20118
Croatia/Montenegro

The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage

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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4.97 Average
Jacalyn
(5)

We were on the BLACK SWAN - OMG, how wonderful this ship was and the crew was so engaging, efficient and all around great! The trip was so good I looked for a second trip covering the northern end of Croatia. This is a beautiful and unsoiled part of the world that is a must see. Road Scholar did a bang up job!

Carolyn
(4)

This was a very enjoyable trip. We were fortunate to have perfect summer weather and calm seas. Going nearly at the end of the season was mostly good - much smaller crowds the biggest advantage - but lots of shops and restaurants were closed. Our guide, Luci, was amazing - such a well-educated and articulate person, who was also experienced in logistical matters and problem solving. The land-based guides and on-board lecturers were all excellent. I learned a ton. It was wonderful to see beautiful scenery and charming cobblestone-filled towns - but to a non-local, they were very much the same. So, a relaxing trip but not a challenging one. The boat was "fine," but to call it a luxury yacht is using poetic license. The food was acceptable but not excellent and most meals were buffet. Every breakfast was the same. There was no place on the ship to relax at night, and no evening activities. There was a terrible smell in cabins on one half of the boat that took several days to "clear." But the ship's virtue was its size - we could get into ports directly at the dock rather than using tenders as necessary for the cruise ships. While I loved the trip, I would not take it again.

Leslie
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

The trip was great as usual, but the chef on the boat needs the help of a dietician or you need a new boating company. At first I was disappointed that there were so many meals not on board. After a few days, I looked forward to not eating on board. There was white bread offered for toast, and who eats white bread anymore. One night we had pork sausages, pork kebabs, bacon and a pork chop over mashed potatoes, and the meat dishes were almost always over cooked. Since the guide was a vegetarian I don’t believe she realized how disappointed we were with the meals. It was a constant topic of conversation. There were quite a few uneaten meals. I hesitate to recommend this trip because the food was so mediocre on board the ship. I am not usually disappointed by anything Road Scholar does, but this trip was not up to your standards because of the food.

Karen
(5)

The exploration of the Dalmatia Coast onboard the Futura yacht was just magical. The unique ports on all the islands provided insight to life in Croatia. The beauty of the Adriatic Sea will amaze you!

Maureen
(5)

I cannot say enough good things about this trip:it was excellent! Great weather, great tour guides , interesting lectures, delicious food, and good company! Magical memories sailing on the Adriatic relaxing on the sun deck and learning about the Croatian culture remain highlights of our first Road Scholar trip. 5 stars !

Nancy
(5)

I will take Road Scholar trips in the future because of the learning experiences and guidance and lectures.

Marie
(5)

The Best of Croatia: A incredible tour with an exceptional tour guide

John
(5)

This is a great program for people who want to try a cruise for the first time. The route is very sheltered so the sea is calm, the distance between ports is short so you spend a lot of time in port. It is like having a movable hotel room and always eating in four star restaurants. However, you need to be aware that there is a lot of walking involved to see the sights.

Robin
(5)

This trip is another fabulous Road Scholar program. I would highly recommend it. The yacht, Futura, was wonderful and the crew was very accommodating and polite. The food served on the ship was outstanding. All of the shore excursions were well planned with just the right amount of free time and many suggestions by the local guides of things to do and places to eat.

Diane
(5)

Our tour leader Marina was outstanding and added to the congenial atmosphere our group enjoyed. The Black Swan was a luxurious yacht with excellent accommodations, food and service. This Road Scholar trip was everything and more than we expected. We highly recommend this trip to anyone, particularly those interested in this region and travelling in a small group.

Kathryn
(5)

Visiting this part of the world was an enriching experience. I was able to handle the walking tours even though I was concerned that I might not be able to participate in all of them. This tour surpassed my expectations.

Peter
(5)

Our first trip on Road Scholar. Our trip to Croatia along the Dalmatian coast on a luxurious yacht exceeded all our expectations. Truly a trip of a life time. Already planning our next journey on a Road Scholar trip.

Eileen
(5)

The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Journey by Yacht could not possibly have been better. We have taken a lot of RS trips, and this ranks at the top. Don't miss this one.

Bernadette
(5)

Croatia's beauty, incredible seacoast, interesting history and wonderful people are all featured in this terrific program. The yacht experience should not be threatening - the waters are calm. And only with the yacht can you visit the special islands with few crowds and terrific history. Stay away from big cruise liners - go RoadScholar.

Mary
(5)

Road Scholar did its job in preparing us for this fascinating trip. The amount I learned exceeded my expectation. I particularly appreciate their attention to detail and their desire to answer all questions, and to provide good service.

