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2018
FROM $ 2,553 PP

An exceptional cruise: Cyprus and the Holy Land

8 Days - LIM_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

LARNACA - HAIFA or ASHDOD - LIMASSOL - LARNACA

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exclusive itinerary
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Jerusalem, the Holy City, and Bethlehem
    • Nazareth, the “Arab capital of Israel”
  • Excursions to the Holy Land:
    • Galilee, the gem of northern Israel
  • Cyprus:
    • Nicosia and Kyrenia
    • The ancient city-state of Kourion and Kolossi Castle
    • Limassol and its medieval castle
    • Paphos, well known for its Mosaics

Cruise

Day 1

LARNACA

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 2

LARNACA (Cyprus)

Full-day excursion to Nicosia and Kyrenia (approx. 8 hours including lunch). The Cypriot capital has two faces and symbolizes two contrasting cultures united by a shared history. Brimming with gems to discover, Nicosia stands as the last officially divided European city. The Green Line, a UN-monitored demilitarized zone winding through the center of the city, separates the Mediterranean feel of southern Nicosia from the surprising architectural masterpieces in its northern counterpart. You'll get to visit, among other places, the former Cathedral of Saint Sophia where Cyprus kings used to be crowned. In the afternoon, we'll continue on to Kyrenia, the main seaside resort in northern Cyprus. We'll take a walk along its picturesque harbor before moving on to Bellapais Abbey. Also known as "the Abbey of Beautiful Peace", it was built in Gothic design in the 12th century and offers gorgeous views over the coast.  

Day 3

HAIFA or ASHDOD (Israel)

Full-day excursion to Jerusalem and Bethlehem (lunch included; approx. 10 hours total, including 4 hours round trip). We'll travel through the Judea Mountains and the entrance to the valley which was besieged during the 1948 War of Independence. In Jerusalem, you will visit the Mount of Olives and the Church of Gethsemane, where Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and captured by the Romans. In the afternoon, we'll enjoy a discovery tour of Bethlehem, City of David and Jacob and the famous Church of the Nativity. After returning to Jerusalem, we'll visit the Old Town. We will first amble down the colorful market where the three main religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) live side by side before reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the holiest Christian site in the world believed to encompass both the Calvary where Jesus Christ was crucified as well as the cave where his body was placed after his death. We'll move on along the Via Dolorosa all the way to the Wailing Wall, the most sacred place of worship for Jews, where they write their wishes on slips of paper which are then placed in the wall. Finally, we'll get to see Mount Zion where Jesus Christ ate the Last Supper with his disciples, which inspired the Cenacle.

Day 4

HAIFA or ASHDOD (Israel)

Full-day excursion through Galilee including the Sea of Galilee (lunch included; approx. 9 hours total, including 4 hours round trip). The Sea of Galilee, a freshwater lake also known as Lake Tiberias or Kinneret in Hebrew, is the main water source in Israel and crystallizes for Christians the place where many of the events described in the Bible occurred. Our excursion will first take you to Cana (or Kafr Cana), where Jesus performed the miracle of transforming water into wine. We'll continue on to the Mount of Beatitudes, from where there are wonderful views of Lake Tiberias. This is the hill where Jesus is believed to have delivered his "Sermon on the Mount". We'll next head for Tabgha, believed to be the most beautiful and peaceful of holy Christian sites and which was the scene of many Gospel stories, before moving on to Capernaum, the base camp for Jesus during his Galilean ministry.

Day 5

HAIFA or ASHDOD (Israel) - LIMASSOL (Cyprus)

This morning, guided tour of Nazareth. We'll set off for our discovery tour of Nazareth, travelling through the lovely hills of Upper Galilee and the historic Jezreel Valley until we reach the spot where the Angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah. We'll visit the Church of the Annunciation, the largest Catholic church in the Middle East and one of the holiest shrines in the Christian world. Then, we'll continue to the Greek Orthodox Church of St Gabriel, where the water from an underground spring flows through the apse and into the adjacent Mary's Well. Finally, we will visit St Joseph's Church, built in 1914 on the very spot believed to be the workshop of Joseph the carpenter.

We'll spend all afternoon sailing towards Limassol.

Day 6

LIMASSOL (Cyprus)

This morning, excursion to the ancient city of Kourion and Kolossi Castle. Our journey will take us to the archaeological site of Kourion. This is one of the most spectacular sites in all of Cyprus, perched proudly on a hillside between land and sea with wonderful views over the bay of Episkopi. Here you can admire an early Christian basilica, the Greco-Roman theatre and the House of Eustolios with its superb 5th century A.D. mosaic floors. We'll continue on to Kolossi Castle, a fine example of military architecture dating from the 13th century, which was the seat of the Supreme military commandment of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitallers) and then later under the control of the Knights Templars.

