Israel, Cyprus & Greece Journey

Israel, Cyprus & Greece Journey

Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)

May 23, 2023 to Jun 3, 2023

11 Days

SeaDream I

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Journey in the footsteps of the ancients as you explore the best medieval cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and seaside enclaves that Greece, Cyprus, and Israel have to offer. Bookended by ancient Athens, your itinerary takes you to the archaeologically rich Greek isle of Crete and on through Israel—from the landscaped terraces of Haifa, perched at the base of Mount Carmel, to the Old City of Jerusalem for an overnight stay. Enjoy time in the walled city of Rhodes, home to the Lindos Acropolis, before sailing to the Greek isle of Santorini, an idyllic respite in the Cyclades archipelago. 

Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
May 23, 2023 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
2 PM - 4 PM
(Embarkation)
Evening
May 24, 2023 Heraklion, Crete,
Greece
Morning Evening
May 25, 2023 At Sea
May 26, 2023 Limassol,
Cyprus
Morning Evening
May 27, 2023 Haifa,
Israel
Morning Late Evening
May 28, 2023 Ashdod,
Israel
Morning Overnight
May 29, 2023 Ashdod,
Israel
Evening
May 30, 2023 At Sea
May 31, 2023 Antalya,
Turkey
Morning Evening
Jun 01, 2023 Rhodes Town,
Greece
Morning Evening
Jun 02, 2023 Santorini,
Greece
Morning Evening
Jun 03, 2023 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
Morning 8 AM - 10 AM
(Disembarkation)

Ports

  • Athens (Piraeus)
    Athens (Piraeus)

    Piraeus, roughly translating to “the place over the passage”, is an important Greek port located within the Athens agglomeration, in the Attica Basin. It is 12 kilometers from the municipality of Athens, considered the fourth largest and is the third most populous amongst all the municipalities of Greece. Now a peninsula, Piraeus, originally a rocky island, was developed in early 5th Century B.C. when it was initially designated as Athens’ import and transit trade port. It is the largest marine-based shipping center of Greece, one of the largest ports in Europe, and considered the second largest passenger port in the world. Inhabited since the 26th Century, it wasn’t until the 6th Century B.C. that Piraeus began catching attention. The land of Piraeus was essentially impassable, flooded by the sea most of the year until centuries passed and the flooding ceased. By the 5th Century B.C. it became a navy base for the Athenian fleet for the natural harbors and the strategic potential they carried. Athenian general and politician Themistocles fortified Piraeus’ three harbors Kantharos, Zea and Munichia, created ship houses and completed his walls in 471 B.C., which led to the port becoming a great military and commercial harbor. There are many archaeological sites, points of interest and entertainment available in Piraeus. Most famous for its tavernas and cuisine, several popular events take place in Piraeus, such as the Ecocinema International Film Festival, the Maritime Festival, the Piraeus Rock Wave Festival and the Three Kings’ Way Festival. There are also many theaters, including the Municipal Theater, the open air Veakeio Theater, and the Menandreio Theater. Museums in Piraeus include the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, the Merchant Shipping History Institute Exhibition, the Panos Aravantinos Decor Museum, the Georgios Averof Museum Ship and the Museum of Electric Railways. Be sure to catch the panoramic views available from the hill of Kastella, overlooking Athens and the Saronic Gulf!

  • Heraklion, Crete
    Heraklion, Crete

    Heraklion is the capital of Crete and features abundant natural beauty, intricate architecture and so much more. The city is home to many notable archaeological finds. In the old port, visitors can tour the Castello a Mare, a Venetian fortress. The Palace of Knossos is a sight to behold and one of the largest and most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites Crete has to offer. Today, Heraklion is a lively and inviting city with an exciting nightlife. Delight at the many fascinating sights and discover the rich history of Heraklion by visiting its many museums but be sure to leave time for roaming the streets with no agenda to soak in the culture of this magnificent city.

  • At Sea
    At Sea

  • Limassol
    Limassol

    Located on the eastern Mediterranean, Limassol has become a popular tourist destination in Cyprus and an international business center for the island country. The region is known for its wine villages and excellent selection of local wine. The historic city center of Limassol has begun to embrace modernity, creating an interesting blend of old monuments and new architecture. The coastal city is known for its historical and archaeological sites and is easy to explore many of its highlights on foot. Points of interest include the Kolossi Castle, The Amathus Ruins and The Limassol District Archaeological Museum, to name a few.

