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The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht

Program Number: 20118RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/8/2014 - 5/20/2014; 4/16/2016 - 4/28/2016; 4/23/2016 - 5/5/2016; 4/30/2016 - 5/12/2016; 5/5/2016 - 5/17/2016; 5/7/2016 - 5/19/2016; 5/12/2016 - 5/24/2016; 5/18/2016 - 5/30/2016; 5/19/2016 - 5/31/2016; 5/25/2016 - 6/6/2016; 5/26/2016 - 6/7/2016; 6/1/2016 - 6/13/2016; 6/2/2016 - 6/14/2016; 6/8/2016 - 6/20/2016; 9/14/2016 - 9/26/2016; 9/21/2016 - 10/3/2016; 9/22/2016 - 10/4/2016; 9/24/2016 - 10/6/2016; 9/28/2016 - 10/10/2016; 9/29/2016 - 10/11/2016; 10/1/2016 - 10/13/2016; 10/5/2016 - 10/17/2016; 10/6/2016 - 10/18/2016; 10/8/2016 - 10/20/2016; 10/13/2016 - 10/25/2016; 10/15/2016 - 10/27/2016; 10/22/2016 - 11/3/2016;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Croatia/Montenegro
Price starting at: $3,097.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 28; 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

With its turquoise waters, idyllic coves and 1,000 islands, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is best discovered by boat. Set sail on a privately chartered yacht for an adventure that leads to rural villages and breathtaking national parks and into fascinating history.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to five miles per day; some uneven and hilly terrain; stairs without railings.

Please note that some dates operate in reverse, beginning in Split (Croatia) and ending in Herceg Novi (Montenegro). Departures operate on one of four different ships: MSY Barbara, MY Futura, MS Vita, or MS Vapor. See the daily schedule for details. An extension to Croatia's capital city, Zagreb, and the lakes region is available for all dates of this program! This extension is offered pre-program for all dates that start in Split (Croatia). The extension is offered post-program for all dates that start in Herceg Novi (Montenegro).

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Herceg Novi (Montenegro), 2 nights; aboard vessel; 7 nights; Split (Croatia), 2 nights.

Day 1:
Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Day 2-3:
Arrival Dubrovnik (Croatia) / coach to Herceg Novi (Montenegro):

Journey to Montenegro and learn how the town of Herceg Novi has been influenced by occupiers including Turks, Venetians, Spaniards and Austro-Hungarians. Lodging: Four-star hotel.

Days 4-5:
Coach to Dubrovnik / embark vessel:

Share lunch with a Croatian family en route to Dubrovnik. Discover this beautiful walled city with a local expert.

Day 6:

Discover Mljet National Park, distinguished by its dense woods and beautiful saltwater lakes. Take a boat excursion to a small island in one of the lakes to visit a 12th-century monastery.

Days 7-8:

In historic Hvar town, visit the West’s first theater open to all classes of society. Learn about the town of Stari Grad, occupied since 384 BC when the Greeks founded a colony there.

Day 9:

Explore this ancient Adriatic harbor town including the palace of the Cipiko family and the Kamerlengo Castle, built by the Venetians.

Days 10-13:
Split / disembark / departure:

A University of Split professor introduces you to the city. Discover Diocletian’s Palace, built as a massive seaside retirement villa by the Roman emperor. Take a field trip to the village of Sibenik to step inside the Cathedral of St. James, a stunning marble basilica constructed by Italian and later Croatian masters. Lodging: Historic hotel.

MY Barbara

Built in 2006, this motorized, three-masted sailing yacht measures 135 feet and can carry up to 34 passengers. The ship features ample space on teak decks, a sunbathing area and a Jacuzzi. A restaurant and bar onboard serves Adriatic seafood specialties prepared by an expert chef and renowned Croatian wines.

