Legendary hangout of Queen Cleopatra, Alanya’s two-faced for all the right reasons. On the one hand an ancient Seljuk city, on the other a slick beach resort, it’s aplace…Time in port: 10:00 - 20:00
Journey by coach to the Manavgat River to see Alanya’s famous waterfall. It’s one of the most photographed spots in Turkey, thanks to its white foaming water that plunges over low rocks. The rocks are so low, in fact, the waterfall completely disappears during flooding. You’ll also to explore the ancient city of Side on this tour. Once a Roman port, it’s now a modern town that’s dotted with ruins. See the marketplace where slaves were once traded, and wander around what’s left of the public baths and the ancient amphitheatre. Don’t miss the Temple of Apollo, either – it dates back to the 2nd century AD and, legend has it, it was a gift from Anthony to Cleopatra as a token of his love for her. Once you’ve had time to explore the ruins, there’ll be some free time in the city. Pull up a chair and buy a sizzling kebab at one of the eateries, or haggle for bargains in the stalls of the backstreets.
This tour kicks off with a visit to the Medieval castle in Alanya. Most of it was built in the 13th century by the Sultan of Seljuk, on top of earlier Byzantine and Roman fortifications. It’s setting is pretty special to say the least. It sits 250 metres high on a rocky peninsular, with the Mediterranean Sea protecting it from three sides. The area was pacified under the Ottoman Empire, so the castle stopped being purely defensive. During the 19th century, lots of villas were built within its walls. Today, it’s an impressive open-air museum, reflecting Seljuk art at its best. After some time here, you’ll stop at Dalmatas Magarasi – a small cave with beautiful calcite formations. It was discovered in 1948 by engineers building Alanya harbour, and in the 1960s Turks started coming to the cave for its alleged healing properties. The humid air is supposed to be good for asthmatic problems, and doctors prescribe treatment here regularly. Leaving the cave behind, you’ll have some free time in Alanya city centre before returning to the ship.
Also known as the heart of ancient Pamphylia, Perge is where St Paul preached his first sermon when he began his missionary journeys. On this trip you’ll see examples of Pergian architecture and ruins that’ll give you a real insight into the importance of the city. Afterwards, make your way to Aspendos and admire what is probably the best-preserved theatre of antiquity. Big enough to hold thousands of spectators, it’s still used today for performances and festivals. The galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to the architect's success. The second highlight of Aspendos is its aqueducts, left behind by the Romans. Once you’ve seen those, we head back to Alanya. Cameras at the ready…
Kora La serves Asian dishes, with interiors that echo the exotic menu. Just so you know, a cover charge applies.
When it comes to extravagant dining, this place is a real gem. Pick the likes of lobster thermidor and lamb rack from the à la carte menu, and enjoy attentive waiter service in contemporary surroundings. Just so you know, a cover charge applies and you’ll need to make a reservation.
There’s a laid-back and friendly feel to this self-service buffet restaurant, which has an indoor and an outdoor dining area. It offers a huge choice of hot and cold meals, from full-cooked breakfasts first thing in the morning to lunchtime carveries and curries for late-night munchies.
A medley of mosques, churches and monuments jostle for your attention in Alexandria. The settlement was founded by Alexander the Great in 332BC, and forged a reputation…Time in port: 06:00 - 17:00
If you’re a fan of history, you’ll love this one. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria is now the biggest port on the North African coast. Your morning starts with a visit to the National Museum, home to 40,000 relics dating as far back as the 3rd century BC. Among the treasures you’ll find the 'Tanagra' figurines, giving a nod to the hairstyles and dress of ladies during Cleopatra’s reign. Afterwards, head for the Roman Amphitheatre in Kom El Dekka. With its 12 marble terraces in a semicircle, it’s the only one of its kind in Egypt. On the drive back, you’ll see two major landmarks from the comfort of your coach. First up is Alexandria's Abu El Abass Mosque, with its tall minaret and four domes. And second is the Qait Bey Fort, built on the original site of the Pharos, Alexandria's lighthouse and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It’s a history-lover’s dream.
Heading west of Alexandria, take in gorgeous coastal scenery as you drive alongside the glittering Med. Your destination is the village of El Alamein, meaning 'the two worlds' in Arabic. It was here in 1942 that Field Marshall Montgomery, commander of the British Eight Army, put a halt to the advance of Nazi Africa Corps. The Nazis considered El Alamein the gateway to Alexandria and their key to control of the African continent. The battle of El Alamein was one of the most violent - and important - confrontations during World War II. Your expert guide will share with you loads of interesting facts as you head for the Military Museum, where exhibits include weapons, military garb and tanks. From here, make your way to the Commonwealth Cemetery, before heading back to Alexandria. A poignant day out.
For a different way of exploring a port of call, try one of our bike tours. This way, you can really get to know a destination and see the places that bus tours can't reach. You'll be led around by a guide, who'll give you the lowdown on all the sights.
Cairo’s streets are buzzing with street sellers, honking horns and markets. In fact, they’ve been making a noise since the 4th-century. Once you’ve anchored in Port Said,…Time in port: 05:00 - 19:30
This full day tour will give you a glimpse into one of the greatest civilisations the world has known - the ancient Egyptians. Not only will you get to see the three enormous Pyramids of Giza, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, but you’ll call in at the world famous Cairo Museum, too. It all begins with a drive to the big bustling city of Cairo. Once you arrive, you’ll make your way to the National Archaeological Museum, home to the biggest – and most important - collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Your guided tour takes in everything from the Rosetta Stone replica to treasures taken from Tutankamun’s tomb. After that, stop for a buffet lunch before making your way to the Giza Plateau and Cairo’s star attraction – the pyramids. Feast your eyes on the panoramic views and capture them on camera, before heading closer to the pyramids for a second stop. Then journey down the valley to see the guardian of this mortuary complex - the Sphinx. Your final port of call is the Papyrus Institute and a chance to put a dent in your holiday kitty with a little souvenir shopping before heading back to the ship.
