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    Indian Ocean Adventure Cruise

    Like her two sister ships, the sturdy Azamara Quest is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

    Travel Best Bets Package Includes

    • Round trip airfare to Athens and return from Dubai
    • 18 night cruise aboard Azamara Quest
    • Round trip transfers from airport to pier and pier to airport
    • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
    • Gratuities
    • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
    • Self-service laundry
    • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
    • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

    October 12 – 31, 2018

    Inside Outside Balcony Taxes & Fees
    Vancouver $7599 $7699 $9999 $898
    Victoria, Kelowna, Comox add from $400 more

    Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.

    Israel: Canadians must present a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of expected departure. Entry cards are issued on arrival. Please contact your travel agent for more information.

    United Arab Emirates: Canadians must present a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry. Entry stamps must be obtained (free of charge) and are valid for a 30 day visit. Please contact your travel agent for more information.

    Sailing Itinerary

    Date Port of Call Arrive Depart
    Oct 13 Athens (Piraeus), Greece - 6:00pm
    Oct 14 At Sea - -
    Oct 15 Limassol, Cyprus 8:00am 5:00pm
    Oct 16 Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel 8:00am -
    Oct 17 Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel - 2:00pm
    Oct 17 Suez Canal Passage 11:00pm -
    Oct 18 Suez Canal Passage - 7:00pm
    Oct 19 Aqaba, Jordan 5:00pm -
    Oct 20 Aqaba, Jordan - 6:00pm
    Oct 21 Safaga, Egypt 7:00am 10:00pm
    Oct 22 At Sea - -
    Oct 23 At Sea - -
    Oct 24 At Sea - -
    Oct 25 At Sea - -
    Oct 26 Salalah, Oman 8:00am 3:00pm
    Oct 27 At Sea - -
    Oct 28 Muscat, Oman 8:00am -
    Oct 29 Muscat, Oman - 2:00pm
    Oct 30 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 1:00pm -
    Oct 31 Dubai, United Arab Emirates - -

    Athens
    You could spend a lifetime in Europe’s oldest city and still not see everything it has to offer. Settled over 3,500 years ago, Athens is like a mythological crossroads of the past and present, where modern buildings share the skyline with spectacular ruins like the Parthenon. To see a veritable “greatest hits” line-up, make your way to Vasilissis Amalias Street for the archaeological walk. Winding through the heart of the ancient city, the route leads to landmarks like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora, Arch of Hadrian, and of course, the Acropolis. After all that archaeological digging, metaphorically speaking, you’re probably going to work up quite an appetite. So head to the Central Market for fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, olives, and Grecian cheese like feta, graviera, and aged kefalotyri. (Snacking is not a bad idea since Athenians usually don’t head out for dinner until at least 9:00 PM.) And if you need a little extra pick-me-up to make it that late, have a frappe—a Greek creation of strong iced coffee with milk and sugar. Neighborhoods like Pangrati, Exarhia, and Petralona feature fantastic tavernas where you can rub elbows with the locals while dining on the sidewalk well into the wee hours of the night. Opa!

    Limassol
    A fascinating intersection of cultural influences have shaped Limassol, a vibrant city located in the shadow of the Troodos mountains, on Akrotiri Bay on the southern coast of Cyprus. As one of the busiest ports of the Mediterranean, the city is a robust commercial center for tourism and trade, but remnants of Limassol’s intriguing history practically whisper tales of bygone eras. Known as “the town that never sleeps”, quaint narrow streets are filled with Limassol’s lively character and peppered with tavernas, shops, and bars, where you can find fresh local produce, famous wines and fine handmade goods. Visit museums and archeological sites like Kolossi Castle, a former Crusader stronghold, the Grand Mosque in the old Turkish quarter, and the Archaeological Museum. Venture to the old port to explore the medieval Limassol Castle, built by the Byzantines around AD 1000, and allegedly where Richard the Lionheart married his queen during the Third Crusade.

    Jerusalem
    Regardless of your faith, philosophy, or grasp of ancient history, you cannot fail to be moved and awed by Jerusalem. This magnificent and holy city has some of the most revered shrines in the world including the Western Wall, last remnant of the ramparts surrounding the Temple of the Jews, which was originally erected by Solomon; and the exquisite Dome of the Rock atop the Temple Mount, the oldest extant Islamic monument, honoring a stone sacred to both Jews and Muslims alike.  There’s also the Via Dolorosa, where you can walk the Stations of the Cross, along a route of narrow, winding lanes, over paving stones some of which were in place at the time of Christ.

