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JORDAN SUMMER SPECIAL

JORDAN GROUP-HOLIDAY
Book together, travel together and enjoy together in Jordan
Available Packages: 3 – 5 Nights Jordan Summer Special. from $1344.

Write history. Be part of the first-ever direct flight from Lagos to Jordan. Enjoy a fascinating holiday trip to Jordan with our sizzling group package.

Package Includes:
* Visa
* Flight ticket
* Accommodation (BB)
* Entrance fees to three tours inclusive of lunch plus a tour guide.

Group size: 10 persons

Tours:
* Jerash – mar Elias – Um Qais
* AmmanPetra Visit
* Madaba-Mt nebo – Dead Sea[lunch at Amman beach]- Baptism site

For many people Jordan begins and ends with the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra. And it’s true, Petra is without doubt one of the Middle East‘s most spectacular, unmissable sights, battling it out with Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat for the title of the world’s most dramatic ‘lost city’.

Yet there’s so much more to see in Jordan – ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites: the brook where Jesus was baptised, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist, and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land. Biblical scenes are not just consigned to the past in Jordan; you’ll see plenty of men wearing full-flowing robes and leading herds of livestock across the timeless desert. But it’s not all crusty ruins. Jordan’s capital Amman is a modern, culturally diverse Arab city which is lightyears away from the typical cliches of Middle Eastern exoticism.

The country also offers some of the wildest adventures in the region, as well as an incredibly varied backdrop ranging from the red desert sands of Wadi Rum to the brilliant blues of the coral-filled Gulf of Aqaba; from rich palm-filled wadis to the lifeless Dead Sea. Ultimately it’s the sensual delights of daily life in the Middle East that you’ll hanker for longest after you return home; the bittersweet taste of cardamom coffee or the smell of a richly scented nargileh (water pipe); the intoxicating swirl of Arabic pop sliding out of an Amman doorway and the deafening silence of the desert.

Jordanians are a passionate and proud people and the country truly welcomes visitors with open arms. Despite being squeezed between the hotspots of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel & the Palestinian Territories, Jordan is probably the safest and most stable country in the region. Regardless of your nationality, you’ll be greeted with nothing but courtesy and hospitality in this gem of a country.

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FACTS ABOUT BIG BEN

The first ever clock tower established at the Palace of Westminster was in 1288. Unfortunately, it was destroyed along with the old Palace of Westminster by the devastating fire that broke out on the fateful night of 16 October 1834. Then the chief architect of the palace Charles Barry was assigned with the contract of designing the palace and he included a clock tower in his designs. Thus, the credit for designing the Big Ben goes to Charles Barry while the cast iron dials of the clock were designed by Augustus Pugin.

The building of the tower was completed in 1856. The lower part of the tower is made of brick and stones and the upper part is made from cast iron. The spire of the tower consists of an iron frame that provides support to the heavy bells. The hour bell of the clock is named Big Ben but its remaining four quarter bells are nameless. It is said that Big Ben got its name after Sir Benjamin Hall who was the Commissioners of Works and was famous for his bulky body.

Big Ben Facts for Kids

The Big Ben is the largest chiming bell of the world. The height of the clock tower, where Big Ben is located is 316 feet and it took 13 long years to build it. The tower is slightly leaned (8.66 inches) towards northwest direction. Its inner volume is 4,650 cubic meters.

The diameter of Big Ben is 8 feet and it weighs 13.5 tons which is almost the same as that of a small elephant! The giant structure of Big Ben was built at Whitechapel Bell Foundry, in East London by George Mears. It was cast on 10th April 1858. It took almost two weeks to cool down. Then it was transported to the Westminster Palace by a horse-drawn carriage.

The four faces of the clock are at a height of 55 meters above the ground and the diameter of each of the dials is 23 feet. There is a Latin inscription with gold letters at the base of all the four clocks of the tower: “DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM”. This means, “O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First”.

The Big Ben chimed for the first time on 11th July 1859. The chimes of Big Ben was first broadcast by BBC radio on the New Year’s Eve of 1923. Over the years, the sound of Big Ben became well-known to the BBC World Service listeners all across the world. Till date, it continues to be the focus of the New Year celebrations in the UK.

After reading all these exciting Big Ben facts in this article, you know that it is one destination you do not want to miss while sightseeing in London. In fact, it is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the world. However, you can see the tower ONLY from outside. General public is prohibited from getting inside the tower due to security reasons. The view of the Big Ben is at its best during the nighttime when the faces of the clock are illuminated.

EXPERIENCE DAMMAM

Situated on the calm turquoise seas of the Arabian Gulf, Dammam is now Saudi Arabia’s premiere port and a major export hub for petroleum and natural gas. It is also the centre of learning in the kingdom, thanks to the celebrated King Faisal University.

However, There is more to this city than trade, commerce and industrious students. The city offers quite a bit in terms of adventure, such as the thills and spills of desert safaris and dune bashing. Or for a more relaxing time, you can always take wander through the 20-year-old Red sea coral house that has now become the Municipal Museum, where the traditional style rooms are exhibits by themselves.

You can sample the local culture at the lively bazaars , and pick up high quality jewellery at good and affordable prices at the gold souk. Also worth a visit is nearby jubail. Nestled on the arabian Gulf coast, Old Town of Al Jubail, was originally a small fishing village, but after much government investment has now become a commercial hotspot.

EXCURSIONS
Rub Al Khali: Those wanting to push the limits can explore the Rub Al Khali, or the Empty Quater- one of the world’s largest sand deserts. It is a place of harsh extremes that often called the most barren place on earth.

Al Hofuf: The colourful and bustling camel market of hofuf is the perfect place to spend am amusing afternoon. For a unique insight into how the people of the region have lived for centuries, a visit to the nomadic settlements is a must.

A PLACE FOR EVERYONE

The Arab penchant for luxury is particularly pronounced in Saudi Arabia, and Dammam boasts its share of opulent 5-star hotels. Even the 4-star and 3-star establishments are rather well appointed. Service is warm and pleasant all around.

GETTING AROUND

While Dammam takes pride in its four wheel drives, the city has made sure there is no lack of transportation facilities. Buses and service taxis ply to all the popular sites for around the same price, and interstate trains between Dammam and Riyadh run three times a day except on thursdays.

DAMMAM FACTS
Official Currency: Saudi Riyal
Languages: Arabic (officilal), English
Time Zone: GMT/UTC ‘Q’ 3 Hours.
ISD Code: +966
Best Time To Visit: November – February
Visa Information: http://www.sauditourism.com.sa

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SEYCHELLES

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

SEYCHELLES

…another world
The Seychelles islands are a unique destination faithful to their epithet…”another world”. Since the dawn of time, when they first broke away from the super-continent of pangea as group of sparkling isles that eventually came to settle in splendid isolation in the south-western Indian ocean, they have been a sanctuary for some of the rarest flora and fauna and spectacular natural beauty on earth. And today, for the modern traveler grown weary of mundane holiday experinces, they provide stunning diversity and a wide choice of experience to enjoy.

The seychelles accommodation scene is as wonderfully varied as the backdrop of the islands themselves and provides everything from the well-appointed opulence of 5-star hotels and secluded island getaways to the intimate creole charm of the smaller hotel, creole guesthouse and self -catering establishment. As a basic guideline, a hotel offering more 25 rooms is considered a ”large” hotel and you will still find very few hotels offering 100 rooms or more.

With many exciting new hotel projects already up and running and numerous others on the horizon, whatever type of establishment you choose, you are sure to find one that suits both your personal criteria, your pocket and your aspirations for a truly memorable holiday.

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Mozambique: A Land of Smiles.