Comfortable hotels, cabins on board MSY Barbara, MY Futura, MS Vita, or MS Vapor.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
  Herceg Novi, Montenegro 2 nights
   MSY Barbara
  At Sea, At Sea 7 nights
   Hotel President
  Split, Croatia 2 nights
 Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort is situated on a seaside promenade a mere 5 minute walk from downtown Herceg-Novi where narrow streets, alleyways, intimate squares and cafés abound. The hotel sits among thick Mediterranean vegetation looking out on a view of the Gulf of Kotor.
  Contact info: ul. Sveta Bubala
Herceg-Novi 85340,   Montenegro
phone: +382.31.355 000
  Room amenities: High speed internet access, satellite TV, air conditioning, telephone, mini bar, shower, hair dryer, in-room safe and iron/ironing board
  Facility amenities: Swimming pool, paddling pool, private beach, health & wellness center, 3 restaurants, conference center, wireless internet, 24 hour front desk
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 454-5768 for rates and bookings.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 MSY Barbara
Type: Other
  Description: This three mast motorized sailing yacht was built in 2006. It has three decks and 16 guest cabins which can accommodate up to 34 guests. Please note that the ship does not have the ability to accept credit cards. All payments (including cabin charges) must be made in cash prior to disembarkation. ATM machines are available in most ports. The currency on board is the Euro and the Croatian Kuna.
  Ship Information: Type of the boat: motorized sailing yacht with three masts Length: 41 m Year of building: 2006 Flag: Croatia Draft: 3.5 m Wideness: 8.35 m Construction material: stainless steel combined with teak and acajou wood Number of cabins for guests: 16 Capacity for guests: 34 Crew is consisted of: captain, first engineer, cook, 3 sailors and hostess Number of cabins for crew: 5 Engine characteristics: Motor power: Two "MAN" type engines each with 380Hp Speed: 12 nautical miles per hour Capacity of water tanks: 80 cubic meters Capacity of fuel tanks: 10 cubic meters Electricity supply: from public net, or from two aggregates (220 V) without limitations
  Contact info: Poljicka cesta 3, Suhi Potok
Jesenice,  21314 Croatia
phone: +385 (0) 91 5087470
  Room amenities: Cabins are located on the main and lower decks. Main deck cabins have a small window which opens, and lower deck cabins have a porthole. Each cabin has twin beds (2x 90x180 cm) or double bed (160x180 cm, 180x180 cm) with air-conditioning, working tables, mirror, night lamps, wooden wallboards, chair, electricity supply, safety and fire alarm installations, toilet and shower.
  Facility amenities: Bar and restaurant with air conditioning. The chef prepares delicious meals with fresh, locally grown food. Sunbathing area and jacuzzi on deck. Valet laundry.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Shower only.

 Hotel President
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located in the city center at the foothills of the famous Marjan hill
  Contact info: Starceviceva 1
Split,  21000 Croatia
phone: +385 21 305 222
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, laundry & dry cleaning service
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBD Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 for rates and bookings.

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins on day 2 with orientation in the early evening at the program hotel in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. You will be staying at Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on day 12 at the program hotel in Split, Croatia. You will be staying at Hotel President the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Passport must be valid for 6 months.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Taxis are readily available in both Split and between Herceg Novi and Dubrovnik.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Herceg Novi
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers who plan to make their own way to the program hotel in Split can take a taxi from the airport. There are also designated group transfers available to independent travelers at no additional cost. The group arrival flights are as follows: OU 4467 ZRH-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 12:00PM 09 May 2014 UA 9801 ZRH-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 12:00PM 09 May 2014 OU 0668 ZAG-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 12:40PM 09 May 2014 *These three flights will be transferred together. UA 9811 CDG-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 1:50PM 09 May 2014 OS 0731 VIE-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 2:20PM 09 May 2014 *These two flights will be transferred together. LH 1710 MUC-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 4:10PM 09 May 2014 If you have booked your own air and your arrival time corresponds with any of these flights, please let us know if you would like to join the transfer. Upon leaving the aircraft, you will retrieve your luggage, go through Customs and into the arrival hall where a Road Scholar representative will meet participants. We will then transfer to the hotel via minivan or coach.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Split
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Independent travelers can take a taxi from the hotel to the airport or can ask the hotel for assistance in arranging a transfer. There is also a designated group transfer available to independent travelers at no additional cost. The group departure flights are as follows: LH 5993 SPU-MUC, Departs Split 7:55AM 20 May 2014 A transfer for this group flight will be provided from your hotel in Split to the Dubrovnik airport. If you have booked your own air and your departure time corresponds with this flight time, please let us know if you would like to join the transfer. For those going on the post extension (21037-052014), a transfer will be provided. Your Study Leader will be traveling with you to the first extension hotel.
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: Depart from the US
(Thursday, May 8)
 Depart From: Depart from the US on international flights.

