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NORTH AFRICA & the Middle East 2021/2022

Tailor-made travel to Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran and Oman.

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NORTH AFRICA

& THE MIDDLE EAST

TAILOR-MADE JOURNEYS 2021/2022


MOROCCO

Rabat

LEBANON

ISRAEL

Alexandria

Cairo

JORDAN

Tehran

IRAN

Shiraz

Luxor

EGYPT

Muscat

OMAN

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CONTENTS

2 ABOUT US

3 TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL

4-5 OUR FAVOURITE PLACES

6 MOROCCO

6 In Moroccan Style

7 The Desert to the Sea

8 Ancient Cities and the High Atlas

9 Escape to the Desert

10 EGYPT

10 Egyptian Sampler

11 Cruise the Nile

12 ISRAEL

12 Culinary Tour of Israel

13 Boutique Israel

14 JORDAN

14 Nabatean Explorer

15 The History & Wildlife of Jordan

16 LEBANON

16 Discover Lebanon

17 IRAN

17 Discover Ancient Persia

18 OMAN

18 Omani Explorer

19 Highlights of Oman

20 The Natural Beauty of Oman

21 Desert to Coast

21 Musandam Adventure

22 GIVING BACK

23 TERMS & CONDITIONS


ABOUT US

Put simply, we plan and deliver journeys so you don’t have to. We, along with our

talented team, are all travel aficionados. Putting our many years of personal experience

to good use, we craft itineraries to suit you, your interests, your budget. Not only is

travel our passion, it is our mission to provide the very best level of service and expert

specialist knowledge – never more important than in today’s world. This is no ordinary

travel, this is memorable travel with personality, designed to inspire.

ANGELA PIRIE

With a background in group travel and product research, Ange is dedicated to

ensuring that your journey is personalised and exceeds expectations. Having

travelled to many inspiring destinations, Ange’s knowledge of Africa is secondto-none.

A few of her highlights have been hot air ballooning over the Serengeti,

swimming with dolphins in Zanzibar, and on a recent trip to Myanmar, e-biking

around the temples of Bagan.

CHRIS LYONS

Chris started his travelling career in the mid 1970’s, spending over a year travelling

Central and South America, a part of the world for which he has a real passion,

and a region he returns to regularly. Fascinated with history and archaeology,

Chris has delighted in exploring historical treasures including Angkor Wat,

Machu Picchu, and the Persepolis ruins. Many years of hosting tours means

Chris has a real understanding of the needs of every traveller.

BRETT BARCLAY

Brett has visited over 100 countries but the bucket list keeps growing! Highlights

include being in the Rio Carnival, exploring West Africa, and being immersed

in Japanese culture in ryokans (traditional inns). Brett is an avid cruiser, a rail

buff, and a huge fan of family travel (as his son can testify!). Latest adventures

include Ethiopia, “One of the most fascinating countries I have ever been to”, an

expedition cruise to Antarctica, and meeting the mountain gorillas of Uganda.

KATE COULING

With a 12-month OE that somehow stretched out to 12 years, Kate has a

particular passion for the history, people, and culture of North Africa and the

Middle East, even choosing to live in the region long enough to learn Arabic.

However, she is equally content getting lost in the alleys of Venice Island, chatting

to child monks in Bhutan, or checking in to the Manor Houses of Ireland. If

travel is a bug, Kate is delighted to have caught it.

World Journeys is a member of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) and

participates in the TAANZ Bonding Scheme for the protection of the consumer.

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TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL

Here we showcase journeys to some of the most fascinating and exotic places on

earth. They are our personal suggestions of what to do, what to see and where to

stay. We know travellers value flexibility so we generally have no set departure dates,

and itineraries are not regimented: journeys can be tailor-made to suit your needs. We

offer professional planning and expert knowledge, working with you to create your

dream trip. Our backup services take the stress out of travel; if your flight is delayed or

transport doesn’t show, we’ll sort out the arrangements.

STAR RATINGS

We consider a variety of criteria in our

selection of accommodation, including

location, style, ambience, comfort,

service, and facilities. Star ratings differ

widely around the world, so we have

based ours on typical standards, our

own personal recommendations, and

value for money.

3 Star – simple accommodation with

adequate facilities, sometimes the best

available in the area.

4 Star – comfortable accommodation

with good service and facilities.

5 Star – deluxe accommodation with

top service and excellent facilities.

6 Star – exceptional properties rating

amongst the best in the world with

stunning outlook, outstanding service,

unique features, and superb facilities.

GROUP JOURNEYS

In addition to our tailor-made journeys

we offer some group tours which make

travel to certain destinations more

achievable and allow you to meet

people from all over the world!

SPECIAL INTEREST

JOURNEYS

We offer a range of special interest

travel focusing on wildlife, wellness,

cuisine, active holidays, rail, or cruises,

which can be found on our website.

HOSTED JOURNEYS

Our hosted journeys allow you to

enjoy unique and inspiring small group

travel to some of the most fascinating

destinations. These journeys include

flights and tipping, and are guaranteed

to go, with a maximum group size

of 18 and a World Journeys host to

smooth the way.

YOUR DOCUMENTS

To make sure you always know what

you’re doing and where you’re going

while you travel, we provide beautifully

prepared travel documents. These

documents detail your day-by-day

itinerary and include everything you

need for a hassle-free journey. You

will receive a travel wallet along with

a World Journeys luggage tag. These

travel documents are a wonderful

memento of your journey.

WORLD JOURNEYS APP

Ask us about the World Journeys

app which gives you access to your

documents on your mobile device.

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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

LA SULTANA

Marrakech, Morocco

Ideally located in the old city just ten minutes walk from

Jemaa El Fna square. Panoramic terraces with amazing

views, wonderful food, friendly staff – all a delight.

LA MAISON ARABE

Marrakech, Morocco

Situated in the medina, this legendary hotel features

traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, creating a refined,

exotic and serene atmosphere throughout.

HEURE BLEUE PALAIS

Essaouira, Morocco

Built into Essaouira’s medina walls, the post-colonial

elegance of this peaceful hideaway oozes comfort and style.

RIAD FES

Fes, Morocco

Restored to its original glory, this riad sits in the heart of

the ancient city. Serene, authentic, civilised, the history of

the city is reflected at every turn.

MARRIOTT MENA HOUSE

Cairo, Egypt

Overlooking the Great Pyramids, this stunning property

features handcrafted furniture in every room and is

surrounded by 40 acres of lush garden.

OLD WINTER PALACE

Luxor, Egypt

The Sofitel Winter Palace is the grand old lady of Luxor.

Built in 1886 she sits overlooking the Nile and features

rich colonial design alongside the glory of Pharaonic times.

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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

OLD CATARACT HOTEL

Aswan, Egypt

Rising grandly from a pink granite shelf at the edge of the

Nubian Desert, the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract is stylish

and sophisticated in equal measure.

MARKET HOUSE HOTEL

Tel Aviv, Israel

Located next to the Jaffa’s historical Clock Tower and the

famous flea market, this hotel takes inspiration from the

unique and authentic atmosphere of ancient Jaffa.

ARTHUR HOTEL

Jersualem, Israel

The décor of the Arthur Hotel dates back to the beginning

of the 20th century and will transport you back to a world

rich in nostalgia and old world charm.

MARRIOT PETRA

Petra, Jordan

With rooms overlooking the valley, the location of the

Marriott Petra cannot be beaten as it sits at the entrance to

the ancient Nabatean city itself.

AL HUSN

Muscat, Oman

Shangri-la Al Husn Resort & Spa is surrounded by the

pristine waters of the Gulf of Oman against a dramatic

mountainous backdrop.

ALILA JABAL AKHDAR

Green Mountains, Oman

Cradled by soaring mountains and dramatic canyons,

this luxurious property blends seamlessly into the rugged

desert – a welcoming base from which to explore Oman.

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MOROCCO

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

IN MOROCCAN STYLE | 8 DAYS

Morocco will captivate you; from the World Heritage site of Fes with its Medersas, Foundouk, palaces, residences,

mosques and fountains through to Marrakech, its souks filling the alleys north of the central square, mile after constricted

mile of tiny, closet-sized emporia and the elaborate El Bahia Palace. Staying in delightful boutique hotels or sumptuous

riads, lovingly restored, you will be thrilled to visit ‘In Moroccan Style’.

Rabat

Casablanca

Fes

Meknes &

Volubilis

DAY 4 FES > RABAT

Depart Fes this morning and head for Rabat where you will

overnight. This afternoon visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum

before an evening at leisure.

