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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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

essentials
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

essentials
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

essentials
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

essentials
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

essentials
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

essentials
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

essentials
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

essentials
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

sightseeing

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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Port Said (Cairo), Egypt



22 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

essentials
Port Said to Alexandria, Overnight Trip to Cairo
As the capital of Egypt, Cairo has many of the main attractions in the country. The Pyramids of Giza come on the top of those attraction as it's the only wonder left from the old seven wonders.  You will have a 3.5-hour scenic drive from Port Said via air-conditioned motor coach. Your attractions today will include: The Great Pyramids of Giza built for the Pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus. They were constructed about 2500 BC with blocks of limestone from the plateau and from the Turah hills on the outskirts of Cairo. The only present-day survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, required over 2,300,000 blocks of stone, each weighing about 2.5 tons. At its base, it covers 13 acres of land. See the mysterious Sphinx, located in what was once a quarry to the east of Chephren’s pyramid. One theory suggests this Pharaoh’s workers shaped the body into a lion and gave it their king’s face, as a guardian of the necropolis. Almost a thousand years after its construction, King Thutmose IV placed a stela between the front paws. It describes how the Sphinx had spoken to the then prince in a dream, promising him kingship if he cleared away the desert sand that was choking the Sphinx. Explore this and the many other legends surrounding this timeless regal figure. Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities: The Museum exhibits over 120,000 objects in its 107 halls, comprising the world’s greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Two grand halls containing countless artifacts and one room reserved for the golden treasures, all from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun astound and delight visitors. Take a fascinating tour of Islamic Cairo, including the beautiful and graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, the Citadel was modified and enlarged over the centuries by subsequent rulers and today is a complex of three mosques and four museums. Proceed to the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar – reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions.  As you wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities. Overnight at the Mena House Hotel.

Please note: A meal will be included.  Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bring your sunglasses and overnight necessities.


price $899
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12.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

essentials
Port Said, Day Trip to Cairo
As the capital of Egypt, Cairo has many of the main attractions in the country. The Pyramids of Giza come on the top of those attraction as it's the only wonder left from the old seven wonders.  You will have a 3.5-hour scenic drive from Port Said via air-conditioned motor coach. Your attractions today will include: The Great Pyramids of Giza built for the Pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus. They were constructed about 2500 BC with blocks of limestone from the plateau and from the Turah hills on the outskirts of Cairo. The only present-day survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, required over 2,300,000 blocks of stone, each weighing about 2.5 tons. At its base, it covers 13 acres of land. See the mysterious Sphinx, located in what was once a quarry to the east of Chephren’s pyramid. One theory suggests this Pharaoh’s workers shaped the body into a lion and gave it their king’s face, as a guardian of the necropolis. Almost a thousand years after its construction, King Thutmose IV placed a stela between the front paws. It describes how the Sphinx had spoken to the then prince in a dream, promising him kingship if he cleared away the desert sand that was choking the Sphinx. Explore this and the many other legends surrounding this timeless regal figure. Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities: The Museum exhibits over 120,000 objects in its 107 halls, comprising the world’s greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Two grand halls containing countless artifacts and one room reserved for the golden treasures, all from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun astound and delight visitors. 

Please note: A meal will be included.  Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bring your sunglasses.


price $379
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Alexandria, Egypt



6 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

dining

essentials
Alexandria Highlights
You will take a 45-minute motor coach ride to Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt. Alexandria, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern; its ambiance and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 140 miles (225 km.) from Cairo.  You will visit The Catacombs, the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt, consisting of three tiers of tombs and chambers cut into the rock to a depth of about 115 feet (35 meters). Constructed in the 2nd century AD, probably as a family crypt, they were later expanded to hold more than 300 individual tombs.  There is even a banquet hall where grieving relatives paid their last respects with a funeral feast. Then see Pompey’s Pillar, a massive 82-foot-high (25 meters) pink granite column, which the Crusaders mistakenly credited to Pompey, that rises out of the remains of the famed Serapeum, an acropolis including a temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis, and Cleopatra’s library. The Roman Amphitheater is the only Roman amphitheater in Egypt, discovered quite recently, when the foundations for a new apartment building were being dug. The terraces, arranged in a semicircle around the arena, are extremely well-preserved.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses. Lunch is included. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $199
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Heraklion, Greece



