Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Zadar and its surroundings
The ancient capital of Dalmatia, Zadar, is a jewel of the Croatian coast. This MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination delivers the perfect blend to visitors — history, architecture, and natural wonders. Admire medieval churches, ancient ruins, impressive waterfalls, and a glorious harbour. Marvel at the backdrop of the rugged Dinaric Alps before exploring the beauty of Croatia’s National Parks.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Zadar Discovery
• Plitvice Lakes National Park
• Krka National Park
An MSC Cruises excursion to Zadar will take you back in time. Visit the Church of St. Donatus, the largest Pre-Romanesque building in Croatia, dating all the way back to the 9th-century. Next, stop by the Church of St. Mary, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, and the Church of St. Chrysogonus, consecrated in 1175. Then, admire the Church of St. Simeon with its cedarwood sarcophagus, overlaid with glimmering silver plaques. The religious spectacle doesn’t end there, as you’ll visit the Church of St. Francis, the oldest Gothic church in Dalmatia. Finally, enjoy some free time to explore the town where you can wander the streets or relax by the harbour.
See the ever-changing shades of Plitvice Lakes on an MSC Cruises excursion. Dense forests of beech, spruce, and fir trees envelop 16 lakes, celebrated for their turquoise-hue and dream-like cascades. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including the European brown bear, wolves, eagles, owls, lynx, wild cats, and wood grouse. This breathtaking karstic landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a paradise on earth.
Explore Krka National Park on an MSC Cruises excursion, a destination known for its abundant botanical species, wildlife, and natural water features. After a scenic drive through Šibenik-Knin County, you’ll arrive at the River Krka and its multitude of tributaries. Watch as water cascades into an enchanting blue-green lake, at the stunning Skradinski Buk waterfall. Afterwards, learn about local culture at an old mill housing a fascinating ethnographic exhibition.