Thought you knew everything about cruising? Well did you know you could combine your trip with a stay at one of our top hotels? Read on to find out more…
Cruising is the perfect way to pack in plenty of sites and visit several countries in one go. But wouldn’t it be great if you could stay in the place you love for a little bit longer? With our Cruise & Stay packages, you get the best of both worlds. You can spend a week cruising and then have 3, 4 or 7 nights at a hotel. Or do it the other way round and have a relaxing hotel stay before embarking on your cruise. The hotels include luxurious Sensatori resorts, budget-friendly 3T favourites, and some family-friendly ones too. Here are some ideas for your Cruise & Stay package…
Cruise – Ancient Wonders
Marmaris – Istanbul – Bozcaada – Kusadasi – Piraeus – Thira – Marmaris
If you’re a history buff and prefer crumbling ruins to beaches, this is the itinerary for you. You’ll cover all the main sites of ancient Greece and Turkey with highlights including the fourth-century Tombs of Kings in Marmaris, the ancient city of Troy, and of course the Acropolis in Athens.
Stay – Marmaris Imperial Hotel
The Marmaris Imperial Hotel in Turkey is set on a private, pine-cloaked hill and is the perfect place to regain your land-legs while still being within reaching distance of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s nestled in a shady and secluded forest of trees with plenty of hammocks to relax in. Bliss.
Cruise – Taste of the Adriatic
Dubrovnik – Valletta – Messina – Brindisi – Kotor – Hvar – Dubrovnik
This itinerary combines beautiful historic sites and breathtaking scenery, while letting you get up close and personal with the must-see sites. You’ll climb to the top of the Acropolis in Athens, walk the city walls in Dubrovnik, and take a boat ride into the heart of the Blue Grotto – a 50-metre deep cave off the coast of Malta.
Stay – Kalamota Island Resort by Karisma
After your Adriatic adventure, you’ll probably be looking for absolute peace and quiet and the Kalamota Island Resort in Croatia is the ultimate secluded retreat. In fact, it’s the only hotel on a traffic-free island, surrounded by olive groves and looking out onto the sea. You’ll hear nothing but waves gently hitting the shore while you relax in your hammock. Dubrovnik is also a 25-minute boat ride away if you fancy a second visit to the bustling city.
Cruise – Highlights of the Mediterranean
Palma – Calvi – Civitavecchia – Livorno – St Raphael – Barcelona – Palma
This one’s got something for everyone and you’ll be able to tick off all the iconic sites in your favourite cities. Pose with the leaning tower in Pisa, see Gaudi’s iconic cathedral in Barcelona and sample all the pizza and ice cream in Rome.
Stay – Hotel Condesa de la Bahia
Majorca’s Hotel Condesa de la Bahia is perfect for families. If you enjoyed the on-board activities and entertainment on your cruise ship, you’ll love staying here. It’s right on Alcudia Bay with easy access to the beach and the centre of Playa de Muru. And for the kids, there’s an animal-themed splash park with a selection of slides to keep them entertained.
Cruise – Cuban Fusion
Montego Bay – Cozumel – Havana – Havana – Georgetown – Montego Bay
This itinerary gives you a proper taste of the Caribbean. Highlights include Dunn’s River Falls and the crocodile nursery in Jamaica, ancient Mayan temples in Mexico and the candy-coloured retro buildings in Cuba’s capital Havana, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a film set. You’ll also get to explore the best bits of the Cayman Islands, with opportunities to snorkel and check out the tropical fish.
Stay – Sensatori Resort, Jamaica
Fancy finishing your cruise with a stay next to one of the world’s best beaches? At Sensatori, you’ll enjoy strolls on pure white sand against a tropical backdrop every day. This hotel is made for rest and everything is designed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed – from the swim-up rooms and over-the-water day beds, to activities such as yoga and Tai Chi.
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