Gay and Lesbian – Going on Your First Cruise?

There is a lot to think about when taking your first cruise: where to go and what to do; which cruise line to go with; what time of year to travel; your destination; and last but not least, how much you want to spend on your cruise. When you are gay or lesbian I think you are given more options. There are the usual cruises, yes, but these days cruise lines are getting a lot more creative with their themes in an effort to compete in the market.

I think the first and most important decision to be made concerns the type of cruise that you’re looking for. Do you want to book a normal “straight” cruise or would you rather go to a more familiar place with other gay and lesbian travelers? This decision would probably depend on who will be traveling in your party. Is it family and friends? Just family? If so, your family may prefer the former, depending on their own comfort level. If your family is more open-minded, or you plan to travel with friends of a similar background, then the latter may prove to be the more interesting option.

The next thing you’ll want to consider is how you will make your travel arrangements. Would you like to book the cruise on your own, or would you prefer to book the cruise through a travel agent? Keep in mind that a travel agent may have access to better rates- particularly group rates and tour deals. So, with that said- how “private” would you like your cruise to be? If this is your first cruise, then you may want to go on a tour; this would provide a great opportunity to learn about the cruise atmosphere and explore various outlets for entertainment.

Speaking of atmosphere- what kind of cruise environment are you looking for? Many people travel to get away from their everyday habitat. Do you live in icy cold weather? A Hawaiian cruise may be a welcome retreat! If you live in a hot area, then perhaps an Alaskan cruise- complete with scenic views of icy glaciers- would be something new and exciting.

Finally, how many days do you want to be on vacation? Cruises can last anywhere from a few days to over two weeks. Depending on what type of getaway you need- a short vacation to escape from the drudgery of work or a long vacation to explore new sights and create lasting memories- you may have to shop around for the cruise that will best match your needs. Your length of travel will also depend on how comfortable you are being away from home. Some people tend to get homesick and would not want to spend so much time away from home; on the other hand, if you are frequently out, you may want to stay out longer.

There are always a lot of factors to think about when traveling, so make sure you do your research because fun is the only option when vacationing! 😉

5 Red Hot Events All First Time Cruisers Must Do to Have a Great Cruise

First time cruisers probably are not sure what to expect when it comes to on board activities. Well that’s to say, you may have some idea depending on who you booked to cruise with and what their commercials or web sites say. Some activities are run like major events. Some activities are just something to do while passing the time on board. Some activities are done on every cruise and some you’ll only find on certain cruise lines. First timers are generally more into getting involved in as many activities as possible while more experienced cruisers usually have their favorites that are the only ones they will attend. As a first timer, here’s a list of the must see activities that you’ll want to have on your check list to make that first time cruise complete.

1. Bridge tour – unfortunately after September 11th, a lot of cruise lines decided to get rid of this activity sighting safety reasons. However it has started to make a comeback. Some cruise lines have it open to anyone who would like to go, while other lines charge for it as part of a behind the scenes tour. Either way it is pretty cool to see where they pilot the ship.

2. Galley Tour – Same as the bridge tour, some cruise lines have this as a free activity while others offer it as part of a behind the scenes tour at an extra price. You’ll be amazed at how clean the kitchen is when you go through. It’s not just like that because of the tour, it’s like that all of the time. USPH (United States Public Health) holds the cruise ships to a much higher standard than any restaurant on land.

3. Deck Party – This is usually the biggest party of the cruise. It will be complete with a great big buffet, live music and games.

4 Captain’s Cocktail Party – This is usually held on the first formal night. So everyone is all dressed up, free cocktails and your chance to meet the Master of the vessel. It really will take you back to the old days of cruising and what it would have been like to travel on the transatlantic cruises many years ago. Some cruise lines have started to phase the free cocktail part of the party out, or have gotten rid of the party all together. Some will say because it is outdated, or that it no longer fits with their theme. The reality is budget cuts and ways to save money.

5. The Guest Talent Show – All though it too is starting to disappear from some cruise lines, the guest talent show is worth the watch. If you ask anyone who works on board in the entertainment department, they will tell you that the Guest Talent Show is the most painful thing they have to do all week, most of the time they would be right. However, every once in a while amongst the people singing “Amazing Grace,” “Crazy” and “The Rose” you’ll find an act that is absolutely unbelievable. So if you go to one and it’s not really great, don’t give up on them, cause you never know when you will see that truly special act.

