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From Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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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From Zadar: Krka National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar

5. From Zadar: Krka National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar

Discover the ecologically diverse Krka National Park on this bus tour from Zadar. The park covers an area of just over 142 square km (88 square miles). The top attraction in the park is its magnificent waterfalls including the famous Skradinski Buk Falls; one of Croatia's most famous sights. Due to its special position and its various types of habitat, the park is characterized by exceptionally rich and varied flora and fauna. The abundance of various species of birds and the significance of Krka National Park for spring and fall migrations make this an ideal tour for both the amateur and experienced birdwatcher. After pick-up in Zadar, drive to Skradin, where you'll board a boat for a 30-minute ride. Take a guided walking tour past Skradinski buk, and then visit the park's ethno collection, mills, and weaving workshops. Return to Zadar at around 5:00 PM.

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From Omis, Split or Trogir: Plitvice Lakes Small Group Tour

6. From Omis, Split or Trogir: Plitvice Lakes Small Group Tour

With 16 cascading lakes and over 90 waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes always feature on Croatian favorites lists. Don't miss your chance to see these wonderful landscapes. One of the most famous sites in the country, Plitvice has been a National Park for over half a century, and was listed as a UNESCO Natural Heritage site in 1979. After a scenic drive, explore this wondrous, idyllic corner of tranquil water and forests accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. Hike, walk, take a boat and drive around on a train, before taking some time to enjoy the picture–perfect scenery on your own. Untouched, untamed yet endearingly pristine, Plitvice Lakes soothe the soul with a beauty only nature can create.

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From Zadar: Klis Fortress, Split and Trogir

7. From Zadar: Klis Fortress, Split and Trogir

Departure from Zadar in the morning towards Klis. Built in the 2nd century BCE Klis Fortress is situated at the peak of a rocky ridge. Due to its strategic position at the hill, Klis fortress was controlling the entrance to the valley that leads to Split. You will climb Klis fortress and take in the beautiful panoramic view of Split and nearby islands. Your guide will explain Klis' turbulent past and defending techniques people used to resist frequent enemies attacks. Inside the fortress, you will see displays of swords and costumes. After sightseeing at Klis Fortress, you will proceed to the nearby Split. Visiting Split is unimaginable without visiting its living heart - Diocletian's palace. It was built as a royal residence for Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century and nowadays is protected as UNESCO World Heritage site. As you stroll through the most preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world, your guide will introduce you to the development of Split, you will learn more about the way people lived in this area and discover Game of Thrones filming locations. You will then have some free time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants and to explore the city on your own. From Split, you will depart towards Trogir. It is considered to be the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic city in Europe. Since 1997 entire city is inscribed at UNESCO World Heritage List. There you will have free time to stroll through narrow Dalmatian streets, explore traditional architecture, valuable historical sites and relax in one of the most beautiful cities in Dalmatia.

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Split/Trogir: Day-Trip to Šibenik and Zadar

8. Split/Trogir: Day-Trip to Šibenik and Zadar

Following pickup from your accommodation, your first stop will be the city of Šibenik. Whilst there, admire the ancient walls alongside the stunning backdrop of the Adriatic Coast. The most famous sight of Šibenik is undoubtedly the UNESCO-protected St. Jacob's cathedral, following which you can choose to walk around the stoned streets, buy some souvenirs, and enjoy a coffee on Riva Promenade. Your next stop is Zadar, the oldest continually inhabited city in Croatia. Evidence of human settlement there stretches all the way back to the 4th century B.C. This history passes through tribal, Greek, Roman, Venetian, and Italian rule, before its modern situation as a part of Croatia. Check out several historic monuments from the medieval and Renaissance periods, in addition to contemporary constructions such as the world's first sea organ. Once your busy day sightseeing comes to a close, your tour concludes with your guide returning you to your accommodation.

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Split: Day-Trip to Zadar

9. Split: Day-Trip to Zadar

A historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is certainly an intriguing city. It’s not too crowded, it’s not overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions, the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation, need to be seen and heard to be believed. This mix of ancient relics, Habsburg elegance, coastal setting and unsightly tower blocks is what gives Zadar so much character. It's no Dubrovnik, but it's not a museum town either. This is a living, vibrant city, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The organ looks like a series of broad steps leading down into the water, but there's actually very clever engineering hiding under the surface.The lower steps allow water and air to flow in. That water and air is then funneled into resonant chambers under the steps, and pushed out through the channels on the upper stairs, seen here. These cause the undulating, chime-like notes to be produced. Because the sea is always shifting and changing, the sea organ never sounds exactly the same twice, with each sound you hear being completely unique.

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What people are saying about Zadar

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We spent an amazing day at the beach! The water was unbelievable! The boat trip helped set the day right, offering amazing views of the islands and the staff was really friendly and fun, they even turned the music at a high volume which made the people dance - really nice atmosphere! They do inform you on the boat that there is seaweed in the water and due to its properties it is protected by law, therefore it cannot be cleaned. And anyway, it’s not the gross type of green seaweed, it’s mostly dry and once further in the water it’s not anymore - only a bit at the shore and on the beach (which honestly makes for a soft spot for your beach towels).One remark though: they could offer some vegetarian/vegan options for the food provided as not everyone eats meat - we gave our lunch wraps back and ended up taking the ham out of the breakfast sandwich. We came prepared with our own food anyway so it was no biggie. All in all, it was a great experience and we’ll go again!

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.

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.