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    5 Best Overseas Adventures: Southern Europe

    Picking an overseas travel adventure can prove to be quite a challenge... especially if you&#39;re looking to explore Southern Europe. There are so many wonderful locations to choose from! So, to make things easier for you, we&#39;ve rounded up our top five <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/europe/" target="_blank">Southern European destinations</a>. Yet, no matter where you choose—whether it be the lavender fields of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">Provence</a>, the vineyards of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>, or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Croatia&#39;s </a>cinematic Dalmatian Coast—you&#39;re guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime with Classic Journeys.<br><br><b>TOP 5 TRIPS IN SOUTHERN  EUROPE:</b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/spain/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3I" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/spain/" target="_blank"><b>SPAIN</b></a><br>Passionate flamenco vs. the cooling splash of the Alhambra’s pools. The gleaming simplicity of white-washed mountain villages vs. the gaudy Gaudî masterpieces of Barcelona. Vast plains studded with gnarled olive trees vs. the soft, decadent beaches of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona/" target="_blank"><u>Costa Brava</u></a>. Spain is an intense and exciting land full of contrast. Our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><u>Culture + Walking</u></a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelonafamily/" target="_blank"><u>Family</u></a> adventures introduce you to the people of Spain and immerse you in their diverse lives. From the intricacy of Moorish palaces to stylish cosmopolitan promenades, you’ll get an unforgettable look at a country where a thousand years of fierce history and easy-going 21st style blend perfectly in culture, architecture and truly remarkable food.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/france/" target="_blank"><img alt="France" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3N" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/france/" target="_blank"><b>FRANCE</b></a><br>The seductive power of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/france/" target="_blank">France </a>is irresistible. You can try to wave off the lunchtime splash of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">Bordeaux</a>, but the glass always seems to find your lips. When a maman leans out her window on folded arms and cocks her head in that come-here-and-tell-me-who-you-are way, what can you say but, “Of course.” If a breeze heavy with lavender tugs at your senses, it’s almost impossible not to give in. Our Culture + Walking, Culinary and Family trips go happily with the French flow, whether we’re on a lazy low-tide walk at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank">Mont-Saint-Michel</a> or catching the rays on the ramparts of a clifftop castle overlooking the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">Dordogne River</a>. The cuisine is remarkable, the hotels are magnifique... and with your local guide, you’ll slip easily into la vie française.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank"><img alt="Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3S" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank"><b>ITALY</b></a><br>Visit <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">Italy </a>every year forever, and you’d never have to repeat yourself. Each region—sometimes it seems like each village—is its own unique and totally irresistible destination. From the alpine breezes that cool the villas on Lake Como to sun-warmed <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sicily/" target="_blank">Sicily</a></u>, the culture, climate and terrain couldn’t be more different. For something more rustic and off-the-beaten-path, head for <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank">Apulia</a></u> in the heel of Italy’s boot. For the flip side of Italian sophistication, our Family trip to <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice, Florence and Rome</a></u> is a wonderful introduction to the best of the best. Or hobnob with rural shepherds—and the yacht set—on a visit to <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia</a></u> that also includes the nearby French island of Corsica. Your options also include our best-selling trips to <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a></u> and the <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a></u>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3X" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>PORTUGAL</b></a><br>This is how it feels to be royalty. Funded by centuries of discovery and empire, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal </a>has more regal grandeur than any other country we know. Of course, the great cities of Lisbon and Porto are rich with imperial landmarks. Our hotels here are distinctive and very gracious. But Portugal also has more hours of sunshine a year than any other European country, perfect for exploring. So we taste the country’s treasured port wines on walks in the mountainous vineyards where they’re born. On a glorious coastal trail, you’ll face the churning surf that Henry the Navigator conquered to explore Africa and the New World. And we’ll come face to face with the Portuguese people from salt-panners to winemakers. When you join Classic Journeys on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal walking tour</a>, you’ll get a true feel for the unique tempo and personality of this kingdom by the sea.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3c" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>CROATIA</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Croatia </a>is the country where we would live if we could live anywhere. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe Dalmatia’s Adriatic coastline or Istrian vineyards that Napa should envy. Think cinematic Dubrovnik (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 your 5-star hotel by the sea, all in the same day. The Croatians are warm hosts and—from vintners to truffle hunters—just about the most engaging people ever.

