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Luxor & The Valley of The Kings: Petra to Larnaca

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Join the Crystal Esprit for this lovely 12-day cruise. Situated at the top of its namesake gulf, Aqaba brings a refreshing release from the rose-colored desert to the north. As you sail on, visit Eilat that is a booming resort town – greened by palm trees and dotted with pools. On the Red Sea coast, there is a small city of Safaga that does not only offer beautiful beaches and glorious weather but also serves as the gateway to the fascinating Luxor. Moving forward, see the strategic trading site of the city of Suez. Transit through the Suez Canal, check on the “beautiful coast” Haifa and see the historic gems of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Having your last stop at the palm-lined promenade filled with seafood eateries and spots for coffee or cocktails in Larnaca is a perfect way to cap off your cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Petra (Aqaba), Jordan | Embark
Day 2 : Petra (Aqaba), Jordan | Eilat, Israel
Day 3 : Eilat, Israel
Day 4 : Luxor (Safaga), Egypt
Days 5-6 : Cairo (Suez), Egypt
Day 7 : Transit the Suez Canal
Day 8 : Bethlehem and Galilee (Haifa), Israel
Days 9-10 : Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel
Day 11 : Larnaca, Cyprus
Day 12 : Larnaca, Cyprus

Highlights

  • Explore the wonders of the Wadi Rum at Petra
  • Visit the biblical theme park called Kings City
  • Discover underground mausoleums of pharaons such as Tutankhamun, Ramses II
  • View the exceptional Suez Canal as you continue your trip

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Crystal Esprit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy the clear water of the Red Sea Sunlight over the Aqaba skyline Cyprus marina Explore the wonder that is Petra Entrance of Luxor Temple, Egypt
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Day 1 Petra (Aqaba), Jordan | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Esprit at the port of Petra (Aqaba), Jordan.

Day 2 Petra (Aqaba), Jordan | Eilat, Israel

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

On this day, you will arrive at Eilat, Israel.

Day 3 Eilat, Israel

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A favorite destination for Israeli families seeking a waterside escape, Eilat is a booming resort town – greened by palm trees and dotted with pools, it has an average of 360 sunny days a year and warm water temperatures. You’ll find some of the world’s best diving here, for experts and novices alike. Eilat is also renowned for birdwatching, camel riding, and visits to the biblical theme park called Kings City or Timna Valley Park, home to the world’s oldest copper mines.

Day 4 Luxor (Safaga), Egypt

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the Red Sea coast, this small city offers beautiful beaches and glorious weather, even snorkeling and diving among the offshore reefs. More intriguingly, it serves as the gateway to Luxor on the west bank of the Nile River, where the Valley of the Kings reveals the elaborate tombs and underground mausoleums of pharaohs such as Tutankhamun and Ramses II.

Day 5-6 Cairo (Suez), Egypt

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 7 Transit the Suez Canal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Separating the continents of Africa and Asia, while connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, the Suez Canal stands as a testament to the ingenuity and determination of a bygone era. Completed in 1869 and requiring no locks, the 120 miles of this sea-level passage offer travelers a kaleidoscope of contrasting vistas. As you glide through quiet waters, marvel at the lush greenery of the Nile Delta to the west and the sculpted desert landscape of the Sinai Peninsula to the east.

Day 8 Bethlehem and 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 9-10 Jerusalem and 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 11 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 12 Larnaca, Cyprus

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at the port in Larnaca, Cyprus.
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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.  ‚Äč

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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