We would love for you to join us on this magnificent cruise experiencing an incredible itinerary touching key Old and New Testament sites as well as gorgeous ports on the Mediterranean, Ionian, Agean and Adriatic seas.We will gather for regular devotions, incredible experiences and lots of R&R.~ Neil & Kate
THE WIND IN YOUR FAVOR
Sail among some of the most historically and spiritually momentous ports of the Mediterranean, from walled Dubrovnik and ancient Ephesus to affable Ancona and monumental Athens, with extra time to explore hallowed Istanbul and Israel.
- Journey from Ancona to resplendent San Marino, a mountaintop city blessed with extraordinary architecture and sublime vistas
- Wander the lavishly ornamented rooms of the Topkapi Palace, once home to the sultans and today part of Istanbul’s city-wide UNESCO World Heritage site
- Imagine Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, emerging from the turquoise waters at Cyprus’ stunning Petra tou Romiou, her legendary birthplace
- Visit the scholarly and artistic town of Safed, at 3,200 feet the highest population center in Israel and a superb perch from which to survey Galilee
Ports of Call
Venice, Italy – Savor the majestic beauty of this amazing city as you glide along its canals and under its bridges, opulent palazzi and elegant churches lining the route. Discover Venice’s secret quarters down narrow alleys opening into spacious campos. Admire the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or enjoy the scenic countryside with its stunning Palladian villas.
Umbria, (Ancona) Italy – Travel through the scenic countryside to beautiful Urbino, birthplace of Raphael, and visit the magnificent Palazzo Ducale, designed by Renaissance masters, and see the treasures in the palace’s art museum, including significant works by Raphael. Or visit the tiny independent country of San Marino, nestled in the mountains, and explore it on your own.
Dubrovnik, Croatia -Enjoy a walk through this famous walled medieval city and its exquisite Venetian monuments. See the Franciscan monastery and explore the Rector’s palace and the cathedral. Or explore the countryside with a visit to lovely Cavtat, an enchanting seaside resort that began life as a Greek and then Roman colony. Then visit a local family in a Konavle Valley village and enjoy their hospitality over a traditional welcome of brandy and figs with a serenade by local musicians.
Athens, (Piraeus) Greece – Climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before you. See city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums. Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea, or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock.
Ephesus, (Kusadasi) Turkey – Meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or journey to three monumental cities of antiquity – Priene, Miletus and Didyma – renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums.
Istambul, Turkey – Indulge your eyes and senses in this magnificent city astride two continents. Visit beautiful Topkapi Palace, the awesome Hagia Sophia and the impressive Blue Mosque. Cruise the Bosphorus to see the city and its surroundings from another perspective. Visit one of the many museums or stroll through the spice market and the famous Grand Bazaar.
Limassol, Cyprus – Limassol is the jumping off point to explore the ancient riches of Cyprus. See ruins, majestic mountains and scenery, stunning beaches, and vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives. 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 like the Cathedral of St. John, the Venetian fortifications, a restored old town and mosque, and the Cyprus Museum.
Jerusalem, (Haifa) Israel – Visit the land of miracles – Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha. Venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. Or visit the Nahalal Moshav, a commune established in 1921 by Jewish immigrants.
Jerusalem, (Ashdod) Israel – For Christians, Jews and Muslims, Jerusalem is one of the holiest cities on earth, and it is also one of the oldest. Early Bronze Age tools and writings show that Jerusalem has been settled since the 4th millennium B.C. Marvel at the beauty of the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, as you stroll through winding streets where people have lived for centuries.
Stateroom bedding configurations – All staterooms have 1 queen bed that will convert as needed into 2 twin beds
Relax in one of 379 charming and comfortable guest rooms. Choose an Executive Room or Suite for access to the Executive Lounge. Taste the freshest seasonal ingredients at the hotel’s signature restaurant Aromi and enjoy al fresco dining on the canal-side terrace. Sip on cocktails and admire Venice’s stunning sweeping vistas from the stylish Skyline Rooftop Bar. Feel revived after a workout in the fitness center, complete with the latest exercise equipment, or take a dip in the rooftop pool and enjoy spectacular views across Venice’s skyline. Feel pampered with a range of fabulous spa treatments in the wellness center, boasting a sauna, whirlpool and Turkish bath.
Hotel Papadopoli Venezia – A 4-star hotel located 300 metres from Piazzale Roma, the square that acts as Venice’s main transport hub. Here you will be within easy reach of public transport, Marco Polo Airport and major train, boat and bus stations. The 97 rooms and suites offer comfort and elegance. They all retain the spirit of the Venetian Age of Enlightenment but all equipped with the latest 21st century amenities. The Papadopoli features a hearty American-style buffet for its guests to enjoy as they begin a full day of business or leisure in Venice. The hotel’s multilingual will be delighted to help guests in their discovery of the city, restaurants and local attractions. Venice will have no more secrets to the Papadopoli Venezia’s guests!