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Program #15878RJ
17 Days | 16 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 May 16 — Jun 1, 2014

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Day One: Friday, May 16 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Dubrovnik.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort is pleasantly situated by the seaside promenade. The heart of the historic downtown is a 5-minute walk away from the hotel.

Contact info:
ul. Sveta Bubala
Herceg Novi, 85340 Montenegro
phone: + 382 31 355 006
web: www.hunguesthotels.hu

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, café, lounge, laundry, fax, pay phone, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness center (solarium, Finnish and infra sauna, massage rooms, manicure-pedicure), hairdresser, and an Internet corner.

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: Saturday, May 17 - Welcome Dinner / Orientation
Afternoon: Arrival. Transfer from the airport in Dubrovnik (DBV) to the hotel in Herceg Novi. Orientation meeting at 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort is pleasantly situated by the seaside promenade. The heart of the historic downtown is a 5-minute walk away from the hotel.

Contact info:
ul. Sveta Bubala
Herceg Novi, 85340 Montenegro
phone: + 382 31 355 006
web: www.hunguesthotels.hu

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, café, lounge, laundry, fax, pay phone, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness center (solarium, Finnish and infra sauna, massage rooms, manicure-pedicure), hairdresser, and an Internet corner.

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: Sunday, May 18 - Herceg Novi
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Boat excursion on the Adriatic in Herceg Novi Bay.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant in Herceg Novi.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a guided walk in Herceg Novi. Founded in 1382, this medieval town was formerly known as Castel Nuovo, because of its many fortresses. Explore the winding streets, the Forte Mare, and the port of the city. Some free time to relax or explore. Then take in a lecture on the history and present day life of Montenegro.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort

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

Description: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort is pleasantly situated by the seaside promenade. The heart of the historic downtown is a 5-minute walk away from the hotel.

Contact info:
ul. Sveta Bubala
Herceg Novi, 85340 Montenegro
phone: + 382 31 355 006
web: www.hunguesthotels.hu

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, café, lounge, laundry, fax, pay phone, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness center (solarium, Finnish and infra sauna, massage rooms, manicure-pedicure), hairdresser, and an Internet corner.

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: Monday, May 19 - Kotor
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We have an excursion in Montenegro's coastal town of Kotor. A World Heritage Site, Kotor is situated at the head of Southern Europe’s deepest fjord, nestled at the foot of a high cliff. We explore its labyrinthine streets and piazzas.

Lunch: Lunch in Kotor at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Kotor before returning to the hotel for the remainder of the afternoon.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort

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

Description: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort is pleasantly situated by the seaside promenade. The heart of the historic downtown is a 5-minute walk away from the hotel.

Contact info:
ul. Sveta Bubala
Herceg Novi, 85340 Montenegro
phone: + 382 31 355 006
web: www.hunguesthotels.hu

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, café, lounge, laundry, fax, pay phone, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness center (solarium, Finnish and infra sauna, massage rooms, manicure-pedicure), hairdresser, and an Internet corner.

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: Tuesday, May 20 - Dubrovnik
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We will walk through the beautiful town of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site.

Lunch: Lunch in the old town.

Afternoon: Lecture on the present day life of Croatia with a special focus on Dalmatia. Free time in Dubrovnik to explore on your own or walk along the walls. Return to Herceg Novi.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort

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: Wednesday, May 21 - Cetina Valley / Split
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel to Split along the beautiful seafront, enjoying the view of the picturesque islands and the rich Mediterranean vegetation.

Lunch: We will have lunch en route at a local restaurant in Omis.

Afternoon: Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cetina Valley during a boat ride along the river. Then take a walk in Omis before continuing to Split.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

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: Thursday, May 22 - Diocletian’s Palace
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We enjoy an excursion to Diocletian’s Palace in Split (World Heritage Site). The palace is a living showcase of 1700 years of history.

Lunch: Lunch in the old town of Split.

Afternoon: Free afternoon in Split. You may want to see the Gallery of Ivan Mestrovic, the best known Croatian born sculptor.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Slavija

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

Description: Hotel Bosnia is located in the city center in the vicinity of the historic Bascarsija section of town. It often hosts major political, cultural and educational events.

Contact info:
Kulovica 9
Sarajevo, 71000 Bosnia-Herzegovina
phone: +387 33 567 010
web: www.bosniahotels.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, tavern, summer garden, lounge, meeting rooms, laundry, wireless Internet access, fax, and pay phones.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, May 23 - Mostar
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel to Sarajevo. In the late morning, we stop in Mostar (World Heritage Site) and take a guided walk. 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 in its original shape in 2004.

Lunch: We will enjoy a lunch en route, in Mostar.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Mostar. Continue to Sarajevo.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Bosnia

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

Description: Hotel Bosnia is located in the city center in the vicinity of the historic Bascarsija section of town. It often hosts major political, cultural and educational events.

Contact info:
Kulovica 9
Sarajevo, 71000 Bosnia-Herzegovina
phone: +387 33 567 010
web: www.bosniahotels.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, tavern, summer garden, lounge, meeting rooms, laundry, wireless Internet access, fax, and pay phones.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Saturday, May 24 - Sarajevo
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on the history and present day of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We take a guided excursion in Sarajevo. We will see such sights as the "War Tunnel" which kept the city alive during the war, the former Austro-Hungarian area, the Bascarsija bazaar and the former Jewish quarter. Some free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Bosnia

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

Description: Located in the heart of Belgrade, the Design Hotel Mr. President is a luxurious hotel that boasts unique local flare. Sculptures, paintings and modern art pieces by local artists adorn the interior of the hotel, and in each of the hotel's 61 rooms hangs a portrait of one of the world's presidents. Enjoy nearby restaurants and shops, along with the modern comforts and eclectic style of this Design Hotel.

