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How to Spend 2 Days in Zadar

How to Spend 2 Days in Zadar

With two days in Zadar, you can do more than just see the sights. Sail away on a sunset cruise, sample some local wine or cherry liqueur, or discover Croatia’s hinterland highlights. Here are our top tips for optimizing 48 hours in the historic port city, including options for day trips.

Day 1: Explore Zadar

**Morning:**Begin your day early to check off Zadar’s top attractions before the crowds and heat intensify. Whether you’re curious about Croatian cooking or seeking historical insight, you have options. Join a bike or Segway tour, or explore on foot for a more intimate view of the city.

**Afternoon:**Escape the midday heat and set off on an afternoon cruise. Or widen your perspective on a tour into rural Zadar, with lunch or samples of local wine included.

**Night:**Unwind with a fresh seafood dinner in an Old Town restaurant, then ensconce yourself on a nearby bar terrace for a taste of Zadar’s native cherry liqueur. For a multisensory sunset experience, take a stroll down to the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation.

Day 2: Discover Croatia

**Morning:**Zadar is an ideal departure point for wider Adriatic exploration. Take advantage of full-day tours of island attractions such as Telašćica Nature Park, choosing from a range of transport options. Alternatively, head inland to some of mainland Croatia’s hinterland highlights, such as Plitvice Lakes and Krka national parks. Most day tours don’t include lunch, but you can’t go far in Croatia without coming across a tasty dining spot.

**Afternoon:**Day tours typically continue into the afternoon, dropping you back in town around early evening. If you find yourself in Zadar with some time to spare, head to Kolovare pebble beach to catch the last of the day’s rays among locals, or take a walk around Queen Jelena Madijevka Park.

**Night:**Absorb your final views of the city on a sunset cruise, sipping an aperitif or two as you watch amber skies fade to navy. If you’re still in the mood to explore once you’re back on dry land, the Borik and Diklo seafronts offer an after-dark alternative to the Old Town.

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Plitvice lakes excursion , no guide ,no group , entrance ticket not included, simple and cheap

Plitvice lakes excursion , no guide ,no group , entrance ticket not included, simple and cheap

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Enjoy a completely independent way of exploring the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park on this hands-off tour. Meet your coach in central Zadar, or at your local accommodation, and set off in the morning. You’ll head directly to Plitvice Lakes National Park: famed for its turquoise-hued pools, wooden walkways, and many waterfalls. Upon arrival, purchase your ticket and set off on an independent, self-guided tour of the park. At day’s end, return to Zadar.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.95
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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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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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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
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Private Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok

Private Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok

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Sightsee by kayak on a day-long paddle from Zadar that takes in the Croatian island of Dugi Otok. With an instructor close by, explore the waters around the lovely yet lesser-known isle, discovering secluded bays and dramatic coastal scenery. Return to the mainland for lunch (own expense), then head back to the water to snorkel by a shipwreck and bask on Sakarun Beach.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.85
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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
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Krka National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar

Krka National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar

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Marvel at the beauty of the Krka National Park on this full-day tour from Zadar. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat in Skradin and cruise into the Krka National Park. Follow a guide along winding hiking trails and admire fine views over the mighty Skradinski Buk Falls as they cascade down the cliff face. Watch the skies for native bird life, and listen as your guide sheds light on the flora and fauna flourishing in the lush habitat. Then, visit the park’s traditional mills and weaving workshops before returning to Zadar.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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
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Zadar Market Tour and Cooking Class

Zadar Market Tour and Cooking Class

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On this two-for-one, culinary-minded tour of Zadar, don't just explore the Old Town and its bustling markets—also shop for fresh ingredients in the company of a chef, and attend a hands-on cooking class. Begin the tour with a morning cup of coffee and short sightseeing excursion before meeting vendors and tasting what’s fresh at the market. Then, head to the kitchen, where you learn how to cook traditional Croatian dishes before enjoying the meal you prepared alongside a glass of wine.
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  • 5 hours
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$71.96
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