Legendary Empires« All Odyssey (ZE) cruise options
- Day 1 Cairo, Egypt
- Day 2 Cairo / Giza
- Day 3 Cairo / Alexandrai / Embark the Odyssey
- Day 4 At Sea
- Day 5 Beirut, Lebanon / Byblos
- Day 6 Beirut / Baalbek
- Day 7 Beirut / At Sea
- Day 8 Port Said, Egypt / Tanis
- Day 9 Port Said / Suez Canal Transit
- Day 10 Sharm el Sheikh / Monastery of St. Catherine
- Day 11 Sharm el Sheikh
- Day 12 Aqaba, Jordan / Petra
- Day 13 Petra / Wadi Rum / Aqaba
- Day 14 Aqaba / Pharaoh's Island, Egypt
- Day 15 Safaga / Disembark / Luxor
- Days 16-17 Luxor
- Day 18 Luxor / Cairo
- Day 19 Cairo / Return Home
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Category 1/ A-Deck||Category 2/ Main||Category 3/ Main||Category 4/ Lido||Category 5/ Bridge||Category 6/ Balcony Suite||Owners Suite|
-Cabins are available for single occupancy between 1.6-1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
Day 1 Cairo, Egypt
Arrive in Cairo and transfer to Oberoi Mena House Hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and briefing.
Day 2 Cairo / Giza
Our tour begins with an exploration of the
Egyptian Museum’s extensive collection of ancient artifacts, including treasures from King Tutankhamen’s tomb. Continue to Giza, where you will view the impressive Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Cairo / Alexandrai / Embark the Odyssey
This morning drive to Alexandria. Visit numerous monuments, including Pompey’s Pillar, the catacombs, amphitheater, and the new Library of Alexandria, opened in 2002. This evening board the Odyssey and settle in before setting sail.
Day 4 At Sea
Enjoy a relaxing and educational day at sea as your lecture series begins.
Day 5 Beirut, Lebanon / Byblos
This morning arrive in Lebanon’s historic capital, Beirut, and depart overland to beautiful Byblos. The city’s history reaches back 7,000 years and offers a panoply of Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine-era ruins. This seaport, from which the words “Bible” and “book” are derived, once imported papyrus and exported it as scrolls. A highlight is a visit to Byblos Castle, built by Crusaders and enclosing a picturesque walled city of Phoenician monuments.
Day 6 Beirut / Baalbek
Today drive across the fertile Bekáa Valley to Baalbek, one of the most impressive sites of the ancient Roman world. Explore the well-preserved temples of Jupiter, Bacchus, and Venus, surrounded by lovely gardens, as well as the Roman Acropolis, considered to be among the most important ever built.
Day 7 Beirut / At Sea
Often called the “Paris of the Middle East,” a city tour showcases Beirut’s collage of modern and ancient architectural marvels as you drive through the commercial Hamra area and past Martyr’s Square. Also visit the National Museum where artifacts from prehistoric times to the medieval Mamluk period are on display. Browse the colorful market for mementos before returning to the ship for lunch.
Day 8 Port Said, Egypt / Tanis
Disembark in Port Said and depart for Tanis — once capital of Egypt from 1070 to 715 B.C., this is the most important and impressive archaeological site in Egypt’s northern delta. Your historians guide you through the walled city, which is studded with obelisks, statues, and columns, many inscribed with royal rulers’ names, particularly Ramses II.
Day 9 Port Said / Suez Canal Transit
An extraordinary experience awaits you today as your 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 your vantage point on deck affords close-up views of the contrasts in landscape—rugged terrain on one side and lush greenery on the other.
Day 10 Sharm el Sheikh / Monastery of St. Catherine
From the coastal town of Sharm el Sheikh ascend nearly 5,000 feet to explore the splendid 6th-century Byzantine Monastery of St. Catherine. The church houses one of the world’s most magnificent collections of gold icons, dating back to the 5th century, and the museum has a sampling of manuscripts second in importance only to those of the Vatican.
Day 11 Sharm el Sheikh
Today board local boats for a cruise to Ras Mohammed, where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Gulf of Suez. Here enjoy a delightful snorkel experience among some of the world’s best coral reef ecosystems.
Day 12 Aqaba, Jordan / Petra
Disembark this morning in Aqaba, Jordan’s only seaport. A short drive brings us to the superb ruins of Petra, capital of the Nabataean civilization, which flourished between 200 B.C. and A.D. 200. In a dramatic approach enter the Siq, a narrow chasm between 600-foot-high rock walls, which opens into the ancient city. Before you lay spectacular rock-cut tombs, temples, and a theater, each carved from vividly hued, iron-rich sandstone, which earns it the nickname “Rose-Red Petra.” The façade of the treasury, remarkably well-preserved, bears testimony to Petra’s prominence as a wealthy center monopolizing the lucrative trade routes north of the Red Sea. Dinner and overnight at Movenpick Petra Hotel.
