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Experience Egypt with Heritage Tours

Award-winning private travel company expands its destination portfolio

Heritage Tours, leader in custom-designed private travel, announces the addition of Egypt to its growing portfolio of destinations.

Heritage Tours is widely respected for its expertise in providing clients unique and meticulously-tailored journeys to some of the world’s most fascinating and culturally-rich destinations, with a focus on authenticity and granting insider access that is otherwise unattainable. The company currently offers custom itinerary planning to Morocco, Sub Saharan Africa, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Africa, Israel and Jordan.

Egypt is back on the map and has seen the largest increase in international tourist arrivals in Europe and Africa with a 55.1% increase in 2017 alone, according to a report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. With 8.3 million tourists in 2017, there is strong evidence that demand for travel to Egypt is on the rise, and the future looks even more promising. Today’s growing wine scene in north Alexandria, the launch of the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza Plateau, and opening of the St. Regis Cairo, are just a few of this year’s highly anticipated happenings. With a wealth of knowledge and established roots in Morocco, Sub Saharan Africa, Israel and Jordan, Heritage Tours seized the opportunity to leverage their expertise and further expand their capabilities in the region with the addition of Egypt.

Egypt is a time capsule – mysterious, mystical and mighty, from its Great Pyramids to its immense Nile River. Whether travelers are looking to immerse themselves in more than 7,000 years of history, visit the Great Pyramids, see the iconic Sphinx, explore lush oases in the vast desert landscapes or relax at one of the country’s iconic beachside towns, Heritage Tours develops specialized itineraries to allow every discerning traveler to awaken their inner explorer and embark on an extraordinary adventure.

The Heritage Tours team of experts offers a highly customized and personal experience. Below are just a few of the experiences offered:

• Take a private tour of Cairo to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, The Great Pyramid, and explore an ancient Egyptian royal mortuary and other mysterious and impressive pyramids and temples.

• Travel the Nile by motorboat to the Nubian Village on Soheil Island to meet a Nubian family and learn about their simple lifestyle, culture and traditions.

• Embark on a journey through the wine-making process in central Egypt’s Gianaclis, from the picking of the grapes through to the bottling and ageing process.

• Marvel at prehistoric rock art in the Swimmers Cave and the gem-like, yellow-green tektite of the natural phenomenon that is Silica Glass Field.

• Stroll along the main seaside road, Al Corniche, during a private Alexandria tour, savoring the affable nature of the city residents, charming European-style buildings and brightly colored fishing boats bobbing in the harbor

• Experience a lush oasis in the desert landscape –  Siwa, a veritable Eden of mineral springs, salt lakes, olive trees and palm groves.

• Take a trip to the bizarre White Desert to see The Valley of the Golden Mummies, a collection of approximately 250 mummies.

• Explore Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatimi Street in Cairo, believed to boast the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world.

• Board a dahabiya, a luxurious sailing vessel that plies the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, for a private Nile cruise.

• Explore the world’s ‘largest outdoor museum of antiquities,’ beginning with a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

A rich mosaic of cultures, religions and landscapes, a private Egypt tour presents the increasingly valuable opportunity to become a more educated world citizen. Those seeking full cultural immersion in true comfort and style, while combining a deep sense of adventure and surprise, will relish exploring Egypt with Heritage Tours, where behind-the-scenes excursions led by local experts enhance each experience.

Each itinerary for every trip with Heritage Tours is unique and customized in advance however, a sample itinerary for an 11-day/10-night trip for 2 people to Egypt, starts at $5,395 per person. This includes breakfast every day and dinner on some nights.  Sample Itineraries for Egypt

For more information about Heritage Tours, please visit www.heritagetours.com or call 800-378-4555.

