As Brits prepare for the long Easter weekend, we thought there was no better opportunity to outline the cruise itineraries available to those interested in visiting the Holy Land.
The Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East is the cradle of three of the world’s major religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This has meant that for centuries the region has been the destination for millions of people on their own personal pilgrimages, wanting the opportunity to see some of the renowned religious sights in the world.
But what type of cruise itineraries are available?
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite Holy Land sailings below to give you an example of how your clients can best see the fascinating area.
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Spring Empires & Holy Land
Ultra-luxury line cruise Seabourn is offering the chance to see the Holy Land in the most sumptuous style possible.
Departing Piraeus on 22 April, the Seabourn Legend heads east to Turkey on a 15-day sailing that will take in Cyprus, Israel, Greece and Italy.
While in Isreal guests will be treated to stops at both Haifa and Ashod, with the latter offering trips to nearby Jerusalem.
While in the famous city guests will be able to take shore excursions including the ‘Bethlehem, View of Jerusalem and the Garden of Gethsemane’ tour which includes the garden where Jesus Christ is said to have been arrested.
Prices from £2,500 per person
Aegean & the Holy Land
Thomson Cruises’ vessel Thomson Celebration sails a seven-night itinerary that leaves Marmaris (Turkey) and includes two full days in Ashod (Israel).
With that much time available to guests, the potential to explore what the ancient city of Jerusalem has to offer is very tantalising.
One of the most important religious sites of the Jewish faith is the ancient Wailing Wall (pictured) , with thousands of pilgrims standing its shadow every year.
Prices from £810 per person
Istanbul to Athens
All-inclusive cruise line Regent Seven Seas is offering an Eastern Mediterranean sailing that includes an incredible three days in the port of Haifa for the city of Jerusalem.
The line’s unique offering means that all shore excursions are included in the price, which, for destination heavy itineraries like this one, is a huge bonus.
Whether it’s a trip to Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world, or to Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, it’s hard not to be transported back to ancient times with places that are familiar the world over.
All included in the price of course.
This 10-night sailing costs £2,899 per person.
Princess Cruises’ 11-day Holy Land itinerary is a real cultural voyage.
Starting in Athens the ship visits some of the most ancient monuments in the world – including the stunning Ephesus – before calling at both Haifa (for Nazareth/ Galilee) and Ashod (for Jerusalem and Bethlehem).
The line’s Ocean Princess offers phenomenal value, with an 11-day sailing in November starting at just £999 per person.
Not a bad way to make your pilgrimage to the Holy Land now is it?
Prices from £999
49-night Africa Explorer
Holland America’s epic 49-night Africa Explorer is the voyage of a lifetime.
Leaving Rotterdam (or Southampton the next night) the ship sails to Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga and Malta before reaching Greece for the Eastern Mediterranean portion of the trip.
From Greece the line calls at both Ashod and Haifa before going on to Egypt, the Suez Canal, Oman, UAE, Seychelles, Mauritius and South Africa.
For those wanting to see a bit more of the world, this is certainly one of the most extensive trips to do it.
Prices from £4,798
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