January 06 – January 16, 2024

Aqaba, Petra to Aqaba, Petra on board the SilverSea.

Join Ryan & Malaka Hilton on this journey through the rose-walled perfection of Petra, sail first to the crystal waters of Saudi Arabia’s Dhiba Port. Two sea days and a stop in Jeddah will bring you to Safaga, gateway to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. Ain Sukhna – just 90 minutes from Cairo is next, while the glorious, sun-drenched beaches and balmy seas of Sharm El Sheik complete this voyage of Middle Eastern promise.

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Embarkation: Aqaba (Petra), Jordan

January 7, 2024 – Dhiba port, SAUDI ARABIA: 

Thanks to its absolutely fabulous location on the Red Sea coast, Dhiba is a natural hub, both for people travelling the coast and boats and ferries making their regular crossings to neighbouring Egypt and Jordan. Small and charming, welcome to the Pearl of the Red Sea.

The vast, gorgeous beaches with mesmerizing views are reason enough to come to here but diving enthusiasts of all levels will relish exploring some of the most unspoiled underwater treasure troves in the world.

Just a short boat ride away is the uninhabited island of An Numan. Sandy bays, fringed with coral reefs and vibrant marine life, it’s a diver’s delight. With the Red Sea teeming with fish, it’s only natural that Dhiba is renowned for its amazing seafood. Go to the very heart of the city and take a tour of its fish market. Whilst offering beautiful views of the Duba Gulf, it’s the occasion to enjoy the hustle and bustle of this authentic Arabian fish market. There’s a lively atmosphere as you inspect the catch of the day. Appetite whetted, taste the freshness in one of the many local restaurants.

Looking out onto the Duba Gulf is a most impressive fort, built in traditional mud brick style, for King Abdul Aziz in 1933. Today it is a natural heritage site and with four corner, crescent shaped towers and large courtyard and mosque, it is well worth a visit.

January 8, 2024 – Dhiba port, SAUDI ARABIA

January 9, 2024 – Dat at Sea:

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

January 10, 2024 – Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA:   

The principal gateway to Mecca, Jeddah’s spiritual roots are very deep. Eve, the mother of mankind, is said to be buried in the city centre (although sceptics claim there is no actual proof), while archeological excavations in the old city suggest evidence of pre-Islam (700 BC) activity. Regrettably only scant vestiges of historical Jeddah remain, a reason why UNESCO deemed the city a World Heritage Site in 2014. An interesting by product of Jeddah’s location as major port on the Red Sea and proximity to Mecca (around 100 kms) is that Muslims from all over the world flock to the city. This has given Jeddah a very cosmopolitan feel, unlike other parts of Saudi Arabia. The 19th century Red Sea architecture is unique in its kind. Beach side, the city offers much. Jeddha’s dive sites are among the best in the world while the laid-back approach is appealing to westerners. However, while the city might well be more open than other ports in the Kingdom, it is still Saudi Arabia and when in doubt, visitors – especially women – should err on the side of modesty when it comes to beach wear. Traditionally, the city is rich. The souk in the heart of the old town is, of course, a must see during your visit, offering everything from amazing architecture to bargains galore. The area is also home to the oldest mosque in Jeddah, built in the 17th century (but renovated in 2012). Local delicacies range from fabulously fresh seafood to the ubiquitous kebab, so foodies will have much to tease their palettes with.

January 11, 2024 – Day at Sea

January 12, 2024 – Safaga (Luxor), EGYPT: 

Unravel the mysteries, and marvel at the artistry and scale, of some of Ancient Egypt’s most important and impressive monuments, which rise from the fertile plains and palm groves of the River Nile. Safaga’s port sits on the Red Sea’s dazzling coastline, where gorgeous beaches and super waters for diving and snorkelling await. Unwind here, amid the colourful fish life, or lie back to soak in ever-reliable sunshine. Most will choose to head inland to the banks of one of the world’s longest and most storied rivers – where the immense treasures of Ancient Egypt loom in the desert’s haze. Modern Luxor rests beside the Nile, and is set amid an unparalleled archaeological site of swirling legend and ancient beauty. This vast, open-air museum sprawls out below the burning sun, and you’ll discover preserved ancient tombs, momentous statues like the Colossi of Memnon, and vast columned temples with rows of statues, such as the Temple of Karnak. Soak in the surroundings on boats, which meander up and down the river, or head out to tick off as many of the remarkable ruins as you can. Cultural treasures like the World Heritage Site listed Valley of the Kings – carved into the copper rock of the desert – provided elaborate resting places for Ancient Egypt’s revered Pharaohs. Built between the 16th and 11th centuries BC, no fewer than 63 temples have been discovered here so far. Head into incredibly preserved tombs, decorated with majestic and mystical symbols and colourful artworks. See famous sites like the cursed tomb of King Tutankhamun, and the imposing rise of Queen Hatshepsut’s temple, amid the countless highlights and wonders.

