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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.  

Special offers in The Mediterranean

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

4-day luxury rail journey from £2,975 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early booking discount - Baglioni Luna Venice – Save up to £110 pp
Book by: 31 July 2019

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – the very name conjures up images of 19th-century splendour, of silent film stars and Agatha Christie. All of the glamour and mystique still lingers, the white-gloved service as faultless as one could hope for from the world's most famous train ride.

Gran Miramar Hotel, Malaga

Grand & elegant hotel from £700 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early bird discount: book 45 days prior to arrival – Save up to £130 pp
Book by: 31 July 2019

This is your chance to stay in Málaga’s finest accommodation, an early 20th-century masterpiece with a beachfront location. It comes complete with modern comforts that extend to a superb spa and range of gourmet restaurants.

Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur, Tenerife

Grand & elegant hotel from £795 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

SUMMER SALE

Save £195 per couple
Book by: 31 May 2019

Tear yourself away from the next-door beach to enjoy the gourmet dining, indulgent spa treatments and poolside relaxation of this luxury property on Tenerife's sun-drenched southwestern coast.

Salamanca Wine Experience‬‬ at Hacienda Zorita

6-day tailor-made break staying at Hacienda Zorita from £565 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

SUMMER SALE

Stay 5 nights, pay 4 plus 15% discount on Spa treatments – Save up to £85 pp
Book by: 31 July 2019

Staying in a 14th-century country manor among the vineyards of the Duero Valley, you'll enjoy sommelier-led tastings, spa treatments and the chance to explore Salamanca’s heritage charm.

Top itineraries in The Mediterranean

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

4-day luxury rail journey from £2,975 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early booking discount - Baglioni Luna Venice – Save up to £110 pp
Book by: 31 July 2019

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – the very name conjures up images of 19th-century splendour, of silent film stars and Agatha Christie. All of the glamour and mystique still lingers, the white-gloved service as faultless as one could hope for from the world's most famous train ride.

Capri and the Amalfi Coast

9-day tailor-made journey from £1,680 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.

Essential Andalucia‬

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £775 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 superb hotels. Highlights include visits to the palace-fortresses of Seville and Granada along with the Córdoba's cathedral-mosque.

‭Iberian Inspiration‬‬‬

12-day escorted tour from £3,050 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, Tuscany

Historic hotel from £1,565 pp incl. flights

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, Rome

Historic hotel

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

Degli Orafi, Florence

Traditional hotel

This historic hotel combines a medieval history with 1800s frescoes and bar terrace views over Florence.

Due Torri Hotel, Verona

Accommodation

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

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What to do in The Mediterranean

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  • Just back from: Tenerife

    Contrary to popular belief, Tenerife isn't all package holidays and poolside cocktails. Wexas' tailor-made travel specialist Saija Kokkonen fills us in on her latest trip to the sun-soaked Spanish island, offering her expert guidance on the best in Tenerife luxury.

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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.

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