Ancient Sites of Oman, Jordan & Israel
With chances to dig deeper and immerse yourself in centuries of 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 oldest, most famous and best-preserved ‘lost cities’ and holy sites, so every stop will be as rewarding and as fascinating as the next.
The ultra-modern Emirati city of Dubai – home of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa – is the starting point for this unforgettable voyage. Boudicca will be ready and waiting to whisk you off to Oman, where visits to three cities will showcase the diversity of one of Arabia’s most captivating countries. A call at Khasab offers you the chance to take in the spectacular scenery of the ‘Omani Fjordland’ on a trip into the Musandam Fjords aboard a traditional Dhow boat.[ReadMoreDesk]A day in Muscat allows time to marvel at the many treasures of the capital, including fine examples of Arabian architecture such as the glorious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and striking Qasr Al Alam Palace. The famous Mutrah Souk is a ‘must-visit’ too. On Oman’s stunning south coast, Salalah will serve as your gateway to the remarkable Lost City of Ubar. Although this historic frankincense shipping settlement was only discovered in the early nineties, it’s believed that the large fort and imposing towers here may pre-date the writing of Islam’s holy book, the Qur’an.
In Jordan, another of Arabia’s astonishing lost cities is yours to discover during an overnight stay in Aqaba. You’ll be afforded an opportunity to tour to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern 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. A cruise along Egypt’s Suez Canal, one of world’s most impressive man-made waterways, will be memorable too, passing through rugged, arid scenes of low-lying deltas and desert as Boudicca heads for Israel. Ashdod, your final port of call, is 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.