Athens (Piraeus), Greece
On cruises to Israel and Egypt, you’ll discover the extraordinary archaeological sites, bustling markets, shopping, museums, and exciting port cities that blend modern architecture with the remnants of ancient civilizations.
From the iconic Library of Alexandria to some of the holiest sites in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, living history abounds at every turn on these cruises to Israel and Egypt. Your cruise will depart from Athens and take you through the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean to beautiful ancient ports like Alexandria, Kusadasi, gateway to the magnificent Ephesus, Haifa, and Ashdod, for Jerusalem. Explore the graceful Acropolis in Athens, the holy Dome of the Rock in Israel, Greco-Roman antiquities in Turkey, and much more as you embark on these unforgettable journeys.
In Alexandria, you’ll find the best of Egypt at your fingertips with easy access to local attractions, as well as an opportunity to visit Cairo, the Sphinx, and the Great Pyramids. Stroll along the seaside Corniche, where you’ll find enticing local restaurants and cafés with sweeping views of the Alexandria coastline. Visit the legendary Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria), home to around 1.5 million items, including books, relics, six special libraries, a planetarium, and four museums. After an overnight stay, finish your journey with fresh seafood in the city’s Anfushi district, a favorite area among locals for dining and culture.
Jerusalem is one of the holiest cities on earth, containing some of the most revered sites among three of the world’s biggest religions. On cruises to Israel and Egypt, you’ll sail to nearby Ashdod, a gleaming modern port city just a short drive from Jerusalem. Visit the great Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, then tour the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Head to the Machaneh Yehuda Market to shop for hand-crafted gifts, sample the traditional Israeli lunch of falafel and hummus, and mingle with locals. This is an overnight destination, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore this multi-layered city in depth.
Haifa is one of Israel’s most dynamic port cities, on the glittering Mediterranean coast. You’ll find stunning architecture and meticulously manicured gardens at the Baha'i Shrine, with commanding views of the sea and city from the cascading garden terraces. For even more spectacular views, ride the Haifa cable car up from the bustling Bat Galim promenade to the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery. This 19th-century church features famous depictions of the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah, as well as a cedar statue of the Virgin Madonna of Mt. Carmel.