7 nights with Celestyal Crystal
A unique itinerary in 3 different continents (Europe, Asia and Africa) in just 7 nights. If you’re interested in archaeology, religion and culture, this is a one in a lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss. In Egypt you ‘ll visit the world famous Pyramids. With sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt will bring out the explorer in all of you. We then sail to Israel. Through Ashdod, which is the gateway to the Holy Land you ‘ll get the chance to visit Bethlehem , the birth place of Jesus and of course Jerusalem, were Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Armenian quarters each add their own spice to this spiritual place. Moreover we introduce Limassol and Pafos in Cyprus where you’ll be surrounded by acres of history as you discover historic gems such as medieval baths and catacombs. Our itinerary also includes your all time classic Kusadasi in Turkey and ancient Ephesus, one of Europe’s largest open-air archaeological museums.
The 3 Continents Aegean Cruise sails on Saturdays from Piraeus (port of Athens) on selected dates:
- On board dining (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner& Snacks) (Vegetarian Meals included)
- Drink Package : Unlimited Classic Drinks
- Daily Activities, Entertainment on board (Check daily schedule on board)
- 2 Excursions:
Ancient Ephesus through the ages - Hellinistic and Roman
- Port & Service Charges & all Gratuities
Depart from Port Said in luxury air-conditioned motor coaches en-route to Africa’s largest city, the teeming metropolis of Cairo. Your fi rst stop will be at Giza Plateau where the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza still stand. Your coach will park at the base of Chephren’s pyramid and time will be allocated to explore the site on your own. Continue down the valley where the guardian of this mortuary complex, the mighty Sphinx lies watching the passage of time and men in eons of silence its expression an enigma yet to be unravelled. Take time out to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at a leading 5* deluxe hotel. After lunch drive to Tahrir (Liberty) Square, the heart of down town Cairo. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and acquaint yourself with Egypt’s ancient history, spanning a period of over 50 centuries. The Museum is the repository of the world’s largest and richest collection of Egyptian Antiquities amongst them the priceless collection of King Tutankhamun.
Visit a Papyrus Institute where the art of paper making from reeds discovered by the Ancient Egyptians will be demonstrated for you. Limited time for souvenir shopping will also be allocated before you commence the drive to Port Said.
This is a wonderful journey through some of the most important and formative periods of history and we hope you will be enthralled by the stories of the Hellenes, Romans, the Ottomans and of Christianity in our fascinating exploration of Ephesus. This marvellous city, sitting on the hills outside Kusadasi and overlooking the Aegean is a fabulous open air archaeological wonder founded by the Greeks around 2000 BC. It was one of the most important cities of the region and was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The Temple built in her honour was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It had more than 100 marble pillars each standing 56 feet tall and it earned the city the name ‘Servant of the Goddess.’ A single pillar remains standing on the site, found during an excavation in the 1870s. We will be able to see the Agora, Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marvel-paved Main Street of Curetes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian and the Houses of Koressus, where the wealthy families of Ancient Ephesus lived. Only 13 per cent of Ephesus has so far been uncovered. The fi nds from the excavations made so far are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus in the city of Selcuk.
We have time for shopping for carpets, jewellery, leather and other souvenirs at the end of our tour.
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