Delights of the Promised Land

Cruise itinerary - Delights of the Promised Land

What's included...

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

Sailing Dates

22 Oct 14

Cities, sights and sensational scenery...

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Wednesday, Limassol - CYPRUS 

  • Set on Akrotiri Bay, Limassol is the island’s biggest seaside town with plenty to offer its visitors. Whether you’ve come here in search of age-old sights or bubbling bars, the town’s a mixed bag of delights that never fails to impress.

  • Head to Paphos to tick off some of Cyprus’ most famous sights. First off, there’s the Petra tou Romious – also known as Aphrodites Rock – where the goddess of love is said to have risen from the sea. The Odeion amphitheatre is well worth a look, too. It was made entirely from limestone and dates back to the 2nd century. Nowadays, it’s used for theatre and music performances.
  • Head for Curium, a major archaeological site that was one of the old kingdoms of Cyprus. Sights to capture on film include a Greek temple and an impressive cliff-top theatre.
  • Experience the old and new faces of Limassol. Stand in the shadow of the Medieval castle, then head for the modern Yermasoyia quarter and sample a few of the bars and restaurants.

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Thursday, Alanya - TURKEY  12:00 - 18:00

  • 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 or Aspendos and pick a path through the ruined temples, theatres and aqueducts.

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Friday, Marmaris - TURKEY  08:00 - 18:00

  • 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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Saturday, Aghios Nikolaos - CRETE  08:00 - 17:00

  • Affectionately known as ‘Ag Nik’, this lively holiday hub has come a long way since the early 20th century when just 95 inhabitants were listed on its electoral role. Built around a so-called ‘bottomless’ lake, it’s grown into one of the island’s most popular spots. The area immediately around the lake is the most happening part, with vibrant cafés, restaurants and bars, bustling with chat and bouzouki music.

  • Don’t miss Elouda, a pretty little village with a Blue Flag beach and plenty of shops.
  • Sail over to Spinalonga. This now deserted island was one of the last operating leper colonies in Europe. You can still see where those exiled to the island slept, prayed, collected food and buried their dead.
  • Don’t miss a trip to the Palace of Knossos, where the fearsome Minotaur’s said to have lurked. To give you an idea of its importance, it’s the most famous archaeological site in Crete and the second most visited place in all of Greece after the Acropolis in Athens.

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Sunday, At Sea 

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Monday, Ashdod - ISRAEL  06:00 - 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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Tuesday, Haifa - ISRAEL  07:00 - 19:00

  • Nazareth and Galilee. In the holy stakes you don’t get much bigger. They’re home to the superleague of religious sights - the temples, churches and mosques you’ve only ever read about in guide books. And they’re all within easy reach of Haifa, a city with one impressive setting. Curving around a big yawn of bay, it’s tucked between the Carmel mountains and the sparkling Med. Whether you’re here to take in the sights or just the views, you’ll agree there’s something special about this part of the world.

  • Pay a visit to Acre, one of the oldest cities in Israel. The centre of it was built back in the 18th century from the ruins of a crusader citadel. The Baha’i Gardens are well worth a look, too – they’re the largest hanging gardens in the world. Check out the huge domed shrine in the centre of the gardens – it’s the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i faith.
  • Nazareth’s must-sees include the Basilica of the Annunciation, where Mary’s said to have received that all-important visit from Gabriel. The Church of St Joseph’s another one to look out for, built on the site of Joseph’s humble carpentry shop. And don’t leave without checking out the Sea of Galilee, the beach-fringed lake where Jesus spent most of his ministry.
  • Don’t miss the city of Caesarea, which Herod the Great dedicated to Emperor Augustus over 2,000 years ago. Here, you can explore Herod’s palace, a theatre, a Byzantine Market place and a moat built by crusaders. Close by, there’s Mount Carmel – head to the look-out point here for spectacular views over Haifa’s bay and the Bahai gardens.

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Wednesday, Limassol - CYPRUS 

  • Set on Akrotiri Bay, Limassol is the island’s biggest seaside town with plenty to offer its visitors. Whether you’ve come here in search of age-old sights or bubbling bars, the town’s a mixed bag of delights that never fails to impress.

  • Head to Paphos to tick off some of Cyprus’ most famous sights. First off, there’s the Petra tou Romious – also known as Aphrodites Rock – where the goddess of love is said to have risen from the sea. The Odeion amphitheatre is well worth a look, too. It was made entirely from limestone and dates back to the 2nd century. Nowadays, it’s used for theatre and music performances.
  • Head for Curium, a major archaeological site that was one of the old kingdoms of Cyprus. Sights to capture on film include a Greek temple and an impressive cliff-top theatre.
  • Experience the old and new faces of Limassol. Stand in the shadow of the Medieval castle, then head for the modern Yermasoyia quarter and sample a few of the bars and restaurants.

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