Ultra-luxury line Crystal Cruises, has announced its first ever overnight visit to Ashdod, Israel, as part of its “Ruins & Relics” Mediterranean itinerary. The extended stay in Israel, along with an overnight stay in Egypt, provides guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the ancient cultures of Israel, including such archaeological wonders as the Great Pyramid, King Herod’s tomb and Pompeii and Herculaneum. The 12-night cruise aboard Crystal Serenity departs Athens for Rome on 19th October 2010 and takes in Naples, Sicily and Valetta, Malta.
Ashore, guests have dozens of options to visit significant historic sites where Christian, Jewish and Islamic religions were founded. Crystal Adventures offer a bird’s eye view of Masada or Mount Etna from a helicopter, visits to Israel’s Western (formerly Wailing) Wall and Temple Mount. Archaeology buffs can visit sites including the excavations at Pompeii and Caesarea, the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamen and Athens’ lofty Acropolis.
“The destinations featured on this voyage offer more than five millennia of history and culture to explore,” says Andy Harmer, Crystal Cruises’ UK sales and marketing director. “Given our guests’ love for enriching, exclusive and unforgettable travel experiences, the additional time to enjoy the rich heritage of the destination is significant.”
On board, experts in world affairs, including former White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater, will host enriching presentations and workshops.