if you're a fan of art and antiquities, a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean is right up your alley. With itineraries that include the Adriatic/Dalmation Coast, Black Sea, Greek Isles and Holy Land, the region is a treasure trove for history lovers. Ports such as Venice and Athens have their own unique flavor, while the Greek Isles, Crete and Cypress lure beachgoers. Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean is varied, do don't miss Dubrovnik's ancient churches, Istanbul's breathtaking mosques or Jerusalem's vibrant synagogues.
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Queen Victoria12 Night Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseSouthampton, Madeira , Las Palmas, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Coruna, SouthamptonNow
Jewel of the Seas7 Night Greek Isles CruiseRome , Santorini, Mykonos, Athens , Katakolon , RomeNow
MSC Sinfonia7 Night Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseVenice, Split, Mykonos, Santorini, Mykonos, Dubrovnik, Ancona, VeniceNow
MSC Sinfonia7 Night Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseAncona, Venice, Split, Mykonos, Santorini, Mykonos, Dubrovnik, AnconaNow
Queen Elizabeth12 Night Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseSouthampton, Madeira , Las Palmas, Lanzarote, Lisbon, SouthamptonNow
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A cruise is the best way to experience the Greek Islands and its treasure trove of whitewashed villages, picture-perfect beaches and ancient ruins that transport you back to a time when Olympian deities ruled the world. For those who are more budget-conscious, it's hard to beat the value of Celestyal Cruises' weeklong itineraries offered on its Celestyal Crystal cruise ship.
Named for an ancient tribe that lived along the eastern coastline of the Adriatic Sea in the first millennium BCE, the Dalmatian Coast is best known as the place the white and black spotted dog came from. But with a history that dates back to a time before the Greeks and includes long sweeps of time under the rule of various empires (Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Yugoslavian), there's so much to learn about and see in any of the cities and towns that dot the area's islands and coastline. The Dalmatian Coast stretches southeast from Italy's Venice (rulers from here used to oversee this part of the world), encompassing Croatia and parts of Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. The ports are often visited as part of Eastern Mediterranean itineraries (although it's technically on the Adriatic Sea), as well as by small ship cruise lines that stop at smaller cities and towns exclusively along the coastline. Whether you sail an itinerary that sticks exclusively to the Dalmatian Coast or a Mediterranean journey that stops at select ports on the way to elsewhere, you'll visit towns with quaint old city centers, narrow stone streets, medieval fortified walls, cathedrals that span hundreds of years and subtle signs of the war that raged through this area in the mid-1990s. With excursions on offer that range from classic city tours and culinary tastings to hikes or kayak trips through pristine natural environments, a cruise along the Dalmatian Coast offers a rich experience to history buffs, foodies, active travelers and anyone who simply wants to explored a less-traveled path.
A lesson in ancient Greece begins when your cruise ship docks in the Port of Piraeus (pronounced pee-reh-us), which has served as the port for Athens since the fourth century B.C. As an ancient Athenian port, it was frequented as the most important trade center of the world.