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The Nile on the SS Sudan
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By Amelia
On: 29th September, 2017

Exploring the Nile by Steam Ship

  • Egypt

Many people consider a cruise boat when contemplating a trip to Egypt… I can honestly say I've found the boat to do this: the one and only steam ship to ply the Nile, the SS Sudan is beyond compare and stands head and shoulders above the rest.

samarkand architecture
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By Amelia
On: 24th August, 2017

Upcoming Small Group Tours with Original Travel

  • Uzbekistan
  • Ethiopia

Calling all Culture Vultures - Join Amelia Stewart, founder of Simoon travel (part of the Original Travel family) and tour leader, to explore some of the most original corners of our diverse planet along with local experts and a group of like-minded and discerning individuals. Here are the…

Egyptian spice market
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By Amelia
On: 14th July, 2017

Top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink

  • Egypt

Falafel, mango juice and suprisingly tasty stuffed pigeon! Original Travel Egypt expert Amelia Stewart gives us the low down on her top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink...

Camels by the Egyptian Pyramids
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By Amelia
On: 3rd July, 2017

Culture in Chaotic Cairo

  • Egypt

I arrived into Cairo in the blazing Ramadan heat - normally I wouldn't advise going to Egypt during Ramadan however if you are prepared for things to be a little 'out of kilter' it shouldn't otherwise deter you from going. Egypt needs our support. Tourism has virtually dropped off since the…

Jaguar Belize
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By Amelia
On: 30th September, 2016

Discovering North Sudan Part II: Karima and Meroe

  • Sudan

Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part two of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.

Khartoum Camels
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By Amelia
On: 30th September, 2016

Discovering North Sudan Part I: Khartoum

  • Sudan

Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part one of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.

Amelia fam trip picture children dancing
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By Amelia
On: 1st July, 2016

My Top Five in Mongolia

  • Central Asia
  • Mongolia

Have you bagged eight to ten days in Mongolia but curious as to how to fill them? Fear not. My list of must sees and do's in the landlocked nation (given in no particular order) will fill your itinerary to the metaphorical brim.

Bab_Mekina_opening_night_festival
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By Amelia
On: 26th November, 2015

Fes Music Festival

  • Fez

The little known annual music festival of Fes in Morocco is a gem, not only because it is still relatively unknown (therefore retains its authenticity) but also because of the fantastically high standard of musicianship. In a sea of world music festivals to choose from, this one really…

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By Amelia
On: 17th September, 2015

Return to Iran

  • Iran

With all the recent news surrounding the détente between the west and Iran, and the downgrading of Foreign Office Advice, I am chomping at the bit to get back out there…And excited to be offering two small group tours to the country in Spring and Autumn 2016. These will be small groups - so…

Roman ruins in Volubilis
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By Amelia
On: 10th June, 2015

Culture in Morocco: a Day Trip to Volubilis

  • Morocco
  • Fez

Any trip to Fes should include a day out to the gorgeous Roman city of Volubilis, probably the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco.