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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13 days
12 nights
29 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival and Orientation in Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi
D
Palmon Bay Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Arrival and transfer to the hotel involves walking approximately 800 yard from where bus stops to the hotel. Luggage will be taken to hotel by mini bus. Any participants who need help will be taken to the hotel by mini bus.

Afternoon: After arrival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, transfer to the hotel in Herceg Novi, Montenegro (about 1 hour) and take some time to unpack and relax before orientation. In the early evening, we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Discover Perast: 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 then take small 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, bearing 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. Such was its fame that the chapel was gifted with thousands of silver plates as well as masterful paintings. En route and back, you will be able to see at a distance the small island of St. George, a “natural” site notable for its Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th Century. At the conclusion of the field trip, we board the motorcoach and transfer to Kotor.

Lunch: On your own in Kotor.

Afternoon: A local expert leads 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 bridgehead of Venice for a time, 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, that documents the importance of seafaring in Kotor’s history and culture and its former status as a naval power.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Coach to Dubrovnik, Embark Dubrovnik, Croatia
At Sea
B,L,D
MV Futura

Activity note: The visit to Dubrovnik involves walking no more than 2 miles in a circular trip and standing for up to 2 hours inside the Old City.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning check out of the hotel and depart for Dubrovnik. Boarding our motorcoach, we ride into the city and see 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 steeped in a rich and fascinating history. We 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 months long 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: At a local restaurant includes local recipes and local food.

Afternoon: Explore Dubrovnik on your own to further your appreciation of this extraordinary city. Late this afternoon, rejoin your coach to travel to the ship to embark.

Dinner: On board. For this evening and other dinners aboard the Futura, our chef will prepare tasty meals with different set menus. We will endeavor to accommodate special dietary needs to the extent possible given local resources.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Dubrovnik Old Town
At Sea
B,L,D
MV Futura

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning you have free time to explore Dubrovnik. Here are some suggestions: 1 --Walk The City Walls -- The city walls were originally constructed in the 10th century, although fortified considerably in 1453. They are 3m thick along the sea wall, and 6m thick inland. The Old Town has fortresses at its four corners, which are the Minceta Tower , Revelin Fortress, St John's Fortress, and Bokar Bastion. 2 -- The Dubrovnik Cable Car -- One of Dubrovnik's famed attractions used to be its cable car - built in 1969 - which rose up to the top of Mount Srd above the city, giving visitors a chance to take in some (even more) spectacular views of the Old Town and the shoreline. Sadly, the cable car was completely destroyed during the war in the early 1990s and was never repaired...until last year! The service has now been fully restored with entirely new equipment and is sure to be a must-do for visitors once again. A journey to the top of Mount Srd takes only 3 minutes, and once there you can take in the views whilst enjoy a snack, or something more, at the cafe or restaurant at the top. Before lunch, back on board, enjoy a lecture by a professor from the University of Dubrovnik who will provide an overview of this exceptional city Lord Byron described as “the Pearl of the Adriatic” and that George Bernard Shaw called “Paradise on Earth.” Recent archaeological research has shown that settlement dates back to at least the 6th Century A.D. if not earlier.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Adriatic as the ship sails toward Mljet.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Mljet National Park / Korcula Island and Town
At Sea
B,L,D
MV Futura

Activity note: In the morning, the visit to Mljet National Park involves walking over a small hill to a small lake and around it along to the big lake for approximately 1 mile and 400 yards, then retracing one's steps back to the ship. In the afternoon, the visit to Korcula requires walking and climbing some steps through the coastal gate and through the Old Town of Korcula for approximately 1 mile and 200 yards, then back to the ship for approximately 600 yards.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Field Trip: National Park Mljet: Comprising the western part of Mljet Island, Mljet National Park 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) that has at its center the islet of St. Mary, reached by boat. The main feature is a 12th Century Benedictine monastery that includes the Church of St. Mary. The building has served a variety of purposes of the centuries and is now a café-restaurant. We will walk about 10 minutes (approximately a mile) and down a small hill to Malo Jezero and another 10 minutes (approximately half a mile) to the point where we take a boat to the islet and the monastery to hear the story of the monks and visit the church before returning.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Medieval Korcula After arriving in Korcula, we walk from the yacht to explore the Old Town, 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, 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 stonemasonry and shipbuilding as well as household objects that represent everyday life.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Hvar Island and Town
At Sea
B,L,D
MV Futura

Activity note: The visit to Hvar is mainly flat and no more than 1 mile and 400 yards round trip, then standing for up to 2 hours.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning delve into the history and culture of Croatia during an on-board lecture presented by your Study Leader.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Hvar: Following the decline of the Roman empire, the island of Hvar’s harbor 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 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 continue across the old town square, 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 board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Hvar Island and Stari Grad
At Sea
B,L,D
MV Futura

