HOLY LAND PASSAGE

12 NIGHTS -- ISTANBUL, TURKEY TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY
19 OCTOBER 2022 TO 31 OCTOBER 2022

Join us on our Clarkson Travel 'ROUND TRIP ISTANBUL hosted group voyage departing October 19, 2022.
We will sail for 12 unforgettable days on Regent Seven Seas’ 750-passenger all-suite Explorer.

WHY WE THINK YOU WILL LOVE IT:

  • Included Business Class Flights or air credit of $3,250CAD pp
  • All Inclusive vacation all the way
  • Three Full Days in Jerusalem, Israel 
  • An itinerary packed with UNESCO Heritage sites
  • Countries steeped in history, culture and tradition
  • A region famous for authentic Mediterranean food
  • An itinerary perfect to extend your stay in the region 

A quote from Mustafa Kernal Ataturk, former President of Turkey credited for modernizing Turkey and turning it to a secular State in the 1920's:

“Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well”.

ITINERARY: ISTANBUL TO ISTANBUL

Istanbul, Turkey
Phot by Victoria Medvedeva unsplash.com

Mytilini, (Lesbos) Greece
Photo by Mniq Callaghan unsplash.com

Athens (Piraeus)- Acropolis
Photo by Patrick -P unsplash.com

Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel
Photo by Sander-Crombach unsplash.com

Limassol, Cyprus
Photo by Michelle Henderson unsplash.com

Alanya, Turkey
Photo by Mert-Kahveci unsplash.com

Rhodes, Greece
Photo by Antonio Magri unsplash.com

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Photo by Ozgur Ozturk unsplash.com

Bozcaada, Turkey
Photo by Osman Yunus Bekcan unsplash.com
 

 

OCT 19:  ISTANBUL, TURKEY; EMBARKATION

Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today offers impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife and exotic atmosphere. Spend time in the Old City to explore renowned places, like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.

OCT 20:  MYTILINI (LESBOS), GREECE
Officially named Lesbos, more often called Mytilini after its principal city, the island is the third largest in Greece, famed for its olive oil. Its undulating hills are said to support 11 million olive trees, which glisten silver in the sunlight, while the higher peaks are swathed in deep pine forests. It was the birthplace of leading figures in the intellectual world, such as Sappho, the world’s greatest lyrical poetess; Pittacus, one of the Seven Sages of antiquity; the poet Alcaeus and many, many others.
OCT 21:  ATHENS (PIRAEUS), GREECE

Piraeus is the gateway to the ancient city of Athens, known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization” because of its immense impact on cultural and political achievements throughout the world. Due mainly to tourism and the 2004 Olympics, Greece has redeveloped many sites in Athens. A historian’s delight, Athens is home to such magnificent wonders as: the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the atmospheric winding streets of the Plaka, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Athena Nike, and the Archaeological Museum with the world’s finest collection of ancient artifacts.

OCT 22: CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
Time to unwind and discover your ship. Perhaps spend some relaxing time by the pool with an intriguing book and drink at hand.
OCT 23 & 24: JERUSALEM (HAIFA), ISRAEL
Visit the land of miracles - Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha, or venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. The Panorama Center in Central Carmel offers some of the country’s best women’s clothing stores. For antiques and crafts, head to the boutiques on Massada Street. South of Haifa, the artists’ village of Ein Hod offers hand-blown glass, pottery, silver, gold, and crafts. From French to Continental to Middle Eastern cuisine, dining choices abound. Fresh fish and grilled lamb dishes are the highlight. The best dessert is homemade kanafeh, a traditional ancient dish of baked sweet cheese, pistachio and honey..
OCT 25: JERUSALEM (ASHDOD), ISRAEL
A remarkable destination in and of itself and a UNESCO World Heritage town, Tel Aviv has ancient roots and modern skyscrapers, with diverse offerings from shopping for local crafts at the Nachlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall to admiring the original Bauhaus architecture along Rothschild Boulevard, savoring the local cuisine at cafes to delving into history at one of the countless museums. Tel Aviv is also a starting point for day trips to iconic historical sites as Jerusalem’s Old City, Bethlehem, Massada and Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world.
OCT 26: LIMASSOL, CYPRUS
Limassol is the jumping off point to explore the ancient riches of Cyprus.View ruins, vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives, majestic mountains and scenery, and stunning beaches. Visit Lemesos Castle, where Richard-the-Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre, and its fascinating museum. Or stroll through ancient Curium and admire its stunning mosaics, theater, basilica and panoramic views over the sea. Venture inland to Nicosia and its wonders, the Cathedral of St. John, the Venetian fortifications, a restored old town and mosque and the Museum. Take home some lovely lace, copper items, jewelry and pottery. Enjoy a selection of appetizers so extensive it can be a hearty meal as well as fresh seafood accompanied by a delicious glass of wine.
OCT 27: ALANYA, TURKEY
Alanya rose to prominence during the Middle Ages under the Seljuks, a tribe from central Asia that built the fortress and protective wall that still dominate the city. Several other buildings from that time also remain, including the octagonal Red Tower and the Seljuk Shipyard. Thousands of archaeological pieces in the Alanya Museum attest to the city's importance through the ages. But history only touches on Alanya's considerable allure. The city sits on a lovely gulf, backed by the pine-forested Taurus Mountains on Turkey's beautiful Mediterranean coast.
OCT 28: RHODES, GREECE 
Renowned as the site of the former Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Rhodes was home to the Knights of St. John from the 12th to 16th centuries. Their famous Palace of the Grand Masters remains a “must-see,” as are many of the inns occupied by the Crusaders and the replica of the old church. For a more in-depth look at the city, visitors can take in the Archeological where the Acropolis of Rhodes and the ancient stadium offer perfect photo opportunities.
OCT 29: EPHESUS, (KUSADASI), TURKEY
Europe’s classical metropolis, Ephesus, was one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Explore the ruins of its massive Theater, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celsus Library.
OCT 30: BOZCAADA, TURKEY
The tiny island of Bozcaada floats peacefully off the western coast of Turkey in the Dardanelles Strait that connects the Marmara to the Aegean. This charming port boasts untouched bays with a rich marine life, delightful local culture, significant historical heritage, and world-class wine.
OCT 31: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (DISEMBARKATION)
Transfer to Airport for your flight home

 

COMPLIMENTS OF CLARKSON TRAVEL:

  • Voyage hosts, Zaneta & Joe Rochemont*
  • Group Cocktail Party onboard the most elegant Seven Seas Explorer
  • $400USD onboard spending credit
  • Group specialty dining events onboard
  • Assistance with group excursions bookings and other onboard events

Fares are in CAD, per person in double occupancy and start from $15,549 CAD pp
based on Category H Veranda Suite. Offers are subject to availability.
* Hosted with a minimum of 8 guests

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TO RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK YOUR SUITE,
CALL CLARKSON TRAVEL/CRUISE HOLIDAYS OF CLARKSON AT 1.866.919.2111
AND CONTACT YOUR TRAVEL ADVISOR BELOW:

  • Caroline Grant, EXT 221, or by email: caroline@clarksontravel.ca
  • Joe Rochemont at EXT 226, or by email: joe@clarksontravel.ca
  • Tal McKelvey at EXT 301, or by email: tal@clarksontravel.ca
  • Victoria DeWildt at EXT 222, or by email: victoria@clarksontravel.ca
  • Zaneta Rochemont at EXT 224, or by email: zaneta@clarksontravel.ca

ALL OFFERS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND
EXPIRE ON FEB 28, 2021

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