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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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LONDONOne of the world’s most visited cities, London has something for everyone, from history to culture, art, grand museums, dazzling architecture, royalty, diversity and irrepressible pizazz.

More than seven million people, from six continents, are crammed into this heaving metropolis, creating one of the largest cultural mixing pots on earth. This is where the money that drives the British economy is made and spent, where the Queen reigns and parliament governs, and where trends in music, fashion and the arts are made and discarded, sometimes in the space of a single evening.

Ready? Here are ten of the best London experiences.

1. ‘Off with their ‘eads!’
The castle founded by William the Conqueror in 1078 found a new use as a prison. Dozens of heroes and rogues were locked up or beheaded inside the Tower of London, from Sir Thomas More and Sir Walter Raleigh to Guy Fawkes and Ann Boleyn.

Don’t miss the Crown Jewels, perhaps the most ostentatious collection of baubles in existence, or the gruesome armoury of medieval weapons in the White Tower, or the Bloody Tower, which stills contains graffiti scratched into the walls by former prisoners. The cheerful Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) lead free tours around the castle daily.

2. One powerhouse of architecture…
Thousands pose for photos in front of the Houses of Parliament and their famous clock-tower, Big Ben, named for the giant bell inside. Across St Margaret’s St is Westminster Abbey, where British monarchs have been crowned ever since 1066, and where a dozen former kings and queens are buried. Close by is the famous black door of Number 10 Downing St, occupied by the Prime Minister.

3. …And another architectural masterpiece
Emerging from the ashes of the Great Fire of London and surviving the firestorm of the Blitz during World War II, St Paul’s Cathedral still gleams inside and out. Head straight to the vertiginous Golden Gallery atop St Paul’s famous dome, reached by 530 winding steps. En route, explore the open-air Stone Gallery (378 steps) and the acoustically brilliant Whispering Gallery (259 steps) inside the dome. In the crypt are tombs and memorials to the greatest heroes of the British Empire – Nelson, Wellington and Churchill.

4. Great works of art within a work-of-art
Housed in a stunning conversion of the power station that once supplied the city with electricity, the Tate Modern is the world’s most popular modern art gallery. The focus is on well-known modern names, like Picasso, Mondrian, Pollock, Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko. Stand-out works include Francis Bacon’s Triptych, Max Ernst’s Celebes, Alberto Giacometti’s spindly figurines and the excellent collection of Russian propaganda posters.

5. The green lungs of London
In 1808 the parliamentarian William Windham declared that Hyde Park should be preserved at all costs as the ‘lungs of London’. Good thing, too. Along with London’s other Royal Parks, Hyde Park is a national treasure. Together, these open spaces make London (surprisingly) the greenest city in Europe, and Londoners love the parks as places to picnic, sunbathe, observe wildlife, see bands, play sport and even demonstrate against the government.

6. Cruise the Thames
Passengers on the river already get a grandstand view of all of the above, the maritime precinct at Greenwich and the garden of office towers at Canary Wharf. Half a dozen companies offer transfers along the river, from chugging commuter boats to the zippy shuttle service between the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. With time to spare, you can even ride the river all the way to Kew Gardens or Hampton Court Palace.

7. Greenwich mean time
Green and pleasant Greenwich is the precise location from which global time and points of distance around the east–west axis of the earth are measured. These things aren’t so important in the digital age, but back when Britain depended on its navy for its wealth and its power, a few degrees out here or there could spell disaster – as happened in 1707, when the British fleet sailed too close to the Scilly Isles and 1400 perished.

As well as the historical attractions, people come to Greenwich for the feeling of escape from the big city. Greenwich was – and still feels like – a village, and the backstreets are lined with interesting and quirky shops.

8. The world’s a stage
Londoners first got the theatre bug in the 17th century when Shakespeare and his contemporaries starting performing comedies and dramas for the masses on the stage of the original Globe Theatre. Four hundred years later and Londoners are still obsessed with the stage. Theatre-land in the West End around Soho and Covent Garden boasts more than 50 theatres, staging everything from period romps and big-name musicals to occasionally cringe-worthy shows based on banging dustbin lids and rap poetry.