  • Haifa
    Haifa

    In ebullient Haifa, you’ll be dazzled by one of the most meticulously maintained parks in the world, the terraced Bahá’í Gardens, where each tree, flower and even blade of grass is lovingly tended by followers of the Bahá’í faith. This UNESCO World Heritage site, which is dotted with ornate buildings and fountains, lies at the base of Mount Carmel. For exceptional views of the city and the shimmering sea, ascend further up the holy mountain aboard a cable car, alighting at an ideal lookout near the Carmelite Monastery of Stella Maris. Roam through the 12th-century underground headquarters of the Knights of Saint John in Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage site nearly 4,000 years old. In the vaulted Hospitaller Quarter, witness how medieval crusaders lived and received medical treatment. Above ground, the Ottoman influence is evident at the splendid Khan al-Umdan, a colonnaded gathering place for merchants. Travel to nearby Nazareth and visit the contemporary Basilica of the Annunciation, erected where Mary is said to have learned from the Archangel Gabriel that she would give birth to the son of God, and experience life 2,000 years ago at Nazareth Village, an interactive community populated with denizens enacting life in Jesus’ time.

  • Ashdod
    Ashdod

    The bustling port town of Ashdod provides easy access to Israel’s most important cultural hubs, the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv and glorious Jerusalem. In Tel Aviv, explore the White City, a vast collection of exceptionally preserved Bauhaus-style buildings that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Step into beguiling artists’ studios and galleries in neighboring Jaffa, a town of densely packed streets that is possibly the world’s oldest port. As one of the holiest sites for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled Old City of Jerusalem abounds with countless religious and cultural treasures. Watch the sun glinting off the gilded Dome of the Rock, spend some time reflecting at the Western Wall and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built at the location where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried. Take in sweeping views of the entire city from the Mount of Olives, which overlooks the Gardens of Gethsemane, home to gnarled olive trees over 2,000 years old. A bit further east, float upon the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth, and contemplate the profound significance of these sacred lands.

  • Antalya
    Antalya

    Antalya is located on the coast in Southwest Turkey. This is sometimes known as the Turkish Riviera (also known as the Turquoise Coast) and happens to be the country’s biggest international sea resort. The population is close to a million inhabitants. Recently, Antalya became the third most visited city in the world by number of international arrivals, just behind Paris and London. The town center with its narrow cobbled streets of historic Ottoman era houses, the old center of Antalya has been restored to retain much of its historical character.

  • Rhodes Town
    Rhodes Town

    The Old City of Rhodes has been delegated a World Heritage Site. Some speculate that after the Acropolis of Athens and the Volcano of Santorini, Rhodes is one of the most impressive places in Greece. Wandering through the medieval city, especially on a warm evening, is one of life's treasures. The old city is closed to most traffic. The main streets and thoroughfares are full of shops and restaurants but the back streets are mostly residences. The massive walls of the city were rebuilt by the European order of Knights Hospitaller after the Turkish siege of 1480. The walls are 12 meters thick and the moat more than 21 meters wide. The length of the walls is about three miles and each section was defended by one of the Langues or tongues which corresponded to the languages spoken where the particular group of knights came from. SeaDream will dock close to the entrance of the walled city. We recommend you explore the old town and if you haven’t already done so, visit the Lindos Acropolis.

  • Santorini
    Santorini

    Santorini, officially named Thira, is the southernmost Greek island that is within the Cyclades archipelago, in the southern Aegean Sea. Part of the regional unit Thira, the municipality of Santorini is comprised of the island Santorini, Therasia, and other uninhabited islands of Christiana, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi, and Nea Kameni. The geological history of Santorini is quite complex due to the area’s volcanism and is currently a water-filled caldera: a rectangular lagoon that is surrounded by three steep cliffs. The name Santorini is a contraction of the name Santa Irini, which is based on an ancient cathedral found in the island’s village of Perissa. This name was given by the Latin Empire in the 13th Century. During the Ottoman Empire, Santorini was called “Santurin” or “Santoron”, and in early times, it was named Kalliste, Strongyle, and Thera. Santorini is the site of the Minoan Eruption (also known as the Thera Eruption), one of the largest eruptions ever in recorded history. The origins of Plato’s story of Atlantis is believed to have a connection to this eruption that destroyed the early settlements on what was formerly a single island. The descriptions found of Plato’s Atlantis strongly resembles Thera, and with seismological, archaeological, and volcanological evidence, these claims are further supported. There is also speculation that the eruption is related to the Exodus of the Israelites, as well as causing the plagues described in the Bible in ancient Egypt. The economy is sustained by two principal industries: tourism and agriculture, and has recently been voted as one of the world’s most beautiful islands in various outlets such as the Traveler’s Choice Awards in 2015. The wine industry in Santorini is becoming more relevant as well, made up of Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani grape varieties, which is best exemplified in Vinsanto (“holy wine”) which contains all three Aegean varietals. Although Santorini is highly arid, it’s unique ecology and climate allows it to grow unique and prized produce, such as cherry tomatoes, Lathyrus clymenum (a legume), and capers. Thus, tourists indulge in local specialties such as Brantada, Fava, and the traditional dish Santorinio Sfougato.