Margaret
(5)

very easy to follow

Deborah
(5)

What a wonderful trip this turned out to be! I originally went because I loved Game of Thrones, but ended up learning so much about the real history of Croatia. The Dalmatian Coast is gorgeous and visiting it by boat is the best way to do it. We had the best group leader, Biljana. You could tell she loved sharing her country and culture. All of the local guides and experts were excellent. Our boat, the My Princess Aloha was comfortable and clean, although a bit down at the heels (our captain said it was time to refurbish). The two hotels at either end were also very good (especially the Cornaro). If I had one complaint it would be too much food! Please cut down the portions, not all Americans like to eat that much. Do not expect haute cuisine, but you will get very good "homey" food. My fellow participants were welcoming, interesting and a lot of fun to be with. Not a stinker in the bunch! If you go, do it in spring or fall. Even then we still had large crowds to contend with in places like Dubrovnik and Split. But smaller places like Stari Grad were magical.

Peggy
(5)

This was a fabulous trip along the beautiful Adriatic Coast. The yacht MY Futura exceeded all our expectations and each stop enhanced our knowledge of the region's ancient and complicated history.

Zelma
(5)

This trip was much more than I expected and I have traveled extensively. Road Scholar is the way for me to go in the future. I would rate The Best of Croatia as one of my most memorable trips!

Janie
(5)

Learning street photography from a Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist (who is also an excellent teacher) while cruising on a perfect boat to Dalmatian Coast villages with leader Andrea providing history and context for all we saw made for a perfect visit to Croatia and Montenegro. I have 8000 photos to prove it!

K
(5)

Don't miss the breathtaking islands, medieval towns, and pleasures of small boat sailing!

Nelda
(5)

This is a great trip with gorgeous scenery, ancient cities, superb local tours and tour guides, and gourmet food onboard the ship. It is chartered solely for Road Scholar, which is a plus. There are lots and lots of cobblestones and stairs without railings, so it is accurately rated for activity level. Nevertheless, we are in our 80s and managed well.

Bonnie
(5)

Thoroughly enjoyed "The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht." Everything, from the incredible trip leader Ivan Boban to the glorious ship Futura, to the interesting guides in the ancient towns we explored was fantastic! Far exceeded my expectations. We got our 10K steps per day and learned a lot about ancient and modern Croatia, and soaked up the gorgeous and interesting scenery and locales. Great mix of planned activities and free time, along with delicious food, small group size, knowledgeable guides and the fascinating and beautiful Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Fantastic trip!

Linda
(5)

The Croatian island trip was spectacular. We got to see a large part of a beautiful country in a short period of time on an amazing state of the art comfortable yacht - Futura- with excellent food and best of all, with Ivan, a wonderful tour leader. Wow! We still can't get over how good this trip was!!!! Lloyd & Linda, Naples, FL

Susan
(5)

It was a wonderful experience. After spending 40 years planning, scheduling and worrying about international trip itineraries for my family it was so nice to be able to have Road Scholar do everything. If was truly a wonderful educational vacation and adventure for my sister myself and my son.

Susan
(5)

Croatia was a fabulous trip. Petra was a wonderful tour guide. Take this trip. hope she is your guide and that yo sail on the Ny Barbara. You will NOT be disappointed! Croatia is beautiful, the Adriatic is unbelievable and the food is OMG too good! Road Scholar provided a wonderful travel experience.

Kathleen
(5)

I loved being on the Motor Yacht Barbara in the Adriatic, swimming off the ship, and the active walking around on land. Wonderful part of the world!

Andy
(5)

There could be no better way to see exotic parts of the world, leisurely travelling by Motor Yacht, with select groups of people, and the friendliest of guides.

mary
(5)

Interesting trips and getting more interesting all the time.

Dennis
(5)

Amazingly beautiful scenery, great hotels, wonderful food, beautiful ship, brilliant trip-leader and local experts and the early June weather was PERFECT.

Sandra
(5)

Stunning coastal landscape of the Dalmatian section of Croatia, a young country with exceptional history where the East meets the West. Plenty of islands to explore and complimented with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Frann
(5)

The Best of Croatia trip is well paced, takes advantage of the best method of transportation between sights (a small ship) and offers enough walking each day to offset the wonderful food you will enjoy on board the ship. There's a lot to learn about this country and the region and Road Scholar does a good job in helping you understand the culture, the people and the history. A very enjoyable trip for active people.

Linda
(5)

My husband and I just did this tour in May 2019. It was wonderful!! We had an exceptional guide, Ivan! The boat, MyFutura, was only three years old and was fantastic! I would highly recommend Croatia and all it has to offer!!

