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Israel - Greece - Turkey Singles Cruise

from Rome

September 28 to October 10, 2021

Join Best Single Travel on our cruise to the Holy Land and the Mediterranean, stopping in amazing port towns all along the way. Visit small villages, ancient ruins and beautiful sandy beaches in Italy, Israel, Malta and Greece. Discover the history and hear the stories and myths of ancient civilizations.

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Float in the Dead Sea - Visit Pompeii - See an Active Volcano - Touch the Wailing Wall

 

Israel - Greece - Turkey Singles Cruise Daily Itinerary

Cruise Day 1: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy  (Tuesday: September 28 / Embark 5:00pm)
CivitavecchiaCivitavecchia is a coastal town northwest of Rome, Italy. Built in the 2nd century, the Port of Civitavecchia still retains some of its original features, like the Roman Dock. The port area also includes the 16th-century Michelangelo Fort. Nearby, the National Archaeological Museum displays bronze and ceramic artifacts. Northeast of town are the Terme Taurine, the ruins of a Roman thermal bath complex.
Welcome Aboard: Celebrity Reflection (Boarding Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm) - Arrive a day early and take the group shuttle (see pre-night below) to Civitavecchia, about 1 1/2 hours from Rome or arrive today and book the Celebrity Cruise shuttle.

Cruise Day 2: Day at Sea  (Thursday: September 29)
Tote bag paintingOur first day at sea should be relaxing but lots of fun. So let's get to know each other using the interesting Conversation Starter questions. We never know what the question is or the unexpected answers from your fellow cruisers.
After lunch it is paint your Tote Bag time. If you can color then you will love painting a tote bag. And yes you get to keep the bag so let your creative juices flow.

Cruise ship bingoCruise Day 3: Day at Sea  (Friday: September 30)
Today is Scavanger Hunt and Bingo day with the singles. Not only will you get a chance to win prizes but the Bingo cards are free. Bingo is exclusively for our singles group so start covering those numbers and see if you are a winner. Get to know our cruise ship this afternoon with a special Celebrity Reflection photo scavenger hunt. This is a no rush hunt as you will have two hours to locate, photo and meet back to show us your photos.

 

Cruise Day 4: Limassol, Cyprus  (Saturday: October 1 / 9:00am - 6:00pm)
limassol cyprusLimassol is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. It’s known for the centuries-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. On the seafront is the Prokymea (Molos) Sculpture Park, with sculptures by Cypriot, Greek and international artists. To the northeast is the Limassol Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artifacts from the Neolithic to the Roman periods.
Included Shore Excursion: Kalidonia Waterfalls & Jeep Safari - A beautiful countryside road through little villages and splendid views will take us to the donkey farm in Apesiá Hills, one of Cyprus' most unspoiled and natural areas. Enjoy fresh air, hillside views, as well as great fun and laughter while riding your donkey! Then Apesia Hills donkeyswe stop in Kapileio village to get a glimpse of the traditional way of Cyprus life before we continue with our exciting off-road drive with magnificent panoramic views. Stop in Laneia, a picturesque village at the foot of Mount Troodos and one of Cyprus' wine producing villages. Walk along the beautiful flower lined streets and stone houses, then visit an ancient and authentic Linos, a wine press formerly used for making the legendary wine Commandaria. Our off-road drive continues to the village of Platres, where we leave our jeeps for a hike on the beautiful Caledonia Nature Trail. Walking through the picturesque forest along the river ‘Krios Potamos’, we will reach Caledonia (Kalidonia) Waterfalls, the highest in Cyprus. We will stop for an optional lunch at a traditional mountain village restaurant before visiting a local winery to taste delicious local wines.

 

Cruise Day 5: Haifa, Israel (Sunday, October 2 / 6:00am - 7:00pm)
Akko AcreThis spectacular city rises dramatically from the Mediterranean on terraced hillsides, which culminate with Mount Carmel. From that viewpoint all the world seems to lie at your feet. On a clear day you can see north all the way to the Lebanese border, as well as the snowcapped Mount Hermon to the east.
Included Shore Excursion: Acre, Tzfat and Haifa Day Tour -  We travel just 14 miles north to Acre (Akko), a mixed Arab and Jewish city that holds many secrets both above and below ground. A small fisherman port today, this old city was once the fierce capital of the Crusaders and their last Holly Land stronghold. Later, it became an important Ottoman city and many elegant buildings and monuments were erected.
Our tour begins with a visit to the underground Crusaders Knights Hall, walk through narrow passes and alleys, and we arrive at the old port of Akko. During the British mandate, Jewish prisoners of the underground movement were imprisoned in the Akko prison and a daring escape  took place, which Paul Newman portrayed in the movie Exodus. 
HaifaNext, we drive to Tzfat (Safed), considered to be one of the Four Holy Cities for Jews that rose after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AC. We will explore this mystical and spiritual city, with its unique synagogues, art galleries, and the World Kabbalah Center. There will be time to have lunch or shopping.
On our way back to the port, we stop by the Bahai Gardens and Temples, possibly the most distinct tourist attraction in all of Haifa. The Bahai Gardens are a stunning statement of geometric, manicured shrubbery, trees, beautiful flowers, soothing fountains, and grand sculptures. The Gardens provide the most exquisite sense of peace and beauty, a true feeling of paradise and an amazing view of Haifa.

