I HAVE A SLIGHT OBSESSION WITH THE ADRIATIC REGION...MAYBE IT IS THE ROCKY COAST LINES THAT PROVIDES SHELTER AND ADVENTURE, THE WAY YOU CAN SEE CLEAR TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA ON ANY GIVEN DAY, OR MAYBE THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRIES THAT CALL THE ADRIATIC HOME.
WHATEVER THE REASON, IF I COULD, I WOULD BUY A ONE WAY TICKET TO MONTENEGRO AND NEVER COME BACK.
BUT....SINCE I CAN'T DO THAT I WILL HAVE TO BE HAPPY WITH A QUICK VACATION.
HOW TO EXPLORE THE ADRIATIC IN 7 DAYS
Lets explore the different ways of how to explore the Adriatic in 7 days.
Specifically, how to get from Croatia to Greece.
First, there is plane travel. The fastest way but most expensive.
You could book a multi destination ticket all the way from the United States. It would look a little something like this: USA > Split > Podgorcia > Tirana > Athens > USA. There are very few direct flights linking Split with Athens, however Croatian Airlines operate flights from Athens to Split on Saturday, Sunday and Thursday nights and from Split to Athens on Saturday nights, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Check with your United Military Travel travel consultant for more detailed options between Croatia and Greece, Flights also operate from Thessaloniki in northern Greece to Zagreb and Split. By flying from country to country you defiantly make the most of your time, but you lose out on seeing the rest of the country. If visiting just the major hubs is your fancy, this option is for you.
Second, you could take a train.
This is what I like to call the sightseeing way, because you get to sit back and enjoy the views of mainland Croatia, plus coastal views of Montenegro and Albania. It is also extremely affordable - ranging somewhere between $60 - $100. This method of travel I feel is primarily for the adventurous because it will require not only train travel but also buses, and mini buses.
Third, a cruise.
For me, this would be my preferred method because there is no work involved whatsoever! You literally board the boat and relax the rest of the time....no navigation is involved, waiting on trains, connecting times, you have scheduled meals, and you get to stop at all the lovely ports. There are a number of cruise lines out there, I suggest Googling Adriatic cruises and starting your research there.
Fourth, a road trip.
For the ultimate Adriatic adventure, do a road trip plus camping! Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe for camping, and majority of the campsites comes with their own beach. Rent a car from the airport in Split, make sure you have an up to date GPS, camping gear, and head off down the coastline hitting Bosnia, Montenegro, and Albania. This also, would be my preferred method because....even with a baby! You may be wondering if it is safe to camp, especially in Albania and the answer is yes. All four countries are extremely friendly to Americans and also offer excellent campsites. Albania is still a little new to tourist so they still get really excited to them, and will treat you like royalty! Reports say you can do the drive in four days, basically seeing one country a day. But take it slow, you have 7 days....slow travel is the best travel!