Mediterranean

Escape on a captivating voyage to the mesmerizing Mediterranean, a cruise destination that promises a perfect blend of rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cultures.

Explore the charming coastal towns of Italy, Greece, Spain, and Croatia, where ancient ruins and picturesque streets beckon. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Greek Islands, with their whitewashed villages and turquoise waters—delight in the culinary treasures of France, savouring exquisite wines and delectable cuisine. 

Visit iconic landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome, the Alhambra in Spain, and the Acropolis in Athens. Whether you seek the glamour of the French Riviera, the romance of Venice, or the ancient wonders of Pompeii, a Mediterranean cruise promises an unforgettable journey filled with timeless beauty and cherished memories. Prepare to be captivated by the Mediterranean’s allure, history, and cultural richness on a remarkable cruise adventure.

Ports you might visit

Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Alexandria
Alghero
Amalfi, Italy
Antalya
Ashdod
Athens
Athens – Lavrion Port
Athens – Piraeus port
Bandol, France
Barcelona
Bari
Bilbao
Bodrum, Turkey
Bozcaada, Turkey
Brindisi
Cadiz
Cagliari
Callao
Çanakkale
Cartagena
Cartagena, Mediterranean
Casablanca
Catania
Cephalonia
Cesme, Turkey
Ceuta
Chania, Crete, Greece
Chios, Greece
Civitavecchia
Corfu
Corigliano Calabro
Crotone, Italy
Dardanelles, Turkey
Dikili
Dubai
Dubrovnik
Elba
Ephesus
Florence or Pisa
Genoa
Giardini Naxos, Italy
Gibraltar
Gijon
Golfo Aranci (Costa Smeralda), Sardinia, Italy
Granada
Gythion, Greece
Haifa
Heraklion
Hvar, Croatia
Ibiza
Istanbul, Turkey
Izmir
Katakolon (Olympia)
Kavala
Kefalonia
Koper, Slovenia
Korcula
Kos, Greece
Kotor
Kusadasi, Turkey
La Coruna
La Rochelle
La Spezia
Limassol
Lisbon
Livorno
Mahon, Menorca, Spain
Malaga
Marmaris, Turkey
Marseille
Messina
Messina, Italy
Mgarr, Gozo, Malta
Milos
Monemvasia
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Mykonos, Greece
Nafplion, Greece
Naples
Nydri, Nisos Lefkada
Olympia
Opatija, Croatia
Oporto
Palamos, Spain
Palma de Mallorca
Patmos
Piraeus
Ponta Delgada
Portovenere, Italy
Propriano
Pylos, Greece
Rhodes
Rome
Rovinj, Croatia
Salerno
Samos, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Sarande, Albania
Scenic Cruising the Calanques
Sete, France
Seville
Sibenik
Skiathos, Greece
Skopelos, Greece
Sorrento
Spetses, Greece
Split
St. Nazaire
Syracusa, Sicily, Italy
Tangiers
Taranto, Italy
Thessaloniki
Toulon
Transit Dardanelles Strait
Transit Messina Strait
Trapani, Italy
Trieste
Valencia
Valletta, Malta
Venice
Vigo
Vis Island, Croatia
Volos
Zadar
Zakynthos
Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Agios Nikolaos, Crete

The charming resort town of Agios Nikolaos embraces the picturesque Lake Voulismeni where Athena and Artemis were rumoured to have bathed, and in more recent times where the Germans sunk their weapons when retreating from Crete in WW II. The town, whose name (Saint Nicholas, in English) refers to Greece’s patron saint of sailors, fronts the wide blue Bay of Mirabello, and is one that is typically found on the Greek island with neoclassical buildings, restaurants, bars and shops line the lakeside. Wander the streets and marina and soak up the sun in one of the many cafes.
Alexandria

Alexandria

One of the greatest cities in human history, known for its legend, mystique and iconic history. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great and has stories to tell about everyone from Cleopatra to Napoleon. The Pyramids of Giza, River Nile, Sphinx and the mega city of Cairo – Port Said and Alexandria are your portals to some of Egypt’s must-sees.
Alghero

Alghero

The old port of Alghero has a distinctive Catalan feel – dubbed as 'Little Barcelona' by its 14th century rulers. Alghero’s strong Catalan influences are revealed through its old fortifications, notably in the church of San Francesco with its colourful dome and gothic bell tower. The legacy extends to menus too, as paella features prominently amongst the charming collection of bars and restaurants dotted around the cobbled streets.
Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi, Italy

The Amalfi coast has been called the greatest meeting of land and sea on earth. Situated in the Campania region between Sorrento and Salerno, Amalfi is one of the main towns, the other being Positano, on the world famous Amalfi Drive - known as the most romantic drive in Italy. The road is gouged from the side of rocky cliffs plunging into the sea. Erosion has contorted the rocks into mythological shapes and hollowed out fairy grottoes where the air is turquoise and the water an icy blue. During the Middle Ages, Amalfi was an independent maritime state with a population of 50,000. The ship compass was invented here in 1302.
Antalya

Antalya

Antalya is a Turkish resort city which is the gateway to Turkey's southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast. Remnants remain from Antalya's time as a major Roman port. Follow the footsteps of a Roman Emperor at Hadrian's Gate, discover Ottoman-era houses and gardens in the old town of Kaleici and meet the founder of Turkey - Kemal Ataturk at his striking monument in Republic Square.
Ashdod

Ashdod

The striking coastline of Ashdod in Israel's Holy Land has witnessed the evolution of history. Revered pilgrimage sites, a 24-hour city and aromatic bazaars are all within easy reach of Ashdod. Here you will have the opportunity to explore two of the world's most celebrated cities, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Athens

Athens

Sun-drenched and mythic, Athens is a big and modern metropolis with inspiring world heritage marvels at its very heart. The most important city-state in ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy is also the sprawling capital of Greece today, but most of the major archaeological and historical sites are to be found within a compact area around the Acropolis itself. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and rightly considered to be the cradle of Western Civilization. Even a short visit of the Greek capital’s highlights, starting with the iconic Acropolis, is enough to fall under its legendary spell. And then there’s the Plaka! This enchanting, historic neighbourhood curls around the bottom of the slopes of the Acropolis. Cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured neoclassical townhouses and myriad shops and cafes make this the most beautiful neighbourhood for a stroll.
Athens – Lavrion Port

Athens – Lavrion Port

Sun-drenched and mythic, Athens is a big and modern metropolis with inspiring world heritage marvels at its very heart. The most important city-state in ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy is also the sprawling capital of Greece today, but most of the major archaeological and historical sites are to be found within a compact area around the Acropolis itself. Celestyal Cruises operates its three and four night Iconic Aegean cruises from a dedicated terminal facility at LAVRION PORT & MARINA. Lavrion is a historic small Greek town on the outskirts of the greater Athens area and just a 10-minute drive from the world-renowned site of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. The port and city of Lavrion is one more interesting destination worth discovering.
Athens – Piraeus port

