23877
Croatia

Croatia at a Slower Pace: Coastal Villages & Dazzling Lakes

Join local experts and discover the many fascinating sides of Croatia at a leisurely pace, from the waterfalls in its first national park to the medieval architecture in walled cities.
Program No. 23877RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
3,149

At a Glance

It’s like something out of a storybook: crystal-clear lakes, quaint houses with red-clay roofs, limestone streets and soaring bell towers. A journey through Croatia is like a journey through time, with medieval history and stunning vistas around every corner. Alongside local experts, discover Croatia’s wonders at a leisurely pace and experience its historic architecture and breathtaking parks firsthand. Study Croatia’s ecology as you venture to the waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and then immerse yourself in local life on explorations of its walled cities and cultural hubs. Uncover two distinctly different yet equally beautiful sides of this small Mediterranean country while standing in awe of picture-perfect landscapes come to life.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio Fountain and St. Blaise’s Church on expert-led excursions through Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the first national park in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and its many waterfalls, rivers and crystal-clear lakes.
  • Witness one of the finest examples of Byzantine art from the fifth century at the Euphrasian Basilica in historic Porec.
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.
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
by John Lowden
An illustrated guide to the architectural heritage of the early Christian period (860-1453), with a survey of the philosophy and intellectual climate of the time.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast
by Eyewitness Guides
This slim guide, geared for visitors on a short stay, features color photographs and maps.
Croatia Coast Map
by Freytag & Berndt
A nicely shaded map covering the Dalmatian Coast from Porec to Dubrovnik at a scale of 1:200,000, perfect for the complex coastline.
The Bridge on the Drina
by Ivo Andric, Lovette F. Edwards (Translator)
These linked stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration.
Zagreb, A Cultural History
by Celia Hawkesworth
An illuminating account of the tumultuous but vibrant history of Croatia's capital, with a strong focus on the art and architecture of the city.
Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet Publications
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
A Taste of Croatia
by Karen Evenden
This engaging memoir of a three-year sailing odyssey includes 100 enticing recipes.
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.
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia
by Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction)
First published in 1941, this monumental work explores the complex history of Yugoslavia, its heroes, politics and culture. It's a big, challenging book -- some call it the best ever written on the Balkans.
Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation
by Laura Silber, Allan Little
Called "one of the finest volumes to come out of the war" by the New York Times, this book combines eyewitness reports, political commentary and documentary photographs to elucidate the origins and aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Traveller's History of Croatia
by Benjamin Curtis
Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe.
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 Balkans, A Short History
by Mark Mazower
With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
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.
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.





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