Adventure travel experts Explore have re-opened bookings on 10 tours to Egypt, following recent changes to travel advice by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
With the creation of eight revised itineraries and two unchanged itineraries, groups and families can now travel back in to Aswan, Luxor and the Red Sea region next year – areas now confirmed safe to visit by the FCO.
While FCO advice now also allows travel to Cairo, restrictions still remain for travel along the Nile Valley between Cairo and Luxor. Therefore Explore have revised eight of their tours that previously travelled through this region, replacing an overnight train journey with an evening flight from Cairo to Aswan.
Ashley Toft, Managing Director for Explore says the company monitor all updates from the FCO and have full confidence in the latest advice.
“The safety of our customers is paramount to every tour we operate at Explore – which is why we chose to cancel all our tours to Egypt earlier this year. Following the latest FCO travel advice however, we are confident that the areas of Egypt on our itineraries are now safe to travel to.
“From exploring the famous Pyramids, to riding camels through the desert, snorkelling in the Red Sea, visiting ancient temples and cruising down the Nile in a felucca, there is so much to enjoy in Egypt. With a short flight time from the UK, as well as excellent weather, it makes for an incredible holiday destination. We’re delighted to be able to take customers back again next year.”
Toft says Explore will continue to monitor FCO advice and will avoid all travel through the Nile Valley until it is advised safe to do so.
From 2014, families can now choose the following Egypt holidays:
Highlights of Egypt
On this family highlights tour of Egypt, discover the land of myth and mighty kings. Explore the country's ancient history and remarkable monuments; discover underground tombs, travelling by a horse-drawn carriage to visit ancient temples and riding camels into the desert. Also visit the magical Pyramids of Giza and see Tutankhamun's treasures. Along the way, experience Egypt's vibrant mix of cultures. Departing October and December 2014, this seven day family adventure starts from £1,026 per adult and £908 per child, including return flights; six night’s hotel with breakfast; two dinners; transport; and the service of a tour leader and driver.
Land Of The Pharaohs
Travel with Explore through Egypt's impressive collection of ancient sites; from the colossal Pyramids of Giza to the mysterious Valley of the Kings. Camel trek through the desert to St. Simeon's Monastery and cruise the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Explore the colourful, vibrant markets and take an adventurous donkey trek through farmland and mud brick villages. This nine day family holiday departs in July and August 2014 and starts from £1,070 per adult and £948 per child including return flights; five nights hotel and three nights on-board a boat, all with breakfast; eight other meals; transport; and the service of a tour leader, driver, boat crew and cameleers.
Families wishing to add the Red Sea extension on to this tour can book on Land Of The Pharaohs and Red Sea Extension, starting from £1,176 per adult and £1,043 per child.
Sail down the River Nile by felucca, ride camels through the desert and swim in the warm waters of the Red Sea. With the family in tow, explore one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza and discover the Valley of the Kings, home to the famous tomb of Tutankhamun. This 10 day family adventure departs in August and October 2014 and starts from £1,097 per adult and £972 per child including return flights; eight nights hotel and one night felucca, all with breakfast; six other meals; transport; and the service of a tour leader, boat crew, and driver.
From 2014, adults can also choose from the following group tours:
On this fast-paced tour, enjoy all the main highlights that Egypt has to offer. Discover some of the world's most remarkable archaeological sites, including the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple. Travel by traditional felucca on the legendary Nile, as well as experiencing the colourful marine life off the Red Sea coast at Safaga. Departing September and October 2014, this nine day tour starts from £897 per person including return flights; accommodation with breakfast; transport; and the service of a tour leader, drivers and boat crew.
Nile Felucca Sailtrek
On this Egyptian adventure, explore the Nile aboard traditional 'felucca' sailing boats. Enjoy local food as you sail down the river and sleep under the stars on the deck. Visit ancient Egypt's most famous sites including the Great Pyramid of Giza, the mysterious Sphinx, Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. With departures starting in April 2014, this 10 day holiday starts from £898 per person, including return flights; three nights hotel, three nights guesthouse and three nights felucca all with breakfast; seven other meals; transport; and the service of a tour leader, driver, boat crew and cook. Those wishing to add a Red Sea extension to this holiday can book on the Nile Felucca Sailtrek + Red Sea, starting from £999 per person.
Classic Egypt with Nile Cruise
On this action-packed journey discover some of the world's most remarkable archaeological sites including the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza. In Luxor, board our Nile cruise boat, visit the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple. From here set sail and explore the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo on the way to the vibrant Nubian city of Aswan. With departures starting in April 2014, this 10 day holiday starts from £982 per person including return flight; five nights hotel and four nights on-board the boat, all with breakfast; eight other meals; transport; and the service of a tour leader, drivers and boat crew. Those wishing to add a Red Sea extension on to this holiday can book the Nile Cruise + Red Sea, starting from £1,099 per person.
Petra & Pyramids
This fascinating journey travels to Jordan and Egypt to visit two of the most spectacular sites in the Middle East and Northern Africa: the 'Lost City' of Petra and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Explore the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, hike to the summit of Mount Sinai and sail down the Nile by traditional felucca. Also relax and snorkel in the warm waters of the Southern Oasis lagoons and experience the remarkable sensation of floating on water at the Dead Sea. With departures starting in June 2014, this 17 day tour starts from £1,768 per person including return flights; 13 nights hotel, one night felucca and two nights camping all with breakfast; seven other meals; transport; and the service of a tour leader, drivers, local guides, boat crew and camp crew.
For further information, or to book any of the above tours, please visit www.explore.co.uk or call 0844 499 0901.
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