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Eastern Mediterranean Crossing: the Holy Land, Greek Islands, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt & the Suez Canal - 2021

Amman • 12-night expedition cruise with Sharm El Sheik/Suez Canal, Ashdod, Haifa, Limassol, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Santorini, Piraeus • Athens
  • CRUISE ON THE OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPEDITION VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • JOIN OBSERVANT JEWISH PEOPLE AT JERUSALEM’S SACRED WESTERN WALL
  • TOUR THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF PETRA, JORDAN — A MAGNIFICENT DESERT SETTLEMENT MIRACULOUSLY CARVED OUT OF ROSE-RED SANDSTONE
  • CRUISE THIS LEGENDARY WATERWAY — A MASSIVE ENGINEERING FEAT — OVER TWO RELAXING DAYS, WITH SPLENDID VIEWS OF EGYPT AND THE SINAI
  • ENJOY A RELAXING RESORT STAY ALONG THE DEAD SEA, WITH PLENTY OF TIME TO SWIM IN ITS CURATIVE SALT WATERS
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  • 17
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  • 29
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Jordan & the Dead Sea

4 DAYS FROM $1,299

Istanbul, Turkey

4 DAYS FROM $1,699

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Jordan & the Dead Sea

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 even see more of the remarkable “White City” of Amman, a fascinating blend of Roman-era monuments, busy souks, and urban sophistication. Plus, enjoy the use of your hotel room, right up until your evening departure. 

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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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 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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Istanbul, Turkey

FROM $1,699 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $425 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 is the perfect way to round out your ocean expedition.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights accommodations at the InterContinental Istanbul (or similar)
  • Flight from Istanbul to Athens
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinner
  • 6 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including Turkish Dinner with Folklore Show, Grand Bazaar, and Spice Market
  • 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 Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, 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. 

Cultural Discovery: After lunch in the Topkapi Palace, continue to the spectacular Blue Mosque, named for the countless blue Iznik tiles that adorn its vast interior. 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. It 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! 

After lunch on your own, you may join an optional scenic cruise along the legendary Bosphorus Strait, the narrow waterway separating Europe and Asia. 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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