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The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht

Program Number: 20118RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/4/2015 - 4/16/2015; 4/11/2015 - 4/23/2015; 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; 5/28/2015 - 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; 10/8/2015 - 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: $3,247.00 - 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 MSY Barbara or MY Futura, 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.



Futura

Built in 2013, this beautiful and modern yacht measures 154 feet and can carry up to 38 passengers in 19 cabins. The ship features a large sun deck, lounge and WiFi throughout. Cabin amenities include air conditioning, safe, and hairdryer.


Accommodations
Comfortable hotels, cabins on board MSY Barbara or MY Barbara
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel President
  Split, Croatia 2 nights
   MY Futura
  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
web: www.hotelpresident.hr
  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.

 MY Futura
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: A brand new vessel, built in 2013 for the 2013 season; this elegant boat is 47 meters long and 9 meters wide with a cruising speed of 9 nautical miles, offering contemporary style, together with plenty of communal space on-board. Please note that the ship does not have the ability to accept credit cards. All payments (including cabin charges) must be made in cash prior to disembarkation. ATM machines are available in most ports. The currency on board is the Euro and the Croatian Kuna. Type of the boat: A motorized yacht. Number of cabins for guests: 19 Capacity for guests: 38. 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 400Hp Speed: 9 nautical miles per hour Capacity of water tanks: 55 cubic meters Capacity of fuel tanks: 10 cubic meters Electricity supply: from public net, or from two aggregates (220 V) without limitations
  Ship Information: Length: 47m Width: 9m Constructed: 2013 Engines: 2X400 HP Speed: 9NM Diesel tank: 10 t Water tank: 55 m3 Sun deck: 230 m2 Total number of cabins: 19 guest cabins On deck: 11 cabins, Below deck: 8 cabins All cabins have A/C, private facilities, safe. Salon on top deck Crew members: 7
  Contact info: Katarina Line - M. Tita
75/1
Opatija,  51410 Croatia
phone: +385 (0) 51 603 400
web: www.katarina-line.com
  Room amenities: Cabins are located on the main and lower decks. Main deck cabins have a small window or port hole which opens; lower deck cabins have a porthole which does not open. Each cabin has twin beds (2x 90x180 cm) which could be pushed together, each cabin with air-conditioning, vanity tables, mirror, night lamps, a safe, small cupboard for clothes, wooden wallboards, chair, electricity supply, safety and fire alarm installations, hairdryer, toilet and shower.
  Facility amenities: Dining area, lounge, large sun deck, newly built in 2013, free wifi throughout. Bar / restaurant with air conditioning. The chef prepares delicious meals with fresh, locally grown food. Seating and sunbathing area on deck
  Smoking allowed: No

 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
web: www.hunguesthotels.hu/en/hotel/herceg_novi/hunguest_hotel_sun_resort/
  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 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:
This program begins 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:
This program ends on on day 13 after breakfast 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:
N/A
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 an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers who plan to make their own way to the program hotel in Split can take a taxi from the airport. There is also a designated group transfer available to independent travelers at no additional cost. The group arrival flights will be finalized in your final information packet (about 5-6 weeks before your start date). If you have booked your own air and your arrival time corresponds with this flight, please let us know if you would like to join the transfer. Upon leaving the aircraft, you will retrieve your luggage, go through Customs and into the arrival hall where a Road Scholar representative will meet participants. We will then transafer to the hotel via minivan or coach.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Herceg Novi
  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 will be finalized in your final information packet (about 5-6 weeks before your start date). A transfer for this group flight will be provided from your hotel to the Dubrovnik airport. If you have booked your own air and your departure time corresponds with this flight time, please let us know if you would like to join the transfer.
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
(Saturday, October 10)
   
 Depart From: Depart from the US on international flights.

