Historic Sites of India, Jordan & Israel
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.
Pricing & cabins
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.
Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.
Entertainment & Enrichment
About Your Ship
Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room.
What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.
The Fred. Olsen Difference
Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.
Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.
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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.
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