GREECE, ISRAEL & EGYPT: FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH IN THE HOLY LANDS

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Greece, Israel & Egypt: Footsteps of Faith in the Holy Lands

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May 1 Sat
5:00 PM
 
May 2 Sun
At Sea
May 3 Mon
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 4 Tue
7:00 AM
11:59 PM
 
May 5 Wed
12:01 AM
10:00 PM
 
May 6 Thu
7:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
May 7 Fri
8:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
May 8 Sat
12:00 PM
9:00 PM
 
May 9 Sun
At Sea
May 10 Mon
8:00 AM
3:00 PM
 
May 11 Tue
7:00 AM
 
SAT MAY 1
TO 5:00 PM Athens

day 1 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 
MON MAY 3
10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Limassol

day 3 Limassol, Cyprus


Limassol, Cyprus
In Limassol, stroll past palm trees along the oceanside promenade, check out the yachts in the colorful modern marina and the fish boats in the Old Por. Explore the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town, stopping at markets, traditional shops and open-air cafes. Above the old harbor is the Limassol Castle, built in the 13th century on the site of an earlier Byzantine castle – where Richard the Lionheart reportedly stopped during his Third Crusade. The city’s Archaeological Museum has artifacts from the Neolithic and Roman periods. Tours to Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus, may include a stop at a checkpoint on the Green Line, so you can view the Turkish side – in a city that has been divided north from south, since 1974. Another key attraction is the Neolithic archaeological site of Khirokitia (from 7000 B.C.), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or visit the picturesque town of Paphos, the capital of Cyprus during the Hellenistic and Roman times. The whole town is UNESCO-protected, with bragging rights including extraordinary Roman mosaics depicting Greek mythology. On the road from Limassol, you’ll pass the outcrop that ancient Greeks believed was the birthplace of love goddess Aphrodite.
TUE MAY 4
7:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Haifa

day 4 Haifa, Israel


Haifa, Israel
Haifa is Israel's third largest city, and a beautiful place to linger – and with an overnight visit you have plenty of time to explore and sample the local cuisine at open-air cafes and restaurants. The city rises from the Mediterranean onto the slopes of Mount Carmel. Along the waterfront are promenades and beaches. The hillside Baha’i Gardens and shrine, a significant holy place for the Baha’i faith, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest hanging gardens in the world. Popular shore excursions visit places associated with Jesus, such as the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth, the River Jordan and the Mount of Beatitudes. You may also visit the Golan Heights. Or head to the fascinating city of Acre (also known as Akko), where the more than 4,000 years of recorded history includes occupation by the 12th century crusading Knights of St. John. Wine lovers may want to visit the renowned Carmel Winery, founded in the 19th century by Baron Edmond de Rothschild. During your cruise to Israel, Windstar also offers the unique opportunity to leave your ship for a 3-day, 2-night overland trip to deeply explore Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, and Masada, then cross the border into Jordan to the rose-hued, rock-carved ancient city of Petra. Guests overnight in hotels in Jerusalem and on the Dead Sea. After a domestic flight, you meet up with your ship again in Ashdod.
WED MAY 5
12:01 AM TO 10:00 PM Haifa

day 5 Haifa, Israel


Haifa, Israel
Haifa is Israel's third largest city, and a beautiful place to linger – and with an overnight visit you have plenty of time to explore and sample the local cuisine at open-air cafes and restaurants. The city rises from the Mediterranean onto the slopes of Mount Carmel. Along the waterfront are promenades and beaches. The hillside Baha’i Gardens and shrine, a significant holy place for the Baha’i faith, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest hanging gardens in the world. Popular shore excursions visit places associated with Jesus, such as the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth, the River Jordan and the Mount of Beatitudes. You may also visit the Golan Heights. Or head to the fascinating city of Acre (also known as Akko), where the more than 4,000 years of recorded history includes occupation by the 12th century crusading Knights of St. John. Wine lovers may want to visit the renowned Carmel Winery, founded in the 19th century by Baron Edmond de Rothschild. During your cruise to Israel, Windstar also offers the unique opportunity to leave your ship for a 3-day, 2-night overland trip to deeply explore Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, and Masada, then cross the border into Jordan to the rose-hued, rock-carved ancient city of Petra. Guests overnight in hotels in Jerusalem and on the Dead Sea. After a domestic flight, you meet up with your ship again in Ashdod.
THU MAY 6
7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Ashdod

