Highlights of Israel & the Greek Cyclades

8-Days | Crete • Haifa • Cyprus • Mykonos • Athens

Fares From £1,675

Single Supplement 15%

Highlights of Israel & the Greek Cyclades – Cruise Summary

Cruise to Cyprus and Mykonos for some of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Greek Cyclades, beginning with a day at sea to relax and unwind before arriving in Israel, for a choice of tours designed to stimulate the senses, captivate the mind and soothe the soul.

Explore the holy city of Jerusalem, which remains spiritually significant to the three main Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Feel yourself floating magically in the buoyant Dead Sea, where the hypersaline waters are said to have healing properties. Or discover a vibrant combination of modernity and antiquity in Israel’s Second City, Tel Aviv, which is also its most fun-loving.

Spend the evening and overnight in Haifa for the city’s spectacular Bahai Gardens, which ascend Mount Carmel to the scared shrine of Báb, one of the founding fathers of the Baháʼí Faith. Arriving in Cyprus, explore the mysteries of an ancient underground burial site known as the Tombs of the Kings, where the columns and walls have been cut out of the native rock. Or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the island at leisure.

Mykonos is one of the most popular destinations in Greece. Take a guided walk through the island’s main town, or Chora, where iconic windmills and whitewashed houses catch the eye. Or settle back for a leisurely panoramic drive across the island, to reach the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera.

Alternatively, visit the UNESCO World Heritage sacred island of Delos, mythical birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, a place of myriad ancient treasures, including the ruins of streets and shops, temples and markets, a grand amphitheatre and houses with mosaic floors, not to mention the Avenue of the Lions.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Choice of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea or Tel Aviv in Israel

  • The Bahai Gardens of Haifa

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Tombs of Paphos in Cyprus

  • Fun-loving Mykonos, the jewel of the Cyclades

  • The tiny island of Delos, a place without cars

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Heraklion, Greece

Departure time: 20:00
 
Step back in time three thousand years and explore the legend of the Minotaur with a visit to the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion. The beautiful sandy beaches and azure waters of Crete are also perfect for swimming!

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – At Sea

Enjoy everything that Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 

 

 

 
 

Day 3 – Haifa, Israel

Berthing time: 08:00
 
In Israel’s third largest city, the Bahei Gardens will enchant you. From the “German Colony”, the park, laid out on 19 terraces, takes you 250 meters up to the holy shrine of the Bab, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the city. In the evening you can immerse yourself in the nightlife or visit one of the bazaars.

 

 
 

Day 4 – Haifa, Israel

Departure time: 18:00
 
In Israel’s third largest city, the Bahei Gardens will enchant you. From the “German Colony”, the park, laid out on 19 terraces, takes you 250 meters up to the holy shrine of the Bab, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the city. In the evening you can immerse yourself in the nightlife or visit one of the bazaars.
 

 

 

 
 

Day 5 – Paphos, Greece – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00

 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 6 – At Sea

Enjoy your day at leisure as you sail towards your next exciting port of call.

 

 

 

 

Day 7 – Mykonos, Greece – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:30
 
Pure Greek feeling! Typical picturesque Cycladic architecture greets you on Mykonos with charming white houses, wonderfully colourful wooden doors and windows and strikingly cobbled streets. Fantastic beaches and crystal clear water round off the overall package on the popular Greek holiday island.

 

 
 
 

Day 8 – Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Berthing time: 06:00

Disembarkation by 09:00

 

 

 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £1,675

Single Supplement 15%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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