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Odyssey at Sea: Pearls of the Adriatic

Set sail for treasured European cities surrounding the Adriatic — in Greece, Croatia and Italy — on an unforgettable educational adventure.
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Program No. 23510RJ
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12 days
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Greece/Albania/Croatia/Italy

Odyssey at Sea: Pearls of the Adriatic

Set sail for treasured European cities surrounding the Adriatic — in Greece, Croatia and Italy — on an unforgettable educational adventure.
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,499
Length
12 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
4,499
Program No. 23510RJ

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Mythological Greece. Regal Croatia. Bewitching Italy. The pearls of this idyllic region are legendary, and you can experience them all! Set sail on a monumental journey around Greece and along the northern Adriatic coastline. Travel back in time as you explore ancient Greek ruins and proud Croatian architecture. Experience authentic local life as you sail along the Albanian Riviera and among charming Venetian islands. What's more, unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you'll have overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration. This is no cruise, after all — it’s an educational odyssey!

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Climb the Acropolis for awe-inspiring city views before exploring the New Acropolis Museum in history-rich Athens.
  • Explore the treasures of the Old City of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful ports in all of Europe.
  • Set off to discover the gems of Venice with an expert, including St. Mark’s Square.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions.
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Ioanna Kopsiafti
Ioanna Kopsiafti is an art historian, professor and writer living in Athens for the past 20 years. She earned her master’s degree from St. Andrews University and her doctorate from Oxford. Ioanna currently lectures in Athens and Rome, primarily on ancient Greek and Roman art and civilization. Her publications include “Style City Athens” (Thames & Hudson 2006) and “Thinking Space, Advancing Art: Cassirer with Crowther” (Routledge 2015) on the philosophy of symbolic forms that explores language, myth, religion and art within the philosophy of culture.

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

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Ioanna Kopsiafti is an art historian, professor and writer living in Athens for the past 20 years. She earned her master’s degree from St. Andrews University and her doctorate from Oxford. Ioanna currently lectures in Athens and Rome, primarily on ancient Greek and Roman art and civilization. Her publications include “Style City Athens” (Thames & Hudson 2006) and “Thinking Space, Advancing Art: Cassirer with Crowther” (Routledge 2015) on the philosophy of symbolic forms that explores language, myth, religion and art within the philosophy of culture.
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Dr. Catherine Skokan is a professor emerita at the Colorado School of Mines and the first woman to receive a graduate degree from that institution. Her technical interests include volcanoes, geothermal and energy resources, groundwater resources, and humanitarian engineering. Dr. Skokan has traveled extensively with student and adult groups and has led humanitarian engineering projects, visiting all seven continents and some 100 countries, sharing the beauties of this world with others.
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Dr. Dionysios Flevotomos studied archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees in Cultural Studies at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. His PhD research focused on Greek souvenirs, an interdisciplinary study that combined approaches from the fields of archaeology, museum studies, anthropology, and tourism studies. For the last 16 years, Dionysios has worked as a licensed group leader in Greece and has led various Road scholar field trips around Europe and the Mediterranean area.
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Dina Statha been leading groups in Greece as a licensed professional for twenty years. She has worked extensively throughout Greece with individuals and groups, assisting in the coordination of traditional land programs, cruises, walking and hiking programs, as well as programs centered on the topics of history, culture, and religion. Always interested in expanding her knowledge, Dina continually attends seminars centering on ancient Greek art, diet, and sport. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, as well as traditional Greek music and folk dancing.
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Marily Papadopoulou is an exploration leader with specialties in archaeology and museology. Self-described as a “knowledge junkie,’’ she travels the world to learn about everything she can. Her curiosity about the world, its beauties, and her need to communicate and show others, led her to work as a Group Leader. According to Marily, “There is a whole world to be explored so let's get started!”
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Sami Ozcini has shared his love for Turkey and his home city of Istanbul with Road Scholars for more than 20 years. His on-site lectures bring a special perspective to understanding and appreciating Turkey’s rich history and legacy. A graduate of Marmara University, Sami has a degree in English literature. He also served as an instructor in two online Road Scholar programs in 2020. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and acting as a referee for amateur football games in Istanbul.
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Biba Galjanic has a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management she received in Croatia, she has worked her whole life in tourism, working mostly with American groups. She particularly loves working with Road Scholars as they are intelligent, fun loving and curious enabling the learning process to be mutual. She is an avid food and wine lover, and enjoys sharing the knowledge of areas visited and exchanging energy with people. Biba has travelled most continents and believes there is no better job than traveling for work.
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Luci Duzevic was born and raised on the Croatian island of Korcula and says she inherited traveling genes from her sea captain father. Earning her Master’s degrees in Art History and French language and literature from the University of Zagreb, she dedicated her life to traveling with a professional license from VERN University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb. Luci also likes to read, bake, discover a good restaurant, see a great dance performance, and spend time with her family and friends at home in Zagreb.
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Elsa Savva was born in Monte Carlo, Monaco. She moved to Athens for high school, graduated from the School of Guides, and later studied art history at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Chelsea School of Art in London. She currently works as an official guide in Greece and as a group exploration manager around the world.
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Fran Valle is Basque by origin. While born in Bilbao, he has spent most of his life traveling the world. As an Oxford-trained archaeologist, he directs research programs in several European countries and trains new generations of archaeologists. Fran enjoys traveling and combining his research with leading groups, which allows him to show history where it happened! He is an avid reader and has a very sharp sense of humor, believing that everything we do should include a good laugh.
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Marta Rezzano grew up around the Mediterranean and came to love history at an early age. After living in Athens and Istanbul, she pursued her passion at university in the United Kingdom where she specialized in cultural history. Marta is particularly interested in gastronomy as a repository of memory and culture. She is fluent in Italian, English, French, and has been involved in travel for more than six years. Travel has deeply impacted her life, and she looks forward to sharing this experience with others.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Taste of Croatia
by Karen Evenden
This engaging memoir of a three-year sailing odyssey includes 100 enticing recipes.
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.
The World of Venice
by Jan Morris
Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite.
Athens Map
by Borch Maps
An excellent laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:7,500 with inset maps of the Acropolis, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Attica and the surrounding region.
Art and Life in Renaissance Venice
by Patricia Brown
This compact volume evokes the spirit of Renaissance Venice with authoritative essays and 120 full-color illustrations.
It's All Greek to Me
by Charlotte Higgins
With timelines, a who's who, charts and maps, this handy little primer is a thoroughly entertaining introduction to everything Greek, from poetry and drama to philosophy, history and culture.
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.
Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands
by Eyewitness Guides
Color photography, excellent local maps and an island-by-island synopsis of attractions make this book the one to carry with you. Includes a chapter on Athens.
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.
A Traveller's History of Greece
by Timothy Boatswain, Colin Nicolson
A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed.
A Traveller's History of Croatia
by Benjamin Curtis
Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe.
Venice: A New History
by Thomas Madden
Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.
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.
The Greeks, An Illustrated History
by Diane Harris Cline
This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries.





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