GREECE, ISRAEL & EGYPT: FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH IN THE HOLY LANDS

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Greece, Israel & Egypt: Footsteps of Faith in the Holy Lands

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Limassol, Cyprus

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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

concierge
Limassol, Chrysorroyiatissa Monastery and Fiti Village
The monastery lies near Panagia village, west of Pafos forest. Set in beautiful surroundings, the monastery, was founded in 1152 A.D. by a monk called Ignatios who built the monastery dedicated to “Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate.” The monastery, whose present building dates back to 1770, has a collection of important icons and treasures. The church lies in the middle of the monastery and has beautiful frescoes above its three entrances. The icon of Christ and the Virgin Mary in the monastery is also believed to be painted by Apostle Luke the Evangelist. It is gold and sliver plated. A Byzantine museum has recently been set up. In front of the main entrance of the monastery there is a café restaurant from where the view is panoramic and majestic. The old winery of the monastery produces some of the best vintage wine of Cyprus produced from the monastery's vineyards. The scenic drive to the monastery is 75 minutes and you will spend 30 minutes there.  Then it’s a 15 minute drive to Fiti, well-known for its colorful textiles. Stone houses and tiled roofs and a rich natural environment with age-long oak trees are only some of the beautiful images of Fiti. Stroll around the prim neighborhoods of Fiti to see the paved square with blooming flower pots, the stone fountain and the old olive-mill. Also, visit the Museum of Textile and Folk Art to admire the famous ‘foitiotika’ (made in Fiti) textiles, as well as the church of Agios Demetrios, a 19th century building. Driving towards Statos Agios Fotios village, you will visit the workshop of original handmade Byzantine icons. Mrs. Myrianthi, a second generation local certified artist will introduce you to the traditional byzantine style and technique. At the end of the demonstration you will enjoy homemade traditional sweets, fresh lemonade & filter coffee before driving back to port.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

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Limassol, Kourion Theatre, Kolossi Castle and Limassol Shopping
Drive for 20 minutes through Phassouri citrus groves and vineyards, to the ancient city of Kourion, a beautiful and unspoiled spot perched high on a cliff. Take in the dazzling views of the ruins and the sea below. Kourion, one of the ancient kingdoms of Cyprus, is situated in a conspicuous topographic position. It is built on a rise with three steep, almost vertical, sides. In his writings, Herodotus referred to the widely accepted notion that Greeks from Argos founded Kourion. During the 4th century AD, Kourion was destroyed by earthquakes. To the south of the complex, a theatrical natural hollow hosted a Greco-Roman theatre with a capacity of about 3,500 spectators. Archaeological and architectural data testify that the original theatre of Kourion was Hellenistic, small in size, dating back to the second century BC. Adjacent to the theatre are the remains of the House of Eustolios, consisting of as many as thirty rooms with a bathing complex, dating from the 4th to the middle of the 7th century AD. The floors of the porticoes are paved with beautiful mosaic compositions depicting fish, birds and a partridge, with Greek inscriptions. After exploring the site, you'll stop at Kolossi Castle, built in the 13th century. Your guide will tell you how it served both as the Grand Command post of the Knights of Order of St. John (Jerusalem) and also of the Knights Templar. Buses will depart from the castle and head to the old shopping district of Limassol where you'll have a chance to shop for local as well as international merchandise, including jewelry, leather goods, souvenirs, clothing and local artifacts.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

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Limassol, Nikosia Divided Capital and Khirokita Archaeological Site
The last divided capital city in the world, after the fall of Berlin Wall, is the city of Nikosia. The Green Line has divided north from south since 1974. Nikosia is the largest town of Cyprus and has been the capital of the island since medieval times (11th century AD). The history of the city is interesting and adventurous and the place itself is of great character, circled by old city walls and criss-crossed by twisting, teeming streets. Your first stop on the way to Nikosia is at the Neolithic archaeological site of Khirokitia (7000 BC). This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the best preserved of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean. Five dwellings in close proximity have been reconstructed following the Neolithic model, using the traditional methods and materials. They have been furnished with copies of objects actually found inside the houses during excavations, offering a terrific impression of the layout and lifestyle of the village as it was in antiquity. Driving thought the typical Cypriot scenery you arrive in Nikosia and start with the visit to St. John's Cathedral built in 1662 by Archbishop Nikiforos. Admire the 18th century frescoes embellishing the walls, depicting colorful biblical scenes. Afterwards, you'll stop at the Green Line checkpoint at Ledra Street from where you will have the opportunity to view the Turkish half of Nikosia and northern territory of Cyprus. You'll pass through the impressive Venetian Walls that encircle the old city via the Pafos Gate. Arrive in the old town of Nikosia where there is free time for shopping or browsing in the restored 19th century neighborhood of Laiki Yitonia, with traditional houses, craft shops, taverns and galleries all lining the narrow pedestrian streets within the walled city.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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5.15 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco

walking

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Limassol, Pafos and the Mosaics of Dionysos
Travel through Phassouri's citrus groves and vineyards to reach Petra tou Romiou -- the symbol of Pafos city. Archaeological evidence and ancient inscriptions bear witness to the existence of numerous sanctuaries and temples dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite throughout Cyprus. Your route will continue to Pafos -- one of the most beautiful places on the island. Today Pafos is a small harbor town and a popular holiday resort, but in Hellenistic and Roman times it was the capital of Cyprus. The whole town of Pafos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is home to picturesque churches, medieval monasteries, museums, countless antiquities and a pretty harbor guarded by a small castle. The true claim to fame here is the colorful Dionysos Mosaics -- renowned throughout the Mediterranean. Enter the House of Dionyssos to see the breathtaking mosaics unearthed during the excavation of a Roman nobleman's villa from the 3rd century AD. An extensive complex of buildings fitted with beautiful mosaic floors shows Roman legends and characters, but mostly represent scenes from Greek mythology. These are considered to be the finest mosaics in the Mediterranean, and perhaps in the world. Next, the drive will take you to visit the underground Tombs of the Kings at the Necropolis of Pafos, dating back to the 3rd century BC. You will find here open, peristyle courts surrounded by burial chambers. You'll have some time for shopping in the Limanaki area (the old harbor) where local and international merchandise is sold. Those who have a sweet tooth may want to taste the famous Cyprus delight, Loukoumi (at your own expense), before returning to Limassol port.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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Haifa, Israel



5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing

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Haifa, Acre & View of the Bahai Gardens
Stop to view the Baha'i Gardens -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- from the upper terrace. These are the largest hanging gardens in the world. The shrine here is the second-holiest place for the world's Baha'i community. Continue your drive down Mt. Carmel, leaving Haifa and crossing the bay to Akko (Acre), the oldest city in the northern region. More than 4,000 years of recorded history will unfold before your eyes as you walk through Acre's narrow cobblestone passageways and colorful bazaar. The present-day town was built in the 18th century on the ruins of the 12th century Crusader city. Acre has changed hands and names many times over the millennia, but since 1948 it has returned to its biblical name of Akko. Visit the Crusaders' Halls, built by the Knights Hospitaller (the Knights of St. John) and the subterranean Crusader city. Walk past Al Jazzar's Mosque, built in the 18th century, through the bazaar to the port and Khan el-Umdan (Inn of the Pillars), a handsome 18th century caravanserai. Then, descend to the 12th century level again, this time to visit the unforgettable Templars' Tunnel. This amazing engineering feat is a tunnel more than 1,000 feet long, carved through solid stone, connecting the fortress (no longer standing) to the port (still intact). As its name implies, the tunnel was constructed by the Knights Templar -- the Crusaders charged with guarding the temple in Jerusalem. The Mamelluks forced the Templars to retreat to Acre, which was their last bastion in Israel until the Fall of Acre in 1291. The tunnel will lead you to the lighthouse and the sea wall.  After a morning of adventure, you will have some time to shop in the bazaar; then, return to Haifa and the ship. 

Please note: The tour requires passing through tunnels, of which some are only four feet tall. Not suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia, nor for those unable to bend and walk at the same time. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $159
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3 days 2 nights

