Escorted Tours to Croatia

Croatia

Culture, charming islands, idyllic beaches and Roman ruins – this gem on the edge of the sparkling Adriatic has it all Croatia has one foot in the old world and one firmly in the new. You’ll see fancy yachts floating in the marinas of Dubrovnik and Hvar Town sitting alongside beautifully preserved, centuries-old architecture. And you can spend an evening drinking cocktails in a glitzy bar which is wedged into the walls of ancient fortifications. In Split you’ll find the Diocletian’s Palace. It’s one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments and is the thriving heart of the city, with winding streets and squares packed with cafés and stores. Another stunner is the walled city of Dubrovnik, overlooking the calm azure waters of the Adriatic. Stroll its maze of narrow, marble streets inside the pedestrianised Old Town and discover hidden squares, palaces and Baroque churches. Looking for a souvenir? Tiny stalls sell traditional filigree jewellery, bronze statuettes and intricately embroidered bookmarks, tablecloths and cushions.

ISLAND IDYLL

Away from the cities, Croatia’s long coastline is dotted with more than 1,000 islands – and they come in all shapes and sizes. Hvar is the sunniest – and the most luxurious. In Hvar Town, admire the swanky yachts moored close to elegant bars and cafés which line the water’s edge. Then stroll along its shady, cobbled alleyways to find a quiet spot for dinner. Gregada, a peasant stew made with fish, potatoes, onion and wine is a speciality here. Inland it’s a very different picture, think vineyards, half abandoned stone villages and the heady scent of lavender. Fields of the gently swaying lilac fronds sit alongside aromatic banks of rosemary and heather.

COASTAL DELIGHTS

The Istrian Coast, at the very top of Croatia, has a distinctly Italian flavour. Its star attraction is Rovinj – the yachts in the harbour here vie for space with brightly coloured fishing boats, and its Venetian Old Town is crisscrossed by steep cobbled streets and piazzas, and dotted with artists’ workshops. Just down the coast is Pula, which boasts an impressive and remarkably well preserved Roman amphitheatre. It’s just one of a cluster of classical and medieval sights in the city and it’s now used