Athens – Piraeus port

Sun-drenched and mythic, Athens is a big and modern metropolis with inspiring world heritage marvels at its very heart. The birthplace of democracy is also the sprawling capital of Greece today, but most of the major archaeological and historical sites are to be found within a compact area around the Acropolis itself. The Plaka is an enchanting, historic neighbourhood curls around the bottom of the south and east slopes of the Acropolis. Cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured neoclassical townhouses and myriad shops and cafes make this a must for a stroll. PIRAEUS is home to Europe's biggest passenger port and has many attractions including religious and historic landmarks as well as fantastic restaurants. Located only 12 km from the city of Athens. Piraeus Port has four cruise terminals - please check which terminal your cruise will be embarking at!
Bandol, France

Bandol, France

Tucked into a sheltered bay around the corner from busy Marseille, Bandol possesses a quiet charm that is rare on the Cote d’Azur. Its beachy side is along the Anse de Renecros.
Barcelona

Barcelona

Delve into the Picasso Museum or Miró Foundation. Explore the genius of Gaudí too, as you survey the city from Parc Güell, witness the extraordinary Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, and marvel at his unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. After all that sight-seeing a shady spot in one of Barcelona's numerous cafés provides the perfect vantage point for watching the colourful street performers on Las Ramblas.
Bari

Bari

Journey to the captivating port town of Bari, nestled in the stunning region of Puglia, Italy. Immerse yourself in its rich history and vibrant charm, while you explore its ancient streets and architectural wonders. Wander through the bustling local markets and let the scent of freshly baked bread and the lively chatter of locals enfold you, offering an alluring glimpse into the authentic Puglian lifestyle.
Bilbao

Bilbao

The Basque city and cruise port of Bilbao in northern Spain has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe following the opening of the imaginatively-designed Guggenheim modern art gallery, which is an architectural work of avant-garde art in its own right. Until then, Bilbao was very much a working city but it has always boasted a lively old town dating from the 14th century. Through the winding alleyways of the Casco Viejo you can stop to sample tapas at the many exceptional local bars and restaurants.
Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum, Turkey

Today Bodrum is a picturesque yacht harbor filled with traditional wood-varnished sailboats, charming outdoor cafes and streets bursting with small shops selling carpets, leatherwear, jewelry and local artwork. In antiquity, it was the site of ancient Halicarnassus.
Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada is an idyllic Aegean island that has stayed far away from the usual tourist-luring tricks, allowing for its natural charm to attract visitors. Also known as Tenedos, the former Greek island is full of cobblestoned streets, old rustic homes with colourful windowpanes, deserted sandy beaches, excellent vineyards, and traditional tavernas under the grapevines. This tiny island 12 miles off the Turkish coast embodies the ideal of the “hidden gem.” Its harbour is dominated by a sprawling fortress. There is no compelling attraction here other than the picturesque, but unpretentious charm of a quiet, unspoiled haven. Much of the island is dedicated to vineyards producing both red and white varietals. Ayazma beach offers clear water, although freshwater springs keep the water chilly even in the summer heat. At the peninsular Polente Feneri, a white lighthouse is guarded by a picket of modern, three-bladed windmills. Local flavours worth tasting are red poppy syrup and a luscious tomato jam you won’t find anywhere else.
Brindisi

Brindisi

Set on a peninsula between two arms of the Adriatic Sea, Brindisi was an important port of the Roman Empire, and later for the East India Company. In the 2nd century BC the Appian Way was built, linking the port to Rome, and a column near the harbour marks the end of that famous route. It is here that in 71 BC, the gladiator Spartacus led thousands of rebel slaves in an unsuccessful escape. Today visitors find Romanesque churches, a 13th-century castle and, in the surrounding Apulia region, remains of ancient Messapian culture.
Cadiz

Cadiz

You cruise right into the heart of historic Cadiz as immediately across the busy Avenida del Puerto from the Spanish port is the main square and shopping area. Cadiz dates back to the 12th century BC so is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western world but sultry Seville has long since outgrown its neighbour. La Giralda (the bell-tower next to its Gothic cathedral), is in Seville's historic Jewish quarter which also has the whitewashed houses and exquisitely coloured bougainvillea that everyone associates with this lovely city. With a low-key, laid-back vibe, it’s famed for its seafood, sand and sunlight. Cadiz is a pleasure to explore on foot with winding alleyways, vast plazas and stunning architecture.
Cagliari

Cagliari

Cagliari is situated in southern Sardinia, Italy. This historic city overlooks the Mediterranean sea. Maybe you'll want to take a relaxing stroll around the historic centre, enjoying refreshment in one of the many cafes that line charming piazzas. Or perhaps you'll set off to explore its 13th century towers and fine museums.
Callao

Callao

With so many countries, three continents and thousands of years of history on the itinerary of our Mediterranean cruises, there are plenty of ways to discover this ancient sea. You can step into grand cities and laid-back harbours, discover lively resorts and sleepy islands, stand before vibrant modern architecture or age-old wonders.
Çanakkale

Çanakkale

Cruising through the Dardanelles strait - straddling Asia and Europe - Canakkale may sit at the narrowest part, but its history is one to broaden the mind. History and mythology merge in a city defined by its strategic location – Çanakkale is your entry point to the ancient city of Troy and the famous Gallipoli Battlefields. From the cruise ship you can spot the wooden Trojan horse on the vast yacht-lined waterfront promenade - serving a taster of what awaits.
Cartagena

Cartagena

An ancient city with a name to match - it was founded more than 2 200 years ago by a Carthaginian leader Hasdrubal - Cartagena is now one of Spain's busiest commercial centres.
Cartagena, Mediterranean

Cartagena, Mediterranean

With a fascinating history dating back 3,000 years the natural harbour of Cartagena is a major naval port due to its unique position on the Mediterranean coast. A stroll amidst Cartagena's more recent modernista-style architecture- all flamboyant curves, ornate balconies and striking mosaics- may make the ideal prelude to an asitico, the local liqueur coffee.
Casablanca

Casablanca

Welcome to cosmopolitan Casa, a name synonymous with North African mystique. Explore its busy bazaar in search of leather, ceramic and wooden souvenirs then wind down the scenic Corniche promenade which arcs along the coast. It leads to the stunning Hassan II Mosque, rising in smooth marble from a rocky outcrop crowned by a majestic 210-metre minaret.
Catania

Catania

Located between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea, this ancient city has suffered the violence of nature on several occasions, while its people have strived to rebuild it. An earthquake in 1693 resulted in the Baroque palaces evident today. Originally founded by Greek colonists, 'Katane' was later conquered by the Romans and its Roman Theatre is one of the best examples of Roman architecture to be found. Head to Catania's principal square, at the end of busy Via Etnea and you'll find most of its main points of interest nearby, including its much photographed lava statue and the Duomo.
Cephalonia

