Discover the Red Sea, Holy Land, Turkey & Greece

21 Days
Aqaba to Athens (Piraeus)
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$ 14,447
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2023 Aqaba > Athens (Piraeus)

Small fishing villages and resort towns entice adventurers with their world-class diving. Wonders of the ancient world, cities with biblical tales to tell and bustling grand bazaars combine to create an eclectic itinerary promising a remarkable insight into Turkish, Greek and Egyptian culture.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
2P02
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Aqaba
Return City:
Athens (Piraeus)

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Aqaba, Jordan

    Meet your luxurious superyacht in Aqaba and embark on your unforgettable cruise of the Red Sea.

    Situated on Jordan’s southern coast, the idyllic city of Aqaba is rich in history and marine biodiversity. Blessed with vibrant coral reefs and a mesmerising array of sunken vessels, it is widely regarded as one of the best diving spots in the Red Sea. 

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    Wadi Rum desert tour (extra expense, must be pre-booked)*

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hurghada, Egypt

    Small fishing village for many decades, it has grown into a major Red Sea destination with Dahar as its oldest part.

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    Bedouin Experience (extra expense, must be pre-booked)

    For guests starting their journey with our Jordan land tour, this option is already included on Day 4.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Ain Sokhna

    Situated on the western shore of the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez on the shore of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Suez, Ain Sokhna is the nearest beach resort to the Egyptian capital Cairo.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Ain Sokhna – Transit Suez Canal

    Ain Sokhna means “Hot Spring” in Arabic and the area gets its name from the bubbling springs in the close by Ataka Mountain. It is our jumping point to visit the Great Pyramids.

    EmeraldPLUS

    The Great Pyramids of Giza and Felucca cruise on the Nile

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Transit Suez Canal

    It is a sea-level waterway running across the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt to connect the Mediterranean and the Red seas. It offers the shortest nautical route between Europe and the lands lying around the Indian and western Pacific oceans.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Alexandria

    Founded by Alexander the Great, the city of Alexandria has a wealth of history and legend. Egypt’s second largest city was the country’s ancient capital for over 1,000 years and provided an important trading route between the Mediterranean and Red Sea.

    Included Excursion

    Panoramic Alexandria city tour with visit to Montazah Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Alexandria

    Immerse yourself in the culture of the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’. Dating back to the 15th century, Qaitbay Citadel is recognised as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and is said to contain remnants of Alexandria’s original 3rd century BC lighthouse.

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    Guided tour of El Alamein (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Ashdod

    The coastal city of Ashdod plays a major role in the teachings of the Bible. Its where the Philistines were said to have captured the Ark of the Covenant, and today it still marks the starting point for pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

    Included Excursion

    A walking tour of Jaffa and highlights of Tel Aviv

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Ashdod

    Over the centuries, it has been home to plentiful cultures but the modern city sprang to life in the mid-1950s following the founding of modern Israel.

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    The best of Jerusalem and Bethlehem (extra expense)

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    Masada Fortress and the Dead Sea (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Haifa

    Described as ‘Israel’s San Francisco’, Haifa is home to breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture. Set on the foothills of Mount Carmel, the country’s third-largest city features the Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a pilgrimage for those of Baha’i faith.

    Included Excursion

    Haifa city tour

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Limassol, Cyprus

    The city of Limassol has a rich history that goes back to around the 2nd century B.C. The centre of this city is full of character and wrapped around the small castle, and which radiates out into a series of roads with old houses and modern boutiques. Explore the historical centre of Lemesos by walking through the old streets and discover its long history.

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    City tour of Limassol (extra expense, must be pre-booked)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Paphos, Cyprus

    Dating back to Neolithic times, Paphos has connections to the goddess Aphrodite who, it is believed, was born in Old Paphos. Historic charm by the bucket-load and an abundance of beautiful beaches bring this colourful city to life.

    Included Excursion

    Monuments of Paphos

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Rhodes, Greece

    The capital of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes seemingly has it all. Lush green valleys, golden beaches and archaeological sites. Known as the Island of the Knights, the medieval city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Rhodes

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    Guided tour of Lindos (extra expense, must be pre-booked)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Bodrum, Turkey

    Reaching from Turkey’s southwest coast into the Aegean Sea, the stunning twin bays of Bodrum are home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, built between 350 and 353 BC for Mausolus. While being historic, the city is a playground for Turkish and foreign visitors alike, with two contrasting sides, east and west.

    Included Excursion

    Discover one of the ancient wonders of the world: Tomb of Mausolus

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    Farmers market visit followed by cooking class to learn how to make local delicacies (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Kusadasi

    With a history which includes chapters of Persian, Roman, Greek, Byzantine and Venetian rule, Kusadasi is today a modern city that retains some of its vestiges from long ago and it is the main gateway to Ephesus – the UNESCO-listed, 4,000-year-old city 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Ephesus

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    Guided bike tour of Kusadasi and surrounding areas

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    Guided tour of Sirince village (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Canakkale

    In the Marmara region of northwestern Turkey, the Çanakkale Province is a destination of all-round intrigue. From the historic battlefields of Troy and Gallipoli, to the serenity of beautiful beaches, unique local food and wineries. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of ANZAC cove and Gallipoli peninsula

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour of Canakkale

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Istanbul

    Turkey’s economic, cultural and historic centre, Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia, something evident from the wonderful east-meets-west vibe. Meet open-minded locals as you immerse yourself in their light-hearted spirit, learn about its cultural heritage from architectural masterpieces and enjoy strong culinary diversity.

    Books, copper ware, ceramics, gold and inexpensive souvenirs. Venture into the hidden courtyards or hans, lookout for marble fountains and ornate kiosks.  Streets are named according to the trades and the most oriental atmosphere in Istanbul is found in the bazaar. 

    Included Excursion

    Istanbul city tour

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    Turkish baths experience (extra expense)

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    Tour of Topkapi palace and cisterns (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - At Sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Volos (Greece)

    Built near the site of ancient Iolcus, Volos is situated at the foot of Mount Pelion.

    Included Excursion

    Sightseeing tour of Meteora monasteries with a Greek lunch

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Ermoupolis, Syros Island

    The capital of the Aegean island of Syros, Ermoupolis is a stunning town. Architectural splendour is a striking reminder of a brilliant past, as a neo-classical influence combines with that of Ancient Greece and western Europe.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Ermoupolis

    EmeraldPLUS

    Concert at Apollo Theatre

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Athens (Piraeus)

    Today you’ll disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

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    City tour of Athens with Acropolis visit (extra expense, must be pre-booked)*

    *This DiscoverMORE should be pre-booked and is only available in conjunction with pre or post cruise accommodation. For guests not staying at our preferred hotel, own arrangements will need to be made to reach the meeting point of the DiscoverMORE.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Emerald Cruises cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 20 nights on board your superyacht
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Manager
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Panoramic Alexandria city tour with visit to Montazah Gardens
  • A walking tour of Jaffa and highlights of Tel Aviv
  • Haifa city tour
  • Monuments of Paphos
  • Guided tour of Rhodes
  • Discover one of the ancient wonders of the world: Tomb of Mausolus
  • Guided tour of Ephesus
  • Guided tour of ANZAC cove and Gallipoli peninsula
  • Istanbul city tour
  • Sightseeing tour of Meteora monasteries
  • Walking tour of Ermoupolis

EmeraldPLUS
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza and Felucca cruise on the Nile
  • Concert at Apollo Theatre in Ermoupolis

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour of Kusadasi and surrounding areas
  • Guided bike tour of Canakkale

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 59 superb meals including 20 Breakfasts (B), 19 Lunches (L), 20 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

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