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Ancient Civilisations & Lost Cities

4th Feb 2019 24 nights Sails from Dubai Black Watch W1902
FROM ONLY £2,499 per person *
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FROM ONLY £2,499 per person *
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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.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.