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation in Herceg Novi
(Friday, May 9)

Note: Arrival and transfer to the hotel involves walking approximately 800 yard from where bus stops to the hotel. Luggage will be taken to hotel by mini bus. Any participants who need help will be taken to the hotel by mini bus.

 Afternoon: After arrival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, transfer to the hotel in Herceg Novi, Montenegro and take some time to unpack and relax before orientation. In the early evening meet with your Group Leader and fellow participants for introductions and an overview of the program itinerary, logistics and helpful travel information.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel in Herceg Novi.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Kotor, Montenegro
(Saturday, May 10)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a breakfast buffet with a variety of choices such as meats, eggs, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and water.
 Morning: Field Trip: Discover Perast: The Bay of Kotor’s towns and islands have become internationally recognized as one of Montenegro’s primary attractions and cultural treasures. One of the most interesting of these is ancient Perast. The motorcoach will take us around the bay where we will begin our walk to see palaces from the Renaissance and Baroque eras that attest to its former days of wealth as a favored vacation spot for Venetian and Russian nobles. There are also reminders of the town’s seafaring heritage when it was a bustling port. Yet today, Perast has a population of fewer than 400. We then take small boats out into the bay to the tiny island, Our Lady of the Rocks. Legend has it that in 1452, two brother sailors passed by a small crag jutting out of the bay, bearing an icon of the Madonna and Child. To honor this experience, generations of mariners pledged their faith and created an artificial island by scuttling old ships and depositing stones. Eventually, the base was strong enough for a chapel that was named Our Lady of the Rocks. Such was its fame that the chapel was gifted with thousands of silver plates as well as masterful paintings. En route and back, you will be able to see at a distance the small island of St. George, a “natural” site notable for its Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th Century. At the conclusion of the field trip, we board the motorcoach and transfer to Kotor.
 Lunch: Lunch today is on your own in Kotor to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Kotor (UNESCO SITE) A local expert leads our exploration of Kotor’s old town, small but one of the best preserved on the Adriatic. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famed for exceptional architecture in a stunning natural setting. Founded by the Romans, Kotor developed into an important center of commerce and the arts. Traded back and forth between empires, its history is tempestuous. It was a bridgehead of Venice for a time, and Venetian influence is apparent everywhere including the impressive city wall. One of the key sites we will visit is the Maritime Museum, housed in a former palace, that documents the importance of seafaring in Kotor’s history and culture and its former status as a naval power.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Herceg Novi / Embark in Dubrovnik, Croatia
(Sunday, May 11)

