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Walking the Hidden Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast

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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
Day 10: Sveti Jure, Saint George (5800 feet) and Vosac (4665 feet).

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended). Please see the "Walking Boots" note for additional information on proper footgear.

Itinerary for May 6 — May 19, 2015

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Day One: Wednesday, May 06 - In Transit
Afternoon: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located amidst the charming narrow streets in the Old Town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the family-run Hotel Fontana is a picturesque hotel built with environmentally friendly materials. Guests can enjoy the coast of the Adriatic Sea on the restaurant terrace, and visit the nearby Trogir cathedral, among other landmarks.

Contact info:
Obrov 1
Trogir, HR 21220 Croatia
phone: +385 21 885 744
web: www.fontana-trogir.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, alarm clock, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant with two terraces, bar, lounge, laundry and dry cleaning services, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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, May 07 - Arrivals / Introduction to Croatia
Afternoon: Upon arrival take a private coach transfer (approx. 15 minutes) to the hotel for check-in. Introduction to Croatia and a welcome drink.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Fontana

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located amidst the charming narrow streets in the Old Town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the family-run Hotel Fontana is a picturesque hotel built with environmentally friendly materials. Guests can enjoy the coast of the Adriatic Sea on the restaurant terrace, and visit the nearby Trogir cathedral, among other landmarks.

Contact info:
Obrov 1
Trogir, HR 21220 Croatia
phone: +385 21 885 744
web: www.fontana-trogir.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, alarm clock, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant with two terraces, bar, lounge, laundry and dry cleaning services, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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, May 08 - Ciovo Island / Zedno village / Trogir
Note: 3 hours of walking on dirt trails and pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Zedno village (704 feet), the starting point of today's walk along the Ciova 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 restaurant 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: Located amidst the charming narrow streets in the Old Town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the family-run Hotel Fontana is a picturesque hotel built with environmentally friendly materials. Guests can enjoy the coast of the Adriatic Sea on the restaurant terrace, and visit the nearby Trogir cathedral, among other landmarks.

Contact info:
Obrov 1
Trogir, HR 21220 Croatia
phone: +385 21 885 744
web: www.fontana-trogir.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, alarm clock, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant with two terraces, bar, lounge, laundry and dry cleaning services, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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, May 09 - Krka National Park / Skrandinski Buk waterfall / ...
Krka National Park / Skrandinski Buk waterfall / boat ride to Roski Slap

Note: 1.5 hours of walking on boardwalk 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 with 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 has returned to its ancestral way of life, 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 restaurant.

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: Located in the center of Makarska, the Hotel Biokovo is ideally situated on the city waterfront, overlooking the magnificent blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nearby are beautiful beaches, green parks and lovely hiking trails for guests to enjoy, along with the pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff of the Hotel Biokovo.

Contact info:
Obala Kralja Tomislava 14
Makarska, 21300 Croatia
phone: +385 21 615 244
web: www.hotelbiokovo.hr

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant and pizzeria, cafe bar with sea view and terrace, cosmetic services (massage, manicure, pedicure, etc) and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Five: Sunday, May 10 - 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 restaurant 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 program staff for a stroll along the nearby beaches.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Biokovo

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

Description: Located in the center of Makarska, the Hotel Biokovo is ideally situated on the city waterfront, overlooking the magnificent blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nearby are beautiful beaches, green parks and lovely hiking trails for guests to enjoy, along with the pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff of the Hotel Biokovo.

Contact info:
Obala Kralja Tomislava 14
Makarska, 21300 Croatia
phone: +385 21 615 244
web: www.hotelbiokovo.hr

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant and pizzeria, cafe bar with sea view and terrace, cosmetic services (massage, manicure, pedicure, etc) and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Six: Monday, May 11 - "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 (1968 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 a 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 Biokovo

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

Description: Located in the center of Makarska, the Hotel Biokovo is ideally situated on the city waterfront, overlooking the magnificent blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nearby are beautiful beaches, green parks and lovely hiking trails for guests to enjoy, along with the pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff of the Hotel Biokovo.

Contact info:
Obala Kralja Tomislava 14
Makarska, 21300 Croatia
phone: +385 21 615 244
web: www.hotelbiokovo.hr

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant and pizzeria, cafe bar with sea view and terrace, cosmetic services (massage, manicure, pedicure, etc) and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Seven: Tuesday, May 12 - Island of Brac / Vidova Gora
Note: 2 hours of walking and 1.5 hours of optional walking on the island of Brac through the 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. 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 Biokovo

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

Description: Located in the center of Makarska, the Hotel Biokovo is ideally situated on the city waterfront, overlooking the magnificent blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nearby are beautiful beaches, green parks and lovely hiking trails for guests to enjoy, along with the pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff of the Hotel Biokovo.

