With countless white sand beaches, charming historic towns, vibrant cities and some of the world’s most famous landmarks to discover, a Mediterranean Cruise is the ultimate way to see the best that this diverse collection of countries and coastlines has to offer.
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One of the world’s most ancient cities, the appeal of heritage-listed historic sites, mythical gods and laid-back, Mediterranean lifestyle has kept travellers returning to Athens for hundreds of years.
Today, the sprawling city is a perfect blend of old and new: ruins sit next to chic new restaurants, centuries-old artefacts hang side-by-side with modern masterpieces and boutique hotels provide a fresh take on city-dwelling.
No Athens stop on a Mediterranean cruise would be complete without a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, whilst those who want to indulge in some retail therapy should make for the Plaka – the city’s oldest neighbourhood, lined with pretty boutiques and jewellery stores.
The Greek island of Santorini needs little introduction, thanks to its status as one of the most visited and photographed islands in the world.
Known for its spectacular sunsets, perfectly offset by the iconic white houses and blue domes, this is one Mediterranean destination to be marvelled at.
As you arrive on your Eastern Mediterranean cruise, you’ll be captivated by the romantic hillside houses, charming old-world feel and welcoming locals – including the many donkeys that are still used for transportation on the island.
Incredible sunsets aside, Santorini also has plenty of sights to keep you busy during the day. Explore the historic hilltop village of Oia, visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri or take a dip in the clear blue waters that surround the Island’s beautiful, multi-coloured beaches.
The Eastern Mediterranean’s most charming old town, sailing into Dubrovnik is a magical experience – whether it’s your first, or fifteenth, time.
The city’s status as a popular tourist hub has escalated over the past several years, and once you step onshore, you’ll easily see why. Baroque buildings line the pristine streets, twisting stone steps lead to hidden restaurants and bars and the azure waters tempt swimmers even in the colder months.
Food lovers will delight at the wide variety of cuisine on offer, but it’s in the seafood restaurants where Dubrovnik’s unique tastes truly shine. After dinner, head for the city’s cliffside bar or take the scenic cable car to the heights of Mount Srd for one of the finest sunsets views in the Mediterranean.
The only city in the world to sit astride two continents, Istanbul is as fascinating as it is diverse. Both cosmopolitan and ancient, modern Istanbul still bares the marks of empires long since disappeared – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans.
Arriving in the Port of Istanbul at Karaköy, visitors are instantly charmed by this mix of influences and cultures. Witness the opulence of the Topkapi Palace – the former home of the sultan – before gaining a greater understanding of the past at the Istanbul Archaeology Museums.
The unmissable Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest markets in the world, with over 250,000 browsing through the vast maze of stalls every day. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the city’s other famous market – the Spice Bazaar – to experience the intense colours, smells and tastes of Istanbul.
Romance, mystery and intrigue combine in one of the world’s most visited cities. The floating maze of streets and winding canals that cover the 100 small islands of Venice are easy to lose yourself amongst, but a short gondola ride will soon see you back at Venezia’s main attractions.
Unmissable sights include the hidden rooms and passages of the Dodge’s Palace in St. Mark’s Square, the tragically beautiful Bridge of Sighs and the incredible artwork of the Basilica.
Venice is also one of the finest cities in the world for food and drink. Avoid the tourist-traps and sky-high prices around the most famous sights and instead dive down a side street, where bars and restaurants are filled with local alfresco diners, sipping elegantly on Aperol Spritzes canal-side.
The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona is a city brimming with history, art, architecture and, above all else, incredible food.
The best tapas in the world can be found down some of Barcelona’s many hidden laneways and tucked-away squares, which can be perfectly paired by asking for a recommended local Catalan wine.
Those in search of great architecture can take their pick from the otherworldly Gaudi masterpieces such as the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila, or the gothic beauty of the city’s old quarter, where Barcelona Cathedral’s intricate interior leaves even those non-believers speechless. Before you set sail, don’t forget to visit the buzzing La Rambla for designer shopping, souvenirs and street food.
If fine white beaches, year-round sunshine and turquoise waters aren’t enough to entice you, the city of Palma, on the island of Mallorca, is also home to some of the most interesting and underrated historical site in the Western Mediterranean.
Tear yourself away from your sun-lounger for long enough to visit Palma’s exquisite gothic cathedral Le Seu, the impressive hilltop Bellver Castle and the lavish Palau de l'Almudaina, before eating like a local in the historic old quarter.
The Eternal City needs little in the way of an introduction, and with many of our Western Mediterranean cruises starting and finishing in Rome, you’ll have plenty of time to discover the city’s timeless appeal for yourself.
Whether you are eating the world’s best gelato outside the Vatican, exploring the grandeur of the Colosseum or being stunned in silence by the magnificent artwork of the Pantheon, Rome is a city that was made to be explored, and adored.
Athens is the capital city of Greece with a population of 3.7 million inhabitants, Athens is in many ways the birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization. Places of interest can be found within a relatively small area surrounding the city centre at Syntagma Square.
The ancient "high city" of Athens, crowned by marble temples sacred to the city's goddess Athena.
The ancient port six miles southwest of Athens, Piraeus is known today as an independent, heavily industrial municipality, whose modern-day port serves almost all of Attica's ferry connections to Crete and the Aegean Islands.
Old Olympic Stadium
This stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 196 and was used in the 2004 Olympics, built on the foundations of a 4thcentury B.C. arena.
Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio
Charming historic districts at the foot of the Acropolis, with restored 19th century neoclassical homes, pedestrianized streets, shops and restaurants, and picturesque ruins from the city's Roman era.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
700 years in the making the largest temple in antiquity still has fifteen of its majestic Corinthian columns standing, dominating the center of Athens and paying homage to Zeus, ruler of the Olympian gods.
The heart of Athenian life and the centre of ancient Greek democracy - once served as a marketplace, civic centre, and seat of justice.
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