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The Best of Egypt and East Africa with a taste of Dubai
(Optional Victoria Falls extension: 25th February -2nd March)
Personally escorted by Jacquey Turner
Visiting: Cairo – Luxor – 4 night Nile Cruise – Abu Simbel – Giza – Alexandria – Dubai
Nairobi – Masai Mara – Serengeti – Ngorongoro – Arusha
Tour launch – WEDNESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2018 7pm
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YOUR TOUR ESCORT
Jacquey Turner has more than 30 years’ experience as a highly successful travel agent and tour guide.
$9,299 per person twin share
$15,599 per person twin share
Victoria Falls Extension
$2,300 per person twin share
All costs are based on the exchange
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
Flight schedules are subject to change.
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Transfer from Gippsland to Melbourne Airport, departing in the evening on Emirates Airlines flying via Dubai to Cairo.
Arrive in Cairo where we will be met and transferred to the MENA HOUSE OBEROI for a 3 night stay in pyramid view rooms. Ash, our guide in Egypt, is a wonderful man with an exceptional knowledge of Egypt and its fascinating history. His lively explanations and wonderful anecdotes will bring the history of Egypt alive for you. After a welcome briefing we will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. In the evening we shall enjoy the Sound and Light show followed by dinner at the hotel.
Morning guided tour of the Cairo Museum of Antiquities to see the fabulous collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts, including the stunning treasures from Tutankhamen’s tomb. Entrance is also included into the Mummy Room. We will also visit the Sultan Hassan Mosque. After lunch at a local restaurant we shall visit the Citadel of Saladin and the Mohammed Ali mosque with its highly decorated and ornate interior. In old Cairo we visit the Hanging Church of St Mary above the old water gate. Dinner is at our hotel.
This morning we drive to Memphis where we see the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx. Next we continue to Sakkara where the Step Pyramid heralded the start of the pyramid age. From here prepare yourself for a breathtaking experience, as we marvel at one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and the Sphinx, which casts its enigmatic gaze across the sands of the desert. We'll also visit the Solar Boat Museum. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant and dinner at the hotel.
We take an early morning flight to Luxor and after our arrival we will walk through the magnificent Temple of Karnak with its avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns. This vast complex, situated about two miles from Luxor Temple, was built and expanded over a 1,300-year period. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man and represents the combined achievements of many generations of ancient builders. Eighty thousand labourers took part in its creation during the 19th dynasty alone. After seeing the temples, a motorcoach will take us to the banks of the Nile to board our luxury river boat which will be our home for the next four nights. We then set sail for beautiful Dendera.
During the morning, we will encounter Dendera’s Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow goddess Hathor, who was believed to possess the power of healing. The temple was built between 125 BC to 65 BC and is one of the best preserved of its kind in Egypt. It contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra with her son Caesarion, fathered by Julius Caesar. After visiting the temple complex in Dendera, we will cruise the Nile to Luxor, where we can enjoy some free time in the afternoon before an early evening exploration of the ancient Temple of Luxor. The temple was built by different Pharaohs over hundreds of years, beginning in the 14th century BC.
Today we travel by motorcoach to the West Bank of the Nile to see the two gigantic statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Next, take in the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to Egypt’s 18th-dynasty pharaoh, who was one of a handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. You’ll continue on to the Valley of the Kings, where many illustrious Pharaohs were buried, including the young boy king, Tutankhamen, whose mummified body still lies in its final resting place. Entry to King Tutankhamen’s tomb is included. Filled with a sense of wonder, you’ll return to the ship to sail to Kom Ombo. Along the way, enjoy a Galabeya party with Egyptian music.
We will visit the impressive double-temple of Kom Ombo, the only one of its kind dedicated to two gods. We sail to the Aswan High Dam, where we will see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Then we travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, which rises from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. Later, return to Aswan to sail in a traditional Nile felucca around Aswan’s Botanical Gardens. Back on-board the ship, we will enjoy a typical Nubian folkloric show with a live band playing Nubian music.
After breakfast we disembark in Aswan. We will then enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity on an excursion by air to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel, flanked by four giant stone statues of Ramses II. The temple was reclaimed from the dam and reconstructed in its present and unforgettable location. We spend a couple of hours exploring the temples before flying back to Cairo for an overnight stay at MENA HOUSE. Dinner tonight will be in the hotel.
This morning we drive to Alexandria via El Alamein, site of Montgomery’s famous victory over Rommel’s Afrika Corps and spend some time visiting the museum and the very moving cemetery. Our accommodation is at the FOUR SEASONS ALEXANDRIA in sea view rooms for the next two nights and dinner is included.
Our sightseeing tour today shows us some of Alexandria’s most important landmarks, the Library of Alexandria, the Citadel of Qaitbay (or the Fort of Qaitbay), a 15th century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast, built upon/from the ruins of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. We shall also visit the Alexandria National Museum which displays a rare collection of relics and the Catacomb of Kom El Shoqafa which is a three level tomb and the statue of Anubis. A farewell to Egypt lunch will be included at a lovely restaurant in Alexandria overlooking the Mediterranean. Tonight our last Egyptian dinner is at the hotel.
We have an early start for our drive back to Cairo for our lunchtime flight to Dubai. On arrival we will be met and transferred to the SHERATON DUBAI CREEK & TOWERS for a 3-night stay in Creek View rooms. Dinner will be at the hotel.
