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City Tour of Antique Zadar

Zadar, Croatia
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2:00 hours


Up to 1 day

Group Size

1 people




Discover how Zadar looked like during the period of Roman Empire. Learn how it got its name and get a glimpse of everyday’s life in ancient Zadar. Hear the story of Antique glass making and Zadar’s secret for longevity.

DATES: available upon request


Zadar is a city of quite turbulent and long history. Situated at the very heart of Adriatic coast, for many years it represented urban center of the Dalmatia region. From the 9th century BC it was populated by Liburnians, ancient Illyrian tribe. In the 1st century it became part of the Roman Empire until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476. During that period Zadar acquired all characteristic of traditional ancient Roman city. Numerous remains of Roman urbanization and culture are visible even today and witness 3000 years long evolution of the city.


Duration: 2,5 hours

City tour of Antique Zadar starts at the antique Forum. Forum was center of social life in former Jadera and here your guide will explain the genesis of the name of the city. You will learn more about the Roman colonization of Zadar, urban planing of the city and its economic, religious and administrative function. You will discover locations of “taeberns” ancient indoor markets, location of former basilica and template dedicated to Capitoline Triad, group of three deities who were worshiped in ancient Roman religion.
After sightseeing of Roman Forum, you will head to nearby Archaeological museum. There, you will hear three stories: story about Liburnians, story of Colonia Iulia Iader and story about Croats.
After visiting Archaeological museum you will walk trough old town till the crossroad of two main streets in ancient Zadar: Decumanus Maximus and Cardo maximus.  These streets have kept theirs position until nowadays and your guide will introduce you to principles of planning ancient city and structure of its districts.
Following trails of ancient streets you will get to the Sea Gate. This gate contains parts of a Roman triumphal arch and was erected by Roman noble lady Melia Aninana in memory of her husband.
You will follow the city walls and climb to enter Museum of ancient glass. In there you will find out more about antique glass making workshops in Zadar, story of Emilio Atacin and Zadar’s secret for longevity and learn more about women beauty treatments in ancient Zadar.
After guided tour trough exhibits of Museum of ancient glass you will proceed towards “Porta Triumphalis”, once main entrance to antique Zadar. There your guide will speak about the gates and gatekeepers and the idea of “fortis facere”. Symbolically with the “story of in and out” ends this tour trough antique Zadar.

PRICE: 120,00 EUR  (904.14 HRK)
the price includes the participation of 1 – 30 people.


  • guided sightseeing with licensed heritage interpreter
  • insurance
  • VAT


  • Tickets to Museum of Glass
  • Tickets to Archaeological museum

RECOMMENDED AGE: suitable for all age groups
DIFFICULTY: easy walking tour, not physically demanding
HERITAGE INTERPRETER:  licensed English and French speaking guide
WHAT TO BRING: comfortable shoes, mobile phone, camera, pocket money and your ID


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  • Listen to interesting stories about ancient Zadar and discover the secret of Zadar's longevity
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Ancient Glass
  • Take a walk through the old town of Zadar with a guide and the discover the most important historical and cultural monuments

What you will do

The tour begins at the Forum of the former Jader (Roman colony). Here the guide will tell you more about the origin of the name Zadar. In addition, you will learn more about the Roman colonization of Zadar, the urban planning of the city and functioning of the city as an economic, religious and administrative center. You will discover the location of ancient shops, the location of the former basilica and temple which was dedicated to the triad of Roman deities Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.
You will visit the Archaeological Museum where the guide will present you three stories: The Story of the Liburnians, The Story of the Roman Colony by Iulia Iader and finally the story of the arrival of Croats in this area.
At the end of the tour of the Archaeological Museum, you will continue your journey through the old town to the place where the two main streets of ancient Zadar intersect: Decumanus Maximus and Cardo maximus. Here the guide will introduce you to the principles of planning the organization of the city in antiquity and the way of structuring city districts.
Following ancient streets you will continue your way to the Sea Gate, where there is a triumphal arch with an inscription made by the Roman Melia Aniana in memory of her husband.
Afterwards, you will head towards the city walls to the Museum of Ancient Glass. With expert guidance through the museum's exhibition collections, you will learn more about ancient workshops that made glass objects, then who Emilijo Atacin was and the story of Zadar's longevity. In addition, you will learn more about the beauty and beauty rituals of women in antiquity.
After a tour of the Museum of Ancient Glass, you will head to the remains of Porta Thriumphalis or the main entrance to the city of Zadar in Antiquity. Here the guide will tell you about the entrance and the idea of “fortis facere”. Symbolically, a tour of the ancient city ends here.


  • Guided sightseeing with licensed heritage interpreter
  • Ticket for Archaeological museum
  • Ticket for Museum of ancient glass
  • insurance
  • VAT
  • meals and beverages
  • personal consumption

Activity Category

Walking tours

Activity's Location

Zadar, Croatia


Who is the guide and which languages does he/she speak?
You are guided through the city by licensed guides, and the languages they speak are: English, German, French and Italian
from €120.00

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