DAY 5 RABAT > MARRAKECH

Depart Rabat this morning and head towards Marrakech. On

arrival check in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Marrakech

MOROCCO

DAY 1 CASABLANCA

On arrival in Casablanca you will be met and transferred to

your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

DAY 2 CASABLANCA > MEKNES > VOLUBILIS > FES

Depart Casablanca and transfer to Fes. En route visit Meknes,

a World Heritage site famous for its 25 mile long walls. In this

Imperial city, you will explore the town including expansive

souks and the fascinating historical sites. Also visit the World

Heritage site of Volubilis, the site of the largest and best

preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, particularly noted for its

superb mosaic floors; it has fabulous views of the Rif Mountain

foothills. Continue to Fes, arriving late afternoon.

DAY 3 FES

See the old Medina, Medersa, Bab Boujloud and souks. Artisan

workshops in the medina are as active today as 100 years ago

and strongly contribute to the city’s industrial economy. Trades

such as metal and leather working, ceramics, silk, tapestries,

and sculpting are still practiced in these workshops. Original

ramparts still protect the ancient city and its 9,000 passageways

and narrow streets.

DAY 6 MARRAKECH

Visit Koutoubia Minaret and Mosque, the Tombs of Saadian,

Menara Gardens, Bahia Palace and the Jemaa el Fna Square. The

sheer number of shops in the souk is overwhelming, sometimes

100 of them in 100 metres. Every section of the souk has its

own specialty, with alleys devoted to everything from spices and

ironwork to the ingredients necessary for casting magic spells!

DAY 7 MARRAKECH

Enjoy a day at leisure to continue exploring.

DAY 8 MARRAKECH > CASABLANCA

Transfer by road to Casablanca (3 hours).

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking local

guides, 7 nights’ accommodation in luxurious boutique style

hotels or riads, transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, sightseeing

and entrance fees and 7 breakfasts.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Cooking classes or other optional extras may be

arranged in Marrakech at additional cost. Surcharges will apply

over peak dates and National Holidays.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

4 Star: 1 Jan – 31 Oct from $5,845

5 Star: 1 Jan – 31 Oct from $7,850

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MOROCCO

Marrakech

THE DESERT TO THE SEA | 10 DAYS

Experience the diversity of Morocco as you travel to the bustling souks of Fes through changing landscapes to the edge

of the Sahara Desert and stay one night in a luxurious camp. Continue through the High Atlas with its soaring peaks

and swooping ravines visiting iconic landscapes and kasbahs en route. Visit colourful Marrakech to wander through

the old city breathing in centuries of history before heading to the Portuguese fishing town of Essaouira.

Essaouira

Rabat

Casablanca

Marrakech

Ouarzazate

Meknes &

Volubilis

MOROCCO

Skoura

Fes

Erfoud

Merzouga

Sands

DAY 1 CASABLANCA > RABAT

On arrival in Casablanca, you will be met at the airport and

transferred to Rabat where you overnight.

DAY 2 RABAT > MEKNES > VOLUBILIS > FES

Depart Rabat this morning and travel to Fes, visiting the

imperial city of Meknes and the World Heritage site of

Volubilis with its extraordinary mosaic floors. The city is the

best preserved archaeological site in Morocco. On your arrival

in Fes, enjoy your evening spent at leisure.

DAY 3 FES

Enjoy a full day guided sightseeing tour in Fes. Visit the old

medina dating from the 9 th century, the Medersa or Theological

College, Bab Boujloud, the Jewish Quarter, El Attarine and the

expansive souks. Don’t miss the colourful spice souk!

DAY 4 FES > ERFOUD > MERZOUGA SANDS

Spectacular drive through cedar forests and the Pass of the

She-Camel to Erfoud. Continue by 4x4 to Erg Chebbi and the

Merzouga Sands to your luxurious camp for overnight. In the

desert, you are able to go dune driving or camel riding.

DAY 5 MERZOUGA SANDS > SKOURA

Drive through spectacular Todra Gorge with soaring rock walls

and lush valleys to Skoura where you will overnight.

DAY 6 SKOURA > OUARZAZATE > MARRAKECH

Travel to Marrakech. This picturesque route features Ait

Benhaddou, one of the best-preserved kasbahs in Morocco.

Visit the Atlas Film Studios and the magnificent Tizi N’Tichka

mountain pass en route to Marrakech.

DAY 7 MARRAKECH

Visit El Bahia Palace, souks, Jemaa el Fna Square, and as old

as the city itself, Koutoubia Minaret and the Saadian Tombs.

DAY 8 MARRAKECH > ESSAOUIRA

Transfer to the coast and check into your hotel in the fortified

Portuguese fishing town of Essaouira. Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 9 ESSAOUIRA

Enjoy a guided walking tour of this fortified town. Since its

foundation it has been a major trading seaport, linking Morocco

and the Sahara with Europe and the rest of the world. Visit the

town walls, medina, Jewish Quarter and Sea Gate.

DAY 10 CASABLANCA

Transfer by road to Casablanca airport.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking local

guides, 8 nights’ accommodation in luxurious boutique style

hotels or riads, 1 night in a luxurious desert camp, transfers

by air-conditioned vehicle, sightseeing and entrance fees, 9

breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Cooking classes or other optional extras may be

arranged for an additional cost.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

4 Star: 1 Jan – 31 Oct from $8,375

5 Star: 1 Jan – 31 Oct from $12,125

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MOROCCO

ANCIENT CITIES AND THE HIGH ATLAS | 10 DAYS

Explore the treasures of ancient Marrakech and Fes, travel through magnificent mountain passes to the High Atlas, stay

overnight in the desert in a luxurious tent and explore the charming village of Chefchaouen on this in depth journey.

Fes

Casablanca

Tangier

Chefchaoen

Fes

DAY 7 FES

Join your guide to visit the Old Medina or Fes el Bali, Madrasas,

Foundouk, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains. Also

visit the new city, Bab Boujloud, the strikingly beautiful entry

point into the old city, Place Nejjarine, the Jewish Quarter and

Ibn Danan Synagogue.

Marrakech

MOROCCO

DAY 1 MARRAKECH

Transfer to your hotel for dinner.

Tinghir

High Atlas

Mountains

Merzouga

DAY 2 MARRAKECH

Join your guide for a tour of Marrakech. Visit El-Bahia Palace,

the Koranic School Medersa Ben Youssef, Koutoubia Minaret,

Saadian Tombs and the famous souk.

DAY 3 HIGH ATLAS

Depart the city on a day trip to the High Atlas Mountains.

This afternoon, take in the beautiful landscape and fresh air

during a half day trek around Asni. Enjoy lunch at awardwinning

Kasbah Tamadot before returning to Marrakech.

DAY 4 MARRAKECH > AIT BENHADDOU

Drive through the magnificent Tizi N’Tichka mountain

pass to Ait Benhaddou, a small town with one of the bestpreserved

Kasbahs in Morocco. Visit the Atlas Film Studios

and overnight in a riad.

DAY 5 AIT BENHADDOU > MERZOUGA SANDS

Travel to the oasis town of Tinghir by crossing the J’bel Sahro

Range and visit the spectacular Todra Gorge. Transfer to a

4WD in Erfoud and journey to your desert camp on the fringe

of the Sahara. Enjoy a short camel ride to witness the sunset

over the dunes.

DAY 6 MERZOUGA SANDS > FES

Drive north to Errachadia, overlooking the valley of Ziz, across

the Pass of the She-Camel and through the cedar forests of the

Middle Atlas to Fes.

DAY 8 FES

Enjoy a tasting tour in Fes today with a Fes food expert.

Try traditional Moroccan street food, investigate traditional

cooking methods by visiting a furnatchi where the water for

the communal bath house ‘hammam’ is also heated, and a

400-year-old ‘furan’ or communal oven and bakery.

DAY 9 FES > CHEFCHAOUEN

Visit Meknes, known as the Moroccan Versailles, and

Volubilis. This World Heritage Site is home to the largest

and best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Continue to

Chefchaouen for overnight.

DAY 10 CHEFCHAOUEN

Meet with your guide this morning and visit Rass El Ma,

located on the top hill and enjoy a walk through the famous

square in the medina (Kasbah).

DAY 11 CHEFCHAOUEN > TANGIER

PORT OR CASABLANCA

Transfer to Tangier Port or Casablanca Airport where

arrangements conclude.

INCLUDES: Independent tailor-made journey with 10 nights’

accommodation in 4 star hotels, camps and riads, transportation

by air conditioned vehicle, English-speaking guide, entrance

fees, tasting tour and camel ride.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Prices for solo travellers are available on request.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

4 Star: 1 Jan - 31 Oct $9,995

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MOROCCO

ESCAPE TO THE DESERT | 6 DAYS

Ouarzazate

Opulent palaces, grand mosques, chaotic and colourful souks and teeming streets give way to the dramatic landscapes

and on to the calm, peace and tranquillity of the desert in this special itinerary which gives you the best of both worlds as

you ‘ Escape to the Desert’.

