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Jerusalem. Israel

Israel & the Mediterranean on Celebrity Apex

13-day luxury ocean cruise


Short description

Visit some of the world's oldest cities in pure luxury


  • Relax on board Celebrity Apex with fine-dining venues, cocktail bars, adults-only spas & entertainment in the theatre & casino
  • Discover world-famous biblical regions, cities & towns like Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee and Bethlehem
  • Uncover UNESCO-listed gems & fascinating archeology in Olympia, Athens and Rome
  • Explore in depth with vineyard tastings, 4WD adventures & guided tours, organised directly from the ship

In Brief

  • 1 Night Rome
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Olympia
  • 1 Night Athens
  • 1 Night Kusadasi
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Haifa
  • 2 Nights Jerusalem
  • 1 Night Limassol
  • 2 Nights At sea
  • 1 Night Rome


Recommended for:
History & culture | Ocean cruise

Contrast the UNESCO-listed gems of Rome and Athens with the religious sites of Israel's Holy Land on this in-depth exploration of some of Europe's most ancient and historically important cities. You'll start by exploring Rome, Olympia, Athens and Turkey’s Kusadasi where ancient city tours, charming village visits and vineyard tastings introduce you to these world-famous sites and their surrounds. Then it’s onto Israel's Haifa and Jerusalem, the gateway to world-famous biblical sites and cities such as Bethlehem, Galilee and Nazareth, discovered with privately guided tours. You’ll return each day to your luxurious suite and the myriad delights of Celebrity Apex, with plenty of days at sea to explore what the ship has to offer. Fill your days with the likes of cocktails on rooftop gardens, lounging by the pool and indulging in spa treatments, the perfect prelude to gourmet, sommelier-led dinners at one of three fine dining options that offer everything from fresh seafood to fine Italian cuisine. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Rome

After included VIP airport lounge access, board your flight to Rome where, on arrival, you'll be privately transferred to Celebrity Apex. On board, expect everything from luxurious suites to rooftop gardens and three elegant fine-dining venues, where sommelier-led, gourmet meals are served each evening among chandeliers and sweeping ceilings.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: D

Day 2
At sea

Your first full day at sea affords you the chance to take advantage of the ship and all it has to offer. The Resort Deck, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Tom Wright, is the perfect place to relax by the pool, hot tubs and ocean-view cabanas, before sampling the first of your included dinners tonight. Perhaps indulge in fresh seafood at Cyprus Restaurant before finishing off the night at Eden Bar, for artisan cocktails, and The Club, home to nightly live music and DJs.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Olympia, Greece

Anchor into Greece's Peloponnese peninsula today, the home of the original Olympic Games and one of the most important archeological sites in the world. All excursions can be easily arranged directly from the ship – just ask us at the time of booking or once on board. Why not head on an archaeological exploration through the temple ruins and legendary stadium of ancient Olympia? Or, go further afield with a scenic drive through tiny Greek villages and visits to olive grove and vineyards for tastings.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Athens, Greece

The famed city of Athens awaits you today. Home to world-renowned sites that include the Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch, the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, it's all best explored with a privately-guided tour. Alternatively, visit the beach, cruise along the famed Corinth Canal or even head on an off-road adventure to Mount Parnitha National Park through wildlife-dotted forests and mountains.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Kusadasi, Turkey

Sail to the coastal town of Kusadasi today, home to the UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus. Take it all in as you wander the ruins with a guided walking tour led by an archeological expert, pausing at the newly-restored Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Alternatively, try your hand at a weaving workshop and witness the traditional Turkish art of carpet weaving, or head off the beaten track to explore one of the country's national parks and for wine and cheese tastings in vineyards.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 6
At sea

Enjoy another day at sea today, perhaps at the adults-only pool, hot tub and sauna – or take advantage of the jogging track to burn off any excess. Be sure to make time to head to the Magic Carpet, a panoramic glass bar that hangs over the ship for spectacular ocean vistas accompanied by live music. It's the perfect place for a sundowner before you head to the Rooftop Garden and its grill restaurant, where American-style BBQ delights such as smoked chicken wings, hickory smoked brisket and s'mores are served up in a laid-back atmosphere with incredible ocean views.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Haifa, Israel

Anchor in to the spectacular city of Haifa in Israel today, where terraced hillsides are framed by distant snow-capped mountains. We highly recommend the once-in-a-lifetime experience of visiting the biblical cities of Galilee and Nazareth with a guided walking tour. Plus, make time to visit two more undiscovered, but highly religiously significant cities – Haifa and its famed monastery, and the world's only preserved crusader city, Acre, dating from 1104 to 1291 and still remaining almost completely intact. 

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Days 8-9
Jerusalem, Israel

Sacred to three of the world's major religions, you’ll have two full days to explore one of the world’s oldest cities, Jerusalem and its fascinating surrounds. With a history dating back to 4000 BC, highlights include the Old City, Bethlehem and the Dead Sea as well as two of the most important Jewish sites in Jerusalem, the Western Wall and the Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre. On your second day, perhaps head on a tour of the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, home to 1930s buildings, museums and buzzing cafes offering Middle Eastern classics like falafel, hummus and shawarma.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Limassol, Cyprus

The sunny city of Limassol in Cyprus is your next stop today. 4X4 Jeep adventures that see you travel through the charming countryside, tiny villages and forests are the perfect way to explore – all culminated by a wine tasting session, of course. Alternatively, you may wish to simply stroll around the historic Old City with its abundance of shops, Old Fishing Harbour and former Turkish quarter, or head out on a relaxing catamaran ride to explore the coast with snorkelling, swimming and kayaking.

Meals: B L D

Days 11-12
At sea

Your final two days at sea allow you to take in all you may have missed on board. Why not browse the luxury boutiques or head to the state of the art fitness centre before an aperitif at the Sunset Bar, where a country-club atmosphere is accompanied by live music and epic sea views? Finally, head to the Grand Plaza for the last of your gourmet, sommelier-matched meals before a final night at the theatre or casino with new-found friends.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Rome to UK

After breakfast, anchor in to Rome and take the chance to explore the city, from tours to the famed Sistine Chapel and Colosseum to olive oil and vineyard tastings, before a private transfer sees you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals: B


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