2. The Middle East Erupts

As the region heals, travel deals abound

A luxurious trip up the Nile has never been more affordable.

A luxurious trip up the Nile has never been more affordable.     Photo: Ad Meskens

Thanks to the martyrdom of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi and a fed-up populous who organized on Twitter, despotic Middle Eastern regimes fell like dominoes in 2011. But the uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia put the region’s tourism industry into a freefall. As a result, companies like Tui Travel, Europe’s largest tour operator, have slashed prices. A 12-day Nile cruise through Wilderness Travel is now $1,400 cheaper per cabin.

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