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Western Mediterranean Cruises

The Mediterranean coasts of France, Spain and Italy offer a wealth of spectacular scenery, fascinating history and picturesque ports

Explore the French Riviera and glamorous Monte Carlo, Cannes and St Tropez, or the fascinating, unspoilt islands of Corsica, Elba and Sardinia. South of Rome is the dramatic Amalfi Coast and the cliff-top town of Sorrento, from where visits to Pompeii and Herculaneum depart, plus the sophisticated island of Capri and unspoilt Ponza.

  • Portofino, near Genoa
  • Amalfi Coast

About Western Med Cruises

The Western Mediterranean is a major all-year-round cruising area with a large number of cruises available on many different types of ship. It includes the ports along the Mediterranean coasts of Spain and France, and the western coast of Italy.

We offer Western Med coastal cruises on smaller classic ships, sailing ships, large cruise liners, luxury vessels, and megayachts. These include fly-cruises from Med ports with some cruises sailing direct from UK ports. We offer complete packages, cruise-only options, or tailor-made holidays.

Large cruise ships can call at a limited number of ports - Barcelona and Palma in Spain, Marseilles in France, Civitavecchia - the port for Rome, and Livorno for visits to Florence and Pisa.

The most interesting ports of the region are along the French and Italian Rivieras, the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily, and the Balearic islands, and these can only be visited by the smaller ships.

Unique Monte Carlo in Monaco, lively St Tropez and cosmopolitan Cannes are highlights of the French Riviera. In Italy fashionable Portofino and Portovenere, the gateway to the amazing hill towns of the Cinque Terre coast, showcase the Italian Riviera. South of Rome, the famous Isle of Capri, Sorrento and the cliff towns of the Amalfi coast complement the attractions of Mount Vesuvius and historic Pompeii.

The islands of the Western Med are ideal for visits by smaller ships - Ibiza and Menorca in the Balearics, and less visited ports such as Bonifacio and Calvi on Corsica, Olvia on Sardinia, and Portoferraio on Elba. The stunning coastal town of Taormina on Sicily is overlooked by the active volcano of Mount Etna.

Check out the Cruise Collection tab above to explore our range of Western Med cruises on a variety of exciting itineraries on interesting ships.

Palma Cathedral, Mallorca Monte Carlo, Monaco Portoferraio, Elba

Cruise Collection

Western Mediterranean

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  • Portugal and Seville Fiesta

    12 Nights - Bristol and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Soak up the sunshine in springtime on this no-fly cruise from Bristol Avonmouth to Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar. Visit Seville during the famous Feria de Abril fiesta 2018 - Apr
    Second Passenger Cruises FREE!

    Portugal and Seville Fiesta No Fly Cruise
    From £839pp
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  • Spain and Portugal

    12 Nights - Liverpool and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    Explore the fascinating cities of La Coruna, Cadiz and Lisbon on this 12-night family-oriented no-fly cruise from Liverpool, and discover the famous Rock of Gibraltar 2018 - Jul
    Save 30% Plus 2nd Passenger Half Price!

    Spain and Portugal No Fly Cruise
    From £924pp
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  • Spain and Morocco

    6 Nights - Lisbon to Malaga

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Discover the exotic Moroccan city of Tangier, the famous Rock of Gibraltar and the pristine beaches of the Algarve on this voyage under full sail on tall ship Star Flyer 2018 - May
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Spain and Morocco Cruise Only
    From £946pp
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  • Cities of the Mediterranean

    15 Nights - Bristol and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    Enjoy some autumn sunshine on this Mediterranean no-fly cruise to the magnificent cities of Lisbon, Barcelona, Cannes and Rome with a call at the famous Rock of Gibraltar 2018 - Sep
    Second Passenger Cruises FREE!

    Cities of the Mediterranean No Fly Cruise
    From £1054pp
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  • Balearics and Spain

    7 Nights - Malaga to Barcelona

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Enjoy a relaxed sailing cruise from Malaga to Barcelona on board tall ship Star Flyer and discover the sun-kissed Balearic Islands and the historic cities of Cartagena, Valencia and Tarragona 2018 - May
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Balearics and Spain Cruise Only
    From £1114pp
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  • Balearics and Monaco Grand Prix Trials

    7 Nights - Barcelona to Cannes

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    This unique sailing voyage from Barcelona to Cannes explores the tranquil islands of Mallorca and Menorca and visits Monaco during the Formula 1 Grand Prix trials 2018 - May
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Balearics and Monaco Grand Prix Trials Cruise Only
    From £1114pp
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  • Balearic Islands and Corsica

    7 Nights - Malaga to Cannes

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Explore the beautiful Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, and the historic towns of Bonifacio and Calvi in Corsica on this superb voyage under full sail on magnificent tall ship Royal Clipper 2018 - Apr
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Balearic Islands and Corsica Cruise Only
    From £1238pp
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  • Corsica to the French Riviera

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Voyage under full sail and explore beautiful Portofino, historic Calvi and the glamorous resorts along the French Riviera 2018 - Jun, Sep, Oct
    Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Corsica to the French Riviera Cruise Only
    From £1259pp
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  • Jewels of Italy and Corsica

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Discover the gems of Corsica, Italy and Monaco on this superb 7-night sailing cruise from glamorous Cannes on board Royal Clipper or Star Flyer 2018 - Jun
    Flight inclusive package from just £1599pp!

    Jewels of Italy and Corsica Cruise Only
    From £1259pp
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  • Croatia and Montenegro

    7 Nights - Venice and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    This relaxing 7-night cruise on Star Flyer from the enchanting city of Venice explores the highlights of the sparkling Adriatic coastline, from the historic city of Dubrovnik to UNESCO-listed Kotor and medieval Piran 2018 - Sep
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Venice, Croatia and Montenegro Sailing Cruise Cruise Only
    From £1259pp
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  • Spain and Morocco to the Canary Islands

    8 Nights - Malaga to Las Palmas

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Voyage under full sail on Star Flyer and discover historic Cadiz, the exotic Moroccan cities of Tangier and Safi and the sun-drenched Canary Islands 2018 - Nov
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Spain and Morocco to the Canary Islands Cruise Only
    From £1282pp
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  • Monaco Grand Prix

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Experience the thrill of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on this unique sailing voyage from Cannes to Monaco, Corsica and Italy on superb tall ship Star Flyer 2018 - May
    Flight inclusive package with K Stand Grand Prix tickets from £2599pp!

