Cruising the Mediterranean
We visit museums to enrich our knowledge on art, on history, and to experience different civilizations. We tend to visit our home museums often, and we make sure to visit, at least once, the important museums of every city we travel to. But what if we can grab the unique -often once in a lifetime- opportunity to combine the luxurious accommodations and lifestyle amenities of a modern cruise ship with a sampling of the best "natural" museums in the whole wide world, under the bright clear blue sun, with a surprising diversity of destinations within short distances, and enjoy nature, culture, history, all at once! In the span of one holiday, you can visit multiple destinations with no packing or unpacking... You don’t have to worry about missing a connecting flight or extra transportation costs, let alone finding a parking spot. With the added convenience of “a floating hotel” that follows you, your accommodation costs are already covered. So you can spend more time enjoying your holiday, and a lot less time —and money— on figuring out where you’re going to stay. When you go cruising, not only do you have a variety of restaurants to choose from, but your meals are also included along the way. And while planes, trains, and cars offer less than spacious seating and practically nothing to entertain you, on a cruise you’ll be able to unwind in between ports with a wide choice of complimentary activities, nightly shows, and enrichment programs, or enjoy a little quality time for yourself with spa treatments and personal training sessions. Finally, at the end of the day, you can fall asleep in a wonderfully comfortable stateroom with all the amenities of a boutique hotel, complete with 24-hour room service, and then wake up in a new town or country...
Welcome to a Mediterranean cruise! When one thinks of the Mediterranean, you picture charming seaside villages, cobbled streets, delicious food, crystal clear waters, timeless culture, and adventure. Twenty two countries have a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, so if you want to see a lot in a short amount of time, but only want to unpack once, cruising is the perfect way to explore the Mediterranean. These cruises offer the unique opportunity to visit and learn about the countries and the people facing this sea, and their long history just like ancient mariners did as they sailed across the Mediterranean.
Most Europeans go on vacation in August when it is hotter, so if you can travel earlier or later it will pay off. At peak season you'll have a greater choice of cruises and itineraries, but also more crowds and higher prices. Cruising from April to May or late September to mid-October will mean fewer kids, as it usually won't coincide with school holidays, as well as cheaper prices and slightly cooler weather. The Eastern Mediterranean will be warmer. Visit Greece, Italy, Croatia or Malta.
Itineraries range from 6 to 23 nights. Many Mediterranean excursions revolve around museums, cathedrals, and ruins. Some of the best excursions are simple walking or bike tours, where you'll get to take your time and explore the destinations like a local. You will get an opportunity to get a closer look at the historic ports. Take advantage of the organised excursions and enjoy the Greek sun while visiting important archaeological sites or the museums that host the best of the best findings of each era, and at the same time to familiarize yourselves or even grow a passion for the local music while you indulge in the delicacies and the healthy nutrition of the now world-famous Mediterranean diet and cuisine.
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