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Milna, Croatia/iStock

Does the new season of Game of Thrones have you yearning for a trip to Westeros? In honor of the new season, Friendly Planet Travel is offering savings of up to $100 with code GOT2017 to destinations selected specifically for their GOT filming ties. You’ll just need to book... Read More

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Rethymno, Crete/iStock

When it comes to European-style romance, Venice and Paris often hog the spotlight. And while no one disagrees that those cities are made for love and lovers, small-town Europe offers some of the best places to stroll, watch a sunset, or canoodle with your better half. Just don’t get... Read More

 Slavonia/flickr/Nick Savchenko
Slavonia/flickr/Nick Savchenko

Most visitors to Croatia head straight to the Adriatic coast, but the inland region of Slavonia — bordering Bosnia, Hungary, and Serbia — is also worth a visit. With its rambling rivers, forests, verdant farmland, and storybook villages, Slavonia has a more rustic vibe than its more popular counterparts... Read More

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Dubrovnik/flickr/Les Haines

Twenty-five years after the Balkan troubles, Dubrovnik has become Croatia’s most upmarket destination, reasserting itself as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Its main draw remains the picturesque Old Town, surrounded by medieval fortifications and century-old palazzi, monasteries, and elegant churches. It’s easy to fall in love with the city’s... Read More

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The sun-drenched cities of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Split usually get all the glory during trips to Croatia. But we have lots of love for the country’s Dalmatian coast — composed of 79 islands and about five times as many islets — for a picturesque, historic retreat in the Adriatic Sea.... Read More

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel
Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel 

Once considered an off-the-beaten-path destination, Dubrovnik has easily become one of Europe’s hottest vacation spots — especially during the summer, when crowds reach their peak. For more elbow room, consider a trip there later in the season and into the fall, when prices soften considerably. Case in point: Valamar Lacroma... Read More

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Is there anything worse than gearing up for a week at the beach, only to find it so packed there’s not a free beach chair in sight and the wait for ice cream is an hour long? Among the sandy paradises throughout the Balkans, it’s seemingly normal. Croatia’s inundated... Read More

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DiscoverDubrovnik.com

Croatia consists of over 1,000 islands, most of them paradises in their own way. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much impossible to hop to each of them in one trip, or perhaps even a lifetime. Here, we’ve decided to help you figure out which Adriatic island is perfect for you. ... Read More

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By Sid Lipsey for Yahoo! Travel Face it. You want to travel like Daenerys. (Photo: AP) When we last saw Game of Thrones two of its most interesting characters were traveling, and not for pleasure: The too-smart-for-his-own-good Tyrion had to go on the run after murdering his vengeful ex and complete... Read More

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Paris, Rome, and London are all classic first-time Eurotrip destinations. But for savvy or returning travelers, Eastern European cities — think: Prague, Budapest, and Tallinn, among offers — offer just as much beauty and history, but at cheaper prices and in fewer crowds. Although communism clothed much of the... Read More

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If you thought that light shows were reserved for children at theme parks or at techno shows for young adults, think again. Each year, each day, cities around the world ignite their skies with colorful arrangements of phosphorescent lights. From decorative cranes at an old Croatian navy yard to... Read More

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No one wants to be cooped up in a bus when they’re discovering a new place. Enter VBT, which offers deluxe bicycling and walking vacations for small groups in 26 countries throughout Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and here in the States. With intimate tour sizes of... Read More

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After a year-long absence from Eurail’s Select Pass program, France officially returned to the network last month, becoming the 27th participating European country. (Other changes: Eurail has chosen to do away with passes that allow travel between three and five pre-selected countries, in lieu of a four-country pass only.)... Read More

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Ice is melting, your heavy coats are finally put away, and that urge to get outside is starting to come back. After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. But instead of gently easing out of winter, we suggest diving in, head-first. Shoulder season, that sweet spot between spring and... Read More

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Bratan

As views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across their surface, dive for shipwrecks, or simply go bird-watching, all in the safe knowledge that land is never too far... Read More