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Heritage Tours

Founded in 1995, Heritage Tours continues to set the standard in custom-designed, private travel. With Heritage Tours, travelers can discover the magic of some of the world’s most exciting destinations with an authenticity of local experience and insider access that is normally unattainable. Widely recognized within the industry, Heritage Tours was recently named the ‘#3 Tour Operator in the World’ by Travel + Leisure magazine and was nominated for the 8th year as the ‘Best FIT Tour Operator’ by Virtuoso. The company currently operates in Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Africa and is part of JG Worldwide’s network of leading tourism brands. www.heritagetours.com

JG Worldwide

JG Worldwide and its global portfolio of distinctive brands maintain an unparalleled reputation within the tourism industry. Founded by entrepreneur and travel industry veteran Jena Gardner, the firm’s network of companies includes JG Black Book, a leading hospitality consulting firm, Heritage Tours and Revealed America, recognized as two of the industry’s top bespoke tour operators, as well as The Bodhi Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting environmental and humanitarian efforts related to travel and tourism sustainability. Headquartered in New York, JG Worldwide’s mission is to lead the world to inspired destinations and to harness the strength of the global travel industry to preserve the planet’s natural and cultural treasures. www.jgworldwide.com

Hendrik Giesler’s Travel Tips

Hendrik Giesler became an overnight sensation during the 2014 World Cup. During the finals, Germany vs. Argentina, the camera crossed to a young man in the stadium with a German flag on his cheeks and the sexy young man caught the attention of all Germany. Everyone wanted to find the mystery guy, and the hunt began. Soon the global power of the internet found him. Unaware what was happening online, Hendrik woke and was surprised to find 45,000 new followers on Instagram (by end of day it had grown to 53,000) and had media contacting him relentlessly. Someone mistakenly thought Hendrik was the mystery #Germanboy and told the world.

“My photo was in all of the media; TV, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumbler. It was so overwhelming as I grew up in a village of 500 people. All of a sudden the world knew who I was and where I lived,” shared Hendrik.

Hendrik was nineteen, living a humble life in a small German town. A young guy, who at the time was volunteering to help people living with disabilities. “I worried I needed to change my name because it was just too much attention too quickly.”

However this crazy media blitz became the birth of his career as a digital influencer. Three years later, when he was in Melbourne, Australia, he decided to build off the buzz and share his travel and fashion experiences on Instagram. His globetrotting lifestyle helped him to become very popular on Instagram with over 158,000 engaged followers.

The young influencer has travelled to over 26 countries so far, which includes Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Morocco, Cape Town, Marrakesh, USA, France, Spain, Bali, Thailand, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Croatia, Montenegro, England, Norway, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Columbia. His fans turn to him for travel, fashion, and beauty advice daily. Take a look at Hendrik’s guide to traveling in style!

How to pack the essentials and travel in style

We all want to travel in style so packing the fashion essentials is vital when exploring the world as you not only want to have the right outfits for the weather, you also want the right outfits to match various occasions.

You should keep in mind that you need space in your suitcase for shopping. You can’t travel to an exotic location without buying at least one local item! I have found some incredible items to add to my wardrobe from traveling so you want to leave enough space for shopping.

Packing the fashion essentials

Since I’m traveling a lot for work, I always have to think about my outfits and what to pack, as I need the right mix of work clothes vs. casual clothes. In the past, I have made mistakes of over-packing. When I traveled to Thailand, I stuffed my suitcase with all of the T-shirts and shorts I owned; yet in the end, most were left unworn in my suitcase as I only wore my favorite pieces and didn’t have space for anything else. So I quickly learned: LESS is MORE. I realized that it’s better to bring a FEW of your favorite essential pieces like a pair of blue jeans, black shorts and a couple of basic white shirts along with a good pair of sneakers. The goal here is these few items will complement all sorts of outfits and styles.

When packing, a bit of outfit planning can make life easier: a pair of sunglasses and your favorite accessories like watches can jazz up every outfit. When deciding what to bring along with me on vacation, I have used my past Instagram posts as inspiration. Since taking photos is a large part of my travels, I look at previous posts to help me pack, and I make sure I bring a few picture perfect pieces so I know I have the clothes when it comes time for my signature posts.

For example, before I went to Marrakech, I made sure that I saved all of my favorite photos on Instagram, so I packed the right outfits for the perfect Insta pic. Since social media is such a big thing for us millennials, I wanted to make sure that my outfit is on point. Marrakech is known for its desert brown and orange colors, so I planned my outfits accordingly.

