This 8-day itinerary combining history and archaeology will take you from Jordan to Greece. During your cruise, Le Lyrial will visit several unmissable sites between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
After your embarkation in Aqaba, Jordan’s only port, you will reach Ain Soukhna, the gateway to the Great Pyramids of Egypt and the new Grand Egyptian Museum of Cairo.
You will cross the world-famous Suez Canal, built by Ferdinand de Lesseps and widened recently to facilitate trade. You will then join Rhodes, whose old medieval town, built by the Knights of St John, is surrounded by ramparts. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: its famous Colossus.
Le Lyrial will then take you to Patmos, also known as the ‘Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea’, this divine island where Saint John is said to have received his visions features unique landscapes that blend long white beaches with rocky coves.
Your journey will end in Athens, on the edge of the Saronic Gulf. To take in all of the city’s dazzling cultural past, why not visit the National Archaeological Museum or the new Acropolis Museum inaugurated in 2009.