The Sands of Time (21 Days)

Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Civitavecchia, Italy
Dates: 26 Apr 2018 - 16 May 2018

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26 Apr 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
27 Apr 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5:00 PM
28 Apr 2018
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
7:00 AM 3:00 PM
29 Apr 2018
Arabian Sea (Cruising)
30 Apr 2018
Salalah, Oman
11:00 AM 7:00 PM
01 May 2018
Gulf of Aden (Cruising)
02 May 2018
Red Sea (Cruising)
03 May 2018
Red Sea (Cruising)
04 May 2018
Red Sea (Cruising)
DAY 10
05 May 2018
Aqaba, Jordan
7:00 AM
DAY 11
06 May 2018
Aqaba, Jordan
8:00 PM
Eilat, Israel
10:00 PM
DAY 12
07 May 2018
Eilat, Israel
10:00 PM
DAY 13
08 May 2018
Gulf of Aqaba
DAY 14
09 May 2018
Suez Canal (Transit), Egypt
1:00 PM 6:00 PM
DAY 15
10 May 2018
Ashdod, Israel
7:00 AM
DAY 16
11 May 2018
Ashdod, Israel
9:00 PM
DAY 17
12 May 2018
Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
DAY 18
13 May 2018
Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
DAY 19
14 May 2018
Sorrento, Italy
10:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 20
15 May 2018
Civitavecchia, Italy
9:00 AM
DAY 21
16 May 2018
Civitavecchia, Italy
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For 26 Apr 2018 - 16 May 2018
Your Onboard Host(s):
Barbara Stein, Ted Cookson

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Eternal Jerusalem with a Traditional Lunch - Ashdod – 2018 ( 8 Hours )
Ashdod, Israel | 11 May 2018

  • Meals: Lunch
  • Recommended Ages: All Ages
  • Activity Level: Strenuous
  • Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing • Food & Wine

Your unforgettable day offers a wonderful opportunity to experience some of mankind's most impressive sights: Jerusalem - one of the world's oldest continuously-inhabited cities and the spiritual center for the 3 major monotheistic religions.

Boarding our vehicle at Ashdod pier, we will begin with a scenic drive into the hauntingly stark Judean Hills, travelling along the same route used for centuries to reach Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the center of the world. As we navigate our way through this amazing city, we will pass some of Israel's most notable landmarks, such as the Knesset (Israel's parliament), the State Supreme Court, the Hebrew University (home to many Nobel Prize winners) and the world-famous Israel Museum –the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel which is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums.

We then drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Old Jerusalem. View the Temple Mount with El-Aqsa and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock Mosques, considered to be the third holiest site in Islam. Traveling around the Old City, we will pass by the picturesque Garden of Gethsemane – the home of the impressive Church of All Nations.

Making our way to the Old City, our walking tour begins as we enter through the Dung Gate to the Western Wall – the holiest site in the Jewish world, believed to have been closest to where the Holy Ark once stood. Continue through the Muslim and Christian quarters, along part of the Via Dolorosa believed by many to be the route Jesus followed as he carried his cross to Calvary. One of Jerusalem's incredible sites is next to visit, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher - the holiest Christian shrine is situated on the Hill of Golgotha (skull hill), which used to be an execution location outside the city walls. According to Christian gospels, and compatible to archeological discoveries, this is the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

We will then enjoy a lunch of authentic Jerusalem-style specialties at Bulghourji Restaurant in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City.

After lunch, we continue through the Old City’s colorful bazaars to the Cardo - Jerusalem's main thoroughfare during the Roman and Byzantine eras.

This wide-ranging Jerusalem tour concludes with a drive back to the port in Ashdod.

Walking Notes/Suggested Attire: The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests. This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking and/or standing (not consecutive). Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, caps and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. When visiting the religious sites, conservative attire is required. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted.

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What's Included


  • Accommodations aboard ship, onboard meals, complimentary specialty restaurants, fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and beers throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges. Pre-paid gratuities for bar, dining, and housekeeping staff as well as Butler service in Penthouses. Non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and more. Entertainment and onboard programs.

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  • Airfare, shore excursions, sightseeing or meals ashore. Port charges, taxes, security fees and fuel surcharges. Personal expenses and anything not noted as included.

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Shore Excursions

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 26 Apr 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 27 Apr 2018

Aqaba, Jordan - 06 May 2018

Eilat, Israel - 07 May 2018

Ashdod, Israel - 11 May 2018

Sorrento, Italy - 14 May 2018

Civitavecchia, Italy - 15 May 2018

Civitavecchia, Italy - 16 May 2018

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