War tour of Zadar

War tour of Zadar and its hinterland


One of our most thought-provoking and poignant tours focuses on the first half of the 1990s when the city of Zadar and its surroundings were strongly affected during the fierce Croatian War for Independence. Zadar was a focal point during the conflict and faced some of the most tragic days in all of its 3,000 years long history such as the siege which had kept the city without water and power for months. Countless marks of devastation stayed behind as reminders, yet it will be the stories and personal accounts that will resonate with you on this private tour. Along with a greater understanding of the complex triggers of the war, you will gain respect for the people of the region who bounced back from near destruction to again become a vibrant and beautiful destination.

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Duration:   half day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Zadar, Šibenik

Available all year round

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Razvovljeva glavica in Skabrnja
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Tank at Razovljeva glavica
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Tank at Razovljeva glavica
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Dracevac bunkers
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Homeland War tank
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Homeland War tank
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Homeland War tank
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Now restored medieval fortress

Tour description


Fought from 1991 to 1995 between Croatian forces loyal to the government of Croatia - which had declared independence from the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) - and the Serb controlled Yugoslav National Army (JNA) supported by local Serb forces in Croatia, the war is primarily referred to as the Homeland War.

During that time, Zadar had 7 JNA military bases within the city which made the situation extremely difficult for Croatian forces. Trying to expel the JNA with minimum casualties, Zadar was attacked from all means disposable and faced annihilation.

Exploring the region's most recent tragic events on our private guided tour, you will gain insight and understanding of the complex history and wars that have shaken the proud people of Croatia and the Balkans.  Learn of the battles of Prkos and Novigrad, see the memorials of the brave young men and women who died fighting for freedom and visit the tragic site of the Škabrnja massacre. Perhaps the most moving part of the tour is passing through the empty villages of charred buildings and broken homes that were destroyed and have been abandoned ever since. Regardless of whether the villages were once home to Serbians or Croatians, the real scope of the tragedy is felt the most here.

We end the tour visiting the infamous JNA military base on the hill Križ over the village of Bibinje, passing by one of the destroyed JNA tanks left as a memory to those days of glory and sorrow. Your local guide for the day was present in Zadar during the war and will provide you with personal insights about living in these difficult times but also with bright perspectives of the present-day and Zadar re-establishing its position as the Croatian tourism jewel.

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation in Zadar region by our guide and professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van.
  • Bring your camera, sports shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months.
  • OPTIONAL: The tour can include visits to other relevant war locations in Zadar region, as well as hearty, traditional peka lunch in the area of Benkovac. Available at additional cost.

Škabrnja

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During the attack on Škabrnja, and in its immediate aftermath, the JNA and the supporting SAO Krajina Territorial Defense forces killed 62 civilians and 7 Croatian soldiers in what later became known as the Škabrnja massacre. The JNA Paramilitary forces captured Škabrnja on November 18, 1991, which was followed by ethnic cleansing and then its annexation to SAO Krajina (Serbian territory). Škabrnja was reintegrated to Croatia in 1995.

Quick Info

AIRPORT NEARBY

Zadar, Split

HARBOR NEARBY

Zadar

WEATHER

47°F  /  9°C

LOCAL TIME

9:16 PM

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