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From Homer’s wine-dark sea and Greek temples in the east to the Alhambra and other Moorish wonders of Spain in the west, the Mediterranean is home to ancient cultures that changed the course of history and many of the world’s great wonders—including countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Naturalist…

From Homer’s wine-dark sea and Greek temples in the east to the Alhambra and other Moorish wonders of Spain in the west, the Mediterranean is home to ancient cultures that changed the course of history and many of the world’s great wonders—including countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Naturalist Edward Abbey once described “all the old Mediterranean dreams” as “a journey from wonder to wonder, drifting through eternity into ever deeper, always changing grandeur, through beauty continually surpassing itself.” A cruise here provides a chance to drift through eternity, as you share the ocean-view perspective of sailors of the past.In Italy, the ruins of Pompeii and the Roman forum will be at the top of most travelers’ wish lists, but there is so much more to explore. In a small Tuscan hill town, you may come upon your new favorite restaurant simply by following the smell of basil. In the south of France, you’ll see the yachts that share the harbors with your ship, the glittering Belle Epoque casino of Monaco, and the elegant waterfront promenades of Cannes and Nice, but just beyond are fields of Provençal lavender and sunflowers. On the Dalmatian coast, day trips to quiet beaches lined with pines and hillsides scented by wild rosemary are some of the region’s most enticing attractions.Whichever part of the Mediterranean you travel to, you’re likely to find that your journey here will also take you from wonder to wonder, ancient and new, as you sail through this fabled sea.

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