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Ancient Origins: Histories of Arabia, Egypt, the Holy Land, and Mediterranean - 2021

Amman • 36-night small ship cruise to Aqaba, Sharm El Sheik/Suez Canal, Ashdod, Haifa, Limassol, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Santorini, Athens, Nafplion, Monemvasia, Gythion, Pylos, Katakolon, Giardini Naxos/Taormina, Lipari, Castellammare di Stabia/Pompeii, Porto Vecchio, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Sète, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena, Almería/Motril, Málaga, Puerto Banús, Gibraltar, Seville, Portimão • Lisbon
  • DISCOVER EUROPE AND THE MEDITERRANEAN ON THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF THE OCEAN EXPLORER, VANTAGE'S FIRST SMALL SHIP OCEAN-CRUISING EXPEDITION VESSEL
  • EXPLORE HIGHLIGHTS OF JERUSALEM, FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES TO THE WESTERN WALL
  • MEANDER THE COBBLED LANES AND NARROW PASSAGES OF GLAMOROUS SANTORINI ON A WALKING TOUR
  • MARVEL AT ITALY’S VOLCANIC WONDERS, FROM SICILY’S MT. ETNA TO POMPEII TO THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS
  • UNCOVER A BIBLICAL PAST IN PICTURESQUE HAIFA
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  • $509
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  • 41
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  • 85
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Jordan’s Dead Sea Treasures

4 DAYS FROM $1,299

Madeira, Portugal

4 DAYS FROM $899

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Jordan’s Dead Sea Treasures

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $324 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 see even 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 (or similar) with guaranteed Dead Sea view rooms!
  • 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 Vantage Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into 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. 

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 into 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 meet the main 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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Madeira, Portugal

FROM $899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $225 PER DAY

Featuring year-round balmy weather and a trademark fortified wine, the Portuguese island of Madeira boasts a lush beauty that earned its label as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” During your three-day stay in the lovely island capital of Funchal, you’ll enjoy a half-day city tour and immersion into local island life. Peruse the covered market at the edge of the Old Town and visit a local wine cellar where you’ll savor the island’s Madeira wine. Raise a glass to this oceanic outpost — the perfect complement to your Mediterranean cruise!

Your Price Includes:

  • Flight from Lisbon to Madeira
  • 3 nights accommodations at the First-Class Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel (or similar), with guaranteed sea-view rooms
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Half-day city tour with wicker toboggan ride
  • Visit the local wine cellar, complete with a wine tasting
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Vantage Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into 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 42:

Fly to Madeira, and an orientation walk 

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Funchal, historic capital of the lush “Garden Island” of Madeira, Portugal. In the early 1400s, the discovery of the island 323 miles off the coast of Africa was a catalyst for the Age of Discovery. Embark on a short orientation walk alongside your Cruise Director, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps exploring the highlights of this lovely town, including its 15th-century cathedral and the scenic Santa Caterina Park, and stopping at a café to sip some of the island’s eponymous wine.

included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 43:

Tour Madeira’s marketplace and Old Town

Set out this morning for a half-day city tour. Cultural Discovery: Browse the fragrant stands of the marketplace brimming with produce carted in from all over the fertile island and stroll the cobbled lanes of the Old Town. Then, ascend to the town of Monte, 1,800 feet above the sea. Splendid views greet you from here, but you might thrill more to the mode of transport you’ll use to return to Funchal: a traditional two-seater wicker toboggan or “basket sled.” A pair of pilots — skilled and expert carreiros — guide you downhill for the steep mile-long journey. Back in the city, head to one of Madeira's oldest wine cellars for a tasting, before enjoying the rest of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, experience more of Funchal on your own with a night at leisure.

included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 44:

Explore Madeira’s lushness on your own

Enjoy a day at leisure in Madeira. Perhaps you'll admire the blooms at Madeira Botanical Gardens; explore the Old Town, home to myriad shops and restaurants; and peruse the street art of the Rua da Santa Maria. 

included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 45:

Fly home

Head to the Funchal airport for your flight back to the U.S.

included meals:

Breakfast

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