Mediterranean Sea - Best Tours & Trips 2019

92 Mediterranean Sea tours from 41 tour companies. 13 reviews. 4.5/5 avg rating.
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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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group 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 Tour 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 Ship 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 Guided 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.
Self Guided / Independent Tour 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 Ship 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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Treasures of the Mediterranean - Southbound 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 754 / day
$ 8,290
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Cruise the Mediterranean on your private sailing yacht
  • ports include Napoleon's island of exile Elba plus 5 other islands
  • with a two-night land stay in Monte-Carlo and one night on Malta
Visits:
Elba, Ponza, Sicily, Valletta, France, Italy, Malta, Monaco
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Mediterranean Odyssey

18 days
$ 322 / day
$ 5,795
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra and its gardens.
  • A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of CARCASSONNE.
  • Cruising Cinque Terre.
  • Explore the Roman sites of the city in the Gothic quarter.
  • City tour including Belem and Alfama quarters, the Monastery of Jeronimos
Visits:
Granada, Lisbon, Malaga, Rome, France, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Spain
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Winter in Sicily: Culture & Cuisine in the Me ...

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 194 / day
$ 1,549
From : $ 2,091
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Savor traditional Sicilian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class with Chef Massimo Tomarchio
    • Join Benjamin Spencer, director and founder of the Etna Wine School, for an exploration of a local vineyard and full Sicilian lunch
    • Ride along the Circumetnea Railway around the base of Mount Etna, learning about one of the world’s most active volcanoes and taking in views of lava fields
    Visits:
    Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy
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    5-Night Mediterranean Magic Cruise

    6 days
    $ 417 / day
    $ 2,499
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • The Prince Of Monaco's Palace Tour: Visit Monaco, playground of the rich and famous, for a tour of the opulent palace where film star Grace Kelly once resided.
    • Highlights Of Rome: Take a private tour of Rome's most famous landmarks, including the Colosseum, Forum, Trevi Fountain, as well as the Vatican City Museum and Sistine Chapel.
    • Private Boat To Island Of Capri: On a day trip to the Island of Capri, cruise around the isle on a private boat and swim in the Mediterranean waters. It's an afternoon in paradise.
    • Gelato-Making Experience In Florence: Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Grom Gelateria! You'll learn how this yummy treat is created and have the opportunity to sample some flavors.
    • Pizza-Making At A Family Farm: See how to press olive oil, make mozzarella cheese and harvest fruit at Agriturismo La Galatea Farm in Sorrento. Afterwards, enjoy a private pizza-making session with the chefs.
    Visits:
    Accademia museum, Barcelona, Colosseum, Florence, Isle of Capri, Rome, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, France, Italy, Spain
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    Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast aboard ...

    12 days
    $ 1,058 / day
    $ 12,690
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Ply the waters of the Aegean, Ionian and Adriatic seas under sail like the ancients
    • Step back in history at four UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the evocative ruins of Olympia, Greece and Albania’s historic city of Butrint
    • Skim across Montenegro’s Gulf of Kotor to our Lady of The Rocks, a tiny islet formed of sunken fishing boats
    • Spend a day among the marble-paved lanes and ramparts of Dubrovnik’s Old Town
    Visits:
    Athens, Dubrovnik, Hvar Island, Korcula Island, Albania, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro
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    Yachtlife Mediterranean (Turkey & Greece)

    8 days
    $ 212 / day
    $ 1,699
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Enjoy the cruise to Rhodes
    • Explore the viewpoints of Symi Island
    • Discover the island of Kos
    • Visit the volcano on Nisyros Island
    • Explore the city of Bodrum
    Visits:
    Bodrum, Kos, Rhodes, Greece, Turkey
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    London to the Mediterranean on a Shoestring

    G Adventures
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    22 days
    $ 153 / day
    $ 3,359
    From : $ 4,703
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Picnic under the eiffel tower
    • Explore moorish palaces and great iberian cities
    • Sample some of europe's best cuisines
    • Chill out on the algarve coast
    • Mingle with the locals on the french riviera
    • Walk by ancient history in rome
    Visits:
    Algarve, Barcelona, Eiffel Tower, Granada, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Seville, Milan, Alps, Cinque Terre, Leaning Tower of Pisa, France, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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    Voyages to Antiquity: Spain and Morocco, Ancient ...

