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Top 10: Most Popular 2021 Mediterranean Adventures by Land and Small Ship

Posted on 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

With beautifully preserved Greek ruins and dramatic views of Mount Etna, Taormina is a highlight of Sicily’s Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Traditions—the #1 adventure on this list.

The term “Mediterranean” might conjure seaside charm, sunny weather, and fresh, healthful cuisine—but the region has so much more to offer than blue seas and golden sands, including ruins and monuments from millennia of ancient and modern civilizations. This incredibly diverse part of the world is home to 21 countries in Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia; and encompasses 12 marginal seas including the Tyrrhenian, Aegean, and Adriatic. Explore the breadth of the Mediterranean with O.A.T. by both land and small ship on these 10 popular adventures—all of which we plan to operate in 2021, with Vaccination Requirements and Updated Health & Safety Protocols in place.

1. Sicily’s Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Traditions —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Bazaar: Sicily

 
Bazaar: Sicily

Follow travel host Judith Jones through eastern Sicily to learn about the island's open-air markets, wine-making traditions, and puppet-makers.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 2,250 | Operating months in 2021: August-December

On this Sicily travel experience, you'll discover an Italian island with more than 3,000 years of history. Once home to a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate, a Norman kingdom, and more, traces of ancient conquerors can still be found in Sicily’s well-preserved ruins, elegant architecture, and gastronomic delights.

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2. Crossroads of the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia —18-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Kotor for All Seasons

 
Kotor For All Seasons

Enjoy this musical journey highlighting the unspoiled beauty of Kotor.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 2,018 | Operating months in 2021: August-November

Discover the heritage of the Balkans while witnessing stunning coastal scenery, exploring ancient walled cities, and experiencing the pride and resilience of the people of these re-emerging nations. Because we travel in a small group, we'll get to engage with locals in each country we visit and learn about their current lives, thoughts on Tito’s legacy, and wartime experiences.

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3. Israel: The Holy Land & Timeless Cultures —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Israel: Voices from the Desert

 
Israel: Voices from the Desert

Delve into Israel’s music scene and meet with musicians from the Idan Raichel Project.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 1,104 | Operating months in 2021: September-December

While many tours focus on one religious tradition or another, we follow a multicultural pathway through Israel's many layers of religious heritage. We explore contemporary issues, too—inviting you to meet Palestinians and Israelis, native Sabras and Eastern European immigrants, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze. We’ll have unfiltered conversations about Controversial Topics such as ethnic tensions between Israel, Syria, and the Arab Druze people and the challenges faced by Palestinians living in Israeli Jerusalem.

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4. Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece —16-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure

11 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Athena

Our most popular independent film: Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast

 
Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Discover Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast—including its crown jewel of Dubrovnik—with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 839 | Operating months in 2021: August-November

During this comprehensive adventure, visit destinations that have enchanted travelers for more than a millennium. You’ll not only discover the Dalmatian Coast's iconic cities, but also travel off the beaten path to smaller ports, like Hvar, aboard our privately owned, 50-passenger small ship. Accompanied by a local Trip Experience Leader, you’ll walk in an emperor’s footsteps in Split. Journey to the island that gave Marco Polo his wanderlust. And soak up the medieval beauty of Dubrovnik.

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5. The Aegean Islands, Athens & Istanbul —16-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure

7 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Athena or M/V Arethusa

Our most popular independent film: The Fisher Women of Gokova Bay

 
The Fisher Women of Gokova Bay

See how a group of Turkish fisherwomen turned their luck around when their community came together to protect the bay from declining fishing stock.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 709 | Operating month in 2021: August

In Greece, the cradle of Western civilization beckons to you with its proud monuments, sun-drenched isles, and friendly people. Journey to Greece on this Small Ship Adventure, and discover the enduring treasures of antiquity, from the Parthenon in Athens to the Temple of Apollo and the monasteries of Meteora. Then enjoy a Greek island cruise aboard O.A.T.'s private small ship and explore millennia-old settlements layered deeply in myth and history. Plus, spend two nights in Istanbul, Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital, where East meets West and ancient culture enlivens modern life.

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6. Tuscany & Umbria: Rustic Beauty in the Italian Heartland —15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Tuscany and Umbria

 
A Visit to Tuscany & Umbria

Follow along as traveler Dennis D. and his group journey through the ancient cities and rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 623 | Operating months in 2021: September-December

From the grape-laden vines of Chianti to the thick olive groves blanketing the hills of Trevi, Italy’s Tuscany and Umbria regions are ripe for discovery. Wander through fields of wildflowers to explore an abandoned abbey. Stand atop the walls of an ancient city, and gaze upon the marble churches and tree-lined piazzas below. Travel along the narrow lanes of small towns, marvel at medieval hilltop fortresses, and stroll between proud stands of cypress trees.

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7. Undiscovered Adriatic: Eastern Italy, Venice, Puglia & Malta —17-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure

11 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Artemis

Our most popular independent film: Metropolis: Venice

 
Metropolis Venice

Discover this tiny former republic at the head of the Adriatic, from its maze of waterways to its opulent architecture.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 463 | Operating months in 2021: August-October

With the only travel company to offer an itinerary of this kind, you'll discover a side of Italy that few American travelers have ever seen. Cruise from the top of Italy's boot all the way past the toe to discover what life is really like in six of the popular peninsula's lesser-known regions—as well as the tiny island of Malta. Lose yourself in the winding streets of small, white-washed port towns like Monopoli and Otranto, and gaze upon the whimsical cone-shaped trulli dwellings of Alberobello during our A Day in the Life of an Apulian village.

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8. Cruising the Adriatic: Croatia & Montenegro —15-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure

10 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Athena

Our most popular independent film: Bare Feet: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

 
Bare Feet: Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

Explore the Dalmatian Coast and learn about Croatian history and culture through its traditional dances.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 328 | Operating months in 2021: November-December

Discover the lush islands and ancient walled cities of the Dalmatian Coast during a great time of year for an Adriatic cruise—when the weather’s mild and the summer crowds are thinning out. In addition to celebrated highlights like Dubrovnik and Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor, explore the walled city of Zadar … discover Roman Emperor Diocletian’s summer palace in Split … and cruise to the Croatian islands of Hvar and Korcula.

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9. Italy’s Western Coast & Islands: A Voyage from Rome to Valletta —17-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure

10 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

Our most popular independent film: Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Rome

 
Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Rome

See how ancient and modern Rome exist side by side with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 283 | Operating months in 2021: September

Marvel at the treasures on display in the “Eternal City” of Rome, and then revel in one of the most romantic gardens—home to ruins and roses—in Ninfa. Then cruise along the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea from the Italian mainland to tiny lemon- and cypress-tree dotted islands, where fishing vessels and sailboats tuck into cozy harbors and ports. See how the locals live in these hidden gems—like Pozzuoli—and taste the regional flavors, from the daily catch to fresh capers.

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10. Allure of the Adriatic: Italy & Croatia —12-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure

7 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Artemis

Our most popular independent film: Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Venice

 
Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Venice

Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa invites you to cruise the canals of Italy’s bewitching city of Venice.

Travelers reserved for 2021 and 2022: 105 | Operating months in 2021: November

This winter adventure will give you the chance to explore the legendary regions of Italy and Croatia situated on the Adriatic coastline and uncover the multifaceted gems during the calm winter months, when the season casts an enchanting spell on these regions. Stroll along ancient lanes in Venice, discover the winding canals that tell a story of past and present, and experience Piazza San Marco by day when it’s populated with locals and guests and at night when the city is sleeping.

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