Sunset over Santorini, one of our favourite Eastern Mediterranean cruise ports

Eastern Mediterranean cruises

Enchanting cities, charming Greek islands and a plethora of hugely significant historical sites make the Eastern Mediterranean one of our favourite cruising destinations, a cultural melting pot where the line between East and West has long been blurred.

When to go

March to October or even November

Duration

Starting from 7 nights

How to get there

Short flight from the UK

Our insight

Cruising the Eastern Med

To get the most from your Eastern Mediterranean cruise we would recommend the smaller, more intimate ships, as they can access islands and ports inaccessible to larger vessels. Indeed places that are accessible to the large mainstream ships often become overrun with cruise tourists, meaning the local charm can be completely lost.

Athens, Istanbul and Venice tend to be the start and finish points for this area, although longer voyages will cruise across from Rome and Barcelona in the West. With such interesting embarkation ports it's well worth extending your cruise by a few days to take in the sights. The romance of Venice rightly makes this city world renowned, Athens boasts the Acropolis whilst Istanbul has a wealth of bazaars, churches and mosques, the highlights of which include the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.

A focus of many sailings, the Greek islands will charm you with their whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets and rustic fishing villages. And this area has a rich history, which is superbly shown in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus (accessed from the Turkish port of Kusadasi), formerly home to the Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - and a highlight of any cruise.

Itineraries start from March and can continue all the way through to November, but we prefer the cooler months in late spring and autumn when you can sightsee in more pleasant temperatures, and, importantly, without the crowds.

Our tips

Ways to make it better

Electra Palace hotel, Athens

Extend your stay in Athens

At Mundy, we have long been hunting for the perfect Athenian hotel - our favourite so far is the Electra Palace in Plaka.

Hot air balloons over Cappadocia, Turkey

See more of Turkey

Take a few extra days and travel to Cappadocia for the extraordinary Star Wars scenery, rock caves and churches.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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