• Hvar Harbor at Sunset, Croatia

    7 Best Things to do in Croatia

    If we could live anywhere, it would be <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Croatia</a>. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe Dalmatia’s Adriatic coastline or Istrian vineyards that Napa should envy. Think cinematic <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik </a>(aka King’s Landing on “Game of Thrones”), Rovinj perched on the tip of a peninsula, and harbor-side Hvar. This is a country where you can do an artisanal olive-oil tasting lesson, take a country walk a million miles from anywhere, and rest up afterward at a 5-star hotel by the sea, all in the same day. You&#39;ll find it incredibly easy to engage with the locals. This is one of our favorite destinations and we are convinced that you will agree. Here are seven of our favorite things to do in Croatia. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#1 Explore the medieval city of Dubrovnik</b></a><br>Enjoy a day learning about <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik&#39;s </a>fascinating history and admiring its beautifully preserved limestone buildings with red-tiled roofs, quaint streets with charming shops and cafes, and massive walls that allow us to experience the city from many vantage points.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Dubrovnik, Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f953" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#2 Follow scenic coastal paths </b></a><br>Just a short distance from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik </a>you can follow along scenic paths that have been used for centuries by shepherds. Almost every step of the way, the Adriatic is in sight, with olive trees and cypress to frame the view.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Adriatic Coastline in Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f958" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#3 Visit Lokrum Island</b></a><br>Just a short ferry ride, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Lokrum Island</a> is an uninhabited, beautiful nature reserve with botanical gardens, a fortress, and a lake in the middle of the island. Spend the day admiring the wonderful wildlife, and picturesque clear blue waters while taking the time to stop for a picnic and swim.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Lake on Lokrum Island, Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95D" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#4 Lunch &amp; wine-tasting</b></a><br>Accept an invitation to our friend, Mario, and his father Teo&#39;s winery. With our incredible hosts, participate in a tasting of the family treasures, accompanied by local cheeses, meats, olives, and fruits served in the cellar and tasting room.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group at a lunch and wine tasting, Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95I" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#5 Stay at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik</b></a><br>Built in 1895 and renovated in 2005, the hotel blends Belle Epoque style with comfort and technology. Spacious guest rooms, decorated in wood and marble finishes, overlook gardens and rooftops of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">old Dubrovnik</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View from terrace of the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95N" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#6 Scenic countryside walk</b></a><br>Venture out on a walk through lavender fields and olive groves that leads us to a working olive mill where we&#39;re treated to a tasting of the locally produced olive oil and bread.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of an Olive tree and the coastline of Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95S" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#7 Hvar &amp; Jelsa</b></a><br>Capture the essence of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Hvar</a>, &quot;as golden as the honey the island is famous for.&quot; Vineyards, lavender fields and honey-colored buildings line our route to the coastal village of Jelsa. In Jelsa enjoy lunch at a local agriturismo.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Hvar Harbor, Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95X" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus a little more, without the hassle of logistics—join a Classic Journeys&#39;<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"> culture + walking</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank">family </a>adventure to Croatia. You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!

