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+44 1756 706500

Greece, Cyprus and the Holy Land

Enjoy a 10-night cruise on brand new 596-passenger Silver Moon. Spend two days exploring the Holy Land, relax on the Greek Islands of Santorini and Rhodes, and explore Limassol's Old Town

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10 nights from £5200pp

Luxury Holiday
  • Santorini
  • Rhodes

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Greece, Cyprus and the Holy Land Special Offer

Discover traditions, legends and history on this 10-night cruise from Athens on brand new Silver Moon, exploring the Greek Islands, Cyprus and the Holy Land.

Cruise to Limassol, capital of Cyprus, where strong British flavours blend with Greek influences. The beaches are a perfect place to relax, or discover the rich Roman history or perhaps visit the medieval castle which dominates the old town. Two days in Israel gives chance to explore the Holy Land. Ashdod is gateway to Jerusalem, whilst Nazareth lies just 45 kilometers from Haifa.

Soak up the sun in Rhodes, one of the Dodecanese Islands, before spending two days on the island of Crete, visiting Agios Nikolaos and Souda Bay. Explore Santorini with its azure domes and whitewash buildings.

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Greece, Cyprus and the Holy Land Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Piraeus (Greece)

Fly from the UK to Athens and transfer to embark Silver Moon in Piraeus

Day 2 - At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 3 - Limassol (Cyprus)

Considerably closer to Lebanon than London, Limassol bathes in an envied climate, and lavishes in the luxuries of Cyprus’s sun-soaked summers, on this eastern frontier of Europe. A strong British flavour blends with Greek here, following 82 years of rule under the Union Jack. With beaches offering unlimited sun-worshipping, rich Roman history, and expert wineries surrounding the city, accept your invitation to enjoy Cyprus’s distant island of legend and ancient wonder. The Medieval Limassol Castle dominates Limassol’s attractive old town - Agiou Andreou. Wander the paved streets to shop for carefully-woven baskets and intricate lace pattern products. Rebuilt by the Ottomans in 1590, it’s believed that Richard the Lionheart was married to Queen Berengaria of Navarre here. In doing so, she became the first Queen of England never to set foot in England. The castle now forms part of the Cyprus Medieval Museum, where archaeological finds including Byzantine-era ceramics and armours are on display. Uncork some of the city’s finest wines, as you explore the producers that surround Limassol, or settle back in waterfront eateries to enjoy infinite sea views. Nearby, travel to Paphos’ UNESCO World Heritage Site burial tombs, and the city’s extraordinary unearthed mosaics, which lie to the west of the island. Cyprus’s divided capital, Nicosia, has more fascinating history - and complicated politics - to explore to the north.

Day 4 - Ashdod (Jerusalem, Israel)

From Ashdod’s port, it’s a just a short ride to Jerusalem’s land of incredible religious significance and cultural wonder. A city like no other, Jerusalem is a melting pot of traditions, and a place of staggering complexity and immeasurably deep, impactful history. It’s almost impossible to fully digest Jerusalem’s importance in the scriptures of the world’s largest religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and this collision of faiths helps to make it one of the world’s most fascinating locations. The Old City is the focal point for much of the religious reverence, with aged buildings from the world’s major faiths jostling for space, and melodic calls to prayer echoing down tight stone streets. Stroll the walkways to travel between deeply contrasting quarters, where you can sample roughly ripped pita bread, dipped into fresh, flavourful hummus. A place of unbridled passion and importance - but also extraordinary beauty - it’s easy to get swept away in the raw emotion that Jerusalem generates. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which archaeologists believe stands on the site where Jesus was crucified. Inside, emotional worshipers kneel before the stone where his body was wrapped in cloth in preparation for burial. The Wailing Wall is another place where passions run high, as worshipers place their folded messages into the wall’s cracks. Temple Mount’s golden dome glints in the sun nearby, signifying another point of pilgrimage for Jews - and for Muslims, who believe it is the place where Muhammad ascended to heaven.

Day 5 - Haifa (Nazareth, Israel)

At less than 45 kilometres from Nazareth, Haifa is often neglected when it comes to travel experiences. And understandably so, as Nazareth is definitely the superstar of the region. The pilgrimage site is certainly a must for all believers of all denominations, and the chance of seeing where Jesus spent his childhood is too good an opportunity to pass up for some. If, however you go expecting to find a bucolic utopia then think again. Nazareth today is bustling modern hub of a mega metropolis, which has grown up around the crumbling walls of the Old City. Nazareth Old City is stunning, and the historic sites where Jesus is believed to have lived and preached prior to his death are certainly bucket list. These include the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel visited Mary to inform her of her virgin birth, the Church of Joseph, the ancient site of Joseph’s carpentry shop and Cana (located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee), where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. But that is not to say that Haifa itself is not worth a visit. The city – the third largest in Israel after Tel Aviv and Jerusalem – is a mosaic of cultures and faiths, with Jews, Christians, Muslims and Baháʼís all living peacefully side by side. The Baháʼí Gardens, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, are without a doubt the city’s main attraction. Set on the flanks of Mont Carmel and sloping into the Mediterranean Sea, both the gardens and the city offer stunning views.

