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Tutankhamun statue and other artifacts stolen from Egyptian Museum, Zahi Hawass reports

Tutankhamun statue and other artifacts stolen from Egyptian Museum, Zahi Hawass reports The Head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, has posted some sad news on his blog. During the recent political upheaval in Cairo the Egyptian Museum was broken into and some artifacts were stolen. We reported earlier that two mummies were damaged but...

Oil prices and unrest in Egypt: Will they affect travel?

Oil prices and unrest in Egypt: Will they affect travel? Airlines and Cruise lines have been watching the price of oil for quite some time. Fuel surcharges are unpopular fees and neither wants to add them on again if they can possibly avoid it. Some say fuel surcharges are inevitable and quite possibly the least of our worries. ...

Yasi brings destruction to Australia as social media prepares to help

Yasi brings destruction to Australia as social media prepares to help As blizzard conditions strand motorists across the Midwest and chaos in Cairo continues as Mubarak backers and opponents clash, Australia is now feeling the effect of Cyclone Yasi, believed to be their biggest-ever storm. What was a waiting game of "Where exactly will it...

Breaking: Another cruise line drops Egypt, says safety first

Breaking: Another cruise line drops Egypt, says safety first Cruise lines are modifying cruise itineraries for ships calling in Egypt and Tunisia, canceling all port calls in these two countries. While unrest/chaos continues in the area, cruise lines are playing it safe by keeping ships and passengers out of harms way. Costa...

Evacuation of foreigners from Egypt: what you need to know

Rising threats of violence and political unrest in Egypt has prompted many foreign visitors and residents to plan evacuation plans. Our friends over at World Nomads have compiled a highly-useful guide to evacuation procedures for countries like the United States,...

River cruises, land tours canceled as evacuation from Egypt begins

River cruises, land tours canceled as evacuation from Egypt begins While at least 2,400 U.S. citizens are seeking evacuation from Egypt today, only two charter planes arranged by the U.S. Department of State have taken left the scene , one landing in Cyprus and the other on the way to Athens, Greece. It looks like it is going to take some...

Airlines, Cruise Lines stay clear of chaotic Egypt

Airlines, Cruise Lines stay clear of chaotic Egypt A number of airlines have canceled flights in and out of Egypt and cruise lines have canceled calls to ports as unrest grows. Norwegian Cruise Lines and MSC Cruises, both with scheduled stops in in Alexandria, Egypt have canceled those calls, modifying itineraries....

Travelers scramble in Cairo

Travelers scramble in Cairo The situation for travelers overwhelming Cairo International Airport was critical as foreign tourists and Egyptians scrambled to find outgoing flights. Most without reservations, between 1,500 and 2,000 travelers were looking for any available flight at the airport's main...

Rioters destroy two mummies in Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Rioters destroy two mummies in Egyptian Museum in Cairo Rioters broke into Cairo's famous Egyptian Museum yesterday and destroyed two mummies, Reuters reports. The head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, got on state television to say that a crowd tried to break into the museum but were fought off by...

Germany and Egypt fight over bust of Nefertiti: will Zahi Hawass's crusade ever end?

Germany and Egypt fight over bust of Nefertiti: will Zahi Hawass's crusade ever end? You win some, you lose some. Zahi Hawass is a man who is used to getting his way. The head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities has been fighting to repatriate stolen Egyptian artifacts for years, and more often than not he wins. This time, though, he's suffered a...

2011 Tour d'Afrique heads toward Sudan

2011 Tour d'Afrique heads toward Sudan The 2011 edition of the Tour d'Afrique got underway last week when more than 40 cyclists from all over the world set out from Cairo, Egypt on a four month long epic ride through Africa. The annual event has become a favorite amongst adventure travelers looking for a unique...

Egypt changes stance: King Tut's tomb will stay open (for now)

Egypt changes stance: King Tut's tomb will stay open (for now) The famous tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt will remain open for the time being, the chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass announced. While earlier this week he stated that it and two other tombs in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor would close...

Egypt to close Tutankhamun's tomb

Egypt to close Tutankhamun's tomb The Valley of the Kings is one of the highlights of any trip to Egypt. In this hot, dusty ravine are some of the most remarkable tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs. Paintings adorn their walls, showing the soul's journey through the afterlife and the gods and goddesses...

Photo of the Day - Tour d'Afrique

Photo of the Day - Tour d'Afrique The 2011 Tour d'Afrique is officially underway! Just three days ago, more than 120 cyclists set off from Cairo, Egypt on a four month, 7,375 mile race across the world's most exotic and alluring continent. The competitors will pedal through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia,...

Win an Intrepid trip to Egypt with the Nomading Film Festival

Win an Intrepid trip to Egypt with the Nomading Film Festival If you've ever dreamed of traveling by camel, visiting the iconic Pyramids, dining with Nubian locals in a traditional village, cruising along the Nile on a felucca, or bargain hunting in Cairo's souqs; it's time to pick up your camera and start shooting. The...

Zahi Hawass tells New York City: fix Cleopatra's Needle or give it back

Zahi Hawass tells New York City: fix Cleopatra's Needle or give it back The Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities has become famous in recent years for his regular television appearances and tireless campaign to preserve his nation's heritage. Dr. Zahi Hawass has gotten the Met to return stolen artifacts and severed ties...

Red Sea beaches add safety measures against shark attacks

Red Sea beaches add safety measures against shark attacks Beaches at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh will reopen after officials ordered new safety measures following a recent series of shark attacks. One swimmer was killed and four others injured in attacks by at least two sharks. The new safety measures include...

Cruise ship tossed around, passengers sent flying

Cruise ship tossed around, passengers sent flying Large waves and heavy winds caused Royal Caribbean's 2,110-passenger Brilliance of the Seas to list heavily several times early Sunday. Passengers, furniture, and pretty much anything not tied down went "flying back and forth" as the ship was tossed around by inclement...

Deadly Red Sea shark attacks puzzle scientists

Deadly Red Sea shark attacks puzzle scientists Marine biologists are scratching their heads over the spate of shark attacks near Egypt's Red Sea port of Sharm El-Sheikh, the BBC reports. The waters near the city, which are popular for swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers, have seen attacks that have left one tourist...

Three swimmers injured by shark attack in Egypt

Three swimmers injured by shark attack in Egypt Three Russian tourists have been injured by a shark in the waters off Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, the BBC reports. The Red Sea resort, popular with swimmers and scuba divers, rarely has problems with sharks. It appears to have been an oceanic whitetip, which Jacques Cousteau...

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