Discovering the Ancient Mediterranean

14th Nov 2023 16 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2325
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,999 per person
Panorama of Archaeological Site of Carthage, Tunis Panorama of Archaeological Site of Carthage, Tunis
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,999 per person
Enjoy FREE All Inclusive Drinks

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*FREE Drinks package:
is applicable to new bookings only, made between 06/09/22 and 31/10/22 inclusive, for departures of 6 to 16 nights, departing from the UK in 2023, as highlighted on website.  Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, see website. Offer excludes saver fares, charters, exclusive sailings, and Tour Operator holidays. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Offer is capacity controlled. E&OE.

This journey through the Mediterranean is also a journey through the fascinating history of the region’s ancient trading routes, offering a glimpse of the influences of the kingdoms and civilisations that established them. In many of the places you visit, learn of their historic links to various ruling powers. You’ll get to see the influences of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors and more throughout your cruise, in cities where their trading hubs were established, such as Carthage, on tour from La Goulette; Tangier; Nora, which is a short distance from Cagliari; Gades, near Cádiz; and Cartagena. Remains of the powers’ ports, settlements and other monuments await discovery. Heading off the tourist trail presents likes of Algiers, where tours allow you to go ashore and discover architecture influenced by different ruling powers including the Berbers and Ottomans, too.[ReadMore]

Beyond these highlights, there are plenty of other sights and experiences to take in during your special exploration of the Med. In Cartagena for example, you could opt to seek-out sites such as medieval castles, Roman amphitheatre, Bateria de Castillitos and the Punic Wall from 3rd century BC, while from Cagliari perhaps you’ll join a tour to find rock formations such as the ‘Devil’s Saddle’, salt pools and inviting beaches. You can immerse yourself in the modern way of life in Tangier and Tunis too, amongst the hustle and bustle of their vast medinas, markets and shopping streets, where local trading is still at the heart of everything to this day. Plus, there are visits to cities bursting with centuries of maritime history; there are landmarks, museums and monuments aplenty to see and explore in Lisbon, Cádiz and La Coruna.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as the Kiel Canal, and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral conveys a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.