Golden sands, lapis seas, and sapphire skies sparkle
and enchant throughout this treasured exploration of ancient monuments and contemporary treasures in Oman, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Inhale the fragrances of fresh cumin, cloves, and cardamom among fresh fruit and silver displays in Jeddah’s historic Al-Balad Market. Explore the east and west banks of Luxor, delving into ancient tombs and temples, then relax on felucca sailboats that have plied the Nile since the time of pharaohs. Ride camels in the company of Bedouin guides and sip mint teas during authentic cultural exchanges with these storied nomadic people. Snorkel amid lionfish, barracudas, and blue spotted stingrays beneath the Red Sea’s clear waves. Dine on rice-stuffed peppers, lamb kebabs, and local fish cuisine in quiet, uncrowded seaside coastal havens.