Note: In the morning, the visit to Herceg Novi involves walking up a slope to the Old Town approximately 900 yards, then approximately 800 yards through the Old Town to the main square and first fortification, and then 900 yards back to the bus. In the afternoon, the visit to Dubrovnik involves walking no more than 2 miles in a circular trip and standing for up to 2 hours inside the Old City.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning check out of the hotel and discover the city of Herceg Novi. Your Group Leader will lead an optional walk into the Old Town. Although actually one of the younger towns on the Montenegrin coast, Herceg Novi originated during the Roman Empire. It is special thanks to its exceptional landscape on the slopes of Mount Orjen, highest mountain in the Dinaric Alps, facing one of the world’s most beautiful bays. The once strong, high, city walls have deteriorated over centuries due to earthquakes and the ravages of wars, but enough remains to recall an extraordinary history and heritage including vestiges of the Turkish, Venetian, Spanish, and Austro-Hungarian periods.
 Lunch: Today you have the opportunity to dine in the home of a local family en route to Dubrovnik. Discuss the realities of daily life along the Adriatic coast and gain insight into the culture and values of modern-day residents.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Explore Dubrovnik: We ride into the city and see at first glance that Dubrovnik is not simply lovely to look at with its towering stone walls, marble streets, and buildings from other ages, but steeped in a rich and fascinating history. We cross a stone bridge, then walk down the stone-paved main street known as the Stradun that is both commercial and residential. In spite of conflicts over the centuries, Dubrovnik retains its character with Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture seen in palaces, churches, and other beautiful buildings where people live and work. Little remains of the devastation from a months long siege and shelling in 1991. Led by a local expert, we will visit sites including the Franciscan monastery and the impressive Rector's Palace. In the late afternoon, arrive at Dubrovnik Port Gruz and board the MS Barbara for the first time. Before dinner, enjoy a lecture by a professor from the University of Dubrovnik who will provide an overview of this exceptional city.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship. For this evening and others aboard the Barbara, our chef will prepare tasty meals with different set menus. We will endeavor to accommodate special dietary needs to the extent possible given local resources.
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dubrovnik Old Town
(Monday, May 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship. Aboard the Barbara, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, fruit, cereals, yogurt, local bread, hot and cold drinks.
 Morning: This morning, transfer to Dubrovnik Old Town for independent exploration. Here we have some suggestions: SUGGESTION 1. Walk The City Walls -- The city walls were originally constructed in the 10th century, although fortified considerably in 1453. They are 3m thick along the sea wall, and 6m thick inland. The Old Town has fortresses at its four corners, which are the Minceta Tower , Revelin Fortress, St John's Fortress, and Bokar Bastion. SUGGESTION 2. The Dubrovnik Cable Car -- One of Dubrovnik's famed attractions used to be its cable car - built in 1969 - which rose up to the top of Mount Srd above the city, giving visitors a chance to take in some (even more) spectacular views of the Old Town and the shoreline. Sadly, the cable car was completely destroyed during the war in the early 1990s and was never repaired...until this year! The service has now been fully restored with entirely new equipment and is sure to be a must-do for visitors once again. A journey to the top of Mount Srd takes only 3 minutes, and once there you can take in the views whilst enjoy a snack, or something more, at the cafe or restaurant at the top.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Adriatic as the ship sails.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mljet National Park / Korcula Island and Town
(Tuesday, May 13)

Note: In the morning, the visit to Mljet National Park involves walking over a small hill to a small lake and around it along to the big lake for approximately 1 mile and 400 yards, then retracing one's steps back to the ship. In the afternoon, the visit to Korcula requires walking and climbing some steps through the coastal gate and through the Old Town of Korcula for approximately 1 mile and 200 yards, then back to the ship for approximately 600 yards.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Field Trip: National Park Mljet: Comprising the western part of Mljet Island, Mljet National Park is considered the most important protected area of southern Dalmatia and among the most captivating with its varied and verdant vegetation. The park includes two deep bays that, due to extremely narrow links to the sea, are called the Small Lake (Malo Jezero) and the Great Lake (Veliko Jezero) that has at its center the islet of St. Mary, reached by boat. The main feature is a 12th Century Benedictine monastery that includes the Church of St. Mary. The building has served a variety of purposes of the centuries and is now a café-restaurant. We will walk about 10 minutes (approximately a mile) and down a small hill to Malo Jezero and another 10 minutes (approximately half a mile) to the point where we take a boat to the islet and the monastery to hear the story of the monks and visit the church before returning.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Medieval Korcula After arriving in Korcula, we walk from the yacht to explore the Old Town, which, according to legend was founded by the Trojan elder Antenor. Local legend also claims it as the birthplace of the great explorer Marco Polo. This historic town sits on a fortified point jutting out into the sea. Its buildings of stone with red tile roofs create one of the most picturesque images along the coast. As we walk, observe the herringbone pattern of narrow walkways adorned with elegant houses and palaces. Among the most significant sites we will visit are St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Town Museum presenting cultural and commercial milestones from prehistory to the present with collections of traditional crafts including stonemasonry and shipbuilding as well as household objects that represent everyday life.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample local cuisine
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Hvar Island and Town
(Wednesday, May 14)

