18-DAY ARABIA, EGYPT & HOLY LAND
Wed Apr 3rd 2024
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Itinerary Summary
Dubai / UAE, Khor Al Fakkan / UAE, Salalah / OMAN, Luxor(Safaga) / EGYPT (Overnight), Sharm El-sheikh / EGYPT, Aqaba / JORDAN, Jerusalem(Ashdod) / ISRAEL, Agios Nikolaos, Athens(Piraeus) / GREECE
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Dubai / UAE

-- - 5:00 PM

Despite the primeval desert that surrounds it, spirited Dubai has spent its oil income on modern architecture based on soaring Islamic spires. Explore the souk bazaars for gold and silks, Persian and Afghani rugs and more. And be sure to visit the Juneira Mosque.

Day 2 : Khor Al Fakkan / UAE

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Day 3 : At Sea

Day 4 : At Sea

Day 5 : Salalah / OMAN

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Like a magic carpet spread before the sea, Oman's coastal plain is one of the most fertile areas of Arabia. Famous since antiquity as the source of frankincense, Salalah was already a prosperous town when Marco Polo visited it in the 13th century! Inland rise the forbidding Al-Quar... Mountains, and the desolate "Empty Quarter" of central Saudi Arabia.

Day 6 : At Sea

Day 7 : At Sea

Day 8 : At Sea

Day 9 : At Sea

Day 10 : Luxor(Safaga) / EGYPT

6:00 AM - --

Situated on the Red Sea along the East Coast of Egypt, Safaga serves as a gateway to the magnificent antiquities of Luxor and Karnak. Site of the ancient metropolis of Thebes, Luxor has a history which goes back to 2000 B.C. Like Babylon and Nineveh, it was considered one of the great cities of the ancient world, but of the three it is only here that the splendor survives. Marvel at the massive columns and statues. Stroll down the Avenue of the Sphinxes to the grand ceremonial gateway of the Temple of Amun-Ra. Sail across the Nile to the Valley of the Kings, sacred burial ground of the Pharaohs.

Day 11 : Luxor(Safaga) / EGYPT

-- - 9:00 PM

Situated on the Red Sea along the East Coast of Egypt, Safaga serves as a gateway to the magnificent antiquities of Luxor and Karnak. Site of the ancient metropolis of Thebes, Luxor has a history which goes back to 2000 B.C. Like Babylon and Nineveh, it was considered one of the great cities of the ancient world, but of the three it is only here that the splendor survives. Marvel at the massive columns and statues. Stroll down the Avenue of the Sphinxes to the grand ceremonial gateway of the Temple of Amun-Ra. Sail across the Nile to the Valley of the Kings, sacred burial ground of the Pharaohs.

Day 12 : Sharm El-sheikh / EGYPT

5:00 AM - 6:00 PM

This small town at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, is known for its spectacular dive sites in the coral reefs of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. With its strategic geographical position, Sharm El Sheikh became the gathering place for ancient nomadic tribes and a pivotal site for several biblical events; Mount Horeb is said to be the ancient Mount Sinai where Moses encountered the Burning Bush and received the Ten Commandments from God. Beyond the beaches of the coast you can find the world-famous treasures of St. Catherine's Monastery on a full-day tour, or follow caravan trails to the Monder Valley desert for snacks and tea in a Bedouin tent.

Day 13 : Aqaba / JORDAN

7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Day 14 : At Sea

Day 15 : At Sea

Day 15 : At Sea

Day 15 : At Sea

Day 16 : Jerusalem(Ashdod) / ISRAEL

7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Perched on sand dunes, Ashdod is a gateway to the Holy Land. From here, you can journey to Jerusalem and Bethlehem and walk the Via Dolorosa and see the stations of the cross. Among the many other sites of interest are the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and, in Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity.

Day 17 : At Sea

Day 18 : Agios Nikolaos

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Also spelt Ayios Nikolaos. On the Isle of Crete.

Day 19 : Athens(Piraeus) / GREECE

7:00 AM - --

Piraeus is the seaport for Athens, the capital of western civilization, which boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life. In a single day, you can climb the hill of the Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and then find a welcoming taverna for some spirited bizouki music, plenty of ouzo to drink, and with luck, energetic Greek dancing.

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