NEW YORK -- Ancient cultures and living history continue to be the
leading attractions drawing travelers to Middle East destinations,
and tour operators offer a bevy of programs to the region.
A sampling of tours, with rates that are based on per person,
double occupancy, follows:Insight Vacations of Boston scheduled weekly departures of its
seven-night Wonders of Egypt program.
Clients begin the trip with a three-night stay in Cairo before
flying to Luxor to board a deluxe Nile cruise boat. Four nights are
spent on the boat en route to Aswan, and the final night is spent
Priced from $1,365 for land and from $2,370 with land and air,
the program offers features such as a camel ride to the Great
Pyramid of Cheops and the Sphinx, a sound and light show in Karnak
and a felucca ride in Aswan.
A longer Egypt program also is available, as are tours that
visit Israel and Jordan.
Insight VacationsForeign Independent Tours of Fort Lee, N.J., introduced Nile
& Red Sea Treasures.
Phone: (800) 582-8380
It includes four nights in Cairo, three nights in Hurghada by
the sea, one night in Luxor, a trip to Abu Simbel by air and a
four-night Nile cruise with junior suite accommodations on the
Deluxe hotels, 32 meals, private car excursion to Denderah
temple, guided sightseeing and admission to the Solar Boat Museum
are some of the features covered in the air and land cost of
$2,995; departures are on Fridays from New York aboard
The operator also has tours covering Israel, Jordan, Syria and
Foreign Independent ToursSunny Land Tours of Hackensack, N.J., combines Jordan and Syria
in a 13-night Ancient Civilizations itinerary, starting in
Phone: (800) 248-3487
The plan includes day excursions to the Dead Sea, ancient Pella
and Umm Qais, Jerash and Ajlun. The itinerary continues on the
desert highway to Petra for an overnight stay and exploration of
the Nabatean city.
In Syria, tour members will visit, among other places, Palmyra,
Deir-ez-Zor on the Euphrates, Aleppo and Damascus.
Rates include air on Royal Jordanian from New York.
Using first class hotels, the cost is $3,575; using deluxe
The operator also offers an eight-night program to Jordan and
Syria, as well as a seven-night tour of Jordan only and an
eight-night visit to Egypt only.
Sunny Land Tours:
Phone: (800) 783-7839