16 Night Cruise sailing from Athens to Dubai aboard Silver Wind.
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Day 1 12 Nov 12 Athens (Piraeus) Greece 5.00pm Day 1 12 Nov 12 Athens (Piraeus) Greece 6.00pm Day 3 14 Nov 12 Alexandria, Egypt 8.00am 6.00pm Day 3 14 Nov 12 Alexandria, Egypt 7.00am 4.00pm Day 4 15 Nov 12 Suez Canal Transit Day 4 15 Nov 12 Port Said, Egypt 8.00am 11.00pm Day 5 16 Nov 12 Suez Canal Transit Day 5 16 Nov 12 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt 7.00am 10.00pm Day 6 17 Nov 12 Aqaba, Jordan 8.00am overnight Day 6 17 Nov 12 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt 6.30am 7.00pm Day 7 18 Nov 12 Aqaba, Jordan 8.00am 6.00pm Day 7 18 Nov 12 Aqaba, Jordan 5.00pm Day 8 19 Nov 12 Safaga (Luxor) 7.00am overnight Day 8 19 Nov 12 Safaga (Luxor) 8.00am 10.00pm Day 9 20 Nov 12 Safaga (Luxor) 5.00pm Day 13 24 Nov 12 Salalah, Oman 8.00am 2.00pm Day 15 26 Nov 12 Muscat, Oman 8.00am 4.00pm Day 15 26 Nov 12 Muscat, Oman 9.00am 10.00pm Day 16 27 Nov 12 Fujairah, United Arab Emirates 9.00am 5.00pm Day 16 27 Nov 12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2.00pm overnight Day 17 28 Nov 12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Day 17 28 Nov 12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 8.00am
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16 Night Cruise sailing from Athens to Dubai aboard Silver Wind.
Silver Wind, launched in 1995, was the second ship introduced by Silversea. Much like its sister ship, Silver Cloud, the Wind is a shining example of intimate Italian cruising. Fewer guests, combined with more space and Silversea's signature six-star personalised service make for the ultimate sailing experience. This elite vessel is as a grand hotel, as gracious as a long-time friends' home. Each all ocean-view suite provides a sumptuous retreat. Each public space is intimate yet inviting. It's a warm feeling of home upon the seas of the earth.
Aboard Silver Wind you will find a most accommodating place to view our world. Whether it's delicious onboard diversions, world-class cuisine, memorable dining venues or staying connected from anywhere, Silversea's impeccable standards apply to every detail of your voyage.
Highlights of this cruise:
If you come to Athens in search of gleaming white temples, you may be aghast to find that much of the city has melded into what appears to be a viscous concrete mass. Amid the sprawl and squalor, though, the ancient city gives up its treasures. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. Today this shrine of classical form, this symbol of Western civilization and political thought, dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens fully is to understand the essence of Greece: tradition juxtaposed with a modernity that the ancients would strain to recognize but would heartily endorse. Ancient Athens is certainly the lure for the millions of visitors to the city, but since the late 1990s, inspired by the 2004 Olympics, the people have gone far toward transforming Athens into a sparkling modern metropolis.
Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC and became capital of Egypt under the Ptolemaic pharaohs, who ruled the country from 323 BC until the arrival of the Romans in 30 BC. Egypt's gateway to the Mediterranean, its major trading port, and home to the country's most famous queen, Cleopatra, Alexandria also had the world's best library, containing thousands of texts collected from every known continent. Sadly, the library was destroyed in a fire. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Alexandria was one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Middle East, a true gateway between East and West. Today, the city is a lively, vibrant place that has only recently begun to explore its ancient past. Advances in modern underwater archaeology now allow scientists to chart the vast bulk of ancient Alexandria that lies just a few feet under the waters of the sweeping bay, now home to a busy fishing fleet.
Port Said, Egypt
One of the world's great cosmopolitan cities for well over a thousand years, Cairo is infinite and inexhaustible. Different religions, different cultures-sometimes, it seems, even different eras-coexist amid the jostling crowds and aging monuments gathered here at the start of the Nile delta. But if you come expecting a city frozen in time, you're in for a shock: Cairo's current vitality is as seductive as its rich past. Like so much else in Egypt, Cairo's charm is a product of its history, the physical remains of a thousand years of being conquered and reconquered by different groups. Cairo gradually reveals its treasures, not with pizzazz and bells and whistles, but with a self-assured understatement. On a one-day visit you'll only be able to take in the tip of a vast iceberg of treasures here.
