Elat

The Timna Geological Park
The Underwater Observatory Marine Park
The Dolphin Reef

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Elat/Eilath

Red mountains and turquoise waters

During an MSC Grand Voyages cruise, Elat will reveal itself a must destination of a holiday to Israel, while being gently rocked by the waves of the Red Sea.


This city, rising at the edge of the Negev desert, has become over the last fifty years a first rate holiday destination for locals and tourists from all over the world. While your MSC cruise ship waits for you in the port, you will visit the Bay of Elat and enjoy the contrast between the turquoise waters and the palm tree-bordered, green shoreline of the city center, and the red, barren mountains rising behind the buildings. Strolling along the streets of Elat, you will find everything you will need to relax and enjoy your excursion on solid ground: stores selling typical products, shopping centers, ice cream shops, pubs, coffee shops and restaurants to satisfy every whim.

A short distance from Elat, in the middle of the desert, there are also unexpected destinations such as the Timna Geological Park with its bizarre rock formations, and the fascinating desert landscapes – among which the ravines of the Red Canyon stand out – through which nomadic populations such as the Bedouins travel to this day. However, if you prefer staying close to the sea, MSC Cruises offer an excursion to the Underwater Observatory Marine Park with its shark tank and aquariums full of rare fish typical of the Red Sea that it overlooks. This park is the ideal location for spending a few hours on land by yourself or with kids. At the Dolphin Reef and its protected bay, on the other hand, dolphins are the absolute stars.

The memory of swimming next to these fascinating mammals will remain in your heart forever. Finally, in the Coral Beach Nature Reserve, you will be able to get your first close look at the coral reefs that have made the Red Sea famous.    

Must see places in Elat

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  • SUNSET JEEP TOUR (4.5 hours)

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
    • Drink included

    • Snack included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults85Price per person

    • Children79Price per person

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    Team the romance of a desert sunset with all the fun of off-roading as you board a modern jeep and set off for adventure in the dunes. After a chance to enjoy the ever-changing colours and geological formations of the Yedidya Pass, you will head for the eponymous Red Sand Dune, then continue through the starkly beautiful Shechoret Canyon and finally pass through the cliff-lined Amram Valley. You will then have a chance to leave the vehicle and walk to a group of peculiar natural pillars that the wind and the water have sculpted out of the curiously pink sandstone. A drive to Yocheved Hill then follows, where you will be served a special blend of herbal tea and biscuits while you enjoy the picturesque view of Mount Amir in the distance. To best capture that special moment when day turns to sudden night, your final stop will be on a hill overlooking Eilat, the Granite Mountains and the Red Sea a spectacular sight in anyones book. Your sunset tour comes to a leisurely close with your return to the port and your ship.Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. A wind jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended. The safari leader will provide you with information only in English during the stops. Click HERE to watch the video

  • DRIVE AND FLY TO JERUSALEM (approx. 14
    hours, lunch included)

    CULTURE AND HISTORY
      • Duration
        00 m

      • Adults229Price per person

      • Children162Price per person

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      This unforgettable tour to Jerusalem begins with a 4/4,5 hours coach trip through the wildly beautiful landscape of the Negev desert along the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth. On your arrival in the Holy City, an extended five-and-a-half-hour tour will take you to see all the citys major sights and give you a chance to soak up its unique atmosphere. A stop at the Mount of Olives will additionally afford superb views of the city below. Further highlights of your tour will include a visit to the room of the Last Supper, a walk along the Jewish Quarter, a section of the Via Dolorosa and a visit to the Wailing Wall. Time will also be reserved for a relaxed and reviving meal after which you will leave the city to head for Tel Aviv Airport to catch your flight back to Eilath and then return to your ship.Please note: comfortable shoes, a jacket and clothing suitable for the places of worship are recommended (please cover shoulders and knees). Expect crowded sites. The estimated time for airport procedure and the flight is approx. 2 hours. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as 2.5-hour walking on uneven ground with some steps is involved. Drinks are not included in lunch; only water. As this tour involves long coach transfers, one or two comfort stops may be foreseen.
    • Jerusalem

      CULTURE AND HISTORY
        • Duration
          00 m

        • Adults139Price per person

        • Children99Price per person

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        Jerusalem
      • KING SOLOMON'S COPPER MINES &
        KIBBUTZ TOUR (approx 6 hours, lunch not included)

