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Petra, Jordan - Serafino Mozzo

The Middle East


Where history emanates from every street corner and strangers treat you like family

Egypt - Louise Davies

Animal Care in Egypt


A true friend to Egypts mistreated animals
In a place where animals are used for tedious labour, it is not uncommon for humane animal practices to go astray. Animal Care in Egypt (ACE) aims to reduce the number of negligent animal injuries and deaths by educating local people about the correct way to care for livestock. Twelve full-time workers and their volunteers provide free veterinary care for cattle, sheep, donkeys and camels in the surrounding areas of Luxor. Their education program also reaches up to 300 children per week, teaching them not only how to care for animals but also why it is so important to respect all living things.

Wadi Rum
Cruise around a moon-like landscape
The remarkable desert landscape of Wadi Rum is best explored in a 4x4, where youll weave past weather-worn pillars, lunar-like rock formations and windswept sand dunes. In the evening, be protected against the cold with a traditional Bedouin meal and some lively entertainment, all by the warmth of a camp fire. For a truly magical experience, why not sleep outside for an evening of blissful stargazing. Then rise early and hike to the top of a sand dune for a spectacular sunrise over this misshapen desert landscape, so rightly nicknamed the Valley of the Moon.

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Fast facts
Swept away
The ancient city of Ubar was the centre of the worlds frankincense and myrrh trade until it was swept away by a sandstorm sometime between AD 1 and 4.

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Milking it
Bath time was a little different for the rich and powerful of ancient Egypt. Its rumoured that Cleopatra bathed in donkeys milk to keep her skin looking young.

Pistachi-oh!
Iran is considered the pistachio-nut capital of the world, producing over 400,000 tonnes of pistachios per year. They are also used in many of Irans traditional dishes.

One salty sea


With 33 % salinity, the salt waters of the Dead Sea enable swimmers to buoyantly float about without so much asa kick. In comparison, the ocean has a 3.5 % salinity.

National dishes
Mansaf, Jordan Spiced lamb and rice with a sour-yogurt twist. Ful medames, Egypt For a filling start to the day, try a spicy, slowcooked bean and lentil dish for breakfast. Chelo kabab, Iran Spiced, skewered and smoked, this meat dish is best served with aromatic basmati rice. Shuwa, Oman Marinated meat cooked in an underground oven.

Timing is everything
Whether you have one week or one month, Intrepid takes the hassle out of planning a Middle Eastern getaway. On the below trips, you can discover the wonders of Cleopatras homeland, choose to investigate the secrets of Petra and the Pyramids or take in the best of the Middle East on a jaunt from Egypt to Turkey.
7 daYs XESI Discover Egypt (Original) XESTC Middle East Discovery (Original) XEKI Egypt Experience (Comfort) ELKO Taste of Oman (Comfort) Muscat Cairo 12 daYs 15 daYs 27 daYs Cairo Antalya

Best time to travel


High season will likely see you travelling beneath cloudless skies but perhaps in a sea of crowds. When the masses leave, so does the perfect weather, but the best sights are still incredible come rain, hail or shine.
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KEY Ideal time to travel Shoulder season

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How to kill time inancient Egypt


Love a good game of skill? Well so did the ancient Egyptians. Senet, one of the oldest board games in the world, was a very popular game back in 3000 BC. By throwing sticks, rolling dice and moving their pawns across a chequered board, slaves and pharaohs alike would whittle away the evening hours by playing this entertaining game.
Cairo, Egypt - Steve Johnston

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Walk like an Egyptian while covering the tracks of the pharaohs on this all-encompassing journey through one of the worlds most ancient lands. Ponder the Pyramids, felucca down the Nile, wander through the Valley of the Kings and uncover the riches of Cairo.
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ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Start the adventure in Egypt's chaotic capital, Cairo. Ride a camel out to the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza before perusing artefacts at the Egyptian Museum. With ornate jewellery, a chariot and that famous golden funerary mask, the dazzling treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb are a real highlight. Days3-4 Aswan/Abu Simbel Hone bargaining skills at one of Egypt's best bazaars in Aswan. Enjoy a boat ride to a nearby beach to climb sand dunes and witness some amazing views from the top. A walk around Elephantine Island reveals insight into the culture of the local Nubian people. The following day, journey to Abu Simbel to view colossal stone statues. Days 5-6 Nubian Homestay/ Nile Felucca Sail to a Nubian village aboard a felucca to experience village culture firsthand at a homestay. Drift along the iconic Nile and take in the sights of rural riverside life. Enjoy meals prepared onboard before falling asleep under a blanket of stars. Days 7-9 Luxor Journey by donkey to the ancient hieroglyphics and royal tombs of Luxor's Valley of the Kings. Meet the members of an animal care project who are dedicated to improving the lives of Egypt's working creatures. Be touched by their kind efforts to care for abandoned, injured or overworked animals. Explore the temple complex of Karnak one of the most impressive of all the ancient pharaohs' monumental works. In the evening, board a sleeper train bound for Cairo. Day10 Cairo Back in Cairo, enjoy a walk through Coptic and Islamic Cairo, and bargain up a storm in the labyrinthine Khan al-Khalili market. Day11-13 Dahab/Red Sea Beach Camp Head to the Red Sea and snorkel among coral reefs, stay in beach huts and experience the hospitality of the Bedouin over an optional fresh seafood meal. Days14-15 Cairo Cross under the Suez Canal on return to Cairo. A farewell dinner offers one last chance to taste local specialties and to relive memories of this Egyptian adventure.

