Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

The top cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Hello fellow cruise enthusiasts, it’s Sarah, or Miss Tatane, 🤩 and if you’re as excited as I am about setting sail on a cruise, then welcome aboard this comprehensive guide to “Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean”!

Here, I share my experiences as a cruise enthusiast, along with practical tips to make the most of each stop. Below, you’ll find over forty destinations (with more to come), but don’t worry if you don’t see the one you’re looking for right now. With my fortunate opportunities to go on many cruises, new ports of call will be added soon.

I also provide insights into the best activities to enjoy during your stops so you won’t miss out, and you can save money by booking in advance. Join me for an incredible sea adventure! 🚢🌍😊


Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean – Your complete guide

Maximize your time and budget during cruise stops

complete guide to cruise stops

This page was created to help you plan your cruise stops more efficiently. You’ll know which port excursions are paid and which are free, allowing you to maximize your time and budget. Keep in mind that time is limited during cruise stops, so it’s important to know what to do and see. For each stop, you’ll find details about the must-see activities.

You’ll also learn how disembarkation works during your cruise stop at a port. You’ll find out that some excursions are not free, and vice versa. I’ve listed all the ports I’ve visited during my many cruises, along with all the stops in the Mediterranean.

For all the stops in the Mediterranean that I’ve listed, I’ll give you my opinion on the most beautiful ones. This opinion may be subjective as it’s the opinion of a tourist (like you) and some fellow cruisers who provide their valuable feedback as well. I’ve marked them with this symbol 👁 when it’s a must-see stop, 👁👁 when you can’t miss it, and 👁👁👁 when you must see it at least once in your lifetime because it’s a paradise!

By following these tips, you can maximize your time during each cruise stop in Mediterranean ports.

Happy cruising and enjoy your stopovers!🥳🛳‍️

Must-see places

ITALY


Civitavecchia – Rome

Dive into the history of the eternal city

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Rome Civitavecchia 

How to exit the cruise port in Civitavecchia

When you have a stopover in Civitavecchia, Rome is 70 km from the port of Civitavecchia. During your cruise the companies will offer you excursions to go to Rome aboard their bus, so if you opt for their services, plan on around 130 euros per person (including the bus with 50 seats and a guided tour). If you don’t have the desire or the budget because you are traveling in groups (which is our case) here are your options.

When you get off your boat, you will notice that free shuttles are available directly at the base of the liner to help you leave the port. It is essential to note that the shuttle that takes you out of the port is completely free. However, there are other shuttles that charge 6 euros for their services. Make sure you spot the free shuttles and avoid paying the 6 euros. I myself once made the mistake of boarding the wrong shuttle, so don’t be like me.

Once you are out of the port, the free shuttle will drop you off just 100 meters from the stop where you can take the shuttle to Rome.

As a cruise passenger, I have had the opportunity to take the train and shuttle on several occasions. Both options are excellent, and affordable, but today, my preference is mainly towards the shuttle. I found that this is a good choice to save time, as the shuttle takes you directly from Civitavecchia to Rome Termini. SNCF Italy

How to get to Rome from the port of Civitavecchia?

Once you exit Civitavecchia port, the train station is just a 17-minute walk away (it’s quick!) or you can take a taxi if you prefer.

To get to Rome by train, follow the signs to the “  Rome Termini ” stop. For the return, head to the “Civitavecchia” stop in the direction of Pises.

Also note that if you stop in Civitavecchia on a Sunday, the train will be slightly more expensive due to the Papal Mass, a very popular event.

What to do in Civitavecchia or Rome?

Civitavecchia: a cultural and historical stopover

What to do?

  • Visit the port, one of the main gateways to Rome
  • Discover the remains of the ancient city, including the Taurines thermal baths and Michelangelo’s fortress
  • Have fun in Aquafelix, a family water park
  • Relax on one of the city’s beaches

Rome: the eternal city

What to do ?

  • Visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the remains of ancient Rome
  • Go to the Vatican to admire St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City and the Vatican Museums
  • Stroll through the streets of the historic center of Rome, rich in monuments and history
  • Taste Roman cuisine, one of the tastiest in Italy

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The best things to do in Civitavecchia – Roma

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Would you prefer a shuttle to pick you up at the foot of the boat?

If you prefer to opt for 0 fatigue, this shuttle is TOP. You save yourself the 20 minutes of walking to find a train. Much less stressful than the train. Very often the train is crowded, you stand for an hour whereas with the shuttle your seat is reserved. 

Transfert Civitavecchia → Rome – Comment rejoindre la ville éternelle?

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Rome is a city rich in history and culture, and there is plenty to see and do. This day trip is a great opportunity to discover the city’s top attractions at your own pace.

Book a round-trip transfer between Civitavecchia Port and central Rome

Round-trip transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome is included in the tour price. You will be picked up from the port exit and taken to the city center in a comfortable bus. The journey takes approximately one hour.

Strong pointsTransfer Civitavecchia → Rome
Round-trip transfer from CivitavecchiaEnjoy a comfortable transfer between Civitavecchia port and central Rome.
Freedom to discover the monuments of RomeExplore Rome’s main landmarks at your own pace, including St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Trevi Fountain.
Possibility of shopping or lunch in TrastevereEnjoy free time to shop in the city center or have lunch in the charming Trastevere district.
Assistance and advice from a guideBenefit from advice from an assistant who can provide you with information about the city and places of interest, allowing you to maximize your experience in Rome.
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Venice

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Venice


How does the stop in Venice work?

If you have the chance to stopover in Venice (Venezia) or board your cruise there, you will be delighted. This stopover is truly unique, because Venice is a treasure among the cities of the world. When you arrive in Venice by boat, rest assured, the trip is completely free. You will disembark either by rowboat, because the liner remains at sea and no longer docks at the port, or by bus, which takes around 20 minutes. And guess what? The cruise line covers this trip, you won’t have to pay anything!

The must-see stop for everyone is the famous Piazza Roma. This is where all the bus terminals converge. From there, you have a choice: opt for a gondola ride through Venice’s picturesque canals or explore the city on foot. During our visit, we had the privilege of doing both, in the company of our children, and each option delighted us in its own way.

What to do in Venice?

Venice, the city of a thousand canals, is an unmissable tourist destination in Italy. It offers a multitude of activities and sites to see, for all tastes and budgets.

  • Visit the city’s must-see attractions:
    • St. Mark’s Basilica, masterpiece of Byzantine architecture
    • Doge’s Palace, former seat of government of the Republic of Venice
    • Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge over the Grand Canal
    • St. Mark’s Square, the largest square in Venice
  • Take a gondola ride
    • An unmissable experience to discover the city like a local
    • Let yourself be lulled by the waters of the Grand Canal
  • Visit the lagoon islands:
    • Murano, famous for its glassworks
    • Burano, known for its colorful houses
    • Torcello, the oldest island in the lagoon
  • Attend a puppet show
    • A centuries-old tradition in Venice
    • Venetian puppets are known for their sophistication and humor
  • Taste Venetian cuisine
    • Tasty dishes based on fish and seafood
    • Don’t miss tasting cicchetti, Venetian tapas
The best things to do

The best things to do in Venice

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Before leaving for Venice, I highly recommend booking your gondola rides online. Indeed, on site, prices are often high, and it is not uncommon to find yourself at the mercy of undisplayed prices, not to mention long queues. We learned this lesson the hard way the first time, but luckily we were smarter the second time!

Escales croisière et gondoles à Venise

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Venice is a unique city, and the best way to experience it is to see it from the water. On this group gondola ride, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city’s secret and picturesque canals, as well as the Grand Canal.

You will sail on the Grand Canal, admiring the magnificent buildings that line it, such as the Venier dei Leoni Palace, the Gritti Palace, the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica or the Punta della Dogana.

You’ll also discover Venice’s secret canals, which are only accessible by gondola. You’ll pass the famous Fenice Theater and Mozart’s House, and you’ll have the opportunity to stop for photos.

At the end of your walk, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the San Marco basin and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

What are the strong points of this activity?

Strong pointsGondola in Venice
Gondola ride on the Grand CanalEnjoy a relaxing gondola ride, navigating Venice’s famous Grand Canal, offering spectacular views of the city’s iconic landmarks.
Feedback via appListen to informative commentary throughout the ride.
Exploring secret canalsDiscover Venice’s secret and picturesque canals that are only accessible by gondola, offering a unique perspective of the city.
Host or hostess to share anecdotesMeet a host or hostess who will share interesting anecdotes about the history of gondolas and gondoliers, adding a personal touch to your Venetian experience.
Admire iconic landmarks along the routeEnjoy views of famous monuments such as Venier dei Leoni Palace, Gritti Palace, Santa Maria della Salute Basilica, Punta della Dogana, La Fenice Theater, Mozart’s House, St. Mark’s Basin and the the island of San Giorgio Maggiore during your gondola ride.

Genoa 

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Genoa 


How to Leave the Cruise Port in Genoa? 

During your stopover in Genoa, you will be happy to know that you can easily disembark from the boat in just 7 minutes on foot, without the need to take a taxi (free exit). This proximity will allow you to fully optimize your time.

I have had the opportunity to visit Genoa several times (even too many) because Genoa is the first port of embarkation, so on almost every itinerary, Genoa is there. If you have already visited Genoa, opt for Portofino. Portofino, an unusual and incredibly beautiful town located nearby. Its picturesque landscapes, colorful houses and captivating atmosphere make it a true gem to explore.

If you prefer a convenient option (or rather to save money), you can opt for a tourist bus which will allow you to discover some of the city’s highlights (there aren’t many). Stroll through the streets of Genoa and discover must-see sites such as the Piazza de Ferrari, the old port where Christopher Columbus embarked on his journey to America, the majestic Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, as well as the famous Porta Soprana, recognizable by its two large towers.

Bocadasse district in Genoa

Now let’s talk about the charming Boccadasse district.

  • To get there, you can take a bus from Piazza Verdi (where the train station is) in the city center.
  • Take number 31 to reach this picturesque corner.
  • Walk for 20 minutes (it’s easy)

Boccadasse is famous for its colorful houses, its picturesque little streets, its delicious seafood restaurants, and its magnificent beach. It is a true haven of peace where you can relax and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the region. This is my favorite neighborhood in Genoa.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Genoa

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If you want to visit the aquarium like  78% of cruise passengers , I strongly advise you to book online in advance. This will allow you to avoid wasting time in queues or at checkouts. Waiting times can sometimes be very long (more than an hour) especially in Genoa because the aquarium is the main activity!

Cruise stopovers – Aquarium ticket

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The Genoa Aquarium is the largest aquarium in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. It is home to more than 5,000 animals of 400 different species, from seas around the world. It is one of the most visited places for cruise passengers.

Strong pointsGenoa Aquarium
Largest aquarium in ItalyExplore Italy’s largest aquarium and discover incredible marine diversity, with more than 5,000 animals representing 400 different species.
Observation of more than 5,000 animalsMarvel at more than 5,000 sea creatures, including playful Tursiops, seals, jellyfish, colorful coral reef fish and many other fascinating species.
Cetacean Pavilion designed by Renzo PianoVisit the Cetacean Pavilion, an architectural work designed by Renzo Piano, where you can observe the Tursiops evolving in 4 open-air tanks, offering an immersive experience with these majestic marine creatures.
Aquatic biodiversity of EuropeEnjoy a place home to the greatest aquatic biodiversity in Europe, with more than 70 pools representing marine habitats from around the world. Explore the waters of Antarctica with penguins, observe sharks, jellyfish and discover the marine life of the coral reefs.
Involvement in conservation programsLearn how the Genoa Aquarium is involved in various conservation programs, contributing to the preservation of marine life and raising public awareness of environmental issues.

Guided tour of Genoa by hop-on hop-off bus

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  • A unique experience . Discover Genoa, the capital of Liguria and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, aboard a hop-on hop-off bus. Hop on and off the bus as many times as you like to explore the city at your own pace and in depth.
  • A complete visit . Visit Genoa’s top sights, including the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Ducal Palace, the Strada Nuova Museum, and the Aquarium. Learn about the city’s history and culture with multilingual audio commentary.
  • Stuning view . Enjoy the panoramic view of Genoa from the upper level of the bus.
Strong pointGuided hop-on hop-off bus tour of Genoa
A unique experienceGenoa is a city rich in history and culture, and the guided hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to discover it. The bus allows you to get around easily and comfortably, and you can hop on and off at your leisure to explore the sites that interest you.
A complete visitThe guided hop-on hop-off bus tour allows you to visit the main sights of Genoa, including the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Ducal Palace, the Strada Nuova Museum and the Aquarium. These sites will allow you to discover the history, culture and art of Genoa.
Stuning viewThe upper level of the bus offers panoramic views of Genoa. You will be able to admire the city from a different perspective and take unforgettable photos.

Naples 

Explore the vibrant city and its surroundings 

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Naples 


How to exit the cruise port in Naples? 

What a wonderful discovery you will make when you arrive at the port of Naples! The city center is literally next door, it’s so convenient. And guess what? The outing is free!

This city is a true gem full of activities and magnificent places, but let me tell you that the favorite cruise destination in Naples is without a doubt Pompeii!

You just need to walk along the port for a few minutes to arrive at the ferry terminal, where you will find all the necessary connections.

To get to Pompeii, you have several options

  • Take the train, it’s economical with a one-way ticket costing only 1.40 euros and a return ticket costing 2.80 euros (and the journey takes only 30 minutes).
  • Opt for the tourist buses which are available right in front of the ferry terminal.
  • You can also book a taxi for greater comfort and speed.
  • If you prefer an all-in-one experience, you can choose a boat excursion (rates vary between 80 and 120 euros depending on the company).

What to visit in Naples apart from Pompeii?