3.5 HRS

Strenuous
Heraklion, Discover Cretan Lifestyle
Experience a taste of traditional village life in Greece during this scenic half-day tour of Arolithos.  After a short drive, you will arrive at the traditional village of Arolithos, built recently following the typical architecture of old Cretan Villages. As you enter the village, walking along its cobblestone streets, you will visit the rural life and popular art museum. You will pass old houses and shops where artisans produce crafts such as mosaics, weavings, wood carving and are even baking bread. A short walk will bring you to a small square and an authentic Greek coffee shop, where you will receive a welcome drink  known as “raki," together with snacks. Continuing on the main square of the village you will see its beautiful old church which is frequently used for marriages and Orthodox ceremonies.

Please note:  As this tour is on foot, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

price $149
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4 HRS

Strenuous
Heraklion, Knossos Palace & the Saints
Your first destination today will be the renowned archaeological site of Knossos Palace, once the religious and administrative center of the Minoan world. You’ll explore the labyrinth built to confine the fabled Minotaur. Your guided tour will take you through the ruins of the palace complex, now excavated and partially reconstructed to offer a better understanding of the complex labyrinth which gave birth to the religious ritual of “walking the labyrinth” as a spiritual meditation.  You will visit the living quarters of the monarchs, the storerooms, potters’ workshops, and the theater. Return to the city of Heraklion to visit the Orthodox Archdiocese Cathedral that was consecrated in honor of the patron saint of Crete - the Apostle Titus, who preached on the island. You will also visit the Cathedral of St. Mina - one of the main cathedrals of Heraklion, on the island of Crete and one of the largest in Greece accommodating up to 8,000 people. You will have free time in Heraklion before heading back to your yacht. 

Please note:  As this tour is on foot, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

price $139
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous
Heraklion, Knossos Palace & Winery
Experience the history and culture of Crete with a fascinating excursion that includes Knossos Palace and internationally renowned Boutari Winery. First on your itinerary you will visit the famous Minoan Palace. Stretched over six acres, the palace is a marvel of camera-worthy delights. 1,300 rooms, corridors of different sizes, walls adorned with colorful frescoes, and graceful columns all add to the grandeur that was once the largest of all Minoan palatial structures. The Minoans not only built grand palaces, they also successfully cultivated grapes. That tradition is still alive at the Boutari Winery. After you step off the motor coach, you’ll tour the cellar and production area followed by a multimedia presentation on the history of wine making. Later, you’ll be treated to a wine sampling accompanied by an authentic Crete snack. Then, you’ll rejoin your motor coach for a relaxing return trip to port.

Please note:  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

price $149
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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

essentials
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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Delphi, Itea, Greece



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Itea, Monastery of Ossios Loukas
Departing from the quayside, your motor coach will proceed along a picturesque and twisting road on a 45-minute drive where you can enjoy the relaxing views of the typical Greek countryside.  Standing impressively on the brow of a peaked hill facing south, the majestic Monastery of Ossios Loukas commands a spectacular view of the adjacent valley. In some ways surpassing the famous Byzantine Church at Daphne, the monastery forms one of the most impressive memorials to the artistic vitality of the empire, during the revival of prosperity under the Macedonian Dynasty (865 – 1059). The monastery bears the name of a local hermit, the Blessed Loukas (Ossios Loukas) of Stiri, who was famed for his austerity, the dignity of his life, his prophecies and the miraculous cures he performed. Departing the monastery your tour will return to the port via the town of Arachova, famous for its handmade woolen carpets. Here you will have some free time to browse the picturesque streets and shops.   

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.  The monastery is not wheelchair accessible. 


price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

walking
Itea, Mythology of Delphi
In antiquity Delphi was one of the world's most important religious centers. The Sanctuary of Apollo attracted a host of pilgrims who came to consult the oracle. Even now an aura of mystery surrounds the ruins of Delphi,a UNESCO World Heritage Site, exposed on a rocky slope. For sheer grandeur of natural beauty combined with ancient ruins, there is probably no other spot on earth that rivals Delphi. Visit the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, where the celebrated oracle Pythia dwelt. Her ambiguous prophecies were known and respected all over the ancient world. Visit the Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Way, the amphitheater, the best preserved stadium of Greece, and the Castalian spring, where in ancient days the pilgrims had to wash before they were allowed to consult the oracle. In the Delphi museum, see such treasures as the Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the magnificent bronze Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the 5th century BC. 