Note: The visit to Hvar is mainly flat and no more than 1 mile and 400 yards round trip, then standing for up to 2 hours.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Presentation: "The Yugoslav Wars" led by your Study Leader in the ship's lounge. Examine the conflict and 20 years of independence.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Hvar: Following the decline of the Roman empire, the island of Hvar’s harbor town -- a center of Adriatic civilization and trade for thousands of years – was besieged by pirates. Hvar’s people sought protection from the Venetians, resulting in a new era of prosperity that enriched its cultural heritage. Today we see ancient walls, Gothic palaces, and stone paved streets. Led by a local expert, we will walk to the Arsenal -- described by the Venetians as “the most beautiful and the most useful building in the whole of Dalmatia” -- that includes the first theater in the western world open to all classes (built in 1612). We continue across the old town square, largest in Dalmatia, to St. Stephen's Cathedral, completed in the 18th Century on a 6th Century church site, followed by the Franciscan monastery.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Hvar Island and Stari Grad
(Thursday, May 15)

Note: The visit to Stari Grad is no more than 1 mile round trip of walking on mainly flat ground.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Field Trip: Discover Old Town:Stari Grad, one of the oldest settlements in Europe, sits on a beautiful bay in the northwest corner of Hvar -- “queen” of Croatia’s Dalmatian islands. Fields surrounding this ancient town were first laid out by Greek colonists in the 4th Century B.C. In the thousands of years since, it has been known by different names depending on which power controlled it. Slavs and Croats began arriving during the 6th and 7th centuries. Numerous monuments recall the town’s turbulent history. Stari Grad today is a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with white stone houses. We will walk to the castle of the nobleman poet Petar Hektorovic, the Dominican monastery (1482) with its famous painting “The Mourning of Christ” attributed to Tintoretto.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Or, if you prefer, simply relax aboard the yacht. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Before dinner tonight, enjoy a musical event aboard the Barbara. Within the rich cultural heritage of Dalmatia, music holds a special place and one of the most popular forms of expression is singing. The group Faroski Kantaduri (Faros Cantors) performs a combination of traditional Dalmatian polyphonic song blended with Gregorian chant, or as they put it, "from the tavern to the altar." The Faroski Kantaduri have performed throughout Croatia and 20 countries from Europe to America including leading music festivals.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trogir
(Friday, May 16)

Note: The visit to Trogir involves walking approximately 1 mile and 600 yards round trip.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Presentation: "History of Croatia" led by your Study Leader in the ships lounge. Examine the history of the area that can be traced to prehistoric times.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Ancient Trogir: We arrive in Trogir mid-afternoon. Led by a local expert, we will undertake a walking exploration on this small island just off the mainland. The beautiful little town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It developed out of the ancient town of Tragurion (island of goats) founded by Greek colonists in the 3rd century B.C. Trogir today abounds with monuments that testify to its millennia of rich cultural heritage. As we walk along the waterfront to the South Town Gate, step back in time 4,000 years. We will Visit St Lawrence Cathedral and walk to St Mark Fort to view the city's defenses built by the Venetians. After your field trip today, enjoy a lecture by a University of Split assistant professor to deepen your understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Split City Discovery
(Saturday, May 17)

Note: The visit to Split involves walking approximately 2 miles and 600 yards round trip on flat ground and standing for up to 2 hours.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a group lecture on board. An assistant professor at the University of Split will provide insights into aspects of the area's distinctiveness.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Split led by a local expert, we will set out to explore the city on foot. The contemporary metropolis is a busy international port, university town, and home to notable scientific institutions, but its history began with Diocletian’s Palace. Built as an imperial villa for the emperor’s retirement, this huge complex spanning almost 10 acres at one time housed as many as 9,000 people. Split developed in the Middle Ages as a town within the palace. Today it is one of the only cultural monuments in the world where people still live. In addition to extraordinary Roman architecture, we will also explore significant sites such as the Peristyle, once the palace entry hall; the Golden Gate, once the main palace entrance; Temple of Jupiter; Cathedral of Saint Duje (Domnius), constructed from Diocletian’s mausoleum and reputed to be the oldest cathedral in the world including a 200-foot tall Bell Tower; and the statue of Grgur Ninski, a 10th-Century bishop who championed use of the ancient Croatian alphabet.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark / Sibenik / Dalmatian Village Experience
(Sunday, May 18)

