CAA Croatia/Italy Trip: Oct. 1-10, 2021
From Dubrovnik to Apulia: Venetian Trade Routes
and the Norman Empire in the Mediterranean
Join fellow Chase alumni on October 1-10, 2021 (postponed from October 2020) to explore former 13th century Venetian trade cities in Croatia and Montenegro before crossing the Adriatic–the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean– to Italy to visit Apulia (also known as Puglia). The escorted trip, organized by Wolfgang Fenkart-Froeschl, will feature exquisite architecture, remarkable historic sites, marvelous food and wine, and, of course, the best of company!
The trip should be a revelation to those of us who need to brush up on our history of the 13th century...how many of us know the legacy of Frederick II–King of Sicily from 1198, King of Germany from 1212, King of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor from 1220 and King of Jerusalem from 1225? Under his rule, art, architecture, literature and science flourished in Southern Italy. For a couple of decades, Apulia (now known as Puglia) was the cradle of the world–a melting pot of different cultures and along with Venice, a starting point for Crusaders sailing to the Holy Land.
Friday, October 1st: WELCOME TO DUBROVNIK
We will meet for an afternoon welcome drink at the hotel where we'll spend our first three nights: the 5-star beachfront More Hotel and Resort, just two miles north of Dubrovnik. (You are responsible for your own transfer from Dubrovnik Airport; the ride is along beautiful coastline.)
Driving along the shores of the Bay, we reach picturesque Perast, which was completely restored a few years ago, maintaining its old walls made of shining white Istrian marble. We will have a light lunch in a restaurant overlooking the sea before returning to our hotel north of Dubrovnik. Dinner will be on the hotel terrace, with gorgeous views of the shore and the sea.
In the morning we drive north, passing the old town of Mali Ston with its castle walls winding up the top of a hill. We drive on to the Peljesac Peninsula, with its sumptuous landscape of olive trees, fig trees and vineyards. The further we drive, the more we see forests turn into rugged landscape. When we reach Orebic, we take a short boat ride to the island of Korcula (right), the "green island“ of Dalmatia. We'll walk through the Old Town of Korcula, which is almost surrounded by the sea and was a bastion during the 15th and 16th century in the conflicts with the Turks over the supremacy over this part of the Mediterranean. The main city gate, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace all date from this period. We'll have a light lunch in Korcula. In the afternoon we return by boat to the Peljesac Peninsula and to Mali Ston for dinner. (Mali Ston is known for its amazing seafood, especially oysters.) After dinner, we return to our hotel.
Monday, October 4th: DUBROVNIK AND FERRY TO ITALY
In the afternoon we'll go back to the Old Town of Dubrovnik and walk through the narrow streets. We will visit a major church, an art gallery and the oldest Sephardic synagogue in continual use. We'll have time to stroll around the main shopping street, the Boulevard, before we board our overnight ferry to Bari in Apulia, Italy. We will have dinner and sleep aboard the ferry. (Note that our bus will also board the ferry, so you may want to leave your main bag on the bus and pack a smaller tote for what you need overnight.)
Our day begins with a visit to the extraordinary 13th century Castel del Monte of Frederick II (left). The castle was built presumingly as a hunting lodge. With its octagonal shape on top of a hill, it is the landmark building of Apulia. From the castle one can see both the nearby sea and the Cathedral of Trani. We're then headed to Trani's picturesque harbor for lunch at an exclusive restaurant known for its outstandíng fish.
After lunch we head back to our hotel to relax. In the evening, we'll meet for some local specialty finger foods and wine in the Masseria's olive oil mill.
Friday, October 8th: POLIGNANO A MARE, MONOPOLI AND OLIVE OIL TASTING
In the morning, walk through the little town of Polignano a mare, which is built on rock projecting beetling 70 feet over the sea. The entire town is a pedestrian area with little handicraft shops, bars and stunning vistas. Then we're off to Monopoli (right), a very untouristy fisherman’s town with a handsome main square inside the old city walls. We'll have lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon we visit an olive oil farmhouse and taste some of this "Apulian gold", after which you will never again just buy "best olive oil“, but seek Coratina or Leccino oiive oil or oil from Termite di Bitetto olives. Well oiled (!), we head back to our hotel and have time to relax before dinner at the Masseria Il Melograno.
Saturday, October 9th:
TRULLI HOUSES IN ALBEROBELLO AND THE WHITE CITIES OF PUGLIA
Sunday, October 10th: DEPARTURE
Spend time in the Masseria until your flight back from Bari or Brindisi (Salento Airport).
Transfer to the airport according to your departure time.
DUBROVNIK: 5-STAR MORE HOTEL AND RESORT
All our rooms have a sea view and air conditioning. Each room has a private bathroom with marble elements and a bathtub. Wellness & Beauty More consists of the fitness centre and Hydro tub.
Restaurant Tramuntana offers local Dalmatian dishes based on the best selection of Adriatic sea food. Cave Bar More, located in a natural cave split into three levels beneath the hotel, features a spectacular setting where you can relax with a wide choice of beverages and snacks. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. A path that stretches along the entire peninsula and passes right next to the property is ideal for walking and relaxing by the sea.Three overnight stays
FERRY DUBROVNIK - BARI
This is our only choice for geting from Dubrovnik to the other side of the Adriatic coast. Please do not expect cruise ship comfort, but normal and clean 2-bedded cabins. Dinner and breakfast are served in the restaurant. You'll get a nice view of the coastline when arriving in Bari! One overnight stay
LECCE: 4-STAR SUITE HOTEL SANTA CHIARA
Suite Santa Chiara is a boutique hotel in the historical center of Lecce, right next to the Santa Chiara church and a five-minute walk to the cathedral or the Sant‘Onofrio square. From the roof garden on the fourth floor you can not only enjoy a great view but also a good drink. Rooms are very elegant and nicely decorated with soothing tones. All rooms have air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe and free WiFi. One overnight stay
MONOPOLI: 5-STAR MASSERIA IL MELOGRANO
Masserieas are fortified country houses owned by the olive oil barons dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Masseria Il Melograno is one of the finest of its kind. Guests are welcome to use the outside pool, the indoor pool with Spa and Fitness area as well as to stroll around the immense gardens and property. All rooms are very spacious with air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe, free WiFi and all amenities of a hotel of this kind. Four overnight stays
Pricing, Registration and Other Information
We will begin a waiting list. Please write to email@example.com if you want to be on it.
Participants should be able to walk up to half a mile, often on hilly or cobblestoned streets.
Double (two individuals): €5.840 / $6,375
Included in the price:
Single: €685 / $750
Final payment is due by 11 am EST June 30, 2021.
Typical daytime temperatures:
15-25 C / 60-77 F
Typical evening temperatures could go down to 12 C / 55 F.
Dubrovnik and Bari are in the same time zone as Vienna and Frankfurt, an hour ahead of London and six hours ahead of NYC.
No Visas are required for travelers from the United States, the UK or EU countries.
Casual during the day; for dinners, smart casual (jacket, no tie).