Visit Rome’s legendary Colosseum. Shop Monaco’s glamorous boutiques. Sample succulent tapas in Barcelona. Walk the medieval wall that guards Dubrovnik’s charms. Unwind under a canopy of stars. 


All of our cruise itineraries offer just the right balance of action-packed days in port with relaxing days at sea, plus extended hours and overnight stays in select cities. We also include more overnights at the beginning and end of our cruises, so you can spend an extra day exploring cities like Barcelona, Venice and Rome, and use the ship as your hotel. Whether you’re making your maiden voyage in the Mediterranean and want to see its more iconic sights or you’ve traveled here before and are hoping to experience some of its seldom-visited destinations, Holland America Line has the Mediterranean cruise vacation you’ve been waiting for.

Ancient Glories, Modern Delights

Beautiful Barcelona

Las Ramblas, with its unrivalled people-watching; the curving, sinuous lines of Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces; the vibrant contemporary art scene and cuisine; make this Catalan capital a must-see for sophisticated travelers.

Enchanting Venice

Lose yourself in a labyrinth of intersecting waterways connected by narrow bridges. Sip your morning espresso in Saint Mark’s Square. Watch master glassmakers create works of art on Murano Island. And explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace.

Charming Dubrovnik

Perched high above the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is walled medieval city of cobblestone lanes and red terra cotta roofs, Explore St. Blaise Church, the Sponza Palace, the Rector’s Palace and other gems. Sip the region’s finest wines in Komaji.

italy's West Coast

A treasure trove of iconic sites, Italy’s west coast also has some remarkable hidden gems. AFAR deputy editor, Jenn Flowers, has recommendations for several seldom-seen “must see” places.

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