If you decide not to visit Pompeii in Naples, don’t worry, the city has many other wonders to explore.

Here are some suggestions for enjoying your stopover in Naples:

  • Explore the historic center. Stroll through the streets of the historic center, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the National Archaeological Museum.
  • Stroll along the seafront. The seaside promenade offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples.
  • Go up to Castel Sant’Elmo . Offering panoramic views of the city, Castel Sant’Elmo is a historic fortress that is worth a visit for its architecture and fascinating history.
  • Discover the Sansevero Chapel . This chapel houses magnificent works of art, including the famous sculpture of the “Veil of the Virgin” by Giuseppe Sanmartino. A guided tour by small group is offered .
  • Set off to explore the Spanish Quarter. The Spanish Quarter of Naples is famous for its unique architecture, baroque churches and lively little squares.
  • Take a funicular to Vomero. Enjoy a funicular ride to the Vomero district for panoramic views of the city.
  • If you want to take a tourist bus to visit the city of Naples , it will cost you 25 euros/person.

One last tip, don’t forget to taste a delicious sfogliatella (traditional Neapolitan), it’s delicious.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Naples

Cruise stopovers in Naples – Discovery of the archaeological site of Pompeii

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87% of cruise passengers opt to visit Pompeii.

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Pompeii is an ancient Roman city that was buried under the ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Archaeological excavations have uncovered a well-preserved city, offering a fascinating insight into daily life in the Roman Empire.

Visit the well-preserved ruins

The archaeological site of Pompeii is large, but it is well organized and easy to navigate. You can see temples, theaters, villas, baths and much more.

Strong pointsPompeii Entrance Ticket
Visit to ancient PompeiiExplore the ancient city of Pompeii, preserved by volcanic ash, with temples, theaters and villas.
Electronic ticket on your phoneReceive your e-voucher on your phone for convenient entry and explore the Roman city at your own pace.
Optional audio guideOpt for an optional official audio guide to learn the history and details of Pompeii during your visit.
Comfortable tour with luggage storageExplore the site in comfort with free luggage storage and discover the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii.

Travel underground in Naples on a fascinating underground tour

The best-selling activity in Naples

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The official guided tour of the underground network of Naples is a great opportunity to discover this unique site. Your guide will take you through 2,400 years of history, from the ancient Greeks to modern times, unveiling the “underbelly” of Naples from an archaeological, historical, anthropological and geological perspective.

→ A claustrophobic friend of mine had to turn back because she felt too oppressed. This is why, claustrophobic friends, I recommend that you do not participate in this activity.

Strong pointsVisit the underground of Naples
Journey into the basements of NaplesExplore Naples’ underground network on a history-rich experience, guided by experts who will reveal 2,400 years of history.
Greco-Roman aqueduct and Roman remainsAdmire the remains of the Greco-Roman aqueduct, the Roman theater and the Summa Cavea, delving into the city’s ancient history.
Experienced guideAccompanied by an experienced guide, discover Naples from an archaeological, historical, anthropological and geological perspective.
Visit and pizza optionOpt for the tour and pizza option to enjoy a delicious pizza at the end of your exploration of Naples’ underground.

Savona

Explore this Italian coastal destination

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Escales croisière escale en méditerranée à savona-italy

How to leave the cruise port in Savona

During your stopover in Savona, take advantage of a free outing and easily reach the city center by crossing a small bridge (on foot). You will be delighted to discover some hidden treasures of this Italian city.

  • Stroll through the historic center with its picturesque streets and medieval churches.
  • Don’t miss the majestic Savona Cathedral and the fascinating Palazzo Della Rovere Art Museum.
  • For stunning views, head to Priamar Fortress, offering panoramic views of the city and sea.

But what really makes your stopover in Savona exceptional (and that’s an understatement) is the cruise to the Pelagos Sanctuary. Accompanied by an experienced naturalist, set out to meet dolphins in their natural habitat. Watch these magnificent sea creatures evolve before your eyes during an unforgettable experience. We have done this twice with our children and it is absolutely MAGNIFICENT.

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Cruise stops in Savona

Discovery of cetaceans in the Pelagos sanctuary

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Go and meet dolphins, whales and other cetaceans in their natural habitat.

During this approximately 4-hour excursion, you will have the opportunity to observe these magnificent sea creatures, learn how to identify them and take unforgettable photos.

This cruise is a unique experience that will allow you to discover the beauty and diversity of marine fauna.

What are the strong points of this activity?

Strong pointsPelagos Sanctuary
Cruise in search of cetaceansTake a guided cruise in search of cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary, a marine protected area in the Mediterranean known for being home to a wide diversity of cetaceans.
Naturalist guideAccompanied by an experienced naturalist guide, learn to distinguish and recognize different species of cetaceans at sea. The guide will share interesting information about marine life and the Pelagos Sanctuary.
Observation of wild cetaceans at seaExplore the waters of the Pelagos Sanctuary to observe wild cetacean species such as the common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, fin whale, sperm whale, short-finned pilot whale and others. Take photos of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.
Raising awareness about marine protectionTake part in a fun and educational cetacean research experience that raises awareness of the importance of marine protection. Learn more about marine fauna and flora while contributing to the preservation of these species.
Pelagos Sanctuary, a marine protected areaExplore the Pelagos Sanctuary, a marine protected area stretching from the French coast to northern Sardinia to Tuscany. This sanctuary is renowned for its high concentration of cetaceans, favored by the abundance of food in the area.
Possibility of purchasing meals and drinks on boardInside the ship, enjoy a bar where you can buy dishes and drinks typical of Ligurian cuisine.

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Palermo

Immerse yourself in sicilian culture and history

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Palermo 


How to leave the cruise port in Palermo?

Arriving at the port, you won’t even need a shuttle, you will be directly in the heart of the city. It’s super practical! As you leave the port, you will find all kinds of transportation available: taxis, horse-drawn carriages (unfortunately the horses seem neglected and without water, it was really horrible), small trains and even tourist buses.

  • I highly recommend taking a tourist bus or a small train to save time, as everything is on an incline in the city.
  • The little train will take you to Palermo Cathedral, where you can stroll through the picturesque streets, full of small shops, ice cream parlors (Gelateria) and much more…
  • Personally, I go to Palermo twice a year and the tourist bus is definitely the best choice. This avoids getting tired with the climbs in Palermo.

So, don’t waste a minute! Opt for the tourist bus or the little train and explore Palermo without getting exhausted. You will be able to make the most of your time and explore all the treasures this city has to offer.

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The best things to do in Palermo

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Cruise stopovers in Palermo – Hop-on Hop-off in Palermo

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Enjoy the freedom to hop on and off at the stops that interest you. This tour is ideal for people who want to discover the city at their own pace and in complete freedom. Board an open-top bus and let yourself be guided by an audio guide. If you don’t want to exhaust yourself on the climbs, I highly recommend it.

Strong pointsHop-on Hop-off in Palermo
Hop-on hop-off bus tourExplore Palermo, the capital of Sicily, at your own pace with an open-top, hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on and off at the stops of your choice to discover the city’s top attractions.
2 different circuitsEnjoy 2 distinct tours that will give you a complete view of Palermo. Discover the iconic sights, bustling markets, botanical gardens, historic palaces and more. Board the bus to explore different facets of the city.
Flexibility of explorationWith the ability to hop on and off at the stops of your choice, you have complete flexibility to explore the attractions that interest you most. Customize your itinerary and spend as much time as you want at each site.
Strategic starting pointsThe tours begin at the terminals located in front of the Teatro Politeama, providing a strategic starting point to discover the charms of Palermo. Follow the well-planned itineraries so you don’t miss any of the city’s treasures.

Messina

Explore the sicilian port city

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Messina

How to exit the cruise port in Messina

When you disembark at the port of Messina, no need for a shuttle, you can simply go out on foot. The boat docks in the heart of the city, it’s really convenient! At the exit from the port, you will have the choice between taxis, horse-drawn carriages and even tourist buses. If you need it, the information point can provide you with city maps.

  • And guess what? Exiting the port is free, so you won’t have to worry about any additional charges.

Just 5 minutes walk from the port you will discover one of the most popular and emblematic places in Messina: the Duomo Square (piazza del Duomo). There, you will be amazed by the magnificent cathedral and the famous Orion Fountain.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Messina

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Cruise stopovers in Messina – In the footsteps of the godfather

The most popular activity in Naples!

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Discover the treasures of Sicily in the footsteps of the Godfather in the company of an informative English-speaking guide. Benefit from pickup from your hotel or port at a time convenient to you, and begin your excursion to Savoca, a medieval hilltop village where Michael Corleone’s character hid during the scene. ‘ “go to the mattresses”.

→ The weak point of this activity is its high price.

Strong pointsIn the footsteps of the godfather
Godfather VillagesVisit the charming villages where The Godfather was filmed, immersing yourself in the cinematic atmosphere of this classic.
Sicilian authenticitySoak up the ambiance of authentic Sicily, unchanged for centuries, as you explore unspoiled sites.
Filming anecdotesLearn all about the making of the film and listen to interesting anecdotes shared by your passionate guide.
History of the Sicilian MafiaDiscover the fascinating history of the real Sicilian Mafia, its rise to power, its structure, and the “law of silence”.
Tasting of local productsRelax after your tour with a wine and local produce tasting, savoring the delicacies of the region.
Guided toursExplore iconic sites such as the Savoca Cathedral, the Church of Santa Lucia, the Duomo Square, and the Priamar Fortress.
Listen to anecdotes from the filmHear filming anecdotes, details about the making of The Godfather and interesting facts about the actors.
Mirror monument dedicated to CoppolaAdmire the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, offering panoramic views of the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene.
Discovery of Forza d’AgròExplore the picturesque village of Forza d’Agrò, taking in the historic square, Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata churches, and the ruins of a 12th-century Norman castle.

Catania – Taormina

Discover Catania in Sicily – A Unique Stopover between Messina and Syracuse!

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Catania - Sicily

If you are lucky enough to stop at Catania in Sicily, between Messina and Syracuse, your liner will dock right in the city center. You will only have to walk for 3 minutes to reach the Cathedral Square, and presto, the city is yours, free exit!

This Sicilian pearl truly has something unique. Its cobbled streets, baroque buildings and bustling markets create an authentic atmosphere where past and present meet. Even if 80% of cruise passengers prefer other adventures, I suggest you give at least 2 hours to this city, because it is truly atypical and the Catanese are absolutely adorable.

I see that my text may not appeal to you! Maybe you prefer to visit ETNA or Taormina?😂 In that case, let’s go!

For a visit to Etna, excursions are the most practical way. Allow 1 hour 30 minutes to get there by bus or car. As for Taormina, a nice getaway by train from Catania station or by bus can be an interesting option. If you choose the train, know that the station in Catania is just a stone’s throw away, the train ticket will cost you 12 euros round trip, and the journey takes 32 minutes each way!

No worries, everyone has their preferences! Whether your next stop is Etna, Taormina, or another destination, the main thing is that your trip lives up to your expectations. Have a good cruise stopover!😊

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The best things to do in Catania – Taormina

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Guided tour of Catania

City Highlights Walking Tour

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Enjoy this comprehensive tour and explore the following places that bear witness to Catania’s rich past: Piazza Duomo, Pescheria, Castello Ursino, Piazza San Francesco, Via Teatro Greco, Piazza Dante, Via Gesuiti, Scalinata Alessi, Piazza Università, Piazza Vincenzo Bellini and San Placido square.

This walking tour is simply a must during your stay in Catania. Admire the stunning theater in Piazza Vincenzo Bellini and soak up the unique atmosphere of each location.

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Ursino CastleMarvel at the magnificent Ursino Castle, an iconic landmark in Catania.
History and cultureLearn about the history and culture of Catania from your passionate local guide, who will share fascinating anecdotes throughout the tour.
Theater in Piazza Vincenzo BelliniAdmire the superb theater in Piazza Vincenzo Bellini, a place full of charm and history in the heart of the city.
Picturesque routeExplore Catania’s famous sites and picturesque squares on this walking tour, allowing you to appreciate the city’s natural and architectural beauty.
Historical sitesExplore sites that date back to Greek colonization in the 8th century BC, testifying to Catania’s rich past.
Complete itineraryVisit must-see places such as Piazza Duomo, Pescheria, Castello Ursino, Piazza San Francesco, Via Teatro Greco, Piazza Dante, Via Gesuiti, Scalinata Alessi, Piazza Università, Piazza Vincenzo Bellini and Piazza San Placido.

La Spezia

Between earth and renaissance art

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How to exit the cruise port in La Spezia

If you stop at the port of La Spezia, you will arrive directly in the heart of the city by exiting through the ferry terminal. It’s great, plus, this release is completely free!

You know what ? This port has a huge advantage! It allows you to discover all my favorite activities. You can either visit the famous 5 lands and marvel at their breathtaking landscapes, or go on an adventure and explore the magnificent city of Florence.

And if you prefer to stroll around the city center, no worries! As soon as you exit the port, you will find buses waiting for you, as well as tourist buses and even taxis. Everything is planned so that you can explore the surroundings without any hassle.

Let me tell you, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience incredible moments during your layover. The 5 lands offer you breathtaking landscapes and Florence is full of history and art to discover. But don’t worry, even if you decide to stay in La Spezia, you won’t be disappointed! You can stroll through the picturesque streets, discover artisanal shops and taste delicious Italian specialties.

