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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; 4/30/2015 - 5/12/2015; 5/2/2015 - 5/14/2015; 5/6/2015 - 5/18/2015; 5/7/2015 - 5/19/2015; 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; 10/8/2015 - 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: $3,347.00 - 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.



Vita

This four star comfort yacht has just 18 cabins and can accommodate up to 36 Road Scholar participants for an intimate Adriatic Coast experience. The comfortable cabins are air conditioned and include modern amenities and en-suite facilities. The Vita’s construction was completed in 2014, and its friendly captain and crew of 9 are excited to say “Dobro Dosli” – Welcome Aboard!


Accommodations
Comfortable hotels, cabins on board MSY Barbara or MY Barbara
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel President
  Split, Croatia 2 nights
   MS Vita
  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.

 MS Vita
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MS Vita is a 125ft long, 26ft wide luxury vessel, with a cruising speed of nine nautical miles. This ship was built in 2013 with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. Maximum capacity is 36 passengers in 18 twin or double beds cabins, guaranteeing an intimate setting for all guests. All cabins have been built by up-to-date standards. Each, fully equipped with A/C, LCD TV, mini-bar, safe deposit box, fire alarm, internal communication system between room and bar. In addition to that each cabin have life jackets, cupboard, wardrobe cabinet, night stand with chair and porthole window while luggage compartment is placed under the bed. Bathrooms are equipped with toilet, shower, wash basin, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobe, and for added convenience cosmetic package. All cabins are sound-proof and each cabin comes with the fire-proof doors. Some cabins have indoor passage access to the bar and restaurant area.
  Ship Information: CABIN SPECIFICATION (140 - 190 sq ft) A fully air-conditioned upper deck dining room can accommodate all passengers at once, yet offer a great degree of privacy for each guest. The restaurant includes bar area with LCD TV, there is also a corner table for buffet breakfast while each table has an easy-access chairs. There is also free wireless internet access (Wi-Fi). A portion of the dining area extends outdoors, offering sweeping panoramic views of the surroundings. Ship is also equipped with loud-speakers audio-system system for announcements by the captain or Tour Director. The kitchen is built up to the latest HACCP standards. The lounging sundeck has a total surface of 2,368 sq ft, partially offering sun-shade cover and providing deck-beds for all passengers. The covered part of the upper deck is spacious enough to accommodate all passengers, tables, chairs with available public lavatory. The ship has a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water. In addition, the vessel offers two outdoor showers and TWO /not four/ deck lavatories.
  Contact info: 2929 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 USA
phone: 954-771-9200
web: www.kompas.net
  Facility amenities: Boat is equipped with: Complete navigation equipment (navigation radar, plotter, GPS, radio, etc.) Fire alarm Emergency lights Video surveillance Life boat for 50 pax Tender boat for 12 passengers Electricity on board: 220 V 2 engines (400 HP each) + 2 generators for A/C and lights
  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) 241-1404 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 transfer time will be confirmed in the final participant mailing approximately 5 weeks prior to departure.
  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 transfer time will be confirmed in the final participant mailing approximately 5 weeks prior to departure.
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
(Wednesday, May 20)

Note: This program has a pre-program extension! Arrive early and extend your stay on 21037: Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes, featuring 4 nights of accommodation in Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Discover the energetic city of Zagreb, Croatia's capital; explore the historic town of Varazdin; and absorb the beauty of the colorful lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park. If you would like to enroll in this extension, please contact our Participant Services department at 1-800-454-5768.



   
 Depart From: Depart from the US on international flights.

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation in Split
(Thursday, May 21)
   
 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 an additional cost.
   
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Split City Discovery
(Friday, May 22)

Note: The visit to Split involves walking approximately 2 miles and 600 yards round trip on flat ground and standing for up to 2 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 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 or near the hotel in Split.
   
Accommodations: Hotel President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Sibenik / Dalmatian Village Experience / Embark
(Saturday, May 23)

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: Discover an unspoiled Dalmatian village for a glimpse of the culture and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean. Later in the afternoon return to Split and embark on the MS Vita.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship. For this evening and other dinners aboard the Vita, 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: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Split and Trogir
(Sunday, May 24)

