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6 | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | |JORDANNadia SibaiMy journey along the scenic Kings' Highway took me to the amazing ancient city of Petra and beyond. Spending a night in the desert of Wadi Rum was one of the most memorable experiences. We took a jeep tour to explore the canyons and ancient Nabataean inscriptions, and ended the evening star-gazing and enjoying delicious local Bedouin delicacies. I also trekked through the picturesque Dana Reserve, spotting mountain ibex and numerous beautiful birds.PAPUA NEW GUINEAMark RobinsonWildlife and hilltribes are two huge drawcards of any trip to Papua New Guinea. On my recent trip to the country I experienced both of these in abundance, from the traditional sing-sings of the Kuli Clan in the highlands to the colourful variants of birds of paradise in the jungle. PNG never fails to impress!ANTARCTICALizzie WilliamsMy trip to Antarctica was full of favourite moments, but if I had to choose then I would say seeing the blue skies, glassy seas and mirror-sharp refl ections of icebergs glistening under the Antarctic sun, disturbed only by penguins speeding past on the hunt for krill. Also unforgettable was Antarctica's parting gift: two humpback whales playing alongside the boat - even the captain was hanging out of the bridge, taking photos!JUST BACK FROM ... ere will be a new ship naviga ng the Nile this year.  e Mayfair is one of the latest cruise ships to take to Egypt's iconic river. Built in 2012, the Mayfair o ers chic accommoda on with a bou que feel, plus great service and food. You can take a three, four or seven night cruise, sailing between Luxor and Aswan.  ese  ips include visits to many of the Nile's most famous sights such as the Valley of the Kings (where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun), as well as Aswan, Kom Ombo and Edfu. Cabins are comfortable and modern, while the boat also o ers opportuni es to relax between excursions, boas ng a spa, steam room and sauna. In addi on, the sun deck has a pool and two Jacuzzis.  e ship's restaurant, Nile Avenue, features a modern fusion of both contemporary and  adi onal cuisine.  e lounge bar is the perfect venue for a sundowner cocktail following a busy day's sightseeing.To be one of the  rst to enjoy this new ship, please call our Egypt specialists on 01993 838 410.Egypt: new boat for the NileTake a classic cruise aboard one of the river's most stylish ships | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | 7ESCAPE ROUTES  PLACES TO GODue to the many requests we've received, we are running another group tour to Namibia's Caprivi S ip in January 2014.  e small-group departure takes in the wildlife-rich Etosha Pan and various na onal parks in Namibia's Caprivi region, where the landscape changes  om arid desert to vibrant-green rivers and swamps. Birding here is par cularly rewarding.  e next stop is Botswana's Chobe Na onal Park, where you'll spend your days searching for lion, leopard, hippo, bu alo and more.  e adventure  nishes with a couple of days at spectacular Victoria Falls; here, you can enjoy views of the falls on foot or, if you prefer, take a scenic helicopter  ight for the ul mate view. Travelling in January, outside of the peak season, you can enjoy the lush scenery, superb birding and wildlife to yourselves. For more details or to book a place, call our Namibia specialists on 01993 838 525.Rio by Jean-Sebastien SaleemIconic sights De ning Rio's horizon, and recently voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, is Corcovado Mountain with its statue of Christ the Redeemer.Best restaurant Perfect for people-watching food is contemporary, organic and exquisitely presented. Best nightspot A night at the Rio Scenarium is an assault on the senses. Come to enjoy great samba, but also to explore the quirky an ques and movie props suspended  om the ceiling!Best shopping On Sundays, Ipanema's Hippie Fair is the place to shop for Brazilian food, art, ins uments and leather goods.Most unique experiences  ere's nothing quite like the Rio Carnival, the most famous par in the world! Outside Carnival  me, there are s ll adventures to be found,  om guided tours of a favela (shan town) to hikes up looming Sugar Loaf Mountain.R> HiEoAD dTOe H JEAaDneiro vs BangkokReturn to Namibia Join our trip to the Caprivi Strip - back by popular demand!Our specialists fight the case for these two iconic citiesBangkok by Joanne ElliotIconic sights  e Grand Palace. Some amazing temples, including Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). And Wat Po, home of  ailand's largest Buddha (46m long) and an excellent and a ordable massage Chakrabongse, a stunning former royal residence on the river, known for its authen c  ai cuisine.Best nightspot Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel or Sirocco - both o er amazing views over Bangkok at sunset and, whilst the drinks are quite pricey, the cocktails are amazing.Best shopping Chatuchak Market is one of the largest in the world and sells everything,  om clothes to food to an ques.Most unique experiences Cruising the klongs (backwaters) with an expert guide who can take you away  om the crowds. It o ers a really unique insight into the local lives of Bangkok's ci zens - a side to the ci that most visitors don't see.on Ipanema Beach, Zaza's Tropical Bis o is our new favourite; Best restaurantRio de JaneiroBangkok