11 Night cruise departing from Larnaca to Aqaba onboard Crystal Esprit.
A rich and wondrous itinerary with multiple overnights in legendary lands – see Byzantine wonders in Cyprus, historic treasures in Jerusalem, Giza’s new Grand Egyptian Museum and the Rose City of Petra.
Highlights of this Cruise:
Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, Larnaca is a lively seaside town that’s home to some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. The pulse of the community revolves around the promenade, where both locals and visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the palm tree-lined avenue, stopping for coffee or cocktails, or a bite in one of the many seafood eateries. Because Larnaca dates back 6,000 years, there is also much for history buffs to appreciate, like its medieval fort and the Church of Saint Lazarus, where the biblical Lazarus is said to be buried. The region is also well known for some of the best diving on the island, particularly the Zenobia wreck-dive. Should you prefer to stay dry, a trip to the world’s last divided capital, Nicosia is a most interesting land journey.
A tidy planned community built on golden dunes, Ashdod is southern Israel's only Mediterranean harbor. Yet this new city has fabulously ancient roots: Ashdod is mentioned in the Old Testament, and archaeologists have found ruins almost 4,000 years old. This is the doorway to the historic treasures of Jerusalem, and the worldly pleasures of Tel Aviv.
Haifa is Hebrew for "beautiful coast," and the shining coastline of Israel's largest Mediterranean port lives up to its name. But even more impressive are the slopes of Mt. Carmel, on which much of the city lies. Travel through the gorgeous villas and resort hotels to the summit for spectacular views of the city's many gardens, and striking Haifa Bay.
Even Egypt’s beguiling mystique needs a holiday, and Ain Sokhna is where it would be. Approximately 60 miles from Cairo, this resort town lies leisurely on the western shore of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Suez, boasting more sand-covered beach towels than sandy dunes and pyramids. The wind patterns make this an ideal site for kitesurfing, and the uprising of world-class resorts have brought many modern conveniences to visitors’ fingertips. But Egypt’s ancient roots also grow in Ain Sokhna, where archaeologists have been investigating the port’s role as one of the original seafaring hubs of the Old Kingdom. A call here serves as gateway to the Pyramids of Giza and soon, the new Grand Egyptian Museum slated to open in 2018 as the world’s largest archaeological museum at a cost of just under $1 billion.
A favorite destination for Israeli families seeking a waterside escape, Eilat is a booming resort town, with enough hotels and attractions to keep an itinerant busy for days. Eilat’s location on the northern tip of the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aqaba makes it a true vacation hotspot, literally. Its desert setting, greened by palm trees and dotted with pools, has an average of 360 sunny days a year and water temperatures averaging between 70 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. All of which is to say, grab your swimsuit and scuba gear to take advantage of beach expanses and some of the world’s best diving. Coral reefs edge Eilat’s coast, many near shore, offering experts and novices alike chances to encounter a fascinating underwater world. Afterward, dry off and launch land-based explorations, including birdwatching (Eilat is on the main bird migration route between Africa and Europe), camel riding and visits to the biblical theme park called Kings City or Timna Valley Park, home to the world’s oldest copper mines.
The waterway to the Red Sea - the commercial sea port of Aqaba (Al 'Aqabah) is the only outlet to the Hashimate Kingdom of Jordan, and is situated at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba. Aqaba brings a refreshing release from the rose-coloured desert to the North. Its sandy beaches and coral reefs are the most pristine on the Red Sea, and Jordanians hope to preserve them through careful planning. With several first-rate hotels, restaurants and shops, Aqaba caters to a tourist crowd that is tranquil and relaxed, seeking its pleasures more by day than by night.
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