A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

Trace the northern coast of the Arabian Peninsula on a nine-day cruise, discovering world-class cities, ancient cultures, and dramatic fjords from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Doha and Oman.

Starting at: $5,950 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Cityscape of Dubai (with Burj Khalifa in center), U.A.E.
 Dubai city and camels, U.A.E.
 View of the city skyline, Dubai, U.A.E.
 Gold market window in Dubai, U.A.E.
 Scene from Dubai's Spice Market
 The Dubai marina, U.A.E.
 Old and new in Dubai, U.A.E.
 Traditional dhow in Dubai, U.A.E.
 Dhow Harbor, Doha, Qatar
 The Pearl, Doha, Qatar
 City landscape of Doha, Qatar
 View of Doha, Qatar
 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
 Panorama of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
 Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
 The Louvre, Abu Dhabi
 The Louvre in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
 Sir Bani Yas wildlife refuge, U.A.E.
 The Fujairah Fort, U.A.E.
 Coastal scene near Muscat, Oman
 Coastal landscape, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
 Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat
 Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman

Cruising the Arabian Coast

From Dubai to Muscat Aboard the 184-guest Le Bougainville

8-9 days from $5,950

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

Trace the northern coast of the Arabian Peninsula on a nine-day cruise, discovering world-class cities, ancient cultures, and dramatic fjords from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Doha and Oman.

or Call 855-330-1542


Jan 6 - 14, 2023 Departure
Karl Eikenberry

Karl Eikenberry

Karl Eikenberry is a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (retired) with experience in Middle East security affairs.  He is also a faculty member of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.   


From 2011-2019 he was the Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University.  Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 until 2011.  Before appointment as Chief of Mission in Kabul, Ambassador Eikenberry had a thirty-five year career in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of lieutenant general.  His military operational posts included as commander and staff officer with mechanized, light, airborne, and ranger infantry units in the continental U.S., Hawaii, Korea, Italy, and as the Commander of the American-led Coalition forces in Afghanistan.  He held various policy and political-military positions, including Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium; Director for Strategic Planning and Policy for U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii; and Assistant Army and later Defense Attaché at the United States Embassy in Beijing.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, has earned master’s degrees from Harvard University in East Asian Studies and Stanford University in Political Science, and was a National Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  Ambassador Eikenberry earned an Interpreter’s Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office while studying at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Chinese Language School in Hong Kong and has an Advanced Degree in Chinese History from Nanjing University in the People’s Republic of China.

His military awards include the Defense Distinguished and Superior Service Medals, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Ranger Tab, Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, and master parachutist wings.  He has received the Department of State Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards, and Director of Central Intelligence Award.

His foreign and international decorations include the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross and French Legion of Honor.

Ambassador Eikenberry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, belongs to the boards of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, The Asia Foundation, and American Councils for International Education.

His articles and essays on U.S. and international security issues have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, The American Interest, American Foreign Policy Interests, Lawfare, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Lawfare, Foreign Policy, Survival, Dædalus, The Financial Times, Parameters, and Military Review.

Jan 6 - 14, 2023 Departure
Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness (JodiMagness.org) holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism (since 2002).   She is an archaeologist and Past President of the Archaeological Institute of America. She has published 11 books, including Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth (Princeton University Press, 2019), and dozens of articles. From 1992-2002, Professor Magness was Associate/Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Professor Magness received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1977), and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania (1989). Professor Magness specializes in the archaeology of ancient Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories) in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, ancient pottery, and ancient Diaspora Judaism. Since 2011, Professor Magness’ excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee have been bringing to light the remains of a Late Roman synagogue decorated with stunning mosaic floors (http://huqoq.web.unc.edu/).

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