 

Cruise Day 6: Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel (Monday: October 3 / 7:00am )
mount of olivesJerusalem, a Middle Eastern city west of the Dead Sea, has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims since the biblical era. Its Old City has significant religious sites around the Temple Mount compound, including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site) and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome
Included Shore Excursion: Jerusalem City Tour -  As we leave the port and travel towards Jerusalem, our private guide will begin unraveling Israel’s rich history.  Our tour begins with a magnificent panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, including the famous Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. We then drive through the Valley of Kidron and enter the old city through one of its eleven gates. We will walk through Via Dolorosa, the same path where Jesus walked on his way to his crucifixion and follow the different stations of the cross ending with the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Church of Resurrection)- the site described in the New Testament as Golgotha where Jesus was crucified and later buried. We continue to explore the Christian quarter before free time for lunch or shopping in the market.
cobblestone streetThen we walk to the Jewish quarter and explore both the current level, mainly restored after the 1967 war, and the ancient 2000-year-old level, which consists of fascinating ruins. Our next stop will be the Wailing Wall, located on Temple Mount, the holiest site for the Jewish people and the last remains from the once magnificent Second Temple.
Departing the Old City we drive through the new parts of Jerusalem past The Israeli Parliament, the Supreme Court and the, Israel Museum, home of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Our last stop is at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honoring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.

Cruise Day 7: Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel (Tuesday: October 4 / 8:00pm)
Masada Cable car
Sacred to three of the world's major religions, Jerusalem is one of the world's oldest cities, with a history dating back to 4000 BC. Ashdod is the sixth-largest city and the largest port in Israel accounting for 60% of the country's imported goods.
Included Shore Excursion: Dead Sea & Masada Day Tour - We meet our local guide and embark on a two-hour drive, passing through Jerusalem and start to descend through the Judean Desert into the Valley of the Dead Sea. On a clear day enjoy the superb view that stretches well into Jordan. After about an hour drive, we enter the great plateau of the Dead Sea and will officially be in the lowest place on earth. 
Our first stop will be the Fortress of Masada, built by King Herod in 31 BCE and now considered a dead sea floatWorld Heritage Site. We will take the cable car to the top of Masada and walk through its magnificent ruins, the last stronghold of Jewish warriors and their families during the great Roman rebellion. After a long siege, the Romans built a ramp up the mountain, and the battle was lost. The Jewish rebels made a communal decision to commit suicide and not fall to the Romans’ sword.
From Masada, we will continue to the Dead Sea, where there will be time for lunch and a float. The Dead Sea's famously hyper-saline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments.  Enjoy the floating sensation of the sea and the mud upon your skin. After our refreshing time at the beach, we travel back to Ashdod port, passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world.


Cruise Day 8: Day at Sea  (Thursday: October 5)
braceletsAfter a week of sightseeing, let's sleep late as there are no activites planned for the morning. This afternoon it is time for our famous Jewelry making session at sea. Every cruise has its own charms and beads that make your jewelry designs one of a kind. Create bracelets, earings, key chains and more. They are the perfect souvenir for yourself or to give as a gift.

Cruise Day 9: Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey (Friday, October 6 / 7:00am - 5:30pm)
kusadasiKusadasi is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. A jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus, it’s also a major cruise ship destination. Its seafront promenade, marina, and harbor are lined with hotels and restaurants. Just offshore on Pigeon Island is a walled Byzantine castle that once guarded the town, connected to the mainland via causeway.
Included Shore Excursion: Tour of  the Temple of Artemis, Ephesus & Mary's House Enjoy a short scenic ride to our first stop, the Temple of Artemis (Diana). Built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature and fertility, the temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in ancient Greece. Today, little remains of the magnificent structure. Next we will explore one of Turkey’s most famous ancient treasures, Ephesus, the second largest city in the Ephesus LibraryRoman Empire with over 250.000 people in the 1st BC. Ephesus was the harbor city and was built only with marble. Follow the marble covered roads and see baths, old houses, and famous monuments. View the Fountain of Trajan, Odeon and the Temple of Hadrian. Then discover the amazing Library of Celsus adorned with columns and statues and the Great Theatre where Saint Paul preached to a capacity of 24,000.
After lunch we will visit the House of Mother Mary, where the Christian icon is rumored to have lived her final years. See the small sanctuary and a wishing wall along with lush gardens. Then we drive back to Kusadasi for free time before boarding the ship.