One small thing I always pack and it has saved my life…SUNSCREEN!  Make sure you pack sunscreen. You don’t want to get burned. From my experience traveling to so many unique locations, it is hard to estimate the strength of the sun. The sun is sexy, but it does crazy damage to your skin. It can literally ruin your vacation if you are not prepared. I say this because I’ve had a hard time finding sunscreen for my skin type when I travel. Plan ahead and come prepared. It is small item but I am 24 years old, and I want to stay looking 24 years old 😉

Also, when buying your sunscreen before you leave, look into purchasing travel sizes for your everyday toiletries so you can leave them there after your holiday. Bam, more room in your luggage when you fly home for shopping.

Can you do laundry?!

If yes, it is a live saver. You can pack a lot less, but you can re-use the essentials you bring. No one knows whom you are when you travel; so re-wearing your favorite pieces are acceptable as no one notices. That said, you want them clean. My advice is to NEVER use the hotel laundry service. They charge insane prices to wash your clothes. INSANE. Just ask for the closest laundromat. Trust me, it will take one hour, but it saves you so much in the long run.

I love to travel and have traveled to over 26 countries so far this is my fashion travel advice. It is all about the preparation before leaving that ensures you travel in style and enjoy your vacation.

Over the next couple of months, he will be traveling to Morocco, Tanzania, and Egypt and give daily updates on his travel, food and fashion experiences. To see what adventures he gets up to make sure you follow him on Instagram!

La Divine Comédie

Tracy Paul & Company Inc. launches La Divine Comédie, the most exclusive French property in the heart of Avignon.

 

 

Tracy Paul & Company Inc. is proud to announce its representation of La Divine Comédie, an exquisite luxury property located in the most treasured setting within Southern France. The hotel resort La Divine Comédie is a 19th century mansion, comprised of 5 spectacular suites. Each suite has it’s own unique style, inspired by Gilles Jauffret the renowned French interior designer as well as one of the properties owners. He has meticulously thought of every detail throughout the entire compound.

 

There are some places which seem to have an eternal soul, transmitted through the ages, from one occupier to another. Certain individuals have the gift of giving free rein to the spirit present within these walls, and of respecting the building’s unique character. Listening to the echoes of its past and reading the lines of its own story. This is true of the lucky occupiers of La Divine Comédie, who have devoted themselves, heart and soul, to breathing life into one of Avignon’s most particular private residences, using their creative talents and impeccable artistic taste to bring out the very best in every inch of the 2,600 m2 space.

 

 

The grounds of the hotel contain a spa & wellness center as well as a large outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also has the largest private garden directly centered in the middle of Avignon, with over 100 varieties of trees and plants. The owners Amaury and Gilles wanted to create a true haven of calm and tranquility in the heart of the city. Yet the hotel is just footsteps away from the Pope’s Palace, restaurants, shopping and all the other attractions offered in one of France’s most historic romantic cities. 

 

La Divine Comédie is, first and foremost, a garden to be found behind high walls. Catch your first glimpse from the outside as the gentle breeze stirs the leaves of the ancient plane trees, hinting at this oasis of calm right in the city center. The light and airy house can be seen through the open gate, inviting and casting a spell over its visitors, who can all too easily fall in love with its mysterious, mesmerizing charm. The garden and the house come together to tell an enchanting, enticing tale of discovery and pleasure. Pass through the open doors to enjoy the hedonistic pleasures of La Divine Comédie, a dreamlike, but very real, paradise.


THE ANATOLE SUITE

The Anatole suite tells the tale of Uncle Anatole, a seasoned traveller recently returned from abroad, bringing a whole collection of souvenirs. Two magnificent, antique model boats show his love for the sea.

Anatole also collects orientalist paintings, particularly Cortès and Pascal; the mirrors, screen and the 18th Century canopy over the bed are other gems brought back from his travels. The antechamber is home to a desk, perfect for planning the next trip.

Visitors to the suite are greeted by a portrait of Anatole in his younger years.

