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Cyprus and the Holy Land

LARNACA - NICOSIA - HAIFA - JERUSALEM - LARNACA

 

 

 

Experience the unique history and culture of Cyprus and the Holy Land on this 8 day cruise. In Cyprus you will gain an understanding of Greek, Roman and even Knights Templar history, while in Israel you will visit some of the most famous biblical sites - places still sacred to this day.

 

Days: 8 Days
Code -  LIM
Itinerary

Day 1 LARNACA

Boarding in Larnaca followed by welcome cocktail, crew presentation and dinner.

   
Day 2 LARNACA -HAIFA
 
Enjoy breakfast on board before an optional day-long excursion to Nicosia and Kyrenia (approx. 8 hours including lunch in restaurant). We'll leave by coach for Kyrenia, the largest seaside resort in northern Cyprus. Once we pass the Green Line (the United Nations Buffer Zone separating Cyprus following the Turkish invasion in 1974), you'll be able to see Northern Nicosia before arriving in Kyrenia. We'll stroll along the picturesque port close to the Venetian castle. We'll also discover Bellapais, the Gothic Abbey of Peace, built in the 12th century. Then we'll continue on to Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. After a panoramic tour of the city allowing you to discover Nicosia's sights such as the Archbishop's Palace, Saint John Cathedral, the Venetian Walls, and the Famagusta Gate, we'll visit the famous Cyprus Archaeological Museum, where you can admire treasures dating back to the Neolithic Period. During our excursion, we'll stop for lunch in a local restaurant. We'll return to the ship in late afternoon and begin our cruise on the Mediterranean Sea toward Haifa. We'll have dinner on board, followed by dancing in the lounge. We'll cruise through the night.
   
Day 3 HAIFA - JERUSALEM
 
Our ship will arrive in Haifa early in the morning. Enjoy breakfast on board after we arrive. Haifa is one of the most beautiful seaside resorts on the Mediterranean and certainly one of the most picturesque in the Middle East. Day-long excursion including Jerusalem and Bethlehem (lunch included; approx. 10 hours total, incl. 4 hours round trip). We'll travel through the Judea Mountains and the entrance to the valley which was besieged during the 1948 War of Independence. In Jerusalem, we'll visit the Mount of Olives and the Church of all Nations near the Garden of Gethsemane - the garden where Jesus was praying when he was betrayed by Judas and captured by the Romans. We'll continue our travel through history as we arrive in Bethlehem, known as the City of David in the New Testament, to visit the Church of the Nativity, which marks the birthplace of Jesus. We'll return to Jerusalem to visit the Old City. We will visit the colorful markets where the three main religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) live side by side. Then, we will explore the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - the holiest Christian site in the world - believed to encompass both the Calvary where Jesus Christ was crucified, as well as the cave where his body was placed after his death.. We'll continue along the Via Dolorosa until we reach the Wailing Wall, the most sacred place of worship for the Jewish faith, where they write their prayers on notes of paper which are then inserted in the wall. Lastly, we will visit Mount Zion, where Jesus Christ ate the Last Supper with his disciples, and the Cenacle. We'll return to the boat in the late afternoon. Tonight's dinner will be followed by entertainment by our crew. We'll remain in port overnight.
   
Day 4 HAIFA - GALILEE AND LAKE TIBERIAS
 
Leave for an optional excursion through Galilee and a visit to the Sea of Galilee - the freshwater lake also known under the modern Hebrew name of Kinneret (lunch included - 9 hour excursion, including 4 hours of roundtrip travel). It is the source of much if Israel's drinking water and, for Christians, represents the sacred place where many of Christ's miracles and ministries took place. The excursion will first pass through the location widely thought to be Cana of Galilee (Kafr Kanna), where Jesus turned the water into wine for a wedding celebration. We'll then continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, and its remarkable panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee. This is the hill where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus is thought to have delivered his Sermon on the Mount. We'll also visit the Church of the Beatitudes, whose stained glass windows bear the words of the heart of Jesus' teachings. We'll then head toward Tabgha, considered as the most beautiful and serene of Christian holy sites. You'll discover the Church of the Multiplication, which houses a stone worshipped as the one Jesus laid out the five loaves and two fish to feed 5,000 people. Then we'll head to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, built in 1933 by Franciscans and thought to be where Jesus gave Simon Peter authority over the church. We'll continue to Capernaum, the center of Jesus' public ministry in Galilee. Jesus taught in the synagogue and healed several of the townspeople. Peter, Andrew, James and John also lived there. We'll visit the synagogue and Peter's House, which are excavated ruins thought to might have been where Jesus lived. Then we'll go to the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. During our return to Haifa, you'll be able to take in the splendid panoramic view of the village of Poria. We'll have dinner on board, followed by an evening of entertainment. We'll cruise through the night
   
