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Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)

ANCIENT EMPIRES | 29 Nights | Departs Sep 6, 2015

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Cairo (Port Said), Egypt

Ports:

Sep, 6

-Istanbul, Turkey

Sep, 7

-Mitilini (Lesbos), Greece

Sep, 8

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Sep, 9

-Rhodes, Greece

Sep, 10

-Bodrum, Turkey

Sep, 11

-Aghios Nikolaos, Crete

Sep, 12

-Santorini, Greece

Sep, 13

-Mykonos, Greece

Sep, 14

-Thessaloniki, Greece

Sep, 15

-Cruising the Scenic Dardanelles

Sep, 16

-Istanbul, Turkey

Sep, 17

-Mitilini (Lesbos), Greece

Sep, 18

-At Sea

Sep, 19

-Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

Sep, 20

-Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

Sep, 21

-Cairo (Port Said), Egypt

Sep, 22

-Alexandria, Egypt

Sep, 23

-Limassol, Cyprus

Sep, 24

-Antalya, Turkey

Sep, 25

-Rhodes, Greece

Sep, 26

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Sep, 27

-Cruising the Scenic Dardanelles

Sep, 28

-Istanbul, Turkey

Sep, 29

-Mitilini (Lesbos), Greece

Sep, 30

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Oct, 1

-Rhodes, Greece

Oct, 2

-Aghios Nikolaos, Crete

Oct, 3

-Santorini, Greece

Oct, 4

-Mykonos, Greece

Oct, 5

-Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Cairo (Port Said), Egypt-port

Travel to Cairo and marvel at the Giza pyramids and Sphinx standing at the edge of the vast Sahara. Visit the fabulous Egyptian Museum and see its awesome collection of artifacts or head for Alexandria and its ancient sites and museums. Browse Cairo’s bazaar for unusual jewelry like Eye of Horus amulets, hand-painted papyrus copies of ancient tomb paintings, glass, alabaster and artifact replicas. Or find an ancient relic approved for export. Relax over a cup of sweet tea and sample delicious vegetable appetizers or some spicy lamb kebabs, a typical Middle Eastern dish.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Alexandria Highlights
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Cairo & Cruising On the Nile River
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Classical Cairo
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Medieval Cairo
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Port Said By Carriage
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Pyramids, Memphis and Sakkara
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Alexandria Highlights

    Moderate Activity/Walking Meal
    Duration: 12 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: pos-005

    This full day tour allows you to venture into the fascinating city of Alexandria, located on the north coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Boarding your comfortable coach at the pier, you'll travel approximately 3 hours along a scenic route to Egypt's second largest city. Commonly referred to as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean," Alexandria's distinctively Mediterranean ambience truly sets it apart from other Egyptian cities. Once the center of learning in the ancient world, today it is a thriving cosmopolitan city and commercial center.

    Your first stop is at the ancient Catacombs which are found near the Port of Alexandria. These amazing catacombs consist of three tiers of burial chambers dating from the 2nd century B.C. that have been carved into the rock 100 feet below ground. A winding staircase descends to the chambers of the first floor and sculptures and reliefs of Egyptian gods can be seen; however, they look distinctly Romanesque. In fact, one statue of Anubis is even wearing Roman armor.

    Proceeding on, you'll make your way to the Alexandria Library. The Library was first commissioned in 295 B.C. by the Egyptian ruler, Ptolemy I Soter and was one of the cultural wonders of the ancient world. Representatives of Ptolemy traveled the world collecting books for the Library and it was filled not only with books pertaining to Egypt and Greece, but the entire ancient world. At one time the Library even held the original works of Euripides and Sophocles. Along with being a repository for books; it was also a museum, a school and a center for scholastic research. Unfortunately in 48 B.C., the city fell under attack from Julius Caesar and a massive fire engulfed the Library, destroying at least 40,000 scrolls. One would think this would have been the end of this legendary library, but nearly 2,000 years later, the Egyptian government and UNESCO joined forces and brought the Library back to life as a cultural center for the world.

    Your morning ends with a relaxing lunch at one of Alexandria's famous restaurants that overlooks the brilliant blue waters of the Mediterranean. Following an enjoyable lunch break, your tour resumes with a photo stop at the Citadel. Here, you will also be able to see the stunning Abu El Abbas Mosque, considered the most important historic mosque in Alexandria.

    Next you'll visit the Roman Theater. This marvelous theater was discovered underneath a Muslim cemetery and 30 years of excavation finally brought to light this well-preserved site. The theater encompasses galleries, mosaics, marble flooring and marble seats for up to 800 spectators. Writings found here bear witness that during Byzantine times, the theater housed chariot races and gladiator contests. There is even some indication it may have had a roof and hosted musical events. The northern side of the theater shows evidence of the remains of lecture halls and auditoriums, leading experts to believe that this may also have been part of Alexandria's ancient university.

    Re-boarding your coach, you'll head to the National Museum of Alexandria, considered by many to now be one of Egypt's premium museums. Located in a restored palace, this museum contains over 1,800 archaeological items that are housed chronologically on three floors. One level is dedicated to the Pharaohs' period, one to the Greco-Roman period and the last to the Coptic and Islamic eras. An interesting note is that the items in the museum were never previously exhibited, but instead were stored in other museums around Egypt. Additionally, some of the items on display were only recently found during underwater archaeological excavations in Alexandria.

    Your afternoon winds down with a stop for shopping before it's time to journey back to Port Said where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour travels a combined total of approximately 8 hours by coach and includes over 3 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and may not be suitable for those guests with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Flash photography and video cameras are not allowed at the Catacombs and the National Museum.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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