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Discover the Arabian Gulf

By HarryTuesday 23rd June 2015

The Dubai skyline – Image by Flickr user the_dead_pixel The Dubai skyline – Image by Flickr user the_dead_pixel


The Gulf is a wonderful place to take your family on holiday, as there is so much to see and do in this fascinating part of the world. With so much history and culture located next to beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, you’ll want to come back to the Arabian Gulf time and time again.


Onboard Vision of the Seas you can spend your time between destinations, dipping your toes into our Vitality Spa, unwinding in the adults-only Solarium, or aiming for new heights on the Rock Wall. Our itineraries are designed to give you the ultimate experience, and there’s a lot to fit in, so what are you waiting for?


Dubai to Muscat

Dubai is a great place to start your holiday. A multicultural hub, packed with luxury hotels, shopping experiences and incredible beaches, Dubai is like something from a dream. Its year-round sunshine and stunning architecture have attracted people from all over the world to come and stay, so when you visit Dubai you’ll get a taste of many different cultures.
A port city and the capital of Oman, Muscat is an enchanting place to visit. This part of Oman has maintained a traditional atmosphere whilst many of its neighbours have become increasingly modernised over recent years. The buildings in Muscat are mostly low-rise, and when walking down the port’s clean streets you’re sure to feel the sense of calm that hovers over this pleasant city.
Muscat’s Royal Opera House – Image by Flickr user Prasad Pillai Muscat’s Royal Opera House – Image by Flickr user Prasad Pillai

Sailing through the Suez Canal

A cruise through the amazing Suez Canal takes you past both Dubai and Muscat, and further on to the historic city of Salalah, where you’ll get the chance to take a full-day guided tour through some of the city’s most notable landmarks. From ancient ruins to bustling historic bazaars, you’ll be guided to the coast, where you’ll be met with landscapes. The Suez Canal is an artificial waterway, and is one of the world’s most impressive feats of engineering.
The Suez Canal is an impressive manmade waterway – Image by Flickr user Official U.S. Navy Page The Suez Canal is an impressive manmade waterway – Image by Flickr user Official U.S. Navy Page
Nestled between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Ashdod is one of Israel’s largest cities, and is dotted with incredible religious and historical sites for you to explore. Whilst on your Suez Canal cruise, you’ll be taken to Greece, where you’ll see the mountainous landscapes of Santorini, and have the chance to go volcano hiking. Fascinating lava fragments can be found at Nea Kameni, and the pure thermal waters of Palea Kameni will relax those tense muscles.
Enjoy a cable car ride to Fira, where you’ll be greeted with amazing panoramic views over the island. This is also a great time to pick up some souvenirs for loved ones back home, as there are some wonderful shops in Santorini selling local arts and crafts. See the famous Acropolis for yourself at Athens, and explore the stunning Parthenon temple, where history was made, before cruising to Venice in Italy, where romance and good food will entice you.
Jerusalem’s Western Wall – Image by Flickr user David King Jerusalem’s Western Wall – Image by Flickr user David King

See Omani fjords and sacred sites

During your cruise around the Arabian Gulf, stopping off at Khasab in Oman will give you the chance to travel onboard a traditional Omani dhow. A sailing ship that has been used for centuries, your dhow will take you down Musandam’s longest fjord, known by many as the ‘Norway of Arabia’. The waters here are peaceful turquoise sheets that meet with white limestone cliffs, creating a truly beautiful setting. Enjoy seeing Telegraph Island, the place where the British laid the first ever telegraph cable back in 1864.
A holiday around the Arabian Gulf is a great chance to see so many important places. Take the Jerusalem and Bethlehem guided tour and see a range of historical landmarks across two amazing cities. You’ll travel up the Mount of Olives, see the incredible Church of All Nations, walk the 14 Stations of the Cross and even visit the Western Wall – a sacred site in the Jewish Quarter.

Inspired to travel the Arabian Gulf? Vision of the Seas will take you on your next dream family holiday.

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