NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--Travcoa offers a new 18-night Legends of the
Middle East tour, which is aimed at experienced travelers seeking
unusual tourist sites.
Another program, also traveling far off the beaten path, is
Travcoa's Jewels of the Persian Gulf program, which is scheduled to
depart on Feb. 5 and explore ancient Bedouin cultures and Islamic
On the Legends of the Middle East tour, a six-night stay in
Lebanon is the central destination featured; however, travelers
will also explore Jordan, Syria and Cyprus on departures set for
Oct. 24 and March 6, 1999. The land-only cost is $6,895 per person,
The tour begins in Amman, with visits to the capital and the
Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash. There is a drive to Petra for a
two-night visit and an extensive exploration of the "rose red
city." Travelers continue by air from Amman to Beirut to visit the
In Lebanon, excursions will be made to Byblos; the port city of
Sidon, and Beiteddine for a visit to Bashir's 18th century
Clients will stay in Chtaura for two nights and take an
excursion to the Roman monuments of Baalbek. The tour continues
overland into Syria, where during a four-night stay in Damascus,
guests will visit the Omayyad Mosque and tomb of Saladin, as well
as the city's Souk el Hamdie bazaar.
A day excursion will venture to the village of Maaloula and its
Byzantine monastery. The program will continue by air to Cyprus for
a three-night stay at the Amathus Beach Hotel in the coastal town
Other highlights will be the mosaics of the House of Dionysus, a
traditional Cypriot meze lunch and a drive through the Troodos
Mountains to Nicosia.
Travcoa's second Middle East focus in 1999 takes travelers to
the Persian Gulf region, with visits to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia,
Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the island state of
Bahrain. The tour begins in Kuwait, continues by air to Bahrain for
a two-night stay visiting archaeological sites.
Other highlights include the port city of Al Khobar in eastern
Saudi Arabia; Qatar, with visits to the Ethnographic Museum and the
National Museum in the old Emiri Palace; a three-night stay in
Dubai to enjoy the gold souks and a divers cruise on Dubai Creek,
plus a day excursion to the boat builders in the Ajman Emirate.
The program ends in Oman, with a four-night stay at the Al
Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat.
Touring will feature visits to ancient fortresses, the Muttrah
and Nizwa souks and a full-day excursion by four-wheel-drive
vehicle to the fishing village of Wadi Shab for a picnic lunch amid
the banana plantations. The land-only cost is $7,595 per person,
double, on the singular departure of this tour next February.
Phone: (800) 992-2003