Arabian Gems and Holy Land (20 Days)

Cruise Line: Seabourn
Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Piraeus, Greece
Dates: 22 Apr 2018 - 11 May 2018

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22 Apr 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5:00 PM
23 Apr 2018
Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
24 Apr 2018
Doha, Qatar
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
25 Apr 2018
26 Apr 2018
Muscat, Oman
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
27 Apr 2018
28 Apr 2018
Salalah, Oman
12:00 PM 10:00 PM
29 Apr 2018
30 Apr 2018
DAY 10
01 May 2018
DAY 11
02 May 2018
DAY 12
03 May 2018
DAY 13
04 May 2018
Aqaba, Jordan
8:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 14
05 May 2018
DAY 15
06 May 2018
Suez Canal (Transit), Egypt
6:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 16
07 May 2018
Ashdod, Israel
7:00 AM 11:00 PM
DAY 17
08 May 2018
Haifa, Israel
7:00 AM 8:00 PM
DAY 18
09 May 2018
DAY 19
10 May 2018
Santorini, Greece
9:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 20
11 May 2018
Piraeus, Greece
7:00 AM
Arabian Gems and Holy Land map

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For 22 Apr 2018 - 11 May 2018
Your Onboard Host(s):
Reta Frew, Charles Frew

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The Wonders of Petra and a Festive Lunch - Aqaba - 2018 ( 9 Hours )
Aqaba, Jordan | 04 May 2018

  • Meals: Lunch
  • Recommended Ages: All Ages
  • Activity Level: Strenuous
  • Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing • Food & Wine

The ancient Nabataean city of Petra has often been called the eighth wonder of the ancient world. Always breathtaking and never to be forgotten, it is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO world heritage site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe.

Upon arrival, we will make a brief stop for refreshments and our guide will give us a brief before we begin our visit. We will then begin our approach to Petra via foot and walk through the 1,200-meter-long Siq, it’s steeply rising sides all but obliterating the sun, to reach the ancient city’s astounding monuments. We’ll see the Siq’s mysterious rock faces punctuated by inscriptions and the huge guardian ‘spirit blocks.’ Rounding the last bend, the gorge opens into a natural square where we’ll get our first magical glimpse of Petra's most famous monument, El-Khazneh, The Treasury. Its intricately carved facade glows in the dazzling sun. Statues of Nabataean goddesses and tiers of Corinthian columns punctuate the famous rose-red facade. At the summit stands a vast urn, which according to legend contains the treasures of the pharaohs. More facades beckon until the ancient city gradually unfolds. Beyond, we’ll discover the numerous individual monuments, including buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, and colonnaded streets, mostly carved from the kaleidoscopic sandstone by the technical and artistic genius of its inhabitants.

After our visit we will make our way back and it will be time for our wonderful luncheon of local specialties complimented by wine at a local restaurant in Petra before we return to the pier.

Suggested Attire: Casual wear with comfortable walking shoes. Hats, light jacket, and sunglasses highly recommended.

Important Walking Note: This excursion requires 3 to 4 hours walking approximately 4-miles round-trip over a loose shale road through a desert canyon at higher altitude and at times in direct sun- it is not recommended for anyone with walking difficulties, or short in stamina or wheelchairs. Clients unable to visit the site are welcome to wait; you must arrange a meeting place with the host and guide to continue with the group for lunch. There may be a gentle horseback ride available and a limited number of donkey-carts; they are both owned by locals operating independently and we have no way of reserving them, or knowing in advance if they will be available These are recommended for those with walking difficulties only, and it should be understood that the ride can be a bit rough and guests must stand upright in the cart during the ride.

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Shore Excursions

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 22 Apr 2018

Aqaba, Jordan - 04 May 2018

Ashdod, Israel - 07 May 2018

Haifa, Israel - 08 May 2018

Santorini, Greece - 10 May 2018

Piraeus, Greece - 11 May 2018

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