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Petra, Holy Land & Cyprus: Petra to Larnaca

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Board on the Crystal Esprit and start your gorgeous cruise from Aqaba to Larnaca. Situated at the top of its namesake gulf, Aqaba brings a refreshing release from the rose-colored desert to the north. On your way to Jerusalem/Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel, cruise the Gulf of Aqaba and transit the Suez Canal that separates the continents of Africa and Asia, while connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. See the tidy planned community of Ashdod, built on golden dunes and southern Israel's only Mediterranean harbor. Explore a mecca for the faithful of all kinds for millennia - beautiful Haifa. Finally, disembark in the palm-lined promenade of Larnaca, filled with seafood eateries and spots for coffee or cocktails.  

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Discover an ancient rock-carved Nabataean city once lost to the Western world
  • Cruise the Gulf of Aqaba and Suez Canal
  • Explore almost 4,000 year-old ruins at Ashdod
  • View the “beautiful coast” Haifa

Ship

Crystal Esprit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bahai Gardens and temple City of Haifa Beach of Aqaba Explore the wonder that is Petra Larnaca, Cyprus

Day 1 Petra (Aqaba), Jordan | Embark

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

Day 2 Petra (Aqaba), 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 3 Cruising the Gulf of Aqaba and Suez

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

Day 4 Transit the Suez Canal

  • 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.

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

  • Ship
  • 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 and Galilee (Haifa), Israel

  • Ship
  • 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

  • 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 9 Larnaca, Cyprus | Disembark

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

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280 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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280 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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Owner's Suite (OS)
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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