Jewels of Arabia

From $3449 (was $3699)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

25 Days
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Ancient history. Hanging gardens. Black sand beaches warmed by the desert sun. YMT is proud to announce 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 9 exotic nations!

Trip Includes

  • Rome
  • Athens
  • Turkey
  • Cyprus
  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • Suez Canal
  • Jordan
  • Oman
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
Cruise Accommodations
  • 20 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit
Hotel Accommodations
  • 2 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 2 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner 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:
Italy:  No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Greece:  No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Turkey: Visa is required to enter Turkey. Visit the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affair website for the most current visa information and e-visa application instructions:
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 1/1/19. 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.


Trip Highlights

  • Explore popular destinations around the world, including Rome, Rhodes, and Aqaba

  • See the ancient city of Ephesus

  • Spend 2 days 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

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Jewels of Arabia

Tours Starts: Rome, Italy

Tours Ends: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Day 1

Depart to Italy

Overnight in flight

Day 2

Arrive in Rome, Italy

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. This evening, enjoy an included 3-course welcome dinner. (D)

Hotel Roma Citta or similar

Day 3

Rome City Tour and Embarkation (5:00 PM)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning panoramic and walking tour of Italy’s legendary capital city and the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. There is history wherever you look in Rome, not to mention world-class shopping, outstanding food, and a vibrant culture. Then embark on the Norwegian Spirit for your cruise. (B)

Day 4

At Sea

Day 5

Piraeus (Athens), Greece (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM)

The cradle of civilization and the oldest city in Europe, Athens is home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world. This magnificent city is also distinctly modern and full of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.

Day 6

Kusadasi, Turkey (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Take a journey into the past in richly historic Ephesus, now known as Kusadasi. An important city to the Ancient Greeks, Ephesus was built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through the course of its tumultuous history. It still boasts bountiful ruins and archaeological excavation sites, and was home to the famed Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. During your day at leisure here, perhaps visit the Roman Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, the Tomb of John the Apostle, or the Basilica of St. John.

Day 7

Rhodes, Greece (8:00 AM – 5:00 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 8

Limassol, Cyprus (8:00 AM – 5:00 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

Days 9 - 11

Haifa, Israel (8:00 AM Day 9 – 11:00 AM Day 11)

Considered one of the most picturesque regions in the Middle East, Israel’s third largest city is built on the northern slopes of Mount Carmel. Its spectacular 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 other one-of-a-kind pieces of art are not to be missed. Haifa is also close to holy sites like Galilee, Nazareth, and Jerusalem that you might decide to visit during your 2-night stay.

Day 12

Suez Canal, Egypt

Days 13 & 14

Safaga, Egypt (7:00 AM – 7:00 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.

Day 15

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 13th- century 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 16 - 20

At Sea

Day 21

Muscat, Oman (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

This port capital sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With an ancient history it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with clifftop landmarks such as the twin 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani that loom over Muscat Harbor. Exquisite local silver jewelry, exotic spices and handicrafts abound in the markets

Day 22

Khasab, Oman (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Discover the Norway of Arabia. Its many beautiful fjord-like inlets and stark landscapes are singularly striking, and the clear, calm waters are home to famously curious dolphins. Perhaps visit Khasab Castle to learn about the history of the area and local traditions.

Day 23

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Noted as the world’s richest city, Abu Dhabi boasts a wealth of culture, history and adventure. From the emirate’s old souks, the ancient bazaars perfect for sipping fragrant Arabic coffee, to the rush and roar of the brightly colored supercars driven by the city’s youngest billionaires, Abu Dhabi is a vibrant 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 24

Disembarkation and City Tour in Dubai (9:00 AM)

Disembark this morning in Dubai, and then 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 148th floor. At a height of 2,722 feet, the futuristic tower is the tallest building in the world. The evening is at leisure.

JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai or similar

Day 25

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. 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 tours 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.

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

Inside Staterooms are the most affordable way for you to cruise. With room for up to four, you'll have two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate two more.

Accommodates: 3-4
Total Approx. Size: 149 sq. ft.

Ocean View Cabin

These Oceanview Staterooms located on a lower deck, can accommodate up to three guests and come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate one more. You'll also have a big picture window to enjoy the amazing view.

Accommodates: 3
Total Approx. Size: 157 sq. ft.

Balcony Cabin

With room for up to three guests, Norwegian Spirit staterooms have two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a pull out sofa to accommodate one more. Along with a sitting area, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a private balcony with an amazing view.

Accommodates: 2-3
Total Approx. Size: 201 sq. ft.
Balcony Size: 40 sq. ft.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit Deck Plans

Click here to view Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit 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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