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Adriatic Crossroads: Northern Italy
*Minimum $100 level
Experience the best of the Adriatic coast
June 26–July 5, 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. In Part I of the trip (June 26–July 5), we explore the cultural riches of northern Italy, from Ravenna to Venice to Udine. In Part II (through July 14), we begin in northern Italy, then pass through Slovenia into Croatia, exploring the Dalmatian Coast down to Dubrovnik. (Sign up for either part, or combine the two trips.) As we explore the many historical threads of the Adriatic tapestry, we'll also enjoy some of the finest scenery and hospitality in the Mediterranean.
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.
Thursday, June 26: After departure from your U.S. gateway city the previous evening, arrive at Venice Airport and transfer to our hotel in Ravenna. Take time to rest from the overnight flight, then meet for introductions and an overview of the tour. Cocktail reception and dinner. Overnight, Hotel NH, Ravenna. (D)
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Friday, June 27: The glories of Byzantium: circa A.D. 400–600, Ravenna was the center of Western civilization. We'll see exquisite examples of Byzantine mosaics as we visit the Basilica di San Vitale, the National Museum of Antiquities, the Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and other landmarks. Free evening. Overnight, Ravenna. (B)
Saturday, June 28: Day trip: Bologna. Once an independent city-state, Bologna was a center of banking and commerce—its power still evident in its medieval towers. Our day includes a walking tour of the Basilica di San Petronio and the Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca. Note: Bologna has a reputation for having the best food in Italy! Free evening in Ravenna. Overnight, Ravenna. (B)
Sunday, June 29: Day trip: Padua—one of the most important medieval and Renaissance cities in Italy. Walk in the footsteps of Dante, Copernicus, and Galileo as we traverse the narrow, cobbled streets. Highlights: Giotto's remarkable frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel, the Palazzo della Ragione, and the great anatomy theater at the University of Padua. Continue on to Venice; dinner at our hotel on the Grand Canal. Overnight, Hotel Carlton, Venice. (B, D)
Monday, June 30: A full day in magical Venice! Caught between the Roman and Byzantine worlds, this city of canals established a unique heritage of art, architecture, and culture. A morning walking tour takes us to St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of modern art. Free afternoon and evening to take in the sights at your leisure. Overnight, Venice. (B)
Tuesday, July 1: We spend the day island-hopping in the Venetian Lagoon. San Michele, Torcello, Burano, and Murano reflect the origins of Venice—a group of small islands in quiet, tidal waters. Free evening. Overnight, Venice. (B)
Wednesday, July 2: Northern Veneto: we visit the medieval market town of Treviso and tour San Nicolò, a Dominican church that contains magnificent Gothic frescoes. Our journey continues on to the rolling plains of Friuli and the town of Udine, an important center for trade across the Alps. Afternoon walking tour. Overnight, Hotel Astoria Italia, Udine. (B, D)
Thursday, July 3: Focus on archaeology: Ancient Aquileia's strategic location at the head of the Adriatic made it a bustling center for trade between the Mediterranean and central Europe. Most of Aquileia remains intact and unexcavated; it's one of the most complete ancient Roman cities of the Mediterranean. Our excursion to Aquileia and Cividale del Friuli includes museums, archaeological excavations, and the Lombard Temple. Return to Udine for a free evening. Overnight, Udine. (B)
Friday, July 4: Medieval architecture and culinary pleasures: We spend the day in the Friulian countryside, exploring hill towns, taking scenic back roads, enjoying excellent food and prestigious wines. Stops on the "castles and ham" route include the castles at Villalta and Arcano. Enjoy lunch at a local agriturismo and a group dinner at day's end. Overnight, Udine. (B, L, D)
Saturday, July 5: Morning transfer to Venice Airport for return flights. (B) Travelers continuing on the second part of the trip: see itinerary for Croatia (through July 14).
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 June 26, 2014, until departure from Venice on July 5, 2014 (or continuation on Part II of the trip). 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 Thursday, June 26, 2014. If leaving Venice on Saturday, July 5, 2014, schedule departure for after 10 a.m.
Accommodations: Comfortable hotels (double occupancy); single accommodations available for an additional fee of $1,000.
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 March 26, 2014: $500 handling fee; after March 26, 2014: forfeiture of all payments. For complete cancellation and refund policy, see Terms and Conditions.
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