Cruise Israel, Greece and ancient cultures
Travel to the best tourist spots in Greece, Cyprus and Israel
Step aboard this Pullmantur cruise that will take you to the Eastern most shores of the famous Mediterranean Sea, especially the area known as the Levantine Sea, a broad stretch of sea that reaches between the coasts of the island of Cyprus and Israel. This route starts in Piraeus, the main port of Athens, which lies only eight kilometres to the south-west of the capital of Greece. It is therefore the perfect starting point to visit and sail through the Greek Islands, the most outstanding of which are essential ports of call for most of the cruises on the Aegean Sea.
When you are in the port of Piraeus, you can see that the area is marked by three natural bays. This first of these, called Kantharos, is the usual starting point for the largest boats, whether they are cruise ships or merchant vessels, while the second, Zea Bay, has an interesting promenade lined with businesses and the best leisure amenities in Athens. Next to these, there is a delightful area of Piraeus called Mikrolimano, but also known as Munichia, which has the distinction of a number of wonderful taverns specialising in fresh fish.
Afterwards, the cruise ship Israel, Greece and millennial cultures will take you to Limassol, on the southern coast of Cyprus. It is the second largest city on the island, with the only larger city on the island being the capital, Nicosia. Thanks to its privileged geographical location and extensive cultural heritage, this city welcomes thousands of tourists from all over the world, all year round. Among the most important places in Limassol are the Old Fortress, which stands very close to the coastline, the Archaeological Museum of Limassol, the church of Santa Catalina, which is one of the few catholic churches on the island, and Kolossi Castle, built in the 15th century.
Make contact with the essence of Israel in Haifa and Ashdod
Undoubtedly, two of the most attractive destinations on this Pullmantur cruise are in Israel. One of them is the city of Haifa, which is well-known as a tourist attraction but also and one of the largest cities in Israel. It is a modern city which has managed to duplicate its population figures in the last half century. When making a tourist visit to Haifa, there are a number of places that you should not miss, such as the Bat Galim district, where the National Maritime Museum is located, or the marvellous Cave of the prophet Elijah, a magical place associated with many fantastic legends.
The main destination of this cruise Israel, Greece and millennial cultures is that of the port of Ashdod, a modern Mediterranean city located just 70 kilometres from Jerusalem, the main city of Israel, by highway. This is precisely where Jonah’s Hill stands, the place where, according to traditions, the remains of the prophet Jonah are buried. Once you are in Ashdod, however, you will have the perfect opportunity to discover the most attractive points of interest in the only city in the world that is sacred to no less than three separate religions. This Pullmantur cruise offers you the chance to visit the sites and the most important monuments of Jerusalem.
It is the largest and most heavily-populated city in Israel, and it contains the most important tourist attractions in the area known as the Old City of Jerusalem. Amongst all of these, the Holy Sepulchre stands out, located in the heart of the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem, with the Temple Mount, which is the third holiest site for Islam, after Mecca and Medina, the famous Western wall, in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, the Armenian church of Saint James and the Vía Dolorosa, which is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Christians. Two other sites near the city that should not be missed are the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion.
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The Island of Patmos, a holy place on the shores of the Aegean
This cruise is completed by our arrival at Patmos, one of the islands with the most remarkable traditions among all those that make up the Dodecanese archipelago. It is one of the smaller islands, although it has an unusual landscape consisting of many rocky hills and sparse vegetation. There are two main towns on the island, which are known as Patmos Jora and Skala. This Pullmantur destination became an important place during the period of Roman occupation because it was often used as a place of exile, and it is believed that Saint John the Apostle lived as a hermit on the island, during which time he wrote the strange and otherworldly texts of the Apocalypse.
The island of Patmos has around 63 kilometres of coastline, with several beaches of great quality, such as the Throne of Apollo, the Gulf of Lambi, Merika and the Gulf of Lefkes. However, the sandy beaches that attract most visitors to Patmos include those of Grikos, Vagia, Agios Nikolaos, Psili Ammos and Kalikatsous. Besides these, there are also a number of alternative tourist destinations in the area, such as the option to take a boat to the tiny neighbouring islands of Arki and Agathonisi, two privileged sites of priceless natural beauty. Patmos is a place of marvellous landscapes framed by the intense blue of the sea, with numerous beaches and bays, archipelagos of islets and high towering rock faces.
When you decide to make a tourist visit to Patmos, you should know that most of the activity on the island takes place in Skala, which is the most modern part, although Patmos Jora contains most of the outstanding monuments and buildings on the island. For example, the monastery fortress of Saint John the Theologian with its impressive battlements built of intense dark stone is well worth visiting, or the charming central square where you can find some of the most popular restaurants serving traditional Greek food as well as being the central hub of all the picturesque little streets in this important area of Patmos.