Day 6 - At sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 7 - Rhodes

With an endless sun-soaked season, earthy history and vibrant culture, the island of Rhodes has it all. At the crossroads between continents, and sandwiched between Crete and Turkey’s coastline, Rhodes has swayed between many mighty civilisations throughout its tumultuous history. Part of the Dodecanese Islands, which are sprinkled across the blissfully blue Aegean Sea, dive into this island of dazzling beaches, historic medieval towns, and whitewash villages. Crusted with turrets and walls, alluding to its strategic significance over the years. Incredible history has been left behind, and the cobbled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage site listed Old Town are some of Europe’s best. Wander back through time, with occasional minarets from Ottoman-era mosques rising from the tangle of Medieval history, and the smells of cinnamon, cumin and pepper lingering above stone-paved streets. Discover inviting outdoor restaurants, which spill across flower-filled courtyards, and enjoy fresh Greek cuisine with an eastern influence. The preserved columns of Lindos's spectacular Ancient Greek Acropolis watch out over electric blue water, while the Gothic Medieval stronghold of the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes, adds more fascinating history to explore. Fragrant, pine tree coated hills, and gorgeous beaches of eye-watering blue water, offer your choice of unbridled relaxation or thrilling action, and you can raise the pulse with water sports, or shelter in coves with shocks of turquoise water and monolithic rock formations.

Day 8 - Agios Nikolaos

Set on the east of the Greek island Crete, Aghios Nikolaos is a place of legend and luxury. Pastel-coloured houses jostle attractively around the pretty harbour and inky lake, while busy restaurants and cafes spill out onto its lively waterfront. Life here orbits around Lake Voulismeni, and the legendary lake is said to be bottomless, and to have been a bathing spot for Greek goddesses Athena and Artemis. Enjoy heavenly views of the water through frames of pretty, violet flowers, or climb the stone steps for a sweeping panorama of the town, lake and seas beyond. With abundant waterfront, hours meander past effortlessly in the town’s humming cafes, as characters come and go, and sunlight flicks off the sparkling waves. Aghios Nikolaos is surrounded by wide, scenic beaches, and you can choose between Voulisma - where crystal-clear water lolls against fine sand, or Almyros – where a refreshing ribbon of cooling freshwater snakes out into warm turquoise seawater. Away from the beaches, look for the brightly-frescoed Panagias Keras Church - one of the region’s oldest Byzantine churches - which dates back to the 13th century. Explore local farms to taste fresh oil, crushed from plump olives, ripened by the generous Cretan sun.

Day 9 - Souda Bay

Enter Souda Bay to land on Greece’s largest island, and explore the sun-soaked charms of this fascinating land of legends, landscapes and luxuries. Packed with beautiful beaches and rich maritime history, Souda Bay’s huge natural harbour is a spectacular entrance, opening up the treasures of Crete’s many well-stocked museums, rich archaeological sites, and charming Venetian fishing towns. The massive natural harbour of Souda Bay also makes the site an interesting spot for military history - with a huge NATO base here, as well as the Souda Bay War Cemetery, which honours Allied soldiers of World War II. Soak up some Mediterranean sunshine by heading straight to one of the luxurious white sand beaches - where you can recline to a soundtrack of fizzing waves, and dine with sparkling sea views stretching out before you. Explore olive groves producing golden oil, and savour the deep, fruity flavours. The island's renowned wineries, also invite you to sample lovingly-crafted Vilana grape wines. Rethymnon’s old town and star-shaped, seafront fortress are impressive sites to explore, or you can head to Akrotiri to discover the Arkadi Monastery's role in the Cretan resistance - and visit the site where the Greek flag was hoisted high into the sky by rebels in 1897. Crete retains its independent spirit but has gathered countless influences over its history. The island’s most beautiful Venetian port - Chania - is close by, and its picturesque old town and collage of historical influences are a highlight of any trip.

Day 10 - Santorini

Breathlessly romantic, and incredibly scenic, the azure domes and whitewash buildings that cascade down Santorini's slopes are prime honeymoon material - and relentlessly romantic. A true gem of the Cycladic island group, Santorini is startlingly pretty, and its white windmills and dazzling villages are incredibly easy on the eye. Envy-inducing and evocatively beautiful, Santorini's sunsets are legendary, and the island is a highlight of any voyage to the Greek islands. Look out over the endless expanse of blue waves, filling the massive volcanic caldera of Santorini – and absorb one of the most spectacular views in the world. The sheer rock shoulders of the caldera create an immense, natural amphitheatre - so enjoy the show, as you sip a local, volcanic-mineral enhanced white wine, and fall in love all over again. Any meal is well rounded off with the famous wine, Vinsanto. The east side of the island may lack the incredible panoramas, but it's ideal if all you want to do is recline on volcanic-sand beaches - which range in hues from charcoal-black to flame-red. This beautiful island was forged by powerful volcanic activity, and you can learn more about the huge eruption of 1,600 BCE - which wiped out the Minoan city at Akrotiri. The eruption sank the centre of the island, forming the moon-shaped topography we see now. Visit the archaeological site that has revealed and preserved the village, which was lost to time below the pumice and ash. Some whisper that this destroyed town may even be the fabled Atlantis.

