Ancient Sites of Egypt, Jordan & Israel

25th Feb 2021 14 nights Sails from Muscat Boudicca D2104
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This deeply historic itinerary presents an unmissable opportunity to step back in time among some of the oldest, most famous and best-preserved ancient sites. Sailing between Egypt, Jordan and Israel, each stop will be as fascinating as the next, with chances to uncover a plethora of centuries-old wonders, explore theories about events of yesteryear, and creates lasting memories.

After embarking Boudicca in the Omani capital of Muscat and enjoying time at sea to relax and settle into life on board as you sail to Egypt, Safaga makes for an exciting first stop. [ReadMoreMob]Situated on the Red Sea Riviera, this pretty port town 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. Stopping overnight allows for tours to the valley, famed for its ancient tombs and chambers – including the tomb of Tutankhamun. 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 these calls, you’ll also navigate Egypt’s impressive Suez Canal for hours of memorable scenic cruising. [ReadMoreDesk]

In Jordan, an astonishing lost city awaits your discovery during a visit to Aqaba. You’ll be afforded an opportunity to tour to Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, 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. 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, which is home to the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. In Bethlehem, just a short journey south from Jerusalem, you can visit Manger Square to see the Church of the Nativity, walk on the ground where Jesus was laid down after his birth, and see the places of significance from nativity stories.

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.

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.