Contact info:
Obala Kralja Tomislava 14
Makarska, 21300 Croatia
phone: +385 21 615 244
web: www.hotelbiokovo.hr

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant and pizzeria, cafe bar with sea view and terrace, cosmetic services (massage, manicure, pedicure, etc) and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Eight: Wednesday, May 13 - 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 Dalmation coastline and the archipelago of the Adriatic Islands to the village of Makar.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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 Biokovo

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

Description: Located in the center of Makarska, the Hotel Biokovo is ideally situated on the city waterfront, overlooking the magnificent blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nearby are beautiful beaches, green parks and lovely hiking trails for guests to enjoy, along with the pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff of the Hotel Biokovo.

Contact info:
Obala Kralja Tomislava 14
Makarska, 21300 Croatia
phone: +385 21 615 244
web: www.hotelbiokovo.hr

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant and pizzeria, cafe bar with sea view and terrace, cosmetic services (massage, manicure, pedicure, etc) and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Nine: Thursday, May 14 - 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 restaurant.

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 (one 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 Biokovo

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

Description: Located in the center of Makarska, the Hotel Biokovo is ideally situated on the city waterfront, overlooking the magnificent blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nearby are beautiful beaches, green parks and lovely hiking trails for guests to enjoy, along with the pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff of the Hotel Biokovo.

Contact info:
Obala Kralja Tomislava 14
Makarska, 21300 Croatia
phone: +385 21 615 244
web: www.hotelbiokovo.hr

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant and pizzeria, cafe bar with sea view and terrace, cosmetic services (massage, manicure, pedicure, etc) and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Ten: Friday, May 15 - 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-Herzogovina. Walk begins below the summit on a switch back trail up to Mt. Vosac (4665 feet) and ending with spectacular views of the Makarska Riviera. Today's field lecture is on the Biokovo Nature Park.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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 Biokovo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Argosy Hotel, known as the "garden of peace," is located amidst carefully landscaped gardens and the beautiful foliage of the Babin Kuk peninsula shore. Take in magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea and the island of Daksa while relaxing on the restaurant terrace, or visit the bustling old town of Dubrovnik which is just minutes away.

Contact info:
Iva Dulcoca 41
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +385 20 446 100
web: www.valamar.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby, fresh water pool with bar, beauty salon, currency exchange and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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, May 16 - Ston / Transfer to Dubrovnik
Note: 1 hour of walking on pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

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

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue on to Dubrovnik.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Argosy Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Argosy Hotel, known as the "garden of peace," is located amidst carefully landscaped gardens and the beautiful foliage of the Babin Kuk peninsula shore. Take in magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea and the island of Daksa while relaxing on the restaurant terrace, or visit the bustling old town of Dubrovnik which is just minutes away.

Contact info:
Iva Dulcoca 41
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +385 20 446 100
web: www.valamar.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby, fresh water pool with bar, beauty salon, currency exchange and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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, May 17 - 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 restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Dubrovnik. Your program staff 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 Argosy Hotel, known as the "garden of peace," is located amidst carefully landscaped gardens and the beautiful foliage of the Babin Kuk peninsula shore. Take in magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea and the island of Daksa while relaxing on the restaurant terrace, or visit the bustling old town of Dubrovnik which is just minutes away.

Contact info:
Iva Dulcoca 41
Dubrovnik, 20000 Croatia
phone: +385 20 446 100
web: www.valamar.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby, fresh water pool with bar, beauty salon, currency exchange and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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, May 18 - 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 minibuses 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 (1486 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, May 19 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Private coach transfer to the Dubrovnik airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Dubrovnik
Museum of Croatian War of IndependenceLocated in one of the wings at the Fort Imperial on Mount Srd, the symbol of defence in Dubrovnik, this museum represents the fall of the Dubrovnik Republic, the history of Fort Imperial, the Serbian-Montenegrin aggression in 1991 and the liberation. Artefacts include documents, art, photographs, weapons, explosive devices, war maps, military equipment parts, recordings and video material, and objects from daily life that belonged to residents and defenders of Dubrovnik.
For additional information, visit: www.experience.dubrovnik.hr/eng/
Trogir
Trogir City MuseumKnown as the "pearl" of Trogir, this museum is located in the palace Garagnin-Fanfogna. The museum's displays show the political, cultural and artistic development of the town from its foundation until the 20th century.
Makarska
Town MuseumMakarska's Town Museum was founded in 1961 and contains collections of archaeological, ethnographic and cultural-historical significance. It is located on the coast in the Baroque palace Tonoli.

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