Please note: As this tour involves walking around the Archaeological Site and in Delphi, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 

price $119
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Katakolon, Greece



4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco

walking

essentials
Katakolon, Ancient Olympia
At ancient Olympia, 25 miles east of the small fishing village of Katákolon, you will step back 2,000 years into the past, to the days of the original Olympic games. Imagine the area crowded with athletes, orators, merchants and philosophers. Picture the Temple of Zeus and its 40-foot statue of the god, which was one of the 7 Ancient Wonders. The ruins of the temple are still visible today. Deep in the past lies the roar of the spectators as the athletes took their marks on the marble starting blocks that are still in place. Spectators looked on, surrounded by temples, treasuries, porticoes and statues that today are reduced to ruins. After your visit to Olympia, you will take the short walk to the newly renovated museum. The exhibits here are findings from the excavations at the site. The most prized exhibit is a 4th-century Parian marble statue of Hermes of Praxitelis, a masterpiece of classical sculpture from the Temple of Hera. Other exhibits to visit are a sculptured head of Hera and the pediments and metopes from the Temple of Zeus. Before returning to the port of Katakolon you will have some free time in the village of Olympia.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Expect dense crowding and congestion at the site.


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco

walking

essentials
Katakolon, Ancient Olympia and Zorba Event
The small fishing village of Katákolon will be your gateway to the mystical site of ancient Olympia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  25 miles away. The sanctuary of Olympia has the appearance of a park, and as you step back 2,000 years into the past, imagine the area crowded with athletes, orators, merchants and philosophers surrounding the Temple of Zeus with its 40-foot statue of the god, the ruins of which you will see today. It will be easy to imagine the roar of the spectators as the athletes took their marks on the marble starting blocks, and to picture the temples, treasuries, porticoes and statues as your guide is telling you about it.  After your visit to Olympia, you will then proceed to a nearby restaurant and sample some traditional delicacies. Enjoy your refreshments as you are entertained by the sights and sounds of Greek music and Zorba dancing. Returning to Katakolon, if you wish to stay in town to shop or explore on your own you are welcome to do so, but then must return to the ship on your own.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Expect dense crowding and congestion at the site.


price $169
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6 HRS

Moderate

unesco

sightseeing

refreshments

wine

essentials
Katakolon, Best of Olympia
At ancient Olympia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will step back 2,000 years into the past, to the days of the original Olympic games. Imagine the area crowded with athletes, orators, merchants and philosophers. Picture the Temple of Zeus and its 40-foot statue of the god, which was one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. The ruins of the temple are still visible today. After your visit to Olympia, you will take the short walk to the newly renovated museum. The exhibits here are findings from the excavations at the site. The most prized exhibit is a 4th century Parian marble statue of Hermes of Praxitelis, a masterpiece of classical sculpture from the Temple of Hera. Other exhibits to visit are a sculptured head of Hera and the pediments and metopes from the Temple of Zeus. At the Magna Grecia Farm located in the heart of a traditional agricultural region you will visit the olive grove and learn the history of the olive tree and the tasty, peppery fruit produced here. You'll see the vineyards and encounter farm animals as well. You are invited to immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of this estate and in the delicious flavors of Greek cuisine by sampling a variety of mezes (appetizer dishes) along with local wine. Flirt with Greek culture as you watch a short demonstration of Syrtaki dance, and maybe try a few steps yourself. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Expect dense crowding and congestion at the site.


price $199
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Valletta, Malta



4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

unesco

sightseeing

boating
Valletta & Three Cities Boat Ride
Your coach will depart quayside for a short drive round the impressive bastions of Valletta and past Fort St Elmo. Upon arrival in Valletta, you will walk to the Upper Barracca Gardens for a panoramic view of Malta’s natural harbors and historic cities. Then proceed to St John’s Co-Cathedral, the conventual church of the Knights of Malta, where you will also have the opportunity to see Caravaggio’s famous masterpiece: The Beheading of St John.  Continue with a drive through the Three Cities – Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa. Left largely unvisited, the Three Cities will show you a slice of authentic life, and a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes. The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history. Embark traditional Maltese ‘Dghajsas’ for a 20 - minute boat trip around the harbor, crossing over to the Waterfront Laguna

Please note:  To enter the Cathedral, guests must have their knees covered, no stiletto heels and no bare shoulders. 
  
price $89
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Valletta, Cooking Challenge at a Farmhouse
You will depart via motor coach and drive to Hal-Qormi, to Razzett l-Antik [Old Farmhouse].  There you will participate in a cooking challenge where you will be assigned to one of six kitchenettes, provided with setup, ingredients, aprons, and supervised by their Chef. Everyone will be encouraged to participate in the cooking.  A table with ingredients will be provided in the center of your workstation, and you and your team will be asked to prepare a particular dish, according to the ingredients provided. Points will be given on ingredients, teamwork and presentation of food.  You will also be able to take part in a food tasting including local Maltese Mediterranean Antipasti platters.  Your panoramic drive back to your yacht will go through Siggiewi and Zebbug with photo stops and short walking tours before you will arrive back at the quay for re-embarkation.

Please note: This cooking event is not wheelchair accessible. Roads in Malta can be bumpy. 


price $179
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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

culture

walking

sightseeing
Valletta, Maltas Noble Heritage
Depart the quay and drive to The Silent City – Mdina, Malta’s old Capital. Mdina is a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the center of the island.   You will walk through the narrow streets of the town, visit St Paul’s Cathedral, the Ramparts for a panoramic view, and Palazzo Falson, the best preserved palazzo of its period. You will then drive to the village of Naxxar where you will visit Palazzo Parisio and Gardens. Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored. On your visit you will discover the intricate nuances of Malta’s historic nobility and their enchanting way of life.  Refreshments will be served in the Gardens [weather permitting] or indoors in the Palace. Refreshments consist of your choice of a glass of Palazzo Parisio red or white wine, Cisk lager beer, Kinne on-the-rocks or mineral water and a selection of Maltese delicacies- Gbejniet cheese, traditional Hobz Biz-Zejt, pastry-size Pastizzi. 

Please note:  To enter the Cathedral, guests must have their knees covered, no stiletto heels and no bare shoulders. Walking involves cobblestone streets and climbing steps so this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

price $119
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Messina (Taormina), Italy



5.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

biking

outdoors

refreshments

essentials
Messina, Biking Through Mt. Etna
This excursion involves mountain biking on rugged and lava ground. The tour will begin from the port to travel by minibus to the northern part of Mount Etna. Your guide will lead you in this adventure to experience mountain biking on the highest volcano in Europe. The mountain bike ride will last 2 hours and the bikers have to be confident on a mountain bike. Your well-deserved break will include a tasting of cannoli.  The excursion will involve biking through rugged country. You will return to the port by minibus.

Please note: Due to its adventurous nature, this excursion is not recommended for guests with back or neck problems. Guests should be experienced mountain bike riders and be confident on a mountain bicycle. Wear comfortable clothes but not large trousers that could get stuck in the chains, not open shoes but sneakers or trekking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Helmets will be provided and are mandatory.


price $249
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5 HRS

Moderate
Messina, Classic Taormina
Taormina perches on a terrace overlooking the sea and epitomizes the legendary beauty of Sicily. A one-hour drive brings you to the outskirts of this picturesque site which was founded in the 3rd century B.C. Although almost completely renovated by the Romans, it now reflects a medieval character that is truly captivating. After arriving near Taormina’s center, your guide will accompany you on a walking tour along cobblestone streets to Palazzo Corvaja, a 15th century building whose arched windows and doorways reflect its strong Arabic influence. Next, you will stroll to the 3rd century Greco-Roman Theater, spectacularly situated overlooking Mount Etna and Naxos Bay. Renowned for its expansive size and unique acoustic qualities, it is still used for open-air concerts. After free time to stroll or shop along the famous Corso Umberto, you will rejoin the coach for the 60-minute journey back to the yacht.  

Please note:  Buses are not permitted to enter the town of Taormina. Guests will get to the city center from the parking lot by lifts. Keep in mind that Taormina can be very crowded.
price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Messina, Exclusive Mt. Etna & Taormina Helicopter Tour
Your adventure will begin with a private van transfer to the helicopter terminal. On arrival, board your aircraft and soar over the dramatic Mount Etna, Sicily’s most famous and dramatic landmark, this violent yet majestic volcano is bound to leave a lasting impression. Mount Etna has erupted more than 130 times and it is the largest and highest volcano in Europe at more than 10, 991 feet (3.350 mt.)  You will depart from helipad for an overhead view along the slopes of the Etna. It will be possible to admire the many craters, often smoking, besides the famous "Valle del Bove," which extends along the eastern slope of the volcano. The flight proceeds to fly over Taormina and come back to the heli surface. At the end of the tour your guide and your van will take you for a visit to Taormina.

Please note: All passengers will be equipped with a headset to talk to each other or with the pilot, and hear a description of the tour. The helicopter has 4 seats+ one guide + the pilot and does not land on Mount Etna. As this excursion requires guests to negotiate steps and gaps to embark and disembark the aircraft, it is not recommended for guests with physical limitations. This excursion is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for guests with back or neck problems, who are uncomfortable in small spaces, prone to vertigo or have fear of heights. Due to weather conditions and helicopter availability, the duration sights and time of departure may vary.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Messina, Half Day Private Car & Guide
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 $749
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Messina, Half Day Private Van & Guide
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 $849
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5 HRS

Strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Messina, In the Steps of the Godfather
Leaving the pier by coach, you will begin with a brief drive through Messina for a 45-minute trip via the freeway and then motor along the coastal road bordered by villas, flowering gardens, and picturesque villages to reach Savoca. Its scenic beauty and historical-artistic heritage makes Savoca, one of the most attractive and unknown places of Taormina. In a private house in the village, "Bar Vitelli," houses a collection of local artisans' tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot scenes of "The Godfather II."  After a typical refreshment  begin a walking tour along the village's main street past two Churches of the 15th and 16th centuries, ( Santa Lucia and San Michele ) and to enjoy the view over the valley. Continue to Forza d'Agro, a 20-minute drive towards Taormina, a charming little village overlooking the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola arrived there to shoot scenes for the film, "The Godfather III." From the main square, a lane leads up to the circular steps, which ascend to the Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of St. Agostino also known as “Triade.“  Before departing, see the Baroque Chiesa Madre. 

Please note:  Due to the amount of walking this tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties. Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over uneven terrain, gravel paths, inclines and 30-75 steps. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Please note that this tour has no interior visits.  


price $99
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

wine
Messina, Wine Tasting at Gambino Winery
Your tour will begin with a pleasant  90-minute drive to the Gambino Winery.  On the eastern side of the Etna volcano, in the woods of the National Park and facing the sea of Taormina, the Gambino vineyards are a pleasure for your senses and for your heart. This winery represents one of the best models of Etna vineyards of high altitude: in an exclusive natural environment, at 2,625 feet above sea level, the vineyards lay on sunny and airy terracing that has a breathtaking panorama. You will experience the unmistakable perfumes of the volcano vegetation. The vineyards and wine are a  great passion for the Gambino family and have been for over 20 years. You will entersuch a unique and striking setting for your wine tastings, carefully conducted by in-house sommeliers and accompanied by typical delicacies of the region. Gambino Winery has worked hard to create the perfect location to give you the pleasure of discovering wine – starting from the place of many different landscapes and accompanying it with typical gastronomic delights.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. You will be tasting four wines.


price $149
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Amalfi, Italy



4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Amalfi, Half Day Private Car + Guide
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 $799
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Amalfi, Half Day Private Van + Guide
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 $899
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

culture

walking

sightseeing
Amalfi, Highlights of Ravello & Amalfi
You will set out from the harbor in Amalfi and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic 30-minute drive to Ravello—one of the most popular and well-known locations on the Amalfi Coast. You will see the duomo (cathedral) as you enter the main square. If the church is open, you will be able to peek inside at the majestic marble pulpit, richly cased with mosaic friezes and columns. You will visit Villa Rufolo with your guide, a spectacular complex formed by the main palace and various other buildings of Arabian-Sicilian style, arranged on a wide terrace facing the gulf. Walk along a small avenue till you’ll arrive at the Moorish courtyard, which opens up onto a luxurious garden of pines, cypress and exotic plants. From here, you can descend to the lower terrace. At the end of your visit, relax on the return drive to Amalfi, where you will visit the Cathedral and have free time to stroll along the narrow streets.

Please note:  This is a walking tour and is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen.




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5.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

unesco

culture

sightseeing
Amalfi, Pompeii
From the pier, you will board a motor coach for the  90-minute ride to the remarkable ruins of Pompeii, perfectly preserved since the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in  79 A.D.  You will learn about the excavation technique and what the residents were doing at the time of the eruption, and you’ll gain an insight into the lives of the ancient Romans as you discover baths, theaters, temples, markets and the huge forum with the Arch of Nero. After your tour, you will have about 30 minutes of free time before your drive back to meet your Windstar yacht.

