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Ancient Trade Routes

  • Departure Date05 May 2025
  • Azamara Azamara Pursuit
  • 28 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £4,859 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Singapore
  • Singapore
  • Hambantota
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Jeddah
  • Aqaba
  • Safaga
  • Sokhna
  • Jerusalem
  • Iraklion
  • Athens
  • Stay 2 nights in Athens

Begin this fantastic cruise itinerary with a 2 night stay in Singapore. You can visit  Gardens by the Bay – a top attraction which features the world’s largest greenhouse, the Flower Dome, which houses an impressive 1.28 hectares of flowers under glass.Then set sail on board Azamara Pursuit where you will visit enticing ports of call. Discover the ancient temples of Colombo and experience where ancient-meets-cosmopolitan Jeddah. This coastal metropolis is known as the “Mermaid of the Red Sea,”  Port in Aqaba, a prime attraction for snorkelers and divers, but even more awe-inspiring is the ancient city of Petra before visiting Egypt’s Safaga, a gateway to the fabulous ancient temples of Luxor. Experience the breathtaking illusion of sailing through oceans of desert sand as you cruise the 100-mile Suez Canal. Explore the Bronze Age ruins at the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion before porting in your final destination of Athens. Enjoy 2 nights inancient Athens; explore age old sculptures and landmarks like the historic Acropolis and iconic Parthenon.

Highlights

  • FREE Singapore Stay
  • More Inclusive Drinks Included
  • Gratuties & WiFi Included
  • Overnight in Colombo & Safaga Ports

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Singapore on room only basis
  • 23 night cruise on board Azamara Pursuit on More Inclusive basis
  • More Inclusive Drinks
  • Gratuities & WiFi
  • 2 night stay in Athens on room only basis
  • Baggage Allowance
  • Transfers

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
May 2025£4,859£5,199£5,739£7,349

Price based on flying from London. Suite price is based on Club continent Suite. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Itinerary for Ancient Trade Routes

Day 1 - Fly UK to Singapore

Day 2 - Arrive Singapore & transfer to hotel / Enjoy Singapore

Day 3 - Enjoy Singapore

Day 4 - Embark Azamara Pursuit in Singapore

Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions meld in this island-state at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The site of the world's busiest port, Singapore offers the Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour mall and Sunte, the world's largest fountain. Play evening golf on lighted fairways; experience the nightlife on Mohamed Sultan Road; or relax at an outdoor spa. Be certain not to miss the savory seafood.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - At Sea

Day 8 - Hambantota

The southern coast of Sri Lanka is still largely untouched and unchanged by tourism, but with the New York Times and Forbes naming it a Top Destination, it won't be overlooked much longer. One of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world, there is much to see and Hambantota is the gateway to most of it. Yala National Park, it is said, brings The Jungle Book to life. Ironically, it was once a hunting ground for the elite under British rule - today it holds the world’s largest concentration of leopards and elephants. Bundala National Park is an important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka, the highlight being the greater flamingo. With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Uda Walawe National Park rivals the savannahs of Africa. Head there for a tropical safari.

Day 9 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was once known as Serendib, origin of the word serendipity, an apt description for the pleasant surprises certain to pop up as you explore this gem of an island with everything to offer: white beaches, lush tropical forests, fragrant gardens of cinnamon and clove, and a long and equally spicy history. From Colombo, the capital, you can meet the gang at the elephant orphanage, take a trip to Kandy to visit a temple purported to house a tooth of the Buddha, or check out village life on a bicycle. Don’t forget to take some of the excellent tea home with you, a product for which the island became world famous under yet another name – Ceylon.

Day 10 - At Sea

Day 11 - At Sea

Day 12 - At Sea

Day 13 - At Sea

Day 14 - At Sea

Day 15 - At Sea

Day 16 - At Sea

Day 17 - Jeddah

Day 18 - At Sea

Day 19 - 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.

Day 20 - 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.

Day 21 - 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.

Day 22 - Sokhna / Suez Canal (Passage)

Experience the breathtaking illusion of sailing through miles of desert sand as you cruise the 100-mile Suez Canal, the engineering marvel that connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

Day 23 - Suez Canal (Passage)

Experience the breathtaking illusion of sailing through miles of desert sand as you cruise the 100-mile Suez Canal, the engineering marvel that connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

Day 24 - 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.

Day 25 - At Sea

Day 26 - Iraklion

History is very much alive in Iraklion. The Fountain of the Lions, built by Morozini in 1628 during the Venetian occupation of Crete, dominates the central square. Today, the city's Town Hall is located in the Venetian Loggia, a building from the same era. Stroll among the shops and cafes surrounding the central square, or follow the old Venetian walls to Koules, a bastion overlooking the old harbor. Explore the archaeological site at Knossos and walk among Minoan findings displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Iraklion. Don't miss the Historical Museum of Iraklion, which houses findings from the early era of the Christian religion.

Day 27 - Athens, disembark & transfer to hotel / Enjoy 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.

Day 28 - Enjoy Athens

Fly Athens to UK/ Arrive UK

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