Antiquities of the Red Sea Jordan and Aegean aboard Le Bellot
Join us for a journey from the azure Aegean to the beautiful Red Sea, exploring the treasures of Greece, Egypt and Jordan aboard the exclusively chartered, 5-star Le Bellot. Marvel at the beauty of Santorini’s legendary site of the Lost City of Atlantis. Visit the brilliant New Alexandria Library, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the rose-red city of Petra. Optional extension in Greece and Israel available.
Arrive in Athens and embark the Five-Star Le Bellot. Birthplace of democracy and home to many of the greatest philosophers and historians— from Socrates to Herodotus—Athens is unparalleled in its contributions to early Western civilization. Le Bellot (D)
Widely considered to be the location of the mythical lost city of Atlantis, Santorini overlooks a submerged caldera, the result of one of the most cataclysmic volcanic eruptions in history. Picture-perfect Santorini’s whitewashed villages of sugar-cube houses and blue-domed churches cascade to cerulean waters. The remarkable Bronze Age ruins of Akrotiri, held intact by layers of pumice and ash for over 3,500 years, reveal the architectural sophistication and advanced culture of its Minoan inhabitants. Findings from Akrotiri are elegantly exhibited in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. By cable car, descend from Fira, where stunning white-walled buildings stand in stark contrast against slate-colored volcanic cliffs. This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the ship. Le Bellot (B,L,R,D)
Enjoy educational lectures during a day cruising toward the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. Le Bellot (B,L,D)
The fulcrum of the ancient Hellenic world, Alexandria is Egypt’s most beguiling city. The Lighthouse of Alexandria—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—shone as a beacon of enlightenment, while the Library of Alexandria, with its vast archive of over 140,000 manuscripts and papyrus scrolls, formed a magnet for the ancient world’s greatest scientists, from Euclid to Archimedes. The library’s visionary reincarnation, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, constructed in 2002, resembles a giant discus embellished with hieroglyphs and symbolizes a second rising of the sun. Alexandria’s history from classical antiquity to modernity is expounded at Alexandria’s National Museum, where a beautifully curated collection of artifacts is housed in a restored Italianate villa. The cultural and religious heterogeneity that defined Alexandria in the second century is evident at the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Egypt’s largest Roman burial structure. Le Bellot (B,L,D)
One of the most momentous voyages between continents transits the 120-mile Suez Canal, Egypt’s glorious, Victorian-era engineering achievement. The canal was first conceived in the 1830s by French explorer and engineer Linant de Bellefonds and opened in 1869. Connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, the canal reduced the journey between Africa and South Asia by over 4,000 miles, redefining international maritime trade. Le Bellot (B,L,D)
See the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the pyramids of the Old Kingdom pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus; along with the Great Sphinx, they are enduring symbols of the glory of Egypt that have towered over the Western Desert for nearly 5,000 years. Le Bellot (B,L,D)
From the port of Hurghada, travel through scenic mountains to the Nile Valley. Arrive in Luxor and check into a Nile-view room in the Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel . Begin your exploration of UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ancient Thebes with a visit to Karnak Temple, one of the largest religious structures ever built. Karnak’s vast complex of obelisks, shrines, and sanctuaries reaches its apogee with the hypostyle hall, comprised of 134 colossal stone columns arranged in rows and embellished with hieroglyphs. Continue to the Luxor Temple and view the temple’s fascinating bas reliefs depicting such seminal events as Ramses’ victory at the Battle of Kadesh in 1274 B.C. The dramatic “Avenue of the Sphinxes” once stretched from Karnak to Luxor, forming the spiritual and economic nexus of the region. Dinner is in the hotel this evening. Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel (B,L,D)
