The Best Trips and Tours in the Mediterranean

Dreaming of an escape to the shimmering waters of the med? Let Culture Trip be your guide
Dreaming of an escape to the shimmering waters of the med? Let Culture Trip be your guide | Jorge Fernández Salas / Unsplash
Gethin Morgan

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A Mediterranean holiday is the ultimate way to relax and indulge, whether you’re a couple, a family or a solo traveller. From luxury all-inclusive resorts to charming coastal towns and dreamy hidden beaches, discover the best of the Med on a small-group adventure with Culture Trip.

There’s something special about the Mediterranean way of life. Those slow days along the coast, balmy nights watching the moon’s reflection gently swaying in the ocean, filled up on fresh local produce and fine wine. There are no worries here. The approach to living actively encourages gentle indulgence. Enjoy the little things. Do what makes you happy. It’s the ultimate guilt-free summer treat. While we speak of the Mediterranean like one small country or region, the sea itself actually eats up a pretty meaty chunk of the globe, stretching from the southern tip of Spain all the way to the Middle East, touching pretty much every country in North Africa and Southern Europe en route. So the range of destinations on the Med are incredibly diverse and, with the help of Culture Trip’s neatly packaged itineraries, you can explore some of its most alluring stretches of coastline.

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Seductive Southern Italy

Nowhere embodies the Mediterranean spirit quite like Italy’s glorious southern coastlines, which we celebrate on this sumptuous 10-day Italian jolly. We’ll explore Naples and the Amalfi Coast in the west, before crossing inland towards the beautiful beaches and splendid old towns of Puglia. You’ll get to feel like a classic Hollywood star as we wind down the Amalfi on land and sea, while the somehow simultaneously colourful and crystal clear waters of Polignano a Mare’s stunning beaches are the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. Don’t forget to indulge in Italy’s incredible culinary culture, too, as we go on a street food tour of Naples, an olive oil tasting near Ostuni and guzzle down plenty of gelato and limoncello along the way.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Naples, Italy

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ENDS AT

Lecce, Italy

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Easy

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STYLE

Discovery

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Cyclades Islands, Aegean Sea, Greece, Europe

Greek Island Odyssey

We can’t talk about Mediterranean holidays without talking about Greece. The sprinkling of archipelagos south of the mainland embellish the Med with a treasure trove of magical island destinations, each with their own individuality, traced by pristine beaches that gently kiss the calming waters of the Med. Our eight-day odyssey in Greece will take you across the sea itself as we set off from Athens and go island-hopping to the underrated isles of Milos and Naxos, before rounding off the trip on luxurious Santorini. You’ll get the full Greek Island experience, from slow afternoons in sleepy fishing villages to boat adventures that lead to hidden coves and untouched beaches. You’ll also uncover the secrets of authentic Greek cuisine in a cooking class, utilising the fresh seafood and sun-soaked local produce that makes Mediterranean cuisine so delicious.

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Next available from 26th May 2024

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STARTS AT

Athens, Greece

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ENDS AT

Athens, Greece

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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A man in an orange kayak paddles by the rocky coastline of Hvar Island, Croatia

Coastal Croatia

Italy, Greece and Spain have always stolen the headlines, but Croatia is quickly becoming the coolest coastal destination in Europe. This is a small country but it has one of the longest coastlines in Europe, lined with secluded beaches and remote, uninhabited islands waiting to be explored. Our eight-day trip blends the beautiful old coastal cities of Split and Dubrovnik with the magical caves of Vis and the secluded coves of Korčula, as well as the underrated wine region of Lumbarda. Embark on a boat tour, explore an old military island, cycle and sample wine in the countryside and slurp down some of the best oysters on the planet as we bask in the shimmering beauty of coastal Croatia.

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Next available from 26th May 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Split, Croatia

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ENDS AT

Dubrovnik, Croatia

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Damlatas Cloepatra Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Turkish Riviera

Majestic Turkey

Turkey has a vast stretch of Mediterranean coastline but this 12-day epic, which takes in the very best of this continent-crossing nation, takes a little while to reach it. We’ll start in Istanbul – which for centuries has stood as a crucial passage point from Asia to the Med, with the city-splitting Bosphorus Strait leading to the Sea of Marmara, which itself breaks through into the Mediterranean. You’ll get a thorough, local-led tour of this historic metropolis before heading inland to the capital, Ankara, the surreal rock formations and hot-air balloons of Cappadocia, as well as Turkey’s various landlocked ancient wonders. Eventually we’ll reach Antalya to end the trip in style, enjoying the glorious sunshine glowing onto the Turkish Riviera’s golden beaches.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Istanbul, Turkey

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ENDS AT

Antalya, Turkey

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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