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January 19, 2021

Egypt and Jordan Ancient Wonders JESS@FriendsTravel.com


#Egypt & #Jordan #Ancient #Wonders: 16-Day Small-Group Tour with Five-Star Stays, Nile River Cruise & Internal Flights & Internatonal Flights!
Travel Now and until 05 Nov 2022
Step back in time and uncover the treasures of Egypt & Jordan on this once-in-a-lifetime 16-day small-group tour (max. 12 travellers).
Throughout Egypt, uncover tombs preserved by desert sands in the #Valley of the #Kings, watch the sunset from the deck on a five-star Nile cruise, lose yourself in the colourful chaos of Cairo’s Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, marvel at mummies and impressive treasures in the #Egyptian #Museum, and capture the iconic images of Egypt – the #Pyramids of #Giza and the #Sphinx – rising high above the desert plateau. Plus, step back in time on an unforgettable excursion to the #UNESCO World Heritage-listed #Abu #Simbel, two stunning temples carved into the bedrock in impressive detail to honour the rule of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Then, in #Jordan, visit the striking UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of #Petra, experience the wilderness of the #Wadi #Rum #desert, float in the #Dead #Sea, discover ancient religious sites and marvel at vast rose-red desert landscapes dotted with towering cliffs and camels.
Experience ancient wonders and modern comforts with fifteen luxurious nights of accommodation — including four nights at the five-star Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, or similar based on availability and four nights aboard the five-star MS Miriam — included flights between #Cairo, #Luxor and #Aswan, and an international flight from Cairo to #Amman, daily breakfast and select dining experiences per itinerary, the services of an expert local Egyptologist guide, all entrance fees per itinerary, luxury transportation throughout and so much more.


Your tour includes:
Eleven nights of luxury accommodation in Egypt and Jordan’s best five-star hotels, including Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, Amman Marriott Hotel, Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa, Petra Marriott Hotel and the Memories Aicha Luxury Camp
Four-night luxury Nile cruise aboard the boutique MS Miriam, offering an intimate luxury cruising experience
All-inclusive dining and onboard entertainment throughout your cruise
Daily breakfast and a selection of additional meals as noted in the itinerary
Guided sightseeing with an expert local Egyptologist director
Internal flights from Cairo to Luxor, Aswan to Abu Simbel and Aswan to Cairo
International flight between Cairo, Egypt and Amman, Jordan
Witness the magnificent Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau
Uncover centuries of fascinating history with entrance into the Egyptian Museum and Luxor Museum
Explore a myriad of impressive sites including the Temple of Amun, Luxor Temple and Philae Temples
Experience the buoyancy of the restorative Dead Sea waters, the lowest point on Earth
Enjoy a full day of exploring the ‘Rose City’ of Petra
Watch as the scenery changes from craggy hills to a wider expanse of open desert at Wadi Rum, an otherworldly landscape of discovery
Deluxe air-conditioned transportation
All sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
Return private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates
Enjoy seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room
Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees
Your journey takes you to: #Cairo, #Egypt — #Luxor — #AbuSimbel – #Aswan – #Amman, Jordan — #DeadSea — #MountNebo — #Madaba — #Shobak — #Petra – #WadiRum — #Amman.
Book with confidence: This tour is covered by our Change of Plan Guarantee, which will permit you to alter your travel plans up to 90 days before departure. You can rest easy knowing that should you not be able to travel as a result of Government travel restrictions, even right up to the day of departure Luxury Escapes will assist you with a date change, provide you with a credit or process a refund for your booking less any non-recoverable costs.

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Eleven nights of luxury accommodation in Egypt and Jordan’s best five-star hotels, including Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, Amman Marriott Hotel, Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa, Petra Marriott Hotel and the Memories Aicha Luxury Camp
Four-night luxury Nile cruise aboard the boutique MS Miriam, offering an intimate luxury cruising experience
All-inclusive dining and onboard entertainment throughout your cruise

