Persian Gulf Discovery
1-16 Mar 2002, 16 days
Fares from £3375
Cruise & Beach 610 (MB)
1-19 Mar 2002, 19 days
Fares from £3820
MILITARY HISTORY & ANTIQUES
In an area steeped in military history our experts, Sandy Gall and Sir John Ure, will provide an insight into ancient and modern military campaigns.
Maritime trade between the Near East, Africa, India and China from the classical period onwards and life in Safavid Persia in the 17th century will be discussed by Professor John Carswell who will also run workshops on antiques from this period.
Professor Martin Biddle OBE
Professor of Medieval Archaeology, University of Oxford. His talks will give an insight to the origin of India's language and civilisation, the spice routes across the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea as well as Arabia in ancient time.
Sandy Gall CBE
Since reporting so memorably on the Gulf War for ITN in 1991, he has worked in the Gulf on a number of occasions with the BBC. First hand experiences will form the basis of his discussion.
Having lived in the Middle East for some 18 years, writer and photographer Shirley Kay is also well qualified to expound on its traditional and contemporary culture, art and architecture and connections with the spice trade. Author of 15 books on the region including "Emirates Archaeological Heritage" and "Architectural Heritage of the Gulf".
The Very Revd Stephen Platten
Having worked with two Archbishops of Canterbury, he has travelled extensively and, as a writer and teacher of theology, he will highlight the diverse religions of the area from the early backgrounds of Hinduism to Christianity and Judaism.
Sir John Ure KCMG CMG LVO
Former member of HM Diplomatic Service and has written various books on travel, historical biography and diplomacy. His talks will reflect his experience of aspects of Gulf War diplomacy as well as his experiences of travelling with the Qashqai nomads.
Join us on an exciting new itinerary for an enthralling exploration of
ancient and modern cities around the Persian Gulf.
You'll visit Shiraz - long-famed for its wine and poets, Persepolis - for
the spectacular palace built for Darius I, Kuwait,
Bahrain, compelling Dubai and Muscat, to see the Sultan's opulent palace
and perhaps bargain in a traditional souk.
ISFAHAN & SHIRAZ EXCURSION