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Voyages to Antiquity: Treasures of India and Arabia by Land and Sea

Program Number: 21511RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/20/2015 - 4/13/2015; 2/28/2016 - 3/27/2016;
Duration: 24 nights
Location: India/Oman/Jordan
Price starting at: $6,095.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 66; 22 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 22 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

To experience some of the greatest archaeological and architectural wonders of the world, there is no greater adventure than to explore the bustling cities of India and the expansive deserts of Jordan. During a journey that includes the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, and Petra, and reveals the diverse cultures and history of their settings, learn how ancient traditions remain entwined with everyday modern life.




Activity Particulars

Walking over uneven terrain; standing for up to 90 minutes at a time; stairs without railings; hot and humid conditions.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Delhi (India), 2 nights; Agra, 2 nights; Jaipur, 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 13 nights; Petra (Jordan), 2 nights; Amman, 2 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Arrival Delhi (India):

Experience Old and New Delhi as you enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, and see the Red Fort, India Gate, President’s House and Gandhi Smriti, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Lodging: Five-star hotel.



Days 4-5: Coach to Agra:

Watch the sun set and rise over the Taj Mahal, and explore Itmad-ud-Daulah, known locally as the 'Baby Taj' as well as the impressive Agra Fort. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 6-7: Jaipur:

Ride a jeep to the Amber Fort for panoramic views of Jaipur, admire the artwork and collections of the City Palace, and visit the monument of Jantar Mantar. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 8-11: Flight to Mumbai / embark Aegean Odyssey / Porbandar / At Sea:

Delve into the life of Mahatma Gandhi as you explore his former residence Mani Bhavan in Mumbai and the site of his birth in Porbandar.



Days 12-14: Muscat (Oman) / At Sea:

Admire the architecture of the 16th-century stone forts Al Jalali and Al Mirani that made Muscat an impenetrable stronghold.



Days 15-20: Salalah / At Sea:

In Salalah, explore the fortified town of Sumharam and the Tomb of Job, and learn about the region’s production of frankincense.



Days 21-25: Aqaba (Jordan) / disembark / coach to Amman / departure:

Journey to the alluring dessert of Wadi Rum, wonder at the architectural magnificence of Petra, stroll through the well-preserved ruins of the ancient city of Jerash and explore the historic and modern Amman. Lodging: Five-star hotels.







Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.



Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Alexandre Paiva Cardoso

Raised in France, Alex Cardoso is of Portuguese nationality, has lived in New York and London, and is now a resident of Barcelona. He studied Portuguese culture at the Portuguese consulate and languages at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Alex is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese – making him truly multi-cultural and multi-lingual! With 10 years of experience as a Road Scholar Group Leader in Europe, South America and South East Asia, Alex has embraced the Road Scholar mission and loves to share his passion for cross-cultural learning and international exploration. His unflagging good humor and incredible knowledge have made him a favorite of many Road Scholar participants.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Suryaa New Delhi
  Delhi, India 2 nights
   Trident Agra
  Agra, India 2 nights
   Trident Jaipur
  Jaipur, India 2 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 13 nights
   Petra Marriott Hotel
  Petra, Jordan
Amman, Jordan
2 nights
   Holiday Inn Amman
  Amman, Jordan
In Flight
2 nights
 The Suryaa New Delhi
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a luxurious five-star hotel that is located in the heart of New Delhi. Fully equipped with modern conference facilities and situated amidst historical monuments and shopping sites, this hotel is the ideal choice for business and leisure travelers alike.
  Contact info: New Friends Colony
New Delhi,  110 065 India
phone: +91 2683 5070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com
  Room amenities: Each room has tea and coffee making facilities, personal safe, iron and ironing board, television, telephone, mini bar, free morning paper delivered, individually controlled air conditioning, wireless Internet, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers three restaurants, a bar, pastry shop, night club, 24-hour room service, laundry services, air conditioning, gym, swimming pool, business center facilities, shopping arcade, and wireless Internet throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

