Unlock the Magic of the Mediterranean; A Region So Rich in History and Culture You Cannot Fail to Be Captivated

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Unlock the Magic of the Mediterranean; A Region So Rich in History and Culture You Cannot Fail to Be Captivated


The Mediterranean is synonymous with romance, colour, drama and excitement. It has inspired artists, musicians and writers over the centuries, so it is not surprising that everyone falls under its spell.

Fortunately, P&O Cruises offers so many different ways of discovering and exploring this fascinating region, where pomp and majesty still reign in the beauty of its cities. All seven ships in the P&O Cruises fleet spend their summers sailing from Southampton to this beautiful region, offering more breadth of ports and itineraries than most other cruise lines.

And with the excitement and indulgence beginning the moment you step on board, you will wonder why you have holidayed any other way!

There is nothing so magical as arriving at a destination by sea and waking up to a new day that promises so many surprises. You could be gazing at the magnificent yachts in the marina in Monte Carlo one day and sinking your toes in the sand in Cannes a few days later.

Imagine enjoying breakfast on your balcony while sailing into Venice past the Grand Canal, and watching the gondolas and water taxis bob beside you. A while later you could be strolling over the famous Rialto Bridge and taking a vaporetto down to St Mark's Square to listen to the live music at Florian's restaurant, before taking a private tour of St Mark's Basilica.

The way to unlock the secrets of this beguiling and historic region is to let the drama unfold and envelop you. In the Western Mediterranean you can immerse yourselves in the wonders of ancient Rome, from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain, and find the key to the jewels of Renaissance Florence in the glorious Uffizi museum and Accademia and inside the celebrated Duomo.

In the Eastern Mediterranean it is easy to picture a Greek tragedy being played out on the triumphal stage of temples and monuments in Athens, which evokes stories of ancient times round every corner; then you can pop into a modern-day restaurant in the little streets of the Plaka and dine on a meze of humous, tzatsiki and tender lamb washed down with ouzo.

The joy of a P&O Cruises holiday is the choice and variety of shore excursions, which are all led by expert guides. …

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