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Croatia: Treasure of the Adriatic Coast

Program Number: 16636RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/25/2013 - 5/7/2013; 5/12/2016 - 5/24/2016; 9/29/2016 - 10/11/2016; 10/20/2016 - 11/1/2016;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Croatia
Price starting at: $3,110.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 32; 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

From cliffside fortresses overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea to the sweet scent of gardens bursting with blooms of lemon trees, Croatia is a paradise for lovers of history, culture and the sublime beauty of nature. Journey along the breathtaking Adriatic Coast, discovering the marbled streets of medieval towns, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites steeped in ancient history and taking in the unparalleled rugged beauty of the exquisite Dalmatian Coast.


• Discover the Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio Fountain and St. Blaise’s Church on expert-led excursions through Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Explore beautiful Mljet Island National Park on a hike through pristine forests and boat ride on one of the island’s saltwater lakes.
• Witness one of the finest examples of Byzantine art from the fifth century at the Euphrasian Basilica in historic Porec.

Activity Particulars

Walking through city streets; many stairs, cobblestones.

Date Specific Information

4-25-2013, 5-12-2016, 9-29-2016

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This program date is an Activity Level MODERATE. Participants must be able to climb a few flights of stairs and walk on uneven surfaces for up to one mile. In the Moderate departure date only, the group will spend free time in Opatija instead of visiting Rovinj on Day 5. On Day 8, the group will attend a lecture about monument protection in Croatia instead of visiting Trogir.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Zagreb, 2 nights; coach to Opatija, 2 nights; coach to Split, 3 nights; coach to Dubrovnik, 4 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Zagreb
2 nights

Discover an intriguing medley of Eastern and Western Europe in the bustling capital city of Zagreb. Enjoy Zagreb’s wide selection of museums and charming street cafés, explore the 17th-century Jelacic Square and venture along curving streets in the medieval towns of Kaptol and Gradec. Enjoy lunch in Rijeka, the region’s most important transportation center.

Coach to Opatija
2 nights

Arrive in seaside Opatija, once a resort hotspot for Austro-Hungarian nobility in the 19th century. Rocky and picturesque, Opatija still wins visitors over with its stunning scenery and old world charm. Experience the warm welcome of the people who live on the heart-shaped Istrian peninsula during excursions through the charming towns of Rovinj and Porec, which officially became a city during the reign of Emperor Augustus in the 1st Century.

Coach to Split
3 nights

En route to Split, discover the crystal clear lakes, stunning waterfalls and emerald green forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Then marvel at breathtaking Split, sitting on a lush peninsula of Croatia’s extraordinary Dalmatian Coast. A walking excursion through the Old Town reveals the Roman emperor Diocletian’s fortress and grand summer residence. View artwork from a world-famous Croatian sculptor at the Mestrovic Gallery overlooking the azure Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a half-day excursion to the charming islets, home to the medieval city of Trogir, a UNSECO World Heritage Site boasting the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in Central Europe.

Coach to Dubrovnik
4 nights

En route to Dubrovnik, stop in Mostar to see the world-famous bridge and symbol of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the middle ages, Dubrovnik was a rich independent republic under the name of Ragusa. The old town surrounded by city walls still stands, symbolizing the freedom and strength of the local community. Examine Croatia’s history and modern life, and visit Ston to see salt pans and also the old walls that used to protect the salt production of the Peljasac Peninsula. Venture on to the nearby Elafiti Islands, home to 16th-century monasteries, exotic gardens and the sweet scent of orange and lemon trees.


Flanked by Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, and other Balkan states, Croatia’s crescent-shaped border reveals the transformative history of foreign invasions and more recent Communist collapse. More than 1,700 tiny inlets and islands sprinkle the nation’s Adriatic coast, while beneath the water’s surface rest shipwrecks and cargo from the Greeks through World War II. Seaside promenades in Split attract admirers, as do the mountains outside Zagreb.

Zagreb: Three-star hotel located in city center. Opatija: Historic villa built by the Habsburgs in the city center. Split: Hotel in center of old town. Dubrovnik: Historic hotel typical of old Dubrovnik stone architecture.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Komodor
  Dubrovnik, Croatia 4 nights
   Hotel Slavija
  Split, Croatia 3 nights
   Hotel Imperial
  Opatija, Croatia 2 nights
   Hotel Central
  Zagreb, Croatia 2 nights
 Hotel Komodor
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
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

 Hotel Slavija
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
  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 allowed: No

 Hotel Imperial
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
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Central
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
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: 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

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Dubrovnik, Croatia. 6:00 PM orientation at the hotel. You will be staying at Hotel Komodor that night.
  End of Program:
Zagreb, Croatia. After the farewell dinner in hotel, the night before departure. You will be staying at Hotel Central the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Ferry, bus and train also operate in the region. More details can be found here:
To Start of Program
  Location:  Dubrovnik
  Nearest city or town:  Dubrovnik
  Nearest highway: A1
  Nearest airport:  Dubrovnik airport
  Transportation to site: The airport is located approx. 11 miles from the city center. Take a taxi to the hotel, approx. 25 Euro, 3 passengers per taxi. There is also an airport shuttle (approx. 3 Euro per person), which stops approx. 500 meters from the hotel, but you may have to wait 30-60 minutes for it.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Zagreb
  Nearest city or town:  Zagreb
  Nearest highway: A1, A3, A4
  Nearest airport:  Zagreb
  Transportation from site: Take the airport bus, which stops 500 meters from the hotel. Trip takes about 30 minutes and costs approx. 3 Euro per person.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Thursday, April 25)
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Dubrovnik airport (DBV).

Day 2: Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Friday, April 26)
 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.
Accommodations: Hotel Komodor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Dubrovnik Sightseeing
(Saturday, April 27)
 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.
Accommodations: Hotel Komodor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kotor / Budva
(Sunday, April 28)
 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.
Accommodations: Hotel Komodor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Elafiti Islands
(Monday, April 29)
 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.
Accommodations: Hotel Komodor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mostar
(Tuesday, April 30)
 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: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Slavija
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Diocletian's Palace / Mestrovic Gallery
(Wednesday, May 1)
 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: Field trip to the Mestrovic Gallery, situated in the villa where he used to live that overlooks the blue Adriatic sea.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Slavija
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Trogir
(Thursday, May 2)
 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: Free afternoon in Split.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Slavija
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Krka National Park
(Friday, May 3)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 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.
Accommodations: Hotel Imperial
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Rovinj / Porec
(Saturday, May 4)
 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.
Accommodations: Hotel Imperial
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Rijeka
(Sunday, May 5)
 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.
Accommodations: Hotel Central
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Zagreb Sightseeing
(Monday, May 6)
 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.
Accommodations: Hotel Central
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Departures
(Tuesday, May 7)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Zagreb's Pleso airport (ZAG) for departures.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Dubrovnik Concert
You 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 Museum
The 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 Museum
The 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 Museum
Within 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
  Zagreb Croatian History Museum
Located 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 Architecture
Founded 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 Museum
This 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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