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We have an exciting SEVENTEEN new destinations for 2012/13 including Georgia, Lebanon and Iceland.
Georgia is for those with a true thirst for adventure! Our tour is split between seeing the highlights of Turkey then crossing the border at the Black Sea and visiting the wonderful scenery and remote fortified mountain villages of Georgia. Stock up on the local tipple in the Telavi region, enjoy a wild camp in the Caucasus, hike the Chalato glacier from a unique homestay and visit Gori, Stalin's birthplace.
All trips are continuing to run as usual with the exception that tours due to visit the Egyptian Museum will do so on their return to Cairo. Those trips that continue to Jordan may miss out on visiting the museum. The Egyptian museum is alongside Tahir Square and at this stage we have made the decision it is safer to keep clients away from this area. This will be monitored on a case by case basis.
So we're back in the jungle trying to get out eh? I've always thought this could potentially be a PR disaster for the Australian Tourist Board - or an added boost depending on whether you are paranoid about creepy crawlies or absolutely love the thought of exploring primary rainforest. And what is the difference anyway between the rainforest and the jungle?
Flooding in Thailand
The situation remains serious and the British FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to Bangkok. This does not does not include transit through the international airport. There is a significant risk that flooding in the city will increase if barriers fail. High demand is causing shortages of bottled water and cash machines may not work. Please see http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-count... for further details.
Exciting news! Imaginative Traveller is pleased to announce that it is joining forces with Dragoman Overseas Travel Ltd. This will allow customers to choose between two distinct travel styles - small group adventure holidays and overland travel. The two products will operate side by side under the Dragoman Overseas Travel Ltd umbrella, with both brands retaining their individual websites and identity.
The situation in Bangkok remains serious as far as the flooding is concerned. For all travellers heading to Bangkok please be aware that the city has a risk of a reduced supply of bottled water. We would advise people to take additional water purification options. Please discuss the most suitable methods with an outdoor supplier/specialist retail shop.