Voyage Through the Red Sea

19-Days | Heraklion • Haifa • Ashdod • Port Said • Safagaa • Aqaba • Sharm el Sheikh • Jeddah • Salalah • Muscat • Dubai

Fares From £3,795

Single Supplement 20%

Voyage Through the Red Sea – Cruise Summary

Discover the origins of civilisation on this unforgettable 19-day adventure from the Greek island of Crete to the ancient wonders of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Crossing the western Mediterranean, arrive in Israel, for the spectacular Bahai Gardens of Haifa, which ascend Mount Carmel to the scared shrine of Báb, one of the founding fathers of the Baháʼí Faith.

Enjoy an overland journey to Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, for all the highlights of these biblical cities, before arriving at the diamond-cutting city of Ashdod, for a chance to explore the vibrant combination of modernity and antiquity in Tel Aviv.

Cruising to Cairo, prepare to be transported to the breathtaking Great Pyramid of Giza, last surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, before enjoying a stroll through the colourful alleys and exotic souks of Cairo’s old quarter.

Marvel at the mighty engineering achievement of the Suez Canal on a daytime transit, before tracing the path of the falcon god Horus to the Valley of the Kings, on an excursion to the ancient city of Luxor and the magnificent mortuary temple of Hatshepsut.

Follow in the footsteps of T.E. Lawrence on an exciting desert tour of the dramatic Wadi Rum, or witness one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles on Earth as you emerge within the extraordinary rose-red city of Petra.

On the Sinai Peninsula, visit St Catherine’s Monastery or Mount Sinai, then cruise to Jeddah for views of the unfinished Jeddah Tower, set to be the tallest building in the world.

Explore Oman’s second largest city of Salalah, an almost tropical oasis on the Arabian Peninsula, with beaches to rival the Caribbean, where souks and marketplaces are waiting to be explored in the shadow of the grand Sultan’s Palace.

Arriving in Muscat, put your haggling skills to the test at the famous Matrah souk and explore the city’s medieval forts, Moorish mosques and modern architecture, which mingle enchantingly in the seaside capital of the Sultanate of Oman.


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  • The biblical cities of Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem

  • The pyramid complex of Giza, including the Great Sphinx

  • Daytime transit through the Suez Canal

  • UNESCO World Heritage Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World

  • Disembarkation in the futuristic city of Dubai

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Heraklion, Greece

Departure time: 20:00
Step back in time three thousand years and explore the legend of the Minotaur with a visit to the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion. The beautiful sandy beaches and azure waters of Crete are also perfect for swimming!


Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00


Day 2 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama




Day 3 – Haifa, Israel

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 23:30
In Israel’s third largest city, the Bahei Gardens will enchant you. From the “German Colony” the park, laid out on 19 terraces, leads you 250 meters up to the holy shrine of the Bab, from where you will enjoy a breathtaking view over the city. In the evening you can immerse yourself in the nightlife or visit one of the bazaars.

Day 4 – Ashdod, Isreal

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
Ashdod is the starting point for numerous excursions in the area. Discover historic Jerusalem or experience the contrast of modernity and antiquity in the “white city” of Tel Aviv. If you decide to stay in Ashdod, you will definitely not be disappointed. Relax on the fine sandy beach, visit the old town and discover the magical jewellery of the diamond cutting town.

Day 5 – Port Said (Cairo), Egypt

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
Port Said is your gateway to another world. Get up close and personal with the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, on a trip to Cairo. Also pay a visit to Cairo’s Old Town and stroll through colourful alleys to the city’s oriental markets. Port Said itself is still a young city, it was only founded in 1859. Discover the harbor district “La Franque”, which reflects the colonial influences of France and Italy. The promenade along the beach promenade is also worth a visit

Day 6 – Day passage Suez Canal

Berthing time: 03:00 Departure time: 14:00

In the morning passage through the Suez Canal.

Day 7 – Safagaa (Luxor), Egypt

Berthing time: 06:00 Departure time: 21:00
Safaga has something to offer for everyone. On a trip to neighboring Luxor, follow the falcon god Horus into the Valley of the Kings and visit the impressive mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, which transports you to the realm of Osiris. Alternatively, the enchanting coral reefs of Soma Bay offer a true paradise for lovers of the underwater world.

Day 8 – Aqaba, Jordan

Berthing time: 10:30 Departure time: 23:30
In Aqaba, the focus is clearly on water-related activities. Whether it’s diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, paragliding or a leisurely tour on a glass-bottom boat – water lovers will get their money’s worth in the only Jordanian city with access to the sea. Further highlights include a visit to the wild desert world of Wadi Rum or the historic rock city of Petra.

Day 9 – Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt – Tender Port 

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00
Whether relaxed on the back of a camel or racing in a jeep – Sharm el Sheikh not only has a lot to offer for water sports enthusiasts, desert and history lovers are also guaranteed to get their money’s worth on the Sinai Peninsula. Visit St. Catherine’s Monastery and climb Mount Sinai, the birthplace of the 10 Commandments, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views.


Day 10 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama





Day 11 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 17:00
A contrast of the modern and historical oriental world awaits you in Jeddah. Visit a traditional souk, stroll along the harbor promenade or view unique architectural projects such as the under-construction Jeddah Tower. When completed, it will be the tallest building in the world.



Day 12-14 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama



Day 15 – Salalah, Oman

Docking time: 09:30 Departure time: 17:00
Salalah forms an almost tropical oasis on the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to steep cliffs and beaches like in the Caribbean, the lush vegetation shines, lined with numerous orchards. A visit to the historic district with the Al-Husn Palace, the birthplace of Sultan Qaboos, who is still very revered today, should not be missed when visiting Salalah.


Day 16 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama




Day 17 – Muscat, Oman

Docking time: 11:00 Departure time: 22:00
Stroll along the promenade to the famous Matrah souk and put your haggling skills to the test. Marvel at the magnificently designed capital of Oman, where the country’s wealth is often showcased. From the gilded bus station to the colossal royal palace, Muscat will amaze you.

Day 18 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama




Day 19 – Dubai

Berthing time: 08:00

Disembarkation until 09:00

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £3,795

Single Supplement 20%

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

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