Ancient Empires. Holyland Cruise 19 days. 20 September, 2020

Tour 603. 

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


Tour 603. 

Ancient Empires   19 Days escorted. 20 September - October 08, 2020,  


** Return economy class air fares from Auckland (Upgrade to Premium Economy and Business class available) 

** Arrival and departure transfers at each point outside New Zealand. 

** 1 night accommodation, dinner, breakfast, and isightseeing in Venice. 

** 14 night Holland America cruise aboard "Veendam". Ocean view cabins included. upgrade to verandah cabins available. Port calls at Hvar (*Croatia), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Kerkira (Corfu, Greece), Agios (Crete, Greece), Haifa and Ashdod (Israel), Kusadasi (Ephesus, Turkey), Piraeus (Athens, Greece), Katakolon (Olympia, Greece) and back to Venice..  

** Full day sightseeing in Athens

** 2 days touring in Israel including 1 day touring to Jerusalem and 1 day to Nazareth and Galilee.


Tour cost per person                                                2 per room/cabin 

Oceanview cabin              $9,990 

Verandah cabin               $13,940  

Upgrade to Premium Economy fares   $1,500 extra per person 

Upgrade to Business Class $4,000 per person.

25% deposit required on booking. Balance due 30 June 2020.


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