Strenuous

sightseeing

culture

unesco

dining
Haifa, Beyond Ordinary: Jerusalem, Masada Deadsea, and Petra Overland
Day 1 - On the drive to Jerusalem, familiar names will catch your attention all along the way. Begin with a magnificent view over the Golden City from atop the Mount of Olives; then, walk through the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent the last moments before his arrest. Re-board your coach for the short drive to Mt. Zion, where you will visit the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City via the Zion Gate for a walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Roman Cardo to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Emperor Constantine constructed a vast sanctuary here, on the site of Christ’s resurrection. Inside the church you will see the five last Stations of the Cross. After a pleasant lunch, drive to Bethlehem. There, you will visit the Church of Nativity built above the place where Christ is said to have been born. The actual Cave of the Nativity is a small crypt with a vaulted masonry roof. Poor Bethlehem families used the rocky hollows of the region as stables or dwellings, so the tradition that places the Nativity in a cave is not at odds with the story of the manger. After checking in and enjoying dinner at your hotel in Jerusalem, you’ll set off on a drive around the magnificently illuminated Old Town walls, stopping at the Dung Gate for a moonlit visit to the Western (or Wailing) Wall. This is the last vestige of the ramparts that surrounded the Holy Temple of the Jews built by King Solomon. Take time to touch the stones before returning to your hotel. 
Day 2 – After an early  breakfast drive to Masada Fortress, located in the Judean Desert and looming high above the Dead Sea’s desolated landscape. In King Herod’s days Masada was a luxurious refuge complete with magnificent palaces and excavated rock cisterns to provide water supplies. Around A.D. 73, after a prolonged Roman siege, nearly 1,000 members of the Jewish faith took their own lives rather than face a future of slavery. A cable car will take you to the summit for a walk around the site of this last stand. Among the fascinating landmarks are the casement wall, the Northern Palace, the synagogue, cisterns, the Western Palace and the Roman ramp. Back down on the desert floor, you will drive to a hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea to enjoy a buffet lunch in the lowest place on the surface of our planet. After lunch you'll have the opportunity to take an 'unsinkable' swim in the extremely salty, mineral rich water of the Dead Sea. In the early afternoon, you will drive south to the Arava Border Crossing and enter Jordan. Your coach will take you to your hotel near Petra in time for dinner at the hotel.
DAY 3  -  After an early breakfast and hotel check-out, spend the morning hours exploring the magnificent site of Petra—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The early hours of the day are the ideal time to see Petra, when the red rock displays its most vibrant colors. At the entrance, horses are available for the 10-minute walk to the Siq Canyon. The imposing and beautiful Siq is, in itself, one of the main attractions in Petra—it is a narrow passageway deeply incised into the rock and the walk through it takes about 30 minutes. The effort is rewarded by that awe-inspiring moment of first setting foot in Petra. Petra is an archaeological, anthropological, and geological phenomenon, with a history as colorful as the sandstone rock from which it was carved. The walk among the buildings and ruins is made easy by the endless sights and fascinating facts revealed along the way. Leaving Petra before noon, you will stop for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant; then, drive back to the Arava border crossing for a domestic flight back to Tel Aviv Airport where you will meet your transfer to your ship waiting at Ashdod Port.

Please note: Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Pack in particular comfortable walking shoes , bathing suit, head cover from the sun, sunscreen lotion. You must bring your passport for the visit to Bethlehem. There is a strenuous walk into and out of the Petra site along an inclined path that includes slippery and unpaved surfaces, suitable only for participants who are physically fit. It is approximately a half-mile walk (each way) from the entrance to the site to the beginning of the Siq (canyon). From there, participants must walk 2 miles (each way) through the canyon all the way to the ruins. Temperatures are high -- easily 105° at Petra. Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring water. While there are a limited number of carriages, camels and donkeys available at Petra for transportation (at your own expense), they are strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and their use is in no way encouraged as they are not insured. If you choose to take the horse-drawn carriage, you do so at your own risk and there will be no narration during the bumpy ride that ends at the Treasury building. Your carriage driver will schedule a meeting time with you in front of the Treasury Building for the return ride. Expect delays; 20 minutes late is not considered late in Jordan. Guests wishing to arrange for a carriage ride must do so directly with their guide and pay the guide, not the carriage driver. Not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Even if you engage a carriage or service animal, you must still travel on foot over uneven and inclined terrain in order to completely view the site. No guest is obliged to stay with the guided tour; guests who they feel they cannot continue (taking into consideration the return walk) can leave the group and return to the entrance on their own. Important: visas for Jordan will be obtained by the tour operator one week prior to the tour and guests do not need to obtain visas in advance.


