VACAYA’S 2023 ANCIENT WONDERS CRUISE HAS SOLD OUT!

If you’d like to put your name on our waitlist for this cruise, please follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. If you don’t yet have a profile in our booking system, set one up HERE.
  2. Once your profile has been completed, email info@myvacaya.com and provide us with the following information: full name, phone number, email address, type of room(s) you’re looking for

Once on the list, we’ll reach out to you in the order your name appears on our waitlist if a room that fits your request becomes available. 

With consumers’ pent-up appetite for travel reaching a fevered pitch, we advise that you book as early as you can for all of our trips. We’ve seen a tenfold increase in bookings over the last year as news continues to improve. We certainly don’t want you to miss out on another VACAYA adventure!

Congratulations to all those who managed to scoop up a room on this incredible adventure. We can’t wait to welcome you to Jordan!

 


 

THE TRIP TO (NEARLY) END ALL TRIPS!
Apr 16-26, 2023 – PONANT Le Jacques Cartier
#OnlyWithVACAYA

Wonder of Wonders! Miracle of Miracles! VACAYA’s 2023 Ancient Wonders Cruise is one for the history books… literally. For the first time in LGBT+ travel history, you’ll have the chance to see the best of the best of the wonders of the ancient world – all in one extraordinary 10-night luxury adventure! From Aqaba, Jordan where Petra awaits, we sail PONANT’S 5-star Le Jacques Cartier to Egypt for The Great Pyramids and The Sphinx, then on to Israel for the Holy Land’s best (with an overnight there), then to Cyprus, and on to Greece, where we’ll visit all-new ports of call – Rhodes (where the Colossus once stood), Folegandros, Nafplion, and finally Athens, where the striking Parthenon waits to greet you! 10 Nights. 5 Countries. Endless adventure.

THE MUST-SEE JEWELS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD… ALL FOR YOU!
trip highlights

Explore 5 Amazing Countries

Countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Petra, The Great Pyramids, The Sphinx,
The Holy Land, The Parthenon

5-Star Luxury on Le Jacques Cartier

History Comes to Life!

Day 1 | APR 16 | AQABA, JORDAN | Board 3pm | Depart 6pm
Day 2 | APR 17 | AT SEA
Day 3 | APRI 18| AIN SUKHNA (CAIRO), EGYPT
Day 4 | APR 19 | CROSSING THE SUEZ CANAL
Day 5 | APR 20 | ASHDOD (JERUSALEM), ISRAEL
Day 6 | APR 21 | ASHDOD (JERUSALEM), ISRAEL

Day 7 | APR 22 | LIMASSOL, CYPRUS
Day 8 | APR 23 | RHODES, GREECE
Day 9 | APR 24 | FOLEGANDROS, GREECE
Day 10 | APR 25 | NAFPLION, GREECE
Day 11 | APR 26 | ATHENS, GREECE | Disembark by 9am

DAY 1
APRIL 16, 2023
AQABA, JORDAN 30°N 35°E
BOARDING 3PM | DEPARTURE 6PM
AQABA, JORDAN  30°N  35°E

Located on the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa, and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Pre-cruise, Aqaba is the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the stunningly beautiful Petra.

DAY 2
APRIL 17, 2023
AT SEA
AT SEA

Today, you’ll settle into your luxurious new home, Le Jacques Cartier. During our day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities onboard. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Or let yourself be tempted by the heated swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. It’s important to use this day to prepare yourself for all that lies ahead, because starting tomorrow, you’ll experience a whirlwind of wonders.

DAY 3
APRIL 18, 2023
AIN SUKHNA (CAIRO), EGYPT
ARRIVE 6AM | DEPART 7PM
AIN SUKHNA (CAIRO), EGYPT

Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it’s an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt, including The Great Pyramids and The Sphinx.

DAY 4
APRIL 19, 2023
CROSSING THE SUEZ CANAL
CROSSING THE SUEZ CANAL

Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956. This singular waterway has changed our world more than any other.

DAY 5
APRIL 20, 2023
ASHDOD (JERUSALEM), ISRAEL
ARRIVE 6:30AM | OVERNIGHT
ASHDOD (JERUSALEM), ISRAEL

On the eastern shore of the Mediterranean, you’ll discover Ashdod, the largest port in Israel. A former Philistine city, the town is home to the only museum in the world dedicated to the culture of this ancient people. Ashdod is also famous for being one of the gateways to Jerusalem. This city is one of the most sacred in the world and is fascinating due to its millennia-old history, its spirituality, and its incredibly rich religious heritage. Within its defensive walls, the Old City holds over 200 historic monuments including the Western Wall (or Wailing Wall), the Dome of the Rock, and the Holy Sepulchre. Visiting Jerusalem makes for a fascinating and moving experience as you immerse yourself in this mystical and magical place. Jerusalem is approximately 1 hour east of Ashdod.

