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Holiday Summary CRUISE: 243846C
Classic Med & Grand Prix Voyage
  • 10 May 2021 - 15 nights
Pre-Cruise Hotel
  • 10 May 2021 - Israel
  • 5 Nights - 5 ★ Hilton Tel Aviv, Israel Hotel
Pre-Cruise Tour
  • Nazareth, Tiberias And Sea Of Galilee Tour
  • 11 May 2021
  • 8 Hours
Pre-Cruise Tour
  • Jerusalem And Bethlehem Tour
  • 12 May 2021
  • 8 Hours
Pre-Cruise Tour
  • Masada & Dead Sea Tour
  • 13 May 2021
  • 8 Hours
Cruise
On-Board Benefits:
  • FREE AzAmazing Evening
from £4439pp

PRE HOTEL

5 Nights at the 5 ★ Hilton Tel Aviv, Israel Hotel in Israel - 10 May 2021

This hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is just one minute from the beach, where guests can also watch the yachts come and go at the marina. The hotel has 14 meeting rooms, a business centre and a lobby where travellers can have a cocktail. All guest rooms and public areas have WLAN Internet access. Between meetings, guests can take in sea views from the 17th-floor Executive Lounge, shop till they drop at the Dizengoff Centre or explore Old Jaffa. Guests may also dine on sushi at Yakimono Sushi Bar or Mediterranean dishes at King Solomon. All rooms have wireless Internet access and private balconies. Most have sea views. Guests can relax by the outdoor saltwater swimming pool, or be pampered at the spa by de-stressing with a workout or massage.

PRE TOUR

Nazareth, Tiberias And Sea Of Galilee Tour - 11 May 2021

We begin our tour by traveling passed Herzliya and Natanya and continue north along the coastal road parallel to the Mediterranean, we turn inland and drive through the Valley of Armageddon (Revelations 16:6), from here we can see Megiddo. On our way towards Nazareth we visit the Mt of Precipitation (Luke 4:28-30). In Nazareth we visit the Church of Annunciation which was constructed on the spot where Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her she would soon be with child (Luke 1:26). Next door we find the Church of Saint Joseph built on the site where Jesus' father, Joseph had his carpentry. We depart Nazareth and travel to the Sea of Galilee on the way we pass Cana where Jesus turned water into wine. (John 2:1-12). At the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes we visit Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Here we see the home of Peter and the Church of the Multiplication. (Mark 6:30-44) We travel along the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calmed the sea and walked on water. (Mark 4:35-41, 6:45-52) Across the water we can see the Golan Heights forming a beautiful backdrop as we pass the city of Tiberias which was settled more than 2000 years ago and named after the Roman Emperor Tiberias. We reach the southern region of the Sea of Galilee where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee and where Jesus may have been baptized. Here it is possible to participate in a baptismal ceremony in the very same river that Jesus did so many years ago. (Mark 1:9-11) As we head south on our return journey we see Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration took place.

PRE TOUR

Jerusalem And Bethlehem Tour - 12 May 2021

Visit some of the most historically and religiously significant landmarks in the beautiful Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Marvel over memorable places from the bible, take in the precious views and engage with the various cultures. Highlights - Visit the Old City of Jerusalem - Learn about the various religions and cultures that live together - Walk up to the Western Wall Enjoy a scenic drive along the Kidron Valley where you can appreciate the excellent views of Mount Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane,rising over 800 metres boasting impressive views of the Old City and the surrounding neighborhoods. Historically named due to the fact it was once covered in olive trees and is known for appearing in the Old Testament. Moving on from here we’ll visit Mount Zion, the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, the place that was once used as a metaphoric symbol for “the Promised Land.” It is also believed to be the site where the “Last Supper” took place. Enter the Old City and roam the fascinating streets of the Jewish Quarter, filled with narrow alley ways and unique architecture. See the Western Wall, where everybody is welcome to go up to it and traditionally leave a piece of paper with a prayer or wish on it, in a crack in the wall. Continuing onto the Christian Quarter, you’ll see the streets are full of priests and pilgrims from around the world to visit the over 40 holy sites. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, a winding route leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified and has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century. In Bethlehem we’ll see a lovely overview of Shepherds’ Field, a historically important location and bears breathtaking landscapes. From here we’ll find our way to the Church of Nativity and Manger’s square. Admire the ancient architecture and firsthand learn the local culture.

PRE TOUR

Masada & Dead Sea Tour - 13 May 2021

Journey down from Jerusalem descending below sea level through the Biblical wilderness towards the Dead Sea. On the way we can see the Inn of the Good Samaritan and stop on route to look out across the desert as we pass the point marking "sea level". The ancient city of Jericho can be seen in the distance where Joshua's troops caused the walls to fall (Joshua 6) and where Jesus healed the blind (Mark 10:46-52). We reach the shores of the Dead Sea encrusted with white salt and follow the shoreline towards Masada. Although it's possible to climb the ancient Snake Path up Masada as the Romans did 2000 years ago, we take the convenient cable car up to the mountain top plateau. It was here that King Herod built a fortified palace complete with every convenience, a swimming pool, water cisterns, two palaces, store rooms and even a synagogue. Following Herod's death, the mountain top was the last outpost of Jewish zealots when the Romans tried to rid the land of Jews in the First Jewish-Roman War of 66-73AD. It was on Masada that the first parchment from this era was discovered in an Israeli archaeological excavation. On the parchment was the prophesy of Ezekiel "…I will take the children of Israeli from among the nations…and bring them into their own land…" (Ezekiel 37). Heading back to the Dead Sea we pass the desert oasis of Ein Gedi where there is lush foliage and gorgeous waterfalls and where David hid from angry King Saul. We also pass by Qumran were the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a number of hillside caves. To end off a perfect day we stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth and a contender for the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. People come from across the globe to enjoy the therapeutic mineral rich waters. And don't worry if you don't know how to swim, the high salt content will keep you afloat.

CRUISE

Day Port of Call Arrival Depart
Piraeus (Athens), Greece -- 5:00pm
Souda (Chania) 7:30am 2:00pm
At Sea -- --
Santorini, Greece 8:00am 9:00pm
Sorrento 7:30am 7:00pm
Cienfuegos, Cuba 7:30am 8:00pm
Livorno 8:00am --
Livorno -- 8:00pm
Nice 8:00am 10:00pm
Barcelona, Spain 6:00pm --
Barcelona, Spain -- --

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