East, West…Which is Best? No Need to Choose on Our ’36-Day Best of the Med’ Cruise
Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team
Gorgeous Santorini is one of six calls in Greece.
If one thing is for sure, it’s that the Mediterranean is heating up for the summer! With millions of people traveling by cruise ship every year, it’s no wonder this unique region is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Known for its stunning landscapes, colorful cities, diverse culture and rich history dating back to the 17th century BC, the Med tops the must-do list of many travelers. But with both eastern and western, it’s hard to cover the entire area during one cruise … unless that cruise is Holland America Line’s 36-Day Best of the Mediterranean voyage. On June 16, 2017, Westerdam departs Barcelona, Spain, and makes four more calls in the country. Spain is known for its remarkable art and architecture, and with visits to Seville, Malaga and Alicante on the mainland, as well as Palma de Mallorca, guests will leave with incredible memories and photos of their time in this part of the western Med. In the middle of the Spanish calls, the ship visits Gibraltar where its historic rock awaits. After tasting and exploring your way through Spain guests will reach Toulon, a picturesque port with one of the prettiest harbors in France. The city’s waterfront is lined with boutiques and lively brasseries with Vieille Ville, Mont Faron and Opéra de Toulon deepening your experience. Westerdam then cruises on to Corsica, a mountainous Mediterranean island with a mix of stylish coastal towns, dense forest and craggy scenic peaks. After a day in the luxe kingdom of Monaco that highlights Monte Carlo’s beauty, Westerdam spends the next four days showing off the the sights and sounds of Italy. Grab your camera for the opportunity to capture some of the most recognizable icons in the world: the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum, Cirque Terre, St. Peter’s Basilica and many more remarkable sights. An overnight taste of Valletta, Malta, starts with a scenic drive out into the countryside of Gozo for a slightly different view of the unusual and interesting Maltese islands. Take in the day on the Ramla il-Hamra Beach (Red Sands Beach), which is […]