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Holy Land, Pyramids & Petra: Larnaca to Petra

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Board on the Crystal Esprit and explore Jordan, Israel, Egypt, and Cyprus. Enjoy Larnaca around the palm-lined promenade, filled with seafood eateries and spots for coffee or cocktails. See Haifa, the mecca for the faithful for all kinds for millennia. Don't miss Ashdod, the doorway to the historic treasures of Jerusalem, and the worldly pleasures of Tel Aviv  As you sail, cruise the Mediterranean, transit the Suez Canal and visit the gorgeous port of Cairo - Suez. Discover the booming resort town of Eilat and head to Petra for disembarkation.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Explore Zippori, “City of Mosaics”; and cosmopolitan delights of Tel Aviv
  • View almost 4,000 years old ruins of Jerusalem
  • Transit the Suez Canal, that separates the continents of Africa and Asia
  • Discover home to the world’s oldest copper mines at Eilat

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Crystal Esprit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

City of Haifa Sunset over Eilat Lounging in luxury Explore the wonder that is Petra Enjoy the calm waters of the Red Sea

Day 1 Larnaca, Cyprus | Embark

Embark at the beautiful port of Larnaca.

Day 2 Larnaca, Cyprus

  • Ship
  • 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 3-4 Bethlehem and Galilee (Haifa), Israel

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 5 Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 6 Cruising the Mediterranean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today cruise the Mediterranean.

Day 7 Transit the Suez Canal | Cairo (Suez), Egypt

  • Ship
  • 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.

Today, Crystal Esprit will arrive at Cairo (Suez), Egypt.

Day 8 Cairo (Suez), Egypt

  • Ship
  • 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 9 Cruising the Gulf of Aqaba

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, cruise the Gulf of Aqaba.

Day 10 Eilat, Israel | Petra

  • Ship
  • 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.

Reach Petra, Jordan in this day.

Day 11 Petra, Jordan

  • Ship
  • 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.

Day 12 Petra (Aqaba), Jordan | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at the beautiful port.

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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.

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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.  ​

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
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  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities 
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
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  • 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
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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