January 12, 2024 – Safaga (Luxor), EGYPT

January 14, 2024 – Ain Sukhna, EGYPT: 

Ain Sukhna is where people come to unwind and have always done so. The town’s Arabic name means “Hot Springs” referring to nearby springs in the Gebal Ataka mountains, whose warm waters have always been considered healing

Protected by the Ataka mountains, the soft sandy shores and inviting transparent waters of the Red sea, makes it a divers paradise. Time slips away, discovering underwater worlds of coral reefs and the secret life of fish. For those preferring to stay on top of the water, water skiing, wakeboarding, kite surfing and wind surfing are all popular sports, passing dolphins just might join in.

Heading away from the sea, turn to the Eastern desert and make a visit to Egypt’s oldest monasteries St Anthony and St Paul.
St Anthony the bigger is built as a fortress but inside discover a self-contained village, giving fascinating insight into the monks daily life. There are treasured paintings and a library of handwritten manuscripts. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate these or the peaceful setting either.

Continuing on from the monasteries, don’t miss out on an opportunity take a look at the magnificent Suez Canal, a glorious triumph of engineering over nature.

With Cairo only a couple of hours away, it’s just the occasion to make a trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Worlds. The eternally awe-inspiring Great Pyramids, Great Sphinx and Valley Temple will transport you back to the time of the Pharaohs.
After all this activity it’s great to relax again in Ain Sukhna!

October 17, 2023 – Amalfi, Italy: 

Amalfi is a picturesque town in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of Italy. With its incredible views, it is the central town that makes up the very famous and UNESCO awarded Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana). Amalfi sports some impressive medieval architecture including; its cathedral of Sant’Andrea (St. Andrew), the church tower, the convent of the Cappuccini, founded by the Amalfitan Cardinal Pietro Capuano.

January 15, 2024 – Sharm el Sheik, EGYPT: 

With glorious, sun-bathed beaches, balmy seas, and the tempting shade of palm trees, Sharm El Sheik is Egypt’s laid-back leisure hotspot. This holiday city has blossomed from small fishing village roots to a global tourism center, and it boasts exceptional dive sites, rich heritage and adrenaline-raising desert scenery among its many assets. The gorgeous waters of the Red Sea invite you to bathe, swim and dive in amongst incredible marine life, painted with every colour of the spectrum. The Red Sea is famous for the world of life that thrives below its glittering surface, and you can snorkel among the swirling fish, or lounge at leisure on the soft sands of Egypt’s sun-drenched shores. Head out to find the treasured diving and snorkeling spots – swimming amid corals gently swaying in underwater currents. Angelfish, clownfish and gliding rays all inhabit the reefs here, along with a confetti of tiny red and yellow fish. Ras Mohammed National Park, which waits on a peninsular nearby, is renowned for having some of the best diving opportunities in the world. Back on land, explore lively Na’ama Bay, where humming restaurants, cafes and shisha bars are filled with holidaymakers. The bay’s golden beach is the original heart of Sharm El Sheikh’s tourism resort, and you can camp out here in a prime spot or settle into the luxury of a resort’s private sands. Encounter the massive El Mustafa Mosque with its marvelous domes and minaret rocketing up into the blue sky, impelling worshippers to pray. Wade into the market, to enjoy the challenge of securing a bargain – haggling is an essential part of the local culture here. Or, get your thrills by roaring across rolling biblical desert scenery, whipping up a wave of fine sand in your wake, as you storm the landscape in a 4X4.

January 16, 2024 – Aqaba (Petra), JORDAN:

Improbably carved into the rusty-red rock of the Jordanian desert, the ancient city of Petra has been mesmerising visitors since being rediscovered by Westerners in 1812. Siq Canyon provides a suitably grandiose welcome, cutting a deep track through layers of fiery sandstone, and building up the suspense, before you first set eyes on the Lost City’s majesty. An early start is best to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, giving you chance to beat the crowds and avoid the brunt of the heat. The Treasury is perhaps Petra’s best-known structure, having featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as the mystical hiding place of the Holy Grail. Imprinted deep into the sheer sandstone, it’s a dramatic, spectacular achievement of human endeavour. Look closely, and you’ll see the indentations of bullet holes scarring the urn that sits atop it – fired by Bedouins fuelled by rumours of ancient treasure within. Petra developed as the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom, and the sophistication of the Rose Kingdom’s rock-hewn buildings is matched only by the elaborate and advanced water collection and transportation system that quenched its thirst and provided the means to thrive, despite its remote location and the intense burn of the sun. Look out for the delicate water channels that lace the city as you explore. High above the city – up a daunting 800-step climb – stands the Monastery. It’s lesser known, but larger and – whisper it quietly – perhaps even more impressive than the Treasury. The High Place of Sacrifice is an even tougher hike – with only occasional electric-blue lizards scattering from your footsteps as you rise – but the views of the remarkable city, embossed into the mighty sandstone cliffs below, will last a lifetime.

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Inclusions

  • FineButler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard entertainment
  • 24-hour dining service
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines, and spirits
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest

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