Adrienne
(5)

Amazing and beautiful countries enhanced by excellent instructors and guides and warm, friendly, and interesting fellow travelers.

Birgit
(5)

This trip is thoroughly enjoyable and not nearly as strenuous as described in the program description. The hotels are excellent, the yacht Barbara and her crew wonderful and the program leader knowledgeable and considerate.

Mark
(5)

Outstanding tour and excellent educational experience in a segment of the world in which few Americans have any direct knowledge. Every aspect is top drawer.

Kathleen
(5)

This trip is a not to be missed adventure full of jaw dropping scenery, wonderful local people proud of their country and long historical views of a country that has rebounded and awaits visitors with open arms.

Alice
(5)

Wow! It couldn’t have been better! We went on a wonderful boat around the Dalmatian coast, exploring and learning all about the area with outstanding guides, lectures, and support staff, with wonderful people, and eating wonderful food! We went on great excursions that were educational, authentic and non-touristy. We kept busy walking all around on guided tours and also had time to explore on our own.

Michael
(5)

Definitely a worthwhile trip! The Croatian coastline and islands are beautiful, and there is a great deal of history there (my particular interest). The MY Barbara was immaculate and the staff provided excellent service. This trip opened my eyes to a part of Europe where I had no prior knowledge. Thank you!

Sandra
(5)

Amazing and informative program in a beautiful country with a complex history. Knowledgeable instructors and tour leader enhanced the experiences. The experience about the yacht "Futura" was superb.

Bessie
(5)

I recommend this trip as it introduces you to a part of the world which I think few Americans know little about. Very educational and beautiful.

Lois
(5)

This was a fantastic program. The information provided by the leader was excellent. The yacht was wonderful, as was all the food & wine. Beautiful scenery. April 2019

Nancy
(4)

I just returned from my adventure in Croatia! I loved the small group; we all knew each other by the end of the tour. The Croatian coast was beautiful. The towns we visited were full of history and architecturally beautiful. Cruising on the ship was relaxing and the scenery was amazing. Quite a bit of walking and stair climbing are found on this itinerary, but most of the days do not require getting up extremely early. I now have new friends and newly learned knowledge in this part of the world.

Patricia
(5)

This was one of the most delightful RS programs I have been on to a most beautiful and interesting part of the world. And Ivan Boban was one of the best group leaders I've had so far. I highly recommend this program.

Susan
(5)

I learned so much about countries I knew very little about: Croatia and Montenegro: their facinating history, incredible coastal scenery, delicious food, and friendly citizens.

Susan
(5)

This is a great program for people wishing to see the highlights of the Dalmatian coast--it's a great mix of locations, and being on a small yacht allowed us to dock in excellent locations. Many of the places we visited were small, and clearly larger tour groups and cruise ship groups can feel overwhelming in contrast. We took the first tour of the season at the beginning of April, with the negative that we had rainy/chilly weather for half the trip. The plus was that we avoided crowds, which I think really would be terrible in some of these places--most of these old cities and towns are small with narrow streets etc, and it was wonderful to be there without wall to wall people. The minus was that the sunny days were so spectacular that it made me realize what we were missing on the days it was rainy. This was our first RS trip that was education oriented, and the group leader, Petra, and the local guides/educational lecturers were all excellent. And the fact that the tour was education oriented made it less of a problem that we did have some bad weather--we just did everything with umbrellas. I was also impressed with the participants--to a person, friendly and engaging--and while there was a big range of ages, people were all able to keep up and feel included.

Marsha
(5)

This was a wonderful trip in every way. Croatia was beautiful!

Linda
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

My husband and I took this tour, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The accommodations on the MY Barbara were very comfortable and the staff on the yacht were pleasant and helpful. The activity level was as described. Our tour leader, Alan Dmanjic, was knowledgeable, interesting to chat with and helpful along the tour. The local experts we met with along the tour were excellent in their field of expertise and very personable. The scenery along the Dalmatian coast is stunning. We highly recommend this trip.

Vieno
(5)

I am happy to write a review about the Road Scholar trip to Croatia. Everything was very well organized, as is typical of Road Scholar. The MV Black Swan is the ultimate in luxury, there was time for whatever we wanted to do—learn, listen, discuss, explore, shop, people watch, etc. Best of all was the enthusiasm of our guide, Matija. His desire that we learn about his country and understand its history was evident in everything he said. He has a good sense of humor, a witty and quick intelligence, and it is clear he was interested in the members of our group as individuals and was doing his best to be a good guide. He shared some of his life with us, which made everything we learned more memorable.