    Suez Canal
    Experience the breathtaking illusion of sailing through oceans of desert sand as you cruise the 100-mile Suez Canal, the engineering marvel that connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and on its completion in 1869 permanently changed the face of maritime trade. The passage requires no locks, as both bodies of water are at about the same level. Not wide enough to allow two-way passage, three convoys are scheduled to transit the canal on a typical day, two southbound and one northbound.

    Aqaba
    The warm, tranquil waters of the Red Sea are perfect for the growth of corals, and the masses of brilliantly colored fish that live amongst them, making Aqaba a prime attraction for snorkelers and divers. Inland is a vast desert of stark beauty that entranced Lawrence of Arabia when he headquartered in its empty canyons during WWI. Even more awe-inspiring is the ancient city of Petra, carved into dusty pink rock by the Nabateans more than 2,000 years ago. Entering through a long narrow stone passage, you’ll come suddenly upon the massive façade of the Treasury and stop dead in your tracks, mouth agape. “Wow” doesn’t begin to cover it.

    Safaga
    While Safaga has its share of charms, including renowned healing properties of the mineral rich waters of the Red Sea, nearby Luxor is where the main attractions lie. Known as “the world’s greatest open air museum”, the monuments, temples, and tombs found in Luxor are amongst the most impressive in the world. Nestled in the heart of the city, the Luxor Temple is a great place to start your ancient journey of discovery. Nod to the two massive seated statues of the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh, Ramses II, as you pass en route to the chapel of Alexander the Great. Then, continue on your way to Egypt’s second most visited tourist site, Karnak, the largest religious site in the world. Marvel at the sheer enormity of the Temple of Amun, count all 134 columns in Hypostyle Hall, and then explore the array of smaller temples, sanctuaries, and shrines. But wait, there’s more! The Valley of the Kings is just a quick jaunt across the Nile. Here, you can see more than 63 tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and nobles, including the infamous final resting place of King Tutankhamen. End your day onboard a felucca (a traditional wooden sailboat) and sail back to the east bank as the sun starts to set over this mysterious land.

    Salalah
    As the capital of Oman’s Dhofar region, the subtropical city of Salalah is renowned for its khareef, the monsoon season from June to September that transforms this “Perfume Capital of Arabia” into an oasis. But this subtropical city has many other year-round natural sights to behold, including the waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and caves of Wadi Darbat, Mughsail Bay, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Oman. There are also many historic places, like the ancient ruins of Sumahram Old City and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Al Baleed Archaeological Park otherwise known as “The Land of Frankincense.” And if you’re looking for a little retail therapy, there’s plenty of shopping to be done, especially at Lulu Shopping Center and Haffa Souq, the largest and oldest souq in Salalah.

    Muscat
    Meaning “safe anchorage” in Arabic, Muscat has a longstanding relationship with the sea. From its prominence as a trading port in the first century, to its importance as a modern-day commercial center, this elegant town with fine houses has an ocean of things to discover. Take a stroll along the Corniche and enjoy sweeping views and some of the best shopping in the city at the Mutrah Souq. The colorful maze-like marketplace is filled with treasures like mother of pearl jewelry and traditional Omani handicrafts such as intricately designed shoulder bags and wooden carvings. In the nearby hills, you can also find plenty of frankincense (although we can’t guarantee the number of wise men to be found). After you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, grab a freshly squeezed fruit juice from a street vendor and climb to the base of Mutrah Fort at the east end of the Corniche for a spectacular view of the city. Moving uptown, be sure to visit the Sulan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The third largest in the world, it features a massive Swarovski crystal chandelier with over 600,000 crystals and a hand-woven prayer rug with more than 1.7 billion knots. Now that’s a rug knot to be forgotten!

    Dubai
    Everything in Dubai is the biggest, tallest, and the first of its kind, including a manmade island shaped like a palm tree, the world’s first underwater hotel, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, and the Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building. Located in the middle of a desert where almost nothing existed 20 years ago, Dubai is a like a futuristic oasis. Get a lay of the land by soaring to the 148th floor observation deck of Burj Khalifa on one of the building’s 57 elevators to get a bird’s eye view of the bustling city below. To find some of your own glitz and glam, head to the Dubai Gold Souk. Haggle with merchants for one-of-a-kind pieces that will shine and sparkle in the desert sun. And if malls are more your thing, Dubai is also home to—you guessed it—the world’s largest shopping mall. Finally, if you’re looking to cool down after a day spend exploring, leave the desert behind and hit the slopes at Ski Dubai, an indoor snow park complete with chairlifts, five runs to choose from, and a King Penguin colony for good measure.

     

     

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