International hospitality from Iceland to Bosnia
Built in 1925 to welcome passengers on the Orient Express, The Regent Esplanade has played host to kings, artists and politicians ever since. The art deco masterpiece is replete with immense staircases and walls of swirling marble (00 38 51 456 6666; regenthotels.com; Mihanovic´eva 1; from £115).
Zagreb is easy to get around on foot, but the tram system is cheap and efficient. Tickets are sold at newspaper kiosks (£1; zet.hr). The tram is free to ride two stations in each direction of the main square. Call 060 800 800 to reserve a taxi.
EasyJet serves Zagreb from Gatwick (from £70; easyjet.com), while Croatia Airlines goes from Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham (from £220; croatiaairlines. com). A shuttle bus runs from the airport to the main bus station (£5.50), or a taxi will cost £25 (radio-taksi-zagreb.hr).