        CULTURE AND HISTORY
        • Drink included

        • Shopping

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          00 m

        • Adults75Price per person

        • Children55Price per person

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        After leaving your ship, a fascinating tour awaits you that begins with a 30 minutes coach drive to the scenic Timna Valley and the co-located national park. Rich in both nature and history, the area is not only home to an Egyptian temple, but also to one of the oldest copper mines on record, the so-called King Solomons Mines, which date back to the Chalcolithic era 6,000 years ago. A walk will take you from your coach to the mines, after which you will enter and make your way through the narrow tunnels in time-honoured fashion: by crawling. Your copper mining experience will be followed by a visit to the incredible King Solomons Pillars, natural sandstone structures created by water erosion. Up next is a stop at Lake Timna where you can enjoy a cup of herbal tea while filling a bottle with coloured sand to keep as a memento. The final leg will take you to a typical Israeli kibbutz for a taste of communal living. Your guided kibbutz tour will include the agricultural fields, the Medjool date plantations, stables, the border between Israel and Jordan as well as the dairy for a chance to savour a deliciously cold chocolate drink. Your tour ends with your return to the port and your ship.Please note: as this tour includes walking on uneven ground and a number of steps, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Click HERE to watch the video

      • MASSADA AND THE DEAD SEA (11 hours lunch
        included)

        CULTURE AND HISTORY
        • Lunch or dinner included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          00 m

        • Adults142Price per person

        • Children99Price per person

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        If you are in need of relaxation and revival you will not want to miss this great day out in the historic fortress of Massada with the chance to bathe in the relaxing mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. A coach drive will take you to Massada, heading towards one of Israels historic spots where scenes of battle, power and revolt played out with tragic results. Herod the Great had a fortress and a palace built on the Massada Plateau between 37 and 31 BC as a personal refuge in case of revolt. The plateau, situated 442 metres above the Dead Sea, was also the last point of resistance by the Jewish Zealots against the Romans, where 960 Zealots committed mass suicide by in 73 BC rather than surrender to the Romans. It is partly for these reasons that Massada is the most visited site in Israel after Jerusalem. As Massada is located high on this rocky plain we will need to ascend the mountain via cable car and once at the top, we will visit one of the oldest synagogues in the world. From these lofty heights we will descend to the lowest point on earth - the Dead Sea located 400 metres below sea level. Because of the high salt content the water, the Dead Sea is undrinkable and cannot support life; hence its name. However the salts have rich health benefits and therapeutic qualities and the very high levels of saline help bathers to float ! Lunch will be held at a leading resort hotel by the seashore before returning to the port.Please note: guests have to walk 1 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps. Comfortable shoes, towels, swimsuit and sun protection are recommended. The salt concentration of the Dead Sea water can cause swimwear colors to fade. A maximum time of 20 minutes is allowed for bathing in the Dead Sea and recommended for direct exposure to the sun. The tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, for those who use a wheelchair or suffer from low blood pressure or heart problems. Children aged less than 16 years old cannot bathe in the pools inside the resort. Click HERE to watch the video

      • THE DEAD SEA DE-STRESSING TOUR (approx.
        10 hours , lunch included)

        SEA & SUN
          • Duration
            00 m

          • Adults115Price per person

          • Children82Price per person

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          Leave the port and enjoy a 3-hour coach drive along the Arava Valley to the Dead Sea. This de-stressing tour of the Dead Sea, which was formed more than two million years ago in a hollow 412 metres below sea level, will give you an opportunity to experience the deeply relaxing and therapeutic effect of floating in its high-saline waters. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth and the only place in the world where water is heavier than your body; water has 35% salt and mineral and thats make this place the best place in the world for skin problems. You may also like to experience the beneficial effects of a clay-mud bath anecdotally alleged to revitalize the system due to its high concentrations of minerals such as silicates and carbonates. Your Dead Sea tour is rounded off by a delicious buffet lunch and time to go shopping.Please note: the salt concentration of the Dead Sea water can cause swimwear colors to fade. A maximum time of 20 minutes is allowed for bathing in the Dead Sea and recommended for direct exposure to the sun. The tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from low blood pressure or heart problems. Children aged less than 16 years old cannot bathe in the pools inside the resort . Click HERE to watch the video

        The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
        Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
         
        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Israel

        Welcome to the Holy Land
        Welcome to the Holy Land

        A vacation in Israel leaves a mark. There are so many interesting things to see in the Holy Land that every wish can be satisfied. Nature, history, tradition, religion, relaxing on the beach, skin-diving, trekking… there isn’t a single item on the “things to do on vacation” list that you won’t find here.

        In all its regions, from Galilee, in the south, known as the Switzerland of Israel, to Mount Hermon, in the north, and to the plain of Jezreel, the location of the biblical Apocalypse, you can find a host of opportunities. You can start with the towns associated with the life of Christ with a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and then Nazareth, to the basilica of the Annunciation.

        Along its maze of little streets, to tackle at a slow pace, you find ancient churches of all periods, often rebuilt with the integration of Byzantine elements or dating back to the Crusades.
        Don’t miss an excursion to Acri, the town that was the seat of the Knights Templar and which still bears its mark.
        Or to Akko, where the waves of the Mediterranean sea break against the majestic ancient walls of the town.

        The more mundane, party-loving and lively city is instead Tel Aviv, the most modern of Israeli cities, active 24 hours a day. Don’t miss a visit to the desert of Judaea, a stony and arid land which opens onto the spectacular Dead Sea.