Forgo the crowds of Dubrovnik

(OK, maybe an early morning swift visit) in favor of Split and the Istrian peninsula to the north. SPLIT HAS IT ALL; easy access to a picturesque archipelago of islands, centuries of ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY yet people are energetically living there. It is also home to Paradox, voted #1 WINE BAR IN THE WORLD…enough said. The Istrian peninsula offers abundant exposure to truffle and olive oil (best in the world, voted) culture, a multitude of hilltop villages and is a GEM OF A WINE REGION – seriously watch for these wines there are some celestial offerings. Of course you can have Croatia two ways…LAND AND WATER. Few adventures are as transformative as a weeklong sail along the Dalmatian Coast, feasting on the Mediterranean diet and exploring the myriad of island archipelagos.