Cephalonia

An authentic, rugged and definitely non-touristy Greek island community, Cephalonia’s unspoilt and timeless allure is a wonderful setting for a true love story – including Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The largest of the Ionian islands, Cephalonia is home to just 30,000 residents, living mainly in the coastal towns and resorts. Others live much as they have done for centuries, in remote mountain villages.
Cesme, Turkey

Cesme, Turkey

A popular holiday and resort destination, Cesme is located on a promontory on the tip of a peninsula that carries the same name. The town itself is dominated by the medieval Cesme Castle, while the back streets invite a casual stroll with their old Ottoman and Greek houses that charm passers-by.
Ceuta

Ceuta

Across the water from Gibraltar, Ceuta (pronounced they-OO-tuh) is a tiny Spanish territory that sits on the tip of Morocco. As you arrive at this ancient port, you can't miss 500-year-old Royal Walls rising from the sea. These fortifications are a favourite attraction with visitors, and the first hint that you're in for plenty of interesting architecture and history as you stroll around this compact city. Along the main street, Calle Camoens, designer shops sit beside historic buildings, including the Casa de los Dragones. Just look up to see these creatures taking flight above your head. The palm-lined streets are distinctly Spanish in style, and there are plenty of tapas bars if you're feeling peckish.
Chania, Crete, Greece

Chania, Crete, Greece

Lying along the north coast of Crete is Chania, the second largest city of the island. Chania is bordered by endless stretches of seashore, with inlets and islands of exotic beauty and sandy beaches tucked away at the foot of the island's forbidding mountains.
Chios, Greece

Chios, Greece

With a rich history stretching back to ancient times, Chios’ mysteries and beauty capture hearts and minds as a matter of course. This ancient island is rumoured to be the birthplace of the legendary ancient poet Homer, with the Daskalopetra, or Teacher’s Stone, marking the spot
Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia

A visit to Rome is an unforgettable experience. Explore the legends of the ages: the Vatican and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Catacombs. Stroll down the Via Veneto or sip cappuccino in the Piazza di Spagna. Italy's 'Eternal City' is eternally fascinating. Throw a few coins in the Trevi Fountain and you may be back again!
Corfu

Corfu

Explore the legacies of Greek, Roman and Venetian Empires or simply marvel at nature's treasures on this beautiful island swathed in emerald green, lapped by turquoise waters and fringed with golden sand. The once pastel colours on Venetian buildings may have faded, but the welcoming scent of eucalyptus, fig and lemon trees are fragrant as ever.
Corigliano Calabro

Corigliano Calabro

You may give an understandable gasp of delight as you approach Corigliano Calabro on your ship. The white houses of the hilltop town look as if they've been piled higgledy-piggledy on top of each other and like they're tumbling into the sea. Climb to the castle to see its hall of mirrors, all framed in gilded stucco and hung with Bohemian crystal chandeliers from a trompe-l'oeil ceiling. And, as if your ship were not an opulent enough experience, you could always visit the nearby ancient city of Sybaris which amassed great wealth thanks to its fertile land and busy port.
Crotone, Italy

Crotone, Italy

Founded around 710 BC, Crotone was long one of the most flourishing cities of Magna Graecia, an area of Southern Italy extensively colonized by Greek settlers. Today, visitors enjoy the fruits of this port city's rich history, including Cortone's medieval cathedral, the 16th century castle of Charles V, as well as numerous museums and art galleries. Picturesque beaches invite a leisurely stroll followed by a carefree negroni at a nearby bistro.
Dardanelles, Turkey

Dardanelles, Turkey

As you sail in this unique part of the world, perhaps find an idyllic spot out on deck, with a glass of something refreshing and maybe even a pair of binoculars. As your Cunard Queen makes her way along the strait, keep a camera to hand to capture those special views to look back at again and again.
Dikili

Dikili

Rich in history and nature - Dikili is an idyllic Turkish retreat. Beautiful Blue Flag beaches, secluded bays and therapeutic spas - rest your mind and soul. Turquoise water glitters before you and isolated bays reveal their mystical charm – a place dripping in wondrous natural sights and history. Spend some time in the sweet coastal village of Bademli, further south on the Dikili Turkey map, and enjoy the peace and quiet as you stroll along seafront promenades and relax on pristine beaches. Journey inland and you’ll also uncover incredible ruins from ancient cities that whisk you centuries back in time.
Dubai

Dubai

With so many countries, three continents and thousands of years of history on the itinerary of our Mediterranean cruises, there are plenty of ways to discover this ancient sea. You can step into grand cities and laid-back harbours, discover lively resorts and sleepy islands, stand before vibrant modern architecture or age-old wonders. Your cruise to the Mediterranean may be a sophisticated jaunt to French Riviera and Italy’s Renaissance treasures. It may follow the fairytale Adriatic to Croatian gems and magical Venice. You could weave among Greek Islands filled with white-washed villages or even reach the imperial splendor of the Black Sea.
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Acknowledged as The Pearl of the Adriatic Dubrovnik is truly an amazing destination to visit. Its history is as rich and intriguing as the first sight of it looming out of crystalline waters is breathtaking. The Old Town was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and it is no wonder as you discover its morning market piled with fresh flowers, cheese and fish.
Elba

Elba

Noted for being the site of Napoleon's first brief exile, Elba is the largest island within the Tuscan Archipelago and lies a mere 20km from mainland Italy. Colourful houses, forts and a Martello tower all help create a charming scene around Portoferraio, its main harbour, while the island has also developed a reputation for its wines, well worth a tasting!
Ephesus

Ephesus

A great chance to brush up on your ancient history, explore the incredible 2,000 year old remains of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis and the Library of Celsius. Tread over the marble pathways to gaze at the goddess Nike or discover the colourful mosaic flooring in the ancient Roman homes. The palm-lined boulevard is the centre of town life with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
Florence or Pisa

Florence or Pisa

Tours are from Livorno. Allow yourself to be awed by one of Tuscany's Renaissance treasures, Florence. With red tiled roofs and magnificent architecture, this is the romantic capital of Italy. Marvel at the mosaic façade and stained glass of the Duomo and soak up the charming atmosphere of Santa Croce Square, with its colourful frescoes, shops, and quaint cafés, and stroll across the bustling 14th century Ponte Vecchio Bridge. Explore the splendours of charming Pisa, and witness the iconic Leaning Tower, the quirky star of the show! The Tower began tilting during the construction in the 12th century and each year leaned a bit more! Support was added in 1810 and the tower has been in the same position ever since.
Genoa

Genoa

Welcome to Genoa, the capital of Liguria, and the sixth largest city in Italy. It is used by many as a gateway to the Italian Riviera, but it has plenty else to offer besides. It is a place where history comes to life, its past evidenced most strongly by a complex and sprawling old city. The old architecture and winding alleys twist and turn, taking you on a journey back to the past. However, Genoa is a destination which is also looking toward the future. It was declared a 2004 City of Culture, and has therefore undergone some transformative makeovers recently.
Giardini Naxos, Italy

