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Island Hopping in Magical Croatia

Program No. 22150RJ
The coast of Croatia is nearly 10% national park and boasts the most preserved fortification system in Europe. Come explore with the experts and during plenty of time on your own!
11 days
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May 5 - May 15, 2023
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May 5 - May 15, 2023
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May 12 - May 22, 2023
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May 19 - May 29, 2023
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Sep 15 - Sep 25, 2023
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Sep 22 - Oct 2, 2023
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Oct 6 - Oct 16, 2023
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At a Glance

Nestled along the waters of the Adriatic Sea, the coast of Croatia is home to historic fortresses, medieval architecture and colorful islands all waiting to be explored. Experience the beauty and culture of this Balkan nation as local experts introduce you to the Roman history of Split, the islands of Hvar, Korcula and Brac and the medieval and modern identity of Dubrovnik.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 2-3 miles per day, some cobblestones and stairs. Use of public transportation, including ferries.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Receive expert insight into the preservation of Diocletian’s Palace as you explore this Roman fortress.
  • Discover the charming old towns and pristine turquoise waters of the islands.
  • Join an expert in Dubrovnik for an educational walk and exploration of the Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio Fountain and St. Blaise's Church.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Balkans, A Short History
by Mark Mazower
With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
The Islands of Croatia, 30 Walks on 14 Adriatic Islands
by Rudolf Abraham
A guidebook of coastal strolls and full-day climbs to mountain summits over the Dalmatian coast. Part of the widely used Cicerone Guide series on walking.
A Taste of Croatia
by Karen Evenden
This engaging memoir of a three-year sailing odyssey includes 100 enticing recipes.
Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History
by Robert D. Kaplan
Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait.
Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans
by Dennis Hupchick
The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans are clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically.
Eyewitness Guide Croatia
by Eyewitness Guides
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights.
The Hired Man
by Aminatta Forna
When Duro Kolak encounters a strange car in his small Croatian village of Gost, he offers its British occupants assistance in setting up a summer cottage. But tensions soon develop between the village residents and the foreigners, as painful memories from the Croatian War of Independence are revived.
Dubrovnik, A History
by Robin Harris
Harris, a journalist who writes frequently on the Balkans, presents a comprehensive portrait of the historically important maritime city-state in this nicely illustrated, scholarly and readable history of Dubrovnik.
Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet Publications
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
A Traveller's History of Croatia
by Benjamin Curtis
Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe.
Zagreb Cowboy
by Alen Mattich
An exciting debut novel, brimming with black humor and sharp repartee. Secret policeman Marko Della Torre must flee from Croatia after a corrupt cop orders his murder. His trail leads to London where he’s forced to face his assassins.
Croatia Map, Istria Peninsula
by Freytag & Berndt
This detailed road map shows Istria and surroundings from Trieste and Rijeka south to Pula and Cres at a scale of 1:100,000.
Once upon a Yugoslavia, When the American Way Met Tito's Third Way
by Surya Green
Set against the backdrop of Tito's Yugoslavia, this first-person narrative was penned by an American woman who spent 1968 working at a film studio in Zagreb. Green reflects on the former nation-state, its everyday people, American versus communist values and the contemporary phenomenon of "Yugo-nostalgia."
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed
by Slavenka Drakulic
These short essays capture the absurdity, struggle and day-to-day reality of being a woman in Yugoslavia under communism. Drakulic is an award-winning Croatian journalist and novelist.

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