Mediterranean Cruises - a journey to the great civilizations...
A Mediterranean cruise is a wonderful mixture of high culture and hedonism, an opportunity to indulge in simple pleasures while enriching the mind with art and learning. Cruising the Mediterranean Sea is an ideal way to revisit the past while thoroughly enjoying the present.
Mediterranean cruises take you to very heart of the ancient world, the Mediterranean Sea.
Cruising the Med provides a treasure-trove of destinations, from great cities of antiquity to tiny harbors unspoiled and little changed in centuries.
Ships offering Mediterranean itineraries are often as diverse as their destination, ranging from the largest mega-ships to the small romantic and intimate luxury vessels.
The length of a Mediterranean cruise can vary from one week to three weeks or more.
"...a picnic on a gigantic scale"
declared Mark Twain about his Mediterranean Cruise experience on board a steamer from New York in 1867!
From Portugal and Spain through France, Italy, Croatia and Greece to Turkey and Egypt, Mediterranean cruise ships spend a long, leisurely season exploring lost civilizations and colorful cultures that thrive today beneath the Mediterranean sun.
The Mediterranean Sea is surrounded by three continents and over a dozen countries. Mediterranean cruises provide ports of call ranging from grand cities to charming romantic islands. And getting to Europe is easy as there are plenty of airlines servicing port cities who offering a variety of flights at all levels from first class to economy.
Must Visit Places in the Mediterranean
Muslim culture and Western
architecture blend in this popular
Morrocan resort town. Shop for
souvenirs made by local artisans or
simply spend the afternoon relaxing
on the shores of its endless beaches.
With its beautiful boulevards and
pleasant shopping streets, Alicante is one
of the most well-known towns on the
Costa Blanca. The shoreline of Alicante
owes its name to the white-sand beaches
stretching for several miles.
This ancient city was named after
Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom.
See the spectacular Parthenon on
the Acropolis or travel to scenic
Cape Sounion to explore the
Temple of Poseidon.
AZORES ISLANDS (Ponta Delgada)
Cavernous crater lakes and impressive
sea cliffs shaped by hardened black
lava cover the landscape of the nine
Azores Islands. Often described as the
tip of the lost continent of Atlantis,
this Portuguese archipelago is a sight
Browse the shops on the winding
streets of Las Ramblas, spend the day
admiring Picasso’s early works at the
Picasso Museum or visit Gaudi’s
famous La Sagrada Familia —
a worldwide symbol of Barcelona.
Experience the life of the rich and
famous on Cannes’ chic beaches. Stroll
the Boulevard de la Croisette or venture
to Monte Carlo, home to the Grand
Casino and Monaco’s Royal Palace.
CASABLANCA(CASA, DAR EL BAIDA)
Browse the open-air markets of
Marrakech, or visit Mohamed V Square
in Casablanca and the picturesque
white tombs of the Marabout.
Admire the colorful gardens alongside
the Achilleion Palace, view the coffin
of St. Spyridon, the island’s patron saint,
discover the Venetian architecture or
spend the day lazing on the sand of
a sun-drenched beach.
Napoleon Bonaparte was born in
Corsica, a land that is equal parts
beautiful, wild, rugged and still a
bit old-fashioned. From Propriano,
explore Filitosa and enjoy the great
wine of this region.
Visit the artistic wonders of Florence
with a trip to the Uffizi Museum and
the Galleria dell’Accademia. Venture
to Pisa to catch a glimpse of its famed
Explore Europa Point and St. Michael’s
Cave, or visit the famous Barbary apes
as you discover the natural beauty of
this rocky peninsula.
See Turkey’s most impressive
sights, including the Blue Mosque,
St. Sophia — one of the three
largest churches in the world —
and the Topkapi Palace Museum.
Discover ancient Greece as you wander
the site of the original Olympic Games
and the Pediments of the Temple of Zeus
— one of the Seven Wonders of the
KUSADASI — (Ephesus)
From the bustling harbor of Kusadasi
you can journey to the ruins of
Ephesus, St. John’s Basilica and the
Shrine of the Virgin Mary.
Stroll down the cobblestoned streets of
the Alfama District, window shop in
the Baixa or tour the riverside district
of Belem in this beautiful city.
Explore Mallorca for its sun, sea
and sand. Or venture deeper to its
dramatic Gothic architecture, hilltop
villages, olive groves and hidden beaches.
Prepare for a picnic from the bounty
of an open-air market, and pick from
an array of quaint villages to serve as
your backdrop. Sip wine at a streetside
café in Avignon or browse the bustling
Experience the glamour of Monte Carlo
as you wander the chic shops, colorful
gardens and seaside landscapes of one
of the wealthiest towns in all of Europe.
The Grand Casino is a must-see.
A Mediterranean cruise to this tiny Greek island (only 35 sq miles) is colorful and alluring with showcasing beautiful white-washed facades.
The town's waterfront is lined with shops, cafes and tavernas. The south coast has heavenly beaches, all a short cab or bus ride from the town.
The archeological site of Delos is on
an adjacent island.
Let the wind blow through your hair
on an Amalfi Coastal drive tour from
Naples. Visit Pompeii and wander
amongst the ruins. The enchanting
Isle of Capri brings opportunities to
bask in the sun and walk through
Medieval streets, beaches and quaint
villages envelop this Greek paradise —
the largest of the Dodecanese Islands.
Spend your day perusing the Acropolis
of Lindos or Rhodes’ Old Town.
Make a wish and throw three coins
into the Trevi Fountain, visit the
Vatican and the Sistine Chapel or
take in the dramatic Colosseum —
the choice is yours.
This scenic and inspirational island is
known for its white-washed buildings
clinging to the cliffs. Journey to the
ruins of ancient Akrotiri, known as
the Pompeii of Greece.
Medieval architecture and the
unspoiled coastline of Costa Verde
are the hallmarks of this Italian island.
Tour the beaches and grottoes around
Alghero, or take in the traditional
culture of Nuoro Province.
Dazzling Seville reveals its charm
as you wander its narrow streets
and small squares. Bullfighting and
flamenco make this town famous as
do major sights such as Alcazar Palace.
Get caught up in the magic of Venice
as you glide down the Grand Canal in
a gondola. Admire St. Mark’s Square
and the Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a glass of
wine at a waterfront café or venture to
nearby Murano for a colorful piece of
Venetian glass — the perfect memento.
Spend the day along the shores of this
quaint village or make the pilgrimage
to Santiago de Compostela, one of
Spain’s national monuments. Ripe with
architectural wonders, this holy city is
home to La Plaza del Obradoiro, Rajoy
Palace and Gelmirez Palace.
Helpful Books for Mediterranean Cruises
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