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Spring Tours Starts Offering Tours in Jordan

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is very rich with amazing sites throughout the country, including the capital Amman, the magnificent Nabataean city of Petra, the spectacular Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash, Lawrence of Arabia's famous Wadi Rum, and many other historical and impressive sites throughout the Kingdom. A well-traveled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, Jordan is a land of fascinating beauty and contrasts, from the Jordan Valley to the remote desert canyons. Visitors can also explore splendid desert castles or bathe in the restful waters of the Red Sea.

For adventure lovers the country offers safaris and hiking. For taking it easy, nothing on earth compares to the Dead Sea and its many spa facilities. Experience the biblical Jordan visiting Jesus Baptist Baptism Site, Mount Nebo where Moses saw the Holy Land, Madaba the City of Mosaics and various other sites of this eastern Holy Land.

We hereby announce that Spring Tours is now offering tours in Jordan via a very reliable partner whose head office is based in Amman. Please visit Design Your Vacation page on our website to select the sites that you would like to visit in Jordan and we will send you the matching itinerary! More

Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Unearthed

Earlier this month, researchers from the Czech Institute of Egyptology in Prague announced the discovery of an ancient Egyptian princess' tomb dating from roughly 2500 B.C. The location of her final resting place has puzzled experts because it lies more than a mile away from the tombs of other Fifth Dynasty royals.

Archaeologists have unearthed the court and tomb of a previously unknown ancient Egyptian princess who lived some 4,500 years ago. Led by Miroslav Bárta of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, the team made the discovery at Abusir, a pyramid and necropolis complex located south of Cairo and near the legendary Saqqara site. Along with clues about a mysterious branch of Fifth Dynasty royals, the dig has yielded a number of beautifully crafted statues, limestone sarcophagi and other precious artifacts.



“By this unique discovery we open a completely new chapter in the history of Abusir and Saqqara necropolis,” Bárta said in a press release issued by the Czech Institute of Egyptology.

While the excavation of the site is still underway, archaeologists have already uncovered a pillared court with inscriptions identifying it as the domain of Shert Nebti, the daughter of a king called Men Salbo. The princess’ tomb and those of several high-ranking officials—including an individual referred to as Nefer, meaning “beautiful one”—flank the court.

Shert Nebti’s remains have not yet been found, so the researchers can’t confirm whether she was actually interred beside her court. But the location of her tomb has puzzled experts because most members of Fifth Dynasty royal families are buried over a mile to the north or further south at nearby Saqqara.

Whatever the reason for the tomb’s placement, archaeologists think ancient builders used a natural step in the bedrock to create the court, which reaches 13 feet into the ground. Bárta and his team believe the site has only begun to give up its many treasures, and that their ongoing excavation might reveal even more monuments and hints as it continues.


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Egypt Named "Official Home for British Diving"

Egypt has been named diver Destination of the Year 2011.

Mrs Omayma El Husseini, the new Director of the Egyptian State Tourist Office in the UK, accepted the award during the official DIVER Awards ceremony together with Mr Ahmed Hany and Mr Nasri Salib from the Egyptian State Tourist Office Diving Unit in Egypt.

The VIP reception took place at the Novotel, London ExCeL, on Friday, 30 March, organised by the DIVER Group. Additional success was achieved by Red Sea based Camel Dive Club, which won the award for Dive Centre of the Year 2011 for the first time.

Diving enthusiasts across the UK have been voting at the DIVER Awards annually for 14 years, which makes them an authentic source for the top players within the dive industry. Since the Destination of the Year category was introduced in 2003, Egypt has won every consecutive year aside from one when it was awarded second. This year, Egypt outpaced the Maldives and Indonesia, being named once again as the official "Home of British diving". Mrs Omayma El Husseini, Director UK, Egyptian State Tourist Office, commented, "We are delighted to hear that Britain's divers have again voted for Egypt. Egypt's strong diving offer, year round climate and historical importance have always provided a diverse holiday for any age group.

"Egypt has gone through recent political changes, however this is the first time this has happened in over 30 years and the country is already settling back in. Everything is still very positive.

"The affinity Egypt has with the UK tourism market has always been strong. Winning the Destination of the Year Award is a great sign of trust in Egypt as a hot spot for divers and all tourists alike."

