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Croatia: Treasure of the Adriatic Coast

Program Number: 16636RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/6/2014 - 9/18/2014; 4/16/2015 - 4/28/2015; 9/24/2015 - 10/6/2015; 10/8/2015 - 10/20/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Croatia
Price starting at: $3,222.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 30; 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

In the two-plus decades since Croatia declared its independence, its people have rebuilt their country physically and also rebuilt its identity. On this journey along the breathtaking Adriatic Coast meet historians, government experts and students who share the story of Croatia's rebirth.




Highlights

• Marvel at the Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio Fountain and St. Blaise’s Church on narrated excursions through Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• In Montenegro, explore the labyrinthine streets and piazzas of Kotor, a region situated at the head of Southern Europe’s deepest fjord.
• Explore Porec, home of the Euphrasian Basilica — one of the finest examples of Byzantine art from the fifth century.



Activity Particulars

Walking through city streets; many stairs, cobblestones.




Date Specific Information

9-6-2014, 4-16-2015, 9-24-2015, 10-8-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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

Find an intriguing combination 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, as well as the two medieval towns of Kaptol and Gradec. Discover Rijeka, the most important transportation center of the region. It was an important port during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and its architecture is reminiscent of that of Vienna or Budapest.



Coach to Opatija
2 nights

Arrive in Opatija, the favorite resort of the Austro-Hungarian nobility in the 19th century that still holds its 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.



Coach to Split
3 nights

Split sits on a lush peninsula of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. En route to Split, visit Krka National Park to study the rich wildlife of the Dinaric Mountains. A walking excursion through the Old Town reveals the Roman emperor Diocletian’s fortress and summer residence. View pieces from a world-famous Croatian sculptor at the Mestrovic Gallery overlooking the blue Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a half-day excursion to the charming islets, where the island of Trogir is situated with its overwhelming amount of architectural treasures.



Coach to Dubrovnik
4 nights
Departure

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 and symbolizes the freedom and strength of the local community. Examine Croatia’s history and present-day life, and explore Kotor Bay in Montenegro and the nearby Elafiti Islands.




Croatia

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.



Accommodations
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
   Arcotel Allegra Zagreb
  Zagreb, Croatia 2 nights
   Hotel Agava
  Opatija, Croatia 2 nights
   Hotel Slavija
  Split, Croatia 3 nights
   Tirena Hotel
  Dubrovnik, Croatia 4 nights
 Arcotel Allegra Zagreb
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  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

 Hotel Agava
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Agava is a wonderful old villa in the center of Opatija. Built by the Habsburgs in 1896, the hotel is next to the sea and within walking distance to all major sites in the city.
  Contact info: M. Tita 89
Abbazia, Opatija,  51410 Croatia
phone: +385 51 278 100
web: www.milenijhoteli.hr
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, iron, mini bar, safe, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, fitness room, laundry facilities, room service, currency exchange, international newspapers, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 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
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, laptop at the front desk and wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Tirena Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located near the old town of Dubrovnik, the Tirena Hotel sits on the coast of the Babin Kuk peninsula amidst green pine, olive and cypress trees. Rich with Mediterranean influence, the hotel offers style and comfort and is within walking distance of Dubrovnik's longest beach.
  Contact info: Iva Dulcica 22, Babin Kuk
Dubrovnik,  20 000 Croatia
phone: +385 20 445 100
web: www.valamar.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, safe and free wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pools, air conditioning, Internet corner (for a fee), laundry services, currency exchange, gift shop and free wireless Internet access in the rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Zagreb, Croatia. 6:00 PM orientation at the hotel. You will be staying at Arcotel Allegra Zagreb that night.
  End of Program:
Dubrovnik, Croatia. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Tirena Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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: www.croatia.hr
To Start of Program
  Location:  Zagreb
  Nearest city or town:  Zagreb
  Nearest highway: A1, A3, A4
  Nearest airport:  Zagreb
  Transportation to site: Take the airport bus from the Zagreb airport to the Central Bus Station. The airport bus runs every 1/2 hour. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the station; or, take one of the following tram lines from the bus station to the hotel: 2 (direction Crnomerec), 6 (direction Crnomerec), or 8 (direction Mihaljevac). Get off the tram at the second stop which is named "Branimirova." The tram costs 35 Croatian Kuna. If you prefer to take a taxi, it is approx. 20 minutes and costs 150-200 Croatian Kuna. Make sure to confirm the price with your taxi driver before departing.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Dubrovnik
  Nearest city or town:  Dubrovnik
  Nearest highway: A1
  Nearest airport:  Dubrovnik airport
  Transportation from site: Take bus #7 from the hotel (the bus station is a 2-minute walk from the hotel) to the Main Bus Station. From here, take the airport bus directly to the airport. The airport bus leaves 1 1/2 hours before every scheduled flight, and costs 50 Croatian Kuna. If you prefer to take a taxi, you can order one at the front desk of the hotel. It costs approx. 200 Croatian Kuna. Make sure to confirm the price with your taxi driver before departing.
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
(Saturday, September 6)
   
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Zagreb's Pleso airport (ZAG).

Day 2: Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive in Zagreb. Transfer to the hotel and settle in. 6:00 PM Orientation meeting and orientation walk.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Arcotel Allegra Zagreb
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Explore Zagreb
(Monday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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: Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the area on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Arcotel Allegra Zagreb
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Travel to Opatija
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning, learn about the relationship between Croatia and the European Union during a lecture. Then, travel to Opatija.
 Lunch: Lunch en route at a local restaurant in Rijeka. Also known by its Italian name "Fiume," Rijeka is the most important transportation center of this region and the third largest city in Croatia.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Opatija. Settle in at the hotel before taking an orientation walk of the city.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Agava
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Istrian Peninsula / Rovinj / Porec
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 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 at a local restaurant en route.
 Afternoon: Situated on a peninsula, the small island of Rovinj is one of the most charming towns in Istria. 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 Agava
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Krka National Park
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Departure to Split. Travel 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.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the park.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Split. Settle in at hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Slavija
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Trogir / Mestrovic Gallery
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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 overlooking the blue Adriatic sea.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Slavija
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Diocletian's Palace
(Saturday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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, and the majestic statues by Ivan Mestrovic - the greatest 20th century Croatian sculptor.
 Lunch: Lunch in town.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon in Split to explore the area on your own.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Slavija
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Mostar
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Travel along the coast to Dubrovnik. 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 Dubrovnik. Settle in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Tirena Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dubrovnik Sightseeing
(Monday, September 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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 walking excursion in Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site. See the Rector's palace, Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio fountain and St. Blaise's Church, among other highlights. Then enjoy some free time to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: You may want to see an optional concert this evening. Your program staff can give you a list of available performances when you are on the program.
   
Accommodations: Tirena Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Kotor / Budva
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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. Arrive back in Dubrovnik around 7:00 PM.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Tirena Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Elafiti Islands
(Wednesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with folk entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Tirena Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Departures
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Dubrovnik airport (DBV) 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 www.mgst.net
  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.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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