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Croatia

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!
Length
11 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,899
Flights start at
1,100

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May 5 - May 15, 2023
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2,899
May 12 - May 22, 2023
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3,099
May 19 - May 29, 2023
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2,999
Sep 15 - Sep 25, 2023
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May 5 - May 15, 2023
Starting at
3,379
May 12 - May 22, 2023
Starting at
3,649
May 19 - May 29, 2023
Starting at
3,479
Sep 15 - Sep 25, 2023
Starting at
3,899
Sep 22 - Oct 2, 2023
Starting at
3,729
Oct 6 - Oct 16, 2023
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3,379

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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11 days
10 nights
19 meals
9 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Trogir
D
Hotel Trogir Palace

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 PM.

Afternoon: After checking in to the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: 6:00 p.m. in the hotel meeting room. 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.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Split, Free Time
Trogir
B,D
Hotel Trogir Palace

Activity note: Walking up 2.5 miles, approximately 2.5 hours, long periods of standing indoors and out; cobblestone streets, some stairs without railings.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will head out on an expert-led walking tour of the city of Split. We will begin at Diocletian’s Palace, a palace and fortress built by Roman Emperor Diocletian shortly after abdicating his throne at the turn of the 4th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, this palace is considered one of the most significant monuments of the Roman Era. It’s remain lie on what is considered the old town of Split, and after our visit, we will continue our exploration of the old town by visiting the Peristyle, the Cathedral, and some of the majestic statues of Ivan Mestrovic – the greatest Croatian sculptor of the 20th century.

Lunch: On your own. This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to explore local fare. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your 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. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration. Returning to the hotel, we will gather at an announced time for a lecture by a local expert about magical Croatia.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
4
Ferry to Brac, Pucisca
Bol
B,L,D
Bluesun Elaphusa Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a ferry; riding approximately 1 hour. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 36 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking up to 1.5 miles, approximately 2 hours, long periods of standing; cobblestone streets. Note: Local factors including weather could affect the ferry schedule.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check-out of our hotel and transfer to the port, where we will board a ferry to the island of Brac. The island of Brac is famous for its radiant white stones, used to build the iconic Diocletian Palace of Split and according to some, were even used in the construction of the White House in Washington D.C. Upon arrival to the port of Supetar, we will drive via motorcoach to the nearby quarry of Pucisca, where we will visit a local stonemason school and learn how the island’s beautiful, white stones are cut.

Lunch: In local village.

Afternoon: We will transfer by bus to the city of Bol, where we will check-in to our new hotel. Take some time to settle into your rooms and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Skrip, Vidova Gora
Bol
B,L
Bluesun Elaphusa Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 46 miles, approximately 2 hours total riding time. Walking up to 2 miles, approximately 2.5 hours and long periods of standing; cobblestone streets, some stairs without railings. Note: In the event of bad weather, we will not be able to drive up to Vidova Gora.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will be joined by a local expert for a presentation on the maritime history of Dalmatia. We’ll then board a bus and ride to Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island of Brac, to learn about island history. We will visit the island’s small museum, where a collection of photographs, books, and other archeological findings are displayed, then ride to a family-owned olive oil farm.

Lunch: At a local, family-run, olive oil farm.

Afternoon: Next, we will ride up to Vidova Gora, the highest peak on all of the Adriatic islands (2,552 feet), to enjoy a spectacular view of the Adriatic Sea. Our Group Leader will provide commentary and we’ll return to the hotel after our field trip.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
6
Ferry to Hvar, Hvar Town, Free Time
Hvar
B,D
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off fast ferry; riding approximately 1 hour. Walking about 2.5 miles, approximately 3 hours and long periods of standing; cobblestone streets, some stairs without railings. Note: Local factors including weather could affect the ferry schedule. Fast ferries do not run when there are strong winds, in which case the transfer to Hvar would take approximately 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and take a bus ride to the port, where we will board a fast ferry to the island of Hvar. 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. Upon arrival, we will set out on an expert-led walking field trip to see impressive stone carvings and old architecture of Hvar Town while learning about its time under Venetian rule.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We’ll have some time for independent exploration to see what interests each of us most in Hvar Town. Among the fascinating sites are Gothic palaces, the city wall, and the Arsenal building that housed the first public theater in Europe. We will rendezvous at an announced time and place, walk to our hotel and check in, then gather for a lecture by a local expert on Croatia’s maritime history.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Jelsa, Stari Grad
Hvar
B,L
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 28 miles, approximately 1.5 hours riding time. Walking up to 3 miles, approximately 2.5 hours and long periods of standing; cobblestone streets, some stairs without railings.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a bus and ride to the small, seaside town of Jelsa, surrounded by forests on the island’s north coast. The first recorded reference to Jelsa dates back to 1331. We will walk along narrow stone streets of this traditional town, marveling at the Renaissance and Baroque style of its stone buildings and churches. We’ll then ride to a local farmhouse.

