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Zegrahm Expeditions Supports the Return of Tourism to Egypt

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Legendary Empires Itinerary Highlights Ancient Civilizations and Moden Marvels

Seattle, WAZegrahm Expeditions, the leader in adventure travel for the past 20 years, is supporting the recovery of tourism in Egypt. Since the late 1990s, the company has continuously brought travelers safely to the region, including last fall when many other tour operators had cancelled trips to Egypt.  The upcoming Legendary Empires itinerary takes an in-depth look at the country’s great civilizations, the development of culture, the current political climate, and what the future holds for the region.

“Egypt is proud to report a 67% increase in U.S. tourist arrivals when comparing February 2012 with the same month of 2011,” stated Mohamed Hegazy, Director of the Egyptian Tourist Authority.

Jon Nicholson, President of Zegrahm Expeditions, was in Egypt during the uprising in 2011, added, “While some may be hesitant to travel to Egypt, now is the ideal time to visit.  Although tourism is returning to the country, places such as the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum are much less crowded than in previous years. As with all adventure travel, being flexible and curious will ensure a memorable experience.”

Taking place October 15 – November 3, 2012, the Legendary Empires: Giza, Baalbek, Byblos, Petra, Luxor expedition highlights the magical and mysterious Egyptian cities of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, and Luxor.  Travelers will be immersed into one of the oldest cultures in the world by exploring well-preserved architectural marvels, cruising the Suez Canal, and discovering the colorful markets.  Guests will also go behind the scenes at the Karnak Temple, the Chicago House, and to private tombs in the Valley of the Kings with an esteemed group of lecturers, including Emily Teeter an Egyptologist from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and Zegrahm cofounders and adventure travel veterans Jack Grove, Peter Harrison, and Shirley Metz.  Priced from $12,780 per person based on double occupancy, the 20-day itinerary also visits Lebanon and Jordan.

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