Follow in the long-gone footsteps of legendary leaders and charging crusaders, on a fantastic journey through a global spiritual center. Churches intermingle with mosques and synagogues, while peaceful shrines are neighbored by bustling bazaars and modern shopping destinations—a present-day blend that's as diversified as this region's history. The Holy Land—a place where myth and history meet, and one fact is certain: you're in for a one-of-a-kind adventure.
Enriching Holy Land destinations to explore with Royal Caribbean:
Perched on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the city of Haifa is blend of cultures. A myriad of churches, mosques and synagogues dot the landscape—a testament to a peaceful co-existence in modern times. There are many holy sites worth visiting in Haifa, but the most popular is the Baha'i Shrine and Gardens. With its manicured cypress trees and geometric landscaping, this spiritual center is one of the most magnificent horticultural marvels in existence. Just outside of Haifa is the medieval port of Acre, the only preserved Crusader city in the world. And further away is Galilee, where you can visit the scene of Jesus Christ's youth.
Ashdod was first settled during the Canaanite era in the 17th century B.C., making the large port city one of the most ancient in the world (and in fact, Ashdod is specifically mentioned in the Bible thirteen times). Now a well-planned, modern destination, Ashdod is a welcoming combination of ancient history, cosmopolitan port life, and natural diversions. Visit the Korin Maman Museum's permanent archeology exhibition "Philistian World," or opt for artistic explorations in the Ashdod Art Museum's 13 exhibition halls. Then, spend the afternoon at Ashdod's beaches, known for water sports like windsurfing, yachting and SCUBA diving.
The only thing mild about Rhodes is its pleasing year-round climate—nearly every other feature of this city is bold and breathtaking. Explore the near-magical Rhodes Town, the old city enshrouded from the modern world by thick stone walls, and featuring cobblestone streets and the enormous Castle of Knights. Venture on to the awe-inspiring ancient remains of the Acropolis of Rhodes or the gorgeous beaches of the Aegean Sea. And once you've explored these sites, head to the Turkish baths to relax and rejuvenate.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Debark in Kusadasi, an historic resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast, set against a mountainous backdrop and replete with 3,000 years of history. Venture beyond Kusadasi's protective border fortress walls, built by the Ottomans in the thirteenth century, and journey on to Ephesus, one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world. Ruled by both Romans and Greeks, Ephesus is the site of noted ruins including the grand Library of Celsus and the famed Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
These are only a few of the European destinations visited by Royal Caribbean International.
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