Egypt and Israel (Aqaba to Antalya)
9 days with Ponant Rating:
Day 1 - AQABA
Embarkation from 00H00 to 0H00. Departure at 18H00.
Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.
Day 2 – AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Day 3 – AIN SUKHNA
Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it is an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt.
Day 4 – SUEZ
The Egyptian port of Suez is located in the gulf of the same name, which forms one of the two branches of the Red Sea. It lies at the mouth of Suez Canal on the south side, as Port-Saïd to the north does for the Mediterranean. Although Suez has been a trading port since the Middle Ages, for spices and pilgrimages to Mecca, the building and commissioning of the canal in the 19th Century accelerated its development until it became the large modern city that it is today.
Day 5 – ALEXANDRIA
The mythical Alexandria is a port city in the Nile Delta. Its rich history has always been the source of dreams for archaeologists, writers and artists around the world. Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, the city was mainly known for its library and its monumental lighthouse. The library aimed to be a storehouse of universal knowledge, while the lighthouse was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Both are now destroyed. Alexandria is also the place where began the legendary love story between Mark Antony and Cleopatra. For centuries, this city was one of the greatest cultural centres in the Mediterranean and its landmarks now provide a fascinating glimpse into its proud past.
Day 6 – AT SEA
Day 7 – HAIFA
Day 8 – AT SEA
Day 9 - ANTALYA
Disembarkation at 08H00.
All This Included
Set sail with PONANT in the footsteps of ancient civilisations with a 10-day cruise aboard our three-mast yacht, Le Ponant. This brand-new itinerary combines cultural discoveries and archaeological marvels and will take you from Jordan to Turkey via Egypt and Israel.
After you join the ship at Aqaba, Le Ponant will make a brief incursion into the warm waters of the Red Sea before sailing to the other side of the Sinai Peninsula and reaching Egypt for four days that will undoubtedly form the highpoint of your cruise.
Ain Sokhna will be your first port of call and is the ideal starting point for the marvels of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, and the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
You will then sail through the legendary Suez Canal and visit Alexandria, the multicultural city that was once home to the famous library destroyed by fire.
From Haifa, do not miss the visit to Nazareth and its many churches commemorating the memory of Jesus Christ, who grew up in this Israeli village.
You will disembark in Antalya. With its Roman port, picturesque narrow streets and beautiful Ottoman homes this town, lying on the southern coast of Turkey, has maintained its many charms.
Cruising: Cabin onboard Le Ponant
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