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Boarding Dates
01/29/2014

Duration
11 nights

Cruise - MSC Fantasia cruise ship from MSC Cruises
Cruise - MSC Fantasia : exceptional cruise ship design and style
MSC Fantasia: is an exceptional cruise ship, boasting revolutionary features in design, hospitality and environmental awareness. Built with passion, it offers impeccable service and caters for all your needs. A dream come true. The first cruise ship to feature our exclusive MSC Yacht Club.
Cruise Itinerary
Day Date Port Arrival Departure Activity*
1 Wed Jan 29 Civitavecchia .... 19:00 Docked
2 Thu Jan 30 Genoa 08:00 17:00 Docked
3 Fri Jan 31 At Sea .... .... ...
4 Sat Feb 01 Katakolon 09:00 15:00 Tender
5 Sun Feb 02 Heraklion 08:00 16:00 Docked
6 Mon Feb 03 At Sea .... .... ...
7 Tue Feb 04 Haifa [Overnight] 08:00 .... Docked
8 Wed Feb 05 Haifa .... 16:00 Docked
9 Thu Feb 06 At Sea .... .... ...
10 Fri Feb 07 Piraeus 08:00 16:00 Docked
11 Sat Feb 08 At Sea .... .... ...
12 Sun Feb 09 Civitavecchia 09:00 .... Docked
*Information subject to change based on anchorage availability.
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Interior Stateroom
All beds can be both single or double (on request). Spacious wardrobe. Bathroom with shower. Interactive TV. Telephone. Availability of internet connection by laptop (on payment). Mini bar and safe. Air conditioning. Approximately 172 sq. ft.
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Oceanview Stateroom
All beds can be both single or double (on request). Spacious wardrobe. Bathroom with shower. Interactive TV. Telephone. Availability of internet connection by laptop (on payment). Mini bar and safe. Air conditioning. Approximately 185-218 sq. ft.
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Balcony Stateroom
All beds can be both single or double (on request). Spacious wardrobe. Bathroom with shower or tub. Interactive TV. Telephone. Availability of internet connection by laptop (on payment). Mini bar and safe. Air conditioning. Approximately 236(194 sq. ft. stateroom+ 42 sq. ft. balcony)
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Suite
Fantasia Class ships offer a variety of different types of suite. Some of these have a double bed which can be converted into two single beds (on request), air conditioning, ample wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, interactive TV, telephone, cable internet connection (for a fee), mini bar, safe. Size range approximately from 21 sq.m. to 47 sq.m.
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MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suites feature a separate living area, marble bathrooms with a spa bath and separate shower, and bathrobes by Mascioni® of Italy.  Double beds with Myform Memory® mattresses are made up with soft Egyptian cotton sheets and a Dorelan® pillow menu to ensure the perfect night’s rest.  Beds are gladly converted to singles upon your request.  Wifi access available. Suites range from 248 sq. ft. (206 sq. ft. suite + 42 sq. ft. veranda) to 376 sq. ft. (315 sq. ft. suite + 61 sq. ft. verandah) 
 
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MSC Yacht Club Executive & Family Suite
These spacious suites feature panoramic floor to ceiling views, a separate living area, marble bathrooms with a spa bath and separate shower, and bathrobes by Mascioni® of Italy.  Double beds with Myform Memory® mattresses are made up with soft Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menu to ensure the perfect night’s rest.  Beds are gladly converted to singles upon your request.  Wifi access available. Suites range from 474 sq. ft. to 571 sq. ft.  
 

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MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite
MSC Yacht Club Royal Suites feature an expansive balcony, sitting area, marble bathrooms with a spa bath and separate shower, and bathrobes by Mascioni® of Italy.  Double beds with Myform Memory® mattresses are made up with soft Egyptian cotton sheets and a pillow menu to ensure the perfect night’s rest.  Beds are gladly converted to singles upon your request.  Wifi access available. Suites are 388 sq. ft. (216 sq. ft. suite + 177 sq. ft. balcony). 
 
