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Program #16636RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.

Itinerary for Oct 7 — Oct 19, 2013

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Day One: Monday, October 07 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Dubrovnik airport (DBV).

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Komodor is one of the oldest hotels on the Lapad peninsula and is a typical example of the old Dubrovnik stone architecture.

Contact info:
Masarykov put 5
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +385-20-43-36-33
web: www.hotelimaestral.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, satellite television, hair dryer, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, outdoor swimming pool, air conditioning, laundry service, fax machine, payphones, Internet access, and car and bike rentals.

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Two: Tuesday, October 08 - Welcome Dinner / Orientation
Afternoon: Arrive in Dubrovnik, pearl of the Adriatic. Transfer to the hotel and settle in. 6:00 PM Orientation meeting and orientation walk.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Komodor

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Komodor is one of the oldest hotels on the Lapad peninsula and is a typical example of the old Dubrovnik stone architecture.

Contact info:
Masarykov put 5
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +385-20-43-36-33
web: www.hotelimaestral.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, satellite television, hair dryer, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, outdoor swimming pool, air conditioning, laundry service, fax machine, payphones, Internet access, and car and bike rentals.

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Three: Wednesday, October 09 - Dubrovnik Sightseeing
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on Croatia's history and present day life.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in the old town of Dubrovnik.

Afternoon: Guided sightseeing walk in Dubrovnik (World Heritage Site). See the Rector's palace, Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio fountain, St. Blaise's Church, etc. Some free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Komodor

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

Description: Hotel Komodor is one of the oldest hotels on the Lapad peninsula and is a typical example of the old Dubrovnik stone architecture.

Contact info:
Masarykov put 5
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +385-20-43-36-33
web: www.hotelimaestral.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, satellite television, hair dryer, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, outdoor swimming pool, air conditioning, laundry service, fax machine, payphones, Internet access, and car and bike rentals.

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Four: Thursday, October 10 - Elafiti Islands
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: All day excursion by boat to the Elafiti (Deer) Islands, where the aristocracy of Dubrovnik spent their summers.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch of fish.

Afternoon: The Elafiti Islands have a lot to offer, including interesting churches and monasteries from the 16th century, stone houses of the aristocracy surrounded by exotic gardens, and wonderful views of the sea. Note: If the weather does not permit the boat excursion, we will take a bus to the Konavle region, which includes a visit to Cavtat and lunch at a local restaurant.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Komodor

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

Description: Hotel Komodor is one of the oldest hotels on the Lapad peninsula and is a typical example of the old Dubrovnik stone architecture.

Contact info:
Masarykov put 5
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +385-20-43-36-33
web: www.hotelimaestral.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, satellite television, hair dryer, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, outdoor swimming pool, air conditioning, laundry service, fax machine, payphones, Internet access, and car and bike rentals.

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Five: Friday, October 11 - Kotor / Budva
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: All day excursion to Montenegro. Take a short photo stop in Perast, a small but well preserved Baroque town on the hillside beneath the towering mountainsides. Sitting before the town are two tiny island churches; St. George and the Lady of the Rocks. Travel to the World Heritage Site of Kotor, which is situated at the head of Southern Europe's deepest fjord and nestled at the foot of a high cliff.

Lunch: Lunch at a charming local restaurant in Kotor.

Afternoon: Explore Kotor, its labyrinth streets and piazzas. Travel on to Budva and explore one of the most popular towns along the coast with its outstanding old town. Arrive back in Dubrovnik around 7:00 PM.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Komodor

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

Description: Hotel Slavija is in the core of the old town, a 5-minute walk on cobblestone streets to the airport bus terminal, the train, and the bus station. Due to its location within Diocletian's palace, Hotel Slavija is under the protection of UNESCO as an international monument of culture. The building was built above western Diocletian baths and can be traced back to the late 16th and early 17th century. The bus can stop approx. 300 meters from the hotel and participants must walk to the hotel.

Contact info:
Buvinina 2
Split, 21000 Croatia
phone: +385 21 323 840
web: www.hotelslavija.hr

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, floor-heating, satellite/cable television, telephone, high speed Internet access, and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers laundry service, air conditioning, room service, safe-deposit box at the front desk and wireless Internet access.