Suites & Staterooms

*Single Supplement for this voyage is 200% for Yacht Club Deck 2, 3 and 4. For Commodore, Admiral and Owners Suite, a 200% single supplement rate applies.


Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: $671 per guest (included)


Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and may change without notice. The fares are per person based on double occupancy. Single and third person rates are also available. SeaDream Yacht Club strongly recommends that all guests purchase travel insurance.


Yachting Land Adventures & Activities

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  • Athens (Piraeus) - Transfers / Private Arrangements / Pre and Post Stays / Accommodations - Piraeus (Athens), Greece

    Description

    Our Destination Specialists “STAT S.A.” can assist with making your pre-arranged transfers, hotels accommodations and any other personalized pre or post cruise arrangements for your SeaDream cruise embarking or disembarking from Piraeus (Athens), Greece.

    If you have any questions, please contact STAT S.A. directly:
    Email: g.gonis@stathellas.gr (or) d.tatanis@stathellas.gr
    Cell phone: +30 6977 90 1956 (or) +30 6983136972

    Address:
    STAT S.A.
    35-39 , Akti Miaouli
    Piraeus, GREECE 18535

    Notes

    Duration

    N/A hour(s)

    Price

    (USD)

  • Heraklion, Crete - Cretan Villages and Traditions

    Description

    Crete is an island of contrasts. Cosmopolitan and over developed in some parts, rough and unspoiled and wild in other parts. When traveling through the interior, notice the scenery is constantly changing and includes harsh barren land as well as lush woods.

    Depart the city of Heraklion for the hillside village of Thrapsano. This village is renowned throughout Crete for its traditional pottery workshops and still produces the traditional storage jars ("pitharia") little changed from the Minoan era. Watch the local potters at work and admire their traditional pottery making techniques.

    Continue on to the village of Peza which has been at the center of one of the most important wine growing areas of Crete since Minoan times. See the traditional vineyards and visit the winery before sampling some of the local produce.

    At the end of the visit, enjoy a panoramic drive of the city of Heraklion before returning to the pier.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departures times will be announced onboard.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    119 (USD)

  • Heraklion, Crete - Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum

    Description

    Knossos was the court of the legendary King Minos, whose wife Pasiphae gave birth to the Minotaur, half-bull, half-man. The excavations on the site were begun by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and his team in 1893 and lasted 35 years.

    Entering the Great Palace through the West Court, it is easy to understand why the legend of the labyrinth originated here. It takes about one hour and a half to walk around the site and explore all the parts of the Palace. During this walking tour, admire in the superb Royal Quarters the Throne room with an Antechamber and main throne and the Queen’s Quarters whose wall above the entrance door is decorated with a copy of the famous dolphin frescoes. Apart from the Royal Palace there are also other buildings included in the site such as the Small Palace, the House of the High Priest and the Caravanserai.

    This excursion also includes a visit to one of the most interesting and richest museums in the world, the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion. This Museum houses nearly all the finds from the Minoan era including the marvelous frescoes form the Royal Palace of Knossos.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departures times will be announced onboard.

    Sunscreen, hats and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

  • Limassol - Paphos Ancient UNESCO Site

    Description

    Become immersed in a world of legends and ancient mythology featuring Aphrodite, Goddess of Love & Beauty on this fascinating Yachting Land Adventure to Paphos. Visit these Ancient Greek and Roman ruins that are included among the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.

    Paphos, the ancient capital of Cyprus, is a focal point for those who worship the ancient Goddess of Love & Beauty, Aphrodite. From the pier you will walk a short distance to board and ride the coach for approximately 60 minutes to Paphos. On the way, time permitting, you may have a brief photo stop at Petra Tou Romiou, to spot a rugged rock near the shore which marks the birthplace of Aphrodite.

    Upon entering Paphos, a stop is made at the Tomb of the Kings, an ancient necropolis carved out of solid rock and given this regal name because of its imposing character. Stairs lead down to sunken courts ringed by peristyles of Doric columns carved from the rock. Beyond the colonnade’s passages lead to rooms with alcoves for the burial chambers.

    Continue on to visit the Archaeological Park located behind the picturesque fishing harbour of Paphos. Encounter spectacular treasures of Roman mosaics discovered accidentally by a ploughing farmer in 1962. Later excavations revealed an extensive complex of Roman buildings fitted with exquisite floor mosaics showing episodes from ancient mythology and considered among the best found in the Eastern Mediterranean. The evocative scenes reflect the wealth and opulence of Imperial Rome. Your tour visits the mosaic complex known as House of Dionysus, named after the presence of the God Dionysus in the scenes depicted. Afterwards, rejoin your coach for the return to Limassol and your waiting SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    Please wear light clothes, hat, sunscreen, comfortable non-slip flat walking shoes for walking on uneven ground and steep steps to enter the tombs. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    4-4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    159 (USD)

  • Limassol - Wine Tasting & Mountain Village

    Description

    Learn about the history of wine production in Cyprus by visiting a popular local winery and discover a picturesque traditional village where traditions and history come alive in a memorable way.

