Historic Sites of India, Jordan & Israel

29th Mar 2021 29 nights Sails from Colombo Black Watch W2106
Adult only sailing Adventure
FROM ONLY £3,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £3,999 per person

Spanning 29 nights and a string of incredible destinations across seven countries in Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, this enriching voyage of exploration will leave you captivated throughout with a seemingly endless list of iconic sights and inspirational experiences to discover.

After embarking Black Watch in the stunning Sri Lankan city of Colombo, you’ll have to day at sea to settle into life on board your smaller, friendlier ship as you sail to India. [ReadMoreMob]Three enticing Indian destinations feature on your itinerary, each showcasing this remarkable country’s fascinating diversity. In Kochi, you can see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets dotted along the idyllic coastline and the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue; or opt for an overland tour to the white-marbled wonder that is the Taj Mahal. Goa – where the historic Old Goa district and UNESCO-listed Latin Quarter tell the story of India’s European influences – is a real treat to savour, while an overnight stay in Mumbai will be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. You can really absorb the mix of traditional and modern India in Mumbai: take your time to see the British-style buildings of the Colaba quarter; stop-by the famous Victoria Railway Terminus to marvel at its grand architecture; and visit the unique Dhobi Ghat laundry district and Dadar Flower Market. Watching the dabbawallas in action, delivering lunches to homes and workplaces across the city, is an experience you won’t forget. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing onward to Jordan, Aqaba is the starting point for discovering the ‘Lost City’ of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Don’t miss the chance to uncover the huge tombs and temples of Petra, that were carved into sandstone over 2,000 years ago. Then, after an unforgettable navigation of Egypt’s Suez Canal, hallowed sites await you in Israel too: Haifa is your gateway to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Tour to Jerusalem to follow in the footsteps of Jewish, Muslim and Christian pilgrims among magnificent religious monuments such as Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Al Haram Ash Sharif; or to Bethlehem – birthplace of Jesus – to visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. En route back to the UK, a triumvirate of sun-splashed Mediterranean destinations will bring your holiday to the perfect conclusion. You’ll enjoy a day in Cyprus before sailing to Malta for a chance marvel at Valletta’s UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour, St John’s Cathedral and impressive Presidential Palace, and to the Spanish city of Malaga, where diverse attractions include the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle and the Picasso Museum, a celebration of Pablo Picasso’s life and works.

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.

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.