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Zadar

Dalmatia's capital for more than 1,000 years, Zadar is all too often passed over by travelers on their way to Split or Dubrovnik. What they miss out on is a city of more than 73,000 that is remarkably lovely and lively despite—and, in some measure, because of—its tumultuous history. View more

The Old Town, separated from the rest of the city on a peninsula some 4 km (2½ miles) long and just 1,640 feet wide, is bustling and beautiful: the marble pedestrian streets are replete with Roman ruins, medieval churches, palaces, museums, archives, and libraries. Parts of the new town are comparatively dreary, a testament to what a world war followed by decades of communism, not to mention a civil war, can do to the architecture of a city that is 3,000 years old. A settlement had already existed on the site of the present-day city for some 2,000 years when Rome finally conquered Zadar in the 1st century BC; the foundations of the forum can be seen today. Before the Romans came the Liburnians had made it a key center for trade with the Greeks and Romans for 800 years. In the 3rd century BC the Romans began to seriously pester the Liburnians, but required two centuries to bring the area under their control. During the Byzantine era, Zadar became the capital of Dalmatia, and this period saw the construction of its most famous church, the 9th-century St. Donat's Basilica. It remained the region's foremost city through the ensuing centuries. The city then experienced successive onslaughts and occupations—both long and short—by the Osogoths, the Croatian-Hungarian kings, the Venetians, the Turks, the Habsburgs, the French, the Habsburgs again, and finally the Italians before becoming part of Yugoslavia and, in 1991, the independent republic of Croatia. Zadar was for centuries an Italian-speaking city, and Italian is still spoken widely, especially by older people. Indeed, it was ceded to Italy in 1921 under the Treaty of Rapallo (and reverted to its Italian name of Zara). Its occupation by the Germans from 1943 led to intense bombing by the Allies during World War II, which left most of the city in ruins. Zadar became part of Tito's Yugoslavia in 1947, prompting many Italian residents to leave. Zadar's most recent ravages occurred during a three-month siege by Serb forces and months more of bombardment during the Croatian-Serbian war between 1991 and 1995. But you'd be hard-pressed to find outward signs of this today in what is a city to behold. There are helpful interpretive signs in English all around the Old Town, so you certainly won't feel lost when trying to make sense of the wide variety of architectural sites you might otherwise pass by with only a cursory look.

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Excursions in Zadar

Dalmatian Panoramas and Rural Estate

Experience a slice of life on the Adriatic coast during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing and tasting excursion.


Novigrad Town and Sea, Churches, Fortica Fortress, Novigrad Homeland Museum, Free Time

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to historic Novigrad, a picturesque, well-preserved medieval town located on a long, steep bay on the southern coast of the Novigrad Sea. Its old centre lies on the northeast side of the bay, on the slopes of a hill under the Fortica Fortress and surrounded by ramparts. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour. Learn about the history of Novigrad, which dates from the Bronze Age, and explore its rich cultural heritage. Highlights include the Church of St. Nicholas, Church of St. Kate, Fortica Fortress and Novigrad Homeland Museum, which exhibits many valuable arts, crafts, and treasures from Roman and Byzantine times. Following your guided tour, some free time is made available to explore the town at your leisure.


Nadin Village, Odžaković Rural Estate

Next, re-board your coach and head to Nadin Village. Upon arrival, proceed for a visit to the Odžaković Rural Estate, a rural tourism farmhouse surrounded by 360 acres (about 145 hectares) of organic vineyards, various fields of crops, and paths for walking and trekking surrounded by farm animals, birds, rabbits and other animals. Upon arrival at the property, marvel at the beauty of the traditional stone architecture of the building and staircase leading to the heart of the house; a little museum of the Odžaković family, filled with interesting exhibits and rare traditional artefacts dating from 1835.


Odžaković Family Visit, Guided Tour and Tasting of Dalmatian Specialities

During your visit inside the farmhouse, enjoy a tasting of delicious, homemade Dalmatian specialities prepared and served by the Odžaković family, and learn about the traditional way of life in the heart of Ravni Kotari. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), at times over uneven, gravel and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 30 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Hiking in Paklenica National Park

Embrace the pristine natural beauty of Paklenica National Park in a unique new way during this scenic and invigorating hiking excursion.


