Taking a cruise is a way to see some amazing sights as well as enjoying some relaxing time away. Cruise ships offer excellent entertainment on board, and depending on the waters you choose to sail, the destinations visited may provide the chance to see some ancient wonders. Some of the ports of call where this is possible include the following:

Marmaris, Turkey

This seaside town lies on the Turkish Riviera and boasts a castle that has been in place for thousands of years. It is believed this was originally constructed by the Ionian civilization and the castle survived the might of Alexander the Great during his invasion of the region. The structure has been damaged, rebuilt, and renovated a number of times during conflicts and now houses a museum displaying much of the history of the area.

Kusadasi, Turkey

The city of Ephesus is close to this Turkish port, and the ruins of many of its famous buildings can still be seen today. These include the Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, and the Church of Mary. This is one of the most complete ancient cities in the Mediterranean region and an architectural wonder to visit.

Progreso, Mexico

The Mayan empire was first established around 4,000 years ago and was a major part of Mexican civilization until the conquest of the Spanish conquistadors. Many of the sites they inhabited can still be seen, with the ancient city of Uxmal being close to the port of Progreso. On a visit to the city, you can view the Governor’s Palace, which is one of the more notable Mayan buildings still standing.

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Alexandria, Egypt

Docking here gives you the opportunity to see the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world and only one that still exists.  The Great Pyramid of Giza has stood in place for more than 4,500 years and is part of the Giza Necropolis. A visit also provides the chance to see the famous Sphinx, and other highlights of this destination include ancient Alexandria, which was founded by Alexander the Great. The history of mankind dates back thousands of years, and evidence of the many great civilizations that have risen can still be seen today. Cruises are an enjoyable way to get to many of these, with the wonders shown above being some of the best to visit.

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