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No matter how long you plan to spend in Greece, it’s likely your trip will begin and end in Athens. A destination in its own right, Athens attracts travelers for its architectural treasures, buzzing arts scene, and exciting dining options. If you have less than 24 hours here, the Acropolis should be your priority. But you can easily spend up to five days getting to know the city, with options for day trips including important sites like Delphi and the nearby wine region in Attica.
If you're heading to Italy, your first stop will likely be Rome. With its position halfway down Italy’s western coast, it’s a convenient travel hub, and one of Italy's most appealing destinations in its own right. Spend at least a couple of days exploring, starting with Rome's most famous icons—the Colosseum and the Vatican—and stay for the fun neighborhoods, food, and excellent day trip opportunities. See our recommendations below for one night, five days, and everything in between.
A national park like no other, Kornati is an archipelago just off the Dalmatian Coast. With few year-round residents, they offer a rugged landscape and breezy beaches with sparkling waters. They may not be a breeze to get to, but they’ve charmed visitors for centuries with their remote “desert island” feel. Thanks to Croatia’s newfound popularity, taking a tour through the 140 islands (89 of which belong to Kornati National Park) is easier than ever.
If you came to Croatia to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, but then found that you couldn’t go swimming there, Krka National Park is your answer. Krka has waterfalls aplenty, flowing from the Krka River, and unlike at Plitvice, they are free for a dip. The park is also home to a wide array of flora and fauna, as well as some unique cultural sights, all with fewer tourists than the now-renowned Plitvice. Read on for information on how to make the most of your trip to Krka.
If Dubrovnik seems a bit too hectic for you these days, consider driving an hour up the coast for a true holiday on a rugged peninsula that’s still flying well under the radar. Though close to Croatia’s most beloved city, Pelješac is still largely free of crowds. That means you’ll have its charming old villages, unspoiled wine country, pebbly beaches, and laid-back restaurants all to yourself, at least for a little while longer.
The Istrian peninsula doesn’t quite feel like the rest of Croatia, and there's a good reason for that—it's been part of the Venetian Republic, Italy, and the Austrian Empire, depending on the century. History has given it many faces, and that’s good news for visitors. You can cycle through its cities, towns, and natural areas to take in Roman architecture, pristine beaches, and singular cuisine—sometimes all in one day.