The Best of Croatia: A incredible tour with an exceptional tour guide
New to Road Scholar? Sign up
for our e-newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Best of Croatia: A incredible tour with an exceptional tour guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 trip on a Road Scholar trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
very easy to follow
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.
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!
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!
Don't miss the breathtaking islands, medieval towns, and pleasures of small boat sailing!
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.
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!
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
I loved the Barbara, Alan and the staff on board. The food was very nice and the entertainment was fun. The local guides and Alan are very knowledgeable of Croatia and the Islands.
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.
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.
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!
Interesting trips and getting more interesting all the time.
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.
Amazingly beautiful scenery, great hotels, wonderful food, beautiful ship, brilliant trip-leader and local experts and the early June weather was PERFECT.
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.
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.
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!!
Amazing and beautiful countries enhanced by excellent instructors and guides and warm, friendly, and interesting fellow travelers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was a wonderful trip in every way. Croatia was beautiful!
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
What could be better,,,,,,,,water,coast line,climate, history and great culture and people.
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.
Don't hesitate! Sign up! You will be happy you did so!
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!
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.
I loved the program and the Barbara! Fun, relaxing and educational. Great bang for the buck!!
The website is user friendly and very comprehensive. Easy. Just takes about 10 minutes to fill out.
This was a great program which far exceeded my expectations.
We're glad that we selected the Best of Croatia tour. It was highly educational and a lot of fun and we give it 5 stars. Alan Damjanic is a superb tour guide from a knowledge and personality perspective. We found his lectures and comments easy to understand, relevant, and interesting. On the other hand, he did not provide enough logistical information and we were not always sure what was going to happen. For example: just how long will this bus ride take and will there be rest rooms available? Our other day guides were very good and, although we don’t remember their names, the guides for Split, Hvar and Kotor stood out. The hotels on both ends were excellent: good locations, excellent rooms and amenities, and good- sized, quality rooms The crew on the MV Barbara was fantastic and we enjoyed the company of the other travelers. There was ample space on deck to find a place to read or talk with a fellow traveller. Food was OK, not excellent. However, it was acceptable given the limited facilities that the chef had to create meals every day for passengers and crew. Road Scholar did not give us good information about the accommodation on the MV Barbara. We were told by them (twice) that there was not much difference between the upstairs cabins and those down below but the actual difference was huge. After seeing both we were most grateful that there was one available in the upper section and we were able to be moved. It was well worth the extra money and uplifted our whole vacation. Even though the room was tiny, it had a door and a window (both of which opened) as opposed to a tiny porthole downstairs. The locations chosen for the tours on shore were very good and, although we don’t know what the choices were for the trip planner, we wouldn’t make any changes. The highlights of the tour for us were Stari Grad, Split, and Kotor, but we enjoyed all the stops. The fact that we could swim in the Adriatic made it even more special.
Beautiful country. Very crowded in cities. Seemed like walking among herds of people speaking different languages. I enjoyed Our small group of members who was very friendly and helpful and fun. Smaller islands were scenic and serene. Not much to do but to scroll along seashore after touring local historic stops. I recommend This program for people who like history, walking, swimming and sailing, although we only sailed with the motors on. The captain only hoisted the sails as a demonstration. Not many local products to purchase for the shoppers. Tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful.
Our Croatia + Montenegro adventure on the Barbara was the best. Alan Damjanic, our guide was great. We appreciated his general good humor, genuine interest in each person in our group as well as his informative and interesting presentations. He lead our tour just right in all ways. The crew of the Barbara was very accomplished and professional. The skill of Captain Kuzman and his sailors, Ivan and Mario, was exceptional and made us feel secure on the water. Chef Nica and Sous Chef Zdenka did a great job in the ship's kitchen. We were all fed well. Snjezana was very helpful and I thank her for solving our mattress problem quickly and efficiently. She is a smart and innovative young woman. All in all it was a very memorable and pleasant experience.
A "total immersion" in the local history and culture of the southern Dalmatian coast with knowledgeable local guides, well-organized itinerary, low-hassle logistics and an outstanding trip leader.
This program was a fun, exciting way to learn about an area of the world that I knew very little about. Our group leader was very knowledgeable and gave us excellent lectures on a variety of topics. In each city and on every island we had a local guide to give us a city tour and local information. The My Barbara was a great way to travel, I felt very little motion from the boat. The staterooms are small but comfortable and there are 2 public areas to hang out in (one inside and one out) plus plenty of deck chairs for relaxing. My husband and I are vegetarian and we had no problems with our meals, either on or off the boat. This was a great way to enjoy the beauty of Croatia!
We had a great time with our coordinator, crew, and fellow tour participants. The trip was fun, entertaining, and extremely educational.
The Best of Croatia trip by sailing yacht was a truly special experience. The pace was active with informative walking visits on several historic islands but there was also relaxing time on the ship. Another high quality Road Scholar experience.