price $2200
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5 HRS

Moderate

unesco

wine

refreshments

sightseeing

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Haifa, Mt. Carmel & Wine Tasting
Leaving Haifa port, your route will take you up Mount Carmel for a breath-taking panoramic view over Haifa bay and the entire North of Israel. Recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Baha'i Hanging Gardens unfold before your eyes. The Baha'i Shrine, with its gold plated dome, is the second most holy place for the world’s Baha'i community, which includes millions worldwide. Re-board your coach and drive to Zichron Yaakov, a picturesque small town on Mt. Carmel, named after Jacob (Yaakov) Rothschild, established in 1882. Visit the beautifully landscaped Baron Rothschild's Gardens, where Baron James Rothschild and his wife are buried and then continue to the Carmel Winery, built by the Baron at the turn of the 20th century. Take a tour of the facilities and sample the Amphora Winery wines, accompanied by assorted local cheeses and freshly baked bread. Return to Haifa via the Carmel coast.

Please note: As this excursion involves approximately 40 minutes of easy  walking, it is recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.


price $179
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2 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

unesco

essentials
Haifa, Galilee & Golan Heights
Explore the heart of the Galilee region. It is a 10-minute drive from Haifa to the top of Mount Carmel - a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. From this viewpoint, you'll take in the spectacular panoramic views of Haifa and its bay. From there, it's a short drive to Zippori National Park, which encompasses the ruins from the Roman and Talmudic eras. A 4,500-seat Roman theatre, which has been partially restored, offers beautiful views of the Galilee Mountains and the Bet Netofa Valley. Don't miss the hauntingly beautiful Mona Lisa of the Galilee. Departing Zippori, your motorcoach will make its way toward the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias, established in A.D. 20 and named in honor of Emperor Tiberius. Since the 16th century, Tiberias has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Safed. Stop at a kibbutz as your guide will explain the history and the everyday life of these unique collective communities. After a relaxing lunch here, the afternoon segment of your tour will include a stop at Yardenit, where the Jordan River separates from the Sea of Galilee. Then, you will ascend the Golan Heights, driving through the countryside and passing Hamat Gader, the international point where the borders of Syria, Jordan, and Israel all meet. From this vantage point you can enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley and Northern Galilee. Re-boarding your motorcoach you'll drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum where Jesus taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath.

Please note:  Use of audio headset included will enhance your tour experience. As this excursion involves approximately 2 hours of walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.


price $199
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10-11 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

dining

culture

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Haifa, The Best of Jerusalem the Old City
There is so much history in Israel that familiar names will catch your attention all the way from Haifa to Jerusalem. Begin your visit to Jerusalem with a magnificent view over the Golden City from atop Mount Scopus. Then, follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you walk through the Garden of Gethsemane. It was in this garden of olive trees that Jesus spent the last moments before his arrest. Early Christians were already holding gatherings here before the first church was built around A.D. 380. Visit the beautiful church and see some of the oldest olive trees remaining in Jerusalem. Re-board your coach for a narrated panoramic drive through West Jerusalem, passing the Knesset (Parliament), the Supreme Court and the Shrine of the Book. After a hearty lunch, you’ll drive to the Jaffa Gate. Set out with your guide on a walking tour through the Old City of Jerusalem to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Following his official recognition of Christianity, Emperor Constantine constructed here a vast sanctuary, built on what he believed was the site of Christ's resurrection. The building was destroyed in successive wars, transformed by Persians, and then rebuilt by the Crusaders. Here you will see the last five Stations of the Cross. Continue your walk through the Christian Quarter to the Roman Cardo in the Jewish Quarter, and see the ancient walls that protected Jerusalem during the 1st and 2nd temple periods. Continue to the Western or Wailing Wall. This is the last vestige of the ramparts that surrounded the Holy Temple of the Jews, built by Solomon and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, rebuilt by Babylonian exiles and Herod and the burned down by Titus. Drive to the Sherover Promenade for another stunning panoramic view of Jerusalem; then continue to the Mar Elias Monastery for a panoramic view of Bethlehem. Return to Haifa and your ship.

