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12-night Crossroads of Empires – Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, and Jordan Expedition

Cruise Line:
Zegrahm Expeditions
Ship:
Caledonian Sky
Destination:
Larnaca/Amman
Departure Date:
10/22/2021
Length:
12
Offer ID:
1375792

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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Land Tour: Air Travel
10/23/2021
10/23/2021

No information currently available.

Land Tour: Larnaca
10/23/2021
10/23/2021

Lanarca is renowned for it's pristine beaches. Some of the most famous beaches, including Phinikoudes, have water sport activities as well as fishing and boating excursions. Phinikoudes also boasts a strip of cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants on the beach front, which particularly gets crowded during the summer months. Lanarca is also an excellent snorkeling and diving location with some of the finest shipwrecks in the world.

Land Tour: Larnaca
10/24/2021
10/24/2021

Lanarca is renowned for it's pristine beaches. Some of the most famous beaches, including Phinikoudes, have water sport activities as well as fishing and boating excursions. Phinikoudes also boasts a strip of cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants on the beach front, which particularly gets crowded during the summer months. Lanarca is also an excellent snorkeling and diving location with some of the finest shipwrecks in the world.

Land Tour: Kourion
10/24/2021
10/24/2021

No information currently available.

Cruise Starts (Embarkation)
10/24/2021
10/24/2021

No information currently available.

Larnaca
10/24/2021
10/24/2021

Lanarca is renowned for it's pristine beaches. Some of the most famous beaches, including Phinikoudes, have water sport activities as well as fishing and boating excursions. Phinikoudes also boasts a strip of cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants on the beach front, which particularly gets crowded during the summer months. Lanarca is also an excellent snorkeling and diving location with some of the finest shipwrecks in the world.

Haifa
Suggested Private Excursion
10/25/2021
10/25/2021

Holy Land to three of the world's major religions, Israel has a great emotional and spiritual effect on its visitors through its magnificent religious shrines and tenacity of a nation that, against all odds, made the desert bloom. As a center of shipping, banking, foreign commerce and wholesale trading, Haifa boasts institutions for higher education and for scientific research, a theater, a concert hall, museums and places of culture and entertainment. The residential areas and major hotels are situated along the ridge of Mount Carmel, about 900 feet above sea level. Clandestine Immigration & Navy Museum features the ship which ran the British blockade during the Mandatory period. Mane Katz Museum is dedicated to the world-renowned Jewish artist of the same name who left his home, paintings and other works of art to the city. Gan Ha-Pesalim, a lovely garden overlooking the bay, is home to over 20 bronze sculptures by Ursula Malbin. Elija’s Cave, known as the center of the prophet’s activities, is holy to Jews, Christians, Moslems and Druze.

Suggested Private Excursions

Jewish Highlights - Galilee & Golan Heights - One Day - Haifa Port

Jewish Highlights - Jerusalem - One Day - Haifa Port

Mount of Beatitudes
10/25/2021
10/25/2021

No information currently available.

Tabgha
10/25/2021
10/25/2021

Tabgha (Tabhka) is a famous point along the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee near Capernaum, known for the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to feed a multitude after Jesus' resurrection. It is a major stop on pilgrimages to Christian sites along the Sea of Galilee, and Tabgha is a peaceful area with many beautiful things to see. Visit the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of the Primacy of Peter and the seven warm sulphurous springs for which the area is named.

Capernaum
10/25/2021
10/25/2021

Capernaum or "Nahum’s village" is a small fishing town located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The town was established in the 2nd century BC during the Hasmonean period. Biblical events states that Jesus of Nazareth taught at Capernaum’s synagogues. These ancient ruins were discovered in 1838 by American explorer Edward Robinson and have been protected by Franciscan Friars from defacement.



Capernaum captivates its visitors with the ancient Roman ruins and sacred synagogues. Most travelers make their pilgrimage to the open air museum of Capernaum to walk the cobblestone streets and relive historical periods of history.

Akko (Acre)
10/25/2021
10/25/2021

Located in the northern coastal plain of northern Israel, Akko faces the Haifa Bay.  The city is surrounded by steep, thick sandstone walls which bear the marks of the nations that left their impression on the city. This ancient city has taken an important role in history; many people have wanted a piece of Akko from the Crusaders to Napoleon Bonaparte. 

 

Caesarea
10/25/2021
10/25/2021

The ancient and modern beauty of Israel lies in the city of Caesarea located along the Israeli Mediterranean coastline between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The ancient city built in 25 BC by Herod the Great, was once a port city and the capital of the Byzantine period. At the time of its construction Herod named his city honoring the Roman emperor Ceasar Augustus. 

 

Massive archeological sites of ancient Caesarea still stand today.  As for some it is still in operation like the Caesarea Amphitheater that seats 5,000 spectators for concerts and events. Close to the theater lies the Aqueduct of Caesarea that provided the water to the spectators and the city. Visitors can also visit the ancient ruins of Herod’s Palace and the recorded site of where Pontius Pilot reigned at the time.

 

Modern day Caesara is graced with modern homes, beach resorts, and city tours. The world’s only underwater museum resides in Caesaerea. Here, divers can also discover the underwater ruins of the ancient city.

Mt. Carmel
10/25/2021
10/25/2021

No information currently available.

Haifa
Suggested Private Excursion
10/26/2021
10/26/2021

Holy Land to three of the world's major religions, Israel has a great emotional and spiritual effect on its visitors through its magnificent religious shrines and tenacity of a nation that, against all odds, made the desert bloom. As a center of shipping, banking, foreign commerce and wholesale trading, Haifa boasts institutions for higher education and for scientific research, a theater, a concert hall, museums and places of culture and entertainment. The residential areas and major hotels are situated along the ridge of Mount Carmel, about 900 feet above sea level. Clandestine Immigration & Navy Museum features the ship which ran the British blockade during the Mandatory period. Mane Katz Museum is dedicated to the world-renowned Jewish artist of the same name who left his home, paintings and other works of art to the city. Gan Ha-Pesalim, a lovely garden overlooking the bay, is home to over 20 bronze sculptures by Ursula Malbin. Elija’s Cave, known as the center of the prophet’s activities, is holy to Jews, Christians, Moslems and Druze.

Suggested Private Excursions

Jewish Highlights - Galilee & Golan Heights - One Day - Haifa Port

Jewish Highlights - Jerusalem - One Day - Haifa Port

Ashdod
Suggested Private Excursion
10/27/2021
10/27/2021

Ashdod is one of Israel’s largest ports and a living museum of ancient history. It was one of the five cities of giants, and it was here the Philistines brought the captured Holy Ark, sacred to the Hebrews. Ashdod’s 23-level tel (archaeological dig) lies southeast of the modern city. Among the remains of the 10th century CE Fatimid Fortress, archaeologists discovered an early Arabic document recounting Byzantine ships once brought Muslim prisoners to Ashdod to sell back to their families.

Suggested Private Excursions

Jewish Highlights - Jerusalem - One Day - Ashdod Port

Masada & the Dead Sea - One Day - Ashdod Port

Tel Aviv & Surrounding Area - One Day - Ashdod Port

Jaffa
10/27/2021
10/27/2021

Jaffa is a beautiful city of crumbling sandstone that arises from the waves on rocks and shifting sand dunes. It has been historically important largely because of its port. From archeological discoveries and ancient documents we learn that Jaffa existed as a port city some 4,000 years ago, serving Egyptian and Phoenician sailors in their sea voyages. The port of Jaffa is used today as a fishing harbor and as an international marina. The city is also noted for its export of the famous Jaffa oranges.

Tel Aviv
10/27/2021
10/27/2021

Stretched along the beautiful beach of the Mediterranean, Tel-Aviv is Israel's largest city and biggest commercial center. It is a busy metropolis, which inspires visitors with an atmosphere of excitement and fun. With its seafront skyscrapers and exclusive hotels, Tel-Aviv presents a lively combination of entertainment venues, shopping malls, exotic markets, nonstop active nightlife, gorgeous golden beaches, and wonderful restaurants. It is also the country's greatest cultural center, a home for a variety of museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls. By contrast, the ancient port city of Jaffa, has a medieval appearance. This special blend of Mediterranean ambience, seaside resort and modern facade is what makes the city so uniquely appealing.

Jerusalem
10/27/2021
10/27/2021

Situated high in the Judean Hills, Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel, is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world, presenting a unique combination of ancient history, spiritual sanctity and colorful cultures.
Established 3000 years ago by King David, Jerusalem is a fascinating city of many contrasts and diversities. It is a city where old and new, holy and secular, pure nature and beautiful architecture mix into magical harmony of smells, sounds and sights. Sacred to the world's three main religions, Jerusalem is a captivating city, whose visitors are left touched and inspired by the shining glow of its religious shrines, picturesque scenery and magnificent golden limestone. It is home to the Israeli parliament, the President's Residence and the government offices. A visit to Jerusalem, known as the "City of Gold" is an unforgettable experience.

