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Walking the Hidden Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast

Program Number: 13402RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/6/2015 - 5/19/2015; 9/16/2015 - 9/29/2015; 9/30/2015 - 10/13/2015; 10/14/2015 - 10/27/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Croatia
Price starting at: $3,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 34; 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Greek ruins and Adriatic views: the Dalmatian Coast glimmers with tranquility and the rich influences of Central Europe and the Mediterranean. Discover the history, architecture and natural environment as you walk through seaside towns and mountain trails, Diocletian’s fourth-century palace and the ancient streets of this once-embattled and ever-beautiful region. Meet local residents and learn about the original trails that unite the villages and people of the Dalmatian Coast.




Highlights

• Sample Dalmatian vintages during a lunch at a local home.
• Learn about the former pirate stronghold of Omis as you boat on the crystal-clear water of the Cetina River.
• Study flora and fauna as you hike along the waterfalls and lakeshores of Krka National Park.



Activity Particulars

Walking and hiking 4-8 miles, approximately 3-5 hours per day on paths and mountain trails, up and down over mixed terrain; may be rocky and steep with ascents and descents. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Split; Trogir, 3 nights; Makarska, 6 nights; Dubrovnik, 3 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the USA
1 night
Arrival Split
Coach to Trogir
3 nights

Start at the Zedno village walking along the Ciovo island with splendid views of the Adriatic Sea. Explore the village of Trogir including the chapel "gospa od prizidnice." Continue to Krka National Park for a walking lecture introducing the park’s history and its unique flora and fauna, which includes more than 200 species of birds. Hike to the largest waterfall, Skradinski Buk, before continuing by boat upstream to Roski Slap to study the historic mills and a 14th-century monastery.



Coach to Makarska
6 nights

Explore Split, where today's residents live amid the shining ruins of the fourth-century palace once belonging to Emperor Diocletian. Field trips to Lokvicici and the Grabovac winery and a brief stop at the Imotski Blue and Red lakes. Share the wonder of this area with a journey by ferry to the island of Brac, famous for its white stone, which was used to build the White House. There, a guided walk describes what you see from the highest point in the Adriatic islands. Continue to the charming harbor village of Bol. On the mainland, discover the village of Gornje Tucepi and Makar with an excursion to the botanical garden in Kotisina, and the ancient history in the Cetina River gorge. Travel the Sveti Jure winding road with spectacular views of the Biokovo Mountain range. Walk the switch back trail up to Mt. Vosac with its incredible view of the Makarska Riviera.



Coach to Dubrovnik
3 nights
Departure

The rival of fellow sea trader Venice during the Middle Ages, Ragusa -- now Dubrovnik -- today has few rivals to compete with its stunning Adriatic coast and silhouette of massive fortifications. Examine these 14th-century walls, as well as the small village of Cilipi in the Konavle Hinterland, where you learn about southern Croatian traditions.




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
Trogir: Picturesque hotel in city center in Old Town. Makarska: Harbor-side three-star hotel on the promenade. Dubrovnik: Elegant hotel in a Mediterranean garden and private beach.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Fontana
  Trogir, Croatia 3 nights
   Hotel Biokovo
  Makarska, Croatia 6 nights
   Argosy Hotel
  Dubrovnik, Croatia 3 nights
 Hotel Fontana
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located amidst the charming narrow streets in the Old Town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the family-run Hotel Fontana is a picturesque hotel built with environmentally friendly materials. Guests can enjoy the coast of the Adriatic Sea on the restaurant terrace, and visit the nearby Trogir cathedral, among other landmarks.
  Contact info: Obrov 1
Trogir,  HR 21220 Croatia
phone: +385 21 885 744
web: www.fontana-trogir.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, alarm clock, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant with two terraces, bar, lounge, laundry and dry cleaning services, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: n/a Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Biokovo
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the center of Makarska, the Hotel Biokovo is ideally situated on the city waterfront, overlooking the magnificent blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nearby are beautiful beaches, green parks and lovely hiking trails for guests to enjoy, along with the pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff of the Hotel Biokovo.
  Contact info: Obala Kralja Tomislava 14
Makarska,  21300 Croatia
phone: +385 21 615 244
web: www.hotelbiokovo.hr
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant and pizzeria, cafe bar with sea view and terrace, cosmetic services (massage, manicure, pedicure, etc) and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Argosy Hotel
Type: Resort
  Description: The Argosy Hotel, known as the "garden of peace," is located amidst carefully landscaped gardens and the beautiful foliage of the Babin Kuk peninsula shore. Take in magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea and the island of Daksa while relaxing on the restaurant terrace, or visit the bustling old town of Dubrovnik which is just minutes away.
  Contact info: Iva Dulcoca 41
Dubrovnik,  20000 Croatia
phone: +385 20 446 100
web: www.valamar.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby, fresh water pool with bar, beauty salon, currency exchange and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Trogir, Croatia. Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:00 PM. (Hotel check-in is at 2:00 PM.) You will be staying at Hotel Fontana that night.
  End of Program:
Dubrovnik, Croatia. Program ends after breakfast on the last day. (Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM.) You will be staying at Argosy Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Local transportation.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Trogir
  Nearest city or town:  Split
  Nearest airport:  Split
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi outside the airport terminal. A taxi for 1-3 people is approx. 228 HRK. Alternatively, you may take a bus. Local bus #37 goes to Trogir. To get to the airport bus, cross the parking lot outside and head for the main road (about 200 m). For Trogir use the stop on that side. It costs HRK 122 Euros per person and it takes approx. 10 minutes. Buses depart the airport for Trogir every 20-30 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Dubrovnik
  Nearest airport:  Dubrovnik - 45 minutes
  Transportation from site: Take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. It is approx. 15-30 minutes and costs about 250 HRK.
Elevation Note: Day 10: Sveti Jure, Saint George (5800 feet) and Vosac (4665 feet).

Equipment Requirements: Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended). Please see the "Walking Boots" note for additional information on proper footgear.
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
(Wednesday, May 6)
   
 Afternoon: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrivals / Introduction to Croatia
(Thursday, May 7)
   
 Afternoon: Upon arrival take a private coach transfer (approx. 15 minutes) to the hotel for check-in. Introduction to Croatia and a welcome drink.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Fontana
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Ciovo Island / Zedno village / Trogir
(Friday, May 8)

Note: 3 hours of walking on dirt trails and pavement.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to Zedno village (704 feet), the starting point of today's walk along the Ciova island. Enjoy splendid views of the Adriatic Sea, along with a field lecture about the history of Ciovo Island. Take an excursion to the Gospa od prizidnice chapel.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Trogir.
 Afternoon: A field trip through the old town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Hear a field lecture entitled "Trogir: A Treasure of Art."
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture with Kriestie Evenson: "Croatia in Transition from 1992 (recent war) until now."
   
Accommodations: Hotel Fontana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Krka National Park / Skrandinski Buk waterfall / boat ride to Roski Slap
(Saturday, May 9)

Note: 1.5 hours of walking on boardwalk and dirt trails in the park.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by private coach to the entrance of the Krka National Park and begin a circular walk in the area with one of the largest waterfalls in Europe, Skradinski Buk, before continuing by boat upstream to Roski Slap (48 feet). Pass the island of Visavac, where a Monastery built in the 14th century is located. This eco-ethno village has returned to its ancestral way of life, without the rings and noise of cell phones and other electronic devices. This morning's field lecture will cover the Krka National Park.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel by private coach. Enjoy some free time for the remainder of the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Fontana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Palace of Diocletian / Mestrovic Gallery / Transfer to Makarska
(Sunday, May 10)

Note: 2.5 hours of walking on paved surfaces.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Private coach to Split for a walking field trip through the old town and an excursion to the Palace of Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This morning's field lecture is entitled "Split Past & Present."
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Split.
 Afternoon: This afternoon visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see works by Ivan Mestrovic - the greatest 20th century Croatian sculptor. The gallery is situated in the villa where he used to live that overlooks the blue Adriatic sea. Continue the coach transfer to Makarska. Once you check in, you can explore the little town on your own or join your program staff for a stroll along the nearby beaches.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Biokovo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: "The Country Behind the Mountains" / Village of Lokvicici / Wine Tasting
(Monday, May 11)

Note: 3 hours of walking on dirt trails, and through vineyards.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer by minibuses to the old village of Lokvicici (1968 feet). Excursion to the nearby cemetery with its large family tombs covered with many flowers. Walk through the vineyards to the Grabovac winery for a wine tasting and a special lunch hosted at a local's home.
 Lunch: Lunch hosted at a local's home in Lokvicici.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel by minibuses with a brief stop at Imotski Blue and Red lakes.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Biokovo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Island of Brac / Vidova Gora
(Tuesday, May 12)

Note: 2 hours of walking and 1.5 hours of optional walking on the island of Brac through the Mediterranean landscape of pines and macchia.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Begin today by ferry transfer to the island of Brac (1775 feet), famous for its white stone, which was used to build the White House. Walking field trip starts on a slightly uphill trail through typical Mediterranean landscape of pines and macchia to Vidova Gora (2559 feet), the highest point of all the Adriatic islands. Enjoy the sweeping view of the nearby islands and the Dalmatian coast. Take in a field lecture on the island of Brac.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch on Vidova Gora.
 Afternoon: Continue by coach to the charming harbor village of Bol, before returning to Makarska by boat. Optional walk offered after lunch to the village of Bol.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Biokovo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Village Walks in Gornje Tucepi and Makar
(Wednesday, May 13)

Note: 3 hours of walking through Mediterranean terrain, dirt trails and pavement.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Private coach transfer to the village of Gornje Tucepi, the starting point of today's walking field trip. The ancient trail undulates through stunning scenery and gorgeous views of the Dalmation coastline and the archipelago of the Adriatic Islands to the village of Makar.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Walk or coach back to the hotel, and proceed to the Malacological Museum for an excursion and lecture. The museum was founded by Fra Jure Radic in 1963 and houses the most magnificent display of the Adriatic, tropical and subtropical seas species. Enjoy some free time for the remainder of the afternoon.
 Dinner: Explore local restaurants on your own.
 Evening: Hear a lecture on Croatian history.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Biokovo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Kostanje / Cetina Canyon
(Thursday, May 14)

Note: 3.5 hours of walking on river banks, small rock trails, vegetation and pavement.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by private coach to the bone-gray karst carved by the Cetina River over millions of years, to Kostanje (717 feet). The field trip walk begins on a slightly uphill trail and then on a downhill trail leading to the Cetina gorge. Hear a field lecture on the Cetina Canyon.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue by boat on the crystal clear water through the Cetina Canyon to the former impregnable pirate stronghold of Omis (108 feet). Remnants of the old city walls still remain. Optional walk offered in the afternoon along the coast (one hour).
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: If the weather permits, take in an evening lecture by the Makarska Astronomy Club on "Astronomy with a Telescope."
   
Accommodations: Hotel Biokovo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Sveti Jure - the Biokovo Mountain Range
(Friday, May 15)

Note: 2.5 hours of walking on rocky mountain trails and Mediterranean vegetation.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Unforgettable coach ride along the winding road to the top of Sveti Jure (Saint George, 5800 feet). Revel in breathtaking views on the roof of the Biokovo Mountain range. On a clear day one can see as far as Bosnia-Herzogovina. Walk begins below the summit on a switch back trail up to Mt. Vosac (4665 feet) and ending with spectacular views of the Makarska Riviera. Today's field lecture is on the Biokovo Nature Park.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At the end of the trail the private coach awaits for the transfer back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Biokovo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ston / Transfer to Dubrovnik
(Saturday, May 16)

Note: 1 hour of walking on pavement.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Private coach travels along the spectacular Dalmation coastline to Dubrovnik via the walled village of Ston (0 feet) for a walking excursion. Today's field lectures are called "Dalmation Coastline" and "Importance of Ston, Then and Now."
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue on to Dubrovnik.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Argosy Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Coastal Walk to Cilipi / Folklore Parade
(Sunday, May 17)

Note: 3 hours of walking along the coastline and pavement.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast, transfer by minibuses to Cavtat. Walk along the coast, taking pleasure in the endless view of the open sea from one side and the Konavle mountain from the other. Take in a field lecture called "Konavle - Southernmost Region of Croatia." Continue the walk, passing picturesque villages before reaching Cilipi (502 feet). While in Cilipi, experience a Folklore Parade. Transfer by minibuses to the modest mountain village of Velji (1486 feet).
 Lunch: Lunch at a mountain inn.
 Afternoon: Transfer by minibuses back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Argosy Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Dubrovnik - The Pearl of the Adriatic Sea
(Monday, May 18)

Note: 2 hours of walking on pavement.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: After breakfast depart the hotel for a field trip through the old town of Dubrovnik, the walled and surprisingly compact old town surrounded by city walls that stretch for 2 kilometers (1.5 miles). It's impossible not to be struck by their remarkable size and state of preservation. Hear a lecture on Dubrovnik called "Pearl of the Adriatic."
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Dubrovnik. Your program staff will give you additional ideas of what to see and do.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Argosy Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Tuesday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Private coach transfer to the Dubrovnik airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Dubrovnik Museum of Croatian War of Independence
Located in one of the wings at the Fort Imperial on Mount Srd, the symbol of defence in Dubrovnik, this museum represents the fall of the Dubrovnik Republic, the history of Fort Imperial, the Serbian-Montenegrin aggression in 1991 and the liberation. Artefacts include documents, art, photographs, weapons, explosive devices, war maps, military equipment parts, recordings and video material, and objects from daily life that belonged to residents and defenders of Dubrovnik. For additional information, visit www.experience.dubrovnik.hr/eng/
  Trogir Trogir City Museum
Known as the "pearl" of Trogir, this museum is located in the palace Garagnin-Fanfogna. The museum's displays show the political, cultural and artistic development of the town from its foundation until the 20th century.
  Makarska Town Museum
Makarska's Town Museum was founded in 1961 and contains collections of archaeological, ethnographic and cultural-historical significance. It is located on the coast in the Baroque palace Tonoli.
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