The best things to do

The best things to do in La Spezia

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in La Spezia – Guided boat tour of Cinque Terre

Return transfer to Cinque Terre

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Admire the breathtaking beauty of Cinque Terre from the sea on this boat tour from La Spezia. Explore the magnificent cliffs, beaches and colorful towns that this unique region is famous for. This 4-hour speed boat experience will allow you to discover the five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointsCinque Terre
View of Cinque Terre from the seaAdmire the breathtaking beauty of Cinque Terre from the sea on a boat trip from La Spezia.
Cliffs, beaches, colorful citiesExplore the stunning cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns characteristic of Cinque Terre during this 4-hour speedboat tour.
Departure from La SpeziaStart your excursion from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the west coast of the Gulf of Poets, offering picturesque views from the start of your maritime adventure.
Seaside villagesAdmire the magnificent landscapes of the four villages that make up the Borgate Marinare, discovering the splendor of the Cinque Terre from the sea.
Portovenere and San PietroSail towards Portovenere, crossing the strait between the town and the island of Palmaria, and admire the magnificent architecture of the Romanesque church of San Pietro perched between the rocks.
Exploration of preserved covesExplore one of the unspoilt coves along the coast, offering the chance to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park.
Stop in Monterosso al MareExplore Monterosso al Mare, the last and liveliest of the five villages, taste local specialties ashore like anchovy focaccia or delicious gelato.
Return to SpeziaPass by local mussel farms while returning to La Spezia, concluding this unforgettable maritime experience.

Livorno

Gateway to Tuscany

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Livorno


How to exit the cruise port in livorno?

When you disembark at the port of Livorno, the advantage is that the exit is free! No need to spend a cent to leave the port and start your adventure.

The companies have thought of everything: they charter shuttles that take you directly to the central square (Stazione Centrale A). From there, you can easily take all your connections to explore the region.

To leave the port by bus, you will only have to travel 2 km, or around 7 minutes of travel time. It’s quick and convenient!

If you prefer to take a taxi, no problem. At the exit of the port of Livorno, you will find taxis available. However, be careful if you want to go to Pisa by taxi. Some drivers may try to offer you exorbitant prices, up to 3 times more expensive than normal. Don’t give in and always negotiate with these abusers!

Another interesting option is to opt for tourist buses or book an excursion. You will be surprised to find that these alternatives will save you up to 6 times more money compared to taxi fares.

So, take advantage of your arrival at the port of Livorno and make the right choices to reach your destination. Travel smart, save money and explore the wonders around you. An unforgettable experience awaits you!

The best things to do

The best things to do in Livorno

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

As the tour of Pisa by bus is in high demand since it lasts 4 hours, I advise you to book online to avoid wasting time in the queue or at the checkouts during your stopover

Excursion to Livorno – Transfer to the Tower of Pisa Return

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→ Departure from Livorno

Board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and explore the medieval city of Pisa. Arrival at Piazza dei Miracoli

Take advantage of your free time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Italy’s most iconic monuments
  • Admire Pisa Cathedral, a magnificent Romanesque church
  • Visit the Pisa Baptistery, an octagonal building with magnificent sculptures
  • Discover Campo Santo, a medieval necropolis

→ Return to Livorno

What are the strong points?

Strong pointsTransfer to the Tower of Pisa A/R
Round-trip transfer from LivornoEnjoy a convenient round-trip bus transfer from Livorno to Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa. Travel in comfort with guaranteed on-time return for a worry-free experience.
Discovery of the Piazza dei MiracoliExplore Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, a stunning square home to monuments of unique beauty, including the famous Leaning Tower. Take advantage of free time to discover the medieval architectural treasures of this emblematic square.
Access to the Leaning Tower of PisaTake the opportunity to enter the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa and admire the breathtaking views from its top. Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of this iconic monument.
Wi-Fi on the busStay connected during your trip with Wi-Fi on board the bus. Enjoy the opportunity to share your experiences, view information online or stay in touch with loved ones while exploring the area.
Detailed map and descriptionsReceive a detailed map of Piazza dei Miracoli with descriptions to guide you in your exploration. Make your visit easier by following the directions provided and learning about the history and details of Europe’s medieval monuments.
Return on time guaranteedTravel with peace of mind knowing that your return to Livorno is guaranteed at the scheduled time. Make the most of your visit to Pisa without worrying about return transportation.

Bari 

Discover the beauty of this italian port city

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Cruise stops in Bari 


How to exit the cruise port in Bari?

When you disembark at the port of Bari, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that the city center is only a 10-minute walk away. And guess what? This exit is completely free!

Now, if you want to avoid walking about 1.2 km, here are some options to make your life easier:

  • You can take a taxi right at the bottom of the ship. It’s convenient and fast!
  • Renting a bike is also an excellent option. You will find them available at the foot of the cruise ship.
  • Another possibility is to take a shuttle specially designed for cruisers.

Personally, I much prefer walking, and it seems I’m not alone! About 85% of travelers choose this option to explore the city center of Bari.

So, whether you prefer to walk, take a taxi, rent a bike, or opt for the shuttle, this stop is really easy to access. Take this opportunity to explore at your own pace and discover all the treasures that the city center of Bari has to offer.

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The best things to do in Bari

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Bari

City tour by pedicab

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Explore the old town of Bari in a unique and eco-friendly way by opting for a bike-rickshaw ride. Comfortably seated, discover the cultural treasures of the old town while preserving the environment.

Strong pointsCity tour by pedicab
Eco-friendly cycle-rickshaw tourExplore Bari Old Town in an eco-friendly and eco-friendly way aboard a modern bike rickshaw. Opt for a unique experience that takes you back to an ancient era, far from stereotypes, while preserving the planet.
Expert guide to discover the cityAccompanied by an expert guide, discover the heart of Bari’s old town and its main attractions. Visit iconic sites such as St. Nicholas Basilica, St. Sabinus Cathedral, and the exterior of the 1,000-year-old Swabian Castle.
Discovery of the labyrinth of streetsWalk through the maze of narrow streets of Bari’s old town, where you can observe daily life, from ladies making homemade pasta to children playing outdoors. Soak up the authentic atmosphere of this historic district.
Ice cream tastingDon’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a delicious ice cream tasting during your exploration. Take advantage of a gourmet break to taste local and refreshing flavors.
Cycle-rickshaw capacityThe cycle rickshaw can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child, providing a comfortable and friendly experience for small groups. Enjoy the ride with your loved ones while exploring the charms of Bari’s old town.
Diving into authenticityChoose this wonderful eco tour to immerse yourself in the authenticity of the old town of Bari, discovering its cultural treasures and appreciating the uniqueness of this eco-friendly experience.

Brindisi

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Brindisi


How to exit the cruise port in Brindisi?

Cruise enthusiasts, whether you’re a seasoned sun-deck aficionado or a budding cruise aficionado, you’ll be delighted to know that when you make a stop in Brindisi, in southern Italy, the exit is completely free.

As soon as you disembark from the ship, you will find yourself on the quay that lines this charming city. Brindisi is often compared to the Italian Saint-Tropez, although during my visit, the thermometer was showing over 40 degrees, and most establishments were closed. I’m convinced that at night, Brindisi must reveal all its splendor, if only for the magnificent view that awaits you.

During your stop, you’ll discover a variety of restaurants, ice cream shops, a market, and even a Ferris wheel, offering opportunities for relaxation and indulgence. I wish you a most enjoyable stop in Brindisi, and feel free to share your experience by leaving a review on my page to tell us how it was. Happy cruising!

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The best things to do in Brindisi

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Brindisi

Guided tour of Brindisi, Appia Roman road and ancient churches

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Explore the charming town of Brindisi with the help of a professional and passionate local guide, a native of the region. This 2-hour walking tour will take you to discover the historical and cultural treasures of Brindisi, with a focus on the terminal part of the ancient Appia Way, establishing a close link with the ancient Roman Empire.

Strong pointsGuided tour of Brindisi
Professional local guideExplore Brindisi in the company of a professional, passionate local guide who is native to the city. Enjoy an authentic and informative insight into the most beautiful and characteristic places of Brindisi, imbued with the history and charm of Puglia.
2-hour city walking tourJoin a 2-hour walking tour of Brindisi, allowing in-depth exploration of narrow streets, medieval churches and historic monuments. Discover the rich heritage of the city through a pleasant and immersive walk.
Discovery of the ancient Appia routeFollow the Via Appia to discover Brindisi’s close connection to the ancient Roman Empire. Explore the terminal part of this historic route and delve into the history that has shaped the city over the centuries.

Ancona 

A charming overview of the adriatic coast

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Cruise stops in Ancona 


How to exit the cruise port in Ancona

Ancona, a stopover to avoid?

Ancona is a city located on the Adriatic coast in northeastern Italy. It is the main port of the Marche region and is an important commercial and industrial center.

The port of Ancona is located approximately 300 km from Rome. Exiting the port is free and it is possible to reach the city center on foot or by bus.

→ By bus . Buses depart from the port every 15 minutes and reach the city center in around 10 minutes. The ticket costs €1.50.

→ On foot . The city center can be reached on foot in about 30 minutes. The walk is pleasant, as it runs along the port and offers beautiful views of the sea.

If you wish, here are a couple of things to do in Ancona:

  • Visit the Saint-Cyriaque Cathedral, a Roman-Byzantine style religious building from the 12th century which is one of the most important in the region.
  • Stroll through the historic center, which is a maze of narrow streets and picturesque squares.
  • Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Marche

Ancona is a city where we get bored in my opinion!


SARDINIA


Cagliari

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Cagliari - Sardinia

When arriving in Cagliari, Sardinia, forget about overpriced buses and expensive taxis (unless you really want to)! You will be delighted to learn that free shuttles are waiting to take you to the port exit.
The free shuttle will take you to Piazza Matteotti-Esterno square, just over 2 km away, where you will find all the amenities you need to fully enjoy your stopover.

Cagliari is full of treasures to discover, notably the Castello district, which constitutes a true historical gem (elevator available to go up). Stroll through the picturesque streets of the old town, soaking up the local history and culture. Be sure to visit the fascinating archaeological sites, such as the Basilica of San Saturnino or the ruins of the Roman city of Cagliari.

If you have good shoes, in 4 hours you can have covered the entire city. However, for those who have difficulty getting around, consider the bus, as the area has some fairly steep slopes.

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The best things to do in Cagliari

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stops in Cagliari

Cagliari Underground Walking Tour

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Discover the secrets hidden beneath the sunny streets of Cagliari on a guided tour of the city’s underground. During this 2-hour excursion, you will explore the mysterious galleries and crypts beneath the city’s historic center. Your guide will take you through a private tunnel beneath a school that served as a fallout shelter during World War II.

Next, you will visit the magnificent Crypt of Saint Restituta, an important archaeological site that houses frescoes from the 5th century. If you chose the option including a guided walking tour of the Old Town, your experience continues. You can admire the highlights of the historic center of Cagliari, such as the Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and the Clock Tower.

An ideal excursion for people who want to discover a unique aspect of Cagliari.

Strong pointsUnderground walking tour
Unique exploration under the cityDiscover the mysteries hidden beneath the sunny streets of Cagliari on an underground tour.
Captivating atmosphereSoak up the special atmosphere of a candle-lit tunnel, creating a memorable experience.
Caves, crypts and tunnelsExplore a variety of underground structures, revealing the city’s hidden history.
World War II fallout shelterVisit a private tunnel that served as a fallout shelter, offering a unique insight into this historic period.
Crypt of Santa RestitutaImmerse yourself in the history of the crypt, admire the frescoes and discover the pagan place of worship from the 5th century.
Guided tour of the old town (optional)Opt for a more complete experience with a guided walking tour of the old town.

Olbia

Relaxation and idyllic beaches in Sardinia

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Cruise stops in Olbia


How to leave the cruise port in Olbia?

When you arrive in Olbia, Sardinia, forget about overpriced buses and costly taxis (unless you really want to use them)! You’ll be delighted to know that free shuttles are waiting to take you to the exit of the port. And the best part? The exit is completely free!

Let me tell you, Olbia is a beautiful destination that offers a true change of scenery. You’ll be immediately captivated by the unique atmosphere of this city. With its breathtaking landscapes and white sandy beaches, you’ll find a little piece of paradise here.

But that’s not all! Olbia is packed with treasures to discover. Stroll through the picturesque alleys of the old town, immerse yourself in local history and culture. Don’t miss visiting fascinating archaeological sites, such as the Basilica San Simplicio or the ruins of the Roman city of Olbia.

And of course, how can we not mention the delicious Sardinian cuisine? Enjoy local specialties like succulent seafood dishes and artisanal cheeses, accompanied by a good glass of Sardinian wine.

In conclusion, when you arrive in Olbia, you don’t need to break the bank to reach the port exit. Take advantage of the free shuttles and get ready for a unique experience in this enchanting destination. Olbia has some wonderful surprises in store for all travelers seeking adventure and a change of scenery.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Olibia

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Olbia

Dolphin Watching Tour in Sardinia

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Enjoy an unforgettable day at sea with this dolphin watching boat trip in Sardinia. Here is a summary of the highlights of this unique experience:

Strong pointsDolphin watching
Dolphin watchingGo in search of wild bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat, with an approximately 80% probability of sighting.
Breathtaking landscapeAdmire the beauty of Sardinia’s emerald sea near the island of Figarolo and enjoy spectacular views from the boat.
Diving with a mask and a snorkelExplore the seabed rich in colorful fish during swimming stops, with the opportunity to observe starfish.
Cave, limestone cliffs and wild birdsDiscover a cave, limestone cliffs and a place inhabited by wild birds, offering fascinating perspectives.
Small exclusive groupEnjoy a more personalized experience with a small group of no more than 10 people, ensuring a friendly atmosphere.
Aperitif with typical Sardinian productsEnd your day with an aperitif of typical Sardinian delicacies, accompanied by a selection of drinks.

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Barcelona

Experience the pulse of this cosmopolitan city

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Barcelona


How to leave the cruise port in Barcelona?

