Eastern Mediterranean

Alive with an eclectic mix of colour, culture and charm, the clear, warm waters of the Eastern Mediterranean wash over a mosaic of islands and nations. Each location offers distinct and diverse experiences with ancient ruins, spectacular churches, medieval villages and sacred temples that will enchant anyone that visits. But just as the sheer scale and history of these manmade treasures will amaze you, so too will the natural wonders.

Caught between eastern and western worlds, the contrasting coastline of Turkey is carved with history and is home to a medley of beautiful beaches, some of which are only accessible by boat. The most popular stretch is known as the ‘Turquoise Coastline’ in southern Turkey. Dotted with idyllic fishing harbours and whitewashed buildings, this Turkish Riviera pulsates with vibrant energy and glamorous nightlife.

The birthplace of western civilisation the islands of Greece are full of bustling fishing ports and golden beaches ready to explore while you unlock the charm of its intriguing mythologies and welcoming locals.

Further west discover the little known wonders and unspoilt scenic beauty of Croatia. A nation bequeathed by the legacies of Romans, Venetians and Hapsburgs, Croatia is as picturesque as an eastern European folk tale. The hidden bays and crystal clear waters bordering the sun kissed coves of the sublime Adriatic coast of Montenegro are not to be missed. Volcanic islands simmer, lush pine forests infuse the sea breezes and the varying, electrifying shades of the water defy belief.

An absolute melting pot of culture, lifestyle and history, the East Mediterranean is an explosion of colour, flavours and tastes. Intriguingly individual, this region blurs the line between Europe and Asia, combining beaches, history and scenic splendours in resplendent fashion.

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Laced suggestively throughout the East Mediterranean are the colourful coasts of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, the Greek Islands, Italy, Turkey, and Cyprus.

Explore one of the world’s most romantic cities from the famed canals of Venice before crossing the waters to cruise the Croatian archipelago, exploring the delights of the sun-drenched Dalmatian Coast and becoming immersed in the enchanting Dubrovnik. An inspiriting seaside city full of Old Town charm and modern comforts, Dubrovnik is a popular port-of-call. For excellent nightlife, Hvar truly comes alive after dark.

For ancient treasures, there is no more remarkable place than Greece. Home to the Gods of old, there is still something unearthly and magically exceptional about this ardent country. The mainland offers the atmospheric city of Athens and the captivating Katakolon, home to the first Olympic stadium and the Temple of Zeus, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

Greek Islands
The Greek Islands are the jewel of the East Mediterranean, each a picturesque slice of paradise strewn throughout an azure sea. From the white-washed beauty of the Aegean Islands to the bountiful shores of the Ionians, cruising the Greek Islands is unrivalled in pure awe-inspiring allure. Here, the cosmopolitan appeal of bustling Rhodes, the seaside-glamour of Mykonos, and the sunset views of Santorini are all within reach.

Across the Aegean lie the delights of southern Turkey, a region rich with picturesque anchorage points and a sea perfect for water sports. Istanbul, Turkey’s vibrant and animated capital is a world of colour, both in its intriguing people, spirited street-life, flavoursome cuisine and vivid buildings. Sail down the majestic Bosphorus stretch or explore the dainty Ephesus, one of Turkey’s best-preserved ancient cities.

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