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MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite - for guest with disabilities or reduced mobility
Double bed, air conditioning, ample wardrobe with low hanging rail, interactive television (ITV), radio, telephone, Samsung LCD screens. Free equipment to access the internet (connection at a fee), Nintendo Wii console, mini-bar, low personal safe. Surface 29 sq.m.
Switches to control lights, key cards (where applicable) and air conditioning have been positioned at a reduced height. A light switch has been placed next to the bed in each cabin.
Bathroom is equipped with a low fold-down seat (45cm/17.72inch.), one grab rail in the toilet and 2 in the shower (92cm/36.22 inch.), a low vanity sink (85 cm/45.27 inch.) and a roll on the shower floor (to access the shower with a wheelchair).
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 GOA02TWI - AQUARIUM (approx. 3.5 hours) - Genoa, Italy
   Take the family on this funny excursion to the popular Genoa Aquarium; a quick ferry transfer takes us to what is reputed to be one of Europe’s best aquariums, renowned for its size and vast variety of marine creatures. As one of the most natural and environmentally-friendly aquariums in the world everyone will enjoy the collections of multi-coloured tropical fish, sharks, natural corals, penguins and dolphins. After you will have a quick boat trip back to the ship. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair as the ferry has no wheelchair access. No guided visit inside the Aquarium; cameras without a flash are allowed. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $46.00Adults $32.00Children


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 GOA03TWI - HISTORICAL CENTRE (approx. 3.5 hours) - Genoa, Italy
     A short ferry transfer takes you to “Piazza Caricamento” for a pleasant walk through Genoa’s historic town centre. We will wander the charming narrow streets known as “carruggi” to reach “Piazza de Ferrari”, the commercial heart of Genoa, where we will admire “Palazzo Ducale” (external visit only). You will visit the “Cisterne del Ducale” where a light buffet made of “bruschetta” and “focaccia”, typical to Genoa, awaits you. Your tour will continue with external views of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Free time in the old port before returning to the port. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair as the ferry has no wheelchair access. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $47.00Adults $33.00Children


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 GOA04DWI - GENOA CITY TOUR (full day, lunch not included) - Genoa, Italy
  This trip to Genoa makes a perfect ending to a wonderful holiday for disembarking guests making their way to the airport. Board your coach, stash your luggage and head for the heart of Genoa, the Piazza Caricamento, for a pleasant walk around Genoa’s historical town centre. The charming narrow streets of this lovely old town, which are known as “caruggi”, are a delight to explore on foot. You will also pass through the Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa’s commercial centre, to reach the truly resplendent Palazzo Ducale, once the home of the Doges of Genoa and now a centre for cultural events and art exhibitions, for an external visit. Your tour comes to a close with a relaxing 3-hour coach transfer to Milan and Malpensa airport. Please note: this tour is available only to guests who are disembarking and booked on flights from Milan Malpensa airport after 18:30 hours. This excursion is upon request and subject to quotation.Click HERE to watch the video
 

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 GOA06TWI - SIGHTSEEING ON OPEN BUS & AQUARIUM (full day) - Genoa, Italy
      Enjoy a panoramic tour of Genoa while sitting comfortably on an open bus and admire the main squares and streets of this lively city. You will discover the elegant 16th century district of Via Garibaldi, the imposing Piazza de Ferrari area with the Ducal Palace. You will also pass by the Carlo Felice Theatre and the Columbus’s house and along the fashion street, Via Roma, with the most elegant Italian brands. During your tour on the bus multilingual commentary is provided. Next stop will be the Aquarium whose visit is included in the tour, an opportunity to admire on your own a vast variety of marine creatures, coloured tropical fishes, sharks, corals, penguins and dolphins. At the end the visit, no rush to return back to the ship. Passengers will take their time to enjoy the town and return by shuttle bus departing every 30 minutes from the Aquarium drop on. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port. No guided visit inside the Aquarium; only photos with no flash are allowed during the visit. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $46.00Adults $32.00Children


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 KAT01WI - OLYMPIA AND SHOPPING (approx. 4 hours) - Katakolon, Greece
    From the port of Katakolon your coach first heads inland through the Greek countryside to Olympia, the archaeological site of the ancient Olympic Games. The area was excavated by a team of German experts in the 19th century, in the course of which many important artefacts were unearthed. According to legend Olympia was built by Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. The tour includes a chance to view the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which was constructed with a maximum capacity of 40,000 spectators. You will also have some free time to do a spot of shopping before the tour ends with your return to the port and your ship.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $69.00Adults $48.00Children


