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West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Canary Islands, Togo, Sierra Leone, Benin

People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets, and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea, we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts before wrapping it all up in enchanting Marrakech. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites, explore bustling local markets and colonial architecture in historic West African ports, gain insight into the region's modern history, interact with our expert expedition team, wine-taste while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition

32 days
From $16999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Canary Islands, Sierra Leone

From the M/S Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. The second leg of the 32-day West Africa Cruise, this 17-day trip focuses prominently on the roots of the West African slave trade with numerous chances for cultural and natural interaction in port cities and nature preserves along the coast. On-board activities range from open-air painting lessons on the deck to sommelier-led wine-tastings featuring top South African vintages.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, observe wildlife up close, explore local markets and colonial architecture in historic ports, visit remote archipelagos via Zodiac. Interact with our expert expedition team while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.

17 days
From $9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Egypt and Jordan Explorer (DPEX)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt, Jordan

There's something indefinitely alluring about the mysteries of ancient Egypt. From the ruins to the mummies to the mythology behind the pyramids, this is a trip that no archaeology or history buff should miss. This 19-day trip is packed full of highlights of not just Egypt but of Jordan, including visits to Petra, Kerak Castle and the Dead Sea. With internal flights taken care of and comfortable accommodations awaiting you every night, you can sit back and focus on the ancient wonders hidden in the desert.

Highlights: Marvel at ancient Egyptian archaeological sites and ruins, savour a traditional dinner in a local family's home, visit a Planeterra-supported library project, explore ancient Petra with a local expert, overnight in a desert camp and learn about the ancient Bedouin culture

Promotions Available! 19 days
From $3439
$4299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR)

North Africa / Middle East Iran

Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities, and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and organizing, leaving you free to uncover the gems of Iran at the best cultural monuments and in the stalls of exotic bazaars.

Highlights: Bargain in the bazaars, walk through stunning palace gardens, savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine, relax in classic teahouses and meet the friendliest locals in the world, visit ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae

14 days
From $2299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of Israel (DOHI)

North Africa / Middle East Israel

A spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, Israel occupies a unique place in Middle Eastern history. With sacred sites central to three of humanity’s major religions, you could spend a lifetime in Israel and never experience all of its wonders. This trip delivers you to the country’s top natural, historical and cultural treasures in style. From the historic seaport of Jaffa to the glittering desert jewel that is Jerusalem, you’ll always begin and end your day in the comfort of a well-appointed hotel. Hey, 'adventure' doesn’t always have to mean 'roughing it', right?

Highlights: Lunch in a Druze village and taste local specialties, feel weightless while floating in the Dead Sea, explore old Jerusalem and Bethlehem, immerse in spirituality and learn about different faiths and beliefs

8 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Morocco Sahara and Beyond (DCMB)

North Africa / Middle East Morocco

The winding streets of Morocco’s ancient medinas are bursting with so many colours and flavours that you’ll be planning a return visit soon after arrival. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fes, head to a luxury desert camp on an overnight 4x4 excursion, explore Atlas Mountains' villages and unwind on the coast in Essaouira. Travel is comfortable and well-paced, and our expert guide will be on hand to offer context and reveal its hidden gems. By focusing on the energy of the people, you'll discover the true treasures of Morocco.

Highlights: Visit a women's co-op and enjoy a local lunch, watch storytellers and snake charmers at Djemaa el Fna square and enjoy a local meal, traverse the Sahara Desert by 4x4 and overnight in a luxury tented camp, walk through ancient medinas and souks to see artisans demonstrate their age-old skills, immerse yourself in culture with your expert local guide leading the way

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2079
$2599
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Jordan Highlights (DJJH)

North Africa / Middle East Jordan

Looking to explore a piece of the ancient past? Go no further than Jordan. Our local CEO will ensure a thrilling journey throughout Jordan’s past and present, including a dip in the Dead Sea and a visit to Kerak Castle. Find your own bit of desert peace as you explore archaeological ruins and see what Israel looks like from the top of Mt Nebo. Start making history back where history began.

