Greece & Israel Antiquities

Greece & Israel Antiquities

Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)

May 22, 2022 to Jun 2, 2022

11 Days

SeaDream II

22221

Journey in the footsteps of the ancients as you explore the best medieval cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and seaside enclaves that Greece, Israel, and Cyprus have to offer. Bookended by Athens, your itinerary takes you to the archaeologically rich Greek isle of Crete and on through Israel—from the White City of Tel Aviv and the Old City of Jerusalem to the landscaped terraces of Haifa, perched at the base of Mount Carmel. 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.

**Please note we are actively monitoring the situation in Israel as we continue to prioritize guest safety.

Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
May 22, 2022 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
2 PM - 4 PM
(Embarkation)
Evening
May 23, 2022 Heraklion, Crete,
Greece
Morning Evening
May 24, 2022 At Sea
May 25, 2022 Limassol,
Cyprus
Morning Afternoon
May 26, 2022 Ashdod,
Israel
Morning Overnight
May 27, 2022 Ashdod,
Israel
Evening
May 28, 2022 Haifa,
Israel
Morning Evening
May 29, 2022 Ayia Napa,
Cyprus
Morning Evening
May 30, 2022 At Sea
May 31, 2022 Rhodes Town,
Greece
Morning Evening
Jun 01, 2022 Santorini,
Greece
Morning Evening
Jun 02, 2022 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
Morning 8 AM - 10 AM
(Disembarkation)

Ports

  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ayia Napa

  • 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, 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

*Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: $671 per guest


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.


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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  • 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)

  • Ashdod - Behind the Scenes of Jerusalem - Day 1

    Description

    Explore the Jewish side of Jerusalem – the most important Jewish city in the world. Discover the Jewish connection to the city from ancient times through to the present day, visiting the main Jewish sites with an added aspect of a behind-the-scenes tour at Yad Vashem and lunch in a local Jewish home.

    See the unique memorial sites at Yad VaShem and take a moment to consider, reflect and connect. This exclusive behind the scenes tour provides a fascinating glimpse to the stories behind the displayed diaries, photographs and artifacts. The tour in Yad Vashem will be conducted by a Yad Vashem's professional guide.

    Next, enter the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, where the fragile Dead Sea Scrolls and precious Aleppo Codex are displayed. Further glimpse into the past with a look at the 2nd Temple Period model of Jerusalem. Enjoy a walk through the Jerusalem-stone-paved streets of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City.

    See the Cardo, a historic Roman road that was once the main thoroughfare of the city. Pass by yeshivas (schools of religious learning) and synagogues, including the Hurva Synagogue, a distinctive synagogue with a story of endurance. 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.

    Enjoy lunch at a local’s families’ home and a snack of beigale, the traditional Jerusalem bagel spiced with hyssop. Have it with fresh-squeezed orange juice, the classic refreshing beverage of choice before returning to the yacht in Ashdod.

    Notes

    UNFORTUNATELY, THE PREBOOKING MINIMUM HAS NOT BEEN REACHED ON THIS YLA AND WILL NOT BE OPERATING ON THE VOYAGE. PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER OPTION IN THE PORT AND BOOK EARLY TO AVOID ANY DISAPPOINTMENT.

    The Old City is crowded and has lots of steps (100+), please wear comfortable walking shoes and have adequate protection against the sun. Please wear conservative attire – cover shoulders and knees as religious sites are visited during the tour. Lunch is served at a local Jewish home, family members may be present during lunch. Guests should indicate any food allergies or sensitivities a minimum of 3 days before departure. 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 and must have been prebooked no later than **15 May 2022** to confirm its operation during your voyage. Any bookings after this date are subject to availability and 100% cancellation penalty. Please book on the Seadream.com website early to avoid disappointment. 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

    499 (USD)

  • Ashdod - Best of Israel - Day 1 & Day 2

    Description

    Indulge in the very best of Israel's sights, complete with a unique night in the glorious city of Jerusalem. Pamper yourself in the lowest place on Earth, the mineral-rich Dead Sea. Contemplate the Jewish nation at Yad Vashem. Follow the pilgrim's journeys throughout the centuries to the place of Christ's birth and the city where he was crucified.

    Visit the Basilica of the Agony, also known as the Church of All Nations thanks to the number of countries that donated to its construction. The church enshrines the Rock of Agony, where Jesus wept after visualizing the destruction of Jerusalem. Beside it is the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas had betrayed Christ.

