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2021

The Wonders of the Mediterranean to the Treasures of the Red Sea by Crossing the Suez Canal Cyprus - Egypt (port-to-port cruise)

10 Days - LHG_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

LARNACA - ALEXANDRIA - Suez Canal - SUEZ - Cairo - SHARM EL SHEIKH - HURGHADA

UNIQUE ITINERARY

PASSAGE THROUGH THE SUEZ CANAL

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 onboard
  • 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

  • ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus
    • East meets West in Alexandria
    • Suez National Museum
    • Cairo, walking in the footsteps of the Pharaohs
    • Ras Muhammad National Park and its spectacular marine life and ecosystems
    • Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, one of the most astounding spots in Upper Egypt
  • Conferences on board

Route

Day 1

LARNACA

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. We'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner on board. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

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Day 2

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. Our tour will include the Selimiye Mosque, a former Roman Catholic cathedral converted into a mosque in the 16th century, and Buyuk Han—the largest and finest example of caravanserai architecture on the island. Its immense courtyard now hosts craft workshops and cafés for you to enjoy. We'll wrap up the excursion with a stroll through the traditional pedestrian area known as Laïki Geitonia—a great place to get a feel of the city and its inhabitants. In the afternoon, our ship will begin to cruise.

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Day 3

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. Join us for a lecture in the lounge: Is Egypt Still a Gift of the Nile?

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Day 4

ALEXANDRIA

Alexandria was founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great. At its apex, the city 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 600-spectator capacity, 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.

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Day 5

ALEXANDRIA - PORT SAID

We'll spend the day cruising to Port Said. We'll cruise aside the Nile Delta, a rich agricultural region. Egyptians have farmed this abundantly fertile area intensively for over 5,000 years. It is also home to a large concentration of wildlife. Later, there will be a lecture in the lounge: The Suez Canal: From the Route to India to the Shipping of Oil.

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Day 6

PORT SAID - Suez Canal - SUEZ

Our ship will cast off to cross the Suez canal early this morning. Measuring 20 miles long (193 km) and only 673 feet wide (205 m), this canal allows for the strategic passage from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea without having to make the long journey around the southern tip of Africa. The incredible structure was achieved between 1859 and 1869 under the guidance of Ferdinand de Lesseps—well after Darius, the Persian conqueror of Egypt, had completed an initial version of the canal. We'll arrive in Suez mid-morning, where we'll set out to visit the Suez National Museum to learn more about the city and its famous waterway. The museum recounts Egypt's trade history and includes ancient navigation instruments. In addition to shipping, the canal is a major passageway for Muslim pilgrims traveling to and from Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Tonight's festivities will have an Egyptian flair!

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Day 7

SUEZ - Cairo

Join us for an optional excursion to Cairo (including lunch) and a tour walking in the footsteps of the Pharaohs. 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. Afterwards, we'll visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo. This exceptional museum, located in an impressive neoclassical building, opened its doors in 1902. At that time, it only contained about 12,000 pieces. Today, the museum owns the greatest collection of Egyptian archaeological history in the world. Among the objects you'll discover are rare statues, paintings, and funeral elements. Within the Royal Mummy Room, you'll see the enveloped remains of some of the most famous pharaohs.

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Day 8

SHARM EL SHEIKH

We'll spend the morning 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. Later, there will be a lecture in the lounge: The History of the Sinai Peninsula.

We'll set out on an excursion to Ras Muhammad National Park. Located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Muhammad National Park contains some of the most outstanding diving sites in the Sharm El-Sheikh resort area. The spectacular coral-reef ecosystems and vividly colored fish offer a veritable paradise for snorkeling. In addition to the wonders in the water, the beaches stretch for miles, framed by dramatic cliffs and mangrove clusters.

Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 9

HURGHADA

We'll leave for a full-day optional 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 ancient Egypt's top tourist destinations. Located on the west bank of the River Nile, the isolated valley is dominated by a great pyramid-shaped mountain. The area has been the site of royal burials for almost 4,000 years. More than 63 tombs include Seti I(2) and II; Ramesses III, IV, VII, and IX; Siptah; Tausert-Setnakht; and Merenptah. You'll be able to visit three with your entry ticket. The final resting place for these great pharaohs remains one of the most impressive sites to visit in the world. Farther along, dominating the eastern bank, sits the 59-foot high (18 m) Colossi of Memnon—faceless effigies seated on thrones at the entrance to the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. We'll also visit the Karnak Temple Complex. At the heart of this site stands the colossal Precinct of Amun-Re, enclosing a sacred lake that priests used in purification ceremonies before performing rituals in the temple.

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Day 10

HURGHADA

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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the cruise in the cabin category of your choice - all meals - drinks consumed on board (not including our special wine and drinks list) - excursions mentioned in the program - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Transfers - Drinks from our special wine list or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses - egyptian visa.

Shore Excursions

Suez National Museum

The Suez National Museum traces the history of the city of Suez through a display of 15,000 rare and important artifacts. The collections include elaborate oil lamps, columns, death masks, sarcophagi, statues, and medals. An exhibit on the first floo...

Duration 2h00 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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Ras Muhammad National Park

Ras Muhammad National Park is one of the most impressive sites on the Sinai Peninsula. Its major draws are the coastal landscapes, clear blue water, and the coral reef—home to underwater marvels and rare fish. You'll be able to submerge you...

Duration 5h00 Classic
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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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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...

Duration h00 Classic
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Full-day excursion to Cairo

Join us for an excursion to Cairo, “walking in the footsteps of the Pharaohs” (lunch included; approx. 10 hours total, incl. 4 hours round trip). The Giza pyramid complex is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the &ldqu...

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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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.

Egyptian visa information: You must apply for your Egyptian e-visa before you arrive in the country. You can do this yourself directly through the government website: https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/eVisa/

Nevertheless, CroisiEurope can take care of your application for you for a fee (30€ (1)). Please note that the application would need to be processed well before your departure date. Please contact us for more information.


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. 2021 PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM (subject to changes).

(1) Rates subject to change.

(2) Access to the tomb of Seti I is limited to the first 50 visitors daily: thereafter, a visit to another tomb will be offered.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :

  • The excursions may be modified or reversed for technical requirements or in case of cultural events… Please note that Egyptian authorities can unexpectedly close certain sites or museums. If this occurs, we will propose an alternative.
  • Certain places we will visit have very high levels of security. We cannot be held liable for any unforeseen closings, but we will commit to doing our best to ensure comparable substitute excursions.
  • If necessary, the itinerary, stopovers or visits may be modified by the cruise company or our local representatives.

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