DAY 1 Thursday 21 March, 2019 Departure
Today we board our over-night flight to Dubai.
DAY 2 Friday 22 March, 2019 Dubai, UAE
This morning we arrive in Dubai. We have a sightseeing tour of the city and see the modern developments that have catapulted this city into the twenty-first century over the last few years. We are then transferred to our hotel.
DAY 3 Saturday 23 March, 2019 Abu Dhabi, UAE
This morning we travel through the desert to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, to visit the newly-opened Louvre Museum. You will be amazed at the 1,800-metre dome comprised of almost 8,000 metal stars that creates a rain of light beneath the dome, as well as artworks on loan from 13 leading museums in France. In the afternoon we visit the Falcon Hospital, the world’s foremost falcon welfare institution, where you will have the opportunity to hold a falcon and visit a freeflight aviary to see them swoop through the sky.
DAY 4 Sunday 24 March, 2019 Dubai, UAE
A free day to relax in Dubai and enjoy Dubai’s reputation for fabulous shopping. This evening the group is transferred into the desert for our fantastic “dinner in the desert” We will travel by four-wheel-drive vehicles, to a location surrounded by sand dunes, where we will have a sumptuous BBQ dinner and watch traditional belly dancers.
DAY 5 Monday 25 March, 2019 Queen Mary 2
Today we have a free morning for shopping before we depart the hotel and are transferred to the port to board the magnificent Queen Mary 2. After you check into your cabin, enjoy a fantastic meal before enjoying the world-class entertainment in the royal theatre.
DAY 6 Tuesday 26 March, 2019 At sea
Our first day at sea. This evening join us for welcome drinks to celebrate the beginning of our amazing Queen Mary 2 cruise.
DAY 7 Wednesday 27 March, 2019 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship.
DAY 8 Thursday 28 March, 2019 Salalah, Oman
Today we call into the port of Salalah on the frankincense coast. Oman’s second city, Salalah, is a striking change from Dubai. It catches the Indian summer monsoon and as a result it is cool, wet and green from mid-June to mid- September. We have a sightseeing tour of the area and see and smell the famed fragrance of frankincense, once a most precious export worth more than its weight in gold. Your senses will be delighted!
DAY 9 Friday 29 March, 2019 At sea
A day a sea to relax on board as we cruise the Arabian Sea.
DAY 10 Saturday 30 March, 2019 At sea
A day a sea to enjoy the amazing facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon, test your knowledge at our group trivia quiz.
DAY 11 Sunday 31 March, 2019 At sea
A day at sea cruising through the Red Sea
DAY 12 Monday 1 April, 2019 Petra, Jordan
Today we call in to the port of Aqaba, Jordan. We will have a sightseeing tour to the spectacular ancient city of Petra, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It was carved directly from the rock by the Nabateans around 300 B.C. and is more recently known for having been filmed in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the ‘Rose City, half as old as time’. Perhaps its most famous structure is 45m-high Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade, and known as ‘the treasury’.
DAY 13 Tuesday 2 April, 2019 Suez Canal, Egypt
Today we arrive at the entrance of the Suez Canal and take in the impressive sight of vast amount of ships waiting to enter the Suez Canal at the southern entrance on the Red Sea.
DAY 14 Wednesday 3 April, 2019 Suez Canal
Today we cruise through the Suez Canal finally arriving at Port Said at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.
DAY 15 Thursday 4 April, 2019 Limassol, Cyprus
Early this afternoon we arrive in Limassol, a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. We will enjoy a sight-seeing tour and visit the centuries-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum, and its collection of pottery and tombstones.
DAY 16 Friday 5 April, 2019 At sea
A day at sea to further explore and enjoy the facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon join us for a fun, group game of bingo.
DAY 17 Saturday 6 April, 2019 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities on board. You may like to spend the afternoon browsing the large collection of titles in the library.
DAY 18 Sunday 7 April, 2019 Rome, Italy
This morning we arrive at the port of Civitavecchia and travel by coach to Rome. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Eternal City’. We will see the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where group members can throw a coin and make a wish to return to Rome one day.
DAY 19 Monday 8 April, 2019 At sea
A day to enjoy the on-board facilities. Explore the library, shops, gym and pools. This afternoon, join group members for a session of Scattergories.
DAY 20 Tuesday 9 April, 2019 Barcelona, Spain
This morning we arrive in Barcelona, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. We see the medieval Gothic Quarter, where we will see the historic cathedral and the medieval streets. The modernist Eixample district is known for the architecture of Antonio Gaudi. We see examples of Gaudi’s architecture including the famous Sagrada Familia.
DAY 21 Wednesday 10 April, 2019 At sea
A day at sea to further explore and enjoy the facilities of this magnificent ship. DAY 22 Thursday 11 April, 2019 Lisbon, Portugal This morning we arrive in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, situated on the north banks of the River Tagus. The charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past, its renovated palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle mirror the city’s rich cultural heritage. Its eclectic blend of neighborhoods, culture and architecture distinguish this capital city uniquely from the other European capitals and make it a truly fascinating and comprehensive city to visit. On our sightseeing today we will get a taste of the heritage of this great, medieval city after which we will visit the historic town of Sintra. We visit the Royal Palace in Sintra and see monuments dating back to the voyages of discovery.
DAY 23 Friday 12 April, 2019 At sea
A day at sea to further explore and enjoy the facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon join us on deck for ship sports.
DAY 24 Saturday 13 April, 2019 At sea
A day at sea to further explore and enjoy the facilities of this magnificent ship. Relax on board as we cruise across the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel.
DAY 25 Sunday 14 April, 2019 London, England
This morning we arrive in Southampton, England. After breakfast we visit Windsor Castle, before we travel on to London. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Built over 900 years ago, the castle’s floor covers a massive 44,500 square metres. Upon arrival in London we are transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for individual activity. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our fabulous cruise.
DAY 26 Monday 15 April, 2019 Departure
A free day to explore London. Visit some of the many sites in this historic city. In the early evening the group will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to Australia.
DAY 27 Tuesday 16 April, 2019 In flight
DAY 28 Wednesday 17 April, 2019 Arrival
Tour members arrive back in Australia and the tour concludes.