Published Sep 24, 2019
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Step back in time
 
From ancient cities carved within rock formations and legends of mythological figures to towering cathedrals where people gather to worship and the mystery surrounding ancient ruins and temples, see the spectacular sites that have helped shape the world we know today!
 

 
Figures of Mythology
 
Nearly every country around the world has its own ancient myths and legends, washing a sense of magic over those who stand in the presence of these impressive structures. Travel through the Egyptian sand dunes and admire the Great Sphinx, the magnificent half-man-half-lion statue that is believed to be a spiritual guardian, protecting the pharaoh's tomb complex. Or, journey to ancient Greece and discover the Temple of Apollo, which legend has it was constructed in part by the God of Sun himself.
 
Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise
 
 
Timeless Cairo & the Pyramids, plus a Nile cruise through the temples & history of Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo & Aswan; optional extension to Petra
 
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$2699
  
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Best of Classical Greece
 
 
Historic Thessaloniki, Vergina, Kalambaka, and Delphi with ancient capital of Athens. Optional day cruise to the Saronic Islands
 
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$2399
  
$1999
  
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Timeless Cities
 
Modern travelers stand in awe at the ingenuity of ancient urban planners, carving homes and impressive structures into the landscapes around them. Travel back in time in Turkey as you explore Cappadocia's cone-shaped stone structures formed millions of years ago from volcanic ash and hand-carved centuries ago into sprawling underground cities. Or, visit Jordan to discover the towering pink sandstone cliff city of Petra. Also known as the "Rose City", it is most famous for The Treasury, a temple that is amongst other tombs and ancient burial sites.
 
Best of Turkey
 
 
Witness continents collide in Istanbul, then explore Ankara, fairy-tale Cappadocia, Mediterranean Antalya, plus the ruins at Ephesus, Troy & more
 
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15
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Best of Jordan
 
 
From the bustling city of Amman and the otherworldly vistas of Wadi Rum to the red-rose ancient city of Petra and the shores of the Dead Sea, experience the land of Lawrence of Arabia & Indiana Jones
 
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$2599
  
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Places of Worship
 
From hand-painted ceilings and ornate decor throughout, historic cathedrals and churches offer visitors more than just a place to worship. Appreciate the stunning Italo-Byzantine architecture of St. Mark's Basilica, the most famous church in Venice, Italy. In Spain, absorb the rich history and culture that encompasses the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, and admire the sprawling prayer hall full of towering columns and stone and brick archways above.
 
Italian Treasures
 
 
The masterpieces of Italy: the canal city of Venice, the opulent art of Florence, the wine and cuisine of Tuscany, and the history—both modern and ancient—of Rome, with first-class hotels throughout
 
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$3999
  
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Enchanting Spain
 
 
Experience the colors & flavors of Spain through the cities that reflect its rich history, passionate people, and culture: Madrid, Cordoba, Granada, Seville & Barcelona
 
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$3599
  
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Ancient Ruins
 
There's nothing more awe-inspiring than exploring ancient ruins that once stood as temples, cities, and monuments thousands of years ago. Located in Portugal, Conimbriga is one of the largest Roman settlements excavated in the country. Gaze upon the ancient city walls, tiled mosaic floors and building foundations as you explore the area. Other ruins, like Angkor Wat, focus on religion. This is the largest monument and best preserved within the Angkor group, leaving visitors in awe as they wander through the ancient ruins of the temple city.
 
Best of Portugal
 
 
Porto & its famous wine, the university town of Coimbra, Fatima & medieval Obidos, then enchanting Lisbon with a day trip to fairy-tale Sintra
 
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$2899
  
$2399
  
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Best of Vietnam & Cambodia
 
 
Wild & wonderful Hanoi, world-heritage Halong Bay, alluring Hue & historic Ho Chi Minh; plus Phnom Penh & the breathtaking temples of Angkor Wat; optional extension to Bangkok
 
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$2799
  
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