    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. 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.

    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.

    Visit a leading Dead Sea resort for lunch and to enjoy the property. 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 called so because the mineral-rich waters are too salt for any fish to survive. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating 25-minute spa treatment. You can select one of the following: a Mud Wrap - Body wrap with natural Dead Sea mud. The mud is rich in minerals and known for its health properties. A positive impact on the body, muscles, joints, and skin. Or select a Classic Mini Swedish Massage designed to improve your circulation and relieve and soothe muscle tension.

    Afterward board the coach for a 90-minute trip to Jerusalem where your check in is at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Relax and enjoy dinner at the hotel, plus there is an option to enjoy an evening night tour. Behold the beautiful Old City of Jerusalem bathed in new evening light. View the gold-lit Old City walls and witness the changes from day to night. Stop to take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem from Armon HaNatziv. Spot the Golden Dome of the Rock and impressive Old City walls perched above the valley.

    Following a buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will discover the unique memorial sites at Yad VaShem Museum. Take a moment to consider, reflect and connect here. Experience an exclusive behind the scenes tour providing a fascinating glimpse to the stories behind the displayed diaries, photographs, and artifacts. The tour in Yad Vashem will be conducted by a Yad Vashem's professional guide. Then enter the Israel Museum and visit the museum's Shrine of the Book wing, where the fragile Dead Sea Scrolls and precious Aleppo Codex are displayed. Further glimpse into the past with a look at the 2nd Temple Period model of Jerusalem.

    Next, 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, a highlight for this day is the visit to 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. A local monk will also escort you to the Grotto where Jesus was born. Then have a short comfort stop to buy some souvenirs in a local shop before the 60-minute return by coach to the yacht in Ashdod.

    Notes

    This Yachting Land Adventure operates on both days during your call to Ashdod. It must have been booked by **May 17th, 2022** and requires a minimum number of guests to operate. This YLA has been confirmed to operate (After May 17th), any cancellations after this date are subject to 100% penalty. Any bookings after this date will be subject to availability and cancellation penalties will apply. Pricing is based upon double occupancy & single rates are on a request basis. Guests with Israeli Passports need to send us a copy of their passport by May 17th, in order that we can arrange their entry to Bethlehem with the rest of the group. Please book early in order to avoid any disappointment.

    Please wear conservative attire – cover shoulders and knees as religious sites are visited during the tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and have adequate protection against the sun. Bring a hat, swimsuit, towel and flipflops, however don't bring any jewelry with you, as it is not recommended to go into the Dead Sea with it and the only place to leave it is in the lockers.

    This Yachting Land Adventure includes entrance to the resort’s pools, changing facilities, showers and bathrooms. Swimming pool and the Dead Sea beach. Guests will receive a locker (for 2 guests) and a towel. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking disabilities. Guests should indicate any food allergies or sensitivities a minimum of 3 days before departure. Please pack one bag that you are responsible to carry it in and out of the hotel and don't forget to bring your medicines.
    Guests will be issued with a B2 Visa on arrival, and you must show this Visa on check in at the hotel.

    In the event of a positive Covid PCR test the day before arrival; any canceled Yachting Land Adventures may be subject up to 100% penalty.

    DAY ONE:
    The Old City of Jerusalem is crowded and has lots of steps. Additional Spa treatments are available for sale and need to be reserved 4 weeks in advance and are subject to availability. Spa treatments are not performed on pregnant women and children. Hotel reservation: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, in King Deluxe with balcony on half board basis.

    DAY TWO:
    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, which can be very crowded at times. The monk escort to the Grotto is subject to the monk's availability. Lunch is served at a local Jewish home, family members may be present during lunch. Also, Please advise your preferred spa treatment so it can be booked on your behalf.

    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

    2 days / 1 night hour(s)

    Price

    2499 (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

    499 (USD)

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

    Description

    JERUSALEM FOOD FOR THE SOUL - additional capacity! This option offers the same sights, and 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

    499 (USD)

  • Ashdod - Market, Cuisine & Tel Aviv - Day 2

    Description

    Mingle & indulge with the locals at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv - the largest enclosed signature market in Israel!

