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2021

The TREASURES of the RED SEA between Egypt, Israel, and Jordan¿sculpted by Mother Nature and Enhanced by Humankind

8 Days - EIJ_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

SHARM EL-SHEIKH - EILAT - AQABA - HURGHADA - SHARM EL-SHEIKH

8-Day/7-Night Cruise

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

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • The seafloor in Naama Bay
    • Masada and the Dead Sea
    • Petra, the “Rose City” of Jordan
    • The Wadi Rum desert
    • Luxor and the Valley of the Kings

Route

Day 1

SHARM EL-SHEIKH

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

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Day 2

SHARM EL-SHEIKH

Sharm El-Sheikh is a modern, international resort and a sea diver’s paradise. Set out on a tour of the seafloor in Naama Bay. A glass bottom boat tour will introduce you to the colorful riches found within the Red Sea. 

We’ll spend the afternoon cruising. Take advantage of the warm weather on the Sun Deck as we pass alongside the Sinai Peninsula, a sacred area for many religions. The land takes its name from Mount Sinai, assumed to be where God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses. At dusk, the earth takes on burnt-red tones and becomes a feast of colors.

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Day 3

EILAT

Join us for an excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea (including lunch). The ancient fortification of Masada sits high on a plateau on the edge of the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built two palaces on the mountain in the last century BC. Jewish zealots conquered the site in 68 AD at the beginning of the revolt against the Roman Empire. In 73 AD, the zealots fought back against a siege. They eventually lost, but their battle remains a symbol of the struggle for freedom. After our visit, we’ll head over to a hotel on the edge of the Dead Sea for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing by the poolside or in the rich, mineral-filled waters of the sea.  

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Day 4

AQABA

Join us for a full-day excursion to Petra (lunch included; approx. 4 hours round trip). Petra is unquestionably one of the greatest marvels ever sculpted by Mother Nature and enhanced by humankind and is considered to be one of Jordan’s national treasures. Carved into the pink and red stone by the Nabataeans—an Arab people living in Jordan over 2,000 years ago—Petra, meaning “rock” in Greek, was strategically located at the junction of the silk and spice trade routes. To enter the city, we will follow the “siq,” a narrow gorge approximately a half mile in length, delimited by sharp cliffs on either side—ending at Al Khazneh, as known as “The Treasury.” This tomb of a Nabataean has an impressive Hellenistic facade that was carved directly into the pink stone at the beginning of the 1st century. It is a masterpiece of refinement and symmetry which, on its own, makes a visit to Petra worthwhile. You will also discover the Roman-style Nabataean theater carved into the rock over 2,000 years ago. We’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before returning the ship in Aqaba.  

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Day 5

AQABA

Join us for an excursion this morning to the Wadi Rum desert. Alongside Petra, it is one of Jordan’s must-see sites. We’ll stop for many photo ops as we make our way on 4-wheel drive vehicles, allowing you to discover the desert made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. You’ll be dazzled by the spectacular colors of the barren lands, seeing them change according to the radiance of the sunlight as the day progresses. The Bedouins that inhabit the Wadi Rum are well known for their hospitality: Under their tent, you’ll be invited to enjoy tea and delicious specialties of their local cuisine.

Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 6

HURGHADA

We’ll spend the morning cruising on the Red Sea.   

Once we arrive in Hurghada, we’ll set out on a tour of the city and its souk. The major sites we’ll visit are the mosque (shoulders and hair must be covered) and the Coptic Church. We’ll then head to the souk . Souks are the busy, lively markets where the locals go about their everyday lives. The stands overflow with foods, spices, and handicrafts. We’ll stop at a spice stand and a cotton stand.

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Day 7

HURGHADA

We’ll leave for a full-day excursion to Thebes, the ancient capital of the Pharaohs. You’ll discover Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (lunch included - driving time is approximately 7 hours round trip). We’ll begin the tour with the Valley of the Kings, one of ancient Egypt’s top tourist destinations. The cliffs and valleys are home to rock-cut tombs spanning 500 years. It was here, in this setting, that the Pharaohs awaited immortality in their sarcophagi. Our tour includes a visit to three of the over 60 tombs. Further along, dominating the eastern bank, sits the 59-foot high (18 m) Colossi of Memnon—faceless effigies seated on a throne that are the ruins of the entrance to the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll visit the Karnak Temple Complex. Connected to Luxor by a corridor of ram-headed sphinxes, this grandiose site, dedicated to the god Amun, was expanded continuously for 1,500 years. At the heart of this site stands the colossal Precinct of Amun-Re, enclosing a sacred lake that was used by priests in a purification ceremony before performing rituals in the temple. An important place of worship, the location contains the Great Hypostyle Hall, a spectacular forest of gigantic columns. This historically significant complex is breathtakingly beautiful. Afterwards, we’ll return on board in Hurghada.   

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Day 8

SHARM EL-SHEIKH

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

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
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Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including our special wine and drinks list) - accommodations in a double-occupancy, climate-controlled cabin with shower in private bathroom - excursions mentioned in the program - onboard activities - welcome cocktail - gala evening - assistance from our onboard, multi-lingual host/hostess - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

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

Shore Excursions

Hurghada

Once a small fishing village, Hurghada is now a vast beach resort stretching along the pristine Red Sea coast. The Abdel Moneim Riad Mosque, built in the 1970s in the Dahar district, was the city’s symbol for many years. We’ll continue ou...

Duration h00 Classic
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Full-day excursion to the Wadi Rum desert

Join us for a full-day excursion in the Wadi Rum desert (lunch included). Alongside Petra, it is one of Jordan’s must-see sites. We’ll stop for many photo ops as we make our way by Jeep, allowing you to discover the desert made famous by...

Duration 6h30 Classic
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The Seafloor in Naama Bay

We’ll set out from the harbor in Sharm El-Sheikh for the magnificent seaside area of Naama Bay, an enormous natural inlet known for its beautiful diving sites. The golden sand beaches lined with palm trees are the ideal place to relax, sunbathe...

Duration 2h30 Classic
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Masada and the Dead Sea

The ancient fortification of Masada sits on a plateau on the edge of the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. The natural fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel. Herod the Great built two palaces on...

Duration 12h00 Classic
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Luxor and the Valley of the Kings

We’ll leave for a full-day excursion to Thebes, the ancient capital of the Pharaohs: You’ll discover Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (lunch included - driving time is approximately 7 hours round trip). The Valley of the Kings is one of...

Duration 15h00 Classic
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Full-day excursion to Petra

Join us for a full-day excursion to Petra (lunch included; approx. 10 hours total, incl. 4 hours round trip). Petra is unquestionably one of the greatest marvels ever erected by Man and Nature and is considered to be one of Jordan’s national tr...

Duration 10h00 Classic
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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).

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

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