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Where to Go in 2015: The Middle East by Boat

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Windstar Cruises’ new 18-day Wonders of Arabia trip sails from Athens to Dubai via the Suez Canal, docking in Jordan, Egypt, and Oman along the way. Travelers will have the chance to explore the stunning ruins of Petra, snorkel or dive in the Red Sea, sail the Nile on a traditional felucca, visit iconic pharaonic sites such as Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings, and see where the Queen of Sheba’s summer palace once stood. Prices start at $5,499.
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Akropolis, Athina 105 58, Greece
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. According to legend, the ancient gods battled it out to become Athens' patron deity. The showdown came after the Phoenicians founded a city at a giant rock near the Aegean some two and a half million years...
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Hurghada, Qesm Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
Hurghada is a brash and booming resort town on mainland Egypt’s Red Sea coast, a once-sleepy fishing village that has metastasized at breakneck speed and now sprawls more than 20 miles along the shore. Set right about where the Gulf of Suez meets...
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Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
At the other end of Petra, some 800 well-worn steps up, lies the valley's largest structure, the Monastery. It dates back to the 1st century and is dedicated to Obadas I, the king of the Nabataeans from 96 B.C.E. to 85 B.C.E. After the emotional...
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Sharm El-Sheikh, Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt
Savi and I are the kind of travellers who prefer holidays that involve a lot of activities. Even on a “relaxing” holiday we tend to get bored of lying on the beach and love to indulge in some local activities; if these activities are adventurous,...
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El-Karnak, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
I visited countless temples on my brief visit to Egypt, but my favorite, by far, was the Karnak Temple complex, the largest ancient religious site in the world. A visit to the complex begins with a walk lined on both sides by ram statues, leading...
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Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
There are so many bucket list–worthy activities to sample in Egypt: hot air ballooning over the Valley of the Kings, camel riding around the Pyramids of Giza, scuba diving in Dahab, hiking Mount Sinai in the middle of the night... choosing the...
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Salalah, Oman
Salalah is the capital of Oman’s southern Dhofar province, and the second-largest city in the country. Set on the Arabian Sea and backed by the Dhofar Mountains, the city enjoys a sub-tropical climate and a summer monsoon season—the khareef—that...
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Musandam Governorate, Oman
Jutting out into the crystal clear waters of the Hormuz Strait you’ll find Oman’s sleepy exclave, Musandam. The striking landscape and phenomenal coastlines here provide the ultimate destination for thrill seekers and culture lovers alike. The...
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1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Two architectural wonders helped put Dubai on the map: the Burj Al Arab hotel, which resembles the sail of a ship out on the gulf waters, and the Palm Jumeirah, a residential development on a manmade archipelago that fans out in the...