Embark on an Extraordinary Journey through Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, & Turkey
In collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys, we proudly present a unique cruise experience tailored for English-speaking travelers who yearn to connect with the world. Our expedition goes beyond the ordinary by offering enriching lectures by world-class experts, transfers to and from the ship, and captivating shore excursions. Each port of call will immerse you in the local culture, allowing you to indulge in the captivating sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas of these ancient civilizations.
Discover the Treasures of the Mediterranean
Embarking in the captivating city of Aqaba, Jordan, the gateway to Petra and the Wadi Rum Protected Area, this 13-day voyage aboard Le Champlain will take you on an unforgettable journey through Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, the Turkish coast, and the Greek Islands of Rhodes and Crete.
Unveil the Legends of Israel
Your adventure begins in the vibrant Israeli port of Eilat, situated on the Gulf of Aqaba. As you set foot ashore, you’ll have the choice to visit the awe-inspiring Masada, where a group of Jewish Zealots valiantly resisted the Roman army for three years before choosing mass suicide over surrender. Alternatively, you can explore the legendary Mines of King Solomon, steeped in intrigue and mystery.
Dive into Ancient Egypt
After a day at sea, prepare to be mesmerized by the ancient wonders of Cairo, the heart of Pharaonic Egypt. Delve into the mystique of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx, the sole remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Conclude your Egyptian adventure with a visit to the recently opened (October 2022) Grand Egyptian Museum, where history comes alive.
Navigating the Legendary Suez Canal
As Le Champlain traverses the historic Suez Canal, marvel at this engineering marvel that revolutionized international trade and shortened the sea route from the Indian Ocean to Western Europe by over 5,000 miles.
Step into the Holy Land
Upon reaching the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll set foot in Ashdod and venture into Jerusalem – a city of profound significance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Discover sacred sites like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount, all steeped in centuries of history and spirituality.
Cyprus: The Island of Legends
Experience the treasures of Cyprus during your two-day stopover. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Tombs of the Kings and the ancient town of Paphos, renowned for its marvelous mosaics. Alternatively, embark on a delectable culinary tour, savoring the finest Cypriot wines, cheeses, breads, and mezze.
Embrace the Spirit of Rhodes
Immerse yourself in the captivating Greek island of Rhodes, once a renowned hub of philosophy, rhetoric, and sculpture. Roam through Europe’s grandest medieval town, painstakingly built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Lose yourself in the meandering alleyways and be captivated by the city’s timeless charm.
Unravel the Mysteries of Ephesus
Kusadasi, nestled on Turkey’s Aegean coast, grants you exclusive access to the ancient wonders of Ephesus. This extraordinary archaeological site spans multiple eras, from the Hellenistic world to the early Christian era. Wander through awe-inspiring temples dedicated to Roman emperors, marvel at the iconic Library of Celsus, and gaze upon the splendid mosaics and frescoes adorning the terraced hill houses.
Delve into the Realm of the Minoans
Discover the captivating island of Crete, once home to Europe’s earliest advanced civilization, the Minoans. Embark on a journey from Heraklion to the fabled palace of Knossos, a labyrinthine complex adorned with intricate frescoes that may have inspired the legend of the Minotaur. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Heraklion Museum, housing a remarkable collection of Minoan artifacts found throughout the island.
Bid Farewell to an Unforgettable Voyage
As our extraordinary journey draws to a close, take this final day at sea to reflect on the remarkable memories and experiences you’ve collected along the way. Prepare for disembarkation in the enchanting island of Malta, carrying with you the indelible imprints of the ancient civilizations you’ve discovered.
Smithsonian Journeys invites you to uncover the secrets of ancient seafaring civilizations, where history and culture intertwine. Join us on this immersive adventure and embark on a voyage of a lifetime.
Note: This cruise is specially designed for English-speaking travelers seeking an extraordinary exploration of the world’s cultural wonders. The listed price includes transfers, onboard lectures by renowned experts, and a variety of immersive shore excursions in each port of call. Book now to secure your place on this remarkable journey!