Croatia is a country at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and the Balkans. This Croatia trip option showcases the diversity of culture along the Mediterranean and can render a brilliant contrast to Mediterranean Greece. Students will first explore the traditional, yet sophisticated lifestyle of the historical city, Dubrovnik, with its pedestrian only marble streets, baroque buildings, and beautiful Adriatic coastline. The charming Old Town of Dubrovnik, (now the set of the Game of Thrones) was founded in the 7th Century by refugees from the ancient Greek colony of Epidaurus and is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical and cultural significance. Highlights in Dubrovnik include walks along the walled-in old city, and breathtaking panoramic views from lofty cable car rides.
From Dubrovnik we’ll journey to the second-largest city in Croatia, Split, which presents a lovely balance of tradition and modernity. Here students can explore impressive Roman era monuments, the Diocletian Palace, and enjoy incredible views offered by the dramatic coastal landscape. Split has an exciting and open city life, and there will be ample time for students to roam around the local markets, galleries and museums. A vibrant night time atmosphere allows for an easy introduction into the social and interestingly cultured sense of the local population.
During the stay in Split we have a faculty-led day excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with cascading lakes, caves and waterfalls. The forests here are home to a variety of wild animals, as well as rare species of birds.
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