Middle Eastern Adventures
Why You’ll Love It
- Includes roundtrip international flight from New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, or San Francisco to Cairo
- Spacious, private tour buses with business class seats and complimentary WiFi
- Optional add-on adventure packages including Red Sea snorkeling and diving or Eastern Desert 4-wheeling outing
- Amazing, flexible, and energetic USA-based tour company
Even in the time of the ancient Greeks, Egypt’s wonders shocked and awed the collective imagination. Long story short: it doesn’t get more bucket list than the Great Pyramid at Giza. And who better to help you scratch this item, and many others, off your list than the expert American guides at Middle Eastern Adventures? Wanderlust is calling; we suggest you answer.
Enjoy the labors of the ancients in comfort and luxury that are decidedly modern: private tour buses with WiFi, 5-star hotels and resorts. Yes, please. Your personal American guides are experts in the region, so you know you’re getting an insider’s perspective.
So why are you still reading? It’s time to set your adventure in motion.
– Erika, Bloomspot Staff Writer
What people are saying
“Beyond all (and it is a lot) that is included in this package, MEA helps you find other amazing opportunities to truly make this trip a once in a lifetime experience.”
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“Deciding to go to Egypt with Middle Eastern Adventures (MEA) may have been the single best decision I’ve made in my life … I honestly felt like they made my experience in a new country way more rich and enlightening”
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“You’re well taken care of from beginning to end from your airfare, to your hotels, to transportation in the country, to entry fees, even including most of your meals.”
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“Took a May 2012 trip to Egypt with MEA and the tour guides are a truly dynamic, professional and genuinely engaging team. The trip didn’t have one dull moment, the air travel and hotel accommodations were excellent.”
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- Valid for the following tours: October 20–27, 2012 (women’s trip), and November 24–December 1, 2012 (open trip), December 29, 2012–January 5, 2013 (open trip), January 5–12, 2013 (open trip), and February 16–23, 2013 (open trip); subject to availability.
- Rate is per person but based on double occupancy; $450 single-occupancy fee for solo travelers will be collected upon booking.
- Taxes included.
- Must redeem in one visit; no cash or credit back.
- Cannot be used with existing reservations or other offers.
- Standard terms and conditions of travel apply to Bloomspot offer; see terms and conditions online.
- For inquiries contact Middle Eastern Adventures at (202) 834-7659 or email@example.com.
- Refunds allowed until 11:59PM PST on September 15, 2012. All sales are final after this date.
Fly from USA (New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles) to Cairo, Egypt
Day 1: Arrival and Nile Dinner Cruise
Arrive at Cairo International Airport, where you are met and greeted by the friendly American staff from Middle Eastern Adventures and whisked downtown to the ultra-luxurious, 5-star Kempinski Hotel overlooking the Nile River. After having a chance to unpack and unwind a little, you will join MEA staff and your fellow tour-goers for relaxing Nile dinner cruise. A full buffet meal will be served along with a show of traditional Arab entertainment as you cruise along the smooth river and take in nighttime views of Cairo’s glittering skyline.
Day 2: Pyramids and Egyptian Museum
After a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will travel together out to the Giza plateau where we will visit the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza, including the only remaining wonder of the ancient world – the Great Pyramid. Here you will also be able to ride camels over the rolling desert dunes and even have the chance to climb inside of one of the pyramids. After a relaxing lunch, we will return to downtown Cairo where we will explore the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquities, including the fabulous treasures of King Tut and other notable Pharaohs, in the world-famous Egyptian Museum.
Day 3: Travel to El Gouna on the Red Sea
Following another delicious breakfast at the Kempinski’s 5-star restaurant, we will set off over land for the Red Sea and the upscale seaside town of El Gouna. You’ll check into the stunningly beautiful and eco-friendly Sheraton Miramar Resort and have the evening free to relax and enjoy this breath-taking corner of paradise along the Red Sea.
Day 4: Full Day at the Red Sea Resort
After enjoying a filling and diverse breakfast buffet at the Sheraton’s main restaurant overlooking the lagoons and the ocean, you’ll have an entire day free to lounge around the resort and/or explore the adjacent seaside town of El Gouna, where unique shops and cafes line a marina filled with the luxurious yachts of the region’s elite. In the more traditional downtown area you can find more restaurants and shops that allow you to browse and explore without being hassled or pressured in the least. There will also be opportunities to go snorkeling or scuba diving out on the Red Sea or four-wheeling out in the nearby Eastern Desert.
Day 5: Luxor, Valley of the Kings, and Karnak
We’ll wake up early to travel over land to the quiet southern Egyptian town of Luxor, the site of one of Egypt’s renowned ancient capitals. Here we’ll visit the imposing mortuary temple of the powerful and storied Queen Hapshetsut, explore the elaborately decorated underground tombs of the Pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings, and experience the grandeur and majesty of the expansive Temple of Karnak. We’ll then head to Luxor’s airport and board a short one-hour flight back to Cairo, where we’ll return to our home the boutique Kempinski Hotel.
Day 6: Day in Alexandria and Evening in Old Cairo
After breakfast, we’ll set off together for a day trip to the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, where the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations collided in politics, art, architecture, and more. We’ll visit the mysterious underground catacombs and explore the ruins of the city’s Roman amphitheater. We’ll also visit Qait Bey Fortress, which now sits on the site of the old Lighthouse of Alexandria, another wonder of the ancient world, then stop by the modern Library of Alexandria, which sits on the site of the the city’s old library, one of the most famous in the history. After our return to Cairo, we’ll strike out for Old Cairo and the famous Khan el Khalili souq, or market, where you’ll be able to put your bargaining skills to the test while shopping for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, and many other wares among the hundreds of small shops and merchants in the bustling market.