Starigrad Paklenica

Depart the pier for the approximate 45-minute drive to Starigrad Paklenica, a picturesque town and harbour located on the southern part of Velebit Mountain. Upon arrival, proceed to Paklenica National Park.


Paklenica National Park

Declared a national park in 1949, Paklenica spans approximately 37 square miles (about 95 square kilometres), and is highlighted by a legendary peak, Anica Kuk, on its 1,312-foot (400-metre) face. Its summit offers spectacular vistas of the coast, sea, Paklenica and the peaks of Velebit Mountain. The park also features a pair of picturesque canyons, Mala (Small) and Velika (Large) Paklenica. Velika Paklenica Canyon is approximately 8.7 miles (about 14 kilometres) long and 1,640-2,625 feet (500-800 metres) wide. Its defining characteristic is the steep drop from Anica Luka, which measures approximately 2.5 miles (about four kilometres) from its base.


Canyon Hike

After receiving your tour and safety instructions, begin your guided hike through Paklenica's Karst River Canyon, located in the foreground of the magnificent Velika & Mala Paklenica canyons. The karst is an area of exceptional natural beauty and various geological formations. Cliffs, caves, holes and cracks abound, and the dissolution of soluble rock has created natural works of art known as 'skrape'.


Anica Luka

Your hike winds through the Paklenica Karst River Canyon and uphill towards Anica Luka, with a few stops en route. Upon arrival at Anica Luka, a stop is made for refreshments, snacks and splendid panoramic views of your surroundings. Afterward, commence the 1.5-hour return walk back to the valley, then board your awaiting bus at the park entrance. Your Silver Shore Expedition tour concludes with a 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2.5 miles (about four kilometres), at times over bumpy, uneven terrain and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the bus and at Paklenica National Park. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe sport or hiking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Historic Zadar on Foot

Discover the Medieval treasures of Zadar during this memorable guided stroll through the city's Old Town.


Depart the pier on foot and commence your guided walking tour of Zadar. The city walls of Zadar attest to its long history of warding off would-be conquerors and rulers, including the Venetians and the Turks. Upon entering the heart of the Old Town, explore the highlights of this magnificent city.


Cathedral of St. Anastasia

Your first stop is a visit to the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Zadar. The cathedral was built during the 12th and 13th centuries on the site of an early Christian basilica. It is dedicated to St. Anastasia, whose stone sarcophagus is located in the apse to the left of the high altar.


Church of St. Donatus

Further along, pass by the Church of St. Donatus, believed to have been built by Bishop Donatus on Roman foundations at the beginning of the 9th century. This is the most monumental church on the Eastern Adriatic, and features a round shape with three naves.


St. Mary Church

To the east of the Forum is the 16th-century St. Mary Church, which features a Romanseque bell-tower built at the beginning of the 12th century by the Hungarian-Croatian King Koloman. On the upper floor of the convent, there are public rooms containing a collection of goldsmiths' work, relics and other valuable artefacts. Following your guided walking tour, some free time is made available to explore the Old Town at your leisure before returning to the pier on foot.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over cobbled and uneven surfaces, with 40 steps to reach the collection of goldsmiths' work inside the Church of St. Mary. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the religious sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. The tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Krka National Park

Embrace the exquisite natural beauty of Croatia during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Krka National Park.


Krka National Park

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.25-hour drive to Krka National Park. One of seven national parks in Croatia, Krka spans an area of 35,143 acres (14,222 hectares), and has specific characteristics of natural, human and cultural values, particularly geological, geomorphologic, hydrological, biological, and landscape elements. In addition, the Krka River is a distinctive phenomenon due its specific biocenosis and formation of gypsum barriers. The entire park is rich with endemic species of vegetation, birds and fish. Due to very strong laws regarding natural preservation, this extraordinary area has been preserved in its original form. The park is perhaps most famous for its Krka River Waterfalls, which cascade over 17 natural barriers.