When you arrive at the Barcelona cruise port, you will have several options to get to Las Ramblas, one of the city’s emblematic places.

A great option is to take the Cruise Bus (Blue Bus) which will take you directly to Las Ramblas. The journey takes only 5 minutes and the one-way fare is only 3 euros, and 4.50 euros for the return trip. It’s a convenient and affordable way to get around quickly.

Another possibility is to book a taxi which will wait for you at the foot of the boat. The cost of the ride is around 10 euros. This provides you with personalized service and allows you to arrive at your destination quickly.

Walking to Las Ramblas is also an option, but it can take around 30 minutes and is not recommended if you want to maximize your time during your layover.

Avoid opting for tickets offered by cruise lines, which can cost up to 12.90 euros for a round trip. This is not economical compared to the other alternatives mentioned previously.

Let me tell you that Barcelona is a magnificent city, full of wonders to discover. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit must-see sites such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. These architectural gems will leave you speechless and offer you a unique experience.

How to exit the cruise port in Barcelona

To take full advantage of your stopover, I strongly advise you to book your excursions in advance. This will allow you to maximize your time and not miss any of the treasures that Barcelona has to offer. Whether you opt for a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia or an exploration of Park Güell, you will be amazed by the beauty and history of these iconic places.

Don’t forget to also take advantage of Barcelona’s Hop-On Hop-Off option to discover the city at your own pace. It’s a convenient and flexible way to visit the different tourist sites in Barcelona.


The best things to do

The best things to do in Barcelona

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Entrance ticket to the Sagrada Familia

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The Sagrada Família is an unfinished Roman Catholic basilica located in Barcelona, ​​Spain. Designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, it is considered one of the masterpieces of Catalan modernist architecture.

The basilica is made up of three facades, each representing a stage in the life of Christ: the Nativity, the Passion and the Glory. The facades are richly decorated with sculptures, stained glass windows and geometric patterns. The interior of the basilica is also impressive, with its tree-shaped columns and colorful stained glass windows.

Construction of the Sagrada Família began in 1882 and continues to this day. The basilica is expected to be completed in 2026, for the centenary of Gaudí’s death.

The Sagrada Família is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

Strong pointsSagrada Familia
Visit of the Sagrada FamíliaExplore this iconic monument and discover Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece.
Art Nouveau architectureAdmire the impressive structure of the Sagrada Família, characterized by its unique architecture blending Gothic and Catalan modernism.
Historic work in progressDiscover the fascinating history of this site which still continues today, more than a century after its construction began.
Free downloadable audio guideAccess a downloadable audio guide to your phone to learn about the history and architectural details.
Monument listed by UNESCOEnjoy the worldwide recognition of the Sagrada Família as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Entrance ticket to Park Güell

A unique park

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Park Güell is a public park located in Barcelona, ​​Spain. It was designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and is considered one of the masterpieces of Art Nouveau architecture.

The park is famous for its colorful mosaics, sculptures and geometric shapes. Visitors can admire the main staircase, the hypostyle hall, Nature Square and many other attractions.

Park Güell is a must-visit for all architecture and art lovers.

Strong pointsPark Güell
Visit at your own paceExplore Park Güell at your own pace and take plenty of time to discover its architectural wonders.
Dragon Stairs and “Drac”Admire the stunning mosaics on the main staircase and visit the famous “Drac” (dragon) adorning Park Güell.
Hypostyle Hall and Place de la NatureDiscover the Hypostyle Hall, Nature Square and other unique attractions that make Park Güell an exceptional work of art.
Timed entry without physical printingSimply present your e-voucher at the entrance, no need to print your ticket.
Unesco World HeritageAppreciate the UNESCO World Heritage Site status awarded to Park Güell in 1984.

Jet ski rental without license in Barcelona

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Escales en croisière à Barcelone JET SKI

During my stopover in Barcelona, ​​I literally had a blast discovering the city at full speed on a jet ski with Jetscoot. This experience was simply incredible and I can only highly recommend it. To ensure a place and benefit from a  reduction of 26 euros  on the rental of a jet ski, I strongly advise you to book online on their website  https://www.jetscoot.com/fr/ .

The Jetscoot team is absolutely brilliant. Jan , a jet ski enthusiast, welcomed us with great friendliness and ensured that our experience was unforgettable. Pierre Henry, a member of the team, added a touch of coolness to our adventure and made it even more fun. And I can’t forget Arthur, the super nice intern, who helped make this experience even more memorable.

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush in Barcelona, ​​Jetscoot is the ideal choice. Book now and get ready to experience thrills in the company of a passionate and dedicated team. Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun and create incredible memories during your stopover in Barcelona.


Valencia 

The perfect blend of tradition and modernity

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Valencia 


How to leave the cruise port in Valencia?

During your stopover in Valencia, the cruise companies will offer you a bus to get to the city center for a price of 12.90 euros per person.

However, if you want to explore Valencia at your own pace, you will be pleased to know that there are free shuttles available at the base of the cruise ship.

Once outside the port you will also find buses. Opt for number 4, it will take you directly to the heart of the city.

The fare for bus number 4 is only 1.50 euros one way. If you are traveling in a group, it is advantageous to take the Bonobus card: 10 journeys for 10 euros. You also have the option of taking advantage of Valencia’s Hop on Hop off service (22 euros).

For the modest sum of 3 euros, you can travel between the port of Valencia and the city center and vice versa. When you return, simply go down to the passenger terminal where a free shuttle will take you directly to your boat!

This way, you will be able to fully enjoy your stopover in Valencia by exploring the city in complete freedom, without worrying about high transport costs. Don’t hesitate to take this opportunity to discover the wonders of Valencia and create unforgettable memories during your cruise trip.

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The best things to do in Valencia

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

The Oceanographic of Valencia

A journey to the heart of the oceans

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Visit the largest aquarium in Europe and discover the largest aquatic ecosystems in the world.

Immerse yourself in the unique marine world of Oceanogràfic and travel through the longest underwater tunnel in Europe. Visit a family of beluga whales, face sharks and learn about jellyfish, sea lions and many other fascinating creatures.

Oceanogràfic is divided into 10 thematic zones, each representing a different marine ecosystem. You will be able to explore the Mediterranean, Antarctica, the Arctic, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and the Atlantic.

In total, Oceanogràfic is home to more than 45,000 aquatic creatures of 500 different species.

Strong pointsOceanographic of Valencia
Plus grand aquarium d’EuropeDiscover the largest aquarium in Europe, located in the City of Arts and Sciences complex.
Meet various marine speciesMeet sea lions, sawfish, penguins, walruses and more than 45,000 creatures from 500 different species.
Exploration of the world’s main marine ecosystemsDive into the world’s largest aquatic ecosystems, including the Mediterranean, Antarctic, Arctic and Red Sea.
European Underwater TunnelTravel through Europe’s longest underwater tunnel and watch sea creatures evolve in their natural habitat.
Outdoor and indoor exhibitionsExplore outdoor exhibits surrounded by a lake and indoor aquariums home to fascinating marine animals.
Diversity of marine speciesCome meet beluga whales, sharks, sea lions, jellyfish and other fascinating inhabitants of the park.

Alicante 

Beaches, history, and mediterranean flavors

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How to leave the cruise port in Alicante? 

From the moment you arrive at the port of Alicante, you’ll be pleased to know that the city center is within reach. It’s super practical and what’s more, the outing is free!

Just follow the quay and you will arrive at the exit of the port, right next to the ferry terminal. There you will find taxis, tourist buses waiting for you. If you prefer to walk into town, it’s definitely doable. But if you prefer to save your energy, let the many tourist buses take you to explore Alicante.

As a cruise traveler like you, I completely understand the importance of making the most of your stopover. Alicante is full of wonders to explore, whether it’s the historic sites, the beautiful beaches or the culinary delights of the region. You can immerse yourself in the city’s lively atmosphere, stroll through the picturesque streets and discover hidden treasures.

So whether you choose to venture out on foot or take advantage of the tour buses, you’re sure to have an enriching experience in Alicante. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover everything this charming city has to offer. Happy exploring!

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The best things to do in Alicante

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Alicante

From Alicante – Return to Tabarca Island

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Tabarca Island is a Spanish island located in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 5 kilometers off the coast of Alicante, Spain. It is the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community.

The island is of volcanic origin and is approximately 1.8 km long and 0.4 km wide. It is surrounded by a natural marine reserve, making it ideal for snorkeling and snorkeling.

The village of Tabarca is located on the south coast of the island. It is a listed historic monument and is home to charming cobbled streets, white houses and traditional restaurants.

The island is accessible by ferry from the port of Alicante. The crossing takes around an hour.

Attractions on the island of Tabarca

  • Tabarca beach  is the largest beach on the island. It is 1.2 km long and offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The village of Tabarca  is a charming fishing village with many white houses and traditional restaurants.
  • Tabarca Lighthouse  is a historic lighthouse that offers panoramic views of the island and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The Tabarca Marine Natural Reserve  is an ideal place for snorkeling and snorkeling. It is home to a wide variety of fish, corals and other sea creatures.

What are the highlights of this excursion?

Strong pointsRound trip to Tabarca Island
Excursion to the island of Tabarca by ferryEmbark on a one-hour ferry ride between Alicante and Tabarca for an unforgettable excursion.
Breathtaking sea viewRelax on an open terrace during the journey to enjoy stunning sea views.
Glass bottom to observe colorful fishEnjoy the underwater world with colorful fish through the glass bottom of the boat.
Free time on the island of TabarcaExplore the village streets, visit the Tabarca lighthouse or relax on the beach during free time.
Flexible return ticketBenefit from a flexible return ticket, allowing you to return the same day or another day.

Malaga 

Discover the cultural riches of the costa del sol

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Cruise stops in Malaga 


How to leave the cruise port in Malaga? 

When you disembark in Malaga, you’ll be pleased to know that the city center is just 10 minutes (15 minutes if you prefer a leisurely walk) from the main sights.

The port has been designed so that you can walk along the quay and discover numerous shops and restaurants. This is a real godsend, because this type of convenience is rather rare when leaving a port.

And as always, you will find taxis and buses available to get around Malaga easily. The city is very well served, which will facilitate your travel to the different points of interest.

Among the must-see tourist places in Malaga, you can discover the Alcazaba, the Pompidou Center, the Picasso Museum, to name just a few. Personally, I strongly recommend that you opt for Hop on Hop off, a practical solution that will allow you to save precious time and fully enjoy your visit.

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The best things to do in Malaga

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Malaga

Picasso Museum in Malaga: a must-visit for art lovers

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Discover the life and work of Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, in his birthplace. The Picasso Museum in Malaga houses a permanent collection of more than 200 works of art by Picasso, from the artist’s early academic studies to his final paintings of the 1970s.

The collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and graphic works, which illustrate the evolution of Picasso’s art over the years

Strong pointsPicasso Museum
Picasso Museum in MalagaLearn about the life and art of Pablo Picasso in his hometown at the museum located in the Buenavista Palace.
More than 200 works of artAdmire an impressive collection of over 200 works of art by Picasso, spanning different periods.
Picasso’s revolutionary permanent collectionExplore a permanent collection showcasing Picasso’s groundbreaking art, from his beginnings to his latest works.
Architectural mix of Buenavista PalaceExplore the magnificent architectural mix of the palace, combining Renaissance, Mudéjar elements and contemporary lines.
Phoenician, Roman and Arab ruinsDescend into the basement of the palace to discover Phoenician, Roman and Arab ruins.
Café in the Palacio de Buenavista gardenEnjoy a break in the palace garden café to end your visit with an aperitif, lunch or drink.

Guided tour of the Alcazaba and Roman theater

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The Alcazaba of Malaga is a Moorish palace and fortress located in the heart of the city of Malaga, Spain. It was built in the 11th century by the Hammudi dynasty and is one of the most important monuments in the city.

The Alcazaba is a vast complex made up of two enclosures, the outer enclosure and the inner enclosure. The outer enclosure is the oldest and is surrounded by massive walls. The inner enclosure is more recent and houses numerous palaces and gardens.

Strong pointsAlcazaba
Alcazaba of MalagaExplore the Alcazaba, one of Málaga’s most beautiful attractions, a Muslim palace with a fortress, gardens and ornate courtyards.
History of the Alcazaba and conquest of MálagaLearn about the history of the Alcazaba, its role in the conquest of Málaga and its legacy.
Art, legends and curiositiesDiscover the art, legends and curiosities that make the Alcazaba a unique and fascinating place.
Panoramic view of the cityAdmire one of the best views of the city from the Alcazaba, a breathtaking experience.

Cadiz

Immerse yourself in the andalusian atmosphere

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How to leave the cruise port in Cadiz? 

Cádiz is a historic port city located in southern Spain. It is known for its Moorish architecture, magnificent beaches and vibrant nightlife.

When you arrive at the port of Cádiz, you will have to walk 5 minutes to be in the city center. The port is part of the center so you will have understood: Free exit!

At the exit, buses, taxis, etc. await you. The tourist bus for those who wish to stay in Cadiz serves all the good stops of the must-see places in Cadiz, so I highly recommend it.

What to do in Cádiz?

  • Visit the Cathedral of Cádiz . This 16th century Gothic cathedral is one of the city’s most important monuments. It houses works of art by Murillo, Zurbaran and Velázquez.
  • Take a stroll through the La Viña neighborhood . This picturesque neighborhood is the historic heart of Cádiz. It is lined with white houses, cobbled streets and traditional restaurants.
  • Discover the beaches of Cádiz . The city has many beautiful beaches, including La Caleta Beach, La Victoria Beach and Santa María del Mar Beach.
  • Taste Andalusian cuisine . Cádiz is a city famous for its gastronomy. Don’t miss out on tasting the tapas, fresh fish and local wines.
The best things to do

The best things to do in Cadiz

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Cádiz – Hop on hop off

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Explore Seville flexibly, discover its iconic sites, enjoy exclusive benefits and benefit from walking tours included with the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket.


