Mediterranean cruise shore excursions

The beauty of taking a cruise around the Mediterranean is the sheer abundance of interesting ports of call all within a day’s sail of each other. These ports all offer their own unique attractions and can be a gateway to some of the most famous sights and monuments in the world.

All tours offered from cruise ships take into account the physical abilities and cultural interests of visitors, so there is something to suit absolutely everyone. The tours are led by local tour guides who are all qualified and are experts in their field of knowledge. This enables the visitor to ask questions and enriches the trip further.

Trips to Excite
For excursions into Rome from Civitavecchia the coach ride through the Italian countryside takes about an hour. Tours cover the main sights of the fabulous city of Rome and include the Forum, Coliseum, the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica.

Livorno is the gateway to Pisa and Florence and tours operate from here, taking visitors into the delights of Tuscany. Florence is a treasure of medieval architecture and trips are organised to visit the Duomo and Baptistry, Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio, Church of Santa Croce and the Accademia.

Many of these excursions will include lunch at a traditional Italian trattoria and allow some free time for shopping and personal exploration. And, of course, cameras are absolutely essential.

Gibraltar is a very popular port of call that offers tax-free shopping in its busy shops. Excursions take the visitor up the famous Rock, where the views across to Spain and Africa are incredible. You will also find the famous Barbary apes here, which are left to roam freely and will grab any unattended bag or pair of sunglasses!

A trip to the top of the Rock is a must and many also visit the amazing siege tunnels. It is said the Rock of Gibraltar is hollow and it is easy to see why when visiting this maze of tunnels cut deep into the rock and used by British troops.

A visit to Barcelona would not be complete without a visit to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s fabulous unfinished basilica. Tours will also cover the Picasso Museum, the Olympic Stadium on Montjuic and the Gothic quarter of the old city, Barri Gothic.

A walk along the length of Las Ramblas is a must and watching the street theatre and artist statuary is fascinating. The sheer colour and variety of the market stalls should not be missed and there are good opportunities for photographs.

Ancient History
Alexandria is the port of call for Cairo and Giza and many tours depart from here for the three-hour drive along the desert road to the pyramids and the Sphinx. A typical tour will visit the pyramids, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Some tours offer an inclusive lunch in a large hotel in the city and also a short cruise on the Nile. Traditional refreshments are served on board and entertainment is provided by a belly dancer and traditional musicians.

An excursion to the famous evening Sound and Light Show is popular. The stories of Ancient Egypt are told while the Giza Pyramids are illuminated by lasers and light and accompanied by music.

Shore excursions are designed to give the traveller an opportunity to enjoy the country they are visiting, albeit for a few hours. The memories and photographs taken home will remain forever and provide a talking point for years to come.

This guest post has been written by Zoe, a British blogger who is currently collaborating with cruise.co.uk.

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One Response to “Mediterranean cruise shore excursions”

  1. October 31, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    Europe is filled with so many great cities that a cruise would be an economical way to visit each place. Although the visits would be short, I think it would be a great way to test out what you like and don’t like to plan a longer stay in the future.

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