Mediterranean Cruises


See More of the Mediterranean in Windstar Style


Surrounded by wonders like the magnificent Cinque Terre, the culturally transcendent Alhambra, and the Belem Tower monument, it is easy to fall in love with the Mediterranean. With unique cruise itineraries, Windstar brings you closer to this spectacular part of the world. Cruise the Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain spanning 408 miles, to Seville. Anchor in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik as larger cruise ships pass by. Visit a local Mediterranean market with our Windstar Chef, enjoy local experiences in interesting locales such as Giardini Naxos, Portofino, and Mallorca and see a new port almost every day with never more than one sea day.

 

Lisbon to Lisbon - 10 Days

Embark on a voyage that isn’t about following others to famous landmarks it’s about finding your own. Watch a Gomeran cup his hands and whistle a secret language only other Gomerans know. Hike the amazing aqueducts on Madeira. Taste wrinkly potatoes in Tenerife and fresh sardines in Portimao. Feel the breeze from the Sahara as you lie on a Canary Island beach, and shop the Kasbah for a brass lamp so you can thank the genie who brought you here.

Enjoy the world’s premier yachting playgrounds in a beautiful small ship that feels like your own private yacht. These beautiful ports string together like perfect pearls, each glowing with its own special beauty. Sparkling cities and charming villages. Secluded harbors and immaculate beaches. Discover the mystique and magic of the Rivieras that only an intimate small ship can show you.

Rome to Barcelona - 7 Days

Enjoy the world’s premier yachting playgrounds in a beautiful small ship that feels like your own private yacht. These beautiful ports string together like perfect pearls, each glowing with its own special beauty. Sparkling cities and charming villages. Secluded harbors and immaculate beaches. Discover the mystique and magic of the Rivieras that only an intimate small ship can show you.

Rome to Venice - 8 Days

Explore the shores of Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, discovering the charm of Venice, the magnificence of Rome, and the vast beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. Wander down the ancient cobblestone streets of Taormina, travel up the sparking fjord to Kotor and bask in the allure of small ship cruising as your small ship anchors in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik while larger ships only pass by. From remarkable small ports such as Rovinj to timeless cities like Venice and Rome, discover the Mediterranean’s most charming and historic destinations in one incomparable voyage.

Explore the shores of Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, discovering the charm of Venice, the magnificence of Rome, and the vast beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. Wander down the ancient cobblestone streets of Taormina, travel up the sparking fjord to Kotor and bask in the allure of small ship cruising as your small ship anchors in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik while larger ships only pass by. From remarkable small ports such as Rovinj to timeless cities like Venice and Rome, discover the Mediterranean’s most charming and historic destinations in one incomparable voyage.

Rome to Rome - 10 Days

Encircle the Isle of Sicily and discover sparkling resorts favored by emperors, towns frozen in time by legendary volcanoes, Maltese palaces where knights and Grand Masters once gathered … this itinerary has them all. Watch the stunning Amalfi Coast pass by from the deck of your intimate small ship and raise a glass of limoncello to another blissful day in the warm Mediterranean sunshine.

Barcelona to Lisbon - 8 Days

From the culture and cuisine of Lisbon to the incredible beaches of Portimao, in the southern region of the Algarve, you’ll visit two quintessential Portuguese ports before indulging in all that Spain has to offer. Experience Andalusia, a region which hugs the southern coast of Spain and embraces cultural influences from both sides of the strait of Gibraltar; Europe and Africa. On this cruise voyage you’ll find the UNESCO Sites of Alhambra and Alcázar. Partake in a relaxing day, lounging on the stunning beaches of Mallorca and explore Barcelona as you take in the fascinating architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Sip a glass of sherry and explore golden beaches and anachronistic mountain villages, passionate flamenco, magnificent Moorish architecture, and mouthwatering tapas.

Rome to Rome - 10 Days

Delight in la dolce vita as you cruise the Italian Mediterranean on the elegant Wind Surf, tipping your hat to the other yachts as you visit ports where only small ships go. All the stories you’ve heard about the breathtaking coastlines of Amalfi and Cinque Terre? They’re all true. Feel your heart soar in the presence of Michelangelo’s David in Florence or the haunting ruins of Pompeii. Bear witness to Italy’s protracted genesis as you cruise past Stromboli, view Mount Etna from the Roman amphitheater in Taormina , swim in the hot springs-heated seas of Vulcano Island , and gaze across the Bay of Naples at Mount Vesuvius. Dream of Caesars in Rome, walk the hills of Corsica in the footsteps of Napoleon, stand on the Square of Miracles  in Pisa like Galileo as the Leaning Tower continues to hold gravity at bay.