 Trident Agra
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Trident Agra is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains and courtyards, and is literally a stone's throw away from one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
  Contact info: Fatehabad Road
Agra,  282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, iron and ironing board, personal safe, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, wireless Internet access, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, air conditioning, fitness center, swimming pool, business center, currency exchange, laundry services, beauty salon, and both wired and wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Trident Jaipur
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Trident Jaipur is located just opposite the historic Jal Mahal and Mansagar Lake. The hotel itself is gracefully furnished and equipped with modern facilities, and its breathtaking views of the lake and striking Aravalli range welcome guests from all corners of the world.
  Contact info: Amber Fort Road
Jaipur,  302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, coffee and tea making facilities, wireless Internet access, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, a bar, swimming pool, fitness room, air conditioning, business center, currency exchange, safety-box, laundry services, and wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
web: www.voyagestoantiquity.com
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge or enjoy an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop. Internet: The ship has an Internet center (open 24 hours) and WiFi is available in the reception area. Fees begin at 10mb for $20. As a rough guide you could send around 200 standard emails with no attachments for $20. However, if you start adding medium size web standard photographs (not hi res), each one would be about 1.5mb. There are no refunds for unused capacity. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Petra Marriott Hotel
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Petra Marriott Hotel is conveniently located on a steep sloping site overlooking the dramatic and picturesque Petra Valley. Concealed within the quiet magnificent mountains in the red rose desert, Petra is one of Jordan's national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction.
  Contact info: Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street
PO Box 150
Petra,   Jordan
phone: +962 3 2156 407
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mpqmc-petra-marriott-hotel/
  Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, hair dryer, bathrobes, telephone, LCD television, tea/coffee making facilities, safe box, wireless Internet for a fee, 24-hour room service, in-room safe and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar and lounge, business center, wireless Internet free in public area (for a fee in guestrooms), laundry services, giftshop, newsstand and air conditioning.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Holiday Inn Amman
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Holiday Inn Amman is situated in a prime location in western Amman, conveniently close to shopping centers and just a 30-minute drive from Queen Alia International Airport. The hotel is a perfect base to explore the many places of interest in the surrounding area of Jordan, which includes the Dead Sea, Jerash, and Mount Nebo.
  Contact info: Al Madina Street
Amman,  11118 Jordan
phone: +962 6 5528822
web: www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/amman/ammma/hoteldetail
  Room amenities: Each room includes a TV, direct dial telephone, high-speed Internet, mini-bar, makings for coffee and tea, hair dryer, and individually controlled air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, café, bar, outdoor swimming pool and bar, fitness center, sauna and Jacuzzi. Free wireless Internet is available in public areas and rooms. Electrical adapters, power converters, and a safe deposit box at the front desk are all available upon request.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Delhi, India. Following evening arrivals, transfer to hotel check-in and refreshments. Meet at 9 AM on Sunday, March 22nd for program orientation. You will be staying at The Suryaa New Delhi that night.
  End of Program:
Amman, Jordan. Program ends after the farewell dinner on April 12th due to very early morning departing flights on April 13th. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Amman the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses/trains are available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Delhi
  Transportation to site: For participants NOT on the group transfer, we recommend that you book an arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel (approx. INR 2450). If you'd like assistance, please call Road Scholar at 413-253-9736 to book a transfer.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Amman
  Transportation from site: For participants NOT on the group transfer, we recommend that you book a private transfer (approx. $48) from the hotel to the Amman Queen Alia International Airport. If you'd like assistance, please call Road Scholar at 413-253-9736 to book a transfer.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In transit
(Friday, March 20)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: Arrival in Delhi, India
(Saturday, March 21)
   
 Evening: Arrive at the airport in Delhi and transfer to the hotel for light refreshments in the lobby.
   
Accommodations: The Suryaa New Delhi

Day 3: Delhi, India
(Sunday, March 22)

Note: Please wear long pants or a long dress. No shoes are permitted inside the mosque. The mosque will provide gowns for women.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: After breakfast there will be a brief orientation to the program before we begin the day's excursion encompassing Old and New Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort, named after the extensive use of red sandstone in its construction. Visit Jama Masjid Mosque -- India's largest mosque -- able to hold over 25,000 people. Both of these buildings were commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to be built in the 17th century at the height of the Mughal dynasty's power and they represent the finest of Mughal architecture. Enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, a wide avenue that is the backbone of Old Delhi. Pay homage to Gandhi at his memorial, the Raj Ghat, a black marble platform that marks the site of his cremation.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continuation of full day excursion which will include a drive past India Gate, the President's House and the Parliament Building. Then, on to Gandhi Smriti -- the building where he was assassinated in 1948 -- and now a memorial dedicated to this prominent and beloved figure in India's history. Learn about his legacy during an informative lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: The Suryaa New Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Agra, India
(Monday, March 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Check-out from hotel. Coach transfer to Agra -- the drive will take between 4 and 5 hours -- and enjoy a lecture about the history of India.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Trident Agra hotel.
 Afternoon: After checking in to the hotel, visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, popularly known as the 'Baby Taj'. This monument is the first of its kind in India made entirely of marble rather than sandstone and served to inspire the design of the Taj Mahal. Join a local expert to learn about the Mughal history as you cross the Yamuna River to watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Trident Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Agra, India
(Tuesday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. This immense, breathtaking mausoleum takes on rose and golden hues at sunrise and sunset. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, explore Agra Fort, intended as an impregnable military structure but with the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Founded in 1565, it was the imperial city of Mughal rulers.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration and an afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Trident Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Jaipur, India
(Wednesday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Coach transfer to Jaipur (approx. 137 miles and between 6 - 7 hours) and enjoy a lecture on the history of Rajasthan's royalty. The Rajputs, descendants of the ancient Aryan fighting caste, gave Rajasthan its name.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Trident Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Jaipur, India
(Thursday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Begin your full day excursion of Jaipur, the pink city, with visit to the Amber Fort, established as the original capital of Rajasthan, six centuries before the construction of Jaipur. Approach the Fort by jeep and view its lavish interiors and panoramic views of Jaipur. Enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, a five-story 'screen' constructed of red and pink sandstone which allowed for the women of the royal household to view life outside the palace.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Jaipur. View the City Palace, still the Maharaja's residence but largely given over to a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine Rajput and Mughal paintings, as well as royal apparel and armory. Visit Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory and national monument.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the home of a noble family.
   
