National Geographic Traveler Magazine (NGT) has voted Ker & Downey’s newest itinerary to Egypt a must-do for 2011 in their annual search for the 50 Tours of a Lifetime. The journey includes off–the-beaten path excursions in the Western Desert and exciting underwater diving in some of Egypt’s ancient ruins.

Houston, Texas, April 20, 2011 – World-renowned National Geographic Traveler magazine has included Ker & Downey in their 2011 list of 50 Tours of a Lifetime. Now in its sixth year, the annual 50 Tours of a Lifetime list includes a select few from thousands of possible destinations, combinations and tour operators world-wide. When compiling the list for 2011, Traveler looked for tours that offer experience, immersion, sustainability and cultural connection.

Added to the fray for 2011 is Ker & Downey’s Uncovering Alexander’s Egypt: A Desert and Diving Expedition itinerary. The 14-day adventure features surprising locations and experiences, among them a sustainable and eco-conscious stay in the Western Desert and a chance to dive back in time in the harbor of modern Alexandria, where ruins and shipwrecks date back to the age of the pharaohs. The journey is bookended by several days in Cairo exploring the Great Pyramids and other relics from Egypt’s past, and diving excursions in Sharm El-Sheikh, another of the world’s most coveted dive sites.

“We are absolutely honored to be included among the best tours in the world,” says David Marek, president of Ker & Downey. This honor marks the fourth inclusion in the 50 Tours of a Lifetime list for Ker & Downey, with Splendors of the Cape, Australian Dreamtime and Namibia Explorer all preceding Uncovering Alexander’s Egypt on past lists. Other accolades for the company include being twice named among the top 10 Tour Operators on Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards; receiving the Best Adventure Travel Company award for Luxury Tour Operators by National Geographic Adventure; and an itinerary selected to be featured in the June issue of Elite Traveler Magazine.

With inclusion in 2011’s Tours of a Lifetime, Ker & Downey continues to prove its excellence in providing a truly customized, luxurious and experiential travel experience to destinations all over the world. “The real heartbeat of Ker & Downey traveling lies in our dedication to signature, hand-crafted journeys,” says vice president David Jones. With any Ker & Downey Journey of Distinction, an array of destinations and properties can be mixed and matched to create the perfect itinerary for any traveler.

The 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2011 list will appear in an upcoming issue of National Geographic Traveler and can be found online at http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/tours/.