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  1. Day 1
    Arrive Cairo
    Welcome to Egypt - a land that abounds in ancient wonders and mysteries which have enthralled travellers for centuries! You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 2
    Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza Experience
    In the morning, join your Tour Director, a professionally trained and educated Egyptologist, for a detailed pre-tour briefing. Then drive out to Memphis, to view the colossal statue of Rameses II and Great Alabaster Sphinx. Nearby at Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser; dating from 2686BC, it's the oldest in the world. Now a guided visit of Giza shows you the enigmatic Sphinx and magnificent Pyramids, the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Included is a highlight visit inside one of these extraordinary creations! This evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

    Day 3
    The Citadel and Egyptian Museum in Cairo
    Drive up to the Citadel for breathtaking views over the city and visit the Alabaster Mosque. Then test your bargaining skills in the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaars. This afternoon, visit Tahrir Square, the sprawling urban space that became famous over 18 historic days of protests that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Next is the Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of Pharaonic treasure, housing the golden treasure recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 4
    Visit Abu Simbel and cruise on Lake Nasser
    Transfer to the airport for your flight via Aswan to the ancient Nubian lands near Egypt's southern border. On arrival, board your comfortable cruise boat on Lake Nasser. Get your camera ready for your visit to the Great Temple of Abu Simbel. You are confronted by four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock. The smaller Temple of Hathor is also guarded by six 10 metre statues. Spend some time exploring inside the 3,200 year old walls, depicting scenes of Rameses and the Gods. Tonight, experience the monuments lit in all their glory at the Sound and Light show. Next morning, cruise to the ancient ruined citadel of Kasr Ibrim, still occupying its original strategic high ground. On through desert lands to Amada, noted for having the oldest surviving structure on Lake Nasser. Also, it has some of the finest carvings of any Nubian temple. Explore the temple dedicated to Amun-Re and Re-Harrakte and also visit the Tomb of Penniut, deputy of Nubia. During your cruise, you also visit Wadi El Sebou in the 'Valley of the Lions', named after the great Avenue of Sphinxes which led to the Temple of Rameses II. There's time to relax and enjoy your superb cruise facilities as you continue on to exotic Aswan - where the Middle East overlaps with Africa!(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 7
    Cruise the Nile in style
    Visit the Temple of Kalabsha, built by the Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus and dedicated to the local Fertility God Mandulis. Disembark now and cross over the Aswan High Dam. Take a motorboat to the Temples of Philae, rising from the waters of the Nile. Aswan granite was used by many of the Pharaohs to build their temples and tombs and you visit one of the quarries on your way to your second cruise ship which will transport you up the Nile. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy high tea in English colonial style on the terrace at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who is said to have penned 'Death on the Nile' over the café's signature drink. In the morning, for a change of mood, embark on a felucca (Nile sail boat) around Aswan's Botanical Gardens. Cruise on to Kom Ombo to visit the temple uniquely dedicated to two gods - Horus the Elder and the crocodile headed Sobek. In fact, crocodiles were kept in the temple and some mummified remains are on show. Set sail again for Edfu. In the morning, two black granite falcons guard the entrance to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. After exploring the beautifully preserved wall reliefs, continue your cruising to Luxor. On arrival, visit the fabulous Luxor Temple. The obelisk now occupying the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris originally came from this temple. While cruising, breakfast, lunch and dinner (BB,L,D) are served daily and you also get to celebrate Egyptian style at a galabeya party and dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 10
    To the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and flight to Cairo
    Drive over to the west bank of the Nile for a photo stop at the towering Colossi of Memnon. Next, visit the reconstructed Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of the few female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Continue to the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of many of the New Kingdom Pharaohs. Venture underground into some of the royal tombs before returning to Luxor to the amazing temple complex of Karnak. Among its splendours is the vast Hypostyle Hall, the largest of any temple in the world. Later, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Cairo.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Depart Cairo
    Your journey comes to a close with a transfer to the airport.(Buffet Breakfast)

    HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style aboard your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
    Cairo Marriott: The luxurious Cairo Marriott is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.
    SIGNATURE DINING
    1 Welcome Reception (WR), 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 6 Lunches (L) and 5 Dinners (D), plus bottled water, tea or coffee with included lunches and dinners while cruising.
    SIGNATURE EVENING
    Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
    Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the Pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
    Cairo: The full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne, precious jewelry; gaze upon the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt - Tutankhamun's treasure!
    Abu Simbel: Visit to the Great Temple and be confronted by four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock.
    Abu Simbel: Experience the monuments lit in all their glory at the sound and light show.
    Philea Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
    Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract hotel.
    Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
    West Bank: Embark on an excursion to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
    Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
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  3. Day 1, Johannesburg
    Welcome to South Africa. Included transfer from Johannesburg Airport to your pre tour accommodation where you can relax before tomorrow’s early departure.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Marakele National Park
    Johannesburg - Marakele National Park. An early morning departure from Johannesburg takes us via Pretoria, Thabazimbi and through the Limpopo Province to Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains. All the large game species from Elephant and Rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds including the largest colony of endangered Cape Vultures in the world, have settled here. We will head out on a sunset game drive in the evening before enjoying an evening meal prepared by our guide around the campfire and spending our first night in the African wilderness.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 3, Khama Rhino Sanctuary
    Marakele National Park - Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Our destination today is the Khama Rhino Sanctuary via the Martin’s Drift border post. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing white rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Batswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. We explore the sanctuary on an afternoon game drive in search of white rhinos.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Makgadikgadi Pans
    Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Makgadikgadi Pans. Today we travel towards the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park area of Botswana. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab grove. He will explain the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 5, Maun
    Makgadikgadi Pan - Maun. This morning we head off to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. En route we travel via Nxai Pan, a fossil lake that is part of the greater Makgadikgadi system. Covered in nutritious short grasses and small islands of acacia trees, Nxai Pan attracts vast numbers of desert herbivores as well as carnivores including lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. After our Nxai Pan excursion we continue our journey to Maun. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 6, Okavango Delta
    Maun - Khwai River. After breakfast we will be picked up by our local Botswana guides and take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in these traditional dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Khwai River region. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the private concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 7, Khwai River
    In our open 4x4 vehicle we explore the Khwai River area on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 8, Moremi Game Reserve
    Having explored the Khwai River area we now head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent exploring Moremi which is home to a great diversity of plant and animal life - making it a ‘must see' for a Botswana Safari. It contains - within its boundaries - approximately 20% of the Delta, and a vast range of habitats, acacia forests, floodplains, reed beds, lagoons, enduring wetland through mopane forest and dry savannah woodland.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 9, Chobe N. P.
    Khwai River - Kasane. Leaving Khwai River we travel through the national parks of Moremi, Savuti and Chobe to Kasane. The next day is spent with a morning game drive in search of Africa’s Big Five before enjoying a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Along with many species of big game, Chobe National Park boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, hippo, water birds, buffalo, crocodile and puku can also be viewed from the river.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 10, Chobe N. P.
    We start the morning with an exciting game drive in the Chobe National Park, which along with many species of big game, boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. We enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon from where we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds without having to reach for our binoculars – you’ll be near enough for close-up photographs, as well as having the chance to witness a spectacular African sunset.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 11-12, Chobe - Victoria Falls
    Kasane - Victoria Falls. Our journey takes us into Zimbabwe, home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria Falls. We have the opportunity to view the falls on a guided tour through the Victoria Falls National Park. You have the rest of the day and the next day at leisure to partake in one of the many activities on offer.
    2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 13, Victoria Falls
    Your journey ends today and you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departing flight.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  5. Day 1, Windhoek
    Upon arrival into Windhoek airport you will be met and transferred to your private aircraft. This plane is now solely yours for the next 8 days as your pilot flies you around some of Namibia's best sights. Your first flight takes you across the desert into Sesriem where you will spend your first night. This rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax by the pool and begin acclimatising to the Namibian weather.
    no breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 2, Sesriem
    This morning take a guided tour of Sossusvlei, quite possibly the most iconic area of Namibia due to its spectacular landscape. your knowledgable guide will show you the hidden treasures of the desert including Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. This afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy some optional activities or to just relax and enjoy your incredible surroundings.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 3, Swakopmund
    After breakfast take a scenic flight over the orange desert towards Swakopmund - Namibia's adrenalin capital! You will head to the coast passing over the many diamond camps, the inhospitable rugged coastline containing a number of shipwrecks before flying over Sandwich Harbour.

