August 26 – September 3, 2010
Splendid fortified cities, picture perfect islands and pristine blue waters beckon visitors to explore the Adriatic Sea's Dalmatian Coast. A crossroads of Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic cultures and civilizations, Dalmatia has remained virtually unchanged for more than two thousand years. We invite you to join us for this offering of VILLAGE LIFE™ ALONG THE DALMATIAN COAST, a seven-night cruise that captures the authentic character of the daily life along the Adriatic Sea's eastern coast. The comfortable, yacht-like M.Y. PEGASUS is ideal for docking in the heart of Venice, Italy, and in Croatia's small historic ports of Split, Hvar, Korˇcula, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Pula.Back to the top »
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Split gained renown in A.D. 305, when the Roman Emperor Diocletian built a vast retirement palace for himself there. Today, the historic city center teems with life in the very foundations and structures of Diocletian's Palace.
Hvar traces its origins to immigrants from Sicily in the fourth century B.C. In subsequent eras, Romans, Byzantines, Croatians and Venetians all left their mark on its history and architecture. The 15th-century Franciscan Monastery and the nearby Church of Our Lady of Charity house artworks showcasing the city's dual Slavic and Italian heritages. Stroll through Hvar's picturesque walled old town and visit the Renaissance Cathedral of St. Stephen with its Italianate bell tower rising above the bustling Main Square. Then stop in the Benedictine Monastery, well known for the nuns' unique lace hand-crafted from agave fibers.
Dock near the original 13th-century city walls of this immaculately preserved town Stroll along unique herringbone-patterned streets and visit the historic Abbey Treasury, home to a priceless collection of medieval manuscripts, artwork and historic artifacts ranging from jewelry and coins to textiles and porcelain. See the house where Marco Polo is said to have been born and gaze upon masterful works by Tintoretto in the 15th-century Cathedral of St.Mark. Nearby, vineyards and wineries produce some of the finest vintages in the region. CULTURAL ENRICHMENT: On an exclusive excursion into the countryside, visit a winery in the village of Lumbarda and enjoy a tasting of Grk and Plavac, two famous Croatian wines, accompanied by a sampling of local foods. CULTURAL ENRICHMENT: Attend a traditional local Klapa, a folklore a cappella singing performance.
Affectionately called "the pearl of the Adriatic" by Lord Byron, Dubrovnik is known for some of the finest Renaissance architecture in Europe. The entire city has been named a World Heritage site in recognition of its incomparable beauty and historic treasures and is one of UNESCO's largest restoration projects. Visit the city's most famous landmarks, including the Franciscan Monastery and the 15th-century Rector's Palace. Then take a short walk along the well-preserved old city walls to enjoy superb views of the old port. Tour the Maritime Museum, which chronicles Dubrovnik's long and fascinating history as one of Europe's most storied ports. CULTURAL ENRICHMENT: Attend the exclusive presentation by a prominent University of Dubrovnik professor on the restoration of Dubrovnik's historic monuments.
The only city along the Dalmatian Coast to maintain its independence from 1358 to 1806, Dubrovnik's historic quarters were largely built in the 15th and 16th centuries and embody an impressively intact medieval city. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Dubrovnik's magnificent historic architecture has been restored following the earthquake of 1979 and the Serbo-Croatian War of 1991-92 as a result of one of the world's most comprehensive restoration projects coordinated by UNESCO and the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik. By special arrangement, the Institute's former director, Professor Vjekoslav Vierda, who has worked on a wide range of restoration projects in Dubrovnik over the past 25 years, will share his insights into this truly amazing undertaking and address future challenges facing Dubrovnik and other cities committed to preserving their architectural legacy.
KOTOR AND BUDVA, MONTENEGRO
Montenegro is one of the newest nations in the world, having gained its independence from Serbia in 2006. The optional excursion into this newly emerging nation features a scenic drive along the spectacular Bay of Kotor, deeply carved into the Montenegrian mountains, to the charming town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit its medieval Old Town and see the impressive medieval fortifications. Continue to Budva, an unforgettably picturesque town, and board a ferry for a breathtaking cruise across the bay.
