EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: February 7, 2020 - March 5, 2020

2020 President’s Winter Adventure

Spend 2-nights in a first class hotel in Rome to explore the city.  It is followed by a 22-day voyage to the breathtaking wonders in Greece, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Oman and UAE.  Immerse yourself in Athens’ past and present by scaling the Acropolis or Parthenon before taking a stop at one of the family tavernas on the cobblestone streets of Plaka.  Then it’s off to explore the Cyprian city of Limassol.  Take a walk along the seafront promenade.  See medieval art at the Limassol Castle or learn Cypriot history at the Folk Art Museum.  In Haifa, visit the extraordinary Baha’i Shrine and Gardens.  Then climb in a cable car for breathtaking views on your way up to the Stella Maris Monastery.  The port city of Safaga is the perfect place to park yourself beachside or partake in some parasailing.  Once you’re in Abu Dhabi, make sure to bask in the majesty of Sheikh Zayed Mosque before exploring the cavernous Marina Mall.  Conclude your Arabian adventure in Dubai with a 2-nights hotel stay and local sightseeing.

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Day 1     Depart Canada
Day 2     Rome, ITALY                             Hotel Stay
Day 3     Rome, ITALY                             Hotel Stay
Day 4     Rome/Civitavecchia, ITALY       Embark                 5 pm

Day 5     Cruise Mediterranean Sea         —                           —
Day 6     Athens/Piraeus, GREECE         10 am                    8 pm
Day 7     Kusadasi, TURKEY                   9 am                      6 pm
Day 8     Rhodes, GREECE                     8 am                      5 pm
Day 9     Limassol, CYPRUS                   8 am                      5 pm
Day 10   Haifa, ISRAEL                           Noon                     Overnight
Day 11   Haifa, ISRAEL                           ~                             Overnight
Day 12   Haifa, ISRAEL                           ~                             11 am

Day 13   Transit Suez Canal                    am                          pm
Day 14   Safaga, EGYPT                         7 am                      Overnight
Day 15   Safaga, EGYPT                         ~                             7 pm

Day 16   Aqaba/Petra, JORDAN              6 am                      8 pm
Day 17   Cruise Red Sea                          —                           —
Day 18   Cruise Red Sea                          —                           —
Day 19   Cruise Indian Ocean                  —                           —
Day 20   Cruise Indian Ocean                  —                           —
Day 21   Cruise Indian Ocean                  —                           —
Day 22   Muscat, OMAN                          8 am                      5 pm
Day 23   Khasab, OMAN                         8 am                      5 pm
Day 24   Abu Dhabi, UAE                        8 am                      5 pm
Day 25   Dubai, UAE                               Disembark                         
              Dubai, UAE                               Hotel Stay
Day 26   Dubai, UAE                               Hotel Stay

Day 27   Evening departure for Canada
Day 28   Morning arrival Canada

DAY 1 – FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 7, 2020                                                       DEPART CANADA
Meet your fellow travelers at the departure gate in Toronto airport for your flight to Rome, Italy.

DAY 2 – SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 8                                                           ROME, ITALY
Welcome to Rome!  Upon arrival we will be met at the airport by our guide and private coach and transfer to your hotel.  We will meet this evening for our welcome dinner.  Accommodation: HOTEL UNIVERSO or similar (2 nights).  (D)

DAY 3 – SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 9                                                                ROME, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel.   Enjoy a panoramic guided city tour of Rome, visiting many of the great attractions of Rome and have the opportunity for photo stops.  It will be followed by a lunch at a local restaurant.  Afternoon and evening are at your leisure.   (B/L) 

DAY 4 – MONDAY – FEBRUARY 10                                                            ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel.  It is followed by a check-out from your hotel and we will take a drive towards the town of Civitavecchia, where we will board our cruise ship the NOREWEGIAN SPIRIT our home for the next 22 days(B/D)  

DAY 5 – TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 11                                                            DAY AT SEA

DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 12                                                      ATHENS (PIRAEUS), GREECE
This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.

DAY 7 – THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 13                                                         KUSADASI, TURKEY
Take a journey into the past in richly historic Ephesus. Once an ancient Greek city, Kusadasi was known for the famed Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through several notably historical periods, Ephesus boasts abounding ruins and archaeological excavation sites. View what remains of the Roman Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, the Tomb of John the Apostle, and the Basilica of St. John, among several other ancient remnants.

DAY 8 – FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 14                                                                                RHODES, GREECE
This Greek Island just off the coast of Turkey exudes beauty and history. Take a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes, a onetime Wonder of the World, once stood and savour the charm of this remarkable walled town. Along the scenic coast lies the whitewashed town of Lindos with its ancient acropolis and stunning views.

