While on a Middle East cruise that includes Dubai, you’ll be able to enjoy upscale dining and shopping, great beaches, and various water sports!
Most Middle East cruises that port in Egypt feature shore excursions to the Great Sphinx and Great Pyramids!
Israel (Holy Land)
If your Middle East cruise ports in Haifa, Israel, you will be able to visit the holy land of Jerusalem!
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One of the more exotic cruise destinations, the Middle East is well-endowed with an extraordinary spirit of history and culture. Whether you want to zoom past giraffes and cheetah on a 4x4 wild safari, admire the towering marble domes at Sheikh Zayed Mosque, or step back in time to Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District, you might consider booking your next cruise to the Middle East (also referred to as the Holy Land cruise by certain cruise lines).
Visit ancient Egyptian tombs and admire Islamic-inspired architecture at the Grand Mosque or Sultan’s Palace in Muscat. You can see incredible landmarks such the Egyptian Pyramids and the lost city of Petra, or check out Israel’s Dead Sea Scrolls and Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher. From desert camel rides and ruins to grandiose shopping malls and oasis-like modern cities, the Middle East always has something to interest travelers.
A Middle East cruise is typically around 7- to 14-nights in length (depending on the particular cruise line), but can be longer. Some of the countries that you may visit are Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Some Middle East cruise itineraries feature ports of call in Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Italy or even ports in India, making for a very diverse vacation experience.
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Highlighted Middle East Cruise Attractions
The following are just a few of the many things to do while in the Middle East:
Jerusalem, the “Holy Land”
If your Middle East cruise ports in Haifa, Israel, you will be able to visit the holy land of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is about 80 miles from Haifa, but is well worth the ride! The Old City is home to some of the most significant sites in the history major religion. Among some of the attractions you can experience in Jerusalem are The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount of Olives, the Western Wall, and Dome of the Rock.
Egypt’s Ancient Pyramids & Sphinx
One of the most popular tourist attractions in all of the Middle East is the Great Pyramid of Giza. Located in Cairo, Egypt, it is one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” and is surrounded by a few other ancient pyramids. You can also witness the Great Sphinx of Giza, another famous attraction that’s a huge lion’s body with a human head. Most Middle East cruises that port in Egypt feature shore excursions to these amazing sights.
The ultra-modern city of Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is home one of the most impressive skylines in the world. It is also home to the world’s second largest man-made marina. While on a Middle East cruise that includes Dubai, you’ll be able to enjoy upscale dining and shopping, great beaches, and various water sports. Dubai also features some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, including Burj Al Arab. If you are taking a cruise that departs from Dubai, you may consider staying there a few nights prior to embarkation. It’s a fabulous opportunity to treat yourself with true luxury and relaxation!
The following cruise lines offer Middle East Vacations:
Luxury Cruise Lines
When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.
On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Specialty Cruise Lines
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
River Cruise Lines
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
Deluxe Cruise Lines
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Mainstream Cruise Lines
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
Atlas Ocean Voyages is a "luxe-adventure" cruise line, offering bucket-list trips in the world’s most sought-after and remote destinations. Constructed to deliver the ideal excursion experience while optimizing fuel efficiency, the brand new World Navigator is set to first sail in July 2021. Prepare to be pampered and take in picture-perfect views from spacious oceanview, balcony, and suite staterooms. Their “All Inclusive All The Way” promise means you won’t pay on board for dining, specialty drinks, Wi-Fi, gratuities, and even roundtrip airfare!
An award-winning river cruise line, Avalon Waterways offers luxury river cruises throughout the waters of Europe, China, the Galapagos Islands and Egypt. Their ships are among the youngest and most innovative in the river cruising industry, featuring large accommodations, fantastic cuisine and wonderful itineraries. As a part of the Globus family of brands, many of Avalon's cruises can be combined with a Globus land package, creating a truly unique vacation package. Thanks to Avalon Waterways' relationship with Globus, they're able to offer inspired enrichment on their cruises through guided sightseeing tours, daily port lectures and VIP access into key destinations.
Azamara is a deluxe cruising experience that's geared towards discerning travelers yearning to travel, in luxury, to exotic and rare vacation destinations. On an Azamara cruise you'll experience extremely high levels of service, gourmet cuisine, and fantastic accommodations. With a country club casual dress code and open dining format, this premium product is a fabulous choice for many travelers. Special amenities that all guests booked on an Azamara cruise benefit from include pre-paid gratuities, bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas. Select standard spirits, international beers and wines are also included (available in the bars during regular opening hours, and not through room service). Guests that are booked in a suite get complimentary specialty dining included!
Costa Cruises enjoys the reputation of being Europe’s number one cruise line. This Italian company has a large fleet that sails Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America, Asia, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Baltic and Russia, and Transatlantic itineraries. Spa accommodations are available on several of the newer Costa ships, and there are a wide range of things to do as you Cruise Italian Style with them.
Sail along some of the most beautiful rivers in Europe and explore some of the most fascinating destinations on a CroisiEurope river cruise. Experience some of Europe’s most historical sites and finest culinary masterpieces aboard an intimate CroisiEurope cruise ship while receiving top-notch service from the staff. Whether you want to relax on a soothing river tour or go on a fascinating land excursion, make a reservation with CroisiEurope, one of the most affordable and ecological-friendly family-owned river cruise lines in the world.
An MSC cruise is "A World of Discovery" - it features all the caring, personal attention of an authentic Italian crew. MSC Italian Cruises' staff is on-hand to provide guests with the highest level of service. If an elegant and refined atmosphere fits your definition of timeless bliss, MSC Italian Cruises will transform your idea of cruising. Over the past few years MSC has drastically grown, introducing a slew of state-of-the-art vessels to their fleet (including the beautiful MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside).
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is proud to present Freestyle Cruising, aboard one of the youngest fleets of cruise ships in the world. Enjoy open seating dining, where you can dine whenever and with whomever you wish. Don't want to pack formal wear on your vacation? With the resort casual evening attire, you don't have to! All of the Norwegian ships feature a slew of specialty restaurants and entertainment venues. An NCL cruise is perfect for guests of all ages, and includes complimentary youth programs. Their award-winning entertainment options include Broadway-style production shows, world-class acrobats, and much more. The Haven by Norwegian™, available on select ships, is an exclusive enclave for suite guests staying in NCL's most luxurious accommodations. Some Norwegian cruise ships have Studio accommodations, designed and priced for solo travelers. NCL is the only major cruise line to offer year-round Hawaii cruises.
Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio, Oceania Cruises is one of the the world’s leading deluxe cruise lines. The finest cuisine at sea, award-winning itineraries and outstanding value define Oceania Cruises’ five-star product and have positioned the company as the cruise line of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is a 5-star luxury cruise line, providing all-inclusive river and ocean journeys through Europe, Asia, Australia, and more. Scenic Luxury provides award-winning service and exceeds expectations of comfort and luxury with a small ship experience. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has a diverse selection of dining and beverage options, as well as a selection of shore excursions for when you want to explore land. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included aboard their Space-Ships. Bottled water is provided in your room, and is replenished daily. Their onboard cuisine uses local, fresh ingredients, further immersing you into the destination being explored. WiFi and tipping is included, which are both otherwise significant expenses that you won't have to consider during your vacation.
Seabourn is one of the world's most luxurious cruise lines, offering state of the art amenities such as complimentary welcome champagne, open bars, complimentary gourmet dining and personalized service. Since its founding, Seabourn's ultra-luxury ships have consistently ranked among the very best vacation experiences in surveys, polls and the annual honors lists of international guidebooks and travel critics. New for Seabourn in May 2018 was Seabourn Ovation, sister ship to the innovative Seabourn Encore.
Silversea's all-inclusive ultra-luxury vacations appeal to discriminating travelers accustomed to plush accommodations and attentive, individualized service. Distinguished by its award-winning, all-suite ships and impeccable service, Silversea's all-inclusive fares include round-trip airfare (from select gateways), a pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay, all beverages including select wines and spirits, gratuities, transfers, and a special shoreside event, The Silversea Experience, on select sailings.
With over 70 years of expertise in extraordinary remote destinations, Swan Hellenic offers a truly unique luxury cruise experience with its brand-new fleet of expedition ships. The company focuses on guests' preferences and needs, environmental safety, and once-in-a-lifetime adventures, proposing enriching cultural expeditions with unforgettable itineraries to Iceland, Norway, Antarctica, Lands of the Celts, Lands of the Vikings, and more.
Uniworld, one of America's leaders in river cruise/tour programs to Europe, Portugal, Russia, China, India, and Egypt offers more itineraries on more rivers aboard more ships than any other travel company. Few river cruise lines even come close to offering the quality and diversity of choices you have with Uniworld. With over 500 departures, more than 40 itineraries, and a great crew-to-guest ratio (1 to 3) there is simply no better way to travel.
Windstar was created with the vision to offer an alternative to the typical cruise or resort vacation. The Windstar passenger sees the world with luxurious accommodations, a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine. Well known for cruising off the beaten path and pampering without pretense, they sail to exotic locales and hidden harbors that larger ships can't access. Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts and three power yachts, throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.
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The following are just a few of the more popular tour operators that offer Middle East Vacations. Use the search box that's higher up on this page, or contact us, if you're interested in pricing, availablity and our special deals on other brand.
When a tour operator offers "Adventure Travel" it often means that their tours include very active itineraries, usually involving the in-depth exploration of the area(s) being visited, and possibly visiting remote locations. This type of tour tends to appeal to thrill-seekers, and those that like to participate in activities that include a good amount of physical exertion.
These tour operators give customers the option of picking and choosing pieces, creating a vacation that fits their preferences. Whether it's selecting specific hotels, or visiting specific destinations, the options are plentiful and sure to please you! We can arrange for as customized and specific of a tour that you would like, whether it be escorted, independent, or a bit of both. Contact us today to get the conversation started with one of our experienced travel advisors.
An escorted tour includes a professional guide, as opposed to being an independent (or self-guided) tour. Some escorted tour operators include a limited amount of time for guests to explore on their own, while others have tours that are completely escorted. Typically, just about your entire itinerary is included and planned for in an escorted tour package. You don't have to worry about what you're going to see and don't have to make reservations (for each component of the trip) with multiple tour operators - this option allows for you to just leave it to the professionals and enjoy yourself.
Depending on the tour operator, as well as on the specific tour, some tours are private (just you and your traveling companions, if you have any) while others are with other travelers that booked the same tour. In the latter case, some tour operators offer small groups (which tend to be more expensive, but also more intimate and exclusive) while some have larger groups that travel together (which provides a very social atmosphere, as you can meet many other people).
Also referred to as self-guided travel, independent travel gives you the freedom to do things at your own pace. You don't have a guide with you like you would on an escorted tour, but you can make your own schedule and choose your own itinerary.
This option is usually significantly less expensive than an escorted tour that includes similar components; however, cost and quality simply depends on the tour you select as both budget and luxury tour operators offer this type of travel.
When the finest vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.
Common inclusions on the tours offered by these companies are luxury accommodations, private or small groups, exclusive/VIP experiences, and more. Although these tour operators are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
The tour operators that we list as offering a "Budget" product are those that tend to have pricing that is considered more economical, and as a result often include components (i.e. accommodations and tours) that are good but not quite top tier.
One of the world's leaders in luxury tour travel, offering journeys in all seven continents. Unique itineraries include in-depth destination explorations, and feature premium accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Created with families in mind, Adventures by Disney is a premium tour company that offers land packages on six of the world's seven continents! Guests are provided with exclusive itineraries, VIP treatment, and fun-filled integration of the Disney brand.
Family owned and operated since 1972, Central Holidays provides great personalized service and care. They offer escorted tours of select countries in Europe (including Italy, Spain, France, Greece and more), Egypt, the USA, Africa, West Asia and Latin America. Ask us about Journeys, their luxury travel experiences.
A family owned business that's been around for over 100 years, Collette takes guided travel to another level. They offer comprehensive land tours, river cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family trips, garden holidays and more. Plus, you'll save time and money when we arrange one of their fantastic tours for you.
Hassle-free vacations, exclusively for 18-35 year olds, is the specialty of Contiki. Their mix of sightseeing, culture, and being able to tour with others in your age group makes for a fantastic tour. Contiki offers tours in over 40 countries, on 5 continents.
Cosmos provides affordable, budget-priced, escorted tour packages. Their packages may include air, accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, many meals, and the services of a Tour Director for much less than if you booked them all on your own.
Offering value trips in destinations around the world, Costsaver allows you to choose what you want in a vacation without having to break the bank. Accommodations are offered in 3- and 4-star hotels, and from the moment your trip starts Costsaver has a Travel Director and Driver that will make sure you get where you need to be, allowing you to just enjoy the vacation. They're been in business over 100 years, so they know what they're doing and have an extensive global network. Their tours include accommodations, transportation aspects, some city tours, and several meals.
Founded in 1981, Gate 1 Travel offers escorted tours, European river cruises, independent vacations and customized international vacation packages for less. Our extra discounts on their travel packages and tour packages provide exceptional value.
One of the world's leaders in luxury travel, Globus has been arranging tours since 1928. By booking a Globus tour (referred to by them as "journeys") you'll gain VIP access to many sites visited during your journey, special excursions that are included in the price of your tour, access to an expert Tour Director that has unique knowledge about the destinations, and you'll stay in first-class and above pre-selected hotels (with breakfast and dinner usually included), located in prime areas. Portage is included with all Globus tours, so you won't have to worry about lugging your luggage from one place to another. Some tour operators over-schedule you, but Globus weaves in just the right amount of free time for individual exploration.
Insight Vacations provides the finest Premium journeys with several touring styles that include Easy Pace, Country Roads®, Regional Experiences and Discovery Journeys. Guest travel in a luxury escorted coach, enjoy included sightseeing, and stay in centrally or scenically located hotels. Insight Vacations offers over 120 itineraries, traveling to over 50 countries in Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, USA, Canada, India and Africa (Egypt and Morocco).
Kensington Tours offers personalized vacations based on your specific preferences. We work with them to take on all the complexities and logistics so that you can truly have a great time. There are no fixed dates or schedules - you pick the start and end dates, providing true flexibility. Your local private guide will help you enjoy the destination you're in, with a truly authentic and tailor-made experience.
Immersive small group tours, with a blend of guided and independent exploration, is what you can expect when making a Luxury Gold tour reservation, who have been providing amazing vacations for over 100 years. From VIP experiences and fantastic dining, to luxurious hotels and a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a great option. While a good amount of their tours are pre-planned for you, there are opportunities throughout each tour to explore on your own as well (of course, with the helpful recommendations of Luxury Gold available to you, should that be your preference)
Since 1945, Perillo Tours has been one America's leaders in travel in Italy. Today, Perillo also offers packages in Hawaii and Spain. There are four types of travel Perillo Tours: fully escorted tours, hosted tours, independent travel and villas.
One of the world's leaders in premium guided travel, cruise, riverboat and family travel adventures, Tauck was founded in 1925. This family-owned, three-generation, award-winning company offers over 100 fantastic vacation packages throughout the world. Every detail of a Tauck tour is handled perfectly, including your luggage being brought to your hotel room ahead of you, preferred seating at shows, meals being included, staying at distinguished hotels in premium locations, and the expert knowledge of an insightful Tour Director. Rest assured, that although your itinerary is planned for you, there will be time experience the destinations on your own too.
With over 70 years of experience, Trafalgar provides hassle-free vacations to some of the most popular destinations in the world. Among the possibilities are Europe, Britain, Egypt, the USA, Canada, South America, China, New Zealand and Australia. Trafalgar is especially well known for their outstanding quality, service and reliability. Their expertly designed tours include transportation (via deluxe motor coach, rail or cruise ship), first class hotel accommodations, daily sightseeing tours, the professional services of a knowledgeable Tour Director (that provides guests with concierge service) and most meals. Of course, in addition to the scheduled activities, Trafalgar tours also give guests free time on their own to explore and relax at their own pace. By booking a Trafalgar tour with American Discount Vacations, you can save up to 40% of the cost of doing it all on your own. With over 300 tour itineraries available from Trafalgar, you're sure to find the perfect vacation! Plus, you can put your mind at ease after learning that Trafalgar has a 98% satisfaction rating from past guests.
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