I'm going to insert Malta here, because I don't want to leave such an exotic, historically fascinating excursion out. Our guide, Anna, was excellent - and even handled very well and very loud, disgruntled cruise passenger, who obviously had not bothered to read the tour description. Valleta, then Mdina ---the buildings looking like a medieval movie set. The people friendly and helpful, and, as our ship left the harbor, cheering us on. A band greeted us as we disembarked, a symbol of Maltese hospitality, which we also observed, with shoes on the steps on a Catholic Church, while Muslim immigrants were worshiping inside. It's hard to put into words the varied and fascinating history of this island nation, but to say SEE THIS PLACE.