Our Mediterranean land tours and small ship ship cruises transport you to destinations filled with colorful contrasts and discoveries both mythic and epic as you explore throughout these treasured lands.
Welcome to the Mediterranean and Greece
Blessed with a long, rich heritage that dates back to some of Europe's earliest civilizations, Sicily retains many vestiges of the cultures that have come and gone here throughout the centuries – Greek theatres, Roman villas, Byzantine art, Norman cathedrals, Moorish markets, Baroque churches. Among the treasures you'll encounter are Siracusa's Greek Theatre, Ear of Dionysius, and 3rd-century Roman amphitheatre; Ortigia's Theatre of Apollo and Baroque Duomo; the Baroque gems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Noto; ancient Ragusa Ibla; the capital, Palermo, and its Palazzo dei Normanni; and traces of the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines in Taormina.
Tucked between soaring chalk-white limestone cliffs, the island of Corsica's tiny, fjord-like harbor of Bonifacio is only accessible to small ships and private yachts like the one you'll be sailing on. And your entrance into this spectacular harbor – and the historic 12th-century city it welcomes you to – is nothing short of magical… so be sure to have your camera ready! Once ashore, you can hop aboard Le Petit Train for a ride to the area of the town's walled citadel, built during the middle ages; wander a maze of medieval lanes; stroll along the bluff overlooking the harbor; or explore the former barracks of the French Foreign Legion.
Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 1500s, the Vatican Museums display classical and religious works of art collected by the Popes throughout the centuries. Combined with the Sistine Chapel, they're visited by around six million people a year, ranking among the most-visited art museums in the world. On your exclusive, after-hours, guided visit, you can explore the Candelabra Gallery, the Map Gallery, the Tapestries, and the Sistine Chapel… all without the usual crowds. So you'll be able to take your time to contemplate the inspirational treasures before you – including the spectacular Biblical frescoes on the ceiling, which took Michelangelo four years to paint, standing on a scaffold... and changed the course of western art.
Although the ancient city of Ephesus, in what is now Turkey, was originally built by the Greeks in the 10th century AD, much of the ruins you'll see at the site today date to the city's Roman period – like the famed Library of Celsus, constructed in the 2nd century AD to memorialize a Roman governor of Asia. Only the facade of this remarkable building has survived, but restored and re-erected, it is a stunning example of Roman urban architecture... and the amazing nighttime setting for a Tauck Exclusive, al fresco dinner featuring a chamber music orchestra performance.
Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel is a unique, four-star luxury resort set in the heart of the Principality of Monaco, between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Monte-Carlo Casino – a prestigious destination where the international elite gathers, providing a harbor for the most beautiful yachts, and home to some of the world's most celebrated events... including the Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show. Immerse yourself in the beauty and sophistication of this world-class destination at this world-class resort.
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Smaller ships mean bigger experiences. Our small ships are big on individualized service, special touches and comfort, making you feel like a welcomed guest the moment you come aboard. Intimate spaces invite conversation or quiet contemplation as you like. Whether you're inside your cabin or out on your deck, ocean views beckon with adventures yet to come.
Because of the size of our ships, we're not restricted to commercial routes or large ports. We're free to follow the fish, not the fleets. We dock in places where you can get lost in the moment and not in a crowd. We delight in sharing spontaneous moments, up-close discoveries, personal connections and unforgettable treasures, making each moment memorable and uniquely yours. At Tauck, small is big... and the best way to make your cruise so much more than you ever expected.View Our Entire Fleet
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