Highlights: Visit ancient ruins and archaeological sites with a local expert, float in the Dead Sea, watch a cooking demonstration and taste local specialities, overnight in a comfortable desert camp and learn about the ancient Bedouin culture

8 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

London to Marrakech Express (EEME)

Europe, North Africa / Middle East United Kingdom, Morocco, England, Spain, France

There’s so much to see in Europe; don’t settle for a cramped bus tour. Head south for an adventure as unique as you are. Beginning in London—traveller central—you’ll cross the channel for some French culture before hitting Spain for Moorish history, architecture in Barcelona and a tapas culture that will set you up for the endless nightlife. Best of all, this trip doesn’t fade out—you’ll finish up in Morocco with its mosques, medinas and kasbahs. It’s a European tour with a southern kiss of the exotic.

Highlights: Meet the ghost of Moorish Spain at the Alhambra, sample small plates on a tapas bar crawl, dine on a picnic lunch at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, explore the medinas and kasbahs of Morocco, dodge snake charmers, keep it real with a small group of like-minded travellers.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1879
$2349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Israel Explorer (DOIE)

North Africa / Middle East Israel

Perched at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries and the spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, Israel remains a must-visit destination for anyone eager to understand this dynamic, always-changing region. Explore the historic towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth, tune into the rhythm of daily life in the Golan Heights, visit Bedouin communities in the Negev Desert and experience a soul-stirring visit to a refugee camp. Thousands of incredible moments—one comprehensive trip.

Highlights: Swim in the Dead Sea, live like a local on a kibbutz, explore the biblical towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem, stay with the Bedouins in their desert camp, wander through the streets of Old Jerusalem

8 days
From $1849
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Egypt Explorer (DPEE)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

Encompassing Egypt’s greatest highlights and a 3-day luxury Nile cruise, this adventure enhances a wide variety of included activities with the expertise of our CEOs, through whom you’ll gain a greater appreciation of the region’s history and archaeological finds. Discover the secrets of the Great Pyramids and explore the Valley of the Kings, then meet local people and share a traditional meal. A combination of sleeper train, air-conditioned transport and domestic flights will get you to the sights—and your comfortable accommodations—quickly and conveniently. From ancient history to bustling modern Cairo, embark on an incredible journey to the very heart of Egypt.

Highlights: Visit some of the most revered wonders of the ancient world with a certified Egyptologist, marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Abu Simbel, savour a traditional Nubian dinner in a local village, visit a Planeterra-supported library and community project, bargain with the locals in bazaars and markets

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1839
$2299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Egypt & Jordan Adventure (DPJA)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt, Jordan

A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures, offering the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore at your own pace. Our expert local leaders will share with you the archaeological and historical secrets of the ancient sites of Petra, Luxor and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Whether it’s haggling in Cairo’s bustling bazaars or snapping a desert sunset, Egypt and Jordan will be etched into your memory like a hieroglyph.

Highlights: Discover ancient civilizations and architectural wonders, relax at the Red Sea, enjoy an overnight felucca journey with support boat, bargain in bazaars, camp in a Bedouin tent, marvel at the rock-cut architecture of Petra

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1759
$2199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Highlights of Morocco (DCMH)

North Africa / Middle East Morocco

If you want to hit Morocco’s highlights, this is your adventure. Wander through kasbahs, spice markets and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive trip. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares. Then take a moment to appreciate this amazing adventure as you camp under the stars among some of the world's biggest sand dunes.

Highlights: Wander ancient medinas and Roman ruins, ride a camel into the Sahara, spend a night in a desert tent and a mountain gîte, enjoy traditional Moroccan fare at a local home, shop in seaside Essaouira, set eyes on the blue city of Chefchaouen.

