The Middle East is a treasure trove of historical sites just waiting to be discovered, and as an optional supplement to our brand-new Secrets of Egypt & the Nile itinerary, we are delighted to give our guests the chance to extend the journey through the Middle East and visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Jordan or Israel before or after the Egypt portion of their vacation. Our captivating land packages are available on their own or in the combinations listed below.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE
Available as a three-night pre-river cruise option on its own or with a post-river cruise Israel land package
While Dubai was a small desert town 50-plus years ago, today it is a vibrant cultural focal point in the Middle East known for luxury shopping, modern architecture and a lively nightlife. It is also home to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa – which dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline – and the ultra-famous Burj al Arab, the world’s only 7-star hotel. Its closest neighbor, Abu Dhabi, is the capital of Emirates, offering a surprising mix of turquoise waters, beautiful beaches, historic sites and iconic landmarks. During this land extension, you’ll explore a variety of historical sites including the Dubai Museum inside the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest existing building in the city; and the Gold Souk, where you can browse a huge selection of fine jewelry.
Amman and Petra, Jordan
Available as a four-night pre-river cruise option – 2 nights in Amman and 2 nights in Petra – on its own or with a post-river cruise Israel land package
Follow in the footsteps of Moses, Romans, Christians, Bedouins, Muslims, Lawrence of Arabia, and countless other kings, nobles, and other historical figures, while exploring and marveling at the fascinating jewels of Jordan. Discover two legendary cities – Amman, the capital of Jordan; and Petra, known as the "Rose City" – and experience all their wonderful treasures. Trace history in 6,500-year-old Jerash; visit Madaba, the "City of Mosaics"; and cap off your journey in Wadi Rum, the timeless "Valley of the Moon."
Available as a four-night, five-day post-Egypt land package
Experience the best of Israel from Tel Aviv – one of the world’s most vibrant and colorful cities with sandy Mediterranean beaches – to Jerusalem, a city rich in history, religion and heritage. Explore Old Jaffa, an 8,000-year-old port city, showcasing Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry, and Jerusalem's Old City, home to mesmerizing sacred wonders, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock. Go to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic site in Jewish and Israeli history; and cap your last afternoon off at the Dead Sea, where you can float in its famous therapeutic waters.
Spend time in these world-class destinations while getting more value out of your international airfare during one of AmaWaterways’ carefully crafted optional pre- and post-river cruise land packages, which you can add on to your Secrets of Egypt & the Nile sailing.