Aegean & The Holy Land

Cruise itinerary - Aegean & The Holy Land

What's included...

  • Gratuities - no need to tip!
  • Top class onboard activities/entertainment
  • Port taxes

Sailing Dates

11 May 15

25 May 15

27 Jul 15

24 Aug 15

28 Sep 15

Cities, sights and sensational scenery...

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Monday, Marmaris - TURKEY 

  • Turkey's biggest beach resort, Marmaris has a definite 'Riviera' feel to it. An elegant, palm-lined promenade weaves its way around the shoreline, while the marina plays host to a flotilla of gleaming white yachts.

  • Ancient and natural history are served up in Dalyan. Sail along the river and you’ll pass the fourth-century Tombs of Kings. Head to the beach and you’ll sunbathe alongside endangered loggerhead turtles, which have been making their nests here for centuries.
  • Discover a Turkish tradition with a visit to a hammam or Turkish bath. They’ve existed since Medieval times and normally have separate areas for men and women. When you get there, you’ll change into your swimwear before heading for the gobektasi, a heated stone where you’ll be treated to a body scrub that’ll leave you feeling really refreshed.
  • Smother yourself in therapeutic mud in celebrity haunt Dalyan. You'll feel film star fabulous in no time.

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Tuesday, At Sea 

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Wednesday, Ashdod - ISRAEL  06:00 - 23:59

  • Holy sights come thick and fast in these parts. From Ashdod, visit the awe-inspiring cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and see some of the world's most impressive shrines and monuments.

  • Step into a bible scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is the place where Judas betrayed Jesus, after the last supper.
  • Stand in the shadow of the Wailing Wall. It’s the holiest site in the Jewish religion and thousands of people make pilgrimages here every year.
  • You don’t need a lilo to float in the Dead Sea. It’s more than eight times saltier than other oceans, which makes it easier to bob about in.

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Thursday, Ashdod - ISRAEL  00:01 - 19:00

  • Holy sights come thick and fast in these parts. From Ashdod, visit the awe-inspiring cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and see some of the world's most impressive shrines and monuments.

  • Step into a bible scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is the place where Judas betrayed Jesus, after the last supper.
  • Stand in the shadow of the Wailing Wall. It’s the holiest site in the Jewish religion and thousands of people make pilgrimages here every year.
  • You don’t need a lilo to float in the Dead Sea. It’s more than eight times saltier than other oceans, which makes it easier to bob about in.

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Friday, Larnaca - CYPRUS  12:00 - 18:00

  • With more than six millennia under its belt, Larnaca is the stuff of Biblical legend. It’s one of the oldest lived-in cities in the world, and the story goes the original town was founded by Noah’s grandson. With that in mind, expect plenty in the way of historical sites, with the likes of St John’s Cathedral and the Church of St Lazarus on the cards. And that’s just half the story. The city’s got a modern side, too, with a palm-lined promenade, a swish marina, and a great shopping scene to its name.

  • Head to the city of Famagusta and check out its eerie old quarter. This place was abandoned when the Turks invaded in the Seventies, and hasn’t been touched since.
  • Pay a visit to Nicosia – the last divided capital city in the world. After the Turks invaded in 1974, half of the city fell under Turkish rule, and the other half remained Greek. Make tracks for Ledra Street to give your credit card a workout.
  • Make your way to the Troodos Mountains and visit Lefkara, a village famous for its lace-making.

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Saturday, Alanya - TURKEY  09:00 - 17:00

  • Legendary hangout of Queen Cleopatra, Alanya’s two-faced for all the right reasons. On the one hand an ancient Seljuk city, on the other a slick beach resort, it’s a place where old meets new and the pair get along famously. Walk around and you’ll notice a lot of places with Cleopatra in their names, even one of the beaches. It’s no coincidence. In 44BC, Mark Antony presented the town to his girlfriend as a present. And as gifts go, it takes some beating…

  • Make your way to the Manavgat Waterfalls, where the river water crashes over low rocks. With their mountain backdrop, these falls are certainly worth some space in your holiday album.
  • You can’t miss it – and you wouldn’t want to for that matter. In the centre of the port is a huge headland topped with a 13th-century Seljuk fortress. About 150 towers punctuate the walls of this splendid citadel. Delve inside and you’ll come across old gateways, Byzantine chapels and mosques.
  • Take a trip to the Damlatas Cave, or Cave of Dripping Stone. This eerie spot has been decorated by Mother Nature herself with some really surreal rock formations.
  • For an even bigger history fix, head for ancient Perge and Aspendos, and pick a path through the ruined temples, theatres and aqueducts.

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Sunday, Rhodes Town - RHODES  08:00 - 18:00

  • Basking in more hours of sunshine than any other Greek island, Rhodes is loved for its fascinating past, not to mention its glittering sandy beaches.

  • Wander your way around the pretty village of Lindos. The architecture here is a fusion of Gothic, Byzantine, Greek and Middle Eastern, and the most famous monument is probably the ancient acropolis.
  • Spend some time getting to know Rhodes Town. Go yacht-spotting in Mandraki harbour and venture inside the ancient walls of the citadel to discover the Medieval city left behind by the Knights of St John.
  • Take your pick from banana boat rides, parasailing and jet-skiing on the lively Falaraki Beach. Alternatively, just enjoy the music coming from the beachside bars as you laze the day away.
  • Get snapping at Filerimos Hill. Just 12 kilometres outside Rhodes Town, this elevated area of land offers up great views of the countryside and a selection of historical buildings, including a Byzantine Church.

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Monday, Marmaris - TURKEY 

  • Turkey's biggest beach resort, Marmaris has a definite 'Riviera' feel to it. An elegant, palm-lined promenade weaves its way around the shoreline, while the marina plays host to a flotilla of gleaming white yachts.

  • Ancient and natural history are served up in Dalyan. Sail along the river and you’ll pass the fourth-century Tombs of Kings. Head to the beach and you’ll sunbathe alongside endangered loggerhead turtles, which have been making their nests here for centuries.
  • Discover a Turkish tradition with a visit to a hammam or Turkish bath. They’ve existed since Medieval times and normally have separate areas for men and women. When you get there, you’ll change into your swimwear before heading for the gobektasi, a heated stone where you’ll be treated to a body scrub that’ll leave you feeling really refreshed.
  • Smother yourself in therapeutic mud in celebrity haunt Dalyan. You'll feel film star fabulous in no time.

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  • It means you spend a week cruising and another week at one of our hotels and apartments.
  • Or you can do it the other way round if you like - the hotel first and the cruise second.

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