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The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht

Program Number: 20118RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/18/2014 - 9/30/2014; 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: $3,297.00 - 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 three different ships: MSY Barbara, MY Futura, and MS Aloha. 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, and MS Aloha.
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) 241-1404 for rates and bookings.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 MSY Barbara
Type: Other
  Description: This three mast motorized 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, the Croatian Kuna, and the US Dollar.
  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 (EXCEPT cabins 15 and 16), 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 Herceg Novi can pre-book a transfer from the Dubrovnik airport, either through the hotel or through several agencies that offer this service. There are also three designated group transfers available to independent travelers at no additional cost. The group arrival flights are: 1. LX 4256 ZRH-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 12:00PM 19 September 2014 2. OS 0731 VIE-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 2:10PM 19 September 2014 3. LH 1710 MUC-DBV, Arrives Dubrovnik 4:10PM 19 September 2014
  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: 1. LH 5993 SPU-MUC, Departs Split 7:55AM 30 September 2014 2. OU 4438 SPU-MUC, Departs Split 7:55AM 30 September 2014
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, September 18)
 Depart From: Depart from the US on international flights.

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation in Herceg Novi
(Friday, September 19)

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, we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel with choices of hot and cold international dishes, fresh salads, coffee, tea, and water.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Budva and Kotor, Montenegro
(Saturday, September 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 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 scutting 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. Your 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, September 21)

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. Visit the old fortified town decorated by buildings dating back to 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: Explore Dubrovnik, which Lord Byron described as “the Pearl of the Adriatic” while George Bernard Shaw called it “Paradise on Earth”. With such lavish praise heaped on the place, visitors could be forgiven for fearing it might fall short of expectations. Happily, even at first glace, it soon becomes apparent that with its towering stone walls, marble streets and beautiful baroque buildings, Dubrovnik is a city that is not just aesthetically pleasing, but steeped in a rich and fascinating history. We drive to the viewpoint south of town, then cross the stone bridge to walk down the broad, stone-paved main street known as the Stradun. It is the city's main thoroughfare, lined with graceful stone palazzi where people both work and live. Enter the city and visit the amazing courtyard of the Sponza Palace, known for its elaborate stone carvings. Explore the Franciscan monastery, as well as the impressive Rector's Palace and Church of St. Blaise. Late in the afternoon arrive at the 3-mast motorized yacht, Barbara, and take some time to settle into your cabins.
 Dinner: Dinner on the ship. For this evening and other dinners 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, September 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship. Aboard the Barbara, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, fruit, cereals, yogurt, local bread, hot and cold drinks.
 Morning: Transfer to Dubrovnik Old Town for independent exploration. Here we have some suggestions, the first being 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. Our second suggestion is the Dubrovnik Cable Car. One of Dubrovnik's famed attractions used to be its cable car - built in 1969 - which rose 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! (Lucky you!!) 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 enjoying 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 toward Mljet.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mljet National Park / Korcula Island and Town
(Tuesday, September 23)

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: Discover Mljet National Park, distinguished by its densely wooded environment and two beautiful saltwater lakes, Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. On this excursion, you will take a short boat trip to an island located in the centre of Veliko Jezero and pay a visit to the 12th century Benedictine monastery. Walk over the small hill to the Small Lake and along to the bridge leading to the Large Lake to the point where small boats will take you on the Large Lake to the tiny Island of St Mary with its Benedictine Monastery dating back to the 12th Century.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon the ship arrives at the island of Korcula. Explore Korcula Town, which according to legend was founded by the Trojan hero Antenor. Adorned in smooth white stone on a picturesque point, the sights and sounds of Korcula are truly unique and not to be missed. Walk through the coastal gate and down the main street, the spine of the town grooved by a succession of tiny streets that branch out left and right like fish bones. Legend claims this as the birthplace of Marco Polo, the great Venetian trader and explorer. Visit the Cathedral of St Marc and the Town Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample local cuisine
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Hvar Island and Town
(Wednesday, September 24)

