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Cruising the Adriatic: The Best of Slovenia & Croatia

Tour Dates: September 10-21, 2021 (12 days)

Tour Leader(s): Ivančica Schrunk ,

Join Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Ivancica (Vanca) 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 Korcula along the way. A leisurely pace allows for free time in town to sample local cuisine and mingle with locals.

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, AIA lecturer and host Vanca Schrunk 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, 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. We are co-sponsoring this program with another organization and, with only 18 cabins total aboard ship, I urge you to reserve your cabin today. Call AIA Tours at (800) 748-6262 or email

Pricing Per Person (10 nights)

Double Occupancy starting at $6,990
Single Occupancy starting at $10,390

All Payments are 100% refundable until June 7, 2021!

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Queen Eleganza - AIA Tours - Cruising the Adriatic: The best of Slovenia & Croatia

Queen Eleganza - AIA Tours - Cruising the Adriatic: The best of Slovenia & Croatia


Friday–Saturday, September 10-11, 2021 – Home / Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sunday, September 12 – Ljubljana
Monday, September 13 – Portorož
Tuesday, September 14 – Rovinj, Croatia
Wednesday, September 15 – Pula
Thursday, September 16 – At Sea / Zadar
Friday, September 17 – Plitvice Lakes National Park / Split
Saturday, September 18 – Split / Hvar
Sunday, September 19 – Korčula / Dubrovnik
Monday, September 20 – Dubrovnik
Tuesday, September 21 – Dubrovnik / Home

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Friday–Saturday, Sept. 10–11: 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. GRAND UNION HOTEL (R,D)

Sunday, September 12: Ljubljana
After a morning lecture, set out on a walking tour of the historic center, which is off limits to automobiles, and visit the sprawling Central Market. See the famous Dragon Bridge and explore the ancient Roman wall. 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 13: Portoroz
Travel by coach to Lipica Stud Farm, breeding home of Vienna’s famed Lipizzaner horses. Continue to the UNESCO-designated ancient Skocjan Karst Caves, a vast network of tunnels and chambers sometimes referred to as the “underground Grand Canyon.” Settle in at the Kempinski Palace Hotel near the oceanfront promenade of Portoroz, and this evening dine at the historic Venetian stronghold Piran. KEMPINSKI PALACE HOTEL (B,L,D)

Tuesday, September 14: Rovinj, Croatia
Cross the border into Croatia and drive to Rovinj by way of the scenic mountaintop village of Motovun on the Istrian Peninsula. Enjoy a walking tour of Rovinj’s charming old town, which was a small island until 1763, and time at leisure to explore the cobbled streets. Embark the Queen Eleganza this evening in time for a reception and dinner. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L,D)

Wednesday, September 15: Pula
Cruise to Veliki Brijun Island, formerly a favorite of Marshal Tito, now part of a national park known for dinosaur footprints and home to a 1st-century Roman villa. Continue to nearby Pula to explore its well-preserved Roman ruins, including the impressive colosseum, the only Roman amphitheater in the world with a complete circle wall. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L,D)

Thursday, September 16: At Sea / Zadar
Spend the morning sailing the scenic coastline and enjoying the educational program en route to Zadar, with stops for swimming also possible. 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 17: Plitvice Lakes National Park / Split
Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park, a series of 16 lakes interconnected by waterfalls and pedestrian bridges, and a World Heritage Site. Catch up with the Queen Eleganza in Split, Croatia’s fashionable, second-largest city. Enjoy time to explore the old town and have dinner at leisure. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L)

Saturday, September 18: 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 the yacht-filled waterfront and enjoy an evening at leisure in the restaurant-lined avenues. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L)

Sunday, September 19:Korcula / Dubrovnik
Cruise to the fortified town of Korcula, 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. Korcula 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 Korcula, as well as local specialties. Continue to Dubrovnik this afternoon. QUEEN ELEGANZA (B,L,D)

Monday, September 20: 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 21: Dubrovnik / Home
Disembark this morning and transfer to the Dubrovnik airport for flights home. (B)

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