David Gies, David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and former Chairman of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

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$4,895 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$5,295 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, plus $489 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$5,695 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $489 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,295 to the per person, double occupancy rates.


Absorb Croatia’s remarkable history, culture, and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline with Professor David Gies on this captivating 15-day small group journey. A tour of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, reveals a gracious city of culture and hospitality, taking in the historic Old Town and the colorful Dolac market. Next is a two-night stay in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, with its romantic bridges and abundant parkland. Experience lovely Lake Bled by boat, and journey by train into Postojna Cave’s depths. Spending three nights in charming Opatija, encounter the fascinating history and Mediterranean atmosphere of the alluring Istrian Peninsula. In Plitvice Lakes National Park, see the famed turquoise-colored lakes. Visit picturesque Split, touring 3rd-century Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO site. A two-night sojourn in Venetian-tinged Hvar Town, on Hvar, “queen” of the Dalmatian islands, follows. Your final destination is treasured Dubrovnik, “Pearl of the Adriatic,” for a three-night stay. Discover the many charms of Montenegro on an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

Program Highlights

• Tour historic Zagreb and vibrant Ljubljana
• Embark on a scenic Lake Bled boat excursion and a train ride into Postojna Cave
• Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park and Diocletian’s Palace – both UNESCO sites
• Experience the dramatic Dalmatian coastline and tour the alluring Istrian Peninsula
• Explore the charming seaside resort town of Opatija
• Enjoy a two-night stay on the captivating island of Hvar
• Discover beloved Dubrovnik’s rich heritage


David Gies, David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and former Chairman of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

David pictureDavid Gies, an expert on the literature of Enlightenment and Romantic Spain. He has traveled and lectured widely, and has taught courses on (for example) the Roman colonies in the Mediterranean. He has published 15 books and critical editions of Spanish literature. He has authored more than 100 articles and 135 book reviews, and has lectured at universities in the US, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, France, Argentina and Spain. He edits Dieciocho, a journal dedicated to the study of the Hispanic Enlightenment, and been awarded numerous grants from agencies such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society and the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 1992 he won the University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1999-2000 he served as Chair of the Faculty Senate, and in October 2000 he was awarded the highest recognition presented to a member of the University of Virginia community, the Thomas Jefferson Award. In 2007, he was named Encomienda de Número de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, a knighthood conferred by His Majesty Juan Carlos, King of Spain. In 2013 he was elected President of the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas. David also served as the Academic Dean of Semester at Sea.


DAY 1 - Tuesday, August 26, 2019

Depart U.S. for Zagreb, Croatia

DAY 2 - Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Arrive Zagreb

After a connecting flight in Europe, we arrive in Zagreb and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.
Esplanade Zagreb

DAY 3 - Wednesday, August 28, 2019


This morning’s tour of the Croatian capital by coach and 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 the colorful Dolac open-air market, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner.
Esplanade Zagreb
Breakfast, Dinner (B,D)

DAY 4 - Thursday, August 29, 2019

Zagreb/Ljubljana, Slovenia

Departing by coach this morning, we arrive in the Slovenian capital in time for lunch on our own. An afternoon walking tour reveals the heart of this friendly mid-sized city of romantic bridges, ornate façades, pedestrian zones, and abundant parkland. We dine tonight at our hotel.
Grand Hotel Union

DAY 5 - Friday, August 30, 2019

Ljubljana/Lake Bled

This morning we visit Bled, Slovenia’s popular resort town whose namesake lake is the stuff of fairytales. Sitting in the foothills of the Julian Alps with a medieval castle perched above its emerald-green waters, Lake Bled draws visitors and locals alike. We tour the castle then enjoy a leisurely boat ride around the placid mile-wide lake. After lunch together at a lakeside restaurant, we return to Ljubljana with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Grand Hotel Union
(B), Lunch (L)

DAY 6 - Saturday, August 31, 2019

Ljubljana/Postojna/Opatija, Croatia

En route to Opatija today, we stop to explore Postojna Cave, the almost 13-mile-long karst cave system where an electric train takes us deeper than is possible in any other cave in the world. Then after free time here for lunch on our own, we continue on to Opatija, the seaside resort where Habsburg princes once vacationed. Upon arrival, we explore the “Opatija Riviera” on a walking tour of this modern-day resort town nestled between green forested hills and the cobalt Adriatic. We dine together tonight.
Hotel Milenij