Rome to Rome - 7 Days

Surrounded by glitterati on the glistening white Star Pride you fit right in; your insider’s experience at Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix the jewel in the crown of this exceptional cruise. Visit some of the world’s most glamorous ports — Portofino, St. Tropez, Sanary-sur-Mer, Monte Carlo — strolling famous promenades, shopping elite boutiques, and taking in world-renown beaches. Then during your overnight in Monte Carlo, enjoy exclusive access to special Windstar private Grand Prix events and two days of world-class Formula One® time trials and racing. It’s the ultimate expression of Windstar’s style, and open to only a very limited number of guests.

Barcelona to Rome - 6 Days

This collection of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful and haunting islands is a yachtsman’s fantasy, a traveler’s dream. Emerald landscapes, turquoise seas, pristine beaches, and trendsetting cities. Discover the Mediterranean at its best. Beautiful islands — Elba, Corsica, and Sardinia — framed by vibrant cities, Barcelona and Rome.

Barcelona to Athens - 10 Days

Set an unforgettable course from busy Barcelona to the silent ruins and relics high above Athens. Savor spicy tapas plates and fruity sangrias at a Palma de Mallorca beachside café. Delve into Bronze-age catacombs and learn Menorca’s strategic importance for Roman and Carthaginian trade. Visit a local winemaker’s Sardinian farmhouse and learn about Vermentino, Cagnulari, and Cannonau grapes as you sip and sample blends and vintages. Wander among imposing Greek statues and monuments in the Neapolis Archaeological Park outside of Catania, Sicily. Lean against the towering arches of Valletta’s Upper Barrakka Gardens as you take in breathtaking views of a fortified harbor unclaimed by centuries of kings and conquerors. This extraordinary passage along many Mediterranean island stops concludes in Athens, the cradle of democracy and Western Civilization. Take in the viewpoints from the Acropolis ruins over the city skyline or share your photos and memories in a quiet garden café among family, friends and grilled gyros paired with cool tzatziki.

Barcelona to Rome - 7 Days

Hidden harbors. Legendary landmarks. Everything that makes the Mediterranean magical. This cruise voyage has it all. The colorful kaleidoscopes of Rome and Barcelona invite you to celebrate their high-spirited energy, while the seductive scent of oranges and olives that perfumes the enchanting islands of Elba, Corsica, Mallorca and Menorca entices you to explore their seductive secrets. From the wild green mountains of Mallorca to the striking white pebble beaches of Portoferraio – let us delight your senses and ignite your imagination.

Rome to Venice - 11 Days

Treat your palate to savory Balkan burek, and pizza as only Sicilians can make it. Relive medieval days in the Old Towns of Dubrovnik, Piran, and Kotor. Wonder over the beehive-like trulli and elegant seaside towns of Puglia. Lose your heart to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, the song of a Venetian gondolier, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Stand at the rail with Chianti in hand as white sails unfurl above you, carrying you across the sparkling Mediterranean in private yacht style.

Indulge your sense of adventure and slake your thirst for local cuisines and cultures during this 10-day cruise between Athens and Rome. Sail a Santorini catamaran around the volcanic islands of Thirassia, Nea Kameni and steamy newcomer Palea Kameni before swimming in relaxing thermal spring waters. Discover the untouched, windswept and often-overlooked island of Milos, the place where the storied Venus de Milo, one of the most celebrated statues in classical art, remained hidden for centuries. Transit the narrow, steep-walled Corinth Canal that divides the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, an engineering feat attempted in antiquity, but incomplete for 2,000 years. Snorkel or sunbathe along the uncrowded beaches and clear waters near tiny Fiskardo. Master the fine art of Maltese Mediterranean antipasti platters and other culinary delights under the guidance of a professional chef. This remarkable journey ends in Rome, among the broken ruins of the Coliseum and Forum, the cradle of representative government. Wander narrow side streets and browse boutique shops for handmade souvenirs, but save a moment to throw coins in Trevi Fountain and guarantee future visits to this wondrous city.