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All Inclusions
Inclusions valid for one person (twin share) – you must purchase two packages
Eleven nights of luxury accommodation in Egypt and Jordan’s best five-star hotels, including Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, Amman Marriott Hotel, Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa, Petra Marriott Hotel and the Memories Aicha Luxury Camp
Four-night luxury Nile cruise aboard the boutique MS Miriam, offering an intimate luxury cruising experience
All-inclusive dining and onboard entertainment throughout your cruise
Daily breakfast and a selection of additional meals as noted in the itinerary
Guided sightseeing with an expert local Egyptologist director
Internal flights from Cairo to Luxor, Aswan to Abu Simbel and Aswan to Cairo
International flight between Cairo, Egypt and Amman, Jordan
Witness the magnificent Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau
Uncover centuries of fascinating history with entrance into the Egyptian Museum and Luxor Museum
Explore a myriad of impressive sites including the Temple of Amun, Luxor Temple and Philae Temples
Experience the buoyancy of the restorative Dead Sea waters, the lowest point on Earth
Enjoy a full day of exploring the ‘Rose City’ of Petra
Watch as the scenery changes from craggy hills to a wider expanse of open desert at Wadi Rum, an otherworldly landscape of discovery
Deluxe air-conditioned transportation
All sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
Return private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates
Enjoy seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room
Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees


EMAIL: #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
VISIT: www.FriendsTravel.com

December 13, 2020

Egypt Nile River Cruise JESS@FriendsTravel. com

Luxury Nile River Cruise

The most glorious fashion to discover the wonders of Luxor and Aswan is a luxury Nile Cruise between the heavens of Upper Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. These Nile River Cruises have always been a centerpiece of Egyptian exploration offering travelers from all over the world to witness some of the most ancient and incredible constructions ever created in the history of mankind. Since Victorian times, the luxury Nile Cruise has been the pinnacle of offering an awesome cocktail of thrilling and tranquil experience that shows how one of the most ancient civilizations on the face of the plant came into existence. The Nile River Cruise showcases the historical & magnificent architecture and decorations revealing the secrets of the ancient Egyptian civilization and the level of sophistication and skill. On these floating hotels is a dream come true waiting for each traveler to enjoy a heavenly adventure.


Best Luxury Nile Cruise Ships in Egypt
The finest Egypt Tour imaginable can be enjoyed onboard a Luxury Nile cruise as the  Royal Lily, the Rosetta Nile cruise, the Royal lotus Splendor Nile cruise, Queen Nefer Nile cruise, Zahra Nile cruise, the Sancturay sun boat Nile cruise, and Nile cruise where all the bells and whistles will be at your full disposal offering the finest luxurious treatment and tranquility.


The Accommodations And Facilities of A Nile Cruise
The Accommodations of the luxury Nile cruise are the essence of tranquility reflecting a piece of the royal life the ancient Egyptians enjoyed back in the day. The rooms are found in both comfortable deluxe single & double beds with the most enchanting natural views from their amazing windows. The cabins are equipped with a mini-fridge, satellite phone, Sat-TV, air-conditioning, a hairdryer, an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub & overhead shower. The facilities of the Nile cruise include a full entertaining center that showcases amazing belly dancing shows and Nubians parts take place, the main restaurant, lounge bar & discotheque, a safe deposit box, a laundry, beauty center, Gym, Wifi, Medical Centre, inner swimming pool, a relaxing sun deck, a spa, and gift shops.


Best Attractions to Visit Through A Nile River Cruise
The attractions of Upper Egypt will be revealed through the amazing Egypt Nile Cruises that will offer a golden path to a magical city known as Luxor one of the world’s greatest open-air museums “the city of hundred doors”. It was to be the capital of Egypt during the Middle Kingdom (1975-1640 BC) and also in the New Kingdom (1570-1050 BC) where amazing constructions were created like the biggest open-air religious open-air temples on the plant the Karnak Temple temple complex home of the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khnsou, The divine guardian of the city the colossal Colossi of Memnon of Amenhotep III, The beautiful Temple of Luxor the second largest temple after EL-Karnak Temple, The mesmerizing temple of Queen Hatshepsut the house of Amun and one of the most preserved temples in Egypt showcasing the art of ancient Egyptian Architecture and the heavenly valley of the kings found in the heart of a mountain filled with more than 63 rock-cut tombs to great names from the New Kingdom such as Amenhotep I, Set I, Tutankhamun, Thutmose, the entire Ramsess dynasty, and more, all revealed on your Nile Cruise. If you are looking for the best luxury Nile cruises, Egypt Tours Portal provides the most amazing Egypt tours with luxury Nile cruises to explore the immortal lands of Egypt where the greatest tales ever told in the history of the world can be found located within the embrace of the incredible cities of Egypt such as Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan.


The Nile Cruise will head to the divine mythical city of Aswan the southern final frontier of Egypt. In the new Kingdom (1550-1070) many constructions were created like the Unfinished Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut that showcases many details relating to the construction process of the obelisks in ancient Egypt. The colossal temples of Abu Simbel are a living miracle created in 1244 B.C by Ramses the great to immortalize his name, heritage and honor the gods through the Sun Festival that takes place on 22 of February and October of each ear. A number of temples were built in the Greco-Roman to showcase their deep religious dedication to the holy nature of ancient Egyptian such as the double unique temple of the crocodile god Sobek of the Nile & the sky god Horus KomOmbo constructed from 332 till 395 BC, the mythical Philea temple of Isis the motherhood goddess in 696 BC revealing the tale of Osiris, Edfu Temple of the Sky God Hours, built-in 237 BC, on the location the held the battle between his Evil uncle God Set and the sky god Horus.


Best Time to Enjoy A Luxury Nile Cruise
The finest time period to board a luxury Nile cruise is from October and April during the delightful months of spring, autumn, and winter where the climate is just right to fully enjoy the mesmerizing allure and magic of the Nile are at their best form. The climate becomes carries a cool breeze up to 21 C (70 F) which will make every moment comfortable and entertaining. A 5 – 7 days Nile Cruise is an ideal amount of days to explore the heavenly ancient attractions of Luxor and Aswan with your expert tour guide under the delightful skies to uncover the marvelous hidden treasures of Egypt.


What to Pack and Wear On A Luxury Nile Cruise
Packing is the key to enjoy the ideal vacation on a magical luxury Nile Cruise, so make sure to bring light clothes from nice materials like cotton & linen and comfortable closed shoes plus sunglasses, sun-block cream & lotion to stand the sun, a local Egyptian sim card, a personal VPN, a universal adaptor, and a back bag that contains all personal contacts, travel documents, credit card, and cash money.
The greatest adventure of your destiny is one click away waiting for every traveler on board a Nile cruise where the beauty and brilliance of the ancient Egyptian civilization are revealed in the greatest manner.

#TravelAgent #JessKalinowsky
EMAIL: JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
VISIT: www.FriendsTravel.com Since 1985

December 10, 2020

Kenya: Rapid Rail Link to Nairobi Airport Opens JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Rapid Rail Link to Nairobi Airport Opens

It now takes around 20 minutes from the centre of Nairobi to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Kenyan Transport Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, officially launched the new rail link this week – the JKIA Express Service – noting that it was an extension of the Nairobi commuter rail service upgrade project that would alleviate congestion on the Kenyan capital’s road system.

The entire project was announced last year and was undertaken by French companies in conjunction with the Kenyan government.

It followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, during the latter’s first visit to Kenya last year.

The French government is funding the project.

Air passengers will pay KES500 (€3) for the trip from Nairobi Railway Station to the airport.



#TravelAgent #JessKalinowsky
EMAIL JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
VISIT: www.FriendsTravel.com Since 1985

December 9, 2020

Africa Safari Buy Out Programs JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Safari Company’s Offering Full Bush Camp Buyouts so You Can Create a Travel Bubble for your Family or Friends.

African Safari Camps have created a new way for you to visit luxury properties around Africa.

Travel is most certainly changing, but Safari companies are rolling with the punches to still offer travelers a chance to see the world.

Africa Safari companies have announced new travel bubble program, which allows families and small groups to purchase buyouts of each bush camps across #Botswana, #Zimbabwe, and #Zambia. Pricing based on 10 adults sharing a bush camp. Plus applicable #DiscountAirfare First, Business, Coach, or Private Jet Charter.

We also offer the traditional Safari where you join others, but still in a small group. And Family and Friends Safari.

Imagine you and your fellow travelers surrounded by #Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a short distance from the #Victoria Falls, with a buyout of a River Lodge. Or relaxing along the banks of a lagoon that flows into the Khwai River at Tented Camp in #Botswana. Or indulging in an ‘armchair safari’ beneath the shade of a mahogany tree at Kanga Camp in the most remote part of the #UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools National Park, in #Zimbabwe.

Guests can choose to experience any one of these travel visions for themselves and up to 10-16 Friends and Family in some camps. And really, we are using the word “camp” loosely as each destination comes with modern tents and full hotel-style amenities including indoor / outdoor showers, oversized wraparound decks on each tent, and more.

As part of the buyouts, guests will also take part in game drives, guide-led walking safaris, birding outings, mokoro (dugout canoe) trips, cultural visits, and just have the chance to sit out and watch the wildlife go by graciously.

