20118
Croatia/Montenegro
The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht
Alongside experts, learn about Roman monuments, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, National Parks and idyllic villages nestled above the waters of the Dalmatian Coast.
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Program No. 20118RJ
Length
13 days
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3,299
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13 days
12 nights
26 meals
11 B 7 L 8 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight

Activity note: Pre-Program Option: Discover and explore more with extension program 21037: "Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes" featuring 2 nights of accommodation in Zagreb and 1 night in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Discover the energetic capital city of Croatia and the extraordinary natural beauty of southeast Europe's oldest national park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you wish to enroll in this optional extension program, please contact Road Scholar Participant Services at 800-454-5768.

DAY
2
Arrive Dubrovnik, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Herceg Novi
D
Palmon Bay Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m. Transfer from airport to Igalo hotel involves a border crossing; be sure to have passports handy. The wait time at the border depends on the season.

Afternoon: After arrival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, we will transfer to the hotel in Igalo near Herceg Novi, Montenegro, and take some time to unpack, relax, and feel free to explore Igalo, a town in Montenegro separated from historic Herceg Novi by the coastal borderline. You may wish to take in the natural Mediterranean beauty of the palm, eucalyptus, oleander, cypress, and mimosa trees. We’ll rendezvous in the late afternoon for Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to Road Scholar exclusive lectures, field trips, and activities, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. Please note that routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions could require altering the itinerary and/or the progress of the ship, making it run late and possibly miss ports if it cannot dock. The cruise itinerary should therefore be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll enjoy a plated welcome dinner with choices of hot and cold international dishes, fresh salads, and beverages including coffee, tea, water., one drink included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Kotor – Montenegro
Herceg Novi
B,L
Palmon Bay Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; approximately 60 miles total; about 1.5 hours each way. Walking approximately 2 miles throughout the day; elective activity to climb over 1,000 steps to ascend the City Walls; sturdy walking shoes recommended. Getting in/out of small motor boats; short ride to island.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, our breakfast buffet offers a daily selection of breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Beginning with a panoramic drive aboard a motorcoach through Herceg Novi, we will take a field trip led by a local expert to explore small coastal towns in this part of the Adriatic. 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 will then take small motor 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, on which they found 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, which we will visit and see inside. Such was its fame that the chapel was gifted with thousands of silver plates as well as masterful paintings. En route and back, we will be able to see at a distance the small island of St. George, a site notable for its Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th Century.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated and served meals with water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: A local expert will lead 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 prized city in the Venetian empire, 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, which documents the importance of seafaring in Kotor’s history and culture as well as its former status as a naval power.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out, transfer, and embarkation in the morning.

DAY
4
Dubrovnik, Embark Ship
Dubrovnik
B,D
MY Futura

Activity note: Driving approximately 30 miles to Dubrovnik; about 2 hours. Walking approximately 2 miles roundtrip; periods of standing for up to 2 hours; paved streets, some steps. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll board our motorcoach for transfer back to Dubrovnik. As we ride into the city, we’ll notice 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 it is also steeped in a rich and fascinating history. The motorcoach will leave us to deliver our own luggage to the ship as we explore the city on foot. We’ll 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 six month siege and shelling in 1991. Led by a local expert, we will visit sites including the Franciscan monastery and the impressive Rector's Palace.

Lunch: On your own to explore the regional cuisine.

Afternoon: After some time to explore independently, we’ll rendezvous aboard the ship and be greeted with a welcome drink and speech before participating in the mandatory safety drill. You will then have free time to mingle before dinner.

Dinner: Aboard the ship each evening, our chef will prepare delicious plated dinners with different set menus. Dietary needs will be accommodated to the extent possible given local resources. Coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Dubrovnik Old Town, Free Time, Sail to Mljet
Šipan
B,L,D
MY Futura

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; minimal driving. Walking distance and duration dependent on personal interest. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship, we will enjoy an extensive European buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: After transferring to Dubrovnik’s Old City via bus, we’ll take this opportunity to see more of the city independently. You might want to walk along the city walls, originally constructed in the 10th Century and fortified in 1453, which 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 may also wish to ride the new Dubrovnik cable car for spectacular views of the Old Town and shoreline from the top of Mount Srd. Once back on the ship, we will enjoy a lecture from a professor from the University of Dubrovnik, who will provide an overview of this exceptional city while we sail to Mljet.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Upon arrival after sailing to Mljet, take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Mljet National Park, Korcula Island & Town
Korcula
B,L,D
MY Futura

Activity note: Walking approximately 4 miles throughout the day: About 2.5 miles, approximately 2 hours at Mljet National Park around lakes, including a small incline. About 1.5 miles roundtrip, approximately 1,5 hours at Korcula. Climbing some steps; uneven terrain of gravel and rock, stairs with no railings. Getting in/out of small boats; short ride to St. Mary Islet.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Led by national park staff, we will explore the breathtaking National Park of Mljet, which comprises much of the western part of Mljet Island, and see why it 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), which has at its center the islet of St. Mary that we will reach by boat. The main feature is a 12th Century Benedictine monastery, which includes the Church of St. Mary. The building has housed a wide variety of tenants over the centuries and is now a café-restaurant.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After arriving in Korcula, we’ll walk from the yacht to explore Korcula’s medieval Old Town on foot, 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 with a local expert, we’ll 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 stone masonry and shipbuilding, as well as household objects that represent everyday life. Afterwards, we’ll have some time to explore independently before dinner.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Hvar Town
Hvar
B,L
MY Futura

