Oh, it’s no typo. Grab your calendar and call your travel buddies—you’ve got some planning to do.
Two 7-day options are on offer—the Captivating Costa Rica ($499), which provides accommodations at three local properties plus a Sky Tram & Trek experience, and the Best of Egypt ($199) itinerary, with touring sites that include the Egyptian Museum and Cairo’s bazaar, and also inclusive of a 3-day Nile River cruise. Costa Rica itineraries depart on June 22 and Oct. 5, while Egypt tours are available throughout 2012.
It’ll take an extra day to experience the Exotic Suriname Discovery & Amazon Rainforest and Royal Tour of Jordan itineraries, both eight days. In Suriname, expect to partake in a host of tours, including a river boat tour, heritage village tour, Paramaribo City tour and “Tarzan Swing, River Kayak and Canopy” tour. If you opt to see Jordan instead—either standard or luxury status—you’ll explore monuments, museums, castles and landmarks with an English guide always nearby. The Suriname Discovery tour starts at $599 pp dbl with departures on Oct. 22, Nov 12 and 26, and Dec. 3 and 10, while the Royal Tour of Jordan starts at $449 pp dbl and is available through December.
For more information, call (800) 783- 7839 or visit hotfamtrips.com.
Nabila Tours & Cruises
From Nabila Tours & Cruises come two more itineraries. You’ll see all of the tourist sites during the 10-day Amazing Egypt itinerary, which makes stops at the Temples of Karnak, Luxor, Horus and Philae, the Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan Dam, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, and of course the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Plus, prolong your journey with an optional 4-day Jordan extension.
If Turkey is your destination of choice, the 11-day Turkey Highlights is sure to please. Visit the city both old and new, with time spent in Turkey’s modern capital of Ankara, as well as visiting ancient sites including the Temple of Artemis, the Hippodrome, the Acropolis and the house of the Virgin Mary.
Amazing Egypt starts at $1,595 pp dbl, departing Sept. 7. Turkey Highlights starts at $895 pp dbl, departing Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. For more information, call (800) 443-NILE or visit nabilatours.com.
African Travel, Inc.
Offering a 20-25 percent savings on no less than 25 itineraries, African Travel, Inc. invites you for an independent FAM to Africa. The savings can be applied to your choice of the 16 Popular Journeys or nine Off the Beaten Path itineraries that are listed in the company’s 2012 brochure. And making a great deal even greater, your travel companion will enjoy the same discount, too.
The 16 Popular Journeys itineraries range from eight to 16 days, from $3,195. Our favorite is the Our Family Pride Safari (11 days, $6,895), which explores South Africa’s cultural heritage through visiting historical sites, interacting with local people and attending cultural celebrations, all while enjoying the surrounding nature and wildlife.