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 KAT04WI - OLYMPIA & MUSEUM (approx. 4.5 hours) - Katakolon, Greece
   Spend a few hours off the ship and follow the trail of ancient Olympians on this fascinating tour to the archaeological remains of Olympia, only a short coach drive from Katakolon. Ancient Olympia is the town that gave rise to and hosted the Olympic Games in classical times and is still the place where the Olympic torch is lit for our modern-day Summer Olympics, which were reinstated in 1896. Although Ancient Olympia was already re-discovered in 1766, excavation work only began in 1829 and responsibility for the site then passed to the “German Archaeological Institute at Athens” in 1870. Your trip around this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you a chance to see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which was designed to hold up to 40,000 spectators. The tour also includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which was opened in 1982 and is home to an astounding collection of artefacts found in the course of excavation work. Among the museum’s most notable exhibits are particularly fine collections of beautifully detailed sculptures and bronzes as well as numerous terracotta artefacts and mosaics. The complex also includes a book and souvenir shop, which you may also like to visit. Your Olympic tour comes to a close with a scenic return drive to the port and your ship. Please note: this excursion is not available on 17 March 2014 (MSC Fantasia). This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per Person Starting from: $78.00Adults $55.00Children


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 KAT05WI - A TASTE OF THE ANCIENT GREECE (approx. 4 hours) - Katakolon, Greece
     Designed to give you a taste of ancient Greece, this tour takes you inland from the port of Katakolon to the site of ancient Olympia, which was excavated by a team of German archaeologists in the 19th century, yielding a wealth of historical artefacts. Greek mythology has it that Olympia was built by Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. Your tour around the archaeological site will take you past the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which held up to 40,000 spectators – quite a crowd even by modern-day standards. To round off your “Olympic” experience, you will also have a snack and watch a typical Greek folklore show in a pleasant restaurant in Olympia. The tour ends with your return to the port of Katakolon and your ship.Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $88.00Adults $62.00Children


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 KAT11WI - “MAGNA GRECIA” ESTATE & OLYMPIA (approx. 4 hours) - Katakolon, Greece
     The ancient town of Olympia was the site of the very first Olympic Games and this tour gives you an opportunity to discover the archaeological remains of this iconic place. Excavated by a team of German archaeologists in the 19th century, the site offers a unique look at the way these ancient Grecians lived. In line with Greek mythology, the city was constructed by the king of the Greek gods, Zeus. Look forward to seeing the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, designed to hold up to 40,000 spectators. Next up are the beautiful vineyards of “Magna Grecia”. A welcoming cocktail will be served on your arrival, after which you will be shown how homemade wine and olive oil are produced. A light Greek snack will also be served at the estate before you return to the ship.Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $87.00Adults $61.00Children


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 IRK02WI - KNOSSOS PALACE AND SHOPPING (approx. 4 hours) - Heraklion, Greece
    You don’t need to have an expert’s knowledge of Greek history or Cretan civilizations to appreciate the fabulous Minoan Palace of Knossos. More than just a collection of stones or ruins, the Palace structure is still visible and visitors can wander the maze of rooms. The Palace was reconstructed by a British archaeologist, Arthur Evans, who led the excavation of the site in the 1900s. Pictures on the walls help visitors gain a sense of the scale of the Palace – which was originally 20,000 square metres - and an idea of life here during the late Bronze Age. The Palace of Knossos is built on the ruins of a larger Neolithic settlement and of the supposed 1,300 rooms which made up the five-storey Palace, 800 are left today. After the visit we will drive to Heraklion for free time exploring and shopping.Please note: guests in a foldable wheelchair can take part in the tour but wheelchair access is limited at the site.

