A Culinary Program Led By Cooking Teacher & Author Giuliano Hazan
The Idyllic Islands and Majestic Shores of Croatia & Montenegro with Giuliano Hazan
The Idyllic Islands and Majestic Shores of Croatia & Montenegro with Giuliano Hazan
For this unique voyage to Croatia and Montenegro, we have combined the cultural with the culinary. We will explore great cities such as Dubrovnik, where there is an architectural masterpiece on every street corner, and we will dine in local restaurants and visit vineyards to savor the food and wine that Croatians love. And just as gourmets pair the right wine with each course of a meal, we’ve paired wonderful cultural sites with the great culinary regions of Croatia.
Split, for example, is home to the Palace of Diocletian, the Roman emperor who stepped down early in the fourth century and retired to this magnificent palace near the sea. Naturally, seafood dishes are popular in Split, and pair up well with Croatian white wines such as Bogdanusa or Postup. When we travel inland to Mostar in Bosnia to see the town’s historic Ottoman architecture—particularly the graceful Stari Most, or Old Bridge—you’ll also have an opportunity to sample a local specialty, burek, a flaky pastry stuffed with tangy cheese.
Guiding us on this culinary adventure is Chef Giuliano Hazan, who learned the art of Italian cooking from his mother, the legendary Marcella Hazan. Chef Giuliano is an accomplished Italian chef in his own right, and he will bring us his insights into Croatian cuisine, which was strongly influenced by Italian cuisine—especially northern Italian cuisine—during the centuries when the old towns we will explore on this fabled coast were part of the Venetian Empire. He will also lead a shipboard cooking demonstration and accompany us through bountiful local markets, as we sample local wines in the villages where grapes are grown, and as we try delicacies in local restaurants.
In addition to the gastronomic component of our voyage, we will also be accompanied by expert speakers who will enhance our understanding and enjoyment of both the natural history and art history of the Adriatic coast. Patricia L. Reilly, Associate Professor of Art History at Swarthmore College, will illuminate the masterpieces we will encounter in various places, and Bosiljka Glumac, Professor of Geosciences at Smith College, who was born and raised in Croatia and has done extensive fieldwork in the region, will speak about the region’s evolution and origins as well as its resources.
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Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to Corinthian. Set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Its ancient walls enclose narrow cobblestoned streets and alleyways, palaces, and mansions. The city contains within its ramparts the Rector’s Palace; the Franciscan Monastery, which houses a 13th-century pharmacy (the oldest in Europe); and the baroque Cathedral, with works by Renaissance painters Titian and Andrea del Sarto. Overnight aboard ship docked in Dubrovnik.
Led by our expert chef, Giluiano Hazan, we visit the food market where local farmers bring beautiful produce, homemade olive oil, cheese, and the freshest seafood daily. Enjoy the excitement of typical Mediterranean market life in the early morning hours. In the afternoon, sail the deep, fjordlike Bay of Kotor to reach the port town of the same name, located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. One of the most striking and best-preserved towns along the Adriatic coast, Kotor is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. A tour of this compact and delightful car-free town reveals its magnificent walls, palaces, and churches, including the Drago Palace, with its elegant Renaissance windows, the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, and the baroque Lipovac Palace.
As we dock in Korcula town, steps away from our ship stands the medieval city with its walls and guard towers still intact. Note the medieval town’s unique layout: western streets run straight to funnel refreshing maestral breezes; eastern streets slightly curve to minimize bura winds. Visit St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop’s Palace, the Church of All Saints, the Icon Museum, and Marco Polo’s home. In the afternoon, drive to the village of Lumbarda to visit a family farm known for its production of excellent white wine from the indigenous Korcula Grk grape. We’ll taste the local wines as well as dry-cured ham, goat cheese, olive oil, and organic vegetables, all produced on this peaceful farm on the eastern cape of Korcula.
Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which in the 15th century under the Ottoman Turks became a thriving center on the banks of the emerald Neretva River. Damaged by the military conflict in the 1990s, the town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, the nearby Tabacica Mosque, and an old Turkish house, among other sites. After lunch at a local restaurant there will be free time to explore the old bazaar, a haven for the city’s artists and craftsmen.
