HIGHLANDS - NILE CRUISE Spend your days discovering the treasures of the Nile in the company of an experienced Egyptologist, and your nights relaxing aboard a stylish cruise boat, watching the magical waters of the world’s greatest river go by – this is life on a Nile cruise holiday. Cruising from Luxor to Aswan and back again, you will have the chance to explore some of Egypt’s most important sites, including the Valley of the Kings, Philae Temple, the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple and the Aswan High Dam. All our Nile cruises are based on full board, with meals provided – the only extra cost you need to allow for is drinks. Flights, direct to Luxor from both Gatwick and Manchester which include 20kg luggage allowance, in-flight meals and taxes. Departure Date: Monday, 26th March 2012 Total cost of the Itinerary below sharing a twin cabin - £ 965.00 per person. Excluding Egyptian Visa and Travel Insurance Single supplement – From: £25.00 per person per night. ATOL Protected and ABTA Bonded. -2- Seven night itinerary, cruising from Luxor to Aswan and back Monday Depart the UK for your flight to Luxor. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your chosen Nile cruise boat for an evening check-in. Overnight in Luxor. Tuesday In the morning, visit the Luxor Museum, home to many magnificent remains from the Pharaohnic period, including pieces from the tomb of Tutankhamun's tomb. In the afternoon, visit the majestic Temple of Karnak, the largest ancient religious site in the world, and the well preserved Temple of Luxor on the East Bank. Overnight in Luxor. Optional extra – Luxor Sound & Light show. Wednesday Morning visit to the awe-inspiring highlights of the West Bank. These include the Valley of the Kings, burial place of ancient Kings and Nobles and one of the world's most famous archaeological sites; the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon, sail via Esna Lock* to Edfu. Overnight in Edfu. Thursday In the morning, visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu, built of golden sandstone blocks and one of Egypt's best preserved temples. Continue along the majestic Nile to Kom Ombo, where you will visit the fascinating Temple of Sobek and Haroeris in the afternoon, before continuing on to Aswan. Overnight in Aswan. Friday After breakfast, spend the day exploring the sights of Aswan. Starting with a visit to the High Dam and the Temple of Philae, painstakingly relocated after the building of the Dam to the island of Agilika. In the afternoon, take a relaxing trip on a felucca past the Agha Khan Mausoleum and Elephantine Island. Overnight in Aswan. Saturday Spend the morning at leisure in Aswan, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. There is also the option of a trip to breathtaking Abu Simbel (at additional cost). In the afternoon, sail from Aswan to Edfu. Overnight in Edfu. Sunday In the morning, sail from Edfu to the modern city of Esna. Visit the Temple of Khnum at Esna before crossing the lock* and continuing on to Luxor in the afternoon. Overnight in Luxor. Monday After breakfast, disembark your cruise boat and transfer to Luxor airport for your return flight to the UK. -3- Extensions of your holiday can be booked as an extra with a stay in Luxor, the Red Sea or elsewhere in Egypt. Important notes - It may be necessary to amend your Nile Cruise itinerary due to prevailing local circumstances. We will endeavour to provide you with as much notice as possible, should this be necessary. It should be noted that these dates might be subject to change. If the Esna Lock is closed it will have an effect on part of your proposed Nile cruise itinerary. - As so many sites are visited, a Nile cruise holiday may not be suitable for the very elderly or people with walking difficulties. Helen Tredget (Barr) PAR AVION FLIGHT & TRAVEL CONSULTANT RETAIL AGENT OF ATOL HOLDERS I was in Livingstone House from 1961 – 62 before coming to UK for school. I hope some of you may remember me from Highlands and Nakuru, Nairobi and Southons in Mombasa. I’ve been a travel agent here since 1992 and now semi-retired have more time to travel and those of us on the Highlands Committee hope some of you will join us. Our first trip was back to Kenya a few years ago, and then to Morocco earlier this year – they went so well that I intend putting on a Spring and an Autumn trip each year – starting with the Nile Cruise in March.