Casablanca

Marrakech

Agafay

Ouarzazate

MOROCCO

Zegora

M’hamid/

Erg Chegaga

DAY 5 OUARZAZATE > M’HAMID > ERG CHEGAGA

Drive through the Draa Valley, via Agdz and Zagora to

M’hamid, the last Draa palm grove on the very edge of the

desert. En route visit Tramgroute and its famous Moorish

Koranic and theological college dating from the 11th century.

Overnight in an exclusive camp with music, dancing and a

candle lit dinner.

DAY 6 ERG CHEGAGA > M’HAMID

> ZEGORA > MARRAKECH

Drive to Zegora for a flight over the magnificent snow-capped

Atlas mountains to Marrakech.

DAY 1 CASABLANCA > MARRAKECH

On arrival transfer to Marrakech.

DAY 2 MARRAKECH

Join your guide for a tour of Marrakech. Visit El-Bahia Palace,

the Koranic School Medersa Ben Youssef, Koutoubia Minaret,

Saadian Tombs and the famous souk, filling the alleys north of

the central square. Also visit the Jardins Marjorelle created by

Yves St Laurent.

DAY 3 MARRAKECH > AGAFAY

Travel by 4WD to the desert of Agafay, around 30 kms from

the city. This arid extension spreads over hundreds of hectares

of lunar landscapes where you can try a number of adventure

activities before returning to Marrakech in the afternoon.

DAY 4 MARRAKECH > OUARZAZATE

Cross the Atlas through the dramatic Tizi n’Tichka Pass to

Ouarzazate for overnight.

INCLUDES: Independent tailor-made journey with 5 nights’

accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels, riads and luxury camp,

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle, English speaking

guide, entrance fees and flight Zagora – Marrakech.

DEPARTS: Daily.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

4 Star from $5,995

5 Star from $7,495

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EGYPT

Valley of the Kings, Luxor

EGYPTIAN SAMPLER | 9 DAYS

The perfect introduction to Egypt, the sampler follows the Nile from the Pyramids, Sphinx and Museum in Cairo to

Aswan and Luxor. Join a Nile cruise to visit the remarkable temples of Philae, Kom Ombo, and Edfu, and the Valley

of the Kings and Queens. If you wish, add on the massive temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari at Abu Simbel.

EGYPT

Cairo

Esna

Luxor

Edfu

Kom Ombo

Aswan

DAY 1 CAIRO

You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2 CAIRO

A full day of sightseeing to the mighty Pyramids of Giza. See the

Sphinx behind the Great Pyramid and after lunch head further

into the desert. Visit the ancient capital of Memphis with its

huge statue of Ramses II and the Step Pyramid at Sakkara.

DAY 3 CAIRO > ASWAN

Fly to Aswan and transfer to your cruise moored near the town

centre. Optional flight to the temples at Abu Simbel. In the

afternoon join your English-speaking guide and visit the High

Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk at the granite quarries and take

a motorboat across to Philae Temple.

DAY 4 ASWAN > EDFU > ESNA

Set sail from Aswan this morning toward the twin temple of

Kom Ombo. Visit the temple with its fascinating medicine

wall, Nilometre and mummified crocodiles. Continue sailing

for Edfu and visit the wonderful temple dedicated to Horus.

Overnight near Esna where the ship will pass through a lock.

DAY 5 ESNA > LUXOR

Sail early on to Luxor and visit the Valley of the Kings (entrance

to the tomb of Tutankhamun is additional and paid locally).

Also visit the Valley of the Queens and hopefully catch a

glimpse of the Colossi of Memnon.

DAY 6 LUXOR

Disembark your cruise this morning and transfer to your hotel.

The rest of the day is spent at leisure to perhaps visit the Karnak

or Luxor Temples in the centre of town.

DAY 7 LUXOR > CAIRO

Fly to Cairo and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 8 CAIRO

Enjoy a fascinating day today as you visit Cairo Museum with

its thousands of artefacts on display. See the treasures from the

Tomb of Tutankhamun and if you wish, visit the Mummies

Room (entrance fee additional). Continue to the Citadel, visit

Old Cairo and colourful Khan el Kahlili Bazaar.

DAY 9 CAIRO

You will be transferred to the airport.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking local

guides, 5 nights’ accommodation, 3 nights on the cruise,

transfers by air-conditioned car, flights Cairo > Aswan and

Luxor > Cairo, sightseeing and entrance fees, 8 breakfasts, 4

lunches and 3 dinners.

DEPARTS: Wednesdays.

NOTE: Enquire for surcharges over Easter, Christmas, and New

Year. Price of flight Aswan > Abu Simbel on request.

2021 Price (per person) Twin Single

4 Star: 6 Jan – 20 Nov from $4,430 $6,995

5 Star: 6 Jan – 30 Sep from $4,520 $8,925

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EGYPT

CRUISE THE NILE | 15 DAYS

MS Darakum

The River Nile between Cairo and Luxor has reopened allowing exciting cruise itineraries between the capital and

Upper Egypt once again. Explore some of the least visited and most important sites including Tel el Amarna, site of the

‘heretic pharaoh’ Akhenaten’s city, the beautifully preserved Temples at Dendara and the Temple of Seti I at Abydos.

Beni Suef

DAY 1 CAIRO

Check into the MS Darakum, dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 2 CAIRO

Visit Coptic Cairo including the Hanging Church, Coptic

museum and a Jewish synagogue. In the afternoon visit the

Egyptian Museum. Overnight on board.

DAY 3 CAIRO

Visit the iconic pyramids and sphinx at Giza, ancient Memphis

and the Step Pyramid of Sakkara. Captain’s cocktail party on

board this evening.

DAY 4 CAIRO > BENI SUEF

Enjoy the beauty of the Nile whilst sailing from Cairo to Beni

Suef. This evening enjoy dinner and wine tasting on board.

DAY 5 MINYA

A full day’s sailing to Minya.

Cairo

Tel el Amarna Minya

Asyut

Sohag

Abydos

Dendera

Luxor

EGYPT Esna

Edfu

Kom Ombo

Aswan

DAY 6 MINYA

Visit Tuna El Gebel, the necropolis of Khmun, and Ashmunein

for the open-air museum, temple of Thoth and sanctuary of

Amun. See the rock-tombs of Beni Hassan.

DAY 7 MINYA > TEL EL AMARNA > ASYUT

Sail to Tel El Amarna, once the city of Akhenaten, known for

his ‘one god’ religion. Sail to Asyut. View the Prince Tawdrous

Monastery from the boat. Galabeya Party this evening.

DAY 8 ASYUT > SOHAG

A leisurely sailing to Sohag, with all meals on board. Black and

White Party night.

DAY 9 EL BALYANA > ABYDOS > NAGA HAMMADI

Sail to El Balyana and visit Abydos Temple, the holy city of

Osiris God of the Dead and the New Kingdom temple of Seti

l. Sail to Naga Hammadi for overnight.

DAY 10 QENA > LUXOR

Sail to Qena and visit Dendara, one of the best preserved

temples in Egypt. Sailing to Luxor enjoy cooking lessons on

board.

DAY 11 LUXOR

Visit the West Bank today for Valley of the Kings and the

Temple of Hatshepsut. Overnight in Luxor.

DAY 12 LUXOR > EDFU

Visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, sail to Esna and pass

the lock. Overnight in Edfu.

DAY 13 EDFU > KOM OMBO > ASWAN

In Edfu visit the well-preserved temple of Horus. Sail to Kom

Ombo to see the unique twin temple of Sobek and Horus. Sail

to Aswan for overnight.

DAY 14 ASWAN

Visit the High Dam and Temple of Isis on Philae Island, then

the Nubian Museum. Enjoy your last night on board with a

Nubian Show.

DAY 15 ASWAN

Transfer to the airport to depart.

INCLUDES: Cruise with shared on board English speaking

local guide, transfers by air conditioned coach, 14 nights’

accommodation on board, sightseeing and entrance fees, 14

breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners.

DEPARTS: Please contact World Journeys for specific dates.

NOTE: Cruise also operates in reverse, please contact World

Journeys for details.

2021 Price (per person) Twin Single

4 Star: 25 Feb – 4 Nov from $9,420 $14,128

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ISRAEL

Carmel Market, Tel Aviv

CULINARY TOUR OF ISRAEL | 7 DAYS

Israel is defined by its rich web of cultures, its eclectic population of Arab Muslims and Arab Christians, Druze,

Bedouins, Circassians, Samaritans, and Jews from 70 Diasporas: from East and Western Europe, North Africa, Asia,

and North and South America. Explore the legacy these cultures, peoples and religions have left in the traditions and

particularly the food of the country on our very special Culinary Tour of Israel.