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


Day Six: Saturday, October 12 - Mostar
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Travel to Split along the coastline. On the way, we stop in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to see its World Heritage Site. The old bridge of Mostar symbolizes the unity of the different nationalities living in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge was destroyed in the war, but was rebuilt to its original form in 2004.

Lunch: Lunch in Mostar.

Afternoon: Arrive in Split. Settle in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby Hotel Adriana.

Lodging: Hotel Slavija

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

Description: Hotel Slavija is in the core of the old town, a 5-minute walk on cobblestone streets to the airport bus terminal, the train, and the bus station. Due to its location within Diocletian's palace, Hotel Slavija is under the protection of UNESCO as an international monument of culture. The building was built above western Diocletian baths and can be traced back to the late 16th and early 17th century. The bus can stop approx. 300 meters from the hotel and participants must walk to the hotel.

Contact info:
Buvinina 2
Split, 21000 Croatia
phone: +385 21 323 840
web: www.hotelslavija.hr

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, floor-heating, satellite/cable television, telephone, high speed Internet access, and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers laundry service, air conditioning, room service, safe-deposit box at the front desk and wireless Internet access.

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


Day Seven: Sunday, October 13 - Diocletian's Palace
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Guided field trip through Diocletian's Palace in Split. The palace has been a living monument for 1700 years, since the Roman Empire. Explore the Peristyle, Cathedral, former gates and rooms of the palace, as well as majestic statues by Ivan Mestrovic - the greatest 20th century Croatian sculptor.

Lunch: Lunch in the old town.

Afternoon: Free afternoon in Split.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby Hotel Adriana.

Lodging: Hotel Slavija

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

Description: Hotel Slavija is in the core of the old town, a 5-minute walk on cobblestone streets to the airport bus terminal, the train, and the bus station. Due to its location within Diocletian's palace, Hotel Slavija is under the protection of UNESCO as an international monument of culture. The building was built above western Diocletian baths and can be traced back to the late 16th and early 17th century. The bus can stop approx. 300 meters from the hotel and participants must walk to the hotel.

Contact info:
Buvinina 2
Split, 21000 Croatia
phone: +385 21 323 840
web: www.hotelslavija.hr

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, floor-heating, satellite/cable television, telephone, high speed Internet access, and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers laundry service, air conditioning, room service, safe-deposit box at the front desk and wireless Internet access.

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


Day Eight: Monday, October 14 - Trogir / Mestrovic Gallery
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to the World Heritage Site and charming medieval town of Trogir. The city is situated on a tiny island connected to the mainland by a bridge. The city is full of rich Romanesque and Renaissance architecture.

Lunch: Lunch in town.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Mestrovic Gallery, situated in the villa where he used to live that overlooks the blue Adriatic sea.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby Hotel Adriana.

Lodging: Hotel Slavija

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

Description: Hotel Imperial, built in 1885, is still one of the most beautiful adornments of Opatija's main promenade. The Austro-Hungarian Emperors Franz Joseph I and Wilhelm II used to lodge here, and the hotel staff continues to treat guests like royalty. This three-star hotel, with its extraordinary Secessian architecture and tradition, entices you to enjoy all the luxuries of the modern facilities it offers.

Contact info:
Marshal Tita 124
Opatija, 51410 Croatia
phone: +385- 5127 16 77
web: www.liburnia.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dyer, telephone, and satellite television.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, fax, Internet corner, café with terrace, and air conditioned public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, October 15 - Krka National Park
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Early morning departure to Opatija. Travel along the coast to the Istrian Peninsula and stop along the way at Krka National Park. The Krka River formed a deep canyon through the limestone and created a unique landscape with beautiful waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. The national park has rich flora and fauna as well. During our stop we will take a short boat excursion on the river and explore some more of the park on foot.

Lunch: Packed lunch at the park.

Afternoon: Arrive in Opatija. Settle in at hotel.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Imperial

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

Description: Hotel Imperial, built in 1885, is still one of the most beautiful adornments of Opatija's main promenade. The Austro-Hungarian Emperors Franz Joseph I and Wilhelm II used to lodge here, and the hotel staff continues to treat guests like royalty. This three-star hotel, with its extraordinary Secessian architecture and tradition, entices you to enjoy all the luxuries of the modern facilities it offers.

