Itinerary: Barcelona, Marseille, Savona, Barcelona
With such a fantastic variety of cities, resorts and historically significant sites to visit, it’s little wonder that Mediterranean cruises remain an irresistible draw for so many of you.
From the charismatic, glamorous ports of call and sun-soaked beaches in the west to the culturally diverse and archaeologically fascinating cities of the east, this great sea has everything you could possibly want from a cruise holiday, with memories you’ll treasure forever.
Fall under the spell of scintillating Barcelona with its buzzing bars and bizarre architectural highlights, created by the wayward genius Antonio Gaudi. Take time to relax and catch the rays when you stop off at one of Spain’s Balearic island beauties with their busy resorts and bustling beaches. Put on your glitziest outfit and promenade along the people-watchers’ paradise that is the St Tropez seafront. Then it’s only a short journey further into the Med to find Naples and Rome, whose artistic and historic treasures wait to be discovered. There are the stunning islands of Greece and its capital, Athens, where you’ll want to take a tour round the Acropolis and the city’s other ancient monuments. As your Mediterranean cruise takes you further east, you’ll be aware of a cultural contrast as you encounter some of the world’s greatest archaeological sites like Egypt’s breathtaking Pyramids and Turkey’s ancient ruins at Ephesus, reached via modern day Kusadasi. Reach the chaotic, brash and wonderfully exciting city of Istanbul and you really have arrived at the place where East meets West as Europe tumbles into Asia in a colourful collision of cultures at a centuries-old trading crossroads. The brilliant, brazen Byzantine domes of Odessa in the Ukraine are evocative of an era of opulence and of the great power enjoyed by Eastern European rulers in bygone times.
Things to do in the Mediterranean
- Visit the impressive Sagrada Família in Barcelona
- See the ruins of ancient Pompeii
- Feast on Italian food in Rome
- Browse Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
- Sunbathe in St Tropez
- Scuba dive to underwater caves in Malta
- Have a flutter in the famous Monte Carlo Casino
- Tour the ancient ruins of Athens
Did you know?
The Romans called the Mediterranean Mare Nostrum (Our Sea).