Historic destinations soaked in sweet sunshine – that’s what you’re in for when you embark on an Eastern Mediterranean cruise. You’ll sail along colourful coastlines pit-stopping in one culture-rich location after the other – the likes of glorious Greece, idyllic Italy and up-and-coming Croatia.
NEED SOME CRUISE ADVICE? CALL 0800 107 2323
The delightful destinations on offer in this region are just simply second-to-none. For one, the incredible natural beauty of Greece and its surrounding islands will leave an imprint on your heart forever.
Step back in time in one of the world’s oldest cities, Athens, as you’re surrounded by ancient landmarks like the Temple of Hephaestus. And the idyllic islands don’t disappoint either – sample local wines amid white-washed domed buildings in Santorini, swim in cobalt-blue waters off the coast of Corfu and learn the ins and outs of Greek mythology in Mykonos. You’ll come away feeling like a Greek god or goddess in no time!
Cruises to Croatia are quickly becoming a popular part of Eastern Mediterranean itineraries, and with its medieval atmosphere and glittering views of the Adriatic sea, it’s easy to see why.
Dubrovnik’s impressive 16th-century walls encircling the Old Town will have you in awe from the moment you step off your ship, and this destination is so stunningly surreal that it’s been used as a major filming location in one of TV’s most popular series – HBO’s Game of Thrones. So immerse yourself in the scenes of the show and delve deep into the city’s historic core.
Hop across the Adriatic and you’ll find yourself in the opulent Italian city of Venice. Take an iconic gondola ride down one of its many waterways and canals, passing by balconied buildings and floating under historic bridges. Snap pictures of the bold Basilica in St Mark’s Square and cool down with a taste of traditional gelato – you won’t find flavours more authentic than in this sophisticated city.
The spirit of the Venetian empire can be seen in the coastal town of Kotor in Montenegro, too. Soak up its sublime natural setting – the very edge of a mountain-rimmed bay – and explore medieval structures that have even earned themselves a place on the World Heritage list.
You might even make a pit-stop in sunny Cyprus! Boasting some of the Med’s most beautiful beaches and serving up fresh cuisine, soaring temperatures and a charming island-life atmosphere, this small isle will capture your heart with its colourful coastlines and compelling culture.
The summer months of July and August are when you’ll find the Eastern Med is hot, hot, hot! Areas of Greece for example can reach highs of up to 34°c, only cooling to low temperatures of 24°c. So make sure you pack that sunscreen!
If you’re not a fan of the blistering heat, spring and autumn offer slightly cooler temperatures – making it just that bit easier to explore more comfortably.