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Aqaba, Jordan Luxury Cruises

Jordan’s single deep-water port is perhaps best known as the gateway to Petra, the awe-inspiring city of stone carved into the side of rocky, arid hillsides. But Aqaba too is home to plenty of striking natural beauty; a neat port town surrounded by clear, deep blue seas that sit in beautiful contrast to the rugged desert landscape beyond.

Sightseeing in Aqaba

Visitors to Apra will find no lack of history during their time ashore. Cruises may offer guided excursions to popular destinations like historic Petra, as well as tours that trace the path of the archaeologist-turned-war-hero Lawrence of Arabia – whose capture of Aqaba earned him a promotion to major.

Aqaba town

The port itself offers plenty of things to see and do, and many cruises may give you the option to customise your own experience during your visit to Aqaba – with a private rental vehicle to take you to the sights you want to see. During your private, tailored excursion you might wish to visit the archaeological museum, or the ruins of the 13th-century Mamluk fort; alternatively, the marine park’s rich surrounding waters and comprehensive visitor facilities make the perfect attraction for those with a love of the aquatic.

Petra

A trip to Jordan wouldn’t be complete without seeing the incredible city of Petra, carved out of the pink sandstone of the surrounding hills. Travel by horse-drawn carriage through a narrow, mile-long canyon before the town opens up before you – a true wonder of the world that boasts close to a thousand monuments, hollowed out of solid rock. The Treasury is often the most popular building to see, with towering columns and intricate cresting making for a spectacular historic marvel – not least when night falls, where its courtyards and desert pathways take on a magical air in a sea of candlelight.

Wadi Rum

Tour the sites of some of T. E. Lawrence’s famous exploits on a 4x4 adventure through the deserts of Jordan. See the jaw-dropping formations of the Valley of the Moon before you journey on past rippled dunes and jagged, jutting outcrops like Seven Pillars of Wisdom Mountain. After visiting fascinating sites of ancient Jordanian rock art you’ll have the chance to experience even more of this country’s rich heritage during a stay with Bedouin tribespeople. After sharing a welcome cup of tea or coffee with your nomadic hosts in their tent, you’ll begin your journey back to the pier in Aqaba itself.

Shopping in Aqaba

Equally historic is the shopping in Aqaba, where antiquity and native culture come to the fore. Why not browse the town’s bookshops for rare titles, or volumes in various European languages? Alternatively, visit some of the area’s jewellers for traditional and less-than-traditional necklaces and earrings – or browse stores for clothes, ceramics and other local handicrafts.

Eating out in Aqaba

There are plenty of places to dine in Aqaba, whether you’re looking for a trendy, popular restaurant serving locally-caught seafood or a more exclusive fine-dining experience on the seafront. If it’s a quick stop-off you’re looking for whilst sightseeing, or maybe just a little refreshment, there are plenty of coffee houses and vendors selling traditional pastries and sweets. Alternatively, there are also restaurants serving Syrian, Chinese or Mediterranean cuisine, right in the heart of the Middle East.

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1 Arabia and Antiquities
05 April 2020 - 20 nights

Dubai | Sir Bani Yas Is | Doha, Qatar | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Ashdod | Haifa | Haifa | Thira (Santorini) | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £7139pp
Cruise Only £4739pp
2 Oman, Egypt, & Jordan
26 April 2020 - 16 nights

Dubai | Muscat | Muscat | Salalah | Safaga | Aqaba | Aqaba | Iraklion | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £2779pp
Cruise Only £2269pp
3 Arabian gems & Holyland
05 May 2020 - 18 nights

Dubai | Sir Bani Yas Is | Doha, Qatar | Muscat | Aqaba | Ashdod | Haifa | Crete (Aghios Nikolaos) | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £6019pp
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4 Eastern Mediterranean Empires
05 May 2020 - 25 nights

Dubai | Sir Bani Yas Is | Doha, Qatar | Muscat | Aqaba | Ashdod | Haifa | Crete (Aghios Nikolaos) | Athens (Piraeus) | Mykonos | Rhodes | Kos, Greece | Crete (Aghios Nikolaos) | Syracuse (Sicily), Italy | Valletta more

Fly Cruise £8229pp
Cruise Only £7879pp
5 Arabian Nights & Amalfi Sights
08 May 2020 - 16 nights

Dubai | Dubai | Muscat | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Sorrento | Rome (Civitavecchia) more

Fly Cruise £4519pp
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6 Wonders of the Ancients - Dubai to Rome
19 May 2020 - 20 nights

Dubai | Dubai | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Safaga | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Crete | Amalfi | Rome (Civitavecchia) more

Fly Cruise £4769pp
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7 Israel, Egypt & Jordan Voyage
24 October 2020 - 17 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Ashdod | Ashdod | Ashdod | Safaga | Safaga | Aqaba | Salalah | Dubai more

Fly Cruise £4879pp
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8 Pearls Of The Spice Route
31 October 2020 - 23 nights

Istanbul | Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece | Cesme | Bodrum | Rhodes | Thira (Santorini) | Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece | Athens (Piraeus) | Crete (Aghios Nikolaos) | Haifa | Ashdod | Aqaba | Muscat | Dubai more

Fly Cruise £10079pp
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9 Holy Land & Arabian Gems
07 November 2020 - 16 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Crete (Aghios Nikolaos) | Haifa | Ashdod | Aqaba | Muscat | Dubai more

Fly Cruise £8219pp
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10 Odyssey of the Stars
25 January 2021 - 164 nights

Los Angeles, California | Nawiliwili | Honolulu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete, Tahiti | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Whitsunday | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo Island | Bali | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaohsiung | Taipei (Keelung) | Ishigaki | Okinawa (Naha) | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Sihanoukville | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Penang | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai/Bombay | Mumbai/Bombay | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Safaga | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini | Kusadasi | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Athens (Piraeus) | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina | Sorrento | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Livorno | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton | Dublin | Belfast | Shetland Islands (Lerwick), Scotland | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor, Maine | Boston, Massachusetts | New York more

Fly Cruise £49469pp
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11 Mumbai to Athens
27 March 2021 - 17 nights

Mumbai/Bombay | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Haifa | Athens (Piraeus) | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £4889pp
Cruise Only £4889pp
12 Cradle of History
06 June 2021 - 20 nights

Dubai | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Safaga | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Ashdod | Crete | Amalfi | Rome (Civitavecchia) more

Fly Cruise £4199pp
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13 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Abu Dhabi
03 October 2021 - 20 nights

Rome (Civitavecchia) | Naples | Heraklion | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Cairo | Aqaba | Luxor | Luxor | Salalah | Muscat | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi more

Fly Cruise £7049pp
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14 Ancient Discoveries - Istanbul to Dubai
12 November 2021 - 20 nights

Istanbul | Dikili | Kusadasi | Antalya, Turkey | Limassol | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Aqaba | Safaga | Safaga | Salalah | Muscat | Dubai | Dubai more

Fly Cruise £4199pp
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15 Dubai to Istanbul
25 April 2022 - 19 nights

Dubai | Salalah | Safaga | Safaga | Aqaba | Haifa | Haifa | Limassol | Rhodes | Kusadasi | Istanbul | Istanbul more

Fly Cruise £8999pp
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