Greece, Turkey & The Holyland

Experience a wonderful 13 nights cruising from Italy to the Eastern Med visiting beautiful Greek Isles, historic Turkey and Israel on board the fabulous 4* Norwegian Spirit.

Departing from Civitavecchia, Rome’s historic port, you will cruise to Naples, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Your cruise continues to Athens (Piraeus) for a chance to explore the ancient Acropolis and on to the beautiful Turkish beach resort of Kusadasi, close to the historic Greek ruins at Ephesus. Next up, are the islands of Rhodes and Cyprus before you visit Israel stopping at ancient Ashdod, founded in the 17th Century BC, and an overnight stay in picturesque Haifa. There’s just time for a stop at Crete on your back to Civitavecchia to end your wonderful cruise.

DESTINATION Eastern Med & Israel
FROM Venice
DATE 02 December 2019
DURATION 13 Nights
PRICE From €1,959 pp

From exploring the Parthenon to touring the New Acropolis Museum, travel back to ancient times during a guided tour of Athens. Get a taste of the Greek Isles as you stroll amongst hip cafes and boutique shops in Lemesos (Limassol) before discovering the centuries-old Limassol Castle. In Haifa, get lost in the natural beauty of the cascading terraces at the splendid Baha’i Gardens before enjoying the city by moonlight. Then uncover the classics at the Archaeological Museum in Iraklion (Heraklion) and wander the 16th century ruins of the impressive Palace of Knossos. Come cruise through the best of the Mediterranean with Norwegian.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Depart 06.50 Arrive 11.00
RETURN Depart 11.45 Arrive 14.00 (flight timings subject to change)

13-Day Italy, Greece & Israel: Mediterranean Wonders from Rome (Civitavecchia)Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy: Depart 17.00

On arrival in Rome, you will be transferred to the port in Civitavecchia to board the Norwegian Spirit.

Day 2: Naples, Italy: Arrive 07.00 Depart 17.00

Cruise to Naples, located on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, a city rich in history. A tour around Naples’ grand piazzas, cathedrals and castles in the old centre will take you back centuries. Pompeii is not too far either, a dashing city which boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets.

Day 3: At Sea:

A day spent at sea during which you transit the Messina Strait between Sicily and mainland Italy.

Day 4: Piraeus (Athens), Greece: Arrive 07.00 Depart 18.00

This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.

Day 5: Kusadasi, Turkey: Arrive 08.00 Depart 18.00

Take a journey into the past in richly historic Ephesus. Once an ancient Greek city, Kusadasi was known for the famed Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through several notably historical periods, Ephesus boasts abounding ruins and archaeological excavation sites. View what remains of the Roman Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, the Tomb of John the Apostle, and the Basilica of St. John, amongst several other ancient remnants.

Day 6: Rhodes, Greece: Arrive 08.00 Depart 17.00

This Greek island just off the coast of Turkey exudes beauty and history. Take a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes, a onetime Wonder of the World, once stood and savour the charm of this remarkable walled town. Along the scenic coast lies the whitewashed town of Lindos with its ancient acropolis and stunning views.

Day 7: Limassol, Cyprus: Arrive 09.00 Depart 18.00

A strategic garrison for Richard the Lionhearted during the Third Crusade, Limassol provides many archaeological sites, as well as an array of contemporary designer shops for exploring. The island of Cyprus is also home to two ancient kingdoms – Kourion and Amathus.

Day 8: Ashdod, Israel: Arrive 06.00 Depart 20.00

Dating back to 17th-century BC, Ashdod is one of the most ancient cities in the world. It’s almost hard to believe when looking at today’s modern port with its wide boulevards and meticulous planning. Don’t miss the Ashdod Art Museum, Corinne Maman Museum, Beit Guvrin National Park and the pastoral setting of Tel Lachish.

Day 9-10: Haifa, Israel: Arrive 06.00 OVERNIGHT Depart 20.00

Considered one of the Middle East’s most picturesque cities, Haifa offers incredible sights everywhere you turn. It is also close to holy sites – travel to Galilee, Nazareth or Jerusalem. The views from Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel, the largest hanging gardens in the world, are incredible, and make for a superb picture spot. Peruse the boutiques on Massada Street or go to the artists’ village of Ein Hod for hand-blown glass and crafts.

