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Oriental wonders & civilisations

Muscat - Doha

Dates:
18/11/2023
to  28/11/2023

11
days
10
nights on board
Starting from*
AU$9,940

With the exceptional presence of Hubert Védrine, senior French civil servant and politician.

“Travelling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” said the famous Berber explorer Ibn Battûta. Almost seven centuries later, while humans have partly tamed the arid landscapes of the immense Arabian Desert, the Oriental charm remains and its history is written in the present tense. Bathed by the Persian Gulf, crossed by a desert dotted with oases whose mere mention is enough to captivate us, the Eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula welcomes you for an all-new 11-day cruise aboard Le Bougainville.

The Sultanate of Oman is as discreet as its Emirati neighbours are bold. The sea maintains a special place in the kingdom of the legendary Sinbad the Sailor. The fishermen here perpetuate millennial traditions while the shipyards are still in operation. Between the sea and the desert, you will sail through the carved fjords of Musandam from Khasab and, leaving from Sur, you will experience the enchantment procured by the shade and cool of a wadi - lush oases planted with palm trees. On the Daymaniyat Islands, you can dive and snorkel in an exceptional natural sanctuary where turtles come to nest. In the capital, Muscat, the fragrances of the Orient and of incense will intoxicate you, the sparkling colours of the markets will captivate you, and the vibrant bustle of the souk will enchant you. The Near East exudes its incredible poetry.

In this region of the world, ancient cities rub shoulders with the futuristic towns designed and shaped by the greatest contemporary architects. Dubai and its skyscrapers that are among the tallest in the world; Abu Dhabi, with its Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and its new Louvre Museum; Doha and its bay offering a panorama of its fascinating skyline: they all offer a singular and breath-taking experience. You will discover the capital of Bahrain, Manama, which may be less famous but is no less exciting. As a crossroads for trade routes since ancient times, today it is also more avant-garde than its Emirate sisters. The colourful souk and the Bahrain National Museum are among its must-see sites.

For the first time, you will have the opportunity to discover the Saudi city of Dammam. This modern metropolis is renowned for its pleasant waterfront and white sandy beaches; above all, though, it is the gateway to the Al Hasa oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the endless desert, imagine the largest oasis in the world, its fragrant gardens crossed by canals, springs and palm trees… palm trees as far as the eye can see. This hydraulic installation system, the historic buildings and the archaeological sites provide evidence of a sedentary human presence in the territory since the Neolithic period.


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With the exceptional presence of Hubert Védrine, senior French civil servant and politician. An all-new cruise discovering the Persian Gulf, its civilisations and history, with futuristic architecture, former...


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Choose your stateroom

Choose your stateroom

Deluxe Stateroom
 

(19 m2)

From AU$9,940

Prestige Deck 4
 

(19 m2)

From AU$10,490

Prestige Deck 5
 

(19 m2)

From AU$10,810

Prestige Deck 6
 

(19 m2)

From AU$11,240

Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(27 m2)

From AU$15,220

Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(27 m2)

Fully booked

Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(27 m2)

Fully booked

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(27 m2)

Fully booked

Prestige Deck 5 Suite
 

(38 m2)

From AU$16,410

Prestige Deck 6 Suite
 

(38 m2)

From AU$16,940

Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(32 m2)

From AU$17,370

Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(32 m2)

Fully booked

Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(45 m2)

Fully booked

Owner's Suite
 

(45 m2)

Fully booked



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Shore Excursions, Overlands & Pre/Post Programmes
To complete your voyage, PONANT can organise a range of shore excursions, pre & post cruise activities and packages, plus transfers.


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