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There’s a reason Santorini attracts more than two million tourists each year — the white-and-blue washed island in the Greek Cyclades is basically heaven on earth. But it’s also about twice as expensive as Athens, with hotel prices in the summer climbing to $250, on average, per night. Never... 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

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Crete/flickr/Emmanuel Eragne

It’s easy to fall in love with Crete: From the Venetian architecture of Chania to the Minoan ruins at Knossos, and the beauty of its secluded white sand beaches, Greece’s largest island is brimming with breathtaking vistas, rich culture, and some of the best food in the country. And the best part — you don’t have to spend a... Read More

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Black Forest/flickr/Roman Boed

We’ve already made the case for why traveling through Europe by rail often beats booking with the budget airlines. But if that wasn’t enough to convince you, we think that images of some of the most beautiful train routes, all bookable with a Eurail pass, will seal the deal. The... Read More

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Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo

With nearly 30,000 known species, the Orchid Family comprises the largest plant species in the world — and new kinds are still being discovered every few months, including three last fall near Machu Picchu. Though orchids are associated with the tropics, they live on nearly every continent and in every climate — from the marshes of... Read More

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Hotel Caesar Augustus

Sometimes, all you want to do on vacation is to kick back and enjoy the view. We don’t blame you. For sweeping, panoramic views, vacation on the edge — literally. These five amazing cliffside hotels will take your breath away. ... Read More

Santorini, Greece Coastline
Darren Murph

The Greece default crisis has been all over the news in past weeks. If it feels as if you’ve heard this before, it’s because you have. In 2010, Greece was saved from financial ruin by bailouts courtesy of the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In the... Read More

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Santorini, Greece - Susan B. Barnes
Susan B. Barnes

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Eurail any more, it decided to add a new ferry program to its roster. Travelers who land in Greece (perhaps by way of Italy) will now have a much easier time getting off the coast to the surrounding islands, thanks to the new Attica Pass. ... Read More

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Azamara Club Cruises

Did you know that people care far more about port stops on a cruise than they do days at sea? Or that there’s such a thing as port stop overkill? We caught up with Claudius Docekal, who oversees all itineraries as Azamara Club Cruises’ Head of Deployment, to find... Read More

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Flight: booked. Hotel: reserved. Language podcasts: Completed. What else do you need to prepare before jetting off on vacation? Most of us would probably never think that feeding pigeons in parts of Venice could get us fined as much as our plane tickets there cost. Likewise, while we always leave... Read More

Absolutely Chicago Segway

A Segway tour is a great way to get an overview of a new city or region. You’ll cover more ground than you would on foot, and your guide can teach you about the local history, suggest restaurants, and refer you to other great tours in the area. Plus... Read More

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Greece has seen its share of hardship in the past years, but tourism is still booming. Even with a weakened euro, however, Europe is known for denting pocketbooks, and Athens, home to some of the continent’s greatest landmarks, is no different. Here are a few budget-friendly activities in this... Read More

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Stavros

As the largest island of Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean, you’re right to expect that Crete boasts beaches aplenty. Though the main transportation hubs of Chania and Heraklion have their own beaches nearby, you can do better. Instead of stopping there, head for some of these... 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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LOS CABOS, MEXICO BEACH

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