Price per Person Starting from: $59.00Adults $41.00Children


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 IRK03WI - EXPLORING CRETE (approx. 4.5 hours) - Heraklion, Greece
      Come and pay homage to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine-making and revelry ! Leave the port and drive southwards through ancient vineyards that have flourished here since the Minoan period, around 1,600 BC. Our first stop will be at a modern winery to see how wine is produced today and to taste the flavoursome, sherry-like Cretan wine. We will continue exploring the island, travelling through Crete’s picturesque villages before taking a break for photographs at Vathypetro. This Minoan country house and archaeological site is one of the oldest farmhouses in Crete. The tour continues through the island’s hilly countryside which is rich in olive groves and vineyards before arriving at the village of Archanes, just 10 km south of Knossos Palace. Enjoy free time in this lovely village which has been named the 2nd best-restored village in Europe and sample the local food and drink. We will take the scenic route back to the ship via the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos.

Price per Person Starting from: $60.00Adults $42.00Children


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 IRK05WI - FODELE VILLAGE & RETHYMNON TOWN (5 hours) - Heraklion, Greece
   Leave the port and drive along the northern coastal road to the charming village of Fodele located in a pretty valley full of orange groves. The village is the birthplace of the famous painter El Greco who was born here in 1541. You can take a short walk through the village before continuing to Rethymnon. With its aristocratic XVI century buildings and fascinating mix of Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, this town exudes a charming air of faded grandeur. Rethymnon is a mixture of Venetian and Turkish influences and is dominated by a Venetian fortress; you will have time to wander the narrow streets, admire the architecture and browse the local shops.

Price per Person Starting from: $69.00Adults $48.00Children


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 IRK06WI - THE MINOAN PALACE OF PHAESTOS (approx. 4.5 hours) - Heraklion, Greece
    This tour will take you through some of the most beautiful areas of Crete which are characterized by lush vineyards and ancient olive trees. We will drive across the Aghia Varvara Pass to the southern part of Crete to reach the traditional village of Aghia Varvara where we will stop for a short visit. Our next destination will be the Messara Plain where we will explore the Minoan Palace of Phaestos. The Palace, situated in a magnificent location overlooking the Messara Plain and Ida Mountains, is second in importance and size to the palace of Knossos. The Palace was excavated by the Italian archaeologist Frederico Halbherr at the beginning of the XX century. The earliest settlements on the site date from the Neolithic Period and small settlements from the early Minoan period were scattered over the hill where the Palace stood. Phaestos was the centre of southern Crete, with two harbours, Matala and Kommos. Please note: guests in a foldable wheelchair can take part in the tour but wheelchair access is limited at the sites.

Price per Person Starting from: $52.00Adults $36.00Children


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 IRK07WI - THE VILLAGES OF CRETE (5 hours) - Heraklion, Greece
    Drive along the coastal road and through the spectacular ravine of Saint George to Kritsa. The whitewashed mountain village with its blue and green doors and shutters is famous for woven handicrafts and the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera which boasts 700-year old frescoes depicting Biblical stories. Continue along the northern coastal road to reach the typical Cretan coastal town of Aghios Nikolaos which has a small lagoon – Lake Voulismeni – in the centre of the town which, according to local legends, is bottomless. Walk along the lakeshore or explore the pretty streets and browse the shops selling typical souvenirs. Enjoy free time before returning to the port.Please note: guests in a foldable wheelchair can take part in the tour but wheelchair access is limited at the sites.

Price per Person Starting from: $60.00Adults $42.00Children


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 HAF01WI - NAZARETH & CANAAN (5 hours) - Haifa, Israel
  Passengers of the Christian faith and those with a general interest in theology and world history will be fascinated by this excursion that encompasses the special places related to the life of Christ. Leave the port for a 1-hour drive to Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel and the childhood home of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Many guests will be interested in paying a pilgrimage to the surprisingly modern “Basilica of the Annunciation”, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the news of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin Mary; visitors can see the underground grotto where Mary received the Annunciation. The second part of the tour will take you to Canaan, an Arab city in the region of Galilee and where Jesus ‘turned water into wine’ during the famous Canaan Wedding. Return to the port. Please note: this tour includes walking on 3 km on uneven ground. This tour is foreseen on the second day of call. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per Person Starting from: $66.00Adults $46.00Children


