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.