Tales of the Adriatic: Greece, Albania, Montenegro & Croatia

On this exclusive, Road Scholar-only voyage, sail along the Adriatic Sea to explore the beautiful and historic coastlines of Greece, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia.
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Program No. 23219RJ
13 days
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The sheer amount of history that can be found along the shores of the Adriatic Sea is dizzying — from tales of the ancient Greeks to the centuries of architecture that can still be found today in Dubrovnik, every port tells a fascinating story. Explore this ancient coastline on an exclusive, Road Scholar-only voyage that begins in Athens and makes its way along the shores of Greece, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia. With local experts, learn about Greek mythology and society, explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and walk along cobblestone streets that lead to some of the most impressive historic architecture in the world.
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Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend two nights in the ancient city of Athens and learn about its vast history at the Acropolis and the impressive Acropolis Museum.
  • Discover the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture of Dubrovnik during an expert-led exploration of the city and sites including the Franciscan monastery and Rector’s Palace.
  • Walk along the streets of Kotor, Montenegro, explore the Venetian Fortress in Corfu, Greece, and explore the port of Butrint, Albania — all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Petra Lozica
Raised in the Alpine region of Slovenia, Petra Lozica now lives in Croatia on the island of Korcula, where Marco Polo was born. A graduate of the University of Rijeka, Petra is an expert on the region’s culture and the history of the former Yugoslavia. She is passionate about travel, nature, animals, gardening and the enjoying the beauty of the Adriatic Sea.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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.
Croatia, A Nation Forged in War
by Marcus Tanner
A modern history of Croatia, from its medieval origins to Nazi occupation to the present day, written by the British correspondent who reported from the region during the events of 1993.
The World of the Ancient Greeks
by John Camp, Elizabeth Fisher
Featuring hundreds of illustrations and invitingly short chapters on topics from the first Greeks to the Heroic Age and classical Athens. With modern color photographs of great Greek cities from Athens and Delphi to Knossos, Ephesus, Pergamum and Priene.
Death and the Dervish
by Mesa Selimovic
The tale of Sheikh Nuruddin, the self-serving dervish of the title, set during Ottoman rule in 18th-century Bosnia. Selimovic (1910-1982) was a well-known Bosnian Muslim author
The Complete World of Greek Mythology
by Richard Buxton
Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute.
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.
The General of the Dead Army: A Novel
by Ismail Kadare
A critically acclaimed novel by Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare, exploring the futility and consequences of war and nationalism. Set twenty years after the Second World War, two Italian soldiers are sent into Albania to recover the remains of their fallen countrymen, and face animosity from locals unwilling to assist the one-time conquerors in their mission.
Mother Tongue: A Saga of Three Generations of Balkan Women
by Tania Romanov
Tania Romanov was born in Serbia to two displaced migrants and spent most of her childhood in a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy. In this memoir, she navigates the stories of three generations of women in her family, and through this explores the complex history, geography and language of Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.
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.
The Archeology of Mediterranean Placemaking: Butrint and the Global Heritage Industry
by Richard Hodges
Archeologist Richard Hodges analyzes the cultural, historical and archeological value of the iconic Butrint site and reflects on how it interlinks with the Albanian narrative and identity.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill
Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute.

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