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Posts Tagged ‘North Africa’

Prestigious Port Said Brings the Suez Canal to the whl.travel Network in Egypt

  • whl.travel
  • 21 December 2011

WHL Egypt manages destination portals all across Egypt, including Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh, Aswan and Luxor, Safaga and Ein Sokhna. Now, with the addition of www.portsaid-shoreexcursions.com, the staff at WHL Egypt is excited to continue the partnership with whl.travel, a company with which it shares a commitment to ethical travel and the preservation of history and culture around the world.

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The Coastal Paradise of Ein Sokhna Joins whl.travel Egypt

  • whl.travel
  • 7 October 2011

Only an hour east of the Egyptian capital of Cairo lies the coastal paradise of Ein Sokhna. Spend the morning taking in the majestic wonder of the Egyptian pyramids and then make the short drive for an afternoon dip in the crystal-clear waters of the northern Gulf of Suez or a visit to some of the oldest monasteries in the world.

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Photo of the Week: Abu Simbel Temple, Luxor and Aswan, Egypt

  • Alfred Molon (Photo) Hossam Mostafa (Text)
  • 18 September 2011

The mighty temples in this Photo of the Week have made the name of Abu Simbel internationally famous since their rediscovery in the early 19th century. Originally constructed during the reign of Ramesses II in the mid 13th century BCE, the temples were lost in the shifting sands of the Nubian desert for many centuries.

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The Inside Word… on Fes, Morocco

  • Akim Elanbassi
  • 12 September 2011

With so many destinations in the WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their neck of the woods. This month, we wander the ancient byways of Fes, Morocco, one of the holiest cities in the Islamic world.

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Sacred in Morocco: the Fes Music Festival

  • Maureen Valentine
  • 31 May 2011

Morocco is the perfect place for a travel itinerary that takes in a musical event like no other. Every year, the World Sacred Music Festival in Fes promises a diverse range of musical acts and fills the famous Fes medina (aka Fes el-Bali). It’s a unique celebration of cultural exchange and rhythms, a gathering of musicians (in 2011, from June 3rd through June 11th) from all corners of the planet for tantalising feasts of music, culture and, of course, mouthwatering Moroccan food.

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Top Five Natural Baths Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 2 May 2011

For ages, people have travelled far and wide in search of a good bath. Journeying to natural pools and hot springs with healing properties has been ‘medical tourism’ in its simplest form. Nowadays, though, a healthy soak in the mineral-rich waters of thermal springs is more than just doctor’s orders; finding the natural hot spots for a relaxing steep is a way to appreciate the unique geographical qualities of a place while simultaneously indulging in some healing.

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Volunteer Tourism in Egypt

  • Travel Off The Radar/Christina Heyniger
  • 28 April 2011

I traveled to Egypt to examine the potential for volunteer tourism in Cairo and Aswan. We participated in a series of volunteer tourism workshops, consultations and media-outreach events across the country. The goal of the program was to energize people in government, the non-profit and private sector about how they might directly implement the concept of volunteer tourism in Egypt. A few of the organizations we visited, which offer some potential for volunteer tourism, are profiled here.

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“For the Love of My Queen”: the Temples of Abu Simbel in Southern Egypt

  • Dr Benedict G. Davies
  • 5 January 2011

Through mighty works in stone – the supreme tools of royal propaganda – Ramesses II hoped to ensure that word of his supreme authority would extend throughout the Nubian lands, striking fear into the disparate, lawless tribes that inhabited these desert territories. In all, he would construct seven rock-cut temples in Nubia, the most impressive of which were the twin temples at Abu Simbel, one of which was devoted to his favourite queen, Nefertari.

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The Red Sea Resort of Safaga, Egypt, Joins whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 17 December 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC. The Egyptian port city of Safaga, built on the black sands of the Red Sea shore, offers a welcoming, friendly retreat from the hectic pace of life in the country’s major tourist hot spots. Two lengthy coral reefs skirt the coastline and promise plenty of great dive sites, while the engulfing waters are internationally renowned for both their perfect windsurfing conditions and their healing properties.

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Top Five Spiritual Travel Destinations

  • WHL Group
  • 10 December 2010

Spiritual travel runs the gamut of transcendental experiences, from traditional religious pilgrimages to yoga retreats and shamanic healing. The global religious travel market generates almost $20 billion per year and is growing fast, however, religious belief is not a prerequisite. An interest in the culture and history of the world’s most mystical places is reason enough to visit our top five picks of spiritual travel destinations.

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