Hotel Check-in: After getting your room assignment, you will have some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax before our Orientation session.
Orientation: In the early evening, the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will have an overview of the program, review the up-to-date daily itinerary and any changes, and discuss Road Scholar guidelines, safety and emergency procedures, logistics, and helpful travel information. We will also answer any questions you may have.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course meal blending Mediterranean and international flavors plus complimentary coffee, tea, and water. Other drinks including alcoholic beverages are available at additional cost.Evening: At leisure. Get a good night’s sleep and be ready for a full day tomorrow.Lodging: Hotel PresidentMeals Included: Dinner
Then, led by a local expert, we will set out to explore the city on foot. The contemporary metropolis is a busy international port, university town, and home to notable scientific institutions, but its history began with Diocletian’s Palace. Built as an imperial villa for the emperor’s retirement, this huge complex spanning almost 10 acres at one time housed as many as 9,000 people. Split developed in the Middle Ages as a town within the palace. Today it is one of the only cultural monuments in the world where people still live. In addition to extraordinary Roman architecture, we will also explore significant sites such as the Peristyle, once the palace entry hall; the Golden Gate, once the main palace entrance; Temple of Jupiter; Cathedral of Saint Duje (Domnius), constructed from Diocletian’s mausoleum and reputed to be the oldest cathedral in the world including a 200-foot tall Bell Tower; and the statue of Grgur Ninski, a 10th-Century bishop who championed use of the ancient Croatian alphabet.Lunch: Savor the flavor of Dalmatia with lunch on your own in Split. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. You might want to visit the Archaeological Museum, the Maritime Museum inside the Fortress built by Venetians in the 17th Century, or stop in at local art galleries. For the very energetic, consider a climb to the top of the Bell Tower or a walk up Marjan Hill with its panoramic views. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.Dinner: At the hotel.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Hotel PresidentMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Distinguished by its beautiful landscape, dramatic history, and cultural monuments, Šibenik has the distinction of being the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic. The old town is full of distinguished churches, noble palaces, and stone houses typical of Dalmatia. The Cathedral of Saint Jakov (James) is UNESCO World Heritage listed. We will walk along the sea front to the Cathedral and Town Museum in the former Rector’s Palace.
At the conclusion of the field trip, we will hop aboard the motorcoach and visit a characteristic Dalmatian village.Lunch: Our lunch in the village features home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.Afternoon: Glimpse the culture and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean as we explore a hamlet of small stone houses clustered around a central courtyard.
Late in the afternoon, we return to Split and board the yacht that will be our home for the next seven nights, the MS Vapor.Dinner: For this evening and other dinners aboard the Vapor, our chef will prepare tasty meals with different set menus. We will endeavor to accommodate special dietary needs to the extent possible given local resources.Evening: At leisure. Settle in and enjoy a relaxed evening with new Road Scholar friends.Lodging: MS VaporMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At the conclusion of the field trip, you may walk back to the yacht or stay a while longer for personal independent exploration. Please note that most museums in Split are closed on Monday.
The Vapor departs Split at 13:00hrs (1:00pm).Lunch: Aboard the Vapor, our lunch buffet offers a choice of cooked meal or sandwich and fresh salad plus coffee, tea, water.Afternoon: We arrive in Trogir mid-afternoon. Led by a local expert, we will undertake a walking exploration on this small island just off the mainland. The beautiful little town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It developed out of the ancient town of Tragurion (island of goats) founded by Greek colonists in the 3rd century B.C. Trogir today abounds with monuments that testify to its millennia of rich cultural heritage. As we walk along the waterfront to the South Town Gate, step back in time 4,000 years. We will Visit St Lawrence Cathedral and walk to St Mark Fort to view the city's defenses built by the Venetians.
At the conclusion of the field trip, we will walk back to the Vapor for a presentation by a University of Split professor to deepen your understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.Dinner: This evening, dinner is on your own to enjoy the local cuisine. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: MS VaporMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We will walk to the castle of the nobleman poet Petar Hektorovic, the Dominican monastery (1482) with its famous painting “The Mourning of Christ” attributed to Tintoretto.
At the conclusion of the field trip, we return to the Vapor for a special musical event.