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
At the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Tiran, Sharm el-Sheik (affectionately known simply as "Sharm") is the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, Egypt's holiday coast. With year-round warm temperatures, fine beaches, languid waters, and exceptional offshore reefs, it attracts vacationers from across Europe looking for a little rest and relaxation. But the town is more than just a beach destination. It's also the gateway to the Sinai, a fascinating corner of the Middle East with incredible mountainous landscapes as well as the homeland of the nomadic Bedouin peoples. Sharm is also the nearest portal to one of the most revered places in Judaism and Christianity, Mount Sinai, from where God is believed to have given Moses the Ten Commandments.
Attractive Aqaba, Jordan's only seaport and largely known as a major diving center, has alluring white-sand beaches and a compact yet engaging town centre, yet it is the region around Aqaba which is of most interest to visitors. Home to Jordan's two most famous sights, Wadi Rum, 50kms (30 miles) from Aqaba and just 15kms off the Desert Highway, and Petra, just under 100kms (60 miles) away. Both offer spectacular scenery. Wadi Rum is famous as the setting for the film Lawrence of Arabia while Petra is the ancient home to the mysterious Nabatean people. The Nabateans controlled the famed spice route, which stretched from Arabia to the Mediterranean, and Petra became both their financial center and their royal necropolis. Hidden from Western eyes from the 16th through to the early 19th century, Petra's tombs, carved out of the rust-hued sandstone cliffs of the Biblical region of Edom, have colossal proportions and intricately carved facades. Petra's Roman remains provide a window to the culture that ruled the region 2,000 years ago. In a land studded with antiquities, it's still a crown jewel for students of ancient history.
Safaga, a small resort on the Red Sea, is best known for windsurfing. But it's also 200 km (124 mi) east of Luxor, one of Egypt's-and the world's-most popular destinations. During Egypt's first 1,000 years of history, Thebes was little more than a provincial capital; however, during the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC), the city became the empire's capital. After Alexander the Great expelled the Persians from Egypt in 323 BC, he established the rule of the Ptolemies, who embellished the city with monuments. The city was destroyed in subsequent centuries and then buried by the sands. It wasn't until the early 18th century that a Jesuit priest, Father Claude Sicard, rediscovered Luxor, correctly identifying a mass of sand-covered ruins as the site of the ancient capital.
The lush landscape around Salalah is the intriguing result of a quirk of nature. Since it is uniquely situated in the path of the Khareef, or South Western Monsoon, this stretch of the Dhofar Coast is covered in fine mist and frequent rain from mid-June through mid-September. By the time the monsoons cease, the entire coastline is a verdant stretch. Waterfalls, rolling grasslands, and thickly wooded wadis (riverbeds) thrive alongside rapid mountain streams. Unique in this desert region, Salalah attracts many visitors from the surrounding Arabian Gulf countries who are anxious to experience a rare lushness in a region where rain and greenery are in short supply. Once a stop on the ancient trading routes that connected the Levant to India and China, Salalah has a rich history that goes back centuries. Traders from Mesopotamia, the Persian Empire, and beyond passed through Salalah in their search for frankincense, making it a major center for trade in the coveted exotic ingredient. Pre-Islamic tombs and grave sites, some believed to be up to 2,000 years old, are scattered all over the nearby mountainsides and the present-day city, which has an estimated 195,000 inhabitants.
Oman is the second-largest country in the Arabian Gulf after Saudi Arabia, sprawling over 212,500 square km (82,047 square mi)-roughly the size of the state of Kansas. The country was enigmatic and isolated until the present ruler of the country, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, assumed the throne in 1970. Since then, Sultan Qaboos has been busy transforming this once-feudal nation into a modern state. Unlike its more cosmopolitan neighbor, the United Arab Emirates, this progress has been slow but steady. Intent on preserving the languages, customs, and architecture of its ancestors, Oman has taken a cautious approach to development and growth, making the country still something of a mystery, to be unraveled only by the most curious and adventurous of travelers.
The second-largest of the seven city-emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai stretches along the southern shore of the Arabian Gulf. Dubai city is a bustling metropolis that has grown in wealth and importance over the years although its extraordinarily rapid growth has slowed somewhat with the worldwide recession. With fast-dwindling oil reserves Dubai built its reputation on being a financial and commercial hub, becoming a modern melting pot of cultures and global influences, as much as it has remained an Islamic state with Bedouin roots. Though the official language is Arabic, English is commonly used; Hindi and Urdu are also widely spoken. Modern Dubai traces its origins to the 1830s, when it was a small fishing village at the mouth of Dubai Creek. The Maktoum family, who still rule the emirate today, led the tribe, and it's their vision and leadership that has transformed Dubai into a global player and glamorous tourist destination.
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