Giardini Naxos, Italy

This harbor on the eastern shore of Sicily near Messina gives us close access to the fabulous Greco-Roman ruins of Taormina, as well as the active volcano Mt. Etna. The temples, streets and large amphitheater of Taormina make it one of Italy’s premier ancient sites. Its location overlooking the sea and with the backdrop of snow-capped Etna complete the package and make it among the most famous attractions in the Mediterranean region. Giardini Naxos itself boasts a lovely beach at Lido Europa, and intrepid visitors can climb Mt. Etna to see a volcano close up.
Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Grab a cable car to carry you up the ancient Pillar of Hercules for views that will leave you breathless. For the wildlife enthusiast in you there's a stop to appreciate the diverse birdlife and to meet those famous Barbary Apes, of course! Beneath Gibraltar's white cliffs grow a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers grow here, some found nowhere else on Earth.
Gijon

Gijon

The scenic Spanish city of Gijon is capital of the Asturias region of northern Spain, and looks over the beautiful Bay of Biscay, with the grand Picos de Europa mountain range as its inland backdrop.
Golfo Aranci (Costa Smeralda), Sardinia, Italy

Golfo Aranci (Costa Smeralda), Sardinia, Italy

The Sardinian coastline is serrated by deep-cut coves of sparkling sea, surrounded by rocky prominences and edged in lovely strands of beach. The Aga Khan fell in love with the place, and dubbed it the Costa Smeralda, creating a magnet for the global glitterati
Granada

Granada

Malaga is famously Picasso’s birthplace, and its location has attracted explorers, merchants and artists from all over the world, across the centuries. Many left their mark on this cosmopolitan city. North from Malaga is friendly and vibrant Granada, where you’ll find the unique beauty of the Alhambra Palace and Gardens overlooking the city and across to the plains and mountains.
Gythion, Greece

Gythion, Greece

What could be more off the beaten track than a genuine ghost town? Gythion itself is a traditional Greek fishing port, packed with shops, tavernas and authentic old buildings. But its main draw for visitors lies an hour – and several hundred years – away, in the abandoned city of Mystras. Known as the ‘Byzantine Pompeii’ and best discovered on the Mystical Mystras shore excursion, the mountainside settlement rises beyond the ruins of ancient Sparta (where a stop on the tour is also made). It is an eerily well-preserved network of medieval homes, palaces and churches, with rare 14th-century frescos to be found inside some of the grandest.
Haifa

Haifa

Haifa is a northern Israeli port city built in tiers extending from the Mediterranean up the north slope of Mount Carmel. The city’s most iconic sites are the immaculately landscaped terraces of the Bahá'í Gardens and, at their heart, the gold-domed Shrine of the Báb.
Heraklion

Heraklion

Wander among the squares and fountains here in the island's capital and largest city, or gaze out over the azure blue waters of the Cretan Sea, as you enjoy fresh seafood in a local taverna on the promenade. Most likely, you'll seek out the immense reconstructed Minoan palace at Knossos. The incredible complex houses a warren of rooms decorated with columns and frescoes.
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Known as the Queen of the Dalmatian Islands, Hvar is an intriguing medieval town on an island with the same name, and is where celebrities and royalty come to indulge in summer pleasures. It’s considered the sunniest place in Croatia, making it ideal for relaxing days on stunning beaches surrounded by lush forest.
Ibiza

Ibiza

Now known as the clubbing capital of the Med due to its legendary nightlife, the Balearic island of Ibiza has much more than simply that to offer.You are sure to enjoy exploring the Old Quarter of its charming capital, Ibiza Town, with its 16th century citadel and fortifications rising steeply from the harbour and the Gothic Catalan cathedral, which doubles as a museum, while contemporary art is on display at the Museu d'Art Contemporani.There are more stylish designs on display in the chic fashion boutiques in the lower town where you will also find numerous restaurants, cafés and bars.If you just want to flop, head for the nearby family-friendly beaches at La Salinas and Es Cavellet.
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Layers of history, tradition merging with modernity, and awe-inspiring architecture – Istanbul is like no other city in the world. Split between two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is truly unique. It boasts lavish Byzantine and imperial mosques with sky-high minarets that make up the city's skyline; your first sight from the Bosphorus Strait on your Istanbul cruise. There's an endless list of must-see sights to tick off, all conveniently packed into the Sultanahmet district.
Izmir

Izmir

Enter the blue azure-bay Bay of Izmir, watching the lively city approach with its distinctly Turkish skyline. The Pearl of the Aegean, Izmir has a rich heritage of multicultural influences, so the cuisine and communities are endlessly inviting.
Katakolon (Olympia)

Katakolon (Olympia)

The small commercial port of Katakolon serves the inland town of Pyrgos as chief export centre for grapes, raisins, regional fruits and vegetables that grow in the fertile hinterland. 24km in the distance lies Olympia, the sacred ancient site where the Olympic Games had their beginnings.
Kavala

Kavala

Kavala city is a beautiful balance of urban spaces, beaches and lush green foothills. Layer upon layer of history, modern restored warehouses and some of the best seafood tavernas around - step into characterful Kavala. Modern neoclassical mansions, Byzantine monuments and Islamic architecture evoke its long and varied history. Home to a whole host of religious sites that you’ll find dotted around the city, the old town is filled with multihued buildings, a castle with commanding views over the horizon and an Acropolis built on the ruins of the old Byzantine castle. Alternatively, find time for yourself in one of the perfect, tranquil beaches surrounding the city.
Kefalonia

Kefalonia

Delve into this jewel's beauty, renowned for its emerald green mountains, sparkling blue waters and inviting beaches. Fir covered lands dotted with charming villages meet a sparking coastline on Kefalonia, the largest Ionian Island in western Greece. Explore nature's best work in the Melissani Cave or watch yachts jostle as you sip a drink and enjoy the sun set on one of the fishing villages.
Koper, Slovenia

Koper, Slovenia

Located on the tip of Istria, Slovenia's main port was an island until the 19th century, but local history goes back much further. Called Aegida by the Greeks, Capris by the Romans and Justinopolis in Byzantine times, Koper was the influential city in the Venetian Empire and five mayors sat on the throne of the Venetian doges. Today monuments of this Golden Age line the cobblestone streets of an Old Town that boasts a wealth of architecture, cultural monuments and intriguing shops.
Korcula

Korcula

Was Marco Polo born here? That's the disputed claim to fame here, and you can even call in at his supposed birthplace. True or not, Korcula's exquisite medieval streets - encircled by sparkling sea on three sides, dominated by St Mark's Cathedral and home to the colourful Moreska Sword Dance - will certainly bring out the explorer in you.
Kos, Greece

Kos, Greece

Rugged white cliffs soar towards the sky, crystal beaches magically appear and lush green landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see – Kos island is a beauty to behold. Once you step foot on its shores, you’ll discover a bounty of ancient monuments, pristine beaches and rustic mountain villages.
Kotor