day 6 Ashdod, Israel


Ashdod, Israel
Ashdod is home to Israel's largest port. It is convenient to Tel Aviv and close enough to Jerusalem for day trips. Though the town has a nice seaside promenade and an archaeology museum, most guests choose tours to Jerusalem, where you’ll enter the 5,000-year-old walled Old City and wind through some of the most important sites in religious history. Key places include the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Dome of the Rock, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Some tours also stop at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity or spend time at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial or The Israel Museum, where collections include the Dead Sea Scrolls. From Ashdod, you may choose also to visit the Dead Sea and Masada, where under Roman siege nearly 1,000 members of the Jewish faith took their own lives rather than become slaves. Another option from Ashdod is driving into Tel Aviv, to hit the beaches and immerse yourself in modern Israeli culture.
FRI MAY 7
8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Port Said (Cairo)

day 7 Port Said (Cairo), Egypt


Port Said (Cairo), Egypt
Established in the 19th century, Port Said is the major port for Cairo. For most visitors, the main interest here is tours to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphynx – plus, a look at outstanding museum collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts. If you linger in Port Said, there’s the attraction of watching giant cargo ships enter the Suez Canal, viewable from a raised walkway along the waterfront. There are also beaches and opportunities to sample Egyptian cuisine. Full-day tours from Port Said to Cairo (about a 3.5-hour drive) get you to some of the top attractions in Egypt. Ponder the construction of the Pyramids of Giza, ordered up by Pharaohs around 2500 B.C., and built using some 2.3 million heavy blocks of stone. They are the only surviving Seven Wonders of the World. View as well the Great Sphinx of Giza, with the body of a lion and the face of a human. And as a museum highlight, admire the large collection of golden treasures and other objects recovered from the tomb of King Tut.
 
SAT MAY 8
12:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Alexandria

day 8 Alexandria, Egypt


Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great about 331 B.C., was a major city in the ancient world and is today a bustling modern seaport and resort city. Stroll along the city’s long seaside boulevard, admiring beaches and colorful fishing boats, and you’ll understand why Alexandria is known as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean.” Seafood restaurants are highly recommended. Near the waterfront too is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, opened in 2002, one of the most beautiful public libraries anywhere, and home to four museums. It was inspired by an ancient library – even in its early days the city was known as being home to deep thinkers. At the Alexandria National Museum, located in a former mansion, the 1,800 or so artifacts include items from the Hellenic, Roman, and Ancient Egyptian periods. Remaining standing antiquities in Alexandria include the 99-foot-high Pompey’s Pillar, from the year 297, and a well-preserved Roman amphitheater. A fascinating, if slightly macabre, tour option is exploring the underground catacombs and stone tombs at a large Roman burial site.
MON MAY 10
8:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Heraklion

day 10 Heraklion, Greece


Heraklion, Greece
History buffs will want to make a beeline to the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos, first settled around 7000 B.C. and where the queen had running water in her palace bathroom more than 3,500 years ago. According to Greek mythology, this Bronze Age religious and administrative center was the domain of King Minos, son of Zeus and Europa. He built a labyrinth to contain the Minotaur (half man and half bull). Tours include the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, with its collection of Minoan artifacts. The Minoans cultivated grapes, and that tradition has continued on the island – which you will discover if you head into the countryside to one of the island’s wineries. Stick around the bustling city of Heraklion to admire the amazing fortress walls and bastions, fountains and other reminders the Venetians were once in power here. You’ll find markets stocked with local food items and Cretan crafts. Small tavernas near Market Street are delightful venues for tasting and people watching.
 
TUE MAY 11
7:00 AM TO Athens

day 11 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 

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