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Program #13402RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
A couple days above 3000 - highest being one day 5800 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).

Itinerary for Sep 4 — Sep 17, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, September 04 - Overnight Flight
Afternoon: Board flight from the US.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated in the "old" town of Trogir, exactly in the center of this UNESCO town. Picturesque hotel built in the highest quality and ecologically materials.

Contact info:
Obrov 1
Trogir, HR 21220 Croatia
phone: +38521885744
web: www.fontana-trogir.com

Room amenities: AC, satellite TV, telephone, alarm clock, minibar, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, laundry, dry-cleaning, restuarant with 2 terraces situated along the promenade with magnificent views of the sea. Bar/lounge, ublic areas

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, September 05 - Arrivals / Introduction to Croatia
Afternoon: Upon arrival take a private coach transfer to the hotel for check-in. Introduction to Croatia, orientation, and a welcome drink.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Fontana

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated in the "old" town of Trogir, exactly in the center of this UNESCO town. Picturesque hotel built in the highest quality and ecologically materials.

Contact info:
Obrov 1
Trogir, HR 21220 Croatia
phone: +38521885744
web: www.fontana-trogir.com

Room amenities: AC, satellite TV, telephone, alarm clock, minibar, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, laundry, dry-cleaning, restuarant with 2 terraces situated along the promenade with magnificent views of the sea. Bar/lounge, ublic areas

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, September 06 - Ciovo Island / Zedno village / Trogir
Note: 3 hours of walking on dirt trails and pavement.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Zedno village (704 feet), the starting point of today's walk along the Ciovo island. Enjoy splendid views of the Adriatic Sea, along with a field lecture about the history of Ciovo Island. Take an excursion to the Gospa od prizidnice chapel.

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment in Trogir.

Afternoon: A field trip through the old town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Hear a field lecture entitled "Trogir: A Treasure of Art."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture with Kriestie Evenson: "Croatia in Transition from 1992 (recent war) until now."

Lodging: Hotel Fontana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated in the "old" town of Trogir, exactly in the center of this UNESCO town. Picturesque hotel built in the highest quality and ecologically materials.

Contact info:
Obrov 1
Trogir, HR 21220 Croatia
phone: +38521885744
web: www.fontana-trogir.com

Room amenities: AC, satellite TV, telephone, alarm clock, minibar, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, laundry, dry-cleaning, restuarant with 2 terraces situated along the promenade with magnificent views of the sea. Bar/lounge, ublic areas

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, September 07 - Krka National Park / Skrandinski Buk waterfall / ...
Krka National Park / Skrandinski Buk waterfall / boat ride to Roski Slap

Note: 1.5 hours of walking on board walk and dirt trails in the park.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by private coach to the entrance of the Krka National Park and begin a circular walk in the area one of the largest waterfalls in Europe, Skradinski Buk, before continuing by boat upstream to Roski Slap (48 feet). Pass the island of Visavac, where a Monastery built in the 14th century is located. This eco-ethno village is a village that has returned to the way of life of their ancestors, without the rings and noise of cell phones and other electronic devices. This morning's field lecture will cover the Krka National Park.

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel by private coach. Enjoy some free time for the remainder of the afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Fontana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Dalmatija is a family hotel. Located on the beach and decorated with bright, island colors, this hotel offers an authentic experience of the Dalmatian Coast. It is a 15-minute walk to the town center.

Contact info:
Kralja Petra Kresimira IV br. 41
Makarska, HR-21300 Croatia
phone: +358 21 510 500
web: www.hoteli-makarska.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, balcony, air conditioning, mini bar, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, bars, a pool, private beach, sun terrace, souvenir shop, newsstand, laundry and ironing services, safe, Internet cafe, and wireless Internet access in the rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, September 08 - Palace of Diocletian / Mestrovic Gallery / Transf...
Note: 2.5 hours of walking on paved surfaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Private coach to Split for a walking field trip through the old town and an excursion to the Palace of Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This morning's field lecture is entitled "Split Past & Present."

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment in Split.

