£799pp – All-inc Greece, Israel & Egypt cruise, plus Cyprus
Stay in the shadow of the Acropolis, marvel at the Pyramids and make port an hour from Jerusalem
Awaken your inner explorer on this 8-night adventure into the rich history of Egypt and Israel. This exclusive all-inclusive package from Worldwide Cruises UK will take you to three continents during a voyage from Athens to Cyprus. For £799 per person, you'll sail on an award-winning ship, with all meals and drinks included, and have time to top up your tan in Cyprus before you fly home.
- Return flights, including a 23kg checked-baggage allowance
- One night at Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel, in Athens
- A 4-night all-inclusive cruise on Celestyal Crystal, in an Interior Stateroom
- A full-day tour of Cairo and the Pyramids
- Three nights at The Josephine Hotel, in Cyprus
Fly from London Heathrow on 30 October, 2020.
For more information, see Worldwide Cruises UK's website.
First, you'll fly to Athens, where you'll spend a night at Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel. TripAdvisor users praise the "excellent location" -- the property is within walking distance of the Acropolis, and is one block from Plaka, the oldest neighbourhood in Athens. This is the most photographed part of the city, according to Culture Trip, with pretty tavernas, sugar-white streets and Classical architecture.
The following day, you'll board Celestyal Crystal for a 4-night cruise to Cyprus. You'll make port at Alexandria, from where you'll travel to Cairo for a full-day excursion. You'll take a guided tour the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, and you'll visit the National Archaeological Museum to see the treasures of King Tutankhamun.
The next port of call will be Ashdod, a city on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Ashdod has been continuously inhabited since biblical times -- its ancient ruined fortress is reputed to be the resting place of the remains of the prophet Jonah -- and it is now a cosmopolitan centre fringed by white-sand beaches. Jerusalem can be reached in around one hour in a private taxi, or by pre-booking with an independent touring company.
Finally, you'll make port in Cyprus, where you'll spend three nights at The Josephine Hotel in Larnaca. The property has a rooftop swimming pool with sea views, and is praised by TripAdvisor users as "immaculate". The beach is two minutes' walk away.
About the ship
Celestyal Crystal is "all about the destination", says Cruise Critic, and offers "top-notch shore excursions". The ship was voted Best for Shore Excursions in Cruise Critic's 2018 Cruisers' Choice Awards.
It has four restaurants, including the Amalthia and Olympus buffet restaurants. All restaurants have à la carte menus available for an additional fee. There's also a gym, a spa and a salon, or you can take lessons in Greek dancing (extra charges apply).
Transfers & baggage
Add transfers throughout from £75 per person. A 23kg checked-baggage allowance is included.
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