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The Wonders of the Adriatic Coast by Small Ship

Program Number: 21606RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/20/2014 - 8/30/2014;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Croatia/Italy/Montenegro
Price starting at: $5,200.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 25; 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The shores of the Adriatic Sea can be viewed as an al fresco museum of European history. Each day on this voyage you will step off the ship into a fascinating era, be it Ancient Greek times, the rule of the Venetian Republic or the height of the Ottoman Empire. Experience four countries, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and centuries’ worth of splendid architecture.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day and standing for up to two hours; some uneven and hilly terrain. Some mobility is required to get in and out of the small boats that are sometimes used for disembarkation.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Dubrovnik (Croatia), 1 night; aboard Corinthian, 7 nights; Venice (Italy), 1 night.

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

Days 2-3: Arrival Dubrovnik (Croatia) / embark Corinthian:

Start your adventure in one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, Dubrovnik. Discover the old walled town’s palaces, narrow streets and a 13th-century pharmacy. Lodging: Modern hotel a short walk from Old Town.

Day 4: Kotor (Montenegro):

Sail into the fjord-like Bay of Kotor and go ashore in the town of the same name. An expert-led walking excursion reveals Renaissance and Baroque palaces and the 12th-century cathedral.

Day 5: Korcula (Croatia):

On this charming island find an intact medieval town with its walls and guard towers still standing. Venture out of town through villages and vineyards and sample some wines at a local taverna.

Day 6: Ploce / Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina):

From the port of Ploce journey to the Herzegovinian city of Mostar, which was once ruled by the Ottoman Empire. See the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge).

Day 7: Vis and Hvar (Croatia):

Navigate to two lovely Croatian islands today. First explore unspoiled Vis and its quaint fishing town of Komiza. Then continue to Hvar, a fertile island of rosemary and lavender with unmistakably Venetian architecture.

Day 8: Split:

When the Roman Emperor Diocletian was ready to retire he had a grand palace built in Split; it still stands today. Explore the palace’s interior including the Emperor’s mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple and the underground complex.

Day 9: Rab:

Navigate past the dramatic Kornati Archipelago to the island of Rab. Rab is a true standout even among Croatia’s many beautiful coastal towns — discover its stately mansions, Venetian-era buildings and Romanesque cathedral.

Days 10-11: Venice (Italy) / disembark / departure:

In the City of Bridges an expert-led field trip brings you inside the opulent Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, symbols of the immense power Venice once held. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.


Launched in early 2009 after extensive refurbishment, redecoration, and other improvements, the private yacht-like Corinthian accommodates a maximum of 100 passengers in 50 suites, all offering ocean views. Public facilities include a single-seating restaurant, two lounges, expansive library, gym, spa, Jacuzzi and spacious sundeck.

Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Astarea
  Dubrovnik, Croatia 1 night
  Aboard the Corinthian, At Sea 7 nights
   Hotel Domina Giudecca
  Venice, Italy 1 night
 Hotel Astarea
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located just outside of Dubrovnik, within walking distance to various beaches in the town of Mlini.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Šetalište Marka Marojice 40
Mlini, NA 20207 Croatia
phone: +385 20 484 066
  Facility amenities: modern and well equipped hotel located in a marvellous Mediterranean garden 303 rooms and 4 suites in the hotel and annex close to the Mlini pebble beach facing the open sea and islands Supetar, Mrkan and Bobara cocktail bars restaurant indoor swimming pool with heated sea water rooms for conferences, wedding parties, banquets, bridge tournaments sauna, massage shops beauty salon balconies
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please contact Travel Services Please contact Travel Services for additional nights.

Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 4,077 Overall Length: 290 feet Beam: 50 feet Draft: 12 feet Flag Malta
  Contact info: 132 East 70th Street,
New York ,, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
  Room amenities: All accommodations aboard the Corinthian are suites. And include a bedroom with two twin-sized beds or one queen sized bed, sitting area, mini bar, VCR/DVD/CD player, color TV, Marble appointed bathroom with spacious shower and other amenities.
  Facility amenities: Public facilities include a restaurant tha accomodates guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, expansive library with Internet access, state-of-the-art gym/spa, beauty salon, boutique,Jacuzzi, hospital and ample deck areas for sunbathing and relaxing.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Domina Giudecca
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Corte Ferrando 409/C -
Venice,  30133 Italy
phone: +39 041 2960168
  Facility amenities: •Café •Breakfast lounge •Room service •Laundry •Private landing •Wi-Fi Internet
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: TBD Please request rates with Travel Services. Hotel cannot confirm without participant CC and rooms are non refundable. No pre/post requests accepted after 4/15/14. Previous confirmations will be honored.

