One of the places we tend to send a lot of travellers is Egypt, and apart from the questions on security, weather, what to wear, the general question that we get is what is there really to see in Egypt Outside of the Pyramid and the Sphinx? The truth is there is a hell of a lot to see in Egypt, and seeing it all would take well over a month .. which is a little beyond most peoples travel allowance, time wise and often in cash. So what to do in a shorter period say ten days to two weeks? Well, even on a budgeted time allowance there is plenty to capture the imagination …
When people consider going on Safari most consider heading to Africa – whether its Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia or otherwise. Very few people though stop to think that there are alternatives out there for Safari, or Wildlife Sightseeing. You can head to a lodge in Alaska, seek out Polar Bears or Grizzlies, you can take to the Outback in Australia and look for the larger marsupials. visit the Amazon Jungle and discover the land of the jaguar.
On the other hand, there is a country with a number of fantastic Wildlife preserves with the sort of wildlife that drives one to africa .. big game, in this case Lion, Rhinos, Elephants, Leopard and in this case Tigers rounding out the “Big 5”.
Yes, I am talking about India. The Dhole replace the Wild Dogs as the major canine hunters, the Zebra and Wildebeest of the Plains are replaced by the Sambuh and other deers of the Woodlands, the Gaur takes the place ofthe Water Buffalo and you find yourself sightseeing as often by Elephant back as you do by Jeep.
With dozens of parks, hundreds of species of wildlife and thousands of species of flora, one can spend weeks visiting the parks of India. or you can choose to spend your time focused on a few parks, or a specific species .. such as the Magnificent Bengal Tiger is on the following itinerary ..
When one considers ancient civilizations most think of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Carthagians .. those based around the Mediterranean. Far across the ocean from those who held sway in Europe though a number of Ancient Civilizations not only flourished but thrived well past the date when the Roma Empire (as an example) had collapsed.
As one journeys South in the Americas from Mexico, throuhg Guatemala and onwards into Ecuador and Peru you can discover thetraces and remains of some of the worlds grandest civilizations – that of the Olmecs, the Aztecs, The Mayans and the Incas.
While it is (as you would assume) my recommendation to visit a lot of South America and Central America as individual countries on small manageable trips rather than just one long trip as many seem to want to do, if you are after a trip to take in Ancient Civilizations then this is a possibility to do within three weeks (inclusive of flights) and cover the Olmecs, Aztecs, Mayans and Incas.
A three week trip would cover the basics .. one that wanted to cover the four civilizations in depth would take considerably longer, but the shorter one is suitable for most working people on holiday or those seeking an introduction to South and Central America.
For a tour that fits within a three week period we would suggest something along the lines of the following ..