When staying at one camp isn’t enough, guests may also choose to buyout multiple camps and connect to each one via a private charter plane to minimize health risks.

There is so much adventure and plenty of space to go around in the African bush. We want group travelers to know that a buyout is a great way for them to experience it safely and at great rates, with all of the exquisite comforts and authentic adventures that our team works so hard to provide.

Ready to book! EMAIL to start the process of taking the socially-distant vacation of a lifetime.

#TravelAgent #JessKalinowsky
EMAIL: JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
VISIT: www.FriendsTravel.com Since 1985

December 4, 2020

South Africa Train Converted to Luxury Hotel JESS@FriendsTravel.com

#SouthAfrica Train Converted to Luxury Hotel

When visitors first began going to Kruger National Park in South Africa, they traveled by train and spent the night on the Selati Bridge as there were no accommodations on land. In tribute to those first visitors, a new luxury hotel is opening in a refurbished train permanently stationed on the abandoned bridge that spans the Sabie River.

Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge with 24 rooms on the bridge and seven more on land. Large glass walls will allow for spectacular views of the river and wildlife including crocodiles, elephants, hippos and buffalo.

Nothing much better than a visit to Kruger National Park!



#TravelAgent #JessKalinowsky
EMAIL: JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
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Be sure to ask for your $25.00 per person discount on any International trip leaving USA soil!  

November 16, 2020

Egypt 2nd best scuba diving destination for 2nd year in row JESS@FriendsTravel.com


#Egypt has once again been named the second-best #scuba #diving destination, according to Dive Travel magazine’s 2020 poll.


The magazine said on Wednesday, 11 11 2020, that Egypt has maintained its position since 2019, once again commanding a large proportion of the vote, and that there was “a lot of enthusiasm for a nation that has seen its beleaguered tourist industry suffer a number of setbacks over the last decade.”


“With its crystal clear blue waters, year-round sunlit, cloudless skies, vibrant coral and a good range of big to little critters to delight over, the Egyptian Red Sea is not just one of the world’s best diving destinations, but the birthplace of a great many love affairs with the underwater world,” the magazine added.

“Regular visitors will no doubt be pleased to see two Egyptian centers making the Top 10 for the first time in 2020”, the magazine added.


Winners of the 2020 DIVE Travel Awards are the outcome of a poll that covers 108 different destinations, 329 liveaboards and almost 1,100 different dive centers and resorts, with over 11,000 nominations and 30,000 votes cast over six months, the magazine explained.


“It’s been a tough year for the dive industry. It’s been a tough year for the world in general.”  BUT we will prevail and we will be traveling and diving again in 2021.

NOW is the time to make travel arrangements.


“We wondered if we should even run a travel awards, but in the end, we decided we wanted to celebrate the best of the best, keep the conversation going, and do our little bit to keep people #enthusiastic about #travel and #scuba #diving. Thank you everybody who participated; we could never have done it without you, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll all be wearing proper masks as soon as possible!”.


#Indonesia topped the #DIVE Travel list for the fourth year in a row, with #Malaysia placing third after #Egypt, followed by #Philippines, #Maldives, #Fiji, #Australia, #Mexico, #Thailand, and #Papua #New #Guinea. We have dive travel packages to everyone of them! 

#TravelConcierge #JessKalinowsky
EMAIL: JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
VISIT: www.FriendsTravel.com Since 1985

November 5, 2020

#Kenya Named #Africa’s Best Golfing Destination JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Africa,Amazing Adventures,Family Safari,Golf,Kenya — africafriendstravel @ 5:07 pm

#Kenya Named #Africa’s #Best #Golfing #Destination

Kenya has been named Africa’s leading golfing destination at the seventh Annual #World #Golf #Awards Gala Ceremony held in the #United #Arab #Emirates.

Kenya scooped the award ahead of #SouthAfrica, #Egypt and #Morocco with the trophy rewarding #excellence in #golf #tourism, courses and golf destinations.

Commenting on this recognition, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) CEO, Betty Radier said that the award is proof of the strides that Kenya has made in the development of golf over the years.

“It is encouraging that Kenya has been able to develop golfing and now the entire world knows us as the best destination in Africa. We have indeed made incredible strides and we can only get better. We aim to be the best in the World now that we have conquered Africa,” she said.

She added that Kenya Tourism will continue to support the sport in the country for more development.