 

Cruise Day 10: Athens (Piraeus), Greece (Saturday, October 7 / 6:00am - 6:00pm)
acropolisThis is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping. Explore more of Athens on a European cruise!
Included Shore Excursion - Acropolis and Plaka Tour - With today's tour we explore the revealing beauty of Athens, visit the highlights of the architecture, mythology, history, civilization and culture and have a wonderful & unforgettable experience! See Ancient Greece's most impressive sights on our Athens shore excursion. Get an up-close look at the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as the presidential guards Plaka Athenswho protect it. There will be time to explore, have lunch and shop the small shops as we wander the timeworn streets of Plaka. Tour the Acropolis of Athens, the Greek capital’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed showstopper, where the Parthenon and other classical ruins await. See highlights such as the Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea gateway and the Parthenon, the Acropolis’ crowning jewel. Stop for photos and listen to our guide’s commentary about the historical significance behind each ruin.

 

Cruise Day 11: Katakolon, Greece (Sunday: October 8 / 9:00am - 6:00pm)
katakolon greeceKatakolon, a charming fishing village on the Ionian Coast, is the gateway to the Ancient Olympia archaeological site. Every four years the Olympic flame is rekindled there and carried to wherever the games are hosted around the world. The Olympic Games were held at this site to 393 BC when the Emperor prohibited pagan festivals and eventually ordered the temples to be destroyed. In the 6th century, earthquakes completed the ravages of man and successive floods gradually buried what was left of the sacred land, preserving it until archaeologist brought it back to life in 1875.
Included Shore Excursion: Ancient Olympia Tour - From Katakolon, enjoy a brief scenic drive through the lush countryside to Olympia. Pass by the modern town ancient olympiaof Pyrgos and several small villages along the way. During our visit, spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the site and 1 hour in the museum. See the Temple of Zeus, once the richest in the sanctuary, it contained the giant gold and ivory statue of Zeus. Then view the Temple of Hera, the Shrine of Pelops, one of the oldest in the Sanctuary, the Council House, where the athletes took the Olympic oath, the Treasuries, the Palaestra and Gymnasium. Step through the gate onto the floor of the original Stadium and view the marble starting blocks still in their original positions.
A short walk will take us to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, where we will find a unique collection of Greek sculpture, including the famous Hermes of Praxiteles. There are many other artifacts including ancient pieces of armor and bronze figurines, unearthed during excavations over the years. Then we take a short drive to Olympia Town for 30 minutes of free time to explore and shop before we head back to the port.

 

Cruise Day 12: Day at Sea  (Monday: October 9)
Let's enjoy our last day at sea and all the amenities of our cruise ship, the Celebrity Reflection plus all the fun activities exclusively for our singles group.

 

Cruise Day 13: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy  (Tuesday: October 10 /5:00am)
Our cruise ship docks early this morning. Time for breakfast before saying goodbye to all your new friends. Transfer to the airport for your flights home. Have a safe flight!

 

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Singles Cruise Pricing

Inside Cabin
Interior staterooms are an excellent value. These spacious staterooms have no window which is great if you like to sleep late!

Ocean View
The large picture window will delight you and provides an excellent view of the ocean and all destinations!
* Some oceanview cabins have obstructed views

Private Balcony
Enjoy the scenic views from your own private balcony. Most balcony staterooms also have a separate sitting area.

I will share a cabin with a friend or use the Singles Cruise Roommate Match Program
Cabin TypeDepositFull Payment

Inside

$600 $3486.33

Oceanview

$600 Call Us

Balcony

$600 $4156.33
Best Single Travel provides roommate matching to our clients who confirm their reservations at least 90 days before departure.
Amounts are per-person in US Dollars and Include Taxes and Port Charges
I want my own cabin
Cabin TypeDepositFull Payment

Inside

$1000 $5595.33

Oceanview

$1000 Call Us

Balcony

$1000
$6955.33
Amounts are per-person in US Dollars and Include Taxes and Port Charges

*Prices are Not Guaranteed Until Booked.  Final Payment is due June 1, 2021

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Israel - Greece - Turkey Singles Cruise
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