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"... After researching tour companies on the
Net and through travel forums for more than a year, I finally found what I
was looking for: All One World Tours, (www.1worldtours.com) led by Ruth
She promised what I wanted most --
"time and space in the temples and pyramids." In addition, we
were going to a place off the tourist trail that had captured my
imagination in art history class -- the ancient city of Tel el Amarna...
Our local guide, Ehab, maker of deals and
Egyptologist extraordinaire, came through for us in a spectacular way.
After the tour buses had pulled away, leaving the dust to settle over the
plateau, our group had exclusive access to the interior of the Great
Pyramid. Instead of being nose to tail on the steep stairs with hundreds
of other people, we were free to explore on our own...
We spent days at Luxor and Karnak while
busloads from other tours were allowed only an hour. Holding their hats,
they craned upwards to catch a glimpse of the lotus and papyrus columns
before being hustled across the river to the Valley of the Kings and the
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, leaving us in peace...
Debra Smith is a freelance writer in
Calgary who loves the ocean, but keeps winding up in the desert.
Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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