Cruising the Eastern Mediterranean

See the Eastern Mediterranean as the ancients did - by sea. The long coastline and many islands create a long list of exciting ports of call. The Greek Isles are the jewel in the crown but there's much more to see. Check out these itinerary options and the highlights of Eastern Mediterranean cruising.

Adventures Ashore

Imagine strolling along the beach in Mykonos observing that famous, breathtaking sunset, taking a donkey ride up the cliffs of Santorini for the most amazing view, visiting the ancient Pyramids in Egypt, the Minoan ruins on Crete or the ancient city of Ephesus. Or how about finding a treasure in a street market and enjoying an exquisite lunch with local wine? These are a few of the many incredible experiences that await you on your Eastern Mediterranean cruise.

Excursions from your ship are escorted by English speaking guides who explain what you are seeing, the history and details you want to know. Transportation and often a meal are included so you can focus on what you came to see, rather than the logistics of how to get around which can be difficult in some of these ancient cities.

Through our local partners, we can also arrange independent excursions for you with your own private guide that will take you to the places you want to see and the things you want to do.

Itinerary Options

Where do you want to start or end your Eastern Mediterranean cruise? This will influence your itinerary of course and the ports of call which will be included.

Ports of Call

Here's a handy list of the ports you'll need to call at to see specific sights in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Hot, Hot, Hot

One thing to keep in mind in this region is the weather. Often, in the summer, hot doesn't begin to describe it as temperatures can soar into the 40's. The weather makes fall an excellent time to visit when temperatures are more moderate, there are fewer tourists and cruise prices are lower.

For more on the Eastern Mediterranean, see the Spotlight Article.

For a selection of sailings with special amenities, see our list of Eastern Mediterranean cruise specials.

By Susan Milne

Ensemble Travel Group - Sponsor Ensemble Travel Group