A relaxing morning before we depart on a fascinating and historical afternoon city tour of Dubai. We will have a visit to the 125th floor of the Burj al Kalifa, then travel past modern palaces sprawled along the coast, stop in Bastakia to admire the old wind tower house built by wealthy merchants. We will see the nearby one hundred and fifty year old Al Fahidi Fort, where the Dubai Museum maintains the historical importance as a pearl diving and trading centre. We continue by “abra” or a local water taxi, across the Dubai Creek to the modern metropolis of Dubai. The tour will end with a visit along bustling alleys to the gold and spice souks where you can buy some of the finest and purest gold in the world. Return to our hotel with the evening at leisure.
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or maybe a walk along the creek. In the afternoon we depart for our exciting “desert safari barbeque”. Leaving the bustling city behind, we will head off by 4WD on a thrilling journey over rolling dunes, deep into the heart of the desert for an Arabian feast beneath the stars.
We shall transfer to Dubai Airport in the morning and board our flight to Nairobi, Kenya. On arrival in Nairobi, a Wildlife Safari representative will assist us through immigration and customs before transferring terminals to board our special charter flight to the Masai Mara. Our Wildlife Safari 4WD and guides will meet us on arrival and we embark on a short game drive on the way to our luxury tented safari lodge.
The next three days will be full of amazing wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara with its herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other plains species. Lion, leopard and cheetah are never far behind the herds while giraffe and elephant herds are also spectacular. Our guides may arrange an extended game viewing activity, traveling much further away from other vehicles and visitors, with a sumptuous picnic lunch from your lodge. In addition to the game viewing there will also be time time to relax and enjoy a spa treatment or shop in the camp boutique.
We have an early start this morning, driving south across the savannah towards the Kenya/Tanzania border, where we will take care of the formalities and meet your Tanzania guides, who will drive you towards the Serengeti National Park, the larger extension to the Masai Mara. This western part of the Serengeti is known as Grumeti, and you will drive through to your next luxury camp, Kirawira Camp, a small, gem of a camp overlooking the Grumeti River in the distance. Your luxury tent is filled with Victorian era furniture and modern African artefacts, with panoramic views of the Serengeti plains and Grumeti Hills.
You may want to start your day with an optional dawn hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti. While this excursion is available in several locations in the Masai Mara and Serengeti, the Grumeti option gives you a wonderful panorama as you fly over the winding Grumeti River. This optional excursion is subject to availability and weather on the day and includes a unique breakfast on the savannah with a game viewing drive back to your camp. For those not doing the balloon ride, our guide will plan our activities for an unhurried day in the western Serengeti, before returning to our safari camp around sunset.
We embark this morning from our safari camp for an extended day of wildlife viewing as we cross the width of the Serengeti, from west to east, with a picnic lunch stop at a designated spot. We then continue to Olduvai Gorge, visiting Louis and Mary Leakey’s archaeological site and the small museum containing some old bones. We drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, before arriving late afternoon at our safari lodge built on the rim of the crater, covered by millions of river rocks with spectacular crater views. Ngorongoro crater is the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth with steep walls surrounding the crater floor forming a mini wildlife sanctuary, creating a somewhat mini biosphere. Dinner is served in the restaurant this evening.
We have an early morning descent by four wheel drive vehicle down the steep track to the crater floor, enjoy a picnic breakfast in the acacia forest followed by a morning of unsurpassed game viewing before the crowds descend to the crater floor. Herds of zebra and wildebeest can be seen grazing alongside the endangered black rhino while sleeping lions laze in the sun. Skirting the crater's ridge, the Masai herd their cattle and goats over the pastures, cohabiting with the wildlife as they have for centuries. We return to our lodge in the early afternoon and enjoy a late lunch with time to relax. The lodge naturalist will take us on a guided late afternoon crater rim trek to explain the smaller flora and fauna at the crater.
After breakfast we leave Ngorongoro for a short drive to the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, perched on the Great Rift Valley escarpment, arriving for lunch.
After breakfast we will drive to Arusha, arriving at Lake Diluti Lodge, built within a working coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Diluti. It’s a tranquil location away from the hustle and bustle of Arusha town. We will arrive by mid afternoon where we will stay for three nights.
The next two days are at leisure to explore Arusha and the surrounding area. As this is Jacquey’s 'home' in Tanzania, there will be the opportunity to venture into local villages and markets, wander the bustling streets of the Arusha township and visit local coffee and flower farms for those who are interested. There will also be an option to tour local projects supported by Australian aid including a rural primary school. Drinks will be hosted on the verandah of Jacquey’s family home one evening.
After another day based at this lovely lodge, exploring the local environment, we shall enjoy a farewell to Arusha dinner at the lodge. LAKE DULUTI LODGE
This morning we will transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for our private charter flight to Nairobi. After an enjoyable lunch at the “Carnivore”, a Nairobi institution, we shall catch our flight to Dubai. After our late evening arrival in Dubai we will check in to the Dubai International Hotel located within the airport. We will not need to clear customs or immigration for our overnight stay.
Transfer to Livingstone airport and board your onward flight.
Victoria Falls Extension
Those guests taking the Victoria Falls extension will bid farewell to the departing group after lunch and transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel.
Transfer to Livingstone airport and board your onward flight.