We are really getting excited about our next adventure as all the pieces fall into place. Several months ago we began planning for our next BIG cruise “Azamara Middle East” 12 Nights in the Holy Land! The embarkation port is Athens Greece! We are super excited about meeting our friend Ippokratis Poimenidis who lives in Athens. Just yesterday he wrote us to say that he and his wife would pick us up at the airport take us sight-seeing and to dinner etc… We met our friend online. He is a building designer – we are Architects. He has done some work with us – and I am sure will do more! We are hoping to learn more about his professional capabilities – but most of all to get to know our new friend / co-worker!
We are arriving in Athens two days early – so that we can spend some time there. Ippokratis is helping us choose a hotel in the Plaka District with a nice view of the Acropolis! When we travel what we enjoy most is personal experiences with local people. As our world shrinks – our circle of friends grows! Isn’t that exciting? We will continue to update this post as our plans evolve – check back soon to learn about an Athens Hotel Choice!
Jerusalem Old City Quarters walking tour: Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock); the Arab Market; Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross); church of the Holy Sepulcher (Christ Burial & Resurrection place); Pool of Bethesda; Saint Anne Crusader church; Jewish quarter small four Sephardic synagogues; the archeological sites like the Cardo; High Priest House below current street level; second Temple southern steps & The Western Wall. We cover the Holy sites by all three Major Religions. Fee $350.00 for your party. Additional pay may apply upon special approval entry to the Dome of the Rock & Al Aqsa mosque.
We are not Religious people. We have been taught religion but don’t agree with the hatred and fear that is injected into it. We find it fascinating that this area of the world is the root of almost all religions as we know them today. We are visual so want to see for ourselves. We don’t understand why religious people are fighting over the holy sites… We want to go there, so that we can form our own understanding of the turmoil with open minds and hearts. Through a better understanding of history we can intuitively guide our futures. We always enjoy hearing about culture and the economy in foreign countries. It is best to hear first hand, from regular people, what is happening. We are really excited about meeting our guide! I am sure he will offer us a unique perspective – one that we have never been exposed to. I am busy putting together my wardrobe! I will need to keep my knees, shoulders and head covered at times. I am not at all resistant – in fact truly looking forward to a new experience. I can always dress in my normal attire on the ship. I don’t want to be a spectacle, or to be disrespectful. I want to blend in – so that I am not a target for criticism, so I am welcomed in a place that is very different from my norm… We joined a new social media – Periscope – so you can explore the world through our eyes! We will broadcast LIVE during our trip! Download the App to your mobile device, then search for and follow Belles World Travel!
Here is a map of the Itinerary
$6413.03 is the current price for an Inside Cabin Guarantee for two! We paid around $800.00 pp for our Air. We are expecting a bargain on the Athens hotel because of the economic turmoil there. The current exchange rate from dollars to euros is very favorable! Enjoy a pre-paid shopping spree at sea on this sailing. Receive $500 complimentary onboard spending when you book an oceanview or higher stateroom category. Use it toward a spa treatment, cocktails, shore excursions, or other purchases made on the ship. New reservations only made between 7/6/15 and 7/20/15, not valid for all pricing displaying online. Onboard spending based on double occupancy. Please call for more details. Offer ends 11:59 pm EDT on July 20th! Your package includes shipboard accommodations, port charges, entertainment and activities, enrichment programs, most onboard meals and room service, select standard spirits, international beers and wines, bottled water, specialty coffees and teas, shuttle bus service to/from port communities (where available), housekeeping and dining gratuities, and self-service laundry. It does not include personal expenses, premium beer, wine and spirits, or government fees and taxes.
Give us a call if you are interested in joining us! I have books available that I can send to you.
Rob and Lynn Belles are seasoned travelers and Cruises Inc. Travel Agents
Gathering up the best experiences on Earth to share with you
for the purpose of inspiring you to go into the world with peace and kindness and learn all about the rest of humanity………..
CLICK HERE for pricing and info – Call for details 🙂
If you found something here that inspired you or helped you plan your next cruise
Simply thank us by booking with us!
(We always have the same pricing as everybody else and many times better!)
We have two easy to use booking sites, Belles World Travel and Belles Luxury Travel
Travel Like An Architect™ – Book a Cruise!
We travel to get away and to be together, to learn and to teach, to experience and become wise, to turn off the news and ignore the clock, to connect to the world in a peaceful way all while leaving a bit of our wealth with someone else who needs it more than we do. We know you could do this too or we wouldn’t be promoting it. Go ahead step out of your comfort zone and dream a little then let us show you just how affordable your dreams really are!
Call 815-516-0300 for travel quotes and more information!
Follow us on Social – Click the Icons in the footer