In 2018, Scenic unveiled a new Egypt and Jordan portfolio of tours and cruises, making use of the recently refurbished Sanctuary Sun Boat III. Strong sales for the original 2018 and 2019 departures have the company extending the 2019 offerings with new dates in September, October and November 2019. Scenic is also offering guests free air or $1,000 in savings if they book any of the September 2018 through November 2019 departures by August 31, 2018.
The intimate boutique ship (18 cabins) conveys guests along the Nile, sailing between Luxor and Aswan, while on land, the use of five-star hotels offer views, easy access to local markets, and a feeling of a home away from home. Highlights include the Great Pyramids and Sphynx, the World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, the antiquities in the Luxor Museum, numerous market visits and city tours, and watching the sunset during a private dinner at The Terrace in Aswan. Fares start at $5,395 per person, double.
The 10-day Kingdom of Jordan Unveiled takes guests on a land-based, deep exploration of Jordan, where the earliest evidence of habitation goes back 200,000 years. Guests will spend two nights in Amman and view a reenactment of the Roman chariot races; visit the World-Heritage city of Petra, where they will enjoy a private visit to the Royal Automobile Museum; follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia in the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum; and float (or cruise) in the hypersaline waters of the Red Sea. Fares start at $4,495.
Scenic also offers a combination of both trips on The Essence of Egypt and Jordan itinerary. Fares begin at $9,495.
Two four-day vacation extensions are also offered. In Dubai, guests take in the Burj al Arab, Al Fahidi Fort, and the Dubai Museum; as well as wander through the world-famous gold and spice souks, enjoy the 124-story high view from the world’s tallest tower, and kick up some sand on a desert dune safari. For guests wishing to add a biblical focus to their Scenic vacation, four days in Israel include visits to the Mount and Monastery of Temptation, the tomb at the foot of Mount Olive regarded as the burial place of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and, after exploring the Old City of Jerusalem, the Wailing (Western) Wall.