• 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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  • Coastal View of Santorini, Greece

    6 Must-See Places in the Greek Isles

    The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Islands of Greece</a> are a bucket list destination for most, and it&#39;s easy to see why. Crystal clear waters, iconic history, mouthwatering food, friendly locals, and stunning white villages that cling to cliffs overlooking the sea—you can&#39;t go wrong. So, grab your sunscreen and sense of adventure, we&#39;re sharing six must-see places in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a> you cannot miss!  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>HERAKLION, CRETE</b></a><br>The town of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Heraklion </a>is not only amazing in itself but centrally located. Here, you can walk paths through valleys covered in vineyards and olive groves, stopping for a taste. From <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Heraklion</a>, you&#39;re also very close to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Knossos</a>, where legend says King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in the labyrinth. And after a hearty day, you should settle into one of Heraklion&#39;s landmark hotels, GDM Megaron Heraklion.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Knossos, Crete, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9h2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>OIA, SANTORINI</b></a><br>Santorini couldn’t be more different from Crete. Farmers venture out from their white villages to work their terraced wheat and barley fields with donkeys. You’ll move through a landscape that sweeps down to the sea. The Fanari Villas are a must, with their pinch-yourself views of the Aegean. The classic-white-washed building sits right on the edge of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Santorini’s </a>caldera with ringside seats for sunset.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Santorini Coastline at Sunset, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>NAXOS</b></a><br>While most visitors to Naxos make it a day trip, we recommend staying overnight! Relax in the incredible Naxos Island Hotel and enjoy the opportunity to get off the beaten path for a personal guided countryside walk near the white-washed village of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Kourounohori</a>. There, you’ll find an ancient marble quarry with a fascinating sight: the unfinished statue of a kouros.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Naxos Island View, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>MYKONOS</b></a><br>Perhaps the most iconic spot in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a>. Explore the popular beach town and relax at cafes alongside the azure water and visit the town&#39;s shops, all while admiring the incredibly picturesque village. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iconic Windmills of Mykonos, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>DELOS</b></a><br>Nearby <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Mykonos</a>, the island of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Delos</a> is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Greek mythology believes is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. It is one of the most important archeological sites in the entire Mediterranean and you&#39;ll get an opportunity to see Doric temples, an amphitheater, the iconic Lions of Delos and even houses bedecked with mosaics. Your day here will give you a memorable glimpse into ancient Greek life.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Archaeological Site on Delos Island, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><b>ATHENS</b></a><br>Spend a day admiring and learning about the incredible history of Athens. You&#39;ll take a guided visit to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Acropolis </a>and learn about its significance in ancient Greece. Later in the day take a leisurely walk to Filopappos Hill where Theseus battled the Amazons. Here you can relax while admiring the incredibly view of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Athens and the Acropolis</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Acropolis in Athens, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gx" 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 <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys culture and walking trip to The Greek Isles</a>. You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!

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  • The Best Ways to See the Italian Lakes

    <p><b>VACATION LIKE AN EMPEROR IN THE ITALIAN LAKES</b>. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an emperor, look no further than the Italian lakes. Since the Roman emperors, these <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: none;">gracious waterside resorts</span></a> have drawn visitors. The climate is mild, loaded with the vibrant colors of alpine wildflowers and lush semi-tropical gardens. With views of mountaintop meadows and palm tree-fringed waters, nowhere else does stunning scenery, mellow air and rich history come together with such dramatic results. Read on to get the inside scoop on the best lakes, views, walks, visits and food the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: none;">Italian Lake District</span></a> has to offer.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">LAKE LUGANO</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes" target="_blank"><img alt="Lake Lugano" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmRq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jZle" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>Nestled between Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">Lake Lugano </a>is the smallest but it does not lack in beauty nor charm. Nearby, Mount Bre is perched above Lake Lugano in Ticino, the Italian speaking area of Switzerland. Stroll through the cobbled streets and pastel-colored neoclassical palazzi. One of our favorite highlights is a visit to the most famous ornate church in Lugano, Santa Maria degli Angioli.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">LAKE ORTA</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes" target="_blank"><img alt="Lake Orta" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmRq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jZly" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>The quaint village of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">Orta San Giulio</a> is one of the most picturesque corners of Italy. While here, follow the narrow, cobbled streets through Orta as they wind up and past colorful houses with ornate balconies. We recommend traveling across Lake Orta to the islet of San Giulio for a visit to its 1000-year-old basilica and an exploration around the charming island. <br> <br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">LAKE COMO</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes" target="_blank"><img alt="Lake Como" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmRq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jZm3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>Stroll through the historic town of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">Como </a>and admire the incredible architecture—a mixture of Renaissance Italian and 19th century British. A scenic ride on the funicular will take you to the nearby mountain village of Brunate, situated above century-old olive groves. Ramble along footpaths to the panoramic lookout, where you’ll be treated to an astonishing view of Lake Como below.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">LAKE MAGGIORE</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes" target="_blank"><img alt="Lake Maggiore" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmRq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jZlt" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>Our favorite views of<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank"> Lake Maggiore</a> is from Someraro, a village that clings like a balcony overlooking the magnificent body of water. We highly recommend taking a boat ride to the Borromean Island of Isola Bella—where one of Italy’s wealthiest families built a series of palaces and gardens in the 17th-century. Bellissimo!    </p>

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