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  • Corsica at Sunset

    6 of Europe's Best-Kept Secrets

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/europe/" target="_blank">Europe</a> is known for having some of the most iconic sites in the world. From the picturesque canals of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice</a>, the standing stones at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">Stonehenge</a>, to the lavender fields of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">Provence</a>. It’s easy to find yourself on a merry-go-round of repeating travels. But you can still find amazing places off the beaten path… the places not known yet to tourists. And with the help of Classic Journeys, you’ll find that Europe is full of them!<br><br>Here you’ll find six of the best-kept secrets in Europe. Which one will you visit first?<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rP9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><b>Slovenia + Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula</b></a><br>Just a generation ago, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Slovenia and Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula</a> were part of Yugoslavia. Now, they’re two of the great under-the-radar and off-the-chart destinations in all of Europe. These unspoiled next-door lands sit right at the top of the Adriatic Sea just east of Venice. The scenery is so insanely perfect that you don’t want the walks to end. Think vineyards rolling into olive groves sweeping to the Adriatic and mirror calm mountain lakes reflecting snow-capped Alps.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank"><img alt="Basque" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank"><b>Basque Pyrenees</b></a><br>A museum sheathed in titanium. Wild horses that eat baguettes. Villages with names in three languages—Basque, French and Spanish. Farmers on tractors yield the right of way to fierce but friendly pelota games in village squares. Garlands of brilliant red pimientos dry in the sunlight… then show up on a dinner plate stuffed with seafood. You’ll be surprised at the richness of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank">Europe’s oldest culture</a> that few have had the chance to experience.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank"><img alt="Corsica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank"><b>Sardinia + Corsica</b></a><br>Travel between the isles of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia and Corsica</a> and you&#39;ll only venture eight miles...but they&#39;re worlds apart. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Corsica</a>—part of France, but defiantly non-French—is blanketed in fragrant herbs and dotted with quaint villages. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia</a> seeks adventure. Travel through the island and see how it&#39;s rustic, mysterious; with a few thousand years of Phoenician, Spanish and Italian blood in its veins. Together, these two gorgeous islands are some of the least-touristed spots in Europe. When you leave behind the yacht-studded harbors for the mountains, pastures and vineyards of the interior, you have the rarest of privileges—to see and experience countryside and culture that seem to have stood still in time.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank"><img alt="Montenegro" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank"><b>Montenegro</b></a><br>How will you explain <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank">Montenegro</a> to your friends who haven’t been (and that will be 99.9% of them)? Do you start with its Adriatic coast, where golden stone villages nestle on secluded, palm-lined bays? You can’t leave out the wild mountains with their sheer canyons and whisper-quiet lakes. You’ll certainly have stories about the hospitable Montenegrins… the olive growers, grappa-makers, shepherds and artists. You’ll fall in instant love with this compact Balkan land because it’s still so undiscovered, unexpected and unforgettable.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank"><img alt="Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank"><b>Prague to Budapest</b></a><br>The journey from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank">Prague to Vienna to Budapest </a>is one of Europe’s best hidden gems. These one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire, with its spires and castles, create the continent’s most inspiring skylines. Out in the countryside, the sights are spectacular. Powder-blue cathedrals leap up from the heart of valley towns. Incredibly intact villages are so perfectly preserved that the U.N. recognizes them as World Heritage Sites. Vast farmlands make it feel as though you’ve stepped back into feudal times. This is a rich slice of Europe’s life and history that most travelers never see.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank"><img alt="Apulia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank"><b>Apulia</b></a><br>When we ask our Italian guides where they&#39;d most like to take our friends who think they know Italy on a walking tour we get one response: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank">Apulia</a>. And then they use their hands. To paint a vista of gnarled olive trees silhouetted against a lapis lazuli sea. To express the amazing sunlight. To sketch the saw-toothed skyline of a village comprised entirely of trulli—the conical stone roofs unique to the region. Best of all, Apulia (pronounced ah-pooh-lya) passes the most important Classic Journeys test—it offers fine leisurely walking, elegant accommodations, and a glimpse into a region and culture that&#39;s not quite like any you&#39;ve encountered before.

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  • Northern Lights, Iceland

    The Ridiculous Wonders of Iceland

    Everything you’ve heard is true.<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank"> Iceland is ridiculously terrific</a> in the best possible ways. Ask us if it lives up to the hype, and we can only say: “You really should go see for yourself.”<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Gn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWd0" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>The fascination you may be feeling for Iceland is nothing new. Back in 1864, Jules Verne chose a volcano on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula as the entry point for a journey to the center of the earth. He was spot on. It absolutely feels like the planet is trying to spill its secrets on this island. Geysers spout hot spasms into the sky. Gem-blue glaciers groan and bully their way down rocky valleys. Rivers of cooled lava ripple through the landscape. A waterfall shoots horizontally from a high-up cleft before falling in a rainbow cloud of mist to an empty plain. A mountain is as likely to be pink or purple as gray.  It’s all there in epic scale, right in front of your unbelieving eyes.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iceland Gyser" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Gn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWcl" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>Upfront, you ought to know that your biggest challenge will be trying to describe Iceland in words anybody will believe when you get back home. Your photos will help, but they’ll have the same limitations as all the pictures you look at before your trip. The panorama feature on your camera runs out of patience before you capture a tenth of the view. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Gn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWcg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>Just picture yourself. As you trot across the rough and tumble landscape on a short-legged Icelandic horse, you’re hit with how limitless a horizon really can be. Inch up to the outer limits of a colony with a million Atlantic Puffins, and you realize you’re looking a living, squawking monument that’s older than any pyramid. When you walk on a black beach and see columns of basalt piercing the surf, and you start to understand why Vikings had to create myths to explain the inconceivable. (Three trolls stayed out too late and were turned to stone by the morning sun, in case you couldn’t guess.) Don’t expect a reef when you put on a snorkel mask in Iceland. Instead, you’ll be slipping into clear-as-glass water squeezed between two tectonic plates; the momentary free-fall sensation is an adrenalin rush like no other. Your days overflow with whale watching, exploring volcanic slopes, and glacier walking. This is a country where being a shark fisherman is a real thing, and you’d better believe you’ll meet one.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iceland snorkeling" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Gn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWcq" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>If you think there’s any chance that Icelandic hotels are where things turn ordinary, think again. Our favorite is the log-cabin style Rangá Hotel that sits in the peaceful, proverbial Middle of Nowhere. Oh, did we mention that it’s also the “Best Hotel in Iceland” and “Best Resort Hotel in Europe?” From the geothermal hot tubs, you have a ringside seat as the sun sets over a tidal estuary. If the stars align, the after-dark show happens above as waving swirls of the Aurora Borealis light the sky. Like just about every aspect of an Icelandic day, it’s disproportionately unique and utterly wonderful.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank"><img alt="Ranga Hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Gn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWcv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>So you get the idea, right? In the vernacular of a few decades ago, a vacation in Iceland is totally trippy. If you’ve been thinking about going, you definitely should. You’ll come back home ridiculously happy.

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