    Monaco Grand Prix Cruise Only
    From £1327pp
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  • Corsica to Sardinia and Monaco

    7 Nights - Civitavecchia to Cannes

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    This superb tall ship cruise on Royal Clipper takes in the natural beauty and rich history of Corsica and Sardinia, visiting medieval Bonfiacio and picturesque Calvi 2018 - Aug, Sep
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Corsica to Sardinia and Monaco Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Sicily and the Amalfi Coast

    7 Nights - Rome and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Join magnificent Royal Clipper sailing along the Amalfi coast to charming towns, the volcanic Aeolian Islands and historic Messina in Sicily 2018 - Jun, Jul, Sep
    Flight inclusive package with 2-night Positano hotel stay from £1899!

    Sicily and the Amalfi Coast Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Corsica and Italian Highlights

    7 Nights - Cannes to Civitavecchia

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Discover the breathtaking scenery and fascinating history of Corsica, Elba and Sardinia on this tall ship cruise on board Royal Clipper 2018 - May
    Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Corsica and Italian Highlights Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Corsica and the French Riviera

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Explore the beautiful fishing village of Portofino, the historic port of Calvi and glamorous St Tropez on this relaxing voyage under full sail to Corsica and the French Riviera on Royal Clipper 2018 - May
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Corsica and the French Riviera Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Corsica and Italian Gems

    7 Nights - Cannes to Civitavecchia

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    A unique tall ship cruise to the stunning beauty and fascinating history of Corsica, Elba and Sardinia aboard Royal Clipper 2018 - Aug
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Corsica and Italian Gems Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Les Voiles de St Tropez

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Discover the highlights of Corsica, Sardinia and the French Riviera on this 7-night sailing cruise and visit St Tropez during the annual Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez international regatta 2018 - Sep
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Les Voiles de St Tropez Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Corsica and Historic Monaco Grand Prix

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    See the cars from the golden age of motor racing at the Historic Monaco Grand Prix and discover the gems of Corsica, Sardinia and Italy on this 7-night cruise on board tall ship Royal Clipper 2018 - May
    Flight inclusive package from £1699pp!

    Corsica and Historic Monaco Grand Prix Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Croatia to Montenegro and Slovenia

    7 Nights - Venice and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Explore the beautiful island of Cres and historic city of Dubrovnik in Croatia before heading to the fortified town of Kotor in Montenegro and picturesque Piran on the Slovenian coast on this unique voyage under full sail on tall ship Royal Clipper 2018 - Jun
    Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Croatia to Montenegro and Slovenia Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Malta and Spain

    9 Nights - Malta to Malaga

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Voyage under full sail on magnificent tall ship Star Clipper and explore the beautiful Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, and the historic towns of Cartagena, Motril and Cagliari 2018 - Oct
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Malta and Spain Cruise Only
    From £1446pp
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  • Iconic Cities of the Western Mediterranean

    7 Nights - Barcelona to Rome

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Sky, Star, Sun and Orion Choice of Ships

    Enjoy an overnight stop in the lively city of Barcelona, home to Gaudi's masterpieces, and Tuscany, gateway to the Renaissance treasures of Florence, on this superb voyage exploring the French Riviera, Spain and Italy. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jun, Jul, Nov, Dec
    Save up to £500pp!

    Iconic Cities of the Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise Package
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  • Mediterranean Gems

    13 Nights - Barcelona and back

    Celebrity Cruises Ship - Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Eclipse

    Discover the Renaissance treasures of Florence, visit the pristine Dalmatian coast and sail into the impressive harbour of Valletta on this superb voyage on Celebrity Eclipse 2018 - Nov
    Second passenger half price PLUS free drinks package!

    Mediterranean Gems Cruise Only
    From £1499pp
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  • Amalfi Coast to Sicily and Greece

    9 Nights - Civitavecchia to Athens

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Explore picturesque Palmarola and beautiful Sorrento on the stunning Amalfi Coast, discover historic Syracuse on Sicily and visit the picture-postcard Greek islands of Elafonisos and Hydra on this unique sailing cruise on Star Flyer 2018 - Jul
    Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Amalfi Coast to Sicily and Greece Cruise Only
    From £1629pp
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  • Continental Tastes and Flavours

    9 Nights - Portsmouth and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Saga Pearl II moors in the heart of picturesque Bordeaux, pretty Pasajes and charming Honfleur, cities rich in heritage and boasting magnificent architecture and gastronomic delights, on this brand new no-fly discovery cruise from Portsmouth 2018 - Apr
    Save up to 35%!

    Continental Tastes and Flavours No Fly Cruise
    From £1688pp
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  • Rome to Venice

    10 Nights - Rome to Venice

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Join superb tall ship Royal Clipper sailing from Rome to Venice taking in the exquisite beauty and capitvating history of Italy and Croatia 2018 - Jul, Aug
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Rome to Venice Sailing Cruise on Royal Clipper Cruise Only
    From £2020pp
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  • Glories of Spain and Portugal

    7 Nights - Malaga to Lisbon

    Variety Cruises Ship - Panorama II Choice of Ships

    Take the opportunity to discover the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Grenada, the UNESCO-listed monuments of Seville and the beautiful Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera, on this relaxing yacht cruise on 49-passenger Panorama II, with return flights from the UK 2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Save 10% on cruise cost on 2018 departures!

    Glories of Spain and Portugal Fly Cruise Package
    From £2149pp
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  • Spain to Morocco and Portugal

    12 Nights - Cannes to Lisbon

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    A 12-night cruise on board tall ship Royal Clipper exploring Corsica, the beautiful Balearic Islands and the exotic cities of Tangiers, Cadiz and Lisbon 2018 - Oct
    Save 20% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Spain to Morocco and Portugal Cruise Only
    From £2158pp
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  • Spain to Morocco and the Canary Islands

    11 Nights - Malaga to Tenerife

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Join veteran broadcaster Michael Buerk on this fascinating 12-day holiday to experience the exotic sights and sounds of Morocco and discover the lesser-known treasures of the Canary Islands. Includes return flights from the UK, overnight hotel stays in Fez and Marrakesh, guided excursions and guest lecturers 2018 - Nov
    Save up to £800 per cabin!

