Modern art, Renaissance palaces, Roman ruins. Welcome to Croatia—Italy’s less-trodden neighbor on the Adriatic Sea. This Mediterranean marvel is more than the crystalline waters of its pristine shores. Join us as we uncover its 20th-century art and architecture, and crowd-pleasing landmarks, too.
Leading the way we have a Croatian guide from the island of Brač and an art and architecture expert who worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. Together, they’ll show us the tucked-away corners of famous sites—such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split—and far-flung towns on Brač, the island where the stone used to build the ancient palace came from. But even more impressive is the insider’s perspective on modern Adriatic art our guides will share with us. In Zagreb, we’ll learn about an intriguing yet little-known 1960s art movement. The group, New Tendencies, was the first to turn to the computer in anticipation of new media and digital art.
Although our focus is on all things art, Croatian hospitality is irrepressible. Along the way, we’ll stay in atmospheric accommodations—replete with visually arresting architectural details—and meet local artisans as we savor Croatian cheese, olive oil, and wine. More than a visually inspiring journey, these ten days will prove that Croatia has it all.
The total cost of this trip is $4,835. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $1,125. Please contact us to request a single room.
We’ll be staying at several different hotels throughout our journey, each with a variety of room configurations available. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with travelers of the same gender, depending on the composition of the group. A limited single supplement of $1,125 is available for single travelers who prefer a single room.
Our trip begins with a brief meet-and-greet with your guide at 5 p.m. on Day 1 at Palace Hotel, followed by a walking tour. We recommend you arrive at our accommodations in Zagreb by 3 p.m. that day, so that you’ll have time to settle in and freshen up before the group convenes. Our trip concludes the morning of Day 10, and you may depart whenever you wish. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do in the city on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that we’ll be visiting several historic cities, where we’ll be walking along slick and narrow stone streets and passageways as well as up and down stairs. Some of our accommodations are located in historic buildings located in pedestrian zones, so our bus may not be able to pull right up to the door. Please note that some hotels don’t have an elevator. While assistance with luggage is available, we recommend packing light and carrying luggage that will be easy to maneuver.
Please note that the hike to Pustinja Blaca is indeed a hike, not a walk. It takes about 45 minutes each way, with uphill and downhill stretches along a rock and gravel path. If you choose not to join the hike to Pustinja Blaca, you can relax and enjoy free time on your own.
We’ll be spending time inland in Zagreb and on the Dalmatian Coast. In Zagreb, daytime temperatures typically fall in the 60s or 70s. At night, it’s a bit cooler, with temperatures dipping into the 50s. On the coast, it’s usually a little bit warmer, with daytime temperatures averaging in the 70s. At night, temperatures usually fall in the low 60s or high 50s. Layering is key for those chilly evenings, and because we may encounter some rain, we recommend bringing along a poncho, rain jacket, or travel umbrella. As for swimming, the sea may be too chilly for a dip, but temperatures are usually warm enough for sunbathing.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
We’ll visit several historic cities where we’ll be walking along narrow stone streets as well as up and down stairs. Some of our accommodations are in historic buildings located in pedestrian zones, so our bus may not be able to pull right up to the door, and there may not be an elevator available. If you have concerns about getting around, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
In addition to contributing to Croatia’s recovering economy, you’ll be directly supporting small, local businesses from family-run restaurants and historic sites to lovingly restored heritage hotels. Your participation in the trip also helps encourage interest in traditional crafts such as stonemasonry as well as in the work of contemporary Croatian artists.