The Mediterranean is the perfect cruise destination for those looking to take in many different cultures in one holiday – particularly in the eastern part of the region.
Taking an eastern Mediterranean cruise will bring you to the point where east and west start to collide as you sail from Italy to ports in Croatia, Greece, the Greek islands, Turkey, Malta and Egypt, offering a unique insight into this intriguing part of the world.
Venice is the most common departure point for eastern Mediterranean cruises, although cruise lines also set off from cities such as Rome, Savona and Bari.
Dubrovnik in Croatia is a popular destination and for good reason – its 13th century Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoys the best of the Croatian weather thanks to its southern location. The city is also well-known for its arts and culture-filled summer events and museums.
Cruises stopping in Greece will likely tie up in Athens, Olympia or Piraeus, each of which offer their fair share of ancient monuments and other sights to take in. For example, Athens is famous for the Acropolis, while Olympia is the original home of the Olympic Games and Piraeus has no fewer than three distinct harbors.
Some of the main cruise stops in the Greek islands include Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes, Santorini, Patmos, Samos and Delos and are worth checking if only for their vistas of golden beaches and clear blue seas.
Turkey is the country that is perhaps best known for its mish-mash of eastern and western cultures and offers a wealth of spectacular architecture coupled with exotic food and lively nightlife. Common cruise stops here include capital city Istanbul, the seaside resort of Bodrum and Kusadasi.
If your eastern Mediterranean cruise stops in Malta, you will find much to explore. The island is known for its historical attractions dating back more than 7,000 years, as well as its watersports, spas and beaches.
Alexandria in Egypt is another common stop on cruises around the eastern Mediterranean and is another must-see destinations thanks to its awe-inspiring views over the delta plain and its ancient monuments and structures.
Virgin Holidays Cruises is the place to book Mediterranean cruises, through a range of operators including Princess Cruises. Virgin Holidays Cruises is here to bring the UK a fresh and exciting perspective to cruising. It’s about tailor making cruises to suit everyone. Whether you’ve cruised before and fancy yourself as a bit of a pro, or if you’re new to cruises and need a little advice, Virgin Holidays Cruises’ Cruise Specialists can help you to find the perfect cruise holiday.
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