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Great European places to travel to in fall

Fall is an amazing time to visit Europe - holiday crowds have dissipated, the weather is agreeable in many locales and harvest festivals are in full swing. Here are our favourite places to visit in Europe in autumn.

Travel to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey - enjoy cooler weather

Summer is hot in Turkey - average daytime highs are well into the thirties (low nineties Fahrenheit), making sightseeing often uncomfortable. Fall sees temperatures drop significantly with pleasant days and crisp mornings making extended explorations a breeze. Starting of in Istanbul, the city of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, travel to the Roman city of Ephesus, the travertine terraces of Pamukkale and the castles and sunken ruins of the Mediterranean. After a visit to Konya, discover spectacular Cappadocia, where cave chapels hide Byzantine art and colourful biblical frescoes.

Turkey Discovery, 15 days from CA$3,515

Greece - Island hopping

Island hopping in Greece is a popular pastime with both Greek and international students, making summer a busy time. Autumn sees crowds returning home, giving you the chance to roam the islands in peace. Discover the valleys, olive and citrus groves and Venetian town and market of beautiful Naxos, before taking a ferry to Santorini with its spectacular views. Walk the Cliff Trail along the island's caldera and soak up the atmosphere at pretty Oia. Finally, explore Paros with its Byzantine cathedral and walk an ancient trail to the island's east coast. All the while, enjoy the great food and hospitality Greece is known for.

Island Walks in Greece, 8 days from CA$2199

Croatia - cruise the Dalmatian Coast

Endless Roman ruins, romantic Venetian towns and Byzantine churches. Sun-bleached hills descending to cobalt blue seas, which in turn straddle a coast dotted with picturesque isles. Cruising Croatia's Dalmatian Coast between Dubrovnik and Split on a small cruise boat allows you to get to places larger ships cannot go - like the glorious old town of Korčula on the island by the same name. Small sandy beaches, hidden coves, wineries that make world-class white wines, olive groves and sleepy villages await you in Croatia, along with trips inland to the gorgeous waterfalls of Krka National Park and a river trip to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Adventure Cruise in Croatia, 8 days from CA$3935