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USTOA Members Promote Diverse Tour Options

November 11, 2010 By: Staff

Travelers looking for an enriching experience and can travel or make plans on short notice will benefit from members of the

U.S. Tour Operators Association

(USTOA) who are offering a selection of tours and custom itineraries to the Galapagos,

Middle East



, and even Bar and Bat Mitzvah arrangements to



Samples offered by USTOA members range from 10 days to three weeks and offer opportunities for in-depth learning, for travel by December 31.

The Galapagos with Naturalists: 10 days/Nine nights from $4,980

Explore the Galapagos aboard National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander, with twice-daily guided excursions. Talks and briefings by top naturalist guides and detailed information about conservation issues add to the educational depth. The 10 day/nine- night expedition ranges from $4,980 to $8,040 per person, and is available through December, 2010. For more information contact Lindblad Expeditions at 800-EXPEDITION or visit

Middle East History: 21 days/19 nights, from $7,899

In addition to a tour director, local guides provide insight into the history and heritage of Egypt, Israel, and Jordan on Goway Travel’s 21 day/19 night “Treasures of the Middle East” tour. The tour, which is valid through December 31, 2010, is priced from $7,899 including international air fare. For more details visit, or phone 800-245-0920. Book by December 31 for travel by April 2011

Antiquity in China: 17 days/16 nights from $5,499

Archeology and art history buffs on the 17 day/16 night “Yangtze Sojourn” tour from General Tours World Traveler join curators from the Shaanxi History Museum for a behind the scenes look at priceless artifacts excavated from nearby archaeological sites. The hands-on experience actually provides guests with an opportunity to touch and examine some of the artifacts. Priced from $5,499 per person through April, 2011, the tour visits Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Suzhou, Guilin, and Hong Kong and also includes a Yangtze River cruise. Bookings must be made by December 31. More information is available by visiting or phoning 800-221-2216.

Bar & Bat Mitzvah atop Masada, Israel: 15 days/13 nights, custom prices

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Jewish boys and girls, their family and friends, can experience a Bar Mitzvah atop the legendary mountain and ancient fort of Masada in Israel. Isram individually tailors a 15 day/13 night tour, including a local rabbi to conduct the ceremony, and accommodations for those attending. Prices are customized, depending on arrangements selected. Available through April, 2011. For more information visit; or phone 800-223-7460.

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Restrictions and additional security fees, departure and local taxes and fees may apply. Prices may vary based on departure date. Visit


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