Why Turkey Is Your Best Option for an Awe-Inspiring Holiday

Geographically, aesthetically, culturally and historically the beautiful country of Turkey lies between Islamic Asia and Christian Europe. The country’s rich history has left it with an impressive array of monuments, cathedrals and palaces that are a history buffs paradise. Other than that, Turkey shares its coasts with two of the most beautiful seas on Earth- Mediterranean and Black Sea. These two have provided Turkey with a coastline that has few competitors in beauty and adventure. Regions like the Turquoise coasts off the Mediterranean, Istanbul and Cappadocia, etc. are hugely popular travel spots that regularly feature on must visit places across the planet.

With its distinctive European modernity and Middle Eastern culture, Istanbul is truly one of the ‘World cities’ that defies segregation on cultural grounds. This is because the culture of Istanbul has been influenced by both Europeans and Islamic regions of Asia. The city was formerly called Constantinople (324 AD) and was the capital of the Byzantine Empire or New Roman Empire. During this time, the city was a great centre for Christianity under the Emperor Constantine the Great. The Emperor and his successors left the world with several monuments like the Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Old Walls of Istanbul, etc.

These historical monuments are must visits during the Istanbul city breaks or tours of the city. The city also served as a seat of the Ottoman Empire and they left the world with impressive buildings like Sultanahmet Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Even with all its majestic beauty, the true taste and smells of Istanbul can be found in its narrow alleys. If you are adventurous enough, then take a tour of the city by foot, try out its cuisines and shop for trinkets at the Grand Bazaar. When shopping in the Grand Bazaar make sure you bargain and bargain well!

Cappadocia is a beautiful and enchanting travel destination in Central Anatolia region of Turkey. The area is quite arid and dry but its popularity lies in its awe-inspiring natural beauty. The stark landscape of the region only highlights the wonders of the region. One of the oldest inhabitable locations of the world, Cappadocia has been recognised as a historical heritage. The natural wonders consist of legendary fairy chimneys, the rocks of Goreme and Urgup, etc. that leave tourists dumbstruck. There are also several rock cut cathedrals and underground settlements that only add to the appeal of the region.

The Unexpected on Our First Cruise

Much of what I write here may be “old hat” to the experienced cruiser. But to those new to cruising, they can be unexpected even though your travel agent and the brochures you read may have mentioned the items I’m writing about. Experiencing them for the first time is often surprising.

The first surprise is the Personal Identity Card that is issued to you when you roll up at the cruise terminal. You attach it to a lanyard and put it around your neck. It becomes your on-board companion for the cruise. It is the key to your state room; the card you use to purchase items, such as drinks or coffee on board and, with your passport, your right to get back on the ship.

As you board the ship for the first time the crew check your card and take a photograph of you so that each time you leave or return to the ship your card and therefore your photograph are checked. The card also allows you to check your on-board account to see the extent of your purchasers. This also tells you what on-board credits you have. It is quite an unexpected sight, seeing a gentleman in a tuxedo on a dress-up night, wearing his card around his neck.

Now that you are actually on the ship, you need to find your cabin. Oops, they don’t have cabins on board ship anymore. Cabins are state rooms. Finding your state room for the first time is a challenge. There are so many decks, people on the move and very long corridors on every deck. However, there are many crew members around to show you the way. The surprising image of the crew is that there are many different uniforms, each crew member having different roles. Their most important role is to keep the passengers happy and wanting to cruise again.

As you can imagine, with the size of the ship getting lost is easily achieved. So, with the help of the map provided when you board, you are able to get your bearings and get around the ship with ease.

When you first arrive at your cabin, your steward is around to meet you and explain whatever you need to know. He has already put your bags on the bed ready for you to unpack. Each morning he cleans your room and in the evening your bed is turned down, chocolates are on your pillows and the daily newsletter is there for you to plan the next day’s activities.

One of the pleasures of the cruise is the onshore excursions. What is unexpected is the detail to which the crew go to get you on the right tour at the right time. Often, on the day you board the ship, you’ll find in your cabin all the tickets for these tours plus instructions on where and when to assemble on the day of each tour. At the assembly points, you are given a sticker that is attached to your shirt or blouse indicating which tour you are on and any other data you need to know. Each tour is colour coded.

I thought that this process was spectacular but the process for leaving the ship at your destination is even more spectacular. Some days into the cruise you are to fill in a form regarding on how you wish to embark. This involves a time, whether you are catching a plane and so on. Then a few days before you disembark, you get a time, special signs to put on your bags and a place to meet to disembark. Your bags are taken the night before and await you in a designated area on shore ready for you to collect. This process is much quicker than the process to board the ship.

Exercise is one thing you need to do because the meals are so good that we all tend to overeat. A gym on board is expected but having a promenade deck that circumnavigates the ship is a pleasant surprise. The one on the cruise ships I have been on is about 500 metres around or three circuits make a mile. Many passengers are to be seen doing circuits each and every day.

There are novelty/speciality occasions during the voyage. I’d just like to mention just two. On our first cruise, Remembrance Day occurred. A solemn service was performed. The other one to mention is Captain’s Circle Cocktail Party where the announcement of who, on this cruise, has the most cruise days is made. On our last cruise, the number of cruise days was over 2000. That’s well over five years cruising.

The final unexpected happening was the docking of these big ships. They do it with tugs just standing by to help only if necessary. I was staggered with how these big ships were manoeuvred into seemingly very narrow berths.

The reader might believe that these unexpected happenings are the end of the surprises for a first time cruiser. These are all I remember. You can look forward to even more. Happy cruising!

What to Look for in a Hotel Barge Cruise (Which May Not Be in the Brochure)

Most articles on hotel barge cruising focus on things like the relaxing nature of the experience, the food, the scenery, the tours etc. and this also goes for the brochures and websites promoting these cruises. Quite right too you may say because these aspects of this type of holiday are very important and persuasive in distinguishing it from the general run.

However, there are other aspects, perhaps not quite so glamorous, which deserve consideration and which are not generally given much attention in the promotional material. For example, how are you going to get to and from the barge? Often the barge’s location lies at a considerable distance from a railhead, airport or hotel you may want to stay at before or after your cruise. Has the operator transfer arrangements in place, and if so will he pick you up from where you are or will you have to get to an assembly point? Often your travel arrangements require you to be transferred to a different location after the end of the cruise. Will your operator do this?

For the most part barge itineraries are fully inclusive and include all meals on board. A major consideration for the traveller must therefore be how does the operator handle individual diets? Barge galleys do not have the same storage areas as land based restaurants so providing properly planned meals for special diets can be challenging. Has the operator ensured that you have provided full dietary information in advance? What will he do if a diet is sprung on him without notice?

Many barge itineraries have wide-ranging itineraries and are in many different areas during the course of the season. Are the tours specified in detail and conducted by a knowledgeable multilingual guide? Barge operations with a stable and possibly locally based crew operating in a single region will have a better chance of satisfying this requirement than those which range widely. How does the operator stack up on this one?

A feature of some importance to passengers is the opportunity of outdoor dining. What is the policy of the operator to outdoor dining? This depends on deck space relative to the barge’s passenger complement and its possibility may perhaps be deduced from images on the promotional material, but it is important to check since some galley arrangements may render it difficult if not impossible. What the operator cannot tell you is what the weather will be like!

Barges come in many sizes. Some are large and often operated by corporate entities, sometimes by individual owners. Smaller ones are usually operated by individual owners and the atmosphere on board is quite intimate, involving the crew as well as other passengers, as opposed to the more formal atmosphere of the larger vessels. Is the barge owner operated? The promotional material will give you the size and capacity of the vessel, but has this operational aspect been addressed?

10 Best Places to Visit for Seniors

Every destination on our earth is filled with amazing opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Tropical destinations are often the most popular choice for our current generation, but there are also many underrated destinations to visit as well. While there is no one “best” place for anyone to visit, these ten destinations, in no particular order, will better suit the interests of seniors.

1. Hawaii

While Hawaii isn’t just a vacation-spot for retirees, it is definitely an ideal place to visit! Here, retirees can spend their days at golf courses, relaxing on the beach, or simply basking in the gentle sun. Oahu includes many popular tourist spots along with the tropical paradise that everyone seeks. To avoid tourist bustle, book your vacation to Maui or the Big Island.

2. St. Petersberg and Clearwater, Florida

Known as the Sunshine City, because of its yearly 361 days of sun, St. Petersberg is an amazing spot for seniors. It offers beautiful warm, sandy beaches along the western coast of Florida as well as a lively pier. Additionally, this sunny city offers world-class museums and more.

3. Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe, with its beautiful, towering trees is a great spot to visit no matter the season. In the winter, the beautiful snow caresses the sky-high trees and glazes the clear waters. During the summertime, the water of Lake Tahoe is as extremely clear and serves as an optimal picnic spot.

4. Niagara Falls, Canada

This beautiful waterfall is one of the seven wonders of the world, which attracts people from all over the globe. Seeing the sharp drop of the waterfall cliff may be a slight thrill to those who are afraid of heights, but the overall falls is breathtaking in itself. There’s also a boat, the Hornblower tour, that takes tourists practically under the thundering falls. Additionally, the falls is located in an area that contains more than sixty wineries.

5. Key West, Florida

Part of the Florida keys, Key West is often described as an area with a calmer, slower pace. Not only does its coasts include coral reefs, but they also have beautiful white, sandy shores. The location, less than 100 miles from Cuba, is also often included in many cruise tours as well.

6. Alaska

Alaska is a popular destination for seniors, as it is often a final stop for cruises from the western coast of California. The beautiful landscape contains massive glaciers, waterfalls, and of course the Northern Lights, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Not only that, but there are plenty of whale-watching boats available for seniors to take part in as well. Seniors can also partake in fishing trips or relax in cabin homes during their vacation.

7. Cuba

Cuba, most known for its tropical weather and clear blue waters is one of the best destinations for seniors. Havana, Cuba’s capital, carries all the culture and history that the entire Caribbean has to offer. If there’s particular interest in Spanish colonial culture, Cuba is the place to go.

8. Sicily, Italy

Located at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily offers spectacular views of the ocean and the Valley of the Temples. Not only that, but seniors can go wine-tasting and feast on unique Sicilian dishes as well as pizza, of course.

9. Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand, home of colorful, unique Asian culture, offers luxurious vacationing opportunities for only a fraction of the price. Not only does the country serve as the habitat to exotic animals, but it also is home to some of the world’s most striking, flavorful dishes. There are also opportunities to visit amazing, religious temples including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun.

10. Reno, Nevada

There’s no denying that gambling is a popular hobby for seniors or retirees. Instead of visiting Las Vegas, where the hustle and bustle of the younger generation might be overwhelming for seniors, Reno offers many of the same opportunities as well. Not only that, but Reno, past the casinos, also is home to many natural parks. Additionally, if seniors are planning a family trip with grandkids, they will be happily entertained at the kid-friendly Circus Circus.

ATLANTIS: A Submarine Adventure for the Entire Family

If you have never been in a submarine gliding silently and effortlessly along a coral wall teeming with marine life, you are in for a big treat.

The US Coast Guard approved Atlantis XI is a 65-foot long battery-powered submersible specially designed for underwater sightseeing adventures in tropical waters — and where better than the Cayman Islands with some of the clearest waters in the world.

The boat has a 48-passenger capacity, is air-conditioned, pressurized, and is clean and comfortable. Light from 26 large side portholes and the huge front captain’s bubble dispels any feeling of darkness or closeness. The view-ports also provide all guests with a wide window into the fascinating undersea world.

How and where to sign up

We were in port on a Princess Cruise, and signed up for our submarine tour at the Atlantis Adventure Center retail store located on the waterfront in bustling George Town, Grand Cayman.

The Atlantis Adventure Center is just a two-minute walk from the docks where the cruise ship tenders deposit passengers.

After you choose a tour and purchase your ticket, it may be a little wait before your excursion is called. You can pick up a snack and beverage right there in the store. In about 20 minutes, our tour was called and 30 of us boarded a two-level tender that would take us out to the dive site.

On our way to the submarine rendezvous point just off shore, we were given a thorough safety briefing about the Atlantis.

Before long, a light object appeared in the deep water just below our boat. Within seconds, the Atlantis breached the surface shedding water everywhere – just like in the movies.

Getting into the submarine

The change of submarine passengers was very orderly. First, the Atlantis disembarked the last tour group to the first level of the waiting tender. Our group was gathered on the second deck, and as soon as all the new submariners were aboard, we were instructed to move down the steps of the tender to the deck of the Atlantis. That accomplished, we entered the hatch compartment, and did a backward ladder descent seven feet into the boat. It was all very exciting.

Comfortably seated we waited for the hatch to close, and watched our captain – who was in full view of the passengers at all times – submerge das boot.

