Trips for 2017

New Year, New Bullsh*t.

Oh, is that not how the saying goes.

Well for 2017 these are the trips; cruises, tours, etc. that I am watching.

  •  Andante

    • Egypt    Pyramids, tombs and mummies – the archaeology of Ancient Egypt is one of the most instantly recognisable of all the great civilisations. This is a narrative of power, vision and ambition.The monuments of Egypt are so much more than dry and dusty stones – through the real expertise of Guide Lecturer Lucia Gahlin we ‘meet’ the real ancient Egyptians: from the legendary pharaohs to the humble workers who laboured to build their tombs and palaces. We have also arranged special access inside the Great Pyramid and out of hours at Cairo Museum, making this a very privileged introduction to the long vanished kingdoms along the Nile.
      • Enter the inner chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza during a special morning visit
      • Delve behind the scenes at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and enjoy special access to many treasures found inside
      • Led by seasoned Egyptologist, Lucia Gahlin, a wonderful travel companion who has excavated extensively throughout Egypt
    • Israel +Palestine   There are few places on earth that can boast such a rich and varied archaeological heritage as Israel and Palestine. Over the millennia, this ancient land has felt the tread of conquerors and settlers: Canaanites, Israelites, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans and Imperial Britons, all of whom have left their signature.Dr Nick Slope has excavated at sites all over the Holy Land, and will introduce you to his archaeological colleagues who have directed excavations here. Discover the archaeology of that most holy of cities, Jerusalem, the tragedy of Masada, and visit one of the oldest cities in the world, Jericho.
      • Walk the streets of one of the world’s oldest cities – Jericho, founded over 10,000 years ago and occupied ever since
      • An abundance of iconic ancient sites – from the spectacular, but tragic, fortress at Masada to the coastal Crusader town of Akko (Acre)
      • Three days in Jerusalem – including special access to excavations and museums, and dinner with leading local archaeologists
  • Royal Caribbean

  • Crystal Cruises

    • Accent on the Atlantic Isles   Sun and fun and a taste of Europe in the middle of the Atlantic during a maiden call in the Azores’ Praia da Vitoria, plus the mysteries of Morocco

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    • Southeast Asia
      • Visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long, Bangkok
      • Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, was used as a summer palace by the Siamese royalty, Ayutthaya
      • Chai Wattanaram Temple, one of the most impressive remaining monuments, Ayutthaya
      • Historical Sukhothai, capital of the first Kingdom of Siam
      • House of Opium & Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
      • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai
      • Authentic Thai Dinner at Chiang Mai Private Home
      • Baci Ceremony & Night Market, Luang Prabang
      • Mekong River Cruise & Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang
      • Stand in awe at the architectural masterpiece of  Angkor Wat Temple Complex
      • Ox Cart Ride & National Museum, Siem Reap
    • Morocco
      • View Hassan II Mosque, build to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday
      • Admire the 12th century Koutoubia Minaret, used as the prototype for Seville’s La Giralda tower
      • Visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
      • Join a Fez family in their home and enjoy a home-hosted dinner
      • Explore Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient desert village on an old caravan route
      • Take a short bus tour of the imperial city of Fez
  • Cox and Kings

    • India
      • Accompanied by Senior India Destination Manager for India, Seema Prakash, explore the wonders of South India on this unique Dream Trip. Follow the sun as you travel from east to west over the tropical hills of the Western Ghats. Discover the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, the stately colonial architecture of Chennai, the spice plantations of Kerala, the local art and artists of rural villages, and the savory cuisine of Kochi.



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