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation in Split
(Sunday, October 11)
   
 Afternoon: After arrival in Split, transfer to the hotel 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: Welcome dinner at the hotel. 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Split City Discovery
(Monday, October 12)

Note: The visit to Split includes walking approximately 2.5 miles, standing indoors and out, and climbing stairs (including some with no railings).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Our breakfast buffet offers a variety of local foods such as meats, eggs, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and water.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a lecture at the hotel given by a professor from Split University, then discover Split with a 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 3rd 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.
 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 a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Sibenik / Dalmatian Village Experience / Embark
(Tuesday, October 13)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning check out of your hotel 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 home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.
 Afternoon: Free Time: Glimpse the culture and traditions or 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 majestic MY Futura.
 Dinner: Dinner on the ship. For this evening and others aboard the Futura, 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: MY Futura
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Split and Trogir
(Wednesday, October 14)

Note: The visit to the Split Ethnographic Museum involves walking up to 2 miles round trip on flat ground. The visit to Trogir involves walking approximately 1 mile and 600 yards round trip. There is a lecture on the top floor of the museum which requires climbing several flights of stairs. No elevator is available.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship. 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 awhile longer for personal independent exploration.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 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. Before dinner tonight, enjoy a lecture by a University of Split assistant professor to deepen your understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local cuisine. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
   
Accommodations: MY Futura
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: The Island of Hvar and Stari Grad
(Thursday, October 15)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning delve into the history and culture of Croatia during an on-board lecture presented by your Study Leader in the ship's lounge.
 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. This afternoon 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. After your field trip today, enjoy a special musical event on board the ship. 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 alter." The Faroski Kantaduri have performed throughout Croatia and 20 countries from Europe to America including leading music festivals.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MY Futura
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hvar Town
(Friday, October 16)

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

Day 8: Korcula Island and Town
(Saturday, October 17)

Note: 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: This morning, enjoy a presentation by your Study Leader focusing on the Yugoslav Wars. Examine the conflict itself and 20 years of independence.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: When the ship arrives 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. The historic town sits on a fortified point jutting out into the sea. Its buildings of stone with red tile roofs create one of the most picturesque images along the coast. As we walk, observe the herringbone pattern of narrow walkways adorned with elegant houses and palaces. Among the most significant sites we will visit are St. Mark's Cathedral and the Town Museum presenting cultural and commercial milestones from prehistory to the present with collections of traditional crafts including stonemasonry and shipbuilding as well as household objects that represent everyday life.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.
   
Accommodations: MY Futura
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: National Park Mljet
(Sunday, October 18)

Note: 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.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning is yours to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Adriatic as the ship sails toward Mljet.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: National Park Mljet: Comprising the western part of Mljet Island, Mljet National Park is considered the most important protected area of southern Dalmatia and among the most captivating with its varied and verdant vegetation. The park includes two deep bays that, due to extremely narrow links to the sea, are called the Small Lake (Malo Jezero) and the Great Lake (Veliko Jezero) that has at its center the islet of St. Mary, reached by boat. The main feature is a 12th Century Benedictine monastery that includes the Church of St. Mary. The building has served a variety of purposes over the centuries and is now a cafe-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: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MY Futura
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dubrovnik
(Monday, October 19)

Note: 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 on board.
 Morning: This morning is yours to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Adriatic as the ship sails toward Dubrovnik.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Explore Dubrovnik: Today we take public transportation 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. After our field trip, 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.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board with music.
   
Accommodations: MY Futura
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark in Dubrovnik / Transfer to Herceg Novi, Montenegro
(Tuesday, October 20)

Note: 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.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning disembark and explore 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 the 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: En route to Herceg Novi in Montenegro, meet a local family and enjoy a light lunch in their home featuring tasty local snacks and wine. Learn about daily life along the Adriatic coast and gain insights into the attitudes and outlook of residents today.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Herceg Novi, Montenegro and check in at the hotel. For those who are still feeling energetic upon arrival, the Group Leader will lead an optional walk into the Old Town. Although actually one of the younger towns of the Montenegrin coast, Herceg Novi originated during the Roman Empire. It is special thanks to its exceptional landscape on the slopes of Mount Orjen, the 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 war, but enough remains to recall an extraordinary history and heritage including vestiges of the Turkish, Venetian, Spanish, and Austro-Hungarian periods.
 Dinner: Dinner at your hotel in Herceg Novi. Enjoy a buffet with choices of hot and cold international dishes, fresh salads, coffee, tea, and water.
   
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Kotor, Montenegro
(Wednesday, October 21)
   
 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 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 on your own in Kotor
 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: Farewell dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Departure
(Thursday, October 22)

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 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to Dubrovnik airport for return flights to the U.S.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Eyewitness Guide Croatia


Author: Eyewitness Guides


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



Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook


Author: Lonely Planet Publications


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



Montenegro, A Novel


Author: Starling Lawrence


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



The Balkans, A Short History


Author: Mark Mazower


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



Venice, Pure City


Author: Peter Ackroyd


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





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