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There is no denying that the Coronavirus has dominated the headlines for the past few weeks.  Many reports have been entirely sensationalised and because of this we have decided to put together some helpful information that we believe to be factual and keep things in perspective for both our town of Haslemere and our clients travelling the world.

Coronavirus in Haslemere

Haslemere had its first recorded case of Coronavirus on Friday 28thFebruary 2020.  At this point Coronavirus confirmations were exceptionally low in the UK (this was the 20thcase), but what made this case slightly unique was it was the first case in the UK to be contracted within the country (i.e. not from travel overseas).

It is understandable that local residents would want to ask questions and raise issues, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for the sensationalised reporting that followed. Some media outlets reported the facts, but many chose to trawl the local social media message boards and instead compile article based solely around the comments of locals, who I’m sure never imaged their words would reach the nation.  This quickly proved to the people of Haslemere, and the surrounding areas, that what we were seeing reported on the news, and in the press, was far from realistic in our own town.  There was no mass ‘panic’ as had been written about, in Haslemere, and business really was as usual in our fabulous town.

It has however been a little quieter than usual, although at the end of last week, this did turn itself around.  Local retailers have pulled together to spread the message far and wide, that we are all doing everything we can to reduce any risk to our staff and clients/customers and there is no reason not to continue to visit Haslemere and shop locally.  Without the continued support of our loyal customers, the sad reality is that many small, High Street businesses may not survive, and for a fragile retail environment, that is something which none of us want.

So the message from Haslemere is……we are open, we are following the guidance from Public Heath England and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our fantastic independent businesses.

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Coronavirus and Travel

With such a variety of press stories circulating, we fully appreciate that it can be really daunting to wade through the fact and the fiction.  We are therefore only relying on reputable sources to provide us with facts. We also feel that a healthy dose of perspective is also needed at times like this. 

It is not our place to disseminate media articles reporting on Coronavirus, but we are more than happy to discuss with you any of your questions and concerns, in relation to the holiday you have booked or would like to book.  We hope the following Q&A is of use, but please call us on 01428 658777 if you would like to know anything more.

Q: What precautions should I take when travelling?

A: You should wash your hands often; use hand sanitiser gel when washing is not possible; cover your mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing; and avoid contact with anyone who is unwell.

You should also check and follow the latest advice from the Foreign Office, but we can assist with this where necessary.

Q: I have booked a holiday, can I cancel or change my holiday free of charge?

A: Generally speaking, only if the Foreign Office advice changes to advise against all travel or all but essential travel to a specific destination.

If the FCO advice says it’s fine to travel, but it is your choice not to, then tour operators can impose their standard cancellation charges.

Some of our tour operator partners and cruise lines have increased their flexibility, so please do check with us and we will look into this on your behalf.

Q: Can I get my deposit back, if I choose not to travel?

A: If the FCO advice allows for travel to a destination, legally our tour operator partners do not have to refund your deposit, if you no longer want to travel.

Q: What are my rights if my holiday is cancelled by the airline or tour operator?

A:  If your holiday is cancelled by the tour operator due to coronavirus then you will be entitled to a full refund of the holiday price, but not compensation.  This is because the cancellation is due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances.

Likewise, if an airline cancels your flight, the airline will normally rebook you onto the next available service, and cover your accommodation and refreshment costs in accordance with EC261 (the EU regulation on flight delay and disruption).

Q: What happens if I am impacted by an outbreak whilst on holiday, such as being stuck abroad at a hotel? How do I get home?

A: This is a very tricky situation. Currently, if your are stuck abroad because you/your hotel/your ship have been placed in quarantine and subsequently you miss your flight as a result, it’s the customer’s responsibility to cover the cost of replacement flights.

Whilst many of our partners are revising their terms with increased flexibility, it is not the liability of a tour operators or airline to provide a refund or replacement flight, as they were still able to fulfil the original booking.

Q: Will my travel insurance cover me against Coronavirus and its impact on my holiday.

A: We are not 100% certain, as every insurance policy is different.  We suggest that you speak to your travel insurance provider and ask any relevant questions of them.  For all bookings, we strongly suggest that you take out your policy from the date you book your holiday, to cover your pre travel period, as well as the period you will be away.

Please rest assured that Haslemere Travel will do whatever they can to assist you, if your holiday plans are disrupted.  We will also work on your behalf to negotiate with our suppliers, ensuring we gain the most flexibility for you.  For ANY questions please call us on 01428 658777.

One final insight comes in the form of a short video put together by Farina Azam, a respected travel lawyer in our industry and partner at Kemp Little LLP.

Welcome to our newly designed website!

We felt that it was about time that we brought you a new and updated website, that reflects the changing face of travel and the services that we provide to our clients.