DAY 9 – SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 15                                                         LIMASSOL, CYPRUS
A strategic garrison for Richard the Lionhearted during the Third Crusade, Limassol provides many archaeological sites, as well as an array of contemporary designer shops for exploring. The island of Cyprus is also home to two ancient kingdoms – Kourion and Amathus

DAY 10 – SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 16                                                           HAIFA, ISRAEL

DAY 11 – MONAY – FEBRUARY 17                                                             HAIFA, ISREAL

DAY 12 – TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 18                                                           HAIFA, ISREAL
Considered one of the Middle East’s most picturesque cities, Haifa offers incredible sights everywhere you turn. It is also close to holy sites – travel to Galilee, Nazareth or Jerusalem. The views from Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel, the largest hanging gardens in the world, are incredible, and make for a superb picture spot. Peruse the boutiques on Massada Street or go to the artists’ village of Ein Hod for hand-blown glass and crafts.

DAY 13 – WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 19                                                   SUEZ CANAL, EGYPT
Connecting Europe and Asia, this canal through the desert challenged engineers for nearly 4,000 years.  Egypt’s pharaohs attempted to connect the Nile River and Red Sea but gave up, as did Napoleon Bonaparte thousands of years later. Begun in 1858, the 120-mile (193 km.) Suez Canal took 11 years to build.  Unlike many other canals in the world, the Suez Canal has no locks because the terrain is so flat. The passage from one sea to the other takes only 11 to 16 hours.

DAY 14 – THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 20                                                      SAFAGA, EGYPT
Set on the Red Sea, Safaga is a watersports playground. Kite surfing and windsurfing rule here, but diving is also a top attraction with nearby reefs and wrecks. If sun worship is what you seek, the desert sun and black-sand beach will fast-track your sun tan. Experience the splendour of ancient Egypt on an excursion to Luxor, the Karnak Temple Complex and the 3,400-year-old Colossi of Memnon statues.

DAY 15 – FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 21                                                              AQABA/PETRA, JORDAN
Aqaba’s history dates back to 4,000 BC and was once a key Roman port. With year-round sun, you can enjoy watersports and explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea that teem with brightly coloured fishes. Magnificent Petra, an ancient city carved out of stone, and one of the World’s Seven Wonders, is nearby.  Back in Aqaba, visit the 13th-century castle fortress, archaeological museum and mosque and enjoy a traditional lamb dish with yogurt and rice accompanied by mint tea or sweet Turkish coffee.

DAY 16 / 20 – FEBRUARY 20 TO 27                                                           DAYS AT SEA

DAY 21 – FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 28                                                              MUSCAT, OMAN
View Muscat from above by travelling on the Corniche and head out along the scenic Batinah coast. The medieval Nakhl Fort, perched on a rocky outcrop, offers magnificent views of the mountains and oasis below. The colourful Sultan’s palace and the Jelali and Merani forts are worth visiting, and if you seek to experience Omani culture, a stroll through the markets and narrow alleys is ideal. Exquisite local silver jewelry, exotic spices and handicrafts abound in the markets to tempt shoppers.

DAY 22 – SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 29                                                       KHASAB, OMAN
Located on the tip of Oman’s Musandam peninsula, an enclave separated from the rest of the country, Khusab has been described as the “Norway of Arabia.” Its many beautiful fjord-like inlets and stark landscapes created by geologic shifting are striking, and the clear, calm waters are home to dolphins, which can often be spotted interacting with boats. This quiet enclave is also home to Khasab Castle, a small fort where you can learn about the history of the area and local traditions.

DAY 23 – SUNDAY – MARCH 1                                                                    ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The world’s richest city boasts a wealth of culture, history and adventure, from the emirate’s old souks, where you can sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, to the rush of the world’s fastest rollercoaster. This 5,000-year-old metropolis is a fascinating mix of modern architecture and atmospheric back streets.  Put your bargaining hat on for a friendly faceoff with the merchants at the souk to get deals on handicrafts, artwork, even spices and dried fruit for the cook back home.