9. Find treasures in the museum
Founded in 1753 to house the personal collection of Sir Hans Sloane, the museum was dramatically extended in the Georgian period, and the central Grand Court was covered by a soaring geometric canopy by Sir Norman Foster in 2000.

Inside you can see such historical wonders as the Rosetta Stone and the controversial Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles, swiped from the Acropolis by Britain’s ambassador to the Ottoman  Empire. The collection of Egyptian mummies in rooms 62 to 63 is legendary.

10. Old masters and familiar faces
The National Gallery and the neighbouring National Portrait Gallery fill in all the gaps in the history of painting that aren’t covered by the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. These grand neoclassical monuments house some of the country’s finest paintings and, refreshingly, not all are stuffy 17th-century oils – there are wacky modernist works and cartoon caricatures as well.

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THAILAND..........a sojourn to paradise

Situated on the eastern banks of the Pearl River Delta is Hong Kong, a modern city built on ancient civilization with intersection of cultures. The country is culturally Chinese, but with a heavy Western influence which distinguishes it from mainland china. Known as Asia’s World

City, Hong Kong is a number of things to different people ranging from being a gourmet paradise and shopping paradise to being an adventurers’ paradise or heaven of delicacies. Generally speaking, there are three parts to Hong Kong. Closest to the Chinese border and comprising most of the peninsula are the New Territories, which is the rural part of the country.

At the tip of the peninsula is Kowloon, which is the urban heart of the country with the popular Nathan Road and the Temple Street Market. Past the southern tip of Kowloon is Hong Kong Island, along with the outer islands in the periphery. Hong Kong Island has most of the commercial and business activity. This island is the most modern part of Hong Kong where visitors can find the best nightlife, shopping, entertainment, and dining that the territory has to offer, with a more-relaxed atmosphere and several beautiful beaches. Discover life in the popular Hong Kong Island by strolling through the busy streets and marvel at the skyscraper buildings with golden lights. Relish yourself in the country’s fusion of east and west to create a unique and unforgettable world of its own.

A skyscraping building popularly known as ‘Victoria’s Peak’ is one of the high light of the Hong Kong attraction. Enjoy the fantastic view of Hong Kong from the lookout on Victoria Peak which encompasses Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Victoria Harbor giving an excellent view of the day and night. By day, you can have a view of the island stretching across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor all the way to the green hills of the Kowloon. In early evening, the city dramatically melts into pink and orange shade of roof tops before reappearing with dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.

A visit to Victoria habor unfolds the original occupation of the natives of hong kong as fishermen. The harbor is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. A myriad of lights twinkles at night from the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, making Hong Kong, Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy, included in the “three best night scenes of the world”. The Hong Kong Shopping Festival is one festival that shouldn’t be missed. It is one of the most important holidays in hong kong done in august and September. The festival is one of the best shopping festivals in the world and shopping fan is guarantee to have a different shopping experience at the night markets where items are sold at a very low rate. The festival showcases commodities from all over the world without tariff and usually accompanied by seasonal sales. Both shoppers and vendors come here from all over the world to enjoy the benefits of the festival.

This long known Shopping Paradises meets every taste and budget. Set among beautiful natural surroundings, Hong Kong has all the benefits of a thriving and vibrant commercial center. It is an open city with a wonderful natural harbor and a meeting place for various cultures that blend harmoniously with Chinese traditions and exotic influences. With Lip smacking cuisines, magnificent sight-seeing resources and endless shopping, put together to ensure a whale of a time for the holidaymaker, Hong Kong is just the ideal place to spend your holiday..

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EASTER HOLIDAY 2013

Easter is the oldest of the Christian festivals. It is celebrated approximately at the end of the first quarter of the calendar year although its date changes depending on the lunar cycle.

Easter remembers the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and globally encompasses three specific days of celebration.

The first day of the four days is Good Friday, which is the day on which Christians remember that Jesus Christ was arrested and how he died. The following day is known, in some denominations, as Holy Saturday. Then Easter Sunday, or simply Easter, is the day of celebration when Jesus Christ was resurrected from death. Monday is considered a day of renewal.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN

Sun and Sand in the City

When travelers think of hitting Europe’s beaches, images of quiet coastal towns and revered beach resorts normally come to mind. Wouldn’t it be great to have the beach option coupled with the culture and sightseeing that a big European city has to offer? Visitors to Barcelona can have their urban sightseeing and big-city fun, with a little beach time thrown in on the side. And after a day of traipsing around town to take in the best of the city, what better way to unwind than on the beach?

Here you’ll find is a wide stretch of coarse sand packed with hip 20-somethings and teens strutting along the beach in the tiniest bikinis. You can also expect to find clean sand and clean water (tested daily). In Barcelona, the most popular urban beach is Platja Barcelona at Vila Olimpica, the home of the 1992 Olympics. Another nearby beach is Platja de Sant Sebastian. Both beach areas have lifeguards to watch over swimmers, areas for the kids to play and showers where you can clean up before heading to a nearby restaurant for some tapas. A trip to Platja de la Mar Bella might get you more than you hoped for: this is the city’s nude beach. Even while relaxing on the beach, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re in the city and not at a small beach town — be mindful of your personal belongings and don’t leave your stuff unattended.

If you’re looking for a quick escape from the city’s more hectic pace, these beaches should do the job. If you’re looking to get farther away, hop on the train and head out of the city to try some of the other beaches along the coast. The most popular coastal town nearby is Sitges, which is just 30 minutes south of the city. A bohemian, artsy beach town, Sitges is a favorite getaway with the young, partying crowd. The welcoming atmosphere welcomes the gay community and the let-loose vibe is reflected on this town’s nude beaches, making this hot spot not the greatest for visiting families.

Getting There
Nearest Major International Airport: Barcelona’s airport, El Prat de Llobregat, is about 7 miles outside the city. From there, visitors can grab a cab into the center of town or hop on a train to Barcelona’s Estacion Central de Barcelona-Sants. Direct flights from North America are hard to come by, and a layover in Madrid is common.

Ground Transportation: The city’s metro service is clean, efficient, fast and, most importantly, it can get you just about anywhere you want to go in the city. Trains run until 11 p.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on the weekends. Other transportation options include the city’s bus system, private taxis and even a funicular, a sky-ride option that gives a great panoramic view of the city below (with limited seasonal hours).

Timing
Barcelona summers can be hot and humid, the temperatures hovering around 81 degrees F, making this a perfect time for the beach but maybe not the best time to be wandering around the city. The spring and fall are milder, but not ideal sunbathing weather.

Lodging
Hotels by the water tend to be pricey, as you’re paying for direct access to the beach and harbor — an amenity most of the city’s hotels cannot offer. The snazzy Hotel Arts Barcelona in the Olympic Village is just 100 yards from the beach, and rooms offer a choice of sweeping views of the ocean or the city. This hotel is run by the Ritz Carlton, so travelers can expect the best in luxury and some of the highest prices in the city. Just 5 minutes from the beach is the lower-priced Marina Folch in the Barceloneta neighborhood (“Little Barcelona”).

Cuisine
The Olympic Port is packed with crowded restaurants where big pitchers of sangria and big plates of food are easy to find at any price. One of the most unique restaurants in the port is Talaia Mar, where the chef serves Catalan cuisine and some of his own inspired concoctions, like bacon ice cream. Can Costa, in Barceloneta, is one of the oldest seafood restaurants in the city and has a great view of the water and even better paella. Why eat near the beach when you can eat right on it? Budget travelers can pick up picnic fixings — a fresh loaf of bread, a hunk of cheese, and some smoked sausage or ham — and enjoy a casual meal outside.

Travel Tips
In most European towns and cities, it seems like everyone takes a holiday in August. This means that the touristy spots are more crowded than usual.

While You’re There
Get off the beach and get some culture. Many of the best things to do in Barcelona still involve being outside. Spend a morning taking in the works of Barcelona’s favorite architect, Antonio Gaudi. His fantastical designs can best be enjoyed at Parc Guell. Walk through the crooked streets of the Gothic Quarter, or stroll along Les Rambles and take in the shops, sights and street performers. Finally, end the day like the natives do — with lots of food, even more wine and some dancing at the clubs.