    Spain to Morocco and the Canary Islands Fly Cruise Package
    From £2345pp
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  • Local Flavours of the Mediterranean

    17 Nights - Portsmouth and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    This springtime cruise from Portsmouth on Saga Pearl II along the beautiful Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts explores Spain's lively cities, including Barcelona, home to Gaudi's masterpieces, and historic Cadiz, plus beautiful Ibiza Town and picturesque Motril in Andalucia. Includes cookery demonstrations, wine-tasting sessions and Spanish lessons on board 2018 - Mar
    Save up to 20%!

    Local Flavours of the Mediterranean No Fly Cruise
    From £2349pp
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  • Iberia to France and England

    14 Nights - Seville to London Tilbury

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Cruise along the coast of Spain, Portugal and France and discover their historical treasures and gastronomic delights. Includes 2-night hotel stay in Seville, flight from the UK to Seville and guided shore excursions 2018 - Jun
    Save up to £2000 per cabin!

    Iberia to France and England Fly Cruise Package
    From £2350pp
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  • Celebrations in the Mediterranean

    17 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Enjoy fireworks and festivities in Cadiz and fantastic parties on board the ship on this brand new no-fly cruise exploring France and Spain, with highlights including fashionable St Tropez and historic Gibraltar 2018 - Jun
    Save up to 35%!

    Celebrations in the Mediterranean No Fly Cruise
    From £2539pp
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  • Mediterranean Adventure

    17 Nights - Portsmouth to Dover

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Explore some of the smaller ports in the sun-drenched Mediterranean, including picturesque Mahon and ancient Tarragona on this superb no-fly discovery cruise from Portsmouth on Saga Pearl II 2018 - Apr
    Save up to 35%!

    Mediterranean Adventure No Fly Cruise
    From £2571pp
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  • Highlights of Iberia

    17 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Explore the sun-drenched Western Mediterranean on this no-fly discovery cruise, from the incredible architecture of Barcelona to Malaga's Moorish legacy and the famous Portuguese wines of Porto 2018 - Apr
    Save up to 35%!

    Highlights of Iberia No Fly Cruise
    From £2619pp
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  • The Three Rivers

    14 Nights - London Tilbury to Lisbon

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    A highlight of this cruise in sailing along the Seine, Gironde and Loire rivers of France before exploring the historic cities of Spain and Portugal. Includes return flight from Lisbon to the UK, 2-night hotel stay in Lisbon, guided tours and expert guest lecturers 2018 - Aug
    Save up to £800 per cabin!

    The Three Rivers Fly Cruise Package
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  • Italian and Adriatic Highlights

    14 Nights - Rome to Venice

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    This superb discovery voyage combines a 2-night hotel stay in Rome with a 12-night cruise around Italy and the stunning Adriatic coast. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers 2018 - May, Sep
    Save up to £1200 per cabin!

    Italian and Adriatic Highlights Fly Cruise Package
    From £2695pp
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  • Spanish Mediterranean Shores

    7 Nights - Marseille to Malaga

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Champlain Le Champlain

    This Mediterranean cruise, in partnership with the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, focuses on Spain's culture and history, with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Gaudi's creations in Barcelona and the magnificent Alhambra 2018 - Oct
    Save up to 15%!

    Spanish Mediterranean Shores Cruise Only
    From £2775pp
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  • Italy to Montenegro and Croatia

    14 Nights - Civitavecchia to Venice

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Sail along the stunning Amalfi and Croatian coasts on board tall ship Royal Clipper to discover the scenic beauty and intriguing history of Sicily, Corfu, Montenegro and Slovenia 2018 - Jun
    Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Italy to Montenegro and Croatia Cruise Only
    From £2848pp
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  • Impressions of the Mediterranean

    20 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Discover the art and architecture of the world's most famous artists on this superb no-fly Mediterranean cruise. Includes talks from art experts and a master art forger, an on-board art tutor and the opportunity to produce your own masterpiece on board 2018 - Feb
    Save up to 35%!

    Impressions of the Mediterranean No Fly Cruise
    From £2849pp
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  • Chopin and the Music of Spain

    7 Nights - Civitavecchia and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Follow in the footsteps of Chopin on this classical music-themed Mediterranean cruise, in partnership with Radio Classique, along the Italian coast and Spanish shores via Corsica and the Balearic Islands. Includes musical performances by special guests and lectures from expert speakers 2018 - Oct
    Save up to 5%!

    Chopin and the Music of Spain Cruise Only
    From £2896pp
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  • Mediterranean Odyssey

    12 Nights - Barcelona to Venice

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Star, Sun and Sky Choice of Ships

    This Mediterranean voyage on brand new ships Viking Star, Sun and Sky takes you from Barcelona along the French Riviera and on to the ancient highlights and hidden gems of Italy and Croatia. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov
    Save up to £500pp!

    Mediterranean Odyssey from Barcelona to Venice Fly Cruise Package
    From £2990pp
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  • Riviera Dream

    10 Nights - Rome to Marseille

    Crystal Cruises Ship - Crystal Serenity Crystal Serenity

    Experience the glamour of the French and Italian Rivieras on this luxury Mediterranean cruise, with visits to legendary Monaco and St Tropez. Includes a 3-night hotel stay in Rome and return flights from the UK 2018 - Sep
    Exclusive Blue Water package with 3-night Rome hotel stay!

    Riviera Dream Blue Water Package
    From £2995pp
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  • Mediterranean Experience

    14 Nights - Lisbon to Rome

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Explore the beautiful Mediterranean from Lisbon to Rome, with visits to Monte Carlo, Portofino and the magnificent Alhambra. Includes return flights from the UK, 2-night hotel stay in Rome, guided excursions and expert guest lecturers 2018 - Sep

    Mediterranean Experience Fly Cruise Package
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  • The Musical Mediterranean

    19 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Explore Lisbon's maritime history, admire Gaudi's work in Barcelona and enjoy the chance to attend an opera at the 2018 Puccini Festival in Italy on this Mediterranean no-fly cruise 2018 - Jul
    Save up to 35%!

    The Musical Mediterranean No Fly Cruise
    From £3065pp
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  • Renaissance Italy and Historic Islands

    16 Nights - Rome to Seville

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Uncover the Renaissance history of Rome and the fascinating islands of the Mediterranean on this discovery cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, hotel stays in Rome and Seville, guided excursions and expert guest lecturers 2018 - May
    Save up to £800 per cabin!

