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Explore the Mediterranean with Artisan
The Mediterranean may well be one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations; however, tourism tends to be concentrated in certain areas. During our travels across the Mediterranean we have ventured further, and in doing so have discovered some still hidden gems which we are thrilled to share with our clients. We go beyond the beaches and ensure that you witness some of the lesser-known (but no less fascinating or attractive) islands and sites that elude so many visitors.
The focus throughout all of our holidays is on showcasing the local culture both past and present, highlighting the many colours of the destinations you are visiting. You will witness some of the ancient wonders of the world, some of the most attractive traditional towns, villages and historical sites and some of the most cosmopolitan and glittering modern towns and cities.About Mediterranean Collection
Gozo - A gem of an island
Only 25 minutes away from Malta lies the small island of Gozo. A holiday here offers a level of escape that can only be found in destinations which remain true to their culture and heritage and are not influenced by mass tourism. We have a range of holidays on this island providing something for everyone and each ensures that you experience Gozo at its best.
On our Capturing Gozo on camera, holiday you’ll join a local expert who will lead the way to the best photographic spots and to some of the best local restaurants too! You’ll learn a huge amount about photography but also get to see for yourself the best angles this island has to offer.
Our Gozo - An Island Exploration holiday offers a feast of varied experiences and activities, from encountering the world’s oldest temples to sampling the local tipple in vineyards.
You’ll also join our guide for an ‘eco day’ where you will have the chance to either get active or artistic the local way!
Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast
Our small-ship cruise takes you island hopping from one special spot to another and you’ll gain access to areas inaccessible to the larger vessels. The islands of Hvar, Mljet, and Brač are all calling points. You’ll see the glitterati on their yachts and witness the serenity of hidden coves and beaches as you cruise.
A highlight for many visitors to this area of Dalmatia is Dubrovnik, the famous walled city which sits in a dramatic coastal position. You can explore the ancient streets and soak up the atmosphere in this Adriatic jewel before embarking on a small-ship cruise of the Croatian Islands.
Should you wish to up the pace why not try our Active Croatia itinerary, which combines rafting, cycling and hiking in some of the most unspoilt natural environments.
The Greek Islands
We’ve given a new meaning to “island hopping” with our Small-ship cruise on the Aegean Sea holiday providing all the home comforts whilst visiting some of the smaller islands. Compared to some of the larger islands, Keo, Delos and Kythira are still to grace the tourist maps and retain much of their traditional Greek feel.
On the mainland of the Peloponnese, the towns of Nafplio and Monemvasia are delights in very differing ways. Nafplio is bright, vibrant and cosmopolitan and yet there is an ever-present reminder of the past in the formidable shape of the Palamide fortress which overlooks the town.
There are some islands in Greece that have to be on the agenda no matter how popular they are with the crowds. Fortunately, on a small-ship cruise, you can, to an extent, time arrivals in Santorini and Crete to times when the huge cruise ships are not in town. It all makes for a far more rewarding port of call.
Lastly, there is the capital, Athens. Built on seven hills and dominated by the Acropolis, the city is a compelling mix of ancient and modern and it’s well worth extending your stay for a few days to explore.