15 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Marvellous Morocco (DCMM)

North Africa / Middle East Morocco

Watch the sun rise above the highest sand dunes in Morocco and journey through fresh cedar forests in the Atlas Mountains. From the bustling souks of imperial cities and meandering lanes of old medinas, travel into the heart of Morocco without foregoing comfort. Get off the beaten path while exploring mudbrick kasbahs and conquering Saharan sand dunes by 4x4. With comfortable accommodation and transport by private air-conditioned van arranged by your CEO, you'll be free to experience Morocco's Roman heritage and Islamic grandeur in style.

Highlights: Explore Roman ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, walk the labyrinth of the Fes medina with a local expert, enjoy a 4x4 excursion into the Sahara Desert, visit a historic kasbah, bargain in exotic souks and marketplaces with the locals

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1319
$1649
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of Jordan (DWHJ)

North Africa / Middle East Jordan

Explore ancient sights and lost cities, overnight in a Bedouin tent and dine with the locals amidst the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum. Take in Petra's fascinating history and marvel at its thrilling beauty, and still have a chance to relax in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. This 8-day trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to soak up the colours, culture and history of a country that's small in size but big in adventure.

Highlights: Explore ancient cities and crusader castles, relax at the Dead Sea, camp overnight in the desert, visit the ancient rock-cut city of Petra

8 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Absolute Egypt (DPAE)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

Dig deep and discover the riches of Egypt's geography, culture and, of course, archaeology, on this epic adventure. Step into a world filled with giant statues, temples and legendary pyramids. Take it easy as you float along the Nile on a traditional felucca or take a dip in Cleopatra's pool. Our CEOs and local experts will share an intriguing combination of the region’s attractions and hidden secrets. Meet the gaze of the Sphinx and get into the spirit of bygone times travelling by donkey to the Valley of the Kings. Encounter another side of Egypt at Siwa Oasis and spend an unforgettable night camping under the stars of the White Desert.

Highlights: Visit ancient monuments, dine with local families, spend the night on a traditional felucca, camp under desert skies, explore ancient mudbrick towns

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1279
$1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Morocco Active Adventure (DCAA)

North Africa / Middle East Morocco

With a landscape as diverse as Morocco’s, the transportation must be built to match. The simple pleasures of just getting around are essential to this activity-heavy excursion into the desert kingdom: Mule treks into the Atlas Mountains, bike rides through ruggedly beautiful mountain passes, even a camel caravan to a campsite in the desert. But it’s not all tramping about in the dunes and hills; you’ll also have the chance to explore Essaouira, the fortified city on the Atlantic coast that was once a haven for pirates.

Highlights: Wander through the mountains on the back of a mule, savour coastal views from the back of a camel, enjoy the unique accommodation of a beach camp, cycle through the Atlas Mountains

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1189
$1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Jordan Active Adventure (DJJA)

North Africa / Middle East Jordan

Jordan is famed for its ancient past, but its present is pretty darn compelling, too. The natural and man-made wonders of Petra and Wadi Rum have been drawing travellers here for ages, but the rough-hewn grandeur of Jordan has remained a secret known only to the boldest of thrill-seekers. Trek the rocky hills to isolated villages along the trails near Ajloun, hike down canyons towards the Dead Sea and discover the Dana Biosphere Reserve. See for yourself why Jordan is a secret we just couldn’t keep to ourselves any longer.

Highlights: Trek Ajloun and Dana Nature reserves, float in the Dead Sea, go canyoneering and abseiling through Wadi Mujib, set your eyes on the Rose City of Petra, savour a local Bedouin meal in the desert of Wadi Rum

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1104
$1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Jordan Family Adventure (DWFA)

North Africa / Middle East Jordan

The worst part of resort vacations? Trying to find a spot to lay out your blanket on a crowded beach. Solution: Visit Jordan instead! The beach never ends here (okay, technically it’s the Arabian Desert, but still…), and there’s way more to do here besides laying about and catching rays. Grab the kids and gape at the ancient rock-cut city of Petra one day, hike magnificent Wadi Rum the next, then snorkel the coral reefs of Aqaba and float in the Dead Sea a few days later. Good luck doing all that at an all-inclusive!