Please note:  Travel time to Jerusalem is approximately two hours each way. Use of audio headset included will enhance your tour experience. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Comfortable walking shoes.


price $215
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Ashdod, Israel



7 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

culture

dining

unesco
Ashdod, Beyond Ordinary: Masada Flightseeing & Jerusalem Exploration
After a brief transfer to the helicopter pad, begin your flightseeing adventure by flying to Masada. You will hover above this archaeological wonder for about 10 minutes, enjoying a unique perspective of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a short fueling stop, you will then fly over the Syrian-African rift and the Dead Sea. The sulphur hot springs of Ein Gedi and the famed Qumran Caves lay below, where in 1947 Bedouin shepherds found the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the most significant biblical archaeological discoveries of the century. Next, fly westward toward Jerusalem, enjoy magnificent views only possible by helicopter including Mt. Scopus and Mt. Olives, the world-famous Temple Mount and the walled Old City. Upon arrival, land in Jerusalem, where your transportation and guide await to escort you on a 2-hour guided tour of the Old City.  Entering the Old City at the Jaffa Gate, your path winds through some of the most sacred sites in religious history. The colorful bazaar leads to the Christian Quarter along part of the famous Via Dolorosa, believed to be the route of Jesus as he carried his cross to Calvary. You will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at Golgotha, representing the six oldest Christian sects. View the golden-topped Dome of the Rock and experience the Western Wall (formerly the Wailing Wall), the holiest site in the Jewish world. Exiting the Old City through the Dung Gate, you will proceed to the exquisite American Colony Hotel for a relaxing lunch and beverages. After lunch, your driver will take you to your helicopter for the 30-minute flight back to Ashdod, where you will transfer to your ship.

Please note: Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $3400
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11 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

culture

dining

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Ashdod, Jerusalem & Bethlehem
There is so much history in this land that familiar names will catch your attention all the way from Ashdod to Jerusalem. Begin your visit to Jerusalem with a magnificent view over the "Golden City" from the top of the Mount Scopus and then follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you walk through Gethsemane. It was in this Garden of olive trees that Jesus spent the last moments before his arrest. Visit the Garden and the Church of All Nations. Board your coach for the short drive to Bethlehem and visit the Church of Nativity built above the place Christ is said to have been born. The actual cave of the Nativity is a small Crypt with a vaulted masonry roof. Poor Bethlehem families used the rocky hollows of the region as stables or dwellings, so the tradition that places the Nativity in a cave is not at odds with the story of the Manger. You will also have the opportunity to shop for a few minutes and to enjoy a well deserved lunch. After lunch drive to Jaffa Gate. Walk through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Following official recognition of Christianity, Emperor Constantine constructed here a vast sanctuary, built on what he believed was the site of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Here you will see the last five Stations of the Cross. The building was destroyed in successive wars, transformed by Persians, and then rebuilt by the Crusaders. Continue your walk through the Christian Quarter and the bazaar. Proceed through the Roman Cardo to the Jewish Quarter and the Western (or Wailing) Wall. This is the last vestige of the ramparts that surrounded the Holy Temple of the Jews, built by Solomon and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, rebuilt by Babylonian exiles, expanded by Herod and then burned down by Titus. Leave the Old City via Dung Gate and drive to Ashdod port.

Please note: The tour includes visiting the churches but does not include entering the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity or the Holy Grave. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $239
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9.5 HRS

Strenuous

culture

sightseeing

dining

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Ashdod, Jerusalem & Yad Vashem Museum
The Yad Vashem Museum and Mt. Zion are just two of the many highlights of this comprehensive full day program. From the pier, your motor coach will take you via the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem. Your first stop will be at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum—a sanctuary and temple of memories dedicated to the millions of Jews who died during World War II. A most impressive and complete documentary collection is housed within its informative museum, illustrating the persecution from 1933 to 1945. You will also visit the Children’s Memorial. Your next stop is at the Israel Museum. Here, you will visit the Second Temple Model of Jerusalem, reconstructing the topography and architecture of the city at the time of its destruction in A.D. 70. Then, visit the Shrine of the Book and see the Dead Sea Scrolls, possibly the most important archaeological find of the 20th century in the Holy Land. Re-board your coach and drive by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, on your way to lunch. In the afternoon you will drive up Mt Scopus for a splendid panoramic view of the Old City and the Temple Mount. Continue to Mt Zion., where you will commence your walking tour. Starting at Zion Gate, stroll to the Jewish Quarter, renovated after the 1967 war. Visit the 2nd century Roman Cardo and walk down the hill to the Western (Wailing) Wall. Here you can touch the Herodian Stones that were once part of the Second Temple. After this enriching day, you will return to Ashdod and the ship.
 