Tel Aviv

Haifa

Nazareth

ISRAEL

Jerusalem

Sea of Galilee

Jordan Valley

DAY 1 TEL AVIV

You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2 TEL AVIV > THE COASTAL PLAIN

Enjoy a walking tour in the picturesque alleys of old Jaffa

(Joppa). You’ll visit a fantastic flea market where an eclectic mix

of items and tasty treats await you. Drive to Caesarea and visit

the Roman Theatre and the Crusader Fortress with its unique

dry moat. Then to the port city of Haifa to view the magnificent

Baha’i gardens from atop Mount Carmel. Continue to Nazareth

where you will visit the Church of the Annunciation and the

Church of St Joseph. Sample some Kanafeh, an oriental sweet

made with melted cheese, and a specialty in Nazareth.

DAY 3 THE COASTAL PLAIN > SEA OF GALILEE

Visit Capernaum, an ancient fishing village, and see the

synagogue and the recent excavations of the House of St.

Peter. Continue onto Tabgha and ascend to the top of the

Mt. of Beatitudes, where you can relive the Sermon on the

Mount. Visit a Galilee winery for a tasting tour of great wine

and homemade cheese. This evening, head to a local Galilean

family for a wonderful cooking workshop and later enjoy the

dinner you helped prepare with the local family.

DAY 4 SEA OF GALILEE > JORDAN VALLEY

Stop at Gesher for a baking workshop at the historic Gesher

Oven. The “Legend of Bread” is a marvellous story about a

brick oven that has survived since 1924 and has been lovingly

renovated. Today, visitors are able to bake delicious amazing

focaccia bread. Visit Belvoir Castle, a crusader fort located on

the strategic Jordan River. Continue to Jerusalem.

DAY 5 JERUSALEM OLD CITY

Start the tour from atop of the Old City roof tops with a view

of the four quarters. Visit Garden of Gethsemane and enter

the Old City through one of its famous gates. Explore the

restored Jewish Quarter and visit the Cardo, an ancient Roman

marketplace where you can still shop today. Stop at the Western

Wall, the holiest place to the Jewish people. Continue on to

walk the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, finishing

at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

DAY 6 JERUSALEM NEW CITY

Drive by the Israeli Parliament, The Knesset. Then visit the

Israel Museum and see the famous Dead Seas Scrolls at the

Shrine of the Book. Head to Machine Yehuda for a tour of the

market. If midweek, head to the Artists’ Colony for a special

dinner at Eucalyptus, a unique restaurant near the old city.

You will have the chance to enjoy biblical food prepared by the

great chef Moshe Basson. If Friday, enjoy a special dinner with

a local family and learn about the importance of food for the

holy Sabbath.

DAY 7 JERUSALEM > TEL AVIV

Transfer to the airport.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking local

guides, 6 nights’ accommodation in boutique style hotels,

transfers, sightseeing, entrance fees, cooking classes and market

tastings as shown, 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Surcharges apply for peak periods and religious festivals.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

4 Star: 1 Jan – 28 Sep from $9,995

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ISRAEL

Dome of the Rock Mosque, Jerusalem

BOUTIQUE ISRAEL | 8 DAYS

Discover the diverse nature of this tiny nation as you walk through time. Explore the maze of Old Jaffa, wander the

ancient streets of Beit She’an and Jerusalem, ponder the origins of Christianity in Bethlehem, gaze out over Jericho

and float in the Dead Sea. This comprehensive itinerary will give you a wonderful insight into the past, present, and

future of Israel.

Tel Aviv

Haifa

Nazareth

ISRAEL

Bethlehem

Masada

Tiberias

Beit She’an &

Beit Alpha

Jerusalem

DAY 1 TEL AVIV

You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2 TEL AVIV > COASTAL PLAIN

Start your day with a short walking tour in the picturesque alleys

of the old, fortified town of Jaffa (Joppa). Drive northwards

along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built

by Herod the Great. Continue to the Baha’i Centre of Haifa

and see the beautiful Baha’i gardens before visiting Nazareth.

DAY 3 TIBERIAS (SEA OF GALILEE)

Visit Capernaum to see the synagogue where Jesus preached

and the recent excavations of the House of St. Peter. Continue

to Tabgha, traditionally accepted to be the place where Jesus

multiplied five loaves and two fish. Ascend to the top of the Mt.

of Beatitudes, where you can relive the Sermon on the Mount.

Ascend the Golan Heights and see the whole of Northern Israel

from atop the Hula Valley.

DAY 4 COASTAL PLAIN > JERUSALEM

See the ancient city of Beit She’an, once named Scythopolis

under Hellenistic and Roman occupation. Continue to Beit

Alpha, the fortress of Belvoir, and a view over Jericho.

DAY 5 JERUSALEM OLD CITY

Enjoy a tour of the highlights of Old Jerusalem. Get a

panoramic view of the city from Mount of Olives, visit the

Garden of Gethsemane, and enter the Old City through one of

its famous gates. Explore the restored Jewish Quarter, stopping

at the Western Wall, and continue into the Christian Quarter,

following the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy

Sepulcher. Visit Mt. Zion to see the Room of the Last Supper

and the Tomb of King David.

DAY 6 JERUSALEM NEW CITY & BETHLEHEM

Start the day with a visit to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at the

Israel Museum, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and Ein

Karem where John the Baptist was born. Depart for Bethlehem

to see the Shepherd’s Fields, Manger Square, and the Church

of the Nativity.

DAY 7 MASADA & DEAD SEA

Ascend the mighty fortress of Masada – a palace built by

Herod the Great and the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots

in their war against the Romans. Explore the unique ruins and

the Synagogue. Experience a ‘float’ in the salty waters of the

mineral-rich Dead Sea (weather permitting).

DAY 8 JERUSALEM > TEL AVIV

Transfer to the airport.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking local

guides, 7 nights’ accommodation, transfers by air-conditioned

minibus, sightseeing and entrance fees and 7 breakfasts.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Cooking classes or other optional extras may be

arranged for an additional cost. Single prices are available on

request.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

4 Star: 1 Jan – 28 Sep from $9,999

5 Star: 1 Jan – 28 Sep from $12,645

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JORDAN

Petra, Jordan

NABATEAN EXPLORER | 7 DAYS

Step back in time by joining the Nabatean Explorer in the Kingdom of Jordan. Starting in the sprawling city of

Amman, built over 19 hills, travel to the ancient city of Jerash boasting 6,500 years of human habitation and one of

the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Set deep inside a narrow desert gorge, Petra is an architectural

and historical marvel with hundreds of buildings, temples, archways and a 3,000 seat theatre. Also visit eerie Wadi

Rum and the maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways of Kerak.

Dead Sea

Jerash

Amman

Madaba

Tombs, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine church, the Temple,

Monumental Arch and Qasr el-Bint Faroun.

DAY 6 PETRA > WADI RUM > PETRA

Travel to the wild moonscape of Wadi Rum and transfer to a

4x4 to explore the region. Return to Petra for overnight.

Petra

Wadi Rum

JORDAN

DAY 1 AMMAN

You will be met and transferred to your city centre hotel.

DAY 7 PETRA > AMMAN

Transfer to Amman to connect with your afternoon flight.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking local

guides, 6 nights’ accommodation in your selected category,

transfers by air-conditioned car and driver, 4x4 at Wadi Rum,

sightseeing and entrance fees and 6 breakfasts.

DEPARTS: Daily.

DAY 2 AMMAN

Meet your guide this morning for an orientation tour of the

city including a view of the hilltop fortress and the impressive

Roman amphitheatre.

DAY 3 AMMAN > JERASH > DEAD SEA

Jerash is the best-preserved Roman city of the Decapolis. View

the Oval Plaza, Temple of Zeus, South Theatre, Colonnaded

Street and Market Place before continuing to the Dead Sea.

DAY 4 DEAD SEA > PETRA

Enjoy a soak in the intense blue water of the Dead Sea, heavy

with salt and oily with minerals. Then drive to Petra via Mt

Nebo, Madaba with its church and mosaic map of the Holy

Land, and the crusader castle of Kerak.

