STAR COLLECTOR: PALACES, PYRAMIDS & PROSECCO—THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN & HOLY LANDS

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Star Collector: Palaces, Pyramids & Prosecco—the Eastern Mediterranean & Holy Lands

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Oct 27 Tue
5:00 PM
 
Oct 28 Wed
At Sea
Oct 29 Thu
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Oct 30 Fri
7:00 AM
11:59 PM
 
Oct 31 Sat
12:01 AM
10:00 PM
 
Nov 1 Sun
7:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
Nov 2 Mon
8:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
Nov 3 Tue
12:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
Nov 4 Wed
At Sea
Nov 5 Thu
8:00 AM
3:00 PM
 
Nov 6 Fri
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Nov 7 Sat
10:00 AM
8:00 AM
 
Nov 7 Sat
3:00 PM
9:00 PM
Nov 8 Sun
8:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Nov 9 Mon
At Sea
Nov 10 Tue
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Nov 11 Wed
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Nov 12 Thu
8:00 AM
4:00 PM
Nov 13 Fri
7:00 AM
 
TUE OCT 27
TO 5:00 PM Athens

day 1 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 
THU OCT 29
10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Limassol

day 3 Limassol, Cyprus


Limassol, Cyprus
Limassol is known for several historic buildings like the Limassol Castle, Built in 1000 A.D. and used as a prison from 1790 to 1940 with a collection of artifacts covering 400 to 1879 A.D. Sites to see include the Archaeological Museum of Limassol, which exhibits artifacts from the Neolithic to the Roman period and the Folk Art Museum with a Cypriot Folk Art collection that awarded the museum the Europa Nostra prize in 1989.

FRI OCT 30
7:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Haifa

day 4 Haifa, Israel


Haifa, Israel
The major seaport of Haifa has many fascinating sites like Elijah’s Cave, a pilgrimage site for believers, the Stella Maris Church and Monastery, located near the Cave, Muhraka, now a Carmelite monastery on the site where Elijah the Prophet defeated the prophets of Baal, and the Bahai Shrine, a lovely gold-domed shrine where the remains of Said Ali Muhammad, one of the two founders of the Bahai religion are buried. Three gardens of note are The Remembrance Garden, Gan Ha’em, situated in the Carmel Center, and the Sculpture Garden, where 22 bronze statues overlook the striking bay area and landscape. Here is your gateway to Petra with an overnight tour.
SAT OCT 31
12:01 AM TO 10:00 PM Haifa

day 5 Haifa, Israel


Haifa, Israel
The major seaport of Haifa has many fascinating sites like Elijah’s Cave, a pilgrimage site for believers, the Stella Maris Church and Monastery, located near the Cave, Muhraka, now a Carmelite monastery on the site where Elijah the Prophet defeated the prophets of Baal, and the Bahai Shrine, a lovely gold-domed shrine where the remains of Said Ali Muhammad, one of the two founders of the Bahai religion are buried. Three gardens of note are The Remembrance Garden, Gan Ha’em, situated in the Carmel Center, and the Sculpture Garden, where 22 bronze statues overlook the striking bay area and landscape. Here is your gateway to Petra with an overnight tour.
SUN NOV 1
7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Ashdod

day 6 Ashdod, Israel


Ashdod, Israel
Ashdod is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Visit the Korin Maman Museum, which has a permanent archaeology exhibition called “Philistian World,” Climb to Giv’at Yonah, the highest point of the city at 492 feet, with a city lighthouse atop and named after the prophet Jonah, believed to be buried there.  Ashdod is your gateway to Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
MON NOV 2
8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Port Said (Cairo)

day 7 Port Said (Cairo), Egypt


Port Said (Cairo), Egypt
This popular summer resort was badly damaged during the Suez Crisis, and wars of 1967 and 1973 and has been rebuilt several times.  The beaches are lined with vacation bungalows and  the featured mode of transportation here is caleches, or 2-person horse carriages offering the perfect way to see the beautiful colonial architecture. Highlights here include the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and the Khan El Khalili Bazaar
TUE NOV 3
12:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Alexandria

