Empires of Past & Present


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Follow the footsteps of history’s leaders, conquerors and thinkers along the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal. Relish seaside tranquility in Eilat, culture in Crete and Larnaca, and retrace history in Petra and Wadi Rum.

This innovative itinerary is sure to get you excited about exploring a part of the world that has experienced so much and therefore has so much to offer you as traveler and explorer. Is 18 days enough?


Day 1

Mumbai, India

India contains a bewildering variety of tribes, religions, cultures and languages-and most are present in Mumbai, one of the world's most densely populated cities. Remnants of British rule along oceanfront Marine Drive stand alongside the thought-provoking former home of Mahatma Gandhi, and the cave temple at Elephanta with its second-century Hindu gods.

Day 2

Cruising the Arabian Sea

Take advantage of your ships amenities - and they are not limited and neither is the space with a guest to crew ratio of 1:1.6.

  • 9 restaurants
  • Fitness Centre and promenade deck
  • Spa and salon
  • Entertainment program including but not limited to guest speakers, broadway shows, computer learning labs, movie theatre and live music

Day 3

Salalah, Oman

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-Quarà Mountains, and the desolate "Empty Quarter" of central Saudi Arabia.

Day 4

Cruising the Gulf of Aden

What you didn't get time to experience on day 2 you can now enjoy!

Day 5

Cruising the Red Sea

Day 6

Cruising the Gulf of Aqaba/Suez

Day 7

Eilat, Israel

A favorite destination for Israeli families seeking a waterside escape, Eilat is a booming resort town, with enough hotels and attractions to keep an itinerant busy for days. Eilat’s location on the northern tip of the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aqaba makes it a true vacation hotspot, literally. Its desert setting, greened by palm trees and dotted with pools, has an average of 360 sunny days a year and water temperatures averaging between 70 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. All of which is to say, grab your swimsuit and scuba gear to take advantage of beach expanses and some of the world’s best diving. Coral reefs edge Eilat’s coast, many near shore, offering experts and novices alike chances to encounter a fascinating underwater world. Afterward, dry off and launch land-based explorations, including birdwatching (Eilat is on the main bird migration route between Africa and Europe), camel riding and visits to the biblical theme park called Kings City or Timna Valley Park, home to the world’s oldest copper mines.

Day 8

Aqaba, Jordan

The waterway to the Red Sea - the commercial sea port of Aqaba (Al 'Aqabah) is the only outlet to the Hashimate Kingdom of Jordan, and is situated at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba. Aqaba brings a refreshing release from the rose-coloured desert to the North. Its sandy beaches and coral reefs are the most pristine on the Red Sea, and Jordanians hope to preserve them through careful planning. With several first-rate hotels, restaurants and shops, Aqaba caters to a tourist crowd that is tranquil and relaxed, seeking its pleasures more by day than by night.

Day 9

Aqaba, Jordan

Day 10

Cruising the Coast of Aqaba

Day 11

Transit the Suez Canal

Cruise down the less congested highway you will ever experience - the Suez Canal. The artificial waterway connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

Day 12

Larnaca, Cyprus

Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, Larnaca is a lively seaside town that’s home to some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. The pulse of the community revolves around the promenade, where both locals and visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the palm tree-lined avenue, stopping for coffee or cocktails, or a bite in one of the many seafood eateries. Because Larnaca dates back 6,000 years, there is also much for history buffs to appreciate, like its medieval fort and the Church of Saint Lazarus, where the biblical Lazarus is said to be buried. The region is also well known for some of the best diving on the island, particularly the Zenobia wreck-dive. Should you prefer to stay dry, a trip to the world’s last divided capital, Nicosia is a most interesting land journey.

Day 13

Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Day 14

Crete/Aghios Nikolaos, Greece

Built on the ruins of an ancient city and developing into a center of trade in the 3rd century AD, Aghios Nikolaos is today a favorite vacation destination. And it is no wonder. This coastal city, located on the Greek island of Crete, is the gateway to the many small villages and farms of the region. Aghios Nikolaos also offers many appealing attractions of its own. In the center of town is Lake Voulismeni, a lagoon linked to the sea by a narrow canal. Nearby, a small park, an amphitheater, and a collection of cafes take full advantage of the lagoon's idyllic setting. The lake even has its own legend, which says that the goddess Athena slipped into its waters to bathe and wash her glossy tresses.

Day 15

Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Day 16

Siracusa, Italy

Siracusa, also spelled Syracuse, is a dynamic, beautiful, historic city—with considerable emphasis on historic. Its tight, winding alleys, gracious piazzas and glorious architecture represent a timeline of several millennia, with the accompanying swings in political power and artistic output. Syracuse was founded in 734 BC by the Greeks, and its star was soon on the rise. The city was a major influencer in the spread of Judaism and Christianity; the birthplace of celebrated mathematician and engineer Archimedes; admired by the likes of Plato; and became a rival to the very origin and apex of early Western civilization itself, Athens. Brimming with world-class examples of Greek, Roman and Baroque architecture and awash with Italian character, the entire city of Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of its wonders can be found in its treasure-packed Parco Archeologico (Archaeological Zone), located on the mainland, and on the island of Ortygia, the old quarter of Syracuse connected to the mainland by two bridges. Amid a labyrinth of narrow medieval streets, you will find an atmosphere similar to Rome, only on a smaller scale. The Duomo, situated on a plaza reminiscent of Rome’s Piazza Navona, is breathtaking and one of the oldest churches in Europe.

Day 17

Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Day 18

Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy

Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. Today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments. Located 90 minutes away is the Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.



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