This afternoon, guided visit of the medieval Byzantine castle of Limassol and the old town. We will see the castle and its shady gardens. The current building, dating from the 13th century, was built on top of the ruins of a Byzantine castle and has been restored and destroyed many times during the history of Cyprus. The Venetians demolished it, the Ottomans turned it into a military building and the British used it as a colonial prison. Today it houses the medieval museum of Cyprus with exhibits such as Ottoman pottery, medieval armor and everyday objects from the Byzantine era. Enjoy some free time in the old town before returning on board for our traditional Cypriot evening.

Day 7

LIMASSOL - LARNACA (Cyprus)

This morning, excursion to Paphos Archaeological Park. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1980, this exceptional site features the Tombs of the Kings, a mysterious underground necropolis located amidst an almost deserted landscape. We'll then visit the houses of Dionysos, Theseus and Aion whose splendid mosaics were discovered by chance in 1962. A few kilometers further on, we will stop in the village of Yeroskipou to visit a small workshop where Loukoum (Cyprus Delight) is made, followed by a tasting session.

The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Larnaca.

Tonight¿s our gala dinner and evening.

Day 8

LARNACA

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

Dates & Prices

START IN 2018
Departure 12/15/2018
Arrival 12/22/2018
Ship : MS La Belle de l'Adriatique Ship category : PREMIUM
Sold out
Departure 12/22/2018
Arrival 12/29/2018
FROM $ 2,553 PP
Ship : MS La Belle de l'Adriatique Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 12/29/2018
Arrival 01/05/2019
FROM $ 3,333 PP
Ship : MS La Belle de l'Adriatique Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
  • 3rd person discount in triple cabin : - 30%

Formalities

Passport valid 6 months after departure required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) - accommodations in double-occupancy cabin - welcome cocktail - gala evening - assistance from our onboard host/hostess - excursions mentioned in the program - travel assistance/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Transfers - drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

7 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Nicosia and Kyrenia Jerusalem and Bethléem Galilee and Tiberiade lake Nazareth Kourion and Kolossi Limassol Paphos
Price per pers. $ 525.00 Before departure $ 613.00 On board
Classic

Jerusalem and Bethlehem

We’ll set off from the port of Haifa and travel through the Judea Mountains and the entrance to the valley which was besieged during the 1948 War of Independence. In Jerusalem, you will visit the Mount of Olives and the Church of Gethsemane, wh...

Duration 12h30

Kourion and Kolossi castle

Your journey will take you to the archaeological site of Kourion. This is one of the most spectacular sites in all of Cyprus, perched proudly on a hillside between land and sea with wonderful views over the bay of Episkopi. Here you can admire the Gr...

Duration 4h00

Nicosia and Kyrenia

Nicosia is the capital city of Cyprus and its largest metropolis. The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities of Nicosia segregated into the south and north of the city respectively in 1963. The buffer zone formed as a result is known as the Gr...

Duration 7h45

Nazareth

We’ll set off for our guided visit to Nazareth. There will be a discovery tour of Nazareth, travelling through the lovely hills of Upper Galilee and the historic Jezreel Valley until you reach the spot where the Angel Gabriel told the Virgin Ma...

Duration 5h00

Galilee and Lake Tiberias

We’ll set off by coach for our excursion to Galilee and Lake Tiberias, a freshwater lake known also as the Sea of Galilee or Kinneret in Hebrew. This is the main water source in Israel and is for Christians the place where many of the events de...

Duration 9h00

Limassol

We'll set off for a guided visit of the medieval Byzantine castle of Limassol. You will see the castle and its shady gardens. The current building, dating from the 13th century, was built on top of the ruins of a Byzantine castle and has been res...

Duration 3h00

Paphos

We’ll leave from Limassol by coach and head towards Paphos. On our way, we’ll stop off at Rotsa tou kalamara, also known as Aphrodite’s Rock, a popular attraction because its status in mythology as her birthplace. We’ll then c...

Duration 5h00

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

MS La Belle de l'Adriatique

PREMIUM - 4 Decks

Navigational obligations and weather conditions can disrupt the itinerary; the company and the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary. If this happens, CroisiEurope will do our best to find the best solution according to passenger expectations. 2018 pre-program, subject to changes. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation. Subject to CroisEurope’s General Terms and Conditions of Sale. License IM067100025.

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