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Mediterranean Sea - Best Tours & Trips 2019

95 trips to Mediterranean Sea tours from 44 tour companies. 23 reviews. 3.7/5 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
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • 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
    $ 149 / day
    $ 3,999
    From : $ 4,591
    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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    Egypt Family Adventure

    10 days
    $ 120 / day
    $ 1,195
    From : $ 1,613
    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 : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Explore the world famous pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
    • Visit all Cairo Sights and Museums
    • Visit the city of Alexander the great Alexandria city
    • Explore Luxor City & Valley of the Kings
    • Visit Karnak & Luxor Temples
    • Visit Falcon & Crocodile Temples
    • Visit Beautiful Aswan city
    • Enjoy Felucca ride on the Nile
    Visits:
    Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor Temple, Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
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    Top Mediterranean Sea Experiences and Attractions

    Top Mediterranean Sea Experiences

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    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

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    23 Mediterranean Sea Tour Reviews - Summary 70% Recommend

    3.7 out of 5
    Excellent 12
    Great 2
    Average 3
    Disappointing 3
    Terrible 3
    Value
    3.8
    Guide
    3.7
    Activities
    4.0
    Lodging
    3.8
    Transportation
    3.8
    Meals
    3.8

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    Luggage Handling and follow up

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

    First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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    Operator Holland America Line

    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

    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 in the Mediterranean

    The Mediterannean Sea covers 965,300 sq. miles and touches the coastline of three continents -- Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are 21 countries that touch or are located in the Mediterranean Sea. 

    The countries in the Mediterranean countries are -- Spain, France, Monaco, Slovenia, Malta, Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, and Algeria. There are also provinces of other countries that are included in the Med like the British territory of Gibraltar. 

    Figuring out where to go and what to see in the Mediterranean can be overwhelming. Try picking a particular region or a few countries on the Med that you really want to see and go from there.

    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.

    Top Port Stops on a Mediterranean Cruise

    Besides the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea has some of the busiest ports. Each of the countries in the Med have at least one large port city and many of the islands have popular port cities as well. 

    1. Barcelona 

    Barcelona is one of the top three port stops on a Mediterranean Cruise. Many of the cruises of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco begin in Barcelona. Barcelona is a colorful culture of Gothic neighborhoods, whimsical architecture, and busy food markets. Just expect plenty of people as the main street La Rambla gets busy during the summer. 

    2. Naples

    The birthplace of pizza is usually included on cruises of Italy and France. This major port city is the best place in Italy to get pizza, visit the historic sites of Pompei and Herculaneum, and taste the fresh lemons that make this part of Italy famous. 

    3. Dubrovnik 

    A major stop on cruises of the western part of the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is a wealth of sites and culture. Heavily influenced by the Venetian Empire, Dubrovnik is a medieval walled city that sees thousands of visitors a year and was used in the filming of the TV show Game of Thrones. 

    4. Athens 

    At the center of the Mediterranean is Athens, the home of democracy, the Olympic games, and mathematics. Cruises of the Greek islands and the surrounding countries begin their journeys in Athens. However, make sure to check out the ancient Acropolis and other historical sites in this city to see one of the civilizations that still influences the world to this day. 

    5. Venice

    Probably the busiest cruise port in the Med is Venice. Venice’s mysterious canals and masquerade balls draws in tourists from all over. Don’t just spend your time in Piazza San Marco, head over a few canals and check out the local restaurants, shops, and churches not everyone is willing to look for.

    Greek Island Cruises in the Mediterranean

    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.

    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.

    Top Islands in the Mediterranean

    One of the best things to do in the Mediterranean is island hop. The sea has so many islands to choose from and range in size, climate, and landscape.

    Here are a few you won’t want to miss!

    1. Sicily

    The island just off the tip of the boot of Italy, Sicily is almost like a country in of itself. Sicily is one of the regions of Italy, like Tuscany, that has its own unique culture.

    Populated by mountains and ancient ruins, Sicily is one of the food and wine capitals of Italy and offers a different look into Italian life. The island was also a center of trade for the sea and saw influences from all of the empires that once ruled here. 

    2. Santorini

    Often considered to be one of the most romantic islands in the world, Santorini is a top destination in the Med and Greece. With its blue domed and white-walled buildings, this small island is a picturesque wonderland. Make sure to catch the sunset from the cliffside bars in Oia or Fira!

    3. Corfu

    Where Greece, Venice, and Austria met. Corfu is an island off the western coast of Greece that has seen occupation by three major empires in Europe. You can see each of these cultures in the old town, the Achilleion Palace, and food of this beautiful island. 

