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
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.View itinerary
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
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.View itinerary
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
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.View itinerary
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
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.View itinerary
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
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.View itinerary
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
Tap your toes to Italian classics while 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.View itinerary
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
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.View itinerary
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
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.View itinerary
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
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.View itinerary
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
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.View itinerary