Egypt and Israel

10 days / 9 nights
    New itinerary
    Egypt and Israel

    Cruise The Mediterranean , Africa

    from 5 December 2019 to 14 December 2019
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Antalya
    Arrival Port : Aqaba

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P051219

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    Set sail with PONANT in the footsteps of ancient civilisations with a 10-day cruise aboard our three-mast yacht, Le Ponant. This brand-new itinerary combines cultural discoveries and archaeological marvels and will take you from Turkey to Jordan via Egypt and Israel.  

    You will board your ship in Antalya. With its Roman port, picturesque narrow streets and beautiful Ottoman homes this town, lying on the southern coast of Turkey, has maintained its many charms.

    From Haifa, do not miss the visit to Nazareth and its many churches commemorating the memory of Jesus Christ, who grew up in this Israeli village.  

    You will then sail to Egypt for four days that will undoubtedly form the highlight of your cruise. Alexandria, the multicultural city that was once home to the famous library that was destroyed by fire, will be your first port of call.

    After sailing through the legendary Suez Canal, you will call at Ain Sokhna, the ideal starting point for a visit to the Egypt of the Pharaohs, and the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

    Le Ponant will make a brief incursion into the warm waters of the Red Sea before sailing to the other side of the Sinai Peninsula and reaching Aqaba where your cruise will conclude.

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    Highlights

    • A brand-new cruise between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, in the footsteps of ancient civilisations.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the rupestrian sites of Cappadocia (before your cruise), the Pyramids of Gizeh (from Ain Sokhna), Petra (after your cruise).
    • Before your cruise, you have the opportunity to discover the sublime region of Cappadocia with its “fairy chimneys”, its troglodyte homes and its rock-hewn sanctuaries.
    • After your cruise, you have the opportunity of visiting the ancient caravan city of Petra.
    • Crossing the Suez Canal.
    • Sailing in the Red Sea.

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    Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».

    Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

     

     

    Port of call & excursions

    5 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Antalya

    Embarkation 05/12/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/12/2019 at 18H00 .

    6 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    6 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Arrival 06/12/2019. Departure 06/12/2019.

    During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

    7 December 2019 – Haifa

    7 December 2019 – Haifa

    Arrival 07/12/2019 early morning. Departure 07/12/2019 late evening.

    8 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    8 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Arrival 08/12/2019. Departure 08/12/2019.

    During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

    9 December 2019 – Alexandria

    9 December 2019 – Alexandria

    Arrival 09/12/2019 early morning. Departure 09/12/2019 late afternoon.

    The mythical Alexandria is a port city in the Nile Delta. Its rich history has always been the source of dreams for archaeologists, writers and artists around the world. Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, the city was mainly known for its library and its monumental lighthouse. The library aimed to be a storehouse of universal knowledge, while the lighthouse was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Both are now destroyed. Alexandria is also the place where began the legendary love story between Mark Antony and Cleopatra. For centuries, this city was one of the greatest cultural centres in the Mediterranean and its landmarks now provide a fascinating glimpse into its proud past.

    10 December 2019 – Port Said

    10 December 2019 – Port Said

    Arrival 10/12/2019 midday. Departure 10/12/2019 evening.

    The city was born from an audacious but successful project: to link the Mediterranean with the Red Sea in the 19th Century and create a maritime route via a canal. The Suez Canal crosses the desert for 162 kilometres and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956. In the city, to the rhythm of the colourful carts, you will admire the colonial houses with their large balconies, which give Port Said its cachet.

    10 December 2019▸11 December 2019 – Crossing the Suez Canal

    10 December 2019▸11 December 2019 – Crossing the Suez Canal

    Arrival 10/12/2019. Departure 11/12/2019.

    Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.

    11 December 2019 – Ain Sukhna

    11 December 2019 – Ain Sukhna

    Arrival 11/12/2019 evening. Departure 11/12/2019.

    Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it is an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt.

    12 December 2019 – Ain Sukhna

    12 December 2019 – Ain Sukhna

    Arrival 12/12/2019. Departure 12/12/2019 evening.

    Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it is an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt.

    13 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    13 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Arrival 13/12/2019. Departure 13/12/2019.

    During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

    14 December 2019▸13 December 2019 – Aqaba

    Aqaba

    Disembarkation 14/12/2019 at 06H00 .

    Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Turkey: note that some nationalities are required to get a visa for Turkey. The visa can be obtained online at https://turkey-evisa.travisa-online.com/turkey.

    • Jordan: A visa is mandatory (current cost 40 JOD). The visa is included for guests participating in a PONANT pre or post-cruise programme, in order to secure your visa, please send a copy of your passport to PONANT 30 days prior to your cruise departure. 

      The validity of those visas are restricted to the duration of PONANT pre and post cruise programs. Groups of tourists visiting Jordan for a minimum stay of 2 consecutive nights and arriving through Amman Airport, whose programme has been organised by a Jordanian agency, benefit of a complimentary visa on condition that they are met by the local Jordanian agency at the airport . Please note that rules and regulations regarding visa subject to change by the government without any prior notice. Guests not participating on PONANT pre or post cruise programs will have to pay for the visa at the arrival or departure airport. Double entry visas can be obtained prior to the cruise and have a validity of 3 months.

    • Egypt: Visa delivered and charged onboard (25€ to date subject to change). This visa is valid for 30 days. 

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