Croatia

Family Seminar

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Highlights

Stroll along the winding wooden paths of Krka National Park, absorbing the natural beauty and soothing sounds of its seven waterfalls.

En garde in a sword-and-archery class at the medieval fortress of Klis, perched high above Split and home to many of Croatia’s rulers over the past millennium.

Cruise amid the picturesque islands of the Dalmatian Coast, stopping to swim and visit with a local family that has been producing honey for generations.

Faculty leader

Emanuele Lugli

Emanuele Lugli, who joined the faculty of Stanford’s department of art and art history in 2018, teaches and writes about late medieval and early modern art, with an emphasis on Italian painting, Renaissance fashion, the lives of Renaissance cities and the history of technology. He is an expert on master Renaissance-era painters such as Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli, about whom he is currently writing a book. He is also the author of the recently published book, The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness, in which he explains how measurements themselves, rather than being mere descriptors of the real, work as powerful molders of ideas.

During our program he will lecture on Roman history and the Venetian control of the region, as well as Croatian artists of the Renaissance. He will also give an art history lesson just for the kids, that even the adults will want to listen in on!

Itinerary

June 21–28, 2021
Day 1

Arrive Split

Settle in at our hotel and gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner. (D)

Day 2

Split / Klis

Embark on a morning walking tour of Split’s historic city center and explore Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient Roman structure that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then attend an authentic sword and archery class at the Fortress of Klis, a cliffside medieval fortification that was used as the fictional city of Meereen liberated by Daenerys Targaryen in the epic TV series Game of Thrones. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Krka National Park / Šibenik

Today set out on a hiking adventure in Krka National Park and admire the park’s seven waterfalls. Afterward continue to the historic city of Šibenik, where we visit the Cathedral of St. James and learn about the architectural styles of the Romanesque and Renaissance periods found in the city. Continue to the falconry center nearby and come face to face with these incredible sky hunters, and witness a demonstration of their remarkable prowess and agility. (B,D)

Day 4

Split / Šolta / Krknjaši

Embark on a catamaran from Split to the island of Šolta. Learn about the island’s history of olive oil production during a tour of family-owned groves where some olive trees are more than a thousand years old. Afterward stop at a bee-keeping farm owned by a local family and help harvest Croatian honey. After lunch at a local tavern, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon on the island of Krknjaši. (B,L)

Day 5

Vrgorac / Dubrovnik

Depart this morning for Dubrovnik, stopping en route at the city of Vrgorac. Sample some of the locally grown delicacies that the Dalmatian countryside is famous for, including fruits and vegetables—most notably, strawberries—and meat products. Vrgorac is also known for its wine, and the adults will have the chance to sample it at a wine tasting. Continue to Dubrovnik and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to take in the many sights of this phenomenal ancient walled city. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Dubrovnik / Lokrum

After breakfast amble through the old town of Dubrovnik, considered to be the crown jewel of the Adriatic. Hop aboard a boat for the short ride to Lokrum to walk through the island’s botanical gardens and hear the island’s legends from a local storyteller. (B,L)

Day 7

Konavle Valley

Travel to the nearby Konavle Valley, nestled between the Herzegovina and Montenegro mountains. Visit a local Mujo family home and learn about the family’s traditional farming and day-to-day life, then stay here for a festive farewell reception and dinner. (B,D)

Day 8

Dubrovnik / U.S.

Transfer to the airport for flights home. Dovidenja!—Until we meet again! (B)

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Trip details

Group size / age

This trip requires a minimum of 16 participants and is limited to 41. Travel/Study is committed to providing a low-density experience on all programs and will implement protocols to do so, including social distancing on transportation as well as during lectures, meals and excursions. Single accommodations are limited—please call for availability.

Minimum age: 6

Cost*

$6,895 per adult, double occupancy
$5,995 per child, double occupancy
$7,795 per person, single occupancy**
*Stanford Alumni Association nonmembers add $300 per person.
**Single accommodations limited—please call for availability.