Ronald
(5)

This was a fantastic trip for my wife and I, the coastline of Croatia was beautiful and lent itself to many great pictures. Getting in and off the yacht was easy and we kept in shape by walking around several coastal cities seeing the many sites. Lectures were informative and our guides were very informative. All meals were wonderful, but the 7 days on the yacht with the same chef was outstanding. A must see/do trip!!!!

Fran
(5)

A visit to Croatia will bring alive the history of tumultuous times in an ancient part of our world. Be prepared to eat well in very comfortable accommodations, this a an experience most people only dream of having.

Gerri
(5)

This was a wonderful chance to learn about a part of the world you might not otherwise know anything about. Most people can't locate Croatia on a map much less have an understanding of its long and interesting history. I feel like I can do both now. The old cities, with histories back to the Greeks and Romans were interesting with many opportunities for exploration. The MY Futura was a luxurious home for 8 days. What a wonderful chef!

Della
(5)

I have attended several Road Scholar trips and have never been disappointed with my experiences. I especially appreciate the fact that the costs are reasonable and that there is never an extra expense that was not anticipated. I always end my trips feeling like I have gained valuable knowledge about another part of the world.

Betty
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This is a wonderful trip. The time on the boat is relaxing and the small towns we went to on the islands were great to explore without the crowds of some of the mainland cities.

Michele
(5)

What fun to travel on such a small boat; 24 participants, our group leader, and 7 crew. Sitting on deck, often by myself, as the world slid by, was a great way to recharge between our visits to several small islands, and, everywhere, were the beautiful mountains.

Carl
(5)

Croatia has been part of our family’s folklore his my childhood being there with knowledge people our people in their home was more then informative but enjoyable, The trip becuse of the Road Scholar preparion and the staff delivery made us free comfortable, cared for as if everything was prepared as you would to welcome a valued guest

Anne
(5)

This was the best Road Scholar trip yet. The Adriatic is beautiful--even more so than the Med or the Caribbean. The vessel was beautiful, immaculately kept, and staff was outstanding.

Samuel
(5)

I very highly recommend traveling with Road Scholar. Their trips are very well organized. The planning is just perfect. Their instructors are highly skilled and informative. We just took a trip including accommodations and travel in a very nice yacht (The Black Swan) in Croatia and Montenegro. Mirela was the instructor and she was magnificent.

Laura
(5)

Wonderful trip on the Black Swan. Our Group Leader Mirela did an amazing job. Croatia is a beautiful and interesting country. I enjoyed the small islands Mljet, Korcula, Sipan and the towns of Starigard and Sibenik the most.

Richard
(5)

Croatia is a fantastic destination, but it's been DISCOVERED! Best to travel there in shoulder, or off-peak, seasons. But do go,...it won't disappoint!!!

Leslie
(5)

This was a wonderful trip in so many ways. The Dalmation Coast and islands are stunningly beautiful. The program manager and all the local guides were knowledgeable and engaged the group. The yacht was a great experience. The captain, as well as his wife and crew, were very welcoming and interactive with the group. The stops in isolated coves for swimming was wonderful. I have nothing negative to say and recommend this trip to all.

Nathan
(5)

What could be better,,,,,,,,water,coast line,climate, history and great culture and people.

David
(5)

As an experienced off shore sailboat sailer, being aboard the 100 foot plus luxury motor yacht was a superb experience. The highlights were many - visual, culture-educative, social, and of course we did have amazing weather so the daily swims were the greatest! For those who are bran dependent for breakfast, suggest you bring your own as our dietary experience was bran deprived.

Pamela
(5)

Don't hesitate! Sign up! You will be happy you did so!

Grace
(5)

This trip was a delight! The scenery in this area is breathtakingly beautiful. Our group leader, Luci, was fantastic (as has been every group leader on our previous five Road Scholar trips!) Our boat, Futura, provided very pleasant accommodations, including the amazing and beautifully presented meals. We visited many interesting and ancient towns, heard very interesting talks given by experts in their fields, and enjoyed the company of a very compatible group of Road Scholar fellow travelers! All in all, a delightful trip!

Randolph
(5)

An outstanding trip that provides substantial insight into the history of Croatia and the overall Balkan region. Excellent excursions, quality accommodation, and a most enjoyable week of travelling be motor yacht after and prior to the main shore-based components.

Kaye
(5)

I loved the program and the Barbara! Fun, relaxing and educational. Great bang for the buck!!

Terri
(5)

The website is user friendly and very comprehensive. Easy. Just takes about 10 minutes to fill out.

Cathy
(5)

This was a great program which far exceeded my expectations.






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