Jan 08, 2021 — Jan 18, 2021

Persian Gulf Cruise

With Ambassador Mark Johnson

About this Trip

Join Ambassador Mark Johnson as he puts into context this wonderful exploration of Arabia.  During this journey to Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and Oman aboard the all-suite, 48-guest Crystal Esprit, visit the mosques, souks, educational institutions, and museums that reflect a fascinating juxtaposition of past and present that is unique to the  Islamic world. Your journey begins in the City of Merchants, Dubai, second largest of the seven Emirates that make up the U.A.E. An exotic destination with a cosmopolitan lifestyle, Dubai combines the comfort and conveniences of the Western world with the unique charm of Arabia.  Continue to Qatar, where visits to the old souq and the new Education City illustrate how dramatic change has come to the Gulf States. Abu Dhabi, the island capital of the U.A.E. is one of the world’s richest cities, with wide tree-lined boulevards, lush green parks, gushing fountains and imposing skyscrapers. Wrap up your journey with a cruise through the fjord-like waterways of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula and visits to some of the country’s culturally rich museums, mosques, and  markets.

From $13,490 per person

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About the Lecturer

Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) completed 30 years as a career foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department serving as Ambassador to Senegal, Deputy Inspector General of the State Department, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo, Egypt.  He was the first American diplomat to return to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City after it was liberated during the Desert Storm military campaign. He also was involved with the Middle East peace process in Cairo and helped negotiate the release of the American diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis from 1979-81.  He has led several World Affairs Council trips.

For every tour we require each individual participant to fill out a Passenger Information Form.  When filling out the form, you will need your passport information readily available. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

"Ambassador Mark Johnson was a great addition to our group; friendly and accommodating. His knowledge of the Middle East was outstanding."

Peter Soraruf, Kennett Square, PA