Highlights: Arrive at the awe-inspiring sight of Petra, camp out under the stars in Wadi Rum, observe many coloured fish while snorkelling in the Red Sea, float in the salty Dead Sea

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1104
$1299
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Morocco Family Adventure (DCFF)

North Africa / Middle East Morocco

Wedged between the Mediterranean and the great Sahara, Morocco is home to some great beaches. But there is way more to do here than just lie around and tan. Bursting with captivating history and fascinating culture, this manageable 7-day itinerary is the perfect balm for your family’s all-inclusive resort blues. Camel rides and campouts in the desert, kasbahs and Moroccan cuisine, the magic of Marrakech and more await. Don’t forget the sunblock!

Highlights: Experience the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, try mint tea and learn Arabic, camel-trek along the beach at Sidi Kaouki, wander the souk of Essaouira

7 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Egypt Family Adventure (DPFC)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

History class is way more interesting once you’ve stood where it all happened. Treat your kids to an unforgettable journey back to the age of the pharaohs on this incredible ten-day tour of Egypt’s ancient wonders. It begins with the iconic monuments and pyramids around Cairo, Abu Simbel and a cruise down the Nile. Next, it’s three full days in Luxor for temple visits, Karnak and a camel ride. Then, it’s off to the coast of the Red Sea for three days of well-earned downtime before heading home. Ancient history should always be this hands-on.

Highlights: Gazing in awe at mummies in the ancient pyramids, snorkelling among brightly coloured fish in the Red Sea, riding a camel out in the desert

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $959
$1199
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2
32 days
From $16999

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)

17 days
From $9999

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

Promotions Available! 19 days
From $3439
$4299

Egypt and Jordan Explorer (DPEX)

14 days
From $2299

Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR)

8 days
From $2199

Highlights of Israel (DOHI)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2079
$2599

Morocco Sahara and Beyond (DCMB)

8 days
From $1999

Jordan Highlights (DJJH)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1879
$2349

London to Marrakech Express (EEME)

8 days
From $1849

Israel Explorer (DOIE)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1839
$2299

Egypt Explorer (DPEE)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1759
$2199

Egypt & Jordan Adventure (DPJA)

15 days
From $1699

Highlights of Morocco (DCMH)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1319
$1649

Marvellous Morocco (DCMM)

8 days
From $1299

Highlights of Jordan (DWHJ)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1279
$1599

Absolute Egypt (DPAE)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1189
$1399

Morocco Active Adventure (DCAA)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1104
$1299

Jordan Active Adventure (DJJA)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1104
$1299

Jordan Family Adventure (DWFA)

7 days
From $999

Morocco Family Adventure (DCFF)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $959
$1199

Egypt Family Adventure (DPFC)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX) 32 days Marine N/A
From $16999
West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX) 17 days Marine N/A
From $9999
Egypt and Jordan Explorer (DPEX) 19 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3439
$4299
Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2299
Highlights of Israel (DOHI) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2199
Morocco Sahara and Beyond (DCMB) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2079
$2599
Jordan Highlights (DJJH) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1999
London to Marrakech Express (EEME) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1879
$2349
Israel Explorer (DOIE) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1849
Egypt Explorer (DPEE) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1839
$2299
Egypt & Jordan Adventure (DPJA) 17 days Classic Standard
From $1759
$2199
Highlights of Morocco (DCMH) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1699
Marvellous Morocco (DCMM) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1319
$1649
Highlights of Jordan (DWHJ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1299
Absolute Egypt (DPAE) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1279
$1599
Morocco Active Adventure (DCAA) 10 days Active Basic
From $1189
$1399
Jordan Active Adventure (DJJA) 8 days Active Standard
From $1104
$1299
Jordan Family Adventure (DWFA) 8 days Family Upgraded
From $1104
$1299
Morocco Family Adventure (DCFF) 7 days Family Standard
From $999
Egypt Family Adventure (DPFC) 10 days Family Upgraded
From $959
$1199