Over thousands of years, numerous civilizations have left their mark in the deserts of North Africa leaving behind “intriguing ruins and cities which seem to be lost in time.” During your journey abroad explore the medieval bazaars, learning to trade hand crafted items, exotic spices, and hand woven tapestries. Discover ancient pyramids, mosques, churches and temples as you wander through an ancient world aboard a cruise to Africa & the Middle East.
Egypt is a world of wonders – home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to be exact. The pyramids, the minarets and the Nile all exist in this magnificent land. Explore Cairo the way it was meant to be seen. Spend the day visiting the Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza before boarding a Nile cruise boat for lunch. In Safaga spend the night in Luxor and its wonderous temples while staying in a 5-Star Hotel. Enjoy a unique snorkeling adventure in Sharm El Sheikh by visiting the Ras Mohamed National Park – known to be the best diving site worldwide.
Morocco has a lot to offer despite being a relatively small country on the northwest corner of Africa. With the Atlantic ocean on the west and the Mediterranena Sea on the north you will be able to see Spain from only nine miles away. In Agadir, spend the day sightseeing in the ancient city of Taoudant or Tafraoutin. Casablanca offers the Hassan II Mosque, known for being the world’s largest Mosque. In Tangier spend the day exploring ancient caves and modern neighborhoods.
Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa. It holds the remains of the ancient Roman Carthage “which demonstrate that this was Rome’s richest province, medieval medinas built at the beginning of the Arabic era, and elegant 19th century French colonial boulevards.” The Mediterranean coastline is filled with breathtaking beaches while the Sahara Desert lays to the south. The North boasts the Cork Forest, rich in fruit trees, vineyards and olive groves.
Take the chance to enjoy the “traditional hospitality of desert nomads and sleep under the stars” after a day of wandering through an ancient world that only exists in Africa.