16636
Croatia
Croatia: Treasure of the Adriatic Coast
Croatia’s seaside villages, stunning coast and ancient history make it the perfect destination for exploring traditional Mediterranean life.
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Program No. 16636RJ
Length
13 days
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3,269
Flights start at
1,150
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13 days
12 nights
30 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Zagreb
D
Arcotel Allegra Zagreb

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 PM.

Dinner: Welcome buffet dinner at the hotel. Dinners on this program are typically a buffet, or a three-course set menu. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Explore Zagreb
Zagreb
B,L,D
Arcotel Allegra Zagreb

Breakfast: Hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Expert-led field trip in Zagreb, the bustling capital of Croatia. Explore the lower town, including the green horseshoe, by bus. We will also drive up to Mirogoj, the landmark cemetery of the city, which has unique architecture. Take a short stroll along the curving streets of Kaptol and Gradec (almost a mile walking down from a small hill).

Lunch: At a local restaurant. Unless otherwise noted, lunches on this program are typically a two-course set menu.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the area on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Travel to Opatija
Opatija
B,L,D
Hotel Agava

Activity note: Transfer time: 2 1/2 hours to Rijeka. From Rijeka, 45 minutes to Opatija.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning, learn about the relationship between Croatia and the European Union during a lecture. Then, travel to Opatija.

Lunch: En route at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Arrive in Opatija. Settle in at the hotel before taking an orientation walk of the city.

Dinner: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Istrian Peninsula, Porec
Opatija
B,L,D
Hotel Agava

Activity note: 1 mile of walking on flat ground in Porec.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the Istrian Peninsula (1 mile of flat walking). The Istrian Peninsula was part of Italy until World War II, so it still has a strong Italian influence. Visit Porec on foot, a lovely town that is proud of its Roman heritage. It is also the home to a World Heritage Monument, the Euphrasian Basilica, which is one of the finest examples of Byzantine Art from the 5th century.

Lunch: At a local restaurant with a wine tasting en route. Learn about the viticulture of Istria.

Afternoon: Drive back to Opatija via a scenic route. Enjoy some free time to rest or stroll around in Opatija.

Dinner: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Split
B,L,D
Hotel Slavija

Activity note: Transfer time: 3 hours to Plitvice Lakes. From Plitvice Lakes, 3 hours to Split.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Departure to Split. Travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Part of the Dinaric Karst, the national park has a unique landscape with waterfalls, cascades, and several small rivers that flow through 16 crystal clear lakes. The park is rich with flora and fauna as well. At the entrance of the park we will see the view of the big waterfall, and the crystal clear lakes below us. A small train can take us through the forest to our lunch place. More adventurous travelers can walk down to the lakes.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the park.

Afternoon: Continue on to Split, and arrive in the later afternoon. Walk to the hotel (.22 miles). For those who cannot walk, a special transfer will be arranged.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Diocletian's Palace
Split
B,L
Hotel Slavija

Activity note: 1 mile of walking on flat ground.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Expert-led field trip through Diocletian's Palace in Split (1 mile of flat walking). The palace has been a living monument for 1700 years, since the Roman Empire. Explore the Peristyle, Cathedral, former gates and rooms of the palace, and the majestic statues by Ivan Mestrovic - the greatest 20th century Croatian sculptor.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the old town.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon in Split to explore the area on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Lecture, Mestrovic Gallery
Split
B,L,D
Hotel Slavija

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: A local expert will lecture at the hotel about the monument protection of Central Dalmatia.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Mestrovic Gallery, situated in a villa where sculptor Ivan Mestrovic used to live, overlooking the blue Adriatic sea. Known as the greatest 20th century sculptor in Croatia, Mestrovic's works can be found all around the world. On display at the gallery are bronze, marble, and wood sculptures, along with drawings, architectural plans, and family furniture.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Mostar
Dubrovnik
B,L,D
Tirena Hotel

Activity note: Transfer time: 3 hours to Mostar. From Mostar, 3 hours to Dubrovnik. 1 mile of walking on cobblestones.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Travel along the coast to Dubrovnik. On the way, we stop in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to see its World Heritage Site (1 mile walking on cobblestone). The old bridge of Mostar symbolizes the unity of the different nationalities living in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge was destroyed in the war, but was rebuilt to its original form in 2004.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Mostar.

Afternoon: Arrive in Dubrovnik. Settle in at the hotel.

Dinner: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Dubrovnik Sightseeing
Dubrovnik
B,L
Tirena Hotel

Activity note: 1 mile of walking.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on Croatia's history and present day life. Expert-led walking excursion in Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site (1 mile of walking). See the Rector's palace, Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio fountain and St. Blaise's Church, among other highlights.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in the old town of Dubrovnik.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: You may want to see an optional concert this evening. Your program staff can give you a list of available performances when you are on the program.

DAY
11
Ston (Peljasac Peninsula), Olive mill
Dubrovnik
B,L,D
Tirena Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we will take a boat ride to Lokrum Island, a nature-protected area with a small lake and botanical garden. We will visit the Benedictine Monastery. After our boat ride we will drive to Orasac to visit a local family.

Lunch: With a local family.

Afternoon: Continue to visit with the local family. Learn how they produce olive oil. Taste local grappa, and olive oil. Travel to Ston to visit the old walls which used to protect the salt production of Peljasac Peninsula. Take a short walk in town, and then a photo stop at the Salt Pans.

Dinner: Wine testing with a snack dinner in a local winery, where you will have a chance to taste some oysters.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Konavle Region
Dubrovnik
B,L,D
Tirena Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Visit the town of Cavtat, once known as Epidaurus, and the administrative center of Konavle. The town is situated in a beautiful bay. Then visit the River Ljuta where we will see a reconstructed watermill and stamp mill and learn about the production of wool and fabric.

Lunch: At a local family restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to the garden of the local family who owns the restaurant where we will eat lunch, along with a short performance of folk dancers. Then take an excursion to the town of Cilipi, famous for its folklore traditions. Drive back to Dubrovnik and have some free time to pack and enjoy the sea.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner with local klappa singers at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Dubrovnik airport (DBV) for departures. This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.