Historic Zadar can justly lay claim to the title of spiritual capital of Croatia. Within the walls of its old town, its beautifully preserved churches and chapels reflect 1,200 years of changing styles in ecclesiastical architecture. The austere Romanesque facade of the Cathedral of St. Anastasia is a striking contrast to the ninth-century Church of St. Donatus, built on the remains of the Roman Forum and Dalmatia's finest Byzantine legacy. The bell tower of nearby St. Mary's Church, built in 1105, is also a fine example of Romanesque architecture. Visit the Benedictine nunnery, founded in 1066 by a widowed noblewoman from Zadar, to see a priceless collection of sacral art, religious paintings and artifacts.
According to legend, Pula was founded by Jason and Medea after they absconded with the Golden Fleece. In fact, its 3,000-year history establishes it as one of the most ancient towns along the eastern Adriatic Sea; however, its pride rests in its wide array of Roman monuments, built during the Roman military's occupation of the city. Most impressive is the magnificent Arena, erected in 27 B.C. After Rome's Colosseum, it is arguably the finest and most intact Roman amphitheater in the world. Michelangelo and Piranesi ook inspiration from the nearby Triumphal Arch of the Sergii, distinguished by its coffered archways and winged Victory statues. The noble Temple of Augustus, still intact after 2,000 years, displays a beautiful collection of friezes. VILLAGE FORUM™: Become acquainted with two generations of a Puljani family and hear about life under the socialist rule of Yugoslavia and the current issues facing Croatians since gaining their independence.
From the grace of the Bridge of Sighs to the grandeur of St. Mark's Basilica and the gondolas gliding along its legendary canals, Venice offers an unmatched combination of romance, history and beauty. A powerful trading port throughout the Middle Ages, Venice established a prosperous empire. By virtue of its wealth, openness and natural setting, Venice was an ideal location for culture and the arts to flourish. Like Rome and Florence, Venice was a primary focal point for the Italian Renaissance. Its fascinating history, magnificent array of architectural styles and unrivaled collections of works by Italian masters have earned it a reputation as a paradise for historians and art lovers alike.
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Day 1: August 26, 2010
Depart from the U.S.
Day 2: August 27, 2010, Split, Croatia Embark M.Y. PEGASUS
Day 3: August 28, 2010, Hvar
• Walking tour of the Old Town
• Time to explore on your own
Day 4: August 29, 2010, Korčula
• Visit to the Cathedral of St. Mark and the Abbey Treasury
• Wine tasting in Lumbarda
• Klapa folklore performance
Day 5: August 30, 2010, Dubrovnik
• "Dubrovnik: Architectural Legacy Preserved" lecture
• Old Town walking tour
Day 6: August 31, 2010 Dubrovnik
CULTURAL ENRICHMENT OPTION:
• VISIT MONTENEGRO
• Visit to historic Kotor and scenic Budva to explore their Old Towns
• Ferry crossing of the spectacular Bay of Kotor
Day 7: September 1, 2010, Zadar
• Guided city walking tour
• Free time to explore on your own
Day 8: September 2, 2010, Pula
• Tour of the Old Town
• VILLAGE FORUM™
• Time to peruse the local market along Giardini pedestrian street on your own
Day 9: September 3, 2010
Venice, Italy/Return to the U.S.
CABIN RATE (per person, double occupancy) from $4,235
TOURS AND EXCURSIONS, LED BY EXPERT LOCAL GUIDES:
EXCLUSIVE CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT
COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL SERVICES PROVIDED BY GOHAGAN
The first-class M.Y. PEGASUS, being freshly refurbished in early 2010, is a 23-cabin vessel providing comfortable accommodations in a warm, intimate atmosphere. Featuring an authentic coastal cruising experience, the M.Y. PEGASUS can cruise to smaller ports and inlets inaccessible to larger ships, ideal for cruising the Adriatic Sea. Each cabin is outside and features two twin beds or one double bed, private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, radio, telephone and television. The ship's sea-view dining room accommodates all guests for a single, unassigned seating and features local and international specialties. Three meals are served daily––breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wine is included with dinner. Public areas include an inviting indoor lounge and bar, library and extensive open deck space with lounge chairs where guests may relax in the warm Adriatic sun, enjoy magnificent views of the sea or savor a meal al fresco style in the shaded outdoor dining area. The M.Y. PEGASUS' English-speaking crew provides courteous, professional service with traditional Mediterranean hospitality.Back to the top »