Historic Sites of India, Jordan & Israel

Departed 29th Mar 2021 29 nights Sails from Colombo Black Watch W2106
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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.

Your Itinerary

  • Incredible destinations across seven countries in Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean will each captivate you in their own unique, unforgettable way on this enriching voyage of exploration.
  • Three enticing Indian destinations offer diverse highlights: you can marvel at the Taj Mahal on tour from Kochi; explore Goa’s European heritage; and absorb the mix of traditional and modern India in bustling Mumbai.
  • Hallowed sites await in Jordan and Israel, including the ‘Lost City’ of Petra, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, while you’ll also sail Egypt’s Suez Canal before discovering the delights of sun-kissed Cypriot, Maltese and Spanish cities.
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