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Croatia SAH Study Tour

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SAH draws on its vast network of scholars and practitioners around the world to create a study tour program that focuses on the architecture and landscapes of different regions, periods, cities, styles, and architects. SAH offers study day programs in partnership with current exhibitions, collections at museums, and other institutions. The SAH Study Tour program is comprised of either one-day programs at one site both in the U.S. and internationally or 10-12 day programs that visit non-U.S. destinations covering multiple buildings and larger geographic areas. 

Every SAH study tour program is the result of extensive scholarship and research, designed specifically for those whose interest in architecture goes beyond the standard guidebook. Our tours are not “canned” – each one is designed by a member whose expertise and knowledge are authoritative. Our tour leader’s connections allow for unprecedented access to significant structures, making SAH tours legendary for granting members access to buildings and places usually inaccessible to the general public. One of the greatest benefits of SAH Study Tour program is the company – the experience is always enhanced with debate and input from colleagues with expertise in a variety of disciplines.

Study Tour Fellowships are offered in conjunction with each study program to allow for a graduate student or emerging professional to participate in the tour. Read the Study Tour Fellow Reports to learn more about SAH study programs from the perspective of the fellowship recipients.

Croatia at the Crossroads of Time and Space


Dates: August 18-29, 2014
Price: Please see pricing below

Read the article: Former Yugoslavia is a "Painfully Gorgeous" Vacation Spot (KPLU - May 15, 2014)

Along with becoming part of the European Union as of 2013, Croatia has become one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world. The 2014 SAH Croatia Study Tour will present the many layers of this region’s rich architectural and urban history from the Ottoman and Roman Periods to the present day in harmony with its Adriatic seascapes. We begin in Sarajevo, which will be commemorating in 2014 the 1
st World War Centennial with the major cultural project “Sarajevo Heart of Europe,” with a visit to the Svarazo House where Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was shot in 1914. Moreover, the tour is precisely planned to experience these riches during the balmy Mediterranean summer together with 14th Venice Architectural Biennale—arguably the largest and most prominent architectural exhibition in the world under the curatorship of Rem Koolhaas, one of architecture’s leading polemic voices.

This special tour features the precisely conceived itinerary of the most important gems of architecture and cities with the luxury and ease of traveling aboard the Corinthian cruise ship. Expert architect Boris Srdar, who has practiced in both Zagreb and the US, will lead the SAH tour. As a witness to Croatia’s transformation over many decades, he will offer his insights into the urban changes and challenges of historic preservation and adaptive reuse of landmark structures.

The study tour offers a guided first-hand experience of some of the most exemplary works of Islamic architecture such as the Gazi Husrey-bey Mosque and Stari Most ‘Old Bridge’, the ancient Roman city of Narona, the Lovrijenac Fortress built on a 37-meter high rock outcropping overlooking the sea in Dubrovnic, and the exquisite 14th-15th century Gothic Drago Palace.

The ship voyage will take the group to such unspoiled islands as Vis, and the ancient city of Split, featuring the Roman Palace of Diocletian, which architect Robert Adam surveyed, published and became an inspiration for his new style of Neoclassical architecture. The tour features a special guided tour by the leading expert of the complex, which is a city unto itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Monument and featured on the Croatian 500 kuna banknote. In looking to the potential of adaptive reuse to resolve contemporary urban challenges, this is an unparalleled case of a continuous adaptive reuse from its origins as a Roman period palace to its present incarnation as a bustling city.

The journey terminates in Venice, where the voyagers will view the spires, domes, and towers of this magical city from ship’s deck, and then experience architects from around the world engaging the historical structures of the Arsenale and Giardini at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale.

This is truly once-in-a-lifetime land and sea journey spanning architecture’s origins to the present day.

- Ken Tadashi Oshima, SAH 2
nd Vice President

Tour Leader: Boris Srdar

Boris Srdar, principal architect the Seattle-based firm NAC|Architecture, will serve as tour leader and lecturer. Srdar holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Zagreb University and a master of design studies from Harvard University. With a strong background in European urban design, Srdar will enhance our understanding of the architecture and history we encounter. 

Message from Tour Leader Boris Srdar
Study Tour Lecture Descriptions


Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuesday, August 19
SARAJEVO, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Arrive Sarajevo and transfer to the Hotel Europa.  Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Wednesday, August 20

In the morning we will visit Sarajevo's principal monuments, including the Begova Mosque (1531); the 16th-century Orthodox cathedral and museum; the Pasuca Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture; the Ulica Vase Miskina, the most typical Austrian street in the old town; and the Svrzo House, an outstanding example of 16th-century Turkish domestic architecture. In the afternoon is a walk to and discussion of the National Library, a rare case of the major "cross-cultural" neo-classicist building at the periphery of the Austro- Hungarian Empire, followed by some exploration on your own. Dine at a local restaurant.

