This vacation package gives you the opportunity to visit Greece and Israel, the Greek islands and Ephesus in Turkey participating in 3 nights cruise. After that you visit the Holly Land with the complete 8 days Israel tour.
WEDNESDAY: ATHENS: Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
THURSDAY: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content. Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.
FRIDAY: ATHENS / MYKONOS: In the morning, transfer to the port of Piraeus to board the cruise ship. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:00 for a 3 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Golf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide. In the afternoon arrival at the famous island of Mykonos, an international “jet-set” known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life. Walk around the town and admire the small houses, all white and blue, have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences.
SATURDAY: KUSADASI / PATMOS: First port of call today is the Turkish port of Kusadasi with the option to visit Ephesus, one of the most complete ancient cities ever excavated. Then on to the island of Patmos, where participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.
SUNDAY: HERAKLION / SANTORINI: New port, new places, new interesting sites in Crete. We will wake up in Heraklion, the biggest city of Crete, the island full of archaeological sites, beautiful beaches and fantastic scenery. Take the opportunity to participate in the optional tour to the Palace of Knossos, the centre of the Minoan Civilization. We continue and this afternoon we visit the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis. You can participate in the optional tours or just relax in one of the famous cafes of the town and admire the sunset on the Caldera, known to be the most famous.
MONDAY: PIRAEUS / AIRPORT BEN GURION AIRPORT / TEL AVIV: Return to Piraeus early in the morning. After breakfast on board, disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Tel-Aviv Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Assistance and transfer to hotel TelAviv. Accommodation
TUESDAY:TEL AVIV – CAESAREA – HAIFA – ACRE – GALILEE: Sightseeing tour of the city of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, including the artists’ quarter and the Church of St. Peter in Jaffa. Continue to Caesarea, to visit the ancient Roman theater and Haifa on Mount Caramel. View of the Bahai Temple, the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery and appreciate the view from the hill, continue on to San Juan de Acre. Kibbutz hotel accommodation in the Galilee or Tiberias.
WEDNESDAY:TIBERIAS – NAZARETH – GALILEE: Drive Departure to the Mount of the Beatitudes. Then to Tabgha which led the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Skirt the lake of Galilee to Capernaum, visit the ancient synagogue and the new Franciscan church. Visit Nazareth, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Fountain of Mary and St. Joseph’s Carpentry. Returning visit to Cana of Galilee which commemorates the Miracle of the Wedding at Cana hotel accommodation kibbutz in the Galilee or Tiberias.
THURSDAY:GALILEE – JERUSALEM: Departure to the Jordan River. Continue to the ancient Philistine city of Beth Shean, one of the ten cities of the Decapolis. Visit the excavations. In the afternoon, through the Judean Desert arrival in Jerusalem, in the hotel.
FRIDAY:JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM NEW CITY: In the morning, tour the City of Jerusalem, including the Knesset and the Menorah. Visit the Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Israel. We will also visit Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Afternoon visit to Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity and the Church of Santa Catalina. Return to hotel.
SATURDAY:JERUSALEM (OLD CITY): Early morning, visit the Wailing Wall. View of the Temple Mount. We will go through the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On mount Zion visit the Basilica of the Dormition and the Upper Room where the Last Supper took place. Departure to the Mount of Olives from which you can see the old Jerusalem. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees and the Church of All Nations. Return to hotel.
MONDAY:JERUSALEM – BEN GURION AIRPORT: According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.
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