Kotor

Kotor is a lesser-known gem on a beautiful fjord-like gulf of the same name in Montenegro. It's a fairy-tale setting, where medieval spires rise dreamily over orange rooftops beside mountainous scenery. The landscapes grow ever more dramatic inland, not least in the Durmitor National Park, draped around the majestic Balkan Mountains.
Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi, Turkey

Gateway to one of Europe’s largest open-air archaeological museums; find ancient treasures in Kusadasi. Founded by the ancient Greeks, the City of Ephesus served as one of the key centers for Christianity and, due to its strategic location, was a significant trade center of the ancient world. It remains one of the most well-preserved sights in history and is a truly memorable highlight for visitors to Turkey. Kusadasi is a city full of immaculate beaches, lively nights and shopping heaven – a fun seaside city. A huge covered bazaar stretches out from the port and the buzz from trendy seaside bars and restaurants floats through the air. Lose track of time ambling from café to café and exploring its myriad of shops and historic sites.
La Coruna

La Coruna

Christened the Crystal City and home to the shrine of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna is a gem on Spain's north western coast. Tantalise your taste buds as you sample Galicia's mouth-watering seafood with octopus, oysters and scallops on the menu. If your taste is for history, feast on the vista from the world's only working Roman lighthouse.
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

The 14th century twin towers of St Nicolas Fort and the Tour de la Chaine (named after the chain once drawn across the harbour to keep out night intruders) ensure a dramatic entrance when you cruise between them into the French Atlantic cruise port La Rochelle-Pallice. The medieval city of La Rochelle is just 10 minutes away and offers an intriguing mix of well preserved and restored historic buildings and marketplaces within a lively modern city full of bars and restaurants and with an excellent aquarium. Tickle your taste buds with a visit to the small town of Cognac and its famous Courvoisier, Hennessy and Martell cellars. Along the way, you will pass through ancient towns like Saintes with Romanesque churches, arches and arenas.
La Spezia

La Spezia

Tucked into the Ligurian coastline between Genoa and Pisa, is the pretty town of La Spezia one of Italy's most important military and commercial harbours. But it's not this that attracts so many. La Spezia is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site called Cinque Terre a collection of five coastal villages perched on the coastline.
Limassol

Limassol

The second largest city in Cyprus, Limassol has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel, but visit the 12th century fort where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria - which now houses a fascinating medieval museum - and you'll discover a wealth of history. Unveil the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Pafos, and the legend of Aphrodite's Rock. Explore the traditional buzukias, Limassol's delightful taverns with entertaining live music, or acquaint your tastebuds with the popular local dish, moussaka.
Lisbon

Lisbon

Portugal's capital spreads its ancient sites on seven steep hillsides that overlook the Tagus River. Feast your eyes on St. George's Castle which overlooks the city atop the highest hill, or the countless balconies ablaze with geraniums and wrought iron lamps that light up the medieval Alfama quarter. Wonder up to the Bairro Alto where you may hear the sorrowful fado singers ring out from cafés.
Livorno

Livorno

Allow yourself to be awed by one of Tuscany’s Renaissance treasures, Florence. With red tiled roofs, tiny shops and magnificent architecture, this is the romantic capital of Italy. Marvel at the mosaic façade and stained glass of the Duomo, gaze up at the tilting bell tower of Pisa and soak up the sight of the beautiful gold and silver workshops huddled together over the River Arno.
Mahon, Menorca, Spain

Mahon, Menorca, Spain

Mahon is the capital of Menorca, second largest of the Balearic Islands. It stands out from the others because of the abundance of prehistoric structures, and because its culture was influenced by British occupation in the 18th century. The people who built the prehistoric constructions are believed to have been responsible for similar works in Sardinia, and for Stonehenge in England. Believed to have been founded by the Carthaginian General Mago, Mahon was held by the Moors from the 8th to the 13th century and in turn occupied by the English, the French and the Spanish. Mahon was finally ceded to Spain by the Treaty of Amiens in 1802.
Malaga

Malaga

The birthplace of Picasso and known as Málaga the Beautiful, Másaga's privileged location has attracted travellers, merchants, artists and explorers for centuries who have left their mark on this cosmopolitan city. It is the gateway to the beaches of Torremolinos, the exclusive clubs and marina of Marbella and Puerto Banus and its striking old quarter by the cathedral offers a relaxed atmosphere with spectacular views.
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris is situated on a marvelous natural harbor where Lord Nelson organized his fleet for the attack on the French at Abukir in 1789. The once sleepy fishing village has 10,000 permanent residents but its numbers swell in the summer months when Turkey's rich and famous come for holidays.
Marseille

Marseille

A former spa resort, Aix-en-Provence, provides a soothing atmosphere to stroll around as you are accompanied by the sounds of fountain after gently bubbling fountain. If the cobbled streets, dry stone walls, swaths of lilac lavender and tiny farmhouses of Arles feel familiar, you probably have Van Gogh to thank, he produced an astonishing 200 paintings during his first year here.
Messina

Messina

Only three miles from mainland Italy, Messina sits on Sicily's North-Eastern tip under Mt Etna's unerring gaze. Set your watches! One of Messina's undoubted attractions is the astronomical clock housed inside a soaring bell tower on the Piazza del Duomo. Its midday show of bronze mythological figures and roaring lions is a spectacle to behold.
Messina, Italy

Messina, Italy

Only three miles from mainland Italy, Messina sits on Sicily’s northeastern tip under Mount Etna’s unerring gaze. Messina is known as "the door of Sicily" and has always been a lively trading centre. One of Messina’s top attractions is the astronomical clock, housed in a soaring bell tower on the Piazza del Duomo. Be there for midday, and see the display of bronze mythological figures and lions.
Mgarr, Gozo, Malta

Mgarr, Gozo, Malta

A port not often visited by cruise ships, being more accustomed to welcoming fishing boats and private yachts. Malta’s smaller sister-isle has a lot of charm to offer. Villages such as Mgarr all boast tall, elaborately carved churches, the result of a combination of fine-grained, easily carved stone, time, and stonemasons whose skill is matched only by their religious devotion. The city of Victoria was so named to honor the British queen’s Diamond jubilee.
Milos

Milos

Dreamlike volcanic landscapes, legendary beaches and quaint fishing villages – Milos island is dramatic in every sense.
Monemvasia

Monemvasia

Although connected to the mainland by a causeway, the area of Monemvasia looming from the sea is an island. The medieval city seems to tumble down the sheer rock to the sea, crowned by the Byzantine church of Ayia Sophia nearly 275m above. In the Middle Ages, the famous Malmsey wine was made here.
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

With so many countries, three continents and thousands of years of history on the itinerary of our Mediterranean cruises, there are plenty of ways to discover this ancient sea. You can step into grand cities and laid-back harbours, discover lively resorts and sleepy islands, stand before vibrant modern architecture or age-old wonders.
Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