DAY 25 – MONDAY – MARCH 2                                                                  DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
After breakfast, arrive at Dubai Cruise Terminal.  You will be met by tour guide and proceed to Dubai City tour.  Heritage Dubai City Tour with highlights: The magnificent view of Dubai Creek, and a stop at Dubai Museum-Records the city’s past with all its developing stages.  Take a traditional boat Abra-traditional boat to cross the Creek.  One of most popular souk Spice Souk & Gold Souk.  Its narrow passages are lined with small stores selling every herbs and spice under the sun.  Gold Souk offers a huge selection of jewelry made from gold, silver, diamonds and other precious metal sandstones.  Photo stop (outside) at Jumeirah Mosque-Dubai’s most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the UAE that are open to non-Muslims.  Lunch will be at a local restaurant.  Remaining of the day is at your leisure.   Accommodation: HILTON GARDEN INN or similar (2 nights).  (L)

DAY 26 – TUESDAY – MARCH 3                                                                  DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Breakfast at the hotel.  Today you will have free time at you leisure.  This afternoon your safari guides take you in a 4 wheel drive into the golden sand dunes of Arabia.  Experience the thrill of a life time while riding through the dunes. Enjoy a beautiful scenic sunset overlooking the desert, and then continue on to a Bedouin campsite, where you can enjoy camel riding, Henna design, Arabic gava, local dresses, soft drinks, tea or coffee and a delicious BBQ buffet. Adding to the atmosphere of the night is an enchanting belly dancer performing to the Arabic rhythms.  Return back to your hotel in the late evening.  (B/D)

DAY 27 – WEDNESDAY – MARCH 4                                                           DUBAI – DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel, check out by 12:00 noon.  Morning at leisure and lunch on your own.  Depart your hotel around 1 pm for an afternoon modern Dubai City Tour.  Highlights: Photo stop at Burj Al Arab – One of the most iconic luxury hotels in Dubai.  Drive the world largest man-made island – Palm Jumeirah and Photo stop (outside) at Atlantis The Palm.  Visit colorful Arabic Souk –Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Explore a mix of boutique brands, souvenir gift shops, luxury fashion, and jewelry, restaurants and café.  Visit one of the world’s largest shopping malls “Dubai Mall” & Photo stop (outside) at the world tallest building –BurjKhalifa.  Also Witness the tallest performing fountain in the world during your visit to Downtown Dubai.  The Dubai Fountain offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in a captivating water, music and light experience.  Farewell Dinner at Al Dawaar.  Experience Al Dawaar, Dubai’s only rooftop, revolving restaurant & lounge.  It combines culinary excellence with panoramic 360-degree views of the city’s skyline, Burj Khalifa, creek, and the sea.  Following your dinner you will be transferred to Dubai International Airport for your overnight flight to Canada.  (B/D) 

DAY 28 – THURSDAY – MARCH 5                                                               ARRIVAL BACK IN CANDA
Early morning arrival back in Toronto.  (B/D)

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NORWEGIAN’S FREE STYLE CHOICE Book now and pick any 2 perks:
1 – FREE Unlimited Beverage Package.
Guest is responsible for 20% gratuities on the retail value of the
Ultimate Beverage Package prior to cruise in the amount of $23.80 per person per day.

2 – FREE Shore Excursion Credit.

$50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom.  Credit has no monetary value and is non-refundable.
In the event a port of call or excursion is missed, for any reason, no refund or credit will be issued.
Shore excursion credit is applicable for each port, including debarkation port, and is not transferable to other
ports. Use the credit or lose it.  It does not include embarkation ports.  Overnight stays count as one port.

3 – FREE Specialty Dining. 
On cruises of 10 days plus 4 meal packages are available.  Guest is responsible for 20% gratuities
on the retail value of the Specialty Dining Package prior to cruise in the amount of $22.80.

4 – FREE Wi-Fi.
Internet Package: 250 minutes is per stateroom.
One login per stateroom, Internet package includes activation fee.

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DOUBLE Occupancy Fares:                                                  SINGLE Occupancy Fares:
INSIDE – Category IB    $8,195                                                 INSIDE – Category IB          $11,195
OUTSIDE – Cat. OB      $9,195                                                 OUTSIDE – Category OB    $13,995 
BALCONY – Cat. BB      $10,695                                              BALCONY – Category BB    $16,895
BALCONY – Cat. BA      $10,795                                                All above fares are subject to change without notice.

Initial deposit of $1000 per person.  Final payment is due by: OCTOBER 2, 2019.
Please note a cancellation fee of $200 per person will apply for cancellation prior to the final payment

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All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person and include:

Return airfare from TORONTO. 
1 Lunch and 2 dinners while in Dubai.
2 Nights first class hotel stay in Rome.
22 Day cruise aboard Norwegian SPIRIT.
2 Nights first class hotel stay in Dubai.
Your shipboard gratuities on your cruise.
Local sightseeing while in Rome and Dubai.
1 Lunch and 1 dinner while in Rome.
All departure port taxes/fees and surcharges.
Fully Hosted By Expo Cruises & Tours*
Please Note: Shore excursions are NOT included while on the cruise portion.
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