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Adriatic Crossroads: Croatia
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Experience the best of the Adriatic coast
July 4–14, 2014
The sea lanes of the Adriatic have been crossed and recrossed for millennia—notably during the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires and the Venetian Republic. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of this cultural crossroads, beginning with the cultural riches of northern Italy (Part I, June 26–July 5). In Part II of the trip (through July 14), we begin in Italy, then pass through Slovenia into Croatia—exploring the Dalmatian coast down to Dubrovnik. (Sign up for either part, or combine the two trips.) Our journey retraces the paths of the crusaders and explores the intersections of archaeology, art, and architecture in a region that was dominated by the Venetian Republic but opens windows into many eras.
Archaeology, art, and architecture—from ancient Rome to the Venetian Republic
The complex, often contentious, history of the Adriatic coast
Archaeology, politics, urban planning, and preservation
Dr. Don McGuire is a scholar of classical civilizations, archaeology, and Mediterranean history; he is an adjunct associate professor at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Don has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and has led scholarly tours through Turkey, Greece, and Italy.
Friday, July 4: Travelers joining Part II of Adriatic Crossroads: After departure from your U.S. gateway city the previous evening, arrive at Venice Airport and transfer to our hotel in Udine. Take time to unpack and rest from the overnight flight, then meet for introductions and an overview of the tour. Cocktail reception and dinner. Overnight, Hotel Astoria Italia, Udine. (D)
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Saturday, July 5: Trieste: From the 9th to 15th centuries, this historic port competed with Venice for control of the seas. Highlights: Roman ruins on Capitoline Hill and Miramare Castle, on the Gulf of Trieste. Cross the border into Slovenia and explore Škocjan Caves (underground tour: 3 km/1.9 miles). Guest scholar Dr. Predrag Novakovic discusses his archaeological research into Bronze Age, Roman, and medieval occupations here. Continue on to Croatia; dinner in Opatija. Overnight, Hotel Bristol, Opatija. (B, D)
Sunday, July 6: Welcome to the Istrian Peninsula! The fortified city of Pula was dominated by Rome and Venice; the city preserves the finest examples of Roman architecture in Croatia, including a first-century amphitheater built under Emperor Vespasian. Then it's on to Poreč, where we visit the sixth-century Byzantine Basilica of St. Euphrasius and its exquisite mosaics—a fascinating counterpoint to mosaics we saw in Ravenna. Return to Opatija for a free evening. Overnight, Opatija. (B)
Monday, July 7: This morning we explore a hidden treasure of Croatia: Bribirska Glavica, a hilltop site that preserves thousands of years of continuous history. In the afternoon we drive to the ancient capital of Dalmatia, Zadar. Overnight, Hotel Adriana, Zadar. (B, D)
Tuesday, July 8: Starting in the late 10th century, Venice tried to conquer every city on the Dalmatian coast. Zadar resisted, was sacked by crusaders, and repeatedly conquered and liberated until Venice bought Zadar from the king of Naples in 1409. Our walking tour of this historic city includes the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Forum, and nearby churches. Free afternoon and evening. Try a local specialty, maraschino—the liqueur made from the marasca cherry! Overnight, Zadar. (B)
Wednesday, July 9: Our morning drive along the Dalmatian coast takes us to Split, a busy port that is home to spectacular Roman ruins. The heart of the old town is built into the walls of the fourth-century Palace of Diocletian. Archaeologist Dr. Goran Nikšić guides us on a special tour of the palace, sharing his research and the latest information about this remarkable site. Continue on to the Archaeological Museum, where we view artifacts from prehistoric times through the early Christian and medieval ages. Overnight, Hotel Meridien Lav, Split. (B, D)
Thursday, July 10: Free day in Split: Explore this lovely town on the Dalmatian coast at your leisure. Overnight, Split. (B)
Friday, July 11: We visit Metković, home to the ancient Roman settlement of Narona and the Norin Tower, built by Ottoman Turks to defend the area against Venice. Continue on to Dubrovnik. Overnight, Hilton Imperial, Dubrovnik. (B, D)
Saturday, July 12: Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic! This remarkably well preserved city still retains its medieval fortifications and monumental gates. This morning we enjoy a walking tour through the marble streets of the old town. Free afternoon and evening to explore the city’s rich heritage—or simply enjoy the scenic views. Overnight, Dubrovnik. (B)
Sunday, July 13: Enjoy a day of leisure in Dubrovnik, or take an optional excursion to the islands of Hvar and Korčula. This is the perfect day to sample the delicious regional cuisine; local specialties include fresh seafood and air-dried Dalmatian ham. Watching ships sail into the sunset, we enjoy a farewell dinner and prepare for our journey home. Overnight, Dubrovnik. (B, D)
Monday, July 14: Morning transfers to Dubrovnik Airport for return flights. (B)
Itinerary subject to change
B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
Tuition: Tuition is per person, based on shared accommodations, and includes accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and group transportation from arrival in Venice, Italy, on July 4, 2014 (or continuation from Part I of this trip), until departure from Dubrovnik, Croatia, on July 14, 2014. International transportation to and from Venice is your responsibility. Airport departure taxes and visa fees not included. Program prices are based on current tariffs and currency exchange rates and are subject to change. Crow Canyon reserves the right to levy a surcharge, if necessary, prior to the final payment date.
International Air: International flights are not included. When making travel arrangements, plan to arrive in Venice no later than 12 noon on Friday, July 4, 2014. On Monday, July 14, 2014, schedule departure from Dubrovnik anytime.
Accommodations: Comfortable hotels (double occupancy); single accommodations available for an additional fee of $1,550.
What to Expect: Travel is by deluxe coach. Access to some locations requires moderate walking and standing throughout the day.
The following penalty schedule applies: On or before April 3, 2014: $500 handling fee; after April 3, 2014: forfeiture of all payments. For complete cancellation and refund policy, see Terms and Conditions.
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