The land of Oman, which overlooks the trade routes leading into the Persian Gulf, has attracted the attention of foreign powers from the ancient Persians, to the Portuguese and the Ottomans. The old town of Oman’s capital, Muscat, is dominated by two great stone forts, Al Jalali and Al Mirani, which were built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. Nestled between the two forts is the imposing royal palace of Al Alam and the contrast between the buildings provides the perfect visual demonstration of Oman's compelling history. Your visit will also include a tour of Salalah, an ancient city famed for the production of frankincense, which boasts both the ruins of the fortified town of Sumharam and the Tomb of Job.
As the year ends, the weather in India and the Red Sea is more in keeping with summer in northern Europe. It’s the ideal time to sail from the classical myths of mainland Greece, through the historically significant Suez Canal, to Jordan, Pharaonic Egypt and India.
A truly unforgettable festive grand voyage that includes classical Athens, the treasures of India, Petra - a city carved into living rock, Cairo, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings in Pharaonic Egypt, the islands of the Indian Ocean, as well as Christmas and New Year celebrations at sea.
This extraordinary 130-day voyage spanning three continents takes you to many of the greatest sites in the world, from majestic natural wonders to ancient mysteries and man-made masterpieces, with over 50 sites and excursions included in your cruise fare. This promises to be the travel experience of a lifetime.