BALEARIC ISLANDS 


Ibiza

Beaches and vibrant nightlife

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Ibiza BALEARIC ISLANDS 

Ibiza is an island in the Balearic Islands, a Spanish archipelago in the Mediterranean. It is known for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and unique culture.

How to exit the cruise port in Ibiza

When you arrive in Ibiza, the cruise companies will offer you buses for 13 euros (or 15 with Costa) to get to the city center, claiming that it is far away (20/30 minutes). But reading below, you will realize that you can go there for almost 3 times cheaper (because it is very close)…

My advice to avoid feeling cheated: walk 4 minutes after leaving the liner and go to the Taxi Boat (blue signs indicating the direction). Take a water taxi for 6 euros round trip.

stop cruise ibiza bus boat

As you will notice, you can buy this ticket directly on the boat (recognizable by their blue or white color) and it will take you to the city center.

You can even use it to get to Talamenca Beach, which is only a 3-minute walk from the stop. From there you can enjoy the beautiful beach and surroundings before returning to the port. If you leave Talamenca beach, to return to the ship you have to walk 10 minutes (but it’s really close and the landscape is sublime).

What to do in Ibiza?

  • Relax on the beaches . Ibiza has many beautiful beaches, including Plage d’en Bossa, Cala Bassa Beach and Cala d’Hort Beach.
  • Go snorkeling or diving . The clear waters of Ibiza are home to a wide variety of fish and corals.
  • Visit the villages . Ibiza has several charming villages, including Eivissa, the island’s capital.
  • Enjoy the culture . Ibiza is home to a unique culture, which is a mix of Spanish, Catalan and Mediterranean traditions.
The best things to do

The best things to do in Ibiza

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

From Ibiza, round-trip ferry to Formentera

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Formentera is the smallest of the inhabited islands of the Spanish Balearic archipelago. It is located south of Ibiza, about 3 kilometers away.

Formentera is renowned for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and bohemian vibe. The island is also a nature lover’s paradise, with its sand dunes, pine forests and nature reserves.

The main activities to do in Formentera are:

  • Relax on the beaches . Formentera has many beautiful beaches, including Ses Illetes Beach, Migjorn Beach and Ses Salines Beach.
  • Go snorkeling or diving . The clear waters of Formentera are home to a wide variety of fish and corals.
  • Hike . Formentera offers many hiking opportunities, including the sand dunes of Ses Salines and the pine forest of Migjorn.
  • Visit the villages . Formentera has several charming villages, including Sant Francesc Xavier, the island’s capital.

What are the strong points of this A/R?

Strong pointsFormentera
Round trip ferry ticketEnjoy a round-trip ferry transfer between Ibiza and Formentera with a flexible ticket that allows you to return at any time on the same day.
Short travel timeTravel quickly to Formentera on a scenic ferry whose journey takes just 55 minutes, allowing you to maximize your time on the island.
Freedom to exploreExplore Formentera at your own pace by renting a bike, motorbike or quad at the port. Use city transportation to explore different parts of the island.
Iconic beachesDiscover the beaches of Formentera, such as Cala Saona, Ses Illetes and Els Arenals, renowned for their beauty.
Climbing the La Mola lighthouseFor adventurers, climbing La Mola Lighthouse offers a unique experience with panoramic views from a 120 meter high cliff.
Mediterranean sunsetEnd your day admiring one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Mediterranean from Formentera before taking the ferry back to Ibiza.

Palma de Mallorca 

Explore the pearl of the mediterranean

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Palma de Mallorca  BALEARIC ISLANDS 


How to leave the cruise port in Palma de Mallorca? 

When you arrive at the port of Palma, the city center isn’t too far, but it’s quite a walk to get out of the port. Those who are willing to walk for an hour can do so; however, cruise companies offer bus tickets for 12.90 euros round trip.

You can also take a taxi right at the base of the ship. For a ride from the Port of Palma to the cathedral, for example, expect to pay around 10 euros.

If you’re traveling with your family, you’ll understand that taking a taxi is much more cost-effective.

For couples, you can share the expenses with another couple of cruisers, which costs less and is quite trendy.

For the adventurous ones, at the port exit, you’ll find buses No. 1 or 20 that will take you to the city center and various tourist spots in Palma.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Majorca Cathedral

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Palma de Mallorca Cathedral is located in the old town of Palma. It is the largest cathedral in the Balearic Islands and one of the largest in Spain.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1229, after the Christian conquest of Majorca. Construction continued for over 500 years, and the cathedral was not completed until the 18th century.

The cathedral is an example of Catalan Gothic architecture. It is characterized by its large nave, its colorful stained glass windows and its sculptures. The cathedral is also home to a treasure trove of art, including paintings by El Greco and Miquel Barceló.

The cathedral is a popular tourist site and is considered one of the most important monuments in Mallorca.

Strong pointsMajorca Cathedral
Avoid the queuesSave time by avoiding queues at La Seu Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca, allowing you to fully enjoy your visit to the city’s most iconic building.
Remarkable architectureAdmire the magnificent architecture of the cathedral, begun during the reign of James II, with a combination of styles and artistic elements that make it a remarkable work of ecclesiastical art.
Impressive stained glass rose windowMarvel at one of the largest stained glass rose windows in the world, adding an exceptional ornamental touch to the interior of the cathedral.
Contributions of Antoni GaudíDiscover the significant additions made by architect Antoni Gaudí in the early 20th century, enriching the cathedral’s aesthetic with his distinctive style.
Work by Miquel BarcelóExplore the works of artist Miquel Barceló in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, offering a contemporary artistic perspective inside the cathedral.

Palma Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Discover the diversity of Palma de Mallorca and explore its cultural gems.

Strong pointshop-on hop-off bus tour
24 hour bus ticketEnjoy flexible access with a 24-hour bus ticket, allowing you to explore Palma de Mallorca at your own pace.
16 emblematic stopsChoose from 16 strategically located stops to explore the city’s most iconic sites.
Panoramic views from the busAdmire the panoramic views from the open deck of the bus.
Historic Bellver Castle (Essential Experience Option)Opt for the Essential Experience to include entrance tickets to historic Bellver Castle, offering an immersive experience into the island’s history and panoramic views from this iconic fortress.
Placa del Mercat (market square) in the historic centerExplore the Placa del Mercat in the historic center.

CANARY ISLANDS 


Santa Cruz de Tenerife 

Between lush nature and canarian culture

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Santa Cruz de Tenerife CANARY ISLANDS  


How to leave the cruise port in Santa Cruz de Tenerife? 

When you stop at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, take the time to identify where your boat will be moored. Sometimes the port can be very busy, but don’t worry, dear cruise friends, the exit is free. You only need to walk for 5-10 minutes to leave the port (depending on the location of your liner, and for those less fortunate, plan on a 20 minute walk). Don’t worry, it’s very easy, because everything is clearly marked and well signposted.

Once you exit the port, there are plenty of transportation options available to you. There are taxis, buses, tourist buses and even boat connections to reach neighboring islands. You are spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the surrounding area and making the most of your stopover.

Take the opportunity to discover the wonders of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the neighboring islands. Whether strolling the bustling streets, sampling local culinary delights, or soaking up the region’s culture and warm atmosphere, you’re sure to have a memorable time.

Book your shore excursion now and let yourself be charmed by the beauties of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. As passionate cruise passengers, you deserve a unique and enriching experience during every stopover. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience unforgettable moments during your trip.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Kayak safari (dolphins) and snorkeling for sea turtles

The best-selling activity

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The kayaking begins with a stroll along the coast, offering magnificent views of the Guaza Cliffs. Along the way, you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins in their natural habitat.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointsSafari en kayak
Observation of sea turtles by kayakAdmire sea turtles in their natural habitat on a kayak safari along the Guaza Cliffs in a protected nature reserve.
Close-up observation of dolphins by kayakTake part in a dolphin habitat-friendly experience by observing these magnificent creatures up close from a kayak.
Snorkeling with turtles under the supervision of an instructorJoin an instructor for a snorkeling session.
Exploring a magnificent sea caveDiscover a picturesque sea cave during your kayak safari, home to abundant marine life and offering a unique underwater exploration experience.
Departure from Los Cristianos beachStart your adventure from Los Cristianos Beach, located in an iconic fishing village in the south of the island of Tenerife.

Arrecife 

Relaxation and coastal beauty in the Canary Islands

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Arrecife


How to leave the cruise port in Arrecife? 

The port of Arrecife, located just 4 km from the city center, offers a lunar landscape that is sure to impress you. Prepare your cameras, because the atypical landscapes of the Canaries guarantee you a total change of scenery! As a cruise passenger, you will surely enjoy this captivating getaway.

Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, is full of charm. The locals, called Lanzaroteñas and Lanzaroteños, will give you a warm welcome. Remember that leaving the port requires a paid shuttle (I don’t remember the exact price, but I can assure you that the experience is worth it).

Take advantage of your stopover in Arrecife to discover the treasures of this unique island.

Feel free to soak up the local ambiance, taste culinary specialties and explore the emblematic sites of Arrecife. The Canaries offer an unforgettable experience for cruise passengers eager for adventure and discovery.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Arrecife

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise Stopovers in Arrecife – Arrecife Aquarium Ticket

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The Canary Islands Aquarium offers an educational and immersive experience, highlighting marine diversity while raising awareness of the importance of conserving the marine environment.

Strong pointsArrecife Aquarium
Shark watching from an underwater tunnelExplore a secure underwater tunnel to observe a variety of sharks, providing an immersive experience inside the aquarium.
Discovery of hundreds of marine speciesVisit 33 aquariums housing over a million liters of water. You will find hundreds of marine species: turtles, clown fish, hermit crabs…
Touch pools to learn moreEnjoy touch pools for adults and children, offering an interactive experience where you can touch different marine species such as sea cucumbers and sea urchins.
Environmental awarenessExplore the “garbage aquarium”, a model illustrating the current state of certain areas of the Canary coast, aimed at raising awareness about the conservation of the marine environment. The aquarium emphasizes environmental education to promote the preservation of seas and oceans.

Gibraltar

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Escales croisière à Gibraltar

When you reach wonderful Gibraltar, good news: the exit is free! Once disembarked, you find yourself at the foot of the impressive Rock, a breathtaking experience in itself.

The port is nearby, just a 10 to 15 minute walk away, and you are already in the heart of the city. On the famous Main Street, you will discover a true paradise full of boutiques, restaurants and souvenir shops. It’s a charming place, which I highly recommend you visit.

Don’t forget to explore the magnificent Grotte de Saint-Michel , a wonder that is absolutely worth the detour, as is the Nature Reserve. However, I do not recommend attempting the adventure on foot, as the path is steep and it would take a lot of time. Instead, opt for the cable car for quick and comfortable access to these must-see sites.

The Gibraltar Botanical Gardens are also exceptionally beautiful, a true oasis of greenery not to be missed.

The best things to do in Gibraltar

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Gibraltar: dolphins and cable car

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If you are looking for something to do in Gibraltar, I highly recommend the Dolphin Watching Experience. It’s a fun, educational and affordable activity that will allow you to experience the natural beauty of Gibraltar.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointsDolphins and cable car
Dolphin watching by catamaranTake a catamaran cruise in the Bay of Gibraltar to observe wild dolphins in their natural habitat. Experienced marine guides will provide live commentary and information about the dolphins.
Breathtaking views of Gibraltar and the mountains of AfricaAdmire spectacular panoramic views of Gibraltar, the African and European coasts, and the mountains of North Africa.
Barbary macaque pranksRide the cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar to spot Barbary monkeys, known for their mischievous behavior.
Contribution to the protection of dolphinsLearn how to help protect dolphins and understand the importance of preserving these special creatures in their natural environment.
Breathtaking views and free dolphin showEnjoy a natural spectacle as wild dolphins swim close to the boat, jump spectacularly and splash you.
Cable car to the top of the rock with priority entryUse the priority entrance to the Gibraltar Cable Car and quickly reach the top of the rock for panoramic views.
Souvenir shopping and discounts in Marina Bay areaExplore the Top of the Rock gift shop for unique gifts. The Dolphin Adventure ticket offers a 10% discount at all bars and restaurants in Marina Bay.

ISLAND OF MALTA


Malta Valletta

Discover Malta’s fascinating history

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Escales croisière à Malte La Valette


How to exit the cruise port in Malta Valletta

Discover Malta, an easily accessible destination where you can experience magical moments! In just a few minutes, you’ll arrive straight into the city, ready to begin your adventure. Free release!

If you prefer a more relaxed option, you can book a taxi or take the bus to get around easily. Once you arrive at your destination, everything is done on foot. It’s perfect for making the most of every moment and exploring Malta’s hidden treasures.

Let me share with you my favorite excursions. Don’t miss the excursion to St Paul’s Bay, with an unforgettable visit to the Blue Lagoon, its breathtaking beaches and bays. You will be amazed by the crystal clear waters and natural beauty that surround you.

If you want an even more extraordinary adventure, opt for the Gozo, Comino and Blue Lagoon cruise from Bugibba. You will discover breathtaking landscapes, mysterious caves and bright blue waters. It’s a unique experience not to be missed.

During your stay in Malta, pay attention to the schedules, especially if you organize your own excursions. Typically we have 10 hours to visit this beautiful island, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the activities on offer. Just make sure you stick to the schedule so you don’t miss anything.

Malta is my absolute favorite, and I hope you will fall in love with this exceptional destination. Book your excursions now and prepare to experience unforgettable moments in Malta, between heavenly beaches, picturesque bays and breathtaking nature.

