Traditionally at this time of the year, the civic side of things goes very quiet and with no functions, Wendy and I took the opportunity to take a short break.
We left Evesham and drove to Heathrow, staying overnight before catching a plane to Rome airport on the morning of the 27th. From there we were transported to the Costa Pacifica, which was waiting at Civitavecchia.
Overnight we travelled to Savona
The following day was a sea day and gave Wendy a chance to have a good look round the ship. I spent the day in bed with a stomach bug :-(. Not nice.
Katakolon in Greece was the next port of call
followed by the port of Piraeus
and a taxi ride into Athens
and the wonderful Acropolis
A short stop in Rhodes
before arriving in Limassol
This picture of Costa Pacifica, was taken in Limassol Port
Our next Port of call was Ashdod in Israel and here we took an excursion to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. This picture is of the spot where Christ is believed to have been born.
The famous Wailing or Western wall in Jerusalem, was just one of a number of places visited during the day.
At sea overnight again, brought us to Port Said in Egypt
and we travelled for 3 hours by coach to see the amazing Pyramids in Cairo.
After a Nile cruise and visit to the mosque built by Mohammed Ali
we returned to the port of Alexandria, where the ship had travelled during the day
Two sea days followed and time for a little R&R
before our return to Civitivecchia and then home via Rome airport once again. The flight to Heathrow was only delayed by an hour or so, which was pretty good considering the snow in the UK.
Picture John Smith
All in all a great holiday. Good company, food and some fabulous locations. That’s the great thing about cruising, one hotel room, many places.