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Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean

if you're a fan of art and antiquities, a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean is right up your alley. With itineraries that include the Adriatic/Dalmation Coast, Black Sea, Greek Isles and Holy Land, the region is a treasure trove for history lovers. Ports such as Venice and Athens have their own unique flavor, while the Greek Isles, Crete and Cypress lure beachgoers. Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean is varied, do don't miss Dubrovnik's ancient churches, Istanbul's breathtaking mosques or Jerusalem's vibrant synagogues.
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Ancient histories and antiquities, beaches and villages: Read what makes an Eastern Med cruise awesome.
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This inland sea is a treasure trove of fine food, ancient history and must-see attractions.

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Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Cruising -> Santorini -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Istanbul -> Istanbul -> Kusadasi -> Mykonos -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia)
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Venice -> Cruising -> Corfu -> Cruising -> Santorini -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Cruising -> Kotor -> Zadar -> Venice
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Barcelona -> Cannes -> Florence (Livorno) -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Kusadasi -> Santorini -> Cruising -> Malta (Valletta) -> Cruising -> Barcelona
Antalya is a cliff-top city in Turkey, set among palm-fronded ...
Athens (Piraeus)
Athens wowed the world as host to the 2004 Olympic Games. While ...
Bari, which lies in the Puglia, or Apulia, region of southern Italy ...
Passengers sailing into the Turkish port of Bodrum first see the ...
Dream up a wish list of everything you'd want from a Greek holiday: ...
Crete (Heraklion)
It's common for first-time visitors to take one look at Iraklion and ...
Dubrovnik is a great walking city for lovers of culture and history, ...
Two life-size statues on the quayside -- one of a jaunty-tailed ...
There's a popular Israeli saying: "Haifa works, Jerusalem prays, and ...
The glittering coastline of Croatia -- known as the Dalmation Coast ...
A geographic and metaphoric melding of East and West, Istanbul is the ...
Cradled between mountains and the Aegean Sea to the west, Turkey's ...
Jerusalem (Ashdod)
Jerusalem fits a microcosm of the whole world into less than 50 ...
Katakolon (Olympia)
The scenic seaside Greek town of Katakolon, with a population around ...
Koper is an ancient city in the Slovenian province of Istria at the ...
An island near the southern tip of Croatia, the country to which it ...
You will be rewarded if you set your alarm for an early start at ...
Nearly 20 years ago when we first sailed to Kusadasi, our gulet, a ...
Limassol, the largest coastal town in Cyprus, sprawls around Akrotiri ...
In the early 1960s, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis "discovered" ...
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Rhodes, with an average of 300 sunny days per year and mild ...
Spectacular Santorini -- scene of one of the world's most violent ...
Strollers parade along Split's sunny Riva, savoring the breezes along ...
Located on the Black Sea Coast, Varna is the second-largest city in ...
Of all the cities in the world, only Paris comes remotely close to ...
Few cruise ships call at Volos, though it is the third largest port ...
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The craggy Dalmatian Coast, across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, is a ...
This was our 5th cruise in approx 10 years and our first with Thompson. To be honest we expected to have a good time but didn't expect it to be an upmarket affair. So we were very pleasantly surprised to discover that the level of dining in the ... Read more
every cruise line has a care of duty to their staff and their guests, they must never put you in danger, they must be helpful, have patience, be understanding, use common sense, have the time to talk to the guests, have the decency to say good ... Read more
Our First Cruise spottydog42
We were very taken aback by what we felt was the 'hard sell' policy of the company. As it was our first cruise we felt we should attend the initial briefing meeting, however after a few general points the whole meeting was used as a selling ... Read more
We sailed on Splendour of the Seas and I must say I was really pleasantly surprised. We had read some pretty "not so great" reviews here on Cruise Critic and were quite concerned we had made a mistake. As it turned out, we did not. The ... Read more
Venice airport and transfer, chaos. Ship lovely, class above most other cruise lines. Entertainment good, to our taste. Cabin good, crew friendly and service first class. Breakfast and lunch food in Lido, bars good and pianist plus ... Read more
Average Rose Bailey
We have sailed with Thomsons many times but it's the first time on this ship. Firstly let me say the staff couldn't do enough for you and the shows were first class. It's Thomsons we have the problem with. We had a cabin on deck 3 - due to late ... Read more
I was apprehensive about 3 things: 1/ full of retired people 2/ too formal 3/ too much like Butlins I was surprised at the mix of ages. Admittedly the majority was probably over 60, but there was a good mix. We ate in the main dining ... Read more
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