Cruising the Adriatic Sea: Little Known Corner of the Mediterranean

Cruising the Adriatic Sea may just be the best kept secret in the cruise industry. Its not that people don’t regularly cruise there its just that very few cruise lines promote cruising the Adriatic since technically its considered to be part of the Mediterranean Sea and with the popularity of Mediterranean cruises it pays from them to promote it that way. The secret however lies in finding cruises with the major lines that promote the Adriatic itinerary because the savings can be big.

Peaceful Adriatic – Great Cruising photo: tomkellyphoto via flickr.com

The luxury lines also offer Adriatic cruises because their smaller ships are able to enter some of the smaller ports which allows them to offer more unique cruises than the larger ships can. Those make great cruises if you want to go the all inclusive cruise route but if you are looking to save some money check out the 7 night Adriatic cruises this summer offered by Royal Caribbean on the Jewel of the Seas. For less than $800 you can get a balcony on a great ship visiting ports such as Venice, Koper, Ravenna, Bari and Dubrovnik.

Adriatic cruises are a great way to visit countries such as Slovenia and Croatia that you normally wouldn’t think about cruising to. All of the ports on this itinerary are also good walking cities so even if you don’t take excursions you should have plenty of sites to see without spending any additional money.  With that being said you may want to splurge a little in some places like Bari, Italy and Koper, Slovenia. Both cities offer excellent chances to see beautiful sites within a couple hours of the city.

In Bari, Italy you could choose to take a trip to see the cave dwellings of Matera which are considered a World Heritage Site or you could head to Alberobello to see the fairytale like Trulli Huts. Koper may be your best chance however to get out of the city to see the amazing coastal town of Piran, visit caves in Postojna or check out the picturesque Lake Bled. No matter what you choose to do, at under $800 a person, an Adriatic cruise makes a great trip.

The best lodging options for your Thailand holidays

It is always a good idea to get your accommodation in place, before you leave for your holiday in Thailand, and Thailand has a long list of options for your stay to choose from. Starting with the very reasonable priced to the more luxurious accommodations in the highest end of the price scale. you will always be able to find something that fits your exact budget, depending how many people is in your travel party, and how close you want to stay to popular tourist destinations.

Boutique hotels

Boutique hotels is a relatively new phenomenon, they are the way for the small hotels to compete with the big ones, and you find some of the best of its kind in Thailand, some of them have even achieved international recognition, for their high quality service, comforts and conveniences that helps your stay always being a pleasant one. in most cases they fully live up to  Thailands motto of being “The land of smiles”.

Bed & Breakfasts and Guesthouses

Are you looking for accommodation in the cheaper range, a good solution is often a nice guesthouse, They offer all your basic requirements to ensure a comfortable stay. And since all cities have their fare share of guesthouses, it is never hard to find one that suites your needs. An other possibility is a bed & breakfast, which also offers great value for your money.

Home stays in Thailand

If you want to get a little closer, and really get to know the culture in your local area, home-stay is a great way to do it. Staying with a local family, you get closer to the native lifestyle, and learn a lot about it. Its a great way to get acquainted with the ways of the local handicraft artisians, that you will find in the rural areas which most home-stay options are in.

Floating homes  – Sleep on the river

An other very unique way to stay in your Thailand holiday is in a floating home, theres a lot of possibilities on the many rivers and reservoirs in Thailand. And you even see that some developeres have constructed buildings which is partly on land and partly on the water, Nothing beats the feeling on waking up in the morning on the water in the beautiful surroundings of the nature.

Other options are of course available, you can either buy or rent apartments, condoes, houses and bungalows.