Tour Itinerary overview

The Mediterranean Ancient Empires & Doctrines Cruise with Chef Eric Leterc offers a 14-day cruise onboard Crystal Cruises.

September 09 - 23: Sailing onboard Crystal Cruises' Serenity

Crystal Cruises' Sailing Overview

Date Port Arrival Depart
9/9/18 Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy Embark 6pm
9/10/18 Naples, Italy 7am 6pm
9/11/18 Sicily/Catania, Italy 8am 7pm
9/12/18 - 9/13/18 Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
9/14/18 Ashdod, Israel* 7am 9pm
9/15/18 Haifa, Israel 7am  
9/16/18 Haifa, Israel   7pm
9/17/18 Limassol, Cyprus 8am 6pm
9/18/18 Paphos, Cyprus 8am 6pm
9/19/18-9/20/18 Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
9/21/18 Valletta, Malta 8am 11pm
9/22/18 Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
9/23/18 Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy 10am Debark

* Overnight at the David Citadel hotel



Sunday, September 09, 2018
Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy

Depart: 6 PM

Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. Today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments. Located 90 minutes away is the Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.

 

Monday, September 10, 2018
Naples, Italy

Arrive: 7 AM; Depart: 6 PM

Today’s shore excursion will focus on Mount Vesuvius and the ancient city of Pompeii, once a thriving empire devastated by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius more than 1900 years ago. After touring the temples, porticoes and mansions and viewing the art of wealthy patricians we’ll return to the ship via L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. Here we’ll enjoy the traditional Margherita pizza. The Margherita pizza, consisting of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, represents the colors of the Italian flag and was originally created in 1889 in honor of the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy.

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Sicily/Catania, Italy

Arrive: 8 AM; Depart: 7 PM

Certainly the highlight of today’s shore excursion to Catania is La Pescheria, one of the best food markets in Italy. Although the literal translation is “Fish Market,” La Pescheria is so much more, boasting incredible butcher’s stalls along with phenomenal vegetable and fruit vendors hawking their products in loud and boisterous outbursts. Following a traditional Sicilian lunch at Osteria I Tre Bicchieri, we’ll return to the ship where, at dinner, we’ll be treated to an appetizer specially created by Chef Eric Leterc from the fresh products found at La Pescheria.

 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 -
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

 

Friday, September 14, 2018
Ashdod, Israel

Arrive: 7 AM, Depart: 9 PM - Land overnight at the David Citadel hotel

Drive to Jerusalem, to the top of Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In 325, Constantine’s mother Helen first requisitioned the area for a church. This 4th- century church was largely destroyed by the Turks in 1009 and partially restored in 1048. The impressive stone decorations adorning the facade date from crusader times. In its current form, the church preserves the crusader structure and is shared by six Christian denominations: Greek, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian and Syrian Orthodox, and Roman Catholic. The church enshrines a tomb that some traditions hold to be the place of Jesus’ burial and resurrection.

End the day at the Machne Yehuda Market, a landmark institution and one of the most prosperous markets in Israel. Have an in-depth tour with emphasis on the history of the market, the types of foods sold and their uses and origins. Stroll around the colorful stalls, you will see, hear, smell and feel how many Jerusalemites and visitors experience this thriving market.

Dinner tonight will be a treat: drive to the Tahana Complex to the Hasadna (The Workshop), trendy restaurant for a private food tasting for modern Israeli cuisine that is slowly emerging in Europe.

After dinner, return to David Citadel hotel

 

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Haifa, Israel

Arrive: 7 AM

Breakfast at the David Citadel hotel. Drive to Caiaphas House (Church of Peter Galicantus) and see the dungeon where Jesus was held before his trial. Continue to the Shrine of the Book to glimpse the incredible Dead Sea Scrolls. Also see the wonderful model of Jerusalem from the days of Jesus. Drive 6 miles south to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the holy land still in use. Construction began in the year 326, based on the local tradition that Jesus was born in a cave at the edge of the village.

Enjoy lunch in Bethlehem with traditional Arab Cuisine.

Then drive south to the ruins of Caesarea, a large port city built by Herod the Great to honor Roman Caesar Augustus. Herod built a port in the bay and erected all the cultural institutions found in every great Greco-Roman city - a theater, a hippodrome, and a luxurious bathhouse. In order to supply water to the city’s ever-growing population, he built an aqueduct system stretching from the springs of Mt. Carmel to Caesarea. Part of this system is still visible today. The Book of Acts refers repeatedly to Caesarea as the city Peter visited (Acts 10).

Continue to Haifa Port, where we will return to Crystal Cruises in time for dinner (Dinner onboard)

 

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Haifa, Israel

Depart: 7 PM

Visit the Spice Farm in Beit Lechem Haglilit (the boutique and most prestigious spice farm in Israel) and participate in a workshop, which includes making ZA’ATAR, the typical Galilean spice.

Take a private boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Genosar and visit the fisherman's boat discovered in 1986 and dating back to the days of Jesus. Drive to the Magdala Archeological Center and visit the recent excavations.

Then, a special lunch experience: meet Chef Zuzu Hana at his chef’s Restaurant Magdalena. Chef Zuzu is the most prominent Arab Chef in Israel introducing modern gourmet Arab Cuisine.

Continue to Peter’s Home in Capernaum which reveals the domestic life of a New Testament fisherman. Drive to the Mount of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and the Miracle of the Multiplication.

Return to the ship by 5:30pm

 

Monday, September 17, 2018
Limassol, Cyprus

Arrive: 8 AM; Depart: 6 PM

Arrive at Choirokitia village, and enjoy a Halloumi cheese-making & tasting demonstration. Continue for a visit to the Kourion Archaeological site including House of Eustolios (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Have lunch at La Maison Fleurie, combining French & Greek cuisine. Drive to in Omodoss village for a visit to the Holy Cross church. Finish the day at Limassol old city and the Limassol Marina.

Return to the ship by 5:00pm

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Paphos, Cyprus

Arrive: 8 AM; Depart: 6 PM

Stroll around the Limanaki area for a Photo stop at Paphos Castle. Continue to the House of Dionysos in the Archaeological Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Then, visit the Tombs of the Kings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Arrive for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit the Geroskipou village and stroll around for a traditional Lokoumi (sweet delicacy) demonstration and tasting

Return to the ship by 5:00pm

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 -
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

 

Friday, September 21, 2018
Valletta, Malta

Arrive: 8 AM

Valletta, Malta’s capital and World Heritage site is nothing short of an open-air museum. It is a living experience of Baroque architecture, a monument donated by the Knights of St John nearly five centuries ago.

Then, proceed to St John’s Co-Cathedral, adorned in riches that date back to the Knights of Malta including the world-famous Caravaggio painting that is on display in the Oratory of this Cathedral.

Lunch will be served at the La Marina Trattoria Italian Restaurant, situated in the Old Treasury Building of the Knights of Saint John, at the historic Birgu Waterfront in Vittoriosa.

After Lunch drive in MDINA – the ancient capital of Malta, a treasure of architecture. The history of Mdina traces back more than 4000 years. Lamp lit by night and referred to as “the silent city”, Mdina is fascinating to visit for its timeless atmosphere as well as its cultural and religious treasures. Impressive palaces line its arrow, shady streets. Mdina is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and Baroque architecture.

Return to the ship by 5:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy

Debark: PM

Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. Today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments. Located 90 minutes away is the Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.