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UNIVERSIDAD PARA LA COOPERACION INTERNACIONAL(UCI)Este Proyecto Final de Graduación fue aprobado por la Universidad comoRequisito parcial para optar al grado de Máster en Administración de Proyectos__________________________________Dr. Franklin Marín VargasPROFESOR TUTOR_________________________________Prof. Bernardo López González, AE, MAPLECTOR No.1__________________________________Ing. Marvin Coto Hernández, MAPLECTOR No.2________________________________Licda. Alejandra Loría MartínezSUSTENTANTEii


EGYPTnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastALEXANDRIACAIRODAHABSHARMEL SHEIKHMT SINAIHURGHADALUXOR$CURRENCY: EGYPTIAN POUNDASWANPopulation: 83 MILLIONABU SIMBEL107


caironorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastaustralianhostel1 FR$26 Dorm2PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast• Meet new travel buddies in the bar• Pass on your travel tales on the net• Step out into downtown CairoFR$24Twin/DoubleindianahotelPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast• Hang out on the cool rooftop terrace• Stroll out to the River Nile• Chill out on your private balconyFR$85FR$52 singleTwin/DoubleGet a taste of the easy going antipodes amid the chaos of Cairo at theAustralian Hostel! Kick back with some buddies in the bar, catch up withfriends on the internet, fry up some falafel in the communal kitchen orjust snuggle down in your cosy dorm. With a location near to the EgyptianMuseum and Old Cairo, you’ll be perfectly placed for exploring.caiausThe rooftop terrace is this Cairo cutie’s biggest draw – relax with a shisha orgrab a drink whilst you watch life in the city below. Stroll out from the hoteland explore the banks of the River Nile a short walk from the hotel. After aday pounding the streets you won’t need much convincing to freshen up inthe outdoor pool in the last of the Egyptian sunshine.caiinhking tuthostelFR$24safircairoFR$1695 6 FR$109 singleFR$16 single7om kolthoomhotelFR$105FR$64 singleTwin/DoubleTwin/DoubleTwin/Doubleprices are per person per night including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastA cute hostel with a kitsch Egyptian entranceand a relaxed Arabian feel. If you’re looking for abreak from Cairo’s hazy heat, you can hang out inthe lounge and laze about in the TV room. Roomshave air-con and WiFi and you can choose with orwithout en suite. The friendly, English-speakingstaff will advise you on the best things to doduring your stay in exotic Cairo.With a blend of traditional Egyptian design andmodern day conveniences, this hotel makes for acomfortable break in the city. You’ll be right in theheart of it, close to the buzz and the city’s manyhighlights. There’s tons to keep you occupied atthe hotel as well, whether it’s doing laps in thepool, dining at any of the five restaurants orwinding down in the plush spa.Check into this hotel for fabulous views out to thecity and River Nile. Rooms are set over 16 floorsand all have balconies from which you can savourthe view as well as air-con, satellite TV and amini-bar. Get your caffeine hit in the café, graba bite in one of the two restaurants or order upsome room service. It’s available 24 hours a dayso perfect for a little late night snack!caikin caisaf hp/3647108


6whereto go34GIZA27EGYPTIANMUSEUM51KHAN EL-KHALILIBAZAARThe Pyramids of GizaOf course! We didn’t really need to mention thisdid we? Take in the views of these monumentalancient structures.The Egyptian MuseumOver 100,000 items of Egyptian history underone roof, blimey! See some of the treasures fromTutankhamen’s tomb, fascinating.The River NileSnaking through the city, the River Nile is hometo waterfront bars and restaurants. Cruise alongenjoying dinner as you go.Khan El-Khalili BazaarA winding maze of alleys lined with traditionalwares, this souk is a must see, and must shop,destination!norTHERN AFRICA & middle eastTHE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA3deltapyramidsPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast• Gaze out at the Pyramids from the sunny terrace• Sip a cool drink by the pool• Take in the view from your private balconyFR$85FR$52 singleTwin/Double4barcelo cairopyramids hotelPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast• Lay your head in a stylish room fit for a Pharaoh• Check out the nearby world famous Pyramids• Take a dip in the pool or relax in the fantastic spaFR$79FR$54 singleTwin/DoubleEnjoy priceless views of the monumental pyramids at this top value resort inGiza. The fabulous rooftop terrace serves up the view of a lifetime as well ascool drinks and a pool to cool down in. Take a break from your laps and gazeout at the breathtaking pyramid skyline. Rooms are simple but with all themod cons including TV and internet.caidepRelax in the comfortable surrounds of this lovely hotel. Set in a historicbuilding but with a modern interior you can explore all Cairo has to offerfrom this fabulous base. With a great location just a few kilometres from theworld famous Pyramids, the highlights are easy to reach so you’ll have plentyof time to get back and enjoy the plush surrounds of your hotel.caibar3dayScairo starterpackageFR$2684dayScairo andalexandria breakFR$474halfdaytour of thepyramids and sphinxFR$99• Stress free arrival with an airport transfer• Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza• Be guided through the Egyptian Museum• Stay at a comfy, centrally located hotelWelcome to Cairo, the home of the most famoustriangles in the world! Make sure you’re first fewdays here are stress free with this great littlestopover package. We’ll make sure that your hotelis what you expect and you can see the sightswithout any hassle. You’ll be met at the airportand dropped off at your central hotel. The nextday you’ll meet your own personal Egyptologistwho will guide you through two of Cairo’s bestknow attractions – the astounding Pyramids ofGiza and the huge Egyptian Museum with itsthousands of historical artefacts. Choose a moreinclusive package to include a fabulous eveningNile dinner Cruise or extend your stay with a fourday package. Upgrade to our STAystylish standardto start your holiday in style!caistp• See one of the Seven Wonders of the World• See history firsthand in the Egyptian Museum• Wander Alexandria’s Mediterranean corniche• Check out Alexandria’s fascinating sitesThis great package takes in the awe-inspiringsights of Cairo as well as historically importantAlexandria, the home of Cleopatra. Private guidingwill explain the mysteries and they’ll also be timefor some relaxed Mediterranean strolling alongAlexandria’s lovely corniche. You’ll have your ownEgyptologist for a full day sightseeing tour ofCairo where you can see the world famous viewsof the Great Pyramids and Sphinx and the manyhistorical artefacts contained in the EgyptianMuseum, which include mummified bodies andsome of the treasures of Tutankhamen. yourtime in Alexandria will be spent visiting the ElMontazah Palace and gardens, the Catacomb, theFort, Citadel and the Libary. After a great few daysit’s back to hectic Cairo.caicapJoin this half day tour to see some of the mostincredible ancient monuments on the planet.Marvel at the Great Sphinx, stand gob-smackedat the Great Pyramid, and swoon over the otherpyramids and temples! This really is history at itsmost real and exciting!fulleveningnile eveningcruisecaipysFR$99Marvel the wonders of the Nile in all of itsnocturnal glory. Be impressed by the professionaland awe-inspiring belly dancers and tap your feetto the great music as you sail along the water.Enjoy a selection of Egyptian favourites that aremade with the freshest ingredients and preparedto utter perfection.cainec109


