Grand Circle Cruise Line to Offer 2018 Suez Canal Crossing: Israel, Egypt, Jordan & the Red Sea
Journey to lands traversed by prophets, pilgrims, and pharaohs since the dawn of civilization—and discover the rich cultural, religious, and historic tapestries that await. At the heart of your adventure is a six-night cruise aboard the 89-passenger M/V Clio from the Mediterranean to the crystalline Red Sea.
In small groups of no more than 25, you’ll unravel a complex web of faiths during visits to icons like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Mount of Olives … uncover the mysteries of Egypt’s Pyramids and the inscrutable Sphinx … and witness relics of an ancient civilization as you explore the awe-inspiring city of Petra, carved into rose-colored cliff sides. Throughout your journey, the region’s geography will be revealed as you hike, sail, and ride across a diversity of landscapes: from the pastoral slopes of the Golan Heights, to the man-made might of the Suez Canal, and the jagged mountains of sunburnt Wadi Rum, beloved by Lawrence of Arabia.
As you travel, you’ll be joined in turn by two Trip Leaders—one in Israel, and one in Egypt and Jordan—as well as local Egyptologist guides in Egypt, who will reveal local culture and help you understand the complexities of everyday life in this dynamic region.
Grand Circle Cruise Line is offering free airfare and $750 off the January departures of this new Suez Canal Crossing. The 17-day cruise starts at $6,395 per person double (vs. $8,195) and includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Tel Aviv, with return from Jerusalem; six-night cruise aboard a private small ship; hotel accommodations in Tel Aviv, Luxor, Petra and Jerusalem and on the Dead Sea; 42 meals, including local restaurants; onboard beer, wine and soft drinks; 19 tours; trip leaders; transfers; gratuities; and taxes. Depart Jan. 10 or 24 for the Haifa-to-Aquaba route and Jan. 13 or 27 for the reverse itinerary. Book by Nov. 1 and use promo code OCTSAVINGS 18.