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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
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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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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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$71.16
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.32
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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
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$144.71
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$144.71
Price varies by group size