    The Sarona Market is Tel Aviv’s version of many iconic markets from around the world. Like Barcelona’s La Boqueria, and the Borough Market in London in their current form. It’s also similar to places like the new Chelsea Market and Eataly in New York or Copenhagen’s Tovehallerne. This modern signature market is serving the needs of Israelis and is the latest offspring of Tel Aviv’s growing love affair with everything culinary – a reflection of the hot and “in” celebrity status the city has earned for its cuisine.

    Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, it is more than a culinary and international market experience. The buildings have been reconstructed and were once part of the German Templar Colony. Five of the Templar buildings were displaced to their new location by a complicated engineering operation. The reconstructed colony includes the original thirty-seven buildings of the Templar Colony and today forms a cultural, commercial and recreational center.

    This is your opportunity to travel 60 minutes to Tel Aviv by coach and experience this amazing international market. Upon arrival, you will have an orientation tour of the complex and then enjoy 2 hours to browse, explore, grab a bite, and mingle with the locals. Tastings and treats in the market are included!

    On the return drive back to the yacht, you have a panoramic journey through the city via Rothschild Boulevard. Observe some of the Bauhaus architecture in the White City that makes this a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Notes

    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 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.

    Duration

    5.5 hour(s)

    Price

    329 (USD)

  • Ashdod - Masada and a Dead Sea Treat - 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 and a spa treatment!

    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. Here you will also pamper yourself with a rejuvenating 25-minute spa treatment. You have a choice of either a Mud Wrap with natural Dead Sea mud rich in minerals and known for its health properties and positive impact on the body, muscles, joints, and skin. Or select a Classic Mini Swedish Massage. This relaxing massage is designed to improve your circulation, plus relieve and soothe muscle tension. Reflect on the impressions made of Masada and the Dead Sea during the 2-hour return to the yacht in Ashdod.

    Notes

    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. Included at the resort: entrance to the Spa: pools, changing facilities, showers, and bathrooms. 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

    10.5 hour(s)

    Price

    599 (USD)

  • Ashdod - Masada and the Dead Sea - Day 2 **ADDITIONAL SPACE**

    Description

    Masada & the Dead Sea Treat - ** ADDITIONAL CAPACITY** This option offers the same sights, however due to limited capacity, a spa treatment is not included, and the price was reduced.

    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. Included at the resort: entrance to the Spa: pools, changing facilities, showers, and bathrooms. 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

    10.5 hour(s)

    Price

    499 (USD)

  • Haifa - Nazareth & Galilee

    Description

    Journey on a comprehensive Yachting Land Adventure to the Galilee, the scene of Christ's youth. Take in the serenity of the place where Jesus was baptized, walk where He performed his 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

    349 (USD)

  • Haifa - Nazareth & the Sea of Galilee **ADDITIONAL SPACE**

    Description

    Nazareth & the Sea of Galilee **ADDITIONAL SPACE**
    This option offers the same sights, and a restaurant lunch due to the limited availability for a family home lunch.

    Journey on a comprehensive Yachting Land Adventure to the Galilee, the scene of Christ's youth. Take in the serenity of the place where Jesus was baptized, walk where He performed his miracles, and listen for the echo in the places He preached. Savor Israeli cuisine for lunch at a local restaurant.

    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.

    Enjoy typical Israeli cuisine for lunch at a local restaurant. Then 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. 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

    349 (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 hour(s)

    Price

    179 (USD)

  • Ayia Napa - Ayia Napa Highlights

    Description

    This Yachting Land Adventure highlights the main sights that Ayia Napa offers. The day begins with a visit of Cyherbia Botanical Park and a walk through their botanical gardens. You will learn about the various healing properties of their herbs such as sage, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, thyme and how they are used to strengthen the human immune system and can serve as natural remedies. The Park also has a distillation room where the process for extracting essential oils and hydrosols from the herbs is explained. Each season different oils are extracted from the herbs in season and in October the laurel herb (daphne in Greek) will be in season. At the Tearoom, you will enjoy a cold herbal infusion drink and as it is October (and close to Halloween time) you will also enjoy a home-made pumpkin muffin.

    Continue to central Ayia Napa for a visit of the Thalassa Municipal Museum of the Sea. Created to promote awareness of the marine heritage of Cyprus from prehistoric times to the present, this is a modern, interactive museum. The main exhibit of the museum, it is the 'Kyrenia II', a life size replica of the ancient ship Kyrenia which dates back to 400 B.C. Visitors can walk on a glass floor, where a reconstruction of the historic shipwreck is displayed and a documentary film is screened, about the excavations of this ancient ship.

    Next walk through the Ayia Napa streets toward the Monastery of Ayia Napa – which is currently undergoing renovations. This Monastery dates to the 15th Century and was originally built by the Venetians. The sycamore tree in front of its south gate is believed to be 600 years old. Here you will have some free time to explore the main square filled with shops and cafes before boarding the coach to return to the yacht.

    Notes

    On Sundays, the Thalassa Municipal Museum of the Sea is not open and these alternative venues will be visited: Chapel of Agiou Anargyroi, a photostop at "Kamara you Koraka" and the outside of Ayia Napa Monastery. 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 hour(s)

    Price

    199 (USD)

  • Ayia Napa - Larnaca History & Religion

    Description

    Visit Larnaca which claims two important religious sites. The crypt where St Lazarus is buried under the church of his name and the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque an important pilgrimage center. Also enjoy a tasting of several premium Cyprus wines.

    From Ayia Napia you travel to the outskirts of Larnaca to visit the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, which rests on the shores of a Salt Lake that is full of migratory birds and pink flamingos during the winter. Built in 1816 over the tomb of an aunt of the Prophet Mohammed who died here in 649. The stone surmounting of her tomb is said to have flown miraculously from Mount Sinai in Egypt to protect the tomb. Muslim ships sailing within view of the shrine are said to have dipped their colours in honour of the illustrious lady and it is an important pilgrimage centre for Muslims.

    Next in Larnaca, you will visit the Church of St Lazarus. After having been resurrected by Jesus, Lazarus travelled to Cyprus where he was ordained Bishop by St Barnabas, a position he is said to have held for 30 years. Lazarus is buried in an accessible crypt to the right side of the altar. The Church dates back to the 9th Century and is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus.

    Continue on foot at the nearby Oak Tree Wine Cellar and Tasting room, were you are introduced to the Premium Cyprus wines, where you will taste 6 different wines (2 Red, 2 White, 1 Rose & 1 Commandaria). Enjoy some free time in Larnaca old town centre and seafront promenade before boarding the coach and returning to the yacht.

    Notes

    Guests need to have your knees and shoulders covered to enter the mosque. If not able to enter inside the tomb, it will be viewed from the window. 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 hour(s)

    Price

    199 (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 - 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

    The site may be closed on Mondays although SeaDream generally can get exemptions. Kindly double check with the Club Director on board. 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. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

  • Santorini - Cycladic Cuisine - "Hands-On" Greek Cooking

    Description

    Learn about Greece's rich gastronomical culture from a Greek chef who also shares the heritage of Santorini Island. This Yachting Land Adventure begins at with a tender to the small port of Skala and a cable car up to the town of Fira to meet the local guide. Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets to board a mini-bus for a drive to the village of Megalochori, one of the traditional settlements of the island.

    Walk through the cobblestone streets and admire the impressive mansions before reaching a charming restaurant located within one of its old traditional mansions. Enjoy a glass of Santorini wine and some local snacks with the owner, who is a well-known chef. The chef and his team provide a brief introduction to Cycladic island cuisine and particularly to the local products of Santorini such as capers, fava (small yellow peas), cherry tomatoes and local cheeses.

    As this is an interactive "hands on" cooking class, you put on your apron and get ready to mix the ingredients to prepare an entire Greek menu consisting of the appetizers, salad, a main course and dessert. Then sit back in the beautiful and relaxing veranda and enjoy a tasty Greek meal accompanied by delicious Santorini wine.

    Take home a recipe booklet of the dishes prepared today and keep the apron to use at a BBQ back home!
    Following a memorable experience, board the coach for Fira town to either explore further or return via cable car to catch the tender back to the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    Flat and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. 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 published onboard. The four-hour duration is approximate.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    209 (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 local wine and appetizers.

    Transfer by tender to the pier in Vilhada where the captain and crew await for your private catamaran cruise. Enjoy champagne, 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.

    Then continue to the island of Thirassia’, where it feels like stepping back to another era. Life here is as it was in years ago in Santorini. 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.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    549 (USD)

Prices are per person, in USD. Duration is in hours.


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