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.
Program No. 20118RJ
Length
13 days
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12 nights
28 meals
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DAY
1
Depart from the US
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival and Orientation in Split
Split
D
Cornaro Hotel

Afternoon: After arrival in Split, transfer to the hotel 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. Enjoy a 3-course meal blending Mediterranean and international flavors plus complimentary coffee, tea, and water. Other drinks including alcoholic beverages are available at additional cost.

DAY
3
Split City Discovery
Split
B,D
Cornaro Hotel

Activity note: The visit to Split includes walking approximately 2.5 miles, standing indoors and out, and climbing stairs (including some with no railings).

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Our breakfast buffet offers a variety of local foods such as meats, eggs, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: This morning enjoy a lecture at the hotel given by a professor from Split University, then discover Split with a local expert. The city, one of the main ports for the country serves as a hub for the nearby islands and beyond. Here lies Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built as a retirement residence for the Roman emperor Diocletian, dating back to the 3rd century. Built as a villa, the palace is more like a city within a city. It features huge watchtowers, gates, private apartments, religious monuments and altars, all crafted in white limestone. At one time it housed as many as 9,000 people. The cobblestone streets and open spaces invite great learning opportunities. Explore the Diocletian Palace, Peristyle Square, Cathedral St. Dominus, Temple of Jupiter, Golden Gate and Statue of Bishop Grgur.

Lunch: 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.

DAY
4
Sibenik, Dalmatian Village Experience, Embark the Futura
At Sea
B,L,D
MV Futura

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

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning check out of your hotel 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: Free Time: Glimpse the culture and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean as we explore a hamlet of small stone houses clustered around a central courtyard. Late in the afternoon, we return to Split and board the majestic MY Futura.

Dinner: On the ship. For this evening and others 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.

DAY
5
Split and Trogir
At Sea
B,L
MV Futura

Activity note: The visit to the Split Ethnographic Museum involves walking up to 2 miles round trip on flat ground. The visit to Trogir involves walking approximately 1 mile and 600 yards round trip. There is a lecture on the top floor of the museum which requires climbing several flights of stairs. No elevator is available.

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

Morning: This morning, we walk from the yacht to the Split Ethnographic Museum that 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 the like. The building itself is fascinating, reputed to have been Diocletian's apartment in the imperial palace. At the conclusion of the field trip, you may walk back to the yacht or stay awhile longer for personal independent exploration.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: 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. Before dinner tonight, enjoy a lecture by a University of Split assistant professor to deepen your understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

DAY
6
The Island of Hvar & 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: This morning delve into the history and culture of Croatia during an on-board lecture presented by your Study Leader in the ship's lounge.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: The island Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antiquities because of its strategic and nautical position, the richness of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature. This afternoon discover Stari Grad, formerly known as Pharia and Pharos, one of the oldest settlements on the island and 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. Walk along to visit the birthplace of poet Petar Hektorovic and the Dominican Monastery and Museum housing "The Mourning of Christ" by Tintoreto. After your field trip today, enjoy a special musical event on board the ship. 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) performs a combination of traditional Dalmatian polyphonic song blended with Gregorian chant, or as they put it, "from the tavern to the alter." The Faroski Kantaduri have performed throughout Croatia and 20 countries from Europe to America including leading music festivals.

Dinner: On board.

DAY
7
Hvar 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: 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, 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.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. 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.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
8
Korcula Island and Town
At Sea
B,L
MV Futura

Activity note: 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: This morning, enjoy a presentation by your Study Leader focusing on the Yugoslav Wars. Examine the conflict itself and 20 years of independence.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: When the ship arrives 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. The 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 your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

DAY
9
National Park Mljet
At Sea
B,L,D
MV Futura

Activity note: 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.

Breakfast: On board.

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

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: 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 over the centuries and is now a cafe-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.

Dinner: On board.

DAY
10
Dubrovnik
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: On board.

Morning: This morning is yours to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Adriatic as the ship sails toward Dubrovnik.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Explore Dubrovnik: Today we take public transportation 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 Maritime Museum. After our field trip, a professor from the University of Dubrovnik 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.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board with music.

DAY
11
Disembark in Dubrovnik, Transfer to Herceg Novi, Montenegro
Herceg Novi
B,L,D
Palmon Bay Hotel & Spa

Activity note: The visit to Herceg Novi involves walking up a slope to the Old Town approximately 900 yards, then approximately 800 yards through the Old Town to the main square and first fortification, and then 900 yards back to the bus.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning disembark and explore Dubrovnik on your own. The motorcoach will take everyone into the Old City at approximately 9:00AM. You might want to walk the city walls -- originally constructed in the 10th Century and fortified in 1453 -- that are 3 meters (almost 10 feet) thick along the sea wall and 6 meters (almost 20 feet) thick inland, with fortresses at the four corners. You can also ride the new Dubrovnik cable car for spectacular views of the Old Town and shoreline from the top of Mount Srd. Rendezvous and board the motorcoach for departure by 11:00AM.

Lunch: En route to Herceg Novi in Montenegro, lunch at a local restaurant includes local recipes and local food.

Afternoon: Arrive in Herceg Novi, Montenegro and check in at the hotel. For those who are still feeling energetic upon arrival, the Group Leader will lead an optional walk into the Old Town. Although actually one of the younger towns of the Montenegrin coast, Herceg Novi originated during the Roman Empire. It is special thanks to its exceptional landscape on the slopes of Mount Orjen, the highest mountain in the Dinaric Alps, facing one of the world's most beautiful bays. The once strong, high, city walls have deteriorated over centuries due to earthquakes and the ravages of war, but enough remains to recall an extraordinary history and heritage including vestiges of the Turkish, Venetian, Spanish, and Austro-Hungarian periods.

Dinner: At your hotel in Herceg Novi. Enjoy a buffet with choices of hot and cold international dishes, fresh salads, coffee, tea, and water.

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

Breakfast: 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 to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Kotor (UNESCO SITE) 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: Farewell dinner at the hotel

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

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Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Transfer to Dubrovnik airport for return flights to the U.S.






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