Ancient Empires. 19 days escorted. 15 September - 04 October, 2021
Day 1. Wednesday 15 September. . Depart Auckland
Depart Auckland today
Day 2. Thursday 16 September. ARRIVE ROME (D)
Arrive Rome and transfer to our hotel. Tour of introduction to Rome on arrival.
Day 3. Friday. 17 September. ROME (BD)
Full day sightseeing including St peres and St Pauls, Sistine chapel, Colosseum, and other sights of Rome.
Day 4. Saturday. 18 September. ROME 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 5. Sunday 19 September AT SEA (BLD)
Full day at sea to relax and enjoy your ship.
Day 6. Monday 20 September. KATAKOLON (BLD)
Arrive 8am - sail 4pm. Optional tours to Olympia available.
Day 7. Tuesday 21 September. PIRAEUS - ATHENS (BLD).
Arrive Piraeus 8am. 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 8. Wednesday 22 September. AT SEA (BLD)
A free day to relax, try the spa, work out in the gym, and enjoy the entertainment.
Day 9. Thursday 23 September.. JERUSALEM (BLD)
Arrive Ashdod 7am. Sail at 11pm.
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 10. Friday 24 September.. HAIFA (BLD)
Arrive 8am - sail 8pm. 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 8pm.
Day 11. Saturday 25 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 12. Sunday 26 September. KUSADASI (Ephesus), Turkey. (BLD)
Arrive 7am. Sail at 6.30pm. A comprehensive tour of ancient Ephesus is included.
Day 13. Monday 27 September. RHODES - GREECE (BLD)
Arrive 8am. sail 6pm. Optional tours of Rhodes available.
Day 14. Tuesday 28 September. SOUDA (Chania - Crete) (BLD)
Arrive 8am - sail 5pm. Optional tours of Crete available.
Day 15. Wednesday 29 September. AT SEA. (BLD)
Final day at sea to enjoy your ship.
Day 16. Thursday 30 September. TAORMINA - ITALY. (BLD)
Arrive 8am - sail 5pm. Optional tours available
Day 17. Friday 01 October. NAPLES. (BLD)
Arrive 7am - saiul 6pm. Optional tours to Pompeii etc available.
Day 18. Saturday 02 October. ROME. ARRIVE - DEPART. (B)
Arrive Rome 7am. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.
Day 19. Sunday 03 October - en route.
Day 20. Monday 04 October. AUCKLAND ARRIVE
Arrive Auckland this morning.
Fly to Amsterdam 2nd October for 1 night hotel and 14 night luxury cruise to Budapest with the option to extend for 3 nights Prague, 3 nights Krakow, and 2 nights Warsaw before flying home.