Croatia is one of Europe’s most alluring destinations in the summer – stunning beaches, charming villages, picturesque national parks, and an overall welcoming feel are among the reasons so many visit this Adriatic nation in June, July, and August.
Those in the know, however, have realized that there is another spectacular time to visit: winter. Here are five reasons why travelers are excited about venturing to Croatia on our Adriatic Winter Splendor: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina Culinary Cruise:
1. It’s one of the world’s great destinations at any time of year.
Whether you’re looking for urban sophistication, natural splendor, or charming coastal towns, Croatia has it all. It’s one of the reasons it was named the #1 destination in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
2. It’s home to some of the best Christmas Markets in Europe
Croatia comes alive during the holiday season. Throughout this predominantly Roman Catholic country, you can feel the cheer of the locals during the most wonderful time of the year. Impressive Christmas markets also spring up; In fact, Zagreb was named the number one Christmas Market city in Europe for two years in a row.
3. Get best of the country without the crowds
Croatia is a very popular destination in the summer for a reason, but with those hordes of travelers come longer lines and a more crowded overall experience.
Winter can make it feel like you have Croatia to yourself. Imagine Dubrovnik – the justifiably popular “Pearl of the Adriatic”– at a quieter time when you can truly appreciate its beauty. Picture yourself admiring the pristine Dalmatian Coast without its summer sun-worshippers, or learning about Split’s past at Diocletian’s Palace with fewer history buffs (and Game of Thrones fans, as parts of the popular HBO show are filmed here).
4. There is so much to do (and eat)!
Winter offers a wealth of activities in Croatia. Looking for some urban fun? Perhaps you’d be interested in Dubrovnik’s Winter Festival, which features concerts, plays, and other performances. Looking for even more culture? Check out one of the renowned museums here, perhaps on the annual “Night of the Museums” in January. Like the outdoors? Krka National Park can be a veritable winter wonderland.
Of course, the cuisine is great at any time of year, but sampling wintertime dishes like sarma and bakalar is a true culinary pleasure. And since Croatia is one of the few places where you can find truffles, you can hunt for (and enjoy!) these delectable morsels.
5. Get the best value
It’s no secret that you can get more for your money during the off-season. That’s especially true with Vantage – we already offer the best value in deluxe travel, and now we’ll be offering the newest ship on the Adriatic: the MS Navigator. This custom-built, 36-passenger schooner will be just one of the highlights of your Adriatic Winter Splendor: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina Culinary Cruise. Join us on this unforgettable adventure in 2017!