US DOT and Cuban officials Sign Agreement for Direct US Commercial Flights

News is out that the US Department of Transportation and Cuban officials have signed an agreement that has been in the works for months to allow US commercial flights to land in Cuba. This is a great development, and will make it much easier and more cost effective to travel to Cuba. Right now, only approved charter flights can go directly from the US to Cuba, and only fly into Havana. Cuba has a total of 10 airports that are ...

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North African Adventure: Morocco and Tunisia

Need a last minute get away, or how about celebrating graduation or end of the school year with a tour of Morocco and Tunisia? Check out this itinerary and call us for more details! Pricing is at the bottom, minimum 4 people.


Morocco & Tunisia June 8 – 22, 2014

 

Jun 8: Arrival / Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! On arrival you will be met and assisted then transfer to your hotel in Casablanca for dinner and overnight. (B/D)

Jun 9: Casablanca / Marrakesh

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Petra, built for the sun gods?

(CNN) — Few ancient civilizations have left an architectural footprint quite as indelible as the Nabateans did in Petra, southern Jordan.

Majestic temples, burial chambers and homes still stand, carved around 2,300 years ago from the rose-hued landscape.

Logic would dictate that the relics strewn throughout the 2.8 million square feet of Petra Archaeological Park would provide historians with a bounty of information about the ancient culture.

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Camping with Bedouin nomads in ‘God-like’ desert of Jordan’s Wadi Rum

Get a preview of Wadi Rum from this story from CNN.

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(CNN) — Deep in the remote deserts of southern Jordan, not far from the border with Saudi Arabia, lies Wadi Rum one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders.

Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Middle East, the rugged desert area covers 720 square kilometers and comprises geographical wonders from ...

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Turkey Phasing Out Visa On Arrival

New E-Visa Regulations beginning April 10, 2014:

 

Beginning April 11, 2014, the Turkish authorities will start to phase out the practice of providing visas upon arrival at points of entry in Turkey.  Once this program is phased out, all foreigners must obtain their Turkish visas from Turkish missions aboard or ...

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A Syrian artist has set a Guinness record

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Damascus (AFP) – A Syrian artist has set a Guinness record for the world’s largest mural made of recycled materials, aiming to inspire hope and creativity in his war-ravaged country.

Guinness World Records announced on its Facebook page that Moaffak Makhoul and his team completed the mural in Damascus in January, two months shy of the third anniversary of the grim conflict ...
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How are tours are shaping up for 2014

Here is a summary of the tours we have scheduled for 2014. Some have already sold out, but others have space available. If you need further information on any of these, you can go to our Groups tab at the top of the page, a list drops down, and you can click on the tour you want to see more about. You can also call us in the office at 800-451-8097 or 206-545-7300 if you are in the Seattle area.

June ...

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U.S. Border Extends to Dubai to Cut Passport-Check Wait

By Deena Kamel Yousef, Kari Lundgren and Jeff Plungis

February 13, 2014 9:13 AM EST

 

A U.S. border checkpoint located a day’s flight from New York in the Arabian desert promises to become an oasis for weary travelers heading for the States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection opened an Abu Dhabi base on Jan. 24, the first in the Middle East and the second outside the Americas after Ireland. Another post is planned in Dubai within a year as part of a push ...

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A message from Rita Zawaideh

For people that have gone on our tours know that we care about the destinations that we take you to and are very involved in the humanitarian efforts of helping those countries.  We want you to go on our trips knowing that we are helping the people that you are visiting long after the trip has finished.

You might have noticed the last couple of years we have been very involved in the situation in Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and now ...

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New Doors Opening for Travel to Iran

The Seattle Globalist recently spoke to Rita about travel to Iran, which is experiencing a mini boom. Right now, we are not able to take any new requests for private tours in April or May. June is a good time to go, but it is also starting to get booked up. Our tour in September, and a brand new tour to Armenia and Iran in October still have space available. Be sure to contact us and plan early for your ...

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