Accommodations: Trident Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Mumbai, India / Embark
(Friday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast, depart to airport for 9:25 AM flights to Mumbai, arriving at 10:10 AM.
 Lunch: Packed lunch provided by hotel to be enjoyed at airport.
 Afternoon: Transfer from airport to pier to embark the Aegean Odyssey. Road Scholar orientation to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Overnight the Aegean Odyssey in Mumbai.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Mumbai, India
(Saturday, March 28)

Note: If the Prince of Wales Museum is closed the award-winning Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum will be substituted. Please wear a hat, comfortable shoes and socks, as it is required to remove shoes at the temple.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Immerse yourself in the swirling contrasts of India's economic powerhouse, home to nearly 20 million people, global corporations and the Bollywood film industry. View the colonial heritage as you drive from the pier past such Victorian Gothic Revival landmarks as Rajabhai Clock Tower, Mumbai University, High Court, Crawford Market and the marvelous Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Stop at Dhobi Ghat to watch men flogging clothes in the stone tubs of an immense open-air manual laundry.

Glimpse political India when you visit the charming residence of Mahatma Gandhi, Mani Bhawan, a museum to the leader's life and work. The father of the nation lived here from 1917 to 1934, when the city was still called Bombay. Capture the flavour of spiritual India at the ISKON Krishna Temple. Then ascend Malabar Hill to the Hanging Gardens for panoramas of the entire city. Continue past the Parsi Tower of Silence to explore India's ancient heritage at the Prince of Wales Museum with its lovely gardens, grand loggias and fine collections of sculptures, miniatures and Eastern art. On the return, enjoy a photo stop before the 262-foot-high Gateway of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea, built to mark the 1911 visit of King George V.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Early afternoon sailing for Porbandar.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Porbandar, India
(Sunday, March 29)

Note: Socks are recommended, as it is required to remove shoes at most sites. Comfortable footwear and hats are recommended. Please cover your shoulders and knees. Order of sites visited may vary. Not accessible by wheelchair.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Visit the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, India's "Great Soul" and gain insights into the simple lifestyle of this coastal heritage town, once a thriving Mughal port. First drive to the heart of Porbandar to visit the only temple in India dedicated to Sudama, the childhood friend of Lord Krishna. Pilgrims walk the temple's giant maze to be absolved of all sins.

Next, ride a tuk tuk to the Kirti Mandir memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The temple stands 79 feet high, one foot for each year of Gandhi's life, and embraces six religions in its architecture. Tour the ancestral home where Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 and lived with his wife. The adjoining building houses a prayer hall, a Gandhian library and an excellent museum.

After a visit to the lively local market, continue to Bharat Mandir Hall. Admire the lovely gardens, huge marble map of India and colourful pillars where bas reliefs tell the tales of Hindu heroes from this land of legends.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At sea
(Monday, March 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy. The frequently updated collection also includes an extensive reference section as well as modern and classic novels.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Muscat, Oman
(Tuesday, March 31)

Note: Women must wear modest clothing, which covers the entire body from wrists to ankles, and must wear a scarf to cover head and hair. Men must wear modest clothing befitting the sanctity of the Mosque; shorts are not allowed, though short sleeve shirts are allowed for men only. Food, drink and smoking are strictly prohibited. Slip on shoes recommended as guests are to remove the shoes before they enter the Mosque. Dollars are accepted at the Souq. Photography is not permitted at the museums.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Medieval forts, Moorish mosques and modern architecture mingle enchantingly in Muscat, the seaside capital of the Sultanate of Oman. The country's political, economic and commercial hub has a wealth of landmarks, as you'll soon see.

Sightseeing highlights include a visit to the Grand Mosque, built by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. This striking example of Islamic architecture accommodates 20,000 worshippers and has an immense handmade Persian carpet in the prayer hall. Next, wander one of the oldest and most interesting markets in the Arab Gulf, the Muttrah Souq, where everything from copper bracelets to camel bone vases can be found. At the Bait al Zubair Museum, gain a richer knowledge of Omani heritage as you peruse exhibits including clothing, household items and weaponry.

