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Follow in the Footsteps of the Pharaohs with MSC Cruises

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Between November 2022 and April 2023, MSC Splendida departs the Red Sea port of Safaga on a 7-night itinerary visiting Aqaba and the rose-coloured city of Petra; vibrant Jeddah and the ancient AlUla, Yanbu and the holy city of Medina as well as Egypt’s capital, Cairo, with its iconic pyramids of Giza, the famous Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and its Tutankhamun treasures. Discover Egypt, the Red Sea & Saudi Arabia with MSC Cruises and return with unforgettable memories that will last you a lifetime.

MSC Splendida carries 4,363 guests on board in the style of a floating luxury resort boasting all the recreation and entertainment options you’d hope to find on vacation, from the Broadway-style theatre, glamorous casino and designer disco to the sports arena, high-tech 4D cinema, Formula 1 simulator and dedicated areas for kids and teens.

Whether you’re looking for a stateroom with an ocean view or even a spacious suite, you’ll find your ideal accommodation on board. If the utmost in privacy and exceptional service are key to your cruising pleasure, choose MSC Yacht Club, a secluded haven, where you will be pampered by a butler 24/7, sleep in personalized comfort and dine in a private gourmet restaurant with expertly selected complimentary wine. The MSC Yacht Club is in a class of its own that simultaneously offers constant access to the immense variety of sports, leisure and world-class entertainment. This is a cruise experience like no other. Indulge in the luxury of a private club and savour the exclusivity in private lounges, pools, gourmet dining and Aurea Spa treatments.

Some of the highlights of your Egypt, the Red Sea & Saudi Arabia cruise:

Safaga (Bur Safaga in Arabic) is an Egyptian village on the Red Sea coast. From here, you can visit Luxor, the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. Often described as the world’s greatest open-air museum, with the ruins of Egyptian temple complex of Karnak and Luxor standing within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the river Nile, lie the monuments of the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. In April 2021, Egyptian archeologists found Aten, a 3,400 years old lost golden city, near Luxor. It is the largest known Ancient Egypt city unearthed to date and the second most important archaeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun.

For visitors not interested in archaeology, there are many other options available in Safaga. Discover one of the most famous resorts, Hurghada, a paradise for divers and coral reef lovers. There is a Marina, the Fish Market, Al Mina Mosque or the colourful Eldahar Market ready to be explored. For adrenaline seekers, there are jeep ride options through the desert landscape or submarine excursions, which allow you to discover the aquatic wildlife hidden in the depths of crystal-clear waters. Tranquil Soma Bay half-day visit or Makadi Aqua Park adventure are also available.

Aqaba, a Jordanian port city dotted with popular beach resorts and a top destination for scuba divers and other water sports lovers. Wadi Rum desert visit is another popular option close to Aqaba. Board a 4WD vehicle for a two-hour drive through magnificent desert scenery with a stop at a desert camp where you can enjoy Arabic tea in a traditional Bedouin tent.

Situated about a two-hour coach ride to the north of Aqaba, in the middle of the Jordanian desert, is the amazing ancient city of Petra, hewn out of the solid rock by Nabatean Arabs more than 2,000 years ago and discovered in 1812.

Jeddah is the perfect place to discover the rich and vibrant culture of Saudi Arabia. The old town, Al Balad, is a UNESCO’s heritage site founded in the 7th century, and this is where you can discover famous historical palaces, ancient houses, an old market with its variety of textiles, and local hospitality with a treat of dates and Arabic coffee. You can also enjoy a visit to Makkah, regarded as the holiest city for the Muslim religion and the birthplace of Mohammed, the prophet of of Islam.

Sokhna Port is your gateway to Cairo, one of the world’s largest cities with a population of 16 million people. Visit Giza’s famous pyramids, the incredible Valley Temple, and the Sphinx, whose bemused eyes will surely cast a spell on you. Don’t miss a visit to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, a vast repository of artefacts which include the treasure of Tutankhamun and the Royal Mummies. Haggle your way to a souvenir at a vibrant bazaar, or enjoy a leisurely lunch during a Nile cruise. The choice is yours.

Yanbu’s history is 2,500 years old and its ancient market is a feast for the senses, dating back to times when Yanbu was an important post on the spice route. Visit Medina, the second holiest city in the Arab world, with its Mosque of the Prophet of Islam, Dar Al Madinah Museum, and local shops selling a variety of goods before enjoying a buffet of local dishes. Visit Ohud Mountain, a major pilgrimage site, and Quba Mosque, the oldest mosque in the world, whose foundation stone was laid by the Prophet Mohammed. Alternatively, enjoy snorkelling at Iona Coral Reef, with its kaleidoscope of fish and marine flora, surrounding the wreck of the British ship the Iona. You can also visit Baridi Island and enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the warm waters of the Red Sea.

There are plenty of activities for the whole family on MSC Cruises’ Egypt, the Red Sea & Saudi Arabia itinerary. Start planning today.

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