Fabled Sarajevo and the Glorious Coast of Croatia & Montenegro

Detailed Itinerary
October voyage operates in reverse order of what is listed below.

Day 1 - USA
Fly from the United States to Sarajevo.
Day 2 - SARAJEVO, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Arrive in Sarajevo and transfer to the Hotel Astra Garni (May) or Hotel Europe (Oct.). Enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel. (D)
In the morning we will explore Sarajevo, one of the loveliest cities in southern Europe. Visit its principal monuments, including the Begova Mosque (1531); the 16th-century Orthodox cathedral and museum; the Pasuca Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture; the Ulica Vase Miskina, the most typical Austrian street in the old town; and the Svrzo House, an outstanding example of 16th-century Turkish domestic architecture. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Sarajevo on your own. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Damaged during the conflicts of the 1990s, Mostar was carefully restored and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a tour including the famed Stari Most (“the Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, and lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the walled hill town of Pocitelj and the nearby ancient Roman settlement of Narona. Enjoy the scenic coastal drive to Dubrovnik and check into the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel (May) or the Grand Villa Argentina (Oct.). (B, L)
Set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. The city contains within its ramparts the Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan Monastery, which houses a 13th-century pharmacy (the oldest in Europe), and the baroque Cathedral, with works by Renaissance painters Titian and Andrea del Sarto. Enjoy a morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, and leisure time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Embark Corinthian this evening. (B, D)
Drive to historic Cavtat and tour the imposing Sokol grad fort, abandoned in the late 17th century and recently restored, which includes an impressive archaeological collection. Then cruise the deep, fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach the port town of the same name, located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor’s fortifications and most of its monuments date from the time of Venetian rule. A tour of this delightful town reveals its magnificent walls, palaces, and churches, including the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, which contains a rich collection of artifacts. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - KORCULA ISLAND, Croatia
Steps away from our ship stands the medieval city of Korcula. Visit St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop’s Palace, the Church of All Saints, the Icon Museum, and Marco Polo’s home. Continue by bus to the eastern end of the island, which is abundant in quaint old villages, vineyards, wineries, and out-of-the-way beaches. In the afternoon, drive to the village of Lumbarda to visit a family farm known for its production of white wine from the indigenous Korcula Grk grape. Taste the local wines as well as dry-cured ham, goat cheese, olive oil, and vegetables, all produced on site. (B, L, D)
From Ploce we drive along the coast to the town of Makarska, where we visit a local museum, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and explore this delightful town at leisure, before returning to Ploce through the beautiful Biokovo Mountain Range. (B, L, D)
Vis is one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Choose to visit the archaeological site of Issa and the Archaeological Museum, located in the former fortress of Our Lady’s battery, or drive across the small island to quaint Komiza, which has retained its medieval character and architecture. Later today discover Hvar, a fertile island of rosemary, lavender, and laurel. Hvar’s architecture is unmistakably Venetian. Our tour includes a visit to the 17th-century Municipal Theater, the Franciscan Monastery and its small gallery, the city’s Loggia, and St. Stephen’s Square. Continue by bus to the 16th-century fortress for spectacular views of Hvar Town’s rooftops and harbor. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - SPLIT
Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in A.D. 295-305. An extensive structure, much of which is well preserved, the palace contains within its walls Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. Our tour of this extensive structure includes a visit to its underground cellars, the Mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Northern Gate. Also visit the Archaeological Museum and the site of Salona, with extensive Roman and early Christian ruins. (B, L, D)
In the morning, Corinthian cruises by the Kornati Archipelago, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands, en route to Rab. Perched on a peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab, the only town on the small island of the same name, is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia’s coast. A walking tour visits all its landmark sites, including the Cathedral of Sveta Marija (St. Mary the Great), and the magnificent Bell Tower, a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. (B, L, D)
Day 12 - VENICE, Italy | DISEMBARK
Disembark and transfer to the airport. (B)

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