HAL’s National Geographic tours in Greece, Türkiye, and Italy will let guests explore historically and culturally significant sites.
Cruise line Holland America has begun offering National Geographic Day Tours that allow cruisers to connect more deeply and sustainably with Mediterranean ports. Exclusive shore excursions have been created in collaboration with National Geographic, a global leader in geography, cartography, and exploration.
Starting this summer, guests aboard Oosterdam and Nieuw Statendam will be able to participate in National Geographic Day Tours in various locations around the Mediterranean.
With the new shore excursions, cruisers can discover powerful female figures in Kusadasi, experience a day in the life of a marine biologist in Naples, tour organic honeybee farms in Rhodes, or meet local families in Santorini. A National Geographic-trained guide will lead each tour.
“We are continually looking for enriching and transformative experiences for our guests and the new National Geographic Day Tours are not only immersive, but provide exclusive access and hands-on experiences,” said Carole Biencourt, the VP overseeing shore tour experience for Holland America.
“We are pleased to offer them to guests across our Mediterranean itineraries that visit these ports and will look to expand the program in the near future,” Biencourt added in a press release.
National Geographic tour options with HAL
Holland America Line has announced four National Geographic Day Tours that will be available starting summer 2023:
“A Day in the Life of a Marine Biologist” in Naples, Italy
In Naples, you’ll visit one of Europe’s oldest aquariums, as well as the Darwin Dohrn Museum (DoDaM), the world’s first marine biodiversity research laboratory, where more than 20 Nobel Laureates have studied and worked on marine biology conservation projects. Participants will also learn about preserving marine turtles and Lampione Island’s grey sharks.
“Meet the Locals in Santorini” in Santorini, Greece
Spend a day in the homes of two Santorini families, hearing their stories about living on the island while sampling area wine, cheese, vegetables, and more. You’ll visit the iconic blue-domed church Panagia Kalamiotissa and Santo Winery to taste and pair Santorini’s unique wines while taking in the caldera views.
“Influential Women in Turkey: From Past to Present” in Kusadasi, Türkiye
Explore powerful female figures who have influenced Turkish society through the ages—from ancient civilizations to the modern day—while visiting the ruins of the Temple of Artemis and House of the Virgin Mary on the hill above Ephesus. You’ll finish the tour with a culinary journey guided by a local chef during an exclusive pairing menu at Yedi Bilgeler, a winery that has cultivated 2000-year-old vines.
“The Fascinating World of Bees” in Rhodes, Greece
Learn why honeybees are one of the most important living organisms on the earth. At the Bee Museum of Rhodes, you’ll learn fascinating ecological facts, sample local honey varieties, and even try your hand at honey extraction.
The new National Geographic Day Tours are available on seven- to 14-day itineraries departing from Trieste (Venice), Italy; Piraeus (Athens), Greece and Barcelona, Spain with stops in Rhodes, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Santorini, and Naples.
Guests already booked on select Holland America sailings in the Mediterranean can now purchase National Geographic tours via your online cruise planner.
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What do you think about Holland America’s new National Geographic tours? Would you consider trying one on an upcoming HAL cruise in the Mediterranean? Let me know in the comments below!
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