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Cruising the Adriatic: The Best of Slovenia & Croatia

Tour Dates: September 4-15, 2020 (12 days)

Tour Leader(s): Ivančica Schrunk ,

Join Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Ivančica (Vanča) Schrunk aboard a modern, 18-cabin yacht for a fall cruise along the spectacular coast of Croatia. Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans, and Austrians have vied for control of this strategic coastline that is dotted with over 1,000 islands. In a region well worth exploring for its natural beauty alone, you will visit spellbinding archaeological sites, impressive cathedrals, dramatic palaces, and ancient city centers. Begin the program in Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, a city with roots back to Roman times. Discover magical Lake Bled, monumental karst caves, and mountain aeries before continuing to Rovinj, Croatia, to begin your seven-night Adriatic cruise from the Istrian Peninsula to Dubrovnik, calling at Veliki Brijun Island, Pula, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Hvar, and Korčula along the way. A leisurely pace allows for free time in town to sample local cuisine and mingle with locals.
This program is co-sponsored by Carleton College, and their lecturer is medieval historian William North. Together, Drs. Schrunk and North will enrich your travel experience and understanding of the ancient and medieval history of this region through an onboard series of stimulating lectures as well as informal discussions. In addition, they, along with excellent local guides, will accompany you on excursions throughout the program.
Launched in 2018, the intimate Queen Eleganza yacht features a casual ambiance and the ability to call at small islands and ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships.
With only 18 cabins total, reserve your cabin today. Call AIA Tours at (800) 748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org

Cruising the Adriatic: The Best of Slovenia & Croatia

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Cruising the Adriatic: The Best of Slovenia & Croatia, travel with AIA Tours

Itinerary


Friday–Saturday, September 4–5 – Home / Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sunday, September 6 – Ljubljana
Monday, September 7 – Portorož
Tuesday, September 8 – Rovinj, Croatia
Wednesday, September 9 – Pula
Thursday, September 10 – At Sea / Zadar
Friday, September 11 – Krka National Park / Trogir / Split
Saturday, September 12 – Split / Hvar
Sunday, September 13 – Korčula / Dubrovnik
Monday, September 14 – Dubrovnik
Tuesday, September 15 – Dubrovnik / Home

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Friday–Saturday, September 4–5 – Home / Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart home on an overnight flight to Ljubljana. Upon arrival, transfer to the Grand Union Hotel, located within the historic center of the city, and gather for a welcome reception and dinner. GRAND UNION HOTEL (R,D)

Sunday, September 6 – Ljubljana
After a morning lecture, set out on a walking tour of the historic center, which is off limits to automobiles, andvisit the remains of the Roman city of Emona, including one of the longest Roman city walls in central Europe, and admire Ljubljana’s medieval castle, Baroque façades, and uneven roofs. After lunch, venture to the lovely and impossibly blue Lake Bled and ride gondola-like Pletna boats to visit Slovenia’s only island, a picturesque outpost in the center of the lake. Dinner is at your leisure this evening. GRAND UNION HOTEL (B,L)

Monday, September 7 – Portorož
Travel by coach to Lipica Stud Farm, breeding home of Vienna’s famed Lipizzaner horses. Continue to Škocjan Caves Regional Park, a natural (rather than cultural) UNESCO World Heritage site comprising a system of limestone caves, many waterfalls, and an underground chamber. There is archaeological evidence of human occupation (settlement, burial, and ritual) in the caves dating back to the prehistoric era. Settle in at the Kempinski Palace Hotel near the oceanfront promenade of Portorož, and dine this evening at a local restaurant in the historic Venetian stronghold of Piran. KEMPINSKI PALACE HOTEL (B,L,D)

Tuesday, September 8 – Rovinj, Croatia
Cross into Croatia and continue to Rovinj by way of the scenic mountaintop village of Motovun on the Istrian Peninsula. Enjoy a walking tour of the charming old town, which was a small island until 1763, and time at leisure to explore the cobbled streets. Continue to Porec to visit the Euphrasian Basilica. Stop at Monkodonja, an impressive and extensive hill fort occupied during the Bronze Age, before boarding the Queen Eleganza in Rovinj this evening in time for a welcome reception and dinner. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L,D)

Wednesday, September 9 – Pula
Cruise to Veliki Brijun Island, once a favorite of former President of Yugoslavia Marshal Tito, now part of a national park known for dinosaur footprints and home to a 1st-century A.D. Roman villa. Continue to nearby Pula to visit the imposing, 1st-century A.D. Roman amphitheater, the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have four side towers and all three architectural orders entirely preserved; the Golden Gate, a triumphal Arch erected by the prominent Roman Sergi family in the 1st century A.D.; and the Temple of Augustus in the Roman Forum—the center of daily life in ancient Rome. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L,D)

Thursday, September 10 – At Sea / Zadar
Spend the morning cruising the scenic coastline and enjoying the educational program en route to Zadar, with a possible stop for swimming. The impressive but less crowded city of Zadar boasts a rich history that dates as far back as the Neolithic Era. The streets of the old town are paved with shining white marble, and the inviting waterfront is a magnet for art lovers. Spend the evening at leisure exploring Roman ruins, Venetian architecture, and street-side cafes. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L)

Friday, September 11 – Krka National Park / Trogir / Split
This morning, cruise to Šibenik, visiting the Cathedral of St. James and City Museum. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Krka National Park, featuring the stunning Skradinski Buk waterfall, the tallest in the park. Also visit old Trogir, situated on a small island enclosed by medieval walls. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s World Heritage sites, including the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence, which houses the Renaissance Chapel of St. John. After dinner, continue to Split, Croatia’s fashionable second-largest city. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L,D)

Saturday, September 12 – Split / Hvar
Visit Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient fortress-like complex spread along the Split waterfront, before cruising to lavender-scented Hvar Island. Stroll along the elegant main square, with views of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, distinguished by its tall, rectangular bell tower, and the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery, whose refectory contains a 1524 edition of Ptolemy’s atlas. Explore Hvar Heritage Museum and the archaeological collection. Enjoy an evening at leisure among the restaurant-lined avenues. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L)

Sunday, September 13 – Korčula / Dubrovnik
Cruise to the fortified town of Korčula, perched on a promontory on its namesake island. Take a walking tour of the narrow, stepped streets and enjoy a wine tasting with accompanying local specialties. Korčula is the sixth-largest island in the Adriatic Sea, rich in vineyards and olive groves, picturesque villages and a glorious old town, and age-old religious ceremonies, folk music, and dance traditions. Sample some of Croatia’s famous wines, including the white wine made from pošip grapes that grow primarily on Korčula, as well as local specialties. Cruise toward Dubrovnik this afternoon. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L,D)

Monday, September 14 – Dubrovnik
Noted for its expansive walls and red tile rooftops, Dubrovnik is perhaps the most-visited destination on the Adriatic coast. This morning explore the sites along the city’s main street, the marble-clad Stradun, including Onofrio’s Fountain, St. Blaise’s Church, the Rector’s Palace, and the Franciscan Church and Monastery, a large complex belonging to the Order of the Friars Minor and consisting of a monastery, church, library, and pharmacy, the latter of which dates from A.D. 1317. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the maze of alleyways and Renaissance-era architecture before a farewell dinner on board. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,D)

Tuesday, September 15 – Dubrovnik / Home
Disembark this morning and transfer to the Dubrovnik airport for flights home. (B)


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