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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'll tell you about some of the world's famous ancient wonders that travelers can explore on guided tours and independent vacation packages. Click the name of any attraction below to see a photo.

Rome's Colosseum could hold about 50,000 people in its prime, when it served as an entertainment venue for gladiator contests, animal hunts, battle re-enactments and other public spectacles. Completed more than 1,930 years ago, the Colosseum has survived vandalism, earthquakes and a fire. It's an enduring symbol of the "Eternal City," linking modern Rome to its imperial past. Click here for tours that visit Rome.

Explore the hallowed grounds of Machu Picchu, and you might experience the same mystic energy that drew the Incas here in the mid-15th century. This was considered a sacred city, built as a tribute to ancient gods. The Incas felt close to their revered sun from this vantage point, perched on the edge of a cliff high in the Peruvian Andes. Today, visitors can walk among ruins shrouded by clouds and mountain shadows. Click here for tours that visit Machu Picchu.

The Great Pyramids of Giza lie just outside Cairo. Each was built to house and preserve the mummified body of a single pharaoh for eternity. The largest, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, was completed around 2690 B.C. It stands 448 feet tall and has a base that covers an area of 13 acres. Click here for tours that visit the Great Pyramids.

Historians still dispute the significance of Stonehenge, the mysterious stone circle built around 2500 B.C. in southern England. Some think it's an ancient religious site used for celebrations or sacrifice; others believe it's an early scientific endeavor, perhaps used to study the movement of the stars. Whatever the reason, the efforts behind its construction are impressive, as the stones are thought to have been transported from miles away. Click here for tours that visit Stonehenge.

On August 24 in A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted in a violent fury. Hell rained down for 19 hours, burying Pompeii, Herculaneum and nearby villages under 75 feet of volcanic ash and cinders. Pompeii remained lost for nearly 1,700 years before its accidental discovery in the 18th century. Now, the excavated site, with its beautifully preserved buildings, frescoes and mosaics, is a popular tourist destination in southern Italy, not far from Naples. Click here for tours that visit Pompeii.

Surrounded by thick jungle in the northern Cambodian province of Siem Reap, Angkor Archaeological Park contains more than 1,000 temples. These include Angkor Wat, the best preserved structure, and the Bayon temple, notable for the huge, enigmatic faces of its stone facade. The site was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the ninth to the 15th centuries and includes Hindu and Buddhist features. Click here for tours that visit Angkor Archaeological Park.

More than 2,000 years ago, Arabs known as Nabataeans carved a city from the dusky pink sandstone cliffs of southern Jordan. Excursions to Petra, called the "rose-red city," typically take in the treasury, the Roman-style amphitheater and the ancient tombs. The approach to Petra is rather dramatic -- visitors must walk through a dark, narrow gorge called the Siq -- about a mile long and, at some points, no more than 10 feet wide. Click here for tours that visit Petra.

A collection of classical Greek buildings awaits visitors who make their way to the summit of the Acropolis in Athens. The most iconic sight here is the Parthenon, built to honor the goddess Athena in the fifth century B.C. In addition to a good dose of ancient Greek history, the site offers panoramic views of the modern city below. Click here for tours that visit Athens.

Stroll down a marble street and admire what remains of the ancient city of Ephesus in western Turkey. It contains both Greek and Roman architecture and was the site of one of the original seven ancient wonders, the Temple of Artemis. That temple no longer exists, but today, the most frequently photographed sights include the two-tiered, columned facade of the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the large outdoor theater. Click here for tours that visit Ephesus.



Here are this week's Top 10 Tours. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Irish Heritage, 7 days with CIE Tours. Begins in Limerick and ends in Dublin. Save 10%. Starting at $1,945. Departures from August 2, 2021 through October 3, 2022.

2) The Loire Valley, a Royal Legacy, 6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Nantes. Save 15%. Starting at $1,849. Departures from August 1, 2021 through October 29, 2022.

3) Greek Island Explorer, 10 days with Costsaver. Begins and ends in Athens. Starting at $2,045. Departures from June 19, 2021 through September 25, 2022.

4) Scots Irish Tour, 11 days with CIE Tours. Begins in Edinburgh and ends in Shannon. Save 15%. Starting at $2,495. Departures from August 1, 2021 through October 16, 2022.

5) Balkan Delight, 12 days with Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Zagreb. Save up to 12.5%. Starting at $2,706. Departures from September 18, 2021 through October 8, 2022.

6) American Parks Trail, 8 days with Insight. Begins in Jackson Hole and ends in Denver. Save up to 12.5%. Starting at $3,032. Departures from July 21, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

7) Iceland Adventure, 8 days with Globus. Begins and ends in Reykjavik. Save $200 per couple off the air-inclusive price of 2021 trips or save 10% off 2022 departures. Starting at $3,499. Departures from July 4, 2021 through September 25, 2022.

8) Southern Charms: Savannah, Charleston & Hilton Head, 8 days with Tauck. Begins in Savannah and ends in Charleston. Starting at $3,990. Departures from September 15, 2021 through September 29, 2022.

9) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Cruise Lines. Travels between Clarkston and Portland. Save up to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $4,350. Departures from June 6 through November 3, 2021.

10) Spain & Portugal In Style, 13 days with Luxury Gold. Begins in Barcelona and ends in Madrid. Save 10%. Starting at $5,508. Departs September 3 & 17 and October 1, 2021.

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Please email me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@tourvacationstogo.com and I will respond the same day.

Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Executive Chairman
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