Ancient Sites of Oman, Jordan & the Med
In 28 nights, you’ll cruise through Arabia, the ancient Middle East and the Mediterranean back to the UK aboard Boudicca, taking in countless iconic and inspirational sights along the way. Remarkable ‘lost cities’, magnificent ancient wonders and fascinating holy sites are just a few of the highlights you can discover on this incredible journey, with every stop offering unforgettable experiences.
You’ll board Boudicca in Dubai with the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa – an expression of modern Arabia – in view, before your Arabian adventure takes a traditional turn in Oman. Visiting Khasab offers you the chance to venture into the beautiful Musandam Fjords aboard a Dhow Boat; while in Muscat, the Omani capital, you can marvel at fine examples of Arabian architecture such as the glorious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and striking Qasr Al Alam Palace. The Lost City of Ubar, believed to pre-date the Qur’an, is within your reach on tour from Salalah too, before you head to Jordan for another of Arabia’s astonishing lost cities. From Aqaba you can tour to Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – to explore an ancient wonderland of sandstone tombs, archways and temples. After an overnight stop at Aqaba, your ship will sail Egypt’s impressive Suez Canal en route to Israel, where Ashdod is your gateway to some of the world’s most important religious sites. You’ll be ideally located for tours to Jerusalem, with its magnificent religious monuments such as Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Al Haram Ash Sharif, and to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.
Your memorable journey through the Mediterranean begins with a wonderful weekend in Greece, where a wealth of ancient wonders await. You can delve into Crete’s over 5000-year-old history at fascinating sites such as the pre-historical Palace of Knossos and the Caves of Zeus; and visit Athens to uncover world-famous historic attractions including the ruins of the Acropolis and its temples, including the mighty Parthenon; the ancient Plaka district; and Agias Apostoli. Continuing on to Malta, Valletta will offer plenty of impressive sights too. The iconic, UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour is a sight to behold as you sail into port and ashore you’ll have time to seek-out architectural treasures such as St John’s Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. On the Spanish leg of your voyage, you’ll head to Mallorca – another picturesque Mediterranean island – for a chance to explore Palma’s pretty city centre or tour to the traditional village of Valledemossa; stop at Cartagena, with its medieval castle and preserved Roman sites; and visit Malaga, an Andalusian gem boasting diverse attractions such as Gibralfaro Castle and the Picasso Museum. Before finally heading home you’ll also make a call at the Portuguese port of Leixoes, for tours to the nearby Oporto – a city famed for its baroque architecture and port wine.