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 Treasures of the Red Sea

SHARM EL SHEIKH-AQABA-WADI RUM-PETRA-SAFAGA-LUXOR-SHARM EL SHEIKH-MONASTERE SAINTE CATHERINE

 

 

Egypt & Jordan are remarkable open air museums that will astonish and delight you with their imposing archaeological remains.  Between these two countries lies the Red Sea.  This 8 day cruise will allow you to discover treasures such as the great buildings of the Pharaohs close to the Nile Valley and the Sinai Monastery.  In Jordan there is the Wadi Rum Desert and Petra.


Days: 8 Days
Code -  SAQ
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE

Itinerary

Day 1
  SHARM EL SHEIKH (Egypt)

 

Board the MS Belle de l'Adriatique late afternoon. Settle into cabins then attend an introduction to the crew followed by a welcome cocktail served in the lounge/bar and dinner in the on board restaurant.

     
Day 2  

SHARM EL SHEIKH (Egypt)

   

Breakfast on board. A real paradise for divers, Sharm El Sheikh is a modern resort popular with tourists from all over the world. In winter, the temperatures vary between 23 and 26 degrees Celsius. The morning is free to relax or explore the town independently. After lunch on board, our afternoon optional excursion is to: The Naama Bay sea bed, a trip out to sea in a glass-bottomed boat that provides you with the ideal opportunity to discover the wonderful sea bed that has made the Red Sea so famous. Return to the MS Belle de l'Adriatique late afternoon in time for Dinner and an Egyptian Fancy Dress Party on board: treat yourself this evening and don't forget to pack the necessary accessories to turn yourself into Nefertiti or a handsome Pharaoh! The boat sets off late evening towards Aqaba.

     
Day 3  

AQABA (Jordan)

   

Breakfast on board and a leisurely morning cruising, taking full advantage of the mild temperatures on the sun deck, with eyes riveted on the Sinai Peninsula where the substratum is teeming with copper, gold and turquoise from the time of the Pharaohs. It must not be forgotten that Sinai is also a Biblical Land and an important pilgrimage site. As told in Exodus, after they fled from Egypt, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness of Sinai for 40 years under the leadership of Moses, before they reached the Promised Land. We arrive late morning in Aqaba, a famous Jordanian resort which is fast developing and expanding. After lunch on board, our afternoon is spent on an optional excursion into the Wadi Rum Desert (2). Along with Petra, this is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a trip to Jordan. We set off by Jeep with frequent photo stops, and we discover the desert made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. It is dazzling with its spectacular colours which are ever-changing according to the light. On the rock faces we find ancient rock paintings. The Bedouins who once lived in Wadi Rum are famous for their hospitality and we are invited to tea and sweet treats in the welcome shade of their tent. We return on board in time for dinner and we moor for the night.

     
Day 4
  AQABA (Jordan)
   

After breakfast on board, we set off for a full day's optional excursion to Petra.
Situated approximately two hours by coach from Aqaba, Petra is without doubt one of the greatest wonders ever built by man and nature and is the jewel in Jordan's crown. The capital was carved in pink and red stone by the Nabataeans, an Arab people established in Jordan over 2000 years ago. Petra (meaning "rock" in Greek), was strategically located at the junction of the trading routs for silk and spices. To enter the city, we take the "siq", a narrow gorge a kilometre long defined by steep cliffs which opens out on to Al Khazneh, the "Treasure". A Nabataean tomb, this imposing Greek façade was carved out of the pink rock at the beginning of the 1st century and is a masterpiece of refinement and symmetry which makes a trip to Petra worthwhile on its own. We also discover the Roman-style Nabataean theatre which was carved out of rock over 2000 years ago. After lunch in a restaurant we return to Aqaba and our floating hotel. The boat sets off again during the night to Safaga.

     
Day 5  

AT SEA TO SAFAGA (Egypt)

   

We spend today at sea, with all meals taken on board as we cruise. There's ample time to take advantage of the mild temperatures on the sun deck, again with eyes riveted on the Sinai Peninsula. At dawn, the rock takes on reddish-brown hues and is transformed in a parade of colour. We arrive early evening in Safaga.
An evening of "1001 Nights" on board: let yourself be captivated by the bewitching belly dancing and traditional music.

     
Day 6   SAFAGA (Egypt)

 

After a hearty breakfast at daybreak, we set of by coach for an optional day trip to ancient Thebes, capital of the Pharaohs: Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (including lunch). This is a trip of approximately 3½ hours' duration through a landscape of deserts, mountains and fertile plains. Luxor is one of the "must-see" pharaoh sites of Ancient Egypt. Our visit begins at the Valley of the Kings. With its dry slopes, the gorge that forms this valley brings death to mind. It is here that the pharaohs waited for immortality in their sarcophaguses. The 62 tombs dug into the mountain are not all open to the public but we visit three of the most important, all covered in beautiful decorations. We also visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to the only female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. It appears almost as if nature created this extraordinary monument where the terraces merge with the chalk cliffs of the Theban mountain. Further away, dominating the west bank at a height of 18 metres, the Colossi of Memnon, faceless effigies sitting on thrones which are the remains of the funeral temple of Amenophis III. After lunch in a local restaurant, we visit the Temples at Karnak. Connected to Luxor by the avenue of the Sphinxes (each with a ram's head), this great site dedicated to the God Amun has been here for 1500 years. In the centre of the site as colossal as it is breathtaking is the centre of the Temple of Amun which surrounds a sacred lake. An important place of worship, it contains the famous Hypostyle Hall, a spectacular forest of massive columns. Together it is all breathtakingly beautiful. Before rejoining the boat at Safaga, we have a photo-stop at the Temple of Luxor for you to immortalise it in all its majesty. Dinner is on board as we set sail late evening to Sharm el Sheikh.

     
Day 7  

SHARM EL SHEIKH (Egypt)

   

We arrive early morning in Sharm el Sheikh. After breakfast on board, you have the chance to visit one of the jewels in Sinai's crown, Saint Catherine's Monastery, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early morning departure for this full day excursion with lunch included  (3 hours' duration) , to visit one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world. Legend has it that angels carried the body of St Catherine from the breaking wheel (an instrument of torture) to the slopes of the highest peak in Egypt, at the foot of Mount Sinai (or Mount Moses "Jebel Musa"), where Moses saw God in the shape of a burning bush and received the Ten Commandments. We begin our visit at the 6th Century Church of the Transfiguration, containing many valuable icons and mosaics, and then continue to the holiest part of the entire monastery: the large living shrub that is said to be a direct descendant of the very burning bush that was seen by Moses. The Chapel of the Burning Bush was built with its altar above the root of the bush. We also have the opportunity to visit the Gallery of the Icons, and the Pit of Moses. After a buffet lunch we return to Sharm el Sheikh late afternoon. We have our Captain's inaugural dinner this evening in the ship's restaurant.

     
Day 8      

SHARM EL SHEIKH (Egypt)

    Disembarkation after breakfast.  End of Croisi cruise.
     
   

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).

     
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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), 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 sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)

     
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  This offer does not include: additional drinks, insurance, personal expenses, flights to and from Paris 

Formalities: valid national identity card or passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

     
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