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 HAF04WI - JERUSALEM (full day, lunch included) - Haifa, Israel
     Come with us on a 2-hour drive to Jerusalem, one of the most inspiring cities in the world and renowned for its historical significance, spiritual symbolism and visual splendour. Your excursion will begin with a stop at the Mount of Olives Promenade to enjoy the breathtaking view. The visit continues with a walking tour through the old town of Jerusalem. Pass Dung Gate, the Western Wall - the remains of the second temple destroyed by Romans in 70 AD and the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Walk along a part of the “Via Dolorosa”, considered by Christians to be the holiest road in the world, the path where Jesus was led to death. You can also admire the Church of the Holy Sepulchre without entering the tomb. Lunch will be followed by a trip to a souvenir store in Jerusalem, from where we will drive back to Haifa port. Please note: guests have to walk 2.5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps and inclines. Please expect crowded sites; comfortable shoes are recommended. Conservative attire is recommended when visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is foreseen on the first day of call.

Price per Person Starting from: $130.00Adults $91.00Children


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 HAF05WI - GALILEE TOUR (approx. 5 hours) - Haifa, Israel
  This half day excursion will allow you to admire two of the best-known symbols of Galilee. Leave the port for a 1-hour drive to Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel and the childhood home of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Many guests will be interested in paying a pilgrimage to the surprisingly modern “Basilica of the Annunciation”, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the news of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin Mary; visitors can see the underground grotto where Mary received the Annunciation. Your second stop will be Yardenit, on the bank of the River Jordan, which countless pilgrims visit each year to recall the places where Jesus was baptized. Here you will have the unique opportunity to enter the water and submerge yourself on the spot where Jesus was baptized. You will be dressed in the style of the early Christians as you bath in the water of the quintessential holy river. Please note: conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Please bring a swimming costume and towels for the baptism ceremony (it is compulsory to change into the tunic on the site in the changing rooms; the price for the tunic is not included). This tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per Person Starting from: $77.00Adults $54.00Children


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 HAF07WI - MASSADA AND THE DEAD SEA (full day, lunch included) - Haifa, Israel
     If you are in need of relaxation and revival you will not want to miss this great day out in the historic city of Massada with the chance to bathe in the relaxing mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. A 3-hour coach drive will take you to Massada via Ared, heading towards one of Israel’s historic spots where scenes of battle, power and revolt played out with tragic results. Herod the Great had a fortress and a palace built on the Massada Plateau between 37 and 31 BC as a personal refuge in case of revolt. The plateau, situated 442 metres above the Dead Sea, was also the last point of resistance by the Jewish Zealots against the Romans, where 960 Zealots committed mass suicide by in 72 BC rather than surrender to the Romans. It is partly for these reasons that Massada is the most visited site in Israel after Jerusalem. As Massada is located high on this rocky plain we will need to ascend the mountain via cable car and once at the top, we will visit one of the oldest synagogues in the world. From these lofty heights we will descend to the lowest point on earth - the Dead Sea – located 400 metres below sea level. Because of the high salt content the water, the Dead Sea is undrinkable and cannot support life ; hence its name. However the salts have rich health benefits and therapeutic qualities and the very high levels of saline help bathers to float ! Lunch will be in a leading restaurant before returning to the port. Please note: guests have to walk 2,5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps. Comfortable shoes, towels, swimsuit and sun protection are recommended. This excursion is run on the first day of call and is not suitable for guests with low blood pressure or heart problems.

