Island hopping aboard a private yacht with your fellow Princetonians is undoubtedly the best way to discover the Croatian coast from a truly dazzling perspective.
Did you know that the Croatian coast boasts over 1,000 islands, islets and crags? Join Princeton Journeys on an island-hopping adventure to experience the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and the fairy tale towns along her shore. Begin your seven-night cruise in the fishing port of Rovinj and embark the 18-cabin Queen Eleganza yacht that has the ability to call at small, inviting ports not accessible to large cruise ships. Sail along the coast to Velika Brijun Island where Tito once entertained celebrity guests, and in the medieval city of Pula tour the incredible first-century Roman amphitheater where crowds of up to 20,000 spectators once gathered for gladiator fights. Next, call into the intriguing Dalmatian town of Zadar whose mix of ancient relics, modern art installations, Habsburg elegance and cosmopolitan beach cafes creates a contagious energy. At Plitvice Lake National Park witness nature's majesty as 16 crystalline lakes tumble into each other through a series of soaring waterfalls and cascades. Tour the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian in the charming town of Split, and on Korcula Island enjoy a tasting of Croatian wines and local culinary specialties. Conclude the journey in picturesque Dubrovnik, the 'pearl of the Adriatic.' For those wishing to dive deeper into this fascinating region, a pre-cruise extension to Slovenia to will be offered.
About the Study Leader
Ambassador Rick Barton, Lecturer of Public and International Affairs; Co-director, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative, Woodrow Wilson School
Ambassador Rick Barton is a United States diplomat and currently teaches at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, where he serves as the co-director of Princeton's Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative with his wife, Kit Lunney. He has served as an American ambassador to the United Nations and the Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at the U.N., and was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations under President Obama. He has led conflict management initiatives in crisis zones across the globe, in countries as diverse as Bosnia, Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria and Turkey. Barton has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Boston Globe and numerous other international outlets. He has been a frequent guest on news shows ranging from NPR to The O'Reilly Factor. On this journey, Amb. Barton will discuss his experience serving as the founding Director of USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives during the Balkan War, his latest book, Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World and his work with Princeton's Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative.