5 Must See Places in Egypt


Egypt is perhaps best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and above all its pyramids. Egypt stimulates the imagination of tourists like few other countries. Here is a curated list of some of the must-visit places in Egypt.



Egypt’s sprawling capital, which is set on the Nile River is a must-visit as its closer to the Pyramids. The Pyramids are  beautiful and magnificent and a sight to experience. For the fun aspect, you can even take a camel ride of about 45 minutes across the pyramids showcasing all 6 of them.


The Egyptian Museum located in Cairo is a must-see as it showcases the mummies of the kings.

Experience the ride on the Traditional Egyptian Sailboat often known as Felucca to see the Cairo sights from the water along with the sunset. Enjoy the local delicacies of Dolmas, Koshari, and Falafel also known as Tameya, etc.





Aswan The city, located on the River Nile in southern Egypt is of great strategic importance. But it is equally beautiful with many archaeological sites.





Nubian Village

One of the places to explore is the Nubian Village. Its located on the Nile River near Aswan to explore the life of the villagers. Travel from Aswan by boat to the village and visit the Nubian houses. Pass through the small but pretty lanes roaming around the village. You can even take a camel ride within the village.



One of the overwhelming sightseeing experience is the High Dam. The dam is built to control the Nile River Flooding. So on one side, it’s Lake Nasser, the world’s largest man-made lake, also filled with Crocodiles and on the other, it’s Nile River.




Take the Nile Cruise – Nile Cruise covers a lot of places wherein you will visit Kom Ombo, Edfu Temples, Luxor, and Karnak Temple on the East & Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon on the West Banks of Luxor. Children, in particular, enjoy the Crocodile Museum at the Kom Ombo Temples which holds the mummies of the crocodiles as well. One has to take horse carriages to reach the Edfu Temple which is an experience in itself. Abu Simbel Temples are worth a visit but to travel there the tour starts from 4-5 am. Nile Cruise also has onboard entertainments like belly dancing, Tanoura Dance which involves a man with a big jepone dancing in a circular way, etc. Nile Cruise needs to be picked wisely. 5 Star Deluxe Nile Cruise options are available too.



Luxor Temple

Its often called the ‘World’s greatest open-air Museum’. The scale and grandeur of the monuments of this extraordinary place is unbelievable. Luxor lies between the east and the west banks of the mighty River Nile. So taking a cruise is the best way to explore and bask in the beautiful sights of Luxor.



Karnak Temple

Temples of Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city on the East Bank and Valleys of Kings and valleys of Queens lie on the West bank. Hot Air Balloon Ride is very famous and can be a good adventure experience. Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temples in Luxor which is incredible and the temple looks beautiful when it’s lit.


Alexandriais well known for its promenade and catacombs. One can enjoy sitting in the cafes and admiring the beautiful sunset along the coastline.




Egypt is a beautiful marvel that one has to see to believe it. All the places from Luxor to Alexandria are heavenly and each one has a story of its own

How to Find Best Deal in Maldives in the Winter

Maldives Honeymoon

How to find the best deal in the Maldives in the winter



Here are a few tips to find the best deal in the Maldives:

October to March is the busy season in the Maldives. The normal Discounts and Offers are difficult to find, especially over the critical Christmas and New Year dates

A ) Special rates for the Indian market.

Certain hotels have special rates ONLY for the Indian market, which are distributed through travel agents. These include Paradise island, Kurumba, Holiday Inn Kandooma, Kuramathi, Taj Group Hotels, Club Med, Four Seasons Hotels, Jumeirah Hotels. These special rates are often 25-40% cheaper than “general” online rates.



B) Avoid the “super” peak period.

Different hotels have a different definition for Super peak dates. For some, it starts from 15th of December going up to 31st January, while others have a very short or no super peak dates ( 24th December to 2nd January or only special meal supplements on Christmas and New year)

C) Avoid Resorts with seaplane transfers

Sea Plane transfers are 300-600 USD more expensive per person as compared to hotels with Speed boat transfers (which are in turn closer to the airport)
In case you have to go for a resort which requires seaplane transfers opt instead for a domestic flight plus speed boat combo. This will be USD 200-400 per person cheaper.

D) Scout for early bird offers

Some resorts have Early bird offers for 30/60/90 days pre-booking. These include Club Med, Sheraton, Constance, Kurumba, etc.



E) Scout for hotels which give free nights

Usually, very few hotels give free nights in the winter. The Taj group ( Coral Reef and Exotica) are one of few hotel chains which gives free nights in the winter season (along with other freebies). Tierra has access to the special Offers!

F) Avoid meal plans

Meal plans offer poor value as compared to ordering food a-la-carte, in most properties. In almost all cases, you will end up saving money by ordering on the spot. The other option is the all-inclusive resorts ( Club Med, Lily resort, Aadaran Hudhurunfushi), which bundle alcohol and activities along with meals.

G) Ensure you get the honeymoon/anniversary freebies

Nearly all hotels give extra for honeymooners and anniversaries. Don’t miss out on them!


NCL Epic – 5 reasons why NCL Epic is a must do!

5 Reasons NCL EPIC is a must do! – Cruise Review of NCL EPIC


NCL Epic Upper Deck

                                                  NCL Epic Upper Deck

NCL EPIC is a 155,000-ton mega ship with a 4,100-passenger berth capacity. This behemoth represents more a Floating resort than a Normal Cruise Liner! Examples of its unique and innovative features  include the only tube and bowl water park at sea, a rappelling wall and two three-lane bowling alleys.

Here are 5 reasons; you should travel the Norwegian Epic JUST for the ship experience

1) Mind-blowing Entertainment –

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

NCL epic has a real “nightlife “ buzz and you feel a tingle of excitement as you walk the length of ship in the evening. The entertainment ranges from the Beatle inspired “Caverns” Nightclub, which has live rock and roll everyday, to the only ÏCE bar” on the seas.
Then there is the Sprawling Epic Casino, which stretches full-length across deck 6. Even if you don’t gamble, it will add a shimmer to your evening. Casino activities includes a daily poker tournament apart from countless slots and table games
The classical Entertainment on the ship is best of its class on the seas, with TWO great new shows, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Burn the Floor.
The Broadway show “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”, based on the Oscar-winning movie, is a dazzling production with fabulous costumes and ever-changing background sets. It also has a hit parade of toe-tapping dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men”, “I Will Survive”, and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
To top it up you have the Siegel tent, which hosts (Paid, $29.95 cover including dinner) the world famous Cirque, acrobatics show
The upper pool deck, hosts at least one mega party per sailing. With the Giant screen and world class DJ’s (who even started played Indian Bhangra, when he saw Indians on the dance floor), it is an experience right out of IBIZA. The regular Discotheque is also impressive and active till very late every evening

Epic also has TWO 3 lane bowling alley!

Entertainment Rating : 4.5/5


2) Perfect for Kids and Teenagers

NCL Epic - Squash Court

NCL Epic – Squash Court

 NCL Epic (and the NCL brand in general) is THE brand to go for if you have children (of all ages and sizes). Not only will your children have the time of their lives, they will also be exposed to children of many different nationalities. Fun apart this would be a great cross-cultural experience for them
From a detailing perspective, Epic’s signature Kids programme is the Splash academy. The Splash Academy divides youngsters into four age groups: Guppies (6 months to 3 years), Turtles (3 to 5), Seals (6 to 9) and Dolphins (10 to 12). Guppies have a separate colorful playroom open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that’s situated forward on Deck 5. For teenagers, you have the Entourage programme
The Splash Academy and Entourage feature a different theme every day, such as pirates, space cowboys, jungle fever or circus. Specific emphasis is placed on active offerings, including soccer and physical challenges, through a partnership with the King’s Foundation and Camps, a U.K.-based organization The is a even a (USD 6/ hour), paid late night group baby sitting service.
For teens, bowling tournaments, soccer challenges and dodge ball under the stars are just a few of the offerings. Other typical activities might include trivia quizzes, cake-eating challenges and video games, along with an Olympics for older children and face painting, puzzles and a treasure hunt for the little ones. The teenagers even a small discotheque of their own!

Kids Rating : 5/5

 3) Great Itinerary!


Barcelona Port

Barcelona Port

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

 NCL epic in the summer months follows the classical Western Mediterranean itinerary
The ports include, Barcelona, Cannes, Provence (Marseilles), Florence, Rome, and Naples (Amalfi Coast).
Covering nearly all the popular Mediterranean Ports, it provides a great mix of locations over small number of days. The cruise ships typically reaches the Port in the morning and leave in the evening, allowing time for either traditional sightseeing for the first time traveller (ex: Full day Rome sightseeing) or allowing the repeat traveller to engage in a variety of interesting day trips. For instance from Florence ( Livorno), we visited a traditional Italian vineyard village, Monticello, while others visited the Cinque Terre, a grouping of Five Villages set on cliffs on the Italian Riveria

 Itinerary Rating – 4/5

4) Great for Large Groups and Families!

Cruises are Great for Large groups and Families. This is true for most cruise sailings, but particularly accurate for NCL Epic with its large set of diverse offering. People of many different age groups will find something, which suits them. These range from water parks for Kids, to the largest spa and fitness center in the sea for Adults, to a variety of easy paced activities (wine tasting, art auctions, Bingo etc) for senior’s citizens. For senior citizens, the free style, do at your own pace, cruise concept is a great boon. They can do things at their own pace while spending quality time with the families. In addition, the cruise format allows them to pick and choose, which days they want to do sightseeing activities or just relax on the ship.

 Group Rating – 4.5/5

5) Dining

NCL Epic - Teppanyaki Restaurant

NCL Epic – Teppanyaki Restaurant

 NCL pioneering the free style dining concept and the ship has plenty of Free and Paid options to keep the fussiest of diners busy! The Free options include the all you eat buffets (Garden Café) which has different daily offerings and plenty of live counters. The buffets also focus on a different county’s cuisine everyday (Californian, Mediterranean, Chinese, Indian etc). The buffet has a separate Indian food section
The other free restaurants include, the Chinese restaurants (Shanghai and Noodle bar), A Classic Bar and Grill (O’Sheehan) and Two proper sit-down 4 course restaurants ( Taste and Manhattan)
There are also multiple varied and interesting paid options. These include:
Le Bistro – French ($19.95 per person) –
Cagney’s – Steakhouse (a la carte. Average cost of steak $25-30).
Moderno Churrascaria ($19.95 per person)
Teppanyaki ($29.95 per person)
Yakitori & Sushi (Deck 7); a la carte

 Dining Rating – 4/5

All in all NCL Epic is amongst the best options you have on the sea, especially if you travelling with children or family groups. If you book in advance, there are plenty of deals on offers and BALCONY cabins can be had for as low as USD 800 per person

The Ultimate Guide to Turkey

Turkey Istanbul

Turkey is a place with stunning scenery and rich history. A place with everything from dome and minarets filled skyline to the beaches and the Roman ruins along the western and southern coasts to the misty mountains of the eastern Black Sea. Turkey is a place for everyone and the endeavor it offers is quite beguiling.



Picking places to cover all the famous and must-see places is a task and no one wants to miss out on anything especially after spending money.

No worries though! Tierra has made a list of must-see places in Turkey.


Famously is known for its picturesque scenery and panoramic views. The distinctive fairy chimneys & tall, cone-shaped rock formations are created due to eroding rains and wind which gives the place a magical charm.

Goreme Open Air Museum

One of the essential stops is the Goreme Open Air Museum which is in the center of the beautiful cave village. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness. Hot Air Ballooning is the most sought after activity in Cappadocia. The experience is truly magical! Just make sure to keep a check on the weather while booking tickets.


Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City holds an underground network of tunnels which can be explored by tourist up to 4 levels. The levels consist of churches, wineries, storage spaces and also a kitchen. Christians lived underground for long periods to escape from Arab and Persian Invaders. It is the largest underground city in the region.
Uchisar Village, crowned with the Uchisar castle is a fortress with tunnels and caves. It provides scenic valley walks and trails through pigeon valley.




Also known as The Turkish Riviera or Turquoise Coast, Antalya is classic but beautifully modern. Visit Kaleci Neighborhood which offers atmospheric accommodation in the finely restored Ottoman houses on its winding lanes. Wander around Old harbor which is home to whitewashed and red-roofed houses with cobblestone streets with old-world charm & ambiance. Have a great meal in one of the many restaurants around the harbor or go shopping.

Konyaalti Beach

Enjoy a relaxing day at the famous beach of Antalya. It has shade trees, snack stands, restaurants, cafes and bars, showers and other services, as well as beach chairs and sun umbrellas for rent.
Antalya is also known for its Karst springs. Limestone countryside around Antalya is rich in springs, waterfalls (Dubenbasi) and sinkholes (Pinarbasi).




Straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus strait is the historic city of Istanbul. Being the country’s economic, cultural and historic center, there are many top drawer attractions to explore.

Taksim Square

Visit Taksim Square as this is a common meeting point for locals filled with restaurants, shops, and hotels, where you will truly experience modern Istanbul. Wander around the busiest street in Istanbul – Istiklal Street or Avenue. The long stretch boasts shops with every product imaginable, cafes and restaurants, live music, bars, cinemas and much more.
Blue MosqueHagia SophiaTopkapi Palace are an absolute visit in a Turkish itinerary. These architectural beauties display Islamic art and intricate work right alongside Bosphorus where the sultans rule.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower  The Galata Tower, Galata Kulesi in Turkey, is one of the highest and oldest towers of Istanbul. The 63-meter high tower provides a panoramic view of the old town. Take the elevator or the stairs for great panoramic views over the city from the top balcony. Be aware, though, as it’s a popular sight, plan the day ahead accordingly.



Miniaturk – The world’s largest miniature park is situated at the north-eastern shore of Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. Miniaturk consists of miniatures of the famous places in the form of an Amusement Park. Kids especially enjoy as the name suggests all Turkish monuments are displayed in miniatures.


Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and the largest covered market in the world having spread across 60 streets and 4000 shops. A wealth of goods is available for you to choose from. Turkish souvenirs, ceramics, jewelry, carpets & kilims, and of course Turkish tea & coffee. Spice Bazaar is a must for foodies to try Turkish delights, Baklava, and to buy spices.

It is one of the best places to get a taste of life in Ottoman-era Turkey. The Bazaar is closed on Sundays and the Turkish holidays.




Kusadası is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. A jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus (or Efes), it’s also a major cruise ship destination.

Ephesus is a major attraction for tourists in Kusadasi as it the beach place of Turkey. Relax on one of the numerous sandy beaches Kusadasi has to offer, which are host to sun-beds, umbrellas, and different water-sports.




Pamukkale, means “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a  natural site in Denizli in southwestern Turkey. The area is famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing water. It is a town in western Turkey known for the mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine terraces on a nearby hillside.

Turkey is packed with ancient monuments leftover from a parade of conquerors and endowed with showcase scenery that will never fail to impress you.