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How to Spend 3 Days in Zadar

How to Spend 3 Days in Zadar

Three days in Zadar give you enough time to discover most of what the city and environs have to offer. Take a Croatian cooking class, sail off on an island adventure, or catch a sunset (or three) while sipping maraschino liqueur. Here are our top tips for making the most of 72 hours in the historic port city.

Day 1: Get to Know Zadar

Spend your first day getting a feel for Zadar, choosing from historical tours or cultural experiences for a personalized overview of the coastal city. Check off top landmarks ahead of the crowds, taking advantage of Segway or bike tours for quick and convenient transport. Or, sign up for a classic Croatian cooking lesson. Round off your day on a dusk cruise for views of the famous Dalmatian sunset, then stroll around the Old Town after dark for a glimpse of Zadar’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 2: Explore the Archipelago

Dedicate a day to exploring the Adriatic. Head out early on a fishing trip, or make your way to nearby islands such as Pag and Dugi Otok in search of secluded bays and dramatic nature. Active travelers can get around by self-propelled vessel, while those looking to relax might opt for a cruise tour that includes onboard food and drinks. After a busy day of aquatic sightseeing, unwind back on land with a seafood dinner and a glass of maraschino liqueur—a Zadar specialty. 

Day 3: Discover Wider Croatia

Spend your last day at one of Croatia’s hinterland highlights, such as the Plitvice Lakes, Krka National Park, or Zrmanja River. Keep costs down with simple transportation, or enjoy the supervision and insights of a guide on an active excursion. Alternatively, wander around another Croatian city, such as Split or Trogir—setting your own pace on a tour that offers a customizable itinerary. If time permits, conclude your visit by watching the sunset from Zadar’s Sea Organ for a memorable multisensory experience.

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.95
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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 Full Day Yacht Sail Experience

Zadar Full Day Yacht Sail Experience

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Charter a yacht to explore the waters of Zadar at your own pace. With a professional skipper at the helm, you and your group of up to seven people can sail wherever you like; the itinerary is totally customizable with the input of your guide. Benefit from the personalized attention that a private tour brings and feast on lunch and an open bar of juice, water, beer, and wine throughout the day.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.27
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$79.27
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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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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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Visit to Split and Trogir

Visit to Split and Trogir

Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour to Split and Trogir from Zadar. You can choose your own itinerary on this private tour; your guide will tailor the stops and commentary to your interests. Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Trogir as well as Diocletian's Palace in Split with the addition of insightful commentary.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$359.52
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Island of Pag Private Tour and Visit to the Cheese Factory

Island of Pag Private Tour and Visit to the Cheese Factory

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Get more acquainted with Croatia’s island, Pag, during this 5-hour sightseeing and cultural tour, including round-trip transport. The island is well known for its moonlike landscape, lace production, and cheese. First, explore the island, see important sights of the area, and visit the Pag Lace Gallery and the Museum of Salt. Then make your way to a Gligora cheese factory before saying goodbye to this island on the Adriatic Sea.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.35
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$146.35
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.96
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Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park: Full Day Private Tour from Zadar

Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park: Full Day Private Tour from Zadar

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Enjoy an active day away from Zadar on a full-day hiking tour of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Be immersed in nature as you explore scenic lakes, waterfalls, and nature trails with your personal guide and benefit from a customizable itinerary to sightsee in a way that suits you. Reserve your energy for hiking with included round-trip transfer from your hotel.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$460.33
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Zadar: 2-Hour Walking Tour From Roman Times till Now

Zadar: 2-Hour Walking Tour From Roman Times till Now

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It can be difficult to appreciate Zadar’s far reaching history of a self-led tour of the city. Gain insight into its major landmarks and hidden sights from an expert guide, discovering its 5000 year history on an intimate stroll through the city streets, visiting locations including St. Simon Church, the Roman Forum, and the Sea Organ.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.07
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$104.07
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