Greece, Israel & Egypt: Footsteps of Faith in the Holy Lands
 
10 DAYS
Star Legend
Athens to Athens
Departure Date:
Price from $5,799 per guest
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Athens to Athens
Spend long moments in quiet reflection among uncrowded exhibits and holy places during this 10-day cruise featuring excursions in Greece, Israel, and Egypt. Choose from a selection of excursions to fit your interests, including an overnight overland option in Israel. Embark from Athens, a brief distance from the Parthenon atop the Acropolis. Ride a donkey and learn Cypriot traditions in Limassol, a small port city in southwest Cyprus where ancient Greeks believed Aphrodite, arose from the sea. Stay overnight in Haifa for visits to the Golan Heights and Galilee, or venture overland on an unforgettable overnight tour of Petra, Masada and the Dead Sea. Explore the narrow streets of Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem or art, architecture, and artifacts at the Ilana Goor Museum in Old Jaffa. Spend a day in Cairo or around the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Wake the next day and venture overland to Alexandria and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Qait Bay Fort, the Roman Amphitheater, and your waiting ship. Amble among weather blocks, painted pillars and 9,000-year-old relics within the ruins of the Knossos Palace on Crete. This exceptional journey concludes back where you started in Athens.
voyage map
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 1: Athens
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. 
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 3: Limassol
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.

VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 4: Ashdod
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.
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 5: Haifa
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.
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 6: Haifa
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.
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 7: Port Said (Cairo)
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
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 8: Alexandria
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.
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 10: Heraklion
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.
VIEW THE JOURNEY
Day 11: Athens
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. 
Popular Highlights
Jerusalem
Take the opportunity to go on an overland into Jerusalem from Ashdod.
Egyptian Pyramids
From Port Said take an overland to Cairo and the Egyptian Pyramids for a full day visit.
Petra
Haifa is the gateway to an overland overnight to Petra and the Dead Sea.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Find the historical sites of Alexandria, including the Roman Amphitheater, the Pharos Lighthouse and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Minoan Knossos Palace
Discover the Minoan Knossos Palace on Crete.
Limassol Castle
Tour the Limassol Castle, the Archaeological Museum, and the Folk Art Museum for glimpses back in history.
Loiter over artifacts and revered holy sites with the opportunity to visit bucket list sacred sites like Petra, Jerusalem, and the Pyramids of Giza during this 10-day cruise featuring stops in Greece, Israel, and Egypt. 
Our Storyteller: Gus Puga
Onboard Cruise Consultant
Gus Puga grew up in Santiago, Chile, where his father practiced law and his mother taught art. “I got the best of both of them,” he boasts. Gus went on to study art history in New York, then returned to Santiago for law school. Right before the bar, he decided to take a break and travel. “That was 15 years ago, and I’m still traveling!” He’s been working in the cruise industry since 2005, first helping guests collect art and then assisting them with future cruises – a natural move, given that he’s explored every corner of the world, including the North Pole and Antarctica (twice). “I’ve done two world cruises, touched every continent, and visited everywhere from Alaska to Australia,” Gus says. We’re happy to have him onboard.
Gus Puga feels it’s a privilege to sail on this Holy Lands itinerary, visiting ancient shores of “incalculable cultural value.” This region of the eastern Mediterranean is “the very cradle of civilization,” says the Windstar cruise consultant, “sparking an exhilarating sense of adventure.” Gus recalls riding a camel outside Cairo to one of Giza’s iconic pyramids, then venturing through a dark, narrow tunnel to its inner chamber. “That moment evoked all my childhood fantasies,” he enthuses. “I was living an Indiana Jones movie!” Three full days in Israel offer the chance to explore Jerusalem, which also made a huge impact on the consultant. “It’s hard to describe the city’s exceptional energy, which transcends all cultures and religions,” he says, “a walk along the Via Dolorosa, which traces Jesus’ last steps, gave him “a real perspective of the passion of Christ.” Add numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites — from Cyprus’s Neolithic dwellings at Khirokitia to the stunning Baha’i Gardens in Haifa – and Gus assures guests the trip of a lifetime, further enhanced by the newly transformed Star Legend: “There are great new features and extra space to make you feel right at home.”
IF I WERE THERE...
  • Take advantage of an overnight in Haifa to join Windstar’s immersive, 3-day overland expedition to Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, and magnificent Petra in Jordan, reuniting with Star Legend in Ashdod: “It’s quite simply the most comprehensive Holy Land experience possible.”
  • Explore Cairo on an overnight from Port Said – “You stay at the historic Mena House Hotel, which enjoys views of the Pyramids.”
  • Tour the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa in Alexandria, the largest Roman burial site in Egypt: “They’re absolutely fascinating.”
  • Stroll around Heraklion’s Old Town with its fortification walls, medieval architecture, leafy squares, and hundreds of shops and cafés. Prefer to relax? “Spend the day at the beach, just a few blocks from the ship.”
The Windstar Life
The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows.The moment you board you’ll feel it: an ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it.
Attentive Crew
Signature Onboard BBQ
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
24 Hour Room Service
Relax At The Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Accommodations & Pricing
This all-suite ship will complete renovation as part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to provide more of what our guests love.
Star Porthole Suite
Star Porthole Suite
These rooms represent a nod to the sailing tradition of porthole windows. And while sailors might have had cramped quarters, your 277 square foot stateroom is wonderfully spacious and furnished with all the modern amenities and comforts of home.
$5,799 per guest
Ocean View Suite
Ocean View Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$6,099 per guest
Ocean View Suite 1
Ocean View Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$6,199 per guest
Star Ocean View Suite 1
Star Ocean View Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$6,299 per guest
Ocean View Suite 2
Ocean View Suite 2
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$6,499 per guest
Ocean View Suite 3
Ocean View Suite 3
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$6,699 per guest
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$7,299 per guest
Balcony Suite 1
Balcony Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$7,599 per guest
Star Balcony Suite 1
Star Balcony Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$7,799 per guest
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.
$8,599 per guest
Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
With 575 square feet, your Owner’s Suite offers separate living room and dining areas. A veranda, two flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and a full master bath and separate powder room indulge you in spacious comfort. 
$11,099 per guest
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Call For Availability
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Call For Availability
Star Balcony Suite
Star Balcony Suite
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
Call For Availability
Classic Suite
Classic Suite
Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.
Call For Availability
Star Legend
Carrying only 312 guests, Star Legend still tucks into small ports like Sinop and Honfleur or narrow waterways like the Corinth Canal. We can’t wait to welcome you on board for your next 180 degree from ordinary adventure! Learn more about the newly renovated ship and the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.
LEARN MORE →