You should go on a cruise to the Mediterranean islands in 2013. Why? You might ask. Well, the Mediterranean region has so much to offer culturally that it is almost sinful not to go. The Mediterranean Sea borders Europe, Asia and Africa. Therefore, the visitor has access to three continents worth of sights, sounds and tastes.
Europe

On the European side there is Spain, France, Italy and Greece. Spain’s capital, Barcelona, is a coastal city on the Mediterranean Sea. There, visitors can stroll through the huge open air market where you can find anything from art to the catch of the day while street performers entertain them with delightful antics. They can also enjoy the lively nightlife at the string of dance clubs located on the boardwalk.

In France, one can visit the city of Nice. This capital of the French Riviera if France’s fifth largest city and is actually more than just nice! This beautiful city has museums, shopping, theatre and beaches. And once you finish seeing the sights, you can dine at one of the many sea side restaurants and enjoy wonderful seafood and French wine. If this sounds a little too tame for you, you can head on over to the seaside district of Monaco where you can gamble all night in the casinos.

Italy and Greece are homes to two of the most celebrated empires in the world. In both countries you see the ruins of ancient civilizations past. Visitors can tour the temples where Greek and Roman Gods were worshipped. While in Greece, visitors can also take a ride in a gondola in the canal city of Venice.

For all of the different countries that you are able to visit on a Mediterranean cruise, you definitely get a lot of bang for your buck, especially if you use a company like Cruise 1st.

Asia

On the Asian border of the Mediterranean Sea, there is Turkey, Lebanon and Israel.

If you are a history buff, Turkey is the place for you. Turkey has 11 properties inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, including the Great Mosque of Divrigi and Nemrut Mountain. Turkey also has some of the most spectacular architecture in the world. It is filled with elaborate Mosques that inspire awe and wonderment.

Lebanon is often not given its just due as a tourist attraction. It is a beautiful and rich country where one can literally ski in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon. It also is home to one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Jeita Grotto.

Israel is of course sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims. If you ever wanted to take a trip to the Holy Land, a cruise would be the way to go. Israel has much more to offer than just sacred sites. It also has beautiful scenery and top notch cuisine.

Africa

Northern Africa borders the Mediterranean Sea on the south side. There is Morocco and Egypt just to name a few.

Morocco is an exotic country that contains mountains, deserts and beaches. It is famous for the city Casablanca, the name of the iconic movie starring Humphrey Bogart. Morocco is full of whimsical sights such as the richly colored rugs and wandering nomads.

Egypt, home to the great pyramids is also along the route of the Mediterranean cruise. In Egypt one can not only visit the pyramids and the sphinx, you can also enjoy the Egyptian Museum and Egypt’s famous architecture.