Stand Out From the Crowd with These Mediterranean Cruise Excursions
Get off the beaten path and do something different while in port during your Mediterranean cruise. When in Rome…you can visit the Colosseum like everyone else, or you can head into the Italian countryside for some olive oil tasting. Read on for more ideas for Mediterranean cruise excursions that are off the beaten path which you can do while visiting some of the region’s most popular cruise ports.
Soak in Naples, Italy
Most people who visit Naples during their cruise head to the island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, the ruins of Pompeii, or into the city of Naples to find a slice of its famous Neapolitan pizza. If you want to be different, head away from the masses to the island of Ischia. Located in the Bay of Naples, Ischia is famous for its thermal springs and rugged terrain with villages built onto the cliffside rock. On the Ischia Island Thermal Bath Resort shore excursion, you can soak in these baths and also get free time to walk around the lovely fishing village of Sant’Angelo.
Get a Taste of Santorini, Greece
While in port in Santorini, you can take part in one of Celebrity Cruises’ exclusive Chef’s Market Discoveries shore excursions, which combine local food on land with special chef tasting menus back on board. On the Chef’s Market Discoveries – Culinary Journey to Canava Village and Private Dinner shore excursion, you’ll be escorted to picturesque Canava Village, where you’ll get cooking demonstrations, learn about the local cuisine, and get a tasting at Santorini’s first distillery. Back on the ship that night, you’ll get a tour of the galley and enjoy a private dinner featuring Greek delicacies.
Hop into Barcelona's Culture
While in Barcelona, Spain, opt for a tour fit for foodies on the Gourmet Tapas Hopping shore excursion. This quintessential Mediterranean cruise excursion lets you experience the culture of this region of the world through one of its favorite pastimes: food and conversation. During the tour, you’ll get to taste a variety of Catalan cuisine at different food venues, while also getting to see Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, and Boqueria Market.
Bike or Drive Through Tuscany
While in Livorno, the gateway port for the Italian cities of Florence and Pisa, skip Florence's Duomo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and instead head the medieval walled city of Lucca. Something that makes the wall of this fortified city special is that it is wide enough to walk atop it. It’s not just for walking and jogging; you can also bike it and on the Lucca By Bike excursion, you’ll get a chance to be guided on a relaxing bike ride to part of the wall, and then into the city where you’ll bike along the historic streets to some of Lucca’s top sites.
Another unique shore excursion you can do while in port in Livorno is the Vintage Fiat 500 Experience and Wine Tasting. This Mediterranean cruise excursion is ideal for car lovers since you’ll get a tour of Tuscany while being driven around in a vintage Fiat 500. Your driver will take you to a Tuscan winery where you’ll be able to do a tasting of local wine. This excursion also includes one hour of free time in Florence before your car tour begins.
History and Lemons in Malta
While in Malta, you can visit Hagar Qim, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is believed to be one of the oldest freestanding structures in the world. On the Celebrity Discovery Collection: UNESCO Hagar Qim Temples and Limoncello Tasting excursion, you’ll learn about the history of the temples from a knowledgeable guide. The tour also pairs up history with nature as you’ll learn about the local lemon trees and see a demonstration of how the lemons are turned into limoncello, a lemony liqueur that is popular in the Mediterranean.
Canal Exploration in Athens, Greece
If you’ve “been there, done that” when it comes to Athen’s ancient sites (like the Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus), visit another ancient area of Greece while in port. On the Ancient Corinth and Canal Cruise, you’ll go on a scenic canal cruise along the Corinth Canal, which is narrowly sliced through the Isthmus of Corinth and provides dramatic scenery due to the rock walls towering on each side. When the water part of your tour is done, you’ll explore Ancient Corinth and see its historic sites.
Discover New Smells in Cannes, France
While in port in Cannes, you could head to some French wineries or over to the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo, Monaco. Or you could get off the beaten path and head to a parfumerie. On the Grasse Perfume Factory shore excursion you can do while in port in Cannes, you’ll get to visit and tour one of the world’s leading perfume factories, located in the French town of Grasse. You’ll learn how perfume is made and why some of the world’s top luxury brands come here to put together their scents. You may find yourself wanting to leave with a bottle or other perfume souvenir as well.
More Mediterranean Cruise Excursions in Rome, Italy
Olive oil tasting isn’t the only thing you can do while in port in Civitavecchia, the cruise port for Rome, instead of navigating the big city. You can also escape to the lake life and have a relaxing day in port thanks to the Bracciano Lake and Wine Tasting shore excursion. During this relaxing excursion, you’ll have time to take a leisurely stroll by the lake or amble through picturesque lakeside towns, such as Anguillara Sabazia. This tour also includes a wine tasting of local Etruscan wines.
Another unique Mediterranean cruise excursion to do in Rome is the Rome Soft Rafting Urban Experience. Get your adrenaline going with an eco-adventure on the Tiber River in Rome. This excursion has been designed by Ben Fogle, an inspiring traveler who is a BBC television personality, and it will show you a different side of Rome. After your raft journey you’ll get time in Vatican City to explore.
Start Planning Your Mediterranean Cruise Excursions
Ready to set sail and get off the beaten path with one of these unique Mediterranean cruise excursions? Start browsing Celebrity Cruises’ many Mediterranean cruise itineraries and find the one that’s perfect for you. Depending on the itinerary, you can visit one, two, or even more of the ports listed above.