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Eastern Mediterranean Crossing: The Holy Land, Greek Islands, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt & the Suez Canal - 2022

Amman • 12-night small ship cruise with Sharm El Sheik/Suez Canal, Ashdod, Haifa, Limassol, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Santorini, Piraeus • Athens
  • DISCOVER THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ABOARD THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF THE 5-STAR OCEAN ODYSSEY
  • GAIN DEEPER INSIGHTS INTO YOUR DESTINATIONS WITH TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS BY AN ONBOARD RESIDENT LECTURER
  • 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
DATES & PRICES
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$8,999
  • $529
    PER DAY
  • 17
    DAYS
  • 27
    TOURS
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18 DAYS FROM $9,648
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Jordan’s Dead Sea Treasures (Pre-Trip)

4 DAYS FROM $1,399

Istanbul, Turkey (Post-Trip)

4 DAYS FROM $1,799

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Jordan’s Dead Sea Treasures (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 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. Round out 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: 2 nights at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea with guaranteed sea view rooms (or similar), and 1 night at the InterContinental Amman (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 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:

Jerash’s legacies of ancient Rome

After breakfast, you'll depart for the Dead Sea, stopping along the way for a guided excursion to the ancient Roman city of Jerash. Stroll its dramatic colonnaded street, see the expansive Oval Forum, and more before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. Then, continue on to the Dead Sea, the Earth’s lowest land elevation. Here, you will check in to your luxurious resort and spa.

included meals:

Lunch & dinner

DAY 19:

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 20:

Mount Nebo & the Mosaic of Madaba

During your return drive to Amman, 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.

When you arrive in Amman, you'll check into your hotel and enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers. Departures to this U.S. start late this evening.

included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 21:

Fly home

Depending on your flight details, you will either board your return flight to the U.S. late on Day 20 or after breakfast this morning.

included meals:

Breakfast
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Jordan’s Dead Sea Treasures (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $349 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)
  • 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 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 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. Check in at your hotel, where you'll have dinner tonight.

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 (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $449 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 Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, and Turkish Dinner with Folklore Show
  • 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 1:

Fly to Turkey

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Istanbul

Today you'll land in Istanbul, Turkey’s exotic capital straddling Europe and Asia. You’ll arrive in time to check-in and take an orientation walk around your hotel before a Welcome Dinner.

included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

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 4:

Spectacular Sultanahmet on foot and a delectable Turkish dinner

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! 

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 festive dinner with your fellow travelers.

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 help you appreciate this fascinating city where East meets West.

included meals:

Breakfast & dinner
Optional Tour: Bosphorus Cruise: Between Two Continents

Bosphorus Cruise: Between Two Continents

  • Approximate Cost: $85 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • When: Afternoon tour (Extension)

Enjoy a scenic cruise down the Bosphorus, a strait connecting the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. One of the most exquisite places in the world, this naturally formed passage was very much esteemed by sultans and pashas, who built their kiosks and residences along the water. As the wearing effects of time caused wooden buildings to demolish, they have been replaced with new ones. In place of the Besiktas Palaces, there appeared the Dolmabahçe Palace. Beylerbeyi Palace was rebuilt, while stone buildings were erected to complete its final outlook.

With its architecture matching its natural delights, the Bosphorus has reached an incomparable beauty. The buildings embroidering the shores of free-flowing waters, embraced by a green background, offer a view of unceasing delight. This wonderful cruise will provide unforgettable memories as you see the magnificent waterfront houses and palaces close up.


DAY 5:

Fly to Athens to join the base tour

After breakfast, head to the Istanbul airport for your flight to Athens, Greece, where you’ll join the base tour.

included meals:

Breakfast
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Istanbul, Turkey (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $450 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 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 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! 

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
Optional Tour: Bosphorus Cruise: Between Two Continents

Bosphorus Cruise: Between Two Continents

  • Approximate Cost: $85 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • When: Afternoon tour (Extension)

Enjoy a scenic cruise down the Bosphorus, a strait connecting the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. One of the most exquisite places in the world, this naturally formed passage was very much esteemed by sultans and pashas, who built their kiosks and residences along the water. As the wearing effects of time caused wooden buildings to demolish, they have been replaced with new ones. In place of the Besiktas Palaces, there appeared the Dolmabahçe Palace. Beylerbeyi Palace was rebuilt, while stone buildings were erected to complete its final outlook.

With its architecture matching its natural delights, the Bosphorus has reached an incomparable beauty. The buildings embroidering the shores of free-flowing waters, embraced by a green background, offer a view of unceasing delight. This wonderful cruise will provide unforgettable memories as you see the magnificent waterfront houses and palaces close up.


DAY 21:

Fly home

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

included meals:

Breakfast

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