    Departing Limassol by coach you will travel approximately 40 minutes hrough the scenic Phassouri citrus plantations and pass by the Castle of Kolossi. where Commandaria wine was produced by the Knights of St John. The coach will then ascend the lower foothills of the Troodos Mountains to the Zambartas Winery for a tour and wine tasting. This winery produces approximately ten varieties of wine, including organic wines. Enjoy a guided walk through the winery and learn the detailed production steps of wine making. At the conclusion of the guided tour, you will have a tasting of 3 wines (white, rose & red) produced from local grape varieties with explanations about the wine and their tasting notes along with bread, olive oil, Halloumi cheese & fresh fruit.

    Continue up the Troodos Mountain foothills to the picturesque village of Omodhos. At Omodhos you will visit the large, cobbled square which is dominated by the Monastery of the Holy Cross believed to contain relics of the Crucifixion donated by St Helena. After visiting the Monastery, you will see the traditional wine press where the guide will explain how wine used to be made in the village. Afterwards, enjoy a local snack of Cyprus coffee and traditional bread made in the village at one of the village coffee shops followed by some free time to explore the village on your own. The return drive back down the hills towards Limassol port offers panoramic views of Limassol bay.

    Notes

    Please wear flat, non-slip shoes, hat, sunscreen and dress conservatively to visit Monastery (covered shoulders, no plunging necklines, and no shorts or hemlines above the mid-thigh). A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    179 (USD)

  • Haifa - Nazareth & Galilee

    Description

    Journey on a comprehensive Yachting Land Adventure to Galilee, the scene of Christ's youth. Take in the serenity of the place where Jesus was baptized, walk where He performed miracles, and listen for the echo in the places He preached. Enrichen your culinary skill with a tahina workshop, and savor Israeli cuisine for lunch in a local home.

    See the splendid views of the Sea of Galilee from the terrace of the dome Catholic Church on Mount of Beatitudes, where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount. In 2000, Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on its slope.

    Travel to Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication. Believed to occupy the site where Christ performed His miracle with two fish and five loaves. Consecrated in 1981, the current shrine protects a beautiful 5th century Byzantine mosaic floor depicting the miracle. On the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee lies Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. It was here that He performed many of His miracles, preached in the now-ruined synagogue, and met five of His disciples, including St. Peter whose house is believed to have been identified among the ruins.
    Drive to Yardenit on the River Jordan where John baptized Christ.

    Drive to Kibbutz Gesher for lunch in a member’s house. On the menu are dishes made from the produce of the garden and some of the favourite Israeli foods. Try your hand at making tahina – Israel's favorite condiment. Made from sesame seeds, tahina can be served by itself or added as a major ingredient to hummus, baba ghanoush, and halva. In this condensed workshop, prepare and learn the difference between traditional, green and pink tahina.

    Next travel to Nazareth and visit the largest Christian Church in the Middle East, the Basilica of the Annunciation. Consecrated in 1969 on the sites of Byzantine and Crusader churches, the church is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. Stroll through the local petite market where vendors offer souvenirs, religious artifacts and an incredible variety of locally made spices. Savor one of the specialties – the sticky-sweet and heavenly baklava before driving back to the yacht at Haifa Port.

    Notes

    Please dress conservatively: clothing should cover shoulders & knees and wear comfortable walking shoes and have adequate protection against the sun. Lunch is served in a local's home; and family members may be present. Guests should indicate any food allergies or sensitivities a minimum of 3 days before departure.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    10 hour(s)

    Price

    459 (USD)

  • Haifa - The Crusaders City of Acra

    Description

    Stroll back in time with every step you take through the ancient city of Acre, a unique city with a 5,000-year-old port, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's only preserved Crusader city, Ottoman-period markets and modern-day hustle and bustle. Invoke all your senses, including your tastes buds, with the delights and flavors of this amazing yet authentic city on this Yachting Land Adventure.

    Step back through time in Acre, to a thriving city with 5,000 years of history. Acre is the only preserved Crusader city in the world and therefore a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit this impressive city and the Knight's Hall. Also see the Shuk with specialty spices, fresh fish, sweet oriental pastries, and other delectable goods that fill the stalls of Acre's vibrant market. Take a tour through the Templar Tunnels, lively Crusader and Ottoman streets. Explore the culinary scene of the Middle Eastern market with your taste buds. Mingle with the locals over a typical Israeli meze including their treasured black coffee, and try the sticky baklava or knafe, creamy hummus and other delights along the way.

