10 Day Mediterranean Israel
10-DAY MEDITERRANEAN & ISRAEL ITINERARY
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6 Ports: Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Mykonos, Greece | Limassol, Cyprus | Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod), Israel | Nazareth/Galilee (Haifa), Israel | Crete (Heraklion), Greece | Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii) | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
|Sunday, November 24th 2024||Athens (Piraeus), Greece||07:00 pm|
|Monday, November 25th 2024||Mykonos, Greece||08:00 am||06:00 pm|
|Tuesday, November 26th 2024||At Sea|
|Wednesday, November 27th 2024||Limassol, Cyprus||08:00 am||05:00 pm|
|Thursday, November 28th 2024||Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod), Israel||06:00 am||09:00 pm|
|Friday, November 29th 2024||Nazareth/Galilee (Haifa), Israel||07:00 am||09:00 pm|
|Saturday, November 30th 2024||At Sea|
|Sunday, December 1st 2024||Crete (Heraklion), Greece||07:00 am||05:00 pm|
|Monday, December 2nd 2024||At Sea|
|Tuesday, December 3rd 2024||Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii)||07:00 am||07:00 pm|
|Wednesday, December 4th 2024||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||06:00 am|
Day 1: Athens (Piraeus), Greece Depart 07:00 PM
The past maintains a vibrant presence in the cradle of Western civilization. Atop the Acropolis, the serene Parthenon sails above the commotion of the modern city. The tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were performed in the Theater of Dionysus at the foot of the Acropolis. On Pnyx Hill, citizens of a fledgling democracy gathered to cast their votes on Athens' destiny. Then there is the hustle and bustle of the modern city, a metropolis of 4.5 million that spreads out from the foot of Mt. Lycabettus and across the plain. Packed with busy shops and lively tavernas, modern Athens is a colorful counterpoint to classical Greece. Piraeus is the port city for Athens and has been Athens' port of entry for over two millennia.
Day 2: Mykonos, Greece Arrive 8:00 AM Depart 6:00 PM
Thanks to its proximity to the mainland, Mykonos was one of the first Greek islands to become an international travel destination. During the late '60s and early '70s, Mykonos was famed as a haunt for the rich. The island's nightlife - then and now - was a glittering whirl of colored lights, music, and parties. But there's another side to Mykonos - the neighboring island of Delos. In classical mythology, Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Travelers to Delos can stroll among the island's vast ruins, which include three temples consecrated to the Sun God and the famed Lions Walk. Mykonos town features hip boutiques, restaurants, jewelry stores, souvenirs, taverns and cafés. The island's famed windmills are found just south of the waterfront.
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Limassol, Cyprus Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Limassol offers everything a traveler desires in a Mediterranean destination. The second-largest city on Cyprus is surrounded by a wealth of historic sites ranging from the Greco-Roman ruins at Paphos and Curium to Crusader castles. The Troodos Mountains feature quaint villages, dramatic scenery and cool, dense pine forests. The island's capital of Nicosia is a mere hour's drive from the port. And for the casual visitor, Limassol offers its own medieval castle, a superb Public Garden, excellent beaches and that exhilarating Mediterranean light.
Cyprus lies at the crossroads of the Eastern Mediterranean. Over centuries, every major power has contended for control of the island. Today, the Republic of Cyprus is a member of the European Union.
Day 5: Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod), Israel Arrive 06:00 AM Depart 09:00 PM
Ashdod produces textiles, cosmetics, and half the electrical power generated in Israel. Yet it is best known as the portal to the Holy Land.
According to Scripture, Ashdod was once home to giants. It was here that the Philistines brought the captured Ark, celebrating their victory over the Israelites. Today, the city itself is a giant of industry, surpassing Haifa as the largest port in Israel. More importantly, Ashdod is your gateway to Jerusalem. This city in the hills of Judea is sacred to three of the world's great faiths. For Jews, the Western Wall - the sole surviving remnant of the Second Temple - embodies their cultural and religious identity. Christians walk the Via Dolorosa and observe the Stations of the Cross, renewing Christ's sacrifice. For Moslems, the city is home to the third holiest shrine in all Islam. From a spot near the El-Aqsa Mosque, Muhammad ascended into Heaven to receive the teaching of Allah.
Day 6: Nazareth/Galilee (Haifa), Israel Arrive 07:00 AM Depart 09:00 PM
Haifa is your gateway to the Galilee region and Nazareth. It was in the Galilee that Christ first performed miracles, turning water into wine at the marriage feast of Cana. Mount of the Beatitudes is the scene of the Sermon on the Mount and present-day Capernaum is the location of Jesus' ministry in the Galilee. In Acre, the World Heritage site of St. John and the crusaders is preserved.
From its waterfront, Haifa ascends the steep slopes of Mt. Carmel, drawing comparisons with San Francisco.
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Crete (Heraklion), Greece Arrive 07:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Archaeological evidence shows that Heraklion probably arose during the 9th century B.C. and was named in tribute to the Greek goddess Rhea, mother of Zeus. And like most Mediterranean cities, Heraklion has a long and turbulent history. Officially founded by the Saracens in the 9th century, the Byzantine Empire invaded in 961 only
to lose control to the Crusaders who sold Crete to the Venetians in 1211 for a thousand silver coins. Heraklion finally flourished under the Venetians. Throughout the city you'll find stunning reminders of their influence: the Loggia, Venetian Walls, and Fountain of Morosini are just a few must-see examples. But Heraklion is probably best known as the gateway to the breathtaking 4,000 year-old Minoan ruins at Knossos and to the famous windmills stretched across the Lassithi Plateau.
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii) Arrive 07:00 AM Depart 07:00 PM
Italy's third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for its stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza - and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Naples boasts an ideal location, with both the ruins of Roman cities and the stunning Amalfi Coast in easy reach.
Day 10: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Arrive 06:00 AM
Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome's seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications. Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome's Bohemian Quarter. Rome has been a magnet luring the world's greatest artists, architects, and philosophers since the days of the Caesars.