Situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, Croatia and Slovenia showcase charming towns and historic landmarks that reflect a blend of cultures, pristine parklands, and unspoiled coastlines, as well as 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 at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, Croatia and Slovenia showcase charming towns and historic landmarks that reflect a blend of cultures, pristine parklands, and unspoiled coastlines, as well as many World Heritage sites. 

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Sep 12 - 26, 2020 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 on regions he knows intimately with Smithsonian Journeys guests.

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

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).

May 13 - 27, 2021 Departure
Aneta Georgievska-Shine

Aneta Georgievska-Shine

Aneta Georgievska-Shine is a scholar of the Renaissance and the baroque eras, yet as an art historian, her interests range from ancient to contemporary art.  In addition to her affiliation with the University of Maryland, she frequently presents lectures for museums and art institutions in the Washington D.C. area, including the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Smithsonian. Her publications include scholarly books and numerous articles in U.S. and international journals, as well as essays in exhibition catalogs.

A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Aneta has led numerous journeys to France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, as well as Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to her art historical expertise, she brings a deep knowledge of the history, politics, and languages of Central and Eastern Europe. Aneta is a native speaker of Macedonian and has working knowledge of several other European languages.

Sep 9 - 23, 2021 Departure
Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner

A writer who spent much of his career as a foreign correspondent, Adam Tanner has long studied the impact of colonialism, empire and globalization as a foreign correspondent, author and lecturer, with a special focus on the enduring impact of Europe on the rest of the world. He is an associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University, where he has been since 2011 as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, then a fellow at IQSS.

He served as a Reuters news agency correspondent from 1995-2011, including as bureau chief for the Balkans (2008-2011), San Francisco bureau chief (2003-2008), and correspondent in Berlin, Moscow and Washington D.C.  He is one of America's leading experts on privacy and the commercialization of personal information and author of What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data-Lifeblood of Big Business-and the End of Privacy as We Know It (2014) and Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records (Jan. 2017). 

He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, the BBC and VOA; written for magazines including Scientific American, Forbes, Fortune, Time, MIT Technology Review, the Boston Globe and Slate; and has lectured in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.