Rome to Athens - 7 Days

Idyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, intriguing history. Capture the heart of the Mediterranean in a single cruise voyage. Each small harbor is especially suited for small cruise ship exploration. Enjoy the best of the region — from the ancient ruins of Sparta and Mystras to the pure indulgence of the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Lisbon to Barcelona - 51 Days

Accomplishments of a lifetime deserve vacations of a lifetime, and this 51-day day cruise spanning the length of the Mediterranean is a perfect reward for milestones big and small. Depart from Lisbon and sail down the Atlantic side of the Iberian Peninsula where you’ll learn terroir secrets and the long history of sherry aging and sample dry, bready “fino” and dark, nutty “oloroso” sherries in the countryside outside Cadiz, Spain. Admire colorful mosaics and detailed stone latticework as you learn about kings and caliphs tied to the Moorish palace of the Alhambra above the port city of Almeria. Wander a medieval castle in Catania and learn how geology and nearby Mount Etna carried this coastal fortification nearly a mile inland. Listen to a private concert and attend an exclusive dinner among the towering pillars of the Celsus Library in the ruins of Ephesus, Turkey in our complimentary Destination Discovery Event. Wander the ancient baths, markets and forum at the excavated archaeological site of Pompeii. Stroll between century-old olive trees and vineyards surrounding an old French farmhouse outside Sanary-sur-Mer, then sample wines and olive oils in the intimate company of winery staff. Your epic odyssey ultimately concludes in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, where you can board a cable car bound for Montjuïc Castle, or wind your way along Las Ramblas, an iconic, pedestrian mall lined with tapas bars, small shops and kiosk vendors. It’s an ideal way to find your own space to sip Catalonian Grenache red wine and reflect on your journey while tourists, shoppers and families flow by your table.

Complimentary Destination Discovery EventKusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Barcelona to Lisbon - 8 Days

Embark in the City of Explorers, Lisbon, and dazzle your senses with Spanish treasure—golden Costa del Sol beaches, the Moorish magnificence of the Alhambra, the Roman ruins of Cartagena and Tarragona. Sit at a café in Tangier’s medina sipping mint tea and watching old men play backgammon. Nestle up to the other exclusive yachts in Ibiza’s harbor with some 80 blissful beaches calling your name. Celebrate a dream come true.         

Lisbon to Barcelona - 10 Days

Gaze skyward at the endless azure expanse above Casablanca’s narrow, stone-walled alleys and discover how easy it is to imagine yourself in another time—be it apart by a century or a millennium. Inhale the rich, earthy aroma of new leather goods hanging above weathered flagstones in the Old Medina market. Sip fiery, dry and sweet flavors of Spanish sherries handcrafted in Cadiz, and learn why European nations spilled blood for centuries to control this precious commodity. Wander among the dizzying mosaic intricacies and golden grandeur of Seville’s Alcázar Palace. Stand in the place of coastal sentries as you scan the African horizon from the heights of upper Gibraltar. Explore the modest city of Motril, a former economic powerhouse for sugar cane production, and Spanish rum and liquors. This unforgettable journey concludes among the brooding walls of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, where you can enjoy Catalonian wines and wild boar hams, admire the ongoing construction of Antonio Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral, or simply relax and watch the activity along this thriving city’s extensive sandy beaches.

Athens to Venice - 8 Days

The timeless grandeur of the Acropolis and the volcanic vistas from Santorini’s blue-domed villages are perfect preludes to this detailed 8-day exploration of Greece and the Adriatic. Wander the elegant gardens surrounding the white-pillared Achilleion Palace in Corfu, an expansive summer home built by the former empress of Austria prior to World War I. Admire Monopoli’s 4,500-year-old urns and ancient artifacts, then stroll along the formidable walls of Castle of Carlo V, a pentagon-shaped fortification built to counter an emerging age of cannons and sails. Wander the uncrowded streets of tiny Komiza, then board a small boat and experience the azure and emerald iridescent magic within the limestone walls of the Blue and Green Grottos. Sit, sip and listen as Zadar’s shoreline waves create a concert of random music along the waterfront. This memorable journey culminates among Venetian gondolas and glass-blowers, where you can stroll with the pigeons in the Piazza San Marco or browse one-of-a-kind artisan shops featuring intricate jewelry or ornamental handmade masks.

