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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI Travel

Join OLLI Director Cathi Cody-Hudson and OLLI Assistant Director Krista Hamel for an exciting journey to…

 

Croatia: Adriatic Adventures

Dates: May 1-10, 2020
Number of Participants: 16 minimum
Registration Deadline: This trip is FULL. Call 656.8407 to be added to the wait list.
Travel arrangements through Milne Educational Tours

 

Trip Itinerary (PDF)

Hvar, Croatia
Photo Credit: Milne Travel

 

Bask in the Mediterranean, European, and Balkan influences that have formed ancient heritage throughout its pastoral countryside. Feast your eyes on the sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns.

Start your adventures in Split, the heart of Dalmatia, with ruins dating back to the Roman Empire, a bustling waterfront, and fresh seafood. Explore the perfectly preserved, Venetian-styled architecture and the sandy coves of the medieval island of Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island, amidst rolling lavender fields and pine-carpeted hills. Enjoy the charming island of Trogir, with finely carved facades, a wide seaside promenade, elegant churches and palaces, mazelike marble streets, and Renaissance gates that reflect Dalmatian art and architecture at its best. Next stop? Korcula Island. Travel through landscapes of lush pine forests, scattered with stone walls, vineyards and olive groves. Visit organic bee and oil farm and taste popular Croatian wines from grapes grown on the island. Spend time in the salt-producing town of Ston, home of second largest town wall in the world after the Great Wall of China, and its famous oyster beds!

 

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photo Credit: Milne Travel

Venture to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a small village in the Konavle region, a hidden nook between the Bosnian and Montenegrin borders, the mountainous backdrop and fertile agricultural region. Set on a small peninsula embraced by two harbours, the ancient town of Cavtat (pronounced tsav-tat) has a pretty waterfront promenade peppered with restaurants, pebbly beaches and an interesting assortment of artsy attractions.

Travel through powerful mountain ranges that have carved legacies in their midst while fairytale castles and walled seaside villages stand as a testimony to its tumultuous past.

 

Trip Itinerary (PDF)

 

Program Includes:

  • VAT TAX INCLUDED
  • 24 hour concierge service
  • Meet & Greet at the airport by English-speaking tour leader
  • Private transfers as per program in air conditioned vehicles
  • English-speaking tour leader for whole program
  • Porterages as per itinerary
  • Headphones during city tours
  • TIPS for tour leader, driver, local guides and restaurant
  • One glass of wine with included group dinners
  • Dinner at the hotel restaurant
  • May 2 – May 6, 4 night’ accommodation at Hotel Dioklecijan 4* in Split
  • Private transfer hotel – town – hotel
  • Private guided walking tour of Split Diocletian’s palace entrance tickets
  • Cathedral tickets Split
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Private transfer Split – Trogir – Klis – Split
  • Private guided walking tour of Trogir Cathedral tickets Trogir
  • Kliss fortress tickets
  • Stella Croatica estate guidance and traditional lunch
  • Lecture from local expert/historian
  • Private transfer hotel – pier – hotel
  • Catamaran tickets Split – Hvar – Split
  • Private guided walking tour of Hvar
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Private transfer hotel – port
  • Catamaran tickets Split – Korcula
  • Private transfer pier – hotel
  • Private guide of Korcula
  • May 6 – May 7, 1 night accommodation at Port 9 Hotel 4* in Korcula
  • Private transfer Korcula – Ston – Dubrovnik
  • Visit and tasting of organic honey & oil farm
  • Lunch with local delicacies and wine tasting at family estate in Lumbarda
  • Ston oysters experience (NOTE: Possibility of the boat ride depends on the weather condition)
  • May 7 – May 19, 3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Valamar club 3* or Tirena 3* in Dubrovnik
  • Private transfer Dubrovnik hotel – Pile Gate – hotel
  • Private guided walking tour of Dubrovnik City walls entrance tickets
  • Dinner at the hotel restaurant
  • Private transfer Dubrovnik – Cavtat – Konavle – Dubrovnik
  • Guided tour of Cavtat Lunch at family estate
  • Meet & Greet to the airport by English-speaking tour leader

Program does not include:

  • Meals and drinks not listed in itinerary
  • International Airfare**
  • Trip insurance
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Personal expenses (e.g. telephone calls, bar bills/room service, laundry etc.)
  • No bathroom on the motorcoach: this is not traditional in Croatia. Transfers are not long and frequent bathroom breaks will be made.

 

Split, Croatia
Photo Credit: Milne Travel

 

All OLLI Travel participants must be OLLI members.

Price of Trip: $3,695 per person, double occupancy; $555 single supplement.

Note: If you are a single person who would like to request a roommate to avoid the single supplement, please choose that option on the registration form. We will do our best to fulfill this request but cannot guarantee it.

**Round-trip group air travel will be arranged through Milne Travel after group minimum is met. Group trip insurance (highly recommended for all travelers) will be provided by Milne Travel along with the group air reservation. Current group air rates start from $1,500 per person. .

Requirements:
Please read the following requirements to ensure this trip is a good match for you. A reasonable degree of physical fitness and stamina is required. There will be considerable walking excursions on uneven pavement and cobblestones, with distances ranging from three blocks up to two miles at a time, in addition to a full schedule of activities. Participants must be able to walk unassisted at a 2 mph pace or opt out of the activities that involve a lot of walking.

  • Ability to climb a few flights of stairs (many do not have railings)
  • Ability to travel by boat/ferry/catamaran and coach bus/private vans
  • Ability to handle own luggage
  • Ability to handle stress that can come with international travel
  • Enjoyment of group travel, group decision-making processes and flexibility with schedules
  • For all participants 75 years and older: You are required to purchase individual International SOS traveler insurance (please contact OLLI staff for more information)
  • For all participants: Regular trip insurance is highly recommended, and can be purchased through Milne Travel
  • We please ask that you pack accordingly into one rolling carry-on bag. At this time of year, temperatures in Croatia range from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Probability of rain on any day for the month is 40%. We will send a packing list of essentials once the trip is a go.

 

Terms and Conditions Agreement

 

***Registration opens September 16th***

 

Split, Croatia
Photo Credit: Milne Travel

 

 

“The trip was beautifully planned and very good value for the money. And the food was great!”