Lebanon focus of Travcoa's 'Legends' tour

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 arts.

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, double.

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 National Museum.

In Lebanon, excursions will be made to Byblos; the port city of Sidon, and Beiteddine for a visit to Bashir's 18th century palace.

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 of Paphos.

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.
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