It is often said that a single trip cannot do justice to the diversity and the aura of an intriguing continent like Europe. The expansive continent has so much to offer with respect to its varied landscape, wide-ranging climate, breathtaking natural beauty, timeless antiquity and its rich and unique traditions that you would probably need a lifetime to fully unearth Europe. Embarking on a trip to Europe can be quite overwhelming as there is so much to see and explore that one might be at his or her wits’ end trying to discern where to make a start with! While every corner of Europe is a visual treat and flaunts unimaginable variety and splendour, you can kick-start your dreamy European tour with a cruise holiday to the Mediterranean locales of Greece, Italy and Spain.
Wondering if your tight budget can accommodate a luxurious cruise trip? It sure can! What with the cost of your travel, accommodation, meals etc. bundled into one consolidated package, a cruise journey is not just economical but is also apt when you do not have the time or inclination to spend endless hours planning the nitty-gritties of your vacation! Moreover, you have the flexibility to visit several destinations in one go without the hassle of continuous packing and unpacking. Not to forget the umpteen opportunities to socialise and form new associations and the availability of a plethora of entertainment and leisure options that will ensure that this is one fairytale journey that you will remember for many years to come. All in all, an experience par excellence!
Here’s a quick sneak peek into few of the incredible destinations that are a delightful possibility when you avail a crusie to Europe.
The birthplace of the Western civilisation and democracy as well as the origin of the legendary Olympic Games, picturesque Greece is simply too surreal to be described in words. Ancient ruins, stunning coastlines, vibrant topography, eye-catching beaches and romantic islands promise to transport you into a dreamlike state when you make your foray into this south-eastern European country that graces the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula. Donning innumerable awe-inspiring islands, virgin forests, beautiful lakes and mountainous terrains, Greece has gained immense popularity amongst the tourists over the last few years with the island of Santorini evolving as a much sought after wedding destination and Central Macedonia accounting for almost 18.2% of the country’s total tourist inflow. The gorgeous and rugged landscape offers plenty of sight-seeing spots and numerous locations to engage in thrilling activities such as hiking, rock climbing, diving and kitesurfing.
Attracting over 28 million visitors in 2016, the scenic locale has ample attractions that boast of its glorious past and its extraordinary cultural heritage. These include the celebrated Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Olympia, Temple of Apollo, Mount Athos, White Tower of Thessaloniki, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Our Lady of Tinos and the Academy of Athens to name a few. Cruise your way to this land of striking Byzantine architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sun-kissed ancient remnants, golden-white sand beaches, amazing natural environs and sumptuous cuisine...you will surely be craving for an extended stay once you have witnessed the irresistible charm of Greece!
Enjoying global fame for its high-end fashion and celebrated fashion houses, Italy has more to it than its priceless Gucci, Versace, Armani and Fendi bags. Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy has immense historical significance owing to its distinction as the epicentre of the historic Renaissance movement that marked the initiation of the Early Modern Age. The world’s fifth most visited country is also the birthplace of the illustrious Roman Empire and home to the infamous Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the ancient Roman sites of Pompeii and Herculanum in 79 AD. Italy’s countless museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, eclectic architectural designs and art galleries are a befitting tribute to its bygone past, its rich culture and its undeniable artistic flair. Indeed, a visit to this majestic country is nothing short of a journey through time!
One glimpse of this natural masterpiece and you are sure to fall head over heels in love with Italy’s diverse landscape that is as varied as chalk and cheese. The postcard like geography is dotted with mind-blowing coastlines, immaculate beaches, impressive islands and charming lakes that are bound to uplift your spirits with their exotic beauty. Whether you make a halt at Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Naples or Pisa – The Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s famous statue of David, the Milan Cathedral, the Grand Canal, the Royal Palace of Naples and the Leaning Tower of Pisa will surely charm you no end and coax you to surrender yourself to the magical spell of this kaleidoscopic country!
Check out if your cruise liner encompasses a bit of the Western Mediterranean itinerary too as a stopover at Spain will be the ultimate ‘cherry on the cake’ to your magnificent European sojourn. Dramatic coastlines, wild landscapes, mesmerising islands, quaint villages, varied flora and fauna and an incredible zest for fun and fiesta define the resilient character and the indomitable spirit of this wondrous country. Positioned in the south-western region of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula and sharing its border with the African country of Morocco, Spain is as much a land of the popular flamenco, tasteful sangria and the legendary Spanish-style bullfighting as it the enviable embodiment of timeless Roman ruins, Ancient Roman and pre-Roman Celtic and Iberian inspired culture, Roman era infrastructure as well as Gothic, Islamic and international style of architecture.
You will never fall short of sight-seeing spots at this historical paradise considering that it is the third country in the world with the maximum number of World Heritage Sites. The Golden Triangle of Art, Museo del Prado , Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, National Archaeological Museum of Spain and the Royal Palace of Madrid are few of Spain’s well-known landmarks that promise a fine collection of European art and paintings as well a rich treasure trove of royal artworks such as weaponry, silverware, paintings and tapestries. Wrap up your visit to Spain by indulging in a game of skiing at Sierra Nevada and taking an enlightening tour of its scenic cathedrals and national parks. A lasting memory is guaranteed once your liner leaves the alluring shores of this vibrant and dynamic European locale!