DAY 7 - Sunday, September 1, 2019

Opatija/Istrian Peninsula

Today’s tour of the Istrian Peninsula reveals the multicultural roots of this alluring spit of land 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 is known, boasts an interesting history, mild 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 Roman amphitheater (c. 177 CE). Next is Rovinj, a charming old Venetian port where we are free to explore on our own and perhaps enjoy lunch at an outdoor café. After returning to Opatija late this afternoon, we dine together tonight at a local restaurant.
Hotel Milenij

DAY 8 - Monday, September 2, 2019


Today we visit nearby Moscenicka, a one-time fishing village that now draws visitors to its tranquil port and beautiful pebble beaches. After lunch together, we return to Opatija where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Hotel Milenij

DAY 9 - Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Opatija/Plitvice Lakes/Trogir

We travel south this morning for an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Famed for its string of 16 turquoise-colored lakes connected by a series of waterfalls and cascades, separated by distinctive travertine deposits, and surrounded by dense forests, Plitvice counts as one of UNESCO’s first natural sites and Croatia’s largest national park. Late afternoon we depart for Trogir, arriving early this evening in time for dinner at our hotel.
Hotel Trogir Palace

DAY 10 - Wednesday, September 4, 2019


This morning we travel to Split, the main city of the central Dalmatian Coast and home of 3rd-century Diocletian’s Palace. As we see on our guided tour, the palace, and eventually its ruins, formed the historic heart of picturesque Split. After time for lunch on our own, we board a ferry for the two-hour cruise to Hvar, “queen” of the 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.
Adriana Hotel Hvar

DAY 11 - Thursday, September 5, 2019


With captivating natural beauty and a strategic Adriatic location, Hvar has prospered since antiquity. We discover some of its charms this morning, first with a walking tour of Venetian-tinged Hvar Town then with a walking tour of nearby Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest cities and where we also have time to wander on our own. Then we visit a local winery for a tasting and lunch.
Adriana Hotel Hvar

DAY 12 - Friday, September 6, 2019


We continue our journey south today, leaving Hvar for the mainland then traveling along the scenic Dalmatian coast to popular and beloved Dubrovnik. After reaching our hotel late afternoon, we enjoy dinner there this evening.
Grand Villa Argentina

DAY 13 - Saturday, September 7, 2019


Today we discover the city whose ancient walls have withstood both time and tide for hundreds of years. We begin with a walking tour around the city walls, whose original ramparts and bastions date to the 12th and 13th centuries (Dubrovnik itself was founded in the 7th century). Then we continue through the Old City, paying a visit to the stately Baroque Cathedral (c. 1672). We also see the Treasury, whose gilded shelves and historic relics sit behind locked wooden doors; and the Franciscan monastery with a 14th-century pharmacy. This afternoon is free to explore on our own.
Grand Villa Argentina

DAY 14 - Sunday, September 8, 2019


Today is free to explore on our own. From the medieval Old Town to the contemporary city with its Mediterranean accent, Dubrovnik offers discoveries aplenty. Then we enjoy a small group highlight as we set out late this afternoon for a farewell dinner with a local family whose home overlooks Dubrovnik. Our menu features produce from their garden, homemade olive oil, and local wine.
Grand Villa Argentina

DAY 15 - Monday, September 9, 2019

Depart for U.S.

This morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S.

Optional Post-Tour Extension
Montenegro, September 9-12, 2019

5 days/4 nights
4 days/3 nights for $1,195 total price (Single supplement: $455)

Included in Extension Price: Round-trip private motorcoach transportation Dubrovnik/Tivat, Montenegro; 3 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Tivat at Regent Porto Montenegro (Deluxe), 1 night in Cavtat, Croatia, at Hotel Croatia (Superior First Class); 5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners; Extensive included sightseeing: Kotor town and bay, Our Lady of the Rocks church, walled city of Budva, historic capital of Cetinje, Roman mosaics of Risan; Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; Private motorcoach transportation; Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers


• Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb
• Ljubljana – Grand Hotel Union
• Opatija – Hotel Milenij
• Trogir – Hotel Trogir Palace
• Hvar – Adriana Hotel Hvar
• Dubrovnik – Grand Villa Argentina


25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners

Program Fees

$4,895 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$5,295 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, plus $489 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$5,695 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $489 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,295 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,795 per person; Premium Economy upgrade: $1,495 per person.

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Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (May 23, 2019) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels; extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach 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.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare and airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; airfare from your hometown to your departure city; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10-$15 per traveler, per day); and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

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