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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Flights start at
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13 days
12 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-In, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Herceg Novi
D
Palmon Bay Hotel & Spa

Afternoon: After arrival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, we will transfer to the hotel in Igalo near Herceg Novi, Montenegro and take some time to unpack and relax. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Igalo, a town in Montenegro separated from historic Herceg Novi by the coastal borderline. Take in the natural Mediterranean beauty of palm trees, eucalyptus, oleander trees, cypress and mimosa trees. 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. Please also note that your departure is part of our Adventures Afloat programs. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of excursions without prior notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, Enjoy a Welcome Dinner buffet with choices of hot and cold international dishes, fresh salads, water, and coffee or tea.

Evening: At leisure. Get a good night’s sleep and be ready for a full day tomorrow.

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

Activity note: The visit to Perast requires walking of approximately one half mile on flat surfaces and climbing in and out of small rowing boats. The visit to Kotor requires walking and climbing some steps through the Old Town for approximately 1.5 miles. There is an opportunity during lunch for the most energetic to climb the City Walls, climbing over 1000 steps. Sturdy shoes are recommended for those who choose this activity.

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: We will take a field trip to explore small coastal towns in this part of the Adriatic, led by a local expert. 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 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. 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 site notable for its Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th Century.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

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 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, that documents the importance of seafaring in Kotor’s history and culture and its former status as a naval power.e and its former status as a naval power. After our exploration of Kotor, we will return to Herceg Novi, and for those who are still feeling energetic, the Group Leader will lead a walk into the Old Town. Although actually one of the younger towns of the Montenegrin coast, Herceg Novi originated during the Roman Empire. The exceptional landscape, on the slopes of Mount Orjen, is the highest mountain in the Dinaric Alps which faces 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Dubrovnik, Embark on the Futura
Dubrovnik
B,D
MY Futura

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

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: 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: Today, enjoy lunch on your own.

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

Evening: Evening at leisure. Settle in and enjoy a relaxed evening with new Road Scholar friends.

DAY
5
Dubrovnik Old Town
Šipan
B,L,D
MY Futura

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

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

Morning: Take this opportunity to see more of Dubrovnik on your own. The motorcoach will take everyone into the Old City, where you are free to explore. 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 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. 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.

Lunch: On board the ship.

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: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Mljet National Park, Korcula Island and Town
Korcula
B,L,D
MY Futura

Activity note: The visit to Mljet National Park involves walking up to 2.5 miles around lakes, including a small incline. The visit to Korcula requires climbing some steps and walking for approximately 1.5 miles round trip. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: We will explore the breathtaking National Park of 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), which has at its center the islet of St. Mary, reached by boat. The main feature is a 12th Century Benedictine monastery which includes the Church of St. Mary. The building has housed a wide variety of tenants over the centuries and is now a café-restaurant.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Explore medieval Korcula on foot. 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 stone masonry and shipbuilding as well as household objects that represent everyday life.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Hvar Town
Hvar
B,L
MY Futura

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

Breakfast: On board the ship.

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

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Our ship docks in Hvar Town and we disembark to discover this 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 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.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
The Island of Hvar: Stari Grad
Stari Grad
B,L,D
MY Futura

Activity note: The visit to Stari Grad is no more than 1 mile round trip of walking on mainly flat ground. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: We explore the Old Town on the island of Hvar by 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. Walk along to visit the birthplace of poet Petar Hektorovic and the Dominican Monastery and Museum housing "The Mourning of Christ" by Tintoreto.

Lunch: On board the ship.

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. In the early evening, we will gather on the ship 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. 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 altar.”

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Trogir
Trogir
B,L
MY Futura

Activity note: The visit to Trogir involves walking approximately 1.5 miles round trip. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: In the ship's lounge, delve into the history and culture of Croatia during an on-board lecture presented by your Group Leader.

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 given by a professor from the University of Split to deepen your understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Split City Discovery
Split
B,D
MY Futura

Activity note: Our day in Split includes walking approximately 2.5 miles, standing indoors and out, and climbing stairs (including some with no railings). All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: We will depart 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: Enjoy lunch on your own to explore local cuisine.

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: On board the Futura, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with live music.

Evening: Before dinner, an assistant professor from the University of Split will give a lecture on the Split region and what makes it distinctive.

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

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: On board the ship.

Morning: We disembark the Futura, board our motorcoach, and depart for Šibenik. Recognized by its beautiful landscape, dramatic history, and cultural monuments, Šibenik has the distinction of being the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic. The old town is full of noteworthy churches, noble palaces, and stone houses typical of Dalmatia. The Cathedral of Saint Jakov (James) is a UNESCO World Heritage site We will walk 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 featuring home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.

Afternoon: 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. Later in the afternoon, we return to Split and check into the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a 3-course meal blending Mediterranean and international flavors plus complimentary water and coffee or tea. Other drinks, including alcoholic beverages, are available at additional cost.

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: 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: 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, enjoy a lecture from a museum curator.

Lunch: Savor the flavor of Dalmatia with lunch on your own in Split. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

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, enjoy dinner featuring Croatian cuisine with water and tea or coffee.

Evening: Enjoy your final evening in Croatia at leisure, discussing what you've learned and your favorite memories with your Road Scholar friends or getting out into the city one more time.

DAY
13
Departures, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.






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