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: This morning delve into the history and culture of Croatia during an on-board lecture presented by your Study Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: The island Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antiquities because of its strategic and nautical position, the richness of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature. Walk to the Arsenal housing the first theatre in the western world open to all classes, then continue across the old town square to St Stephen's Cathedral. After exploring the cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery, enjoy some free time in the historic city center before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Hvar Island and Stari Grad
(Thursday, September 25)

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: This morning discover Stari Grad, formerly known as Pharia and Pharos, one of the oldest settlements on the island and the city after which the island was named (Hvar being a derivative of Pharia and Pharos). With roots reaching back to Greek antiquity, the town is adorned with white stone houses and has an atmosphere so special that throughout the years many of Stari Grad’s visitors have become its permanent residents. Walk along to visit the birthplace of poet Petar Hektorovic and the Dominican Monastery and Museum housing "The Mourning of Christ" by Tintoreto.
 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. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Before dinner this evening, enjoy a special musical event. Within the rich cultural heritage of Dalmatia, music holds a special place and one of the most popular forms or 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, September 26)

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

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a group lecture, "History of Croatia," led by your Study Leader in the ship's lounge. Examine the history of the area that can be traced to prehistoric times.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon discover ancient Trogir with your local expert. This beautiful little town was built on the site of the former Greek settlement of Tragurion and abounds with historical monuments that testify to its centuries of rich cultural heritage. These treasures include the Cathedral with its famous portal, a masterpiece of the local artist Radovan, the City Loggia built in the 15th century, the palace of the Cipiko family, the Town Hall and finally the Benedictine Abbey from 1064, which houses a relief of the Greek god Kairos. Walk along the waterfront to South Town Gate to enter this ancient town dating back 4.000 years. Visit St Lawrence Cathedral and walk to St Mark Fort to view the city's defense built by the Venetians.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Split City Discovery
(Saturday, September 27)

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 by a guest lecturer from the University of Split. You will gain insight into different aspects of the area's distinctiveness.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Discover Split with your local expert; the city, one of the main ports for the country serves as a hub for the nearby islands and beyond. Here lies Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built as a retirement residence for the Roman emperor Diocletian, dating back to the third century. Built as a villa, the palace is more like a city within a city. It features huge watchtowers, gates, private apartments, religious monuments and altars, all crafted in white limestone. At one time it housed as many as 9,000 people. The cobblestone streets and open spaces invite great learning opportunities. Explore the Diocletian Palace, Peristyle Square, Cathedral St. Dominus, Temple of Jupiter, Golden Gate and Statue of Bishop Grgur.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.
Accommodations: MSY Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark / Sibenik / Dalmatian Village Experience
(Sunday, September 28)

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: This morning disembark and depart for a field trip to Šibenik. Unique because of its fortresses and towers such as Sv. Mihovil [St. Mihovil], Sv. Nikola [St. Nicholas], Sv. Ivan [St. John] and Šubicevac, Šibenik is most famous for the cathedral of Sv. Jakov [St. James] that was built in the 15th century. Constructed by the masterful hands of Juraj Dalmatinac and Nikola Firentinac, and because of its original architecture of large stone slabs, this cathedral was entered on the UNESCO list of world heritage and voted at the same time to be most beautiful sacral building in Croatia. Walk along the sea front to the Cathedral and Town Museum.
 Lunch: Home-hosted lunch in a Dalmatian village featuring local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.
 Afternoon: Discover an unspoiled Dalmatian village for a glimpse of the culture and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean. Later in the afternoon return to Split and check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel in Split.
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Split Ethnographic Museum
(Monday, September 29)

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: This morning, deepen your understanding of the folk culture of Dalmatia at the Split Ethnographic Museum.
 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, September 30)

Note: This program has a post-program extension! Extend your stay on 21037: Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes, featuring 4 nights of accommodation in Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Discover the energetic city of Zagreb, Croatia's capital; explore the historic town of Varazdin; 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.
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