Jordan, Oman & Abu Dhabi
From ancient cities, spectacular palaces and historic forts to breathtaking fjords, rolling sand dunes and bustling souks, you’ll immerse yourself in the fascinating diversity and authentic highlights of Arabia to the full on this epic exploration aboard Boudicca.
This unforgettable fortnight begins in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, from where you can tour to the awe-inspiring ‘Lost City’ of Petra. Be sure to have your camera to hand to capture the ancient sandstone tombs, gates, archways and stunning temples of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll then have time to relax and settle into life on board the ship as you navigate the Red Sea and the Arabian Peninsula’s southernmost point en route to Oman. A day in Salalah – the first of three Omani ports on this incredible itinerary – will provide a colourful welcome to this eye-catching country. [ReadMore] Beautiful beaches, the impressive Sultan Qaboos Palace, and the energetic Al-Husn Souk – packed with stalls selling local wares such as real frankincense resin – are among the many highlights to discover in Oman’s second city.
A wealth of unique sights and authentic experiences will await your discovery during an overnight stay in Muscat, where you can unearth the very essence of Omani culture. You could take in the glorious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, bustling Mutrah Souk and striking Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace within the capital; tour to the rolling dunes of Wahiba Sands for a taste of traditional Bedouin life; or head for the imposing forts and arches of ancient Nizwa. From the man-made marvels of Muscat it’s on to Khasab for a chance to witness some of Arabia’s most spectacular natural scenery on an unmissable Dhow boat tour into the Musandam Fjords, before Boudicca continues onwards to Qatar. Doha is famed for its soaring skyline, though the Qatari capital's atmospheric Souq Waqif is an undoubted highlight. Recently reincarnated to exhibit a 19th century feel, there aren’t many better places in the city for delving into Arabian culture. Speaking of undoubted highlights, a full day in Abu Dhabi will round your holiday off in style. Explore the Emirates’ capital to capture the mix of magnificent modern skyscrapers and historic forts; visit the striking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; or perhaps simply indulge in some retail therapy at the high-end shopping malls.