Close your eyes and think of sunshine, white sands, warm waters. Ponder the idea of relaxed living, good food and friendly people. Glimpse the striking colors of Cezanne's rich landscapes. Travel from cork oak forests, to snowy mountain peaks, to sandy turtle tracks on the shore.

All of this and much more is the Mediterranean

Fill your lungs with clean air, enjoy the cool breezes and let the sun shine on your face all while being seduced by some of the world’s most stunning scenery and sun-kissed beaches.

You’ll be awe-inspired by some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and idyllic islands, along with majestic parks, mountains and lakes. Sea and mountains unite in Pesaro and Urbino, Italy, often referred to as the “Rivera of Hills”; and Italy’s Rimini Beach, spanning nearly ten miles, is one of Europe’s most famous seaside resorts. Croatia’s Dalmatian coast stretches nearly 220 miles from Zadar in the North to the Bay of Kotor on the border with Montenegro in the South. In between, are the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik, known for their iconic beaches. Hundreds of islands can be found off the coast in the Adriatic’s azure waters. The Island of Hvar has been ranked by “Conde Nast Traveler” as one of the world’s most tranquil islands. The Island of Brac is a scenic tapestry of lemon trees and olive groves as well is home to white limestone, which was used in the White House in Washington DC and several palaces in Venice. The Island of Kordula is blanketed by coniferous forests and is full of vineyard terraces and pretty villages; it has also been said to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. The Island of Vis is furthest from the mainland and is renowned as Croatia’s equivalent to Italy’s Capri. The Island of Mljet has a diverse underwater world. And just beyond Croatia’s coast, there are some of the most stunning parks, including Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Krka with its magnificent waterfalls. Kotor, Montenegro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated on one of the world’s most beautiful bays offering dramatic scenery. Only an hour drive south of Dubrovnik, according to legend, fishermen saw Mary in the reef and began a ritual of dropping a stone on the spot every time they sailed by. Eventually the island we see today was created, and upon that island was built a fine little "Our Lady of the Rocks" Church. Going further south is Tirana, Albania. A modern city is perhaps best defined by its diversity, a definition Tirana falls under these days without any fear of contradiction. And at the end there is amazing Greece, the cradle of democracy and corner stone of modern civilization. Corfu, Greece, one of the Greeks greenest islands, is carpeted with thousands of olive trees. Delphi with Temple of Apollo and incomparable Athens with Mount need no special introduction.

These are only a few of the many scenic wonders you will get to experience with DIV Cruises.

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