As experts in luxury travel, it is sometimes difficult to convey exactly what we do, as our service is exceptionally personal and tailored to each individual client.  This is the reason you can’t make a holiday purchase directly from our site.

Many of our clients have been booking with us for 20+ years, so we know their likes, dislikes, habits and requirements, without them having to tell us.  Knowing this amount of detail always ensures that we maximise the value of their booking and exceed their expectations.

For those new to us at Haslemere Travel…..welcome! We hope that this small insight into the way that we work, what we offer and how we plan holidays, inspires you to pick up the phone and give us a call,  or contact us via email.  We can’t wait to help you plan your next holiday adventure.

Now, please allow us to walk you through the new areas of our website…..Enjoy

To allow you to have more flexibility on how you search for holiday inspiration, we have included new options on how to ‘browse’.

Check out our Destination  section, where you can take a look at holidays by the area of the world that you’d most like to visit.

If however you are not sure where you’d like to travel to, but know what ‘type’ of holiday you would like, then check out Holiday Types.  

You can search here for inspiration on romantic holidays, villa holidays, holidays centred around wildlife….and much more.

Our Hot Deals section brings  you some of the very latest offers that we have.  It would be impossible to list every offer, to every destination, so this is just a taster.  Always get in touch to see what else we have, if you can’t find what you are looking for.

Why Book With Haslemere Travel?  If you are an existing client, we hope you already know the answer, but if you are new to Haslemere Travel then you will find some client testimonials, the top 10 reasons to book with us and the all important information about financial protection.  This may be the dull part, but to us it is as important as choosing the right holiday.

In this area you will find links to our social media pages.  Please do follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  This is where you can keep up with where we are travelling to and get the very latest information on travel.

The Haslemere Travel Chronicle is a fancy name for our ‘blog’.  Check back regularly for our trip write ups, news of the latest hotel openings, our thoughts on what is happening in the world of travel or inspiration for your next trip.

The team at Haslemere Travel are always travelling, but Gemma and Ray travel throughout the year, in search of the very best hotels that the world has to offer.  It takes somewhere exceptional to make it into the Directors Choicebut rest assured, those properties that do, really are the most exquisite and have been personally tested.  We will add more of these properties, but only if they meet our high standards and have been personally inspected.

If you would like to know a little more about our travel experts then take a look at our Meet The Team area.

For our cruise lovers, which we know there are many, we have dedicated an entire section of the website just to our Cruise Club.  As with the ‘Hot Deals’ section, there are some fantastic cruise offers, but we will always have more, if you give us a call.

And don’t forget that we have a general holiday search function that can be accessed by clicking on the magnifying glass at the top right hand corner of the page.

We hope that this helps you to navigate your way to finding some fantastic ideas for your next trip, but please call us if you can’t find what you are looking for and also to book your holiday.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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On Sunday 6th May more than 30 deserving young people, aged from 7 to 19 years-old and from all areas of Surrey, were rewarded at this years Surrey Young Superstars 2018 awards, receiving their trophies and certificates from H.M Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux at a special awards ceremony at the Guildford Harbour Hotel.

Organised by Haslemere Travel, the sixth annual awards recognised outstanding young people in Surrey. This year the Surrey Young Superstars awards were generously sponsored by NatWest and were in support of local youth charity Surrey Youth Focus.

The 2018 award categories and their winners are:

Fundraising Superstar (5-12 years): Hinchley Wood Primary School (7-11)

Joint Fundraising Superstars (13-19 years): Year 13, Khartoum House, Gordon’s School & Alice Kerby (19)Volunteering Superstar: Phoebe Walker-Gubbins (aged 17)

Community Superstar: Morgana Condorelli & Emerald Hayes (both aged 12)

Courageous Superstar: Isla Morrison (aged 14) – collected by Melanie Duke

The overall winner of the top award, Superstar of the Year 2018, was Isla Morrison. Sadly Isla was unable to attend the awards ceremony and the award was collected on her behalf by a governor of Sir William Perkins’ School, Mrs Melanie Duke. Isla did lower manage to drop into Haslemere Travel at a later date to collect her award

The winners were also joined by all the young nominees who received Highly Commended certificates.

The event also included a performance by band Downtown Roundabout, pupils at Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM).

The special Surrey Young Superstars 2018 awards ceremony – which included a delicious cream tea reception – was also kindly attended by the High Sheriff of Surrey, Mr Jim Glover and Mrs Cath Glover; Nigel Manning, Mayor of Guildford and Mayoress Marsha Moseley; Mr Malcolm Carter, Mayor of Haslemere, as well as all of the young award winners, their families and other nominees from all corners of Surrey.