Contact info:
Karadordeva 75
Belgrade, 11000 Serbia
phone: +381 11 360 22 22
web: www.hotelmrpresident.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, laundry services, currency exchange, airport shuttle 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


Day Ten: Sunday, May 25 - Dinaric Alps
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel to Belgrade. During this journey, we will cross the impressive Dinaric Alps.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Continue to Belgrade for hotel check-in.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture on historic as well as current life in Serbia.

Lodging: Design Hotel Mr. President

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

Description: Located in the heart of Belgrade, the Design Hotel Mr. President is a luxurious hotel that boasts unique local flare. Sculptures, paintings and modern art pieces by local artists adorn the interior of the hotel, and in each of the hotel's 61 rooms hangs a portrait of one of the world's presidents. Enjoy nearby restaurants and shops, along with the modern comforts and eclectic style of this Design Hotel.

Contact info:
Karadordeva 75
Belgrade, 11000 Serbia
phone: +381 11 360 22 22
web: www.hotelmrpresident.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, laundry services, currency exchange, airport shuttle 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


Day Eleven: Monday, May 26 - Novi Sad / Fruska Gora
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Full day excursion to northern Serbia, where we will explore the city of Novi Sad. We also have the opportunity to visit Fruska Gora, a tranquil national park filled with monasteries and vineyards.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue our excursion. Visit the Krusedol Orthodox Monastery, and experience a wine tasting in the beekeeping museum, before going back to Belgrade.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Design Hotel Mr. President

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

Description: Located in the heart of Belgrade, the Design Hotel Mr. President is a luxurious hotel that boasts unique local flare. Sculptures, paintings and modern art pieces by local artists adorn the interior of the hotel, and in each of the hotel's 61 rooms hangs a portrait of one of the world's presidents. Enjoy nearby restaurants and shops, along with the modern comforts and eclectic style of this Design Hotel.

Contact info:
Karadordeva 75
Belgrade, 11000 Serbia
phone: +381 11 360 22 22
web: www.hotelmrpresident.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, laundry services, currency exchange, airport shuttle 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


Day Twelve: Tuesday, May 27 - Belgrade
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: An exciting excursion through Belgrade. We will see the old Kalemegdan fortress, St. Sava Church, and the main pedestrian street, Knez Mihajlova, which is always alive with activity.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant on Skadarlija Street in the bohemian quarter of Belgrade. Enjoy live music with dinner.

Lodging: Design Hotel Mr. President

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

Description: The Arcotel Allegra Zagreb welcomes guests to the heart of the city. Located in the newly constructed Branimir Center, the hotel combines style, the best of Mediterranean cuisine and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for all travelers.

Contact info:
Branimirova 29
Zagreb, 10000 Croatia
phone: +385 1 4696 000
web: www.arcotelhotels.com/en/allegra_hotel_zagreb

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, manual temperature control, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, business center, laundry services, currency exchange and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, May 28 - Zagreb
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel to Zagreb. Along the way we will cross the northeastern part of Croatia, the “bread-basket” of the country.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.

Afternoon: A guided excursion in Zagreb – we will see the Cathedral as well as St. Mark’s Church.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Arcotel Allegra Zagreb

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

Description: The Arcotel Allegra Zagreb welcomes guests to the heart of the city. Located in the newly constructed Branimir Center, the hotel combines style, the best of Mediterranean cuisine and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for all travelers.

Contact info:
Branimirova 29
Zagreb, 10000 Croatia
phone: +385 1 4696 000
web: www.arcotelhotels.com/en/allegra_hotel_zagreb

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, manual temperature control, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, business center, laundry services, currency exchange and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Thursday, May 29 - Plitvice Lake National Park
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: An excursion to Plitvice Lake National Park (World Heritage Site). Plitvice is the most beautiful national park of Croatia, with crystal clear lakes, amazing waterfalls and cascades. We will hike a few hours in the park.

Lunch: Enjoy a unique trout lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Drive back to Zagreb, some free time in the city.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Arcotel Allegra Zagreb

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

Description: Rebuilt in 2007, the three-star City Hotel offers all modern amenities with a cheerful design and staff. It is located in the center of Ljubljana.

Contact info:
Dalmatinova 15
Ljubljana, 61000 Slovenia
phone: +386 1 239 00 00
web: www.cityhotel.si

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, laundry service, fax machine and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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 Fifteen: Friday, May 30 - Ljubljana
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel to Ljubljana. On our way, we will cross the rolling hills of the Dolenjska region.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: A guided excursion through Ljubljana by bus and on foot. We will explore the diplomatic area of the city by bus, and walk through the charming downtown to appreciate its unique character designed by the famous architect, José Plecnik.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: City Hotel

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

Description: Rebuilt in 2007, the three-star City Hotel offers all modern amenities with a cheerful design and staff. It is located in the center of Ljubljana.

Contact info:
Dalmatinova 15
Ljubljana, 61000 Slovenia
phone: +386 1 239 00 00
web: www.cityhotel.si

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, laundry service, fax machine and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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 Sixteen: Saturday, May 31 - Lecture on Slovenia
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on Slovenia and discussion to wrap up the program.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner with folklore program at a restaurant.

Lodging: City Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Sunday, June 01 - Departures
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Ljubljana/Slovenia (LJU) airport for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


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.
For additional information, visit: www.mdc.hr/split-arheoloski
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
Ljubljana
Food MarketExplore how Slovenians do their daily shopping at the old food market in Ljubljana.
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.

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43 meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
2 Performances

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