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Top 10 Middle Eastern Shore Excursions

The Middle East is an enchanted land of tradition, culture and eastern beauty. Taking a cruise around this part of the world is sure to give you a trip of a lifetime as you take in the views, experience the mouth-watering food, go shopping and take exciting explorations. From the luxury resorts in Dubai to the ancient ruins in Turkey, there is a diverse range of cruise excursions to be had .

1. Atlantis Adventure, Dubai


Atlantis Dubai
Atlantis The Palm Hotel in Dubai is a world famous resort, and definitely worth a day visit if your cruise stops in Dubai. Home to a large aquarium, great waterpark, and magnificent grounds. The Aquaventure Waterpark is jam-packed with fun-filled rides and adventures for the whole family - including an uphill water coaster and a slide that catapults you through a shark filled lagoon. Take a walk around the aquariums to see an abundance of amazing marine life, or stroll through the lush green gardens. Dolphin swims and other interactive programmes are also available.
MSC LiricaVisit the Atlantis hotel and resort on: MSC Lirica

2. Seaplane Over Dubai, Dubai

Over Dubai
Taking a seaplane over Dubai will offer you a truly mesmerising experience that you will remember forever. Allowing you to experience unparalleled views of the city, coastline, and desert, this excursion is recommended for those wanting to see aerial views of this stunning location from high above. Once you take off in your comfortable seaplane, you can sit and relax as you glide over famous landmarks including Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab Hotel, and Jumeirah Beach.
MSC LiricaTake a seaplane ride over Dubai on: MSC Lirica

3. 4WD Desert Safari, Dubai

Safari Dessert
Travel across the deserts of Dubai on this adventurous excursion, on which you will see the magic of the desert unfold in front of your very eyes! Once you have boarded your 4WD vehicle, be prepared for a real thrill ride! You will drive over the famous sand dunes and stomach-churning drops into the valleys. Regular stops will be made for photo taking opportunities, and to take a breath! The tour will finish at a set-up camp where you will also have the opportunity to ride a camel.

4. Ancient Pyramids, Egypt

Ancient Pyramids
Named as one of the Top 10 things to see in the world, the Egyptian Pyramids are a must if your cruise stops in Egypt. You will board a coach at the pier where your ship docks, and take a ride to the famous deserts. Allowing you to travel back in time, you will get to learn about how and why the pyramids were built. Don't forget to take your camera, as you will be able to capture some unbelievable shots of this fascinating area.
MSC LiricaWonder at the ancient pyramids on: MSC Lirica

5. Sailing in the Red Sea, Egypt

Red Sea Sail
Nothing gives you more of a relaxed feeling than an afternoon sailing on a traditional wooden boat, especially when you can experience the coastal views like the ones on this excursion. You will take a short coach journey to your sail boat before you set off on your adventure. As you sail along the Red Sea Riviera you see stunning views over the Sinai Mountains - so don't forget your camera!

6. Dead Sea, Israel

Dead Sea
Located at the lowest part of Earth, the Dead Sea is a saltwater lake that boarders Jordan and Israel. Famous for its muscle healing power, the lake will offer you the opportunity to cover yourself in mud and enjoy floating in the water! As well as having fun and chilling out in the river you, will be able to see unique scenery and learn fascinating history. We recommend this excursion for an great day out that will allow you to relax as well as learn a wealth of history. 

7. Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel

Israel Wall
Jerusalem and Bethlehem are two places that you must visit if your cruise stops in Israel. As most ships only stop for a day it would be difficult for you to visit them both on your own, so this excursion is an excellent choice. You will board your coach at the ship’s pier and start your scenic drive through picturesque cities full of stories, while your guide explains all you need to know about these history-enriched places. You will stop at some amazing places of interest, including the Church of All Nations and The Western Wall, where you will exit the coach and spend time looking around and taking photos.
Celebrity SilhouetteSoak up the rich history and culture on: Celebrity Silhouette

8. Istanbul City Tour, Turkey

Istanbul
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and jam packed with amazing architecture, colourful streets, and lots of history. Onboard a comfortable coach you will be guided around this beautiful city as the main points of interest are shown. Have your camera at the ready as you'll pass century-old mosques, stunning churches, and bustling colourful markets. Istanbul holds many secret myths and tales, so be sure to listen to your tour guide as they may well share some of these with you!
MSC PreziosaEnjoy the vibrance of Istanbul on: Oceania Riviera

9. Ancient Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus
The Ancient City of Ephesus was once the trade centre of the ancient world, and still remains one of the most important historical cities in the Mediterranean world. You will be taken by coach to the fascinating location before being shown around by your guide. Highlights of this tour include the Temple of Hadrian, The Grand Theatre, and Arcadian Way. Learn about the enchanted history of these ancient ruins in a fun and interesting tour, before concluding with a presentation by a local guide.
Serenade of the SeasVisit the Ancient City of Ephesus on: Azamara Journey

10. Turkish Bath, Turkey

Turkish Bath
You cannot go to Turkey without experiencing a Turkish bath! As you arrive at the resort where your bath will take place, you will be kitted out in a soft robe and slippers. Then prepare to enter a land of tranquillity as you step inside the baths. Enjoy a scrubbing massage to relax the body, and then lay back and take in the aromas and peaceful atmosphere as your body immerses in the mind-healing setting. We recommend this excursion for those who want to experience the ultimate escape!