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2021

Mediterranean Treasures from the Pyramids of Egypt to Israel (port-to-port cruise)

9 Days - AHL_PP
# Description

Cruise

Cairo - ALEXANDRIA - ASHDOD - HAIFA - LIMASSOL - LARNACA

9-Day/8-Night Cruise and Tour

April 16 to 24, 2021

Onboard LA BELLE DE L’ADRIATIQUE

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

  • 2-DAY/1-NIGHT STAY in Cairo, walking in the footsteps of the Pharaohs
  • Accommodations at a five-star hotel
  • UNIQUE ITINERARY
  • ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus
    • Galilee, the jewel of northern Israel
    • Acre, walking in the footsteps of the Knights Templar
    • Jerusalem, a holy city at the crossroads of three religions

Route

Day 1

Cairo

You’ll check into your 5-star hotel in Cairo. We’ll have dinner at the hotel. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

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Day 2

Cairo - ALEXANDRIA

Join us for a full-day tour to walk in the footsteps of the Pharaohs (lunch included). The Giza pyramid complex is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The “Great Pyramid of Giza.” At its sides sit the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, as well as the Great Sphinx of Giza. We’ll continue on the royal necropolis of Dahshur, which contains some of the oldest and best-preserved pyramids in the country. The Bent, Red, and Black Pyramids all vary in design and demonstrate how the grand scope of pyramid building changed throughout the ages. Our next stop will be Saqqara, a huge area that served as the burial ground for Egypt's ancient capital, Memphis. This archaeological site contains several royal tombs, including well-known monuments such as the Step Pyramid in Zoser’s funerary complex. In the middle of the afternoon, you’ll be transferred back to Alexandria to board our ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail.

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Day 3

ALEXANDRIA

Alexandria was founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great. At its greatest, it rivaled Rome and was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria. This morning, we’ll visit the Alexandria National Museum, a great place to learn about the city’s diverse past. The museum collection includes artifacts from the pharaohs, the Greco-Roman era, and the Byzantine, Islamic, and modern periods. Our next stop will be the Roman amphitheater, the only one of its kind in Egypt. Uncovered by accident in 1960, the structure dates back to the 2nd century AD. The semi-circular, open-air theater had a capacity of 600 spectators, with an audience section of 13 white-marble rows and red granite columns imported from the city of Aswan.

In the afternoon, we'll have a guided tour of the  Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Montazah Palace Gardens. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina commemorates the Great Library of Alexandria and aims to be a center of cultural and scientific excellence in the Mediterranean Region. We’ll then visit the loveliest green space in the city: The Montazah Palace Gardens. The lush gardens are a great place to take a stroll and admire the 19th-century palace and grounds. Our ship will cruise to Ashdod overnight.

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Day 4

At sea

We’ll spend the day cruising on the Mediterranean Sea. Take advantage of the wide range of onboard activities proposed during our full-day cruise today. 

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Day 5

ASHDOD(1)

Join us for a full-day excursion to Jerusalem (lunch included; approx. 10 hours total, incl. 4 hours round trip). Jerusalem is one of the holiest and most fascinating cities in the world. The old city contains over 200 historic sites, including the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which encompasses the hill where Jesus was crucified and his tomb. During this tour, we will discover the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, as well as the colorful market where the three main religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—live side by side.

Our ship will cruise through the night.

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Day 6

HAIFA

In the morning, join us for an excursion to Galilee. Famous for its luscious landscapes dotted with rolling hills and valleys, its small picturesque cities, and its historic sites, Galilee is the best-kept secret in Israel.

This afternoon, we'll set off on an optional visit to Acre (Saint John of Acre), headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller during the Crusades in the Holy Land. The old city of Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many remarkable vestiges, such as ruins from the Greco-Roman period as well as from the time of the Crusades and the Ottoman Empire. Its fascinating historical heritage, where East meets West, and the unique ruins of different cultures make it one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Our ship will cruise to Limassol overnight.

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Day 7

LIMASSOL

After the morning at sea, join us for a tour of the archaeological ruins in Paphos, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll visit the impressive underground tombs dating back to the 4th century BC that have a distinct Egyptian influence. The remains of villas, palaces, theaters, fortresses, and tombs mean that the site is of exceptional architectural and historical value. We'll continue to the coastal town of Yeroskipou to visit a Loukoum (Turkish Delight) factory and enjoy a tasting. Our ship will cruise to Larnaca overnight.

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Day 8

LARNACA

This morning, we'll set out on an excursion to Nicosia, the capital city split at the “Green Line” between Cyprus and Greece. We’ll discover the city’s hidden treasures and beautiful sites. Enjoy some free time on your own in Larnaca this afternoon. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 9

LARNACA

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.  

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Dates & Prices

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
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Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice - all meals - drinks with your meals and at the onboard bar (not including our special wine and drinks list) - excursions mentioned in the program - lunch in a restaurant on Day 2 - accommodations at a 5-star hotel in Cairo with all meals included on Day 1 and Day 2 - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Visa for Egypt delivered on arrival - drinks from our special wine list or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage - insurance - transfers - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

Alexandria, Its National Museum and Amphitheater

Alexandria, the largest port in Egypt and one of the Mediterranean’s leading seaside resorts, sits on the northwest bank of the Nile River delta. The city was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. Today, it is a major seaport and industrial...

Duration h00 Classic
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Excursion to Galilee

Famous for its luscious landscapes dotted with rolling hills and valleys, its small picturesque cities and its historic sites, Galilee is the best kept secret in Israel. PLEASE NOTE The order of the visits can change. Times are approximate.

Duration 5h00 Classic
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Paphos

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

Duration 5h00 Classic
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Visit to Acre

We'll set off on a visit to Acre (Saint John of Acre), headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller during Crusades in the Holy Land. The old city of Acre, a UNESCO world heritage site, is home to many remarkable sites, such as ruins from the Greco-Ro...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Excursion to Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital city of Cyprus and its largest metropolis. We’ll visit the former Cathedral of Saint Sophia, the coronation church for the Lusignan kings of Cyprus, which was converted into the Selimiye Mosque in the 16th century. We&rsq...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Full-day excursion to Jerusalem

Join us for a full-day excursion to Jerusalem (lunch included; approx. 10 hours total, incl. 4 hours round trip). Jerusalem is one of the holiest and most fascinating cities in the world. The old city is home to over 200 historical monuments, includi...

Duration 11h30 Classic
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Montazah Palace Gardens

To begin this excursion, we’ll set out by coach along the Midan Tahrir to see the Muhammed Ali Pasha monument, dedicated to the founder of modern Egypt. We’ll also pass by the Alexandria Naval Unknown Soldier Memorial in the Manshaya Dist...

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Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

You will need an Egyptian visa in your passport, which must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date. For non-EU residents: Please consult the embassies or consulates of the countries to be visited.


Warning: Navigational obligations and weather conditions can disrupt the itinerary, and in certain cases, intermediate stops may be canceled. If this happens, CroisiEurope will do our best to find the best solution according to passenger expectations. For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary.

2020 PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM (subject to changes).

(1) According to availability, the stopover in Ashdod could be replaced by a stopover in Haifa.

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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