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Top three luxurious destinations to visit onboard Mediterranean cruises

Wednesday, 23 November 2013 9:02 AM

Heading off for a break to some of the Mediterranean's sun-kissed destinations on the comfort of a luxury cruise liner is guaranteed to be a relaxing holiday. Here are three of the top destinations you should not miss on your luxury cruise.

Genoa, Italy

Italy is one of Europe's gems and is home to countless historical monuments, art galleries, upmarket boutiques and fantastic restaurants.

No luxury holiday on a Mediterranean cruise would be complete without visiting at least one of the country's cities and Genoa certainly ticks plenty of boxes.

With a rich history dating back to medieval times and some stunning architecture, you are bound to love wandering the streets and soaking up the atmosphere on a break from your liner.

The 14th century Palazzo San Giorgio is worth a visit, while the Palazzo dei Rolli - which was constructed in the 16th century - is one of the most intricate and fascinating buildings you are likely to see while in the city.

Numerous other monuments can be found dotted throughout Genoa, including the arch erected in Piazza della Vittoria to mark the sacrifice made by those who died in the first world war.

Of course, you should not leave Genoa without sampling some of that famous Italian cuisine and the Liguria region is well-known for its seafood, in addition to the pesto and extra-virgin olive oils it produces.

Katakolon, Greece

Mediterranean cruises around the Greek coastline are very popular at all times of the year - and with good reason.

If you really want to sit back and relax while soaking up some sun, there are few better places to visit.

Head ashore at Katakolon on the Greek mainland and you will be able to spend a day indulging your senses - from the stunning scenery you will be surrounded by and the wealth of historic sites to the delicious food and drink you can sample.

Katakolon itself is seen as the gateway to Olympia and you can enjoy an excursion to see where the Olympic Games was born.

After you have visited this site of cultural significance, you will travel on to the Mercouri vineyards and winery, where you will be able to taste some of the vintages produced in the region.

Round off your excursion with a gentle woodland stroll, or head to one of the beaches and explore the stretch of sand with your partner - the ideal romantic day out.

Seville, Spain

Many Fred. Olsen cruise ships visit Spain and there are numerous destinations around the southern European nation that are worth taking the time to explore.

Seville, however, has to be one of the top spots to discover on a Mediterranean cruise, with its history and culture bound to capture your imagination.

You will be able to take an excursion from your liner that will introduce you to some of the city's most important and beautiful monuments.

Among the places you will visit on your tour are the impressive cathedral, which is the largest medieval and gothic structure of its kind, and the Maria Luisa Park.

This green space is dotted with stunning pools and fountains all set within beautiful exotic gardens.

Before you return to your ship, you will also have time to wander around the Santa Cruz district and the Jewish quarter, where you can look forward to getting a real flavour of Andalusia as you stroll along the narrow streets.

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