Cruising the Red Sea & Aegean Sea Including a Transit of the Suez Canal

Cruising the Red Sea & Aegean Sea Including a Transit of the Suez Canal



Visit 3 continents; explore centuries-old landmarks in Jordan, Egypt, and Greece; and cruise from the Red Sea to the Aegean Sea via the Suez Canal on this remarkable 12-night voyage. Discover the historical sites of Jordan on a journey to Amman, Jerash, Wadi Rum, and legendary Petra. Mid-cruise, overnight in Luxor in a Nile-view room and enjoy a specially arranged visit into the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Stand in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza. View the Minoan Palace at Knossos and continue to Heraklion to visit the Archaeological Museum. Enhance your immersion into these ancient civilizations with the Greece Post-Program option.

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Mar 8, 2024 - Mar 21, 2024


Greece Post-Program Option
Enhance your Athens experience and enjoy a full-day excursion to the mystical site of Delphi and its Archaeological Museum. Explore Plaka, Athens’ oldest neighborhood, at leisure. At the Acropolis, see the archaeological treasures in the Acropolis Museum and tour the perfectly proportioned Parthenon. Accommodations are for 2 nights in an ideally located, luxury hotel.
The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.


Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.


  • Barbara Horlbeck

    Barbara Horlbeck

    Barbara Horlbeck, M.A., is an arts and culture professional with extensive global experience. She is a lecturer, writer, independent researcher, and adjunct instructor of art history, and has developed and taught a wide range of university-level courses. Founder of Arts and Influences, Barbara also developed in-depth seminars, several topics of which include “Arts of the Islamic World”, “Arts of the Ancient World,” “Arts of China, India, and Japan”, “Renaissance and Baroque Art”, and “Collectors, Collections, and the Modern Museum”.  As a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for more than 20 years, Barbara led tours for educators, specialists, and the general public on the museum’s encyclopedic collections.  She has traveled in just 45 countries, including five continents and the North Pole.  Barbara adores helping our travelers develop a deeper understanding of the world’s rich artistic and cultural legacy, while, at the same time, she helps to place works of art and architecture in their broad historical context.


A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply


Red sea map


  • day 1

    Depart the U.S.

    Depart home city for Amman, Jordan.

  • days 2-3

    Amman, Jordan

    Enjoy a tour of Amman, starting with the blue-domed King Abdullah Mosque. See the ruins of Hercules temple at the Amman Citadel. Explore the Roman Amphitheater and then continue to the Jordan Museum.

  • day 4


    Enjoy a scenic journey to Jerash, Jordan’s most captivating Greco-Roman site. See baths, theaters, plazas, fountains, and arches—incredibly still as they were 2,000 years ago. Marvel at the three-gated Hadrian’s Arch, walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Artemis, and take in the sublime architecture of the Forum. Enjoy lunch in Jerash before heading back to Amman where you’ll have an evening at leisure.

  • day 5


    The ancient “rose-red city” of Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Its majestic ensemble of temples, dwellings, and tombs—carved directly into the sandstone cliff face—still holds a mythical appeal. Tonight, check into the five-star Movenpick Hotel.

  • day 6

    Petra/Wadi Rum/Aqaba/Embark Le Bougainville

    Check out of the hotel and traverse the awe-inspiring wilderness of UNESCO World Heritage-designated Wadi Rum, known as the “Valley of the Moon.” Enjoy a Jeep ride through this ethereal landscape of striated canyons, soaring mountains, undulating sand dunes, and rocky caverns. After lunch, travel to Aqaba to embark Le Bougainville and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception.

  • day 7

    Safaga for Luxor, Egypt

    Travel into the mountains and across the arid desert to Luxor to see the great temples of ancient Thebes. Arrive in Luxor and check into a Nile-view room for an overnight at the Steigenberger Hotel. Explore UNESCO-designated ancient Thebes with a visit to the magnificent Karnak Temple complex. Walk along the avenue of the ram-headed sphinxes into the Great Court and then continue to the Luxor Temple.

  • day 8


    Cross the Nile to visit one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, the Necropolis at Luxor in the Valley of the Kings. Explore the tomb of Tutankhamen and enjoy an exclusively arranged visit to Queen Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of the Queens.

  • day 9

    Ain Sokhna for Giza (Great Pyramids and Sphinx)

    See the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Sphinx, and the pyramids of the Old Kingdom pharaohs. Visit the Grand Egyptian Museum (officially opening November 2022), where you’ll see the amazing Grand Staircase, King Tut’s wonderous treasures, and the well-preserved 4,600-year-old Sun Boat of King Khufu.

  • day 10

    Transit the Suez Canal

    Experience one of the most momentous voyages between continents transiting the 120-mile Suez Canal—Egypt’s Victorian-era engineering marvel. Enjoy a lecture on board the ship with renowned Egyptologist Dr. Tarek Sayed Tawfik Ahmed.

  • day 11

    Alexandria or Historic Cairo

    Discover Egypt’s most enchanting city—founded by Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C. Visit the Alexandria Library, the Roman Amphitheater, Catacombs, and tour Qaitbey Fort.

  • day 12

    Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

    Enjoy stunning views as you spend a day cruising the Mediterranean Sea.

  • day 13

    Heraklion, Crete, Greece

    Travel to one of the most legendary sites of antiquity, the Minoan Palace at Knossos where, in Greek myth, Theseus defeated the Minotaur in the Labyrinth built by Daedalus. Dating from the 17th century B.C., the palace is a maze of chambers, staircases, and courtyards. Continue to Heraklion to visit the Archaeological Museum. This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception.

  • day 14

    Athens/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

    Disembark the ship and transfer for your flights home.

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