Egypt & Jordan

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From the pyramids to the Nile, an Egypt tour has an aspect of adventure and discovery unmatched by any other place on earth. But why? As Gina Davidson writes for the Scotsman, Egyptians didn't exactly do that much for modern society. The preoccupation with Romans makes sense, as they left behind legacies such as roads, viaducts and bridges that we still use today. But Egyptians, with their hieroglyphs, mummies and animal-headed gods left us fascinating artifacts for museums.

September 16, 2011

Packing Tips for a Nile Cruise

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Cruising down the Nile is the adventure of a lifetime - the route past this living museum offers hundreds of opportunities to observe the historical and cultural wonders of this ancient land. However, a surefire way to ruin the trip is to pack incorrectly or inadequately.

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Floating in the Dead Sea is a relaxing end to a journey through Egypt and Jordan. After sailing upriver on a Nile cruise and crossing the sands of the Sinai, time to relax in these rejuvenating waters is ideal for both the body and soul.

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Pilgrims once flocked to the Egyptian island of Philae, coming from all over the ancient world to worship Isis, a goddess who is commemorated with a massive temple that was re-erected from beneath the Nile River. Isis was mysterious to most who worshipped her, but was believed to have healing powers for those who sought her counsel.

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Though sites like Machu Picchu, the Great Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge may differ from one another in several ways, they are all bound by at least one similarity — distinction as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The prestigious title reflects these locations' unique positions as arbiters of the local culture and as a commanding physical significance for the area in which it is found.

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Meals are an aspect of Egyptian culture that American travelers may be unprepared for. Learning about Egypt’s dining culture will whet any visitor’s appetite for some local fare before exploring the Pyramids or relaxing on a Nile cruise.

While Egyptians are generally very enthusiastic about food and meals, their formal meals are structured differently than the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner format of the West.

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Before he took over an International Expeditions' Director of Product Development, Bill Robison spent years coordinating travel to Egypt. So he had this great tip to share regarding your souvenirs and things to keep handy on our Wings Over the Nile journey.

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The New 7 Wonders of the World began as a global campaign to recognize human achievement and protect the planet's man-made wonders. After more than 100 million people around the world cast their vote, the rose-red city of Petra, Jordan has been recognized as one of man’s greatest accomplishments.

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International Expeditions CFO Elaine Woolsey just accompanied guests on our Wings Over the Nile journey. Follow the adventures of Elaine and her daughter Stephanie as they explore Egypt and Jordan. Catch up with Part 1 and Part 2 of their Egypt vacation.

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Travel + Leisure readers (and our guests) have just named IE one of the Top 10 "World's Best" Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters! To qualify for the awards, tour operators were judged on six criteria, including the food. And while our small-group journeys remain committed to exploration, even confirmed "foodies" will find meals worth raving about in Earth's wild regions.

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