egypt beachesnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastdahab plazahotel, dahabFR$34miami beachhotel, dahab1 2 3FR$40 singleFR$22 singleTwin/DoubleFRfalcon naama $61star hotel, sharm el sheikhprices are per person per night including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastFR$58Twin/DoubleFR$32 singleTwin/DoubleLocated in the heart of Dahab town, you’ll be closeto everything you could need and all the chilledout nightlife Dahab has to offer yet still just afew minutes walk from a beautiful sandy beach.Make a splash in the pool after a long day in theheat before watching the sun set over your desertsurrounds. In the evening head to the ‘BedouinChillout’ for some local tea and a shisha.This comfy hotel has great facilities and a toplocation overlooking the Red Sea. Take a dip in thepool, soak up the sun on a sunbed, book up a tripat the dive centre or relax on the private beach.Fancy exploring? Head to laidback Dahab’s towncentre, just 5km away or explore the underwaterworld, the town’s amazing dive spots are justaround the corner!This hotel has a great location right in the thick ofit, in happening Naama Bay with bars, restaurantsand nightlife just a short stroll away. The hugeoutdoor pool and Jacuzzi is surrounded by sunloungers and there’s also a snack bar if you’refeeling peckish! The 185 rooms are clean andcomfortable and have air-con, a real relief fromEgypt’s tropical heat!eqpdah dahmbh sshbay5daysMOUNT SINAI& THE RED SEACAIROCAIROfr$6494sofitel ,FR$166FR$103 singleTwin/Doublesharm el sheikhprices are per person per night including breakfastSet on the magnificent shores of the Red Sea witha panoramic view over Naama Bay, this hotel’slocation is something to shout about! If you candrag yourself away from staring at the views,there is plenty to keep you fully entertained withfour private beaches, four restaurants and endlessactivities from fitness to relaxation and watersports to desert excursions.hp/7840• See a spectacular sunrise from Mount Sinai• Have fun in the sun at the Red Sea• Enjoy included breakfasts and dinners at comfy hotelsLeave Cairo behind and discover the hidden treasures of Mt Sinaiand Dahab on this exciting five day adventure. Your first stop is StCatherine, home of the mighty Mt Sinai. Known as the place whereMoses received the ten commandments, the mountain has hugereligious significance. It also has some pretty amazing views overthe surrounding desert landscape. You’ll rise in the dark and startclimbing, reaching the top in time for the sun to start peaking over thehorizon. Get ready for an amazing view! A short stop at the Monasteryof St. Catherine follows before speeding off to the Red Sea coast, andEgypt’s chilled out beach buddy, Dahab. Bask in glorious sunshine andclear seas for two full days before returning to Cairo.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (4 nts) Transport: Private air-con busMeals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners Tour Code: CAICAT110


15dayspyramidsand beachescairo cairofr$1,049($815 + US$190 local payment)EGYPTCairoAbu SimbelhighlightsLuxorAswanDahabHurghada• Wander around Cairo’s colourful streets• Visit the fascinating Egyptian Museum• Marvel at the Pyramids and Sphinx• Explore Abu Simbel temples• Sail along the Nile on a felucca boat• Visit the incredible Valley of the Kings• Laze on the shores of the Red Sea• Opt to go snorkelling or divingdeparturesJAN - DECSelected Tue & SatiNCLUSIONSAccommodation: Hotels (10 nts), felucca (2nts), overnight train (airline style seat) (1 nt),overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Air-con minibus,overnight bus, overnight train, felucca Meals: 14breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader:Trip leader, local guides Group Size: Avg 30Local Payment: USD190 is payable to your tourleader on day 1 Notes: Entrance fees are extra,allow approx. USD60 for mentioned sites TourCode: TDHTEPBsnapshotGet yourself on this 15 day Egyptian bonanza! Combine the fascinating ancient Egyptian temples,pyramids and relics with some incredible cruising along the River Nile in a traditional felucca boat. Slowthings down with some beach time along the shores of the Red Sea, head out to beautiful dive spots,slap on a snorkel and float away to your heart’s content. You’ll be culturally satisfied, inspired andsuperbly relaxed by the time you head home. Do this trip and not only is a great group of like mindedtravel buddies guaranteed, but you’ll also have the cultured time of your lives!DAY01020304itineraryCairoArrive into Cairo International Airport. Take your included transfer from the airport to the hotel and joinyour fellow travellers and trip leader in the evening to learn more about your trip.CairoThis morning start your day with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, a huge museum housing relics that includethe magnificent treasures of King Tutankhamen. You could easily spend an entire day in here but your tripleader will drag you away for a tour of Giza, the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Opt to see the Pyramidsfrom a unique perspective, on board a camel! Alternatively explore on foot, the sight of these massivestructures will take your breath away. In the evening you’ll jump on the overnight train to Aswan. (B)AswanArrive into the riverside city of Aswan this morning. Opt to visit a Nubian Village to learn about the lifestyleand customs of this region’s original inhabitants. Take the chance to dine on the banks of the Nile in theevening. (B)AswanMake an early departure to Abu Simbel and visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. Visit the Templeof Hathor, built in honour of Ramesses’ wife, Queen Nefertari - goddess of love and music. On your returnto Aswan you’ll board a tradtional felucca sailboat. (B, L, D)norTHERN AFRICA & middle eastYou Might LikeStay longer in CairoCheck out pages 108-109050607080910-1314-15River Nile / Felucca sailingA full day of sailing awaits! Get a true experience of what life along the Nile is like. Onboard your felucca,the Nubian crew will cook and sail, giving you the chance to do as much (or as little) as you like. (B, L, D)LuxorStop off at Kom Ombo temple where you’ll explore with an Egyptologist. Continue to the ancient capitalof Luxor and opt to go to the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. Check out the gold and silvermarkets. This evening there is an optional trip to Karnak temple’s evening Sound and Light show, bringingthis incredible complex to life. (B)Luxor / Valley of the Kings / HurghadaTake a guided tour to the amazing Valley of the Kings and visit the Ramesseum Temple. This is a realhighlight of the trip! In the afternoon transfer to Hurghada on the Red Sea for some serious rest andrelaxation amongst the sand, sea and sun! (B)HurghadaFree day to further enjoy this stretch of the Red Sea coast. Depart for Dahab by overnight bus. (B)DahabArrive in Dahab and check into your hotel. Spend the evening relaxing. (B)DahabSpend the next few days soaking up some sunshine at your own leisure. Swimming, snorkelling andwatersports are all on hand. If you want to get active there are other optional activities available includinga thrilling desert safari on quad bikes or camel and an option to climb Mt Sinai for an incredible sunrise. (4B)CairoIn the morning on Day 14 you’ll leave Dahab and set off into the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula on yourway back to Cairo. Spend your last evening exploring the city. Take the chance to have one last dinner withyour new travelling buddies and perhaps pick up some last minute souvenirs at the Khan El-Khalili bazaar.Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 15 and you are free to depart at any time. (2B)111


