Spotlight on The Mediterranean

Rich culture, stunning scenery, and a leisurely paced lifestyle combine to create the magic of the Mediterranean. This is one special place for your next vacation! Whether it's time for a land based getaway or a romantic cruise, the Mediterranean is sure to please.

Tuscany, Provence, the Greek Islands; these three regions alone capture our imagination with their remarkable beauty and way of life. Across the Med, legendary cities, peaceful villages, stunning scenery and idyllic islands invite us to discover the sights and treasures of this incomparable region.

From Barcelona to Athens you are met with a rich collection of historic and archeological sights as well as art and architecture that will enthrall you. There is so much to discover!

Experiential explorations enrich your vacation and put you in touch with the authentic Mediterranean. Be active and participate to become a part of Mediterranean life. Get in touch with nature for the feel of the Med, meet the locals at the market and the beach, take a language or dance class. Getting involved is very rewarding.   

The region's unique culinary scene draws visitors from around the world for cooking classes, market visits, wine tasting and to learn the many secrets of the Med's delectable cuisine. Traveling through the various regions you'll experience a never-ending selection of fine food from Spanish paella to charcoaled grilled lamb in Greece and Italian pastas and sauces inspired by the slow food movement. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in culinary events for a few hours or many days in the countries along the Med.

See this month's Cruising article and Top Ten List for more exciting experiential explorations and shore excursion suggestions you won't want to miss.

Cruising the Mediterranean lets you visit many different cities and islands while only having to unpack once. Awake at a new destination each day and explore right from your ship. Then return to your home away from home for a spectacular sail away on deck. There's no view like it!  Those spectacular Med sunrise and sunsets are also stunning and easily viewed  from your ship. Enjoy fine dining and entertainment on board before you retire after a fun filled day, ready to visit a new destination in the Mediterranean when you awake. This is definitely one unforgettable vacation experience.

There's certainly something magical about the Mediterranean. This birthplace of Western Civilization is impressive in so many ways. It creates a rewarding and enriching travel experience like no other.

Park Guell of Antoni Gaudi | Barcelona, Spain



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