UNESCO classifies World Heritage sites as properties having “special cultural or physical significance.” According to the organization, there are more than 900 World Heritage Sites around the world and last night at the North York Civic Centre, Bestway Tours & Safaris presented its collection in the World Heritage Tours brochure.
|Peter Langer, travel photographer; Paul Saltzman, television and movie producer and director; and Mahmood Poonja, chief explorer, Bestway Tours & Safaris
The brochure focuses on World Heritage Sites throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
Peter Langer, travel photographer, presented a short slide show that featured pictures of some of the locations he has been to. In fact, the new brochure from Bestwayfeatures Langer’s photographs.
“Mahmood [Poonja] and I have been friends and share a similar philosophy when it comes to travelling the world, seeing things that are unique, and meeting people of all religions and cultures. So, we have a great amount of synergy,” Langer said. “The thing that is particular about Bestway is that they have a number of specialized tours... which allows a highly personalized service, [and allows travellers to] experience the culture.”
Langer said that the new brochure not only focuses on world heritage sites but also on history, landscapes and “genuine contact with people.”
He outlined some of the itineraries offered by Bestway which include India: Northern and Southern Heritage a two-part, 29-day tour with visits to popular India cities where travellers get to experience elephant rides and visits to gardens, temples, markets and museums.
Langer also outlined other itineraries with tours to some of the world’s politically unstable locations including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the Balkans, and Colombia.
“Bestway pioneered tours to [places such as] Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan,” Langer said. “We don’t care about the political situations of these countries. We want to highlight the real contact we ought to have with humanity.”
All World Heritage Tours include arrival and departure transfers; superior or deluxe class hotels with private facilities; meals as indicated on the itinerary; tours, sightseeing and entrance fees; English-speaking guides; and local taxes and service changes.
To view the full brochure, visit our Brochure section.
Paul Saltzman, Emmy award-winning film and television producer and director, was also at the event to discuss his 17-day India: a Fusion of Colour, Music and Soul tour taking place in February 2013.
|Mahmood Poonja and Paul Saltzman
Saltzman talked about his personal experience that led to his love affair with India.
“[When I was younger], there was a part of myself that I didn’t like and I asked my inner self what to do about that,” Saltzman said. “My inner voice actually said to me, ‘If you really want to look at yourself more clearly Paul, you might want to get away from the environment that you grew up in.'"
"I said out loud, ‘Where do I go?’ and the inner voice said: India," he continued. “And I had no connection to India, it was just out of the blue... I went and it was life changing, and I’ve now been to India more than 50 times.”
Saltzman also talked about the time he spent with The Beatles at Rishikesh, a location that's featured in his India itinerary.
The tour includes 16 nights hotel accommodation; meals; airfare within India on coach class; local, English-speaking guides; entrance fees to museums and sites; honorariums for yoga, lectures and folk dances; and all sightseeing and transfers.
The tour size is a minimum of 12 people and costs US$6,990 per person sharing or US$2,560 single supplement. Other itinerary highlights include a day at Kovalam, the Taj Mahal palace and tower and tours of Mumbai and Taj Lake Palace.
For full itinerary details, visit bestway.com.