norTHERN AFRICA & middle east8daysbudgetegyptcairohighlightscairoSMALL GROUPBASIC• Barter in Cairo’s bustling bazaars• See the world famous Pyramids of Giza• Cruise the Nile on a traditional felucca boat• Ride a donkey to the fascinating Valley of the Kingsfr$7998daysbest ofegyptmy own room fr $149 cairo cairomy own room fr $299highlightsSMALL GROUPSTANDARD• Explore ancient temples and monuments• Enjoy a traditional dinner with a local family• Sleep under the stars on a felucca boat• Explore Luxor’s West Bank by donkeyfr$1,199DAYitineraryDAYitineraryCairoArrive at any time today. There’s plenty of things for you to do in thisamazing city, head out and start exploring!01 01CairoArrive at any time and meet the rest of your group. Settle into your hotelor set out to start exploring the city.0203-0405CairoToday starts with a highlight of any trip to Egypt - a view of thelegendary Pyramids of Giza. Later in the day you’ll have a guided tourof the fascinating Egyptian Museum. Tonight you will take an overnighttrain south to Aswan. (B)AswanSlow things down a notch - relax in Aswan with its beautiful setting righton the banks of the Nile. In the evening head over to Elephantine Islandfor a walk around a local village and a traditional dinner at a local home.On Day 4 you’ll have the option to visit the magnificent temples of AbuSimbel. Alternatively, further explore Aswan’s streets. (B, D)River Nile / FeluccaTime to sail the almighty River Nile! Board a traditional felucca for a dayout on the water and a night under the stars. You’ll be well looked afterby your Nubian crew. (B, L, D)0203-0405CairoThis morning you’ll head over to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx,the most famous landmarks in Egypt. The view is so much better than allthose TV shows and films would have you imagine. You’ll then continueto the huge Egyptian Museum where your tour leader willl guide youthrough the key pieces of history. An overnight sleeper train will take youon to Aswan (first class two berth cabin). (B, D)AswanAfter free time to explore this distinctly African city in the morning,board a felucca to cruise over to a Nubian village for a homecooked localdinner. On Day 4 you can choose to visit the magnificent temples of AbuSimbel and more time to wander the streets of this laid back city. (2B, D)River Nile / FeluccaFloat along the Nile in a traditional felucca boat. Sleep under a blanketof stars. (B, L, D)06-07LuxorStep off the felucca and visit Kom Ombo and Edfu temples. Once inLuxor, travel to the Valley of the Kings by donkey - not the fastest butdefinitely the most fun way to reach this magnificent site! Trundlingthrough local villages will also give you a unique local perspective on thisarea. Overnight train journey back to Cairo on the evening of Day 7. (2B)06-07LuxorIt’s off of the water and on to the well preserved temples of Edfu andKom Ombo. Arrive into Luxor and spend the rest of the day doing as youplease. On Day 7 you’ll climb aboard your ‘Egyptian Mercedes’, otherwiseknown as a donkey (!) to travel to the Valley of the Kings. Experiencefirsthand the decoration and design of the tombs of the Pharoahs. (2B, L)08CairoArrive in Cairo from your overnight seater train where your trip ends.08CairoReturn to Cairo by plane where your trip ends. (B)departures2012START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHMay 05May 19Jun 02Jun 16Jul 14Jul 28May 12May 26Jun 09Jun 23Jul 21Aug 04Aug 11Aug 25Sep 15Sep 29Oct 13Oct 27Aug 18Sep 01Sep 22Oct 06Oct 20Nov 03Nov 10Nov 24Dec 08Dec 29Nov 17Dec 01Dec 15Jan 05iNCLUSIONSAccommodation: Simple hotels (4 nts),overnight train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt)Transport: Private air-con van, overnighttrain, felucca, walking Meals: 5 breakfasts,1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD145-190 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout,local guides, felucca crew Group Size: Max15, avg 10 Notes: Entrance fees are extra– allow approx. USD35 if participating in allvisits Tour Code: GADPGECairoEGYPTAswanLuxordeparturesJAN - DECSelected Sat2012iNCLUSIONSAccommodation: Simple hotels (5 nts),overnight train (1 nt), felucca (1 nt)Transport: Private air-con van, overnighttrain, felucca, walking, donkey, plane Meals:7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget:Allow USD150-200 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer(CEO) throughout, local guides, felucca crewGroup Size: Max 15, avg 10 Tour Code:GADPBECairoEGYPTAswanLuxor112


JORDANnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastAMMANDEADSEA$CURRENCY: JORDANIAN DINARPopulation: 6 MILLIONAQABAPETRA115


jordannorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastibis,FR$105geneva,1 2 3bristol,FRammanamman$83 singleFR$61 singleTwin/DoubleTwin/Doubleammanprices are per person per night including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastPerfectly located for you to get out and aboutin Amman’s city streets, the Ibis is central torestaurants and shops as well as the localhighlights. The rooms are inviting, modern andcosy with WiFi and flatscreen TV, a dream toretreat to after a day out sightseeing. Feast onpasta at the Italian restaurant or grab a snack ora quick drink at the café.FR$134It’s endless entertainment at the Geneva Hotel;there’s the casual bistro-style atmosphere ofthe restaurant, the laid back lobby bar and thealfresco atmosphere of the Summer Terrace &Grill. For daytime fun there’s a good sized outdoorpool and a fitness centre to work up a sweat in.Rooms are bright and comfy and come with WiFiso you can catch up with friends.FR$213FR$117 singleTwin/DoubleA chic, stylish and luxurious interior will ensureyou feel relaxed the minute you walk throughthese doors! You’re spoilt for choice when itcomes to dining and entertainment; Try a tipple inthe elegant jazz bar, or feel at home in the sportsbar. Go for tapas in the Mediterranean inspiredrestaurant or dine poolside at the ‘Bali Hai’, whynot have a cocktail too?ammibi ammgen ammbriHALFdayjerashTOURFR$85dead seahotel, dead seaFR$1544 5 marinaFR$95 singleTwin/Doubleprices are per person per night including breakfastSet on the beautiful and unique shores of the saltrich Dead Sea, this place is sure to make you feelspoilt! Bob about in the healing waters of the seaitself before signing up for some of the vast arrayof spa treatments on offer. From massage to mudpacks, this hotel offers it all! Have a splash aboutin the outdoor pool under a clear Jordanian skybefore getting active in the gym.plaza, aqabaFR$146FR$91 singleTwin/DoublePRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastLocated in Jordan’s premier Red Sea resort ofTala Bay near Aqaba, the Marina Plaza boastsstunning views out over the nearby marina andmountains. Hang out at the private beach cluband sip a refreshing drink at the beach barbefore heading back and having a dunk in thesun sparkled swimming pool. Relax and reviveyourself in the spa, steam or sauna.Head out on this fab trip to one of Jordan’s mostamazing sites, the ancient Roman city of Jerash.Get ready to be astounded at the fantasticallypreserved Roman churches, theatres and streetsas your guide fills you in on life as it was here.Just a short distance from the capital, this is agreat way to spend half a day.HALFdaydead seatourammjdtFR$59Enrich your body and mind on this relaxing breakat the Dead Sea! Float to your heart’s content, thesalt concentration is such that you couldn’t sinkeven if you wanted to! Then plaster yourself inmineral rich mud before washing it, and the salt,off you and relaxing in the sun.gjvdssaqjmarammdsd116


