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Mediterranean Sea - Best Tours & Trips 2019

The Mediterranean stretches east to the shores of the Middle East, defines the coastline of North Africa, and envelopes scores of islands that are destinations in their own right. The cultures, landscapes, and cuisines it has helped to nourish over thousands of years are dizzying in their variety. Stride can help you decide where to sail to.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Mediterranean Sea Experiences and Attractions

Top Mediterranean Sea Experiences

Exploring the scenic French Riviera

Disembarking the cruise to take a ride to spectacular city of Florence

Snorkeling in the amazing blue Mediterranean waters

Taking a history tour and encouneting ancient Roman Ruins and fortified medieval towns

Voyaging through the Strait of Gibraltar and discovering the Spanish archipelago of the Canaries.

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Mediterranean Sea Trip Reviews

12 Mediterranean Sea Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

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The time we spent was amazing.

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The whole 10 days exploring the past civilizations of Egypt with Look at Egypt Tours were all very memorable and I was mind blown with the brilliant condition of the monuments. The time we spent was amazing. The knowledge, professionalism and passion of the Egyptologists will help ensure that the whole holiday experience will live with us for many years to come. As a couple who have travelled extensively around the world, this is one of our most memorable and enjoyable holidays. The organization of our holiday from our landing in Cairo, through trips to enjoy Egypt's wonderful past and an understanding of its current issues, the people, the beautiful scenery and relaxation of cruising on the Nile. The visits to the Pyramids, Temples and Tombs was second to none. For those contemplating a trip to Egypt - just go!! You will not be disappointed.

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Operator Look at Egypt

Have an amazing time thanks to Freddy and Lalo

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Have an amazing time thanks to Freddy and Lalo! Make some good friends on this trip!

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Operator G Adventures

Great COSMOS value

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

I am a budget solo female traveler. I have traveled with COSMOS for about 20 years in the past, all over Europe, Switzerland, Turkey, etc. The best thing is that I never have to pay extra for single supplement when I room with someone. If Cosmos can not find a room mate for you, you end up having the whole room. Because of this feature, I was able to travel everywhere by my self with reasonable price. Cosmos always provides great value for the bucks. I would do it again. I highly recommend to you all.

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Operator Cosmos

Amazing trip, great people and got to see highlights of Western Europe

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Amazing trip, great people and got to see highlights of Western Europe

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Operator G Adventures

Great sites, poorly managed

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 2.0

I grew up with National Geographic so when I signed up for a NG trip I was quite excited. I spent a lot of time on a crowded bus. Some of the accommodations were two star, peeling paint, smelly rooms, poorly catered. This was an expensive trip all my girl friend and we spent 17,000 dollars for the two of us. Some of the guides were actually wrong about what they were saying about the history of Sicily, and you did not have to be an expert to realize this. There were a number of representations that tour operators made that turned out to be less than accurate. The tour group one night was having dinner in Sorento, and I asked about the wine they were serving, that is the grape and vintage, the only explanation I got was "its red". In another circumstance, the tour operator lost guests at Pompeii, and then threatened to leave them. It was a mess. I could go on, but I would cross this trip off the list.

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Operator National Geographic Expeditions

Mediterranean Sea Tours and Travel Guide

Mediterranean Sea Attractions & Landmarks Guide

What is a Mediterranean Tour?

The Mediterranean is perhaps the best known sea in the world, and with the range of countries and islands to visit, a tour along this famous sea is more than just a Mediterranean vacation. The array of cultures and cuisines it has helped to nourish over thousands of years are dizzying in their variety, and its scenic beauty is on display from countless promontories. Stride can help you decide which parts of this historic sea should be at the top of your list.

Countries to Visit

Touring the Mediterranean is a broad category. There are 22 countries that can be accessed by the sea: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. It's unlikely that you'll be able to fit all of these places into one trip, so this use this page as a starting point to figure out specifically where on the Mediterranean you want to go!

Think about what you're most interested in seeing. Is your #1 desire to see peaceful, beautiful islands, and sunbathe on white sandy beaches? If so, there are still a lot of options, but Greece might be at the top of your list. Consider going to the Eastern Mediterranean to explore the villages in Mykonos and eat delicious food in Santorini.

Are you interested in immersing yourself in a totally different culture, and gaining some new historical knowledge? If that's the case, maybe you're more interested in archaeological sites, and want to visit Israel or Turkey. Many Mediterranean tours of Turkey will let you see ancient buildings and churches, explore artifacts from all around the region in museums, and relax at beautiful beaches.

Whatever you decide you're most interested in, Stride will help you compare the options. Feel free to filter by country and activities to find your perfect trip. 

Greek Island Cruises

One of the most best ways to tour the Mediterranean is to island hop between all of Greece’s many spots. The short distances between islands, remarkable variety in landscape, but consistently beautiful beaches make cruises well worth their while.It is increasingly popular to take a small cruise ship between the Greek isles.

Because of how calm the Aegean sea is, small ship cruise is a great option. There are many benefits to going on a smaller cruise boat, including the ability to visit more secluded harbors, a more individualized experience, and the fact that you won’t have to memorize a map to get back to your room. On a smaller boat, you will actually feel like you’re on a ship, and closer to the sights and water you’re paying to visit.

Taking a cruise is also the best way to visit some of the smaller, off the beaten path islands; it’s the best because it is the only way. Many of Greece’s most exclusive island take hours to reach by ferry, but are easily accessible by cruise. For example, prime vacations destinations like Zakynthos, Koufonisi, and Vidos.

Mediterranean Cruise Packages

The 5 night Mediterranean Magic Cruise might be a good pick for you. These shorter ones tend to have a jam packed itinerary to maximize what you see. If you're looking for a longer cruise, consider trips such as the 13 day Best of South Italy cruise. The advantage of longer cruises are a few "sea days" are often built in between ports to allow you to relax on the ship in between all the sightseeing on land.

Food and the Mediterranean Diet

Food along the Mediterranean sea is traditionally known for being fresh, delicious, and light, and has inspired the world health trend of the “Mediterranean Diet.” Although the two are not the same thing -- not all Mediterranean cuisine could be considered dietary -- one of the reasons the Mediterranean Diet has become so popular is because it is healthy and delicious.

Food on the Mediterranean is heavily based on olives and olive oil, grapes, various vegetables including garbanzo beans and tomatoes, fresh fruit, and grains and pasta. In the “Mediterranean Diet,” red meat is replaced with fish, shellfish, or poultry, though in actual Mediterranean cuisine there is often a lot of lamb. One staple of both the Mediterranean diet and actual Mediterranean fare is the staple glass of wine (hey, it has antioxidants!) that goes along with your meal.

If reading this section is making you drool, maybe it's time to book a culinary tour on the Mediterranean


Many popular tourist cities can be reached easily be train or bus. If you'll be staying in Nice but want to see other surrounding cities, you can hop on the train to see Marseille or Eze for an easy day trip. If you're in staying by the Aegean Sea, taking a ferry might be easiest to get around. A little research ahead of time can save you time as well as money. Public transportation is fairly affordable in Europe and is usually a more practical option over a cab.

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