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Mediterranean Europe Shore Excursions

Begin a new vacation each time you set foot ashore!
No matter where you are in the world, shore excursions offer you the opportunities to experience international cultures, sample local cuisine, sightsee and more.
Cruise shore excursions are also unique because of their flexibility. You can take guided tours or customize your sightseeing by renting transportation or embarking on walking tours.
Hit all a port of call's local highlights or focus on one or two extended activities. It's your cruise!


Mediterranean Europe
Introduction
Mediterranean Europe, which for cruising purposes, encompasses Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Greece and a slew of other countries, evokes images of archaeological sites, monuments, churches and ruins. Master artists, like Michelangelo and Picasso, have walked its streets, and celebrity masterpieces (the Parthenon, the Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel) in art and architecture make the Mediterranean feel like one expansive museum.

Shopping is possibly the only activity that can lure cruisers out of the vast number of "must-see" attractions in Mediterranean Europe. Antiques, crafts, jewelry and glasswork are abundant, and both small boutiques in Paris and large districts like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul house unique finds.

Outdoor endeavors do exist, although they seem to take a back seat to museum hopping. Those that come to the Mediterranean for sport are often seen skiing or trekking in the Alps or the Pyrenees.

Getting Around

Navigating Mediterranean Europe can be extremely difficult, even if you are blessed with a good map. Streets seem to be without names, directions are based on landmarks you can't see, and often enough, you find that you have walked two hours and gotten nowhere.


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For these reasons, enlist a guide. Some cities, like Venice, consist of meandering canals and waterways that often circumvent common sense, and it would be a shame to spend an entire shore excursion mapping your travel route.

Examples of shore excursion opportunities in Mediterranean Europe include:

Shopping Districts
  • Shop Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, a concentrated collection of 4,000 shops selling, gold, silver, clothing, books, purses and more.
  • Stroll the Baixa in Lisbon, Portugal and find elegant shoes.
  • Discover pearls and pottery off Spain's Mediterranean Riviera in Mahon.
Cultural Attractions
  • Attend a concert in Barcelona at the Palau De La Musica Catalana, one of the world's most extraordinary music halls.
  • Tour vineyards in Bordeaux, France's wine country, and partake in wine tasting.
  • Spend time in the Grand Socco in Tangier, Morocco and learn the secrets of snake charming.
Nature Trips
  • View Gibraltar' Saint Michael's Cave, an immense natural cavern, and the great Siege Tunnels, a system of tunnels carved out of limestone in the 1780's.
  • Walk the embattled beaches of Normandy, which are indented with WW II bomb explosions.
  • Explore Amalfi's Emerald Grotto, a cavernous chamber of stalactites and stalagmites.

Religious Structures

  • Witness Malta's Tarxien Temples, archaeological remains dating back to 2,500 B.C. that are considered to be the world's most impressive prehistoric temples.
  • Behold the Sistine Chapel in Rome and gaze upon the priceless ceiling frescoes of Michelangelo, including the "Creation of Adam".
  • Step inside Barcelona's opulent Gothic cathedral, Catedral De La Seu, and see beautifully carved choir stalls, Santa Eulàlia's tomb and a battle-scarred crucifix.

Museums

  • Experience Paris' Louvre, which houses some the world most priceless paintings and sculptures, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.
  • Investigate Katakolon's Archaeological Museum, which houses Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures, including the famous Niki "Winged Victory."
  • Admire Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic and Asian art and European acquisitions in Lisbon's Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.
Enhance your travel to Mediterranean Europe by reading about its culture, people and history in these novels:
Along the Road, Notes & Essays of a Tourist - Aldous Huxley
Bella Tuscany - Frances Mayes
The Colossus of Maroussi - Henry Miller
Don Quixote's Delusions: Travels in Castilian Spain - Miranda France
Dinner with Persephone - Patricia Storage
Don Fernando - W. Somerset Maugham
The Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain
Labels: A Mediterranean Journey - Evelyn Waugh
The Olive Grove: Travels in Greece - Katherine Kizilos
One Room in a Castle - Karen Connelly
Snowball Oranges, One Mallorcan Winter - Peter Kerr
Venice Revealed: An Intimate Portrait - Paolo Barbaro


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Cruises can take you to so many places. With 350 Embarkation Ports and hundreds of Ports of Call around the globe, there’s something ashore for everyone. Where in the world do you want to go?