    Notes

    Please advise us of any food allergies or sensitivities in advance. You will be going to a local market and the tastings may vary in accordance to the daily produce offered in the market.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    225 (USD)

  • Ashdod - Jaffa & Tel Aviv - Day 1

    Description

    Explore the world’s oldest port of Jaffa, and Tel Aviv’s highlights on this half day excursion from Ashdod on day 1 of your call to Israel.

    Departing Ashdod by coach you will travel to the ancient city of Jaffa. Founded by Noah's son Japhet, and famous for the Whale biblical story; 4,000-year-old Jaffa is an old-world port dating from Phoenician, Roman and Crusader times. On this excursion you will have a guided walk-through archaeological ruins, winding alleyways with cafes and art galleries, see Saint Peter's Church and admire the Clock Tower, plus take in excellent views of Tel Aviv.

    Next, reboard the coach for a panoramic drive of Tel Aviv. Feel the unique “vibe” of Tel Aviv, rated by Lonely Planet as 3rd "Top City in the World". Drive along Rothschild boulevard, Tel Aviv's White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the world's largest concentration of Bauhaus architecture. See the main cultural and historical sites in the city.

    A stop will also be made at the Sarona Complex for a guided walk through this beautiful and delicious market. Like other markets in Europe, the Sharona Market is a heaven for foodies. All under one roof, you will find an exciting array of culinary abundance, specialty stores and restaurants – a favourite of the best chefs in Israel! Established in 1871 by the German Templers this renovated complex located in the heart of Tel Aviv is a local's favourite! There is free time on your own in the market to browse for treasures, have a quick and tasty lunch, or take in the cultural elements before reboarding the coach for the return to your SeaDream yacht in Ashdod.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    5.5 hour(s)

    Price

    299 (USD)

  • Ashdod - Jerusalem - Food for the Soul - Day 1

    Description

    Satisfy both your spirit and your palate on a perfect blend of Jerusalem and Bethlehem's spiritual sites and tasty delights.

    Follow the pilgrim's journey to Jerusalem, where Jesus spent His last days and was crucified. Explore all four Quarters of Jerusalem's Old City, including the vibrant shuk where you will savor local delights, before visiting a local Jewish Orthodox home for a traditional Sabbath meal. Continue the journey to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, where a local monk will escort you to the Grotto.

    Discover the cultural mosaic preserved in the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting all four Quarters – Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian, and behold their historic wonders. Touch the ancient stones, hear the Middle Eastern market vendors, and smell the incense wafting from the church doors as you wander through the cobbled streets.

    Visit the Wailing Wall, the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple. The 2000-year-old wall was built by King Herod as part of the 2nd Temple's expansion, and ever since the Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple in 70 CE, Jews have prayed facing the holy wall. Walk past some Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried, and resurrected.

    Stroll through Jaffa Gate, one of the Old City's seven open gates, in the Armenian Quarter. Guarded by the iconic, moated Tower of David, the Gate is named after the road that leads from it to the port city of Jaffa. The magic of the Muslim Quarter is to be found in its markets. Locals and tourists mingle and haggle over clothing, jewelry, religious artifacts, food and spices, antiques and souvenirs in centuries-old covered bazaars bursting with color. As you walk through the colorful and diverse market, enjoy some of the regional culinary delights that draw the locals to this market. Along the tour sample some local treats such as baklawa or halva, local bread with hyssop, and wash it all down with some fresh squeezed healthy juice.

    Visit the home of a Jewish Orthodox family for a taste of the traditional Shabbat meal – the most important meal of the week. Its customs and traditions have been preserved for centuries by the Jewish Diaspora and included in the daily life of Jews at home in Israel.

    After lunch, visit the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It is the oldest Christian church in daily use, dating back to the 4th century AD. Meet a local monk who will escort you to the Grotto where Jesus was born. Then have a short comfort stop to buy some souvenirs in a local shop before returning to the yacht in Ashdod.

    Notes

    The Old City is crowded and has over 100 steps. This Yachting Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with any walking challenges. Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Authority. A local guide will guide in the City. Guests with Israeli Passports need to send us a copy of their passport 8 days prior to arrival in order that we can arrange their entry to Bethlehem with the rest of the group. The visit to the Church is combined with shopping in the city.

    There is a long line to the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, time permitting there will be a visit to the Grotto. The monk escort to the Grotto is subject to the monk's availability. Please wear conservative attire – cover shoulders and knees. Wear comfortable walking shoes and adequate protection against the sun. Guests should indicate any food allergies or sensitivities a minimum of 3 days before departure. This itinerary may vary due to traffic conditions; length of tour might be affected.

