Cruise the Med: Rome to Jerusalem 11 days in May 2023

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On this unique itinerary, experience some of the most historic & revered locations that have shaped civilization, including Athens, Rhodes & Jerusalem, and on this journey you will enjoy the cultural, spiritual and philosophical touchstones of the Mediterranean.

Embark at Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy – 1:00 PM

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
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Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castelgandolfo. Cruise departs at 7:00pm

Day 1 – Amalfi/Positano, Italy – 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion 2022
Amalfi/Positano, Italy – Courtesy Viator

Visit enchanting Amalfi to admire the 12th century Capuchin monastery and see the beautiful 11th century cathedral and cloister. Then discover chic Positano with its relaxed, sophisticated air and white Moorish-style houses clinging to steep slopes around a sparkling bay filled with colorful fishing boats.

Day 2 – At Sea, International Waters: Cruising the Strait of Messina

The Strait of Messina (from 11.000 m-36000 feet) | Messina, Mediterranean  cruise, Villa san giovanni
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Day 3 – Catania, Italy – 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Catania Cruise: Best Cruises to Catania | Celebrity Cruises
Catania, Courtesy Celebrity Cruises

Destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, Catania has been beautifully restored and offers ancient churches, castles and amphitheaters, lush gardens and lovely palazzos to explore. Tour the 13th century Ursino Castle, which was situated along the coast until earthquakes and volcanic eruptions transformed the landscape. Drive inland through picturesque villages and explore Villa Romana del Casale, a 4th century villa and UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a complex collection of Roman mosaics considered one of the finest in the Roman world.

Day 4 – At Sea, International Waters – Cruising the Ionian Sea

Ionian Sea courtesy we yachting

Day 5 – Athens (Piraeus), Greece: 7:00 AM-9:00 PM

Beyond the Boats: 7 Things to See and Do in Piraeus - Greece Is
Piraeus, Greece courtesy Greece is

Climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before you. See city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums. Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea, or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock.

Day 6 – Santorini, Greece: 8:00 AM 7:00 PM

First time Santorini: top tips for your first trip - Lonely Planet
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Visit the beautiful whitewashed hilltop towns of Oia and Fira and their breathtaking views of the caldera below. See the stunning artifacts in Fira’s museum, including recent finds from the excavation of Akrotiri, thought by many to be the legendary city of Atlantis, or visit a winery. Stroll through the winding streets with fantastic views around every corner.

Day : Rhodes, Greece: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Spring Destination: Rhodes, the Island of the Knights - Greece Is
Rhodes courtesy Greece is

Enjoy a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood and savor the charm of this remarkable walled town. Or drive along the scenic coast to Lindos. Enjoy the whitewashed little town and climb to the ancient acropolis, its temples and wonderful views.

Day 8: Alanya, Turkey: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Things to do in Alanya | Information on Alanya - Property Turkey
Alanya, Turkey Courtesy of property turkey

Alanya rose to prominence during the Middle Ages under the Seljuks, a tribe from central Asia that built the fortress and protective wall that still dominate the city. Several other buildings from that time also remain, including the octagonal Red Tower and the Seljuk Shipyard. Thousands of archaeological pieces in the Alanya Museum attest to the city’s importance through the ages. But history only touches on Alanya’s considerable allure. The city sits on a lovely gulf, backed by the pine-forested Taurus Mountains on Turkey’s beautiful Mediterranean coast.

Day 9: Limassol, Cyprus: 7:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Limassol is the jumping off point to explore the ancient riches of Cyprus. See ruins, majestic mountains and scenery, stunning beaches, and vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives. Visit Lemesos Castle, where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre, and its fascinating museum. Or stroll through ancient Curium and admire its stunning mosaics, theater, basilica and panoramic views over the sea. Venture inland to Nicosia and its wonders like the Cathedral of St. John, the Venetian fortifications, a restored old town and mosque, and the Cyprus Museum.

Day 10: Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel: 6:00 AM-10:00 PM

Ashdod to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Full-Day Shore Excursion 2022
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For Christians, Jews and Muslims, Jerusalem is one of the holiest cities on earth, and it is also one of the oldest. Early Bronze Age tools and writings show that Jerusalem has been settled since the 4th millennium B.C. Marvel at the beauty of the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, as you stroll through winding streets where people have lived for centuries.

Day 11: Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel: 6:00 AM & overnight

Haifa - Tourist Israel
Haifa, Courtesy of Tourist Israel

Visit the land of miracles – Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha. Venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. Or visit the Nahalal Moshav, a commune established in 1921 by Jewish immigrants.

Disembark: Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel: 8:00 AM

Visit the land of miracles – Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha. Venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. Or visit the Nahalal Moshav, a commune established in 1921 by Jewish immigrants.

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Sea of Galilee | lake, Israel | Britannica
Sea of Galilee, Courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica

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