day 8 Alexandria, Egypt


Alexandria, Egypt
Egypt’s second-largest city and largest seaport is an important tourist resort, founded around 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great. The constant warring in the region destroyed most of the ancient buildings but Pompey’s Pillar, located on Alexandria’s acropolis, still stands a tall 99 feet high since 297 A.D., and the catacombs known as Kom el-Shoqafa consist of a multiple-level labyrinth of chambers and tunnels unique in their decoration and layout. Other sites to see include El Montazah Palace, built in 1892, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, El-Mursi Abul-Abbas Mosque, built in 1774 over the tomb of a famous 13th century saint, and Attaring Mosque, originally a church and converted to a mosque.
THU NOV 5
8:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Heraklion

day 10 Heraklion, Greece


Heraklion, Greece
Heraklion is the birthplace of El Greco, Nobel Prize winning poet Odysseas Elytis, and Nikos Kazantzakis. The major site of Crete’s biggest city is Knossos Palace, the Minoan-era castle unearthed by British archaeologist Arthur Evans. But the first site you will see is the Koules Venetian Fortress built in the early 1500s on the harbor walls, it houses restored interior and exterior reliefs of the Lion of St. Mark. A typical feature of Heraklion’s city center is the number of Venetian and Turkish fountains, the most notable being the Morosini Fountain, built to supply Heraklion with 1,000 barrels of water a day.
FRI NOV 6
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Athens

day 11 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 
SAT NOV 7
10:00 AM TO 8:00 AM Corinth Canal

day 12 Transit Corinth Canal, Greece


Transit Corinth Canal, Greece
You’ll want to be on deck today as we transit the narrow Corinth Canal with other private yachts and Greek mail steamers. It’s a shortcut reserved for petite ships like ours, and as we cruise between the narrow limestone walls we are the envy of all the ancient Romans who once portaged their ships along this very route before there was a canal.
 
Canal transit time and duration is subject to change based on traffic and canal authorities.
SAT NOV 7
3:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Delphi

day 12 Delphi, Itea, Greece


Delphi, Itea, Greece
Before there were fortune cookies there was the oracle of Delphi, dating back to 1400 B.C. The oracle gave cryptic guidance to the leaders of the day and was so highly respected that Delphi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, became known as the center of the world. An optional tour lets you go exploring, from the Temple of Apollo to the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which contains some of the finest works of art in Greece. 
SUN NOV 8
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Katakolon

day 13 Katakolon, Greece


Katakolon, Greece
Charming and scenic Katakolon is the gateway to Olympia, the original home of the Olympic Games and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can visit this memorable site only 30 minutes away and see the fertile Peloponnese valleys along the way, full of strawberries, tomatoes, corn and olive trees.
TUE NOV 10
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Valletta

day 15 Valletta, Malta


Valletta, Malta
Malta’s capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the world’s smallest, yet definitely most charming.  Graced with the paintings of Caravaggio and kissed by beautiful shorelines, you’ll find photographic icons at almost every turn.  Not to be missed is a visit to the stately Palazzo Parisio to glimpse the enchanting lifestyle of Malta’s nobility.  Our stay here also allows the exquisite romance of an evening walk through the beautiful lanes of Mdina, Malta’s enigmatic “Silent City.” 
WED NOV 11
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Messina (Taormina)

day 16 Messina (Taormina), Italy


Messina (Taormina), Italy
The cobblestone streets of Messina, Sicily, are the perfect launching point for an optional visit to nearby Taormina. Stroll along flower-filled streets in search of a delightful lunch or an artist’s palette of colorful gelati. The ancient Greek Theater is an ideal place to sit back and admire shimmering waters below and Mount Etna, languidly smoking in the distance.
THU NOV 12
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Amalfi

day 17 Amalfi, Italy


Amalfi, Italy
The town of Amalfi lies at the mouth of a deep ravine surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. As part of the Amalfi Coast, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an important tourist destination. The whole region is famed for its lemons, which are about double the size of other lemons, and the production of the limoncello liqueur. An optional tour can take you to the UNESCO archaeological areas of Pompeii, Positano and Ravello. 
FRI NOV 13
7:00 AM TO Rome

day 18 Rome, Italy


Rome, Italy
In this enchanting city the past and present intersect in perfect harmony. Casually intermingled among ancient ruins and majestic cathedrals are the trappings of a modern metropolis: Skyscrapers,cafes, boutiques selling designer footwear. But of course what you seek first in the heart of Rome is its breathtaking history.  A good place to begin is the Vatican, with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Works by Bernini, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael are just a few of those on display, any one of which is worth hours of contemplation. Then the ancient ruins—Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus. And of course the Trevi Fountain for the obligatory coins promising your return to the Eternal City.

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