Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

Would you like a journey through culture and leisure? The Eastern Mediterranean awaits you for a cruise to the roots of our civilisation, against the backdrop of nature with dazzling beauty.

When is the best time for a cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean? During the summer months, to enjoy the long bright days, or off-season, to appreciate the less obvious aspects of this beautiful region, when the climate remains pleasant, but the tourist crowds are less? It's a difficult choice, but there’s no wrong answer.

The meeting point of three continents and countless peoples, the Eastern Mediterranean was one of the most important historical crossroads of humanity. Between its shores grew the Hellenistic civilisation, which gave birth to Western culture. Its islands and inlets provided the stage for crucial events, but also an ideal setting for the birth of myths and legends.

Where do I start? To explore everything, we would need to cruise for years, like the journey of Odysseus. But to help you discover the history and legend that characterises the Eastern Mediterranean, and appreciate the incomparable beauty of its landscape, we have chosen an itinerary that includes the following cities: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Venice, Dubrovnik.

Itineraries, Ports and Stopovers

A Costa Cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean is an incomparable experience. What about a journey that begins in Venice, one of the most fascinating and popular cities on the planet, and passes by Athens, one of the oldest and most unusual?

Between the two queens, the Dalmatian cities of Croatia are sure to impress too, on the border with Montenegro: a must still to be discovered.

After the sophisticated charm of Venice leaves you spellbound, and you take in the ancient temples and archaeological parks, enjoy the magic of Aegean Sea, wandering amongst the beautiful islands, white pearls set in the blue of the sea.

Are you ready for a journey to the origins of our civilisation? Come aboard.


The Parthenon is definitely the most representative symbol of a city and a culture that founded the classical concept of beauty. And the spectacle of the Acropolis lit up at dusk is a priceless experience.


Delight your senses, as you sample the moussaka with a glass of Retsina in a typical tavern, and smell the bougainvillea as you stroll through Little Venice, with its colourful wooden balconies overlooking the sea.


On this beautiful island, the clear harmony of colours instantly stands out: bright white houses, the crystal blue sea, the anthracite black lava beaches. Not to be missed, a visit to the archaeological site of Akrotiri.


Sensual, sophisticated, decadent, romantic, poignant. Venice is a wonder unique in the world. Take a gondola ride along the dense network of canals, or explore on foot, getting lost between streets and squares marked by centuries of history.


"Pearl of the Adriatic", as Lord Byron called it, Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast, sheltered from the bora and sirocco winds. Unspoilt nature, lush flora of maritime pines and uncrowded beaches make it a popular destination.

Shore Excursions

Every shore excursion in the Eastern Mediterranean offers unforgettable experiences. Few routes in the world offer such a concentration of iconic locations in total harmony with nature of incredible variety and beauty.

You can admire Dubrovnik’s Old Town, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO; feel like an ancient Athenian on the Hill of the Pnyx which in 507 BC became home to the first form of democratic Government in the world; lose yourself in the dreamy landscapes of the Greek Islands; soak up the atmosphere of the streets of Venice between a gondola ride and a spritz like the locals in a characteristic ‘bacaro’.

Even rocks without name, in the Eastern Mediterranean, have a secret to be revealed and a legend to tell: there you are spoilt for choice.

On a Costa Cruise, each shore excursion is an appointment with beauty: not to be missed!

Prices, offers and promotions

You can go for a Costa Cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean any time, taking advantage of a full and varied range of offers. Depending on the season, Costa offers you several options, including All-Inclusive, Last Minute and Travel Packages to choose from, depending on your needs.

  • All Inclusive is perfect for those looking for a relaxed break, with no need to worry about a thing, with 24/7 service and all the comforts that the Costa Cruises ships and staff can offer. From the dinner menu to drinks, from entertainment to activities, everything is organised in great detail.
  • Our Last Minute option enables you to enjoy an experience of pure pleasure amongst the most fascinating destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean, at a truly reasonable price. Who do we recommend this for? For those travellers who love the serendipity of leaving at the last minute to discover new destinations.
  • Our Travel Packages are ideal for those who need to travel to their cruise departure city by bus, plane or train. Why are they convenient? Because everything is synchronised perfectly.

Discover the Eastern Mediterranean, depart from Venice

Discover the Eastern Mediterranean, depart from Bari


Do you long for all the excitement of an Eastern Mediterranean tour but only have a few days available?

Don't give up, book your minicruise - the ideal solution when you want to get away from it all, just for a little while.
Costa Cruises offers you routes of 3 to 5 days at reasonable prices, including everything that makes a holiday memorable.

At Costa Cruises, flexibility is one of our strengths, and that’s why all of our travel deals include a range of ports and locations, always sure to surprise. For example, an Eastern Mediterranean Minicruise that will take you to Venice, Bari and Dubrovnik.

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