DAY 5 PETRA

Travel on foot or on horseback through the ‘Siq’ to the

Treasury. Then to the Street of Facades, the Theatre, Royal

Citadel, Amman

2021 Price (per person) Twin Single

4 Star: 1 Jan – 30 Sep $2,030 $3,495

5 Star: 1 Jan – 30 Sep $2,820 $5,175

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JORDAN

Camels, Wadi Rum

THE HISTORY & WILDLIFE OF JORDAN | 9 DAYS

The Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s hidden gem. This beautiful nature reserve covers the Rummana Mountain,

part of a chain from the Jordan Rift Valley. The park features not only sandstone cliffs, wooded highlands and ancient

ruins, but a wonderfully diverse range of flora and fauna. Combine this with the wonders of Jerash and Petra along

with the incomparable Dead Sea for a memorable journey of Jordan’s history and wildlife.

Jerash

Amman

Madaba

Dana

Petra

Wadi Rum

Desert Castles

JORDAN

DAY 1 AMMAN

You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2 JERASH

Morning orientation tour of Amman before visiting Jerash.

Jerash is the best-preserved Roman city of the Decapolis. View

the Oval Plaza, Temple of Zeus, South Theatre, Colonnaded

Street and Market Place. Continue to the castle of Qal’at al-

Rabad at Aljoun before returning to your hotel.

DAY 3 AMMAN > DESERT CASTLES > AMMAN

Today visit the desert castles, scattered through the desert east of

Amman. These isolated trading complexes were once a thriving

group of caravan stations, secluded baths and hunting lodges.

DAY 4 AMMAN > PETRA

Drive to Petra today travelling through Madaba with its

extraordinary mosaic map of the Holy Land, Mt Nebo to look

out over the Dead Sea and the Promised Land as well as the

crusader castle of Kerak.

DAY 5 PETRA

Travel on foot or on horseback through the ‘Siq’ to the

Treasury. Then to the Street of Façades, the Theatre, Royal

Tombs, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine church, the Temple,

Monumental Arch and Qasr el-Bint Faroun.

DAY 6 AL-BEIDA > WADI RUM

Visit Al-Beida or ‘Little Petra’ with its maze of caves before

continuing to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent place, timeless and

starkly beautiful. Wadi Rum is one of the most stunning desert

landscapes in the world approximately 120kms from Petra. Join

a 4x4 for a drive through the landscape and camp overnight in

comfortable tents.

DAY 7 WADI RUM > DANA BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Depart early for the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy some of

the 600 species of plants, 37 species of mammals and 190

species of birds to be found in the park. After a short visit to

the ruins of Feinan and Dana Village continue to your simple

accommodation for overnight.

DAY 8 DANA BIOSPHERE RESERVE > AMMAN

Return this morning for a walk through the beautiful Dana

Biosphere Reserve, then drive to Amman.

DAY 9 AMMAN

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking local

guides, 8 nights’ accommodation (best available in both Wadi

Rum and Dana), transfers by air-conditioned car and driver,

4x4 drive at Wadi Rum, sightseeing and entrance fees and 8

breakfasts.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Surcharges may apply over peak periods.

2021 Price (per person) Twin Single

4 Star: 1 Jan – 30 Sep $2,680 $4,385

5 Star: 1 Jan – 30 Sep $3,444 $5,899

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LEBANON

DISCOVER LEBANON | 7 DAYS

Lebanon is a tiny but fascinating nation nestled on the Mediterranean coast perched between the Middle East and the

West. Wonderful cuisine, magnificent natural vistas, ancient ruins and the most hospitable people you could ever hope

to meet make a visit to Lebanon a feast for all your senses.

MEDITERRANEAN

SEA

Sidon

Byblos

Jeita Harissa

Beirut

Ksara

LEBANON

Aanjar

Baalbek

City ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon

DAY 4 BAALBEK > AANJAR > KSARA

Full day small group tour. Inhabited as early as 9,000 BC,

Baalbek grew into an important pilgrimage site in the ancient

world for the worship of the Phoenician sky-god Baal and

his consort Astarte, the Queen of Heaven. Continue to the

Umayyad ruins of Aanjar, before visiting Château Ksara,

Lebanon’s oldest winery, to try some of the internationally

recognised wines.

Tyre

ISRAEL

DAY 1 ARRIVE BEIRUT

You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2 BEIRUT

Join a small group walking tour of the city. Learn how Beirut was

originally settled more than 5,000 years ago, and prospered as a

Roman city-state from 15 BC. Visit recently renovated Nejmeh

Square and see the famous central clock tower constructed

during WWI, see Martyr’s Statue in Martyr’s Square, and see

the National Museum of Beirut, the home of vast collections

of archaeological artefacts. Stroll around to view the highlights

displayed in its galleries, such as prized Phoenician statues,

Byzantine mosaics and Roman pieces.

DAY 3 SIDON > TYRE

Full day small group sightseeing tour of the Crusader sea

fortress and ruins of Saida. Sidon has been inhabited since

very early in prehistory. Visit the sea fortress, Khan el Franj

(caravanserai), Debbane Palace, soap museum and old souk

(market). Continue to Tyre, an ancient Phoenician city and

the legendary birthplace of Europa and Dido (Elissa). Tyre was

originally formed when Alexander the Great connected the

island to the mainland by constructing a causeway during his

siege of the city.

DAY 5 BYBLOS > JEITA > HARISSA

Private full day sightseeing of Byblos, Jeita Grotto, and Harissa.

Take a boat ride on a subterranean lake to see stunning Jeita

Grotto, an ancient system of karstic limestone caves, before

continuing to Byblos, one of the oldest cities on earth. Finally

stop at Harissa to see the Statue of the Virgin Mary, including

the chapel and spiral staircase, and look out over impressive

views of the Bay of Jounieh.

DAY 6 BEIRUT

Day at leisure to explore independently.

DAY 7 DEPART BEIRUT

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey, 6 nights’ accommodation,

transfers by air conditioned vehicle, sightseeing and entrance

fees and 6 breakfasts.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Surcharges will apply over peak periods and religious

festivals. Prices are based on low season, sightseeing may vary

according to season, enquire for pricing on your specific travel

dates for more details.

2021 Price (per person) Twin Single

4 Star: 1 Jan – 30 Oct from $1,750 $2,955

5 Star: 1 Jan – 30 Sep from $2,995 $5,095

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IRAN

Nasir al-Mulk mosque, Shiraz

DISCOVER ANCIENT PERSIA | 10 DAYS

A rich legacy recorded over three millennia makes Iran one of the most fascinating and diverse destinations in the

world today. Persepolis and Isfahan are bursting with impressive architecture, elegant mosques and graceful palaces.

Tree-lined boulevards and picturesque covered bridges and the 5 kilometre labyrinth of the Isfahan bazaar are sure to

delight any visitor but the most special experience is sure to be meeting the locals. Hospitable, gregarious, generous and

universally kind, the Iranian people are guaranteed to make a lasting impression.

IRAQ

SAUDI ARABIA

IRAN

Tehran

DAY 1 TEHRAN

On arrival transfer to your hotel.

TURKMENISTAN

Matin Abad

Isfahan

Yazd

Shiraz

AFGHANISTAN

PAKISTAN

DAY 2 TEHRAN > SHIRAZ

Meet your guide this morning and visit the Archaeological

Museum, Golestan Palace and the carpet museum. En route

to the airport visit the Azadi Tower before the short flight to

Shiraz. On arrival transfer to your hotel to check in.

DAY 3 SHIRAZ

Sightseeing in this beautiful city today includes: the Eram

garden, Nasr-ol-Molk mosque and the Vakil Bazaar. This

evening visit the Ali ebn Hamzeh Mosque with its mirrored

tile interior.

DAY 4 SHIRAZ > PERSEPOLIS > YAZD

Visit the Quran Gate before driving to Persepolis. Founded by

Darius, this is one of the greatest historical treasures on earth.

Drive to Naghsh-e-Rostam necropolis before continuing on

to Yazd.

DAY 5 YAZD

Winding lanes, badgirs (windcatchers), and the mud-brick old

town of Yazd are highlights today. Your guide will also introduce

you to the Jame Mosque, Dowlat Abad Garden, the Tower of

Silence, Mirchakhmagh and the Fire Temple before finishing

in the Old Quarter.

DAY 6 YAZD > NAIN > ISFAHAN

En route to Isfahan today visit the Friday Mosque and Pir Nia

House in Nain. Continue to Isfahan and check in to your hotel.

DAY 7 ISFAHAN

See the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Centre of Imam

Square, Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques, Ali Qapu Palace

and the bazaar this morning. In the afternoon visit the Chetel

Sotun Palace.

DAY 8 ISFAHAN

Visit the Friday Mosque and Vank Church this morning before

heading into the Old Armenian Quarter. The afternoon is at

leisure until an evening stroll among the glorious old bridges

of Isfahan.

