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Le Ponant

Egypt and Israel 10 Day Cruise

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. This beautifully appointed 290-foot vessel was built in France in 1991 and currently sails through some of the world’s most amazing tropical locations. Le Ponant is a sleek, white, three-masted sailing vessel built to the highest international standards. Sailing experience is not necessary as the crew perform all the manoeuvres, but they are only too happy to answer your sailing questions and you can guarantee that you will be accompanied on your travels by other passengers with a love of the ocean. With accommodation for just 64 guests and a crew of 32, you can be assured of attentive service throughout your cruise. Le Ponant features a gourmet and an open-air restaurant, a lounge, bar and video room. All of the well-appointed cabins benefit from an ocean views, air-conditioning and a host of modern amenities including flatscreen television and Wi-Fi.





Embark the ship in Antalya.

Day 1: Antalya

Join the Le Ponant in Antalya. After settling in on board, there will be an opportunity to meet your fellow passengers at a Welcome Cocktail Reception.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Haifa. Make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality.

Day 3: Haifa

Spend a full day in Haifa, Israel's third largest city, beautifully set on the slopes of Mount Carmel facing the Mediterranean Sea. The city’s most iconic sites are the immaculately landscaped terraces of the Bahá'í Gardens and, at their heart, the gold-domed Shrine of the Báb. From Haifa, do not miss the visit to Nazareth and its many churches commemorating the memory of Jesus Christ, who grew up in this Israeli village.

Day 4: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Alexandria.

Day 5: Alexandria

Arrive early morning at the mythical Alexandria port city in the Nile Delta. Its rich history has always been the source of dreams for archaeologists, writers and artists around the world. Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, the city was mainly known for its library and its monumental lighthouse. The library aimed to be a storehouse of universal knowledge, while the lighthouse was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. For centuries, this city was one of the greatest cultural centres in the Mediterranean and its landmarks now provide a fascinating glimpse into its proud past.

Day 6: Port Said - Suez Canal

Arrive midday at Port Said. The city was an audacious but successful project created to link the Mediterranean with the Red Sea in the 19th Century and create a maritime route via a canal. The Suez Canal crosses the desert for 162 kilometres and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalized by Nasser in 1956. Admire the colonial houses with their large balconies, which give Port Said its cachet.

Day 7: Crossing the Suez Canal

Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.

Day 8: Ain Sukhna

Arrive in the evening at Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it is an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt. Ain Sokhna, the ideal starting point for a visit to the Egypt of the Pharaohs, and the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Day 9: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as Le Ponant sails towards Aqaba. make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing.

Day 10: Aqaba

Arrive in Aqaba, located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. After breakfast you will disembark the ship. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.


Disembark the ship in Aqaba.


  • 9 Nights' accommodation on board the Le Ponant
  • Full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Captain's welcome cocktail
  • Mineral water, coffee, wine served with meals, afternoon tea
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment


  • International transportation & transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and medical expenses
  • Passport and visa requirements
  • Onboard purchases
  • Optional excursions

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