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EGYPT, ARABIA & MOROCCO


Bahariya Oasis


Alexandria


Shali, Siwa Oasis


DESERTS & OASES


ALAMEIN Lying on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, Alamein was the site of one of the Second World War’s most significant encounters, when Rommel’s Afrika Corps were finally broken by the allies, halting German advances on the Suez Canal. The graves of troops lost in battle still bear witness to the intensity of the fighting.


BAHARIYA OASIS Located 350 km from Cairo amongst the spectacular White and Black deserts of Egypt. Bahariya Oasis was recently the discovery site of a remarkable necropolis which contained 105 gilded gold mummies dating from the Greco-Roman period.


ALEXANDRIA Home to Cleopatra, the Pharos Lighthouse and the most spectacular library of antiquity. Alexandria, founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great has been a crossroads for trade and culture for 2,500 years. An engaging mix of the ancient and the modern, Alexandria is a fascinating amalgam of Egypt’s eclectic heritage.


SIWA OASIS The ultimate oasis, its people still retaining the fierce traditions of their Berber ancestors, Siwa is a supreme desert oasis with its date and palm groves being fed by the waters of 300 freshwater springs. Today its winding streets, along with the fortified ghost town of Shali, evoke a powerful vision of life amongst the desert.


WESTERN DESERTS OF EGYPT NEW


11 DAYS from £1595 (per person twin share with flights)


Venture into Egypt’s remote deserts


DAYS 1 to 3 – Fly to Cairo Fly bmi to Cairo, 3 nights at Sofitel El Gezirah. With your Egyptologist visit the Pyramids and Egyptian Museum.


DAYS 4/5 – Alexandria Visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shuga, Pompey’s Pillar and the National Museum. 2 nights at Sofitel Cecil Hotel.


DAY 6 – Alamein Visit the War Cemetery at Alamein. Travel to Siwa, overnight at Safari Paradise Hotel.


DAYS 7/8 – Siwa Oasis Explore the temples of Oracle and Amun.


DAYS 9 to 11 – Bahariya Oasis and fly to the UK Explore the Oasis of Bahariya. After 2 nights at International Hot Springs Hotel return to Cairo and fly bmi to Heathrow.


20 Mar ‘12 £1695


13 Nov ‘12 £1750


24 Apr ‘12 £1595


19 Mar ‘13 £1750


02 Oct ‘12 £1695


23 Apr ‘13 £1795


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DEPARTURES


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