​Laura's Italy, Greece & Turkey Cruise

By Laura Burke

Lauras Cruise Macro


Setting off from Bari, Italy, our MSC Mediterranean cruise swept us through numerous enchanting ports — including Athens, Istanbul, Izmir & Corfu — culminating in the timeless beauty of Venice. One night pre-stay at Mercure Bari set the tone, followed by a post-cruise night at H10 Palazzo, framing our unforgettable journey.

What I Loved

Venice was amazing, and I'd totally suggest hopping on a gondola to cruise around the city. It's a cool way to soak in the sights and vibe of this unique place.

Activities & Places to See

  • Athens: The Acropolis stands as a timeless symbol of ancient history.
  • Istanbul: Explore the vibrant blend of culture and commerce at the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia.
  • Corfu: Wander through the charming narrow streets and historical architecture of the Old Town.
  • Izmir: Experience the delightful mix of tradition and modernity in the Old Town.
  • Venice: Immerse yourself in the romantic allure of St. Mark's Square and the iconic Rialto Bridge.


The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is a fantastic spot for shopping. With its lively atmosphere and diverse stalls, you can find everything from souvenirs to local treats, creating a fun and casual experience that captures the essence of Istanbul's vibrant markets. Don't miss the chance to explore the maze of alleys for some unique, budget-friendly finds.

Food & Bars

In Bari, we enjoyed a satisfying meal at the hotel, savoring the diverse flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. In Venice, Ristorante Florida Venezia treated us to a delightful culinary experience, where the richness of Venetian gastronomy came to life with delectable seafood and pasta dishes.

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