Barcelona to Barcelona - 7 Days

See the Costa Brava and French Riviera as it should be seen — from the deck of your elegant sailing cruise ship. Port after port brings new discoveries: the flamboyant architecture of Barcelona, colorful Provençal villages, Riviera towns where world-class museums and vineyards rub shoulders with historic old towns and fishing fleets.

Lisbon to Barcelona - 8 Days

Poised as if to kiss the continent of Africa, Andalusia hugs the southern coast of Spain and embraces cultural influences from both sides of the strait. This is the birthplace of Don Juan and Carmen, evening paseos by women in lace mantillas, cape-twirling matadors. In short, it is quintessential Spain. The beaches of the Costa del Sol are legendary. And behind lie equally magnificent mountain ranges sheltering picturesque “white villages.” Here you won’t find cookie-cutter castles, but amazing cultural amalgams like the Alhambra and Alcázar. On your elegant ship, you will cruise past larger ships right to the heart of old towns and to the steps of friendly bodegas.

A perfect blend of antiquity and artistry, this 14-day cruise sails from the ancient ruins of Athens and makes a dozen port stops in Greece, Italy and France before disembarking among the contemporary architecture and gleaming, cosmopolitan wonders of Barcelona, Spain. Stroll the narrow streets inside the concealed medieval walls of Monemvasia, Greece and take an exhilarating tour of Corsica’s narrow winding coastal roads outside Calvi, France. From the Greek and Roman funerary steles - ancient marble reliefs depicting venerable people engaged in everyday life - to the vibrant and radiant impressionist paintings and dizzying mosaics of Antoni Gaudí’s Barcelona architecture, this is an ideal journey for passionate historians, art lovers and all seeking unforgettable cultural immersion.

The allure of the Adriatic beckons to both new and seasoned travelers for its unspoiled shorelines and panoramic vistas. While the views from Santorini’s turquoise-topped domes are among the most celebrated in the world, don’t linger long or you’ll miss sailing on a catamaran to the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kamini, or even hiking above the famous steaming, sulfurous volcanic vents. Graze on lightly toasted Monopoli bread topped with roasted peppers and tangy, tobacco-flavored sundried tomato paté, which pairs perfectly with Puglia’s full-bodied Salice Salentino DOC red wines. Soar skyward as a cable car carries you to the sweeping vistas high above the red, terracotta-topped buildings of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Discover the beauty and cultural heritage interwoven with Zadar’s ‘white gold’ Pag lace, then test your skills at lacemaking under the guidance of a skilled Croatian artisan. Walk along the Venetian-styled piazzas of Venice -- romantic settings for countless films -- or float along the narrow canals as you’re serenaded by a gondolier. Sample Montenegro organic olive oils at a family-run estate in the rural countryside outside the village of Tici. Your cruise eventually winds around and up the Italian western coastline to Rome, the former center of ancient Western Civilization. Wander between the arches and broken walls of the Colosseum, or walk among the dead in the narrow corridors in the Catacombs of Rome. Before considering airline connections or adventures on other continents, toss a coin from your right hand over your left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, so that you’re guaranteed to revisit the charms of the Italian capital in your near future.

Indulge in a relaxing, 3-week transition from Caribbean tropical drinks and spicy grilled chicken to Old World tawny ports and cumin-infused Moroccan lamb shanks during this globetrotting cruise that combines a relaxing transatlantic crossing with lesser-traveled stops throughout Portugal, Morocco and Spain’s remote Canary Islands. Savor high seas coffee breaks and conversations with the Captain. Sample ports and favorite local Portuguese wines in storied wineries not far from Portimao Harbor in Southern Portugal. Spend an evening ashore during an overnight port stay in Funchal, where you can wander the cobbled streets of the Old Town, learn the importance of Madeira wines in the age of cannon and sail, and taste traditional teas, flakey scones, and sweet cakes at the storied Hotel Reids. Ride camels through the lunar-like landscape surrounding volcanic Fire Mountain near Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Discover how argan oil is handcrafted and pressed by skilled Moroccan artisans, then lose yourself among the din and rich aromas in the open-air Berber market of Souk Al Had. After thousands of nautical miles this exceptional journey eventually concludes in Lisbon, where you’re surrounded by antique winery barrel barges, sidewalk cafés, and famed yellow trams waiting to take you to famed Alfama District haunts or uncrowded neighborhood vistas.