GROUP SIZE Max 12 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts), overnight sleeper train (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), felucca (1 nt), beach hut (2 nts) TRANSPORT Camel, overnight sleeper train, felucca, van MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 488 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details. 2. Allow USD 270 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.91 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Sundays Start 2014 12 Jan 26 Jan 09 Feb 23 Feb 09 Mar 23 Mar 06 Apr 20 Apr 04 May 11 May 25 May 08 Jun 22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul 03 Aug Finish 26 Jan 09 Feb 23 Feb 09 Mar 23 Mar 06 Apr 20 Apr 04 May 18 May 25 May 08 Jun 22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul 03 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 07 Sep 21 Sep 05 Oct 19 Oct 02 Nov 23 Nov 07 Dec 21 Dec 2015 11 Jan 25 Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 08 Mar 22 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 07 Sep 21 Sep 05 Oct 19 Oct 02 Nov 16 Nov 07 Dec 21 Dec 04 Jan 25 Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 08 Mar 22 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 03 May 10 May 24 May 07 Jun 21 Jun 05 Jul 19 Jul 02 Aug 23 Aug 06 Sep 20 Sep 04 Oct 18 Oct 01 Nov 22 Nov 06 Dec 20 Dec 17 May 24 May 07 Jun 21 Jun 05 Jul 19 Jul 02 Aug 16 Aug 06 Sep 20 Sep 04 Oct 18 Oct 01 Nov 15 Nov 06 Dec 20 Dec 03 Jan

Highlights
Experience the chaos and colour of Cairos streets and souqs See ancient treasures at the fascinating Egyptian Museum Enjoy a homestay with a Nubian family Visit the confounding Valley of the Kings Stay in beach huts on the Red Sea coast

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Cairo, Egypt - Monique Couvee

Alexandri-ahh

Although the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the ancient wonders of the world, is no longer standing, the memory of it still reigns supreme, as does the city itself. On the Alexandria City Discovery Urban Adventure, explore the past glory of this historic town, above and below ground.

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Aswan, Egypt - Cameron Gaze

Egypt Experience
12 days, Cairo to Cairo
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Where French air meets Egyptian antiquity, venture underground into ancient catacombs before gnawing on a Parisian pastry and sipping the best coee in Egypt.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Colourful Cairo overflows with character. Visit the majestic Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum the many gleaming artefacts from Tutankhamuns tomb show that he was certainly prepared for the afterlife. Days3-4 Alexandria Delve into the Kom ash-Shuqqafa catacombs, the largest Roman burial site in Egypt, which was accidentally discovered by a hapless donkey. Then browse the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, built to hold eight million books its a bibliophiles dream come true. Day 5 Aswan Watch the sunset over the Nile from a gliding felucca. Learn about Nubian culture at the excellent museum, or hit the market to pick up a souvenir. Days 6-8 Nile Cruise Fly to the Abu Simbel temples, then cruise down the Nile River to explore ancient Kom Ombo and Edfu. Days 9-10 Luxor Wander the fascinating Temples of Karnak, then take a moonlight stroll around the Luxor Temple. The next day, explore ancient Thebes, the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Days 11-12 Cairo Plunge into the energy of the Khan al-Khalili bazaar before a farewell dinner.

GROUP SIZE Max 16 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), overnight sleeper train (1 nt), cruise ship (3 nts) TRANSPORT Van, overnight sleeper train, boat, felucca, plane MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 831 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see Trip Notes for details. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking. 3. Allow USD 215 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.81 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Sundays

Alexandria Siwa Oasis Bawiti Cairo

White Desert Camp

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Cruise the Nile in comfort Wander the temples of ancient Thebes Browse bustling Khan al-Khalili bazaar

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Theres much more to Egypt than just pharaohs and pyramids. Explore an ancient oasis, encounter the bizarre White Desert and see golden mummies in Bawiti.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Experience the bustle of local life in Cairo. Head to the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza before catching an overnight train to Aswan. Days3-4 Aswan Consider visiting a nearby Nubian village for a traditional dinner and a dip in the local swimming holes. A trip to the fascinating temples of Abu Simbel is also highly recommended. Day 5 Nile Felucca Sail with a Nubian crew on a traditional felucca. Watch river life in action and sleep on deck beneath the stars. Days 6-7 Luxor Wander through the temple complex of Karnak, or travel by donkey to Luxor's Valley of the Kings. Days 8-9 Alexandria Visit the eerie catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, or admire the sleek architecture of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Days1011 Siwa Oasis Discover this lush desert paradise, navigate the mud brick fort or perhaps take a dip in Cleopatra's Bath.Day12 Bawiti Uncover the legend of the golden mummies or indulge in a relaxing soak in mineral-rich springs. Day 13 White Desert Camp Spend a memorable evening camping among the strange moonscape of the White Desert. Days 14-15 Cairo Return to Cairo for some final sightseeing or shopping.

GROUP SIZE Max 16 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), overnight sleeper train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt), desert camp (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight sleeper train, felucca, van, bus, jeep MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 610 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. Passport copy: please clearly scan the front page of your passport and supply to your travel agent/Intrepid agent at the time of booking. If we have not received your passport copy within 30 days of trip departure you will not be able to complete this itinerary in full namely the desert section including Siwa, Bawiti and the White Desert. 2. Allow USD 270 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.78 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Saturdays Start 2014 04 Jan 11 Jan 25 Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 01 Mar 08 Mar 22 Mar 05 Apr Finish 18 Jan 25 Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 08 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 12 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 17 May 31 May 14 Jun 28 Jun 12 Jul 26 Jul 09 Aug 23 Aug 26 Apr 03 May 17 May 31 May 14 Jun 28 Jun 12 Jul 26 Jul 09 Aug 23 Aug 06 Sep 13 Sep 27 Sep 11 Oct 25 Oct 08 Nov 22 Nov 06 Dec 20 Dec 27 Sep 11 Oct 25 Oct 08 Nov 22 Nov 06 Dec 20 Dec 03 Jan