Please note: Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Minimum age is 10 years. Tour does not operate on Saturdays or Holidays. Use of audio headset included will enhance your tour experience.


price $279
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11 HRS

Moderate
Ashdod, Masada & the Dead Sea
You will depart from Ashdod port crossing the coastal plain, the mountains of Judea and finally descend over 1,400 feet to the lowest place on our planet: the Dead Sea, passing on your way Jerusalem, Jericho and Qumran. Take a picture of the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and then continue past the nature reserve of Ein Geddi. Visit the Masada Fortress, located a little to the north of ancient Sodom. The mountain fortress of Masada looms high above the Dead Sea’s desolate landscape. It has often been described as the most spectacular archaeological site in Israel. A cable car will take you to the summit for a walk around the site. While ascending, notice the “Snake Path” winding below, the Roman siege camps and the lunar landscape. Among the many fascinating sites in store for you are: the Casement Wall, the Bath House, the magnificent three-tiered Northern Palace, the synagogue, the Western Palace and the Roman ramp. You will have time to stop at the gift shop to sample the world-renowned Dead Sea cosmetic products. Reboard your coach and drive to Ein Bokek to have lunch at a spa hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. After lunch take an “unsinkable” swim in the extremely salty Dead Sea, fabled for its healing powers and rejuvenating qualities will amaze you. You might even try the area’s special mud! Drive back via Arad where you will observe the Bedouin nomads and their camels living in the Judean desert and Negev. Your tour ends in Ashdod port.
price $299
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8 HRS

Moderate

walking

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culture

dining

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Ashdod, Panoramic Jerusalem
Discover the main features of Jerusalem by air-conditioned motorcoach without the need for extensive walking. Leave the port and drive via the Judean Mountains to the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the old city. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you walk through Gethsemane -- the garden of olive trees in which Jesus spent the last moments before his arrest. Drive around the old city walls, and enter Jerusalem on foot by way of the Dung Gate. Here you will visit the Western (Wailing) Wall -- the last vestige of the ramparts that surrounded the holy temple of the Jews built by King Solomon. After lunch, stop at the Sherover Promenade, offering a panoramic view of the Old City and of Bethlehem in the distance. As you leave Jerusalem to return to the ship, you'll take a narrated driving tour of the city past many famous landmarks, including the Knesset (Israel's Parliament), the Shrine of the Book and the Supreme Court.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Although this tour is substantially less strenuous than other Jerusalem excursions, some walking is required. This tour will not visit the Old City; you will only step inside the Dung Gate to view the Wailing Wall. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered.     


price $199
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Athens, Greece



5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Airport
The ancient remains of Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean. The Ancient City and the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, have been kept fairly intact. You will see perhaps the most famous temple of the Ancient City, the Parthenon. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, you will pass through the Propylaea, which is the entrance to the Acropolis and see the Erechtheum Temple, built between 421-405 B.C. and famous for its exquisite attention to detail. You will also see the Porch of the Caryatids, (or Porch of the Maidens), in the distance. Reinforced by man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be impressed by the wide-sweeping view below. The intent of the new Acropolis Museum is to house every artifact found on the archaeological site.  You will see the unsurpassed quality of the masterpieces of ancient Athens, including the entire sculpted decoration of the Parthenon as it was on the building. You will see many architectural phases and thousands of finds that provide valuable insight into the everyday activities of ancient Greece.

Please note:  There is no shopping stop organized but guests can explore the shops at the Acropolis. The path up to the Acropolis is winding and may be challenging for those with mobility issues.



price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

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Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Windstar Hotel
The ancient remains of Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean. The Ancient City and the Acropolis have been kept fairly intact. You will see perhaps the most famous temple of the Ancient City, the Parthenon. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will pass through the Propylaea, which is the entrance to the Acropolis and see the Erechtheum Temple, built between 421-405 B.C. and famous for its exquisite attention to detail. You will also see the Porch of the Caryatids, (or Porch of the Maidens), in the distance. Reinforced by man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be impressed by the wide-sweeping view below. The intent of the new Acropolis Museum is to house every artifact found on the archaeological site.  You will see the unsurpassed quality of the masterpieces of ancient Athens, including the entire sculpted decoration of the Parthenon as it was on the building. You will see many architectural phases and thousands of finds that provide valuable insight into the everyday activities of ancient Greece.

Please note:  There is no shopping stop organized but guests can explore the shops at the Acropolis. The path up to the Acropolis is winding and may be challenging for those with mobility issues.


price $119
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, Full Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $899
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, Full Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $999
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, Half Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $549
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, Half Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $649
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