful fish darting out of the wreck before taking a break on the idyllic beach. Make your way to Marina Tankerkomerc and meet your friendly captain and group for the day. Climb on board your boat and wave goodbye to the city as you sail out to sea. Arrive at the shipwreck and slide into the water with your snorkeling equipment. Drift along the surface of the ocean peacefully or dive below to get up close and personal with marine life and study the sunken ship. Get back on board the boat and dry off as you speed across the waves to Sakarun. Feel the warm white sand beneath your feet and relax under the lush pine tree forest offering shade. Soak in the sun before taking a swim in the turquoise waters.

From Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour

6. 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: 4-Hour Croatian Islands Boat Experience

7. 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. Enjoy the amazing views of the town of Zadar from a boat ride with a private skipper and capture pictures of the sweeping city view. Go for a swim and relax on the island's amazing beaches. • From Zadar to Kostanj - Ošljak - Preko tour for 4 hours • From Zadar to Frnaza - Preko - Ošljak tour for 4 hours

From Zadar: Kornati National Park and Telascica Boat Trip

8. From Zadar: Kornati National Park and Telascica 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. Just sit back and enjoy the view. Afterward, enjoy a visit to Telascica Nature Park and make a stop on its beach.

From Zadar: Dugi Otok Island Boat Tour

9. From Zadar: Dugi Otok Island Boat Tour

Enjoy a Dugi Otok boat tour and discover numerous private bays, beaches, and secret spots. Jump from the cliffs and explore the majestic Golubinka Sea Cave, the largest sea cave in the whole archipelago. Swim in the crystal-clear seas of Great White Stone Beach - Veli Žal. Snorkel around a shipwreck with wild fishes, relax at the sandy Sakarun Lagoon, and discover the highest lighthouse in the Adriatic Sea. Take a ride through military tunnels, visit the charming Božava village, and discover the island lifestyle.

Zadar Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

10. Zadar Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

Visit a beautiful Croatian island on this boat tour from Zadar. Get access to areas that the larger tourist ships cannot reach. Marvel at the beauty of Ugljan island. Stop for a swim at the beach and see old villages.  Meet your guide at City Bridge and embark on your boat trip. Admire panoramic views of the city center from the water. Drive towards the island and enjoy the views of some pristine beaches and stop for a swim in the crystal clear water. Explore charming villages with coffee bars and souvenir shops. Admire the old red-roofed stone buildings on the shore. After some time learning about the history of the island with your guide, you will return back to Zadar.

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,148 reviews

A great tour with a great guide! Simon was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk you! He gave us a lot of info about the city and the country! Would definitely recommend the tour!

Tanja, our guide, was AMAZING!! 90 minutes well spent. I learned so much about Croatia, Split, culture and the palace/history. Highly recommend.

Amazing trip out! Danko was super flexible and took us to a really great swimming spot at the end of the island tour

We had a great day. Good for those with little or no experience. Friendly group and great guides. Thank you

Sime has a strong knowledge of history and Zadar !! Wonderfull experience