DAY 6
APRIL 21, 2023
ASHDOD (JERUSALEM), ISRAEL
OVERNIGHT | DEPART 4:30PM
ASHDOD (JERUSALEM), ISRAEL

You’ll certainly appreciate having two full days and an overnight in the incredible region. You may choose to return to Jerusalem today for further exploration or perhaps head out to the Dead Sea, but if you’re looking for a complete change of pace, we recommend hitting Tel Aviv, approximately 45 minutes north of Ashdod. With its pulsing artistic vibe, miles of picturesque city-side beaches, fascinating neighborhoods, and exciting nightlife, Tel Aviv has it all.

DAY 7
APRIL 22, 2023
LIMASSOL, CYPRUS
ARRIVE 8:30AM | DEPART 1PM
LIMASSOL, CYPRUS

Limassol rests on the southern coast of Cyprus. It’s known for the centuries-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. On the seafront is the Prokymea (Molos) Sculpture Park, with sculptures by Cypriot, Greek, and international artists. To the northeast is the Limassol Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artifacts from the Neolithic to the Roman periods. No visit to this fascinating region is complete without a visit to ancient Kourion, an UNESCO-protected archeology park with over 6,000 years of history.

DAY 8
APRIL 23, 2023
RHODES, GREECE
ARRIVE 1:30PM | DEPART 7PM
RHODES, GREECE

With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the center of the island, the mountains are covered in forest, and on the western slopes, we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John, who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Don’t miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches and its large walkways, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

DAY 9
APRIL 24, 2023
KAROVOSTASIS, FOLEGANDROS, GREECE
ARRIVE 12PM | DEPART 7PM
KAROVOSTASIS, FOLEGANDROS, GREECE

Folegandros is a true treasure concealed in the Cyclades archipelago. You approach this mountainous island from the south-east side of continental Greece. The blue and white houses built on a steep plateau in its main town, Chora, is a feast for the eyes. Why not climb up to the belvederes and admire the view of the Aegean and the port of Karavostasi. The jetty in Karavostasi port leads to a lovely beach where you can enjoy the turquoise water. Higher up, Ano Meria, a village surrounded by terrace farms, offers a magnificient panorama over the sea.

DAY 10
APRIL 25, 2023
NAFPLION, GREECE
ARRIVE 8AM | DEPART 6PM
NAFPLION, GREECE

The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. Some of the must-see visits are the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square, and the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. PRO TIP: If you want to chill by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

DAY 11
APRIL 26, 2023
ATHENS, GREECE
DISEMBARK BY 9AM
ATHENS, GREECE

The end of our journey takes us to Greece’s ancient capital city, Athens – home to some of the most striking monuments from the Ancient World. We encourage you to spend a few extra days here to explore the many wonders.

And whether you fly home today, extend here for a few days on your own, or head off to further adventures around the region, we wish you only the best.

While we work tirelessly to craft the perfect itinerary for each trip, it’s always subject to change based on weather, sea, and myriad other conditions.

 

Ship Highlights
Incomparable
Luxury on the
5-Star Le Jacques Cartier
AFT MARINA PLATFORM
AFT MARINA PLATFORM
(Deck 2) – The aft marina platform serves as a launch for tenders and water sports activities.
BLUE EYE
BLUE EYE
Located below the waterline, Blue Eye is the first ever multisensorial lounge, offering a unique experience: the opportunity to enjoy undersea views and the sounds of the marine world while sharing a drink together.
MAIN RESTAURANT
MAIN RESTAURANT
(Deck 4) Located aft, prepare to indulge in delicious cuisine with a decidedly French flair.
GRILL RESTAURANT
GRILL RESTAURANT
(Deck 3) An exterior grill restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance and atmosphere.
PANORAMIC LOUNGE
PANORAMIC LOUNGE
(Deck 6) Located high atop the ship, this lounge offers 180-degree views overlooking the ship’s bow.
MAIN LOUNGE
MAIN LOUNGE
(Deck 3) A perfect place to relax during the day and join VACAYA Piano Bar Sing-Alongs at night.
EXCURSION DESK
EXCURSION DESK
(Deck 3) Find information and book optional excursions and activities.
THEATER
THEATER
(Deck 3) Both PONANT and VACAYA entertainers bring this beautiful venue roaring to life.
GYM
GYM
(Deck 7) The ship features a well-equipped gym with panoramic ocean views.
L’ESPACE BIEN ENTRE SPA & HAMMAM
L’ESPACE BIEN ENTRE SPA & HAMMAM
(Deck 7) Relax those muscles with a massage or in the thermal sauna with friends.
POOL
POOL
(Deck 3) A heated swimming pool offers panoramic views and is equipped with an exterior bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.

 

This will be THE LGBT+ travel event of 2023. You know what to do…

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