Situated along the exquisite Adriatic Sea and at the crossroads of Europe and the Balkans, Croatia and Slovenia showcase charming towns that reflect a blend of cultures, plus pristine parklands and coastlines, and many World Heritage sites. 

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 Iconic harbor of Dubrovnik  Lively street in Dubrovnik  Main Square, Ljubljana, Slovenia  The spectacular scenery of Lake Bled, Slovenia  The captivating setting of Hvar  Trogir, Croatia  Aerial view of Split, with the remains of Diocletian's Palace  Architectural details, Split  Remains of Diocletian's Palace and the cathedral tower in Split  The harbor in Split  Old street at dusk, Dubrovnik  Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic

Pearls of Croatia and Slovenia

15 days from $5,584 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Situated along the exquisite Adriatic Sea and at the crossroads of Europe and the Balkans, Croatia and Slovenia showcase charming towns that reflect a blend of cultures, plus pristine parklands and coastlines, and many World Heritage sites. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

May 16 - 30, 2019 Departure; Oct 1 - 15, 2020 Departure
Carol Reynolds

Carol Reynolds

Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves history, humor, and high energy into everything she does. A musicologist, pianist, and organist, she specializes in Russian, East European, and German cultural history. Carol was a professor of music history for more than 20 years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In addition to music, she is well versed in the history and fine arts of western Europe and Russia. Before becoming a professor, she studied at the Leningrad Conservatory and lived in West Germany.

Dr. Reynolds is a frequent Smithsonian Journeys Expert and has led tours through Russia, the Baltic States, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Croatia. She is fluent in Russian and German.  

A staunch advocate of Arts Education at every stage of life, she works with organizations like The Dallas Symphony, Van Cliburn Concerts, Kimball Museum, Opera America, and Smithsonian Associates. Carol has turned her attention to public speaking and the creation of online arts curricula and educational programs for adult audiences and secondary-school students.

Under the moniker Professor Carol, she publishes courses in cultural history for adults and students, including Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture, Exploring America’s Artistic Heritage, Imperial Russia, and Early Sacred Music. She and her husband Hank maintain a second home in Weimar (former East Germany).

Sep 5 - 19, 2019 Departure
Thomas  Bremer

Thomas Bremer

Thomas Bremer is a renowned expert on the history, culture, religion, and contemporary situation of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. He teaches Church History and Eastern Churches Studies at the University of Münster (Germany), where he also earned his PhD. His publications include a dozen books and many articles; among them is his introduction to Russian Church history, which has been translated into five languages (the English edition is called Cross and Kremlin. A Brief History of the Orthodox Church in Russia, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2013), and the edited volume Churches in the Ukrainian Crisis (co-edited with Andrii Krawchuk), Palgrave: New York/London 2017. He has been awarded research grants and fellowships from institutions including the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC, and the Boris Jordan Center at NYU. In addition to his academic career, he has served as a counselor for various bodies in questions dealing with Eastern and Southeastern Europe. During the Yugoslav wars, he was active in reconciliation initiatives in the successor countries which involved religious communities as well as civil society groups.

Thomas has widely traveled the region, and he is fluent in several of the local languages. He is especially interested in the significance of historical heritage for the contemporary situation in the countries he studies, and he is eager to share his fields of expertise and the regions he knows intimately with Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Sep 21 - Oct 5, 2019 Departure
Ronald Wixman

Ronald Wixman

Throughout Ron Wixman's education he specialized in the peoples, cultures, and nationality issues in the Balkans and the former USSR. As a professor at the University of Oregon he taught courses on these issues and became a founder and participant in the Russian and East European Studies program at the university. In addition to having done research in the area on folklore, history and politics in the Balkans itself he became a renowned specialist on the geopolitics of both the Balkans and the USSR. He served as a consultant on ethnic and nationality issues in these regions for the CIA, the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon, and a number of other governments, including the Academy of Sciences- Institute of Ethnography of the USSR in Moscow, the Institute of Ethnography of China in Kunming, the immigration courts in Canada and the U.S. dealing with refugee issues, and many others. To date, Ron Wixman has lead about 20 trips to the Balkans as a lecturer and tour leader, and his personal research in villages on Balkan folklore will add a special dimension to our trip to Slovenia and Dalmatia.

Sep 30 - Oct 14, 2019 Departure
Hugh Agnew

Hugh Agnew

Hugh Agnew has been fascinated by the lands and peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe since he first walked into a Russian language class in 10th grade. Having decided as an undergraduate to major in History and focus on the region, he pursued doctoral study at Stanford and became a history professor. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, the Russian Revolution, Europe from Cold War to Detente, the Habsburg Empire, and nationalism at Queen's University in Canada, the National University of Singapore, and (since 1988) at the George Washington University, where he is a member of the Institute for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He has also served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the Elliott School. Agnew has published books on Czech history and many articles on aspects of East European history, the Habsburg Empire, and European history. His insightful talks on past Smithsonian Journeys throughout Eastern Europe have made him a favorite with Smithsonian travelers.

Sep 12 - 26, 2020 Departure
Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy is an art historian with special expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has led more than 15 tours and cruises through the Mediterranean region and northern Europe.

Stephen Clancy recently retired as Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he taught for twenty-seven years.  After receiving his Ph.D from Cornell University, Stephen taught the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture, as well as courses on visual persuasion and the rhetoric of art.  His research career began with a focus on fifteenth-century French and Flemish illuminated manuscripts, specifically with works connected to the artists Jean Fouquet (about whom he has written a book, a book chapter, and several articles) and Simon Marmion (for which he received a 1995-96 Fulbright Scholarship in Brussels, Belgium).  Stephen is a recipient of grants from the Hewlett and Keck foundations. 

Stephen worked with a team of students and faculty from the University of Melbourne in Australia to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled “Virtual Chartres Cathedral.” More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity, in a project entitled “Visualizing the Self and Others: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.”

Stephen’s latest research project has seen him develop a course entitled “Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews,” and has taken him to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Spain, Germany, and France, where the past is being revived and reinvented in interesting and sometimes controversial ways. The academic pursuit he has enjoyed above all others is teaching and sharing his knowledge of art and architecture. He has served as a lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.

Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2020 Departure
Denis Crnković

Denis Crnković

Denis Crnković grew up in Lancaster, Penna,. in an immigrant Croatian and German family. The Crnković family history dates well back to the Renaissance in coastal Croatia and many of Denis’ relatives still live in Zagreb and the surrounding area where they continue to tend the ancestral vineyards. In Lancaster he attended Franklin & Marshall College, earning an A.B. in Russian Language & Literature. On finishing his PhD in Slavic Literatures (Yale 19850 , he studied at St Petersburg – then Leningrad – State University and, after a one-year teaching appointment at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., he accepted a position at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, where he has ever since been Director of the Russian and Eastern European Studies Program. In his years there he has taken numerous January term study tours to Central Europe and Russia and taught the Gustavus Semester Abroad in Pécs, Hungary. His research and writing center on Slavic literatures and cultures, particularly on the Croatian middle ages, although he has published articles on later Croatian literature, Russian modernism and Dostoevsky. He is also an accomplished amateur letterpress printer and his research has often been a happy confluence of his Slavic studies and his fascination with early printed books. Besides his scholarly and pedagogical interests, Prof. Crnković is also an amateur musician who has sung with the Lancaster (Penna.), Musica Sacra, the Yale Russian Chorus, the Te Deum Gregorian Choir, and the Schola Gregoriana Ss Petri & Pauli dedicata