En route to Venice, Phoenicians, Greeks and all the maritime traders of the ancient world plied these waters, bringing wealth and culture to settlements all along the coast. Palaces, towers, churches and mighty walls bear testament to a memorable past, whilst the myriad lavender scented islands, pretty bays and secluded beaches make this the perfect cruising area. Here are our favourite small ship choices.
Windstar's magnificent five masted flagship Wind Surf, with a complement of 310 guests, explores the Adriatic on her Classic Italy and Dalmatian Coast itinerary: relaxed and unpretentious, this is the perfect choice for easy-going exploration.
The tiny 62 guest Esprit offers the finest yacht experience with outstanding food, stylish décor, outstanding service and fares that include everything - drinks, gratuities, even shore excursions are taken care of. If you're lucky you can enjoy watersports from the marina too (depending on the weather).
Serious travellers will love the opportunity to explore this coast on board the 36 guest Queen Eleganza. The tour includes three days exploring Bosnia-Herzegovina before or after the cruise, and whilst on board, certain meals are not included, allowing you to dine ashore independently.
Silversea's newest ship Silver Moon will join the fleet in 2020. The perfect opportunity to test her out will be a 10 day round trip from Venice in early October - an intriguing itinerary with lots of opportunity to explore ashore, and to get the measure of this lovely new 600 guest vessel.
In February 2020, Ritz Carlton makes its very first foray into cruising, bringing the whole Ritz Carlton land-based style to holidays at sea. Accommodating just 298 guests in spacious seaview suites, this intimate vessel will be in the Adriatic by May, the perfect combination of new ship and great itinerary.
Romance abounds as you slide gracefully under full sail on the lovely 170 guest four masted Star Flyer on a 7 day Croatia and Montenegro itinerary in September 2019. Heads will turn as you sail into the sunset as liberated as ever with the salty sea breeze rushing through your hair.