DAY 9 ISFAHAN > ABYANEH > MATIN ABAD

Depart lovely Isfahan this morning and travel into the

countryside to Abyaneh before continuing to Natanz to visit

the Agha Ali Abbas holy shrine. Tonight, you will stay in the

eco-desert camp of Matin Abad.

DAY 10 MATIN ABAD > TEHRAN

This morning check out and drive to Kashan where you will

visit Fin Garden, Brujedi’s House and Agha Bozorg Mosque

before continuing to Tehran Airport for your onward flight.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made tour with English speaking local

guides, transfers by van and driver, 9 nights’ accommodation,

sightseeing and entrance fees, domestic flight Tehran > Shiraz

and 9 breakfasts.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: The perfect introduction to Ancient Persia. Ask us for

extensions or special interest itineraries. Supplements will apply

over peak periods.

2021/2022 Price (per person) Twin

1 Jan – 2 Mar 2021 from $3,905

3 Mar – 5 Apr 2021 from $4,580

6 Apr 2021 – 3 Mar 2022 from $4,451

4 Star

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OMAN

Decorative lamps, Muscat

OMANI EXPLORER | 10 DAYS

From north to south, Oman has a diverse and exotic culture, extraordinary landscapes, wonderful handicrafts, a

colourful history and surprising wildlife. Start with Muttrah Souq in Muscat and travel to the traditional mud houses

of Al Hamra and Misfah dating back 400 years. Visit undulating seas of sand at Wahiba Sands, forts, castles, clear

fresh water wadis perfect for a refreshing dip, to the land of frankincense in Salalah.

DAY 6 WAHIBA SANDS > SUR

Visit the oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid with its clear blue water for a

refreshing swim. Continue to Sur, known for its dhow shipyard

in former times. Also visit the turtle sanctuary of Ras al Jinz

where green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

DAY 7 SUR > MUSCAT > SALALAH

Take the fascinating coastal road to Muscat via the Bibi Miriam

Mausoleum, the lemon and date plantations of Wadi Tiwi and

Fins Beach. Evening flight to Salalah (not included).

DAY 1 ARRIVE MUSCAT

Transfer to your hotel on arrival.

DAY 2 MUSCAT

Visit the Grand Mosque, Natural History Museum, Quantab,

a pristine and beautiful beach, Bait al Zubair Museum and

Muttrah Souq.

DAY 3 MUSCAT > NIZWA

Visit 17th century Jabrin Castle with its magnificent plasterwork,

carved doors and painted wooden beams. Continue to Bahla,

famous for its pottery.

DAY 4 NIZWA > JEBEL SHAMS > NIZWA

Visit Nizwa Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, the

traditional souq and the traditional mud houses of Al Hamra

and Misfah before travelling to Jebel Shams, known as the

Grand Canyon of Oman.

DAY 5 NIZWA > WAHIBA SANDS

Visit Wahiba Sands, a vast sea of red and white sand with an

ever changing pattern of dunes. Enjoy exciting dune driving

and watch the sun set over the desert.

DAY 8 SALALAH

Visit Al Balid with its museum and ancient harbour. Stop for

photographs at Shanfari Mosque and the Sultan’s Palace. Walk

through Haffah Souq famous for frankincense and Dhofari

traditional handcrafts.

DAY 9 EAST AND WEST

Visit the Dhofar region, Taqa Fort, Bin Ali’s tomb, Mughsail

Beach Blowholes and the Tomb of the Prophet Ayub (Job).

DAY 10 DEPART SALALAH

Transfer to the aiport.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey, 9 nights in selected category

of accommodation (best available in some areas), transfers by

private vehicle, some days by 4WD, sightseeing with local

English-speaking guides, entrance fees, 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches

and 1 dinner.

DEPARTS: Daily, year round.

NOTE: The flight from Muscat to Salalah is not included -

please contact World Journeys for details.

2021 Price (per person) Twin Single

4 Star: 1 May - 30 Sep from $5,015 $9,495

4 Star: 1 Oct - 20 Dec from $5,582 $10,595

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OMAN

Muttrah District, Muscat

HIGHLIGHTS OF OMAN | 7 DAYS

With one of the oldest civilisations on the Persian Peninsula and the alleged home of Sinbad the sailor, Oman is also

blessed with beautiful beaches, fascinating scenery, and friendly hospitable people to welcome you. We have a range of

itineraries from the Musandam Peninsula in the north to Salalah in the south, each showcasing the highlights of this

hidden treasure. Discover the highlights of Oman!

Al Hamra

Nizwa

OMAN

Muscat

Wahiba

Sands

Sur

DAY 1 MUSCAT

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later in the

afternoon you will be met at the hotel for a ‘Muscat by Night’

tour. You drive along the Corniche, passing the port of Muscat,

continue on the road through the coastal mountains to Qurum

and on to the Grand Mosque. The tour ends at Kargeen

restaurant, where you will enjoy an Arabian-themed dinner.

DAY 2 MUSCAT

Visit the Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the

Middle East, followed by the Natural History Museum. Drive

along the picturesque Corniche with a photo stop at Al Alam

Palace, the former residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The

palace is flanked by the 16 th century Portuguese forts, Mirani

and Jalali. Stroll through Muttrah Souq and then return to the

hotel. This evening, transfer to Bait al Zubair Museum followed

by a sunset cruise along the Muscat coastline on a traditional

Omani dhow (only on Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat).

DAY 3 MUSCAT > SUR

The road south leads through scenic countryside and rugged

mountains to the Wadi Dhaiqa Dam. Stop at the Bimmah

Sinkhole and continue to the white sandy beach at Fins. Visit

Wadi Tiwi, an oasis known for its lemon and date plantations.

This evening, visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras al Jinz.

DAY 4 SUR > WAHIBA SANDS

After a short tour of Sur, renowned in former times for its

shipyard, continue to Wadi Bani Khalid, an oasis in the middle

of the barren and dry mountains. Drive into the Wahiba Sands,

a vast mass of undulating red and white seas of sand. After some

exciting sand dune driving with your experienced driver, you

may choose to take a camel ride or do some sand skiing before

visiting the home of a Bedouin family in the desert. Enjoy a

barbecue dinner with Omani music and a dance show.

DAY 5 WAHIBA SANDS > NIZWA > AL HAMRA

Drive to Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital and home to a

fascinating souq and Nizwa Fort. Visit Jabreen Castle and Al

Hamra, one of the oldest villages in Oman. Drive up to Jebel

Shams, which translates to Mountain of the Sun, to experience

the untamed and rugged countryside, often hailed as the

Sultanate’s own version of the Grand Canyon.

DAY 6 AL HAMRA > MUSCAT

After breakfast, visit the hidden and remote village of Misfat

Al Abryeen. Embark on a heritage walk through the many

plantations in the village to learn about the Falaj system. Drive

back to Muscat.

DAY 7 MUSCAT

You will be transferred to the airport.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking

local guides, transfers by air-conditioned car, 6 nights’

accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees, 6 breakfasts

and 2 dinners.

DEPARTS: Daily.

2021 Price (per person) Twin Single

4 Star

1 Jan – 30 Apr $4,932 $8,370

1 May – 30 Sep $4,772 $8,048

1 Oct – 23 Dec $4,932 $8,370

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OMAN

Dunes, Wahiba Sands

THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF OMAN | 8 DAYS

White sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls and wadis, sparkling sunsets over desert dunes, intricate Islamic art in

mosques with soaring minarets, Portuguese forts and chaotic souks bursting with treasures – nothing can quite prepare

you for the natural beauty of Oman.

OMAN

Muscat

Wadi

Arbaeen

Wahiba

Sands

Bimmah

Sinkhole

Masirah

Ras Al

Hadd

DAY 5 MASIRAH > WAHIBA SANDS

Leave for the mainland once again by ferry and drive to Wahiba

Sands. Visit a Bedouin house for a glimpse of the hardy and

resilient lifestyle required to survive in such a place. There are

over 3,000 bedu of varying tribal origins who live here amongst

the woodland on the fringes of the sands. Later continue

through the dunes and arrive at a desert camp for overnight.

DAY 6 WAHIBA SANDS > MUSCAT

Return to Muscat via Wadi Bani Khalid– an oasis in the middle

of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful

wadis in Oman and its pools with clear deep blue water give

you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip. Also stop in the

old Omani villages of Ibra and Mudayrib for some charming

photo opportunities.

DAY 1 MUSCAT

On arrival into Muscat you will be met and transferred to

your hotel.

DAY 2 MUSCAT > WADI ARBAEEN >

BIMMAH SINK HOLE > RAS AL JINZ

Depart for Ras Al Jinz along the stunning coastal road. Stop

at Quriyat where many of its inhabitants and traditional

crafts such as blacksmithing, saddle work, boat building,

camel rearing and fishing. See 200 year old Quriyat Fort, the

Portuguese watch tower and fish market. Visit picturesque

Wadi Arbaeen with its deep pools of water set among the date

palms, before stopping at Bimmah Sinkhole and Fins Beach for

a swim. Turtle watching this evening at Ras al Jinz.