Ashdod
Suggested Private Excursion
10/28/2021
10/28/2021

Ashdod is one of Israel’s largest ports and a living museum of ancient history. It was one of the five cities of giants, and it was here the Philistines brought the captured Holy Ark, sacred to the Hebrews. Ashdod’s 23-level tel (archaeological dig) lies southeast of the modern city. Among the remains of the 10th century CE Fatimid Fortress, archaeologists discovered an early Arabic document recounting Byzantine ships once brought Muslim prisoners to Ashdod to sell back to their families.

Suggested Private Excursions

Jewish Highlights - Jerusalem - One Day - Ashdod Port

Masada & the Dead Sea - One Day - Ashdod Port

Tel Aviv & Surrounding Area - One Day - Ashdod Port

Cairo (Port Said)
10/29/2021
10/29/2021

Port Said has a lovely view which runs along its attractive beach. The city is located at the northern end of the Suez Canal. Situated largely on man-made land, the city was founded on a low sandy strip separating the Mediterranean from Lake Al-Manzilah. Lying at the junction of Africa & Asia, it is a famous and vital sea route between east & west.

Suez Canal
10/29/2021
10/29/2021

The Suez Canal links two oceans and two seas the Atlantic and Mediterranean via Gibraltar to Port Said, and the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea via Bab Al Mandab and the Gulf of Suez to the port of Suez. It is the longest Canal that has no locks, it can be widened and deepened at any time when necessary. The Suez Canal's strategic importance lies in the fact it is essential for world trade and greatly shortens the distance between East and West. The distance between Tokyo (Japan) and Rotterdam (Holland) is shortened by 23% if it goes round Africa.

Captain's Choice
10/30/2021
10/30/2021

No information currently available.

Luxor (Safaga)
10/31/2021
10/31/2021

The port city of Safaga, located on the western flank of the Red Sea, across from Saudi Arabia, has dusty streets that are for the most part quiet. Diving enthusiasts come to Safaga to take advantage of one of the world’s best locations for underwater exploration. For those guests who feel the 150-mile drive through the desert may be too much, Safaga offers bazaars where bargaining for souvenirs and handicraft items
may be fun. Nearby are a few hotels offering resort and diving facilities.

Luxor: Aside from visiting the pyramids near Cairo, Luxor and Al Karnak are places not to be missed when in search of ancient Egyptian monuments and artifacts. Luxor is on the southern part of ancient Thebes, Al Karnak on the north. Between the two, visitors can lose themselves for days in the hundreds of temples, chapels, tombs and gardens in the area. Too extensive to list all of them, a few of the tombs not to be missed are the tombs of Nefertari, Amenhotep II & III, several Ramesses and Tutankhamen.

Luxor
10/31/2021
10/31/2021

Aside from visiting the pyramids near Cairo, Luxor and Al Karnak are places not to be missed when in search of ancient Egyptian monuments and artifacts. Luxor is on the southern part of ancient Thebes, Al Karnak on the north. Between the two, visitors can lose themselves for days in the hundreds of temples, chapels, tombs and gardens in the area. Too extensive to list all of them, a few of the tombs not to be missed are the tombs of Nefertari, Amenhotep II & III, several Ramesses and Tutankhamen.

Luxor
11/1/2021
11/1/2021

Aside from visiting the pyramids near Cairo, Luxor and Al Karnak are places not to be missed when in search of ancient Egyptian monuments and artifacts. Luxor is on the southern part of ancient Thebes, Al Karnak on the north. Between the two, visitors can lose themselves for days in the hundreds of temples, chapels, tombs and gardens in the area. Too extensive to list all of them, a few of the tombs not to be missed are the tombs of Nefertari, Amenhotep II & III, several Ramesses and Tutankhamen.

Luxor (Safaga)
11/1/2021
11/1/2021

The port city of Safaga, located on the western flank of the Red Sea, across from Saudi Arabia, has dusty streets that are for the most part quiet. Diving enthusiasts come to Safaga to take advantage of one of the world’s best locations for underwater exploration. For those guests who feel the 150-mile drive through the desert may be too much, Safaga offers bazaars where bargaining for souvenirs and handicraft items
may be fun. Nearby are a few hotels offering resort and diving facilities.

