|Cruising the Eastern Mediterranean|
Cruising the Eastern Mediterrean will not only quench your desire for visiting the historical sights of antiquity but will create unforgettable memories of the most visually stunning villages and landscapes that you will ever see. Cruises depart from spring through fall. Below are a few examples of ports your might find on these cruises.
Athens is the birthplace of Western civilization. The first stop on most excursions is the Parthenon on the hill of the Acropolis. The National Archeological Museum houses a rich collection of antiquities. Santorini embraces all that has made the Greek islands legendary - splendid beaches, unparalleled architecture, dramatic cliffs and quaint villages. The views from Thira, set atop a ledge overlooking the sea, are stirring. Wander the streets, admire the chirches and browse the shops and cafes. Composed primarily of granite, the little town of Mykonos, with its windmills, winding streets, and brilliant whitewashed houses is a photographers dream. Mykonos is also renowned for its diverse nightlife and beautiful beaches.
As the ship pulls into port, you will get a striking view of the minaret-pierced skyline of one of the worlds most interesting cities. The treasures of Istanbul are plentiful: visitors marvel at the great architectural triumph of the Blue Mosque, the glorious frescoes and mosaics of the Chora Church and the amazing Grand Bazaar. Spread out between two crescent bays, Bodrum exudes an "artsy" ambiance. With its white houses and flower gardens, it is one of the prettiest resorts on the South Aegean coast. From the center square small streets fan out, lined with shops selling arts and crafts, leather, jewelry and carpets. Artists display their works along the harborfront. The marble city of Ephesus was the capital of Asia Minor during the time of the Roman Empire, and now it is one of the worlds most impressive and best restored archaeological sites. Kusadasi is a Turkish resort known for its extensive marina and miles of beaches, but it is famed for the ancient treasures just minutes away.
Venetian, Gothic and Renaissance houses and several medieval churches add architectural interest to the popular resort of Split, with its beautiful beaches and pleasant promenades. A must-see is the old town with Diocletians Palace. Dubrovnik, the "Jewel of the Adriatic" on the Dalmation Coast, is rich in Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The medieval Mediterranean city is encircled by 14th-century walls and massive guard towers, and the carefully preserved old town features marble-paved squares, cobbled streets and splendid churches, palaces, monasteries and fountains.