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Study Trip

A visit to beautiful cities along Adriatic Coast Croatia and Montenegro

Thursday, 21 September to Monday, 2 October 2017
Leader: Khun Pikulkeaw Krairiksh, President of the Siam Society

 

 

Croatia
It is believed that the first tourists on the coast were the Viennese aristocracy who adored Opatija Riviera. With a wonderful coast and unspoiled countryside, Croatia has offered a great cultural landscape to visitors for centuries. In Communist times, Croatia was the richest of Yugoslavia’s six provinces, much of its money derived from visitors attracted to the clean Adriatic water and beautiful beaches. It still is today, with destinations such as Hvar now rivalling the best of the Mediterranean’s reviera. The country’s physical diversity means that there is a variety of holidays to enjoy. Inland, lovely thick woods and limestone mountains drip with lakes and waterfalls; on the coasts, myriad islands, from lush Hvar to the ethereal Kornatis, bask in warm, clear waters, capable of reviving even the most jaded traveler’s spirits. Croatia’s borders today lie along five countries:- Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro.

The history of Croatia is displayed in its architecture. Starting with the Roman grandeur of Pula’s amphitheatre and Split’s Diocletian Palace, it leads on to early Christian buildings such as the pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus in Zadar.  Byzantium brought the mosaic glister of the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec. And the Renaissance, courtesy of the Venetians, helped produce the Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, the palaces of Dubrovnik and many fortresses and castles. The Franciscan and Dubrovnik and monastic orders brought in Gothic influence, which shape Zagreb’s cathedral, and with the Jesuits came Baroque, a popular style that invaded domestic architecture, created glittering Habsburg ballrooms and gave the pilgrimage churches of Vinagora and Belec the aesthetics of a candy store.

The Adriatic Highway is one of the world’s great corniches, heading south from its starting point in Rijeka and dramatically following the coast as far as-and over into-Montenegro. The walled city of Dubrovnik is the most beautiful city on the Adriatic, and offshore lie some of Croatia’s most enchanting islands.

 

 

Montenegro – an extraordinary and special country of exceptionally interesting architecture. In such a small area, centuries of construction have taken place, beginning from those to the south, characteristic of Mediterranean counties, followed by the central area, to the north, where stone is also dominant, but there are also houses where there is a great deal of wood along with stone. The long and glorious history, the unique customs which have been upheld for centuries, the specific speech and music, original dance and national costumes have created in Montenegro a strong tradition that has not disappeared with the appearance of technological and technical achievements.

This country, which has an area of 13,812 square kilometers and which has a population of about 650,000 inhabitants, is simply created for tourism.  Southern Montenegro is a tourist region that is progressing rapidly. The coast of Montenegro, whose indented shoreline is 193 km long, forms a necklace of beaches, with hotels, motels, restaurants and cafés. The immense movable historical and cultural treasures of Montenegro, which are not stored in the treasuries of numerous monasteries, churches, mosques and other religious buildings, are kept in museums, which can be found in nearly every larger town. In Cetinje, which is rightfully called a city-museum, visitors will find the National Museum, Njego’ss Museum, Museum of history, Place of King Nikola and Goma Gallery.

Montenegro belongs to southern Europe or the central Mediterranean living in Montenegro are Montenegrins, Serbians, Muslims, Bosniacs, Albarians, Croatians, Roma and another 14 minorities with very few members.

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Thursday 21 September: Bangkok

9.30 p.m. Meet at Suvarnabhumit Airport at Row G, check in counter for Austrian Airlines.
11.45 p.m. Depart Bangkok to Vienna by OS 26.

Day 2: Friday 22 September: Bangkok – Vienna – Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Trieste (Italy)

05.35 a.m. Arrive Viennna Airport, transit for flight to Ljubljana (Slovenia)
10.25 a.m. Depart Vienna to Ljublijana by OS 7031.
11.10 a.m. Arrive Ljublijana Airport, transfer to restaurant for lunch.
Afternoon:

Visit the old city centre, renowned for its unique architectural appearance. The Old Town consists of three main squares and baroque houses, the Town Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Dragon Bridge and the open market under arcades.

After that continue by coach to Trieste (Italy), a large Adriatic commercial seaport, situated in the northernmost corner of both Adriatic and Mediterranean. (100 km. 1.20 hrs.)
- Dinner and overnight at hotel NH or Savoia Excelsior Palace Trieste.

