Ancient Civilisations & Lost Cities
Set sail on an unforgettable journey in search of some of the oldest, most famous and best-preserved ‘lost cities’ on earth. Each port of call on your itinerary will be as fascinating as the next, with chances to dig deeper into the destinations and uncover centuries of extraordinary history.
You’ll embark Black Watch for your incredible voyage through Arabia and the Mediterranean in the ultra-modern Emirati city of Dubai, home of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building. From here you’ll sail to Khasab, the first of three stops in Oman. Don’t miss the chance to take in the spectacular unspoilt scenery of the Musandam Fjords aboard a traditional Dhow boat before continuing on to Muscat. The many marvels of the Omani capital, including the including the glorious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – one of the world’s finest examples of modern Arabic architecture – and striking Qasr Al Alam Palace – await discovery at your leisure. Salalah will then be your gateway to the remarkable Lost City of Ubar. This historic frankincense shipping settlement was only discovered in the early nineties; however it’s believed that the large fort and imposing towers here may pre-date the writing of Islam’s holy book, the Qur’an. [ReadMore]
Another of Arabia’s lost cities awaits you next from the Jordanian city of Aqaba. An overnight stay here will afford you time to tour to Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – and marvel at huge tombs, archways and stunning temples carved into sandstone over 2,000 years ago. In Turkey, the beautiful golden sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Kusadasi – one of the country’s best holiday resorts – may tempt you; however the chance to visit the archaeological site of Ephesus for yet more incredible ancient history is highly recommended. Tour to this beautifully preserved lost city and you’ll encounter a host of historic highlights, such as the Library of Celsius and the Temple of Hadrian. The final lost city to explore is arguably the most famous of all on your itinerary, Pompeii. Visiting Naples, you’ll be perfectly placed to take a short journey to this UNESCO-listed settlement and uncover the ancient city's ash-dusted Greco-Roman remains, devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79CE. Before sailing back to Southampton, you’ll also visit Gibraltar for a chance to enjoy views from atop of the iconic rock; and La Coruña, from where you can tour to the magnificent Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.