Enjoy a lovely coastal drive past the charming fishing village of Sidab to the old city and Al Alam Palace, overlooking sparkling Muscat Bay. This is the official residence of Sultan Qaboos, built in 1970 on the site of an earlier palace. The modern design blends oriental and occidental styles in bright gold and blue. Nestled between two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, the palace ensemble is the perfect expression of Oman's compelling contrasts.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration. Alternatively, the ship will offer an optional excursion on board a traditional wooden dhow (additional cost, bookable on board).
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Muscat / At sea
(Wednesday, April 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time for independent exploration.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea
(Thursday, April 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Relax poolside and reflect on your adventures in India.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Salalah, Oman
(Friday, April 3)

Note: Visitors are required to remove their shoes at Job's Tomb. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered. There are steps and an uneven path to the blow holes.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Beaches, blow holes and a biblical site form just a part of the fascinating mosaic in Oman's second largest city, where colorful souqs and marketplaces sit in the shadow of a grand Sultan's Palace. Start your sightseeing with a scenic drive that reveals the contrast between the city's lush vegetation and the serene landscapes of the desert.

Then head to Mughsail Beach where white sand stretches for miles. If the tide is high, you may be lucky enough to see geysers spouting from the blow holes in the limestone cliffs. Legend holds that the prophet Job is buried outside Salalah, and the next site you visit is sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews. Job's tomb itself is simple, but the surrounding scenery is breathtaking with panoramas of the Qara Mountains and the Jubriah Plain.

Al Husn Palace, the summer residence of His Majesty, the Sultan of Oman is an imposing landmark with towering stone walls and teak doors. Although not open to visitors, you will be able to take photos en route to Al Husn Souq. Stroll among the vendors and colorful stalls heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrrh and incense and you'll soon see why this city was called the perfume capital of Arabia. In addition to fragrant oils, there are a variety of local artifacts like the fearsome Omani khangar daggers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At sea
(Saturday, April 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A relaxing day to enjoy the sunshine. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At sea
(Sunday, April 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Treat yourself to one of many spa services offered by the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At sea
(Monday, April 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Find your way to one of the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a late afternoon Road Scholar cocktail party in the Observation Lounge.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At sea
(Tuesday, April 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: At sea
(Wednesday, April 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Join friends on deck to trade travel stories, reflect on all you have experienced on this adventure, and make plans for your next destination.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Disembark / Petra, Jordan / Wadi Rum
(Thursday, April 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning, disembark the ship and explore the deserts of Wadi Rum by jeep. This alluring landscape has been home to many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures–including the Nabateans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples. Visit Lawrence Spring as well as Khaz Ali Canyon and enjoy a short stop to sample Bedouin Tea.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After the conclusion of jeep excursion, relax on coach transfer to Petra for check-in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Petra Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Petra, Jordan
(Friday, April 10)

Note: The excursion in Petra requires over two miles of walking on unpaved surfaces.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Explore Rose City – travel through a narrow gorge, called a 'siq', to the Treasury and then on to the Street of Facades, the Court House and the Amphitheater. Petra was unknown to the Western world until 1812 but is now recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is truly an architectural and historical wonder.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, walk back to the main gate – approximately 1 hour – and return to the hotel for a free afternoon to enjoy its wonderful amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Petra Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Amman, Jordan
(Saturday, April 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a scenic drive from Petra to the shores of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea, in fact a salt lake, has attracted visitors from around the world for thousands of years. It is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, over 9 times saltier than the ocean which makes swimming more akin to floating. Seize the opportunity to float in this unusual and historic 'sea' before lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit Mount Nebo, believed to be the site of Moses' grave. The view from here is spectacular allowing a bird's eye view of the Jordan Valley, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. Next visit a 6th century church famous for its very large mosaics. Though under renovation, many of its mosaics have been moved outside for visitors to enjoy. Check-in at the hotel in Amman.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Amman
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Amman, Jordan
(Sunday, April 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Coach north approximately 1 hour to the ancient Roman city of Jerash, one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Near East. Sometimes referred to as the "Antioch on the Golden River," Jerash was a city of the Decapolis – a league of ten Roman cities.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the city of Amman, including its Citadel where there is a panoramic view of the city. Then on to the Roman Theater, built to accommodate 6,000 spectators.
 Dinner: Leisurely farewell dinner at a local restaurant before departures.
 Evening: Enjoy rest in the hotel before early morning transfers to airport for departures.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Amman
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Departures
(Monday, April 13)
   
 Morning: Transfers to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) for departures.
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