Dylan Rogers, Lecturer in Roman Art & Archaeology
- Historic Zagreb and Scenic Lake Bled excursion
- Vibrant Ljubljana
- Istrian Peninsula touring
- Visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Dramatic Dalmatian coastline
- Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Charming Opatija and a Two-night stay on island of Hvar
Dylan Rogers is Lecturer in Roman Art & Archaeology in the Department of Art. A proud Double Hoo (MA, PhD), Dr. Rogers previously served as the Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (Greece), where he led tours of Crete, Sicily, and southern Italy for students. Dr. Rogers is the author of Water Culture in Roman Society (2018), and his current book project explores the sensory experience of ancient Roman cities, with special focus on fountains. His varied research interests have appeared in the American Journal of Archaeology, Antiquité tardive, Arts, and MOSAIC. He is the editor of a number of volumes, including What’s New in Roman Greece? (2018) and The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Athens (2021). Over the years, Dr. Rogers has conducted archaeological field work across the Mediterranean, especially in Greece (Corinth; Pylos), Turkey (Lycia), and Italy (Pompeii; Morgantina, Sicily).
After a connecting flight in Europe, we arrive in Zagreb and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.
Amadria Park Hotel Capital
This morning’s tour of the Croatian capital by coach and on foot reveals a gracious city of culture and hospitality. We visit Mirogoj Park Cemetery, known for its arcades and sculpture; then continue through Old Town with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
After calling on the colorful Dolac open-air market, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner.
Amadria Park Hotel Capital
Departing by coach this morning, we arrive in the Slovenian capital in time for lunch on our own. An afternoon walking tour reveals the heart of this friendly mid-sized city of romantic bridges, ornate façades, pedestrian zones, and abundant parkland.
We dine tonight at our hotel.
This morning we visit Bled, Slovenia’s popular resort town whose namesake lake is the stuff of fairytales. Sitting in the foothills of the Julian Alps with a medieval castle perched above its emerald-green waters, Lake Bled draws visitors and locals alike.
We tour the castle then enjoy a leisurely boat ride around the placid mile-wide lake. After this relaxing interlude, we return to Ljubljana with the remainder of the day at leisure.
En route to Opatija today, we stop to explore Postojna Cave, the almost 13-mile-long karst cave system where an electric train takes us deeper than is possible in any other cave in the world. Then after free time here for lunch on our own, we continue on to Opatija, the seaside resort where Habsburg princes once vacationed.
Upon arrival, we explore the “Opatija Riviera” on a walking tour of this modern-day resort town nestled between green forested hills and the cobalt Adriatic. We dine together tonight.
Today’s tour of the Istrian Peninsula reveals the multicultural roots of this alluring spit of land jutting into the Adriatic. At various times a vassal of Venice, the first Austro-Hungarian Empire, Fascist Italy, the Yugoslav Federation, and finally, Croatia, Istra, as it is known, boasts an interesting history, mild Mediterranean climate, lovely scenery, and good wines.
Our first stop is in the port of Pula, where we visit the well-preserved remains of a Roman amphitheater (c. 177 CE). Next is Rovinj, a charming old Venetian port where we are free to explore on our own and perhaps enjoy lunch at an outdoor café. After returning to Opatija late this afternoon, we dine together tonight at a local restaurant.
Today we visit nearby Moscenicka, a one-time fishing village that now draws visitors to its tranquil port and beautiful pebble beaches. After lunch together, we return to Opatija where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
We travel south this morning for an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Famed for its string of 16 turquoise-colored lakes connected by a series of waterfalls and cascades, separated by distinctive travertine deposits, and surrounded by dense forests, Plitvice counts as one of UNESCO’s first natural sites and Croatia’s largest national park.
Late afternoon we depart for Trogir, arriving early this evening in time for dinner at our hotel.
Hotel Trogir Palace
This morning we travel to Split, the main city of the central Dalmatian Coast and home of 3rd-century Diocletian’s Palace. As we see on our guided tour, the palace, and eventually its ruins, formed the historic heart of picturesque Split. After time for lunch on our own, we board a ferry for the two-hour cruise to Hvar, “queen” of the Dalmatian islands.
Upon arrival, we travel by coach to lively Hvar Town, where we spend the next two nights. We dine tonight at a local restaurant just a short walk from our hotel.
Adriana Hotel Hvar
With captivating natural beauty and a strategic Adriatic location, Hvar has prospered since antiquity. We discover some of its charms this morning, first with a walking tour of Venetian-tinged Hvar Town then with a walking tour of nearby Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest cities and where we also have time to wander on our own. Then we visit a local winery for a tasting and lunch.
Adriana Hotel Hvar
We continue our journey south today, leaving Hvar for the mainland then traveling along the scenic Dalmatian coast to popular and beloved Dubrovnik. We stop along the way for lunch before reaching our hotel late this afternoon. Tonight we enjoy dinner together.
Today we discover the city whose ancient walls have withstood both time and tide for hundreds of years. We begin with a walking tour around the city walls, whose original ramparts and bastions date to the 12th and 13th centuries (Dubrovnik itself was founded in the 7th century).
Then we continue through the Old City, paying a visit to the stately Baroque Cathedral (c. 1672). We also see the Treasury, whose gilded shelves and historic relics sit behind locked wooden doors; and the Franciscan monastery with a 14th-century pharmacy. This afternoon is free to explore on our own.
Today is free to explore on our own. From the medieval Old Town to the contemporary city with its Mediterranean accent, Dubrovnik offers discoveries aplenty.
Then we enjoy a small group highlight as we set out late this afternoon for a farewell dinner with a local family whose home overlooks Dubrovnik. Our menu features produce from their garden, homemade olive oil, and local wine.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our return flights to the U.S.
Please note: This trip involves considerable walking uphill and on uneven or cobblestone streets. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.
Discover this tiny nation with a stunning coastline, imposing mountains, ancient towns, and a rich culture formed from its perch straddling East and West.
4 days/3 nights from $1,395 total price
Single Supplement: from $495
Your Extension Tour Price Includes:
Round-trip private motorcoach transportation Dubrovnik/Tivat, Montenegro
3 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Tivat at Regent Porto Montenegro (Deluxe); 1 night in Cavtat, Croatia, at Hotel Croatia (Superior First Class)
5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Extensive included sightseeing: Kotor town and bay, Our Lady of the Rocks church, walled city of Budva, historic capital of Cetinje, Roman mosaics of Risan
Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
Gratuities for dining room servers, hotel porters, and all drivers
- Zagreb – Amadria Park Hotel Capital – 2 nights
- Ljubljana – uHotel Ljubljana – 2 nights
- Opatija – Hotel Milenij – 3 nights
- Trogir – Hotel Trogir Palace – 1 night
- Hvar – Adriana Hotel Hvar – 2 nights
- Dubrovnik – Dubrovnik Palace – 3 nights
25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
$5,495 per person, double occupancy, land only
$5,895 per person, double occupancy, with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York plus $489 airline taxes and fees
$6,095 per person, double occupancy, with economy class round-trip airfare from Washington, DC, plus $489 airline taxes and fees
$6,295 per person, double occupancy, with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $489 airline taxes and fees
Other Gateway Cities Are Available.
A limited number of single rooms will be available for a supplement of $1,395 to the per person, double occupancy rates.
Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,795 per person. Premium Economy upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $1,595 per person.
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