Afternoon: This afternoon visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see works by Ivan Mestrovic - the greatest 20th century Croatian sculptor. The gallery is situated in the villa where he used to live that overlooks the blue Adriatic sea. Continue the coach transfer to Makarska. Once you check in, you can explore the little town on your own or join your Group Leader for a stroll along the nearby beaches.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Dalmatija

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Dalmatija is a family hotel. Located on the beach and decorated with bright, island colors, this hotel offers an authentic experience of the Dalmatian Coast. It is a 15-minute walk to the town center.

Contact info:
Kralja Petra Kresimira IV br. 41
Makarska, HR-21300 Croatia
phone: +358 21 510 500
web: www.hoteli-makarska.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, balcony, air conditioning, mini bar, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, bars, a pool, private beach, sun terrace, souvenir shop, newsstand, laundry and ironing services, safe, Internet cafe, and wireless Internet access in the rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, September 09 - "The Country Behind the Mountains" / Village of L...
"The Country Behind the Mountains" / Village of Lokvicici / Wine Tasting

Note: 3 hours of walking on dirt trails, and through vineyards.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Transfer by minibuses to the old village of Lokvicici (1920 feet). Excursion to the nearby cemetery with its large family tombs covered with many flowers. Walk through the vineyards to the Grabovac winery for a wine tasting and a special lunch hosted at one of the local's home.

Lunch: Lunch hosted at a local's home in Lokvicici.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel by minibuses with a brief stop at Imotski Blue and Red lakes.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Dalmatija

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Dalmatija is a family hotel. Located on the beach and decorated with bright, island colors, this hotel offers an authentic experience of the Dalmatian Coast. It is a 15-minute walk to the town center.

Contact info:
Kralja Petra Kresimira IV br. 41
Makarska, HR-21300 Croatia
phone: +358 21 510 500
web: www.hoteli-makarska.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, balcony, air conditioning, mini bar, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, bars, a pool, private beach, sun terrace, souvenir shop, newsstand, laundry and ironing services, safe, Internet cafe, and wireless Internet access in the rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, September 10 - Island of Brac / Vidova Gora
Note: 2 hours of walking and 1.5 hours optional walking on the island of Brac through Mediterranean landscape of pines and macchia.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin today by ferry transfer to the island of Brac (1775 feet), famous for its white stone, which was used to build the White House. A walking field trip starts on a slightly uphill trail through typical Mediterranean landscape of pines and macchia to Vidova Gora (2559 feet), the highest point of all the Adriatic islands. Enjoy the sweeping view of the nearby islands and the Dalmatian coast. Take in a field lecture on the island of Brac.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on Vidova Gora.

Afternoon: Continue by coach to the charming harbor village of Bol, before returning to Makarska by boat. Optional walk offered after lunch to the village of Bol.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Dalmatija

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Dalmatija is a family hotel. Located on the beach and decorated with bright, island colors, this hotel offers an authentic experience of the Dalmatian Coast. It is a 15-minute walk to the town center.

Contact info:
Kralja Petra Kresimira IV br. 41
Makarska, HR-21300 Croatia
phone: +358 21 510 500
web: www.hoteli-makarska.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, balcony, air conditioning, mini bar, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, bars, a pool, private beach, sun terrace, souvenir shop, newsstand, laundry and ironing services, safe, Internet cafe, and wireless Internet access in the rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, September 11 - Village Walks in Gornje Tucepi and Makar
Note: 3 hours of walking through Mediterranean terrain, dirt trails and pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Private coach transfer to the village of Gornje Tucepi, the starting point of today's walking field trip. The ancient trail undulates through stunning scenery and gorgeous views of the Dalmatian coastline and the archipelago of the Adriatic Islands to the village of Makar.

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment.

Afternoon: Walk or coach back to the hotel, and proceed to the Malacological Museum for an excursion and lecture. The museum was founded by Fra Jure Radic in 1963 and houses the most magnificent display of the Adriatic, tropical and subtropical seas species. Enjoy some free time for the remainder of the afternoon.

Dinner: Explore local restaurants on your own.

Evening: Hear a lecture on Croatian history.