    This Yachting Land Adventure is offered on the first day of your call to Ashdod. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. Please book early to avoid disappointment. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    10.5 hour(s)

    Price

    629 (USD)

  • Ashdod - Jerusalem & Bethlehem - Day 1 **ADDITIONAL SPACE**

    Description

    This is the same Yachting Land Adventure as "JERUSALEM FOOD FOR THE SOUL" and adding more capacity! Guests will visit the same sights, and have a restaurant lunch due to the limited availability for a family home lunch.

    Satisfy both your spirit and your palate on a perfect blend of Jerusalem and Bethlehem's spiritual sites and tasty delights. Follow the pilgrim's journey to Jerusalem, where Jesus spent His last days and was crucified. Explore all four Quarters of Jerusalem's Old City, including the vibrant shuk where you will savor local delights.

    Drive to Bethlehem to visit the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It is the oldest Christian church in daily use, dating back to the 4th century AD. Meet a local monk who will escort you to the Grotto where Jesus was born. Afterwards, travel to a traditional local restaurant in Bethlehem for a tasty lunch.

    Refreshed now, the journey continues to discover the cultural mosaic preserved in the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit all four Quarters – Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Armenian, and behold their historic wonders. Touch the ancient stones, hear the Middle Eastern market vendors, and smell the incense wafting from the church doors as you wander through the cobbled streets. Behold the Wailing Wall, and the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple. The 2000-year-old wall was built by King Herod as part of the 2nd Temple's expansion, and ever since the Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple in 70 CE, Jews have prayed facing the holy wall. Walk past some stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried, and resurrected. Stroll through Jaffa Gate, one of the Ancient City’s seven open gates, in the Armenian Quarter. Guarded by the iconic, moated Tower of David, the Gate is named after the road that leads from it to the port city of Jaffa.

    The magic of the Muslim Quarter is to be found in its markets. Locals and tourists mingle and haggle over clothing, jewelry, religious artifacts, food and spices, antiques, and souvenirs in centuries-old, covered bazaars bursting with color. Walk through the colourful and diverse market, enjoy some of the regional culinary delights that draw the locals to this market. As you stroll along the tour sample some local treats such as baklawa or halva, local bread with hyssop, and wash it all down with some fresh squeezed healthy juice before returning to the yacht in Ashdod.

    Notes

    Tour sequence and duration can vary to due to local conditions. Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. The Old City can be very crowded and has over 100 steps. Guests should indicate any food allergies or sensitivities a minimum of 3 days before departure.

    Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Authority. A local guide will guide in the City. Guests with Israeli Passports need to send us a copy of their passport 8 days prior to arrival in order that we can arrange their entry to Bethlehem with the rest of the group. A visit of the grotto in Bethlehem time permitting and dependent upon the lines to get in. The monk escort to the grotto is subject to availability.

    Duration

    10.5 hour(s)

    Price

    629 (USD)

  • Ashdod - Masada and the Dead Sea - Day 2

    Description

    Discover the events of centuries past atop Masada's tabletop mountain and marvel at the beautiful desert views. Relax and enjoy a classic moment for travelers in the Holy Land – floating in the Dead Sea!

    Depart Ashdod for a 2-hour trip to Masada. Ascend the mountain by cable car and explore the impressive and inspiring ruins of Masada. Uncover the events of centuries past atop Masada's tabletop mountain and marvel at the beautiful desert views. Climb up the Masada Mountain by cable car and explore the impressive and inspiring ruins of Masada. Herod the Great chose to build a palace and fortress atop the curiously shaped mountain over 2000 years ago. Later, it served as the tragic last stand of the Jewish Zealots against the Roman armies.

    Next you will travel to a leading Dead Sea resort for lunch and a unique experience to stay afloat in the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. Cradled in the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea is so called because the mineral-rich waters are too salty for any fish to survive. Reflect on the impressions made of Masada and the Dead Sea during the 2-hour return to the yacht in Ashdod.

    Notes

    Tour includes entrance to the: pools, changing facilities, showers, and bathrooms. Lockers will be provided at the resort (one for two guests) and please do not bring any jewelry with you. Jewelry should not be worn in the Dead Sea. It is recommended to wear flip flops to enter the Dead Sea. Guests should indicate any food allergies or sensitivities a minimum of 3 days before departure.

    This Yachting Land Adventure is offered on the second day of your call to Ashdod. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and this excursion has limited capacity. Please book early to avoid disappointment. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    9.5 hour(s)

    Price

    599 (USD)

  • Antalya - A Stroll through Antalya

    Description

    Explore Antalya on foot with your knowledgeable guide during this half day stroll of the Old City.

    Kaleici (the old city) and historic city center of Antalya, until modern times, had the entire city confined within its walls. Inside are structures dating from the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Ottoman and modern Turkish republican eras. Most of it however, dates to the late 18th and 19th centuries.

    First, view Hadrian's Gate, a triumphal three arched gate that was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited Antalya in the year 130. Formerly the city walls enclosed the outside of the gate and it was not used for many years. This may be the reason why it has not been harmed, and it was only revealed when the walls collapsed. It is considered as Pamphylia's most beautiful Gate.