Day 5 HAIFA NAZARETH - LIMASSOL
 

After breakfast, we'll leave for a guided visit, including Nazareth. Travel through the picturesque hills of Galilee and the historic Jezreel Valley before arriving in Nazareth and the place where Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of the Messiah. We'll visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. We'll continue on the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, located over the spring where it is believed that Mary first heard the angel Gabriel's voice. Then we'll go to Saint Joseph's Church, the site where, according to tradition, Jesus' father's workshop was located. We'll return to Haïfa for lunch. This afternoon will be spent cruising to Limassol. We'll have dinner on board, followed by an evening of entertainment. We'll cruise through the night

 

   
Day 6 LIMASSOL -

Our ship will arrive in Limassol early in the morning. Enjoy breakfast on board after we arrive. Cosmopolitan Limassol is also the international business center of Cyprus. Join us for an optional excursion to visit the ancient city of Kourion and Kolossi Castle (2) by coach. This spectacular site of Kourion, perched proudly on a hillside, has wonderful views over the fields and the sea. You'll discover an early Christian basilica, its Greco-Roman theater, as well as the Complex of Eustolios and their fabulous mosaics. We'll continue to the small village of Kolossi, where we'll visit the medieval Kolossi Castle. Built in the 15th century on the ruins of an ancient fortress dating from the early 13th century, the castle belonged to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitallers) and was the seat of the Supreme military commandment. We'll return on board for lunch. The afternoon will be spent on an optional excursion to Limassol, its medieval castle, and the old town. The remains date back to the 13th century and were built over a Byzantine monument. Throughout its history, it was damaged and rebuilt repeatedly. The Venetians demolished it, the Ottomans rebuilt it into a fort, and it was used as a prison until 1950. Today it houses the Medieval Museum of Cyprus, exhibiting Ottoman pottery, medieval armor and objects from everyday Byzantine life. The castle's reception hall was where Richard the Lionhearted, King of England celebrated his marriage to princess Berengaria of Navarre in 1191. Spend some free time walking through the historic center, down the pedestrian streets lined with boutiques and stores. The old town, an ancient Turkish area, has undergone significant renovations and the castle is now surrounding by a pedestrian zone. We'll return on board for dinner and some Cypriot-themed entertainment in the lounge. We'll remain in port overnight.
   
Day 7 LIMASSOL - LARNACA
 
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning. This morning we'll have an optional excursion to the Kato Paphos Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We'll first visit the impressive Houses of Dionysos, Aion and Theseus with their exceptional mosaics inspired by Greek mythology. Further along, we'll see the Tombs of the Kings - once a large necropolis for prominent Paphitic families - sitting mysteriously among the arid landscape. We'll continue to the coastal town of Yeroskipou to visit a Loukoum (Turkish Delight) factory, including tasting. We'll return on board for lunch and continue our cruise toward Larnaca. Take advantage of the afternoon cruise to participate in the onboard activities or to laze about on the sun deck. We'll arrive in Larnaca this evening. Tonight, we'll have our gala dinner and evening on board. We'll remain in port overnight.
   
Day 8 LARNACA
 

Breakfast on board followed by disembarkation at 9 am.

   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety , the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual. Cruise co-ordinators, commentary and sightseeing in French and/or English (subject to minimum numbers).

   
INCLUSIONS:





This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits (excluding Champagne and premium drinks), accommodation in a double air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)

   
EXCLUSIONS:

This offer does not include: insurance, personal expenses, Drinks wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions shore excursions.
   
 

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