Ancient Civilisations & Landmarks

17th Feb 2022 15 nights Sails from Fujairah Boudicca D2203
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With chances to dig deeper and immerse yourself in extraordinary history, there’s much more to this exciting cruise than the ports listed on the itinerary. In fact, at each destination, you’ll be within reach of some of the world’s greatest historic and holy sites, so every stop will be as rewarding and as fascinating as the next.[ReadMoreMob]

In Jordan, an astonishing lost city awaits your discovery during a visit to Aqaba; stopping overnight affords unmissable opportunity to tour to Petra – by day, or night – and explore an ancient wonderland of huge tombs, archways and temples that were carved into the sandstone over 2,000 years ago – an incredible experience. Situated on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera, pretty Safaga boasts tempting black-sand beaches and inviting crystal-clear waters, and is the gateway to one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures – the remarkable Valley of the Kings. An extended, full-day stay in Safaga allows for tours to the valley, famed for its ancient tombs and chambers – including the tomb of Tutankhamun.[ReadMoreDesk]

Elsewhere in Egypt, your journey of discovery takes you to Alexandra for a chance to uncover another of the country’s incredible historical sites – the Great Pyramids of Giza, the oldest ancient wonder on earth – on tour. Alternatively, an exploration of Alexandria offers rich rewards: the port city is home to historical, architectural and archaeological highlights such as Pharos Lighthouse, the 19th century Montazah Palace and a striking Roman amphitheatre. In between Safaga and Alexandra, you’ll also navigate Egypt’s impressive Suez Canal for hours of memorable scenic cruising. Meanwhile, Israel’s hallowed sites are yours to explore from Ashdod and Haifa, both ideally located for day trips to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Opt for a fascinating tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town to follow in the footsteps of Jewish, Muslim and Christian pilgrims and seek-out magnificent religious monuments such as Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Al Haram Ash Sharif. In Bethlehem, you can visit Manger Square to see the Church of the Nativity, walk on the ground where Jesus laid after his birth, and see the places of significance from nativity stories.

Your Itinerary

  • Immerse yourself in centuries of extraordinary history, as you uncover some of the world’s greatest historic and holy sites.
  • In Egypt, you can explore the extraordinary Valley of the Kings and marvel at the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, on tours from Safaga and Alexandria respectively, and experience a navigation of the Suez Canal.
  • You’ll be afforded an opportunity to see the ancient tombs, archways and temples of Petra’s ‘Lost City’ in Jordan, while in Israel hallowed Jerusalem and Bethlehem await.
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In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

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We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

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