    Swakopmund, on Namibia’s rugged Skeleton Coast is a popular coastal town with a distinct German feel, its beautiful colonial architecture, stands in stark contrast to the surrounding Namib Desert. As well as a pristine beach, Swakopmund has excellent restaurants, bars and shops, and has fast become the adventure capital of Namibia - quad biking, sky diving, deep sea fishing and dune boarding are just a few of the activities on offer.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 4-5, Walvis Bay & Damaraland
    The morning of day 4 transfer to Walvis Bay in time for a fun filled Marine Cruise. Here you will go on open ski boats into the Walvis Bay harbour area, visit the oyster platforms and the seal colony at pelican point. Experience wild seals being hand fed and maybe have the opportunity to see dolphins as well. A light lunch with fresh oysters and sparkling wine is served before you return to the harbour. Later on, return to the aircraft for a scenic flight to Damaraland. The rest of the day and the whole of day 5 is spent exploring the Twyfelfontein area famous for it's incredible bushman paintings and a possible sighting of the ever elusive desert elephant.

    Damaraland is wild and rugged with incredible geological formations, towering mountains and the incredible Petrified Forest with its ancient uprooted blackened trees. Northern Damaraland is wonderful for game viewing, with its unique desert adapted black rhinos and elephants. In the south, iconic Gross Spitzkoppe and Brandberg mountains are home to a wealth of ancient rock art, although it is Twyfelfontein which has the most extensive and impressive rock art collection in Africa, with approximately 2500 Bushmen rock engravings and paintings dating back to 1000 AD.
    2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinner included.
    Day 6-7, Etosha N.P.
    On the morning of day 6 fly to a private game reserve that borders Etosha National Park where you will spend the next 2 days on game drives in Namibia's most famous park.

    Established in 1907, Etosha was Namibia’s first conservation area and it’s one of the world’s finest game parks, home to many rare and endangered species. The Etosha Pan dominates the park which is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer months, attracting pelicans and flamingos in particular. Periannual springs attract a variety of game and birds throughout the year, including the endangered black rhino and the endemic black face impala. A San legend about the formation of the Etosha Pan tells of how a village was raided and everyone but the women slaughtered. One woman was so upset about the death of her family she cried until her tears formed a massive lake. When the lake dried up nothing was left apart from a huge white pan.

    In the evening the floodlit waterholes are always teeming with the park's diverse inhabitants from rhino and elephant to giraffe, oryx, springbok, warthog and zebra. You may even be lucky enough to catch sight of lions who sometimes come down to the waterholes to drink.
    2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner included.
    Day 8, Windhoek
    Depending on your international flight time, enjoy a final morning game drive before your private flight to Windhoek International Airport where you bid goodbye to your guide.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  7. Day 1, Cairo
    Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday. Included transfer from Cairo airport, hotel check in.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Dive the Red Sea
    This morning we venture to the Giza Plateau to explore the great pyramids and Sphinx in all their ancient glory. Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus are the sole survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are long gone, but the enduring pyramids have been attracting and mesmerising the hungry eyes of travellers since ancient times. Cheops (Khufu) is the oldest and biggest. It stood 146.5m high when it was completed in 2600BC. After 46 centuries, its height has only reduced by 9m! For a real Arabian experience, consider haggling for a camel ride. This evening we transfer to the Cairo bus station for our overnight bus to Dahab.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3-8, Dahab
    Arrive Dahab, transfer to your hotel and check in. Later today we head down to our dive centre for introductions and to plan our week of diving. Diving in Dahab is essentially shore diving. With a few exceptions you’ll be driven by jeep to ‘gear up’ at water’s edge to start your dive. Dahab offers around 30 dive sites. Some of the very best are located just a few miles north of Dahab. Consider The Bells, Blue Hole and the Canyon.
    No meals included.
    Day 9, Dahab - Cairo
    Dahab - Cairo. Early this morning, bid farewell to Dahab and travel back to Cairo by public bus, arriving early this afternoon. Enjoy the remains of the day independently shopping and exploring Cairo.
    No meals included.
    Day 10, Cairo
    Hotel check out and included departure transfer to Cairo airport.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  9. Day 1, Cairo
    Friday. Welcome to Egypt, arrival and transfer to hotel. Spend the remains of the day at leisure.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Pyramids of Giza
    This morning visit the three great pyramids and Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Sole survivors of the ancient Greek-listed seven wonders of the world, the pyramids at Giza Plateau are the planet's oldest tourist attraction. Explore this area on foot and then on camel back! In front of the pyramids sits the immense Sphinx, a statue with the face of a man and the body of a lion, carved out of the surrounding limestone bedrock.