The best things to do in Malta

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Gozo and Comino Islands, blue lagoon and sea caves

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Explore Gozo and Comino on a full-day cruise from Bugibba. Swim in the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon, discover the main towns of Gozo, visit the sea caves of Comino, and slide down the immense water slide.

Strong pointGozo and Comino Islands
Crystal clear turquoise watersThe islands of Gozo and Comino are known for their crystal clear turquoise waters, which are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Historical and cultural sitesThe islands of Gozo and Comino are home to a variety of historical and cultural sites, including prehistoric temples, medieval citadels and baroque churches.
Outdoor activitiesThe islands of Gozo and Comino offer a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, sailing and windsurfing.
Local gastronomyThe islands of Gozo and Comino offer tasty local cuisine, which includes traditional Maltese dishes, such as bouillabaisse, ftira and pastizzi.

MOROCCO


Casablanca 

Between Tradition and Modernity in Morocco

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Casablanca MOROCCO 


How to leave the cruise port in Casablanca? 

When you arrive at the port of Casablanca, you will love the fact that the city center is right next door. It’s super practical and what’s more, it’s a free outing!

All you have to do is walk along the quay and in just 5 minutes, you are at the exit of the port. 

In front of the port, you will find a multitude of transportation options for exploring the city. Taxis, tourist buses, horse-drawn carriages, and even bicycles are there to welcome you. 

If you want to walk around town on foot, it’s entirely possible. But if you prefer to save your strength, don’t worry, you will have many means of transportation at your disposal to visit Casablanca with ease.

And guess what? Among the city’s must-see attractions is the famous Hassan II Mosque. It is a true architectural and cultural gem that is absolutely worth the detour. Book your visit to the Hassan II Mosque now and discover the splendor of this emblematic monument.

So, get ready to experience an unforgettable stopover in Casablanca, where adventure awaits you around every corner. Explore the city, discover its cultural richness and let yourself be charmed by the majesty of the Hassan II Mosque.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Casablanca

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Visit to the Hassan II Mosque

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This visit is a unique opportunity to discover the beauty and cultural importance of the Hassan II Mosque. It is ideal for tourists who want to know more about Morocco and its culture.

Strong pointVisit to the Hassan II Mosque
ExclusivityVisit one of Morocco’s most iconic sites, Morocco’s largest mosque.
ConvenienceEntrance tickets and pickup included.
LearningLearn the history and culture of the mosque from a knowledgeable guide.
ComfortDriving in a comfortable and well-equipped vehicle.

Guided tour of Casablanca

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This guided tour is an excellent opportunity to discover the different facets of Casablanca. It is ideal for tourists who want to learn more about the city and its culture.

Strong pointGuided tour of Casablanca
Fusion of modernity and traditionDiscover Casablanca’s unique combination of modern and traditional architecture.
Iconic sitesVisit must-see sites such as the Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and the Corniche.
LearningEnrich your knowledge of Casablanca’s history, culture and local customs from a knowledgeable guide.
ComfortEnjoy a comfortable tour in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Tangier 

Discover the city of the strait

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Tangier


How to leave the cruise port in Tangier? 

When you arrive at the port of Tangier, the city center is next to the port and the pigeons welcome you. Free exit.

All you have to do is walk along the quay and you will arrive at the exit of the port in just 5 minutes.

It’s the same process as leaving the port of Casablanca.

If you want to go to town on foot you can do so.

When you get off at the port of Tangier going towards the café on the square, take the alley that goes up and you will arrive at the Tangier souk. On this same slope you will find a lot of small shops selling branded sneakers for 15 euros per pair (counterfeit)!

If you prefer to save money, you can visit Tangier with the many means of transport available to you.

For my part and for many of the cruise passengers with whom I interact, Tangier is not the most beautiful destination in Morocco and it is unfortunately quite poor. I will still leave you with the essentials during your stopover.

What to see in Tangier on a cruise stopover?

  • The medina : labyrinth of narrow streets, souks, bazaars, stalls
  • Le grand Socco : main square, lively meeting place, street vendors, cafes, restaurants
  • The kasbah : old fortress, contemporary art museum, palace, mosque
  • Cape Spartel : rocky promontory, breathtaking view of the sea and the city
  • Hercules’ Cave : natural cave, place where the Greek hero Hercules killed the giant Antaeus

TUNISIA


Tunis – la Goulette 

Immerse yourself in tunisian authenticity

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Tunis – la Goulette  Tunisia


How to leave the cruise port in Tunis – la Goulette? 

When you arrive at the port of La Goulette, you will immediately be transported to a completely different universe. Located just 10 km from the center of Tunis, you will find at the exit of the boat a free shuttle (chartered by the port) which will take you to entrance E2 of the main terminal. And guess what? A little surprise awaits you at the main entrance: the Harbor village. This charming village offers a nice overview of Tunis with its shops, restaurants and activities, all accompanied by smiling and warm Tunisians!

As you can see, the outing is free! The port itself is a place to visit in itself, with a damn beautiful concept! Once outside the port, you will find taxis waiting for you (but be careful, negotiate the prices carefully because sometimes they are a little exaggerated). And right at the foot of the boat, you will have the opportunity to take a photo or even take a little camel ride with Tunisians who, sometimes, even play music! It’s a truly unique destination!

If you want to go to the city center of Tunis, I advise you to take the small train of the TGM line, the Tunis-Goulette-Marsa (allow around 15 minutes for the journey). This is the ideal option for those on a tight budget, as it is very economical.

Don’t hesitate to enjoy every moment of your stopover at La Goulette. Book your guided city tour of Tunis now and immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of this captivating destination. Whether you are looking for cultural discoveries, authentic encounters or culinary delights, La Goulette and Tunis have everything to satisfy you. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to live an unforgettable cruise experience on Tunisian soil.

The best things to do

The best things to do in a Goulette-Tunis

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Tunis – guided tour of the city

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The Medina of Tunis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a labyrinth of narrow streets and secret passages that are home to numerous souks, bazaars and shops. It’s the perfect place to get lost and discover the Tunisian culture and way of life.

Strong pointGuided tour of the city
Historical and cultural heritageThe Medina of Tunis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to many historical monuments, including the Zitouna mosque, Tourbet el Bey and the central market.
Cultural diversityThe medina of Tunis is a meeting place of different cultures, notably Arab, Berber and European.
ShoppingThe souks of the medina are a great place for shopping. You’ll find everything from souvenirs and spices to clothing and jewelry.
GastronomyThe Medina of Tunis offers a variety of traditional Tunisian restaurants. There you can taste typical dishes of Tunisian cuisine, such as couscous, tagine and shakshuka.

The island of Madeira


Funchal

Explore the natural beauty of Madeira

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Funchal island of Madeira


How to leave the cruise port in Funchal?

When you arrive in Funchal, let me share a little secret with you: no need to spend a fortune booking a bus or taxi (unless you prefer that). You can just walk along the quay and you will be just a 15 minute walk from the city center.
And guess what? Crossing the port of Funchal is a pleasant experience, with a fascinating view. You know, there are so many ports where grayness dominates, but the bay of Funchal is already a little corner of paradise as soon as you arrive.

 And if you are passionate about whale watching, let me offer you an extraordinary experience: board our catamaran for an unforgettable excursion. You will have the chance to admire these majestic sea creatures in their natural habitat, while enjoying breathtaking views of the bay of Funchal. It is a unique spectacle that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity during your stopover in Funchal. Walk along the quay, soak up the beauty of the bay and embark with us on a catamaran adventure to discover the marine wonders.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Funchal

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Catamaran cruise in Madeira to watch dolphins, whales and turtles

Cruise stopovers in Funchal

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Discover the natural beauty of Madeira’s coastline on this catamaran cruise from Funchal. Go in search of the dolphins, whales and turtles that inhabit the blue waters of the island.

Throughout the year, Madeira is home to different aquatic mammals, such as common dolphins, spotted dolphins, humpback whales, pilot whales and loggerhead turtles. Whether you come in summer or winter, you have a good chance of spotting one of these amazing creatures.

Observation marineObserve dolphins, whales and turtles in their natural habitat.
Panoramic viewsEnjoy magnificent views of the island from the sea.
Underwater explorationExplore the crystal clear waters beneath the Cabo Girão promontory.
Comfort on boardRelax on a stable, comfortable and relaxing catamaran.

Lisbon

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Escales croisière en méditerranée à Lisbonne - Portugal


When you disembark in Lisbon, you will find that there are several places where liners can dock, but in reality they are all in roughly the same place. The good news is that you can leave the port at no cost, as it is conveniently located near metro and bus stations. This makes exploring this magnificent city of Lisbon much easier. If you have some time during your cruise stopover in Lisbon, I highly recommend visiting the picturesque Sintra Palace, a colorful and beautiful experience.

To reach the city center, taxis are naturally available. However, allow me to give you some valuable advice: the famous Lisbon tramway is an essential option for your travels. It’s a unique, economical experience, and you can at the same time enjoy the landscape while going from point A to point B. If you are a fan of the Hop-on Hop-off concept, I invite you to consult the corresponding link. You can also browse my detailed Lisbon page to discover more useful information for your visit.

The best things to do in Lisbon

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Lisbon sightseeing bus tour

Cruise stopovers in Lisbon

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Visit Lisbon comfortably and affordably with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Choose from four routes that will take you to the city’s top attractions, including:

  • The Jerónimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manueline architecture
  • The Belém Tower, an emblematic monument from the era of the great discoveries
  • Saint-Georges Castle, a historic site that offers breathtaking views of the city
  • Rossio Square, the main square of Lisbon
  • Avenida da Liberdade, an elegant avenue lined with shops and restaurants

Your ticket includes an audio guide available in 14 different languages. The guide will provide you with information about the attractions you are visiting and help you plan your itinerary.

Freedom of movementExplore Lisbon at your own pace with hop-on and hop-off buses on 4 routes.
Multilingual audio guidesChoose from 14 languages ​​for detailed commentary along the way.
Shopping and boulevardsMake stops at the city’s best boulevards and shopping centers.
Iconic sitesAdmire the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower.
Digital guided tourExplore the old neighborhoods with our free digital guided tour.

France


Marseille

Experience the mediterranean charm of the phocaean city

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Marseille – France 


How to leave the cruise port in Marseille?

When you disembark at the port of Marseille, you have several options for getting around and exploring the city.

Firstly, if you want to walk, it will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to leave the port.

Another option is to take a taxi, which can be found right at the foot of the ship. It’s a convenient way to quickly get to your destination.

If you prefer a more economical alternative, you can walk for about 20 minutes to the Cruise Terminal stop and take bus No. 35 T. This bus will take you to Place de la Joliette in Marseille, where you can easily connect to other modes of transportation like the metro or other buses to reach the city’s main tourist sites. The round-trip ticket price is 3.50 euros.

Another interesting option is to choose the tourist bus. However, please note that it’s best to get closer to the city center using the previously mentioned options.

Many cruisers opt for taking a taxi to get to the city and then choose the Tourist Bus as a convenient way to explore Marseille’s treasures!

Make the most of your stopover and discover everything Marseille has to offer! 


The best things to do

The best things to do in Marseille 

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Tour of Marseille by bus

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Visit Marseille comfortably and affordably with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Choose from two routes that will take you to the city’s top attractions.

Complete discoveryTravel around Marseille by double-decker bus and convertible minibus.
Audio commentaryLearn more about the city with audio commentary available in 8 languages.
FlexibilityVisit a neighborhood or monument, then catch the next bus to continue your exploration.
Main sitesExplore treasures such as the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, the Major Cathedral, the Old Port, the Vallon des Auffes and the Corniche Kennedy.
Varied circuitsTake advantage of 2 circuits (red and blue) to discover different aspects of Marseille.

Corsica


Ajaccio

Discover the natural beauty of Corsica

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Ajaccio


How to leave the cruise port in Ajaccio

Arriving at the port of Ajaccio you can go out on foot since like many other ports, the city center is close to the port. I don’t think the taxi is useful for visiting Ajaccio because you can do the whole city center on foot and for the Sanguinary Islands or elsewhere the little Ajaccio train and the tourist bus do the job well! The little train takes you to Place Foch, you can’t miss it.

What to do in Ajaccio during a stopover?

  • Visit the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Take a stroll through the old town.
  • Visit the citadel.
  • Take a boat trip to the Sanguinaires Islands.
  • Taste Corsican cuisine.

GREECE


Athens – Piraeus

Explore the cradle of western civilization

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Athens – Piraeus


How to leave the cruise port in Athens?

When you arrive at the port “Piraeus” in Athens, as cruise passengers, you have different options to reach the city center and in particular the Acropolis, while benefiting from affordable rates.

The first option is to take a taxi which can drop you off directly at a metro station or even at the Acropolis. Taxis in Athens are known to be inexpensive and drivers are generally honest. For example, we took a taxi in Monastiraki to go to the Acropolis and we paid only 13 euros for 4 people.

Another possibility is to opt for the metro. From the port, you will need to walk about 2 km to reach the nearest metro station. Once on board, take line 1 and get off at the Monastiraki stop. From there you can take bus No. 035 to go directly to the Acropolis. Allow around ten minutes to walk from the Akropole stop.

If you prefer to take the bus, line 040 will take you to Syntagma Square, which is the hotspot of Athens. Allow around 2 km to walk from the port. The ticket price is only 1 euro.

Don’t worry about the distance between the port and the city center. Everything is well connected and transport in Athens is really affordable. Take advantage of your stopover to discover the Acropolis and the treasures of this magnificent historic city. Book your Acropolis combo ticket now and get ready for an unforgettable experience. 