    Road Scholar
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    16 days
    $ 343 / day
    $ 5,495
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Overnight shore excursions to Marrakesh and Fez give you more time to explore Morocco’s wonders.
    • Discover Madrid’s sprawling plazas and savor a performance of flamenco music and dance.
    • Examine the exquisite interiors and lush gardens of the Alhambra, a magnificent Moorish palace.
    Visits:
    Casablanca, Madrid, Marrakech, Rabat, Seville, Morocco, Spain
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    Midi Aegean Expedition

    6 days
    $ 205 / day
    $ 1,230
    From : $ 1,513
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Combining both luxury and adventure, this trip has it all.
    • The "Chora" of Folegandros is something you will always remember.
    Visits:
    Athens, Greece
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    Alps to the Mediterranean

    UTracks
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 175 / day
    $ 1,399
    From : $ 1,959
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Walking through the Roya Valley with its impressive scenery
    • Visiting picturesque mountain villages such as Sospel, Breil-Sur-Roya and Menton
    • Experiencing superb locally produced cuisine
    • Arriving by foot in the flashy port city-state of Monaco
    Visits:
    France
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    Treasures of Spain and Portugal - Westbound 2019

    Tauck
    By Tauck
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    13 days
    $ 615 / day
    $ 7,990
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • 8-night cruise aboard Wind Surf; 2 nights at the InterContinental Lisbon and 2 nights at El Palace Barcelona; visit to a manor house in Malaga for a sherry tasting and a private Andalucían horse show; flamenco in Seville; tour of La Seu in Palma on Mallorca; private visit to the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona
    Visits:
    Algarve, Barcelona, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Portugal, Spain
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    Treasures of the Mediterranean - Northbound 2019

    Tauck
    By Tauck
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    11 days
    $ 754 / day
    $ 8,290
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Cruise the Mediterranean on your private sailing yacht
    • ports include Napoleon's island of exile Elba plus 5 other islands
    • with a two-night land stay in Monte-Carlo and one night on Malta
    Visits:
    Amalfi Coast, Elba, Ponza, Sicily, Valletta, France, Italy, Malta, Monaco
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    The Grand Ribing Expedition

    12 days
    $ 325 / day
    $ 3,900
    From : $ 4,797
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Visit nine Aegean islands in just 12 days!
    • Explore secret beaches and seaside villages.
    • Meet the local people and experience the Greek hospitality in its entirety.
    Visits:
    Acropolis, Archaeological Museum of Athens, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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    Treasures of Spain and Portugal - Eastbound 2019

    Tauck
    By Tauck
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    13 days
    $ 615 / day
    $ 7,990
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • 8-night cruise aboard Wind Surf; 2 nights at the InterContinental Lisbon and 2 nights at El Palace Barcelona; visit to a manor house in Malaga for a sherry tasting and a private Andalucían horse show; flamenco in Seville; tour of Le Seu in Palma on Mallorca; private visit to the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona
    Visits:
    Algarve, Barcelona, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Portugal, Spain
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    Ultimate Grecian Getaway

    14 days
    $ 283 / day
    $ 3,963
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Enjoy serene views of the Mediterranean as you make your way from island to island by ferry boat.
    • Sample the flavors of Greece - from locally-produced cheeses to olive oil made from the island's olive groves.
    • Hike up to the Acropolis in Athens and be rewarded with unsurpassed views of the city.
    • Consider paying a visit to the marble quarries of Paros, from which the Venus de Milo and Napoleon's tomb were made!
    • Unwind at one of the country's many breathtaking beaches; Crete's pink sand beaches are the perfect photo op!
    Visits:
    Acropolis, Athens, Crete, Mykonos, Temple of Zeus, Greece
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    Top Mediterranean Sea Experiences and Attractions

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

    Snorkeling in the amazing blue Mediterranean waters

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    Mediterranean Sea Trip Reviews

    13 Mediterranean Sea Tour Reviews - Summary 85% Recommend

    4.5 out of 5
    Excellent 9
    Great 2
    Average 1
    Disappointing 1
    Terrible 0
    Value
    4.5
    Guide
    4.5
    Activities
    4.9
    Lodging
    4.6
    Transportation
    4.6
    Meals
    4.5

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    The time we spent was amazing.

    5.0
    • 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

    5.0
    • 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

    4.0
    • 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

    4.0
    • 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

    Good itinerary, not so good tour director

    3.0
    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 2.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 4.0

    Although I enjoyed the itinerary, we often had issues with our tour director. He was nice sometimes, but other times “snapped” at guests and argued with them. He repeatedly left us with a local guide and twice people were left behind and had to find their way back to the hotel on their own. He spoke to me very disrespectfully twice, and when he left us with a local guide she left 3 of us behind (two of us were helping an elderly woman on our tour and she couldn’t walk very well). He blamed it on us. Can you imagine what would have happened had we not helped her? Also, we started to make an email list at the end of the trip and when he saw us doing that he said not to worry, that he would send everyone an email list after the trip. One wee, no list, two weeks, nothing. He didn’t give us his email address so I texted him. He said he would send it. A week later I got an email from him saying that it was a new company policy that, even with our written permission, he was not allowed to share them. I have pictures of other people that they asked me to take, and no way to contact them. Globus reps said they had no such policy. Sooo frustrating!

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    Operator Globus

    Great sites, poorly managed

    2.0
    • 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.

    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.

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    Transportation

    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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