Highlights
Wander through Roman catacombs Take a dip in Cleopatra's Bath at the lush Siwa Oasis Sleep under the stars in the desert

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Egypt Adventure
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GROUP SIZE Max 12 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (4 nts), overnight sleeper train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt) TRANSPORT Van, camel, overnight sleeper train, felucca MEALS 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 260 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This trip starts on Day 1 in Cairo at 4pm. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see Trip Notes for details. 3. Please arrange for departing flights after 3pm on Day 8. 4. Allow USD 145 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.83 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Saturdays and Mondays Start 2014 04 Jan 18 Jan 01 Feb 15 Feb 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Mar 12 Apr Finish 11 Jan 25 Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 08 Mar 22 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 26 Apr 10 May 24 May 07 Jun 21 Jun 05 Jul 19 Jul 02 Aug 23 Aug 06 Sep 03 May 17 May 31 May 14 Jun 28 Jun 12 Jul 26 Jul 09 Aug 30 Aug 13 Sep 20 Sep 04 Oct 18 Oct 01 Nov 15 Nov 06 Dec 20 Dec 27 Sep 11 Oct 25 Oct 08 Nov 22 Nov 13 Dec 27 Dec

Petra, Jordan

Egypt Adventure
8 days, Cairo to Cairo

You simply cant visit Egypt without ticking a few boxes o your must-do travel list: sail down the Nile, explore the ancient Pyramids and bargain with a local at a Cairo bazaar.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Welcome to Cairo, a city like no other. Experience the chaos, colour and culture of the Khan al-Khalili bazaar, then slow down with a camel ride to the incredible Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. Take time to see the Egyptian Museum, home to more than 120,000 antiquities and relics including the famous burial treasures of King Tutankhamun's tomb. Days 3-5 Aswan/Nile Felucca Join a local Nubian family for dinner to experience a slice of Nile culture firsthand. There is also time for an optional daytrip to the temples of Abu Simbel. Later, set sail down the Nile on a magical overnight felucca journey, sleeping under the starry sky. Days 6-7 Luxor Ancient Luxor conceals a wealth of amazing treasures. Visit an Intrepid Foundation-supported animal care project and wander the temples of Karnak before heading to the Valley of the Kings. Afterwards, join a local family for a traditional home-cooked lunch. Day 8 Cairo Return to Egypt's beating heart. Perhaps roam the walled citadel for wonderful city views, pick up some exotic trinkets at one of the markets or escape the hazy chaos of the inner city with a final stroll along the banks of the Nile.

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JORDAN
Cairo Mt Sinai Petra Wadi Rum Red Sea Beach Camp

Highlights
Be amazed by the temples of Karnak Explore Luxor's Valley of the Kings Go bargain hunting in Cairo's souqs

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Luxor Nile Cruise Aswan

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Jordan & Egypt Express


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Jordan & Egypt Express


9 days, Amman to Cairo
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GROUP SIZE Max 16 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (5 nts), desert camp (1 nt), beach hut (2 nts) TRANSPORT Minibus, jeep, ferry MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 329 kg pp per trip NOTES Allow USD 200 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Saturdays Start 2014 04 Jan 18 Jan 01 Feb 15 Feb 22 Feb 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Mar 05 Apr Finish 12 Jan 26 Jan 09 Feb 23 Feb 02 Mar 09 Mar 23 Mar 06 Apr 13 Apr 12 Apr 26 Apr 10 May 24 May 07 Jun 21 Jun 05 Jul 19 Jul 02 Aug 16 Aug 06 Sep 20 Apr 04 May 18 May 01 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jun 13 Jul 27 Jul 10 Aug 24 Aug 14 Sep 20 Sep 04 Oct 18 Oct 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Nov 13 Dec 27 Dec 28 Sep 12 Oct 26 Oct 09 Nov 23 Nov 07 Dec 21 Dec 04 Jan

Witness the culture clash between ancient and modern in Jordan and Egypt, as well as some of the most dramatic scenery, tasty food and breathtaking wonders of the Middle East.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Amman Discover modern, multicultural Amman. Perhaps visit the National Archaeological Museum or head to the impressive Citadel for stunning city views. Days 2-3 Petra Enjoy a buoyant dip in the Dead Sea before travelling to Petra. Explore this spectacular site hewn out of rose-coloured rock, an awe-inspiring must-see sight of the Middle East. Day 4 Wadi Rum Full of weird and wonderful lunar-like rock formations, Wadi Rum has some of the most sublime desert landscapes on the planet. Spend a memorable night sleeping Bedouin-style in rustic camel-hair tents or head outside to fall asleep under twinkling desert stars. Days 5-7 Red Sea Beach Camp/ Dahab Cross the sparkling Gulf of Aqaba and make tracks to a seaside camp beside the Red Sea. Scuba dive or snorkel through beautiful reefs, kick back on golden sands or join new Bedouin friends for a seafood feast. Days 8-9 Cairo With its crowded souqs, ancient treasures, flavoursome cuisine and the famous pyramids, Cairo provides the perfect end to this Middle Eastern expedition.

Highlights
Take in the view of Ammans stunning skyline Camp in lunar-like Wadi Rum Scuba, snorkel and swim in the Red Sea

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Step on up

Before there was Giza there was Saqqara the oldest standing step pyramid in the world. Explore this unique area on the Saqqara and Memphis Urban Adventure and discover pharaonic relics, as well as Egypts most ancient capital city.
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Egypt & Jordan Experience


17 days, Cairo to Amman

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Whether its ancient sights, amazing people or breathtaking landscapes, get behind the scenes of these two incredible countries and discover why so many people are transformed after travelling here.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Walk like an Egyptian straight to the Egyptian Museum and uncover the treasures of ancient pharaohs. Then witness the Sphinx, Pyramids and tombs with a knowledgeable local guide. Day 3 Luxor Buckle up for a horse-drawn carriage ride to the magnificent complex of Karnak. Day 4 Valley of the Kings Experience the ancient wonders of the Valley of the Kings. Just watch your step over 60 pharaohs are (or were) buried under the surrounding hills. Hop onboard a riverboat and begin a cruise down the famed Nile. Day 5 Nile Cruise Explore Edfu, a temple complex dedicated to Horus the falconheaded god, then continue on down the Nile. Days6-7 Aswan Visit the Temple of Isis and Nubia Museum in easygoing Aswan. Jump on a traditional felucca for a scenic waterway tour, or take a desert excursion on camelback. As dusk falls, visit a local Nubian village for a dinner of southern Egyptian fare. Day 8 Cairo Dive into medieval Cairo with a tour of Khan al-Khalili bazaar, the Ibn Tulun Mosque and the Gayer-Anderson Museum. Day 9 Dahab Leave the city behind and head to this tranquil seaside refuge. Day 10 St Catherines Monastery Head to biblical Mt Sinai and climb to its summit in time for an unforgettable sunset. Day11 Aqaba Explore St Catherines Monastery in the morning before heading to Nuweiba to take the ferry to Aqaba. Day12 Aqaba/Wadi Rum Having featured as a location in Lawrence of Arabia and Transformers, see why this red-sand desert is totally spellbinding. Sleep under the stars in a Bedouin camp and partake in time-honoured traditions. Day 13 Wadi Rum/Petra Observe the colours of the cliffs and surrounding sandstone landscape change at sunrise, then jump in a 4x4 and watch the scenery fly by. Day 14 Petra Walk old Roman roads, climb to the monastery and be wowed by the ancient tombs dotting the site. After a day of sightseeing, head to a Turkish bath for a relaxing afternoon soak. Day 15 Amman Visit Shobak Castle en route to Madaba, then continue to Amman and explore the wealth of historical sites surrounding the city. Days16-17 Jerash/Dead Sea/Amman Wander the streets of Jerash before enjoying a uniquely buoyant swim in the Dead Sea.

GROUP SIZE Max 16 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), riverboat (4 nts), overnight sleeper train (1 nt), desert camp (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, private minibus, overnight sleeper train, riverboat, horse-drawn carriage, ferry, 4x4 MEALS 15 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 11 Dinners GUARANTEE Subject to minimum 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 607 kg pp per trip NOTES Allow USD 400 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip DEPARTS Selected Saturdays Start 2014 04 Jan 18 Jan 01 Feb 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Mar 05 Apr 12 Apr 19 Apr 26 Apr 03 May 10 May 24 May Finish 20 Jan 03 Feb 17 Feb 17 Mar 31 Mar 14 Apr 21 Apr 28 Apr 05 May 12 May 19 May 26 May 09 Jun 14 Jun 12 Jul 09 Aug 06 Sep 20 Sep 27 Sep 04 Oct 11 Oct 18 Oct 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Nov 27 Dec 30 Jun 28 Jul 25 Aug 22 Sep 06 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Oct 03 Nov 17 Nov 01 Dec 15 Dec 12 Jan 2015 03 Jan 31 Jan 07 Mar 21 Mar 04 Apr 11 Apr 18 Apr 25 Apr 02 May 16 May 30 May 13 Jun 27 Jun 19 Jan 16 Feb 23 Mar 06 Apr 20 Apr 27 Apr 04 May 11 May 18 May 01 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jun 13 Jul

Flavours of Jordan
Jordanians love their spice, meat and olives. While in the country, be sure to chow down on the national dish, mansaf. Cooked in a broth of yogurt-like liquid, topped with nuts and served with flatbread and rice, this is a classic family dish that packs a flavoursome punch.

Highlights
Discover the history of ancient Egypt in Cairo Behold the Valley of the Kings Watch the sunset over Wadi Rum

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Wadi place

Every landscape in the Middle East is dramatic, but Wadi Rum may just take the award for being the most atmospheric. Clusters of mountains, towering red-hued cliffs, Nabataean temples, ancient petroglyphs, flowing red sands, rock bridges and an endless sky combine to create a truly remarkable environment. On most of our trips through Egypt and Jordan, youll spend some unforgettable time here with fascinating Bedouin hosts.

Madaba Cairo Petra Aqaba Wadi Rum

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Red Sea Beach Camp Dahab

Pyramids to Petra
17 days, Cairo to Madaba
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Why not be an economical travel wizard and visit two of the seven wonders of the world in one go. Just prepare for a sore gob after these jaw-dropping experiences, which feature pyramids, tombs, desert scenery and an incredible rock-hewn city.
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ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Navigate the busy streets of Cairo. Head out on camelback to behold the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza before discovering Tutankhamun's treasures at the Egyptian Museum. Then climb aboard an overnight train ride from Cairo to Aswan. Days 3-4 Aswan Pick up a souvenir in the chaotic bazaar, visit a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked traditional meal with a local family. Day 5 Nile Felucca Cruise Egypt's iconic Nile River on a memorable felucca ride. Settle in on deck and be rocked gently to sleep as the boat bobs under a starry night sky. Days 6-7 Luxor Take a donkey ride to the fields close to the Valley of the Kings and discover this amazing site. In free time, explore the monumental Karnak temples before boarding an overnight train. Day 8 Cairo Travel back to Egypt's capital. Uncover peaceful Coptic Cairo before moving on to the vibrant spiritual heart of the Islamic Cairo district. Day 9 Dahab Unwind on the beautiful beaches of this chilled out, seaside town. The diving around Dahab is world renowned so grab a snorkel and hit the sea. Days 10-11 Red Sea Beach Camp Golden sands, balmy beaches and simple beach huts provide the perfect backdrop for some quality relaxation time by the beguiling Red Sea. Day 12 Aqaba Travel to Jordan on a ferry across the Gulf of Aqaba. Day13 Wadi Rum Experience a memorable night with friendly Bedouin hosts before touring through the breathtaking landscape of the Wadi Rum desert. Drift off to sleep counting stars in the night sky. Days 14-15 Petra Visiting this beautiful city is a unique experience and a true highlight of the trip. Witness ancient pink-hued buildings that have been carved into the rock of the surrounding mountains. Days 16-17 Madaba Wander the crusader castle at Karak, float in the Dead Sea and travel to Madaba, a city where Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics evoke memories of lost empires.