The best things to do

The best things to do in Athens

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Cruise stopovers in Athens Piraeus – Entrance ticket to the Acropolis

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Explore the Acropolis of Athens, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. This guided tour will allow you to discover the most famous monuments of the Acropolis, such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion.

Your local guide will explain the history and culture of ancient Greece, and help you understand the significance of these fascinating ruins. You will also have the opportunity to admire the breathtaking views of Athens from the top of the Acropolis.

ActivitiesAcropolis
Visit to the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte in Ajaccio– Visit the birthplace of the French emperor
Stroll through the old town of Ajaccio– Discover the cobblestone streets, quaint shops and traditional restaurants
Visit the citadel of Ajaccio– Admire the breathtaking views of the city and the sea
Take a boat trip to the Sanguinaires Islands– Admire the spectacular landscapes of the volcanic islands
Taste Corsican cuisine– Taste local specialties, such as cold meats, cheeses and fresh fish
Guided tour of the Acropolis of Athens– Visit the most famous monuments of the Acropolis, such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike

Athens, Piraeus and the coast by hop-on hop-off bus

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Embark on a city tour of Athens by hop-on hop-off bus. Choose from four routes that will take you to the city’s top attractions, including:

  • Blue Line:  Piraeus, Pasalimani Marina, Mikrolimano Ancient Port, Acropolis Museum, Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Orange Line:  The historic district of Pláka, the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Gate, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Syntagma Square, Ermou Street, the Panathenaic Stadium, the National Library, the National Archaeological Museum and the district of Monastiraki
  • Yellow line:  Niarchos Foundation, Alimos Marina, Flisvos Marina, Agios Kosmas Beach and Glyfada suburb
  • Green line:  The village of Vouliagméni, the cemetery of the allied forces, the Byzantine museum, the beach of Kavouri Oceanis, the lake of Vouliagméni and the ancient thermal baths of the city

The buses are equipped with audio commentary available in 16 languages. You will be able to learn more about the history and culture of Greece while admiring the city’s landscapes.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointsDescription
4 hop-on hop-off bus routesTake the city’s 4 bus routes, offering complete flexibility to explore Athens, Piraeus and the coastline according to your preferences.
Top sights in AthensEnjoy the ability to hop on and off at stops of your choice to see Athens’ top sights, including the Panathenaic Stadium and the Parthenon on the Acropolis.
Fascinating commentary in 16 languagesListen to fascinating onboard commentary, available in 16 languages, providing interesting insights into the sights you discover along your journey.
Free WiFi on board busesStay connected while you explore with free wifi on board the buses, allowing you to share your favorite moments and stay in touch with loved ones during your stay.
Discovery at your own paceEnjoy the freedom to discover Athens at your own pace, deciding where to hop on or off based on your interests, and exploring the neighborhoods that captivate you the most.

Rhodes

Travel back in time on the island of the knights

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Rhodes


How to leave the cruise port in Rhodes?

When you call at the port of Rhodes, you will be delighted to know that the city center is only a 10-minute walk along the quay. No need to take a bus or shuttle, and what’s more, this outing is completely free!

I have to tell you that I have a full detailed page on Rhodes on my travel blog. There you will find all the information you need to explore this magnificent island. Additionally, I offer a 3-hour all-inclusive cruise with swimming in Rhodes. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the wonders of the island while relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

As a cruise enthusiast myself, I completely understand your expectations. I have developed my blog with a focus on the best things to see and do in Rhodes. I want to offer you an authentic experience and help you fully enjoy your stopover.

So, get ready to marvel at the treasures Rhodes has to offer. Explore the medieval old town, visit historical sites, taste the delicious local cuisine and dive into the crystal clear waters for a refreshing swim.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have a unique experience in Rhodes.

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The best things to do in Rhodes

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Rhodes – Island tour by hop-on hop-off bus

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This Rhodes guided bus tour is a great way to see the city’s main attractions. Visitors can hop on and off the bus at any stop to explore the sites that interest them most. The tour is also available as an audio guide in 10 languages, making it accessible to a wide audience.

Strong pointsDescription
12 historic sites to discoverExplore 12 of Rhodes’ most important sites on this guided bus tour, covering a variety of attractions from the Old Town to the Aquarium and beyond.
Panoramic views from the top of the busEnjoy exceptional panoramic views of Rhodes Town from the top of the bus, giving you a unique perspective of the New Town, Old Town, and other points of interest.
Audio guide in 10 languagesImmerse yourself in the history of Rhodes with an audio guide available in 10 languages.
Hop on and off as you pleaseEnjoy the flexibility of getting on and off the bus at each of the 12 stops, allowing you to spend as much time as you want at each site of interest. Explore at your own pace and return to the bus when you’re ready to move on to the next site.
Explore Rhodes New and Old TownDiscover the rich history of Rhodes by exploring both the New Town and the Old Town, allowing you to appreciate the architectural and cultural diversity of this iconic Greek island.

Mykonos

Discover the gem of the cyclades

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Mykonos

How to leave the cruise port

Dear cruise passengers, when you arrive in Mykonos, prepare to be blown away! It’s one of my favorite destinations, and I’m sure the change of scenery will be guaranteed. To leave the port, you have 1 option and it is TOP it is the boat’s rowboat since the boat remains at sea, it does not moor in the port of Mykonos but 4 minutes by rowboat from the port. You will have understood that there is a free exit and above all, prepare your heart because it will be full.

Once you exit the port, that’s when the magic happens. You will only need to walk about 2 minutes along the port to immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Mykonos. The streets are simply beautiful, and I warn you, you may fall in love with this island forever.
So, follow your heart and have an unforgettable experience in Mykonos. I advise you to make the most of every moment and explore all the treasures that this incredible island has to offer.

Small important point because some people still haven’t understood that going to a country requires a minimum of good manners. The Greeks are a very, very welcoming people, very polite I find, and this is what I teach my children. Even if we don’t speak the language, we should always say hello, goodbye and thank you. So if you don’t know, I’ll give you a little help with phonetics! 

Hello  (morning) = Kaliméra  (afternoon):  Kalispera Goodbye  =  Adio Thank you  =  efcharisto  (pronounced F aristo) 

A small important point for those who wish to visit Delos, I really recommend this site (accessible by boat) and I leave you the information just below.

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The best things to do in Mykonos

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Let me share with you a magical adventure in Mykonos! I highly recommend delving into the unforgettable excursion to Delos which I loved with my children. Discover the sacred island in the morning, soak up its captivating ancient history, then return to Mykonos. You will be dazzled by the beauty of these preserved places. Don’t forget to pack your drinks for Delos, as there are no restaurants or ice cream parlor on site.

If you prefer to book through your cruise line, plan on average 70/90 euros. However, if you choose to go through my site, here is the link. The crossing costs 26 euros, but please note that you will need to add 12 euros for entry to the island. The crossing takes approximately 40 minutes. It’s truly a marvel!

We started our journey at 9 a.m., taking the boat from the port of Chora, and returned to Mykonos at 1 p.m. You therefore have plenty of time to explore the two islands at your own pace. Take full advantage of this unique experience!

Cruise stopover in Mykonos

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Depart from the old port of Mykonos for a relaxing 40-minute crossing to the island of Delos. Enjoy the sea breeze, admire the scenery and relax as you head towards this island steeped in history.

Upon arrival in Delos, you have a few hours to explore the island at your own pace. Use the pre-booked ticket to avoid queues at the entrance to the site. Inside, discover the well-preserved remains of this ancient Greek city, considered a sacred site in antiquity.

Strong pointsIsland of Delos
Avoid the queuesEnjoy hassle-free access to the island of Delos with a pre-booked ticket, allowing you to avoid queues and maximize your time exploring on-site.
Relaxed 40-minute crossingEnjoy a 40-minute crossing from the old port of Mykonos to Delos, giving you a chance to relax, admire the scenery and feel the sea breeze as you head towards this iconic island.
Explore Delos at your own paceOnce you arrive in Delos, explore the island at your leisure, without time constraints or a fixed itinerary. Use your site access ticket (not included in the excursion) to discover the archaeological treasures and history of this ancient city.
Use the same ticket for the returnUse the same ticket to return from Delos to the old port of Mykonos, giving you a convenient and uncomplicated solution for this excursion.

Cruise stopover in Mykonos – Relaxing on the beach

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Reservation of deckchairs at Super Paradise beach. This is a great way to enjoy this popular Mykonos beach. Visitors can book in advance to avoid queues. Enjoy comfortable deckchairs (beach towels provided), and swim in the crystal clear waters of the beach.

The on-site bar and restaurant also offers convenient service and a variety of food and drinks.

Strong pointsRelaxing at the beach
Advance reservation of deckchairsMake sure you get a sunbed on Mykonos’ most popular beach by booking in advance. Skip the hassle of finding a location and enjoy a relaxed day.
Deckchair with soft beach towelEnjoy ultimate comfort as you relax on a deck chair with a fluffy beach towel. This option is available for deckchairs in the 1st or 2nd row.
Access to the bar’s top-notch facilitiesAs well as enjoying the sun and sea, enjoy access to the high-end facilities of the beach bar and tavern. Refresh yourself with refreshing drinks and enjoy Greek delicacies without having to leave the beach.
Relaxing on the Super Paradise BeachDiscover the world famous Super Paradise beach, one of the jewels of Mykonos. Swim in crystal clear waters and relax on the warm sand.

Santorini

Dive into the enchantment of the cyclades

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Santorini


How to leave the cruise port in Santorini?

Dear readers, let me share with you a well-kept secret! Arriving in Santorini is already a free excursion that is worth the detour. Cruise ships find a prime location, nestled between the island of Santorini itself and the island of Na Kameni. Believe me, the arrival is simply spectacular!
When you arrive in Santorini you will be taken by rowboats to the parking lot, the experience is really awesome.

Then if you want to visit the lower part of Santorini, you will find some shops and restaurants there but… For everyone, what you absolutely must not miss is Fira, the city center which is located up high. I recommend the cable car because I am against animal abuse and even if it is a custom there, I prefer to leave the donkeys alone. For the cable car, count 6€ per trip (adult) and 3€ for children. Last solution for athletes is to take the stairs with some 550 steps (allow 45 minutes) to go up.
On the other hand, and this is great, you can go up with the cable car and go down by the stairs. If you want to visit Oia with its typical houses, shops, restaurants, it is 10/15 minutes from Fira (below)..

Excellent stopover for you, it will be forever engraved in your hearts.

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The best things to do in Santorini

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Cruise stopovers in Santorini – Cruise in the volcanic islands

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This Santorini caldera boat cruise is a great way to see the island’s top attractions. Visitors can admire the active volcano, bathe in the thermal springs, explore the charming village of Thirassia. The extension to Oia is also a great option for those who want to spend more time in this iconic village. For the extension to Oia, check your layover time.

Strong pointsCruise to the volcanic islands
Hike to the crater of the active volcanoTake a unique adventure by hiking to the active volcano crater on the island of Nea Kameni. Enjoy an immersive experience at the top of the volcano and capture spectacular views of the Santorini caldera.
Swimming in volcanic hot springsImmerse yourself in the sulfurous waters of the volcanic hot springs on the island of Palea Kameni. Relax and enjoy the natural benefits of these waters while admiring the unique landscape that surrounds you.
Exploring the island of ThirassiaEnjoy free time on Thirassia Island to explore this charming village. Discover the local beauty, visit the village of Manolas and soak up the atmosphere of this unspoiled place.

Corfu

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Bari


How to leave the cruise port in Corfu?

During your stopover in Corfu, the exit is free. The boat will dock at the new port of Corfu, this time no rowboat.

Arriving in Corfu is definitely worth doing from the deck or from your balcony cabin, as the scenery is admirable. As soon as you get off the boat, the city center is 4 km from the port. You have several options:

  • Buy a ticket with the cruise line (I personally don’t do this).
  • Take a taxi (not either), but be careful not to be surprised by exorbitant prices… 7/10 euros for the fare is correct.
  • Opt for the local bus for 1 euro, easy to find because you will see it at the exit of the port. Allow 7 minutes of travel time to cover the 4 km.
  • Use the tourist bus, very convenient. 19 euros

Don’t forget that Corfu, like Mykonos, Athens, Santorini… there is an hour time difference with France (+1 hour).

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The best things to do in Corfu

Customizable Corfu tour

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Here is a sample itinerary for a personalized Corfu adventure:

Morning

  • Pick-up in Corfu
  • Departure for Glyfada beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island
  • Free time to sunbathe, swim and enjoy the beach

Afternoon

  • Visit the Achilléon, a neoclassical palace built for the Empress of Bavaria, Sissi
  • Breakfast in a local restaurant
  • Visit Paleokastritsa Monastery, a Byzantine monastery perched on a cliff overlooking the sea

This itinerary can be tailored to your interests and budget . For example, if you want to spend more time at the beach, you can add another beach visit or a day of sailing. If you are interested in history, you can visit other archaeological or historical sites, such as the Palace of the Grand Masters or the Angelokastro Castle.

What are the highlights of this excursion?

Strong pointsCorfu tour
Customizable private tour in air-conditioned minibusCreate your own adventure in Corfu with a private tour in an air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy a tailor-made experience that suits your interests and your pace.
Flexible supportEnjoy convenient pickup from the cruise port or any other location of your choice on Corfu Island. Enjoy great flexibility to start your adventure according to your preferences.
Choose from different route optionsExplore the places that interest you most in Corfu by choosing from different itinerary options. Whether you want to relax on beaches, explore historical sites, visit monasteries or discover the best local attractions, create your own experience.
Optional private guideOpt for a private guide who will accompany you throughout the day, providing you with interesting information and details about the places you will visit. Enjoy an even more enriching experience thanks to an experienced local guide.