4daysincrediblejordanAMMANAMMAN6daysfr$569 petra andbeachesAMMANAMMANfr$956• Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra• Bob along in the salt rich Dead Sea• Zoom through the desert on an exciting jeep tourThis inspiring four day tour takes you from Amman to the south, ending upin Petra, but with many more highlights thrown in as well! Airport transfersand one night in Amman at the beginning and end ensure an effortless startand finish. Kick off the journey with a stop at Madaba, home to the oldestmosaic map of Jerusalem. Then onto Mt. Nebo, known as the burial place ofMoses. A short stop at the Dead Sea allows for some floating, swimming andmud bathing! End Day 2 at Shobak Castle, a crusader fortress before arrivinginto Petra. It’s an early start on Day 3 to explore the vast city of Petra onfoot and by horseback, truly awe-inspiring. Last up on your Jordan adventureis Wadi Rum where a two hour jeep tour opens up the remarkable landscapeand authentic Bedouin culture to you. Choose your standard on this tourdependent on the level of comfort you desire!• Marvel at the lost city of Petra• Check out Bedouin life in the desert of Wadi Rum• Retreat to the coastal haven of AqabaHit the road for a taste of Jordanian life! Speed out of the capital to theancient world of Petra, before a desert adventure in Wadi Rum and some R andR in Aqaba by the Red Sea coast. Head straight out from Amman on Day 1 asyou traverse Jordan’s stunning scenery on your way to the south with Petrain your sights. Day 2 is an early start to reach Petra’s ancient boundaries. Getready to marvel at the amazingly well preserved city with its rose colouredstone as you enjoy a half day tour by foot and by horseback. On your thirdday it’s out to the desert on a jeep safari with some friendly, thrill-seekingBedouins! After all that excitement you’ll be ready to depart to Aqaba withits clear blue sea, sandy beaches and underwater delights. Spend two daysenjoying this coastal retreat before travelling back to Amman on Day 6 whereyou can stay or catch your flight home.norTHERN AFRICA & middle eastDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast Transport:Car/minivan Group Size: Private – min 2 persons Tour Code: AMMINC8dayshighlightsof jordanammanammanSMALL GROUPSTANDARDDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (5 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast Transport:Car/minivan Group Size: Private – min 2 persons Tour Code: AMMPETfr$1,499my own room fr $439JerashDead SeaAmmanhighlights• Float in the salty Dead Sea• 4x4 through the desert• Take in Petra’s charm• Dip your toes in the Red SeaMadabaKarakWadi RumAqabaPetraJORDANdepartures 2012START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHMar 17Apr 07Apr 21May 05May 12May 19Jun 02Jun 16Mar 24Apr 14Apr 28May 12May 19May 26Jun 09Jun 23Jul 07Jul 14Aug 04Aug 18Sep 01Sep 15Sep 22Oct 06Jul 14Jul 21Aug 11Aug 25Sep 08Sep 22Sep 29Oct 13Oct 13Oct 20Nov 10Nov 24Dec 22Dec 29Oct 20Oct 27Nov 17Dec 01Dec 29Jan 05iNCLUSIONSAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), desert camping (1nt) Transport: Private van, 4x4, walking Meals: 7breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD245-300 formeals not included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size:Max 15, avg 10 Tour Code: GADWHJsnapshotExplore ancient sites and lost cities, desert landscapes and theraputic salty and Red Sea waters.See world famous sites and hidden highlights. This eight day trip squeezes it all in! From north tosouth you’ll be able to soak up the colours, culture and history of a country that’s small in size butabsolutely humongous on adventure.DAY itineraryAmman01 Arrive into Amman at any time.Jerash / Dead SeaIn the morning set off for a visit to the well-preserved Roman town of Jerash. Then it’s off to02the Dead Sea, the saltiest sea in the world. Try and sink, go on we dare you! (B)Madaba / Mt Nebo / Karak / PetraTravel out of the city to Petra making interesting stops on the way at Madaba, Mt Nebo03-04 and Karak. Arrive to your hotel near Petra in the early evening. On Day 4 spend a full dayexploring the dramatic and beautiful site of Petra, amazing! (2B)Wadi RumHead deep into the desert by jeep. Enjoy the stunning desert scenery and learn about local05traditions at your overnight Bedouin camp. (B, D)Aqaba06Today you’ll have free time in the Red Sea Resort of Aqaba. Enjoy the beach, snorkel and eatlovely fresh seafood. (B)Amman07-08 Depart back to Amman in the afternoon. Your tour ends the next day. (2B)117


ISRAELnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastNAZARETHSEA OFGALILEETEL AVIVJERUSALEMDEAD SEA$CURRENCY: ISRAELI SHEKELPopulation: 8 MILLION118


israelnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastgoldenbeach, tel avivFR$126center1 2 3FR$159 singleFR$71 singlemelody,Twin/Double hotel, tel avivTwin/Doubletel avivprices are per person per night including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastStroll straight out from your hotel to the beachat this oceanfront property. Located right on thepromenade, the warm Mediterranean Sea is justa few minutes away. Hang out in your room andsurf the net or watch TV or opt for a room with aprivate balcony for sun drenched views. Sit back,relax and take it all in before heading out on thetown to experience Tel Aviv’s nightlife at its best.FR$288This boutique property is fun, funky and toochic for words! Recently renovated in 2011,every square inch of this hotel has been stylishlydesigned; from the 54 rooms to the living roomstyle lobby and the stunning roof garden. If youcan drag yourself away, it’s also just a short walkto the beach and smack bang in the city’s culturaland entertainment heartland. Enjoy!FR$296FR$159 singleTwin/DoubleThe big drawcard here is the trendy rooftopterrace; with cool, minimalist furniture and lotsof glass, there is no better place to chill out witha drink as the sun sets over Tel Aviv beach. Addto this equally stylish rooms and you are onto awinner! Watch a movie on your flatscreen TV, surfthe free WiFi or put some tunes on the MP3 playerbefore grabbing a drink at happy hour.hp/4193 hp/4185 hp/7876fulldayMASSADA, EIN GEDIFALLS & THE DEAD SEAFR$95abrahamhostel, jerusalemFR$484 5 harmony,FR$79 dormTwin/Doubleprices are per person per night including breakfastAn oasis for independent travellers, this greathostel has a top location in the historical centre.Find your feet on the free tour of the Old City,departing daily from the lobby. Catch up withfriends in the games room and on the net or hangout in the TV lounge. Opt for a dorm room ifyou’re on a budget or upgrade to a private roomwith en suite for a touch more comfort.jrsahjjerusalemPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHTFR$321FR$176 singleTwin/DoubleRetreat from the busy city streets to this sleek,modern hotel. Located in the charming area ofNahalat Shiva, it’s easy to stroll out to gourmetrestaurants and boutique shops as well as thewalls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Back in yourroom, take in the view over the roofs of thishistoric neighbourhood and get yourself ready fora drink at the hotel’s happy hour.hp/4231See Israel’s fabulous sights on this full day tour.First up, the fortress of Masada before journeyingonto the stunning Ein Gedi nature reserve. Spenda few hours here enjoying the views, tranquilityand having a refreshing dip beneath the waterfallsbefore some time floating effortlessly in the DeadSea, the lowest place on Earth.fulldayHIGHLIGHTSOF THE NORTHjrsmesFR$138Set off on this taster of Israel’s northern sights.Check out Nazareth, the town where Jesus spenthis childhood. Then it’s onto Tiberias, one ofIsrael’s loveliest resort towns. Travel along theshores of the Kineret Lake to visit Capernaum’sancient ruins and onto Golan Heights. End up atthe spot where the Jordan River leaves the Sea ofGalilee towards the Dead Sea.tlvhon119