Within the rich cultural heritage of Dalmatia, music holds a special place and one of the most popular forms of expression is singing. The group Faroski Kantaduri (Faros Cantors) performs a combination of traditional Dalmatian polyphonic song blended with Gregorian chant, or as they put it, “from the tavern to the altar.” The Faroski Kantaduri have performed throughout Croatia and 20 countries from Europe to America including leading music festivals.Dinner: Aboard the Vapor.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: MS VaporMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At the conclusion of the field trip, we will walk back to the Vapor.Lunch: Aboard the Vapor.Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Or, if you prefer, simply relax aboard the yacht. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.Dinner: Aboard the Vapor.Evening: At leisure. We are exploring places known by relatively few Americans. What have you found most interesting so far?Lodging: MS VaporMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We will walk back to the Vapor at the conclusion of the field trip.Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.Lodging: MS VaporMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We will walk about 10 minutes (approximately a mile) and down a small hill to Malo Jezero and another 10 minutes (approximately half a mile) to the point where we take a boat to the islet and the monastery to hear the story of the monks and visit the church before returning.Dinner: Aboard the Vapor.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: MS VaporMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Boarding our motorcoach, we ride into the city and see at first glance that Dubrovnik is not simply lovely to look at with its towering stone walls, marble streets, and buildings from other ages, but steeped in a rich and fascinating history. We cross a stone bridge, then walk down the stone-paved main street known as the Stradun that is both commercial and residential. In spite of conflicts over the centuries, Dubrovnik retains its character with Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture seen in palaces, churches, and other beautiful buildings where people live and work. Little remains of the devastation from a months long siege and shelling in 1991. Led by a local expert, we will visit sites including the Franciscan monastery and the impressive Rector's Palace.Dinner: Returning from Dubrovnik, enjoy our last dinner aboard the Vapor when we will share highlights of the experience.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: MS VaporMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rendezvous and board the motorcoach for departure by 11:00am.Lunch: Home Hosted Lunch. En route to Herceg Novi in Montenegro, meet a local family and enjoy a light lunch in their home featuring tasty local foods and wine. Learn about daily life along the Adriatic coast and gain insights into the attitudes and outlook of residents today.Afternoon: We arrive in Herceg Novi mid- to late afternoon and check into our hotel.
For those who are still feeling entergetic, the Group Leader will lead an optional walk into the Old Town. Although actually one of the younger towns on the Montenegrin coast, Herceg Novi originated during the Roman Empire. It is special thanks to its exceptional landscape on the slopes of Mount Orjen, highest mountain in the Dinaric Alps, facing one of the world’s most beautiful bays. The once strong, high, city walls have deteriorated over centuries due to earthquakes and the ravages of wars, but enough remains to recall an extraordinary history and heritage including vestiges of the Turkish, Venetian, Spanish, and Austro-Hungarian periods.Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet with choices of hot and cold international dishes, fresh salads, coffee, tea, water.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Hunguest Hotel Sun ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We then take small boats out into the bay to the tiny island, Our Lady of the Rocks. Legend has it that in 1452, two brother sailors passed by a small crag jutting out of the bay, bearing an icon of the Madonna and Child. To honor this experience, generations of mariners pledged their faith and created an artificial island by scuttling old ships and depositing stones. Eventually, the base was strong enough for a chapel that was named Our Lady of the Rocks. Such was its fame that the chapel was gifted with thousands of silver plates as well as masterful paintings. En route and back, you will be able to see at a distance the small island of St. George, a “natural” site notable for its Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th Century.
At the conclusion of the field trip, we board the motorcoach and transfer to Kotor.Lunch: Lunch today is on your own in Kotor to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.Afternoon: A local expert leads our exploration of Kotor’s old town, small but one of the best preserved on the Adriatic. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famed for exceptional architecture in a stunning natural setting. Founded by the Romans, Kotor developed into an important center of commerce and the arts. Traded back and forth between empires, its history is tempestuous. It was a bridgehead of Venice for a time, and Venetian influence is apparent everywhere including the impressive city wall. One of the key sites we will visit is the Maritime Museum, housed in a former palace, that documents the importance of seafaring in Kotor’s history and culture and its former status as a naval power.Dinner: At our farewell dinner in the hotel, enjoy a buffet featuring varied seasonal foods as we share highlights of the program.Evening: Say farewell to new Road Scholar friends and prepare for a very early departure in the morning (time TBA). Please note: Departure times may vary depending on flight schedules.Lodging: Hunguest Hotel Sun ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast