Among other cultural treasures, guests joining the sailing can appreciate the awe-inspiring sight of the Taj Mahal and Petra (two of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’, named after a global vote in 2007) and the Great Pyramid of Giza – the oldest of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one that still survives.
The 37-day cruise begins in Athens, with guided sightseeing to the ancient sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus, before sailing to Egypt to marvel at the Pyramids of Giza, along with Tutankhamun’s funerary treasure at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
After sailing through the Suez Canal, guests reach Jordan to take in the ancient Nabatean capital of Petra. Christmas will be spent at sea with festive celebrations galore, before calls in Oman, and on to India to experience the iconic Golden Triangle, including the ethereally beautiful Taj Mahal, history’s greatest monument to love.
In addition to the unique world wonders, guests can also enjoy the beauty of Byzantine Athens and the Acropolis with its sweeping views, cruise over the mighty Nile river, archaeological treasures of Egypt, beaches of Salalah and Gandhi’s birthplace Porbandar.
As with all Voyages to Antiquity sailings, a line-up of celebrated speakers have been carefully chosen to bring to life the destinations and cultures cruised. Prices for the 37-day Passage to Ancient Egypt & India cruise departing 6 December 2018 start from GBP 6,295 (USD 8242) per person, including flights, 17 shore excursions, gratuities and Voyages to Antiquity’s guest speaker programme.
The cruise includes two-night stays in Cairo, Delhi, Jaipur and Luxor, and a three-night stay in Athens. The cruise calls at Athens, Cairo, Suez Canal, Aqaba, Safaga, Salahah, Muscat, Porbandar, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi.