This 10-day cruise takes you to some of the world’s most sought-after destinations, following the civilizations of great empires and religions across thousands of years. Your Windstar Holy Lands yacht voyage brings access to Jerusalem, sacred city to more than one third of the world’s population, and Egypt’s jaw-dropping Pyramids of Giza. You will have opportunity to visit the Acropolis in Athens, the Roman catacombs in Alexandria, the renowned Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete, and a Neolithic site in Cyprus. An optional overland tour from Israel visits the famous, rose-hued ancient city of Petra.
Because you are on a small ship cruise, your experiences are intimate. You travel at a leisurely pace that affords time to explore, without big crowds, and to relax, lounging on a sandy beach while you review and talk about what you saw. With three full days in Israel, including an overnight in Haifa, you may visit Jerusalem’s Old City Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Dome of the Rock, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Travel, too, to Bethlehem or spend time reflecting at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. You may tour the Dead Sea and Masada, to ponder how 1,000 members of the Jewish faith took their own lives rather than become slaves to the Romans. Or follow in the footsteps of Jesus at the Sea of Galilee and the Mount of Beatitudes (setting for the Sermon on the Mount).
In Egypt, a full-day tour from Port Said, at the northern end of the Suez Canal, allows time to marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the giant Sphinx. A late-night visit in the city of Alexandria delivers sea views, beaches, opportunity to tour the fascinating underground Roman catacombs, and time, too, to stop by an ocean-view restaurant or otherwise immerse yourself in the local scene. On Cyprus, view UNESCO World Heritage Sites from the Neolithic, Greek, and Roman periods, as well as the rocky outcrop where the Greeks believed the love goddess Aphrodite rose from the sea. On Crete, some relics at the Minoan palace of Knossos date back 9,000 years.
This cruise, to and from Athens, is an extraordinary journey to Bucket List places and some of the world’s most fascinating history.