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EGYPT, ARABIA & MOROCCO


THE TEMPLE OF ISIS, PHILAE Sitting majestically on the beautiful island setting of Philae, without doubt one of Egypt’s most enchanting ancient sites.


LAKE NASSER CRUISE An incredible cruising experience, many sites are only accessible from the lake.


MENA HOUSE OBEROI The country’s most historic hotel, located opposite the Great Pyramids of Giza offering unrivalled views.


SAQQARA The vast necropolis site is home to the unique stepped pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest stone structure anywhere on earth.


THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM Home to the incomparable King Tutankhamun’s golden funerary mask and a host of other treasures.


VALLEY OF KINGS, LUXOR The final resting places of Egypt’s most renowned Pharaohs: Seti I, Tutankhamun and the exquisite tomb of Rameses II are all located here.


EGYPTIAN GUIDES


At Bales we use only the most knowledgeable and professional guides in Egypt; individuals whose infectious enthusiasm and cultural insights provide an enlightening and welcome addition to your Nile journey. These are some of the experts we believe will truly enhance your stay in the Land of the Pharaohs.


HANI EL BAGOURY I have been fascinated with Egyptian antiquity since I was first introduced to it at the British Museum over 30 years ago. Seeing it away from the desert landscapes of my birth


was a profound experience for me, one that I will openly admit changed my life. Over a quarter of a century later, I still feel blessed to be able to share this passion with others, even after so many years. Egyptology has been my life and, although I have a family of my own now, those childhood memories still burn bright. I feel very lucky, and honoured, to be able to do what I do.


BALLOON FLIGHT OVER LUXOR A spectacular way to view the West Bank and ancient monuments of the Nile Valley as the morning sun rises.


BAHARIYA OASIS Lying amongst the vast date palms of the Western Desert, Bahariya Oasis is home to remote Bedouin tribes and ancient golden mummies.


SOFITEL OLD CATARACT, ASWAN A matchless blend of contemporary elegance and Victorian heritage, the Old Cataract is magnificently located overlooking the Nile landscapes of southern Egypt. Reopening after a extensive 3 year renovation programme.


BEST TIME TO TRAVEL Renowned for its seemingly perpetual sunshine, Egypt benefits from being a year-round destination, although its summers can produce extreme temperatures in excess of 40°C. A great time to visit is between October and April, when the winter temperatures average around 20°C and the weather is cool and dry. The winter months can also be cold in the evening and early morning, be prepared to wrap up warm. Visiting during the holy month of Ramadan (mid-July to mid-August) may result in erratic opening hours of restaurants and sites. The Red Sea is best in spring or early autumn and be aware that nights in the desert and the Sinai can be bitterly cold.


GAMAL OMAR Most people just call me Jimmy and I have been guiding for 10 years. I love reading and I love travel and I can honestly say that I love my job, for so many reasons. I love being an ambassador for my


country, sharing its culture and traditions with people who want to learn about its past and its present. I truly believe that if you know nothing of history, then you will never be able to understand the future. I also believe that living and working amongst such a monumental legacy has inspired me to constantly enlarge my own knowledge of it. It is like a never ending story.


SALADIN I grew up in Abydos, next to the great temple of Seti I. Growing up so close to one of the most ancient cities in Egypt greatly influenced my early life and instilled in me a love for the history of my homeland


which I have never lost. I originally trained and graduated as a civil engineer, but my fascination with Egypt’s past inspired me to travel to Germany to take a masters degree in Egyptology. I have been guiding now for over 22 years and I have to say, as a guide, my favourite temple still remains Abydos. As an engineer though, nothing surpasses the magnificence of Karnak Temple.


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