DAY 3 RAS AL JINZ > MASIRAH

Drive towards Masirah, the largest island in Oman. Take a ferry

to this delightful island known for aquatic visitors such as the

turtles that come to lay their eggs on its stretch of beaches and

a number of migratory birds like egrets, curlews and greater

flamingos. Overnight on the island. Masirah Island Resort is

situated on the borders of the breeding grounds of the turtles,

making it a perfect destination for nature lovers.

DAY 4 MASIRAH

At leisure today to explore the coastline in search of shipwrecks

and other remnants of life along this wild piece of coast.

DAY 7 MUSCAT

Visit beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest

mosques in the Middle East. Visit the Natural History Museum,

exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s history and drive along the

picturesque Corniche to the once walled city. Take a photo stop

at the former residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al

Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese

forts Mirani and Jalali before stolling through Muttrah Souq,

to bargain for handicrafts and silver.

DAY 8 DEPART MUSCAT

Transfer to airport.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey, 7 nights’ accommodation,

transfers and transport by air conditioned vehicles, ferry

crossing tickets, sightseeing and entrance fees, 7 breakfasts

and 5 dinners.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Supplements apply over weekends and peak periods.

Please contact World Journeys for details.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

3 & 4 Star: 5 Jan – 30 Apr $4,820

3 & 4 Star: 1 May – 30 Sep $4,448

3 & 4 Star: 1 Oct – 24 Dec $4,820

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OMAN & DUBAI

DESERT TO COAST | 3 DAYS

Experience the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand where the ever-changing patterns

of the dunes are a photographer’s delight!

visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where at night the Green

Turtles, after a journey of thousands of kilometers will come

ashore to lay their eggs. Overnight stay at Ras Al Jinz.

DAY 1 MUSCAT > WAHIBA

Meet your driver guide at the hotel/airport and drive into the

Wahiba Sands. You will visit the home of a Bedouin family in

the desert, where you will be invited for lunch. After check-in

at your desert camp, your experienced drivers will take you

sand dune driving. Back at the camp you may want to go on

a short camel ride, drive a sand buggy or try some sand skiing.

Soon after the sun has set, enjoy a BBQ dinner under the stars.

DAY 2 WAHIBA > RAS AL JINZ

Our first destination today is Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the

most beautiful wadis in Oman. Then head for the coastal town

of Sur, renowned for its dhow shipyard in bygone era. You will

have lunch at a local sea food restaurant and then continue to

Ras Al Jinz and check in at Ras Al Jinz Beach Hotel. You can

DAY 3 RAS AL JINZ > MUSCAT

Return to Muscat via the scenic coastal road. En route visit

Bibi Mariam Tomb in Qalhat, the picturesque Wadi Tiwi, Fins

Beach with its white sand, the limestone sinkhole in Bimmah

and the village of Quriyat. A picnic lunch will be served en

route. In the evening, arrive at Muscat where you will be

dropped off to the your hotel or airport.

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English-speaking

guide, accommodation on Single/Double sharing basis in 3

star accommodation, 4WD with a maximum of 4 passengers

in one car, breakfast and dinner daily, picnic lunch on day 3

and all entrance fees.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Prices for single travellers on request. Supplements

apply over weekends and peak periods. Please contact World

Journeys for details.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

3 Star: 1 May – 20 Dec $1,270

MUSANDAM ADVENTURE | 3 DAYS

Separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates, Musandam juts out into the Strait of Hormuz and is

renowned for its jagged coastline, fjordlike inlets and wealth of marine life including dolphins. Just 45 minutes from

downtown Dubai, this is an excellent opportunity to sample traditional Arab life away from the bright lights and

shopping malls of the city.

before lunch on board. If you are lucky, you will also see

dolphins.

DAY 3 KHASAB CITY TOUR

Join your guide for sightseeing of Khasab city. Visit Khasab

fort and the neighbouring village of Qadah to see prehistoric

cave paintings before stopping at Wadi Tawi. Transfer back to

Dubai late this afternoon.

DAY 1 DUBAI > KHASAB

Depart Dubai this morning and drive to Musandam, the

northern most peninsula of Oman overlooking the strait

of Hormuz. Transfer to a 4WD for a mountain safari of

Jabel Harim, enjoying spectacular views, small settlements

and Khawr Najd, a beautiful lagoon. Visit Khalidyah Park,

resplendent with acacia trees, various species of butterflies, birds

and grazing animals. Overnight at Atana Khasab.

DAY 2 KHASAB DHOW CRUISE

Board a traditional Arabian dhow for an exciting full day cruise

through the fjords of Musandum. Drop anchor at Telegraph

Island where you will have the opportunity to swim or snorkel

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey, 2 nights’ accommodation,

transfers and transport by air conditioned vehicles, sightseeing

and entrance fees, dhow cruise, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch.

DEPARTS: Daily.

NOTE: Prices for single travellers on request. Supplements

apply over weekends and peak periods. Please contact World

Journeys for details.

2021 Price (per person) Twin

4 Star

5 Jan – 30 Apr $1,470

1 May – 30 Sep $1,430

1 Oct – 24 Dec $1,470

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

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GIVING BACK

As you will see in this brochure, we visit some of the most pristine locations in the world; some are home to a

local population less fortunate than ours, to endangered wildlife, or to fragile environments and ecosystems.

All too often, their plight goes unseen, whether its the

devastation in marine environments caused by ghost nets

in the Indian Ocean, cheetah being poisoned in Namibia,

rhino massacred for their horns, or the struggles of disabled

children in India. World Journeys is proud to support a

number of charitable organisations in their quest to

minimise humankind’s impact on the environment and

bring relief to those in need. Join us in aiding these noble

organisations to keep our world beautiful and prosperous

so that future generations can enjoy inspiring journeys of

their own.

WE SUPPORT THESE ORGANISATIONS

Travellers help struggling schools in the areas they

visit by packing supplies such as pencils, soccer

balls, stethoscopes, and blood pressure kits. See

packforapurpose.org for more information.

Supporting the marginalised children of Chennai,

India who live with intellectual and/or physical

disabilities, the Mithra rehabilitation centre helps

these young people reach their potential.

Forming links between travel, conservation

and sustainable development in Namibia,

Conservation Travel Foundation works at a

local level, investing 100% of funds donated to

worthwhile projects.

This rehabilitation centre for poisoned or injured

(by traps) leopards and cheetahs also educates

local game farmers on how to avoid these cats

eating their stock.

Arya Kanya Gurukul, Delhi

For more than 7 decades, Gurukul school has

been providing education to hundreds of girls,

supported by IT, with values that will enable

them to be custodians of society.

Supporting the communities who live in Africa’s

wilderness regions, Africa Foundation ensures

communities see meaningful benefits from

conservation, through effective consultation and

collaboration.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please read these terms and conditions carefully as they incorporate the basis upon which bookings are

accepted by World Journeys Limited (“World Journeys”, “we”, or “us”).

Brochure Validity

This brochure is valid from 1 September

2020 to 31 December 2021 except

where noted. While World Journeys

have exercised reasonable care and skill to

ensure that the contents of this brochure

are correct, accurate, and up-to-date at

the time of printing, please note that:

the contents are based on information

supplied to us by third party suppliers and

we cannot be expected to have personal

knowledge of the current conditions of

accommodation, facilities, and services

provided by each supplier; facilities and/

or services may change after the date of

printing.

Confirmation of Services

Your acceptance of a quotation or your

booking request does not guarantee actual

availability of the requested flights, tours,

accommodation, or services until such

time as you receive a confirmation invoice

from World Journeys.

Quotes

Any quotes provided by World Journeys

are valid for 7 days from the date of

quotation. All prices are subject to change

until final payment has been received due

to currency fluctuation or other factors

outside our control. Please check www.

mfat.govt.nz for current Department of

Foreign Affairs travel advice. While we are

happy to assist you, it is your responsibility

to check all health, vaccination, passport

and visa requirements for each country you

intend to visit.

Deposits and Final Payments

A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the

total invoice is required within 7 days

of confirmation of arrangements. If the

deposit is not received by this time, we

reserve the right to cancel all arrangements

without notification. Some tours and

cruises require higher deposits and details of

such will be advised at time of reservation.

