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Overview

An adventure for the whole family

Waiting in Croatia are an endless array of islands, crystal-blue waters and the freshest local delicacies. Near the city of Split, explore the Klis Fortress, used as a set on Game of Thrones, then visit Krka National Park to see its seven splendid waterfalls. At the falconry center near Šibenik, come face to face with these remarkable sky hunters.

Ride a private catamaran to Šolta Island and don bee keeper gear to learn how to gather honey, tour a family-owned oil grove (with trees over a thousand years old!), then stop at Krknjaši Island’s Blue Lagoon to swim in its turquoise waters. Throughout our journey, sample local delicacies, delve into the country's rich history and embark on family friendly adventures.

Dates

June 25–July 2, 2023

Duration

8 days

Price

From $6,995 per person

Trip size

34 participants

Minimum age

6 years
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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Norman Naimark

History

Norman Naimark is the Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European History and led more than 30 Travel/Study programs.

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Meet our Young Explorer leaders

These razor-sharp recent Stanford grads and former Stanford Sierra Camp counselors love interacting with families and are experts at adapting to the personalities and interests of each Young Explorer. They fuel creativity with thought-provoking discussions and mind-bending games that keep the kids entertained while adults attend lectures. In addition, Young Explorer leaders bring the whole family together for activities such as family Olympics, trivia night and disco bingo.

Itinerary

From turquoise waters to ancient treasures

Start our journey in Split, Croatia and take day trips exploring medieval castles, Roman fortresses, picturesque islands and ethereal Krka National Park. Explore the monumental Diocletian Palace before heading to Dubrovnik, where we cap off our journey with excursions in and around the city, including a visit to the scenic Konavle Valley.

  • Split, Croatia

    Arrive in Split and transfer to our hotel to settle in. Enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner this evening.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Le Meridien

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Split and the Fortress of 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. In the afternoon, adults attend a lecture and kids meet new friends in their Young Explorer groups. For your special dinner in Split enjoy exclusive private use of the Diocletian’s substructure and a masterfully created menu just for our group.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Le Meridien

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Krka National Park and Šibenik

    Today set out on a hiking adventure in Krka National Park and admire the park’s seven waterfalls. After a tour, continue your exploration with lunch on your own in Skradin. 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. Return to Split for free time before dinner together in the city center.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Le Meridien

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Šolta and 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 don the gear of a professional beekeeper as you 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.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Le Meridien

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Split / 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 before dinner together.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dubrovnik and 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.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Konavle Valley

    After a morning lecture and Young Explorer activities, travel to the nearby Konavle Valley, nestled between the Herzegovina and Montenegro mountains. Visit the 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.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Dubrovnik / Home

    Transfer to the airport for flights home. Doviđenja! (Until we meet again!)

    Included meal: Breakfast

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