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.
 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. Please note that most museums in Split are closed on Mondays.
 Lunch: Lunch on board. Aboard the Vita, our lunch buffet offers a choice of a cooked meal or a sandwich and fresh salad plus coffee, tea, and water.
 Afternoon: This afternoon discover ancient Trogir with your local expert. This beautiful little town was built on the site of the former Greek settlement of Tragurion and abounds with historical monuments that testify to its centuries of rich cultural heritage. These treasures include the Cathedral with its famous portal, a masterpiece of the local artist Radovan, the City Loggia built in the 15th century, the palace of the Cipiko family, the Town Hall and finally the Benedictine Abbey from 1064, which houses a relief of the Greek god Kairos. Walk along the waterfront to South Town Gate to enter this ancient town dating back 4000 years. Visit St Lawrence Cathedral and walk to St Mark Fort to view the city's defence built by the Venetians. After your field trip, 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: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: The Island of Hvar and Stari Grad
(Monday, May 25)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning delve into the history and culture of Croatia during an on-board lecture presented by your Study Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: The Island of 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. Before dinner, enjoy a specially prepared musical performance onboard 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) will perform 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 other countries from Europe to America including leading music festivals.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hvar Town
(Tuesday, May 26)

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 civilizaiton 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: Afternoon at leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Or, if you prefer, simply relax aboard the yacht. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Korcula Island and Town
(Wednesday, May 27)

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: Presentation: "The Yugoslav Wars" led by your Study Leader in the ship's lounge. Examine the conflict and 20 years of independence.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Explore Korcula Town, which according to legend was founded by the Trojan hero Antenor. Adorned in smooth white stone on a picturesque point, the sights and sounds of Korcula are truly unique and not to be missed. Walk through the coastal gate and down the main street, the spine of the town grooved by a succession of tiny streets that branch out left and right like fish bones. Legend claims this as the birthplace of Marco Polo, the great Venetian trader and explorer. Visit the Cathedral of St Marc and the Town Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample the local cuisine
   
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: National Park Mljet
(Thursday, May 28)

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: Discover National Park Mljet, distinguished by its densely wooded environment and two beautiful saltwater lakes, Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. On this excursion, you will take a short boat trip to an island located in the centre of Veliko Jezero and pay a visit to the 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Walk over the small hill to the Small Lake and along to the bridge leading to the Large Lake to the point where small boats will take you on the Large Lake to the tiny Island of St Mary with its Benedictine Monastery dating back to the 12th century.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dubrovnik
(Friday, May 29)

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: Explore Dubrovnik, which Lord Byron described as “the Pearl of the Adriatic” while George Bernard Shaw called it “Paradise on Earth.” With such lavish praise heaped on the place, visitors could be forgiven for fearing it might fall short of expectations. Happily, even at first glance, it soon becomes apparent that with its towering stone walls, marble streets and beautiful baroque buildings, Dubrovnik is a city that is not just aesthetically pleasing, but steeped in a rich and fascinating history. We drive to the viewpoint south of town, then cross the stone bridge to walk down the broad, stone-paved main street known as the Stradun. It is the city's main thoroughfare, lined with graceful stone palazzi where people both work and live. Enter the city and visit the amazing courtyard of the Sponza Palace, known for its elaborate stone carvings. Explore the Franciscan monastery, as well as the impressive Rector's Palace and Church of St. Blaise. Before dinner tonight, a professor from the University of Dubrovnik will provide an overview of this exceptional city.
 Dinner: Enjoy our last dinner aboard the Vita when we will share highlights of the experience.
   
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark in Dubrovnik / Transfer to Herceg Novi, Montenegro
(Saturday, May 30)

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. You might want to walk the city walls - originally constructed in the 10th Century and fortified in 1453 - that are 3 meters thick along the sea wall and 6 meters 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. Rendevous and board the motorcoach for departure by 11:00AM.
 Lunch: En route to Herceg Novi, you have the opportunity to dine in the home of a local family. Discuss the realities of daily life along the Adriatic coast and gain insight into the culture and values of modern-day residents.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Herceg Novi, Montenegro and check in at the hotel. For those who are still feeling energetic, 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, 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 wars, but enough remains to recall an extraordinary history and heritage including vestiges of the Turkish, Venetian, Spanish, and Austro-Hungarian periods.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near your hotel in Herceg Novi.
   
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Budva and Kotor, Montenegro
(Sunday, May 31)
   
 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 brothers sailed passed by a small crag jutting out of the bay, bearing an icon of the Madonna and Child. To honor this experience, generations of mariners pledged their faith and created an artificial island by scutting old ships and depositing stones. Eventually, the base was strong enough for a chapel that was named Our Lady of the Rocks. Such was its fame that the chapel was gifted with thousands of silver plates as well as masterful paintings. En route and back, you will be able to see at a distance the small island of St. George, a "natural" site notable for its Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th Century. At the conclusion of the field trip, we board the motorcoach and transfer to Kotor.
 Lunch: Lunch today is on your own in Kotor to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor. 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
(Monday, June 1)

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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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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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