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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Destination News Africa / Middle East) Nov 21, 2010

Egypt Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities at the Avenue of the Sphinxes found 12 new sphinx statues from the reign of Nectanebo I (380-362 BC). These sphinx statues were found in the last sector of the Avenue of the Sphinxes. Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, said the site is not within the known road of the Avenue of the Sphinxes between Karnak and Luxor Temples, but instead is at the end of the newly-discovered road of Nectanebo I. The Avenue runs from Luxor to Karnak, where it connects to the temple of the goddess Mut. Mansour Boraik, Supervisor of Luxor Antiquities, indicated that this is the first time a new road that runs from east to west, toward the Nile, has been found. The most interesting part of this new discovery is that the 20-meter stretch cleared so far, is built from sandstone from the quarries at Gebel Silsila, north of Aswan. The total length of this road to the Nile is about 600 meters. Dr. Hawass mentioned, too, that along this way the sacred boat of Amun, king of the gods, traveled on the godOs annual trip to visit his wife, Mut, at Luxor temple, and the king used it as well for religious processions. Nov 18, 2010

Israel The fifth annual Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge, also known as Terravino, will take place around the Dead Sea in Israel, Nov. 21 to 27. The competition will showcase more than 700 wines and spirits from 25 countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the U.S., Australia and South Africa, competing for best wine of country, best red and white wine, best kosher Israeli wine and best boutique wine, among others. The festival will take place at the Daniel Dead Sea Hotel in Ein Bokek. The festival will also include a weekend of wine-related events, including wine-tasting workshops, gourmet food, an olive oil and cheese fair and lectures from Israeli winemakers, Nov. 25 to 27. For more information, visit Nov 17, 2010

Star Clippers Star Clippers is offering free air from select cities and $1,000 savings on seven Grand Mediterranean sailings aboard the Royal Clipper, the Star Clipper and the Star Flyer in 2011. The free air is available from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Tampa, Minneapolis, New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The April through October departures range in length from 10 to 21 nights, sailing from Portugal to Greece and from Italy to North Africa. The Royal Clipper's April 23, 2011, 14-night Grand Mediterranean cruise sails from Lisbon, Portugal, to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, and calls at 11 ports in Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Corsica, the Balearic Islands and Italy. The Star Flyer sails three Grand Med itineraries in 2011 ranging from 10 to 14 nights. The April 20 departure sails from Lisbon to Monte Carlo, Monaco, and calls at seven ports in Portugal, Spain, Morocco, the Balearic Islands, France and Monaco. The ship's June 11 and Aug. 20 sailings cruise between Athens, Greece, and Monte Carlo, calling at 11 ports in Tunisia, Italy, Malta, Sardinia and Greece. Star Flyer's Oct. 1 sailing from Monte Carlo to Malaga, Spain, calls at 11 ports in Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, France, the Balearic Islands and Spain. Star Clipper departs Oct. 8 on a 14-night sailing from Athens to Malaga, with 10 port calls in Greece, Italy, the Balearic Islands, Spain and Tunisia. Star Clipper also sails the longest Grand Mediterranean voyage of the season -- a 21-night cruise from Athens to Las Palmas, Grand Canary, Spain. With 15 ports of call in Greece, Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Spain, the Balearic Islands and Morocco, guests are sure to enjoy the wide-reaching exploration of the region. Cruise fares start at $3,195 per person, double, for the 10-night voyage, $3,740 for the 14-night sailings and $4,580 for the 21-night journey. All fares include the free air and $1,000 off the brochure rates. Port charges and an air tax are additional. For more information, call 800-442-0551 or visit Nov 16, 2010

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Date:Nov 22, 2010
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