Luxor: Aside from visiting the pyramids near Cairo, Luxor and Al Karnak are places not to be missed when in search of ancient Egyptian monuments and artifacts. Luxor is on the southern part of ancient Thebes, Al Karnak on the north. Between the two, visitors can lose themselves for days in the hundreds of temples, chapels, tombs and gardens in the area. Too extensive to list all of them, a few of the tombs not to be missed are the tombs of Nefertari, Amenhotep II & III, several Ramesses and Tutankhamen.

Sharm El Sheikh
11/2/2021
11/2/2021

The land of the Sinai is the "great and terrible wilderness" of the Bible, across which the Israelis journeyed in search of the Promised Land. Sharm-el-Sheikh serves as starting point for an excursion into the desert and to St. Catherine’s Monastery, the oldest Christian monastery in the world. St. Catherine’s Mountain is at 7,926 feet the highest summit in Sinai, followed by Mount Sinai, where God is said to have given the Ten Commandments to Moses. The most popular pastime in Sharm-el-Sheikh as well as in Na'ama Bay is exploring the underwater marine life. The reefs are easily accessible; diving and snorkeling equipment can be rented at watersports centers and dive shops. Glass bottom boat cruises are also popular to see the colorful underwater world. The main shopping areas are at the resort area of Na'ama Bay, located five miles from the port. Egyptian cotton, Pharaonic souvenirs and gold cartouches are popular. There are plenty of eateries at Na'ama Bay, and the hotels offer a variety of restaurants with everything from seafood to international cuisine and fast food.

Ras Mohammed
11/2/2021
11/2/2021

No information currently available.

Petra (Aqaba)
11/3/2021
11/3/2021

Jordan's only outlet to the sea, Aqaba is a popular holiday destination - with a superb climate and beach-edged Red Sea waters that boast some of the world's finest coral reef diving. Aqaba is the only seaport of Jordan. Visit fabled Petra, perhaps the finest archaeological site in the Middle East. The great monuments of this Nabatean 'rose-red city, half as old as time' were hewn from living sandstone some 2,000 years ago, and rediscovered only in 1812. Nearer Aqaba is the spectacular scenery of Lawrence of Arabia's Wadi Rum, where rugged jebel mountains rise sheer from the desert sands.

Land Tour: Wadi Rum
11/3/2021
11/3/2021

Wadi Rum or Valley of the Moon, is a valley of sandstone and granite rock situated in southern Jordan. Wadi Rum has been inhabited by nomads since prehistoric times and is currently home to the Zalabia Bedouin people who guide ventures of climbers and trekkers. Eco-adventure tourism is a developing success and their main source of income. Travelers can visit the key spots of Wadi Rum’s desert history: the Thamudic inscriptions of Wadi Rum, Nabatean Temple, and Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Land Tour: Amman
11/3/2021
11/3/2021

Amman has served as the modern and ancient capital of Jordan. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is built on seven enchanting hills. Gleaming white houses, kebab stalls and cafes are interspersed with bustling markets and the remains of civilizations and ages long past. The greatest charm of Amman, however, is found in the hospitality of its residents who give visitors a warm welcome.

Land Tour: Amman
11/4/2021
11/4/2021

Amman has served as the modern and ancient capital of Jordan. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is built on seven enchanting hills. Gleaming white houses, kebab stalls and cafes are interspersed with bustling markets and the remains of civilizations and ages long past. The greatest charm of Amman, however, is found in the hospitality of its residents who give visitors a warm welcome.

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Departure Date:
10/22/2021
Number of Nights
12
Cruise Inclusions:
  • Discover seven amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites that recall the glory of several ancient civilizations.
  • Wander through the impressive ruins of Kourion, set on a high bluff overlooking the Mediterranean.
  • Embark on an overnight excursion to Luxor, meander down the sphinx-lined entrance, and bask in the grandeur of the Luxor Temple at twilight.   
  • Visit important historic sites in Israel including the Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, Acre, and Jerusalem.
  • Enjoy a daylight transit of the Suez Canal and learn about its construction and ancient trade routes.
  • Explore the majestic Wadi Rum Valley and enjoy a sumptuous lunch surrounded by dramatic desert scenery.
Available Addons:

Optional airfare
Optional pre- / post- cruise extension
Optional excursions

Remarks:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. Zegrahm Expeditions does its best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of the expeditionary style

All prices per person and in USD unless otherwise stated.

Offer ID:
1375792

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