Explore lands of spices, temples, and tombs on this epic voyage that takes you from the dazzling heights of Dubai to the spectacular sights of Athens via transit through the historic Suez Canal.
The adventures begin with an overnight stay in Muscat—where you can tour the mountainside forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani, swim in clear blue waters, and shop for bargains at the Mutrah Souk—while in Salalah, there’s the surprise of a lush desert oasis and rare frankincense trees. Then enjoy four days at sea for spa treatments, fine dining and wines, poolside lounging, live entertainment, and evening stargazing.
From Safaga, discover temples and tombs on the mighty Nile—including Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and the final resting place of King Tut. An overnight and late-night stay in Aqaba means there’s plenty of time to immerse yourself in the phenomenal ancient city of Petra (an absolute must), walk in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia at Wadi Rum, and swim in the underwater paradise of the Red Sea.
Next, it’s a bucket-list cruise through the Suez Canal (another must-do for any world traveler), followed by another luxurious at-sea day. And uncover the Grecian riches of Heraklion—such as the Archaeological Museum, St. Titus Cathedral, and Knossos, the center of Minoan civilization—before the journey ends in Athens.
Day by day itinerary
Palm-island and skyline, Dubai
Dubai is a city unlike any other in the world. What was once an endless desert is now home to many triumphs of modern technology, including the world’s first underwater hotel, the world’s tallest building, and the iconic Burj Al Arab. Spend your days exploring merchant stalls in the Dubai Gold Souk, and for an experience you’ll have to see to believe, go skiing in the desert at Ski Dubai.
Grand Mosque of Muscat, Oman
Culture and history await those who travel to Muscat. Shoppers will want to visit the Mutrah Souq to discover a colorful maze of vendors offering everything you could imagine. After, take a stroll along the Corniche to the Mutrah Fort for sweeping city views. And don’t forget the Sulan Qaboos Grand Mosque—the third largest in the world and home to a must-see 600,000 crystal Swarovski chandelier!
Camels, Salalah, Oman
The city of Salalah is renowned for its khareef, the monsoon season from June to September that transforms this “Perfume Capital of Arabia” into an oasis. But this subtropical city has many other year-round natural sights to behold, including the waterfalls, lakes, mountains, the caves of Wadi Darbat, Mughsail Bay, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Oman.
Seascape near Safaga, Egypt
The Luxor Temple, home to the chapel of Alexander the Great. Then, continue on to Karnak, the largest religious site in the world. The Valley of the Kings is just a quick jaunt across the Nile, and its also the final resting place of King Tutankhamen. End your day onboard a felucca, and set sail as the sun starts to set over this mysterious land.
View of Eilat beach, Israel over Aqaba city, Jordan
The stark deserts surrounding Petra are a sharp contrast to the snorkeling paradise of the Red Sea in this Jordanian port. Explore coral reefs and vibrantly colored marine life in Aqaba, then travel inland to one of the world's great wonders—Petra. The massive stone facades of this ancient city are sure to take your breath away.
There’s nothing quite like sailing through the Suez Canal. This voyage offers an opportunity to see the marvels of modern-day engineering that allow for travel between the Mediterranean and the Red Seas. A 100-mile journey gives the illusion of sailing across an endless desert of ocean sand, a cruise through the Suez Canal is sure to provide memories to last a lifetime.
As the largest city on the isle of Crete, with a history that dates back to the 9th century, Heraklion has seen its share of travelers over the millennia. It’s been ruled by the Arab, Venetian, and Ottoman empires. It’s hosted international athletes during the 2004 Olympics. And now, as a new port of call for Azamara, Heraklion welcomes you with a wealth of timeless experiences.
Start your journey in Piraeus with an archaeological walk past landmarks like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora, and of course, the Acropolis. Afterwards, head to the Central Market for a feast of fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, olives, and Grecian cheese. Finally, check out a local taverna where you can rub elbows with the locals well into the wee hours of the night.
Aboard the Azamara Journey, you can expect an intimate cruising experience on a “boutique-sized” ship decked out with superb amenities.