Trafalgar’s 10-day ‘3 Continents Cruise’ Adventure
Travellers looking to bypass a European Summer escape in lieu of the magic of off-peak travel will be thrilled with the announcement of Trafalgar’s Autumn, Winter and Spring (AWS) trips. With 37 itineraries across 27 countries, the brand connects travellers with Europe’s best experiences, people, and destinations with these year-round and Winter specific itineraries. With a selection of tried and tested favourite trips on offer again for 2019/2020, Trafalgar is proud of announce five brand new trips in line with guests demand for more year-round Europe including the following cruise:
Trafalgar’s new 10-days 3 Continents Cruise covering Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt, is sure to please the lovers of ruins, relics and sites. Combining passion for ancient history and culture with a relaxing sea voyage, guests will encounter timeless wonders, sophisticated seaside ports and the diversity of the Eastern Mediterranean. Arriving to the land of myths and legends, gods and goddesses, philosophers and politics, guests will take a step back in time, and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a journey into antiquity. They will ‘Dive into Culture’ on a guided sightseeing tour of the Acropolis that will reveal the wonders of ancient Athens such as the Parthenon, the Acropolis and Agora and admire the march of the curiously clad Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Crossing the Mediterranean, guests will sail on the calm waters of the Aegean towards the North African coastline. Guests can sit back, relax and stroll through the ship’s expansive promenade or enjoy a cocktail or two at one of the elegant bars and lounges during a full day at sea. Arriving at sun rise to Alexandria, the ancient capital of Egypt. Travellers will ‘Dive into Culture’ on a guided excursion to the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza. Leaving the desert behind, guests will travel to the cacophony of Cairo, where they will see some of the most famous historic monuments such as the Cairo Citadel, Cairo Tower and Mosque of Muhammad Ali, before rejoining the cruise in Port Said.
Journeying east, guests will arrive in Ashdod, the gateway to Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Exploring the holy landmarks in Jerusalem, including Temple Mountain, the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and visit the birthplace of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem. Guests can embark on an ‘Optional Experience’ to Israel’s most famous religious sights and cultural highlights, from trendy Tel Aviv to the ancient port city of Jaffa, before rejoining the cruise and travelling to Cyprus.
The sophisticated seaside port of Limassol emerges on the horizon! Spend the afternoon exploring the medieval Old Town or stroll along the seafront of promenade and cobbled streets to the old fishing harbour. Guests can decide on visiting the Prokymea Sculpture Park to admire the works of Cypriot, Greek and international artists, or sit back at one of the seaside cafés and savour a Cypriot coffee before boarding the ship to continue on thier onward northern journey.
Arriving in Rhodes, one of the most popular vacation destinations in Greece travellers will explore the beautiful beaches and centuries-old history! From the medieval Old Town of Rhodes, with its thick stone walls, ancient ruins and Crusade heritage to embarking on a medieval tour of the ancient Lindos Acropolis and Citadel of the Knights – the possibilities are endless. Travellers will rejoin the cruise in time for dinner and depart for Kusadasi.
In Kusadasi, the gateway to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, guests will join an included excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Strolling along the marble colonnades to Hadrian’s Temple and the Great Theatre, carved into the side of Mt. Pion and later consider spending time exploring the vibrant Turkish seaside setting with a stroll along its seafront promenade, before returning to the ship for an evening dinner.
Returning to Athens, travellers will be transferred to a hotel, where they will have the full day to spend at leisure – to simply relax or explore. Stroll through the Plaka, spend time watching people go about their day in Syntagma Square or go in search for the city’s tastiest souvlaki, washed down with the local raki. During the evening, travellers will join fellow travel companions for a rousing celebration to toast to a fantastic three-continents journey!