Zadar County
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  • Zadar: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

    1. Zadar: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

    Book your entrance ticket for Zadar's Museum of Illusions and get access to dozens of exhibits including the Vortex Tunnel, the first of such in this part of Europe.  Be amazed by awesome tricks that will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain, and science. Learn why it easier to perceive why your eyes and see things that your brain cannot understand.  Be brave enough to jump into the crazy illusion created by the Vortex Tunnel. Experience a feeling of heavy struggle as you try to step forward through a rotating cylinder – on a surface so stable and flat.  Deform the image of yourself in a Mirror Room. Loose yourself in the Infinity Room and resist the laws of gravity, size, and ratio. Watch each optical illusion and carefully view each installation. They are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.  Visit the...

  • Zadar: Private Walking Tour Through 3,000 Years of History

    2. Zadar: Private Walking Tour Through 3,000 Years of History

    Zadar represents one of the most interesting and oldest urban localities in the Mediterranean, constantly inhabited from 1000 BC. In the 1st century it became a Roman colony and acquired the characteristics of a city. You will visit remains of a Roman Forum, the biggest one built in Croatia and the center of social life at the time. Zadar was the capital of Dalmatia region from the fall of the Western Roman Empire until the end of the First World War. Hear the story of its defensive walls that the Venetian Republic built in the 16th century for protection against the Ottomans and see the picturesque port of Fosa with its beautiful Land Gate. You will walk the famous Kalelarga, the main and most famous street in the city. Stand in front of the church of St. Donat, the symbol of Zadar and see Zadar Cathedral dedicated to St. Anastasia. Zadar is famous for its Sea Organ and Greeting to t...

    Ended up with a private tour and my guide was fantastic. As a local she was very well informed, personal, and was able to share a wealth of info.

  • From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

    3. 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.

  • Zadar Guided Walking Tour

    4. Zadar Guided Walking Tour

    Take a journey through ancient history on a guided walk along the streets of Zadar's old town, a UNESCO World-Heritage Site. Stop by the Church of St. Donat, a pre-Romanesque structure dating from the 9th century. See the site of Roman Forum, built between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD. Visit the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the largest church in Dalmatia. The tour continues to the Sea Gate, Land Gate, City Walls and 5 Wells Square. Visit the famous city market and marvel at the wide variety of products from nearby farms. The duration of the walking tour is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

    Wow, we had a great tour with an amazing guide, Sime. He was personable, knowledgeable and had an interesting way of weaving history, architecture and his stories together to be very informative and engrossing. Definitely the best guide we’ve had our entire trip. Sime+ Zadar, quite a combination, don’t miss his tour!

  • Explore Zadar: Laid-Back Fun Bike Tour

    5. Explore Zadar: Laid-Back Fun Bike Tour

    This leisurely tour is good for both holidaymakers, and those who wish to spend a little longer in Zadar, as you will know where to go and what to do during your holiday. Join this tour to explore through some of Zadar´s most diverse and exciting parts. Explore the city, have fun, stop and smell the salty sea air, or chill with a drink in one of the fine beach bars. Outside the old city walls you will have the chance to see beautiful waterfront coast with marinas, stop at Zadar´s Sphinx, Puntamika Lighthouse and Beach, climb up the hill to the viewpoint, cycle through Arbanasi and Kolovare. Finish the tour appreciating the sun while listening to the sea organ - an architectural object and experimental musical instrument, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps.

  • Zadar of the 20th Century: Historical Walking Tour

    6. Zadar of the 20th Century: Historical Walking Tour

    Relive the troubled 20th century in Zadar. Go on a 2-hour walking tour packed with historical photos and vivid explanations by a licensed guide. Appreciate Zadar's significance in the larger course of Croatian history. Learn how Zadar became a center of the nascent fascism sweeping the continent in the 1920s after it was occupied by the Italians during WWI and subjected to the rule of Benito Mussolini. Visit the bunker built by the Nazis during WWII and hear about its status as an important Nazi military harbor. Wander through the Zadar Old Town where the disastrous Allied bombing during WWII destroyed nearly 80% of the area.  Visit some of the sites destroyed by bombing during the war and rebuilt during Tito's reign and the communist era. Learn how communism impacted the city culturally, demographically, and politically. Finally, watch a multimedia presentation to understand what led ...

    Tanya was a pure delighted 10/10 recommend her as a tour guide for her lovely personality and brilliant wit makes an effort to get to know all on the tour and gives great advise on what to do also makes the history and tour so exciting

  • Virtual Reality Walking Tour of Zadar's History

    7. Virtual Reality Walking Tour of Zadar's History

    The virtual reality tour of Zadar's history is a combination of an audio guide translated in 7 languages, a super friendly assistant who walks you to the right places and the Virtual Reality glasses with amazing 360° views, interesting animations, 3D objects, and sound effects. Instead of imagining how Zadar once looked, you will experience it in a different and innovative way. Recreated VR visuals of most significant historical moments in Zadar's history will show you Roman Forum, which was the center of social and economic life in the ancient Zadar. You will learn more about 4th Crusade and see the invasion coming from the sea in 1202. You will visit the St. Chrysogonus' Church, which is otherwise closed to the public. Besides that, you will stand at the location of the former city market, which in relation to today was on the other side of the town. Enjoy in the view of the old city ...

    Die Tour hält an ca. 9 Orten wo die VR-Brille aufgesetzt werden kann. Die Gebäude werden dann virtuell betreten oder Animationen zeigen schematisch Veränderungen der Altstadt. Tolle deutschspraige Tour-Leiterin.

  • From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes Private Tour

    8. 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: Klis Fortress, Split and Trogir

    9. 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 th...

  • Zadar: Magical Christmas Tour

    10. Zadar: Magical Christmas Tour

    Explore Zadar at the festive time of the year on a guided tour. Discover a wide variety of traditions and customs filled with colors and traditional Christmas offerings. Visit the most beautifully decorated places in Zadar with an expert guide. See some of the city's most important sights and feel spellbound by the magical atmosphere in the streets during this special time of year. Listen to interesting stories and discover facts such as who invented the Christmas tree. Get the opportunity to experience the authentic Christmas Market at Petar Zoranic Square, decorated with countless colorful Christmas lights. Savor some of the most renowned local products of the city at the market. During your tour, see the iconic locations teeming with Christmas joy. Wander through the exquisitely decorated streets and soak up the lively atmosphere of Zadar during the festive time.

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What people are saying about Zadar County

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 173 reviews

Wow, we had a great tour with an amazing guide, Sime. He was personable, knowledgeable and had an interesting way of weaving history, architecture and his stories together to be very informative and engrossing. Definitely the best guide we’ve had our entire trip. Sime+ Zadar, quite a combination, don’t miss his tour!

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.

This kind of guided Tour through Zadar is definitely different to what you are used to. Really funny and interesting. A Mix of standard tour with the virtual reality elements concluded. Absolutely recommend to do this :)

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.