A Mediterranean cruise holiday promises amazing experiences wherever your voyage takes you. From gorgeous natural scenery to spectacular ancient landmarks, this incredible region has something for everyone, with an endless list of inspiring itineraries for travellers to choose from. Beaches galore await in mainland Spain and the Balearics, while iconic landmarks and supreme cuisine are on the menu in Italy. Chart a course for Greek shores to enjoy picture-perfect vistas and a spot of culture, or set sail for the French Riviera, a perfect destination for those seeking a little romance.
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Set sail across the Mediterranean for an exceptional luxury cruise holiday, taking in sensational destinations sure to excite and inspire. Each itinerary promises something different, with every region having its own unique characteristics, and all ports of call boasting unbelievable attractions and captivating scenery. You’ll also enjoy exceptional weather, with sunshine on tap wherever you stop.
A cruise around the western Mediterranean gives you the opportunity to explore a range of wondrous destinations in Spain, France, Spain and Portugal, discovering historic architecture, enriching cultures, phenomenal sights and culinary delicacies. Chart a course for Barcelona to take in the stunning La Sagrada Familia and stroll along La Rambla, or make a stop in Monaco for a taste of the high life. A visit to Rome offers the chance to experience the iconic Colosseum and awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel, while Lisbon is a popular spot to discover historic castles and cathedrals. The western Mediterranean is also a superb spot for beaches, with the Spanish city of Valencia and the beautiful Balearic Islands offering glorious sandy shorelines and warm turquoise waters.
Of course, captivating coastlines can be enjoyed right across the region and the picturesque seafronts of the eastern Mediterranean are equally appealing. The beaches of Croatia, Malta and Greece are not to be missed, while the island of Santorini offers incredible sea views and world-famous sunsets. A cruise around the eastern Mediterranean also offers much in the way of history, with Athens, Dubrovnik in Croatia, and Istanbul in Turkey, perfect ports of call for discovering fascinating ancient treasures.
The Mediterranean region is a heaven for foodies. Whichever port you sail into, you can be sure to find amazing cuisine that will tantalise your taste buds.
The freshest of seafood can be enjoyed in destinations right across the Mediterranean, with each country putting their own unique spin on the dishes created.Grilled octopus is sure to be on the menu in the restaurants and tavernas of the Greek islands, white paella, created using the fruits of the sea, can be enjoyed in the coastal resorts of Spain.
Meat is also a staple across the Mediterranean and is featured in dishes such as schnitzel in Croatia, tapas in Spain and moussaka in Greece. If pizza and pasta are your thing, then you should definitely include Italy in your ports of call, while any wine connoisseurs are encouraged to add a stop in the south of France to their cruise itinerary.
The best time for a luxury cruise holiday in the Mediterranean depends on your particular travel needs and your preference of activities in the ports of call you wish to visit. The sailing season in the region runs from April to November when the weather is warm and restaurants, shops and attractions, which usually close in the winter, are all open. During this period there are a variety of things that might sway your decision on when to take to the seas.
Those hoping to travel during the hottest months of the year, should book their cruise for July or August. This is ideal for families, fitting perfectly with school holidays and a great time to enjoy sun-drenched beach days. Couples seeking a romantic escape without the crowds, may prefer a Mediterranean voyage in June when the weather is still hot. The spring and autumn months are also options if school holidays are not an issue, and can be great times to land a fantastic deal on your Mediterranean cruise holiday.
Spellbinding sights and unbelievable attractions can be enjoyed all around the Mediterranean, with a variety of world-famous landmarks and breath-taking scenery to discover during every luxury cruise holiday. If spectacular coastal views float your boat, you’re in luck, as this incredible region serves up beauty by the bucket load, with Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Dubrovnik, in Croatia, and the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini of particular note. You’ll also find an array of superb beaches along every stretch of shoreline.
The ports of call of the Mediterranean are also home to an array of historic gems. Athens in Greece; Venice, Rome, Naples and Florence in Italy; Barcelona and Valencia in Spain, and Istanbul in Turkey are just a few of the places where you can discover some of the region’s most iconic monuments.