Lodging: Hotel Dalmatija

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Dalmatija is a family hotel. Located on the beach and decorated with bright, island colors, this hotel offers an authentic experience of the Dalmatian Coast. It is a 15-minute walk to the town center.

Contact info:
Kralja Petra Kresimira IV br. 41
Makarska, HR-21300 Croatia
phone: +358 21 510 500
web: www.hoteli-makarska.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, balcony, air conditioning, mini bar, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, bars, a pool, private beach, sun terrace, souvenir shop, newsstand, laundry and ironing services, safe, Internet cafe, and wireless Internet access in the rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, September 12 - Kostanje / Cetina Canyon
Note: 3.5 hours of walking on river banks, small rock trails, vegetation, and pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by private coach to the bone-gray karst carved by the Cetina River over millions of years, to Kostanje (717 feet). The field trip walk begins on a slightly uphill trail and then on a downhill trail leading to the Cetina gorge. Hear a field lecture on the Cetina Canyon.

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment.

Afternoon: Continue by boat on the crystal clear water through the Cetina Canyon to the former impregnable pirate stronghold of Omis (108 feet). Remnants of the old city walls still remain. Optional walk offered in the afternoon along the coast (1 hour).

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: If the weather permits, take in an evening lecture by the Makarska Astronomy Club on "Astronomy with a Telescope."

Lodging: Hotel Dalmatija

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Dalmatija is a family hotel. Located on the beach and decorated with bright, island colors, this hotel offers an authentic experience of the Dalmatian Coast. It is a 15-minute walk to the town center.

Contact info:
Kralja Petra Kresimira IV br. 41
Makarska, HR-21300 Croatia
phone: +358 21 510 500
web: www.hoteli-makarska.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, balcony, air conditioning, mini bar, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, bars, a pool, private beach, sun terrace, souvenir shop, newsstand, laundry and ironing services, safe, Internet cafe, and wireless Internet access in the rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, September 13 - Sveti Jure - the Biokovo Mountain Range
Note: 2.5 hours of walking on rocky mountain trails and Mediterranean vegetation.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Unforgettable coach ride along the winding road to the top of Sveti Jure (Saint George, 5800 feet). Revel in breathtaking views on the roof of the Biokovo Mountain range. On a clear day one can see as far as Bosnia Herzegovina. The walk begins below the summit on a switch back trail up to Mt. Vosac (4000 feet) and ends with spectacular views of the Makarska Riviera. Today's field lecture is on the Biokovo Nature Park.

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment.

Afternoon: At the end of the trail the private coach awaits for the transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Dalmatija

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The hotel's tag name is "garden of peace" as it is located amidst the luxuriant greenery on the shores of the Babin Kuk peninsula and near to the city centre of Dubrovnik. Magnificent sea views toward the Dubrovnik Bridge and the the island of Daksa and the splendid Mediterranean gardens. The hotel brings the beautiful foliage into the hotel with the lush atrium lobby with cluster of orange leander, palm and pine trees color the lobby terrace.

Contact info:
Iva Dulcoca 41
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +38520446100
web: www.valamar.com

Room amenities: AC, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, WiFi internet access, safe deposit box, balcony or terrace, mini-bar, hair dryer on request, 220 V.

Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant serving buffet breakfast and dinner with the authentic tastes of Croatia, lobby and pool bar. Fresh water pools, one for adults and one for children including deck chairs, outdoor shower, and three (3) beaches to choose from with the beach located at their "sister" hotel the President is rated a "blue" flag which means it has the highest ecological standard for sea and beach cleanliness. Please note: at the beaches the chairs and umbrellas there is a charge for usage. Aerobic classes are offered in the morning and there is a gym. At the nearby President hotel for an extra charge you are able to utilize the spa, indoor pools and various beauty treatments. The hotel also offers a gift shop, beauty salon, internet point, wireless service at the reception, money exchange service, regular bus service to the historical Dubrovnik Old Town.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Saturday, September 14 - Ston / Transfer to Dubrovnik
Note: One hour of walking on pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Private coach travels along the spectacular Dalmatian coast line to Dubrovnik via the walled village of Ston (0 feet) for a walking excursion. Today's field lectures are called "Dalmatian Coast Line" and "Importance of Ston, Then and Now."

