DISCOVER MORE AT SWANHELLENIC.COM Church of Agios Nikolaos, Island of Lemnos, Greece 19 Mediterranean Wonders MEDITERRANEAN EXPEDITION CRUISES Archaeology The Mediterranean is the best open-air museum in the world, with archaeological sites that showcase its rich and complex history. From Malta’s historical capital, Valletta and Algeria’s perfectly preserved Roman towns, to Turkey’s ancient city of Ephesus, exploring the archaeological gems of the Mediterranean will transport you back to antiquity and beyond. Architecture For over 3,500 years the architects of the Mediterranean competed in making their buildings more durable, more beautiful, and increasingly elaborate. The Parthenon in Athens and the Valley of Temples in Sicily are just a few of the incredible feats of ancient architecture that never fail to leave visitors in complete awe. History From the Phoenicians and Greeks to the Romans and the Ottomans, the shores of the Mediterranean have given birth to many of history’s legendary civilisations. They have also witnessed epic battles and seen the rise and fall of powerful empires - all culminating in a fascinating past that has intrigued curious travellers for centuries. Landscape Beautiful shorelines and shimmering blue waters are synonymous with the Mediterranean. And whilst it’s true that you can find some of the world’s most stunning beaches here, the rest of the region’s varied and diverse landscapes also have much to offer. Pristine forests, coastal wetlands, semi-arid steppes and smouldering volcanoes all wait to be discovered. Wildlife Although the Mediterranean covers less than 1% of the world's ocean surface, it holds 1 in 10 of all known marine species, of which 28% are found nowhere else on earth. With the help of our onboard experts, we’ll search for the many species of dolphins, whales, porpoises, sharks, turtles and more that call these abundant waters home. Cuisine Prepare your tastebuds for an epic culinary journey as you sample some of the world’s most beloved dishes straight from the source. From Sicily’s world-famous cannoli and traditional Greek moussaka to the spicy aromas of the North African tagine, tasting your way across the Mediterranean is a pleasure like no other.