 

CARIBBEAN: Bury your toes in sugar-white sand, unearth Mayan ruins and shop at outdoor markets for duty-free handicrafts.
BAHAMAS & BERMUDA: Soak up electric blue waters, track the pursuits of legendary pirates and unravel the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

MEXICO: Tour ancient villages, old-world factories and traditional plantations. Or daydream in a hammock on a sun-drenched beach.
SOUTH AMERICA: Encounter mummies, active volcanoes and pink dolphins in a country that celebrates both ancient tribes and sophisticated cities.
PANAMA CANAL: Sail through this $350 million man-made wonder en route to fascinating countries like Costa Rica and Aruba. ALASKA: Trek across the "Great Frontier" and explore mile after mile of stunning fjords, glaciers, forests and mountains.
CANADA & NEW ENGLAND: Breathe in the life of rugged seaside villages and the spirit of the American Revolution.

MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE: Stand at the feet of Michelangelo's David, stare into the eyes of da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and take in the most inspired works of art ever created.
NORTHERN EUROPE: Toast to the wonders of lofty castles, grandiose cathedrals and pastoral countryside in an Irish pub.

HAWAII: Relax on Waikiki Beach and snorkel amidst lava rock in Nawiliwili Kauai. Or explore Hawaii's memorials and monuments.
ASIA: Experience a kaleidoscope of Oriental cultures and landscapes and walk the meandering Great Wall of China.
AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC: Trek past boiling mud pools and powerful geysers in Tahiti and then attend a world-class performance at the Sydney Opera House.

TRANSATLANTIC: Visit the most geographically diverse regions of the world during a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean.
AROUND THE WORLD: Voyage to several continents across the globe and sightsee lively capitals and rustic villages.

River Cruises:
UNITED STATES: Get a closer look at America by sailing its most legendary rivers, including the Napa, Hudson, Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi.
WORLD: Sail alongside medieval castles, ancient ruins and luxuriant vineyards on rivers such as the Nile, Murray, Danube, Yangtze and Rhine.


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Don't just see the world. Explore it and discover new places, new foods, new experiences. Now you can go online and view cruise line shore & land excursions. Programs that let you will get you up close and personal with some of the most exciting destinations in the world.

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There’s so much to do on — and off — a Carnival cruise. Sure, you know the ship’s gonna be a blast. But what happens when you walk down the gangway into a port? Well, we’ve got the answer: a full-fledged fun bonanza! We’ve tracked down the coolest stuff in every port — which means you can be sure the good times won’t slow down just ‘cause you’re leaving the ship. So go ahead… snorkel, zip-line, ride a 4X4, swim with dolphin, shop or just relax on the beach. We’ve got tons of great shore excursions for you to try. Land ho!

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Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo. Celebrity Cruises
   
shore excursions that have been specially selected by Disney Cruise Line—provide you and your family with the very best recreation, leisure and sightseeing each destination has to offer. By adding a Port Adventure to your cruise, you'll receive an unforgettable experience ashore along with the peace of mind that comes with having Disney do all the planning. Whether sailing into the horizon, exploring an under the sea world, pillaging with pirates or splashing through the waves on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Port Adventures set the course for a whole new way to add even more magic to your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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Holland America Line offers a wide variety of shore excursions to fit your lifestyle, ranging from easygoing activities to high adventure. Each of our tours provides the highest level of quality, safety, convenience and value. Once you have booked your cruise, you can easily book your shore excursions online; we recommend you book early for the best selection. Holland America
   
Surfing in Hawaii. Dogsledding in Alaska. Scuba diving in Belize. Exploring ancient medieval cities. You can book your adventures ashore up to two days prior to sailing, so take a look and book now, as the favorites sell out fast. Norwegian Cruise Line
   
Learn more about the 330+ ports Princess visits each year, as well as key points of interest, favorite activities and the full range of excursions we offer to help you explore. Princess Cruises
   
Add Explorer to Your Resume! Discover new places, new foods, and new experiences. Travel to some of the most exciting places in the world and do things you never dreamed you would. This is your vacation and with our Shore & Land Excursions, you can be sure it'll be one of the best ever. Royal Caribbean
   
See and experience more while in port. To make your vacation even more memorable, Windstar® Cruises offers an extensive shore excursions program. Windstar Cruises

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