This tour shines the spotlight on Egypt’s chaotic capital – Cairo. Your first stop is the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. You’ll have time to look inside the famous mosque, plus you’ll get to see some superb views of Old Cairo. Your trip continues with a drive down to the dusty banks of the Nile where your boat awaits. Once onboard, you'll tuck into a buffet lunch. Then it’s time to head for the Giza Plateau to clap eyes on those famous pyramids, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. From the Western Plateau, you’ll get a great view of the pyramids so make sure you bring your cameras – there are plenty of snap-worthy shots to be had. After that, drive closer to the pyramids for a second stop before heading down the valley to the Sphinx. Your next stop is the Papyrus Institute for a little souvenir shopping.
Some of Egypt’s best sights are yours for the taking on this tour. Your day starts with a drive past the outskirts of Cairo, to Egypt's first capital, Memphis. Sights to look out for here include the ruined Temple of Ptah, the fallen colossal statue of King Ramses II and the alabaster Sphinx of King Amenhopis II. A short drive from Memphis brings you to the ancient cemetery of Sakkara, where you’ll see the world's first monumental stone building - the Step Pyramid of King Zoser built by the engineer Imhotep almost 5,000 years ago. Next, make your way to Cairo for a buffet lunch. Then we’ll whisk you off to the Giza Plateau for the most spine-tingling sight of them all – the pyramids. From the Western Plateau you’ll get a great view of the three huge pyramids – it’s a photo opportunity not to be missed. After that, drive closer to the pyramids and down the valley to the Sphinx. Your final stop is at the Papyrus Institute where there's time for a little souvenir shopping, before heading back to the ship.
Holy sights come thick and fast in these parts. From Ashdod, visit the awe-inspiring cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and see some of the world's most impressive shrines…ARRIVE IN PORT: 06:00 (DAY 6)
DEPART FROM PORT: 18:00 (DAY 7)
Jews, Christians, Muslims – they all hold this place dear. Sights here represent each of the faiths. Kicking things off is a fly-by driving tour, passing the Israeli parliament building known as the Knesset, the Museum of Israel and the Shrine of the Book. It’s the best way to see the city sights. Next you’ll drive to the top of the Mount of Olives. Named after its olive tree-planted slopes, this place is thought to be where the dead will be resurrected on Judgement Day. The views from here are epic. From here, you’ll head for the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper and was betrayed by his disciple Judas. A visit to the Church of All Nations is also on the itinerary here. It’s followed by an active walk through the old city following the path Jesus took as he carried his cross to Calvary, a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection and a glimpse of the shimmering mosques of Al-Aqsa and The Dome of the Rock. You’ll also stop off at the Western Wall, the place where Orthodox Jews nod in prayer and put prayer notes into the cracks of the wall. Finally, you’ll head to Bethlehem for lunch in a restaurant and to see one of Christianity’s most sacred sights, the Church of the Nativity, built on the same site as the stable where Mary gave birth to Jesus.
Tel Aviv is the lifeblood of Israel. Old and new collide in the nation’s biggest metropolis, which means you get a great feel for the city. One of the major draws is the beach, which you’ll visit on this tour. A sweep of pale sand rinsed by the clear Mediterranean waters, it’s the perfect place to relax for a little while. What’s more, there are beach bars nearby if you want to grab a drink or a snack. From here, you’ll head to Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s largest fruit and veg market. You’ll find more than your five a day here, though – you can pick up traditional clothes, jewellery and pottery, too. Plus, you’ll find fish, meat and some local specialities. Make sure you try a ‘boreka’, a salty, puff pastry filled with egg, pickles and tomatoes. And don’t miss the Turkish and Japanese food sections, either. Once you’ve snapped up some bargains, you’ll head to Ramat Aviv Mall. This huge shopping centre is brimming with modern shops, cafés and restaurants, so it’s a world away from the traditional marketplace. You’ll have plenty of time here to grab a bite to eat and wander around the glitzy stores, before heading back to the port.
The Western Wall. The Gardens of Gethsemane. Mount of Olives. They’re some of the world’s most famous religious icons and just a drop in the ocean of Jerusalem’s line-up of superstar sights. In fact, there are more things to see here than you can feasibly fit into a day. But you can catch most of them on this guided tour. Kicking things off, you’ll travel from Ashdod to the Mount of Olives, where it’s said the Messiah will resurrect the dead on the day of judgment. It’s Jerusalem’s holiest cemetery and the view from the top is breathtaking, the whole city spreads out below you. From here, you’ll head to the Gardens of Gethsemane, the olive grove where Jesus prayed after the Last Supper and was betrayed by Judas the same night. Next up, is the Western Wall. Also known as the Wailing Wall, it’s the most sacred site in the Jewish world and for centuries Jewish worshipers have gathered here to pray. After a buffet lunch with time to relax, you’ll take a fly-by driving tour of the city. Highlights seen include the Knesset where Israel’s Parliament holds court and the Israel Museum where the world’s oldest-known biblical documents, the Dead Sea Scrolls, are kept. Finally, you'll head to see David's Tomb, the Dormition Church and the room of the Last Supper.