Day 3: Saturday 23 September: Trieste – Porec (Croatia)

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: Half day walking tour in Trieste, visit Piazza D'Unita, Italy's largest square facing the Adriatic sea. There are several beautiful buildings of architecture on the square (Town Hall, Government building, Lloyd's building, Caffe degli Specchi). Continue to Piazza della Borsa dominated by Palazzo della Borsa (the Old Stock Exchange), Palazzo Tergesteo, Palazzo Dreher (the New Stock Exchange) and the Art Noveu Casa Bartoli and onto San Giusto hill to see 1 AD Roman amphitheatre and other remains of that area, San Giusto cathedral and the castle.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: Cross the border to Croatia. Proceed to Poreč, the ancient Roman town and a popular summer resort on the coast of the Istrian Peninsula in western Croatia. (80 km. 1 hr.)
- Dinner at local restaurant.
- Overnight at hotel in Porec Valamar Riviera Hotel & Villa Parentino.

Day 4: Sunday, 24 September: Porec – Pula – Opatija

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning:

Visit the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s finest intact examples of Byzantine art. Built on the site of a 4th-century oratory.  The glittering wall mosaics in the apse – 6th-century masterpieces featuring biblical scenes, archangels and Istrian martyrs – are the highlights.

Proceed to Pula (55 km. 1 hr.). Visit the famous Roman Amphitheatre. This arena is the 6th largest surviving amphitheatre in the world. Built in the 1st century, it was designed to hold up to 20,000 spectators.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon:

Continue to Opatija (approximately 1.5 hours), a former resort town for wealthy Austro-Hungarian families with the famed centuries-old Franz Joseph I Promenade.  Short stop for free time to explore the promenade.

After that drive to Ogulin.
- Dinner and Overnight at hotel Frankopan in Ogulin.

Day 5: Monday, 25 September: Ogulin – Plitvice – Zadar

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning:

Proceed to visit Plitvice Lake National Park, the park was given World Heritage status in 1979 (164 km. 2 hrs.)

On the way, Photo Stop at Slunj, a small town which is suited on the confluence of the two rivers,  famous for numerous streams, little waterfalls, and well preserved corn mills that date back to the eighteenth century.  This is one of the prettiest places in Croatia.

Discover Plitvice Lakes National Park: an oasis of rare natural beauty and one of Europe’s most dazzling nature reserve parks.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: Proceed to Zadar, original town of Illyrians, who inhabited in this narrow peninsula on the Adriatic Coast but the present layout dated back to Roman period.
- Dinner at local restaurant  and Overnight at hotel Bastion Hertage  in Zadar.

Day 6: Tuesday, 26 September: Zadar – Sibenik – Trogir - Split

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: Sightseeing in Zadar visit the Sea Gate and the Church of ST. Chrysogonus then continue to Sibenik, visit Cathedral of St. James, the most significant architectonic monument of renaissance in Croatia, enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Noon: Free time for lunch at own arrangement.
Afternoon:

Proceed to visit Historic Town of Trogir, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 and is home to a number of fascinating historic sights, the best of which is the Cathedral of St Lawrence.

After that go to Split.
- Dinner at local restaurant.
- Overnight at hotel Radisson Blu in Split.

Day 7: Wednesday, 27 September: Split - Dubrovnik

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning:

Sightseeing in Split, visit Diocletian palace, in 295 AD Roman emperor Diocletian ordered a residence to be built there for his retirement, as it was close to the nearby large Roman settlement of Salona. It took ten years to build this magnificent palace. He lived here till he died in 313 AD.

Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian was enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: Proceed to Dubrovnik.
- Dinner at local restaurant.
- Overnight hotel Hilton Imperial in Dubrovnik.

Day 8: Thursday, 28 September: Dubrovnik

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: Walking tour in Stari Grad, or Old Town, see some of outstanding monuments such as  Onofrio’s Fountain, a multi-faucet drinking fountain connected to a 12-kilometer -long aqueduct that has, for centuries, carried drinking water into the city, the Franciscan Monastery, Renaissance-era palace, which houses the state archives, Orlando’s Column, the clock tower, the Rector’s Palace, the Church of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik and the Cathedral of the Assumption, a beautiful Baroque sanctuary.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: 1 hour boat ride around the walled city of Dubrovnik.
- Dinner at own arrangement.
- Overnight at hotel Hilton Imperial in Dubrovnik.

