Set sail for exotic destinations in the Middle East. We join members of the Levante Basin Rally aboard cruising sailboats and motor yachts to explore the startlingly beautiful countries of the rising sun. The adventure begins with a passage from Turkey to Cyprus. Then on to ancient Mediterranean ports in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, where Crusader castles still guard the harbours and in Jordan where Nabatean temples guard the entrance to a hidden valley. A transit of the Suez Canal bridges the gap to the Red Sea where in Egypt we dive on shipwrecks, anchor off remote desert islands, and make a 3-day trip down the Nile River aboard a traditional lateen-rigged sailboat called a felucca to see the Pyramids. These episodes provide enlightening encounters as we approach the historic cities and temples of these Holy Lands by boat.