Zadar cruises

Zadar is a historic town - explore Roman ruins and medieval churches, or enjoy a relaxed afternoon in one of its many cosmopolitan cafes.  

Excursions

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.

  • Paklenica National Park Hike

    Enjoy an energetic hike through one of Croatia’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes at Paklenica National Park.

    Paklenica National Park Hike

    A scenic drive takes you to Paklenica National Park. This unique, pristine area is a photographer’s dream. The name likely comes from the abundant black pine sap known as ‘paklina’. It’s widely used by local people as a traditional medicine to heal wounds, and also as a sealant coating for boats.

    There’s no better way to explore the breathtaking scenery of the park than on foot. It stretches from the slopes of South Velebit, above Marasovici up to the spectacular mountain peaks of Vaganski vrh, Babin vrh, and Sveto brdo.

    During your hike, you’ll discover winding rivers that have carved steep canyons from the landscape. There are also many unusual geomorphologic phenomena and forms well worth photographing. And if you’re an avid bird watcher or nature enthusiast, the fauna and flora surrounds you at every turn.

    A short break will be made along the route to enjoy refreshments of fruit and water.

    At the end of your hike with your lungs filled with the freshest air and your camera bursting with fond memories, you’ll head back to the ship.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is approximately three hours of extensive walking on this tour over uneven ground. Participants must be in good physical condition and suitable footwear should be worn. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. The journey to Paklenica National Park takes approximately one hour each way.

    Tour code

    ZAD_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Panoramic Dalmatia

    Take in the sights of Dalmatia and savour tasty local refreshments on this leisurely tour.

    Panoramic Dalmatia

    Sit back and relax on board your coach, as a scenic drive along the Adriatic Coastline treats you to beautiful scenery. During the drive your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you with interesting facts about the area.

    A stop will be made at the charming coastal town of Nin, where you’ll have the opportunity to join your guide on a leisurely walking tour of the town.

    Continue to Nin Salt Works, where a guided tour of the House of Salt and the Museum of Salt, will provide you with an insight into the production processes, and the links between salt and the prosperity of the region.

    Afterwards, complete your tour at a local restaurant, set in a tranquil spot, surrounded by Dalmatian pines and Karst. Indulge in homemade specialities of smoked ham, cheese and freshly baked bread, accompanied by a glass of wine, before the journey back to the port.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking required on this tour during the visit to the Salt Works. Guests may choose to opt out of the guided walk in Nin and have free time instead.

    Tour code

    ZAD_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Discover Zadar on Foot

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

    Discover Zadar on Foot

    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.


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

    Tour code

    ZAD_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Beach Break

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

    Beach Break

    This simple transfer takes you to Nin, where the beaches total a staggering eight 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 three kilometres and is the perfect spot for families and sun seekers alike. You’ll have approximately three hours to sit back and soak up the sun, take a dip in the sea or take a stroll along the sands.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests 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 Cunard. The beach is public and therefore may become busy.

    Tour code

    ZAD_014

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Jeep Safari

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

    Jeep Safari

    Why not swap wheel-free cruising for a few hours of four-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 luncheon 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.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    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 eight may not participate. Each vehicle seats six guests 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.

    Tour code

    ZAD_010

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Pag Island & Cheese Tasting

    Discover the traditions of Pag Island, and visit a local cheese factory to sample the unique flavours of Pag cheese.

    Pag Island & Cheese Tasting

    Sit back, relax and soak up the scenery as a scenic drive takes you to the island of Pag. This well-preserved medieval town is adorned with beautifully-carved door posts on the entrances to the noblemen’s houses and yards. The heart of the town features the Church of the Assumption and it is easy to imagine how this has remained a bustling centre throughout the years. Join your knowledgeable guide on a leisurely walk to unveil the local sights.

    Pag Island is best known for producing unique lace products and therefore a visit to the Lace Museum is a must. As you stroll around the museum, you’ll learn about the history of the ancient art of lacework and see examples of the intricate lace, which is still being produced using the traditional processes in the Old Town of Pag.

    After some free time to explore the Old Town further, your tour continues to the village of Kolan where you’ll visit a local cheese factory. Since ancient times Kolan has been the agricultural centre of the island of Pag with an emphasis on sheep breeding and the production of the award-winning Pag cheese, or ‘Paski sir’.

    During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to sample some Pag cheese, accompanied by a glass of wine. As the characteristically piquant flavour of the cheese unfolds, it will be easy for you to imagine why this particular cheese complements many traditional fish and meat dishes. You’ll also discover that it goes down particularly well with a glass of wine!


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves over one hour of walking, with a few steps to negotiate at the cheese factory. The drive to Pag Island is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    ZAD_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5¼ hours

  • Sibenik & Krka River

    Experience the delights of the UNESCO town of Sibenik during a walking tour, followed by refreshments at Odmoriste Krka.

    Sibenik & Krka River

    A scenic drive will take you to the UNESCO town of Sibenik. As you relax and soak up the scenery, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with interesting facts on the area.

    Upon arrival, embark on a leisurely guided walking tour through the old part of town, during which you will visit the Cathedral of St Jacob, one of the finest sacral monuments in Dalmatia. You’ll also pass the City Hall, and the Baroque Orthodox Church. Listen carefully as your guide enlightens you with tales of the town’s history. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to explore further independently.

    Your Dalmatian discovery continues towards Odmoriste Krka, where refreshments of tea or coffee, accompanied by cake will be served at a local restaurant. Relax and soak up the scenery before the panoramic drive back to Zadar.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour, over mostly flat terrain.

    Tour code

    ZAD_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Archipelago Cruise

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

    Archipelago Cruise

    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 luncheon will be served on board.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by boat.There is a 15-20 minute walk to reach the beach from where the boat drops off. Guests 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 Cunard. 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.

    Tour code

    ZAD_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Krka National Park & Waterfalls

    Explore the natural beauty of Croatia during a visit to Krka National Park, complete with a leisurely boat ride.

    Krka National Park & Waterfalls

    Covering an area of 142 square miles, the Krka National Park was established to protect the middle and lower stretches of the River Krka. The river begins its journey inside a canyon and spills over into spectacular waterfalls, forming a series of lakes and rapids.

    Visit the most impressive part of the park, Skradinski Buk. This great clear, natural pool boasts the biggest waterfall in the park. From a height of 147 feet, the impressive waterfall cascades down 17 steps and is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe.

    Above the falls, a large plateau offers spectacular panoramic views and wonderful photograph opportunities and you will be able to view a small ethnological exhibition, and an old grinding mill that is still in operation today. During your free time at Skradinski Buk, explore the area further via one of the walking trails, or if the weather is on your side you may choose to take a swim in the refreshing waters.

    Complete your tour with a pleasant 20 minute scenic boat ride, taking you along the Krka River from Skardinski Buk to the small town of Skradin.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves 1½ hours of walking as well as some steps. If you wish to swim at the falls, please wear your swimwear as there are no changing facilities available, and bring a towel. The journey to the park takes around 1¼ hours. Local currency (Kuna) is required for purchases at any of the outlets in the park. This is a protected area: please refrain from littering and smoking is not permitted. It is a popular attraction, which can become very busy. Delays may be experienced at the entrance. The boat ride is non-exclusive to Cunard and whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). Due to the popularity of the boat ride, queues may be experienced. This tour also operates from Sibenik. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    ZAD_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Best of Dalmatia

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

    Best of Dalmatia

    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 one 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 luncheon 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.


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

    Tour code

    ZAD_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7¼ hours