A real vision of Greek island beauty, Mykonos is a sight to behold, with the cobalt blue Aegean waters that wash around its border onto gold sand beaches. Inland, white sugar-cube houses and red roofed churches add to the picturesque appeal. Meander through the jumble of tiny streets, where bougainvillea, clematis and geraniums cascade from balconies. No wonder it was such a favourite of Aristotle.
Nafplion, Greece

Nafplion, Greece

Held to be one of the loveliest small towns in all the islands, Nafplion has a tradition and culture all its own. The sheltered location, below a rocky headland crowned by a Venetian fortress is perhaps unrivaled in Greece. After the Greek revolution of the early 19th century, Nafplion served as the first modern capital. The neoclassical houses, large official buildings and carefully planned seafront streets all date from this period.
Naples

Naples

Sail into the beautiful Bay of Naples with its spectacular views of Capri and Ischia islands. This delightful city - Napoli to the Italians - has something for everyone, from ancient churches and universities, stunning parks, to scrumptious restaurants. A visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale to see an abundance of mosaics from the buried city of Pompeii is a must.
Nydri, Nisos Lefkada

Nydri, Nisos Lefkada

Set in a picturesque inlet, the town of Nydri is a favourite Ionian yacht harbour. Explore the vast olive groves that blanket Lefkada’s landscape, and the famous Nydri Waterfalls.
Olympia

Olympia

Step back in time almost 3,000 years ago, where ancient glory awaits at Olympia: the birthplace of the Olympic games. The marble starting blocks are still visible where 20,000 spectators once stood to watch the Olympians. The eternal flame of Attis casts its unwavering gaze over the site, and today sends off the torch on its journey.
Opatija, Croatia

Opatija, Croatia

On the western peninsula of Croatia, just south west of the city of Rijeka Croatia, lies the beautiful town of Opatija. Anyone visiting the area will instantly understand why this small Croatian village of just 8,000 inhabitants is so popular. With its breathtaking views over the Adriatic towards the Kvarner Islands and up towards the Istrian mountains in the distance, Opatija really is a place of natural beauty. It is an ideal holiday resort, with its lovely mild climate, extensive beaches and 43-kilometre coastline. The European elite frequented the town for many centuries, earning it the well-deserved title, "The Adriatic Nice".
Oporto

Oporto

Let your inner-photographer loose in Oporto, a city full of character, notably its exquisite blue and white tiles especially those that so beautifully grace the exteriors of the Carmo and Capela das Almas churches. Leave an afternoon to explore the medieval Ribiera district, snap cask-laden wooden boats and the iron Dom Luis Bridge that spans the River Douro.
Palamos, Spain

Palamos, Spain

Located at the foot of the mountains on Spain's rugged Costa Brava, Palamos boasts seven superb beaches, Iberian archeological remains from the year 6 BC, and the Church of Sant Esteve on the beach. Highlighting the town center is its 16th-century cathedral.
Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca

Arriving in Mallorca's capital, Palma, you'll find a vibrant city of boutiques, cafés and markets in medieval lanes, all under the watchful gaze of its immense and photogenic gothic sandstone cathedral. Beyond Palma, the island's gorgeous coast shelters beautiful coves, calm harbours and the lavish villas of the rich and famous.
Patmos

Patmos

Renowned for its religious history, Patmos is a picturesque Greek island that boasts hidden beaches, untouched landscapes and an authentic atmosphere. A dreamlike aura, volcanic landscapes and sacred sites; fall in love with an idyllic off-the-beaten-track island. Situated in the Aegean Sea, Patmos is where Saint John had the visions that inspired the Book of Revelation. For this reason, the island has been famous since early Christian times and is still a major pilgrimage destination.
Piraeus

Piraeus

Row upon row of ferries, fishing boats and luxury yachts that stretch out as far as the eye can see – Piraeus welcomes you to the ancient city of Athens.
Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada

These cruises offer as much flexibility as you like, allowing you to create your own holiday. So, choose simply to cruise only leaving you to arrange travel to and from the ship. Perfect if you want to explore your country of embarkation or disembarkation a little more. Or, leave everything to us. For a competitive supplement, we'll arrange all your flights and transfers so you can relax and look forward to your holiday. If you are intending on travelling independently in order to visit relatives or explore a destination in more depth, we can still take care of your flight arrangements.
Portovenere, Italy

Portovenere, Italy

The port is lined with ancient houses from as early as the 12th century. And the dominant citadel dates from then, as well. Below that, explore the grotto where Lord Byron used to daydream. Or climb the castle beside St. Peter’s church for a view of the villages of Cinque Terre clinging to the cliffs across the gulf.
Propriano

Propriano

Propriano is the midpoint between Bonifacio, to the south, and Corsica’s capital Ajaccio, the north, which overlooks the Gulf of Valinco. Marvel at the imposing Church of Notre Dame de la Misericorde. From Propriano, you can explore the island’s wealth of lovely beaches, charming villages and rugged scenery. Corsicans lived under the rule of the Republic of Genoa for almost five hundred years up until a brief period of independence from 1755. France then conquered the island in 1769, and it remains one of France’s 18 regions, even if many strands of its culture are more Italian than French. You’ll notice this in its cuisine and language, which is closely related to Italian, especially in the north. For a glimpse into traditional Corsican life, head to one of Corsica’s most enchanting towns, Sartène. Its tall, grey granite houses seem to extend out of the high ridge it has occupied since mediaeval times. Orange rooftops and a backdrop of tooth-like peaks create a fairy-tale impression, and its narrow cobbled lanes invite discovery. This part of the island is also likely to intrigue wine connoisseurs, with 40 acres of vineyards spread across the countryside, and the opportunity to sample the local reds. Propriano itself dates mainly from the early 19th century, and has an attractive centre of sand-coloured buildings with terracotta roofs, all overlooked by the Church of Notre Dame de la Misericorde. The scenic harbour is a mixture of modest fishing boats and exclusive yachts, while there are some excellent beaches nearby. You could always visit the island’s capital, Ajaccio, where Napoleon was born in 1769. It’s even possible to step inside his family home, the Maison Bonaparte, now a museum. The photogenic clifftop towns of Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio are both also within reach along the coast. Should you decide to devote your day to Corsica’s scenery, there are plenty of highlights. The generous gifts nature has bestowed upon the island include the Vizzavona Forest, the Prunelli Gorges or the Calanches, a surreal landscape of dramatic red granite rock formations plunging towards sea that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pylos, Greece

Pylos, Greece

Pylos occupies a superb and dominant position on one of the best natural harbors in Greece. Your gaze is inevitably drawn to the bay that is almost landlocked due to the position of the offshore island of Sfaktira. The Battle of Navarino, which took place here one night in 1827, effectively sealed Greek independence.
Rhodes

Rhodes

Expect a warm welcome to Rhodes, with its magnificent scenery and flawless beaches, that legend has it was once blessed by Apollo with sunshine and beauty. With a rich medieval history there is plenty to explore at Rhodes, from the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to the Grand Master's Palace is famed for its superb mosaic floors.
Rome

