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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 Lively street in Dubrovnik  The captivating setting of Hvar  Split harbor  Aerial view of Split, with the remains of Diocletian's Palace  The spectacular scenery of Lake Bled, Slovenia

Pearls of Croatia and Slovenia

15 days from $5,484 | 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

Apr 22 - May 6, 2019 Departure
Christopher Brennan

Christopher Brennan

Christopher Brennan, lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe with a special interest in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Germany and the history of the Czechs. Though British, he grew up in south-western France. He obtained a BA in Modern Languages (German and Russian, plus Czech) at the University of Bristol and a Master’s in Slavonic Studies from Oriel College at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Brennan studied for a PhD at the London School of Economics on the subject of the collapse of the Habsburg Empire and the responsibility therefore of its last monarch, Emperor Karl I. He taught undergraduates for four years, with a one year hiatus in Paris lecturing American undergraduates on French history and on the history of Eastern European Communism. He has  written on the memory of World War I in the former Habsburg Empire and on the Balkan Wars. He authored chapters to two volumes on the collapse of Austria-Hungary and its aftermath and is now working on a biography of Karl I.

May 16 - 30, 2019 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. Before becoming a professor of Music at Southern Methodist University (Dallas), 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. 

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.