Discover the ancient civilizations, sun-kissed beaches and contemporary cities of the Mediterranean.
Unlock the Treasures of the Mediterranean on a Luxury Cruise
Whether you are standing in the Colosseum and marveling at the wonders of Caesar's ancient kingdom or you are sitting and relaxing on the beaches of Ibiza, a luxury Mediterranean cruise is a great way to unwind from the pressures of daily life. The countries and cities that you port in will come to life as you get to experience the laid back lifestyle that this richly blessed region is famous for. Trips on a luxury boat to the Mediterranean are a great way to see three to six cities on just one trip. In between, you will enjoy a host of activities on board that will help you relax just like our friends in this region of the world. Great food, amazing museums, historical world treasures and gracious hosts are just some of the reasons why many cruisers flock to this region of the world year after year.
Finding the Cruise for You
The good news about luxury Mediterranean cruises is that all of the major cruise ship lines in the world tend to have an entire season that is dedicated to this region. That means that you are able to find great deals on ships that depart from ports such as Barcelona, Rome, Savona, Marseilles, and many others. A trip to the Med will expose you to cultures that have evolved around life at sea. Whether you are seeing the sites of Pompeii or Capri from your port call to Naples or you are walking through the allies of Palermo, Sicily, you will be captivated at the events and stories that this region will produce. Cruises to this region vary in length from one week to two weeks, but you can see many cities in the area during this short time span. Once you are in the area, you can extend many cruise packages to include time inland in some of the region's other leading cities. All in all, this area offers some of the best cruising available.
Explore the Mediterranean
For an extensive overview of the beauty and heritage of the Mediterranean, there is no better way to explore than a Mediterranean cruise. Cruise through time while visiting these destinations.
Its early name, “Surrentum,” was in deference to the Sirens, the shipwreck-causing mermaids who bewitched sailors. In the Odyssey, Ulysses tells of turning the Sirens into the Li Galli rocks that surround the city’s seascape. The Villa Comunale is a perfect place to unwind, with incredible views of the bay and a collection of gorgeous gardens.
Offered as a shore excursion from Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey is perhaps the best-preserved ancient city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Another of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis, was once located in Ephesus. The city’s heritage can be experienced in its extensive collection of Roman public architecture, from libraries and fountains to baths and brothels and the astounding Temple of Hadrian.
Malta’s capital city began as a refuge from the Turks, with forts surrounding the city on all sides and transverse streets beginning and ending with staircases right down to the harbor. Not far from the city is the Hagar Qim temple. Dating back to 3600 B.C., it is possibly the oldest man-made structure in the world.
Palma de Mallorca, off the coast of mainland Spain, is a delightful hybrid of the Arabian Nights and the Renaissance where the island’s past of alternating African and European control is always visible. The Cathedral, a former mosque transformed in the 13th century, is a spectacular showpiece often likened to a ship moored at the city’s waterfront edge.
The oldest inhabited city in Europe, Rhodes was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes, an ancient statue of the god Helios. Helios was knocked down by an earthquake 2,300 years ago, but still in existence are 40-foot thick city walls and the spectacular Acropolis of Lindos, perched 380 feet above the sea.
Katakolon and the Site of Olympia, Greece
That weeks-long athletic extravaganza that keeps you glued to the television every other year? It all began here in 776 B.C., and it’s still the place where the Olympic torch is lit each Olympiad—using the sun and a lens. The original “locker rooms,” gymnasia and stadium are still here, as are temples to Zeus and other gods.
Begun as a Byzantine trading outpost in the 7th century, Dubrovnik is the birthplace of the Croatian language and was rivaled only by Venice in Mediterranean commercial and cultural significance. Its medieval quarter is still completely encircled by walls, and the grounds of the Franciscan Monastery are home to one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies, in operation since 1391.