10daysisraelEXPLORERtel aviv JerusalemSMALL GROUPSTANDARDfr$2,199my own room fr $879norTHERN AFRICA & middle eastAkkoTel AvivJerusalemBethlehemISRAELNegev DeserthighlightsNazarethSea of GalileeJORDANMasada/Dead Sea• Explore trendy coastal Tel Aviv• Taste local Druze cuisine• Wander the streets of biblical towns• Tour the fascinating Sea of Galilee• Spend the night in a kibbutz• Float in the salty Dead Sea• Camp out in the Negev Desert• Visit a Palestinian refugee campdepartures 2012START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHMay 05Sep 08May 12Sep 15Oct 06 Oct 13 Nov 03 Nov 10iNCLUSIONSAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), Bedouin-stylecamp (1 nt) Transport: Private van, walkingMeals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget:Allow USD220-250 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 15,avg 10 Tour Code: GADOIEYou Might LikeUpgrade the comfort‘Highlights of Israel’8 daysFr $2,749Tour Code: GADOHIAdd on Jordan‘Highlights of Jordan’Check out page 117snapshotPerched at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries and spiritual home to Jews,Christians and Muslims alike, Israel has always been a fascinating region. As it blazes a trail in moderntourism more and more people are eager to understand this dynamic, endlessly changing region. Thisastounding trip gives you the opportunity to explore historic towns, tune into the rhythm of local dailylife in a kibbutz, visit Bedouin communities in the Negiv desert and experience a soul-stirring visitto a refugee camp - all against one of the most beautiful backdrops you will ever see. Thousands ofincredible moments, just one trip.DAY0102030405itineraryTel AvivWelcome to Israel! This evening there will be a pre-departure meeting with your tour leader and group andthe option to head out for a local dinner.Jaffa / Akko / NazarethAfter breakfast you’ll set off on a quick driving tour of Tel Aviv before continuing to historic Jaffa, whereyou’ll visit the Old Markets and the Old Port. Your next stop is a unique visit to a Druze village, where you’llhave the opportunity to eat a scrumptious local lunch with a Druze Family. It’s onward to Akko for a visit tothe Old Markets, Aljazar Mosque and the unique underground crusader castle. Continue to Nazareth, the‘Arab capital of Israel.’ and spend the night in this picturesque city. (B, L)Golan Heights / Sea of GalileeThis morning travel out to the Golan Heights for a fantastic view all the way over to Syria and an insightinto the history of this unique stretch of land. The afternoon sees you touring the Lake of Galilee includingsites such as the Church of Transfiguration, the Mount of Beatitudes, the location of the Sermon of theMount, one of the earliest churches in the world and Tabgha, with its ancient mosaic of the Loaves andFishes dating back to the original Byzantine church. Then it’s onward to a kibbutz, where you’ll spendthe night. A kibbutz is a place where a community lives communally, originally founded on the concept ofsocialism although many have now made modern changes to their original communal lifestyles. (B)Masada / Dead SeaOn Day 4 set off to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the famous rock fortress, the laststronghold of the Jewish in their war against the Romans. The story of the site reveals the courage of thedefenders of Masada and their battle against the conquering Romans. Visit Herod’s palace, the mikveh,storerooms, watchtowers, and the synagogue. Next up is the Dead Sea with its waters so dense and full ofsalt that its impossible for any life to exist. The sea here is five to ten times saltier than normal sea waterand you will find it impossible to sink. Bob around on the surface and cover yourself in the Dead Sea mud,reputed to have special healing powers. (B)Negev Desert / Bedouin encounterTravel deep into the Negev Desert and explore one of the amazing natural craters you can find in thisregion. After a day out in the empty desert you’ll head to a Bedouin camp where you can learn about thetraditional nomadic lifestyle of these people and enjoy a tasty local dinner. (B, D)060708Bethlehem / Palestinian refugee campToday you’ll explore biblical Bethlehem including a visit to the Church of the Nativity before journeyingonward to Ayda Camp for Palestinian refugees. (B)JerusalemDay 7 takes you to the Old City of Jerusalem where you’ll visit the four quarters of the Old City on a guidedwalk of the historic Christian, Jewish, Armenian and Muslim quarters. You’ll also walk along the route of the14 Stations of the Via Dolorosa, ending at the Holy Sepulcher Church. Spend the rest of the day exploringfurther or just relaxing in this world famous location. Tonight’s your last evening with your group, relive theadventures of the last week over an optional dinner. (B)JerusalemYour action packed journey finishes today, say your goodbyes and feel free to depart at any time. (B)120


MOROCCOnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastCASABLANCARABATFEZMEKNESESSAOUIRAMARRAKESH$CURRENCY: MOROCCAN DIRHAMPopulation: 32 MILLION121


MARRAKECHnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastLES COULEURSDE L’ORIENTFR$30RIADLES OLIVIERS1 2 3FR$50 singleFR$46 DormOver 200 years old, this riad is authenticallydecorated and has a lovely laid back ambience.Chill out in the courtyard or take in the viewsfrom the stunning roof terrace out to the AtlasMountains. Enjoy a traditional hamman beforeseeing the ciy highlights, this place is just twominutes from Jemaa El Fna Square. Choose from adorm or private room with en suite.With a vast terrace and beautiful Moroccanfurnishings, you could easily spend all your timehere just taking it easy with a mint tea and theodd snack. But this small well kept riad also hasa top location close to souks and the Medina fora full on Moroccan experience! After a day outsightseeing, relax in your room; all are privatewith en suite facilities.HOTELAMINETwin/DoubleTwin/Doubleprices are per person per night including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastFR$99FR$75FR$46 singleTwin/DoubleLocated in the lovely suburb of Semlalia anda short drive to the medina, this hotel has arestaurant, bar, pool and air-con rooms. Treatyourself to a hammam (traditional scrub bath)or massage or get active in the hotel gym. Comeevening the action is all around the pool - shakecharmers, belly dancers and local musicians! Afantastic value for money option.rakles rakoli rakamiRIADCATALINAFR$1524 5 RIADFR$87 SingleTwin/Doubleprices are per person per night including breakfastNestled in Marrakech’s Medina, this riad has tonsof 18th century charisma. Unwind in the lovelyshaded courtyard or admire the Atlas Mountainsfrom the rooftop pool. Jump on the in houseinternet for a quick catch up with friends beforegrabbing a stool at the 24 hour bar. The jewelcoloured rooms are all individual with opulentfurnishings and mosaic decorated en suites.DAR ANIKAFR$183FR$95 singleTwin/DoublePRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastSituated near the Old Souk in the heart of theMarrakech Medina, this plush riad never fails toimpress! Modern in build but traditional in styling,it provides all the mod cons but in an exquisiteMoroccan environment. The 12 rooms all comewith air-con and WiFi and little touches like thestain glassed windows ensure their individuality.Laze by the pool or treat yourself to a hamman.6 SOFITELLOUNGE & SPAFR$290FR$162 singleTwin/DoublePRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastThis luxurious hotel is a haven of peace andtranquility from Marrakech’s busy streets. A shortwalk from Jema El Fna square, the location is asfabulous as the hotel facilities. Rooms are asluxurious as you would expect from a 5 star resortand they are complemented by three gourmetrestaurants, three bars, two pools, a hammam,jacuzzi, sauna and fitness centre.rakrctrakrdaraksahSPECIAL DEALS APPLY AT CERTAIN TIMES - ASK FOR DETAILS122


HALFdayTAJINECOOKERY CLASSFR$87fulldayATLAS MOUNTAINSBY 4X4FR$120HALFdayCAMELTREKFR$50Mix with the local Marrakeshi in the souk as youshop for the fresh produce for your meal. Then tothe cookery class where the chef will teach youhow to make local Moroccan dishes. Savour thegastronomic delights of your cookery class forlunch in a traditional riad setting.Explore the palm groves that surround Marrakechatop your very own camel. Ride around in wonderfor an hour and a half, stopping off for a cup oftea or two at a traditional village. With a fewtips from your handler, you’ll love this genuineMoroccan experience.raktajExperience beautiful Morocco by 4x4! Travelout to Toubkal National Park, one of the mostscenic parts of the country. Explore the awesomeMizane valley, the market town of Asni and theBerber village of Imlil. There is also time to eat atraditional Berber lunch in the mountains.rakatlrakcamfulldayOUZOUDWATERFALLFR$71Spend a day at the most impressive waterfall inMorocco, watching the tiers of water tumble 350feet into the pools below. Hike down to the fallsfrom the village of Ouzoud, the ‘village of Olives’looking out for Barbary Apes as you walk. Dipyour toes in the cool pools beneath the falls.rakouzfulldayESSAOUIRAday tripFR$77Escape the hazy heat of Marrakech for a day andhead out west to the coastal beauty of Essaouria.Laid back and beachy, it’s a cool little town tostroll around, shop and indulge in an enormousseafood lunch! Transport, a city tour and lunch isincluded in this fab day trip.rakessfulldayA DAY IN THE LIFEOF A BERBERFR$146Spend an unforgettable day off the tourist trailwith the Berber people experiencing life in theirvillage. Learn how to park a donkey (yes really!)and help harvest crops. Help prepare tagine andbake bread for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy localfood and some traditional entertainment.rakdlbnorTHERN AFRICA & middle east3daysESSAOUIRACITY BREAKFR$3274daysMARRAKECHMINI STAYFR$364This is your chance to discover the undeniably charming and pretty fishingport of Essaouira. Wander the ancient alleyways where artists sit paintingwhitewashed houses or pop into art galleries and wood workshops. The beachis a perfect escape, lined with fishermen fighting for their catch. Delve deepinto the Moroccan seaside culture as you explore the streets by foot withan expert local guide and enjoy a self-guided bike tour. Travel to and fromMarrakech by express coach is included as well as two nights hotel in the city.Choose your level of luxury with two package options.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Transport: Express coach TourGuide: Local guide Tour Code: RAKECBIt doesn’t get much more perfect than Marrakech – the Medina is anawesome labyrinth of alleyways, souks and workshops and has one of themost lively, colourful and exotic vibes around. This package makes it supereasy to explore all the ‘pink city’ has to offer. Simply pick your standard ofaccommodation and choose two activities to do on the second and third dayof your stay – options include a Souks and Square tour, a High Atlas tour,camel tour and quad biking. With return transfers from the airport too, yourstay will be effortlessly enjoyable.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Transport: Return airport transfersMeals: Daily breakfast Tour Code: RAKMMS8daysMOROCCO KASBAHSSMALL GROUPAND DESERTSSTANDARDcasablancamarrakechfr$1,449my own room fr $249highlights• Get lost in the maze of medinas• Scale the dunes in the Sahara• Wander through a traditional kasbahCasablancaMeknesMarrakechAit BenhaddouFesMOROCCOMerzougaTodra GorgeDAY01-030405-0607-08itineraryCasablanca / Meknes / Volubilis / FesArrive in Casablanca at any time on Day 1. On Day 2 head to the imperial city of Meknesfor a guided walk around the historic sites. Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the bestpreserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa and listed as a UNESCO World Heritagesite. On Day 3 get lost in the maze-like medina in Fes. (2B)Merzouga / Sahara DesertExpore the Sahara Desert by camel and camp out in the dunes in traditional Bedouin tents.Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars and listem to stories about life in this region. (B, D)Todra Gorge / Ait BenhaddouLeave the sea of sand dunes behind and visit the stunning Todra Gorge and the ‘Route of1000 Kasbahs’. End up at the fasinating sight of Ait Benhaddou, one of the best preservedkasbahs in the world. Lose yourself in the narrow winding passageways. (2B)MarrakechTravel through the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech where you have free timeto explore. Shop for souvenirs in the souk, everything you could ever want is here. You arefree to depart at any time on Day 8. (2B)departuresAPR, JUL - NOV Twice monthly on SatMAY - JUN & DEC Once monthly on SatAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), tented desert camping (1 nt) Transport: Private air-con van, camels Meals: 7breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer CEO)throughout, local guides, driver Group Size: Max 15, avg 10 Tour Code: GADCKD123


10daysMOROCCANEXPLORERmarrakech marrakechfr$1,399($1,180 + £110 local payment)norTHERN AFRICA & middle eastCasablancaMarrakechAit BenhaddouhighlightsRabatMOROCCOTodraGorgeFesDadesErrachidiaGorge MerzougaSahara Desert• Experience Marrakech’s mayhem• Discover Casablanca’s historic sites• Explore Roman ruins in Volubilis• Find yourself a fes hat in Fes• Camp out in the sands of the Sahara• Explore the desert dunes• Admire spectacular Dades Gorge• Soak up the atmosphere in the souksdeparturesJAN - DECSelected Fri twice to three times monthlyiNCLUSIONSAccommodation: Hotels (8 nts), berber desertcamp (1 nt) Transport: Air-con minibus Meals:9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Group Leader:Trip leader Group Size: Avg 16 Local Payment:GBP110 is payable to your tour leader on day 1Tour Code: TDHTMORYou Might LikeStay longer in MarrakechCheck out pages 122-123snapshotIn a whirlwind of colour, commotion and a great surge of bustling activity, a trip to Morocco willbewitch your beady eyes. Favoured for the climate, the spices and the souks, this little piece of NorthAfrica will have you hooked. Although the city life is often what makes Morocco famous, there’s somuch more out there to see. Hop on a camel in the stunning Sahara and explore the Atlas Mountains’impressive open terrain. With this epic exploration you’ll get out into Morocco’s amazing lesser knowngrounds, and you’ll be talking about it for years to come.DAY0102030405itineraryMarrakechArrive at any time on Day 1. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for the night.Set out and explore this vibrant city.MarrakechToday you’ll take a traditional horse and carriage tour visiting the tombs, the palace, the medina and ofcourse the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Spend the rest of the day exploring the other city sights, marketsand more. Take a rest in a street side cafe with a cup of sweet mint tea. (B)Casablanca / RabatMake an early start on your way towards Casablanca where you have a guided tour around the impressiveHassan II Mosque. After lunch head to Rabat to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Kasbah desOudaias perched above the rugged Atlantic coastline. (B)Volubilis / Meknes / FesToday will take you inland, first stopping at Volubilis, Morocco’s largest and best preserved Roman ruins.Close by you’ll visit Meknes, the third imperial city. More laid back than some of the bigger Moroccan cities,it has a combination of winding streets and palatial buildings. From here it’s only a short drive to Fes, theoldest of the imperial cities. (B)FesTake in the vibrant atmosphere of Fes on a full day tour. Visit the the Medersa Bou Inanea, the mostbeautiful of Meremides monuments, the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss and the Andalusian and El QuaraoiyinMosques. Visit the Najjarine Square with its 18th century fountain and then it’s into the medina - a maze ofmore than 9000 small narrow cobbled streets, and a world away from modern Fes. (B)0607080910Midelt / ErrachidiaHeading southeast you’ll stop at Ifran, the ‘Lion City’ before continuing over the Middle Atlas mountainswith the Cedar Forests to Midelt where you’ll make a stop. After time for lunch you continue to the deepsouth stopping at Errachidia overnight. (B)Errachidia / Merzouga / Sahara DesertArrive at the fringes of the Sahara desert late morning and relax on the edge of the sand dunes and takein the scenery. Take a dip in the pool at the guesthouse, whilst looking at the vastness of the desertstretching out in front of you. Lunch is included at the guest house and you then have free time to set offinto the dunes or take an optional desert trek by camel. In the evening dinner is around the campfire, andyou will sleep in Berber tents; a true desert experience. (B, L, D)Todra Gorge / Dades GorgeSay farewell to the sands and travel through the countryside watching the impressive landscape changeagain. Arrive to Todra Gorge where the narrow canyon walls drop 300m straight down to the valley floor.Continue on to the beautiful Dades Gorge. (B, D)Ait Benhaddou / Ourzazate / MarrakechCheck out the fantastically preserved ancient Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site.Then its on to Ourzazate, now famous as Hollywood in the desert due to the number of famous films thathave been made there. Climb over the 2,260m Tizi n’ Tichka Pass and then drop down to the plains arrivinginto Marrakech by late afternoon. There’ll be time to freshen up before a last night out with your group. (B)MarrakechYour trip will finish at the hotel after breakfast on Day 10. (B)124