Included

7 nights of deluxe hotel accommodations · 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners · Welcome and farewell receptions · Gratuities to guides and drivers for all group activities · All tours and excursions as described in the itinerary · Transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure days · On-tour quarantine-related trip-cancellation, -interruption and -delay insurance coverage · General medical, accident and evacuation insurance · Educational program with lecture series for adults and Young Explorer program for kids · Predeparture materials, including an education resource list and travel information · Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program

Not included

Your personal flights to and from the program · Passport and visa fees · Immunization costs · Meals and beverages other than those specified as included · Independent and private transfers · Nonquarantine-related trip-cancellation, -interruption and -delay insurance coverage · Baggage insurance · Excess-baggage charges · Personal items such as internet access, telephone calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services

Air arrangements

Your personal flights to and from the program · Passport and visa fees · Immunization costs · Meals and beverages other than those specified as included · Independent and private transfers · Nonquarantine-related trip-cancellation, -interruption and -delay insurance coverage · Baggage insurance · Excess-baggage charges · Personal items such as internet access, telephone calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services

Room arrangements

What to expect

We consider this program to be a moderately strenuous program that is at times physically demanding and busy. Some days require early-morning starts and/or go into the late evenings; we often have a full schedule of excursions, lectures and special events. Daily excursions involve one to three miles of walking, with tours as long as three hours on city streets, which are, in some cases, uneven or cobblestoned. Many sites and buildings do not have elevators and also do not allow buses to pull up in front, thus requiring a walk of several minutes, sometimes uphill, to reach the entrance. Our journey requires travel by motor coach, with most drives no longer than 90 minutes. There are a few excursions by motorboat on this program, and although these boat trips are brief, travelers sensitive to seasickness should be prepared. Average temperatures in Croatia in late June range from the mid-70s F to the mid-80s; come prepared for potentially hot weather. Although all of the hotels and motor coaches used in this program are air-conditioned, some of the museums and other sites we visit are not. Participants must be physically fit, active and in good health. We welcome travelers 6 years of age and older on this program.

Request information

This program is still in development. Dates are subject to change and details on trip costs are not yet available. Submit your request to be among the first to receive notification when final details are available. At that time, you will have the opportunity to place a deposit, ahead of our general audience.

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If you’re ready to reserve your trip, click on the “reserve” button below to place a deposit. Please note: you’ll need to log into your Stanford Alumni Association account to complete the transaction. You do not need to be a Stanford Alumni Association member or an alum to create an account.

Questions? Call the Travel/Study office at (650) 725-1093.

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Stanford Travel/Study Terms and Conditions

Eligibility

We encourage membership in the Stanford Alumni Association as the program cost for nonmembers is $300 more than the members' price. A person traveling as a guest paid for by a current member will not be charged the nonmember fee. To purchase a membership, call (650) 725-0692 or visit https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/membership/home for more information.

Deposits, Payments and Cancellations

A $1,000 deposit is required to reserve space. Deposits and any payments are fully refundable until 90 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) is resold, in which case a $1,000-per-person cancellation fee will apply.

Insurance

Stanford Travel/Study provides all travelers who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with minimal medical, accident and evacuation coverage, as well as on-tour quarantine-related trip-cancellation, -interruption and -delay insurance coverage, under our group-travel insurance policy. Our group policy is intended to provide minimal levels of protection while you are traveling on this program. You may choose to subscribe to optional nonquarantine-related trip-cancellation, -interruption and -delay insurance coverage and/or baggage insurance. Information offering such insurance will be included in your confirmation materials. The product offered includes special benefits if you purchase your insurance within 14 days of receiving your welcome email.

Responsibility

The Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University and our operators act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and ship arrangements and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motorcoach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates include arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner's risk entirely. It is understood that the ship's ticket, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the cruise company. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Neither the Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University nor our operators accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect at the time the brochure is published and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign an Assumption of Risk.

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