Lunch: At a local farmhouse. Enjoy a meal including a selection of Croatian wines, local cheeses and cured hams.

Afternoon: We will board a coach and take the scenic road towards Stari Grad. First settled by Greeks in 384 B.C., this town is the oldest town in all of Croatia and among one of the oldest in Europe. Led by your Group Leader, enjoy a walking excursion of the Old Town of Stari Grad, with its iconic orange-tiled rooftops and narrow alleys. After our visit, we will make our way back to our hotel in Hvar Town.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
8
Ferry to Korcula, Old Town, Free Time
Korcula
B,L
Hotel Liburna

Activity note: Getting on/off a ferry; riding approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 2 miles, approximately 3 hours and long periods of standing; cobblestone streets, some stairs without railings. NOTE: Local factors including weather could affect the ferry schedule. Fast ferries do not run when there are strong winds, in which case the transfer to Korcula would take approximately 3 hours.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will check-out of our hotel and walk to the port, where we will board a fast ferry to the island of Korcula. Once there, we will set out on a walking field trip in the Old Town. This historic site sits on a fortified point jutting out into the sea, and its stone buildings with red tile roofs create one of the most picturesque images along the Croatian coastline. Among the most significant sites we will visit are Saint Mark’s Cathedral and the Town Museum that showcases cultural and commercial milestones from prehistory to the present. The collections include traditional crafts such as masonry and shipbuilding, as well as household objects representing daily life. Next, we will have a lecture by a local expert about life on a Dalmatian island.

Lunch: In local restaurant

Afternoon: We will have some for independent exploration in the Old Town of Korcula. We will rendezvous at an announced time and place, walk to our hotel, and check in.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
9
Ferry to Peljesac, Walls of Ston, Transfer to Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
B,L
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Activity note: Ferry ride from Korcula to Peljesac is approximately 20 minutes. Motorcoach ride to Ston will take approximately 1 hour, as will the drive from Ston to Dubrovnik. Today’s activities will include up to 2 hours of walking on cobblestone streets, including long periods of standing.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will check-out of our hotel and transfer to the port, where we will board a ferry to Peljesac. We will then head via motorcoach to explore the famous Walls of Ston, which have protected the Peljesac Peninsula since the 15th century. When originally constructed, the Great Wall of Ston was 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) long and one of the longest defense walls in Europe – however, centuries of battles and several earthquakes has left only 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) standing.

Lunch: in Mali Ston, oyster tasting

Afternoon: Transfer via motorcoach to the city of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, we will check-in to our hotel and have some time to settle into our rooms and relax.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Dubrovnik, Free Time
Dubrovnik
B,D
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Activity note: Getting on/off a public bus; riding about 4 miles, approximately 1/4 hour. Walking up to 2.5 miles, approximately 2.5 hours and long periods of standing; cobblestone streets, some stairs without railings.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin our morning with a lecture about present-day Croatia presented by a local expert. We will then take a public bus to the Old Town of Dubrovnik for a walking field trip. Surrounded by its famous city walls, Dubrovnik is a city where culture and history thrive harmoniously with modern life. During our field trip, we will visit sites such as Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery, Onoforio Fountain and St. Blaise’s Church.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most in Dubrovnik.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Check-out until 12.00 PM.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.






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