    Located just a stone's throw from Giza, is tomb-strewn Saqqara. Partially covered tombs, drifting sands and pyramids dotted across the horizon give way to the centre piece - that of King Zhoser's step pyramid. Enjoy a guided tour of the site before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3, The Egyptian Museum
    See the treasures of King Tutankhamen, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum this morning. The museum is home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the stunning solid gold funerary mask of the boy-King Tutankhamen.

    Continue your touring, visiting the Citadel, built by Salah-El-Din in the 12th century and the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar in the afternoon, where you can pick up some souvenirs.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Dahabaya Cruising
    Monday. Cairo - Luxor. This morning take a short flight to the ancient city of Luxor. Short transfer to Esna and board the Dahabeya, your home for the next five nights, as you cruise the Nile in style. Meet your Captain, the crew and your fellow travellers for a welcome drink and introductory meeting with your Egyptologist guide.

    After lunch enjoy an afternoon tour to the East Bank. Sightseeing begins with a visit to Karnak Temple. Built over 4,000 years ago, Karnak’s immense Hypostyle Hall alone contains a phenomenal 134 towering columns of intricate stonework. Continue on to the magnificent Luxor Temple, a sumptuous monument, built over 4000 years ago for the worship of the God Amun.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 5, Luxor & the Valley of the Kings
    This morning there is the option of rising at dawn to take a hot air balloon flight over Luxor before starting your days touring. Today explore Luxor’s West Bank and the atmospheric Valley of the Kings, where the tombs of the once mighty pharaohs lie amongst the desert landscapes of the Nile Valley. The often highly decorated tombs, were constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life. Some of the best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Also visit the Valley of the Queens and the magnificent mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, passing the imposing Colossi of Memnon en route. In the afternoon sail in direction of El Hagz Island and enjoy your dinner on board.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 6, The Temple of Horus
    At sunrise start sailing to Edfu where your private horse drawn carriage will take you from the boat to visit the legendary Temple of Horus, which is the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt and one of the last monumental temples built on a large scale. the best preserved and second largest temple in Egypt. Return to the dahabeya and continue sailing to Farris Island.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 7, Kom Ombo
    This morning visit Kom Ombo - a masterpiece of Greco – Roman art in Egypt. This twin temple is dedicated to two distinct divinities, the falcon God and Sobek the crocodile God. Each of the two gods has their own entrance, court, chambers colonnade and sanctuary in this unusual double temple with its perfect symmetry. After your visit continue sailing toward Aswan. Relax on board and take in the sights along the Nile.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 8, Optional Abu Simbel & Aswan
    Early morning there is an opportunity to visit the spectacular temples of Abu Simbel by air – optional tour. Built by Ramses II, the setting of this magnificent structure, besides the shores of Lake Nasser makes it one of the most spectacular of Egypt’s ancient sites. This great Sun Temple was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. Please advise at the time of booking if you would like to take this excursion.

    Have lunch on the Dahabeya before visiting the High Dam - a modern feat in engineering, creating the world's largest artificial lake - Lake Nasser. Take a leisurely boat ride out to Agilika island for a guided tour of the the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 9, Fly from Aswan to Cairo
    Aswan - Cairo. Today bid farewell to your fellow travellers and the crew and disembark the dahabeya after breakfast. Take an afternoon flight from Aswan back to Cairo. Transfer to your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 10, Cairo
    Sunday. After breakfast transfer to Cairo airport for your ownward flight home.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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