Contact info:
Marshal Tita 124
Opatija, 51410 Croatia
phone: +385- 5127 16 77
web: www.liburnia.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dyer, telephone, and satellite television.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, fax, Internet corner, café with terrace, and air conditioned public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, October 16 - Rovinj / Porec
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the Istrian Peninsula. The Istrian Peninsula was part of Italy until World War II, so it still has a strong Italian influence. Visit Porec, a lovely town that is proud of its Roman heritage. It is also the home to a World Heritage Monument, the Euphrasian Basilica, which is one of the finest examples of Byzantine Art from the 5th century.

Lunch: Lunch en-route at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The small island of Rovinj is one of the most charming towns in Istria, situated on a peninsula. The town is a maze of narrow streets, and the peninsula is crowned with the largest baroque church of the neighborhood, devoted to St. Euphemia.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Imperial

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

Description: Hotel Central is situated in the city center, across from the main railway station and very close to the bus station and the bus terminal to the Zagreb Airport. The two-story building was built in 1893 and the hotel was established in 1952. The hotel was expanded in 1959 and newly renovated in 2001.

Contact info:
Branimirova 3 PP 97
Zagreb, HR-1000 Croatia
phone: +385(0)1 4841122
web: www.hotel-central.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, hair dryer, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, currency exchange, laundry service, computer with Internet access, fax machine and pay phone.

Smoking policy: Yes
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: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Thursday, October 17 - Rijeka
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Travel to Zagreb. Explore Rijeka on the way. Rijeka (or Fiume, its Italian name) is the most important transportation center of this region. It was an important port during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and even today its architecture is reminiscent of Vienna or Budapest. We will walk along the Korzo, the main promenade of the city, to get a taste of this bustling city, and visit the hilltop town of Trst.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Trst.

Afternoon: Arrive in Zagreb. Settle in at the hotel before attending a late afternoon lecture on the relationship of Croatia and the European Union.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Central

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

Description: Hotel Central is situated in the city center, across from the main railway station and very close to the bus station and the bus terminal to the Zagreb Airport. The two-story building was built in 1893 and the hotel was established in 1952. The hotel was expanded in 1959 and newly renovated in 2001.

Contact info:
Branimirova 3 PP 97
Zagreb, HR-1000 Croatia
phone: +385(0)1 4841122
web: www.hotel-central.hr

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, hair dryer, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, currency exchange, laundry service, computer with Internet access, fax machine and pay phone.

Smoking policy: Yes
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: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Friday, October 18 - Zagreb Sightseeing
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Guided field trip in Zagreb, the bustling capital of Croatia. Walk along the curving streets of Kaptol and Gradec, see the Gothic cathedral, and explore the lower town, including the green horseshoe, by bus.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in the old town.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel with folk music.

Lodging: Hotel Central

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Saturday, October 19 - Departures
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Zagreb's Pleso airport (ZAG) for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Dubrovnik
ConcertYou will have the opportunity to attend an optional concert in the evenings. A list of concerts will be available to you on the program.
Split
Archaeological MuseumThe Archaeological Museum, located north of the Old Town, has a large stock of archaeological objects from prehistoric times; from the period of the Greek colonization of the Adriatic and from the Roman, Early Christian and early Medieval ages. It is the oldest museum in Croatia.
Ethnographic MuseumThe Ethnographic Museum displays many interesting items, including traditional Dalmatian folk costumes and local antique furniture. Also on exhibit is one very unique statue, discovered by accident at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea in 1996, dating back to the 4th-2nd century BC.
The Split City MuseumWithin the complex of Medieval buildings is the Gothic palace of the Papalic family, designed and built by the native master Juraj of Dalmatia and his stone carvers. The museum shows artifacts from the medieval period of Split.
For additional information, visit: www.mgst.net
Zagreb
Croatian History MuseumLocated in a beautiful 18th-century Baroque palace, this museum houses more than 140,000 artifacts from the cultural and national heritage of Croatia from the Middle Ages to the present day. Everything from stone monuments to fine art, and religious artifacts to heraldry is on display.
Croatian Museum of ArchitectureFounded in 1995, the museum holds a collection of about 18,000 copies of various archival materials including plans, drawings, models, photographs, slides, correspondence, and other documents related to the history of Croatian architecture.
Croatian Sport MuseumThis museum cherishes the tradition of collecting physical training and sports items. The collection includes thousands of sports photographs and negatives, a large number of sports posters and over 20,000 books on sports.

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32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
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