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About Zadar

What sets Zadar apart is its gentle mix of old and new. The historic old town is a cacophony of Roman ruins alongside cosmopolitan cafés, and medieval churches nestling against state-of-the-art museums of culture. Happily, Zadar is not spoiled by tourism. And yet it offers a number of lovely attractions, ideal to explore during your time in port. Its two most popular attractions are the audio-visual ambience of the Sea Organ (an experimental architectural object that plays music via the motion and flow of the sea) and the Sun Salutation - a 22m square art installation of 300 glass plates that capture the sun's energy during the day. Both have to be seen and heard to be believed!  Zadar may not be a picture postcard destination, but it has its own beguiling charm. It's a warm, inviting, vibrant city where you can while away the hours sipping vino at street café, or take to the water and enjoy some adrenalin-fuelled watersports. Its restaurants are well known for serving an eclectic menu of local and regional cuisine. And if you fancy venturing inland a little, its nearby countryside is truly breathtaking. 

 

Shore excursions in Zadar

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Archipelago Cruise

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 5½ hours

Soak up the beauty of the Dalmatian coastline during a leisurely cruise, pausing to enjoy time at the village of Kukljica.

The Zadar archipelago is a truly fascinating natural spectacle – hundreds of islands and islets stretching along the coast over an area of around 400 kilometres. Despite the sheer number of islands, only around 20 of them are permanently populated.

Hop aboard a traditional Croatian boat, and sail through some of the more breath taking straits between the islands. As you relax on board, a group of local musicians will entertain you with an eclectic mix of Dalmatian and world music.

The archipelago is also home to the Kornati Islands National Park and Telascica Nature Park. It’s unsurprising that its crystal clear waters attract sailing and diving enthusiasts throughout the year. This coupled with its untouched beauty make it a magnet for anyone seeking a little quiet time during a visit to Croatia.

You’ll sail past Pasman Island, through the Zdrelac passage, and onwards to a group of smaller islands, before heading to the small village of Kukljica. Upon arrival, you’ll have around 1¾ hours to spend at your leisure. Enjoy exploring the village, or take a walk over to the beach for some time in the sun.

As you sail back to the port, a grilled fish lunch will be served on board.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat.There is a 15-20 minute walk to reach the beach from where the boat drops off. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. The beach is public and therefore may become busy. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Beach Break

Activity low

Duration: 4½ hours

Unwind and soak up some sunshine at Queens Beach; one of the finest beaches on the Dalmatian coast!

This simple transfer takes you to Nin, where the beaches total a staggering 8 kilometres. The longest and most famous amongst Nin’s beaches is Kraljicina Plaza, more commonly known as ‘Queens Beach’. Legend has it, that the first King of Croatia, Tomslav and his family frequented this beach during their visits to Nin, resulting in the name ‘Queens Beach’.

This sandy beach stretches for almost 3 kilometres and is the perfect spot for families and sun seekers alike. You’ll have approximately 3 hours to sit back and soak up the sun, take a dip in the sea or take a stroll along the sands.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Beach chairs and umbrellas are not included in the cost of the tour, but may be available to hire, payable locally. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. The beach is public and therefore may become busy.

Beach Break

Best of Dalmatia

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7¼ hours

Combine the historical towns of Sibenk and Zadar with the charming village of Burni, on this wonderful tour including lunch.

The historical town of Sibenik was founded more than a thousand years ago and is the oldest native, Croatian town on the eastern shores of the Adriatic.

After a scenic drive of around 1 hour, you’ll arrive in Sibenik, where your knowledgeable guide will lead you on a leisurely guided walk along the narrow streets of the Old Town. Step back in time as they bring the history of the town to life.

A visit will be made inside the town’s most important monument, the Cathedral of St Jacob. This beautiful Gothic and Renaissance style cathedral was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Continue on foot, past the City Hall and the Baroque Orthodox Church, before enjoying some free time to explore independently.

Back onboard your coach, your tour continues to the picturesque village of Burni. Gain an insight into this typical Dalmatian village during a visit to some of the local homes, a number of which are several hundreds of years old. At the Jurlinovi Dvori family home a delicious lunch will be served accompanied by wine and local entertainment.

A scenic drive takes you back to Zadar, where your guide will introduce you to some of the highlights of this charming old town during a short walking tour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1 hour of walking, as well as some steps to negotiate.

Discover Zadar on Foot

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Discover Zadar’s history and culture as you stroll around this charming city on a guided walking tour.

A brief transfer takes you into the heart of Zadar's magnificent Old Town to begin your guided walk.

As your knowledgeable guide leads you along the white marble streets, they will enlighten you with the interesting history of the city and provide plenty of facts and figures. A stop will be made at the Cathedral of St Anastasia, the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Zadar.

After visiting the Cathedral, your tour continues on foot passing, the most monumental church on the east side of the Adriatic; the Church of St Donatus, which is believed to have been built by Bishop Donatus on Roman foundations at the beginning of the 9th century.

You'll then visit the 16th century St Mary Church, with its romanseque bell tower that was built at the beginning of the 12th century by the Hungarian Croatian King, Koloman. The church also boasts a wonderful exhibition of gold and silver relics.

Complete your tour at the Arsenal Tavern, where you'll have the opportunity to sample the traditional Maraschino Liqueur, accompanied by homemade bread and goats cheese.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of walking.

Jeep Safari

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 6½ hours

Discover the beauty of the Zrmanja River area on this exciting off road experience by 4x4.

Why not swap wheel-free cruising for a few hours of 4-wheel fun and adventure? Start your tour with an easy bus ride to the safari starting point. Here, you’ll be greeted by your sturdy 4x4 jeep, waiting to whisk you off the beaten track into stunning countryside.

After meeting the drivers who’ll brief you on what to expect on your safari, buckle-up and head off to your first stop, a spectacular canyon along the picturesque Zrmanja River.

You’ll then drive to the site where the native American movie, ‘Winetou’, was filmed. From this breathtaking vantage point, you’ll be able to take in the sheer beauty of the Zrmanja River. Far below (almost 400 metres down) the river winds its way through Dalmatia and empties into the Adriatic Sea. Then it’s time to drive through southern Velebit to a large valley. You’ll park up and take a half hour walk to the 260 metre deep Mamet pit, a huge hole that forms the mouth of a cave complex below.

Afterwards, return to the valley to enjoy lunch out in the open, before crossing to the north side of Velebit. You’ll drive to the Alan Pass which offers a magnificent view on the Velebit channel.

Re-join your bus on Maslenica bridge for the return journey to Zadar.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and 4x4 jeep. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under the age of 8 may not participate. Each vehicle seats 6 passengers and is equipped with seat belts, which must be worn. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

 

A selection of cruises to Zadar

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