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Cruise from Sharm el Sheikh on this 7-night Red Sea cruise holiday to Aqaba for Petra, Eilat, Safaga for Luxor, and to the Suez Canal

Starting with two nights and time to explore Sharm el Sheikh, the famous resort and diving centre of the Red Sea, and to visit inland Mount Sinai, this exciting cruise continues up the Red Sea to the mouth of the Suez Canal at Adabiyah. From here it is possible to visit Cairo and the Pyramids.

Sharm el Sheikh

Continue to Safaga on Egypt's Red Sea coast, perhaps visiting Luxor and its famous archaeological sights near the River Nile. The cruise travels up the narrow Gulf of Aqaba to Aqaba in Jordan, for excursions to the ancient fortress of Petra.

Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza

The ship calls at the Israeli port of Eilat before returning to Sharm el Sheikh. This cruise is a superb way to see the best of the Red Sea area in style.

Temple of Luxor, reached from Safaga

CS614: Departure Dates 2012
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
CS614: Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Red Sea 2012£ price per person
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double cabin
Price is liable to daily change
Cruise is offered cruise-only. Your choices of flights and hotel pre- or post-cruise can be arranged

Eilat, Israel

The price includes
  • 7 nights full board cruise holiday onboard Costa Grand Voyager
  • Government fees and taxes
The price does not include
  • International flights, travel insurance, drinks, shore excursions, personal expenses, service charges, tips on board and ashore, cruise operator fuel surcharges and any other item not expressly included in the fare.

Gulf of Suez, with Gulf of Aqaba to right (Nasa image)

Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Red Sea Cruise Itinerary
Day 1
Sharm el Sheikh

Embark Costa Grand Voyager, having flown to Sharm el Sheikh perhaps for a pre-cruise stay. Twenty years ago Sharm el Sheikh was a fishing village inhabited by about 100 people. Now it is the best-known Egyptian Red Sea resort. Sharm el Sheikh and nearby Naama and Sheikh Coast bays form an international resort noted for relaxation and for its underwater life.

Day 2
Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh's main attractions are its blue water, brightly coloured fish and multicoloured coral reefs. The town offers over 60 kilometres of coastline including some of the finest in the region, with some 30 diving sites including Tiran, Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson Reef.

Day 3
Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh is the starting point for excursions to Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments. From the mountain there is a splendid view of the whole region. It is a two-and-a half-hour walk to the summit from St Catherine's Monastery, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It is named after the martyred Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and contains ancient manuscripts and priceless icons.

Day 4
Sokhna, Egypt

Sokhna is close to the southern entrance to the Suez Canal, with a constant flow of passing shipping. It is only two hours from Cairo and a visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza.

Day 5
Safaga, Egypt

Safaga attracts tourists from all over the world to its wide bay with splendid turquoise waters and long beaches. It is a favourite Red Sea resort for windsurfers - the World Championships were held here in 1993 - and for scuba diving experts and enthusiasts, with an incredible variety of underwater life. Safaga is the starting point for excursions to the famed Egyptian ruins of the Temple of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings where Egyptian rulers were buried.

Day 6
Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba is Jordan's main port and the country's only access to the Red Sea, reached through the Gulf of Aqaba only 24km wide. With an ancient history, Aqaba was conquered by Lawrence of Arabia in a dawn raid from across the Wadi Rum desert. Nowadays visitors come to Aqaba for its clear waters, amazing coral and countless exotic fish, and also to visit the legendary Jordanian ruins of Petra. Carved from solid rose-red stone, the ancient fortress city of Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Day 7
Eilat, Israel

Across the Gulf from Aqaba, Eilat is Israel's popular holiday resort, whose beaches, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination. Eilat offers mirror-like sea, lively beaches, seafront bars and restaurants, watersports, a spectacular underwater world, and treks into the desert.

Day 8
Sharm el Sheikh

Disembark for return flight, or extend your stay at Sharm el Sheikh

Petra in Jordan

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