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins late in the afternoon of Day 2 at the program hotel in Dubrovnik. You will be staying at Hotel Astarea that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on Day 11 at the program hotel in Venice. You will be staying at Hotel Domina Giudecca the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Dubrovnik
  Transportation to site: If you purchased your air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services, and you are arriving in Dubrovnik on Day 2 of the program, you will be provided with a free transfer from the airport to the hotel. Transfer times will be confirmed in your final mailing.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Venice
  Transportation from site: If you purchased your air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services, you will be provided with a transfer from the hotel to the airport on the final day of the program.
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: Overnight Flight from the US
(Wednesday, August 20)
 Depart From: Depart the US for international flights to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 2: Arrivals
(Thursday, August 21)
 Arrive To: Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to the hotel.
 Dinner: In the evening, join your group leader for a welcome dinner and program orientation at the hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Astarea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Dubrovnik / Embark Corinthian
(Friday, August 22)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, Dubrovnik is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's ancient walls enclose narrow cobblestoned streets and alleyways, palaces and mansions. Explore the Rector's Palace; the Franciscan Monastery, which houses a 13th-century pharmacy (the oldest in Europe); and the baroque Cathedral, which works by Renaissance painters Titian and Andrea del Sarto.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time in Dubrovnik to explore the city and its walls. Transfer to the port to embark the Corinthian.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dubrovnik, Croatia / Kotor, Montenegro
(Saturday, August 23)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Return to Dubrovnik this morning for a further look at this medieval city.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon sail the deep, fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach the port town of the same name, located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. One of the most striking and best preserved towns along the Adriatic coast, Kotor is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. A tour of this delightful town reveals its magnificent walls, palaces and churches, including the Drago Palace with its elegant Renaissance windows, the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral and the baroque Lipovac Palace.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Korcula Island, Croatia
(Sunday, August 24)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: As we dock in Korcula town, steps away from our ship stands the medieval city with its walls and guard towers still intact. Note the medieval town's unique layout: western streets slightly curve to minimize bura winds. Visit St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop's Palace, the Church of All Saints, the Icon Museum and Marco Polo's home.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue by bus and drive to the eastern end of the island, abundant in quaint, old villages, vineyards, wineries, and out-of-the-way beaches. In the village of Blato, visit teh Ethnographical Museum and enjoy wine sampling at a local tavern.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ploce, Croatia / Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovinia
(Monday, August 25)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which in the 15th century under the Ottoman Turks became a thriving center on the banks of the emerald Neretva River. Damaged by the military conflict in the 1990s, the town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most ("The Old Bridge") originally built in 1566, the nearby Tabacica Mosque, and an old Turkish house, among other sites.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch there will be free time to explore the old bazaar, a haven for the city's artists and craftsmen.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Vis and Hvar Islands, Croatia
(Tuesday, August 26)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Vis is one of Croatia's most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Land at Vis Town, set on a splendid bay, and drive across the small island to the quaint town of Komiza, which has retained its medieval character and architecture. Stately homes and other buildings face the palm-lined harbor, while the terraced hillside provides a lovely background to his idyllic setting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Discover Hvar, a fertile island of pale stone houses surrounded by rosemary, lavender and laurel. The architecture is unmistakably Venitian, and there are fine fortifications. Our tour of the island's principal town includes a visit to the 17th-century Municipal Theater, the Franciscan Monastery and its small gallery, the city's Loggia, and St. Stephen's Square. Continue by bus to the small 16th-century fortress, at the top of the hill, for spectacular views of Hvar Town's red-tiled rooftops and harbor.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Split, Croatia
(Wednesday, August 27)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement, Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in A.D. 295-305. Today it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. An extensive structure, many of which is well preserved, the palace contains within its walls Split's medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. Our tour of this extensive structure includes a visit to its underground cellars, the Mausoleum, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Northern Gate. Conclude the city discovery with a visit to the gallery of famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon to explore Split on your own.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cruising the Kornati Archipelago / Rab Island
(Thursday, August 28)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: In the morning, the ship will sail by the Kornati Archipelago, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands, en route to Rab.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Perched on a sloping peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab, the only town on the small island of the same name, is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia's coast. Four graceful belfries pointing to the sky dominate the unspoiled medieval town, with its narrow streets that are lined with stately mansions and other buildings. The Cathedral of Sveta Marija (St. Mary the Great) consecrated in 1177, is an excellent example of a Romanesque basilica, while the magnificent Bell Tower is a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. Our walking tour of this lovely town will include all its landmark sites.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Venice, Italy / Disembark
(Friday, August 29)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship. Today explore some of Venice’s main landmarks, including St. Mark’s Basilica, consecrated in 1094 and adorned with splendid marble and mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian power.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to explore the local flavors of Venice.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon to explore the city of Venice independently.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Domina Giudecca
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Venice / Departures
(Saturday, August 30)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights returning to the U.S.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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