Cruise on the Mediterranean. 7 Luxurious Nights. See it All.
Embarking on a Mediterranean cruise is like being whisked away on a romantic odyssey. The Mediterranean will greet you with warm breezes, sparkling blue water, fresh seafood, medieval towns, and European culture combined to create a relaxing and enlightening vacation. Mediterranean cruises offer plenty of port choices, big and small. You will be able to escape the crowds if you choose a ship small enough to fit into the more intimate ports.
Because the Mediterranean ports are so close together, you can visit a different country each day and really get to understand the culture and history of each southern European port that you visit. Most cruises in the Mediterranean include one or two sea days for rest and relaxation and some sunbathing, too. Visiting the Mediterranean without taking a cruise is missing an important part of the Southern European experience.
A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities. Everyone knows Italy – Rome’s iconic ruins, Tuscany’s vine-clad hills, Venice’s romantic waterways. These have all been on the radar for centuries. Add fabulous food and breath-taking scenery, and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable visit.
Arguably Europe’s most enticing country, Italy charms visitors with irresistible food, awesome architecture, diverse scenery, and unparalleled art. In fact, it’s so packed with possibilities it can almost overwhelm. Rome wasn’t built in one, and you certainly can’t see it in one. Instead allow at least two, preferably three. That’s time to take in the spectacular Colosseum, the 2000-year-old Pantheon, the palace ruins of the Palatino, sacred St Peter’s and the art-filled Vatican Museums. Trot up the Spanish Steps, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain, shop in narrow lanes and indulge in prime people watching. Two days in Florence sees you cherry-picking the incomparable art in the Uffizi gallery, delighting in the frescoes in the Duomo and pondering the anatomy of Michelangelo’s David. It also allows for shopping on the ultra-chic Via de’ Tornabuoni and an aperitivo (pre-dinner drink) or two in locals’ favorite Piazza Della Signoria. To enjoy unique, utterly exquisite Venice, allow a few days. Glide down the Grand Canal, by gondola or vaporetto (water bus), tour the grand Palazzo Ducale, gape at the treasure-filled Basilica di San Marco and run out of camera space snapping the extraordinary array of Venetian architecture. There’ll also be time to join the locals shopping at Rialto Market, tuck into cicheti (Venetian tapas) and get a little lost amid the 400 bridges and 150 canals.
Santorini is considered to be the most sought-after place for a romantic getaway in Greece since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea! The island has a growing reputation as a “wedding destination” for couples not only from Greece but from all over the world. A trip to Santorini with the other half is a dream for anyone who has seen at least one photo of the island’s famous Caldera and exchanging kisses beneath Santorini’s famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience!
A visit to Santorini is the ultimate gastronomic experience, as the island is a true culinary paradise! Treat your taste buds to some famous traditional products like cherry tomatoes, white eggplants, fava, caper and “hloró tyrí”, a special kind of fresh goat cheese found on the island, or why not try some of the exceptional wines produced from grapes grown in the volcanic soil of the island! Assyrtiko, Athyri, Aidani, Mantilaria, and Mavrotragano are just some of the distinctive varieties that you can taste at the island’s famous wineries (some of them operate as a museum as well) or at restaurants.
The gondolas plying the busy Grand Canal and smaller waterways of Venice are one of the most iconic images in the world. They are the symbol of history, tradition, and romance in the city on the lagoon, and a gondola ride in Venice ranks among one of the most dreamed-about experiences for travelers.
While gondolas were once regularly used by Venetians, especially of the upper classes, today vaporetti have become the main form of water transportation in Venice. A few hundred years ago there were about 10,000 gondolas plying the canals and lagoon but today, there are only about 500.
Most people recommend taking a gondola ride on the quiet back canals rather than on the crowded Grand Canal. Riding on canals outside the main tourist area lets you see a different view of Venice and there won’t be bumper to bumper gondolas. Good places to find gondolas away from the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Square include the San Polo and Campo San Barnaba areas and the Jewish Ghetto. Choose a gondola stop in the area you want to visit. If you want back canals, walk a few blocks off the main street (and away from San Marco) to look for a gondolier.
Gondolas allow you to see Venice from a completely different perspective and better appreciate how the city functions with canals instead of streets. There is only one Venice, and only one place in the world where you can ride an authentic gondola through the canals of a city that is more than 1200 years old. Don’t miss your chance to experience the romantic ride of a gondola. Talk to your Beach Bum Vacation Travel Concierge now to start your trip to Venice.
When we talk about cuisine in Barcelona, we speak of an extraordinary wealth of all types of cuisine, in addition to the native. A city that’s known for its new cuisine, which for twenty years has greatly influenced the culinary leaders of today. The creativity that led to the revival of less conventional Mediterranean cuisine. A city that is finally open to many other important trends such as vegetarian cuisine, very well represented today. We can also talk about the great diversity of international and fusion cuisine. Burgers, street food, gastro trucks, Asian, sushi, Bo bun, ramen, tacos, pizzas, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres … All these trends do not escape the locals.
Discover Barcelona through its cuisine. In Barcelona, we must eat mainly traditional Catalan food whose basic ingredients are those of Mediterranean cuisine: vegetables, fruits, olive oil, fish and seafood, meats. Catalan restaurants usually offer a menu “mar i muntanya”, that is a menu that includes dishes with seafood and others with mountain products. Another classic Catalan cuisine is the rice as paella, but here they take many forms, such as rice with seafood, fish, cod, meat, and so much more.
Barcelona is also a great city when we talk about restaurants. The offer is huge. Each neighborhood has restaurants, cafes, tapas bars, grocery stores. In a word, each district has “its” good directions. There is such an offer, that Catalans in general, prefer to invite their friends to a restaurant rather than to invite at home. Another simple reason to go out to eat at the restaurant in Barcelona is undoubtedly its more moderate prices than in many European capitals.