    Renaissance Italy and Historic Islands Fly Cruise Package
    From £3250pp
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  • Trade Routes of the Middle Ages

    14 Nights - Bergen to Barcelona

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Star, Sky and Sun Choice of Ships

    Follow the medieval trade routes on this 15-day cruise and learn more about Europe's fascinating history, visiting Amsterdam, Bruges and Paris with overnight stops in Bergen and Barcelona. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Apr, Jun, Oct
    Save up to £500pp!

    Trade Routes of the Middle Ages Fly Cruise Package
    From £3290pp
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  • Italy and Corsica Highlights

    7 Nights - Civitavecchia and back

    SeaDream Yacht Club Ship - SeaDream I Choice of Ships

    Uncover the stunning scenery and fascinating history of the Italian Riviera, Elba and Corsica on this Mediterranean cruise on board luxury yacht SeaDream I or II 2018 - Jun, Aug

    Italy and Corsica Highlights Cruise Only
    From £3306pp
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  • Christmas in the Mediterranean

    22 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Spend Christmas and the New Year exploring the highlights of the Mediterranean, from the Moorish architecture of Lisbon to the well-preserved Roman Theatre of Cartagena and Valletta's Grand Harbour on this festive cruise from Southampton 2017 - Dec
    Save up to 35%!

    Christmas in the Mediterranean No Fly Cruise
    From £3445pp
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  • Croatia and Italian Coast

    7 Nights - Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia

    SeaDream Yacht Club Ship - SeaDream II SeaDream II

    Sail from Dubrovnik to Kotor along the pristine Dalmatian coast, then explore the Amalfi Coast and the Italian islands of Sicily and Capri on this luxury Mediterranean cruise 2018 - Sep

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    From £3464pp
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  • Italian Adventure

    12 Nights - Venice to Civitavecchia

    Crystal Cruises Ship - Crystal Serenity Crystal Serenity

    See ancient walled cities, explore picturesque Greek islands and discover Italy's stunning Amalfi Coast on this luxury Mediterranean cruise on board Crystal Serenity. Includes a 3-night hotel stay in Venice and return flights from the UK 2018 - Aug
    Exclusive Blue Water package with 3-night Venice hotel stay!

    Italian Adventure Blue Water Package
    From £3895pp
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  • Mediterranean and Amalfi Coast

    15 Nights - Monte Carlo to Venice

    Silversea Ship - Silver Whisper Silver Whisper

    Join luxurious ship Silver Whisper on this all-inclusive voyage along the stunning Mediterranean and Amalfi coasts, with a superb choice of guided excursions and unlimited complimentary drinks on board 2018 - May
    Pay in full by 31 Dec 2017 and save 10%!

    Mediterranean and Amalfi Coast Cruise Only
    From £4590pp
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  • Barcelona and the Baltic

    21 Nights - Barcelona to Stockholm

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Sea Viking Sea

    Experience wonders of art and history, sail on famous waterways and see iconic cities including Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam and St Petersburg on this epic 21-night cruise. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Apr
    Save up to £500pp!

    Barcelona and the Baltic Fly Cruise Package
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  • France to Belgium and the River Thames

    9 Nights - Portland to London

    Hebridean Island Cruises Ship - Hebridean Princess Hebridean Princess

    Explore the treasures of Brittany and enjoy a maiden visit to Belgium, before cruising up the River Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge, on this luxury all-inclusive voyage from Portland on Hebridean Princess 2018 - Jul

    France to Belgium and the River Thames No Fly Cruise
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  • Morocco and Canary Islands

    7 Nights - Malaga to Las Palmas

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Discover the diverse Moroccan cities of Tangier and Casablanca and pristine beaches of Arrecife, Lanzarote’s lively capital, on this brand new voyage under full sail on tall ship Star Flyer

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  • Amalfi Coast and Ancient Greece

    7 Nights - Athens to Civitavecchia

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Join Le Lyrial on this luxury music-themed voyage to the beautiful Greek islands of Patmos and Santorini, and the stunning Italian coast, with the opportunity to visit the sacred site of Delphi and ancient Pompeii

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  • Mediterranean Delights

    7 Nights - Athens to Barcelona

    Oceania Ship - Riviera Riviera

    Discover the architectural treasures and historic cities of the Amalfi coast and French Riviera on this fascinating luxury cruise around the Mediterranean from Athens to Barcelona

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  • Amalfi to Sicily and Greece

    8 Nights - Civitavecchia to Piraeus

    Azamara Club Cruises Ship - Azamara Journey Azamara Journey

    Sail along the spectacular Amalfi Coast to the idyllic Greek Islands on this luxury cruise, visiting ancient ruins, colourful villages and breathtaking countryside

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  • Highlights of Southern Spain and Morocco

    9 Nights - Seville to Malaga

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Explore the treasures of southern Spain and Morocco on this 10-night cruise with hotel stays in Fez and Marrakesh. Includes return flights, guided excursions and guest lecturers

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  • France to Spain and Portugal

    10 Nights - Bristol and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Sail from Bristol Avonmouth to explore the fascinating cities and colourful coasts of sun-kissed France, Spain and Portugal on this superb no-fly cruise on board Marco Polo

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  • Mediterranean Journey

    10 Nights - Barcelona and back

    Oceania Ship - Nautica Nautica

    Explore the highlights of the Mediterranean on this luxury cruise, from the beautiful island of Mallorca to the stunning coastline of the Italian Riviera, the dramatic landscapes of Malta and glamorous Monte Carlo.