Check out of the hotel and cruise across the Nile to the west bank’s UNESCO World Heritage-designated Necropolis, replete with spectacular memorial temples built to perpetuate the cult of the pharaoh. In the Valley of the Kings, 63 illustrious pharaohs of Egypt’s New Kingdom and their worldly wealth were laid to rest in tombs engraved with hieroglyphs. Passageways descend to the burial chambers of King Ramses IV, where a rare image of the goddess Nut is emblazoned across a blue ceiling. The famous tomb of Tutankhamen contained the largest collection of Egyptian treasures and was discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Harold Carter. In the Valley of the Queens, enjoy an exclusively arranged visit to Queen Nefertari’s tomb, lauded as the most resplendent Theban burial site. The beauty of Ramses II’s favorite queen is enshrined in the spectacular and divine images of her likeness. Join us for the Captain’s Farewell Reception and dinner on board the ship this evening. Le Bellot (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast on board as the ship arrives in Aqaba where we disembark. Traverse the awe-inspiring wilderness of UNESCO World Heritage-designated Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon. Shaped and smoothed by millennia of winter floods and desert wind and sand, Wadi Rum was aptly described by a British soldier and diplomat T. E. Lawrence, the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, as “vast, echoing and godlike.” This ethereal landscape of striated canyons, soaring mountains, undulating sand dunes, and rocky caverns is best experienced from a four-passenger open-air vehicle. Kempinksi Hotel Aqaba (B,L,D)
The inspiring, ancient “rose-red city” of Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Petra reached its zenith during the first century B.C. as the capital of the nomadic Bedouin Nabataean Empire. Concealed behind towering rocks, the city ignited Western scholarly interest when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt was led through the Siq—a narrow, serpentine gorge—to Petra’s spellbinding Khazneh (Treasury) by a Bedouin guide in 1812. The site’s majestic ensemble of temples, dwellings and tombs, carved directly into the sandstone cliff face, still holds a mythical appeal. Transfer to Amman and check into the Five-Star Fairmont Hotel, centrally located adjacent to the affluent Abdoun neighborhood and diplomatic area. Fairmont Hotel (B,L)
Amman’s wealth of archaeological artifacts stands testament to centuries of cultural influences. This biblical Ammonite city was conquered and renamed Philadelphia by Egypt’s King Ptolemy II in the third century B.C. Expanded by the Romans, Philadelphia flourished as the heart of Roman Arabia. From the Citadel, see the towering columns of the Temple of Hercules looming over the cosmopolitan capital of Amman, where the magnificent 6,000-seat Roman Theater, dating from the second century, forms the city’s centerpiece and still stages performances. The lauded Jordan Museum preserves the world’s oldest statues, the remarkable plaster statuettes of ’Ain Ghazal, adroitly fashioned in 6500 B.C. Everyone is welcome in the beautiful blue-domed King Abdullah Mosque, built by the late King Hussein in honor of his grandfather. Fairmont Hotel (B)
Journey through picturesque wheat fields and olive groves to reach Jerash, Jordan’s most captivating Greco-Roman site, where remarkably preserved colonnaded avenues, ceremonial gates and golden-hued temples stand in testimony to one of the most important cities of the Roman Decapolis. Marvel at the prodigious three-gated Hadrian’s Arch, walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Artemis and take in the immensity and sublime architecture of the Forum. After lunch at a restaurant in Jerash, enjoy time for individual pursuits in Amman. Attend the Farewell Reception in the hotel this evening.
Fairmont Hotel (B,L,R)
Continue on The Holy Land Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)
Cost and Details
Cabin Categories (Prices are per person, double occupancy)
8 – $7,695 Picture window, sliding door onto private partial-wall balcony, Deck 3, forward, (limited availability)
7 – $8,495 Picture window, single door onto private partial-wall balcony, Deck 3, midship.
6 – $9,395 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, Deck 4, forward.
5 – $10,195 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, Deck 4, midship.
4 – $10,695 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, Decks 5 & 6, aft, (limited availability)
3 – $11,295 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, Deck 5, forward, (limited availability)
2 – $12,195 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, Deck 5, midship.
1 – $12,695 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, Deck 6, midship.