Rome

Tours are from Civitavecchia. A visit to Rome is an unforgettable experience. Explore the legends of the ages: the Vatican and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Catacombs. Stroll down the Via Veneto or sip cappuccino in the Piazza di Spagna. Italy's Eternal City is eternally fascinating. Throw a few coins in the Trevi Fountain and you may be back again!
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj, Croatia

On the Istrian peninsula of Croatia’s northern Adriatic coast, tiny, red-tiled Rovinj is perched on a domed headland now attached to the mainland. The town’s narrow, cobbled streets spiral up to the Church of St. Euphemia, whose Venetian-style campanile crowns the community.
Salerno

Salerno

Hugging the craggy cliff face along the Tyrrhenian Sea is the lively city of Salerno, its white-washed buildings piled higgledy-piggledy on top of each other, looking almost ready to topple into the sea. Yet this preserved Italian city has survived earthquakes, plagues and world war bombings. These knocks bring bags of character to the tiny passageways and hidden corners of the Historic Old Town, where trattorias serving fresh seafood and pasta e fagioli sit happily alongside trendy neon-lit bars.
Samos, Greece

Samos, Greece

Thick forests carpet the slopes of an island that’s shrouded in mystery and magic. Deep pockets of caves appear from nowhere and immaculate landscapes seem untouched by time. Cosmopolitan yet deeply historical, the island of Samos guards layer upon layer of fascinating history that only those who venture on its shores can truly discover.
Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

When you arrive by sea, there is no confusing the island of Santorini. Few islands have the power to captivate the way Santorini does. Gorgeous and cosmopolitan, it’s famous for that classic Greek island look with white painted houses clustered along narrow winding lanes, perched atop reddish-black volcanic cliffs that tumble down more than a thousand feet to the wide caldera. It’s easy to see how this island, the pearl of the Cycladic archipelago, can lay claim to being the source of the legend of Atlantis, either. Santorini, or “Thera” in Greek, is most celebrated for the dramatic views of its volcanic caldera, formed during a massive eruption around 1646 B.C. That eruption shook up the island - making its centre actually collapse - but also created some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Sarande, Albania

Sarande, Albania

This important port on Southern Albania curls around a superb natural harbor, dominated by the hilltop 16th century Lekuresi Castle with distinctive round towers. In the town center are the ruins of a 5th century synagogue, later a Christian basilica, with remnant mosaic floors. Another picturesque ruin is the Forty Saints Monastery from the 6th century, which is thought to have been an important pilgrimage site. But the main attraction in southern Albania is the archaeological site of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with extensive ruins of communities dating from prehistory, though the Greek and Roman eras, as well as the Byzantine period, until the medieval period.
Scenic Cruising the Calanques

Scenic Cruising the Calanques

The Massif des Calanques is a 20-km strip of rugged, sculpted cliffs, narrow inlets and spires located on the Mediterranean coast of the Bouche-du-Rhone department in France, between Marseille and Cassis. These bizarre formations are the result of erosion of the limestone and dolomite rock, with collapsed caves and eroded canyons from earlier geologic periods being flooded by rising sea levels.
Sete, France

Sete, France

The port town of Sete hugs the tiny Mont St. Clair, and is caught between the Mediterranean and the Bassin de Thau, a salt lake directly behind it. It is crisscrossed by numerous canals which link the lake to the sea, and connected by 12 bridges. Along the quay, renovated buildings provide a multitude of architectural details from the 18th and 19th centuries. The life of the town is found in its squares: Place Leon Blum, with its fountain and Wednesday morning flower market; Place Aristide, with its old fashioned bandstand; and Place de la Republique, with its huge retaining walls and vaulted loggias. Sete retains its historic purpose as a fishing boat haven for North African trade; the old harbor dates from the time of Louis XIV.
Seville

Seville

You cruise right into the heart of historic Cadiz as immediately across the busy Avenida del Puerto from the Spanish port is the main square and shopping area. Cadiz dates back to the 12th century BC so is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western world but sultry Seville has long since outgrown its neighbour. La Giralda (the bell-tower next to its Gothic cathedral), is in Sevilles historic Jewish quarter which also has the whitewashed houses and exquisitely coloured bougainvillea that everyone associates with this lovely city.
Sibenik

Sibenik

Sibenik is a historic city on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, and sits at the mouth of the River Krka. It is part of an Adriatic archipelago of 242 islands, islets and reefs lapped by crystal clear waters. Though lesser-known than some of the other cities along Croatia’s coast, Sibenik possesses much picturesque charm. Jutting into the deep natural harbour, it is a pleasing jumble of terracotta rooftops guarded by four imposing fortresses and mighty walls. Within these walls you will find lanes and passages winding up the hill and around the mediaeval centre.
Skiathos, Greece

Skiathos, Greece

This small island is the westernmost of the Northern Sporades group in the Aegean Sea. It is best known for its beaches, of which the island boasts 60 beaches along its 44 km coastline. These include the nearly legendary Kokounaries beach, Banana beach and Lalaria beach with its picturesque rock arch, which is accessible only by small boats. Skiathos town curves around a pretty harbour and has a lively nightlife during the tourist season. The campanile of the Panaghia Limnia church, built in 1837, rises above pine trees on a hill atop the town.
Skopelos, Greece

Skopelos, Greece

Much of the coast consists of steep cliffs, though the island does have a few beaches. Atop one of these cliffs stands the chapel of Agios Ioannis, which was the location for the wedding scene in the film “Mamma Mia.” The port town of Skopelos, or Chora, is famous for its protected stock of traditional Pelion-style houses. The Folklore Museum houses many artifacts from the local culture. Agios Athanasios church, from the 11th century, is just one of the islands 360 churches, although many are either privately owned or closed. There are some interesting Byzantine monasteries however. Beekeeping is popular on Skopelos, and flower or pine honey makes a nice souvenir. The Sporades are a main breeding area for the endangered Mediterranean monk seals.
Sorrento

Sorrento

Sorrento is a west-coast clifftop town in Italy’s Campania region, offering stunning views towards the Isle of Capri and along the coast to Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano in mainland Europe. The sun-kissed resort has an impressive cathedral, while the colourful houses, restaurants and churches seem to pile on top of each other towards the blue, cloudless sky.
Spetses, Greece

Spetses, Greece

Nicknamed “The Isle of the Aromas”, Spetsai is a delight to all of the senses. The island’s historic old town is a yachtsman’s paradise, boasting a stunning harbour, quaint shops and some of the finest restaurants in the Saronic Gulf. The rest of the island is relatively unpopulated and is ringed by a single road, along which you can travel in a horse-drawn carriage. As you pass by quiet, rolling hills, be sure to pause at one of the many quiet coves along the way to refresh yourself with a dip into the cerulean waters.
Split

Split

A vast third-century compound, The Palace of Diocletianis is Split’s main attraction. Its fortresslike complex houses an arched entrance court, temples, mausoleums, statues and even Egyptian Sphinxes. Gorge on an emperor’s banquet of delicious local fish and cheeses on Dalmatia’s coast – it’s a fitting feast after exploring the white Roman palace.
St. Nazaire