Down there with Davy Jones

We leveled off at 105 feet and cruised along to the tutoring of our convivial dive guide. He talked about how colors dissipate as the boat goes deeper, and how the varieties of fish change with the depth, and – wow, look at that wreck off the starboard bow! We learned about barrel sponges, soft coral and hard coral, and thoroughly enjoyed the easy to hear and understand narration.

Sadly, our underwater tour ended in about 45 minutes, the hatch opened, and we were now the experienced submariners smiling at the next group of neophytes about to take the plunge.

A less expensive alternative

Because we enjoyed the submarine experience, and had some extra time before our shipped sailed, we also took the Seaworld Observatory tour. Similar to the submarine, the inside of the Observatory has large portholes for viewing the underwater world. The big difference is that the Observatory never leaves the surface. Passengers sit in air-conditioned comfort, just five feet below the waterline.

Note: The Atlantis submarine does not allow children under four years of age, but they are permitted on the Observatory tour.

You might expect that this tour would not be as exciting as the submarine, and it isn’t, but at a greatly reduced price, it comes with superb views of fascinating wrecks, and a knowledgeable narrator who talks about the amazing sea life that passes before your eyes.

We give two thumbs up to both tours.

More about the Caymans

The three Cayman Islands are located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. They are generally flat as a pancake with little tropical vegetation, yet they are prized among well-informed vacationers for their miles and miles of pristine white sandy beaches, and the best turquoise-blue and sea-green waters in the world.

Because of the unique water clarity, the Caymans are a SCUBA divers paradise. Having spent many weeks on the islands during the now long-defunct annual “Cayman Madness” event, we can attest to the extraordinary dive sites and excellent dive-boat operators.

In addition, Grand Cayman is a safe island with a plethora of great ocean front hotels and fine restaurants – and the people of the Caymans are delightfully friendly and well educated. The Cayman Islands are clean, and you can drink the tap water. What’s not to like?

Happy travels!

Get Paid to Travel – Be a Tour Guide

Tour Operators are the latest in the list of new fancy jobs. One has to enjoy traveling to be a tour operator. The joy of traveling in addition getting paid for it is just like getting your best dream come true. Tour Guide are probably a cross between a guide and a babysitter and there job is as challenging as any body else’. The tour leader is completely responsible for his patrons for the duration of the tour. The tour leader has not only to stimulate the mind of the tourist with local knowledge on the coach, but also has to entertain them over dinner. It is a diverse job requiring many skills. Though you don’t have to know many languages though it is always an advantage, still you have to be a good communicator. Patience is another virtue required for this job. Confidence and being composed in all sorts of situation is a trait well needed.

The travel industry is expanding constantly, and there are a number of tour companies in existence, having their own specialization, or place. Some operate physically demanding tours, some take city tours, some others may try to go for tours abroad, a few may specialize in an area or region, while others may take the full circle but for a tour guide the love for traveling is a must have. There are many types of tour guides who specialize in one field and take tours according to their specialization with themes like interest-walking food tours, ghost tours, immigrant tours, and famous filming location tours

The tour directors, the tour guide or cruise hosting are very lucrative careers. The tour guide or director is hired by the tour operating company and destination management companies. The tour guide escorts the tourist groups to local tours, domestic tours, international tours and cruises. The variation in job is beyond imagination. One week you may be enjoying African safari and the next week you may be on a Mediterranean cruse. It is not compulsory that you take a full time tour guide’s job. You can take part time job also in your own city or town

To be a successful tour director or guide you will need specialized training. There are many courses in community colleges and universities. However if you are not too keen to join a college or university you can take online course which is accredited to a college or university. To select a good online course you have find someone with an experience of extensive travels throughout the world as a cruise host and international tour director. He or she should also have considerable tour guide training experience. The duration of the course is generally for six weeks and should coverall the procedures involved in tour directing and guiding, as well as techniques for group management, creating and delivering interesting narration and handling challenges that arise.

The Galapagos Islands: A Honeymoon Destination

The Galapagos Islands draw thousands of visitors every year, including scientists, students, naturalists, photographers and more. The Galapagos Islands’ status as a must-see, “bucket list” sort of destination also draws in retirees and off-the beaten path travelers. While the Islands are often overlooked by the “in-between” crowd of people in their 20’s and 30’s, the Galapagos Islands actually make for an outstanding honeymoon destination. Why pick Galapagos for your honeymoon? Here are five reasons:

The Galapagos Islands are Romantic

That’s the number one qualification after all, isn’t it? A honeymoon is a romantic vacation, and the Galapagos Islands fit the bill. Moonlit cruises? Check. Exotic location? Check. Excellent facilities and service? Check and check. The dramatic sunsets, fearless wildlife and memorable landscapes combine with first-rate services to create the perfect atmosphere for romance.