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    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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    11 Best Romantic Getaways

    When was the last time you and yours escaped on a romantic getaway? Just imagine… you and your sweetheart watching the sun set over the red sand dunes of the Sahara; or sipping a glass of Bordeaux in the vineyards of Bordeaux itself; or following a scenic waterside path to the famed coastal resort of Portofino. If you’re ready for some quality time with your dearest, here are 11 of the best romantic destinations…<br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank"><b>Quebec and Charlevoix</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Québec City</a> might seem equally at home on the Dordogne River as the St. Lawrence. The farmland may even remind you of Normandy. The most startling discovery, though, is that the rich European past thrives so near to home.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank"><img alt="Quebec" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVIp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a> <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Costa Rica</b></a><br>You expect paradise to be beautiful. But who knew it was so much fun? If you’re looking for a little thrill mixed with romance, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> blends adventure and nature like nowhere else.<br><img alt="Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVNu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img>  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank"><b>Bordeaux and the Dordogne Valley</b></a><br>Everything we love best about <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">France </a>is abundant in the scenic southwest: Great wine. Great history. Great culture. And the lifestyle? Think of yourself at one of the loveliest inns we’ve ever discovered, strolling by your 13th-century millpond before dining on a country stew and crème brûlée by candlelight.<br><a href="https://www.classsicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank"><img alt="Bordeaux and the Dordogne Valley" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJ4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>The Greek Isles</b></a><br>Ahhh the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a>... Walk amid vineyards and olive groves. Have a “pinch-yourself” moment waking to a view filled by the glimmering sea. Take a gondola down to the water’s edge for a boat trip out into the crater of the volcano.  Yes, this could be real life!<br><img alt="Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVNQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img> <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank"><b>Tuscany and the Cinque Terre</b></a><br>Picture the two of you wine-tasting on the grounds of a castle, traversing the streets of<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank"> towering hill towns</a> and jumping to the head of the line to see Michelangelo’s David.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank"><img alt="Tuscany and the Cinque Terre" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><b>Amalfi Coast and Capri</b></a><br>Unlike most visitors, you’ll see <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Amalfi </a>in the best way. You’ll walk seaside trails past magnificent villas, enjoy authentic dinners after the day-trippers leave, peer into the caldera of Mount Vesuvius and so much more.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="Amalfi" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank"><b>Morocco</b></a><br>Join the Blue Men on a camel safari to the 1,000-foot sand dunes of Merzouga, experience your own private luxury encampment in the vast <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank">Sahara</a>, stroll footpaths through lush oasis fields, and wonder the vibrant alleys of Fes Medina.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank"><img alt="Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>Portugal</b></a><br>Get some much-needed R &amp; R in regal <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal</a>, where you’ll feel like royalty. Taste Port at a family-owned Douro Valley vineyard, walk the dramatic Atlantic coast from Cabo da Roca and luxuriate in some of Portugal’s most historic hotels.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona/" target="_blank"><b>Barcelona and the Costa Brava</b></a><br>When we asked our guides how to describe <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona/" target="_blank">Catalonia </a>to you, they said: “Tell them we are Tuscany, only better.” The chic avenues of Barcelona…a dip in the Mediterranean at a private resort on the Costa Brava…the Moorish-accented culture. And did we mention the vivid flavors of Catalan cuisine?<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona/" target="_blank"><img alt="Barcelona and the Costa Brava" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa/" target="_blank"><b>Napa and Sonoma</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa/" target="_blank">Napa and Sonoma</a> are so much greater than the grape. These Northern California valleys are among the most beautiful places in America. This is country where you spend a morning strolling in sunny hills that might as well be in Tuscany. But just over the next crest, you’ll find yourself in a quiet redwood grove…or walking the Pacific headlands where the surf is thunderous and views are thrilling.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa/" target="_blank"><img alt="Napa and Sonoma" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria/" target="_blank"><b>Croatia&#39;s Istrian Peninsula</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria/" target="_blank">The Istrian Peninsula</a> gives us goosebumps. It&#39;s that giddy kind of rush you get when you find someplace so authentic that you can’t believe it’s you standing there. On this triangle of paradise that dips into the Adriatic 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.<br><img alt="Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oW8R" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> 

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