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How to Spend 1 Day in Zadar

How to Spend 1 Day in Zadar

From a UNESCO-listed historic center to scenic offshore islands, Zadar has plenty to see and experience. Doing it all in one day is tricky, but possible with a little planning. Here are our top tips for making the most of 24 hours in the Adriatic’s cultural hub.

Morning: Sightsee in the City

Start your day with an overview of Zadar’s history and culture on a city tour. Head out early to visit the city’s Roman remains, medieval churches, and modern installations before the Dalmatian sun gets too intense. Opt for a bike or Segway tour to save time and prevent foot fatigue, or stroll the city streets with a guide for a more immersive sightseeing experience.

Afternoon: Take to the Sea

After a relaxed lunch on the waterfront, cool off from the midday heat on a sea voyage. Choose a hands-on sailing excursion or a skipper-led cruise. Some half-day tours include stops at nearby islands such as Ugljan or Osljak, where you can swim, snorkel, or sunbathe in secluded bays, or explore rural scenery and island villages for insight into Dalmatian life. 

Night: Watch a Dalmatian Sunset

Considered some of the best in the world, Zadar’s sunsets are worth watching from anywhere in the city. Several afternoon tours continue into the evening, offering dusk views as part of the itinerary; otherwise, indulge in a little romance on a sunset tour, or watch from the Sea Organ for a multisensory experience. If you’re not yet ready for bed, head to the Old Town for cocktails or ice cream in one of the late-night cafés or bars.

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Segway Zadar Tour

Segway Zadar Tour

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Ticking off Zadar’s highlights can be tricky on limited time. Zip through the city with ease on a Segway tour, and discover top landmarks including the Church of St. Donatus and Sea Organ quickly and easily, without the worry of foot fatigue. Explore at a time that suits you with flexible departure, and gain historical and cultural insight into the city from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.93
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$82.93

Zadar Canal Half-Day Sailing Trip

Zadar Canal Half-Day Sailing Trip

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Sail through the Zadar Canal, located within Croatia's Zadar archipelago, on this half-day tour. Take in the natural scenery, stop in a small bay for swimming and snorkeling, or explore hidden beaches. Use of snorkeling equipment provided.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.94
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$41.94

Private half day speedboat tour to Zadar's nearby islands

Private half day speedboat tour to Zadar's nearby islands

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Explore Osljak Island, Skoljic Island, and Ugljan Island in a private speedboat on this half-day tour. Depart from Zadar with your skipper and admire the views from the sea. Customize your itinerary based on your interests. Go snorkeling with provided equipment, lounge on secluded beaches, visit a historic monastery, and stroll through quiet villages.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.76
Price varies by group size
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$109.76
Price varies by group size
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Zadar Romantic Sunset Sailing Trip

Zadar Romantic Sunset Sailing Trip

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Combine an evening of drinking with a relaxing cruise, and still have time to go out afterward. This Zadar sunset sailing trip cruises the water while you take in the sights. The yacht holds up to eight people, providing an intimate way to see the sunset, which is perfect for couples or small groups. Plus, your cruise comes with a bottle of wine and local snacks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.05
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$65.05

Explore Zadar Bike Tour

Explore Zadar Bike Tour

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Explore the Croatian city of Zadar on two wheels on this 2.5-hour tour. Choose a morning or afternoon tour, then hop on your bike and follow your guide through Zadar’s ancient streets. Discover top attractions and hidden gems alike, and explore the city’s beautiful beaches. Visit a popular lookout spot with fine views over the city, coast, and islands beyond, and listen as your guide sheds light on over 3,000 years of history. This family-friendly cycling tour is perfect for visitors keen to see the city in a short time.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.53
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$51.53
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Zadar Kayak Tour

Zadar Kayak Tour

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Take a break from the bustling city streets and discover a different perspective of the historic city on a family-friendly kayak tour of Zadar. Take to the Adriatic waters under the supervision of your guide, and admire views of city landmarks including the Sea Organ, Roman Forum, and Church of St Donatus as you paddle past, with free time included to swim and unwind on a beach.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.43
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$49.43
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Private sunset tour across Zadar shoreline

Private sunset tour across Zadar shoreline

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Watch the sun slip into the sea as you cruise around the coastline of Zadar by private speedboat. With a skipper-guide, you’ll first see the sights of the city from the water, then have time to swim or snorkel using provided equipment. Bring your own food and drinks to enjoy on board, if you wish, and make the most of having no set schedule, other than to admire the sea and the evening sun.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.17
Price varies by group size
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$73.17
Price varies by group size
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Zadar Walking Tour - Ancient Meets Modern

Zadar Walking Tour - Ancient Meets Modern

Known for its far reaching history, it can be difficult to appreciate the many influences on Zadar’s architecture and culture on a self-led tour. Gain insight into the city’s Roman, medieval, and modern features as you stroll its streets with your guide, then relax as you absorb waterfront vistas with a complimentary coffee and sample of a traditional Dalmatian liqueur.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.70
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Zadar Small-Group Walking Tour

Zadar Small-Group Walking Tour

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Avoid the impersonal nature of big city tours and discover Zadar by foot on a small-group excursion, gaining intimate insight into the city’s cultural heritage with visits to landmarks including the Sea Organ and Church of St. Donatus, as well as liqueur and cheese tasting in the market. Benefit from the small-group size for a more personalized experience, and gain insider knowledge from your local guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.70
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SUPer Sunset Experience

SUPer Sunset Experience

Make the most of Zadar’s seas to experience stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and a Dalmatian sunset at the same time on this small-group trip. Meet your guide on shore, grab a SUP, and after instructions—if you’re a beginner—paddle the waters toward the fading sun. Soak in the silence and views, and on your return, enjoy an evening swim. Ideal for all levels of abilities, with equipment and photos included.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.03
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$39.03