East Med. Cruise
Sail Date: April 01, 2009
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Family w/young children
Room Type: Inside
Shore excursions were available although quite expensive. For some of the port calls like Santorini and Kusadasi we booked private tours in advance. Contacted with local tour operators.
Ports of Call
Venice, Italy: The highlight was Venice and I would advise anyone sailing from Venice to go out a couple of days early and have a good look around, it’s wonderful.
Dubrovnik, Croatia: Dubrovnik is easy walking round the old town although the walk round the old city walls is worthwhile but quite energetic.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey: Our group of six toured Ephesus with a guide that Denizhan (www.transbalkan.com) has arranged. We had the best tour with him than in any of the other ports. The guide took many pictures of us with stunning views as backgrounds.
Santorini, Greece : We had a fabulous time on our tour in Santorini. Booked a private tour from Anna (www.santorinidaytours.com) Our guide took some great pictures and she did a terrific job in tailoring the tour around our needs while at the same time making sure we saw all the island's highlights. We truly enjoyed it.
Corfu, Greece : We took the Paleokastritsa and Corfu town tour which first took us to the resort area of Paleokastritsa where four busloads of tourists visited a small 12th century Greek Orthodox monastery. We saw the Greek Orthodox church of St. Spiridon in Corfu. People commented that Corfu didn't look like Greece. It doesn't have those old whitewashed buildings, and it has a strong Italian and French flavor. There is a picturesque old town and a great old fort jutting out into the sea.