Price per Person Starting from: $150.00Adults $105.00Children


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 HAF08WI - BAHA’I GARDENS, ANCIENT ACRE & THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (6 hours) - Haifa, Israel
    Visit Mount Carmel and the ancient town of Acre. Your route takes you via Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery to Panorama Ave, named for its astonishing view of the city, Haifa Bay, the coastline and all of northern Israel. Stop to view the Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the upper terrace. These are the largest hanging gardens in the world. The shrine is the second holiest place for the world’s Baha’i community. Continue your drive down Mt. Carmel, leaving Haifa and crossing the bay to Akko (Acre), the oldest city in the northern region. More than 4,000 years of recorded history will unfold before your eyes as you walk through Acre’s narrow cobblestone passageways and colorful bazaar. The present-day town was built in the 18th century on the ruins of the 12th-century Crusader city. Acre has changed hands and names many times over the millennia, but since 1948 it has returned to its biblical name of Akko. Visit the Crusaders’ Halls, built by the Hospital Knights (the Knights of St. John) and the subterranean Crusader city. Walk past Al Jazzar’s Mosque, built in the 18th century, through the bazaar to the port and Khan el-Umdan (Inn of the Pillars), a handsome 18th-century caravanserai. Then descend to the 12th-century level again to visit the unforgettable Templars’ Tunnel. This amazing engineering feat is a tunnel more than a thousand feet long, carved through solid stone, connecting the fortress (no longer standing) to the port (still intact). As its name implies, the tunnel was constructed by the Knights Templar—the Crusaders charged with guarding the temple in Jerusalem. The Saladins forced the Templars to retreat to Acre, which was their last bastion in Israel until the Fall of Acre in 1297. The tunnel will lead you to the lighthouse and the sea wall. After a morning of adventure, you will have some free time to shop in the bazaar; then return to Haifa and the ship. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground. This tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per Person Starting from: $57.00Adults $40.00Children


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 HAF09WI - TEL AVIV (full day, lunch not included) - Haifa, Israel
    If you’re a fan of architecture or if many of your excursions thus far have been steeped in ancient history, then come with us to the future-forward destination of Tel Aviv, the first ‘modern Jewish city’. From its skyscrapers to modern hotel complexes, business centres to the unique Bauhaus district, Tel Aviv positively buzzes with life. Enjoy a sightseeing bus tour of the main attractions including the White City (the 1920s ‘Bauhaus area’ and the world’s largest collection of Modernist buildings, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv port, Rabin Square and Tel Aviv’s older quarters. We will have time to stroll around the Carmel food market before contrasting this resolute modernism with the ancient city of Jaffa (Yafo). Starting at the famous clock tower built by the Turkish Sultan Abed–el Hamid in 1906, we will meander through the charming narrow streets of this historic city. Return to port at the end of the tour. You will have free time at the old port of Tel Aviv for lunch and shopping. Please note: this tour is foreseen on the first day of call.

Price per Person Starting from: $64.00Adults $45.00Children


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 HAF10WI - JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM (full day, lunch included) - Haifa, Israel
    A trip to the Holy Land would hardly be complete if it failed to include visits to two of the most famous places in the world, the Israeli city of Jerusalem and the small Palestinian town of Bethlehem. This tour gives you a chance to do both and begins with a 2-hour coach ride through fascinating landscape from Haifa to Jerusalem, one of the most inspiring places on earth and renowned for its historical significance, spiritual symbolism and visual splendour. Your tour of Jerusalem city begins with a stop at Haas Promenade, one of three connected public parks, for breathtaking views over the town. A walk through the old town of Jerusalem then follows, taking you through Jaffa Gate and along part of the “Via Dolorosa”. Widely held to be the holiest of roads by Christians all over the world, this is the path that Jesus took on his way to the cross. The tour also includes a chance to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but without entering the tomb. Then it’s on to the Western Wall, an important site of Jewish worship that also forms part of the outer retaining wall of the adjacent Temple Mount. After some time to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch, you will continue on to Bethlehem and pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity, at the birthplace of Christ. Completed in 339 A.D., it is accepted as the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world. Your tour of two holy cities ends with your return to the port of Haifa and your ship. Please note: guests have to walk 2.5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps and inclines; comfortable shoes are recommended. Please expect crowded sites. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. No inside visit to the silver star grotto is foreseen. In order to enter Bethlehem it is mandatory to bring your passport; all guides are not allowed to enter Bethlehem and so they can be replaced by a local tourist escort speaking English. The guide will join the bus only after the visit to Bethlehem. This tour is foreseen on the first day of call.

