Join this one-of-a-kind 12-night sojourn on three continents to explore the ancient treasures and engineering marvels of the greatest civilizations of Jordan, Egypt and Greece. Spend three nights in Amman to visit the well-preserved Greco-Roman town of Jerash and one night adjacent to the “rose-red city” of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Cruise for eight nights from the Red Sea through the Suez Canal into the brilliant Mediterranean and across to the azure Aegean aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Bougainville, launching in 2019 and featuring a multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge and only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. See the Great Pyramids, the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Mid-cruise, overnight in awe-inspiring Luxor in a Nile-view room. Choose to tour Alexandria OR an excursion to historic Cairo. Tour the island of Santorini and nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, including an excursion into dramatic Wadi Rum and a specially arranged visit into the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Six-night Israel Pre-Program Option and two-night Athens and Delphi Post Program Option.
- Comprehensive, 12-night land and sea program.
- Eight-night, exclusively chartered cruise aboard the Five-Star Le Bougainville, launching in 2019; all private-balcony Staterooms!
- Visit the centuries-old sites in Jordan, Egypt and Greece, and cruise from the Red Sea to the Aegean via the Suez Canal and Mediterranean Sea.
- Three nights in Amman with a tour of the city and the Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash.
- One night adjacent to the legendary “rose-red city” of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
- Overnight in Nile-view rooms in fabled Luxor with visits to Karnak and Luxor temples, the tombs of Kings Tutankhamun and Ramses IV, and by special arrangement, the tomb of Queen Nefertari.
- Visit to Giza to see the Great Pyramids, the Great Sphinx and the Solar Boat.
- Excursion in the Mediterranean port of Alexandria, founded in 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great, today a cosmopolitan cultural hub, OR an excursion to Historic Cairo with a tour of the fascinating Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the treasures of King Tutankhamen.
- The extraordinary Blue Eye multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
- Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise, and complimentary Wi-Fi access aboard ship (conditions permitting).
- Six-night Israel Pre-Program Option; two-night Post-Program Option in Athens and Delphi.
- Depart the U.S. or Canada
- Amman, Jordan
- Petra/Wadi Rum/Aqaba
- Hurghada for Luxor, Egypt
- Ain Sokhna for Giza
- Transit the Suez Canal
- Alexandria for Historic Cairo OR Alexandria
- Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
- Santorini, Greece
- Athens/Arrive in the U.S. or Canada
Daniel Benjamin is the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. Prior to joining the Dickey Center, in 2012, Daniel Benjamin served as ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department. In that position, he was the principal advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on counterterrorism. Before he joined the Obama Administration, Benjamin was a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. He has held fellowship positions at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs and the United States Institute of Peace. During more than five years on the National Security Council staff in the 1990s, Benjamin served as a foreign policy speechwriter and special assistant to President Bill Clinton and as director for transnational threats.
Benjamin has written extensively on terrorism, U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. He co-wrote The Age of Sacred Terror (2002), which was awarded the Arthur Ross Prize of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post Best Book of 2002. He also co-authored The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right (2005), which was named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and The Financial Times and was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize. He is the editor of two other books, Europe 2030 and America and the World in the Age of Terror: A New Landscape in International Relations. He is a frequent contributor to leading publications and guest on numerous television and radio programs.
Benjamin began his career as a journalist and held positions as Germany bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and Germany correspondent for TIME Magazine. He holds degrees from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and Harvard, where he completed his undergraduate work, graduating magna cum laude.