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Adriatic Sea Voyage – Croatia & Montenegro aboard private yacht Running on Waves

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  • May 18, 2018 - May 26, 2018




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Adriatic Sea Voyage – Croatia & Montenegro aboard private yacht Running on Waves

Arrive in Dubrovnik and spend a day exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site, often considered one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in the world. Then embark Running on Waves and cruise northward to Trogir. Situated on its own island and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, this intimate walled city of Gothic and Renaissance architectural treasures reached its zenith between the 13th and 15th centuries. A short distance away is Split, home of the imperial Roman ruins of Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Just off the coast is the island of Hvar, a jewel of the Adriatic known for its fields of fragrant lavender and beautiful walled city. Continue cruising south to enter Montenegro’s stunningly beautiful Bay of Kotor, surrounded by the majestic Dinaric Mountains and designated a UNESCO Natural and Cultural Heritage region. Visit the city of Kotor’s historic center filled with Venetian-and Romanesque-influenced buildings and end the voyage back in Dubrovnik with a festive farewell dinner and performance of Croatian folkloric music.

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born in Zagreb, Croatia, teaches ancient history and archaeology at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), and a community class in the Croatian language. She has published numerous articles and has co-authored or co-edited several books, and has also interpreted and translated for immigrants and refugees. Vanča is past president of the Minnesota Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and is currently vice presi-dent of the Croatian Cultural Society of Minnesota. She leads study abroad courses in Croatia and Rome, and for more than a decade has involved her students and international volunteers in a collaborative archaeological project on the island of Sveti Klement (St. Clement), near Hvar, which we will visit on May 21. Vanča excavated in Diocletian’s Palace and did archaeological work at several other Adriatic sites, as well as in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. She will share with the group her expertise in Roman maritime villas, island environments, and ancient Mediterranean networks.

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Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19
Depart home on an overnight flight to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, transfer to the ship in Dubrovnik’s Old Town Harbor and relax before the captain’s welcome reception and dinner. RUNNING ON WAVES (R,D)

Sunday, May 20
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. This afternoon visit the Archaeological Museum, housed in the Revelin Fortress. RUNNING ON WAVES (B,L,D)

Monday, May 21
Cruise to the island of Hvar, known for its fields of fragrant lavender and beautiful walled city. 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. Visit the archaeological site on the island of Sveti Klement, where Dr. Schrunk conducts fieldwork. RUNNING ON WAVES (B,L,D)

Tuesday, May 22
After cruising along the beautiful Dalmatian coast, arrive in Trogir, enclosed by medieval walls on a small island. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage palaces, churches, and ramparts, including the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence, which houses the Renaissance Chapel of St. John. Climb the cathedral tower for panoramic views of Trogir. This evening, enjoy a musical performance by Croatian folk singers. RUNNING ON WAVES (B,L,D)

Wednesday, May 23
Cruise to nearby Split this morning. Explore the remarkable Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, which dominates the waterfront of Croatia’s second-largest city. Also visit the site of ancient Salona and Split’s Archaeological Museum, a treasure trove of classical sculpture and mosaics. RUNNING ON WAVES (B,L,D)

Thursday, May 24
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. Depart for Kotor, a World Heritage site that is part of the larger Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor, this afternoon. RUNNING ON WAVES (B,L,D)

Friday, May 25
Running on Waves enters Montenegro’s dramatic fjord-like Bay of Kotor through its triple bays, which are surrounded by the majestic Dinaric Mountains. Upon arrival, disembark for a walking tour of the town’s historic Venetian-influenced center. Enjoy time for independent exploration of this tiny jewel-box walled city before returning to the ship and cruising once again through the breathtaking scenery of the Bay of Kotor, passing by the man-made island of Our Lady of the Rocks en route to Dubrovnik. This evening celebrate this Adriatic voyage at a farewell reception and dinner. RUNNING ON WAVES (B,L,R,D)

Saturday, May 26
After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)