Price per Person Starting from: $142.00Adults $99.00Children


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 HAF11WI - DISCOVERING GALILEE (full day, lunch included) - Haifa, Israel
    A place of miracles in ancient times and a popular spot with tourists and pilgrims today, this excursion covers another important sight of the Holy Land - the Sea of Galilee. This large water mass is not actually a ‘sea’ but a lake: the largest freshwater lake in Israel and located near the Golan Heights. It was here that Jesus conducted most of his ministry activities and where many of Jesus’ miracles happened, such as walking on water and the ‘Feeding of the 5000’. We will drive to Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel and the childhood home of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Many guests will be interested in paying a pilgrimage to the surprisingly modern “Basilica of the Annunciation”, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the news of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin Mary; visitors can see the underground grotto where Mary received the Annunciation. Next we will reach Capernaum, the ancient city of Galilee; the town is mentioned in the New Testament in the Gospel of Luke and is reported to be the home of the Apostles Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew. We will walk around the ruins of the synagogue where Jesus taught on the Sabbath and prayed. Proceed to Tabgha which is, according to tradition, the site of three of the most important episodes of the New Testament: the Sermon on the Mount, the miracle of the loaves and fishes and the appearance of Jesus after Resurrection. After lunch you will proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes, the hill from where Jesus gave his famous ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and where Pope John Paul II celebrated a mass in March 2000. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. The coach drive to the Sea of Galilee takes about 2 hours. This tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per Person Starting from: $129.00Adults $90.00Children


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 HAF12WI - BAHÁ’Í GARDENS & CAESAREA MARITIMA (approx. 5 hours) - Haifa, Israel
   Combining calls at two of Israel’s most visited places, this tour will take you to see both the amazing Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa and the ancient city of Caesarea Maritima, a national park on the Israeli coastline near the modern-day town of Caesarea. After boarding a coach at the pier in Haifa, you will first head up the neighbouring Mount Carmel – a UNESCO biosphere reserve – to reach the terraced Bahá’í Gardens, passing a Carmelite Monastery on the way. Also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, the wonderful Gardens are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and were created as an expression of the monotheistic Bahá’í faith, which focuses on the spiritual unity of all humankind. A stop will be made at the upper terrace of the Gardens, a spot that affords the best view of the entire complex, during which your guide will provide information on this special place, which is considered to be the second holiest shrine of the world’s Bahá’í community. The tour then continues on to your next stop, the ancient city and port of Caesarea Maritima, only a short drive from Haifa. Built by Herod the Great c. 25-13 B.C. and named in honour of Augustus Caesar, the city soon became a Roman prefecture. Your tour of the complex will include viewings of the huge Roman theatre, the 2nd century hippodrome as well as the remains of King Herod’s palace. A short introductory film, complete with illustrations of life in these ancient times, will be shown to round off your archaeological experience. There will also be some free time for you to enjoy the area, which also features cafés and restaurants along the seafront promenade, before the coach returns you to Haifa and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair and is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per Person Starting from: $72.00Adults $50.00Children


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 PIR02WI - PLAKA, ACROPOLIS & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (approx. 6 hours) - Piraeus, Greece
   Situated only a short distance from Athens, the port of Piraeus makes a perfect starting point for a visit to the Greek capital and, of course, the world-famous Acropolis, an ancient citadel that sits atop a rocky hill that rises 150 metres above the city in the Attica Basin. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only home to the archaeological remains of several ancient buildings, but also the location of the amazing Parthenon, the symbol of Athens. Built between 447 and 432 B.C., the Parthenon temple was originally dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, was then converted to a Christian church in honour of the Virgin Mary in the 5th century A.D. and was finally turned into a mosque, for which a minaret was added to the complex, in the 15th century. Today, the Parthenon is widely seen to be an abiding symbol of ancient Greece and as the birthplace of modern democracy. To save your feet, the scenic tour will take you to see all the main attractions of this profoundly historic city from the comfort of a modern coach. You will also have time to visit the amazing National Archaeological Museum – an archive of rare artefacts that knows no rival – and the meticulously restored old part of Athens, the so-called Plaka district. The beautiful old buildings in Neoclassical style, narrow lanes and archaeological remains that characterise the district give the place an old-world feel that is sure to capture your imagination. Your tour ends with your return to Piraeus and your ship. Please note: the tour includes a long, sometimes challenging walk on even uneven ground so not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This excursion is not available on 25 December 2013.Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $91.00Adults $64.00Children


