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Croatia

Croatia has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The mere mention of Croatia conjures up images of pristine landscapes and sparkling seas, fortified towns furnished with outdoor cafés, heaving with carefree yachties, recently blown in from the last picture-perfect port. The sun-drenched coast has long served as an exotic playground for Europe's crowned heads. Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson famously skinny-dipped here in the 1930s. In fact, most of Europe's greatest empires including the Romans, Venetians, Ottoman Turks and Habsburgs, have all left their calling-card in the form of architecture, language, art, and food.

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  • Discover the pristine landscapes, idyllic islands and sun-dappled seas of Croatia, where fortified towns of cobblestone and terracotta echo a time when Venice ruled the waves.

  • Journey through Europe's diverse cultures, scenery and historic sights to Greece, the cradle of Western civilisation.

  • Cruise the waters of the Adriatic in comfort and style on-board your modern mega yacht. Discover new ports of call each day, hidden coves and ancient sites steeped in history. Step ashore to experience the cultural diversity of Dalmatia's islands or bask under the sun, swim or read a good book.

The superb walled city of Dubrovnik, its medieval bastions rising vertically from the sea, is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Everyone from George Bernard Shaw to the King of Jordan have been beguiled by its cobbled streets and old world charm. See the Rector’s Palace, Onofrio’s fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. A little up the coast is Korcula, a mini-fortress encased in honey-coloured walls, which rivals Dubrovnik as top jewel in Croatia’s crown. The UNESCO protected city of Split is a town within town, a maze of cobbled alleys and marbled flagged courtyards – the remnants of a Roman Emperor’s palace. Today’s cafés, bars, and shop-keepers ply their trade from the same facades carved some 1700 years ago. Away from the coast you’ll find primeval national parks like the Plitvice Lakes, which hosts striking azure waterways, cascading falls and thick woodland sheltering abundant wildlife.

Be sure to check out the fascinating capital city of Zagreb. Explore the mazes of the upper and lower town, majestic cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, St. Marks Church and the Opera House for a varied overview of the city. Croatia also boasts the world’s best sunsets (Alfred Hitchcock was a huge fan!) So you’d be psycho to pass up a dinner cruise on a fisherman’s boat while the sun takes its nightly bow!

Travel director recommendation

Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Travel Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
Tour Director - Gigi Smith

Gigi Smith-Bromage

Travel Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 16˚C61˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 25˚C77˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Rain

    Av temp: 15˚C59˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Snow

    Av temp: 4˚C39˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT + 1hr

  • Currency

    Croatian Kuna (HRK official, in Croatia Kn) = 100 Lipa

When to go: May-October for the warmest climates which allows breathtaking views of varying scenes of the Dalmatian Riviera.