Thursday, August 21

Mostar was carefully restored after the conflict of the 1990s and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a tour including the famed Stari Most (“the Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, and lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the walled hill town of Pocitelj and the nearby ancient Roman settlement of Narona, where we will discuss a small village contemporary museum within the framework of the Croatian School of architecture. Enjoy the scenic coastal drive to Dubrovnik and check into the Grand Villa Argentina. (B, L) 

Friday, August 22

Tour Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, and understand many forms of adaptive reuse for modern life. We will walk the city walls discussing major architectural moments, view palaces, the Franciscan Monastery with 13th-century pharmacy, the Rector’s palace, and the Dominican monastery. Embark Corinthian this evening. (B, D) 

Saturday, August 23

Explore and enjoy elegant Cavtat. Sail the deep, fjordlike Bay of Kotor to reach the port town located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor’s fortifications and most of its monuments date from the time of Venetian rule. A tour will showcase magnificent walls, palaces and churches, including the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, which contains a rich collection of artifacts. Many palaces and churches have found a new use including the Naval Museum and the Lapidarium. (B, L, D) 

Sunday, August 24

The medieval city of Korcula was a unique urban organization of its time. Visit St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop’s Palace, the Church of All Saints, the Icon Museum, and Marco Polo’s home. Visit a family farm in Lumbarda, for a local experiencee, known for its production of white wine from the indigenous Korcula Grk ("greek") grape. Taste the local wines as well as dry-cured ham, goat cheese,olive oil, and vegetables, all produced on site. Visit the nearby site of the first considered Greek settlement in the Adriatic. (B, L, D)

Monday, August 25

Coastal drive from Ploce to Makarska, where the Franciscan Monastery museum founded in 1400, displays a collection of shells. After lunch at a local restaurant, and some leisure time, drive through the stunningly beautiful Biokovo mountain range. Stops off the beaten path will reveal architectural transformations of small towns through centuries. (B, L, D)

Tuesday, August 26

Vis is one of Croatia’s most unspoiled islands. Drive from Vis to quaint Komiza, which has retained its medieval character. Explore Komiza on foot, and later travel to Hvar, where the architecture is unmistakably Venetian. Tour includes a visit to the 17th-century Municipal Theater, the Franciscan Monastery and its small gallery, the city’s Loggia, and St. Stephen’s Square. Continue by bus to the 16th-century fortress for spectacular views of Hvar Town’s panorama. Time permitting we will visit Stari Grad Plains, an agricultural landscape from 4th century designated as UNESCO heritage site. (B, L, D) 

Wednesday, August 27

Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in a.d. 295-
305. Much of it well preserved, it contains Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times, an adaptive reuse at a unique scale. Joined by prof. Marasovic, the tour includes a visit to its underground cellars, the Mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Northern Gate. Also view how a modern building was added in the historic fabric, and how Riva, the city’s main promenade, was redesigned in a contemporary style. Tour includees a visit to the gallery of famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. (B, L, D) 

Thursday, August 28

Sail by the Kornati Archipelago In the morning, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands, en route to Rab. Perched on a peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia’s coast. A walking tour visits all its landmark sites, including the Cathedral of Sveta Marija (St. Mary the Great), and the magnificent Bell Tower, a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. Rab will provide an excellent comparison to Hvar and Korcula, each distinctly different jewels of larger island settlements. (B, L, D) 

Friday, August 29

Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights. Or transfer to your hotel to rest and do some self-exploration of Venice. (B)

Saturday, August 30

A study day at the Venice Biennale. Join Ken Oshima for an overview and the best way to experience and navigate the Venice Biennale.  Admission tickets are included in the tour price for August 30 only. Hotels, transportation, meals in Venice are not included. Additional admission fees to the Venice Biennale for dates other than August 30 will apply.

(B=breakfast included; L=lunch included; D=dinner included)

* this Itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Itinerary Map

Map of Study Tour Itinerary

Hotel Accommodations in Venice

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A deposit of $1,500 per person will be due upon confirmation of your space by Travel Dynamics International (TDI). SAH will contact you so that you may submit your deposit.

Final payment is due by May 20, 2014, at 3 p.m. CST.

Cabin Category



# of  Cabins (subject to availability)

Deluxe suites
Ariadne and Leto Decks
(suites 342-345, 428, 429)
*partially obstructed view
Sold Out




Deluxe suites
Ariadne and Leto Decks
(suites 334-335, 433)
Sold Out




Deluxe suites
Athena deck
(suites 246-252)
Sold Out




Deluxe suites
Ariadne Deck
(suites 336-341)
Sold Out




Deluxe suites
Leto Deck
(suites 420-427, 430-431)
Sold Out




Deluxe suites
Cleo Deck
(suites 505-506)
Sold Out




Deluxe Veranda Suites
Cleo Deck 
(suites 507-519)




Deluxe Penthouse Suites
Phoebe Deck
(suites 601-604)





* per person when sharing a room

Corinthian Deck Plan
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Program Inclusions:

  • Two-nights stay in Sarajevo (8/19-8/20)
  • One-night stay in Dubrovinik (8/21)
  • Seven-night cruise aboard the all–suite Corinthian (8/22-8/28)
  • Complete program of tours developed for SAH attendees by Boris Srdar
  • Welcome cocktail reception in Sarajevo; welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship including early riser’s coffee & pastry, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Wine with lunch and dinner aboard ship
  • Meals ashore as noted
  • Education lectures and discussions by Boris Srdar
  • Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
  • Complete pre-departure materials
  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
  • $310 port taxes
  • Crew gratuities
  • SAH Representative, Ken Tadashi Oshima
  • SAH Tour Leader, Boris Srdar
  • Admission to Venice Biennale on 8/30/14
  • Honorarium
  • SAH donation
  • AIA/CES 54 HSW

SAH Study Tour Fellowship

An SAH Study Tour Fellowship will be offered for this Study Day to enable a graduate student of emerging professional to participate in the tour. This fellowship is funded by the Society's Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars. Current membership in SAH is not required to apply, however, fellowship recipients will be required to join SAH before attending the tour and receiving the fellowship award. 

Deadline: February 22, 2014

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Catch up on previous study tours with our Study Tour Fellow Reports written by graduate students who have been awarded SAH Study Tour Fellowships. 

Earn AIA/CES Learning Units
The Society of Architectural Historians currently offers AIA/CES learning units for this program. SAH is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CES criteria.