Suite size : 50 m2

 

THE APHRODITE SUITE

The Aphrodite suite features a spectacular round bed, surrounded by soft, diaphanous draped voile, the perfect place to relax in privacy. The suite is decorated in soothing greys and blues, reflecting the soft tones of an 18th Century Vernet-style screen. A number of extremely fine orientalist paintings add to the overall effect.

The suite opens out onto a private terrace of 30m2, with spectacular views on the garden. Visitors are welcome to take their breakfast or to enjoy an aperitif on the terrace. The suite also features a second, smaller room.

Suite size : 50 m2

 

THE CONSUL SUITE

The Consul suite is decorated in the style of the Napoleonic period, when the fashion was for all things exotic. A collection of lithographs of the Bosphorus in the antechamber sits alongside a superb collection of antique trunks. The typical furniture, notably the armchairs – replicas of the throne of Tutankhamun – is set off by a palate of warm cumin, black and brown tones.

The orientalist spirit can also be seen in a series of engravings representing Napoleon’s first trip to Egypt, reflecting the fashion for exotic travel. The suite is oriented west, offering a glimpse of the Papal Palace from the windows.

Suite size: 50 m2

 

THE NAPLES SUITE

The Naples suite is home to a stunning collection of gouache paintings of Mt Vesuvius erupting. The artworks are set off by the matte grey walls of the main room. Three huge, south-facing windows look out over the garden. Majestic bed hangings, suspended from an 18th Century canopy, sit alongside a modern headboard designed by Gilles Jauffret. The simple, clean lines of the light fixtures, imported from Morocco, add a graphic touch to the décor.

Suite size: 50 m2

 

THE VENICE SUITE

The Venice suite features a collection of over 40 18th– and 19th-Century oil paintings of the Italian city, set against a backdrop of blue and grey tones.

Enjoy the beauties of Venice without leaving Provence! Much of Avignon’s palatial architecture is inspired by Italian art, as Papal legates commissioned their favorite artists to work on their residences in the city.

The suite also features a 1920s Iris chandelier and 1970s shell chairs, the perfect place to enjoy some of our collection of works on Venice.

Suite size : 50 m2

 

Lucky Charms 

Red-Eyed Toads and Worry Dolls: The Strange World of Lucky Charms

We’ve always been a superstitious species. There are plenty of people who get worried when a black cat crosses their path or simply cross their fingers while they’re hoping for a spot of good luck.

A list of lucky charms from around the world has been put together by netentstalker.com in an interesting and entertaining infographic. If you want to find out what keeps the kids safe in Guatemala or how Peru has more than its share of charms, check out the list today.

To give you a quick taster, here are just some of the strange and wonderful lucky charms people take seriously around the globe:

  1. Three legged toads that promise you money and prosperity are all the rage in China. The Jin Chan is a red-eyed little monster that you give a coin to and which is supposed to improve your financial situation. Forget the coin, however, and you can end up losing everything.

  2. Easter eggs are big in the Ukraine and you’ll find plenty of pysanky if you visit this country. They’re coloured with geometric shapes and have different meanings depending on the design, some signifying prosperity, others fertility.

  3. Worry dolls are popular in many cultures but particularly in Guatemala where they are made by hand and given to children who are a little unhappy. The kids then tell the doll all their problems and these are supposed to magically disappear.

  4. The scarab beetle became popular around the world when they were seen in the film The Mummy, perhaps not for the right reasons though. In fact, these beetles are considered to be a lucky symbol in Egypt and protect wearers from malign forces.

  5. In Norway, the simple acorn seems to have a lot of power for its size. Farmers used to put a single acorn on their window sill to protect them from lightening when a storm was getting near. People still put an acorn in the window today as it’s seen as a way of providing general protection for the home.

  6. If you thought fish scales have no use, think again. Across many areas of central Europe, if you put a few in your wallet after your Christmas Eve meal, a celebration that normally involves carp, it can help bring you good luck for the rest of the year.

Charms are wonderful things and tell us a lot about cultures around the world. If you want to attract some luck, then take a look at the whole infographic here.