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Gods & Island Empires: Petra (Aqaba) to Limassol

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Join Crystal Esprit in its 9-day luxury yacht cruise from Aqaba to Limassol. Start your adventure by discovering the sandy beaches and coral reefs in Aqaba, and see the UNESCO treasure of Petra. Cruise the Gulf of Aqaba and explore Suez and Cairo in Egypt. Transit through the Suez Canal as you move forward with your journey and reach Ashdod that is mentioned in the Old Testament, and archaeologists have found ruins almost 4,000 years old here. Ashdod is also the doorway to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  Check out the Haifa which has been a mecca for the faithful of all kinds for millennia. Find the Larnaca and spend a great time around the palm-lined promenade, filled with seafood eateries and spots for coffee or cocktails. Finally, reach the center of Cyprus' wine industry, Limassol.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Petra (Aqaba), Jordan | Embark
Day 2 : Cruise the Gulf of Aqaba | Suez
Day 3 : Cairo | Suez, Egypt
Day 4 : Transit the Suez Canal
Days 5-6 : Jerusalem | Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel
Day 7 : Bethlehem | Galilee (Haifa), Israel
Day 8 : Larnaca, Cyprus
Day 9 : Limassol, Cyprus

Highlights

  • Explore gorgeous Aqaba, the UNESCO treasure of Petra
  • View modern Suez, located at the head of the Gulf of Suez
  • Visit “beautiful coast,” Haifa in Israel
  • Discover the festive atmosphere of Limassol

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beach of Aqaba City of Haifa Explore the wonder that is Petra Cyprus marina Petra, the ancient city which once flourished between 200 BC and 200 AD

Day 1 Petra (Aqaba), Jordan | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Esprit at the port of Petra (Aqaba) in Jordan and spend a wonderful time.

Situated at the top of its namesake gulf, Aqaba brings a refreshing release from the rose-colored 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. Beyond the modernity of Aqaba itself, the UNESCO treasure of Petra – an ancient rock-carved Nabataean city once lost to the Western world – and the wonders of the Wadi Rum await discovery.

Day 2 Cruise the Gulf of Aqaba | Suez

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise the Gulf of Aqaba/Suez today.

Day 3 Cairo | Suez, Egypt

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dating back to the Sixth Dynasty of ancient Egypt (2345-2181 BC), when it was used to protect eastern Egypt from invasions, the city of Suez has long been a strategic trading site. Located at the head of the Gulf of Suez, and at the southern entrance of the Suez Canal since its opening in 1869, modern Suez remains a naval and trade center, linked to Cairo some 80 miles west, where the Grand Egyptian Museum is slated to open in 2020. A call here serves as a gateway to the Pyramids of Giza, too.

Day 4 Transit the Suez Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you sail through the Suez Canal.

Day 5-6 Jerusalem | Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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.

Day 7 Bethlehem | Galilee (Haifa), Israel

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hebrew for “beautiful coast,” Haifa has been a mecca for the faithful of all kinds for millennia. Its slopes of Mount Carmel, UNESCO-listed Acre, and glittering coastline are all impressive, and it is also an ideal starting point for explorations of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee; Zippori, “City of Mosaics”; and the lively cosmopolitan delights of Tel Aviv.

Day 8 Larnaca, Cyprus

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The pulse of Larnaca is found around the palm-lined promenade, filled with seafood eateries and spots for coffee or cocktails. Its 6,000 years of offers much for history buffs, like the medieval fort and the Church of the biblical Saint Lazarus. The Zenobia shipwreck is among the many popular diving sites here, while the world’s last divided capital, Nicosia is a fascinating land journey.

Day 9 Limassol, Cyprus

  • 1 Breakfast
The wine flows freely in Limassol, and so does the festive atmosphere. The center of Cyprus' wine industry, Limassol is home to a bustling bar and restaurant scene, as well as numerous wineries that are open for tours and tastings. The city seems to be engaged in constant celebration, staging elaborate festivals throughout the year. The waterfront promenade offers a dizzying array of traditional, handmade goods to expensive designer labels.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at the port of Limassol, Cyprus.

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223 Sqft. King-size bed, mini bar/refrigerator, a flat-screen satellite TV, custom carpet, plush sofa with adjustable-height table for dining, and spacious, custom-designed closets.
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515 Sqft. King-size bed, Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen HD TV, custom bench at foot of the bed, stone-clad nightstands with integrated outlets, and interactive bedside iPad. The expansive living and dining area feature a sofa and end chairs, a flat-screen TV, concealed mini-bar and dining table.

Notes

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  There will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ​

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
  • Complimentary marina and water sports equipment including a wide variety of aquatic toys (water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling equipment) based on destination's local rules and regulations and the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions
  • Complimentary transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, when requested in advance
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, 
  • Optional shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities,
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Crystal Esprit's submersible equipment
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