Please note:  This is a walking tour of a little over a mile and is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

walking

unesco

boating
Amalfi, Positano By Boat
You will board your private boat in Amalfi for an unforgettable ride to Positano, a picturesque coastal town where white Moorish-style houses cling to the slopes around a small sparkling bay. Once a fishing village, Positano has become a retreat for the wealthy and is now a popular resort area. Artists also appreciate the intimate setting and exquisite scenery. Enjoy some free time browsing Positano's boutiques, perhaps picking up an item or two of the casual cotton clothing for which this town is noted. Re-board your boat and head to the enchanting village of Amalfi—its white houses perched on the rocks overlooking a bright blue bay. Flanked by an old Saracen tower and a 12th century Capuchin monastery, Amalfi boasts a splendid cathedral adorned with geometric designs in colored stones. Your guide will lead you to St. Andrew’s Cathedral and provide an introduction to the town before you’re set loose to explore on your own. Following this free time, return to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  This is a walking tour and is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen.



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Rome, Italy



4 HRS

Easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Rome Orientation Tour w/ Transfer to Airport
This tour is perfect for those who would like to visit Rome but do not feel like walking the cobblestone streets. You will meet the local guide at disembarkation  and board a coach for Rome to start the tour with  Via Veneto, which became popular in the 1960s as the heart of the “Dolce Vita” of Fellini’s Cinema, Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, the monumental square surrounded by four sets of 284 columns on 88 pillars. It is the masterwork of Bernini and welcomes pilgrims  to the largest temple in Christianity. The dome was designed by Michelangelo.  Your tour will continue to the Ostiense Gate,right next to the amazing Pyramid of Caio Cestio, built in 12 B.C., and the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest spa in ancient Rome.  Then you will head to the Circus Maximus, which could welcome 320,000 spectators who watched chariot races there. Pass by the Colosseum, constructed in only 8 years, where over 70,000 spectators could take a seat and leave the building in only a few minutes through its 80 entries. Your tour also includes The dome of the basilica was designed by Michelangelo. Your drive will continue to St. Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls, where you will have free time to explore on your own. The coach will wait for you in the vicinity to return you to the airport.

Please note: There are 3-4 steps to enter and exit the coach and a few steps in St. Paul’s Basilica.

price $149
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Rome Orientation Tour w/ Transfer to Hotel
This tour is perfect for those who would like to visit Rome but do not feel like walking the cobblestone streets. You will meet the local guide at disembarkation  and board a coach for Rome to start the tour with  Via Veneto, which became popular in the 1960s as the heart of the “Dolce Vita” of Fellini’s Cinema, Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, the monumental square surrounded by four sets of 284 columns on 88 pillars. It is the masterwork of Bernini and welcomes pilgrims  to the largest temple in Christianity. The dome was designed by Michelangelo.  Your tour will continue to the Ostiense Gate,right next to the amazing Pyramid of Caio Cestio, built in 12 B.C., and the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest spa in ancient Rome.  Then you will head to the Circus Maximus, which could welcome 320,000 spectators who watched chariot races there. Pass by the Colosseum, constructed in only 8 years, where over 70,000 spectators could take a seat and leave the building in only a few minutes through its 80 entries. Your tour also includes The dome of the basilica was designed by Michelangelo. Your drive will continue to St. Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls, where you will have free time to explore on your own. The coach will wait for you in the vicinity to return you to the Windstar Cruises hotel.

Please note: There are 3-4 steps to enter and exit the coach and a few steps in St. Paul’s Basilica. If you are not staying at the Windstar hotel you will be dropped of at the Piazza Repubblica where many taxis are available to take you to your independent hotel.


price $149
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Rome, Full Day Private Auto with Driverguide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver/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 /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, and English-speaking driver/guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Rome area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1599
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Rome, Full Day Private VAN with Driverguide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver/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/ 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, and English-speaking driver/guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Rome area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.  


price $1699
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Rome, Half Day Private CAR with Driverguide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver/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 /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, and English-speaking driver/guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Rome area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 

price $1199
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Rome, Half Day Private VAN with Driverguide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver/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/ 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, and English-speaking driver/guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Rome area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1299
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