ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS INTRODUCES INTRIGUING NEW RED SEA ITINERARIES FOR M.S. MONET – MONASTERIES OF THE LONELY DESERT 14-Day Cruise/Tour Adventures to the Land of the Pharaohs, Petra and the Remote Monasteries of the Egyptian Desert, Beginning December 18, 2008 PORT WASHINGTON, NY– Elegant Cruises & Tours, Inc., a niche cruise line specializing in culturally enriching travel to Europe, continues its tradition of presenting intriguing new destination experiences for cruisers with the introduction of an exciting new cruise-tour program for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba aboard the 62-passenger M.S. Monet, “Monasteries of the Lonely Desert.” The maiden voyage for the Monet’s new Red Sea itinerary, “Monasteries of the Lonely Desert”, will depart Cairo on December 18, 2008, cruising through the Gulf of Suez to the beautiful Red Sea for a 14-day sea and land adventure focused on early Christian monasteries and convents, Roman ruins, Egyptian temples and the Greco-Roman architecture of antiquity. Key port calls for the Monet are Safaga (for Luxor and Valley of the Kings), Sharm El Sheikh and Aqaba, (for Petra. Amman and Jerash). “This is a rare opportunity for an intimate encounter with history, from the grand temples of Egypt’s Pharaohs to the earliest foundations of Christianity and monastic way of life in the desert,” according to Tatjana Stanovic, executive vice president, Elegant Cruises & Tours. “By combining land excursions and optional Cairo extensions with the cruise, and providing expert guest lecturers, we offer passengers the chance to immerse themselves in the culture and color of the destinations.” Land portions of new itinerary include a full day excursion to the ancient Monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul, two of the oldest monasteries in Egypt, both dating back as early as the fourth century, A.D. The Monastery of St. Paul is located very near the site of the cave he lived in, establishing the monastic life in the Arab Dessert. Other highlights of the cruise’s overland segments include jeep tours of Wadi Rum, the Bedouin village that served as a base for Lawrence of Arabia; the Monastery of the Seven Nuns; the world renowned St. Catherine’s Monastery; the Church of the Prophet Moses; the Karnak Temple Complex at Luxor; the crusader castle of Kerak, the Greco-Roman site of Jerash, plus Amman’s Gold Market, bazaars and the beautiful, magical desert landscapes. Following the December 18 maiden voyage, a total of nine 14-day Red Sea cruise tours are planned for the Monet between January 1, 2009 and February 16, 2009, including special voyages featuring expert lecturers onboard. Prices for the all-inclusive package for the cruise, all meals onboard, shore excursions, four nights land portion in Jordan, one overnight in Cairo, all transfers, and guest lecturer begin at $3,512 per person, based on double occupancy. The Cruise-Only package featuring the cruise, all meals, lecturer, all shore excursions (exclusive of the land/overnight portions) begin at $2,706 per person, based on double occupancy for the 14-day adventure. Group and charter fares are also available. For more details, or to book, contact Elegant Cruises & Tours, (516) 767-9302/ toll-free (800) 683- 6767 or email email@example.com or visit our website at http://www.elegantcruises.com.
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