The Dive Centre of the Year and Liveaboard of the Year categories are also frequently won by dive centers based in Egypt. Hesham Gabr, founder of the Camel Dive Club & Hotel, which became Dive Centre of the Year, commented:

"We are especially proud to have won the Dive Centre of the Year Award for 2011, because this is the same year in which Sharm El Sheikh vas voted Dive Destination of the Year in the World Tourism Awards. British divers have shown us high loyalty over the past year and we would like to thank all divers who have supported us. We look forward to enjoying further world-class Red Sea dives in 2012 and beyond." Egypt is a mecca for diving enthusiasts. The country's two coastlines total 2,500km with the Red Sea Riviera being the biggest stretch of warm coastline and beautiful underwater reefs. Year round sunshine, stunning white sandy beaches and a colourful marine life in crystal clear water make Egypt a preferred destination for travellers seeking both undersea adventures and relaxation in the sun. The main seaside resorts Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, El Gouna, Taba Heights, Soma Bay and Makadi Bay offer accommodation ranging from budget to luxury and an extensive choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs.

Almost 3,000-year-old tomb of female singer found in Egypt

Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Ali said Sunday.

The rare find was made accidentally by a team from Switzerland's Basel University headed by Elena Pauline-Grothe and Susanne Bickel in Karnak, near Luxor in Upper Egypt, the minister told media in Cairo.

The woman, Nehmes Bastet, was a singer for the supreme deity Amon Ra during the

Twenty-Second Dynasty (945–712 BC), according to an inscription on a wooden plaque found in the tomb.

She was the daughter of the High Priest of Amon, Ali said.

The discovery is important because "it shows that the Valley of the Kings was also used for the burial of ordinary individuals and priests of the Twenty-Second Dynasty," he added.

Until now, the only tombs found in the historic valley were those linked to ancient Egyptian royal families.

The Sphinxes In Luxor Are Reborn

The Egyptian Minister of State has recently announced that the ancient Avenue of Sphinxes connecting Luxor and Karnak shall be reintroduced to the public in March.

Egyptian Luxor certainly has not lost its appeal even in the context of last year's political upheavals. In fact, tourists are slowly finding their way back there and while many visitors travel to the coastal areas, ancient history lovers long to explore Luxor.

For thousands of years, this place has been directly linked to many powerful dynasties as well as to Egyptian gods.

It once possessed a very deep spiritual and religious importance and today, the government attempts to awake the ancient spirits once more. For five years, a project has been under way to restore the once grand Avenue of Sphinxes. In March 2012, it shall conclude and the avenue will be introduced to the world once again.

Luxor was once the city of Thebes as well as the city of the god Amon-Ra. In the 15th century B.C. Queen Hatshepsut built six chapels there, dedicated to the god, that became part of the avenue, which was 2.7 km long and featured hundreds of sphinxes.
Her aim was to stress the religious status of the city. In the 4th century B.C., Pharaoh Nectanebo I had the avenue reconstructed and rebuilt. For centuries, parts of the avenue have been visible, yet the majority of the stretch has been destroyed or covered in sand.

The opening will be a proper treat for history and culture enthusiasts; a 150-meter-long stretch has been restored and hopefully, the tourists will be keen to come and enjoy the spectacular avenue first hand. Egypt is still recovering from last year's political events and the fall of President Mubarak, however, New Year comes with positive news and hopefully, local cultural initiatives will count.

Crocodiles Museum to open in Aswan by end of January

After three years of construction, the Crocodiles Museum in Aswan will share the significance of crocodiles and the ancient Egyptian crocodile god Sobek with visitors by the end of January.

Overlooking the Nile and across from the historic temple of Kom Ombo in the upper Egyptian City, the museum aims to become the next big tourist attraction. Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online that the official inauguration of the museum will coincide with Aswan National Day in January.

The museum boasts a display of forty mummified crocodiles, ranging from two to five metres long, along a crocodile foetus and eggs. Also on show is a collection of wooden and granite crocodile statues and replicas of crocodile holes in rocks.