    Next, visit the Yivli Minare Mosque. The mosque's fluted minaret, which is decorated with dark blue tiles, is a landmark and symbol of the city. The mosque was first built in 1230 and fully reconstructed in 1373. The minaret is 125 feet high, built on a square stone base, with eight fluted sections and has 90 steps to the top. The first building may have been a Byzantine church originally and may have been converted into a mosque around 1225-7, during the reign of the Seljuk sultan Ala ad-Din Kay Qubadh I. The original mosque was destroyed in the 14th century and a new mosque was built which, with its six domes, is one of the oldest examples of multi-dome construction in Anatolia.

    Then, you will view Hidirlik Tower, believed that the ruling Roman Empire built this in the second century on a square plan. The same century, it was turned into circular tower. It has since been used as a fortification or a lighthouse. The tower is situated at the southern side of the place, where the land walls of the city join the sea walls.

    Your last stop will be the Old Bazaar, or Iki Kapili Han, to explore and shop before the return drive back to your yacht at the port.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    119 (USD)

  • Antalya - Ancient Perge & Aspendos

    Description

    Visit the major historical sites of the Antalya region. Aspendos Theater is one of the best preserved in the world and the Ancient City of Perge is another gem amongst the amazing history Turkey has to offer.

    Visit the ancient cities of Perge and Aspendos to view Roman and Hellenistic ruins. Perge contains ruins that date back to 1000 BC. The theatre seated 14,000 and its ruins are in relatively good condition. Here, worship of Artemis was far more important than that of the male gods, and the dominant motif used in art and on coins was Artemis of Perge. See the Basilica of Perge, the 2nd-century stadium, the Roman Gate located on the outer wall, the Baths complex, and the Hellenistic Gate. A colonnaded street stretches from the gate to the Nymphaeum, and the agora (marketplace) is a small rectangle surrounded by shops. Aspendos, the major port city in the Roman period, was founded on a hilltop near the Eurymedon River and later spread down to the plain. Only parts of the city have been excavated but the Roman Theatre is the best preserved in the Mediterranean. Its capacity is estimated at 20,000 people. From a distance you will see the remains of a marketplace, a basilica, shops and a Nymphaeum. Water was brought to the city through a spectacular aqueduct of which four long sections are very well preserved. After your visit, return to Antalya and your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing and footwear for this adventure. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

  • Rhodes Town - Exploring UNESCO Awarded Rhodes Old Town

    Description

    Enjoy a guided walk to the city walls and through the narrow, cobblestone streets of the medieval UNESCO Rhodes Old Town. Visit the Palace of the Grand Masters, originally built in the 14th century. The guided walk also passes the 15th-century Hospital of the Knights, which now houses the Archaeological Museum. At the end of the walking tour, it is possible to stay in the picturesque historical town or to return to the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final times will be announced on board.

    Duration

    2.5 hour(s)

    Price

    69 (USD)

  • Rhodes Town - NAT GEO DAY TOUR: Bluetopia: A Marine Biology Experience

    Description

    This tour offered exclusively to National Geographic travelers, consists of a marine biology experience and a trip to Alimia Island. The excursion will be led by experts in the field, who will help you understand the human threats to the marine ecosystem. The small group will travel via private rib boat, allowing easy access into the sea to explore the coastline.

    The first stop is Skala in Kamiros where the marine biology experience begins. From there, head to Makri Island by private rib boat. There will be a brief presentation on marine biology to gain an understanding of Aquaculture and food production, and its importance in relation to food safety. Understand everyday farm management practices and the steps of the production cycle. Gain insight into how human activities impose threats to the marine environment as well as ways to diminish these impacts, while offering examples such as Blutopia’s own fish farm where instead of polluting, they strengthen the biodiversity of the area.

    Next, visit Strongyli Island, a Natura 2000 area, and visit LAMAR fish farm, located inside a protected area—an exclusive treat for those who love the sea and marine life. Operating at the highest standards, the fish farm contributes to the preservation and flourishing of a rich aquatic environment around the island, where a vibrant ecosystem prospers. Snorkel around and inside the fish farm cages, where you’ll witness up close the role of aquaculture and how it integrates with the natural ecosystem. Following the theory, you’ll observe the wildlife around the cages, the role of invasive species and general threats of the marine environment.

    The next destination is Alimia Island, another Natura 2000 area, which was inhabited from the antiquity until the mid-20th century. You’ll explore the crystal blue waters and rich marine life, but also many interesting relics which are spread from the ruins of the island’s medieval castle. With its diverse coastline that engulfs pristine beaches and challenging diving sites, it is the perfect destination for adventurers and travelers alike.

