Family Learning Adventure Along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast Cruise

Embark on a family travel adventure that is rich in history, learning, and fun as you explore the historic coast of Dalmatia on a voyage from Dubrovnik to Venice aboard the 50-suite Corinthian. Young Explorers and adults alike will appreciate the laying of history along these storied shores, from the Roman remains of Diocletian’s massive palace in Split, to the power of the Venetian Maritime Empire, to the Ottoman influence in the town of Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Your adventure begins in Dubrovnik, considered by many to be the most beautiful medieval city in Europe, where you set forth on a voyage to historic towns, hidden islands that offer unrivaled opportunities for swimming and kayaking in the crystalline Adriatic waters, and mainland sites where Young Explorers can hike, sample local foods, and learn about the local culture. An optional postcruise extension in Venice is specially tailored to the interests of Young Explorers.

Day 1

    Dubrovnik, Croatia / Embark

    Arrive in Dubrovnik and embark Corinthian. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of Dubrovnik, with Young Explorers walking the ramparts that surround the medieval city. Overnight aboard ship docked in Dubrovnik.

    Day 2

      Kotor, Montenegro

      This morning sail the deep, fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach the port town of the same name, located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor’s fortifications and most of its monuments, date from the time of Venetian rule. Young Explorers trek to the highest point of Kotor’s defensive walls for incredible views of the fjord and town.

      Day 3

        Korcula Island, Croatia

        Approaching the town and island of Korcula, take in its skyline of white towers and green hills. Note the medieval town’s layout: western streets run straight to funnel refreshing maestral breezes; eastern streets slightly curve to minimize bura winds. See St. Mark’s Cathedral’s Venetian imprint and visit the Cathedral Treasury, Bishop’s Palace, Church of All Saints, and Icon Museum. Young Explorers enjoy a special visit to Marco Polo’s House, and see a private performance of the medieval sword dance, Moreska.

        Day 4

          Ploce, Croatia / Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

          Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which became a thriving center in the 15th century under the Ottoman Turks. Admire the graceful Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, and the nearby Tabacica Mosque. Young Explorers sample local foods dating from the Ottoman era: Burek, a savory pastry; and Cevapcici, a traditional Bosnian rendition of a hamburger.

          Day 5

            Lastovo, Vis & Bisevo Islands

            Lastovo is one of Croatia’s most Mostar and its famed bridge spanning the Neretva River

            unspoiled and striking islands. From the fantastic bay of Velji Lago it is a short ride to Lastovo Town, the island’s capital, spread on hills above a green plain with 15th- and 16th- century buildings. While enjoying lunch aboard ship, sail to Vis, one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Dock at Komiza, which has retained its medieval character and architecture. In the afternoon Young Explorers visit the fantastic Blue Cave on nearby Bisevo Island. The entrance to the cave is narrow making passage to the interior contingent on sea conditions.

            Day 6

              Hvar Island / Split

              Hvar is a fertile island of pale stone houses surrounded by rosemary, lavender, and laurel. The architecture is unmistakably Venetian, and there are fine fortifications. A tour of the island’s principal town includes the 17th–century Municipal Theater, the Venetian Loggia, and the Franciscan Monastery. Young Explorers learn about making oil and other products from this beautiful purple flower during visit a local lavender farm. Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in a.d. 295. An extensive structure, the palace contains within its walls Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. Young Explorers will enjoy a specially arranged “scavenger hunt” in the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace. This evening experience a klapa performance by a Croatian all-male a cappella choral group.

              Day 7

                Kornati Archipelago / Rab Island

                The Kornati Archipelago has become a favored ground of international yachtsmen, who appreciate the crystal clear waters and the unspoiled and unusual landscape of the islands. Stop at a secluded cove for some early swimming and kayaking. Continue to the island of Rab and the town of Rab, to tour the Cathedral of St. Mary the Great, and the magnificent Bell Tower, a masterpiece of 12th century architecture. After the walking tour, Young Explorers and families will enjoy swimming at a nearby beach.

                Day 8

                  Venice / Disembark

                  Morning arrival in Venice for disembarkation and transfer to the airport for return flights. Alternatively, continue on an optional post-cruise extension in Venice. (contact us for more information)
                  Cabin Information:
                  Willing to share cabins often available for solo travelers. Contact us for single occupancy rates if you want a private room.
                  PROGRAM INCLUSIONS
                  • 7-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
                  • Complete program of tours and excursions
                  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
                  • All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
                  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader
                  • Professional tour staff
                  • Complete pre-departure materials
                  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the program arrival and departure dates
                  • Port and embarkation taxes
                  • Gratuities to porters, guides,and drivers