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Red Sea Kingdoms with Explora Journeys

11-day luxury ocean cruise from £5,795 pp incl. flights

Early booking offer - save up to 5% of cruise fare


Short description

Explore the ancient wonders of Arabia with luxury cruise line Explora Journeys


  • Follow ancient trading routes through the heart of Arabia
  • Visit Tutankhamun’s temple in the Valley of the Kings
  • Unearth the secrets of the lost city of Petra
  • Sail off the beaten track to explore the desert tombs of Al Wajh
  • Experience it all in luxury with Explora Journeys

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Jeddah Saudi Arabia
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 2 Nights Petra
  • 2 Nights Luxor
  • 2 Nights Al Wajh Saudi Arabia
  • 1 Night Jeddah Saudi Arabia


Recommended for:
History & culture | Ocean cruise

Following ancient trade routes, this is your chance to discover and explore some of the most revered treasures of the ancient world with luxury cruise line Explora Journeys. Setting sail from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, you’ll explore the Red Sea coast, pausing at the gateway’s the Egypt’s ancient temples in Luxor and to explore the otherworldly landscapes and film-set ruins of Jordan, including the iconic lost city of Petra. You’ll then spend two memorable days taking in the ancient desert tombs of Hegra near Saudi Arabia’s Al Wajh – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s all enjoyed alongside the luxuries of EXPLORA II, a state-of-the-art cruise ship designed with relaxation, wellness and the environment in mind.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Jeddah

Fly from the UK to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Stay: Jeddah accommodation

Day 2
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Spend the day in Jeddah, Arabia’s oldest city, taking in everything from the UNESCO-listed treasures of Al-Balad to the city’s bustling souks before departing aboard Explora II. Brand new and spectacular in its refinement and luxury, you can expect everything from European-inspired design to a wonderful array of leisure facilities, from a striking indoor pool to a sumptuous wellness retreat.


Meals: B L D

Day 3
At sea

Spend today relaxing on board as you sail the Red Sea north towards Safaga in Egypt.


Meals: B L D

Days 4-5
Petra, Jordan

Arrive at Aqaba, gateway to Jordan’s vast deserts and rich cultural heritage. Expect everything from the scorched wilderness and otherworldly landscapes of World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum to the ancient temples of Petra, star of so many movies. Take the chance to wander among spice-scented markets, explore the intricacies of Arabian cookery or make a splash in the crystalline waters of the Red Sea with its world of underwater treasures.


Meals: B L D

Days 6-7
Luxor & Karnak, Egypt

Drop anchor in the port town of Safaga, gateway to Luxor and the great temples of Karnak. Perhaps you’ll spend a day in the company of Egyptologists as you uncover the secrets of the Luxor Temple, before sailing high above the famed Valley of the Kings on a private hot air balloon ride and visiting Tutankhamun’s tomb. Then, there’s the Colossi of Memnon to explore, while burial chambers and mighty monuments bring you face to face with one of the world’s great ancient civilisations.


Meals: B L D

Days 8-9
Al Wajh, Saudi Arabia

Arrive back in Saudi Arabia for two days of exploration around Al Wajh. Unearth historic treasures with a tour of the old town and explore the well-preserved tombs that dot Hegra’s arid landscape. There’s also the chance to travel to Rawi in a vintage vehicle to explore archaeological sites in the ancient UNESCO-listed city of Dadan.


Meals: B L D

Day 10
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Arrive back in Jeddah, where you’ll have a further day to explore and a last night to savour the luxuries of EXPLORA II.


Meals: B L D

Day 11

Depart for the airport this morning, boarding you flight home to London.

Meals: B



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


Accommodation rating: Deluxe

11-day luxury ocean cruise
from £5,795 pp incl. flights

Departure: 11 November 2024

Early booking offer - save up to 5% of cruise fare
Book by: 30 June 2023

Special offer: save up to 5% of cruise fare

  • Save up to £440 pp on Ocean Penthouses
  • Save up to £305 pp on Ocean Suites


  • Return scheduled flights from the UK to Jeddah
  • 1 night 5* Hotel stay in Jeddah with Breakfast
  • Private roundtrip transfers
  • 9-night cruise aboard EXPLORA II roundtrip from Jeddah
  • Welcome bottle of champagne and spirit of choice on arrival
  • Sophisticated dining across 9 distinct culinary experiences, including in-suite dining
  • Unlimited beverages, fine wines and premium spirits, specialty coffees, teas and soft drinks available anytime, including in-suite mini-bar
  • High-speed, unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • All on-board gratuities

Early booking offer saving varies depending on category of Suite booked & requires payment in full at time of booking.

Price varies by voyage date and suite availability, please call for details.

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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