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KINGDOM OF PLEASURE

THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY AT SUN CITY
A Million thrills. One Destination

In amongst the pilanesberg mountain stands the PALACE OF THE LOST CITY – A tribute to man’s imagination and revered hotels of the world. Faux elephant tusks, sculptured bronze & crystal, richly woven colours of Africa, mystery-scented air and jungle cascade fuse into am atmosphere fit for a king.

With fresco ceilings above and ancient tiles below, you are left to stand in awe at the sheer scale of this masterpiece. The wild elegance and savage beauty in bronze and stone culminates in a life-size sculpture of the mighty elephant shawu, who takes pride of palace in the elephant courtyard.

sun_city_the_palace_the_valley_of_the_waves_aerial …Forever Africa’s finest

THRACE

Thrace is a place of history, with exceptional ecosystems and virgin forests, a meeting point between western lifestyle and oriental culture. Local hospitality mesmerizes visitors, while fauna and flora fascinates…
The natural reserves of Thrace are among the most significant in Greece. It is here, within the ultimate dominance of nature, within the crystal-lake waters and the ‘hopeful’ green of the forests, where the feasts of colours leads through the ‘walk of life’. The area of Thrace hosts one of the country’s most varied bird-fauna, where one can enjoy endless hours of bird-spotting.
Exploration at Dadia forest and Vistonida lake, distinctively protected biotopes of the region, as well as the Evros river estuary take the mind of a journey, with sole companion the inhabitants of the area, the hundreds of rare bird species who live there.
A wish that time would stand still is what comes to mind after a visit at the village of Livaditis, with its well known waterfalls. Continuing the tour to Thrace, numerous choices are offered; hiking on the paths of Haido National Park, where the oak-tree forest is aged more than 200 years, climbing Balkan’s second tallest waterfalls, with over 40 metres of height and residing at the forest village of Erymanthos, an ideal base for mountain biking, 4×4 off-road driving and trekking. Amid lakes, rivers, fileds and forests emerges the seaside and simultaneously lakeside Porto Lagos village. It is at the striking church of Agois Nikolaos, located in the middle of the lagoon, where visitors become one with the thousands of birds flying around them.
Thrace’s dreamy locations elevate the natural beauty of historic places, where one can experience the harmonic coexistence of East and West, by gazing at monumental Orthodox churches close to Muslim establishments. Touring around Thrace, visitors find themselves at the Pomakohoria district, where they can enjoy going through the little stores of traditional art and get acquainted with the friendly locals.
At the island of Samothraki, the medieval chateaus, the water-and oil-mills, the streaming waterfalls and Fengari (Moon), the tallest mountain in the Aegean Sea, set a scene by far different from urban style.
Tasteful oriental sweets are worth taking home after saying goodbye to Thrace, as they will ideally accompany nostalgic memories generated by this wonderful place.

DON’T MISS:

The Ethnological museum of Thrace at Alexandroupoli

Exploring of the aquatic reserves of xanthi

Getting familiar with the sericulture and the prominent silks of soufli

The picturesque village of komotini

Touring the Dadia forest, in the middle of Evros prefecture

The full of hern birds rivers of Thrace

SHEIKH ZAYED MOSQUE ABU DHABI

This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 worshipers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 meters in diameter, 15 meters in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.

Visitors’ Tip
Why not finish sight-seeing or shopping for the day and take the 5pm ‘Sunset Tour’? Get to the mosque around 4:30pm – a wonderful time to take photos – to wind down and chill out for 20 minutes in the lovely, afternoon breeze before the tour.

Opening hours: Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only. Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 4.30 / 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7.30 /8pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30 /5pm and 7.30 / 8pm.

The times for the last two tours of the day vary between 4.30 and 5pm, and 7.30 and 8pm, depending on the time of the  year. To check the current times, visit
http://www.szgmc.ae

Ramadan opening hours: During the Holy Month the mosque is open daily except Friday from 9am to 12pm (midday), and the one-hour complimentary tours start at 10am and 11am.

Other Attractions
Abu Dhabi Corniche
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Al Ain Oasis
Al Ain Paradise Garden
Emirates Palace
Yas Viceroy
Qasr al Sarab
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Jebel Hafeet
Hili Fun City
Al Ain Camel Market
Al Ain Zoo
Arabian Wildlife Park
Arabian Nights Heritage Village