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GROUP SIZE Max 12 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), overnight sleeper train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt), beach hut (2 nts), desert camp (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight sleeper train, camel, felucca, van, ferry, jeep, donkey MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 553 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see Trip Notes for details. 2. **PLEASE NOTE THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY OPERATING ON AN ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY FOR SECURITY REASONS. SEE INTRODUCTION TO TRIP IN THE TRIP NOTES FOR MORE DETAILS** 3. Allow USD 320 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.79 out of 5 DEPARTS Every Thursday from April to December, and selected Thursdays from January to March Start 2014 09 Jan 23 Jan 06 Feb 20 Feb 20 Mar 03 Apr 17 Apr 01 May 15 May Finish 25 Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 08 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 17 May 31 May 29 May 12 Jun 26 Jun 10 Jul 07 Aug 04 Sep 18 Sep 02 Oct 09 Oct 16 Oct 23 Oct 14 Jun 28 Jun 12 Jul 26 Jul 23 Aug 20 Sep 04 Oct 18 Oct 25 Oct 01 Nov 08 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 27 Nov 04 Dec 18 Dec 22 Nov 29 Nov 06 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 03 Jan

Highlights
Travel across the Gulf of Aqaba by ferry Kick back on Dahabs golden beaches Float in the Dead Sea Camp out in a beach hut Visit the incredible city of Petra and marvel at the ancient stone architecture Cruise through the desert of Wadi Rum

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Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt - Brian Chu

Egyptian equality

Unlike females in other ancient societies, women in ancient Egypt had a great deal of independence and were considered equal in the eyes of the law. They received equal pay, could purchase property and had the right to divorce and remarry.

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Jordan & Egypt Uncovered


22 days, Amman to Cairo

Siwa Oasis

Get to know this historic corner of the world with a leisurely sojourn through these two ancient powerhouses. Camp beneath the stars, meet friendly locals and cruise along the worlds longest river the perfect ways to sink deeper into these traditional cultures.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Amman Venture out to the Jerash ruins, perhaps visit the National Archaeological Museum or head to the impressive Citadel. Days2-3 Petra Consider taking a buoyant dip in the Dead Sea before exploring spectacular Petra, an ancient site hewn out of rose-coloured rock. Day 4 Wadi Rum Channel your inner Lawrence of Arabia while exploring the bizarre landscape of Wadi Rum. Spend an evening under the stars with a Bedouin host and enjoy a traditionally cooked meal. Days 5-6 Red Sea Beach Camp Cross the sparkling Gulf of Aqaba, arrive in Egypt and make tracks to a seaside camp beside the glistening Red Sea. Whether scuba diving, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach, the Red Sea is a magical place to lose track of time. Day 7 Dahab Explore the pristine coast, swim in warm waters and mingle with laidback locals in beachside Dahab. Days 8-9 Cairo The never-ending stream of life and noise makes Cairo a fascinating place to explore. Head out to discover the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. Days 10-11 Aswan Nestled on the banks of the Nile, Aswan is a great base for exploration. Take a stroll around the west bank to see the sixth dynasty Tombs of the Nobles before taking an exotic journey through the colourful souqs for a spot of bargaining. Day 12 Nile Felucca Cruise down the legendary river and watch local life unfold. Days 13-14 Luxor Travel through the Valley of the Kings to uncover the secrets of the 63 tombs dotted along this famous passageway. Later, visit Animal Care Egypt, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that cares for mistreated animals. Days 15-16 Alexandria Get lost among the shelves of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, or visit the catacombs of Kom ashShuqqafa. Days 17-18 Siwa Oasis The remote, exotic oasis of Siwa is a lush paradise among the desert dunes. Grab a bike and cruise from the Mountain of the Dead to the Temple of the Oracle. Day 19 Bawiti Jump in a 4x4 and head toward the picturesque mud-brick village of Bahariyya Oasis. Day 20 White Desert Camp Watch the desert turn from black to white before camping out under a blanket of stars. Days 21-22 Cairo Head back to Egypts capital to catch up on some last minute shopping before joining the group for a final dinner.

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GROUP SIZE Max 16 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts), desert camp (2 nts), beach hut (2 nts), overnight sleeper train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt) TRANSPORT Minibus, jeep, ferry, overnight sleeper train, felucca, van, bus MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 805 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking. 2. Allow USD 350 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.74 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Saturdays Start 2014 04 Jan 18 Jan 01 Feb 15 Feb 22 Feb 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Mar 05 Apr Finish 25 Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 08 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 26 Apr 12 Apr 26 Apr 10 May 24 May 07 Jun 21 Jun 05 Jul 19 Jul 02 Aug 16 Aug 06 Sep 03 May 17 May 31 May 14 Jun 28 Jun 12 Jul 26 Jul 09 Aug 23 Aug 06 Sep 27 Sep 20 Sep 04 Oct 18 Oct 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Nov 13 Dec 11 Oct 25 Oct 08 Nov 22 Nov 06 Dec 20 Dec 03 Jan

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Explore Alexandrias eerie catacombs Visit the Pyramids of Giza Uncover golden mummies in Bawiti Camp in the dunes of the White Desert

