Atlas Ocean Voyages has released a collection of extended regional shore excursions available to guests during their voyage. Dubbed “MAX SHORE”, the complimentary land-based tours range from three to six days in duration and are billed as “vacations-within-vacations”.
“With MAX SHORE, Atlas Ocean Voyages delivers a complete, guided land-and-sea luxury experience so adventurers can immerse themselves more deeply in the attractions, traditions and excitement surrounding the Black Sea and the Holy Land,” the cruise line said.
“Essentially, we’ve combined two unforgettable, travel experiences – a luxury cruise and a fascinating land tour – into one without compromising either,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “Usually, tour extensions are at an additional cost and require more days pre- or post-cruise, but MAX SHORE includes the extended, overland adventure for guests without having to extend their travel time.”
The initial range of MAX SHORE odysseys will be offered aboard World Navigator, which debuts in July 2021.
The 16-night Black Sea in Full MAX SHORE, departing 28 July 2021, from Athens (Piraeus), Greece, explores Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia and Russia, and includes an exclusive three-day/two-night overland adventure from Odessa to Kiev and Pripyat, Ukraine, to explore and overnight in the country’s vibrant capital city and in the infamous Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – a first for any cruise brand.
Guests also will transit the Dardanelles and Bosporus straits and overnight at Sochi, Russia, as well as call at Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Nessebar, Bulgaria; Bucharest (Constanta), Romania; Novorossiysk, Russia; Batumi, Georgia; and Sinop and Amasra, Turkey, and conclude with an overnight in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 24-night Comprehensive Anatolia & The Holy Land MAX SHORE, departing 13 August 2021, will immerse guests in the historic cultural and trade crucible of Europe, Western Asia and Jordan. Beginning with an overnight stay in Istanbul, World Navigator will then circumnavigate the Levantine Sea to Athens (Piraeus), calling at Troy (Kepez), Bozcaada, Dikili, Esphesus (Kusadasi), Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethieye, Kekova Island, and Demre, Turkey; Patmos and Heraklion (Crete), Greece; Limassol, Cyprus; and Cairo (Port Said) and Alexandria, Egypt.
At Ashdod, Israel, guests depart on a six-day MAX SHORE caravan journey through Israel and Jordan, visiting Petra; head off-road with a local Bedouin team for desert glamping under the stars; and discover the rich history and cultures found in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Masada, and Madaba.
Other extended land tours will be announced in the future.
World Navigator will embark on her inaugural 2021 year, sailing seven- to 24-night itineraries in the Holy Land, and Black and Mediterranean Seas in the summer, followed by nine- to 13-night itineraries in the Caribbean, South America and Antarctica in winter 2021/22.
Lead image: Petra, Jordan | credit: Ahmad Qaisieh on Unsplash