The Archipelago has something for everyone.

He wants hiking, she wants a beach. He wants water sports, she wants shopping. Galapagos is about not having to sacrifice or compromise. There are great beaches and hikes on the islands, as well as snorkeling and other water sports. The towns on the islands have a surprising amount of quality souvenirs from all over Ecuador and South America. You can even decide between land-based and cruise ship tours. Why fight over a destination when Galapagos has it all?

The “Enchanted Islands” are a destination for the young and vibrant.

The Islands are on many people’s “bucketlist” of places to visit. Many retirees go because they finally have the time and money to do so. Unfortunately, by the time they get there, many seniors find that some of the hikes and islands are too challenging for them and they miss out. The Galapagos Islands are best enjoyed by those who are old enough to appreciate them and still young enough to hop from one lava rock to the next, perfect for young newlyweds!

The Islands are more affordable than you think.

Many young couples are not yet established and may avoid seemingly pricey destinations like the Galapagos Islands. Although the costs are undeniable – airfare to and from Ecuador and then to the islands, plus park fees and the cost of cruises or lodging – they are relatively low right now. The worldwide economic downturn has had one positive effect: fewer people are visiting Galapagos and the tour companies and hotels are willing to make deals they would not have considered before.

Ecuador has much more to offer than just the Islands.

A honeymoon to the Galapagos Islands carries the side benefit of a trip to Ecuador. Why not spend a few days relaxing in the natural spas of Papallacta surrounded by the Andes, or taking a romantic carriage ride in Quito’s charming colonial center? For such a small nation, Ecuador is home to a wonderfully diverse ecosystem with everything from snow-capped volcanoes to sandy beaches.

Trips to these and other Ecuador destinations are very easy to combine with a trip to Galapagos. So start using our free trip planning serviceand book your honeymoon today!

Egypt Tours – Explore Ancient Egypt

Egypt – the cradle of civilization. Have you ever wanted to see an actual pyramid, to marvel at the most breathtaking architectural works in all of history? Or enter one and explore the exciting tunnels and chasms within? Have you ever imagined yourself visiting the tomb of an ancient king and inspecting priceless pieces of ancient Egyptian culture?

The most popular Egyptian tours are visits to Pyramids and museums of ancient civilizations. Within these Ancient Egypt Tours that are generally of a Pharoanic nature, you will be able to tour Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, and see not only awesome markers of ancient Egyptian history, but also landmarks of religious importance. You can also organize your tour to even include a cruise down the Nile River as well.

There are several tours on offer, some with definite itineraries, others organized according to your desired route, usually dependent on how much you want to see and how long you plan to stay. Highlights of the tours include the Giza (Great Pyramid) and the Saqqara (Step) Pyramids, the Citadel, an Islamic market called Khan el-Khalili, as well as other markets, churches and museums, all in Cairo. In Luxor, the must-see landmarks would be at least one or two of the many fine monuments and tombs found on the West Bank, which will prove to be welcome escapes from the heat of the city. Make sure to also visit the Luxor and Karnak temples and the highly popular Luxor museum, all on the East Bank.

Although you can fly or take a train between Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, we highly recommend the bus rides between Luxor and Aswan, as these trips usually have stopovers at popular, historic monuments along the way. In Aswan, you could tour Elephantine Island, the Nubian museum and the unfinished Obelisk, the High Dam and St. Simon’s Monastery. If you have an extra day to spare, you could also visit the temples of Abu Simbel, and have more time to see Aswan’s many other attractions.

Religious tours are also highly popular, such as the Holy Family route and the Exodus route, as well as tours of Islamic mosques. You can just imagine Moses leading the chosen people out of Egypt as you follow in their steps. Unstructured religious tours are also on offer, allowing you to see highlights from either the Holy Family and Exodus routes, as well as monuments found in the Pharoanic tours.

The Ancient Egypt Tour is the ideal vacation for the adventurer in you, and a great educational trip for the entire family, especially if you have around two weeks to spare. Aside from soaking up the amazing ancient cultures, you’ll also get to meet a people who are wonderfully accommodating and friendly.