Saturday, 3 October 2015

Cruising: Turkey, Greece & Israel

I was lucky enough to be taken on a cruise with my family at the end of August which visited Turkey, Greece and Israel.
Tel Aviv
First Church - Birthplace of Jesus
Birthplace of Jesus
Place in which the Manger sat
Larnaca, Cyprus
Larnaca Beach, Cyprus
Alanya, Turkey

Alanya, Turkey
Alanya, Turkey
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

Our first port of call (literally haha - ignore me and my sad jokes!) was Israel. I was slightly worried about our trip to Israel after seeing all of the media reports recently about the issues going on in the middle east, however I honestly felt quite safe whilst I was there which came as a bit of a surprise.  For our first day in Israel we visited Tel Aviv for a day of shopping and swimming at the beach, I have been to Tel Aviv before and still think its a beautiful part of the world. On our second day we had booked a trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to visit various holy sites. I am in no way religious, but found it really interesting to hear the stories from the local tour guide about Bethlehem, and to see the birth place of Jesus and caves from which the three wise men followed the star.
The next stop was Larnaca in Cyprus, a beautiful location with a pretty average beach. It has tonnes of shops and restaurants along the beach front which gets a major thumbs up from me *cough* McDonalds *cough* but other than that, for me it didn't really have much else to offer. 
We then set sail for Alanya in Turkey. I have been to Turkey over 15 times now, and the more I visit the more I dislike it. I guess I just don't like being constantly pestered by the shop owners, I understand that its their livelihood but no means no, y'know? We spent about two hours wandering around the shops (and I picked up some apple tea of course) before getting back on board to enjoy a day of relaxation in the sunshine. 
Our final destination was the absolutely stunning Rhodes in Greece. It was my first time visiting Rhodes and it didn't disappoint! To me it just felt like a typical Greek island should feel, from the music and quirky little shops and restaurants to the beautiful white sandy beach and clear waters. Can I go back now please?


  1. I would LOVE to go on a cruise especially one around europe they look gorgeous xx


    1. They are literally amazing. I've been on a couple now and have loved them every time. I love how you wake up in a different port each day <3