From the glamour of the Riviera, to precarious hill top-towns, picture perfect beaches and incredible cuisine, the Mediterranean is bursting at the seams with exciting discoveries at every turn. With history, art, sightseeing opportunities all vying for your attention, it’s no wonder Mediterranean cruise holidays are such a popular choice with cruisers. Whether you decide to fly to join your cruise, or take a cruise from Southampton, sailing through the Mediterranean is one of the best ways to see everything Southern Europe has to offer.
From the southern shores of Portugal to the eye-catching coast of Italy, and all the ports and islands in between, a cruise across the Western Mediterranean offers a incredible array of sights, sounds and holiday experiences for all. Discover the diversity of Spain, and head for the cosmopolitan Catalonian capital of Barcelona, home to some of the world’s most incredible architecture, inspiring museums and alluring food – not to mention the fine weather and the picturesque beaches! Sail across the inky-blue sea to experience the Balearics, with a visit to its vivacious and vibrant islands such as Ibiza and Majorca, or cruise up along France’s Riviera coast, taking in the glamour of St Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo.
The richness of culture, cuisine and coastal beauty continues as you progress to Corsica and Sardinia, where a laid-back life among idyllic Mediterranean landscapes awaits. And then, of course, there's Italy. This treasure trove of history and heritage also provides unique style and epicurean diversity, from ravioli and risotto to gelatos and tiramisu. Head to Florence for astonishing architecture and Michelangelo's masterpieces, visit Rome to learn about gladiators in the Coliseum and pontiffs in the Vatican, or discover the storied origins of the Pizza Margherita in the sunny southern city of Naples. Last but certainly not least, round off your Italian adventure with a tour of the volcanic island Sicily.
The diversity of Europe becomes even more apparent as you venture further east, with the Eastern Mediterranean displaying influences and traditions from Ancient Greece, the Middle East and Asia.
The easterly coast of Italy offers delights such as the northern canal city of Venice, while across the water, the isles dotting the Croatian coast showcase several of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches. Greece's Ionian Islands offer pristine sands, as well as pretty port towns and villages. Cruising further east of the Mediterranean past Cyprus, passengers can take in the diversity of Turkey's rich and ancient landscape. Unforgettable cruises along the Bosphorus Strait pass through Istanbul and lead to the Black Sea – a spectacular route that traverses a great continental crossroad, from Europe into Asia.
Still further south, Mediterranean cruisers can also discover the northern coast of Africa, with stops such as Tunisia and Egypt – a unique mix of traditional Med culture with Middle Eastern influences.
With so many fabulous destinations to explore in the Mediterranean, with so much to see and so much more to do why wait? Choose from a Mediterranean fly-cruise or cruise from the UK – whatever you decide to choose we have there is a deal for you. Plus, you can stay up-to-date with the best a Mediterranean cruise has to offer with our blogs and guides.