Sacred Sanctuaries

Trip Highlights

Embark on a journey that features some of the world’s most sacred treasures, from Ephesus’ impressive Library of Celsus to Patmos’ vast Monastery of St. John and Jerusalem’s Western Wall and gold-plated Dome of the Rock. Depart Athens aboard Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ masterpiece of elegance, and sail to Patmos, where lovely courtyards and frescoes await at the island’s 11th-century monastery. Admire the breathtaking Baha’i Shrine and Gardens in Haifa; explore Jerusalem, the holiest city on earth for three major religions; and behold the medieval Lemesos Castle in Cyprus. Take in Rhodes’ powdery beaches and medieval monuments, such as the Palace of the Grand Masters. Browse the colorful market at Kusadasi, a gateway to Ephesus, Miletus, and Didyma. Before concluding your voyage in Athens, stroll the bougainvillea-lined streets of Mykonos.


April 18 to April 29, 2017


Africa/Middle East

Tour Operator

Go Next

Physical Activity Level

Mildly Active


11 Days


$ 2,799.00



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Day 1: Depart for Athens

Day 2: Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard Riviera in legendary Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities and the cradle of Western civilization.
Depart 5pm

Day 3: Patmos, Greece
Known as the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” Patmos is a traditional Greek island that is both beautiful and highly spiritual. Exiled here in A.D. 95, St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelations while residing in the Cave of the Apocalypse. The 11th-century Monastery of St. John was built in his honor.
Arrive 8am, depart 8pm

Day 4: At Sea

Day 5: Haifa/Jerusalem, Israel
Perched atop Mt. Carmel and claiming one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, Haifa is truly stunning. To the south lies Jerusalem, boasting over 3,000 years of history and considered the holiest city on earth for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Arrive 6am

Day 6: Haifa/Jerusalem, Israel

Day 7: Haifa/Jerusalem, Israel
Depart 8pm

Day 8: Limassol, Cyprus
Known locally as Lemesos, Limassol offers an alluring backdrop of centuries-old ruins, lemon and olive groves, majestic mountains, and stunning beaches.
Arrive 8am, depart 5pm

Day 9: Rhodes, Greece
Home to an ancient acropolis, whitewashed towns, and the medieval walled city known as Rhodes Town, the island also boasts incredible scenery, dreamy beaches, and an average of more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
Arrive 12pm, depart 8pm

Day 10: Santorini, Greece
Visit the beautiful whitewashed hilltop towns of Oia and Fira and their breathtaking views of the caldera below. See the stunning artifacts in Fira’s museum, including recent finds from the excavation of Akrotiri, thought by many to be the legendary city of Atlantis, or visit a winery. Stroll through the winding streets with fantastic views around every corner.
Arrive 8am, depart 6pm

Day 11: Mykonos, Greece
Amid the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean is the heart and soul of the Cyclades: Mykonos. Situated on an island of the same name, the town artfully balances glitz, glamour, and classic Greek culture with its labyrinth of cobblestone streets and chalk-white houses beside blue-domed churches.
Arrive 8am, depart 6pm

Day 12: Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Disembark and bid farewell to Riviera.
Disembark 8am

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