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The Mediterranean

Where ancient history lives

Introduction

Ah, the Mediterranean. Blue skies, bluer seas, golden beaches and the sheer glitz of some of the world's most glamorous ports. And, whether it's the pristine sands of Spain's Balearics or the white-washed charms of the Greek islands, this sheltered sea, bordered by Continental Europe to the north and northern Africa to the south, offers all you could want from a holiday. 

And, there's no shortage of history and culture – just think Gaudi's Barcelona, the ancient wonders of Rome, Sicily or Dubrovnik, or the treasures of the Byzantine empire. While for foodies and oenophiles, there's the freshest of ingredients, from sumptuous seafood to succulent olives, all washed down by some of the world's finest wines. 

Taormina, Sicily
Taormina, Sicily

But what's the best way to explore the Mediterranean? You'll be delighted to know that there are plenty of options, whether it's a simple flight and a hotel by the beach, a multi-centre self-drive itinerary or a luxury cruise taking in the Med's most popular ports. Each offers something unique, and the the best option for you depends on what you want from your holiday – relaxation, cultural and historical enlightenment, fine food and wine or perhaps all of these things, wrapped up into one tailor-made trip, designed just for you. And, that's where Wexas comes in. Browse our suggested holidays below, then call our specialists today to discuss the options available. We'd be delighted to help you plan your perfect Mediterranean holiday.  

 

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Special offers in The Mediterranean

Pont Alexandre III , Paris, France

Seine River Cruise: the best of Normandy

8-day luxury river cruise from £2,875 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Save up to 10% off 2023 departures
Book by: 31 October 2022

Take in northern France’s rural idyll, medieval jewels and chateau icons in all-inclusive luxury on this Uniworld small-ship river cruise.

Borgo San Jacopo restaurant, Hotel Lungarno

Hotel Lungarno, Florence

3-night luxury holiday from £830 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 3 nights - 20% discount – Save up to £155pp
Book by: 31 January 2023

This luxurious hotel is right in the heart of Florence’s historic delights with a refined nautical-style blue, white and leather interior, a Michelin-star restaurant and opulent suites.

Istanbul, Turkey

Italy, Turkey & Greece on Celebrity Beyond

12-day luxury ocean cruise from £3,510 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Up to 75% off 2nd guest plus $200 pp onboard spend
Book by: 14 October 2022

Discover some of the eastern Mediterranean’s most iconic ports in style, sailing between Rome, Sicily, the Greek Islands and Istanbul aboard Celebrity Beyond.

Provence, France

Italian & French Rivieras on Celebrity Reflection

10-day luxury ocean cruise from £2,070 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Up to 75% off 2nd guest plus US $100 pp onboard spend
Book by: 14 October 2022

Explore the western Mediterranean in style aboard Celebrity Reflection as you sail from Barcelona, via southern France, to explore the myriad delights of Italy.

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Top itineraries in The Mediterranean

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

4-day luxury rail journey from £2,990 pp incl. flights

The signature route – Alpine vistas and French countryside paired with champagne receptions, multi-course meals and a luxury Venetian stay, reached by private water taxi.

Capri, Italy

Capri & the Amalfi Coast

10-day tailor-made holiday from £2,510 pp incl. flights

Let stays in world-class hotels and the services of private drivers showcase the best of Capri’s island paradise, the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic beauty and Sorrento’s clifftop views. In between, there's plenty of time for some beach-side relaxation and independent exploration.

Cordoba, Spain. The Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral

Essential Andalucia‬

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £815 pp incl. flights

Offering superb value, this weeklong road trip will see you uncovering the Moorish wonders of southern Spain, brought to life with guided tours and stays in stylish hotels.

Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

‭Iberian Inspiration‬‬‬ with Backroads Tours

12-day escorted tour from £3,120 pp incl. flights

On this small-group escorted tour, you'll take in the rich history and diverse cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, all in the company of expert guides. Explore a heady mix of treasures that range from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and attention-grabbing cuisine

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Top places to stay in The Mediterranean

Belmond Castello di Casole

Castello di Casole, Tuscany

4-night luxury holiday from £1,950 pp incl. flights & transfers

Stay in an Italian castle whose thousand-year history is revered in traditional suites, indulgent dining and acres of vineyards. It’s no surprise that it’s a Condé Nast favourite.

Hotel de Russie

Hotel de Russie, Rome

Historic hotel

This city-centre oasis enjoys historic views and luxury that dates back to the 1800s, complement by a contemporary style.

Due Torri Hotel

Due Torri Hotel, Verona

Grand & elegant hotel

Stay in a historic palace that, over its 600-year history, has hosted such Wolfgangs as Goethe and Mozart.

Hotel Metropole Venice

Hotel Metropole, Venice

Historic hotel

The Asian-inspired Metropole is a five-star hotel on the prestigious lagoon-facing Riva degli Schiavoni promenade. With collections of antique fans and crucifixes lining corridors, and a seriously impressive mirrored-ceiling lounge.

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The Mediterranean articles

  • Venice, Italy

    Just back from: Cruising Italy on the S.S. La Venezia

    Wexas travel’s European specialist Angela Perro spent a week navigating northern Italy’s rivers on board Uniworld’s elegant S.S. La Venezia. Here she details how her most recent adventure changed her perspective on this incredible region.

  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    Six no-fly holidays to take in 2022

    Save yourself the hassle of heading to the airport and cut down your carbon emissions by choosing one of these flight-free breaks as your next getaway.

  • Rocky Mountaineer

    The world’s best journeys by rail

    Travel in style with the ultimate collection of train journeys, chosen by our rail experts reporting back from the tracks. There’s everything from such old favourites as the Orient Express to new classics as Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer.

  • Tuscan countryside

    Italy’s best self-drive holidays

    Italy specialist Charlie Pritchard has collated this list of Italy’s ultimate driving holidays. And, along with the highlights of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, there are plenty of secrets to discover, too.

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Meet our The Mediterranean experts

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0618 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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Every step of the way

Every step of the way

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