Activity note: Walking approximately 1.5 miles in Hvar; periods of standing up to 2 hours; mostly flat terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: In the ship's lounge, we’ll enjoy a presentation about Croatia and its neighbors, given by our Group Leader. The presentation will examine the Yugoslav Wars, their legacy, and 20 years of independence.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Getting off the ship at port in Hvar Town, we’ll set out into this iconic harbor town. Following the decline of the Roman Empire, Hvar 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 will 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’ll 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.

Dinner: On your own to explore the local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
The Island of Hvar: Stari Grad
Stari Grad
B,L,D
MY Futura

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 mile roundtrip in Stari Grad; periods of standing; mainly flat terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We explore the Old Town on the island of Hvar on foot. Stari Grad, formerly known as Pharia and Pharos, is one of the oldest settlements on the island and is, in fact, 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. Walking along, we’ll visit the birthplace of poet Petar Hektorovic and the Dominican Monastery and Museum housing "The Mourning of Christ" by Tintoreto.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After some time for independent exploration, we will gather on the ship in the late afternoon for a musical performance. Within the rich cultural heritage of Dalmatia, music holds a special place and one of the most popular forms of expression is singing. A local group of musicians will perform a combination of traditional Dalmatian polyphonic songs blended with Gregorian chant, or as they put it, “from the tavern to the altar.”

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Trogir, Dalmatian History
Trogir
B,L
MY Futura

Activity note: Walking approximately 1.5 miles roundtrip in Trogir; about 1.5 hours; flat terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: In the ship's lounge, we’ll delve into the history and culture of Croatia during an onboard lecture presented by our Group Leader.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll arrive in Trogir in the mid-afternoon and, 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 that developed out of the ancient town of Tragurion (island of goats), which was founded by Greek colonists in the 3rd century B.C.E. 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, we’ll step back in time 4,000 years and visit St Lawrence Cathedral, then walk to St. Mark Fort to view the city's defenses built by the Venetians. Back aboard the ship, we’ll enjoy a lecture given by a professor from the University of Split to deepen our understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.

Dinner: On our own to sample the local fare. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Split
Split
B,D
MY Futura

Activity note: Walking approximately 2.5 miles in Split throughout the morning’s group activities; periods of standing indoors and out; climbing stairs including some with no railings. Opportunities for more activity dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will set out on a walking exploration to discover Split with a local expert. 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.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: After some time to explore the city independently, we will rendezvous aboard the ship later in the afternoon to join a local lecturer who will give a talk focusing on aspects of the area’s distinctiveness.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we’ll enjoy a special Captain’s Dinner buffet. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. One choice of beverage included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out, disembarkation, and transfer in the morning.

DAY
11
Disembark in Split, Sibenik, Dalmatian Village Experience
Split
B,L,D
Cornaro Hotel

Activity note: Disembarkation expected by approximately 8:00 a.m. Getting on/off motorocoach; driving about 37 miles; approximately 1.5 hours. Walking approximately 1 mile roundtrip in Sibenik; periods of standing up to 1 hour. Minimal walking in the Dalmatian village; uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After checking out and disembarking the ship, we’ll board our motorcoach and transfer to Šibenik. Recognized 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 noteworthy churches, noble palaces, and stone houses typical of Dalmatia. The Cathedral of Saint Jakov (James) is a UNESCO World Heritage site; we will walk led by a local expert along the sea front to the Cathedral and Town Museum in the former Rector’s Palace.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in the Dalmatian village, we’ll enjoy plated meals featuring home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, with wine and water included.

Afternoon: As we explore a hamlet of small stone houses clustered around a central courtyard in the village, we’ll have an opportunity to glimpse the culture and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean. Later in the afternoon, we’ll return to Split and check into the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll enjoy a plated meal blending Mediterranean and international flavors, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Split Ethnographic Museum
Split
B,D
Cornaro Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles roundtrip to/from the Split Ethnographic Museum; about 1.5 hours on feet; mostly flat terrain. Periods of standing in museum; climbing several flights of stairs to top floor of museum; no elevator is available.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, our breakfast buffet offers a daily selection of breads, cheeses, cold cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Setting out from the hotel, we will walk to the Split Ethnographic Museum, which 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 more. The building itself is fascinating, reputed to have been Diocletian’s apartment in the imperial palace. During our visit, we’ll enjoy a lecture from a museum curator.

Lunch: On your own to explore the local fare.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a tasty plated farewell dinner featuring Croatian cuisine with a glass of wine or beer for a toast, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Soak in the final evening of our program in Croatia by exploring, discussing what you've learned, and enjoying the company of new Road Scholar friends. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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