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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.

  • From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

    5. 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.

  • Krka National Park from Zadar Port

    6. Krka National Park from Zadar Port

    Be collected from the cruise ship port in Zadar and driven to Skradin to board a boat for a 30-minute ride. Take a guided walking tour past Skradinski Buk and visit the park's ethnographic collections, mills, and weaving workshops. Explore the ecologically diverse Krka National Park on a boat tour. The park covers an area of just over 142 square km (88 square miles). The top attraction of the park are the magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk Falls, which is one of Croatia's most famous sights.  Due to the special position of the park, with various types of habitats, is it 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. 

    We had a mix up at pickup. Our instructions said meet the tour van at the taxi stand and look for a Get Your Guide Sign. Our guide was actually in the bus station and had a sign with our name on it. We lost 30 minutes of tour just trying to catch up with the guide. The phone number on the instructions also did not work. There must be a secret code to add when using a US based phone. We had a local taxi driver call the guide. The guide was a little perturbed and tended to act that way for most of the tour towards others, not us. She was very informative and kept trying to get us back to the ship at 4:30 instead of 3:30. We kept trying to explain that 4:30 would not work as that was the time when they lifted the gangway as the ship leaves port at 5:00PM. She did gets us back at 3:30PM. On the tour of the park she went backwards through the walkway which was fine with us as we did not have to wait on long lines but it did upset all of the others doing the right thing

  • From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Private Tour

    7. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Private Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Zadar, and then travel into the Dinaric Mountains to explore the terraced lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the location is marked on old maps as the Devil’s Garden and considered by many to be the most beautiful spot in Europe! Marvel at 16 interconnected lakes where water pours from the moss-covered travertine rocks to create an impressive network of cascades and natural pools. The drive from Zadar will take approximately 105 minutes, and you will have 4 hours at the park to explore. Discover the diverse flora and fauna and get the chance to see wild boar, wolves and bears! Visit the Upper and Lower Lakes to experience the unspoiled nature in full. Although swimming is not allowed, your guide will show you the best places to explore and relax. During the tour you will also get the...

  • From Zadar: Krka National Park and Šibenik Full-Day Tour

    8. From Zadar: Krka National Park and Šibenik Full-Day Tour

    Depart from your hotel in Zadar in the morning and enjoy the scenic views towards your first stop at Krka National Park, Croatia's most famous National Park. Witness the mosaic distribution of habitats and discover the rich and varied flora and fauna species. See the Skradinski Buk, a massive clear and natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. Don’t forget your swimming suit because you will have the opportunity to swim in the lakes if the weather allows it. Afterward, visit Šibenik, a beautiful small town on the coast, where you will have a nice walk and will be able to see all the important landmarks, including St. James’s cathedral, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head back to your hotel Zadar in the evening hours after your full-day experience of natural and historical beauty.

  • From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

    9. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

    Discover Rastoke Village, Slunjčica river, and Plitvice Lakes, one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. Explore the beautiful landscape, crystal clear waters, and amazing waterfalls that earned this remarkable national park a place on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites.

    Arriving at Plitvice, walk through these ancient woodlands and narrow paths along the lakes and waterfalls. Wherever you are in Plitvice, you will find the lakes separated by travertine marble formations.

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Private Tour from Zadar

    10. Plitvice Lakes National Park: Private Tour from Zadar

    Explore the magnificent beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Plitvice Lakes with a guided tour of the Upper and Lower Lakes, Kozjak Lake and the Great Waterfall. Discover what many proclaim as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Learn about life and traditions of the people living in the area. Visit the Upper Lakes, a group of 12 of 16 Plitvice lakes separated by the travertine barriers. See Kozjak Lake, the largest and the deepest lake in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Immerse yourself in the idyllic scenes of small waterfalls, turquoise water and surrounding greenery of the Lower Lakes, with the underground cave of Šupljara situated nearby. Marvel at the Great Waterfall, with a height of 78 meters, the highest waterfall in Croatia.

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 801 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.

There were only 7 of us and the guide was superb. She knows her job and does it passionately. Very friendly and took the time to explain and gave us time to enjoy the beautiful views. This trip is definitely recommended!

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.

It was awesome. Both guys we're super nice and funny. We had a great time with them and also learned something about the environment. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Must do, top guide and wonderful tour.We loved it.