Jewels of Arabia

From $3499 (was $3749)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

23 Days
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Vacation Package Details

Ancient history. Hanging gardens. Black sand beaches warmed by the desert sun. YMT is proud to offer this itinerary unlike any other in our portfolio- discover the highlights of a region where antiquity and the modern world collide on this journey across 7 exotic nations!

Tour Includes

7 Countries
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Oman
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Cyprus
  • Israel
  • Greece
  • Dubai
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Fujairah
  • Salalah
  • Aqaba
  • Safaga
  • Suez Canal
  • Ashsod
  • Haifa
  • Limassol
  • Rhodes
  • Athens
Cruise Accommodations
  • 18 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade
Hotel Accommodations
  • 3 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 3 Breakfasts on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity level easy going

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Passports and Visas

Passport Requirements for U.S. Citizens as of January 1, 2019:
For all countries listed below, all guests must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date of this tour (March 3, 2020) and have at least one blank visa page available. 

Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens as of January 1, 2019:
For each country, the travel requirements for US citizens are provided below:

Greece:  No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days

Cyprus:  No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days

Israel:  No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days

Egypt:  Visa is required to enter Egypt. Norwegian Cruise Line may assist with issuing a visa for Egypt onboard (see NCL Visa link for more information).  Visit the Egypt Government website for the most current visa information:

Jordan:  Visa is required to enter Jordan. Norwegian Cruise Line may assist with issuing a visa for Jordan onboard (see NCL Visa link for more information).  Visit the Ministry of Interior E-Services site for Kingdom of Jordan for the most current visa information and e-visa application instructions:;jsessionid=m5-bI6brbevPcUr6WmvhdXzE3ufagPGfQWRu5Cmlo6lfozAisvry!-1837205568

Oman:  Visa is required to enter Oman. Norwegian Cruise Line may assist with issuing a visa for Oman onboard (see NCL Visa link for more information).  Visit the Royal Oman Police site for the most current visa information and e-visa application instructions:

United Arab Emirates:  Visa is required to enter the UAE. Norwegian Cruise Line may assist with issuing a visa for UAE onboard (see NCL Visa link for more information).  Visit the Official Portal of the UAE Government for the most current visa information and e-visa application instructions:

Simplified Visa application assistance and associated fees can be found on the following sites:

Learn if Norwegian Cruise Line can assist with issuing visas upon arrival:

Visa requests upon arrival may require you to provide a valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the return date of your tour and have at least one blank visa page available, proof of return flight, and additional documentation regarding sufficient funds and or travel itinerary. Please consult with NCL and or Visa Central or Pinnacle. 

The above is valid for US citizens as of 1/13/21. All guests are advised that passport regulations are subject to change, and guests who are not US citizens must check their visa requirements with the consular offices of the countries listed above.


Tour Highlights

  • Explore popular destinations around the world, including Rhodes, and Aqaba
  • Spend a day in picturesque Haifa
  • Relax on the black sand beaches of Safaga
  • Visit Abu Dhabi, the world's richest city
  • Take in the view of glamorous Dubai from the 124th floor of the towering Burj Khalifa

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks prior to departure, to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures through December 31, 2021 and may be extended.

Free Balcony Upgrade and Free Beverage or Internet Package Set Sail Offers

*Inside Cabins receive choice of two set sail offers. Ocean View and Balcony Cabins receive choice of four set sail offers. Unlimited Open Bar requires additional service fees. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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Jewels of Arabia

Tours Starts: Dubai, UAE

Tours Ends: Athens, Greece

Days 1 & 2

Depart Dubai, UAE

Take an overnight flight to Dubai. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel.

Al Bandar Rotana or similar

Day 3

City Tour in Dubai

Enjoy a panoramic city tour of this fascinating blending of traditional Arab culture and modern western culture. Highlights include the Dubai museum, the Abra water taxi crossing, and the Burj Khalifa—which you will see from the Sky Level Observation deck on the 124th floor. At a height of 2,722 feet, the tower is the tallest building in the world. The evening is at leisure. (B)

Al Bandar Rotana or similar


Arabian Desert Experience Take an adventurous, off-road excursion deep into the Arabian Desert and enjoy dinner and belly dancing on the golden sand dunes. $79 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.