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 PIR04WI - ATHENS & ACROPOLIS (approx. 4.5 hours) - Piraeus, Greece
    Take some time off the ship and head for Athens for a comprehensive sightseeing tour through the main streets and squares of a city steeped in classical history. Not only is Athens widely regarded as the cradle of western civilisation and the birthplace of modern democracy, it is also a cornucopia of visual delights you will not want to miss. After the city tour, you will continue on to Athens’ premiere landmark: the imposing Acropolis, a plateau that overlooks the town at a height of 150 metres. Among various other examples of classical Grecian architecture, the site is home to the world-famous Parthenon, a huge temple dedicated to the ancient Greek goddess, Athena, and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. A brief stop will be made for some souvenir shopping before the tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: the tour includes long walk with some uneven ground so is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This excursion is not available on 25 December 2013. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $81.00Adults $57.00Children


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 PIR08WI - PANORAMIC TOUR OF ATHENS (approx. 3.5 hours) - Piraeus, Greece
    This excursion is ideal for those unable to climb the steps to the Acropolis but who wish to gain an overall impression of Greece’s capital city. We will meet our guide at the port and board the bus for an excursion that covers the key attractions. As we drive from Piraeus to Athens, our guide will point out the main ancient and modern sites including Hadrian’s arch, the statue of Lord Byron, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Constitution Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Our tour will continue past the National Gardens, the Panathinion Stadium, the Academy, the University and the National Library. You will be able to see the Acropolis from a distance and we will break to take photographs before proceeding to Plaka where you will have free time. Please note: exterior visits only of the sites. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $46.00Adults $32.00Children


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 PIR09WI - A VOYAGE TO ANCIENT GREECE (5.5 hours) - Piraeus, Greece
    Meet your guide at the port and board the bus for a sightseeing tour through the main streets and squares of this historically important city. After reaching Athens city centre, we will arrive at the famous Acropolis which towers imposingly 150 metres above the city; for thousands of years the Acropolis has been symbol of Athens and our tour will enable you to view the other masterpieces from Greece’s “Golden Age”. Prepare yourself to climb to the top of the Acropolis Hill (150 steps) to view the Erectheum, the Temple of Wingless Victory and the symbol of the Greek nation: the Parthenon. The temple is dedicated to the patron goddess of Athens, Athena, and is the largest and most impressive temple of all Greece. We will continue the tour through the Acropolis pedestrian zone to the recently refurbished new Acropolis Museum. Here we will enjoy a full 1,5 hours in the museum, where you can admire the statues, sculptures and marbles of the Parthenon with time for souvenir shopping before returning to the ship. Please note: the tour includes a long walk on uneven ground and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This excursion is not available on 25 December 2013. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per Person Starting from: $96.00Adults $67.00Children


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 PIR16WI - BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF ATHENS AND PLAKA (approx. 4 hours) - Piraeus, Greece
    Spend a few hours on dry land to experience Athens from two very different perspectives: from the lofty heights of Mount Lycabettus, the tallest peak in the vicinity, and then at ground level in the city’s sprawling historical quarter, the so-called Plaka District. Your Athenian adventure begins with a round-up of the city’s main sights by coach, after which you will head out to the foothills of Mount Lycabettus. The Lycabettus Funicular Railway will then be responsible for aiding your ascent up the mountain – a spine-tingling experience in itself. At the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular, 360° views of Athens and the surrounding area. Some free time for you to take photos and enjoy the unique mountain atmosphere is then scheduled before you head back to the city and the Plaka historical quarter. This fully pedestrianised part of town is characterised by a maze of narrow lanes, stunningly beautiful Neoclassical architecture and close proximity to the Acropolis, for which reason it is also called “The Neighbourhood of the Gods”. You will have plenty of time to spend enjoying these exceptional surroundings at your own pace before your journey begins back to Piraeus and your ship. Please note: you will have to walk up approx 150 steps to get to the cable car and to Lycabettus Hill. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per Person Starting from: $46.00Adults $32.00Children


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Includes shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, on-board meals (excluding in specialty and themed restaurants), some beverages, daily entertainment including theater and lounge shows. Government fees and taxes and any surcharges are additional as are expenses of a personal nature such as shore excursions, gift store purchases, spa, gambling, or alcoholic beverages.