One of the beauties of going on a cruise is the fact that you can have a little taste of a range of countries, all while enjoying the luxury and relaxation of an on-land holiday.
Picking the right cruise can be tough, however, when they all seem to stop off in different ports. However, we’ve decided to pull together some of our top touring tips and give you some of the best destinations and excursions to look out for when picking your European Cruise.
Dubrovnik, Croatia – or to some, Kings Landing – is one of the most beautiful towns in the whole of the country and well worth a visit. Serving as a location for the TV series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik has gained a whole new popularity as a tourist destination but is sticking in people’s hearts for more than just it’s familiarity to those who watch the show. You can visit the Lovrijenac Fortress just outside of the medieval walls that surround the Old Town, or take the Jesuit staircase. To Game of Thrones fans, they’ll recognise the Fortress as a location used for Blackwater Bay, and the staircase as the place in which Cersei Lannister began her walk of shame. This location proves to be popular with both TV fanatics, and those who have an interest in all things beautiful and cultural.
Filled with picturesque villages and a gorgeous landscape of orange and lemon groves, old olive trees and breathtaking vineyards, Rhodes in Greece is a must-see for a cruise excursion. With the ancient Doric town of Lindos nearby, there is plenty of history and culture to soak up, with stunningly turquoise waters and waterscapes to enjoy. There is a famed archaeological site, and the remains of the temple of Lindian Athena, or simply wander through the narrow streets and whitewashed houses that give Rhodes and Lindos their distinct looks.
Messina, Sicily, Italy
From hardened walls of lava that nearly engulfed the town of Zafferana, to quaint jewellers with authentic, one-of-a-kind jewellery, there is plenty to do in Messina. See the Cathedral that dates all the way back to the 12th century that still features an animated clock, or go for a drive along the coast to the shadow of Mount Etna to see how close the eruption of 1992 nearly engulfed an entire town. This diverse location is well worth a visit on your cruise.
The charming streets, squares and hidden secrets of the Spanish city of Valencia make for a beautiful taste of Spain. You can sample Paella from its place of origin, or explore the City’s wealth of arts and sciences. Go for a drive or stroll through the streets to see some of the most historic buildings that Spain has to offer within this beautiful city. The range of different architecture styles make for stunning views and surroundings to enjoy a meal and a glass of wine, so be sure to look for a cruise that stops in this charming location.