Set off to discover the splendours of the Orient. This brand new itinerary taking you from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, from Antalya to Aqaba, has many a surprise in store.
During this 13-day cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier, you will sail along the waters of the Near East and explore mythical sites, gems of the great civilisations.
Your ship will depart from Antalya, once a major Roman port and now a seaside resort on the Turkish Riviera, and set a course for Haifa. A city of many languages and cultures, Haifa mixes historical visits and the pleasures of the Mediterranean way of life. From there, you will be able to make your way to the legendary Galilee region and visit Nazareth, the birthplace of Christianity where Jesus is said to have been raised, or Acre, whose extraordinary old city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your cruise will continue along the shores of Israel until reaching Ashdod. The largest port in the country, this incredibly vibrant city is the gateway to the three-times-holy city of Jerusalem and to the extraordinary ancient site of Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea. You will also have the possibility of discovering Tel Aviv, the white city.
Chart a course for Egypt and the mythical Alexandria, the next port of call on your cruise. This legendary city has fascinated travellers since it was founded 2,300 years ago by Alexander the Great, who gave it his name.
You will cross the famous Suez Canal, which was built by Ferdinand de Lesseps and widened recently to facilitate trade before joining Safaga, in Egypt. From this port on the Red Sea, you will have the chance to discover the region's exceptional underwater treasures, but also Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes and the capital of the pharaohs.
Your journey will end in Aqaba, a Jordanian port city on the shores of the Red Sea.