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Setting sail from Antalya
Antalya is the biggest and busiest city on the Turkish Riviera, a key hub for tourists flocking to the coast, though there's more to this place than just roasting on a beach. The historic Kaleiçi district is full of lovingly restored Ottoman mansions, while the pretty harbour is laid out against the dramatic backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. Top attractions include the superb collection of classical treasures at the Antalya Museum, including pieces from the nearby archaeological sites of Perge and Aspendos.
Most visitors to Larnaca head straight from the airport to one of Cyprus’s many beach resorts, skipping the city altogether, which is a great shame. Highlights include the palm-lined Finikoudes seafront promenade, the ancient church of Agios Lazaros, and Skala, the atmospheric former Turkish quarter.
East meets West in Beirut, romantically known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’, with its European-style architecture, chic cafés and buzzing nightlife. Lebanon is a very small country, so it’s easy to head out on day trips to nearby sights such as the spectacular Roman ruins of Baalbek.
Egypt: Port Said (Cairo)
Port Said is the gateway to Egypt's capital, Cairo. Obviously the highlight of your visit may well be the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, but on no account neglect a visit to the Egyptian Museum, which has a truly stupendous collection of ancient artefacts, not least, of course, the Tutankhamen treasures.
Egypt: Ain Sukhna
Arriving in Aqaba
Aqaba is Jordan's principal beach resort, situated on the Red Sea coast close to the Israeli border. There is not an awful lot here in terms of sights; Aqaba's main attraction is the incredible diving, with crystal clear waters and some of the world's most spectacular coral reefs. Many visitors will choose to skip Aqaba altogether, and use the port as a jumping off point for the 'Rose City' of Petra and the magnificent desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.
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