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The many sides of Cairo

Head to the heart of Cairos Islamic quarter, where the City of a Thousand Minarets comes alive on the Islamic Cairo In Depth Urban Adventure. Visit a unique local museum and bargain hard at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, and hear the stories behind the great leaders and builders of this enigmatic city, from Salah Ed-Din to Mohamed Ali.
Jerusalem, Israel - Dominic Burdon Jerusalem, Israel - Guy Needham

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Tiberias Nazareth

Wadi Rum, Jordan - Sandra Kell

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22 days, Cairo to Tel Aviv

Dahab Luxor Valley of the Kings Nile Cruise Edfu Aswan

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Like a magic carpet ride, there is no greater adventure than one in the Middle East. Discover the ancient wonders of Egypt, step back in time in Jordan and marvel at the might of Jerusalem, the epicentre of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Get up close to Cairos Pyramids with a local guide and ponder the enigmatic Great Sphinx. Day 3 Luxor Relax in a horse-drawn carriage and explore the Karnak temple complex. Day4 Valley of the Kings Visit the Valley of the Kings and see the two 17-metre high statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III guarding Thebes. Day 5 Nile Cruise Disembark after a night of leisurely cruising and behold the ancient mysteries of Edfu and the Temple of Sobek. Days 6-7 Aswan Hit up the bazaars and explore the Temple of Isis and the Nubia Museum to better understand this regions history. Day 8 Cairo Arrive back in Egypts energetic capital. Day9 Dahab Relax on the drive to Dahab before dining on freshly caught seafood. Day10 St Catherines Monastery Head out across the desert to Mt Sinai, embarking on an afternoon climb to reach the summit for sunset. Day 11 Aqaba Board a ferry to Aqaba. On arrival, discover Aqaba Fort or dive into a history lesson in the citys museum. Days 12-13 Wadi Rum Drive into spellbinding Wadi Rum, a land of sandstone mountains and ochre desert floors. Saddle up on a camel ride to a traditional Bedouin camp site and enjoy a night beneath the desert sky. Day 14 Petra Tour the architectural marvels of the Rose City. Climb the monastery and discover the secrets of this incredible fortress. Day 15 Amman Visit Shobak Castle before viewing the ancient mosaic map in St Georges Church. Head to Ammans Archaeological Museum to see some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Day 16 Dead Sea Explore the crumbling splendour of the Roman city of Jerash, then spend the afternoon floating in the Dead Sea. Days 17-18 Jerusalem Travel to Jerusalem via Masada, Qumran and Jericho. Visit the Mount of Olives, Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Day 19 Bethlehem Explore the holy city of Bethlehem and make a sobering visit to Yad Vashem. Day 20 Nazareth Marvel at the Basilica of the Annunciation, pass through Tiberias and sail across the Sea of Galilee. Days 21-22 Tiberias/Tel Aviv Head to the spectacular Bahai Gardens before continuing on to lively Tel Aviv. Then gather the group and feast on malawach, kebab and falafel. Raise a glass of mint tea and toast the end of a memorable journey.

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GROUP SIZE Max 16 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (15 nts), riverboat (4 nts), desert camp (1 nt), overnight sleeper train (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, private minibus, riverboat, overnight sleeper train, ferry, 4x4 MEALS 21 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 12 Dinners GUARANTEE Subject to minimum 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 786 kg pp per trip NOTES Allow USD 400 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip DEPARTS Selected Saturdays Start 2014 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Mar 12 Apr 26 Apr 10 May 24 May 14 Jun 12 Jul Finish 22 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 17 May 31 May 14 Jun 05 Jul 02 Aug 09 Aug 06 Sep 20 Sep 04 Oct 18 Oct 01 Nov 15 Nov 27 Dec 07 Mar 21 Mar 04 Apr 30 Aug 27 Sep 11 Oct 25 Oct 08 Nov 22 Nov 06 Dec 17 Jan 28 Mar 11 Apr 25 Apr 18 Apr 02 May 16 May 30 May 13 Jun 27 May 09 May 23 May 06 Jun 20 Jun 04 Jul 17 Jun

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Discover the wonders of the ancient Pyramids of Giza Cruise down the Nile Take a tour of Israels sacred biblical sites

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Hospitality heroes
Jordan has a wonderful reputation for being a very hospitable nation. Being invited by a local for coffee or tea is a common occurrence, and its not uncommon for small villages to make dining a community event to which the whole town is invited.

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Explore Jordan
8 days, Amman to Madaba

GROUP SIZE Max 12 ACCOMMODATION Desert camp (1 nt), hotel (6 nts) TRANSPORT Van, jeep MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 260 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See Trip Notes for single supplement exception nights. 2. Allow USD 250 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.71 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Saturdays Start 2014 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 10 May 24 May 07 Jun 21 Jun 05 Jul Finish 08 Mar 22 Mar 05 Apr 12 Apr 26 Apr 17 May 31 May 14 Jun 28 Jun 12 Jul 06 Sep 20 Sep 11 Oct 08 Nov 06 Dec 20 Dec 2015 28 Feb 14 Mar 28 Mar 04 Apr 18 Apr 13 Sep 27 Sep 18 Oct 15 Nov 13 Dec 27 Dec 07 Mar 21 Mar 04 Apr 11 Apr 25 Apr Jerash Madaba Dead Sea Dana Nature Reserve Petra Aqaba Wadi Rum EESJ EEKJ JORDAN Amman 09 May 23 May 06 Jun 20 Jun 04 Jul 05 Sep 19 Sep 10 Oct 07 Nov 05 Dec 19 Dec 16 May 30 May 13 Jun 27 Jun 11 Jul 12 Sep 26 Sep 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec 26 Dec