Day 13 Petra / Wadi Rum / Aqaba
Drive south to Wadi Rum, the majestic valley made famous by T.E. Lawrence and featured in the epic movie Lawrence of Arabia. For lunch enjoy a sumptuous feast of local specialties, sheltered by Bedouin tents and surrounded by dramatic sandstone formations that tower over the desert floor. This evening return to your ship in Aqaba to overnight pier side.
Day 14 Aqaba / Pharaoh's Island, Egypt
Today board a wooden sailboat for a scenic cruise to nearby Pharaoh’s Island. Go ashore to visit the photogenic 12th-century fortress and have the opportunity to snorkel in the warm turquoise waters. Return to Aqaba where there is time to explore on your own before departing for Safaga.
Day 15 Safaga / Disembark / Luxor
After an early breakfast disembark the Odyssey in Safaga and depart overland to Luxor. After check-in and lunch at your hotel, visit the Luxor Temple, discovered less than a century ago in the heart of the city. Red granite obelisks, the huge Sitting Ramses II colossus, Amenhotep’s colonnade, and a mosque built atop the pharaonic temple are supremely photogenic highlights. Dinner and overnight at the Hilton Luxor.
Days 16-17 Luxor
You will have two full days to explore Luxor’s magnificent ancient splendors. At the enormous complex of Karnak be greeted by Ptolemy III’s impressive gate, still in near-perfect condition, walk among obelisks of staggering height, and along the Avenue of the 1,000 Sphinxes.
Cross the Nile to ancient Thebes, a World Heritage Site, and its Valley of the Kings. Cut deep into the rocky mountainsides and surrounded by the high Gurna Hills are the magnificent tombs of Egypt’s principal pharaohs. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, constructed at the top of three massive terraces and continue to the two “singing” statues of King Amenhotep III, which once guarded his namesake temple and the largest temple of Thebes. Also board feluccas, traditional Nile sail boats, for a scenic cruise along this legendary river.
Day 18 Luxor / Cairo
Board your group flight (included in cruise fare) to Cairo this morning and transfer to the Fairmont Hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Attend a festive farewell dinner this evening.
Day 19 Cairo / Return Home
This morning transfer to the airport for your independent flight home.
Itinerary NotesIncluded in your cruise fare:
All gratuities; accommodations in hotels and on board the Odyssey as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; group flight from Luxor to Cairo; $50,000 of medical expense and $75,000 in emergency evacuation insurance.*
Not included in cruise fare:
All air transportation, except as noted above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; baggage/trip cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is 30% cruise cost, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|120 days or more||$950 per person|
|119-60 days||55% cruise cost|
|59-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 110
One of the finest adventure ships afloat, the Odyssey is a 110-passenger luxury expedition vessel, ideally suited for cruising in off-the-beaten-path locales. On all Odyssey expeditions, guests have access to a fleet of Zodiacs, which allows remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictates.
All cabins on a Clipper Odyssey cruise have an ocean view, safe, minibar, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, in-room music system, and sitting area with sofa. Beds can be configured for twin or queen-size sleeping arrangements, and all cabins have an en suite bathroom complete with shower and small bathtub. In the comfort of their cabin, passengers can track the progress of their expedition on the Global Positioning System broadcast—a highlight of a Odyssey voyage for adventure-minded guests.
Additional facilities include a gourmet kitchen featuring American and international cuisine, dining room, lounge, small library and gym, outdoor pool, and gift shop. An elevator services all passenger cabin decks.
A fleet of Zodiac landing craft can be launched in minutes to take passengers ashore in places where no infrastructure exists. The vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art satellite navigation and communication equipment including telephone, fax, and email.
An outdoor swimming pool, dedicated jogging track, and two sun decks offer ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Inside, the spacious public areas of the ship include two lounges, a small library, and a single seating dining room.
An experienced cruise staff, physician, and onboard lecturers accompany all voyages to enhance the passengers’ enjoyment of the places visited.
All meals are prepared to order on board. The ship's chefs, graduates of the finest American culinary schools, combine the highest quality American ingredients with the influences and spices of the places the Odyssey visits. The resulting "fusion cuisine" provides a taste of the destinations visited.
|Category 1/ A-Deck|
A Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area, portholes. Approx. 185 sqft
|Category 2/ Main|
Forward Main Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
|Category 3/ Main|
Main Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
|Category 4/ Lido |
Lido Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
|Category 5/ Bridge|
Bridge Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 230 sqft
|Category 6/ Balcony Suite|
Bridge Deck, Outside Suite with private veranda. Approx. 230 sqft
Bridge Deck, Outside Suite with separate bedroom and private veranda. Approx. 310 sqft