Note: In the morning, the visit to Sibenik involves walking approximately 1 mile round trip and standing for up to 1 hour. In the afternoon, participants walk approximately 500 yards round trip across uneven terrain through the village.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Field Trip: Discover Sibenik: This morning we disembark the ship and depart for Šibenik. Distinguished by its beautiful landscape, dramatic history, and cultural monuments, Šibenik has the distinction of being the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic. The old town is full of distinguished churches, noble palaces, and stone houses typical of Dalmatia. The Cathedral of Saint Jakov (James) is UNESCO World Heritage listed. We will walk along the sea front to the Cathedral and Town Museum in the former Rector’s Palace. At the conclusion of the field trip, we will hop aboard the motorcoach and visit a characteristic Dalmatian village.
 Lunch: Home-hosted lunch in a Dalmatian village featuring home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is at leisure. Glimpse the culture and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean as we explore a hamlet of small stone houses clustered around a central courtyard. Later in the afternoon we return to Split and check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Split.
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Split Ethnographic Museum
(Monday, May 19)

Note: The visit to the Split Ethnographic Museum involves walking up to 2 miles round trip on flat ground. There is a lecture on the top floor of the museum which requires climbing several flights of stairs. No elevator is available.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture at the Etnographic Museum Split: Founded in 1910. The ethnography of the whole of Dalmatia is on show. The most typical costumes of the region, some of which excel with their embroidery, are exhibited (the pieces from Ravni Kotari, Knin, Vrlika, Imotski, Poljica). Some feature a characteristic white embroidery (from Sinj, the Dalmatian hinterland) or lacework (from Primosten, Novigrad and Pag). Various trades are on display in the museum: pottery, knitting, handiwork (woodcarving, basketry, the making of footwear). The museum presents the basic froms of economic life. One can also see Various instruments, silver jewellery and types of weapons.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in Split to discover the flavors of Dalmatia; your Group Leader will be on hand to provide suggestions and directions.
 Afternoon: Free time to further explore the city.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel in Split.
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Departure
(Tuesday, May 20)

Note: This program has a post-program extension! Extend your stay on 21037: Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes, featuring 3 nights of accommodation in Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Discover the energetic city of Zagreb, Croatia's capital and absorb the beauty of the colorful lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park. If you would like to enroll in this extension, please contact our Participant Services department at 1-800-454-5768.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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Dubrovnik, A History

Author: Robin Harris

Description: Harris, a journalist who writes frequently on the Balkans, presents a comprehensive portrait of the historically important maritime city-state in this nicely illustrated, scholarly and readable history of Dubrovnik.

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Author: John Lowden

Description: An illustrated guide to the architectural heritage of the early Christian period (860-1453), with a survey of the philosophy and intellectual climate of the time.

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

Author: Eyewitness Guides

Description: Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights.

Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook

Author: Lonely Planet Publications

Description: A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.

Montenegro, A Novel

Author: Starling Lawrence

Description: Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turk and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of a reluctant British spy, Harwell Auberon, from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essence of the people and the land.

The Balkans, A Short History

Author: Mark Mazower

Description: A brief, provocative survey of the complex and often contentious history of the Balkans. With eloquence and insight, Mazower addresses the issues of geography, nationalism and modern nation-building in the region.

Venice, Pure City

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Description: Ackroyd's evocative, novelistic portrait of the city captures the spirit of the canals, markets and festivals, the merchants, artisans, scandals and seductions that have made Venice forever fascinating.

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