Day 4

Dubai World Expo & Embarkation (11:59 PM)

Today, enjoy a visit to the Dubai World Expo, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Dubai World Expo brings together narratives from 192 countries in this unforgettable festival that will change the way you look at the world. In the afternoon, embark about Norwegian Cruise Line's Jade. (B)

Day 5

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (6:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Abu Dhabi boasts a wealth of culture, history and adventure. From the emirate’s old souks, the bazaars perfect for sipping Arabic coffee, to the rush and roar of the supercars driven by the city’s billionaires, Abu Dhabi is a feast for the senses. Perhaps choose to visit the local merchants to get deals on handicrafts, artwork, even spices and dried fruit for the cook back home.

Day 6

Fujairah, UAE (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

One of the UAE’s most scenic port cities, Fujairah is full of sightseeing opportunities. You can find welcoming beaches, a fascinating archaeologic museum, and a stunningly restored fort overlooking the old village and date palm oasis. The Central Souq is the best place in Fujairah to sample delicious regional specialties, especially salt-crusted hammour fish and exquisitely sweet local dates.

Day 7

At Sea

Day 8

Salalah, Oman (7:30 AM - 8:30 PM)

Discover the charming streets, museums and lively souks of this lovely old city on the Arabian Sea. Those with an interest in architecture will appreciate the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, which is one of the most exquisite houses of worship in Oman. Beyond the city lies the beach of Al Mughsail, a fertile countryside dotted with coconut and banana plantations, beautiful Taqah Castle, and the magnificent UNESCO listed Al Balid archeological site.

Days 9-12

At Sea

Day 13

Aqaba, Jordan (6:00 AM - 8:00 PM)

Jordan’s only coastal city and one of its most popular tourist destinations, Aqaba enjoys year-round sun! In the city you'll find the 13thcentury Aqaba Fortess, the archaeological museum, the Ayla ruins, and plenty of delicious traditional food. Be sure to save some time to stop at magnificent Petra, the world-famous ancient city carved out of stone, nearby.

Days 14 & 15

Safaga, Egypt (7:00 AM - 8:00 PM next day)

Safaga’s black-sand beaches are the perfect place to relax under the desert sun. Guests who wish to experience the splendor of ancient Egypt can choose to visit nearby Luxor and see the Karnak Temple Complex and the 3,400-year-old Colossi of Memnon statues.

Days 16 & 17

Suez Canal, Egypt

Day 18

Ashsod, Israel (6:00 AM - 11:59 PM)

Ashdod, is one of the world’s oldest towns dating back to 17th-century BCE. Don't miss the Ashdod Art Museum, Corinne Maman Museum, Beit Guvrin National Park, and Tel Lachish.

Day 19

Haifa, Israel (6:00 AM - 11:59 PM)

One of the most picturesque regions in the Middle East, Israel’s third largest city is built on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Its Bahá'í Gardens are the largest hanging gardens in the world, and many visitors are also drawn to the Cave of Elijah. The boutiques on Massada Street and the artists village of Ein Hod featuring hand-blown glass and one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Haifa is also close to holy sites like Galilee, Nazareth, and Jerusalem that you might decide to visit during your stay.

Day 20

Limassol, Cyprus (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

A strategic garrison for Richard the Lionhearted during the Third Crusade, Limassol is home to many archaeological sites, as well as plentiful contemporary boutiques.

Day 21

Rhodes, Greece (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

The remarkable walled city of this Greek island just off the coast of Turkey is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Discover the old fortified city on your own—perhaps visit the acropolis of Lindos, and see where the Colossus of Rhode once stood.

Day 22

Piraeus (Athens), Greece & Disembarkation (6:00 AM)

Athens is home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world.

Athen's Marriott Hotel or similar

Day 23

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Cabin

These Inside Staterooms are the most affordable way to cruise. There's room for up to four guests and they include two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and of course, you'll have room service and many other amenities.

Balcony Cabin

Balcony staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed, and additional bedding for up to two guests. Also includes a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony. Some also can connect, offering more options when traveling with family or friends.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Jade Deck Plans

Click here to view Norwegian Cruise Line's Jade deck plans on website. Content that you may read on Norwegian Cruise Line's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.

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