Oct 29, 2021 - Nov 11, 2021
Trip Type
By Sea

Ship Size: Up to 145 guests
Price: Starting from $8,610 per person
Co-sponsored with: Cal Berkeley, University of Chicago, Commonwealth Club California, Dartmouth, Duke, National Trust, University of Texas (Austin), UCLA, Wisconsin

Activity Level

Trip Overview

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.  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.  Cruise for seven nights across to the azure Aegean into the brilliant Mediterranean through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea  aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star Le Bellot, launched in 2019. 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. 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.

Schedule by Day

  • Oct 29: Depart
  • Oct 30: Arrive Athens, Greece / Embark
  • Oct 31: Santorini, Greece
  • Nov 1: Cruising the Mediterranean Sea    
  • Nov 2: Alexandria, Egypt  
  • Nov 3: Suez Canal Transit 
  • Nov 4: Ain Sokhna for Giza (Great Pyramids, Sphnix) 
  • Nov 5: Hurghada, Egypt / Luxor (overnight in hotel) 
  • Nov 6: Luxor / Hurghada
  • Nov 7: Aqaba, Jordan / Petra / Aqaba
  • Nov 8: Aqaba / Wadi Rum / Amman 
  • Nov 9: Amman
  • Nov 10: Amman/ Jerash / Amman
  • Nov 11:  Amman, Jordan / Return home


Per person double occupancy:

  • Category 8: $8,610
  • Category 7: $9,410
  • Category 6: $10,310
  • Category 5: $11,110
  • Category 4: $11,610
  • Category 3: $12,210
  • Category 2: $13,110
  • Category 1: $13,610
  • Deluxe Suite: $14,610
  • Prestige Suite: $15,610
  • Privilege Suite: $15,910
  • Grand Deluxe Suite: $17,610
  • Owner's Suite: $18,110

Single Occupancy:

  • Category 5: $17,210
  • Category 2: $10,410


  • Seven nights on Le Bellot
  • One night in Luxor
  • One night in Kempinski Aqaba
  • Three nights in Amman

Optional Extensions

October 27-30, 2021 

Accommodations are for two nights in the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel. 

  • $995 per person double occupancy
  • $1,345 single occupancy

November 11-17, 2021 

This comprehensive Post-Program Option includes four nights in Jerusalem in the Orient Jerusalem Hotel and two nights in Tiberias in the U Boutique Hotel. 

  • $2,895 per person double occupancy
  • $4,395 single occupancy

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

Busy pacing may include multiple hotel changes plus internal flights and/or long drives. May involve exposure to the outdoors, full days of touring, and walking up to two hours.

Study Leader(s)

Assistant Director of Academic Engagement and Assistant Research Curator

Mode of Travel

The 184-guest Le Bellot is the newest addition to the Ponant Explorers series, designed to provide absolute comfort, even at the heart of the world's most remote regions.

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.