    4. Korcula

    Just off the coast of Croatia, Korcula is one of the top islands in the Dalmatian Coast. The island is known for its romantic old town, olive trees, and has some of the best wine Croatia has to offer. 

    5. Ibiza

    If party is your middle name, you’ll love Ibiza. Considered one of the top clubbing and party islands in the world, Ibiza is an adult playground. Pool parties, major DJs, luxury hotels, and fine dining make up this lively island off the coast of Spain.

    Mediterranean Cuisine

    Cuisine in the Mediterranean has similar base ingredients, but can be quite different depending on what continent or region you are in. However, there is a reason there is something called “The Mediterranean Diet.” 

    The Mediterranean Diet is the foundation for any traditional Med meal. This diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, hearty grains, fish, olive oil, and small amounts of heavier protein. Throughout the countries on the Mediterranean you will find all of these ingredients, but each region adds its own spices and cooking techniques. 

    Around Greece, Turkey, and the Balkans you will see meals including fish, lamb, spreads, and kebabs. This area of the Med was heavily influenced by the Ottoman Empire and is why the gyro or meat pita sandwich is so popular in this area. 

    In Spain, Italy, and France you’ll find some of the best food in the world. This area of the Med is known for its cuisine with fresh herbs, elegant cooking techniques, and rich dishes. You’ll find plenty of oregano, parsley, and basil along with fish, beef, and ham. 

    Northern Africa’s cuisine takes all of these ingredients and combines them with fragrant and flavorful spices. Tarragon, turmeric, allspice, and more are added to these dishes that are commonly served in small plates or cooked in one pot. 

    Overall, the Med cuisine has a commonality that runs through it all, with additional proteins or spices that are native to each of the countries. However, if you are concerned about health or dietary restrictions, much of the cuisine is healthy if not sometimes meat heavy. Vegetarians and vegans may have a harder time in the Balkans and Africa, but there are usually options in the major cities.

    Mediterranean Travel Activities

    There is plenty to do in the Mediterranean for the adventure traveler. Whether it’s hiking the mountains of Sicily or walking through the vineyards of Croatia, the Med has a great deal to offer. 

    Most of the top activities in the Mediterranean are related to water and history. Many destinations on Mediterranean tour itineraries include coastal regions or cities where you can relax on the beach and swim in the azure waters of the sea. In some parts of the Med, like Croatia, you can even get out and kayak through the quieter bays. 

    The Mediterranean is also characterized by history. Some of the world’s oldest and largest civilizations once occupied this sea. The Ancient Greeks, Romans, Ottoman Empire, Ancient Egyptians, and Moorish Empire all laid claim to a part of this sea at one point or time.

    Every one of the countries on the Med has ruins or ancient sites you can explore. History buffs should seek out Mediterranean tours and cruises with a strong focus on historical sites.

    Food tours or cooking classes are also popular in this part of the world because of the popular and tasty cuisines. You can learn how to make authentic pizza in Naples or tour the spice markets of Marrakech. 

    For those interested in religious sites, you’ll find plenty in the Mediterranean. Major religious sites are the Vatican City in Italy, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Jerusalem, and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Browse tours to the Holy Land for more »

    Cultural Attractions in the Mediterranean

    There are quite literally too many cultural attractions in the Mediterranean Sea to list. Greece alone has hundreds of sites you could visit for history, politics, and stunning landscapes. Since the Med was the waterway for some of the most powerful civilizations, there are plenty of historical and cultural stops to make on your tour, not to mention the scenery as well. 

    If you are looking for a historical or cultural tour, then make sure to check out Greece, Italy, and Egypt. All three of these nations are chock full of historical ruins and cities featured in our history books and movies. 

    For the most picturesque port cities, don’t miss Cinque TerreSantorini, or Dubrovnik. All of these cities can be beautifully captured at sunset and are full of color and are ideal romantic vacations. 

    If you want to tour based on your stomach, head to Marrakech, Naples, and Istanbul. These cities are known for their distinct cuisines that use local ingredients and techniques combined with traditional Mediterranean staples. 

    The Mediterranean also touches one of the most religious regions of the world, the Holy Land. With Israel, Lebanon, and Syria all having coastline on the Med, a religious pilgrimage to where three of the world’s largest religions meet is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Best Time to Travel to the Mediterranean

    Thankfully, with the Mediterranean’s location, you can visit the Med any time of the year. If you stick to the coast, you will be met with mild and wet winters and warm summers. Some of the countries that touch the Med do get snow farther inland. 