Journey through Jordans largest nature reserve and keep an eye out for the horned ibex, stalking kestrel and cat-like caracal, the parks most endangered species.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Amman Travel to Jordan's modern capital, the starting point of this exciting trip. For those arriving early, head to the Roman Theatre or the Citadel for superb views of the city. Day 2 Wadi Rum Go on a safari and camp under the stars with welcoming Bedouin hosts. Take in Wadi Rum's stark desert scenery, full of unique rock formations and fascinating inscriptions. Days 3-4 Petra Travel to Petra, Jordan's ancient, enigmatic city carved from rosecoloured stone. Take in the sights and tour timeless temples, tombs, amphitheatres and monasteries. Day5 Dana Nature Reserve Trek through the stunning scenery of the Dana Nature Reserve, watching out for ibex, mountain gazelles, wolves and blue agama lizards along the way. Days 6-8 Jerash/MadabaVisit an ancient crusader castle, then take a therapeutic dip in the salty waters of the iconic Dead Sea. Stop by legendary Mt Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites in Jordan, before exploring the well-preserved Roman ruins of Jerash. End the adventure in the historical town of Madaba, famed for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics.

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Camp with Bedouin under desert stars Spot red foxes, wolves and ibex in Dana NR Marvel at Madabas Byzantine-era mosaics

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8 days, Amman to Amman

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Take a oat around the remarkable Dead Sea. The natural properties of the muddy waters are supposedly benecial for your skin, and have been used as a beauty treatment for millennia.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Amman Get to know Jordans fascinating, ancient capital, and perhaps sample some of the colourful local cuisine. Day 2 Dead Sea En route to the Dead Sea, witness incredibly intricate artwork in Madaba the mosaic map located in St Georges Church is a must see. Days 3-4 Petra Stop by Shobak Castle before enjoying a tour of Petra with a local guide. Learn about the remarkable history of this ancient, rose-coloured Nabataean city. Day 5 Aqaba Explore Little Petra on an excursion to this fascinating site. Later, an orientation walk around the coastal city of Aqaba presents a fantastic way to get to know the countrys only seaport. Perhaps get involved with some optional activities, including snorkelling or a glass-bottomed boat voyage. Day 6 Wadi Rum Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia on a drive to the extraordinary landscapes of Wadi Rum. Be inspired by a four-hour jeep safari and witness natural rock bridges, rose-coloured sand dunes, scattered rocky peaks and traces of ancient civilisations. Days 7-8 Amman Return to Amman and visit the stunning spectacles of the Citadel and amphitheatre before this unbelievable trip comes to an end.

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GROUP SIZE Max 16 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), desert camp (1 nt) TRANSPORT Van, jeep MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 325 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See Trip Notes for single supplement exception nights. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included on this trip. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking. 3. Allow USD 250 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.72 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Thursdays Start 2014 20 Feb 13 Mar 17 Apr 15 May 12 Jun Finish 27 Feb 20 Mar 24 Apr 22 May 19 Jun 14 Aug 18 Sep 16 Oct 13 Nov 2015 19 Feb 12 Mar 21 Aug 25 Sep 23 Oct 20 Nov 26 Feb 19 Mar 16 Apr 14 May 11 Jun 13 Aug 17 Sep 15 Oct 12 Nov 23 Apr 21 May 18 Jun 20 Aug 24 Sep 22 Oct 19 Nov

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Float weightlessly in the Dead Sea Be awestruck on a guided tour of Petra Take an exciting 4x4 safari in Wadi Rum

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They aint no turkeys

Turkey has one of the most profitable and substantial food production industries in the world. Since the 1980s, Turkey has been self-sufficient in food production, meaning that it almost never imports agricultural goods from other nations. Known for their production of cherries, chickpeas, pomegranates and olives, it is little wonder Turkish food is always delicious and tastes so fresh.
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Istanbul Gallipoli Peninsula Ayvalik Selcuk

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Pamukkale Antalya

Pamukkale, Turkey - Cameron Hill

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Middle East Discovery


27 days, Cairo to Antalya

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Petra Wadi Rum Aqaba Red Sea Beach Camp Dahab Luxor Nile Felucca Aswan

For a smorgasbord of exciting adventures from deserts to oceans, pharaohs to Byzantines and tabbouleh to kofte, jump aboard this all-encompassing Middle Eastern odyssey travelling from Cairo to Antalya.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo See Egypts show stoppers, the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, on a guided camel tour around these confounding ancient wonders. Days 3-4 Aswan Better understand the ways of the ancient Nubian kingdom with a visit to the Nubian Museum. Then spend the night dining with a local family to see what modern-day Aswan life is all about. Day 5 Nile Felucca Take a relaxing felucca ride and watch the local people go about their daily lives. In the evening, sleep under the stars on deck for a truly memorable evening. Days 6-7 Luxor Explore the tombs of pharaohs and nobles while travelling through the Valley of the Kings. Day 8 Cairo Uncover peaceful Coptic Cairo and the vibrant spiritual heart of the Islamic Cairo district. Day9 Dahab Slow things down in this seaside hangout. Dive in the Red Sea, embark on a camel trek into the Sinai desert or relax and enjoy a sheesha on the beach. Days 10-11 Red Sea Beach Camp Stretch out on the golden sands near the Sawa Camp for some rest and relaxation. Day12 Aqaba Head to Jordan by ferry. Day 13 Wadi Rum Jump in a 4x4 for a bumpy ride past towering sand pillars and fascinating eroded peaks. Days 14-15 Petra Rise early and discover the majestic beauty of Petra as the sun rises over the sandstone pillars of this rose-coloured city. With a local guide by your side, explore this ancient site on foot during the day, then perhaps return for an optional evening tour to see the Rose City in a different light. Days 16-17 Madaba Float around in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, the worlds lowest point. Days 18-19 Istanbul Encapsulating a fine brew of cultures, wander Istanbuls streets and uncover the old and new with a local guide. Day 20 Gallipoli Peninsula Learn about a tumultuous time in history at Gallipoli. Days 21-22 Ayvalik (May-September) Relax in seaside Ayvalik, a town that exudes Turkish charm. Days 23-24 Selcuk/Pamukkale Admire the unique pools at Pamukkale, enjoy a warming dip at Hierapolis and marvel at the Roman ruins of Ephesus. Days25-27 Antalya Visit the ruined city of Termessos, and in free time, wander through Kaleici, visit ancient Hadrian's Gate and Hdrlk Tower, or be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean.