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  • Mediterranean Discovery

    10 Nights - Rome to Venice

    Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Voyager Seven Seas Voyager

    Explore picturesque Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, the UNESCO-listed city of Valletta and historic Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", on this superb all-inclusive voyage to the treasures of the Mediterranean on Seven Seas Voyager. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions

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  • Adriatic and Aegean Allure

    12 Nights - Venice to Piraeus

    Oceania Ship - Riviera Riviera

    This unique 12-night luxury cruise explores the stunning coasts of Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro before discovering the magical gems of the Greek islands

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  • Autumn in the Canaries

    13 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    This superb voyage from Southampton on Saga Pearl II explores the beautiful Canary Islands, the picturesque island of Madeira and lively Portuguese capital of Lisbon

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  • Ancient Greece to Sicily and Spain

    13 Nights - Athens to Seville

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    A fascinating 13-night Mediterranean discovery cruise on Aegean Odyssey calling at the Greek islands, Sicily and along the southern coast of Spain to Seville. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers

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  • Passage Through Western Europe

    14 Nights - Barcelona to Bergen

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Star, Sea and Sky Choice of Ships

    Explore the breathtaking Norwegian fjords and cosmopolitan cities of London, Lisbon and Barcelona on this voyage through Western Europe and the Mediterranean on brand new ships Viking Star and Viking Sea. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

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  • A Spanish Adventure

    16 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Enjoy the laid-back Mediterranean way of life on this no-fly discovery cruise to sunny Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal on board Saga Sapphire with chocolate making workshops by renowned patissier and chocolatier Mark Tilling

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  • Atlantic Crossing

    17 Nights - Barcelona to Miami

    Oceania Ship - Sirena Sirena

    Call at historic Spanish cities and the beautiful island of Madeira before crossing the Atlantic on board luxury ship Sirena to explore Bermuda and the Bahamas.

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  • Jewels of the Canary Islands

    18 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Discover the breathtaking volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands, unearth strong heritage in the Andalusian city of Cadiz on the Iberian Peninsula and visit the stunning Algarve in Portugal on this unique cruise from Southampton on Saga Pearl II
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  • Contrasts of the Canaries and Cape Verde

    19 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Explore picturesque Madeira, the sun-kissed Canary Islands and volcanic Cape Verde archipelago on this autumn voyage from Southampton on Saga Pearl II

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  • Venice and the Mediterranean

    25 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Explore the contrasting cities of the Mediterranean, from enchanting Venice to UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and Malta's historic capital, Valletta, on this unique voyage from Southampton on Saga Pearl II

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Western Med Highlights

Agadir

The port of Agadir is situated at the end of the town's long beach, and during the tourist season there is easy access to local transport into town. The surrounding landscape is dominated by the mountains of the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara Desert, with many quiet beaches along the coast. Agadir beach is lined with cafes, restaurants and hotels, and the Grand Souk is the largest covered market in this region of Morocco. Close by is the walled Berber town of Taroudant.

Agadir (Morocco)

Ajaccio

Ajaccio's port is adjacent to the town, which is the capital of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoleon. His former home is now a museum, one of a number of attractions which include a museum exhibiting paintings by Raphael, Botticelli and Titian, a palm-fringed promenade and a good selection of chic shops and restaurants. Just along the coast is Cupulatta, a breeding centre for tortoises and turtles.

Ajaccio (Corsica)

Alghero

Alghero is situated on the north-west coast of Sardinia, bordered along the shore by the walls of its old bastion. This attractive town has numerous restaurants, boutiques and cafes, and shops selling coral jewellery and carvings. The sights include Alghero Cathedral, the Palazzo D'Albis which was once the home of Emperor Charles V, and Neptune's Grotto, one of the most spectacular caves in the Mediterranean.

Alghero (Italy)

Alicante

Alicante is one of the best-known towns along the Costa Blanca, popular for its long Blue Flag beach, pleasant boulevard and shopping opportunities. The castle of Santa Barbara sits above the town on Mount Benacantil offering good views of the city and coastline, and the town itself has a handsome baroque Town Hall and the blue-domed cathedral of San Nicolas surrounded by gardens.

Alicante (Spain)

Almeria

Almeria is a pleasant coastal town with a tree-lined waterfront promenade, the quaint streets of Las Ramblas and Paseo de Almeria leading to Almadrabillas beach. Its chief sight is the magnificent Arab fortress of Alcazaba, which contains baths and a Muslim Medina, and the gardens of San Nicolas Salmeron Park. The city also has an imposing fortress cathedral, built to withstand attacks from pirates.

Almeria (Spain)

Amalfi

Amalfi is one of the most popular resorts along the famous Amalfi coast. It has a superb setting beneath the mountains, and a great deal of charm. The Duomo is a marvel of ancient Arab-Moorish architecture and dominates the lively central piazza, and narrow lanes and steep terraces of brightly-painted houses lead down to the sea, restaurants and fashionable cafes.

Amalfi (Italy)

Barcelona

Cruise ships arrive in Barcelona at one of the berths beyond the famous thoroughfare, Las Ramblas. The port provides the low-cost Blue Bus shuttle transfer into the city, where there are world-class museums dedicated to football, history, Picasso, Miro and Gaudi. The skyline of Barcelona is dominated by Gaudi's architecture - the magnificent Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the apartment block of Casa Mila, and at ground level, Parc Guell.

Barcelona (Spain)

Bari

Bari has an interesting mixture of Byzantine, Arab, Gothic and Greek buildings. A wide boulevard runs through the town and the old quarter of Barivecchia is a labyrinth of lanes and arched alleys with pastel-coloured houses. The main sights are the imposing Swabian Castle which now houses exhibitions, the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the grand Teatro Piccinni. The chief shopping districts are along the Via Sparano and the Via Argiro.

Bari (Italy)

Bilbao

The Basque city of Bilbao has been a busy port since its foundation in the 14th century and today is an interesting blend of ancient and modern buildings. The highlight is the sculpted form of the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry, and the famous 12-metre high sculpture of the Flower Puppy by Jeff Koons at its entrance.

Bilbao (Spain)

Bonifacio

When arriving by sea, Bonifacio's Haute Ville is a spectacular sight, a citadel perched on high white cliffs. It has old churches, winding streets with arcades and arches, and upmarket boutiques. There is a small train from the old town at the port up to the Haute Ville, and also boat trips to the grottos and caves along the coast. Alternatively, for a small fee, visitors can take the 187-steps of the 'Staircase of the King of Aragon' from the town to the citadel.

Bonifacio (Corsica, France)

Cagliari

Cagliari in southern Sardinia is an ancient city and the capital of the island. A stroll through the town gives easy access to its historic churches and museums and the winding alleys and piazzas of the old the walled Castello area. There are good views of the bay from Terrazza Umberto I, reached via a grand flight of stairs from Bastione di St Remy, and the town also has a Roman amphitheatre dating back to 2AD.

Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)

Cannes

Cruise ship passengers visiting Cannes will arrive in the heart of this glamorous city, well-known for its famous film festival. Beside the attractive promenade of Le Croisette, there are other treasures to discover ' the 14th-century wooden church in the hill-side district of Le Suquet, the arts and crafts galleries of Le Cannet-Rocheville and the small islands of Lerins in the bay where there are sandy beaches and the monastery of Ste Honorat.

