With so many people researching their family trees and focusing on their ethnic and religious heritage, its no wonder “Holy Land” cruise tours have become so popular. Several luxury lines are offering these itineraries that call upon several Mediterranean destinations that paint the vivid history of the Christian, Judaic, and Muslim religions.
Consider for cruises that visit…
• Rome, Italy for tours of the Vatican
• Alexandria, Egypt for excursions to Cairo
• Ashdod, Israel as a jumping-off place to visit Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall and Old City, the Dead Sea, and Tel Aviv
• Haifa, Israel for visits to Nazareth, Galilee, and Golan Heights
Here’s a look at some of the best Mediterranean luxury cruises focusing on the Holy Lands…
Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Journey offers an in-depth exploration of the holy land with its “Vatican to the Holy Land, Malta & Egypt” itinerary. This cruise tour includes, among other ports of call, time in Rome for the Vatican; Ashdod for tours to the holy sites of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, and Jaffa; and Haifa for exploration of Nazareth, Galilee, and the UNESCO World Heritage Old City of Acre.
Celebrity Cruises offers a compelling 12-night Holy Land itinerary aboard Silhouette. You’ll begin in Rome before heading to Egypt for an overnight in Alexandria. Next is an overnight in Ashdod, Israel for visits to Jerusalem. Visits to Haifa, Israel; Santorini, Greece; and Naples, Italy follow before disembarking in Rome.
Crystal Serenity offers a 12-night voyage that calls upon many holy lands. You’ll begin in Athens and enjoy a day in Santorini and a day at sea before for an overnight in Ashdod, Israel, for trips to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Next you visit Haifa for Nazareth and Galilee. Then it’s on to Bodrum, Turkey; Corfu, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Venice, Italy (an overnight stay).
Seabourn’s newest ship, the 450-passenger, offers a 14-night Holy Land and Ancient Empires itinerary. It embarks from Athens and calls upon Rhodes, Agios Nikolaos, and Mykonos in Greece; Larnaca, Cyprus; Haifa and Ashdod (Jerusalem) in Israel; Alexandria (for Cairo), Egypt; and Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Antalya, and Canakkale, Turkey before disembarking in Istanbul.
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