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Wander along the Spice Trail, explore the Holy Land, and immerse yourself in the vivid sights and sounds.

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Middle East Cruises

The Middle East is a stunning tapestry offering endless and life-changing experiences. This area is renowned for its exotic culture, illuminated history, grand architecture and modern technology. From the hustle and bustle of largely populated cities to the peace and tranquility of local villages, delicious food and intriguing cultures. Dubai is the treasured gem of the Middle East boasting an affluence and lavishness. The city woos cruisers from all corners of the globe with a penchant for culture and luxury.

Warm cultures and friendly locals that are iconic for the Middle East make cruise tourists feel welcome in a world away from home. Having endured its fair share of wars, it is right to acknowledge that nowhere else on Earth has such a colourful past as the Middle East, making it a fascinating destination for travellers who have an avid interest in the world, past and present. The treasures of the arid Arabian desert is yet another aspect that must be discovered in this diverse and exciting cruise destination. A Middle Eastern cruise is guaranteed to take you to the greatest hot spots belonging to this area and introduce you to cultures and ways of life that will encourage you to return again and again.

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When is the best time to visit ?

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To avoid the extreme summer heat it is best to visit the Middle East between October and April. Remember to bring a light cover up to enter temples, and sacred areas.

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Travel Tips for Middle East

The Middle East is a region that lies on two continents: Africa and Eurasia and comprises many countries, here are just some of them:

  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • Lebanon
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • Oman
  • Jordan
  • Israel

It has its complicated moments but on the whole, the Middle East is warm, hospitable and full of life. The region is often described as the cradle of civilization as many of the things we know and take for granted today were conceived in the Middle East:

  • Writing
  • Religion
  • Construction

Every city you visit on a cruise to the Middle East is a legend, where the locals will welcome you with open arms, genuinely:

  • Salalah, Oman
  • Eilat, Israel
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Manama, Bahrain
  • Doha, Qatar

A cruise is the absolute best way to visit this vast region, you will see, learn and explore an incredible amount in just one holiday.

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Egypt, Jordan and Israel

Expanding your cultural horizons has never been easier, just book a Middle East cruise with the following countries in the itinerary:

  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Israel

All three boast historic and cultural sites that are a must-see:

  • Egypt's pyramids
  • Jordan's lost city of Petra
  • The Western Wall of Israel

Seabourn offers great itineraries that will take you to all of the above and more. You'll also sail along the Suez Canal - the great man-made waterway connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea that the Egyptians take great pride in. The experience will be made unforgettable also by the Seabourn signature luxury on board.

Dubai and the Arabian Gulf

Cruising the Arabian Gulf will provide an insight into the modern Middle East, albeit full of culture, tradition and history, this part of the region is totally different from Turkey, Israel and Egypt.

  • Ultra modern skyscrapers
  • Famous international restaurants
  • Designer boutiques and huge shopping malls

The Arabian Gulf is a mixture of refined luxury and well manifested traditions and culture.

A great number of cruise lines frequent the Arabian Gulf, so the choice is yours:

  • Go with the family-friendly, fun and value for money MSC Cruises that offers various itineraries and stops.
  • Book a Cunard cruise that along with Dubai, Muscat and Abu Dhabi will sail you halfway across the world and may even embark and/or disembark in Australia.

The Best Time to Visit

There is so much to see and experience in the Middle East that you will want to be outside a lot of the time:

  • Exploring
  • Sightseeing
  • Hiking

Therefore, do consider the months of March to early May for visiting. This shoulder season is beautiful but quite short, the temperatures start rising (in some parts) to very hot around mid-May.

Here are some of the reasons we recommend cruising to the Middle East in autumn:

  • Warm and comfortable temperatures
  • The flowers are starting to bloom
  • The Berbers are starting to migrate across the Atlas mountains making for a great experience

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