Day 11: At Sea

Day 12: Iraklion (Crete), Greece: Arrive 07.00 Depart 13.00

Although it’s on the Greek Island of Crete, Iraklion offers a wealth of Venetian architecture from their rule in the 13th century, including magnificent fortified walls. Don’t miss the Minoan Palace of Knosos Knossos, immortalized in Greek Mythology by the legend of the Minotaur.

Day 13: At Sea

Day 14: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy: Arrive 08.00

Your cruise ends today with your arrival in Civitavecchia where you will leave the boat and be taken to the airport for your flight home.

13 nights aboard the wonderful 4 Star Norwegian Spirit, operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines.

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Norwegian Spirit

Explore the history of the Mediterranean or just sit back and relax whilst you cruise across the ocean. Whatever you choose to do, you will be travelling in style on Norwegian Spirit. Whilst onboard make a trip to the Tivoli Pool, soak in one of our four outdoor hot tubs, or take the kids to Buccaneer’s Wet and Wild. That’s just the beginning – with 14 delicious dining options, 12 bars and lounges, the Maharaja’s Casino, and the Roman Spa & Fitness centre at your fingertips, you’re ready to have a holiday of a lifetime!

Speciality Dining

Dining aboard Norwegian is about having choices. Enjoy delicious comfort foods as well as more exotic choices from our many complimentary dining options. Or widen your palette further and choose from our speciality restaurants for a cover charge or á la carte. Whether it’s a cheeseburger you have a desire for, or Coq au Vin, your dinner is ready when you are. And if you book a Speciality Dining Package, you can savour an array of our speciality restaurants for one special price.

La Trattoria
Enjoy the flavours of the Tuscan countryside at tables with room for old friends and new. Dine on classic dishes where you can taste the freshness of every tomato used to make an exquisitely delicious sauce. Try a twist on a classic like shrimp fettuccine, or keep it purist with a osso bucco. Just when you think you’re out, they’ll pull you back in with a toasty espresso and some macadamia nut ice cream. Delizioso!

Atrium Café & Bar
Relax in the centre of the hustle and bustle of the Atrium. Linger with cocktails or coffee in this grand space that offers three-deck vertical views and a two-story Wii wall.

Café 49
Find a delicious cup of coffee, tea, espresso or something with even a little more kick at The Café. Nibbles like pastries and cookies are also available along with Internet facilities.

Cagney’s Steakhouse
Steak is the standard at our American-style steakhouse. Pull up a seat and take your pick from premium cuts of Angus Beef. Your mouth will water, so sip your favourite cocktail in anticipation. And don’t forget to order our made-from-scratch jumbo crab cakes and a side of our famous truffle fries.

Le Bistro French Restaurant
Have it au poivre or just go straight for the bouillabaisse at our signature French restaurant. Elegant interiors and attentive servers make this an intimate dining experience reminiscent of a Parisian café. By the end of your meal, you’ll might just be proclaiming c’est magnifique!

Flying shrimp. Onion volcanoes. Twirling knives. The sizzles and surprises never cease at our authentic Japanese Hibachi restaurant. Sit around a lively shared table as a skillful chef slices, chops and grills steak, seafood and chicken on a large steel grill right before your eyes. Our chilled, sake-infused Wasabi Cocktail will have you flipping too.

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Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
02 December 2019 €1,959 Inside Book Now
02 December 2019 €2,199 Oceanview Book Now
02 December 2019 €2,599 Balcony Book Now

Price Inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Rome
  • Airport transfer to the port
  • 13 nights onboard the 4 Star Norwegian Spirit based on two sharing
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • Varied onboard entertainment
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Rome to Dublin
  • 1 check-in bag of 20kgs & 1 carry-on bag of 10kgs included per person.
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Free at Sea Upgrade For €199pp

Choose two free packages from the below:

  • FREE SPECIALITY DINING PACKAGE – Up to 5 meals per person in the speciality restaurants this cruise – worth $119pp
  • FREE SHORE EXCURSIONS CREDIT – $50 per person credit in each port

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
  • Optional Insurance €36 (conditions apply)
  • Single Supplement on request
  • Gratuities are not included in this price
  • Currency onboard is U.S.Dollars
  • Prices are guidelines only and are subject to change & availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.