Activity note: The visit to Stari Grad is no more than 1 mile round trip of walking on mainly flat ground.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Field Trip: Discover Old Town:Stari Grad, one of the oldest settlements in Europe, sits on a beautiful bay in the northwest corner of Hvar -- “queen” of Croatia’s Dalmatian islands. Fields surrounding this ancient town were first laid out by Greek colonists in the 4th Century B.C. In the thousands of years since, it has been known by different names depending on which power controlled it. Slavs and Croats began arriving during the 6th and 7th centuries. Numerous monuments recall the town’s turbulent history. Stari Grad today is a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with white stone houses. We will walk to the castle of the nobleman poet Petar Hektorovic, the Dominican monastery (1482) with its famous painting “The Mourning of Christ” attributed to Tintoretto.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Or, if you prefer, simply relax aboard the yacht. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Within the rich cultural heritage of Dalmatia, music holds a special place and one of the most popular forms of expression is singing. Before dinner tonight, the group Faroski Kantaduri (Faros Cantors) will perform for you a combination of traditional Dalmatian polyphonic song blended with Gregorian chant, or as they put it, “from the tavern to the altar.” The Faroski Kantaduri have performed throughout Croatia and 20 countries from Europe to America including leading music festivals.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Trogir
At Sea
B,L
MV Futura

Activity note: The visit to Trogir involves walking approximately 1 mile and 600 yards round trip.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Enjoy a group lecture on board presented by your Study Leader.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Ancient Trogir: We arrive in Trogir mid-afternoon. 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. It developed out of the ancient town of Tragurion (island of goats) founded by Greek colonists in the 3rd century B.C. 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, step back in time 4,000 years. We will Visit St Lawrence Cathedral and walk to St Mark Fort to view the city's defenses built by the Venetians. Afterwards, enjoy a lecture by a University of Split assistant professor to deepen your understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy the local cuisine. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Split City Discovery
At Sea
B,L,D
MV Futura

Activity note: The visit to Split involves walking approximately 2 miles and 600 yards round trip on flat ground and standing for up to 2 hours.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Field Trip: Discover Split led by a local expert, we will set out to explore the city on foot. 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. In addition to extraordinary Roman architecture, we will also explore significant sites such as the Peristyle, once the palace entry hall; the Golden Gate, once the main palace entrance; Temple of Jupiter; Cathedral of Saint Duje (Domnius), constructed from Diocletian’s mausoleum and reputed to be the oldest cathedral in the world including a 200-foot tall Bell Tower; and the statue of Grgur Ninski, a 10th-Century bishop who championed use of the ancient Croatian alphabet.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon is at leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Or, if you prefer, simply relax aboard the yacht. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give direction. Later this afternoon, on board, an assistant professor University of Split will provide a lecture focusing on insights into aspects of the area’s distinctiveness.

Dinner: Enjoy your last dinner on board the Futura with music.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: In the morning, the visit to Sibenik involves walking approximately 1 mile round trip and standing for up to 1 hour. In the afternoon, participants walk approximately 500 yards round trip across uneven terrain through the village.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning disembark and depart for a field trip to Šibenik. Unique because of its fortresses and towers such as Sv. Mihovil [St. Mihovil], Sv. Nikola [St. Nicholas], Sv. Ivan [St. John] and Šubicevac, Šibenik is most famous for the cathedral of Sv. Jakov [St. James] that was built in the 15th century. Constructed by the masterful hands of Juraj Dalmatinac and Nikola Firentinac, and because of its original architecture of large stone slabs, this cathedral was entered on the UNESCO list of world heritage and voted at the same time to be most beautiful sacral building in Croatia. Walk along the sea front to the Cathedral and Town Museum.

Lunch: Lunch in a Dalmatian village featuring home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.

Afternoon: Discover an unspoiled Dalmatian village for a glimpse of the culture and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean. Later in the afternoon return to Split and check in at the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Split Ethnographic Museum
Split
B,D
Cornaro Hotel

Activity note: The visit to the Split Ethnographic Museum involves walking up to 2 miles round trip on flat ground. There is a lecture on the top floor of the museum which requires climbing several flights of stairs. No elevator is available.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, deepen your understanding of the folk culture of Dalmatia at the Split Ethnographic Museum. Founded in 1910. The ethnography of the whole of Dalmatia is on show. The most typical costumes of the region, some of which excel with their embroidery, are exhibited (the pieces from Ravni Kotari, Knin, Vrlika, Imotski, Poljica). Some feature a characteristic white embroidery (from Sinj, the Dalmatian hinterland) or lacework (from Primosten, Novigrad and Pag). Various trades are on display in the museum: pottery, knitting, handiwork (woodcarving, basketry, the making of footwear). The museum presents the basic froms of economic life. One can also see Various instruments, silver jewellery and types of weapons.

Lunch: On your own in Split to discover the flavors of Dalmatia; your Group Leader will be on hand to provide suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: Free time to further explore the city.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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