Ancient Empires. 19 days escorted. 20 September - 08 October, 2020
Day 1. Sunday 20 September. . Depart Auckland
Depart Auckland today
Day 2. Monday 21 September. ARRIVE VENICE (D)
Arrive Venice and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax
Day 3. Tuesday 22 September. VENICE DEPART. (BD)
This morning's guided walking tour will introduce us to the best of Venice, with of course the obligatory gondola ride. This afternoon transfer to our home for the next 14 nights, Holland America's "Veendam". (57,092 tons, 1,350 passengers). Sail at 5pm
Day 4. Wednesday 23 September HVAR, CROATIA (BD)
Arrive 10am - Sail 6pm. Optional tours available.
Day 5. Thursday 24 September. DUBROVNIK, CROATIA. (BLD)
Arrive 8am - sail 5pm. Optional tours available.
Day 6. Friday 25 September. KERKIRA (Corfu, Greece) (BLD).
Arrive 8am - sail 6pm. Optional tours available.
Day 7. Saturday 26 September. AT SEA (BLD)
A free day to relax, try the spa, work out in the gym, and enjoy the entertainment.
Day 8. Sunday 27 September AGIOS NIKOLAOS, Crete, Greece. (BLD)
Arrive 8am - sail 6pm. Optional tours available
Day 9. Monday 28 September. . AT SEA (BLD)
A free day to relax, try the spa, work out in the gym, enjoy the entertainment, and get ready for israel.
Day 10. Tuesday 29 September.. HAIFA (BLD)
Arrive 8am - sail 11pm. Disembark after breakfast and drive across the Valley of Jezreel to Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation and the ancient Israel Village presenting life in Israel as it was at the time of Jesus Christ. Continue to the Mt of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the 'Sermon on the Mount', Tabgha where Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and Capernaum where Jesus lived during part of his ministry. See the 2nd century Synagogue and enjoy a cruise on Lake Galilee and fish lunch before returning to our ship with some sightseeing in haifa if there is time Sail at 11pm.
Day 11. Wednesday 30 September.. JERUSALEM (BLD)
Arrive Ashdod 7am. Sail at 8pm.
Disembark on arrival and drive to Jerusalem. Visit the Mt of Olives for a fabulous panoramic view over the ancient city of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations. Enter the Old City through the Jewish Quarter and see the 'Cardo', part of an unearthed main Roman thoroughfare from 2,000 years ago and marketplace. Visit the Western Wall and Temple Mount (subject to political conditions on the day) and walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Enjoy a quick lunch of local delicacies and this afternoon visit the Garden Tomb, Yad Vashem and a brief look at the Israeli Museum to see the model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus Christ and Dead Sea Scrolls OR Bethlehem and the Shepherds fields. Return to our ship early eveniing and sail at 8pm.
Day 12. Thursday 01 October. AT SEA. (BLD)
relax and en joy the ship
Day 13. Friday 02 October. KUSADASI (Ephesus), Turkey. (BLD)
Arrive 7am. Sail at 7pm. A comprehensive tour of ancient Ephesus is included.
Day 14. Saturday 03 October. ATHENS (BLD)
Arrive Piraeus 7am. Depart 6pm.
Full day sightseeing included. Climb to the Acropolis and visit the Parthenon and Mars Hill and pass by the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Parliament House, Temple of Zeus, and Hadrians Arch and enjoy a lunch of Greek specialities before returning to our ship.
Day 15. Sunday 04 October. KATAKOLON (Olympia, Greece) (BLD)
Arrive10am. sail 8pm. Optional tours to Olympia available.
Day 16. Monday 05 October. AT SEA (BLD)
Your final day to enjoy your ship.
Day 17. Tuesday 05 October. VENICE ARRIVE (BLD)
Arrive Venice 7am. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our fluight home.
Option to travel to Rome for 3 nights with sightseeing.
Day 18. Wednesday 06 October.. EN ROUTE
Day 19. Thursday 07 October AUCKLAND ARRIVE
Arrive Auckland this morning