Deluxe Suite – $13,695 Suite with expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony, sitting area with sofa. Decks 3, 4, 5 & 6, (limited availability)
Prestige Suite – $14,695 Two-room suite, expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony, two bathrooms, two closets, large sitting area with sofa, Deck 5, (limited availability)
Privilege Suite – $14,995 Large suite, expansive sliding glass door, larger private balcony, sitting area with sofa, Decks 5 & 6, (limited availability)
Grand Deluxe Suite – $16,695 Extra-large two-room suite, expansive sliding glass door, spacious private balcony, full bathroom with tub and separate shower, additional half bath, sitting area with sofa, Deck 6, (limited availability)
Owner’s Suite – $17,195 Extra-large two-room suite, expansive sliding glass door, spacious private terrace with outdoor Jacuzzi, full bathroom with tub and separate shower, additional half bath, sitting area with sofa, Deck 5, (limited availability)
Singles are available in category 5 at $16,295 and in category 2 at $19,495 up until July 19 Early Booking Deadline. (Assistance with providing a roommate can be provided.)
Prices above reflect the Early Booking Discount which is available until July 19. Add $1000 for reservations made after this discount. Taxes are an additional $795 per person and are subject to change.
Exclusive lectures and presentations by study leaders and an Egyptologish; Eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five‑Star Le Bellot; Cruise from Athens, Greece, to Aqaba, Jordan, featuring port calls at Santorini, Greece; Alexandria, Egypt; Ain Sokhna for Giza and Cairo; and Hurghada for Luxor; One night in the Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel in Luxor; one night in the Kempinksi in Aqaba; and three nights in the Fairmont Hotel in Amman; Meals as specified in the itinerary; Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the cruise; Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and a Farewell Reception in Amman; All entrance fees and tours as described in the itinerary; Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s); Complimentary Wi-Fi on board ship (conditions permitting); Egypt and Jordan entry visas; Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers; Hospitality desk in the hotels and aboard ship; Complimentary bottled water in your accommodations and on excursions; Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions; Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors throughout the program; Pre‑departure materials, including a reading list; Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company
International airfare; Taxes of $795 per person (subject to change); Gratuities to ship personnel ($15 per person per night recommended); Hotel staff gratuities (Main Program and Pre-/Post-Program Options, $2 per person per night recommended) and gratuities for activities on your own; Passport and visa fees (excluding Egypt and Jordan entry visas); Meals and alcoholic beverages not listed as included; Transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); Any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access unless otherwise specified; Accident/sickness, trip cancellation and baggage insurance; Baggage charges on aircraft; airfare and associated local taxes not listed as included; Airport facility taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included; All other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included” section
Classical Greece Athens: Oct 27-30
995 per person, double occupancy
$1,345 per person, single occupancy
On this fascinating Pre-Program Option, experience Athens, the ancient city unmatched in its contributions to the foundation of the Western world. Tour the monumental Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see its archaeological treasures in the Acropolis Museum. Visit the perfectly proportioned Parthenon, a graceful example of Doric architecture. Explore colorful Plaka, Athens’s oldest neighborhood, at leisure. Enjoy a full-day excursion to the mystical UNESCO World Heritage site of Delphi and its Archaeological Museum. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe Grand Bretagne Athens Hotel.
Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s); Accommodations for two nights in the deluxe Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel in Athens, inclusive of taxes and service; Breakfast each morning; City tour of Athens, including the Olympic Stadium, Parliament and Temple of Zeus; Guided tours of the Acropolis—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and the Acropolis Museum, which houses the Parthenon frieze; Time at leisure in Athens’s vibrant Plaka neighborhood; lunch is included; Excursion to UNESCO World Heritage-designated Delphi, featuring guided tours of the ruins and the Delphi Archaeological Museum, followed by lunch in a local restaurant; All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with local experienced guides; Gratuities to local guides and drivers; Hospitality desk in the hotel; Complimentary bottled water on excursions; Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Program Director at your service; Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions.