    The high season for all of the Mediterranean are the summer months. This is when the cities, especially in the European countries, will be the busiest with vacationers and cruise ships in port. If you want to avoid the crowds, but still want to go when it’s warm, book your trip during the shoulder seasons. 

    Fall and spring are the best times to visit the Mediterranean, in particular, May and September. Both of these months are still warm, but cooler than July and August when you can see temperatures around 98 degrees in Morocco and 90 in Athens. Also, most children are back in school and families aren’t taking vacations during these times, so there will be smaller crowds in the cities and at the top attractions. 

    Common Mediterreanean Sea Cruise Routes

    One of the best ways to see as many places as possible in the Mediterranean is a via a cruise. Many of the cruises to the Mediterranean cover two, three, or four countries. In the amount of time allotted for cruises, and the distance you have to cover in the Mediterranean, you will be limited to only being able to see a few countries in a certain region of the Med.  

    There are a wide variety of cruise routes, but most of them do center around three countries: Greece, Italy, and Spain. All of these countries have major port cities that cruise ships are able to stop at and you are able to get out and explore. Most of these cruises are at least 11 days long, but some are as few as 6, depending on the theme and destinations.

    Greece Cruises

    Greece is one of the top destinations for cruises in the Mediterranean. Cruises that are only of Greece start in Athens and make their way through the Cyclades Islands that include Mykonos, Ios, and Santorini.

    Greece is typically the starting point for cruises of the eastern part of the Mediterranean. These cruises begin in Athens then make their way to the countries in the Balkans with stops in Dubrovnik and the Croatian Islands, Kotor, and Albania. 

    Italy Cruises

    Mediterranean Sea cruise routes that start in Italy usually follow the coastline of Italy and into the French Riviera. These cruises make stops at the major Italian coastal regions like Naples, Sicily, and Corsica.

    Many Mediterranean Sea voyages combine France and Italy into the same cruise. With the beautiful French Riviera being so close to Italy, it’s often times included at the end of these cruises after you visit the Italian Riviera. 

    Spain Cruises

    Mediterranean Sea cruises of the western part of the sea typically begin in Spain. Most tours start in Barcelona and make their way down the coast of Spain hitting major Southern Spain cities of Granada and Seville before wrapping around the Strait of Gibraltar and visiting sites in Portugal. These cruises also often include stops in Morocco, Ibiza, and Cardiz as Spain and North Africa were once ruled by the Moorish Empire. 

    Packing List for a Mediterranean Cruise

    Your packing list for a Mediterranean cruise won’t be as extensive or bulky as a trip to Germany or the U.S. The weather in the European portion of the Med is pretty consistent. In the Asian and African countries on the Med it will be warmer and drier throughout the year. 

    During the warmer months, you won’t need to carry any heavy clothes. The Mediterranean gets very warm and you will mostly be wearing dresses, shorts, tank tops, and skirts. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat as the sky in the Med during the summer can be crystal clear and without clouds. 

    If you are traveling during the shoulder months, make sure to bring layers. Light jackets and sweaters are ideal as the nights will be cooler than in July and August. Also, bring rain jackets as both of these times of the year you will see rain. If you are on a Mediterranean Sea cruise during the winter, make sure to pack pants. Winter nights can be very cool and you will see more rain during this time. 

    There are many religious sites included on cruise itineraries. If you are visiting a church, mosque, or temple you will have to be covered up. Consider packing scarves, long dresses, pants, and light jackets if you know you want to visit a religious site. 

    Luxury Mediterrean Tours

    The Med can be visited on any type of budget. However, if you are looking for luxury or premium tours of the Mediterranean, there are plenty of tour operators out there. Many of these tours include stays in boutique hotels that are on the coast or in the heart of each of the cities. 

    The luxury tours often include personal tours of attractions and private performances or dinners with locals. These tours are typically longer and allow for longer stays in each of the destinations.

    Transportation on these tours is also on the premium level. Whether it’s a luxury cruise ship, private bus, or small catamaran, you’ll be treated to the most comfortable rides around. 

    Budget Mediterranean Tours

    The Mediterranean is a great place to visit on a budget. Many of the tour operators provide tours on a “shoestring” that include taking local transportation like the train and city buses. You’ll also be staying in 2-star hotels, hostels, or shared rooms to save money.

    There are even some budget tours where you can sleep on the small boats as you sail through the night to your next destination. 

    Since you would be visiting on a budget, these tours are shorter. They are usually only 7 or 8 days long and move quite fast so you can see as much as possible. But if you want to see as much as you can, while keeping to a set budget, looking into budget Mediterranean tours is the way to go.

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