St. Nazaire

St Nazaire is renowned for its ship building (Cunard's Queen Mary II was built here in 2003) after the port became the departure and arrival point for France's first transatlantic crossings in 1862. To compare the facilities of Oceana with those of early cruise ships, visit Escal'Atlantic (housed in the impenetrable German submarine base) and you'll step off one ship straight onto another - it's a life-size reconstruction of an early ocean liner. You can also explore L'Espadon, a real submarine used by the French navy from 1960-1985.
Syracusa, Sicily, Italy

Syracusa, Sicily, Italy

Once home to Archimedes, Plato and Aeschylus during its height of power and prestige, Syracuse is superbly situated at the head of a beautiful bay and enjoys a mild climate.
Tangiers

Tangiers

Tangiers is located just 20 miles from Spain across from the Strait of Gibraltar. A bustling city, filled with shops, beaches and historical landmarks. Take in the views along the beachfront Ave Mohamed VI, and sample the local mint tea. Or visit the Kasbah Museum, located in the former Sultan's palace. The Souk in the Medina is also worth a visit with brasswork, leather goods, carpets, clothing and spices on offer.
Taranto, Italy

Taranto, Italy

In sunny southern Italy, Taranto cruise port is your gateway to Apulia’s whitewashed hill towns and white-sand beaches. Stay in the city and you’ll discover an old town with 15th-century heritage, reached by bridge from the chic, new area.
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

The thick Byzantine walls guarding Thessaloniki give way to an inviting mix of architectural landscapes with winding cobbled streets. Approaching the port, you will be captivated by a city that radiates culture and sophistication bathed in golden Greek sunshine. Palm-lined avenues house glamorous shops and gourmet restaurants. Beautiful churches appear from every corner, seasonal markets sell colourful local produce and shaded spots on Aristotelous Square are where you can sit back with a homemade ice cream and watch the world go by.
Toulon

Toulon

Better known as Frances main naval base than as a cruise port, Toulon has unexpected charm and is all the better for not being a major tourist destination as you can wander through the cobbled streets of its delightful old town untroubled by crowds. Look out for the superb maritime and art museums, the magnificent Romanesque cathedral and Le Marche, where fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables are bought to market every day. Ship buffs also have the bonus of watching the comings and goings of the French warships around the harbour. The best view of the old town and the harbour is from Mont Faron which overlooks both - take the funicular up from Boulevard Amiral Vence.
Transit Dardanelles Strait

Transit Dardanelles Strait

The Dardanelles Strait is a natural body of water connecting the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara, in western Turkey. Gaze out from the decks of your Cunard Queen at shores that have made history serving civilizations throughout the years.
Transit Messina Strait

Transit Messina Strait

Greek legends, migrating wildlife, and the occasional mirage make a journey through the Strait of Messina a uniquely fascinating voyage. Connecting the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Ionian Sea, between the Eastern tip of Sicily and Western Calabria, the narrow waterway of Italy’s Strait of Messina provides passage to more than 300 migrating birds and is a hotbed of biodiversity.
Trapani, Italy

Trapani, Italy

Bright stone buildings, Phoenician fortifications and centuries of monuments - these are just a few of Trapani's delights. The scythe-shaped town extends out to sea with Mount Erice towering above and the Tower of Ligny, a majestic landmark. Under Arab rule, Trapani was a thriving port for the production of salt, tuna, and coral. The city became famous in the 16th century for the beautiful pieces produced by Trapanese coral artisans. A lovely collection of their work can be seen in the Pepoli Museum.
Trieste

Trieste

Trieste is the capital city of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy. Founded by the Ancient Romans, it stands on the Adriatic coast below the Karst Plateau, a few kilometers from the border with Slovenia.
Valencia

Valencia

An ancient city, Valencia is an exhilarating mix of history, art and intellectual activity. Brave the 200 steps to the summit of the amphitheatre and you'll be rewarded with a scene of orange rooftops and blue-domed churches. Valencia's rich Hispanic culture is visible everywhere in art and architecture reflecting Roman, Visigoth, Moorish, and Aragonese traditions.
Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

The fortifications at Malta's Grand Harbour speak volumes about her past, indeed her reputation for valour during the Second World war earned her the George Cross and there aren't too many islands you can say that of!Mosta and Medina (the silent city) will vie for your attention if you want to go wandering.
Venice

Venice

Can any city match up to the romance of Venice? As the warm sunset casts its balmy glow over the charming canals it's hard to imagine it possible. Explore the maze of markets and cafés by gondola before heading to Harry's Bar to sip its famous Bellini cocktail. It won't take long on one of Venice' peaceful canals, beneath a beautiful bridge, for you to fall for this extraordinary city's spell.
Vigo

Vigo

An important fishing and commercial port, Vigo's shaded squares and cobbled streets make for a delightful amble around this old fishing town. First settled by Celts circa 600 BC, the Celtic legacy lingers on in Galicia's old legends and in the bagpipes played on festive occasions. Seafood is definitely on the menu here in one of the plentiful restaurants in the harbour.
Vis Island, Croatia

Vis Island, Croatia

Located some 30 miles off the Croatian coast, Vis is the most westerly inhabited island in the Adriatic and the largest in the Vis archipelago — a designated UNESCO Global Geopark and biodiverse haven for bottlenose dolphins, giant devil rays, and blue-fin tuna. The Greeks first settled here in the 4th century BC, followed by the Romans; during World War II, Vis served as an Allied base and refuge for future Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito. (You can visit the cave where Marshal Tito led his resistance efforts.) Only a few scattered ruins attest to the island’s former glory, although you can view Croatia’s largest collection of Hellenic artifacts at the archeological museum in Vis Town; just outside of town stands Fort George, built by the British in 1813. Closed to foreigners until 1989, Vis remains sparsely populated, much of it covered in vineyards, pine groves, and citrus orchards. Take a winery tour, relax on Rastovaca Beach, or hop on a moped and head to the tiny fishing village of Komiza; from there, catch a boat to Bisevo, an islet renowned for its mesmerizing Blue Cave.
Volos

Volos

Summer retreat of ancient gods, Mt Pelion now provides a beautiful backdrop for Volos, with its waterfront promenade, lively bars and Archaeological Museum. Volos is also a handy excursion point for Meteora - which translates as suspended in the air - the dramatic, inaccessible cliffs topped with photogenic medieval monasteries.
Zadar

Zadar

Zadar is a historic town - explore Roman ruins and medieval churches, or enjoy a relaxed afternoon in one of its many cosmopolitan cafes.
Zakynthos

Zakynthos

Zakynthos is a true vision of Ionian beauty. Turquoise waters, whitewashed villages and green countryside combine to dazzling effect all over the island. Its soft sands include the emblematic Shipwreck Beach, while the surrounding sea is home to turtles and the stunning Blue Caves where reflected sunlight creates a magical scene.