Archive for 'Middle East'

Madaba

Madaba is known as the “City of Mosaics” because of its spectacular display of Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. It is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly colored local stone, it depicts hills, valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile […]

The Jordan Valley and The Dead Sea

Is part of the Great Rift Valley that runs from Turkey to east Africa formed millions of years ago. The Dead Sea originally stretched the entire 360km from Aqaba in the south to Lake Tiverius in the north. The therapeutic water, combined with the valley’s fertile land have attracted people since the Stone Age.
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Jerash

The city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6500 years. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities, the Decapolis League. The city’s golden age came under Roman rule, and now the city is generally […]

As-Salt

As an ancient town, AS-Salt was one of the most important settlements in the area between the Jordan Valley and the eastern desert. Because of its history as an important trading link between the eastern desert and the west, it was a significant place for the region’s many rulers. The Romans, Byzantines and Mamlukes all […]

Aqaba

Famed for its preserved coral reefs and unique sea life, this Red Sea port was in ancient times, the main port for shipments from the Red Sea to the Far East. From as far back as 5000 years ago, Aqaba has played an important role in the economy of the region. It was a prime […]

Amman

Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts - a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques rub shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops […]

Jordan

Jordan is a land rich in history. Since the dawn of civilization, it has played an important role in trade between east and west because of its geographic location at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. Jordan played a vital role in Roman, Biblical, early Islamic and Crusader periods. All around are the remnants […]

Jordan: Petra Nights Tours

Jordan is in the heart of the Middle East, Northwest of Saudi Arabia, South of Syria, Southwest of Iraq, and East of Israel and the Occupied West Bank. With a combination of Mediterranean and arid desert climates, Jordan has has warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. This is the country of Petra, 2,000-year-old pink […]

MS Europa

Romanticism, style, sophisticated comfort and the long farewell from those who remain behind — journeying by ship is the only means of travel that still redeems the promise once inherent in the word “travel”. The on-board
atmosphere, the unrestricted view over the open sea and a wide diversity of destinations turn cruises into a passion. We […]

MS Columbus - Dubai / Nice

An 19 day / 18 night cruise itinerary April 17-May 6, 2008
Highlights
• An Atlantis of the sand tells you its story: 1001 nights in Oman
• Gingerbread housefacades in the highlands of Yemen: enter Sana’a
• One of Christianity’s oldest monasteries in the Sinai Mountains invites you to come and pray
• Through a mighty ravine to a […]