This voyage through Greece, Italy, and Croatia is simply bursting with engrossing history lessons, delizioso cuisine, natural beauty, and often-overlooked destinations. Begin in Athens, where the magnificent white Parthenon still stands tall after watching nearly 2,500 years of world events pass by. Explore the well-preserved Greek castle towns of Monemvasia, the Gibraltar of Greece, and Mystras, near Gythion. Both are less-visited gems, and Mystras is a magical ghost town of exquisite Byzantine architecture. Taste Istrian truffles and olive oil in the quaint little fishing town of Rovinj. Wander the medieval Old Towns of Kotor and Dubrovnik, limestone streets polished to a high shine by centuries of shuffling feet. Visit the must-sees of Italy from Michelangelo’s mastery in Rome’s Sistine Chapel to the romance of Venice and eerie Pompeii, then veer off to laid-back Ponza, the secret island retreat where Italians go to escape the crowds. Find a quiet corner of Wind Surf to write home a stream of superlatives.