Vis is one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Land at Vis Town, set on a splendid bay, and drive across the small island to the quaint town of Komiza, which has retained Mostar, with its landmark bridge, built originally in 1566, spans the emerald Neretva River its medieval character and architecture. Stately homes and other buildings face the palm-lined harbor, while the terraced hillside provides a lovely background to this idyllic setting. Following our tour we sample local delicacies at a harbor-front tavern, with views of the old stone-and-terracotta architecture of Komiza. Later today, discover Hvar, a fertile island of pale stone houses surrounded by rosemary, lavender, and laurel. The architecture is unmistakably Venetian, and there are fine fortifications. Our tour of the island’s principal town includes a visit to the 17th-century Municipal Theater, the Franciscan Monastery and its small gallery, the city’s Loggia, and St. Stephen’s Square. Continue by bus to the 16th-century fortress, at the top of the hill, for spectacular views of Hvar Town’s red-tiled rooftops and harbor.
Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement, Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in a.d. 295-305. Today it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. An extensive structure, much of which is well preserved, the palace contains within its walls Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. Our tour includes a visit to its underground cellars, the Mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Northern Gate. Conclude the city tour with a visit to the gallery of famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.
In the morning, the ship will sail by the Kornati Archipelago, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands, en route to Rab. Perched on a sloping peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab, the only town on the small island of the same name, is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia’s coast. Four graceful belfries pointing to the sky dominate the unspoiled medieval town, with its narrow streets that are lined with stately mansions and other buildings. The Cathedral of Sveta Marija (St. Mary the Great) consecrated in 1177, is an excellent example of a Romanesque basilica, while the magnificent Bell Tower is a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. Our walking tour of this lovely town will include all its landmark sites.
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|Cabin Code||Cabin Description||Regular Rate|
|E||Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with windows and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view||$4,890|
|D||Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with windows and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433||$5,290|
|C||Deluxe suites on Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area. 275 sq. ft. Suites 246 - 252||$5,890|
|B||Deluxe suites on Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area. 225 sq. ft. Suites 336 - 341||$6,790|
|A||Deluxe suites on Leto Deck with windows and sitting area. 235 sq. ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431||$7,290|
|AA||Deluxe suites on Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area. 285 sq. ft. Suites 505 - 506||$7,890|
|VS||Deluxe Veranda Suites on Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq. ft. Suites 507 - 518||$8,690|
|PHS||Deluxe Penthouse Suites on Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area. 260 sq. ft. Suites 601 - 604||$9,290|
NOTE: All rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Third person sharing a suite: $1,990
SINGLES: Single accommodations are available in select categories at a supplement to the per person, double occupancy rates as follows:
Category E: $1,790; Category C: $2,090; Category A: $2,490; Category VS: $4,390.
Port taxes and charges: $310 per person
After extensive refurbishment in 2009, the all-suite Corinthian offers the finest in small-ship cruise travel. This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites, each of which affords ocean views, measures 215 square feet or more and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, twin or queen-size beds, spacious closets, air conditioning.
• 7-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• All tours and excursions
• Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders, including a culinary program with Chef Giuliano Hazan
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials
• Transfers and baggage handling abroad on the designated arrival and departure dates
• Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
• Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
Travel With A Team Of Experts
Giuliano Hazan, an award winning cooking teacher and cookbook author, is one of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking. His style is accessible and authentic, without pretense or fanfare. A TODAY show regular, his cookbooks have earned him a James Beard Award nomination and the World Cookbook Award for Best Italian Cookbook in the English Language. In 2007 the International Association of Culinary Professionals named him Cooking Teacher of the Year. Together with his wife, Lael, he runs an acclaimed cooking school in northern Italy, Cooking with Giuliano Hazan, at Villa Giona. During this voyage, Chef Giuliano will talk about how Italian food and its history have influenced the cuisines of Croatia and the greater Mediterranean region, and he will give a demonstration or two of how to prepare simple yet authentic meals. Chef Giuliano is a graduate of Swarthmore College.
Patricia L. Reilly is Associate Professor of Art History at Swarthmore College. She earned a Ph.D., Rhetoric, at University of California, Berkeley, an M.A., History of Art, at Bryn Mawr College and a B.A., History of Art, at University of California, Santa Cruz. Professor Reilly’s work investigates the intimate connection between the practical and theoretical activities of Renaissance artists, and considers these in light of the larger intellectual and cultural environments of which they were a part. Patricia looks forward to traveling with Alumni and friends next June as we explore the art, culture, history of Croatia and Montenegro.
Bosiljka Glumac is a Professor of Geosciences at Smith College, specializing in sedimentary geology. Born and raised on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia, she and colleagues has done extensive fieldwork in the areas we will travel. Her lectures will focus on the origin and evolution of the Adriatic Sea, landscapes and landforms of the Adriatic coast, and the historical use of local limestone as building and decorative stone.