Cannes (France)

Capri

The sophisticated island of Capri is situated in the Bay of Naples and is separated into the lower town of Capri and hill-top Anacapri in the west. A funicular railway runs from the port to Capri Town and its attractive square, chic boutiques and restaurants. From here there is a bus service up to Anacapri and the famous Villa San Michele and its gardens. Other sights include the Blue Grotto and Villa Jovis ' the remains of a Roman palace.

Capri (Italy)

Cartagena

Cartagena has many buildings and fortifications dating from the early 1600s. Horse-drawn carriages frequently pass by carrying sightseers from the up-market area of Bocagrande and the old walled city. Sights include the Palacio de la Inquisicion, the dungeons of Las Bevedas, and Plaza de Santo Domingo where local artisans sell their wares.

Cartagena (Colombia)

Cartagena

The port of Cartagena is within walking distance of the town which has been occupied by Romans, Muslims and Arabs during its long history. A long-forgotten Roman theatre was recently rediscovered in the town, which also has Art Nouveau buildings, a grand City Hall and interesting shops along Calle Mayor. A narrow-gauge train carries visitors to the nearby fishing village of Los Nietos and its salt-water lake.

Casablanca

Casablanca's port sits next to one of the city's chief attractions, the huge and impressive Hassan II Mosque completed in 1993. Long boulevards lead to the medina, the Habbous souk district, the mosaics and cedar-carved ceilings of Mahkama du Pacha and an abundance of good traditional and seafood restaurants.

Casablanca (Morocco)

Catania

Catania is situated at the foot of Mount Etna on Sicily's east coast and has a long and turbulent history, and numerous impressive buildings, including the baroque Duomo, Teatro Bellini, Ursino Castle and ancient churches and palaces. Amongst the many Roman remains are two theatres, thermal baths and the Odeon, all within the city centre.

Catania (Italy)

Cherbourg

Cherbourg's harbour was built on a grand scale and is the largest artificial harbour in the world. Work began in 1783 and was completed in the 19th century under the direction of Napoleon. The town's main attractions are all related to the sea - France's first nuclear submarine, Redoubtable, is now a museum ship moored at Cherbourg's Cite de la Mer where there is also an aquarium. At the foot of the hill-top fortress there is a botanical garden and a small zoo.

Cherbourg (France)

Gibraltar (UK)

The small British territory of Gibraltar is an interesting mixture of British and Spanish cultures, consisting of the famous Rock and a narrow spit of land between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It is famous for the cliff-top colony of Barbary Apes reached by cable car, the Siege Tunnels built during World War II, St Michael's Cave and its unusual auditorium and a variety of shops selling tax-free goods. There are buses and a shuttle service from the port to the town.

Gibraltar

Gijon

The small harbour of Gijon divides the town into two ' the main town and the older quarter of Cimadevilla where the houses of the original fishing village still remain and are well-preserved. The beach resort is centred around Playa del San Lorenzo and several shopping malls and restaurants. There are some museums of interest, including the International Bagpipe Museum and the Roman Archaeological Park of Campa de Torres.

Gijon (Spain)

Ibiza

Best known for its summer club parties, Ibiza is a picturesque island with an historic old town, Dalt Vila, reached via a drawbridge and the impressive gateway of Portal de Ses Taules. There are many gift shops, art galleries and excellent restaurants, and a 14th-century cathedral. Ibiza is the third-largest of the Balearic Islands and has good beaches and an inland terrain speckled with fig and olive trees. To the south are the white salt fields of Las Salinas.

Ibiza (Spain)

La Coruna

La Coruna is a busy port on the north-west coast of Spain in the province of Galicia and one of the gateways to the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela. The port is close to the World Heritage listed Tower of Hercules, built by the Romans in 2AD and the oldest working lighthouse in the world. Leading off from La Coruna's seafront promenade are medieval churches and baroque palaces.

La Coruna (Spain)

La Goulette

La Goulette has a long promenade and restaurants serving fresh fish and traditional mutton dishes, and is the port for Tunis where you will find the exotic shops and narrow lanes of the medina. Tunis is also well-known for the Bardo Museum and its outstanding collection of mosaics, the 16th-century Kasbah fortress, and the hill-top town of Sidi Bou Said, which is a relaxing oasis of courtyards and bright Mediterranean colours.

La Pallice

La Pallice is the port for La Rochelle, where the harbour is too shallow to accommodate cruise vessels. It was a large submarine base during World War II and its bunker was used as a location for 'Indiana Jones II' and 'Das Boot'. La Pallice is close to the aquarium of La Rochelle and its historic, fortified Old Town.

Las Palmas

This 15th-century city is the capital of Gran Canaria and has many colonial buildings, and a picturesque setting between the beaches of Playa de las Canteras and Playa de las Alcaravaneras. The city's historic district, Vegueta, is a World Heritage Site where sophisticated boutiques and a cosmopolitan atmosphere make Las Palmas a popular tourist destination.

Lisbon

Lisbon has three ports, all with taxi services and within 3 kilometers of the city centre. Lisbon is a sprawling city which has been occupied by Visigoths, Moors, Romans and Celts. Alfama and Barrio Alto are historic districts of cobbled streets, wrought-iron balconies and Moorish buildings. Its most famous landmarks are the World Heritage Sites of Belem Tower and the impressive 16th-century Jeronimos Monastery.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Livorno

Large ships visiting Livorno dock a short distance from this town on the western coast of Tuscany. It has a long seafront stretching to Antignano, edged with trees and Art Nouveau villas. The Venezia Nuova quarter is an area of canals, bridges and the handsome 17th-century buildings of Via Borra. Livorno has good rail links to Florence, Pisa and Lucca.

Mahon

Mahon is the capital of Menorca, and has a lively harbour with market stalls and plenty of cafes. The old quarter has a mixture of English Georgian buildings and Catalan architecture. Worthy of a visit are the Ateneo Cientifico, a museum of natural history, archaeology and art, and the Church of Santa Maria in Plaza de la Constitucion. The island has many attractive crescent-shaped beaches with good swimming ' popular spots are Arenal den Castell and Cala den Porter.

