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Eastern Mediterranean cruises

Istanbul, Turkey . The only city in the world that covers two continents, Istanbul is a city where East and West join, boasting stunning monumental churches and mosques. The Roman ruins of the Hippodrome, where in Roman times, horse and chariot races were held is combined with the modern Grand Bazaar, with its numerous shops and stalls. The majority of cruise lines tend to offer two day visits.

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The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Athens, Greece. Athens is the beautiful Grecian capital city which was once the heart of the world’s finest art and culture scene in the fourth and fifth centuries B.C., and much of its history is still evident and on display today. Famous monuments including the Acropolis, the temple of Athena and the Odeon of Herod Atticus, whilst another famous tourist site is the city’s National Archeological Museum

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Acropolis, Greece

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Dubrovnik is an ideal city for walking, and is rich in interesting history and culture, boasting monasteries, which are centuries old, stunning churches, and synagogues. The Old Town is a medieval walled city that is free of traffic, and you can even walk along the 1.3-mile stretch of wall which is around 80 feet above ground level, offering amazing views. Dubrovnik is rich with Renaissance churches and fountains, combined with its narrow cobbled streets, where you can engage in the shops, or enjoy a drink at one of the many alfresco cafes and bars

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Jerusalem, Ashdod, Israel.  Ashdod is the gateway to visit Jerusalem and is just over an hour’s drive from the city, compared to Haifa which can take several hour’s. Visitors tend to have interest in the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, before heading to Bethlehem.

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Ashdod, Israel

Turkey. The famous Ephesus, is around nine miles away from town, visitors are transported back thousands of years to probably the best preserved ancient within the Eastern Mediterranean. Many believe that the Virgin Mary  visited the area between 37 and 45 A.D. There is a  two story library which was once home to thousands of scrolls, and the Terrace Houses have a stunning display of vibrant mosaics and coloured frescoes. The Temple of Artemis, is a famous site, which is where Alexander the Great visited during its construction in 334 B.C. and dubbed as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visitors can now visit the site, on various excursion options

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Kusadasi, Turkey

Mykonos, Greece. The rugged terrain of Mykonos is a mere 40 square miles and is dotted with  green bushes, granite stone buildings and architecture,  beautiful windmills and bright white washed buildings. Surrounded by beautiful beaches against the backdrop of the crystal clear blue sky.  The island itself has around twenty spots ideal for sunbathing and swimming. The island has a very cosmopolitan feel, and the island comes to life in the evening, and is said to be one of the best within Europe.

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Mykonos, Greece

Venice, Italy. One of the most stunning and romantically renowned city’s of the world. Boasting squares, such as Piazza San Marco, a must do when visiting Venice. The city of Venice is a maze of narrow canals and streets, which stretch over 100 islands.

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Venice, Italy

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As an overall cruising region, the Eastern Mediterranean incorporates a wide selection of areas  including the Adriatic coast of Italy and Croatia, the Greek Islands,  Istanbul and Kusadasi for Turkey, and the Black Sea, which includes ports in Turkey, the Ukraine, and Russia. A selection of itineraries visit the Holy Land, with stops including Cyprus, Israel and subject to foreign office advice, Eqypt

The area is becoming increasingly one of the most popular areas within Europe to take a cruise. Combined with ancient history, it’s picturesque villages, and golden beaches, this area offers a truly laid back feel.

 

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Many of the Eastern Mediterranean itineraries begin from, and take in ports of call such as the city of Athens, Greece (Port of Piraeus) Venice for Italy and Istanbul, Turkey. Some cruise lines also offer a combination of both the Western Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean, and may begin in, or end in ports such as Civitavecchia for Rome, Barcelona for Spain.

A popular time to cruise around the Eastern Mediterranean ranges from spring time, March / April through to September / October. As anticipated, summer is the peak season, and has the largest number of sailings and passengers, pricing is also generally much higher within the summer months, with very hot and humid temperatures

Generally, cruising around the Mediterranean has is becoming increasingly popular, with cruise lines such as MSC and Costa Cruises offering itineraries within the winter months, as sunny skies, and moderate temperatures typically between 50s to 70s. Cruise lines tend to offer longer cruise itineraries, combined with lower pricing and excellent value for money

The majority of itineraries include a combination of culture, history and beautiful beaches, therefore appealing to a wide variety of cruisers. A selection of cruise lines offer itineraries which focus purely on history and culture, incorporating ports such as Venice, Athens, Katakolon for Olympia, Istanbul, Dubrovnik for Croatia, and as far down to the Israeli ports including Haifa and the closest to Jerusalem, Ashdod.

Stay tuned for part 2 of my blog – Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries!

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Please read on for the final part of my destination review…..

Split – Croatia

Again, Split I have visited before but I just loved it the first time around so was looking forward to having a wander around the old town with the ancient Diocletian Palace. The sea front reminds me very much of Cannes, with its Palm tree lined wide promenade featuring an abundance of chic bars and restaurants. The Palace area is so interesting and there is a myriad of streets and squares with again lots of restaurants and coffee shops. We sat and had a coffee in one such square which was great to people watch!

Palace walls
Palace walls
Diocletian Palace
Diocletian Palace
Diocletian Palace
Diocletian Palace
Giant monk! Outside the Palace walls
Giant monk! Outside the Palace walls
One of the many picturesque squares in Split
One of the many picturesque squares in Split
Split Promenade
Split Promenade

Zadar – Croatia

I had heard a lot about the ‘Sea Organ’ in Zadar which is located on the relatively new harbour front area. The Sea Organ is a musical piece of architectural art! There are tubes built in to huge marble steps which when the wind and sea waves hit them make a tune. It is really intriguing and very relaxing to sit in this area listening to the waves and music from the organ.

Again, in Zadar we just explored on our own rather than opting for a tour. The area was badly damaged during the second world war so a lot of the buildings in the main city area are very much brutalist architecture. The old city walls still stand and this area is very picturesque and has quite a Venetian feel, architecture wise. There are some of the very old churches and buildings still standing from before the war and I really loved this area.

I was quite surprised with the main ‘modern’ city area as the mix of old and new sits quite well in Zadar. All in all I really enjoyed my visit to this port.

One of the 'Gates' to enter the old town
One of the ‘Gates’ to enter the old town
Harbour view
Harbour view
Old church and ruins
Old church and ruins

Koper – Slovenia

I have not visited Slovenia at all so this was my first experience. I was undecided before the cruise whether or not to book an excursion to Lake Bled or Ljubljana, but in the end as we had not visited Koper before we decided to just do our usual self exploration.

Unfortunately I wish we had taken a tour as Koper was quite underwhelming. The small old town was walkable in around an hour, at the most, and there didn’t seem a huge amount to see. After walking twice around the town, incase we had missed something we had a coffee in a little cafe and made our way back to the ship by lunch time.

I would recommend taking a tour if visiting Koper to avoid any disappointment with Koper itself.

Koper Town square
Koper Town square
The main street to the square
The main street to the square

Koper

We did also visit Naples and Messina, however as we have visited these ports before we enjoyed relaxing on board the ship on these days.

This concludes my review of all things Constellation, I hope you enjoyed reading!

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