Day 11 - Piraeus - UK

Disembark Silver Moon after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK

Silversea reserve the right to alter the itinerary due to a change in circumstances. The excursions are provided as a sample of what may be offered on this voyage and are subject to change. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your tour program runs as described.

Price Includes

  • 10-night cruise aboard Silver Moon
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Crew to guest ratio of nearly 1 to 1
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • Multiple restaurants, open-seating dining
  • Butler service for all suites
  • Complimentary, hosted adventures ashore
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Onboard gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance

Additional Information

  • Silversea's Healthy Return to Sailing:
  • Vaccination for all - All embarking crew and guests must have been fully vaccinated prior to sail date in order to board our ships. This requirement may differ according to region and country obligations.
  • Testing for all - All crew and guests will be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to boarding. Only those who test negative will be permitted to board our ships. All guests will undergo pre-embarkation health screening including an enhanced health questionnaire and touchless temperature check. Guests will also need to comply with local health regulations in the country of embarkation. These could include an additional COVID-19 test (PCR or other) that may be required to enter the country or port of departure. At this stage, safety requirements for travel are evolving very rapidly. The latest information regarding safety regulations for your voyage will be communicated to you no later than 30 days prior to sailing.
  • Physical Distancing - Thanks to the intimate size of our ships and the abundance of space enjoyed by our guests, our ships can guarantee physical distancing with only minor reconfigurations to onboard public areas. Furthermore, we might sail at reduced capacity during the first months of our operations. Our flexible embarkation procedure will be further relaxed by the implementation of staggered check-in times at various locations on the pier. This will ensure ample space for every guest to embark in comfort and safety.
  • Verified Shore Excursions - Our itineraries have been revised to include only low-risk destinations with approved contingency plans. Guests wishing to go ashore in port will only be allowed to do so with a verified shore excursion party. These verified shore excursions ensure that all Silversea health and safety measures are met, including mandatory testing of all tour guides.
  • Masks - In accordance with the Healthy Sail Panel and CDC latest recommendations, guests will be required to wear a mask in all indoor public areas, terminals and during shore excursions. Crew will be wearing masks at all times. Nevertheless, guests will not be required to wear masks while seated in restaurants, at tables in bars, and in outdoor areas in which physical distancing can be maintained. Silversea is constantly monitoring the public health guidelines and will modify its policies accordingly.

Special Features

  • Silversea's Healthy Return to Sailing:
  • Vaccination for all - All embarking crew and guests must have been fully vaccinated prior to sail date in order to board our ships. This requirement may differ according to region and country obligations.
  • Testing for all - All crew and guests will be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to boarding. Only those who test negative will be permitted to board our ships. All guests will undergo pre-embarkation health screening including an enhanced health questionnaire and touchless temperature check. Guests will also need to comply with local health regulations in the country of embarkation. These could include an additional COVID-19 test (PCR or other) that may be required to enter the country or port of departure. At this stage, safety requirements for travel are evolving very rapidly. The latest information regarding safety regulations for your voyage will be communicated to you no later than 30 days prior to sailing.
  • Physical Distancing - Thanks to the intimate size of our ships and the abundance of space enjoyed by our guests, our ships can guarantee physical distancing with only minor reconfigurations to onboard public areas. Furthermore, we might sail at reduced capacity during the first months of our operations. Our flexible embarkation procedure will be further relaxed by the implementation of staggered check-in times at various locations on the pier. This will ensure ample space for every guest to embark in comfort and safety.
  • Verified Shore Excursions - Our itineraries have been revised to include only low-risk destinations with approved contingency plans. Guests wishing to go ashore in port will only be allowed to do so with a verified shore excursion party. These verified shore excursions ensure that all Silversea health and safety measures are met, including mandatory testing of all tour guides.
  • Masks - In accordance with the Healthy Sail Panel and CDC latest recommendations, guests will be required to wear a mask in all indoor public areas, terminals and during shore excursions. Crew will be wearing masks at all times. Nevertheless, guests will not be required to wear masks while seated in restaurants, at tables in bars, and in outdoor areas in which physical distancing can be maintained. Silversea is constantly monitoring the public health guidelines and will modify its policies accordingly.
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 28th - Piraeus and back - Sailing on: Silver Moon From: £5200
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    • Jul 18th - Piraeus and back - Sailing on: Silver Moon From: £5200
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    • Aug 7th - Piraeus and back - Sailing on: Silver Moon From: £5200
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