    As you make your way back to Skala, enjoy snacks, fruits, and refreshments aboard the vessel. Once in Skala, a fish-based meal from the production of LAMAR fish farm (Blutopia’s production) will be served at a local restaurant before heading back to port.

    Notes

    This Yachting Land Adventure must be booked 48 Hours (2 days) prior to arrival in the port to confirm its operation during your voyage. Please book on the Seadream.com website, or onboard, early to avoid disappointment. Cancellations after the deadline are non-refundable. Please wear your swimming suit under your clothing and bring a towel and snorkeling gear from the yacht. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures or Nat Geo programs are subject to change. Departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    8 hour(s)

    Price

    449 (USD)

  • Rhodes Town - Rhodes Exploration by 4x4

    Description

    Experience fun and adventure in the countryside of Rhodes island, by driving a 4x4 vehicle through traditional Greek villages. See the olive groves, green hills and forests plus catching glimpses of the sparkling Aegean Sea.

    The 4x4 vehicles will be parked on the pier. Starting from the port and following a lead vehicle, you will drive through the west coast of the island passing by the bay of Trianda where all the main resort hotels are located. See the quaint village of Lalissos and Kremasti as the route takes you inland towards the villages of Maritsa and Psinthos. At Psinthos there will be a brief stop to visit the scenic village and take some pictures of the lively village square.

    Continuing the adventure, the 4x4’s depart the asphalt road and take a secondary off road driving for about 40 minutes over the hills and the pine tree forest. Next stop will be Archipoli where refreshments, coffee and a variety of traditional Greek local delicacies will be enjoyed. Afterwards you will continue driving on roads to the beach of Afandou (or Tsabika Beach) for a 30-minute swim stop in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. After the swim, the driving route continues through the main east coast road for your return to Rhodes town and the SeaDream yacht at the pier.

    Notes

    Not recommended for travelers with back problems, who are pregnant, with heart conditions or other serious medical issues. Please wear comfortable shoes and sunhats. Bring your swimming suits and towels if you plan to swim. The 4x4 vehicles are manual gear and are self-driven. There is also a leading jeep with a professional instructor/escort. Guests driving on this tour need to bring a valid driver’s license. Price is per person and based on 2 guests per jeep.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    279 (USD)

  • Santorini - Akrotiri Archaeological Site & Oia Village

    Description

    On this land adventure, discover the picturesque village of Oia and one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Mediterranean: Akrotiri Archaeological site. Could Akrotiri be the lost city of Atlantis?

    One of the reasons Santorini has attracted the world’s attention is the excavation at Akrotiri, which reclaimed a whole prehistoric Minoan city from the volcanic ash. The prehistoric site of Akrotiri is on the south-western tip of the island and was discovered in 1967 by Professor Spyros Marinatos. The city was buried by the Theran volcanic eruption in the middle of the second millennium BC.

    Over the years, excavations have brought into light a remarkably well-preserved site with two and three-story homes decorated with marvelous wall paintings and frescoes, an advanced drainage system and many interesting objects, artwork, pottery and furniture which give a picture of a society which was very well organized and at the peak of prosperity. This was interrupted suddenly by the eruption of the volcano, which buried the entire city. An ambitious modern bio-climatic roof top structure protects this important archaeological settlement where excavation works are still in progress.

    After exploring the excavations with a guide, ride to the northeast part of the island and its most picturesque town, Oia. Built high up on the ridge of red rocks, it offers breathtaking views of the blue Aegean. Take a stroll around the narrow streets with the old beautiful houses and the tiny picturesque shops. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the caldera cliff and wander in the narrow streets for shopping or a cup of coffee during your free time in the village.

    The guide visit ends in the town of Fira. Wander along the edge of the caldera for amazing views or wander through narrow streets with the various shops. When ready, take a cable car or walk along the path down to the small port of Skala Fira for tenders back to the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

  • Santorini - Islands of Santorini Caldera by Private Catamaran

    Description

    Cruise the caldera and its volcano on a private luxury catamaran whilst enjoying the stunning views together with refreshments.

    Transfer by tender to the pier in Vilhada where the captain and crew wait for your private catamaran cruise. Enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks, and appetizers on board throughout the sailing.

    Take in the sea breezes and beautiful views while sailing past Red Beach, White Beach, the rock formations of Akrotiri and the lighthouse. Coming into view next will be the volcanic islands formed around 1570 BC.

    Next, disembark and enjoy the beautiful otherworldly surroundings on the island of Nea Kameni. Take the opportunity to relax on the beach or walk up to the island’s crater and visit the natural hot springs, which have waters that are green and yellow due to their mineral content.

    After exploring the village, board the catamaran for a journey back to the old port to tender back to the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes are recommended. If you opt to swim in the natural hot springs; please be advised that the mineral content in the water can stain your clothes.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    549 (USD)

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