Western Mediterranean cruises - Florence skyline

Western Mediterranean cruises

From the stylish cities of the French and Italian Rivieras to the historic sights of Florence and Pisa, the variety offered on a Western Mediterranean cruise means a well-balanced itinerary with something for all tastes.

When to go

April to October

Duration

Starting at 7 nights

How to get there

Short flight from the UK

Our insight

Western Mediterranean cruising

Whether you want to stroll along the harbour front of a fashionable yachting port or discover the beautiful architecture and history of some of Europe's most romantic cities, the Western Mediterranean offers varied and interesting itineraries which often balance popular ports of call with smaller coastal towns where the pace of life is more sedate.

Nice, Barcelona, Lisbon and Rome tend to be the start and finish points for this area, although longer voyages will cruise across from Istanbul, Athens and Venice in the East. If you're consider the stylish Riviera voyages we recommend a smaller ship, which will allow you to feel like one of the jet set on your own exclusive and intimate yacht.

For culture vultures there are some fascinating highlights. As well as Rome and Florence, Barcelona has a rich Catalan identity with some amazing architecture. See the ruins of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum with their stunning temples, frescoes and mosaics and delight at the huge variety of Greek temples, Roman amphitheatres and Byzantine churches that are abundant in the region.

The islands of the Western Mediterranean are just as varied, from the trendy hang-outs of the Balearic Islands, to historic Malta and beautiful Corsica.

Voyages operate in the summer months when you can expect typically warm Mediterranean weather, although you might wish to consider the cooler months of spring and autumn if you're planning on long days exploring ashore.

Our tips

Ways to make it better

The Vatican City, Rome

Beat the queues

Get a private guide to help you jump the queues into the Vatican who can whizz you through the galleries to see the essentials and ensure your best view of the Sistine Chapel.

Hotel Metropole, Venice

Our favourite hotel in Venice

The Metropole is an old favourite for its quieter location and lovely lagoon views.

Girona, Spain

Explore Catalonia

Take a day trip to the attractive city of Girona, with its fascinating mix of Gothic, Moorish and Modernist architecture, as well as an exceptionally well preserved Jewish Quarter.

Old stills at Grasse Perfume Centre, France

Private tours from Cannes

Visit the perfume centre at Grasse and design your very own fragrance.

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