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GROUP SIZE Max 12 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (18 nts), overnight sleeper train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt), beach hut (2 nts), desert camp (1 nt), pension (2 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight sleeper train, camel, felucca, van, ferry, jeep, bus, gulet, dolmus MEALS 20 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1154 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See Trip Notes for single supplement exception nights. 2. **PLEASE NOTE THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY OPERATING ON AN ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY FOR SECURITY REASONS. SEE INTRODUCTION TO TRIP IN THE TRIP NOTES FOR MORE DETAILS** 3. Allow USD 560 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip DEPARTS Selected Thursdays Start 2014 03 Apr 17 Apr 01 May 15 May 29 May Finish 29 Apr 13 May 27 May 10 Jun 24 Jun 07 Aug 04 Sep 18 Sep 2015 02 Apr 16 Apr 30 Apr 02 Sep 30 Sep 14 Oct 28 Apr 12 May 26 May 14 May 28 May 06 Aug 03 Sep 17 Sep 09 Jun 23 Jun 01 Sep 29 Sep 13 Oct

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See the wonders of Cairo on camelback Bask in Petras rose-coloured glow Witness Pamukkales unique pools

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15 days, Tehran to Tehran

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Whether relaxing in a teahouse in Tehran or breaking bread with nomads on the harsh Iranian plateau, allow the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people to bowl you over.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Tehran Venture through Tehrans bazaars and busy streets to the ornate Golestan Palace. Days 2-3 Shiraz Discover the ancient ceremonial capital of Persepolis and perhaps enjoy a poetry reading at Hafezs tomb. Day 4 Nomad Stay Share a traditional tent with local nomads. Day 5 Eghlid Get off the beaten track with a visit to Eghlid, dramatically perched between the desert and the mountains.Day6 Caravanserai Zein-o-Din Step into the exotic shoes of a Silk Road merchant with an overnight stay in a classic caravanserai. Days 7-8 Yazd Visit this ancient town of wind catchers. Days 9-11 Esfahan Be led through enchanting Esfahan, the jewel of ancient Persia. Don't miss the sunset over the dome of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque the tiles shimmer from cream to all shades of pink. Day 12 Abyaneh Inspect the intricate architecture in this ancient red-rock town. Day 13 Kashan See traditional houses and sample khoresht (meat stew) with a local family. Days 14-15 Tehran Visit the shrine of Imam Khomeini, then head to a teahouse to celebrate this unforgettable Iranian adventure.

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Stay in a classic desert caravanserai Admire the delicate beauty of Esfahan Sip tea and soak up colourful Iranian culture in Tehran

GROUP SIZE Max 12 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts), nomad tent (1 nt), guesthouse (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, private bus, bus MEALS 10 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 488 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This trip starts at 12 noon on Day 1. 2. Allow USD 300 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING 4.95 out of 5 DEPARTS Selected Saturdays Start 2014 29 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 17 May 21 Jun 12 Jul Finish 12 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 17 May 31 May 05 Jul 26 Jul 06 Sep 20 Sep 18 Oct 08 Nov 2015 28 Mar 04 Apr 18 Apr 02 May 20 Sep 04 Oct 01 Nov 22 Nov 11 Apr 18 Apr 02 May 16 May 16 May 20 Jun 11 Jul 05 Sep 19 Sep 17 Oct 07 Nov 30 May 04 Jul 25 Jul 19 Sep 03 Oct 31 Oct 21 Nov

Taste of Oman
7 days, Muscat to Muscat

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Five hundred forts in one country may sound like a lot, but you wont ever get tired of exploring the grandeur and ancient signicance of Omans spectacular ruins.
ITINERARY... Days 1-3 Muscat Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, home to the second largest carpet in the world, or take time out at the Natural History Museum. Browse the silver and spice shops at the local bazaar before checking out the two 16th-century Portuguese forts guarding the citys entrance. Day 4 Wadi Bani Khalid Escape the heat and make for the cool waters of Wadi Bani Khalid. Perhaps swim in one of the natural pools or laze beneath the surrounding palm trees before journeying on to an overnight desert camp. Day 5 Nizwa Journey north, grab a bag of dates that have been uniquely processed in the area and head to Nizwa, one of Omans oldest cities. Day6 Jabal Shams Spot local metal workers and weavers at the immense fort at Bahla. Explore the exceptional, maze-like fortress of Jabrin and discover its supremely elegant and detailed woodwork. Day 7 Muscat If time permits, hang about Muscat for a few days and become better acquainted with this seaside city. Otherwise farewell the group and the magical land of Oman.

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Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and 16th-century forts in Muscat Swim in an oasis at Wadi Bani Khalid Meet local artisans at Bahla Fort in Jabal Shams

GROUP SIZE Max 16 ACCOMMODATION Desert camp (1 nt), hotel (5 nts) TRANSPORT Minibus, 4x4 safari vehicle MEALS 6 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners GUARANTEE Subject to minimum 4 NOTES Allow USD 25 for meals not included. TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip DEPARTS Selected Saturdays Start Finish 2014 19 Apr 25 Apr 11 Oct 17 Oct 01 Nov 07 Nov 22 Nov 28 Nov See our website for 2015 dates

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