ICONS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: GREECE & ISRAEL
Greek mythology, courageous rebellions against Rome, and the rediscovered wonders of Petra’s sandstone tombs, temples, and treasuries are a few of the hallmarks on this 8-day journey along the eastern Mediterranean harbors and coastlines of Greece, Cyprus and Israel. Savor sweet, almond flavors of amigdalota pastries in Mykonos, or catch a boat bound for the temples and amphitheater on Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Wander the shadowy recesses of the Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete, lair of the mythic Minotaur, and peruse ancient sacred relics at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Follow Jesus’s footsteps through Gethsemane to the former garden and olive grove where he was arrested, and visit the cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Ride a cable car to the imposing heights of Masada Fortress. Float in the warm, mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Stroll among Petra’s pink, sandstone columns and caves in the glowing morning light.
Jerusalem / Ashdod, Israel
Piraeus, Athens, Greece