Malaga

Malaga cruise port is situated at the end of the town's promenade. Sitting on a sweeping Andalucian bay, Malaga has long been popular as a beach resort, and has plenty of attractions for visitors. Walk its wide palm-shaded boulevards, narrow streets and squares and discover the Museo Picasso which honours one of Malaga's most famous sons, Alcazaba Fortress and a nearby Roman amphitheatre, and an impressive cathedral.

Malaga (Spain)

Marseille

Marseille's busy new port is a bus ride away from the city, where there are a variety of shops, the Byzantine cathedral of Notre Dame, and Palais du Pharo were Napoleon III once lived. Vieux Port is the historic waterfront area, and boats take visitors to Chateu d'If which featured in 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.

Marseille (France)

Messina

This ancient city of cobblestone streets sits on the north-eastern tip of Sicily, and is a busy port a short walk away for the main Piazza and its Duomo. Messina is usually visited as a gateway to the classical ruins of Taormina, tours to Mount Etna and the Church of the Black Madonna in Tindari.

Messina (Italy)

Monte Carlo

The cruise ship terminal in Monte Carlo is within walking distance of the town, a glitzy and sophisticated destination well-known for its Grand Prix and the Grand Casino, and for the sleek yachts in its harbour. There are numerous boutiques, the imposing St Nicholas Cathedral, and the hill-top Royal Palace.

Monte Carlo (Monaco)

Motril

Motril is the second-largest town in the Spanish province of Granada. Scenically situated against a mountain backdrop, the town has an interesting Mudejar church, and a Baroque Town Hall. There are two popular beaches, Playa Granada and Playa Poniente.

Naples

The city of Naples is a maze of architectural treasures and busy streets in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Among the key sights are the 13th-century Duomo, the Royal Palace, the Teatro San Carlo, and the underground tunnels of the Napoli Sotteranea. The chief shopping areas are Piazza dei Martiri, Via Calabritto, and the glass arcade of Galleria Umberto. Naples is also the gateway to the remains of ancient Pompeii.

Naples (Italy)

Nice

Nice port is situated in the heart of the city, close to the old quarter. The bay is bordered by the sweeping Promenade des Anglais which leads to a pedestrianised zone housing restaurants, cafes, small shops and boutiques and the pleasant Place Rossetti. There is a Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice, and excellent museums, including two dedicated to the works of Matisse and Chagall.

Nice (France)

Olbia

Olbia is the main port on the island of Sardinia, situated close to the scenic Costa Smerelda. Olbia has good facilities for tourists ' cafes and internet cafes, restaurants and bars. Olbia is best known for its recently discovered shipwrecks, dating back to 5AD, its old town walls, and the Romanesque church of San Simplicio.

Palermo

The port of Palermo sits on the north-west coast of Sicily, and is a ten-minute walk from the city centre, which is rich in history, architecture and culture. There are many historic buildings ' the largest theatre in Italy, the Teatro Massimo, the cathedral, which contains an observatory in one of its domes, the catacombs of the Capuchins housing remains of 8000 monks, and the Museo Archeologico Regionale. Local buses travel to Mount Etna where there is a cable car taking visitors up to the craters.

Palermo (Italy)

Palma

Palma is Mallorca's elegant city. The port is overlooked by the impressive cathedral, behind which is the old town, its boutiques and squares. Shops can be found around the attractive Placa Major and the Passeig des Born, and the ornate Olivar Market is worth a visit for its flower and fruit displays. There are several places of interest ' the Arab Baths, the fortified palace of La Almudaina, the mural by Joan Miro in Parc del Mar and circular Bellver Castle, perched above the city on a hill.

Palma (Mallorca)

Portimao

Portimao is one of the biggest towns on the Algarve, and sits next to the busy and popular resort of Priaia da Rocha and its beaches. Portimao itself has a good choice of restaurants, offers various watersports activities and has a newly-developed waterfront. There are numerous shops, a mixture of local and international stores. Nearby are golf courses, the Caves of Estombar and the Roman villa at Figueira.

Portimao (Portugal)

Porto Rotondo

Porto Rotondo is an exclusive seaside village on Sardinia's Costa Smerelda, close to Mount Ladu and the glamorous coastal resort of Porto Cervo. The coastline is lush and edged with white sand beaches, including Ira, Sassi and Marinella. In the village, Piazzetta San Marco is the place to go for bars and expensive boutiques. Buildings of interest include the church of San Lorenzo and its wooden statues and a granite amphitheatre built in the Greek style. Silvio Berlusconi has a luxurious villa nearby.

Porto Rotondo (Sardinia, Italy)

Portoferraio

This is the capital of the Tuscan island of Elba. Around the harbour are yellow, pink and ochre-painted houses and the old quarter sits inside a Medicean fortress. The home of Napoleon, Villa dei Mulini and his private house, Villa San Martino, are open to the public, and the streets of the town are decorated with flower-filled balconies. Portoferraio has excellent botanic gardens at Giardini Ottone and good views from the Roman ruins of Villa Romana Della Grotta.

Portofino

This beautiful Italian Riviera town has been favoured by the rich and famous for decades. It is built on a hillside sloping down to the sea and its easily recognizable harbour of brightly-painted houses. There are pleasant walks through the olive groves into Portofino National Park and to the gardens and terrace of 15th-century Castello Brown. Sea taxis depart from Portofino for the attractive towns of the Cinque Terre.

Portofino (Italy)

Positano

Positano is one of a string of picturesque fishing villages on the Amalfi Coast. Its houses cling to the hillside and cobbled streets and steep stairways criss-cross the village, which was the backdrop for scenes from 'The Talented Mr Ripley'. The church of Santa Maria Assunta has a colourful majolica-tiled dome and there is an attractive Town Hall. Boat trips take visitors to the sea cave of the Emerald Grotto and ferries depart for the islands of Ischia and Capri and the ancient site of Paestum.

Ravenna

Ravenna was the last capital of the Roman Empire and later became the centre of the Byzantine world. Ravenna is famous for its mosaics from these periods which can be seen in the Basilicas of Sant Apollinare Nuovo and San Vitale, and also for the tomb of the poet Dante. It is also a busy and modern port with shops, cafes and restaurants just a few minutes walk from the centre of the city.