14daysHIGHLIGHTSOF MOROCCOSMALL GROUPSTANDARDfr$1,999casablanca marrakech my own room fr $369CasablancaEssaouirahighlightsMeknesMarrakechAremdAit BenhaddouFesMOROCCOMerzougaTodra Gorge• Get lost in the rambling souks of Meknes• See Roman ruins in Volublis• Ride deep into the desert on a camel• Sleep on the sands of the Sahara• Lose yourself in magical kasbahs• Hike mountain trails in the High Atlas• Stroll along the beach in Essaouira• Marvel at the medina of Marrakechdepartures 2012START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHMar 10Apr 07Apr 21Apr 28May 12May 19May 26Jun 02Jun 16Jun 30Jul 07Jul 14Mar 23Apr 20May 04May 11May 25Jun 01Jun 08Jun 15Jun 29Jul 13Jul 20Jul 27Jul 21Jul 28Aug 11Aug 18Aug 25Sep 01Sep 08Sep 15Sep 19Sep 22Sep 29Oct 06Aug 03Aug 10Aug 24Aug 31Sep 07Sep 14Sep 21Sep 28Oct 02Oct 05Oct 12Oct 19Oct 13Oct 17Oct 20Oct 27Nov 03Nov 10Nov 17Nov 24Dec 15Dec 22Dec 26Dec 29Oct 26Oct 30Nov 02Nov 09Nov 16Nov 23Nov 30Dec 07Dec 28Jan 04Jan 08Jan 11iNCLUSIONSAccommodation: Hotels (11 nts), gite (1 nt),nomad camp (1 nt, multi-share) Transport:Private air-con van, camels, walkingMeals: 13 breakfasts, 3 dinners Budget:Allow USD240-315 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)throughout, local guides, driverGroup Size: Max 15, avg 10 Tour Code:GADCHMsnapshotExotic....mesmerising.....colourful....all fitting descriptions of what awaits you in the hypnotic country ofMorocco! Immerse yourself in the technicoloured world of northern Africa. Take your sense of directionwith you as mind boggling mazes of medinas try to swallow you whole, spitting you out in the blazingAfrican sun to peruse your wares. Yet far beyond its atmospheric markets are magnificent mountains,wild sand dunes and mellow beach resorts. Discover it all on this awesome adventure all the way frommovie famous Casablanca to magnificent Marrakech.DAY010203-0405-0607itineraryCasablancaArrive into Casablanca at any time. Start to explore - wander through the medina, along the beachfront andto the spectacular Hassan II mosque.MeknesThis morning it’s off to Morocco’s capital of old (from 1672-1727), Meknes. You’ll have a guided tour ofthis beautiful imperial city. Venture into the rambling souk, one of the most colourful in all of Morocco. (B)Volubilis / FesTravelling through rolling hills to the impressive Roman ruins of Volublis, the best preserved Roman Ruinsin this part of northern Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wandering through the deserted streetswhere chariots once passed, you can envision the vibrance the town once had. Listen to your local guideexplain about life in the Roman Empire as you peer into old bathhouses, marvelling at the still-presentmosaic floors and gazing up at the towering marble pillars. Leave the Roman Empire to continue to Fes. Themedina here is the world’s largest, living medieval medina and it was the largest city in the known world inthe 11th Century. Get lost amongst the bustling stalls. (2B)Merzouga / Sahara DesertPass through the diverse Moroccan landscape - forests, mountains and sand dunes all in one day, thisis part of what makes Morocco so unique! After a night in a simple hotel on the fringes of the Saharayou’ll explore the undulating dunes by camel. Get ready for an unforgettable night as you camp out on theSaharan sands laying your head down in a traditional Bedouin tent. With tasty local food in your belly, listento traditional stories and tunes. (2B, 2D)Todra GorgeLeaving the desert behind, travel to the Todra Valley to enjoy a walk in the lush palm groves. Learn aboutlocal life in this region including which crops are grown and how the land is farmed. Heading to the stunningTodra Gorge, you’ll spend the night in this beautiful and peaceful location. Indulge in local Berber cuisineand enjoy your hotel’s fabulous location nestled in between the sheer cliffs of the gorge. (B)norTHERN AFRICA & middle eastYou Might LikeDo something shorter‘Morocco, Kasbahs and deserts’Check out page 123080910-1112-14Ait BenhaddouContinue along the ‘Route of a 1000 Kasbahs’ to Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site consideredto be one of the best preserved kasbah villages in Morocco. Lose yourself in the narrow windingpassageways and take in the magical atmosphere of this incredible structure. (B)High Atlas MountainsYou’ll approach the towering High Atlas Mountain landscape passing by small villages on winding mountainroads before arriving at Toubkal National Park. Pass your luggage onto an accompanying mule and take ashort hike to a simple mountain gite where you can relax and enjoy the tranquility and fantastic views ofthis magical mountain region. (B, D)EssaouiraArrive at the Atlantic beaches of Essaouira - explore the old Portuguese port area and the old medinabefore enjoying some local seafood and strolling along the sandy beach. (2B)MarrakechThe last few days of your Moroccan adventure are spent in Marrakech. Head to the heart of the city,Djemaa el Fna square and into the maze of alleyways in the ancient medina. Buy spices and slippers in thesouks and anything else your heart desires! Depart on Day 14. (3B)125


THE ARABIAN PENINSULAnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastDOHAABUDHABIDUBAIMUSCAT$CURRENCY: DIRHAM (UAE), RIYAL (QATAR),OMANI RIAL (OMAN)Population: 4.5 MILLION (UAE), 1.4 MILLION(QATAR), 3 MILLION (OMAN)126


ABU DHABI AND MIDDLE EASTnorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastCENTRO YASISLAND, ABU DHABIFR$134FRTRADERS HOTEL $146QARYAT AL BERI, ABU DHABI1 2 3FR$85 singleFR$69 singleModern and stylish, this hotel is young and freshand ready to show you a good time! Step out tothe nearby F1 race track or relax by the marina.Rooms are comfortable and contemporary withcomplimentary WiFi and flatscreen TV. Head tothe fitness room for an exhilarating workout, takea refreshing swim in the pool or catch a few raysand enjoy a cool refreshing drink.Set in the exclusive Qaryat Al Beri Complex, you’llenjoy lovely surroundings and use of the Shangri-La sister hotel’s dining and leisure facilitiesincluding the renowned Chi spa. The hotel has itsown private beach and outdoor pool for those bluesky days (everyday!). There’s also a health club forthe health conscious traveller. Grab dinner in theurban chic ‘Afya’ restaurant.FRSHANGRI-LA HOTEL $286QARYAT AL BERI, ABU DHABIFRTwin/DoubleTwin/Double$156 singleTwin/Doubleprices are per person per night including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastThis huge hotel complex has everything you couldever want! Treat yourself at the fabulous Chi spa,work out at one of the two gyms, do lengths inthe stunning outdoor pool or stretch it out in theyoga room, you just cannot fail to relax. When thesun goes down, get your taste buds going in anyof the five gourmet restaurants, rated amongstthe best in the city.auhcen auhthq auhshgFREE UPGRADE TO HALF BOARD - 01 MAY 12 - 31 AUG 123daySabu dhabiSTOPOVERFR$4173daySdohaSTOPOVERFR$2893daySmuscatSTOPOVERFR$469• Spend two nights at the stylish Park Inn Hotel• Tour Abu Dhabi’s city sights• Power out into the desert on 4WD safari• Watch a desert sunset at a Bedouin BBQThis two night Abu Dhabi package includes handyreturn airport transfers, two nights at the lovelyPark Inn Hotel, and a half day city tour as well asafternoon 4WD Desert Safari with camel ridingand Bedouin BBQ dinner included. Fancy goingfurther afield? Abu Dhabi’s bustling city center isa short drive away, and Dubai is only 45 minutesby road! But what with the included tours andthe top notch facilities at the hotel we doubt youwill want to explore too far. Treat yourself in theworld class spa (located next door at the adjoiningRadisson Blu Hotel) or sunbathe and splash aboutin the pool. Enjoy a relaxed meal in either of thetwo restaurants and an evening drink as you lookout at spectacular views of the golf course andArabian Gulf beyond.auhstp• Get comfy in La Villa Palace Hotel• Jump in a private airport transfer• Stroll Doha’s impressive tree-lined Corniche• Shop for spices in a traditional old soukStay two nights in style at the La Villa PalaceHotel as well as enjoying an excursion into DohaCity checking out the most intriguing cornersof this fabulous Islamic city. You’ll be pickedup at the airport and transferred to your hotelwhere you can spend the rest of the day gettingsettled in. On Day 2 you will discover Doha’scharm from traditional to modern. Stroll alongthe palm-tree lined waterfront, visit the IslamicCultural Centre and the Museum of Islamic Artand wander the alleys of a traditional old souqwith its sights, sounds and smells! Upgrade yourpackage to include an afternoon cultural tour tosee more, including the camel racing track and theEquestrian Club, home to celebrated competitionssuch as the Emir’s Cup.dohvill• Lay your head in the friendly Park Inn Hotel• Stress free included airport transfers• See amazing architecture at the Grand Mosque• Haggle for souvenirs in the local soukThis handy stopover package is the perfect wayto see Oman’s premier city. After being met at theairport you will be whisked away to the Park InnHotel with its stylish modern décor, where you’llstay for the next two nights. With a great locationfor the airport as well as the commercial centre,this hotel combines the upmost of conveniencewith modern style. An included city tour on Day 2allows you to see the city’s highlights and marvelat the Grand Mosque, one of the Middle East’smost beautiful pieces of modern architecture.Next, haggle in Muttrah Souk and learn about thecity’s strong cultural past in the Bait Al ZubairMuseum. The grand finale is the sumptuousSultan’s Palace before you return to your hotel foran afternoon of relaxation.mctmus127


