Croatia is a country of outstanding natural beauty; its Adriatic coast is among Europe’s most ravishing regions to explore by private boat. Enjoy the serene beauty of the Elaphite Islands and Mljet, or drop anchor off Hvar to lunch in its beguiling medieval centre and dine in one of its chic restaurants.

Croatia has been much fought over and lies at the heart of Europe’s story: Odysseus, Richard the Lion Heart and Marco Polo are just some of the characters linked with its history. Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Croatian Sovereigns have all left their voices.

Superb ecclesiastical art and architecture remain alongside forgotten forts and palaces. The magnificent Basilica of St Euphrasius in Poreč rivals the glories of Ravenna, and Rovinj is a delightful Venetian port. Rome’s legacy also lives on in Pula, which is home to a superbly preserved Roman amphitheatre and Roman temples. The chief architectural glory is Diocletian’s palace at Split. Dubrovnik boasts Titian’s Assumption while Korčula has paintings by Tintoretto and Carpaccio.

“Art Tours ... give the most veteran aesthete the thrill of a new perspective.”
Jackie Cooperman, The Wall Street Journal