Day 7: Return to the USA (or Add-On Extensions)
On the trip’s final day, Middle Eastern Adventures staff will escort some group members to the airport for their scheduled departures back to the USA, while others may elect to stay over an additional day or two in Egypt or take advantage of options to add-on excursions to other cities or countries in the region. Popular add-ons include a few more days in Egypt to explore the desert or relax more on the beach; a short hop over to Jordan to visit Amman, Petra, and the Dead Sea; a stay in Israel to check out its many fascinating sites; or a visit to the ultra-chic city of Dubai.
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Published on Sep 13, 2012 by hulafantastica
Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. In this section you will find the peripheral definitions of what the event is as a whole, but to truly understand this event, one must participate. This site serves to try to paint a picture of the Burning Man experience to those who are new to the project, as well as to give those participants looking to keep the fire burning in their daily lives an environment in which to connect to their fellow community members. For a brief yet eloquent overview of the entire event from the time of arrival to the time of exodus, please read “What is Burning Man?”, an essay written by participant and one-time web team member, Molly Steenson. Please see archived sections for each year to read more about the art themes, art installations and theme camps for each year.
Here you will find links that will take you on a trip through the past – through the history of Burning Man – from its early days on a small beach in San Francisco through its evolution into the bustling city of some 48,000+ people that the Burning Man event has become today. These people make the journey to the Black Rock Desert for one week out of the year to be part of an experimental community, which challenges its members to express themselves and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one’s day-to-day life. The result of this experiment is Black Rock City, home to the Burning Man event.
There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event (save the rules that serve to protect the health, safety, and experience of the community at large); rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community. The event takes place on an ancient lakebed, known as the playa. By the time the event is completed and the volunteers leave, sometimes nearly a month after the event has ended, there will be no trace of the city that was, for a short time, the most populous town in the entire county. Art is an unavoidable part of this experience, and in fact, is such a part of the experience that Larry Harvey, founder of the Burning Man project, gives a theme to each year, to encourage a common bond to help tie each individual’s contribution together in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to find a way to help make the theme come alive, whether it is through a large-scale art installation, a theme camp, gifts brought to be given to other individuals, costumes, or any other medium that one comes up with.
The Burning Man project has grown from a small group of people gathering spontaneously to a community of over 48,000 people. It is impossible to truly understand the event as it is now without understanding how it has evolved. See the first years page and Burning Man 1986 – 1996 for the legendary story of Burning Man’s beginnings and to understand how the event has come to become what it is today. The timeline gives a short overview of what each year looked like. Please also check out the detailed archives for years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Within each of these years are descriptions each year’s art theme, theme camps, large art installations, as well as maps, journals of our city being built, the newsletters to the community for each year, issues of the Black Rock Gazette (a daily news publication produced and printed on the playa), and clean up reports for each year, including a list of those sites that failed to “leave no trace”. These pages help understand the larger scope of the entire experience, from the planning that happens year-round to make each event possible, to the clean-up efforts which take place for sometimes months after the city has disappeared.
The impact of the Burning Man experience has been so profound that a culture has formed around it. This culture pushes the limits of Burning Man and has led to people banding together nation-wide, and putting on their own events, in attempt to rekindle that magic feeling that only being part of this community can provide. The Black Rock Arts Foundation promotes interactive art by supporting public art that exists outside the event, and has a special interest in supporting art at regional events. Additionally, Burning Man has over two thousand volunteers who work before, during and after the event (many who work year-round) to make the event a reality. To give of your time and talents, please see the Participate section of the website.
If this is your first visit to this site, a good starting point is the FAQ page, the glossary, and the timeline. From here you can stroll through the carefully archived sections for each year. Community, participation, self-expression, self-reliance; these tenets of Burning Man are lifeblood of the Burning Man experience. Whether you are new to this site or are returning for your umpteenth visit, you are encouraged to delve into these pages to expand your viewpoint and definition of these ideals, and to connect with yourself to find your niche in our community. The giving of yourself is the greatest gift you can give to the Burning Man community, and is imperative to the survival of this unique experiment.
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Offshore Sailing School
Why You’ll Love It
- Family owned and operated
- Individual instruction in a class size of four
- 6 hours of classroom prep and 18 hours of sailing
A love of adventure on the high seas led founder Steve Colgate to create Offshore Sailing School in 1964. He and his wife Doris use their experience as active members of US SAILING and other prestigious organizations to grant you sea legs in no time.
Learn to sail at the helm of a Colgate 26, the boat designed by Steve Colgate specifically for teaching. The US Coast Guard Academy and US Naval Academy use the same boat for their own training, so you’ll be in good company.
See sailing course schedule.
– Hannah, Bloomspot Staff Writer
Valid at the following locations:
Liberty Landing Marina
Liberty State Park
80 Audry Zapp Dr
Jersey City, NJ 07305
23rd St & the Hudson River
New York, NY 10011
Liberty Landing NYC
Hudson River Park‘s Trust Pier 25
New York, NY 10013
- Expires October 31, 2012.
- Limit one offer total per person. May purchase multiples as gifts.
- Must redeem in one full 3-day course; no cash or credit back.
- Valid for Chelsea Piers, Liberty Landing Marina, and Pier 25 locations only.
- Cannot be used with other offers.
- Refunds allowed up to 24 hours after close of Bloomspot sale.
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