Arabia, Egypt & Holy Land

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YOUR ITINERARY

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Ras al Khaimah, UAE - Salalah, Oman - Safaga, Egypt - Safaga, Egypt - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Aqaba (Petra), Jordan - Enter Suez Canal at Suez - Transit Suez Canal - Exit Suez Canal at Port Said - Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece - Monemvasia, Greece - Athens (Piraeus)

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Day 1
18th Mar 2026
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is strategically located at the cros...

The United Arab Emirates is strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, and the traditional trading routes from Asia and the Far East to Europe and further afield are even more significant today than they were hundreds of years ago. Nestled at the very heart of the Islamic world, the country is unique in its embrace of the Western world. Here you can see the contrasts of the nomadic Bedouin people, and the opulence and splendor of the Sheiks, set against a backdrop of Western lifestyles.

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17:00
Day 2
19th Mar 2026
Ras al Khaimah, UAE
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Day 5
22nd Mar 2026
Salalah, Oman

Salalah, Oman’s ancient incense capital is an oasis with...

Salalah, Oman’s ancient incense capital is an oasis with lush vegetation resulting from seasonal monsoons. The city’s roads wind through groves of coconut, papaya and banana trees, and roadside stands sell fresh fruit and coconut water. The tropical atmosphere is a striking contrast to the otherwise arid landscapes of the Arabian Peninsula. Even the Queen of Sheba fell under the spell of the area’s treasure far greater than gold, and sent gifts of frankincense to impress Solomon. Today, the beautiful sand beaches, cultural history, archaeology and natural diversity draw visitors to this ancient paradise.

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08:00
Depart
17:00
Day 10
27th Mar 2026
Safaga, Egypt

Located on the Egyptian side of the Red Sea, the port ...

Located on the Egyptian side of the Red Sea, the port of Safaga is the gateway to some of Egypt’s most memorable destinations: Luxor, Karnak and Thebes. Luxor has often been called the world’s greatest open-air museum, and the number and preservation of the monuments in the area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The ancient Egyptians called Luxor “The City” and Homer called it the “City of a Thousand Gates.” The troops of Napoleon, coming upon its grandeur, broke into spontaneous applause. The pharaoh’s tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and the colossal temples of Luxor and Karnak capture the imagination with splendors that have survived the centuries.

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06:00
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Day 11
28th Mar 2026
Safaga, Egypt

Located on the Egyptian side of the Red Sea, the port o...

Located on the Egyptian side of the Red Sea, the port of Safaga is the gateway to some of Egypt’s most memorable destinations: Luxor, Karnak and Thebes. Luxor has often been called the world’s greatest open-air museum, and the number and preservation of the monuments in the area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The ancient Egyptians called Luxor “The City” and Homer called it the “City of a Thousand Gates.” The troops of Napoleon, coming upon its grandeur, broke into spontaneous applause. The pharaoh’s tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and the colossal temples of Luxor and Karnak capture the imagination with splendors that have survived the centuries.

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Depart
21:00
Day 12
29th Mar 2026
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world is found ...

Some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world is found at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Here, on a slender promontory where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Straits of Tiran, Sharm el Sheikh offers access to serene sand beaches, wind-carved cliffs and a wonderland of colorful fish and coral reefs. The area is revered as a place of prophets and miracles, including St. Catherine’s Monastery, the most important religious site in Sinai, situated at the base of the mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

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05:00
Depart
18:00
Day 13
30th Mar 2026
Aqaba (Petra), Jordan

Aqaba is a sleepy fishing village with a long and...

Aqaba is a sleepy fishing village with a long and historic past. At various times, the port was a stopover on ancient caravan routes, a garrison for Roman troops and meeting place for pilgrims en route to Mecca. Recent excavations have revealed a third-century church, one of the worlds oldest. In medieval times, Aqaba was an important part of Palestine before being absorbed into the Ottoman Empire, a time when Lawrence of Arabia figured in local history. Today Aqaba is important as Jordan’s only deep water port and the jumping-off point for excursions to Petra, the country’s premier historical attraction.

Arrive
07:00
Depart
23:00
Day 15
1st Apr 2026
Enter Suez Canal at Suez

A canal linking the Red Sea and Mediterranean is an old...

A canal linking the Red Sea and Mediterranean is an old dream. Evidence of attempts to construct such a seaway across the desert isthmus have been detected dating from Egypt’s pharaonic era and Persia under the rule of Darius. Venetian doges plotted, and Napoleon fervently wished for one, to save ships the 4,300-nautical mile diversion around Africa. When the 120-mile canal from Suez to Port Said was opened in 1869, the seafaring map underwent its most impactful change in history. The canal is at sea level, so no locks are required. Your ship will meet other ships of every sort and size from every corner of the globe around the entry at Suez, to join the single northbound convoy allowed each day. It starts from Suez at four in the morning, proceeding at a sedate 8 knots (to reduce erosion of the banks) and passing the first of two southbound convoys in the Great Bitter Lake. The second southbound convoy leaves later, passing your ship later at the Bailah Bypass. On average, about 97 ships transit the canal each day. Sights during the transit tend toward the monotonous: the ship ahead and the one behind, and an endless bank of sand on either side, ceaselessly refreshed by dredges stationed along the shore and pumping wet sand over the berm. The town of Ismailia with its tall, minareted mosque is a welcome diversion, as are the two bridges and one massive powerline crossing the canal. The transit takes between 11 and 16 hours. At Port Said, your ship passes into the Mediterranean Sea.

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Day 15
1st Apr 2026
Transit Suez Canal
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Depart
Day 15
1st Apr 2026
Exit Suez Canal at Port Said
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Day 17
3rd Apr 2026
Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

This charming village of white houses climbing up ...

This charming village of white houses climbing up the slopes is beautifully situated on the sparkling Gulf of Mirabello. The attractive Venetian harbor is surrounded by restaurants, outdoor cafes and clusters of shops selling everything from necessities to souvenirs. The ship docks in the center of town, and you are able to wander at will and enjoy the atmosphere of Crete’s foremost resort.

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Day 18
4th Apr 2026
Monemvasia, Greece

Monemvasia was once on the Peloponnese mainland. Then ...

Monemvasia was once on the Peloponnese mainland. Then an earthquake turned it into an island. It is now joined to the mainland by a narrow causeway that limits access, originally for reasons of defense. The tall, flat isle is completely honeycombed with nooks and grottoes, narrow alleys and rock-carved rooms. Clearly it was a formidable redoubt in times of attack, and earned its nickname the Gibraltar of the East. The upper town, long uninhabited, has narrow pathways leading to the Byzantine Aghia Sophia church, and remains of the medieval fortress and walls. In the lower town, look for the bell tower that leads you to Elkomenos Square, with its namesake medieval Elkomenos Christos church and a small museum.

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Day 19
5th Apr 2026
Athens (Piraeus)

Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The b...

Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.

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07:00
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YOUR SHIP - The Arabia, Egypt & Holy Land Seabourn Encore 2026-03-18

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    Arabia, Egypt & Holy Land
    Seabourn Encore- 18Nights
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