Jerusalem (Haifa) to Athens (Piraeus) GLORIES OF THE AEGEAN 12 Nights Departs May 23, 2020 Seven Seas Voyager

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  • PRE - JERUSALEM: A HOLY SANCTUARY CODE: HFAL01

    Explore the heart of the Holy Land by visiting many of the most hallowed religious areas, including the Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, fortified Masada and architecturally rich Caesarea.

    DAY 1

    After flying into Ben Gurion Airport on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, you will be met outside of Customs and Immigration and transferred to the David Citadel Hotel (or a similar hotel) in Jerusalem, where you will spend the next three evenings. Check in is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed. A cruise line hospitality desk will be available at the hotel from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

    The afternoon and evening are free for you to settle in, enjoy the hotel’s amenities or explore the city. Meals are on your own for the remainder of the day.

    DAY 2

    Following a full Israeli breakfast, you will enjoy a panoramic drive over the Mount of Olives, which is named for the olive groves that once flourished here. A stop at nearby Gethsemane, which in Hebrew means “oil press,” allows time to wander through the gardens and reflect on this religious site.

    Then, it’s on to the Old City for an enlightening walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has great symbolic importance. After approximately two hours of exploring its landmarks, you will continue on to a nearby restaurant for lunch.

    More iconic religious sites await you a short drive away in Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity, one of the world’s oldest surviving Christian churches. The small rectangular entrance, known as the Door of Humility, was created in Ottoman times so even the most important visitors would have to dismount their horses to enter.

    You will also have some time for shopping in Bethlehem before returning to the hotel in Jerusalem. The evening is free to do as you please and dinner is on your own.

    DAY 3

    After enjoying a full Israeli breakfast, you will drive inland toward the Dead Sea. The landscape becomes hauntingly stark the deeper you go into the Judean Desert. In time, you will reach Masada, the rugged natural fortress where Jewish patriots famously defied the Roman army in 73 A.D.

    Herod, King of Judaea, originally built Masada as a great palace and it has since become an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortifications and attack ramp surrounding the mountaintop monument are the world’s most complete Roman siege works and of great historical value.

    Then following lunch, you will drive down to the Dead Sea. If you wish, you may relax in the water, which is comprised of as much as 35% dissolved salts, making it easy to float on the surface. Because of the water’s high salinity, marine life is almost non-existent in the Dead Sea.

    Later in the afternoon, you will drive back to the hotel, where the evening and dinner are on your own.

    Note: Restroom and change facilities will be available for those who wish to swim in the Dead Sea.

    DAY 4

    Following a full Israeli breakfast and check out from the hotel, you will drive to Caesarea, a coastal town with a wealth of modern and ancient attractions. Named for Augustus Caesar, who gave this area to King Herod, Caesarea is full of architectural remains from various historical periods, giving you an excellent glimpse into ancient lifestyles.

    After visiting, you will drive through the coastal mountain range of Mount Carmel, where you will be treated to a spectacular view of Haifa Bay and the gorgeous Baha’i Gardens. Then, it’s on to the port of Haifa, where you will embark on the ship to begin your cruise.

    Land Program Details Step by Step

    •The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the up-to-date details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive a final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review the letter and your final itinerary carefully for further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

    •If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    DAY 1

    Fly into Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and transfer to the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem.

    Check in is 3:00pm. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure and meals are on your own.

    Overnight at the David Citadel Hotel (or similar) in Jerusalem

    Meet and Greet and transfers

    •Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

    •Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DAY 2

    AM Full Israeli breakfast

    9:00am Depart for a panoramic drive over the Mount of Olives

    9:30am Drive to Gethsemane for a brief visit

    10:30am Drive to Jerusalem’s Old City

    11:00am Walking tour of the Old City

    1:00pm Transfer to a restaurant for buffet lunch

    2:15pm Drive to Bethlehem

    2:45pm Visit the Church of Nativity and then shop

    4:45pm Depart for the hotel

    5:15pm Arrive at the hotel

    Evening and dinner are at your leisure

    Overnight at the David Citadel Hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Full Israeli breakfast

    8:30am Drive toward the Dead Sea

    9:30am Refreshments and restroom stop

    10:00am Drive to Masada

    10:30am Visit Masada

    1:00pm Drive to lunch venue

    1:30pm Buffet lunch and an optional swim in the Dead Sea

    4:00pm Depart for the hotel

    5:30pm Arrive at your hotel

    Evening and dinner are at your leisure

    Overnight at the David Citadel Hotel

    DAY 4

    AM Full Israeli breakfast

    8:30am Hotel check out

    9:00am Drive to Caesarea

    10:30am Visit Caesarea

    12:30pm Drive to Haifa and Mt. Carmel

    1:00pm Enjoy view of the Baha'i Gardens and Haifa Bay

    1:30pm Drive to the port of Haifa

    2:00pm Embark on the ship

    Expected Weather:

    The average temperature in November ranges from a high of 72Fº to a low of 56Fº

    What to Bring:

    Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, light jackets, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes as well as bathing suit if you plan to swim in the Dead Sea.

    Currency:

    The current official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). US$ 1 = approx. NIS 3.93. Credit cards are widely accepted.

    Electricity:

    The Israeli power supply is single-phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pinholes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

    All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. Please check Visa regulations with the Israeli Consulate in your country of residence.

    Accommodation:

    The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

    7 King David Street, Jerusalem 94101, Israel

    Phone: +972 2 6211111

    Program Includes:

    Three-night stay at the David Citadel Hotel (or similar) in Jerusalem (standard deluxe double)

    Three breakfasts, two lunches including one glass of wine per person and mineral water

    All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program.

    Please note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. However, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    Program Excludes:

    Meals or beverages not mentioned above

    Gratuities to drivers and tour director

    Hotel incidentals, including mini bar and room service

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

    All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

    Price: $1,799 per guest based on double occupancy.

    Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.

  • DAN PANORAMA HAIFA CODE: HFAH02

    The Dan Panorama Hotel, rising twenty-one stories high on Mount Carmel, offers you a choice of spectacular views: one side commands a splendid panorama of the city of Haifa, Mount Carmel and the sea. Another vantage point presents the huge curve of Haifa Bay and the endless stretches of Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coastline. The only Haifa hotel that’s a city landmark, the Dan Panorama Hotel is contemporary in style with spacious public areas and guestrooms featuring floor to ceiling windows. The hotel also adjoins the city’s upscale Panorama Mall that houses fine boutiques, elegant cafes and entertainment venues. Close by are the outdoor coffee bars and stores of the bustling Carmel Center, a favorite gathering place for visitors and locals. Designed for the young at heart, the informal, easy-going ambiance of this Haifa hotel invites you to relax and feel at home.

    deally located for business travelers, the hotel ensures easy access to the region’s technology centers and industrial facilities. It is also perfect for exploring the charm and natural beauty of Haifa and for effortless touring expeditions to the fascinating Galilee. The Dan Panorama Haifa’s dedicated staff, state-of-the-art facilities and business services, make it the perfect Haifa hotel for a truly fantastic vacation or a successful and exciting business trip.

    ADDRESS:

    DAN PANORAMA HAIFA

    107 HANASSI AVENUE

    HAIFA, ISRAEL 34632

    PH# 972-4-8352222

    Standard Rate
    Number of Nights: 1, Price: $419 per guest based on double occupancy.
    Number of Nights: 2, Price: $628 per guest based on double occupancy.
    Number of Nights: 3, Price: $837 per guest based on double occupancy.

    Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.

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