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Eastern Mediterranean Crossing: The Holy Land, Greek Islands, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt & the Suez Canal - 2023

Amman • 12-night small ship cruise with Aqaba, Sharm El Sheik/Suez Canal, Ashdod, Haifa, Limassol, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Santorini, Piraeus • Athens
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Amman to Athens | Eastern Mediterranean Crossing: The Holy Land, Greek Islands, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt & the Suez Canal
    JOIN OBSERVANT JEWISH PEOPLE AT JERUSALEM’S SACRED WESTERN WALL
  • Mediterranean small ship cruise The Holy Land, Greek Islands, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt & the Suez Canal from Amman to Athens including Jordan Dead Sea and Istanbul extensions
    DISCOVER THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ABOARD THE 5-STAR OCEAN ODYSSEY, FROM THE RED SEA TO THE GLITTERING AEGEAN
  • The lost city of Petra against a sunny blue sky
    TOUR THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF PETRA, JORDAN — A MAGNIFICENT DESERT SETTLEMENT MIRACULOUSLY CARVED OUT OF ROSE-RED SANDSTONE
  • Windmills, island of Mykonos, Greece, Europe
    TAKE A PANORAMIC AND WALKING TOUR OF MYKONOS, WITH A STOP FOR GREEK MEZE (SMALL PLATES) AND OUZO
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO JORDAN’S DEAD SEA
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Jordan’s Dead Sea Treasures

FROM $999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $249 PER DAY

Jordan is rich in biblical history, breathtaking natural beauty, and a vibrant culture that has a long tradition of welcoming others with open arms. Begin your journey with this discovery-packed extension and experience firsthand what others have only dreamed of. Visit the legendary sites of Bethany, where Lazarus was raised from the dead, and Mount Nebo, from where Moses first laid eyes on the Holy Land. Explore the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash, legendary outpost of the Empire. Float on the Dead Sea’s famously buoyant waters and meet a local artisan to learn about the region’s renowned mosaics. And with extra time, you can even see more of the remarkable “White City” of Amman, a fascinating blend of Roman-era monuments, busy souks, and urban sophistication.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights' accommodations: 1 night at the InterContinental Amman (or similar) and 2 nights at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea with guaranteed sea view rooms (or similar)
  • 8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Roman City of Jerash Tour
  • Bethany Tour
  • Mount Nebo & Madaba Tour
  • 2 Cultural Discoveries: Floating on the Dead Sea and “Jordan Jewels” Mosaic Workshop
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Fly to Amman

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Amman, Jordan.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Amman

Enjoy an evening at leisure to acclimate before beginning your discoveries on Day 3. Dinner is in the hotel tonight.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Jerash’s legacies of ancient Rome

Enjoy a morning briefing before an excursion to the ancient Roman city of Jerash, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit this astonishing site with a guide. Stroll its dramatic colonnaded street, see the expansive Oval Forum, and more before continuing to the Dead Sea, the Earth’s lowest land elevation. Here, you will check in to your luxurious resort and spa.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4:

Floating on the Dead Sea

Visit Bethany today, the home of siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in the New Testament. The Tomb of Lazarus here commemorates the miracle in which Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. You will also see the location where Jesus is said to have been baptized by John the Baptist. Return to your resort in time for a delicious lunch on your own.

Cultural Discovery: This afternoon, experience for yourself the sensation of floating in the Dead Sea. The high salinity lends it a unique buoyancy and for centuries, locals and visitors have come here to partake of its water’s alleged curative properties. You may also indulge in the amenities of your resort’s spa.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Mount Nebo & the Mosaic of Madaba

During your drive to Amman to join Day 2 of the base tour, take in more of Jordan’s inspiring beauty and rich culture. Ascend to the summit of Mount Nebo, from where Moses is said to have first laid eyes on the expanse of the Promised Land. Then, stop in Madaba to view the spectacular Mosaic Map in the Greek Orthodox Basilica of St. George. Some two million colorful tiles were laid out here in the 6th century to represent the Holy Land as it was then. Cultural Discovery: During your visit, you will learn how mosaics are made alongside a local craftsperson.

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch
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Istanbul, Turkey

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $300 PER DAY

Immerse yourself in the exoticism, fascinating history, and resplendent architecture of Istanbul, where Europe meets Asia along the bustling Bosphorus Strait. You’ll step into the world of Ottoman sultans at the Topkapi Palace, marvel at the towering domes and minarets of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and roam the endless passageways of the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market, teeming with colorful carpets, leather goods, jewelry, and lanterns. Your three nights in this intoxicating cultural capital are the perfect way to round out your ocean expedition.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights' accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinner
  • 6 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including Turkish Dinner with Folklore Show, Grand Bazaar, and Spice Bazaar
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Historic Areas of Istanbul, including the Hagia Sophia
  • Istanbul city tour
  • Sultanahmet walking tour
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of your City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 18:

Fly to Istanbul

Transfer to the Athens airport to board your flight to Istanbul, Turkey’s exotic capital straddling Europe and Asia. You’ll arrive in time for an orientation walk around your hotel before a festive dinner. Cultural Discovery: Tonight's Turkish dinner is sure to be both delicious and unforgettable! Head to a local Turkish restaurant and enjoy a unique folkloric performance that will welcome you to this fascinating city where East meets West.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 19:

Royal and cultural splendors of Istanbul

After breakfast, head to the Fatih district, home to the Historic Areas of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your explorations at the Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans and today a magnificent museum. Your guided tour leads you into some of its many chambers, including the Harem Apartments. After lunch in the Topkapi Palace, continue to the spectacular Blue Mosque, named for the countless blue Iznik tiles that adorn its vast interior.

Cultural Discovery: Conclude the day among the teeming stalls and passageways of the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s historic marketplace.

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 20:

Spectacular Sultanahmet on foot

Stretch your legs this morning during a walking tour of the Sultanahmet district. You’ll stop at the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, built as a church and later converted into a mosque that has been a magnificent museum since 1935.

Cultural Discovery: After, follow your nose to the Spice Bazaar, where mounds of colorful turmeric, saffron, and countless other spices vie for your olfactory attentions. Be sure to sample some Turkish Delight, the nation’s favorite sweet, while you’re here! 

This evening, gather for a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 21:

Fly home

Head to the Istanbul airport for you flight back to the U.S.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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Included Tours and Special Features 26 included features and Cultural Discoveries with state-of-the-art QuietVox portable audio headsets on all shore excursions throughout your journey - a value of $1,800
UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflion), the medieval city of Rhodes, the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos, Petra and Wadi Rum (from Aqaba
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Jordan’s Dead Sea Treasures 4 days from $999
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