This was my first trip with Road Scolar and my first solo European trip. It was wonderful. Five of our 21 Croatian travellers took the Extension to Zagreb. We were so pleased that we did because the waterfalls of Plitvice National Park are amazing and beautiful. May 12 to 27 was a great time to travel weather-wise with only two rainy cool days. There were fewer groups of other tourists as well. The MY Cassanova is a lovely small ship with a crew of family members who's hospitality is outstanding. Our guide, Marina, shared her knowledge of her country and skillfully handled all details. She was fantastic. The RS program itself included just the right balance of touring, lectures, cultural programs and free time. The people are warm and friendly and the scenery is beautiful in this culturally and histirically rich country. Some our group came ahead of the trip to acclimate to the time zone changes and rest but I was happy to have RS make my travel arrangements and glad that our guide met us at Zagreb Airport and immediately solved a lost luggage problem. Our lectures were fascinating, the ethnic music outstanding, our group was welcoming and the "off the beaten path" experiences all that I could have hoped for. I will take another RS trip as a solo asap! KLS
Do not hesitate-sign up immediately! I have traveled a lot in my life & have never enjoyed myself more. Informative, appropriately challenging, superbly-led & altogether far exceeded my expectations.
Excellent program with just the right mixture of organized touring and lectures and opportunities for individual exploration in each of the locations. Both the hotels and the ship were exceptional, clean and comfortable. Our tour guide, Ivan, shared a wealth of information about growing up and living in Croatia and our local guides were all excellent. The itinerary allows time to explore the various ports in the evening unlike cruise ships that leave in the afternoon or very early evening.
What a perfect way to get to know Croatia! The MY Futura was the perfect “hotel” for 7 nights as we sailed from island to island. The four course meals were amazing and the entire staff went out of their way to make our voyage a memorable one. Juge was a great guide and our small group of 24 made it possible to make new friends. We lucked out with no rain and perfect weather conditions in late April/early May. The spring flowers were beautiful and the water was pristine. If you’ve been considering a trip to Croatia, this is a perfect way to experience Croatian history and culture. It will not be my last trip to this amazing country.
Trip of a lifetime! The M/Y Barbara was the perfect home with excellent meals. Hats off to the hard working crew! Alan, our guide was fantastic. Knowledgeable, personable, and passionate about his country.
Go on this trip. It is amazing
I loved this trip. I would recommend it for anyone that wants to explore Croatia at its best. the yacht experience was amazing and the food was truly exceptional. The small number of participants made this trip very interesting. I felt like it was the perfect social experiment in one of the most beautiful settings I have ever seen.
Croatia is a beautiful place. It`s quite hilly with a lot of steps. I`m eighty and it wore me out. But, I`m glad I went.
food - inconsistent, mostly not up to standards dinners were the big problem guide - knowledgeable, friendly but did not always appear to care. Our group often did not understand what to do or what we were going to do. we often felt we spent time going back to places we had see to have "free time"
What better way to see the country of 1,000 islands than by yacht? The MS Barbara is unique and was very comfortable for our group of 14. The two hotels were excellent and perfectly located. And our leader Jana was top notch. There are a lot of cobblestones and stairs without railings in the towns, so consider a walking stick. And the extension to Plitvice National Park and the capital city of Zagreb is well worth it if you have the time.
This program was the perfect combination of educational information and free time to enjoy these beautiful seaport cities up close. Croatia is an amazing, beautiful country. The ship MY Futura was just perfect in every way. A wonderful home for 8 days. Our program director Ivan was the perfect host. Knowledgeable, informative, helpful, and someone who loves his country and helping us love it as well. This is a wonderful program.
This was the trip of a lifetime. If you are fortunate enough to get our guide Ivan Bobar, you will be blessed. He’s knowledgeable, has a great personality, went above and beyond to please all guests on the trip. I would take another trip with Ivan as leader. I’m glad that I went at the end of April, beginning of May, before the big cruise ships arrived. I took the pre trip, starting in Zagreb and loved starting out I. Zagreb going to Dubrovnik. I was a single and thoroughly enjoyed all participants on our tour. Absolutlothe best trip to an unexplored region of the world. Guides were unbelievably knowledgeable, food above five star ratin. Our ship, the Futura immaculate, new outstanding. All in all an amazing experience traveling with Road Scholars. Can’t say enough great things about my experience. Loved it!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Croatia is a sophisticated European country where many people spoke at least some English, making it comfortable to visit, but foreign enough to be interesting.
I highly recommend this program, particularly the program leader Marina, and the MV Barbara. Croatia is a fascinating nation, beautiful, historic, interesting and not well understood by Americans. This program opened my eyes to all of this.
I completed the survey after my 1st time exceptional trip with Road Scholar. I was unable to submit the portion referring a friend. Would not accept any address outside of the USA. My friend is in St. John's Newfoundland Canada. I live in Ontario Canada