Sailing into Venice at dawn aboard Silversea cruise's Silver Wind took our breath away as this floating "city of water" revealed itself in dewy silence before our eyes. Hours later, the plazas and canals would be jammed with people and boats (unfortunately) typical of hot August tourism.
Split, Croatia, is a boisterous new-world presence signifying dramatic old-world Roman conquests. Croatia's second-largest city is southeast of Venice across the eastern Adriatic Sea. Its old town is dominated by the early 4th-century Diocletian Palace, built as a massive "retirement home" for the reformist Roman Emperor
The Bay of Kotor is a glistening fjord off the Adriatic Sea on the southern shore of the Dalmatian Coast, and its innermost port, the walled medieval town of Kotor, is a breathtaking jewel of a rugged and historically rich region.