A European tour is a dream of many. And why not? The European continent attracts people for its natural beauty, rich history, interesting cultures, awe-inspiring architecture, amazing cities, iconic landmarks, and great food. The problem is that Europe has a lot of countries, cities, towns, and islands to explore, which could be difficult to cover when you travel by land or air. This is where going on a European cruise seems like a good idea.

A cruise allows you to cover several European ports (sometimes more than 50 – depending on the length of your cruise). Moreover, there is no need to catch flights, trains, and buses and haul your luggage everywhere you go. You unpack your luggage in your stateroom when you board your cruise and repack only when you reach your last destination. Apart from all these, you enjoy hordes of activities that happen on a cruise. The advantages of going on a cruise holiday here are many. So, if you plan to go on one, here are some of the

top destinations that you should visit while on a European cruise


Santorini, Greece

Santorini Greece

The white-washed houses perched on a large cliff overlooking the Aegan Sea is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Greece island of Santorini. Santorini has two ports, Athinios Port (if you are a part of group tour) or Old Port of Fira (if you are exploring the place on your own). Wherever you start from, you will get to see some beautiful beaches, breathtaking landscapes, active and non-active volcanoes, and relaxing hot springs. Wine connoisseurs should not miss taking a winery tour. Plus, the traditional food of Santorini is to die for.

Must-Visit Places: Akrotiri, Skaros Rock, Santorini Caldera, Oia, Kamari Beach, Domaine Sigala, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Three Bells of Fira, and Santorini Wine Museum.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Spain

The capital of Spain’s Catalonian Province, Barcelona is one of the most visited cities of Europe. The port of Barcelona is located close to the city center and has multiple terminals. Barcelona is a vibrant city that is home to some mind-blowing architecture. While the city is dotted with modern buildings, the Gothic Quarter with its medieval architecture is something that most people love about it. The city also has great beaches to relax and wooded valleys and hills with hiking trails that will give you a great view of the city. Football fans should go for a stadium tour, while families can spend time in some of the extraordinary parks in the city.

Must-Visit Places: Basilica de la Sagrada Famillia, Park Gell, Casa Batllo, Spotify Camp Nou, Picasso Museum, Casa Vicens Gaudi, and Montjuic Castle.

Naples, Italy

Naples Italy

The cruise docks on the port in Molo Beverello, which is a 10-minute walk from Naples’ city center. The focal point of Naples is Mount Vesuvius, which is popular for the volcanic eruption that buried the ancient city of Pompeii. History and archeological lovers will love exploring excavations in the area to check the ruins of the ancient city. Then there is the Naples historical center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes sites like Santa Chiara Monastery Complex, Royal Palace of Naples, Piazza del Plebiscito, Duomo di San Genaro, etc. Apart from all this, you must taste the pizza of Naples. After all, Naples is the birthplace of pizza, one of the most loved foods in the world.

Must-Visit Places: The Sansevero Chapel, Catacombs of San Gennaro, Museo Archeologico Nazionale Napoli, Ovo Castle, Galleria Borbonica, etc.

Marseille, France

Marseille France

Marseille is a common destination on Mediterranean and European cruises. Most cruises dock at the Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal. You would have to take a tram or taxi to reach the city center, which is 5-6 miles away. Most cruise companies offer shuttle service to their passengers. Like most European cities, Marseille is also known for its rich history and architectural heritage. Apart from this, Marseille is known for its unique culture and delicious food. The picturesque towns, the breathtaking natural landscapes, and the mild climate are some other reasons to visit this beautiful town of Marseille, located in France’s Provence.

Must-Visit Places: Basilica of Notre Dame of la Garde, Palais Longchamp, Marseille Cathedral, Abbaye Saint-Victor, Old Port of Marseille, and Massif des Calanques.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik, one of the gorgeous cities in Croatia, is another popular destination for European cruises. Located on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is known for some of the most breathtaking beaches and landscapes in the world. After you disembark at the Port of Dubrovnik, walk to the Old City (which will take 30-40 minutes), as it is home to a historical wall city that dates to the 7th century. It is best to take a guided tour to get to know the history of the place in detail. A unique way of exploring the place is going on a kayaking tour.

Must-Visit Places: Fort Lovrijenac, Pile Gate, Lokrum, Dubrovnik City Walls, Old Town, Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, Church of St. Blaise, Lapad, Onofrio’s Large Fountain, etc.

Bergen, Norway

Bergen Norway

Home to stunning fjords and the lush Seven Mountains, Bergen is the second-largest city of Norway. The thing that you see first as you arrive in the city is the harbor front with colorful, wooden buildings. The port of the city is located close to the city center, and you can easily reach the place. Moreover, as you walk to the city, you will get to see many ancient and historical buildings that are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A funicular ride will give you the chance to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Known as the European City of Culture, the city hosts numerous international festivals, musical concerts, and exhibitions throughout the year.

Must-Visit Places: Bryggen, Bergenhus Fortress, Lysverket, Troldhaugen, Byrggens Museum, Bryggen Wharf, Gamlehaugen, Bergen’s Fish Market, and Stoltzekleiven.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik Iceland

If you must point out at one place that can be described as the epitome of natural beauty, it must be Iceland. The country is filled with landscapes that look straight out of a painting. The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik is a popular cruise destination for several European cruises. The Reykjavik port of Skarfabakki is 4 km from the city center, and you will find several shuttles to reach the place. A visit to this place will give you the opportunity to see large lava fields, refreshing hot springs, breathtaking glaciers, and gorgeous waterfalls. Moreover, if you arrive at the right time, you may get to see the surreal Northern lights as well.

Must-Visit Places: Hallgrimskirkja, Perlan, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus, Sun Voyager, Whale Watching, etc.

A few other places that are a part of European cruises include Lisbon in Portugal, Dublin in Ireland, Copenhagen in Denmark, and Florence in Italy. Whichever European port you visit, you are guaranteed to be rewarded with history, culture, nature, and good food. If you are visiting Europe for the first time, it is recommended to book a port excursion that comes with a tour guide.

A content writer by profession, Deepa has been writing for the travel nice for more than a decade. While she has a bucket list for the places she wants to visit, she also loves the idea of curling up on the couch with a good book. She believes that nothing can lift up your mood better than a good holiday, a great book, and your favorite dish.

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