Barcelona to Lisbon - 15 Days

While Windstar specializes in finding little-known destinations far from the crowd, you’ll find similar solitude among Europe’s most popular destinations during this off-peak, 15-day cruise of the Rivieras and Eastern Atlantic. Wander unimpeded through neo- Baroque exhibits in Barcelona and Palamos, and skip the wait times at sidewalk cafés and seaside restaurants throughout Southern France and Spain. The comfortable autumn climate makes sunny walking tours in places like St. Tropez, Tangier, Tarragona and Nice’s Old Town still feel like late summer, but the paths, parks and cobblestone streets largely are all your own. The warm afterglow still lingers along Spain’s Ibiza coastline, so have your swimwear ready for kayaking and pack your shorts for riding Segways on tours of Cartagena’s Spanish castles and fortifications.

Barcelona to Rome - 17 Days

Indulge in unhurried pleasures among steep coastal cliffs, tiny vineyards and romantic villages throughout the Rivieras and Western Italy during this 17-day, autumn cruise. During the fall winemakers are racking fresh wine into barrels, and new olive oils are sampled for the first time. Stroll uncrowded avenues and discover fresh, distinctly nutty porcini mushrooms served fresh on pastas and sautéed into tapas at sidewalk cafés, browse open markets and inhale the fall aromas from ripe apples, plump grapes and early season citrus. Test your luck in a Monte Carlo casino, hike the desolate Crateri Silvestri on the southeast slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, and learn about Malta’s noble heritage inside the precipitous medieval walls of 4,000-year-old Mdina — The Silent City.

Embark on your personal Homeric odyssey as you sail from Athens, cradle of Western Civilization, and explore the islands and shorelines throughout Greece, Asia Minor, Croatia and Italy. Board a small Mykonos boat and explore the remote temples and amphitheater on uninhabited Delos, a sacred place where ancient Greeks honored the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Discover authentic preparation techniques for fried Greek meatballs and tart, creamy tzatziki under the guidance of a Rhodes taverna chef. Walk in the steps of ancient kings as you inspect the living quarters, storerooms and archaeological exhibits throughout the Palace of Knossos near Agios Nikolaos. Catch a Zadar sailboat bound for a 5th century fishing port on the island of Ošljak and pristine archipelago stops in the Adriatic Sea. This delicious and delightful journey concludes among the canals and piazzas of Venice, where you can experience the classic and timeless romance of being serenaded by your gondolier along the Noale or Grand Canals that connect over 100 tiny islets throughout the Venetian city.

Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Bridgetown to Barcelona - 23 Days

Ideal for anyone seeking equal portions of relaxing time at sea and port visits, this 22-day transatlantic crossing features a combination of leisurely, uninterrupted sea crossing time balanced with the best ports in the Western Mediterranean. Board in Barbados, then spend time crossing the Atlantic and enjoying the romance of sailing as you make your way to your ultimate destination. Sip port wines in Lisbon, Portugal, browse wares in the bustling Grand Souk in Tangier, Morocco, and wander the medieval cobbled streets of Tarragona, Spain.

Roam between the broken monoliths and columns in the Roman Forum, Western Civilization’s former epicenter. Gaze across Catania’s umber-hued, terracotta-tiled skyline to the steaming summit of Mount Etna as you sample authentic Sicilian dishes like densely textured handmade pasta topped with aromatic variations like sundried tomatoes, golden-brown dried grapes, fresh basil and minced garlic. This exquisite cruise around Italy’s Apennine Peninsula is abundant in opportunities to explore the lesser-known landmarks and narrow ancient streets of sleepy villages throughout the central Mediterranean. Sip citrus-sweet limoncello from frosty glasses while locals haggle over the proximities of their bocce balls on nearby gravel courts. Land at the tiny port of Lipari in the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily, and explore a Norman Castle built in medieval times, or master the art of Sicilian-style pizzas as you combine local ingredients into your own culinary creation. Step inside the cool and shady Romanesque splendor of Kotor Cathedral in Montenegro, or venture to the nearby pedestrian-only village of Perast and sample sweets recreated from Baroque-era recipes. Capture the Old World ambiance of Split’s Diocletian Palace in the right light during a hands-on photo tour with an award-winning international photojournalist. Your delightful journey concludes in Venice among romantic gondolas and exquisite Italian architecture, where you can reflect on your cruise memories as you float canals or search for last-minute souvenirs small, family-owned artisan shops featuring handcrafted glassware and ornamental metalwork.

