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The Land of Milk and Honey… and Hummus

Israeli Vineyards

This just in… some super cool packaged tours throughout… you guessed it… The Holy Land. And the holy land to me means… the land of milk and honey and wine, and hummus and hotties!
Plus, no one really thinks about it, but, the Israelis were some of the first successful communists in the good sense of the word… communal. Rocking the kibbutznik farm style, these guys managed to share and deliver duties in an eco-friendly way better than any of their predecessors in Russia or, let’s just say, Cuba. The Israelis not only developed a system of drop irrigation that is now one of the best watering solutions in the world to save water, but, as you can imagine, they also have some pretty old grape vines. So, see the deals on Israel travel and go get yourself some holistic harmony… with a side of the best hummus you’ll have in your life.
  • Israel by Kibbutz
Delve into this soul moving country while staying at a collection of traditional Israeli kibbutz.  Partake in the communal lifestyle of the Kibbutznik people firsthand as you tour this holy land.  This one is called ‘a transformative travel experience’. We believe it. We’ve been to kibbutzim and they’re a pretty cool thing.—-
  • Active Israel Adventure
An active alfresco adventure, you’ll get off the tour bus and cruise, scuba dive, horseback ride, bike, climb and rappel to behold all of Israel’s spellbinding sites fused together with jeep safaris, camel rides, archaeological digs, golden beaches, hot springs and more.
  • Vineyards and Visions
Stimulate your soul and taste buds with this delectable culinary journey showcasing Israeli wine and cuisine.  Taste your way through a mosaic of vineyards and celebrated restaurants, take cooking lessons and stop at all the age-old sites along the way. Bon appetit, we say!

Abu Dhabi and The Islands

Picture this: you’re kneeling in the fading twilight with camera in hand, eye-to-eye with an African ostrich.

Sound wild?

Well, you can make it your reality with Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara’s exclusive Stay and Click photography course,March 18 – 21. Set amid the rugged beauty of the Royal Nature Reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, this three-night, two-day landscape and wildlife photography class brings both novice and experienced photographers close to nature with cameras and critiques.  Students have a chance to photograph the more than 20 different free-roaming species that grace Sir Bani Yas’ shores, including Arabian oryx, antelope, and gazelle.

With 30 years of experience as a contract photographer, Ira Block will lead the course. His photo library includes rare archaeological relics from ancient sites in Eastern Europe, Peru and the Middle East. It’s the perfect trip to hone your skills and explore the rich wildlife and landscape with your lens. What’s more, in celebration of the hotel’s one-year anniversary, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is giving away one free spot in this exclusive course!

Simply submit your favorite desert or wildlife image by uploading it here by Sunday, February 28.  Ira and Anantara will announce the winning picture on the website on Sunday, March 7.

Not the winner? Not to worry, you can still reserve a space in the class. Individual rates start from AED 6,550+ ($2,052 inclusive of tax and tourism charge), double rates from AED 8,600+ ($2,716 inclusive of tax and tourism charge).  Package includes the two-day photography course, three nights of accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner in The Palm restaurant.

*Photographers participating in the two-day course must have a digital SLR camera, lenses, and all necessary cables along with a laptop computer and editing software.

Discovery Adventures

Armchair travel just got an upgrade!

Morocco Discovery Adventure Travel TourRemember when you saw your first episode of Deadliest Catch and the next time you ate Alaskan King Crab you held up a bright red two-foot long leg and said, “Cheers to the men who bravely risked their lives so that I could enjoy the succulent white tendrils of this soft salty meat like never before”?  Or how about the time you channeled Man vs. Wild’s star, Bear Grylls, when you were lost during a hike in Montana so you decided to walk along the dangerously close edge of a suspended railway bridge? Oh we can’t say enough about our love of all things Discovery.  For one thing, Discovery Channel used to be our EIC’s client when she worked as a VP in entertainment advertising.  Shark WeekDeadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs… we know our Discovery Channel.  We can’t get enough of their entertaining content and their commitment to the natural world.

discovery_adventures_logoAs such, when we caught wind that the Discovery Channel had *just* launched Discovery Adventures, their first ever adventure travel vacation group, we said, “Where do we sign up?!” Starting last Friday, July 31, 2009, there are 31 itineraries to 18 different destinations with departures slated for this December 2009. Discovery Adventures not only ‘makes adventure travel accessible, less intimidating and offers 3-star service levels at more affordable prices,’ but they also promise to deliver die-hard, often “can’t be found with any other tour” real life experiences.

Expect to explore regions featured on Discovery Channel programs such as Man Vs. Wild, Out of Egypt and Discovery Atlas China.  Trips focus on educational tourism, cultural immersion, wildlife encounters, participation in sustainable world practices, epicurean adventures, geographic and environmental exploration.  Destinations include, North America (Alaska, Southwest), Latin America (Peru, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica), Africa (Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Egypt, Morocco) and Asia (India, China, Thailand).

Prices and trips range in length in cost, but an 9 day/8 night trip through Costa Rica runs approximately $1149 (air fare not included).

Discover the unexpected…

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