Receipt of deposit will be taken as an

understanding by us that you have checked

your confirmed arrangements and have

read and agree to abide by the terms and

conditions set forth in this brochure. Final

payment is due 60 days before departure

or by the payment deadline stated on

the final invoice, whichever is earliest. If

the final payment is not received by the

company by the due date, we reserve the

right to cancel all arrangements without

notification. Bookings made within 60

days of departure will only be processed

if we hold full payment. We do not accept

bookings for travel within 7 days of

departure. Please note: once arrangements

are paid in full the price is set and no

further communication over pricing will

be entered into.

Amendments

If you wish to alter your arrangements

after your booking is confirmed you must

notify us in writing. We will endeavour

to make the amendments you require but

due to the additional administrative costs

we will charge you $100 per amendment

plus any supplier charges. Amendments

within 60 days of departure are subject to

full cancellation fees.

Cancellation and Refunds

Cancelled bookings will incur charges.

These charges can be up to 100% of the

cost of the booking regardless of whether

travel has commenced. As a minimum,

our cancellation charges are 20% of the

total booking value, plus any applicable

supplier fees or penalties. The amount of

each supplier’s cancellation fees or penalties

is beyond our control and payment is

solely your responsibility. To the extent

permitted by law, no refund is available

for cancellations after the holiday package

has commenced or in respect of any tours,

accommodation, meals or any other

services not utilised.

After payment of the tour deposit or

final balance of arrangements to World

Journeys, in the event of an advice being

posted on the New Zealand Government

Safe Travel website www.safetravel.govt.nz

declaring ‘Do Not Travel’ to any country

in the itinerary, World Journeys reserves

the right to cancel some or all of the travel

arrangements included as part of the entire

itinerary. In this event, we will attempt to

recover as much refund as possible on

behalf of the traveller for unused services

resulting from the cancellation, but will

not be liable for any unrecoverable costs or

fees charged by any supplier. The traveller

will need to submit a claim to their travel

insurance company for any unrecoverable

costs or fees and any decision over

compensation of these costs or fees will

be between the traveller and their travel

insurance company. It is the traveller’s

responsibility to read and understand their

travel insurance policy prior to payment

to World Journeys for any arrangements.

Requests for refunds must be received no

later than 30 days after the last service

booked with World Journeys. Where air

tickets are purchased from World Journeys,

cancellation fees will be applied by the

airline and refunds, if any, will not be

made until the airline has refunded World

Journeys.

Unavoidable Extraordinary

Circumstances (Force Majeure)

We cannot accept liability or pay any

compensation where the performance or

prompt performance of our contractual

obligations is prevented or affected, or

you otherwise suffer any loss, injury,

death, inconvenience or damage as a

result of circumstances amounting to ‘force

majeure’. In these terms and conditions

‘force majeure’ means any event or

circumstances which we or the supplier of

the services in question could not foresee

or avoid. Such events and circumstances

may include, whether actual or threatened,

war, insurrection, riots, strikes, civil action,

decisions by governments or governing

authority, technical or maintenance

problems with transport, changes of

schedules or operational decisions of air

carriers, terrorist activity, industrial action,

natural or nuclear activity, epidemics/

pandemics, adverse weather conditions,

fire and all similar events outside our

control.

Pricing

World Journeys guarantees the price of

your arrangements once you have paid us

in full. Prices in this brochure are based on

costs and exchange rates as at 1 September

2020 – should these change it may be

necessary to reprice your holiday package.

If a booking falls over two different rate

periods, the rate will change and we

reserve the right to re-quote. Please check

with World Journeys before placing your

reservation to ascertain if there have been

any pricing changes. The price quoted

for a package will be a total figure and

no breakdown of component costs can

be provided. Taxes or levies imposed by

government bodies or their agencies are

beyond our control. Prices shown are for

payment by cash or debit card only. Prices

are in New Zealand Dollars (unless stated

otherwise).

Credit Card Transactions

We accept certain credit cards by special

arrangement – contact World Journeys for

more details. A service fee will apply. If you

pay by credit card and a service provider is

unable to provide the services which we

have contracted for you, you agree that

your remedy lies against that provider

and not World Journeys. In the event that

payment has been made to World Journeys

by credit card, you agree that you will not

seek to dispute the World Journeys charge

with your credit card company.

Not Included in Tour Cost

Airfares (unless specified), airport taxes,

ticketable taxes and surcharges, visas,

insurance, excess baggage, optional

activities, shore excursions, gratuities/

tipping (unless stated otherwise) and items

of a personal nature.

Holiday Variation

If unforeseen circumstances beyond our

control require us to make necessary

changes to your holiday, we reserve the right

to cancel or reschedule/defer departures

and itineraries. When it is necessary to

change a hotel, the company reserves the

right to substitute accommodation of at

least a similar standard. Travel dates and

transit points are based on airline schedules

available at the time of publishing. These

may change at any stage which may alter

the itinerary and require amending flights

and/or cities. Cruise lines reserve the

right to change ports of call at any time

including during the cruise itself. World

Journeys is not liable for any additional

costs incurred in any changes beyond our

control.

Accommodation

All accommodation utilised in this

brochure provides room with ensuite

facilities unless otherwise stated.

Accommodation descriptions are based on

current guides and are subject to change.

Accommodation photographs may not be

specific to the actual hotel room occupied.

Maps

Maps used in the brochure are for

illustration purposes only and may not be

to scale.

Insurance

It is a condition of booking arrangements

from this brochure that travellers are

adequately insured for the full duration

of their holiday.

Travel Advice

While every effort is made to ensure

guest safety, World Journeys makes no

representation as to the safety, conditions

or other issues that may exist at any

destination. For travel advice please contact

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

or visit their website at www.safetravel.

govt.nz

Passports, Visas, and Health

It is your responsibility to have a valid

passport and any visas, re-entry permits

and/or health regulations which meet the

requirements of immigration and other

government authorities.

Business Purposes

You agree that where our services are

acquired for business purposes, or where

you hold yourself out as acquiring

our services for business purposes, the

Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not

apply to any supply of goods or services

made under these conditions.

Governing Law

This agreement is covered by the laws of

New Zealand. Any claim or legal action

against overseas suppliers is likely to be

subject to the terms of your contract with

them, and may be governed by the laws of

other countries.

Responsibility

There is no contract between the company

and the client until the company has

provided a confirmation invoice and the

appropriate deposit has been received.

World Journeys accepts bookings subject

to the following conditions:

World Journeys acts as a co-ordinator for

all persons taking the tour in the making of

all arrangements for transport, sightseeing

and accommodations none of which are

owned, managed, controlled or operated

by us.

World Journeys only acts as an agent for

the owners, contractors and suppliers

of transport and/or other related travel

services provided and assume no

responsibility for the loss or damage to

property or for injury, illness or death or

for any damages or claims however so

caused arising directly or indirectly from

accidents, loss or damage to person or

property, delays, transport failures, strikes,

wars, uprisings or acts of God over which

we have no control.

World Journeys does not assume

responsibility for seat assignments, name

changes, schedule or flight changes,

cancellations, claims for reimbursement

of airline ticket fees, frequent flier accruals

or any other loss or expense incurred to

you for any reason whatsoever when

purchasing or using airline services.

While we will use our best endeavours to

operate all tours as advertised, reasonable

changes in the itinerary may be made

without notice where deemed necessary

by us.

The information contained in this

brochure is correct to the best of our

knowledge at the time of print. We

however accept no liability for innocent

inaccuracies contained herein.

Please note that employees of overseas

suppliers are not authorised to make

undertakings to our clients in respect of

refunds or other matters.

Health & Medical Requirements

It is important for us to know and a

condition of accepting your booking that

you advise us at the time of booking of

any health or medical conditions that

could affect your ability to participate in

the travel arrangements requested. If you

have any concerns over the suitability of

the proposed travel arrangements, we

recommend that you contact your medical

practitioner to discuss the travel to be

undertaken. You must advise us in writing

at the time of reservation (or subsequently

should a new condition be diagnosed):

1. Any physical or mental conditions

that may require medical or professional

treatment or attention during the journey.

2. Any condition that may render the

traveller unfit for travel, or that may

require special care or assistance.

3. Any condition that may pose a risk or

danger to the guest or anyone else on the

journey.

4. Any condition that may require oxygen

for medical reasons.

5. Any intention or need to use a

wheelchair or other mobility device during

the journey.

By booking the journey and paying the

deposit, all travellers represent and warrant

that they are physically and otherwise fit

to travel. Should you have any concerns

over your condition(s), you are requested

to discuss your condition(s) with us before

placing your reservation and paying your

deposit.

Peace of Mind

World Journeys are bonded members

of the Travel Agents Association of New

Zealand (TAANZ) (www.taanz.org.nz)

and we hold professional indemnity and

liability insurance with AIG in the amount

of NZ $2 million.

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