Ravenna (Italy)

Rome

This busy port is a hub for travel throughout the Mediterranean and has direct rail connections to Rome. In Civitavecchia itself, there is a seafront promenade and beach, a long modern pier and the Archaeological Park of Terme Taurine, where there are Roman baths built by Emperor Hadrian around hot sulphur springs. The town has a good choice of seafood restaurants, and a few kilometers down the coast is the important 9th-century castle of Santa Severa, built on the ancient site of Pyrgi.

Rome (Civitavecchia, Italy)

Saint Tropez

The port of St Tropez is in the heart of this sophisticated town, which is a by-word for glitz and glamour and a paradise for shopping and people-watching. Historically, St Tropez was a military stronghold and a small fishing village ' some of its old charm remains in narrow lanes and the Provencal market, the citadel and castle. There is a scenic coastal path leading to small beaches and ancient ruins.

Saint Tropez (France)

Salerno

Salerno is situated at the northern-most end of the Amalfi coast. A short distance from the busy port is a long and picturesque seafront promenade shaded by palm trees, and the town has many palaces including the Baroque Palazzo Morese. Opposite is the fine Cathedral which contains the elaborately decorated crypt of St Matthew. Salerno is often visited as a gateway to the Amalfi coastal villages and the ancient sites of Paestum and Pompeii.

Salerno (Italy)

Santa Cruz

La Palma is a mountainous and scenic island with an impressive volcanic crater, Caldera de Taburiente, and black volcanic sand beaches. The pretty town of Santa Cruz is the capital and main port, famous for its wooden balconies, cobbled streets, ancient buildings and the replica of Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, which houses the Maritime Museum.

Santa Cruz (La Palma, Canary Islands)

Santa Cruz de La Palma

This is one of the prettiest towns in the Canary Islands and the capital of La Palma. It's a short walk from the port to the colonial centre, where 16th-century buildings close to Avenida Puente are decorated with brightly-painted balconies. In the palm-shaded Plaza Espana is the lovely Iglesia del Salvador and restaurants and shops line Calle O'Dally. Tall ships often call at the harbour, where the Maritime Museum is housed in a reconstruction of Columbus's ship the Santa Maria.

Santa Cruz de La Palma (Spain)

Sevilla

The city of Seville on the Guadalquivir River can be reached by river cruise ships. Passengers aboard larger sea-going vessels can visit Seville from the ports of Sanlucar de Barrameda or Cadiz. Dating back 2000 years, its architecture spans Moorish, Mudejar and Gothic periods. Tapas bars and restaurants are spread across this very attractive city, and sights include the magnificent cathedral, the nearby 9th-century Alcazar and

Sevilla (Spain)

Sorrento

Sorrento lies on a peninsula on the south side of the Bay of Naples, and is the gateway to the picturesque Amalfi Coast, the islands of Ischia and Capri, and the ancient sites of Pompeii and Paestum. Sorrento itself has an unhurried charm, with cafes serving the local tipple, Limoncello in Piazza Tasso. Worth a visit are the Baroque Church del Carmine, the 18th-century villa, Palazzo Correa, and Museo Bottega, which has frescoed vaults and antiquities on display.

Sorrento (Italy)

Taormina

The port for Taormina is Giardini Naxos, whilst Taormina town sits high above the bay on the flanks of Monte Tauro and can be reached by taxi, shuttle bus or a cable car from Mazzaro Bay. The medieval town has elegant boutiques and restaurants along Corso Umberto, a 13th-century Duomo, Palazzo Corvaja and lush public gardens. The chief sight is the idyllically situated Greek amphitheatre with views of snow-capped Mount Etna.

Taormina (Italy)

Toulon

The Provencal port of Toulon has a long history, and its military harbour, fortifications and shipyard were developed under the direction of Cardinal Richelieu and later, Vauban. The town is known for its elegant fountains, its Provencal market held daily on the Cours Lafayette and the elaborate Toulon Opera House. The old town has narrow streets and small squares, whilst the upper town was built on a grand scale by the same architect who re-built Paris.

Toulon (France)

Trapani

Trapani is the western-most fishing and ferry port on the island of Sicily, and was founded in 260BC. It is renowned for its seafood and traditional Sicilian cuisine and although many of the old buildings were destroyed during World War II, some fine palaces survive along the Corso Vittorio Emanuel. The Chieasa del Purgatorio houses the Misteri, the sculptures carried through the town during its famous Good Friday procession, and there are several interesting churches including the Sanctuary of Annunziata.

Trapani (Sicily)

Trieste

The busy port of Trieste is not far from the city centre and the large and grand Piazza Unita d'Italia. Trieste has many neo-classical buildings and old palaces, the famous pastry and chocolate shop, La Bomboniera and the historic Caffe San Marco, once frequented by James Joyce. Roman remains in Trieste include the Arch of Riccardo, the Basilica Forense and an amphitheatre.

Trieste (Italy)

Valencia

This lively city's port is 4 kilometres from the city, which has both ancient and contemporary landmarks. Worth visiting is the area of El Barrio del Carmen, where there is stunning Roman and Arab architecture and the old city gate of Torres de Serrano. The 15th-century Llotja de la Seda is a World Heritage Site and former silk trading centre with an elegant Hall of Columns. To capture Valencia's contemporary flavour, see the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences museum. The cathedral has works by Goya.

Valencia (Spain)

Valletta

Arriving in Valletta, the site of its magnificent Grand Harbour is memorable. The old warehouses of the harbour area now contain a string of elegant restaurants and bars. Uphill is the impressive City Gate, leafy squares and some fine buildings including St John's Cathedral which displays a painting by Caravaggio. Traffic-free Republic Street is the main shopping area, and from the ramparts of Hastings Gardens there are wonderful sea views and a caf'.

Valletta (Malta)

Vigo

Ships visiting Vigo dock in the centre of the city adjacent to the palm-lined Avenida del Castillo. The old quarter is a maze of steep and winding streets where there are several plazas, including Pedra Square and its market and oyster stall. The Rua Real runs up from the port and is the main street, bordered by old fishermen's houses. Vigo has good beaches ' the Playa de Samil and the quieter bays of Santa Baia and Carril.

Vigo (Spain)

Villefranche

Villefranche is regarded as one of the most picturesque harbours on the Cote d'Azur, and its charming town is built on a wooded hillside. The artist Jean Cocteau decorated the 14th-century Chapelle St Pierre des Pecheurs with colourful scenes of gypsies and fishergirls. Cruise ships anchor in the bay for excursions to Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo.

Villefranche (Nice/Monaco, France)
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