Images of The Holy Land amid the Mediterranean coast evoke a sense of reverence for its long history. While exploring ancient ruins and marveling at antique treasures of a world long since passed is part of the fun of these destinations, there’s so much more they hold. A luxe-adventure voyage to these destinations brings you to both renowned landmarks and hidden local gems.
Another Side of the Mediterranean
The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul has become an iconic site for good reason. It comes alive with colors, sights, sounds, and smells, engaging all the senses with its local flavors and flair. For the explorer seeking something off the beaten path, the Tophane Quarter holds treasures of Turkey’s ever-evolving cultural influences.
Kepez opens the gateway to a world that’s a little bit history and myth. The legendary city of Troy awaits you on the other side with the remnants of stone columns and a commemorative Trojan horse. Trek the shores of Gallipoli and take a moment to appreciate the history lying heavy in its foundations.
Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Ephesus beckons to the curious mind. With over 4,000 years of history, the city was deemed worthy of UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It contains the likes of the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John, landmarks that call out to those seeking intellectual and spiritual stimulation.
When you’re ready for a break from the monuments and historic vestiges, Lindos awaits with enticing beachfronts. The vibrant blue of the Aegean Sea and local favorites like St. Paul’s Bay invite you to take it easy for a day in the sun.
Santorini and Mykonos hold the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan of the Greek islands. Their whitewashed houses with blue dome roofs have come to be associated with Mediterranean scenery. Gather at a local taverna for a glass of wine and a helping of tomato fritters to endear yourself to the locals.
Athens is best-known for the Acropolis and its many ruins. But life abounds in the city beyond its past. Hop on a bus out to the suburbs of Chalandri or Flya to see how the people go about their day-to-day lives. Check out the likes of Embros Theater, a lesser-known bar that once stood as a factory.
Discover everything the coasts from Turkey to Greece have to offer on our “7-Night Byzantine Wonders” luxe-adventure journey.
Traversing Renowned Lands
Start in the iconic sites and landmarks of Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, Greece, and make your way to Heraklion, Crete. Here, you’ll find every kind of adventure you’re looking for. Whether it’s the ruins of the Palace of Knossos or culinary delights at local restaurants or a lazy day at the beach, the island offers something for all.
Alexandria holds the best of Egypt’s past and present. From the famed library to sprawling acres of royal gardens and forest reserve, it’s a destination that fuels the imagination. The journey takes you to Port Said for a brief respite before returning to the ship.
Masada and Jerusalem are among the more visited sites and cities of Israel, but they’re well worth it. It’s truly an incomparable experience catching the sunrise over the top of the illustrious fortress of Masada after a challenging hike. And nothing gives you a greater sense of accomplishment than exploring the religious roads and landmarks of Jerusalem.
Our “8-Night Navigating The Holy Land” expedition brings you to new perspectives of emblematic destinations.