Our 19-day tour of the coastal cities and islands of the Adriatic Sea, between Italy and Croatia, will take us from ancient Greek and Roman settlements to medieval city-states and Renaissance palaces, in one of the world's most culturally intriguing regions.
We begin with two full days of exploration in Venice and the islands of its lagoon: St Mark's Basilica, the Doges' Palace, the Piazza San Marco, and the Grand Canal; and the nearby islands of Torcello, Burano, and Murano. We then drive south to visit the Byzantine buildings and mosaics of Ravenna.
An overnight ferry trip across the Adriatic from Ancona takes us to the Dalmatian cost of Croatia, where we'll walk through the historic fortified town of Dubrovnik and the late Roman palace of the emperor Diocletian in Split, and enjoy the Mediterranean charms (and local food and wine) of the Adriatic islands, which we'll explore during a week aboard our private yacht. We'll end on the Croatian peninsula of Istria, at the towns of Pula, with its amphitheatre and other spectacular remains of its Roman past, and Rovinj, a quiet fishing port.