Argostoli

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Argostoli


How to leave the cruise port in Argostoli?

Dear cruisers, if you have the chance to make a stopover in Argostoli, Greece, prepare for an absolutely incredible experience! Upon your arrival at the port, you can disembark directly without the need for a tender. Argostoli is a charming town, and although it may not be the most beautiful island in Greece in my eyes, it offers a stopover that truly deserves your attention.

As you stroll along the port, don’t miss the unique opportunity to observe turtles coming to feed on the fish scraps thrown by the fishermen. This experience is breathtaking and will leave you with unforgettable memories of your cruise.

Make the most of this special stopover by exploring the picturesque streets of Argostoli, savoring local cuisine, and relaxing while admiring the beautiful coastal scenery. Moreover, don’t miss the Melissani Lake and Drogarati Caves. During my excursion, we had time to visit Argostoli as well. You will have an unforgettable experience during your cruise.

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The best things to do in Argostoli

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Argostoli – Shore excursion -Melissani, Drogarati and Myrtos photostop

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Explore the geological wonders of the Kefalonia region with this captivating excursion. She will take you to discover the Drogarati cave, Lake Melissani and Myrtos Beach.

Strong pointsShore Excursion
Exploring Drogarati CaveExplore Drogarati Cave with its impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations. A discovery dating back around 300 years ago, this cave offers a unique experience and is renowned for its exceptional acoustics having hosted concerts, including that of the famous opera singer Maria Callas.
Melissani Cave Lake Boat TourEnjoy a boat ride on Lake Melissani, also known as Lake of the Nymphs. Explore a uniquely beautiful cave where the sun’s rays illuminate the crystal clear water with vibrant turquoise. Discover this unique geological phenomenon with a B-formation and part of the roof that collapsed around three thousand years ago.
Discovery of the history of the cavesLearn the fascinating history of the area’s caves.
Panoramic view from Myrtos BeachEnjoy panoramic views from Myrtos Beach.

Patmos

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Patmos

How to leave the cruise port in Patmos?

Patmos, a Greek island located in the Dodecanese archipelago, is renowned for its authentic charm. With its gleaming white houses, picturesque windmills and historic monastery, the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, Patmos is a Mediterranean gem. Despite its modest population, the island is famous for the Cave of the Apocalypse, where tradition has it that Saint John had his sacred visions.

How to exit the cruise port in Patmos?

When you arrive in Patmos, more precisely in Skala, the disembarkation takes place directly in the heart of the town, and you do not have to pay any fees. This small Greek island has a peaceful and warm atmosphere that invites discovery. Here we don’t recommend a busy list of activities, because the magic of Patmos lies in simplicity. You can explore the island on foot or by tuk-tuk, and there aren’t really any must-see sites to speak of, other than the charm of the city center with its quaint shops, authentic restaurants, welcoming bars and magnificent beaches.

Patmos invites you to slow down, immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere and follow your own desires. There is no need to plan complicated excursions here. The island itself offers a magical experience around every corner and on every beach. Make the most of your stopover on this enchanting island!

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The best things to do in Patmos

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise Stopovers in Patmos – Ephesus Shore Excursion with Skip the Line

This tour is for cruise passengers only and is not available to hotel guests.

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Day trip to Patmos. Discover the island’s must-see sites with a private driver. Explore the historical and cultural sites of Patmos, visit the island’s most popular beaches, and enjoy the convenience of traveling with a private driver.

Here are some of the highlights of this excursion:

  • Visit the Cave of the Apocalypse, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Saint John is said to have received his visions.
  • Explore the Monastery of St. John, an important historical site that houses a collection of antiques and works of art.
  • Stroll the cobblestone streets of Chora, the island’s UNESCO-listed capital.
  • Admire the iconic windmills of Patmos, located on a hill overlooking the sea.
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Lambi Beach, famous for its multi-colored pebbles.
  • Enjoy some relaxing time on Paralia Kampos Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointsEphesus
Cave of the ApocalypseExplore the Cave of the Apocalypse, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Saint John is said to have received his visions recorded in the Book of Revelation. Discover the history and spirituality of this sacred place.
Monastery of Saint JohnVisit the Monastery of Saint John, dating from 1088 AD, and learn about its historical and religious significance. Soak up the architecture and spiritual atmosphere of this iconic monastery.
Exploring ChoraWander the cobbled streets of Chora, discovering houses dating from the 16th century linked by a network of steps and alleys. Explore the architectural richness of the 300-year-old Simandris House, housing a collection of antiques. Immerse yourself in the history of this charming city.
Windmills of PatmosAdmire Patmos’ iconic windmills, perched on a hillside with panoramic views of the sea. Capture memories of these iconic structures that have shaped the island’s landscape over time.
Lambi and Paralia Kampos beachesExplore the picturesque beaches of Lambi and Paralia Kampos. Enjoy Lambi Bay, where the beach is covered in colorful stones, and relax on Paralia Kampos, one of the most popular beaches on the island. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of these coastal locations.
Convenience of private driverEnjoy the convenience of traveling with a private driver who picks you up and returns you to your accommodation in Patmos. Skip the hassle of navigating and focus on exploring and discovering the island.

TURKEY


Izmir

Discover the pearl of the aegean coast

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean Izmir


How to leave the cruise port in Izmir?

When you arrive at the port of Izmir, open your eyes wide, it’s truly magnificent! If you want to leave the port, please note that this is done on foot. Free exit.
If you want to reach the center on foot, this can be done along the beach, you will have to walk 25 minutes. You can stop at Konak Square to admire the view and see the famous everything from the clock and the Konak Mosque. You will also find at the exit of the port taxis, buses, tourist buses..

For those who like walking, everything can be done on foot because the landscape is breathtaking!
If you want to save time to visit Ephesus and see the House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis and Sirince, the ancient city of Ephesus.. You can book your tour.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Izmir

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Cruise stopovers in Izmir

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Discover the “Pearl of Asia Minor” with a comprehensive tour of downtown Izmir, exploring its historic districts, iconic monuments and rich cultural heritage.

What are the many highlights of this guided tour?

Strong pointsGuided city tour of Izmir
Ascension of Elder AsansorEnjoy panoramic views of Izmir from the top of Ancient Asansor, an ancient building that offers a unique perspective of the city. Hear the history of the area while having morning coffee, creating a memorable experience.
Government AgoraExplore the Government Agora, dating from the Hellenistic period, and immerse yourself in the history of Izmir during the Hellenistic era. Discover the importance of this place which served as a center of governance in ancient times.
Bazar antique (Kemeralti)Immerse yourself in the excitement of the Ancient Bazaar (Kemeraltı), one of the liveliest districts of Izmir since the 18th century. Explore its streets full of shops and discover the commercial atmosphere that has persisted for centuries. Enjoy the experience of shopping for unique souvenirs.
Konak Square and Clock TowerVisit Konak Square, famous for its iconic Clock Tower built in 1901. Admire this elegant structure that has become a symbol of the city. Capture memories of this bustling central square and learn about the historical significance of the Clock Tower.
History and architecture of IzmirExplore historic districts such as Konak, Alsancak and Karsiyaka to discover Izmir’s rich history and varied architecture. Admire the Ottoman-era residences and Art Nouveau buildings that characterize these neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in the city’s culture through its picturesque streets.
Expertise from a local guideBenefit from the expertise of a local guide to navigate the city’s winding streets, offer insight into local culture, and lead you to hidden gems. A knowledgeable guide can enrich your experience by sharing anecdotes and in-depth knowledge about Izmir, allowing you to experience the city in a more immersive way.

CROATIA


Split

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Cruise stops in Split


How to leave the cruise port in Split?

Split, in Croatia, is a real gem that you will discover with wonder. It is a magnificent city, a hidden gem that has pleasant surprises in store for travelers. When you arrive by boat, it’s almost magical: you’ve only walked 5 minutes and you’re already in the heart of the action. You will immediately be welcomed by the local market, a lively place where the colors and flavors will enchant you. And there is no shortage of restaurants offering delicious Croatian cuisine to enjoy.

The architecture of Split is simply incredible. You will stroll through cobbled streets lined with beautifully restored old buildings. The city has a clean, welcoming atmosphere that invites you to explore.

Cruise stopovers in the Mediterranean

There is so much to see and do in Split. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb Marjan Hill (pronounced Marianne) to the west of the city to enjoy breathtaking views of Split and its spectacular coastline. For people who have difficulty walking or breathing, take a Tuk Tuk downstairs as there are a lot of steps.


Diocletian’s Palace is a true architectural gem to explore. For Game of Thrones fans, a visit to the museum is a must, as some scenes from the series were filmed in Split.

In summary, Split is a Croatian destination that captivates with its beauty, history, delicious cuisine and friendly atmosphere. Make the most of your visit to this enchanting city.

croisière en méditerranée SPLIT

Diocletian’s Palace is a true architectural gem to explore. For Game of Thrones fans, a visit to the museum is a must, as some scenes from the series were filmed in Split.

In summary, Split is a Croatian destination that captivates with its beauty, history, delicious cuisine and friendly atmosphere. Make the most of your visit to this enchanting city.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Split

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean


Dubrovnik

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Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean in Dubrovnik - Croatia

During your cruise stopover in Drubovnik, don’t panic, your ship docks in the old town! Free exit.

The boats dock just meters from the beautiful main street, providing close proximity to all the wonders that Dubrovnik has to offer. You’ll find buses, information points, and everything you need to explore this magnificent city. Personally, as a fan of both cities, Split and Dubrovnik, I can assure you that every corner of these places is steeped in history and charm.

Explore Dubrovnik Old Town by taking the cable car to enjoy stunning views. Deliberately get lost in the maze of narrow cobblestone streets, discover the bustling market, visit the majestic palaces, historic towers, mystical monasteries and picturesque houses. Dubrovnik, Split’s big sister, offers you a unique experience you won’t soon forget.

In addition, a few minutes from the center, Banje beach awaits you offering a refreshing break. The downside of this beach is that it is small and therefore quickly overcrowded. A word of advice: don’t rent umbrellas because they’re expensive for nothing. Opt instead for a short stop of one hour to refresh yourself, and choose restaurants in town rather than those on the beach, it’s not great!

The best things to do

The best things to do in Dubrovnik

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Guided Dubrovnik city tour and cable car


Practical information

How to plan your time and optimize your cruise stops to visit Mediterranean ports?

Planning your time and optimizing your cruise stops is essential to make the most of each Mediterranean port you’ll visit. This can significantly enhance your travel experience.

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

As an experienced cruise passenger and fan who travels with her children two to three times a year, I give you my tips for optimizing your time and discovering the must-sees of each city in record time. Discover now my tips for unforgettable stopovers! And don’t forget to check out our special page on everything you need to know for a successful cruise.

Here are some valuable tips to help you get the most out of it:

Plan ahead:

Before you go on a cruise, research each stopover (you’ve come to the right place). Find out what there is to see and do, and plan your day accordingly. This will help you maximize your time and avoid missing important attractions.

Research each port in advance:

Before you go on a cruise, find out about each Mediterranean port you will visit. What are the must-see sites? What are popular local activities? How far is the port from these attractions?

Book excursions in advance:

Typically, cruise lines offer land excursions that can be booked before your departure, although their prices are often high. MonTataneTour, on the other hand, has carefully selected essential activities for you at each stopover. These outings can save you valuable time and the hassle of organizing on site.

Plan your route:

Once you have an idea of ​​the attractions you want to see, plan your itinerary for the day. Try to group attractions that are close together to minimize travel time.

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Arrive early:

Try to be among the first to disembark when the ship arrives at a port of call. This will give you more time to explore and less time to wait…

Keep an eye on the time:

Cruise ships are very strict about departure time. Be sure to return to the ship well before the scheduled departure time.

Pack the essentials:

Don’t forget to pack anything you might need for the day, like water, snacks, sunscreen, hats, etc.

Keep some free time:

Don’t plan every minute of your day. Leave time for spontaneous exploration, relaxing at a local cafe, or going shopping.

Enjoy the experience:

Finally, don’t forget to enjoy the experience. Take the time to immerse yourself in the local culture, taste the local cuisine and meet new people.

By following these tips, you will be able  to plan your time  and  optimize your cruise stops  to get the most out of them.


Round the world cruise ports of call

Round the world cruise ports of call

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Cruise stopovers in the Fjords

Cruise stopovers in the Fjords

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Explore the incredible cruise stops in the Caribbean

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Are you going on a cruise in the Caribbean?

I started listing stops in the Caribbean like I did those in the Mediterranean. If you want to learn more about excursions, how stopovers in the Caribbean work, activities not to be missed, follow me here.


Do you want to discover your questions and answers about cruises? FAQs

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

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Homosexuality

Homosexuality on cruises

Cruise ports and stops in the mediterranean

Are you gay? Do you have questions, concerns, or even fears?

Over the last 15 years, I have had the chance to take part in numerous cruises (around thirty) and I have always been well received. Passengers on board a boat are infinitely tolerant, which makes the experience even more enjoyable. The LGBTQ+ community is often very visible on cruise ships, which creates a sense of solidarity and mutual support.

Homosexuality on cruises is a topic that is increasingly being discussed, and cruise lines are becoming more aware of the needs of homosexual passengers. Many companies offer cruises specially designed for members of the LGBTQ+ community, with events and activities dedicated to them.

In terms of safety, cruise ships are one of the safest modes of travel in the world. Cruise lines take the safety of their passengers very seriously and have rigorous procedures in place to ensure everyone stays safe. There are never any fights or violence on cruise ships, and if an incident ever occurs, security officials take immediate action to resolve the situation. Passengers looking for trouble are quickly disembarked from the boat.


MTT wishes you the most wonderful of cruises.

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