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Discovering the Ancient Empires of the Eastern Mediterranean

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As you journey through the Med on a cultural, historical journey, visiting a collection of incredible cities along the way, you get to delve into influences that ancient empires and kingdoms had on this fascinating part of the world. At the very heart of this very special itinerary is a memorable visit to Israel; hallowed sites are yours to explore from Ashdod and Haifa, both ideally located for trips to Jerusalem – a pilgrimage for Jews, Muslims and Christians – and Bethlehem, where you can walk on the ground where Jesus was laid down after his birth, and see the places of significance from nativity stories. Time spent in Greece and Turkey will be highlights too. Capture a glimpse of Ancient Greece on the beautiful island of Rhodes and in Athens, amongst sites such as the Acropolis in mighty Parthenon; discover the iconic landmarks of Istanbul, such as the Hagia Sophia mosque and Topkapi Palace, home to relics from the Ottoman era; and visit the ruins of Ephesus on tour from Kusadasi.

Elsewhere in the Med, Valletta, Cartagena and Malaga will present plenty of remarkable experiences too. Behold the sight of the iconic, UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour as you sail into Valletta, where architectural treasures such as St John’s Cathedral and the Presidential Palace await; explore the Roman history of Cartagena, with its ancient fortifications; and see the centuries-old architectural gems of Malaga, including Gibralfaro Castle. You’re also in for three enriching, endlessly rewarding visits to Africa, including a call to Alexandra, from where you can uncover the Great Pyramids of Giza – the oldest ancient wonder on earth – and their unique history on tour. Meanwhile, there’s even more Roman-influenced history to immerse yourself in Tunisia, at Carthage – within reach from La Goulette; and in Algiers. Go ashore in the Algerian capital on our guided tour and you’ll see the marks left by the Romans and Ottomans in the city’s Kasbah, winding streets, palaces and architectural monuments.

What does this price include?

  • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Your Itinerary

View a full breakdown of your holiday to help you plan your trip

  • Depart: Late PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late Night

    Alexandria

    Founded by Alexander the Great, this historic city was once the centre of the Hellenistic world and is now a bustling port city that preserves an air of nostalgia. During the Hellenistic period, Alexandria was home to a lighthouse that ranked among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as a storied library, which, today, is the disc-shaped, ultramodern Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Haifa

    Haifa, the third-largest city in the country, is the gateway to Israel and the Holy Land. Visit the coastal resort city Tel Aviv, with its ancient neighbour Jaffa. Alternatively, travel into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem itself to discover the Wailing Wall, the labyrinthine souks of the Old City and Christianity's holiest shrine – the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Limassol

    Cyprus’ second city, Limassol, welcomes you today. Discover Limassol’s fascinating sights, excellent shopping, and compact old city – home to a picturesque fishing harbour and yachting marina. Stroll through the streets of the Turkish Quarter surrounding the castle, and don’t miss the historic Grand Mosque.

  • Arrive: Late AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late AM

  • Arrive: Late PM

    Depart: Late Night

    Istanbul

    Discover Istanbul’s extraordinary Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque with its six minarets, and the great Byzantine church of Aya Sofya. Take in the colourful spice market, and visit the world’s largest covered bazaar, the vast Kapali Carsi. Enjoy a fascinating time here, exploring this complex city.

  • Arrive: Late PM

    Depart: Late Night

    Istanbul

    Discover Istanbul’s extraordinary Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque with its six minarets, and the great Byzantine church of Aya Sofya. Take in the colourful spice market, and visit the world’s largest covered bazaar, the vast Kapali Carsi. Enjoy a fascinating time here, exploring this complex city.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Early PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Piraeus

    Dock in Piraeus for a visit to beguiling, bustling Athens. Don’t miss the chance to climb the Acropolis to the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the world’s most enduring monuments, and an awe-inspiring window onto the city’s fascinating Classical past.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Early AM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Early AM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Early PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Lisbon

    The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is where the great explorers sailed to the New World. Wander up through the cobbled streets of the Alfama towards Sao Jorge Castle, relax by the fountain in Rossi Square or follow the shoreline along to where the ornate battlements of the Belem Tower guard the mouth of the River Tagus.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

Dates & Prices

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Further Information

  • Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. 

    *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

    Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    Names

    It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names.

    Passport

    Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be:

    • Less than 10 years old on the day you return home – please check the "date of issue"
    • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home – please check the "expiry date"

    These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

    Visa

    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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