Giving to
Bryn Mawr

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Pearls of Dalmatia

with David Morgan, HC'60, Professor Emeritus of History, Wesleyan University
October 5 - 19, 2015

We invite you to join Bryn Mawr alumnae/i, family and friends on this wonderful journey through an independent and democratic Croatia. Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history, culture, and an unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from Zagreb to beloved Dubrovnik, from the beautiful island of Hvar and the seaside Opatija to timeless Venice, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

We will visit historic Old Town as well as the colorful Dolac open-air market. Spend a full afternoon touring Plitvice Lakes National Park, famed for its dramatic string of 16 turquoise-colored lakes, tumbling waterfalls, and dramatic karst formations. Fly to Dubrovnik, “Pearl of the Adriatic,” for a 3-night stay. Take a walking tour of Old Town including the fortified city walls, and enjoy a small group highlight as dinner guests in the home of a Dubrovnik family. Travel along the dramatic Dalmatian coastline and visit the island of Hvar, whose enticing medieval town is situated on one of the most beautiful islands along the Adriatic coast. Enjoy a two-night stay on this beautiful island beforing heading north along the central Dalmatian coast to spend one night in Split. Tour the ruins of 3rd-century Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to charming Opatija, and explore the scenic Istrian Peninsula, which has a fascinating history and diverse cultural roots, as well as a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere. Have lunch at an Italian farmhouse en route to the final stop on our Dalmatian adventure, Venice. Enjoy a walking tour of the area surrounding vast St. Mark’s Square which always delights even the most seasoned traveler.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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Day 1: Depart U.S.

Depart U.S. for Zagreb, Croatia

Day 2: Arrive Zagreb

After a connecting flight in Europe, we arrive in Zagreb and transfer to our hotel. Tonight we meet our fellow travelers as we gather for a briefing and welcome dinner. D

Day 3: Zagreb

This morning’s tour of Croatia’s capital by coach 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 colorful Dolac open-air market, the remainder of the day is free to explore this delightful city on our own. B

Day 4: Zagreb/Piltvice/Dubrovnik

Late this morning we drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a dramatic string of 16 turquoise-colored lakes connected by a series of waterfalls and cascades. Once known as Devil’s garden, this intriguing natural landscape of Karst formations and abundant wildlife is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We have an early dinner at a restaurant in Zagreb then continue on to the airport for our evening flight to Dubrovnik. Our well-located hotel sits just outside the city’s Old Town. B,D

Day 5: Dubrovnik

Today we discover the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the city whose ancient walls have withstood time and tide for hundreds of years – and more recently, attack during the Serbian invasion of the early 1990’s. Happily, Dubrovnik is now repaired, renewed, and ready to show off its many charms. We begin our explorations with a walking tour through Old Town, including Minceta Tower and the fortified cities walls, whose original ramparts and bastions date to the 12th and 13th centuries. We see the stately Baroque Cathedral (ca. 1672); the Treasury, whose gilded shelves and historic relics sit behind locked wooden doors; and the Franciscan monastery with a 14th century pharmacy. We return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure or independent exploration. Then we enjoy a small group highlight as dinner guests in the home of Dubrovnik family whose menu includes produce from their garden, homemade olive oil and local wine. B,D

Day 6: Dubrovnik

Today is free to explore on our own. From medieval old Town to the contemporary city with its Mediterranean accent, Dubrovnik offers discoveries aplenty, including the tiny synagogue dating to the 15th century, historic Sponza Palace, the Maritime Museum, Luza Square and the Rector’s Palace. Lunch and dinner today are on our own. B

Day 7: Dubrovnik/Split/Hvar

Leaving Dubrovnik this morning we travel a scenic coastal route north to Split, the main city of the central Dalmatian Coast. Here we have time for lunch on our own before boarding a ferry for the two-hour cruise to Hvar, “queen” of 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. B,D

Day 8: Hvar

With captivating natural beauty and a strategic Adriatic location, Hvar has prospered since antiquity. We discover some of its charms this morning, first on a walking tour of Venetian-tinged Hvar town then with a walking tour of nearby Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest cities, where we also have some free time. We return to our hotel for lunch and an afternoon and evening at leisure. B,L

Day 9: Hvar/Split

We return to the mainland this morning, arriving back in Split in time for lunch on our own. This afternoon we tour Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the end of the 3rd century, the palace, and then its ruins, eventually formed the historic heart of picturesque Split. Tonight we dine at our hotel. B,D

Day 10: Split/Zadar/Opatija

We leave Split this morning, traveling further up the magnificent Dalmatian Coast to the medieval city of Zadar. We have time to explore this Italian-accented city and have lunch together before continuing on to the seaside resort of Opatija, arriving early this evening. B,L,D

Day 11: Opatija

Our tour of Opatija and its surroundings begins this morning in Moscenicka, a peaceful and picturesque resort town. Then we return to Opatija for a walking tour of this once grand resort town. Our tour ends around lunch time; the remainder of the day is for independent exploration. We dine tonight at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 12: Opatija/Istrian Peninsula

Today’s tour of the Istrian Peninsula reveals the multi-cultural roots of this alluring cultural region 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’s known, boasts an interesting history, 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 first century Roman amphi-theater. We continue on to Rovinj, a charming old Venetian port where we have time to explore on our own before returning to Opatija. B

Day 13: Opatija/Venice

Leaving Opatija this morning we travel through scenic countryside on our way to Venice, stopping for lunch at an Italian farmhouse. Mid-afternoon we reach our hotel close to St. Mark’s Square. The remainder of the day is free to explore the most enchanting of cities on our own. B,L

Day 14: Venice

This morning we take a guided tour of the area surrounding vast St. Mark’s Square. And there’s so much more to discover on our own this afternoon. Tonight we celebrate our adventure over a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 15: Depart for U.S

Today we depart for our returning flights to the U.S.

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Cost and program Inclusions

Price . . . TBD

Program Inclusions
  • Round trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 13 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class, First Class and unrated hotels
  • 24 meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private Motor-coach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
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Faculty Study Leader

David Morgan (Haverford ’60)

David Morgan (Haverford ’60) took his first course in Modern European History at Bryn Mawr, and went on to make a career in that discipline. With two degrees from Oxford University in the history of 19th- and 20th- century Europe, he taught for 37 years at Wesleyan University. He also served as chair of the History Department, chair of the College of Social Studies, and Dean of the Social Sciences. His scholarly publications concern Central European socialism and communism, but his teaching interest shifted to Eastern Europe and the Balkans after 1989. Professor Morgan has traveled extensively in England and in Central and Eastern Europe. He is married to Betsy Levering Morgan (BMC ’61).

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