AIA Tour Auction

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Cruising the Arabian Gulf 
January 4-14, 2023 (11 days) 
Online Auction 
Bidding ends at 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, May 18

The Archaeological Institute of America is excited to announce a special, online auction of one of AIA Tours’ most sought-after excursions! A very generous donor has donated this trip for two aboard a luxurious small-ship cruise program in the Arabian Gulf, visiting the UAE, Qatar, and Oman.

All proceeds from the auction benefit the Annual Fund at the AIA.

This AIA Tour is valued at $7,430 per person, a total of $14,860 for two persons sharing a Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3 on the five-star Le Bougainville, one of a series of six new luxury expedition ships. Accommodations, meals, excursions, an open-bar, lecture series, and more are all included for two persons. Click here to download a detailed brochure of the trip.

Travel with anthropologist/architectural historian Trevor Marchand, who has been leading study tours through the Middle East and North Africa to acclaim for many years. He will be joined by Elizabeth McKune, former US Ambassador to Qatar and Chargé d’affaire in Oman. Additional guest lecturers will also be aboard, including past AIA President Jodi Magness. Visit AIA Tours for a more detailed itinerary!

Please note that currently all participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid-19. The booster vaccine must be either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna-NIAID.

Flights and Transfers: Airfare to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and from Muscat International Airport (MCT) is not included.

Complimentary group transfers (times TBD) on arrival and departure dates are included.

The deluxe, five-star Le Bougainville is one of a series of six new luxury expedition ships launched in 2020. These state of-the-art vessels combine understated elegance with a spirit of adventure and feature “Blue Eye,” the world’s first underwater passenger lounge. Le Bougainville is a small-capacity ship with just 92 staterooms and a crew of 110. Guests will enjoy attentive service, gourmet French inspired cuisine, and a relaxed, congenial ambiance. This ship is a certified Clean Ship and meets the highest environmental standards for energy conservation and resource management.

*The trip dates are fixed and cannot be changed. All bids must be in before 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. The winning bidder has 48 hours to provide payment to secure their win. No refunds are available if the winner cannot travel for whatever reason on this special trip.

For questions about the trip, please email AIA Tours at or call AIA Tours toll free: 800-748-6262.

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