Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & Jordan
The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern
Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires.
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Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Large Group
The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. Over the millennia, a succession of cultures traded, conquered, and settled in these fabled lands, and we follow in their wake, piecing together the pages of the defining chapters of ancient civilizations.
* Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks,
snorkelling, and Zodiac cruises
* All gratuities
* All accommodations
* World-class lecture and expedition team
* All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and
wine with lunch and dinner
* All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
* Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
* Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
* Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
Arrive in Larnaca.
Arrive in Larnaca and check in to the /Radisson Blu Hotel Larnaca/ for dinner and overnight.*Accommodation*: Radisson Blu Hotel
Visit the ruins of Kourion, one of the island’s most important
city-kingdoms in antiquity.
This morning, visit the ruins of Kourion, one of the island’s most important city-kingdoms in antiquity. Take a stroll through the extensive site to view the magnificent theater dating from the 2nd century BC, the Roman forum, public baths, a palace complex, stately villas with well-preserved mosaics, and an early Christian basilica. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before embarking the /Caledonian Sky/ in the late afternoon.*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Spend two full days exploring from our anchorage in Haifa.
Spend two full days exploring from our anchorage in Haifa. Highlights include the Sea of Galilee for a visit to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the site where Jesus delivered the “Sermon on the Mount.” Visit the Byzantine-style church, and admire the beautiful gold mosaics that decorate the interior. You’ll also visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and make a stop at Capernaum, where Jesus preached and performed several miracles, and view the remains of a famous 2nd-century synagogue. More history unfolds in Acre; a subterranean city and former capital of the Crusader kingdom, today it is one of Israel’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While there, enjoy a tour of the British fortress. A drive along the scenic Mediterranean coast brings you to the ancient city of Caesarea. Originally an ancient Phoenician settlement, the city was given as a gift from Augustus Ceasar to Herod the Great in 30 BC. Explore the fascinating ruins, including the Roman theater still in use today as a venue for musical performances. In Haifa, ascend the slopes of Mount Carmel for breathtaking views of the city. Marvel at the gleaming golden dome of Baha’i Shrine and continue to the 19th-century Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, located on the slopes of Mount Carmel.*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
From the port of Ashdod, explore some of Israel’s most famous sites.
From the port of Ashdod, explore some of Israel’s most famous sites. In Old Jaffa, one of the world’s oldest ports, take a stroll along the winding cobblestone streets lined with handicraft shops and art galleries to visit the vibrant Jaffa Flea Market. A walking tour of Tel Aviv includes city hall and the Diaspora Museum, which tells the ongoing story of the Jewish people. You’ll also discover the treasures of ancient Jerusalem on a tour of the Old City, including the Dome of the Rock, the greatest monumental building from early Islamic history. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to see the Stations of the Cross and follow in the traditional footsteps of Jesus to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Resurrection Tomb, thought to be the actual site of the crucifixion. Explore the city’s Jewish Quarter, and experience Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall. You’ll also take a drive up to the Mount of Olives for a picturesque, panoramic view of Jerusalem and visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, Mt. Zion, and The Israel Museum to view the Dead Sea Scrolls.*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
An extraordinary experience awaits as our ship slips into a convoy of vessels
for the southbound transit of one of the world’s greatest engineering
An extraordinary experience awaits as our ship slips into a convoy of vessels for the southbound transit of one of the world’s greatest engineering feats: the 101-mile-long Suez Canal. Its completion in 1869 marked the severing of the African and Asian continents, providing a convenient shortcut for ships that formerly made the arduous and lengthy journey around the Cape of Good Hope. Learn the history of the canal and the ancient trade routes that preceded it and our vantage points on deck afford us up-close views of the contrasts in landscape: rugged terrain on one side and lush greenery on the other.*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Enjoy a delightful snorkeling experience.
Today, board a local boat for a delightful snorkeling experience among the colorful coral reefs.*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Disembark in Safaga and depart overland for Luxor, the site of the ancient
city of Thebes.
Disembark in Safaga and depart overland for Luxor, the site of the ancient city of Thebes. Check in to the /Hilton Luxor Resort/, the ideal base from which to explore the ancient culture of the Nile Valley. Visit the Temple of Karnak, featuring the Temple of Amun and the amazing Avenue of the Sphinx. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall; its expertly aligned columns, the largest of which is 80 feet high with a 33-foot circumference, are an amazing sight to behold. At the striking Temple of Luxor, view the three large statues of Ramses II along the front of the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses II behind the East Tower; and the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 14 papyrus-headed columns, some towering up to 50 feet in height. The Temple of Hathor at Denderah is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. View its massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages, and columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Return to the ship on November 1, arriving in time for dinner.*Accommodation*: Hilton Luxor Resort
From the coastal town of Sharm el Sheikh, take a scenic cruise to Ras
From the coastal town of Sharm el Sheikh, take a scenic cruise to Ras Mohammed, where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Gulf of Suez, for a day of snorkeling.*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Disembark this morning and board 4x4 vehicles for a ride through Wadi Rum,
the majestic valley made famous by T.E. Lawrence and featured in the epic
movie /Lawrence of Arabia/.
Disembark this morning and board 4×4 vehicles for a ride through Wadi Rum, the majestic valley made famous by T.E. Lawrence and featured in the epic movie /Lawrence of Arabia/. Enjoy tea with a Bedouin family before tucking in to a sumptuous lunch surrounded by dramatic sandstone formations that tower over the desert floor strewn with immense boulders. Continue overland along the King’s Highway through the Jordanian countryside, passing the spectacular canyon of Wadi al-Mujib en route Amman. Check in to the /Intercontinental //Amman/ for dinner and overnight.*Accommodation*: The Intercontinental Amman
This tour ends here.
Board your independent homeward flight. Tour ends here.