Ibrahim explained that a visitor's centre adorned with posters would screen a documentary before entrance to the museum as an introduction to Sobek and crocodiles in Egypt.

Sobek, who was depicted as a crocodile or a man with the head of a crocodile, was viewed as a very powerful ancient Egyptian god; he was even believed to have created the world. Eventually he became a symbol of the Nile's fertility.


Egyptian tourism will be witnessing a prime event during 2012, as Egypt has been named Country Partner in the ITB Berlin 2012, which will take place during the period from March 7th to March 11th, 2012. Egypt will be the first Arab Country to be hosted as a Partner Country in the ITB Berlin.

The ITB Berlin hosts around 170,000 visitors, and is considered the largest international congregation for experts in the tourism industry.This prime event provides Egypt with an ideal platform and a unique opportunity to present its diverse touristic portfolio , which makes it one of the world's most attractive holiday destinations all year round to the German and international markets .

In this respect, a marketing strategy has been developed to maximize coverage and promotion, before, during and after the event.The marketing approach, in collaboration with German Tour Operators, includes intensive advertising campaigns through non-conventional and conventional advertising channels, as well as a public relations strategy that has been launched since the beginning of 2011. The campaign focused on wide participation in all major touristic and cultural events, the launching of press conferences and workshops.

In 2011 and during the first months of 2012, the Egyptian Tourism Authority has, and will promote Egypt as a country partner in the ITB Berlin in all exhibitions and international forums, such as the IMEX held in Germany in May 2011, and the WTM held in London in November 2011. Besides, a promotional campaign for the event is set on the official website of the Egyptian Tourism Authority" www.egypt.travel" and also through various social networks.

Furthermore, the Egyptian Tourism Office in Frankfurt has been participating in all important events taking place in the various cities of Germany, especially the Tutankhamen exhibition in Wiesbaden held in June 2011, the World Equestrian Festival held in August 2011, the Berlin International Economics Conference held in September 2011, the Global Forum for the Development and Enhancement of Communication between the air carriers and airports in October 2011, as well as, the 4th Annual Golf Tournament, initiated in Germany and was ended in Hurghada, Egypt, with a closing ceremony at Habo Temple in Luxor in December 2011, in the presence of a huge media coverage. The Egyptian Tourism Office in Frankfurt, also exploited all major events held by the German Chamber of Commerce to promote this event , as well as other cultural activities across Germany.

Over and above, intensive advertising campaigns, aiming the Trade sector, were launched in major German publications specialized in tourism and travel, as well as, organizing a number of trips for major German tour operators and travel agents, per haps the most important was a trip in cooperation with the Turkish Airlines in Germany and with Sun Express for charter flights.

In ter ms of advertisement aiming the public, the Egyptian Tourism office in Frankfurt prepared an intensive campaign to cover the fair before, during and after, using all traditional and non-traditional means of advertising to support Egypt's media presence, starting January 2012

Also, The Egyptian Tourism Authority will be organizing several events, in Egypt and Germany, to promote this important occasion, which includes a press conference on the 20th of December to announce the event, and will also sponsor a number of artistic events such as the concert of Sama3 Band to be held in January in one of the churches in Berlin, whereby a message of love and peace will be sent from Egypt to the whole world. A second press conference will be held in Berlin in February 2012 to promote Egypt as a key partner in ITB, besides other cultural and artistic events, confirming Egypt's presence as a prime touristic destination.

On another note, Egypt's Pavillion will be held at Hall No. 23A of the International Congress Center in Berlin in an area covering 2526 m² with the participation of 120 travel agencies and hotels. The "Unique Fusion "and "All-Round Welcome" will be the main themes further expressed through the design of the Egyptian Hall where the Ankh iconic symbol of life, one of the Pharaonic icons of ancient Egypt will be the consistent visual cue for Brand Egypt in the ITB, over and above exhibiting touristic products in Egypt and a model of an Egyptian bazaar will be set, displaying handicrafts products and folkloric activities, to reflect the true Egyptian spirit, offering tourists a unique and lively experience of an old Egyptian souk.

The event will also witness the launch of the new advertising campaign, "We Are Egypt," a message of peace and hospitality sent by the people of Egypt to the whole world, inviting them for an unforgettable experience.

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