Begin in historic Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where you’ll visit the beautiful, renowned Old Bridge, whose rebuilding has come to symbolize the rebirth of the Balkan States. Then see the great Old Towns of Split and Trogir, whose cobblestones, ancient buildings and narrow lanes combine the richness of the past with the vibrancy of the present.
Note that for Sea Cloud voyages that begin in Dubrovnik and end in Athens, this extension begins in Split and travels to Dubrovnik, in the reverse of the sequence shown below.
Disembark this morning and drive to historic Mostar, in Bosnia & Herzegovina. This beautiful town spans the Neretva River and is famed for its Old Bridge. This spectacularly graceful bridge stood between 1556 and 1993, when it was destroyed during the Yugoslav civil war. It has now been lovingly rebuilt, using stone from the original quarries, and the bridge and the surrounding Old Town are a UNESCO World Heritage site. We take a walking tour of this historic town, and have additional free time to explore on our own. Our accommodations are at the Hotel Bevanda, and we have dinner at our hotel.
A morning drive takes us along the Dalmatian coastline. We arrive in medieval Trogir, a small island town also designated a UNESCO site, whose main square, cathedral, streets and alleyways invite exploration. We have a typical Dalmatian lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Split, check in to the Hotel Park, and venture out in the evening for dinner at a fine local restaurant. (B,L,D)
The morning is devoted to the archaeological highlights of Salona, which was capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the likely birthplace of the emperor Diocletian. In the afternoon, we explore Split, yet another UNESCO site, seeing Diocletian’s Palace, which is more a small city than a single palace. It bustles with archaeological wonders from Classical Rome through the Byzantine and Venetian periods, and maintains a lively pulse of shops and street merchants today. This evening’s farewell dinner is at our hotel's excellent restaurant. (B,D)
Transfer to the airport in Split for flights home. (B)
Extension Cost Per Person
Accommodations as shown in the itinerary, or similar; meals as shown in the itinerary; services of a local guide throughout the extension; tips to local guides, to porters and to waiters for included meals; airport departure transfer if traveling on the recommended flight.
Tips to waiters for meals that are not included, items of a personal nature such as laundry, Internet access and alcoholic beverages.
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