09/24 - 10/08/2020

15-Day Israel & Mediterranean & Turkey Cruise

  • Day 1
    ROME - ITALY
  • Day 2
    ROME - ITALY
  • Day 3
    ROME - CELEBRITY INFINITY
  • Day 4-5
    AT SEA
  • Day 6
    LIMASSOL - CYPRUS
  • Day 7-8
    JERUSALEM - ISRAEL
  • Day 9
    HAIFA - ISRAEL
  • Day 10
    AT SEA
  • Day 11
    KUSADASI - TURKEY
  • Day 12
    ATHENS - GREECE
  • Day 13
    OLYMPIA - GREECE
  • Day 14
    AT SEA
  • Day 15
    ROME - ITALY

Tour Overview


What’s included in this cruise tour:

  • Tour manager throughout the trip
  • Cruise accommodation, meals, entertainment on board
  • Shore excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Onboard gratuities
  • Meals (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Personal expenditures

Tour highlights:

  • Three days and two nights in Rome, Italy and learn about the history of the Roman Empire
  • Special arrangements balcony cabins for a magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Explore the Roman ruins at Paphos Archaeological Park in Cyprus
  • Visit Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, one of the holiest sites in the world
  • Experience floating on the Dead Sea in Israel
  • See the mosaic of the five loaves and two fishes at the Church of the Multiplication
  • Explore the well preserved ruins in Ephesus, Turkey, a classical city on the Mediterranean
  • Visit Athens, Greece ancient ruins, the religious and political center of Acropolis
  • See the Archaeological Site of Olympia in Katakolon, Greece

OFFER ID: 1361745

Celebrity Reflection
Year Built: 2012
Refurbished: 2018
Tonnage: 126,000
Passenger Capacity: 3,046

Itinerary

  • 1
    9/24 ROME - ITALY
    Arrive in Rome, Italy today and be transferred to the hotel.
    Hotel: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • 2
    9/25 ROME - ITALY
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast and then explore the beautiful city of Rome. Journey to the (Vatican Museum), which features an immense collection of worlds built up by the Roman Catholic Church. They include some of the most renowned classical sculptures and notable masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. Visit the (Sistine Chapel), the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorates the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Tour (St. Peter’s Basilica), an Italian Renaissance church which is the largest church in the world. Enjoy the stunning artwork, Renaissance architecture and its opulent interior. Visit the (Pantheon Church), built in 27-25 B.C during the Augustan period by Agrippa, son in law of the First Emperor of the Roman Empire. It was used to worship the gods of Olympia. Last but not least, toss a coin into the (Trevi Fountain), inspired by Roman triumphal arches, is the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Rome. The tradition has it to toss a coin into the fountain, ensuring that you will return to Rome.
    Amount of walking: Long
    Hotel : Albani or similar
    (Breakfast included)
  • 3
    9/26 ROME - CELEBRITY INFINITY
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get ready for our second day in Rome. No visit to Rome is complete without seeing the famous landmark the Colosseum. Built in the 1st century A.D., this great arena could seat 45,000 spectators and was the largest Roman amphitheater in the world. It hosted gladiatorial combats, spectacles with wild beast and possibly the execution of early Christians. It was believed to be a place of martyrdom and was therefore regarded as a sacred place. Afterwards, we will head to the port (Civitavecchia) to board Celebrity Reflection. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, fun entertainment, and much more.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    (Breakfast included)
  • 4-5
    9/27-9/28 AT SEA
  • 6
    9/29 LIMASSOL - CYPRUS
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Limassol, the second largest city in Cyprus. We will journey to (Paphos), a coastal city in the Mediterranean coast for its magnificent ancient remains. On the way there we will see (Petra tou Romiou), a sea stack off the shore. Its beauty of the area and status in mythology as the birthplace of Aphrodite make this place a popular place to visit. Next explore (Paphos Archaeological Park), which was built during the Roman Empire in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Significant remains have been discovered with sites and monuments from the 4th century to the Middle Ages. It has been part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1980. Visit (Agia Paraskevi Church), a Byzantine church built in the 9th century. It is believed that the church stands on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. The interior of the church is decorated with wall-paintings dating back to as early as the 8th-15th centuries
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 7-8
    9/30-10/1 JERUSALEM - ISRAEL
    Day 1 - Today we arrive in (Ashdod) and will be traveling to Jerusalem, the Holy Land for the three major religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will have a chance to visit (The Mount of Olives), a mountain ridge east of Jerusalem’s Old City. The name comes from the fact that it was once covered with olive trees. Nearby is the (Church of All Nations), the famous place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept right before his crucifixion. See the (The Last Supper Room) where Jesus and his disciples enjoyed the last supper. Explore (The Wailing Wall) an ancient limestone wall that is a place of prayer and pilgrimage sacred to the Jewish people, dating back from as early as 2nd B.C. We then walk the path of where it was believe Jesus walked the way to his crucifixion at (Via Dolorosa Street). We will make our way to (The Church of Holy The Sepulchre), where Jesus died, buried and resurrected, which was built in 335 AD.
    Amount of walking: Long
    (Lunch included)
    Day 2 - On our second day in Jerusalem, enjoy the famous (Dead Sea), where the hypersaline water makes it easy to float at only 400m. Its salt concentration is 8.6 times saltier than ocean water making it a harsh environment for any marine life to live, hence the name. On the way back we will visit one of the world’s oldest cities, where you can see (Mount of Temptation), believed to be the place where Jesus was tempted by the devil during his 40-day fast.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    (Lunch included)
  • 9
    10/2 HAIFA - ISRAEL
    Our cruise ship arrives in Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. We will journey to (Nazareth) and visit the largest church in the Middle East, (Church of the Annunciation). It is a modern Catholic church built over the remains of Byzantine church. It is believed that young Mary was told here she would become the mother of the Son of God. See (Mount of Beatitudes), one of the most beautiful serene places in the Holy Land, where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Then we visit the (Church of the Multiplication) in Tabgha, where the Christians believed Jesus performed a miracle, multiplied loaves of bread and fish to feed a large crowd of 5,000. Next see (St. Peter’s House), which the Bible suggests was the home of Jesus in (Capernaum). Last but not least, visit the (Jordan River) where Jesus was baptized. It is a holy place where his followers yearn for. It is an honor to many to be baptized in the Jordan River.
    Amount of walking: Long
    (Lunch included)
  • 10
    10/3 AT SEA
  • 11
    10/4 KUSADASI - TURKEY
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Kusadasi, Turkey. We will journey to (Ephesus) or the Turkish name (Efes), which was an ancient Greek city built in the 10th century BC. The city had flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic and was then famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will visit (Ephesus Archaeological Site), a place which had disappeared in the 15th century and was not discovered again until the 19th century. This ancient Greek and Roman city has been well preserved uncovering the history of the ages through its ruins and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2015. Next we will see the (House of Virgin Mary), a Catholic and Muslim shrine where it was believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life here. Last but not least, visit (Basilica of St. John), a burial site of John the Apostle where many believers then build a church on his grave to commemorate John.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 12
    10/5 ATHENS - GREECE
    Today we arrive in Piraeus, Greece. We will head to Athens, the city with the most glorious history in the world, with a history that goes back over three millennia. Explore this magical city worshipped by gods and people. Visit the ancient “high city” of Athens, (Acropolis) crowned by white temples sacred to the city’s goddess Athena and is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. See the (New Acropolis Museum), an archaeological museum that holds the findings of the Acropolis of Athens. The designer used a lot of glass to make the interior marble even more magnificent. Learn about the position of women in ancient Athens, their relation to worship, and the significance that the goddesses and heroines of the Acropolis held for the Athenians. Then come to (Syntagma Square), the central square of Athens, which is an important place from a historical, political, and social point of view. The name Syntagma refers to “Constitution” which you can see here the Parliament building. Last but not least, we visit (Plaka District), the oldest historical neighborhood of Athens, known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods” because of its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. It is now a place to many restaurants and shops.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 13
    10/6 OLYMPIA - GREECE
    Our cruise ship arrives in (Katakolon), Greece. We will head over to (Olympia), visiting the birthplace of the Olympic Games. It was used from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD., with extensive ruins that includes athletic training areas, and a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus. One of the most important museums in Greece is the (Archaeological Museum of Olympia) with remains from 2000-1600 BC. The Olympic Games began in 776 BC and are held here every four years. It holds a wide collection of artifacts from the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus where the ancient Olympic Games started. The most famous exhibits the goddess of victory, Nike of Paeonius. She was featured significantly in the design of medals of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 14
    10/7 AT SEA
  • 15
    10/8 ROME - ITALY
    Today we disembark the ship in Civitavecchia port, Italy. After disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.