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
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13 days
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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 Split, Check-In, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Split
D
Cornaro Hotel

Afternoon: After arrival in Split, Croatia, we will transfer to the hotel and attend an Orientation meeting. Your 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
Split, Free Time
Split
B,D
Cornaro Hotel

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. Streets are cobblestone and can be slippery especially when wet.

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

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

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.

DAY
4
Sibenik, Dalmatian Village Experience, Embark the Ship
Split
B,L,D
Katarina Lines' MY Futura

Activity note: 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. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach and depart for 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 return to Split and board the ship. 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. Settle in and enjoy a relaxed evening with new Road Scholar friends.

DAY
5
Split Ethnographic Museum, Trogir
Trogir
B,L
Katarina Lines' MY Futura

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles roundtrip to/from the Split Ethnographic Museum; about 1,5 hours on foot; mostly flat terrain. Periods of standing in museum; climbing several flights of stairs to top floor of museum; no elevator is available. Walking approximately 1.5 miles roundtrip in Trogir; about 1.5 hours; flat terrain.

Breakfast: On board the ship. Our breakfast buffet offers eggs, fruit, cereals, yogurt, local bread, as well as hot and cold drinks.

Morning: We will walk from the yacht 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 board the 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: Enjoy local fare on your own. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
The Island of Hvar: Stari Grad
Stari Grad
B,L,D
Katarina Lines' MY Futura

Activity note: The visit to Stari Grad involves walking 1 mile round trip on mostly flat ground. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Aboard the ship, delve into the history and culture of Croatia during a lecture presented by your Group Leader in the ship's lounge.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Before dinner, we will enjoy a live 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. 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 altar.” After dinner, enjoy an evening at leisure.

DAY
7
Hvar Town, Free Time
Hvar
B,L
Katarina Lines' MY Futura

Activity note: The visit to Hvar involves walking for 1.25 miles on mostly flat ground, then standing for up to 2 hours. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Korcula Island and Town
Korcula
B,L,D
Katarina Lines' MY Futura

Activity note: The visit to Korcula requires climbing some steps and walking for approximately 1.5 miles round trip. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Aboard the ship, enjoy a presentation entitled "Croatia and its Neighbors," given by your Group Leader in the ship's lounge. The presentation will examine the Yugoslav Wars, their legacy, and 20 years of independence.

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
9
Mljet National Park, Free Time
Šipan
B,L,D
Katarina Lines' MY Futura

Activity note: The visit to Mljet National Park involves walking up to 2.5 miles, including a small incline. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. There will be uneven terrain of gravel and rock with stairs with no railings.

Breakfast: On board the 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: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Dubrovnik, Free Time
Dubrovnik
B,D
Katarina Lines' MY Futura

Activity note: The visit to Dubrovnik involves walking up to 2 miles round trip and standing for up to 2 hours. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Our day will begin with an expert lecture, given by a professor from the University of Dubrovnik, providing an overview of this exceptional city. Boarding our motorcoach, 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. 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.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Celebrate our final evening on board with a Captain’s Dinner and live music.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Disembark in Dubrovnik Old Town, Igalo near Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi
B,L
Palmon Bay Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Please keep your Passport handy today as driving to Herceg Novi, Montenegro involves crossing a border.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: After disembarking the ship and 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.

Lunch: En route to Herceg Novi in Montenegro, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We arrive in Igalo near Herceg Novi, Montenegro and take some time to unpack and relax. 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 treesand take time to rest and refresh before dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Kotor, Montenegro
Herceg Novi
B,D
Palmon Bay Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; approximately 60 miles; 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: Enjoy local fare on your own. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a 3-course set menu Farewell Dinner featuring varied seasonal foods as we share highlights of the program.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for early transfers to the airport tomorrow.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.






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