Eastern Mediterranean cruises are steep in history and mythology. Journey through the tranquil Mediterranean and uncover hidden gems.
Eastern Mediterranean cruises offer you more intimate ports of call than on a Western Mediterranean itinerary. Although there are a few 20 – 24 night cruises sailing from Southampton that include some ports of call in the Eastern Mediterranean, the majority of the options consist of fly cruise itineraries. On a fly cruise option itineraries range from 7 nights to 28 nights.
Eastern Mediterranean cruises offer a plethora of culturally rich cities mixed with tranquil beaches. This is not merely a cruise, but a journey back in time to sun baked shores graced with shining marble monuments.
From the larger ships of the mass market cruise lines, to the intimate luxury of one of the smaller ships of the smaller lines. With such a large variety of choice there is always a cruise to fit everybody’s ideal itinerary and their budget.
Ports of call available on an Eastern Mediterranean cruise include Piraeus (Athens), Kusadasi, Mykonos, Zakynthos, Venice, Corfu, Cephalonia, Santorini, Bodrum, Izmir, Istanbul, Crete, Dubrovnik, Kotor and Ravenna, Split, Rovinj, Alexandria, Ashdod, Haifa, Rhodes, Patmos, Katakolon and Cyprus to name just some of the destinations you can visit.
From Alexandria take a trip to the great Pyramids and the Sphinx.
From Ashdod visit Jerusalem and see the Temple Mount, The Eastern Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Mount of Olives and all that ancient Jerusalem has to offer.
Istanbul learn to haggle for those exotic souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar. Visit the Dolmabahce Palace and marvel at its lavish interior with its Baccarat Crystal Staircase and huge ceremonial hall. Visit its Byzantine ruins, Ottoman Palaces and ancient mosques.
Athens relive the glory days of ancient Greece in the ruins at the Parthenon.
Dubrovnik is Croatia’s walled city on the Dalmatian coast, which stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Parthenon temple, Acropolis of Athens, Greece
The soaring cliffs of Santorini, capped by whitewashed villages. Here you travel up by funicular railway or by sitting on a donkey otherwise the only other way is to walk up to the top.