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- from $2,367 PP
- 8 Days
- Max 49 Passengers
- Nov - Apr
- 5hrs from London / 10hrs from NYC
This small-ship cruise sails from Tel Aviv, Israel to Aqaba, Jordan with winter and spring departures, for cooler temperatures ensuring a more comfortable trip. Sail on the elegant Harmony V motor yacht with accommodation in spacious, en-suite cabins, plus one night in a Luxor hotel. Enjoy delicious full-board meals, and opportunities to swim, snorkel, or fish. Many optional excursions are available, like a full-day tour of Cairo, visits to majestic temples and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, and the stunning Valley of the Moon in Jordan. An English-speaking Cruise Escort Egyptologist will reveal the stories behind the centuries-old sites.
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At a Glance
- 7-night cruise from Tel Aviv to Aqaba
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- Spacious double or twin cabins with private bathrooms
- 1 night at a Luxor hotel
- Multiple optional tours
- Welcome cocktail
- Full-board breakfast + two meals, BBQ and Captain's Dinner
- Complimentary drinking water, coffee, and tea available 24/7
- English-speaking Cruise Escort Egyptologist
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Embarkation in Tel Aviv
Welcome to Tel Aviv. You’ll be transferred to the ship by our private driver with embarkation at 1:30 p.m. If you arrive early, you might want to explore this city on the Mediterranean coast. There are thousands of 1930s Bauhaus buildings clustered in the White City area, while the Eretz Israel Museum is focused on Israel’s archaeology, crafts, and folklore. It includes an on-site excavation of ruins from the 12th-century BC. After boarding the ship, you’ll have time to check out the facilities, settle in, and enjoy a welcome dinner with introductions and an overview of what to expect.
Day 2 Port Said & Cairo
After a night at sea, we’ll reach Port Said in the morning. Here you can enjoy an optional full-day excursion to Cairo, with visits to many bucket-list landmarks. Explore Giza and its many ancient monuments, including the largest and oldest of the pyramids, Great Pyramid of Giza. Wander through the complex of ancient Egyptian mortuary, marvel at the Great Sphinx, and other huge pyramids and temples. You’ll re-board the ship by 10:00 p.m. so we can join the Canal Convoy at 10:30 p.m. with an overnight crossing on the Suez Canal, which links the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.
- Optional Excursion Tour of Giza and Cairo
Day 3 Suez Canal
You’ll continue crossing the Suez Canal, one of the world’s most important waterways and part of the Silk Road that links Europe with Asia, spending the day on the ship. This is the perfect opportunity to unwind, perhaps soaking up the sun and enjoying the views from the Upper Deck, socializing with your fellow passengers in the comfortable lounge, or retreating to your cabin sanctuary, perhaps finally finishing that book. We’ll exit the canal at Suez, cruising toward Hurghada, overnighting at sea.
Day 4 Hurghada
Enjoy a leisurely morning on the ship. We’ll arrive about mid-day in El Gouna or Gubail where you’ll enjoy your first swim stop. If you’d like, you can take advantage of the snorkeling gear to view the myriad of marine life, from colorful fish to dolphins. Back onboard the ship, having worked up an appetite, we’ll serve a BBQ feast to help you re-energize before continuing our journey to Hurghada, where we’ll overnight in port. The beach resort town along the Red Sea coast is known for its long stretch of sands, old town with traditional souks, bars, and restaurants.
Day 5 Luxor
This morning you’ll disembark the ship to travel by bus to the ancient city of Luxor along the banks of the Nile River. Your accommodation will be provided at a deluxe hotel which is included in your trip. Optionally, you can join an excursion that will bring you to the ancient city of Thebes after getting settled in. It was once the pharaohs’ capital at the height of their peak between the 16th- and 11th-centuries BC. The treasure-filled tombs and soaring temples shine a light on one of the greatest civilizations in history. After exploring, return to your hotel for the evening.
- Optional Excursion Tour of Karnak & Luxor
Day 6 Luxor (continued)
Another optional excursion is available today, this one to the Valley of the Kings, a royal burial ground used for nearly 500 years from 1539 to 1075 BC for pharaohs like Tutankhamun and Ramses II, high priests, queens, and other powerful nobles. It’s like stepping into the pages of an ancient history book, witnessing sites few get to marvel at in person. You’ll see the two huge stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, here since 1350 BC, and the only temple that was dedicated to a female pharaoh, Hatshepsut before returning to the ship that awaits in Hurghada, with our night spent at sea.
- Optional Excursion Tour of the Valley of the Kings
Day 7 Aqaba
Enjoy a leisurely morning at sea before we arrive in Aqaba at mid-day. Here you’ll have an optional excursion to UNESCO-listed Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon.” Jordan’s largest desert valley is a vast landscape with dramatic cliffs, sandstone arches, and narrow gorgeous. Its other-worldly looks have made it a popular filming site, especially for sci-fi films. It was the setting for most of the scenes in the epic “Lawrence of Arabia.” It’s been inhabited by various cultures since prehistoric times, with glimpses of the past seen in rock paintings. After touring, you’ll reboard the ship, overnighting in port.
- Optional Excursion Tour of Wadi Rum
Day 8 Disembark in Tel Aviv
With a week behind us, your final breakfast will be served on the ship before disembarkation at 9 a.m. You’ll have a number of options afterward, including an optional land tour in Jordan that ends in Amman or Tel Aviv. Or take an optional full-day transfer/excursion to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, stopping in Masada for lunch. Just let our expert travel staff know what you’d like and they’ll make the arrangements for you.
Want to extend your trip?
If you are looking to extend your stay in Jordan or equally visit another Middle Eastern destination on your trip, then please speak to our travel experts as we can create you a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs.
Our Cruise Ships
MY Harmony V
Harmony V is a state-of-the-art mega-yacht that meets the strictest of safety standards and cleanliness while providing the latest and great amenities. Her 25 luxurious cabins can accommodate up to 49 guests. All have private bathrooms with flexible bedding configurations and large windows for abundant natural light and impressive ocean views.
- 7 nights of sailing on an elegant small-cruise ship
- Accommodation in private double or twin ensuite cabin with airconditioning
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Complimentary filter coffee, tea, and purified water 24/7
- Welcome cocktail reception
- BBQ feast
- Egyptian theme night
- Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
- Dedicated English-speaking cruise escort
What's not Included
- Return flights
- Shore excursions (payable locally)
- WiFi (payable locally)
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
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