Summer Favorites: Venice & Santorini

We asked our globetrotting guests to share which Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Mediterranean destination evoked the best summer memories and received a deluge of submissions, from the magnificent walled city of Dubrovnik and visually spectacular Barcelona to the architectural glory of Rome and the enchanting villages of Provence. However, there were two places that were the clear favorites: Venice and Santorini.

“Venice is breathtakingly beautiful. It is more an impossibility of creation than a real city.
Loved the people, loved the fantasy and beauty.”

“Another vote for Venice. The entrance is breathtaking. The history is palpable. The romance of walking the city, riding the gondolas and finding small places to dine are consuming. Would love to go back and spend more time.”

“Sailing into Venice was fantastic, but the view we had sitting at a rooftop
restaurant in Santorini fulfilled a lifelong dream.”

“We fell in love with Santorini–what an amazing place!”

Below, we highlight a few of our favorite FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions to enjoy on your next all-inclusive Mediterranean voyage.

Grand Canal & the Guggenheim Collection

Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, enjoying views of beautiful palaces and churches reflecting their facades on this major waterway. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is housed in the unfinished Palazzo Venier dei Leoni which was Peggy Guggenheim’s home for 30 years.

Murano Glassworks, San Giorgio & Gondola Ride

While visiting a glass factory in Murano, observe masters of the craft as they create gorgeous works of art. Following your visit, you’ll cruise to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore for a tour, and then on to Venice to view the exterior of Church of San Pietro di Castello and enjoy a gondola ride through some of the city’s smaller canals.

Volcano, Hot Springs & Winery Visit in Santorini

Sail to the lava islet of Nea Kameni and walk up an ascending unpaved path observing lava fragments and volcanic rock formations as you approach the crater of the still-active volcano. Following your hike, you will have an opportunity to swim in the warm waters of the thermal spring before touring a local winery and sampling three of the most famous wines in Santorini.

Prehistoric Museum & Nomikos Foundation

Enjoy a guided tour of the Prehistoric Museum on the volcanic island of Santorini, which houses the bounty from the excavation site of Akrotiri. The exhibition is structured in four units; the history and research of Thira, geology of Thira, island history from the late-Neolithic to late-Cycladic I Period, and a presentation of the plan and architecture of the city.

Why choose when you can visit both Venice and Santorini aboard our luxurious ships. View a list of 2017 Mediterranean Voyages.