Lunch: Lunch in a local establishment.

Afternoon: Continue on to Dubrovnik.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Argosy Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The hotel's tag name is "garden of peace" as it is located amidst the luxuriant greenery on the shores of the Babin Kuk peninsula and near to the city centre of Dubrovnik. Magnificent sea views toward the Dubrovnik Bridge and the the island of Daksa and the splendid Mediterranean gardens. The hotel brings the beautiful foliage into the hotel with the lush atrium lobby with cluster of orange leander, palm and pine trees color the lobby terrace.

Contact info:
Iva Dulcoca 41
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +38520446100
web: www.valamar.com

Room amenities: AC, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, WiFi internet access, safe deposit box, balcony or terrace, mini-bar, hair dryer on request, 220 V.

Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant serving buffet breakfast and dinner with the authentic tastes of Croatia, lobby and pool bar. Fresh water pools, one for adults and one for children including deck chairs, outdoor shower, and three (3) beaches to choose from with the beach located at their "sister" hotel the President is rated a "blue" flag which means it has the highest ecological standard for sea and beach cleanliness. Please note: at the beaches the chairs and umbrellas there is a charge for usage. Aerobic classes are offered in the morning and there is a gym. At the nearby President hotel for an extra charge you are able to utilize the spa, indoor pools and various beauty treatments. The hotel also offers a gift shop, beauty salon, internet point, wireless service at the reception, money exchange service, regular bus service to the historical Dubrovnik Old Town.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Sunday, September 15 - Dubrovnik - The Pearl of the Adriatic Sea
Note: 2 hours of walking on pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast depart the hotel for a field trip through the old town of Dubrovnik, the walled and surprisingly compact old town surrounded by city walls that stretch for 2 kilometers (1.5 miles). It's impossible not to be struck by their remarkable size and state of preservation. Hear a lecture on Dubrovnik called "Pearl of the Adriatic."

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Dubrovnik. Your Group Leader will give you additional ideas of what to see and do.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Argosy Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The hotel's tag name is "garden of peace" as it is located amidst the luxuriant greenery on the shores of the Babin Kuk peninsula and near to the city centre of Dubrovnik. Magnificent sea views toward the Dubrovnik Bridge and the the island of Daksa and the splendid Mediterranean gardens. The hotel brings the beautiful foliage into the hotel with the lush atrium lobby with cluster of orange leander, palm and pine trees color the lobby terrace.

Contact info:
Iva Dulcoca 41
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +38520446100
web: www.valamar.com

Room amenities: AC, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, WiFi internet access, safe deposit box, balcony or terrace, mini-bar, hair dryer on request, 220 V.

Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant serving buffet breakfast and dinner with the authentic tastes of Croatia, lobby and pool bar. Fresh water pools, one for adults and one for children including deck chairs, outdoor shower, and three (3) beaches to choose from with the beach located at their "sister" hotel the President is rated a "blue" flag which means it has the highest ecological standard for sea and beach cleanliness. Please note: at the beaches the chairs and umbrellas there is a charge for usage. Aerobic classes are offered in the morning and there is a gym. At the nearby President hotel for an extra charge you are able to utilize the spa, indoor pools and various beauty treatments. The hotel also offers a gift shop, beauty salon, internet point, wireless service at the reception, money exchange service, regular bus service to the historical Dubrovnik Old Town.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, September 16 - Coastal Walk to Cilipi / Folklore Parade in Velji...
Note: 3 hours of walking along the coastline and pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, transfer by minibus to Cavtat. Walk along the coast, taking pleasure in the endless view of the open sea from one side and the Konavle mountain from the other. Take in a field lecture called "Konavle - Southernmost Region of Croatia." Continue the walk, passing picturesque villages before reaching Cilipi (502 feet). Transfer by minibuses to the modest mountain village of Velji (797 feet). While in Velji, experience a Folklore Parade!

Lunch: Lunch at a mountain inn.

Afternoon: Transfer by minibuses back to the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Argosy Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Tuesday, September 17 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Private coach transfer to the Dubrovnik airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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