Alumni College Abroad Croatia and Montenegro
The Idyllic Islands and Majectic Shores of Croatia and Montenegro with a Culinary Program Led by Chef, Cooking Teacher and Author Giuliano Hazan '81 and Lectures by Swarthmore Prefessor Carol Nackenoff
June 26–July 4, 2014
We travel for many reasons: to immerse ourselves in other cultures, to see masterworks of art and architecture, to delight in landscapes and seascapes, in mountains and villages and cities that are unlike anything in our homeland—and then there is the food and wine. Perhaps the best way to experience a region’s history and civilization, its passions and its palate, is to taste its food and wine.
For this unique voyage to Croatia and Montenegro we have combined the cultural with the culinary. We will explore great cities such as Dubrovnik, where there is an architectural masterpiece on every street corner, and we will dine in local restaurants and visit vineyards to savor the food and wine that Croatians love. Just as gourmets pair the right wine with each course of a meal, we’ve paired wonderful cultural sites with the great culinary regions of Croatia. Split, for example, is home to the Palace of Diocletian, the Roman emperor who stepped down early in the fourth century and retired to this magnificent palace near the sea. Naturally, seafood dishes are popular in Split, and pair up well with Croatian white wines such as Bogdanusa or Postup. When we travel inland to Mostar in Bosnia to see the town’s historic Ottoman architecture—particularly the graceful Stari Most, or Old Bridge—you’ll also have an opportunity to sample a local specialty, burek, a flaky pastry stuffed with tangy cheese.
Guiding us on this culinary adventure is Swarthmore alumnus Chef Giuliano Hazan ’81, who learned the art of Italian cooking from his mother, the legendary Marcella Hazan. Chef Giuliano is an accomplished Italian chef in his own right, and he will bring us his insights into Croatian cuisine, which was strongly influenced by Italian cuisine—especially northern Italian cuisine—during the centuries when the old towns we will explore on this fabled coast were part of the Venetian Empire. He will also lead a shipboard cooking demonstration and accompany us through bountiful local markets, as we sample local wines in the villages where grapes are grown, and as we try delicacies in local restaurants.
In addition to the gastronomic component of our voyage, we will also be accompanied by expert speakers who will enhance our understanding and enjoyment of the Adriatic coast. Carol Nackenoff, Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, will enrich our understanding of these new democracies. Bosiljka Glumac, Professor of Geosciences at Smith College, a native of Croatia who has also done extensive fieldwork in the region, will speak about the region’s evolution, origins, and its natural resources.
For this idyllic voyage, we have the ideal ship. Corinthian was designed to bring you the private cruising experience. Accommodating only 100 guests in 50 exterior suites, Corinthian is more akin to a private yacht—and not at all like today’s mega-cruise ships. In fact, Corinthian’s size makes it the perfect ship for cruising amid the one thousand islands of Croatia, entering tiny bays and inlets where the massive cruise ships could never go. The result is an intimate, one-of-a-kind travel experience that you will never forget.
Join Professor Nackenoff, Chef Giuliano Hazan, alumni, and friends aboard Corinthian, and discover the glorious culture and rich cuisine of Croatia for yourself.