dubainorTHERN AFRICA & middle eastibis deiracity centre1 FR$60 single2prices are per person per night including breakfast• Chill out with a movie in your comfy modern room• Pop over the road to the City Centre shopping mall• Explore the historic heart of DubaiFR$99Twin/Doublearabian courtyardhotel & spaprices are per person per night including breakfast• Relax in your heritage style room• De-stress in the fantastic Wellness Spa• Choose from different cuisines in the five restaurantsFR$154FR$79 singleTwin/DoubleThis modern, contemporary hotel is the perfect spot for a chic city break inglam Dubai. With its bright funky reception, uber cool bistro restaurant andtrendy bar, there are no clues that this is a budget hotel. Simple modernrooms do the basics well with flat screen TVs, internet access and air-con.Feeling peckish? Choose from the Tempo terrace café or Bistro Domino.DXBIBIWith a great central location in the heart of Dubai’s landmarks, it’s easyto get out and explore this glitzy city. Check out the Dubai Museum, SpiceMarket and Gold Souk for starters! Enjoy multi-cultural entertainmentincluding the brilliant Sherlock Holmes pub or pamper yourself at the outdoorpools, Jacuzzi, steam, sauna or spa.DXBARBibisal riggaFR$996 FR$60 single7Twin/Doubleprices are per person per night including breakfastLocated in the historic part of Dubai, this sweetand simple hotel sits amongst all the glitz andglamour of Dubai’s shopping heartland. Sittingon Al Rigga Rd, there’s also loads of restaurantsnearby so you can eat your heart out! Stylishlydesigned rooms are minimalist in décor and haveall the mod cons. Grab a seat at the funky ‘CubeBar’ and treat yourself to a refreshing drink.golden sandsapartmentFR$126FR$109 1 bedroom2 bedroomPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastMake yourself at home at this great apartmentcomplex! There are no hotel rooms here, justspacious accommodation complete with privatekitchenette facilities, great for keeping costsdown on some of your meals. Keep fit in theawesome fitness centre or cause a splash in theoutdoor pool before hopping into the sauna andsteam room to relax.8suite novotel mallof the emiratesFR$176FR$89 singleTwin/DoublePRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastThis hotel puts you right at the heart of touristfriendly Dubai – located next to the Mall ofthe Emirates and the Middle East’s only indoorski centre, and just a few kilometres fromJumeirah Beach Park as well. Suites are spacious,contemporary and have all the mod cons. Do somelaps in the outdoor pool before working out in thefabulous fitness centre.DXBIARDXBGOLDXBSNM128


2716DUBAI INTERNATIONALAIRPORTBUR DUBAIAL RIGGADid youknow?Dubai boasts the world’s third largest indoorski slope using 6,000 tons of snow - and aftergoing down the slopes you can pop to the shops,as this ski centre is in one of the city’s malls!THE PALMJUMEIRAHDUBAI MARINAJUMEIRAH BEACHMALL OF THE EMIRATES8Al Kkail RdDUBAI CREEKDubai is home to the tallest man-madestructure in the worldAround 80% of Dubai’s population is made up offoreignersThere are no street addresses in DubaiCitizens of Dubai pay no personal income taxDubai only recieves 13cm of rainfall a year -leave your brolly at home!Dubai is the only city in the world to have builta man-made island in the shape of a palm treenorTHERN AFRICA & middle east534amwaj rotanajumeirah beachFR$2153 4 sheratonFR$132 singleTwin/Doubleprices are per person per night including breakfastThis idyllic hotel offers up sea views from eachof its impeccably styled rooms. With the endlessocean views you’d be forgiven for never leavingyour room, but tear yourself away and you canexplore the Marina and world famous PalmJumeirah nearby or shop ‘til you drop in theEmirates Mall. Focus on fitness with aerobicsclasses, a gym, steam, sauna, jacuzzi and pool.DXBAMWjumeirah beachFR$278FR$154 singleTwin/DoublePRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastIf you’re looking for a bit of luxury, top classservice, delicious dining experiences and a stretchof white sandy beach with undisturbed viewsof the Arabian Sea, we’ve got it! Located on thefamed Jumeirah Beach and near the trendy ‘Walk’with its many shops, restaurants and bars, thereis no shortage of places to explore here. Let thegood times begin!DXBSHE5sofitel dubaijumeirah beachFR$311FR$156 singleTwin/DoublePRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfastIt’s all about luxury if you choose to stay here. Seaviews from just about every room, service on parwith a French palace and dining like no other, it’llbe a challenge to pull yourself away to explore thecity. Located in front of ‘The Walk’ with shopping,restaurants and bars to entice, you’ll also haveaccess to the warm waters of the Arabian Gulffrom the beach in front of the hotel.DXBJUMSTAY 5 PAY 4 - 11 MAY 12 - 15 OCT 123daySdubaiSTOPOVERFR$329• Explore the city’s vibrant souks• Adventure through the dunes by 4x4• Enjoy a tasty BBQ at a Bedouin camp• Spend two nights at the Arabian Park HotelGet the VIP treatment on this awesome three daystopover package, with two nights at the superbArabian Park hotel, return airport transfers and awhile heap of adventure thrown in! Enjoy shoppingand sunbathing as well as a half day tour checkingout the juxtaposition of old and new with Dubai’smodern skyscrapers sitting side by side its souks.Then head off on an exhilarating 4WD desertsafari, powering through the dunes before achance to try your hand at camel riding. End theday enjoying a delicious BBQ at a Bedouin camp asthe sun sets behind the dunes. Back at the hotel,you can take a refreshing dip in the pool, hang outon the sun terrace, jump on the WiFi or get a goodfeed in one of the many restaurants. Want to treatyourself? Upgrade to our smart or stylish stopoverpackages and live the high life!DXBDAPhalfdaydubaicity tourFR$58Hop on board this gem of a half day tour gettingyou out and about to all the city’s highlights.Sights include the Jumeriah Mosque, Burj Al Arab- the most luxurious and tallest standing hotelin the world and the Sheik Zayed road where theEmirates Towers are located. Discover a uniqueshopping experience filled with hidden gems atthe Spice and Gold souks! An undoubtedly greatintroduction to this glitzy city.DXBCTOHALFdaydesertSafariFR$93Head out of the city on this exciting half daytrip. Get right into the heart of Dubai’s dunescareering up and over the sands in a 4x4 jeep.Arabian hospitality will make you feel like a Sheikhat a desert camp set up ready for sunset. Enjoya scrumptious BBQ, choose to partake in a littleshisha or head off into the sunset on a friendlycamel ride. All of this is accompanied by somefantastic belly dancing!DXBDSF129

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