Skradinski Buk Waterfalls, Viewing Plateau, Ethnological Exhibit, and Old Mill

Upon arrival, take a guided walking of Krka National Park. Along the way, a visit is made to the most attractive part of the park, the Skradinski Buk Waterfalls. The highest fall is approximately 151 feet (about 46-meters) in height, which makes it the highest gypsum barrier in Europe. Above the falls is a large plateau that offers spectacular panoramic vistas of your surrounds. Around the falls there is a gravel trail for those who wish to explore the surroundings further. Whilst exploring the park, a visit is also made to a small ethnological exhibition and the Old Mill, which is still in operation. Here, you can view a demonstration of how it was used for grinding.


Free Time

Following your guided tour, some free time is made available to explore the park at your leisure, and/or swim in the inviting waters of the river and falls. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately 1.25-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven, gravel and wooden surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 100 steps inside the park. Walking at Krka National Park is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, lightweight clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests who wish to swim during their free time at Krka National Park should bring a swimsuit, towel and change of clothing from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Expect crowds at Krka National Park during the peak season. The tour sequence may vary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Zadar at your leisure during a full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Zadar at your leisure during a half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Zadar at your leisure during your choice full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car or van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Zadar at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Taste of Zadar

Explore the legacy, landmarks and flavours of Zadar during a scenic walking tour through the historic Old Town.


Old Town of Zadar and Cathedral of St. Anastasia

Depart the pier for a scenic, approximately two-hour guided walking tour through the heart of Zadar's magnificent Old Town. Your first stop is at the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, which dates from 1324 and is the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Zadar. It is dedicated to St. Anastasia, whose stone sarcophagus is in the apse to the left of the high altar.


Churches of St. Donatus and St. Mary

Leaving the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, your stroll continues past 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. The most monumental church on the east side of the Adriatic, the Church of St. Donatus is circular in plan, with three naves. To the east of the Forum is the 16th-century Church of St. Mary, which features a Romanesque bell tower built at the beginning of the 12th century by the Hungarian-Croatian King Koloman. Visit the upper floor of the convent to explore rooms containing a collection of goldsmiths' works, relics and other valuable items.


Liqueur Tasting

Next, explore the 400-year-old legacy, uses, production, and bottling of maraschino and cherry brandies during a liqueur tasting accompanied by cherry cake. At the conclusion of your tour, commence the short walk back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1,094 yards (about 1,000 metres), at times over cobbled and uneven surfaces, with 40 steps to negotiate inside the Church of St. Mary. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Zadar, Nin Salt Works & Royal Vineyards

Explore the splendid coastal beauty, history and flavours of Zadar during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Nin Salt Works, Museum and Old Town

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Nin Salt Works. Here, salt is not produced by man, nor machine; it is produced by the sun, sea and wind. The salt from Nin is ecological, therapeutic and biodynamic. The surrounds include diverse wildlife, plenty of beaches and healing mud. During your visit, stop by the Salt Museum. Here, view black-and-white photos from the past, old tools for work, and wagons utilised to carry the salt from the salt pans to the salt depository. In addition, you can play an interactive video game, and view a model of the unique nature reserve and documentary film. Following your tour, re-board your coach and proceed to Nin's Old Town, located on a small island in the middle of a lagoon. Visit the town's centre, which is connected to the mainland by two stone bridges.


Royal Vineyards Tour and Tasting

Next, re-board your coach and ascend the picturesque hills, home to the Royal Vineyards. The vineyards were erected in extreme conditions, on the rocky soil. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour. Along the way, learn how the quality grapes from the stone vineyards and excellent tasting wines are the results of a special microclimate, its position by the sea and direct sun exposure. Following your guided tour, proceed for a tasting of wines produced at the Royal Vineyards.


Old Town of Zadar, Historic and Cultural Monuments and Churches

Leaving the Royal Vineyards, re-board your coach and drive to Zadar. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of Zadar's Old Town. Along the way, discover a host of historical and cultural monuments, including the Cathedral of St. Anastasia. Built in 1324, the Cathedral is the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Zadar and largest church in all of Dalmatia. Continue past the Church of St. Donatus, thought to have been built at the beginning of the 9th century, and the 16th-century St. Mary Church with its Romanesque bell tower, built at the beginning of the 12th century. Following your tour, some free time is made available to explore the Old Town at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.84 miles (about 1.35 kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 40 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary.