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The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht

Program Number: 20118RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/18/2015 - 4/30/2015; 4/25/2015 - 5/7/2015; 5/2/2015 - 5/14/2015; 5/6/2015 - 5/18/2015; 5/9/2015 - 5/21/2015; 5/13/2015 - 5/25/2015; 5/14/2015 - 5/26/2015; 5/20/2015 - 6/1/2015; 5/21/2015 - 6/2/2015; 5/27/2015 - 6/8/2015; 5/28/2015 - 6/9/2015; 6/3/2015 - 6/15/2015; 6/4/2015 - 6/16/2015; 9/16/2015 - 9/28/2015; 9/17/2015 - 9/29/2015; 9/23/2015 - 10/5/2015; 9/24/2015 - 10/6/2015; 9/26/2015 - 10/8/2015; 10/1/2015 - 10/13/2015; 10/3/2015 - 10/15/2015; 10/8/2015 - 10/20/2015; 10/10/2015 - 10/22/2015; 10/15/2015 - 10/27/2015; 10/17/2015 - 10/29/2015; 10/22/2015 - 11/3/2015; 10/24/2015 - 11/5/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Croatia/Montenegro
Price starting at: $3,147.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 28; 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; 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 Herceg Novi and ending in Split and some departures operate on the MY Futura. Please note PRE extension is available on all dates which start in Split and end in Herceg Novi and POST extension is available on all dates which start in Herceg Novi and end in Split

Itinerary At-a-Glance

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

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

Days 2-3: Arrival Split (Croatia):

A University of Split professor introduces you to the diversity of Croatia. Discover Diocletian’s Palace, built as a seaside retirement villa by the emperor. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Day 4: Coach to Sibenik / return to Split to embark vessel

In the village of Sibenik, step inside the Cathedral of St. James, a stunning marble basilica constructed by Italian and later Croatian masters.

Day 5: Trogir:

Explore this ancient Adriatic harbor town where you can admire the palace of the Cipiko family and the Kamerlengo Castle, built by the Venetians.

Days 6-7: Hvar:

Learn about the town of Stari Grad, occupied since 384 BC when the Greeks founded a colony there. Experience historic Hvar town.

Day 8: Korcula:

Go ashore on this lovely island (according to legend the birthplace of Marco Polo) for an expert-led walk through its tiny, charming streets.

Day 9: Mljet:

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

Day 10: Dubrovnik / disembark:

Discover the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, described by Lord Byron as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Disembark the ship and continue your exploration of Dubrovnik before travelling by coach to Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Days 11-13: Coach to Herceg Novi (Montenegro) / departure:

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.

MY Vapor

The MY Vapor is a comfort yacht with an intimate atmosphere. Built in 2005, this small yacht has 18 air-conditioned cabins all with modern amenities and en-suite facilities. With a maximum capacity of 36 passengers, this vessel is the perfect way to experience the Adriatic Coast with a group of like-minded lifelong learners.

Comfortable hotels, cabins on board MSY Barbara, MY Futura, MS Vita, or MS Vapor.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel President
  Split, Croatia 2 nights
   MS Vapor
  At Sea, At Sea 7 nights
   Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
  Herceg Novi, Montenegro 2 nights
 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 prior: TBD Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 for rates and bookings.

 MS Vapor
Type: Other
  Ship Information: Max. No of persons 36/37 Length 33m Width 7.6m Built in 2005 Reconstructed Engine 500HP Speed 10NM Diesel tank 10 t Water tank 40 t Warm water Yes Sun Deck 200 m2 Total no. of cabins 18 On deck 10 Private shower/toilette Yes Washbasin Yes All cabins are air conditioned!
  Contact info: Katarina Line d.o.o. Sprinciceva 13
Opatija,  HR-51410 Croatia
phone: +8004725589
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort is situated on a seaside promenade, a walk of approximately 800 yards up a slope to the Old Part of Herceg-Novi where narrow streets, alleyways, intimate squares, and cafés abound. The hotel sits amid lush Mediterranean vegetation with views 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. iron and 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 after: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 454-5768 for rates and bookings.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program commences on Day 2 with orientation in the early evening at the program hotel in Split, Croatia. You will be staying at Hotel President that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes with breakfast on Day 12 at the program hotel in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. You will be staying at Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport must be valid for 6 months past the program date.
  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:  Split
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased the program with airfare included and who arrive on the group arrival date. The group arrival flights will be finalized in your final information packet 5-6 weeks prior to the program start date. If you did not purchase your air through Road Scholar but would like to join one of these transfers, please call Participant Services with your complete flight information and let them know which transfer you would like to join.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Herceg Novi
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased the program with airfare included and who depart on the group date. The group departure flights will be finalized in your final information packet 5-6 weeks prior to the program start date. If you did not purchase your air through Road Scholar but would like to join this transfer, please call Participant Services with your complete flight information and let them know which transfer you would like to join.
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 U.S.
(Thursday, October 22)

Note: OPTIONAL PRE-PROGRAM EXTENSION: Arrive early and enjoy extension program 21037: "Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes" providing 3 nights accommodation in Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Discover the energetic city of Croatia and the extraordinary natural beauty of southeast Europe's oldest national park, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. If you wish to enroll in this optional extension program, please contact Road Scholar Participant Services at 800-454-5768 for details.

 Depart From: International flights from the U.S.

Day 2: Arrival in Split, Croatia / Hotel Check-in / Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Friday, October 23)
 Arrive To: Split, Croatia.
 Afternoon: Upon leaving the aircraft, you will retrieve your luggage, go through Customs, and into the Arrivals hall where a Road Scholar representative will meet participants. We will then transfer to the hotel via minivan or coach.

Hotel Check-in: After getting your room assignment, you will have some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax before our Orientation session.

Orientation: In the early evening, the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will have an overview of the program, review the up-to-date daily itinerary and any changes, and discuss Road Scholar guidelines, safety and emergency procedures, logistics, and helpful travel information. We will also 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 3-course meal blending Mediterranean and international flavors plus complimentary coffee, tea, and water. Other drinks including alcoholic beverages are available at additional cost.
 Evening: At leisure. Get a good night’s sleep and be ready for a full day tomorrow.
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Explore Split / Free Afternoon / Evening at Leisure
(Saturday, October 24)

Note: Walking approximately 2.5 miles; standing indoors and out, stairs including some with no railings.

 Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet offers a variety of local foods such as meats, eggs, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: A guest lecturer will provide insights into aspects of the area’s distinctiveness.

Then, 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.

 Lunch: Savor the flavor of Dalmatia with lunch on your own in Split. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. You might want to visit the Archaeological Museum, the Maritime Museum inside the Fortress built by Venetians in the 17th Century, or stop in at local art galleries. For the very energetic, consider a climb to the top of the Bell Tower or a walk up Marjan Hill with its panoramic views. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Šibenik / Dalmatian Village Experience / Board and Embark MS Vapor
(Sunday, October 25)

Note: Walking in Sibenik approximately 1 mile; standing indoors and out up to an hour; mostly level terrain. In the Dalmatian village, walking approximately 500 yards; uneven terrain.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, 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: Our lunch in the village features home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.
 Afternoon: 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.

Late in the afternoon, we return to Split and board the yacht that will be our home for the next seven nights, the MS Vapor.

 Dinner: For this evening and other dinners aboard the Vapor, 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.
 Evening: At leisure. Settle in and enjoy a relaxed evening with new Road Scholar friends.
Accommodations: MS Vapor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Split and Trogir
(Monday, October 26)

Note: The Split Ethnographic Museum field trip involves walking up to 2 miles. At Trogir, walking approximately 1.5 miles. There is a lecture on the top floor of the museum which requires climbing several flights of stairs. No elevator is available.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Vapor, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, fruit, cereals, yogurt, local bread, hot and cold drinks.
 Morning: This morning, we walk from the yacht to the Split Ethnographic Museum that houses excellent examples of Dalmatia’s rich traditions and cultural heritage, from jewelry and weapons to traditional costumes and embroidery. The museum presents aspects of life over the past two centuries including trades such as pottery, knitting, woodcarving, basketry, footwear, and the like. The building itself is fascinating, reputed to have been Diocletian’s apartment in the imperial palace.

At the conclusion of the field trip, you may walk back to the yacht or stay a while longer for personal independent exploration. Please note that most museums in Split are closed on Monday.

The Vapor departs Split at 13:00hrs (1:00pm).

 Lunch: Aboard the Vapor, our lunch buffet offers a choice of cooked meal or sandwich and fresh salad plus coffee, tea, water.
 Afternoon: 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.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we will walk back to the Vapor for a presentation by a University of Split professor to deepen your understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.

 Dinner: This evening, dinner is on your own to enjoy the local cuisine. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: MS Vapor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: The Island of Hvar and Stari Grad
(Tuesday, October 27)

Note: Walking up to 1 mile, mostly flat ground.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Vapor.
 Morning: Departing Trogir, we head for Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Our Study Leader will discuss the more recent history of this ancient land.
 Lunch: Aboard the Vapor.
 Afternoon: 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.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we return to the Vapor for a special musical event.

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: Aboard the Vapor.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: MS Vapor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hvar Town
(Wednesday, October 28)

Note: Walking a little more than 1 mile, standing up to 2 hours.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Vapor.
 Morning: Arrival in Hvar Town. 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.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we will walk back to the Vapor.

 Lunch: Aboard the Vapor.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. 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.
 Dinner: Aboard the Vapor.
 Evening: At leisure. We are exploring places known by relatively few Americans. What have you found most interesting so far?
Accommodations: MS Vapor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Korcula Island and Town
(Thursday, October 29)

Note: Walking approximately 2 miles; climbing steps through the coastal gate and Old Town.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Vapor.
 Morning: As we depart Hvar Town and head for Korcula, our Study Leader will discuss the Yugoslav wars -- considered by many the worst series of military conflicts in Europe since World War II -- and 20 years of independence.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: 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.

We will walk back to the Vapor at the conclusion of the field trip.

 Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.
Accommodations: MS Vapor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: National Park Mljet
(Friday, October 30)

Note: Walking approximately 2 miles including over a small hill and around a lake.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Vapor.
 Morning: En route from Korcula to Mljet, enjoy a relaxed morning as you take in sights and sounds along the Adriatic coast.
 Lunch: Aboard the Vapor.
 Afternoon: 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.

 Dinner: Aboard the Vapor.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: MS Vapor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dubrovnik
(Saturday, October 31)

Note: Walking up to 2 miles, standing up to 2 hours indoors and out.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Vapor.
 Morning: En route from Mljet to Dubrovnik, take in more of the sights and sounds of the Adriatic Coast.
 Lunch: Aboard the Vapor.
 Afternoon: A professor from the University of Dubrovnik will provide an overview of this exceptional city Lord Byron described as “the Pearl of the Adriatic” and that George Bernard Shaw called “Paradise on Earth.” Recent archaeological research has shown that settlement dates back to at least the 6th Century A.D. if not earlier.

Boarding our motorcoach, 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.

 Dinner: Returning from Dubrovnik, enjoy our last dinner aboard the Vapor when we will share highlights of the experience.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: MS Vapor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark in Dubrovnik / Transfer to Herceg Novi, Montenegro
(Sunday, November 1)

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. Walking up to a mile during field trip including a steep slope to the Old Town.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Vapor.
 Morning: Free Morning. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see more of Dubrovnik on your own. The motorcoach will take everyone into the Old City at approximately 9:00am. You might want to walk the city walls -- originally constructed in the 10th Century and fortified in 1453 -- that are 3 meters (almost 10 feet) thick along the sea wall and 6 meters (almost 20 feet) thick inland, with fortresses at four corners. You can also ride the new Dubrovnik cable car for spectacular views of the Old Town and shoreline from the top of Mount Srd.

Rendezvous and board the motorcoach for departure by 11:00am.

 Lunch: Home Hosted Lunch. En route to Herceg Novi in Montenegro, meet a local family and enjoy a light lunch in their home featuring tasty local foods and wine. Learn about daily life along the Adriatic coast and gain insights into the attitudes and outlook of residents today.
 Afternoon: We arrive in Herceg Novi mid- to late afternoon and check into our hotel.

For those who are still feeling entergetic, the 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.

 Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet with choices of hot and cold international dishes, fresh salads, coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Kotor, Montenegro
(Monday, November 2)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet with a variety of choices such as meats, eggs, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: 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: 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: At our farewell dinner in the hotel, enjoy a buffet featuring varied seasonal foods as we share highlights of the program.
 Evening: Say farewell to new Road Scholar friends and prepare for a very early departure in the morning (time TBA). Please note: Departure times may vary depending on flight schedules.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Departure
(Tuesday, November 3)
 Breakfast: You will have a boxed breakfast (fruit, local pastry, juice) you may eat then or take on the motorcoach.
 Morning: We will depart via motorcoach for transfer to the Dubrovnik airport and return flights to the U.S.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast
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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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