Day 9: Friday, 29 September: Dubrovnik – Montenegro (Herceg Novi, Perast and Kotor)

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning:

Proceed down south, following a route along the Adriatic coastline and cross the border to Montenegro, we will visit 3 most beautiful seaside village and towns in Montenegro: Herceg Novi, Perast and Kotor.

Route will pass the UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor to visit the village of Herceg Novi, here we will visit Savina Monastery, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the Adriatic and consists of three churches and sleeping quarters. The oldest church dates back to the year 1030, while the church of St. Sava, with superb frescoes, was built in the 13th century on a nearby hill.

After that continue to visit Village of Perast, at the foot of St Elijah Hill. The gorgeous village with its beautiful villas and churches. After exploring the town, take a boat ride to a small island close by to see a magnificent 17th-century Baroque church called Our Lady of the Rocks.

Then proceed to Kotor, a coastal town in Montenegro.  It is well-known for its World heritage medieval structures (including churches and fortifications) and its stunning natural setting at the very edge of the mountain-rimmed Kotor Bay.
Noon: Lunch at restaurant in old town of Kotor.
- Enjoy a walking tour of this beautifully preserved medieval town which ever had its own merchant navy under the Byzantine Empire. Visit St Tryphon Cathedral, and free time in the old town.
- Diner at local restaurant.
- Overnight at hotel Pine in Tivat.

Day 10: Saturday, 30 September: Tivat – Njegusi – Cetinje – Buva – Podgorica

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning:

Drive along the mountain road to visit the Njegusi village, so-called smaragdine valley hidden deep in the stony terrain of Lovcen.  Njegusi is a traditional village between Cetinje and Kotor, part of the territory of old Montenegro, place where are born rulers of Montenegro from Petrovic dynasty. During the Turks, through Njegusi is the only traffic from Cetinje to Kotor, Europe and the world.

The most interesting place in this village is the 134 years old restaurant "Kod Pera na Bukovicu" where we will test its local famous products as smoked ham, cheese and grape brandy.

After that we will continue to visit Cetinje, the Old Royal capital of Montenegro, a place that has best preserved the spirit and tradition of the Montenegrin people. We will spend about one hour to visit some interesting places in this town such as a Monastery built on 1484 and at King Nikola Palace before heading to Budva, the country's most popular tourist destination and boast some great beaches as well as a lovely, 15th century venetian walled town center.
Noon: Lunch at own arrangement in Budva.
Afternoon:

Walking tour in Budva. Among the most interesting monuments here are the 7th century St. John's Church, the 8th century Santa Marija of Punta and the 12th century Church of St. Sava and the Church of the Holy Trinity, built in 1804.

Continue to Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro. On the way, short photo stop of the beautiful Sveti Stefan island. The former fishing village situated on a peninsula became a hotel-town 50 years ago.

City tour in Podgorica, visit the Old Town (Stara Varoš), what is left of the Ottoman old town and the New Town (Nova Varoš).
- Dinner at local restaurant.
- Overnight at hotel Ramada in Podgorica.

Day 11: Sunday, 1 October: Podgorica – Bangkok

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: Before transfer to airport, we will make a scenic drive to visit some beautiful side of Skadar lake National Park, the biggest lake in the Balkans at 150 square miles. It is a home to nearly 280 bird species (including the massive Dalmatian pelican), island monasteries and fortresses, icy waterfalls, and wild rivers.
Noon: Transfer to Podgorica Airport.
3.00 p.m. Depart to Vienna by OS728.
4.40 p.m. Arrive Vienna Airport, transit for flight to Bangkok.
11.20 p.m. Depart Vienna to Bangkok by OS25.

Day 12: Monday, 2 October: Bangkok

14.20 a.m. Arrive Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Booking

Bt. 180,500 (or Bt. 183,500 for non-members). Single room surcharge Bt. 18,000. A deposit of Bt. 45,000 and photocopy of passport much accompany the booking. Payment in full is required one month before the start of the trip (i.e. by Saturday 19 August 2017). Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society”. Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the deposit has been made. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.

Includes/Excludes:

The contribution includes all meals as mentioned in programme, accommodation for two persons per room, entrance fees, tips to local guide and driver and other costs incurred to make this trip possible.

It excludes visa fee, personal expenses, tips for additional service, any chargeable beverages/ drinks (e.g. hotel minibar), payment or offering for photographing and video shooting, individual service apart from the group, other expense of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry etc.

Cancellation charge:

30 days before the start of the trip:                       No cancellation charge
30 – 15 days before the start of the trip:                50% of the tour cost
Less than 15 days or cancellation without notice:    No refund

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.