Experience the best Western Mediterranean ports in detail during this 15-day cruise through Monaco, France, Spain, Gibraltar, and Portugal. Stroll among opulent casinos, high-end boutiques, and historic Formula One landmarks in Monte Carlo. Sip wormwood-based absinthe in the French village of Antibes outside of Cannes. Or meander among the dusky walls and long shadows in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, taking in the aromas, sights and sounds of the Catalonian heart of Spain.

Rich with evocative history, unique culture and distinct cuisine, today’s Iberian Peninsula is the result of a complex confluence of civilizations. Contrast this extraordinary region with the rest of Southern Europe during this 18-day cruise spanning nearly the length of the Mediterranean Sea. Admire Moorish architectural influences in the walled port of Cadiz as you compare bready and clear regional ‘fino’ sherries with sweet, ‘cream’ sherries. Soar skyward in a gondola to the scenic vista atop Gibraltar summit. Gaze up at the towering walls of the Alcazaba of Almería, a formidable Moorish fortress overlooking the tiny Andalucian port. Peruse the works of Gaudí, Dalí, and Picasso throughout Barcelona’s museums, galleries and exhibitions. Pair authentic Italian cuisine with lip-puckering Limoncello adjacent to a bustling piazza or quiet, cobblestoned Amalfi side street. Witness the power of geologic instability as you travel inland to explore Catania’s Castello Ursino, a Medieval-era castle initially built on Sicily’s coastline 800 years ago. Float across the mirrored surface of an underground lake in the Caves of Diros far below Gythion, Greece. This exceptional journey concludes in Athens among the shadows of the towering Acropolis, where you can raise a glass of anise-scented ouzo among the company of family and friends.

Explore sundrenched beaches, windswept cliffs, and celebrated canals along the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal beckons with achingly beautiful fado folk music, creating the soundtrack of your days exploring twisting alleyways, outdoor cafés, towering sea cliffs, and sampling local Port and Madeira wine on an overnight in Funchal. Reminiscent of its namesake, witness the whistled speech of locals in the Canary Islands, visit the lush cloudforest of Garajonay National Park and feel the sand between your toes at San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Teide National Park. Journey north to soak up Morocco’s eccentricities—from goats in trees (really), to the vibrant colors and scents of exotic spices in the storied souks of Agadir. Make your own pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and discover the beauty of Mont St. Michel with a stop to sample the famed French oysters of Cancale. Explore Norman villages in search of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a “Memory of the World,” or take in war history at the D-Day beaches of Normandy. Your adventure concludes with a toast to fine Belgian beer and chocolate in Bruges, and exploring canals while cycling the museum-filled streets of Amsterdam.

Barcelona to Athens - 20 Days

Discover magic moments unique to extended port stays during this 20-day cruise tracing the sundrenched coastlines and reclusive ports throughout Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece and Turkey. Wander along the long the curved walls of circular Bellver Castle outside Palma de Mallorca, or dine on tapas made from toasted bread topped with salty hams, capers, anchovies and more. Board a private Amalfi boat bound for the Moorish port of Positano, a remote haven for artists, artisans and discerning shoppers seeking one-of-a-kind stylish apparel and accessories. Wind your way through narrow, alabaster passages intertwining the outskirts of Mykonos before stopping for refreshing Greek beers at a late-night waterfront café. Step among broken statues in the former ancient port of Ephesus and dine by moonlight by the towering columns of the Celsus Library. Delve into the legendary labyrinth of the mythological Minotaur below the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Follow the aroma of fresh breads and local wines throughout the flagstone arterials of the tiny medieval village of Monemvasia. This remarkable extended odyssey ends in Athens, where you can revisit the Parthenon at the top of the Acropolis or seek out savory gyros, dolmades and keftethes among the dozens of eateries and cafés throughout the thriving capital.

Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Barcelona to Venice - 15 Days

Discover the culture, history and cuisine on both sides of the Italian peninsula during this 15-day cruise of the Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas. This back-to-back cruise is ideal for optimizing shore excursion time in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Monaco, France, and Spain. Stroll through Roman ruins in Rovinj, Croatia, sample olives and smoked hams at a centuries-old family farm in Montenegro, or savor an unforgettably romantic evening dinner at Château Eza in Èze 1,400 feet above the beaches of the French Riviera.

Embark on your adventure with a climb up Lisbon’s scenic hillsides in the turn-of-the-century funiculars. Then descend into the mysteries of Morocco for a magical day in Marrakech and the Hassan Mosque of Casablanca. Discover rare species in Spain’s Sierra de Grazalema and los Alcornocales parks and sip sherry in Cádiz. An overnight in Seville brings opportunities to visit the incredible Alcazar Palace or see flamenco and take in late-night tapas. Hear the call of the monkeys near the Rock of Gibraltar and explore Picasso’s home town of Malaga along the Costa del Sol. From beautiful Motril travel to the famous Alhambra before making your way to vibrant Barcelona to see the inspiring work of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter. The artists trail does not stop here.  Continue on to Palamos to visit the Dali Theatre & Museum, then relax on the beach at the sunniest place in France, Sanary-sur-Mer. Witness the glamour of Monte Carlo at the Grand Casino and Royal Palace, and stroll the Avenue of the Stars in Cannes, the chic epicenter of the French Riviera. Reach the Italian Riviera to climb up to the 15th century castle or sip cappuccino at the marina in Portofino. Experience Portoferraio’s Tuscan Park Biosphere Reserve and view the charming 91-mile coastline. With a finale in Rome, the Vatican, St. Peter’s Square, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum await.

From the moment you arrive in the 3000-year-old city of Athens, dive right into ancient history at the Acropolis Museum. The voyage begins with a stop in Nafplio—one of the most romantic cities in Greece. Climb 999 steps to the Palamidi Castle or visit the UNESCO site of Epidaurus, where people travel hundreds of miles to be healed. Iconic Mykonos is a charmer with whitewashed churches and thatch-roofed windmills and the mythical birthplace of Apollo is just a ferry ride away. A visit to Kusadasi, Turkey means a chance to see Ephesus—one of the greatest outdoor museums in the world. The wonders continue with the sacred isle of Patmos where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. Breathe in the beauty of Santorini with spectacular cliffs rising from the deep azure sea and visit Bronze Age excavations at the UNESCO site of Akrotiri. Monemvasia boasts churches dating to the 12th century and Milos teases the palate with delicious fresh seafood and sparkling white sands sans crowds. Cruise the dramatic Corinth Canal, only accessible to other private yachts and Greek mail steamers. Visit the historic site of Delphi where the Oracles were read and Delphi Archaeological Museum featuring the country’s finest works of art. Explore the beautiful beaches of Fiskardo and step back into the Crusader days in the walled city of Valletta, Malta. Cruise on to Sicily’s charming village of Giardini Naxos nestled in one of the world’s most beautiful bays and take your pick of UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Sorrento, including the archaeological areas of Pompeii and Torre Annunziata, or the 4th century B.C. city of Herculaneum. Ponza provides a welcome respite to relax with locals in this laid back one street island town before arriving in the metropolis of Rome to visit the Vatican, St. Peter’s Square, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum and a host of other ancient relics.

Barcelona to Lisbon - 15 Days

Whet your appetite for adventure over a plate of hot tapas and glasses of Garnacha red wine in the recesses of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Venture into the rolling hills beyond the beaches of glamourous St. Tropez and wander the medieval village of Grimaud, the rustic feudal holdings of the famed Grimaldi family centuries before they seized nearby Monaco. Indulge in a long lunch at an uncrowded sidewalk café in Antibes or Nice, sampling French dishes of Charolaise beef tartare, duck confit and garden-fresh salad greens paired with blended table wines from the Côte du Rhone or bright rosés from Provence. Walk the red stones trod upon by ancient orators in the Roman Theatre of Cartagena. Ride horseback through pine forests and forgotten farmhouse ruins in the Mijas Mountains near Málaga. Soar in a gondola high above the beaches and terracotta tiled roofs to Gibraltar windswept summit. As the cruise ends among Lisbon’s fountains and yellow cable cars, seek out a neighborhood wine shop and raise a chilled glass of white Algarve wine or an aged local port to new friends and cherished memories.

Lisbon to Rome - 16 Days

Sip red wines and savor tapas, pastas, rich cheeses and aged hams throughout Portugal, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy. You’ll spend 15 memorable days exploring tiny rustic villages, historic fortified ports and contemporary architecture in Tangier, Ibiza, Barcelona, Palma, Mahon, Portoferraio, Rome and more. Kayak along the stunning coastline of Mallorca and bike from Portoferraio to Enfola, Elba in Italy.

Uncover the distinct and authentic culinary advantages of pairing specific olive oils with various Italian dishes under the guidance of the Maître d’hotel inside Portofino’s landmark Splendido Hotel. Roll the dice in a Monte Carlo casino or stroll along the narrow streets and tight corners on one of the most famous race courses on the Formula One circuit. Seek out the charming medieval village of Bormes Les Mimosas or the narrow cobbled streets of Old Town Antibes. Glide past walled gardens and centuries-old orange groves as you take a precipitous driving tour along the winding Golden Corniche through the French Riviera. Meander between the high columns and dust-covered scaffoldings of the Sagrada Família Cathedral in Barcelona, the largest unfinished Roman Catholic Church in the world. Or set out for tapas and riojas hours after sunset, when the aromas and din from lively bars and cafes intensify with the arrival of epicurean pleasure-seekers. There, among the ceaseless trilingual convergence of English, Spanish and Catalonian, you’ll find no better place to raise a glass to the satisfying indulgences on this Mediterranean adventure.

Venice to Rome - 18 Days

Discover the Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas during this 18-day cruise around the Italian peninsula as you explore ports in East Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, West Italy and France. Kayak along Dubrovnik’s old city walls, swim or snorkel in Kotor Bay in Montenegro and make your own Sicilian-style pizza on Lipari Island. Explore the ruins of Pompeii as you gaze skyward toward the summit of Mount Vesuvius, and savor tangy mulberry gelato in the shade of the Roman walls that still protect the 3rd  century village of Taormina near Messina.

Indulge your senses in a 13-day island-hopping cruise that contrasts modern Mediterranean refinements with classical Greek and Roman architecture. After Barcelona’s vibrant artistry slips beyond the horizon, you’ll soon find yourself dining and dancing into Mallorca’s thriving nightlife, or venturing inland along scenic, undulating roads that host world-class training programs for Europe’s best professional cyclists. Sample local wines handcrafted from Malvasia grapes inside the rugged stone walls of Sardinia’s medieval port of Alghero. Relax on sandy beaches and explore the rural and relatively untouched surroundings outside Porto-Vecchio in southern Corsica. Imagine standing in Napoleon’s polished boots, pacing among rows of gnarled vineyard rootstock, contemplating your 300-day exile and plotting your escape from the island of Elba. Then sip tart limoncello with the locals in Ponza, a diminutive island that remains relatively unknown to anyone but the savviest Italian vacationers. Don’t forget to indulge in the honey-glazed decadence of pignolata and the countless lemony-chocolatey confections in Sicily’s sunny Messina before your odyssey concludes among the ancient ruins of Greece, the cradle of Western Civilization.

Sensory splendors abound among art, architecture and cultures throughout this region from Portugal to Morocco, Spain, Corsica and Italy.Steaming fresh spearmint Maghrebi tea fills your mouth as the din of the Kasbah’s hawkers and shoppers swirls and sweeps past you like tendrils of honey-laced tobacco smoke from bubbling Shisha pipes. Gaze skyward at intricate, stone-carved arabesque detailing across the imposing walls of Grenada’s Alhambra Palace. Trace your fingers across the smooth rock surfaces of stone circles hewn by Bronze Age artisans and rounded by centuries of weather in Southern Corsica’s Porto-Vecchio. Whether you’re traveling with family or making new friends, discoveries abound in both small ports and among familiar UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Indulge in red or white wines pressed from distinctive ansonica, vermentino and aleatico grapes and aged among Elba’s oldest stone cellars. Your journey concludes among Rome’s architectural contrasts, where you can shop for high fashion among alluring boutiques and refreshing fountains in the Piazza di Spagna, or lose yourself in reflection among the brooding limestone ruins that once defined the ancient world’s epicenter.

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