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Vanessa Williams

Multifaceted entertainer Vanessa Williams has developed a fondness for Egypt.

Booking through the luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, she’s visited several times and as recently as 2012. “The managing director, Amr Badr, is phenomenal there,” Williams said. “They’ll take great care of you and they’re giving discounts now because they need the tourism. You’ll be completely safe. There’s nothing like walking in the Pyramids, going to the Museum of Antiquities, cruising up the Nile, going to Abu Simbel—you can’t duplicate those trips.”

She’s used the same Egyptologist, Azza Ammar, since she first went with a women’s group in 2005. Since then, she’s returned for weddings and to take her youngest daughter, who was studying Egypt. On her most recent visit, Williams stayed in Cairo and El Gouna, a self-contained resort town near Hurghada. It will be a little while before Williams can go back, as the actress and singer is in New York preparing for her return to Broadway in the revival of The Trip to Bountiful, which begins previews March 31 and opens April 23. She can also be seen in Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, which hits theaters March 29 and also stars Kim Kardashian.