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Early-Summer Crowds on Italy & Adriatic Tours

Hello all,

For those who have taken early-summer tours (mid to late June into early July) to Italy (particularly Village Italy or Italy in 17) and Adriatic, what were crowds like? Were they overwhelmingly hectic and crowded, especially in places like Cinque Terre, Dubrovnik, etc. Early summer is the only chance I can really travel, and while I'm sure it's better than later in the summer, I'd hate for any of these places' charm to be lost to mass tourism. It won't 100% keep me away -- after all, early morning and late at night or good times to explore -- but I'm hoping for some less discovered spots on these tours.

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Sure, in places like Dubrovnik and the CT you will encounter crowds. But, these are great places and you can escape by exploring the nooks and crannies of each. On the Adriatic tour you’ll visit places most tourists don’t and others, heavily touristed. Same with Village Italy. Don’t hesitate to participate in either of these tours. We’ve done them both and they are great. Add Greece to your list!

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Did 17 day Italy in 2010, and while it was apparent I was not the only tourist in CT or any other place, it was never oppressive.

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Things have changed since 2010, example cruise ships' passengers visiting CT.

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Yes Bob, but come 6PM they are all headed back to the ship, the other day trippers are gone, and you have that seafood dinner, gelato and a romantic stroll to look forward to. If you are really adventurous (and we’ve done this) a midnight dip in the ocean is a splendid way to top off a day.