Israel: Jerusalem, Masada & the Dead Sea: Nov 11-17
$2,895 per person, double occupancy
$4,395 per person, single occupancy
Further expand your exploration of great civilizations on this comprehensive Post-Program Option of captivating biblical, historical and cultural sites in and around Jerusalem and Tiberias and on the Sea of Galilee. In fascinating Jerusalem, a holy city for three of the world’s major religions, see religious sites and visit the poignant Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Tour UNESCO World Heritage-designated Masada, see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Visit Bethlehem and enjoy an unforgettable float in the Dead Sea. See Nazareth, Cana, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum and the Ancient Boat Museum. Enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee (weather permitting), stop beside the Jordan River at the Yardenit Baptismal Site and tour a traditional rural kibbutz, with lunch. Deluxe accommodations are for four nights in Jerusalem and two nights in Tiberias.
Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s); Accommodations for two nights in the deluxe U Boutique Hotel in Tiberias, inclusive of taxes and service; Accommodations for four nights in the deluxe Orient Jerusalem Hotel, inclusive of taxes and service; Breakfast and lunch each day and one dinner; Tour of a traditional rural kibbutz, including lunch; Visit to the Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River; Excursion to the archaeological site of Magdala, a first-century synagogue; Visit to the Mount of Beatitudes and its namesake church; Excursion to Tabgha, including a visit to the Ancient Boat Museum; Private, specially arranged cruise on the Sea of Galilee (weather permitting); Visit to the elegant Wedding Church in Cana; Tour of Nazareth, featuring the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph; Full-day tour of Jerusalem, featuring panoramic views from the Mount of Olives and storied sites including the Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Church of the Dormition, Upper Room of the Last Supper and Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu; Visits to the solemn Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and encyclopedic Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls; City tour of Bethlehem, including Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity and the Grotto of the Nativity; Tour of the magnificent Fortress of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site; A rare opportunity to float in the Dead Sea; Excursion to Qumran, the site of the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered; All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides; Gratuities to local guides and drivers; Hospitality desk in the hotels; Complimentary bottled water on excursions; Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Program Director at your service; Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions.
This is a moderately active tour and participants must be able to keep up with an active group of travelers. For the safety and enjoyment of each participant and the group, participants who plan to join all the excursions must be able to:
- Walk on excursions often covering distances of at least one mile, and approximately three hours in length in higher temperatures.
- Walk confidently on a number of surfaces, including narrow cobblestone streets, stone floors or uneven and/or slippery terrain.
- Stand for up to 2 hours at a time each day.
- Climb and descend flights of stairs (some without railings) without assistance.
- Get off and on tour vehicles (motor coaches/Bedouin jeeps) without assistance. The ship may either dock in port or tender ashore by small boat (tenders). Tenders involve a dry landing (participants step from the tender vessel directly onto land or a dock).
Terms and Conditions
Cancellations & Fees
Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of The Commonwealth Club and Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply:
From the time of booking through 96 days prior to departure: no cancellation fees.
(For any new 2021 booking. For transferred bookings the original cancellation terms apply.)
95-76 days prior to departure: 70% of the published full regular tariffs on main program and extensions. (The 30% refund will be by credit for a future trip commencing on or before December 31, 2023.)
75 days or less prior to departure: No refund
A “no-show” or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs.
In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees, and administrative fees may apply.
Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of The Commonwealth Club in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by July 19, 2021. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be canceled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.
We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Information will be sent upon registration and can be viewed at the Redpoint website.
We require membership to the Commonwealth Club to travel with us. People who live outside of the Bay Area may purchase a worldwide membership. To learn about membership types and to purchase a membership, visit our membership page or call (415)597-6720.
Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.
Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without notice.
All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from their traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.
Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations, or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs that include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.
Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Binding Arbitration Agreement Responsibility
The Commonwealth Club and Gohagan & Company and its and their employees, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your program including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party.
In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or another failure of airplanes, vessels, or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely.
If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at the owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line.
Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. Gohagan is not responsible therefore and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan, however, is not required under these circumstances to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels, or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.
Any dispute concerning, relating, or referring to this Agreement, the brochure, or any other literature concerning the trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. Sections 1-16, either according to the then-existing Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or pursuant to the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS). Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) Illinois law and will take place in Chicago, IL. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionably, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable. Please understand that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the participant and Gohagan are waiving the right to a trial by jury.
Acceptance of Contract
By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.
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