“As Kenya Tourism Board we have had an association with golf for a long time now because we believe in its ability to increase our tourism brand visibility globally and thereby attract tourists into the country. We will continue to be part of the sport to ensure that it achieves greater goals.”

The Kenya Tourism Board has previously sponsored golf events and is the activating agency of the #Magical #Kenya #Open #Golf Championships which is part of the #elite #European #Tour.

This key event is held annually and preceded by the local #Safari #Golf #Tour which allows professional players and amateurs an opportunity to prepare for their participation at the Magical Kenya Open.

These events have been crucial in profiling Kenya’s as a golfing destination. The Magical Kenya Open has attracted top international golfers from Europe and other parts of the world who have always expressed their love for the destination.

This has gone a long way to increase the destination’s global visibility. Kenya is home to the only PGA course in the region, Vipingo Ridge which has been the host of the Magical Kenya ladies open for the last two years.


EMAIL: #JESS #Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
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November 4, 2020

#Egypt The #Tomb of #Tutankhamun JESS@FriendsTravel.com

#Tutankhamun was an #Egyptian #Pharaoh ruling from approximately 1341 BC to 1323 BC. The boy-king was only eight years old when he became Pharaoh. Howard Carter, a British #Egyptologist, had found clues to the existence of the Pharaoh, but the location of his tomb was unknown because of the scarcity of records of any type on Tutankhamun. Carter searched in vain for many months for the tomb, known to be located somewhere in the #Valley of the #Kings. Carter’s financing was all but gone, and was given only one more season to find the boy-king’s burial place.

On November 4, 1922, Carter found the steps leading to Tutankhamun’s tomb. He notified his financier to hurry to the site, and on November 26th they breached the tomb’s doorway. Inside laid one of the most complete, intact resting places of a Pharaoh, largely undisturbed since its sealing in 1323 BC. Carter and “King Tut” became instant celebrities the world over.
Visiting the Cairo Museum is awe inspiring. Egypt is enormously exciting. Worth every single minute one spends there.


EMAIL: #JESS #Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
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Our #expert #TravelConsultants will design your #customized #itinerary with #unique #experiences and #activities based on your special interests, wants, needs, desires, expectations and budget.
We will quote you the best prices based on our worldwide buying power for air, hotels, cruise, transportation and guiding services.
Peace of mind: Our destination experts will be available when you are traveling for 24/7 assistance.
I have been to 147 countries, so likely I have been to where you are going! JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

June 2, 2020

#Iran #PersiaVacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Iran — africafriendstravel @ 5:40 am

Decades of geopolitical quarrels have dealt a major blow to Iran’s reputation, but it cannot be denied that the country’s cultural legacy is one of the most fascinating on earth. The nation is a true delight for historiansPersepolis, an ancient city that served as the Achaemenid Empire’s capital roughly 2500 years ago, is just a short trip northeast from Shiraz, while the ancient city of Hamedan is still populated today. There’s a truly massive array of activities available throughout the country – visitors can go skiing in Dizin, sunbathe on white sand beaches in Hormozgan Province, and explore lush forests in Gilan Province, while captivating mosques and Zoroastrian temples can be found in abundance all throughout the nation. While visa requirements are a difficult hurdle to overcome, one can only hope that geopolitical tensions cool off in the future, allowing this enchanting nation to realize its full potential as a welcoming tourist destination.

In 1972 I was lucky enough to have a private tour of about ten cities in Iran / Persia.  Truly a beautiful country.

Persian King Solomon Flying Carpet

 

#EthiopiaVacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Africa,Ethiopia — africafriendstravel @ 5:04 am

#EthiopiaVacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365 

Out of the 54 nations that make up #Africa, one could make the argument that #Ethiopia has the most fascinating historic background – it was the second civilization on earth to adopt #Christianity, the only African nation to defeat a #European power in battle and resist colonialism during the Scramble for Africa, and it’s believed that our earliest human ancestors first came from this fertile region. Visitors to this unique country will find a truly diverse scope of natural beauty – the western edges of Ethiopia are home to lush rainforest, which quickly gives way to the towering peaks of the #EthiopianHighlands as one ventures east. If the rich history and spectacular natural sites don’t propel this nation to stardom, the national cuisine surely will – eating injera by hand is a cultural experience that everybody should take part at least once in their life.

Haile Selassie I (born Tafari Makonnen) was the emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, although he was in exile from 1936 to 1941 after Italy invaded the country. Prior to being emperor, he served as regent from 1916 to 1930. For what was Haile Selassie I known?

 

 

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