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 Pula, Croatia, to begin your seven-night Adriatic cruise from the Istrian Peninsula to Dubrovnik, visiting Mali Losinj, Zadar, Krka National Park, 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.
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- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
May 27, 2023 - Jun 7, 2023
The yacht-like Queen Eleganza, launched in the spring of 2018, was beautifully crafted in Croatia specifically to cruise the Adriatic coastline. With its small number of travelers, there is a relaxed and informal atmosphere on board. The 18 cabins are finished to high standards with sleek lines and neutral colors. The bar/restaurant and lounge boast comfortable seating areas, large windows, and complimentary tea/coffee. Meals are served in a single seating and feature fresh and tasty Mediterranean cuisine.
Barbara Horlbeck, M.A., is an arts and culture professional with extensive global experience. She is a lecturer, writer, independent researcher and adjunct instructor of art history, and has developed and teaches college and university-level art history courses, including “Arts of the Islamic World” and “Arts of the Ancient World.” As Founder of Arts and Influences, Barbara developed the successful Food for Thought Lecture and Lunch Series and created a series of in-depth seminars covering a broad range of topics from “Arts of the Medieval World,” and “Arts of China, India and Japan” to “Collectors, Collections, and the Modern Museum.” As a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for nearly 20 years, Barbara has led tours for educators, specialists and the general public. She has traveled in nearly 40 countries, including five continents and the North Pole, as well as Iran, India, Pakistan and China. Barbara loves helping travelers develop a deeper understanding of our rich artistic and cultural legacy while, at the same time, placing works of art and architecture in their rich historical context.
Upon payment of the $1,000 per person deposit, all reservations are subject to the cancellation provisions set forth below and by which the passenger agrees to be bound. Cancellations shall not be in effect until they are received in writing and confirmed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Deposits are refundable (less a $250 per person administration fee) if written notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of reservation; after that, deposits are 100% nonrefundable. After final payment deadline of January 27, 2023, all payments are 100% nonrefundable, regardless of booking date. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
Depart the U.S.
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 festive welcome dinner featuring Slovenian specialties.
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 in Ljubljana this evening.
Travel by coach to the UNESCO designated ancient Škocjan Karst Caves, a vast network of tunnels and chambers sometimes referred to as the “underground Grand Canyon.” Settle in at the luxurious Kempinski Palace Hotel near the oceanfront promenade of Portorož, “the French Riviera” of Slovenia, followed by a sunset dinner at the historic Venetian stronghold Piran.
Cross the border into Croatia and drive to Pula by way of the scenic mountaintop village of Motovun on the Istrian Peninsula. Explore the well-preserved Roman ruins including the impressive colosseum, the only Roman amphitheater in the world with a complete circle wall. Embark Queen Eleganza this evening in time for a welcome reception and dinner.
Relax on the sun deck while cruising the scenic coastline to Mali Lošinj, a lovely town with a rich maritime legacy thanks to its unique long natural harbor. Explore the bustling seafront, lined with imposing 19th-century houses and villas, and enjoy free time in town for dinner and individual pursuits.
At Sea / Zadar
Spend the morning sailing 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.
Krka National Park / Split
Board a coach and drive to Krka National Park, one of Croatia’s most-loved National Parks, known for its series of cascading waterfalls, picturesque pools, and acres of lush vegetation. Take guided walks on wooden walkways and bridges through this magical landscape. Then tour the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral of St. James in nearby Šibenik, and enjoy lunch on your own in town. Continue to Split, Croatia’s fashionable second-largest city.
Visit Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient fortress-like complex spread along the Split waterfront, and enjoy more free time in the city before cruising to lavender scented Hvar Island. Stroll along the elegant main square of Hvar, 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.
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 rich in vineyards and olive groves, picturesque villages, 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 dining specialties.
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.
Dubrovnik / Home
Disembark this morning and transfer to the Dubrovnik airport for flights home.
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