Experience Egypt and the Suez Canal with Star Clippers
25th June 2015
Prior to the transfer of Star Clipper to Asia for the winter season of 2016, the tall ship will complete a sailing from Greece to Egypt, sailing along the Suez Canal. Embarking from Athens on 29 October 2016, the Star Clipper will sail to the Greek Isles of Santorini and Rhodes before reaching Egypt and continuing along the Suez Canal. This is a truly unique cruise and bound to be extremely popular. With this in mind, this week Star Clippers takes a closer look at some of the destinations you can visit on the Suez Canal ocean cruise itinerary from Athens to Safaga.
As you might expect, this cruise will lead you on a journey with a sense of adventure, discovery and expedition. After departing Rhodes and spending a full day at sea, you will arrive in Egypt’s second largest city. The city was originally founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC and its legendary status stems from Pharos, the lighthouse that was one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Sadly, all that remains of this landmark sit on the floor of Alexandria’s Eastern Harbour.
There is plenty to see in Alexandria, including the Citadel of Qaitbay. This fortress was built to protect the city from crusaders. It has been reconstructed twice since its initial construction in 1477 and currently serves as a Maritime Museum. Kom el-Shoukafa sits on the site of the fishing port of Rhakotis, considered to be the oldest part of Alexandria – pre-dating Alexander the Great. The underground catacombs were most likely used as a tomb for a wealthy family.
Port Said, Egypt
Sitting at the entrance to the Suez Canal is Port Said, which also depicts the conflict of the Suez Crisis. As well as the severely bombed old town, there are many museums here – some of which depict many pieces of archaeological significance. The most instantly recognisable construction is the Lighthouse of Port Said, which was built in 1869 and was the first building in the world to be made of reinforced concrete.
This destination, however, will present the highlight for many on board this cruise as there will be an optional excursion to visit the ancient monuments of Giza and the Pyramids. These Great Pyramids and the staring face of the Sphinx offer a completely different perspective on eternity.
Sharm El Sheik
After spending time exploring everything this fascinating country has to offer, you’ll appreciate time to relax on the beach. Sharm El Sheik presents one of the finest beaches in the Arab world and the pure golden sands will enable you to relax in no time at all. If you’re keen to try something new, you’ll be excited at the possibility of diving in Sharm El Sheik. Dive into the warm waters of the Red Sea to find a world of underwater life.
At the end of your cruise along the Suez Canal, you’ll reach the town of Safaga – renowned for its beaches and scuba diving opportunities. The main opportunity that Safaga presents, though, is an optional excursion to Luxor – where you’ll be able to explore 3,000 years of history.
If you do decide to travel to Luxor, it is without question that you should visit the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. The Valley of the Kings is where you will find a long list of ancient tombs, including that of Tutankhamun. Within this area, archaeological projects are nearly always taking place – with new finds being uncovered all the time.
If you want to experience a tall ship sailing experience across the oceans of the world whilst exploring new and exciting destinations – look no further than Star Clippers. The Suez Canal sailing will commence on 29 October 2016 on board the Star Clipper. The Star Clipper will then complete a series of Asia cruises for the winter 2016 season.