Gemma Antrobus, owner of awards organiser Haslemere Travel, said: “Now in their sixth year, once again Surrey Young Superstars was a wonderful showcase for deserving young people in Surrey – demonstrating their community spirit, unsung bravery and hard work. The judges were hugely impressed by the entries received – especially in the Volunteering and Community categories – and the Haslemere Travel team wishes many congratulations to all of the very worthy winners.”

Peter Quilter, Director of Commercial Banking for NatWest in Surrey, representing Surrey Young Superstars’ key sponsor, said:

“ I am delighted that NatWest has once again sponsored Surrey Young Superstars. The young people who entered the awards are inspirational and it is great to know that the event will be something they remember and be rightly proud of for many years to come.”

As you may be aware GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be coming into affect on 25th May 2018, and as such we must ensure that we are compliant with the rules.

Haslemere Travel has always worked hard to safeguard the personal data of our clients and as such we have designed a GDPR Statement (below) and updated our Privacy Policy  for your information.

GDPR Statement

Introduction

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the European Union on 25th May 2018 and brings with it the most significant changes to data protection law in two decades. GDPR has been designed to meet the requirements of the digital age. The 21st Century brings with it broader use of technology, new definitions of what constitutes personal data, and a vast increase in cross-border processing. The new Regulation aims to standardise data protection laws and processing across the EU; affording individuals stronger, more consistent rights to access and control their personal information.

Our Commitment

Haslemere Travel is committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We have always had an effective data protection program in place which complies with existing law and abides by the data protection principles. However, we recognise our obligations in updating and expanding this program to meet the demands of the GDPR.

Haslemere Travel is dedicated to safeguarding the personal information under our remit and in developing a data protection regime that is effective, fit for purpose and demonstrates an understanding of, and appreciation for the new Regulation. Our preparation and objectives for GDPR compliance have been summarised in this statement and include the development and implementation of new data protection roles, policies, procedures, controls and measures to ensure maximum and ongoing compliance.

How We are Preparing for the GDPR

Our preparation includes: –

  • Formal GDPR Audit – this was carried out in November 2017 by external GDPR and data protection specialists – Databasix.  This company-wide information audit identified and assed what personal information is held by Haslemere Travel, where it comes from, how and why it is processed and if and to whom it is disclosed.
  • Policies & Procedures – we will be updating data protection policies and procedures to meet the requirements and standards of the GDPR and any relevant data protection laws, including: –

o Data Protection – our main policy and procedure document for data protection has been overhauled to meet the standards and requirements of the GDPR. Accountability and governance measures are in place to ensure that we understand and adequately disseminate and evidence our obligations and responsibilities; with a dedicated focus on privacy by design and the rights of individuals.

o Data Retention & Erasure – we have updated our retention policy and schedule to ensure that we meet the ‘data minimisation’ and ‘storage limitation’ principles and that personal information is stored, archived and destroyed compliantly and ethically. We have dedicated erasure procedures in place to meet the new ‘Right to Erasure’ obligation and are aware of when this and other data subject’s rights apply; along with any exemptions, response timeframes and notification responsibilities.

o Data Breaches – our breach procedures ensure that we have safeguards and measures in place to identify, assess, investigate and report any personal data breach at the earliest possible time. Our procedures are robust and have been disseminated to all employees, making them aware of the reporting lines and steps to follow.

o International Data Transfers & Third-Party Disclosures – For the purpose of facilitating overseas holidays Haslemere Travel will work with suppliers based both inside our outside of the EU.  Our suppliers may store or transfers personal information outside the EU, however we are dedicated to continually reviewing the companies with which we share personal data.

o Subject Access Request (SAR) – we will continue to ensure our SAR procedures provide the individual with clear, accurate and free information when requested. We will revise the policy to ensure this is done within the 40-day timeframe.

  • Legal Basis for Processing – we are reviewing all processing activities to identify the legal basis for processing and ensuring that each basis is appropriate for the activity it relates to. Where applicable, we also maintain records of our processing activities, ensuring that our obligations under Article 30 of the GDPR and Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Bill are met.
  • Privacy Notice/Policy – we have revised our Privacy Policy to comply with the GDPR, ensuring that all individuals whose personal information we process have been informed of why we need it, how it is used, what their rights are, who the information is disclosed to and what safeguarding measures are in place to protect their information.
  • Legitimate Interest – Haslemere Travel will only use your data for the purpose of facilitating the holiday reservation or enquiry that you have made with the company or to provide you with holiday related news, offers, competitions and event information.  Legitimate interest is one of the lawful basis for processing personal data in line with the ‘lawfulness, fairness and transparency’ principle.
  • Direct Marketing – we have revised the wording and processes for direct marketing.  All communications will have a clear notice and method for opting out or unsubscribing.
  • Processor Agreements – where we use any third-party to process personal information on our behalf (i.e. flight consolidators, tour operators, ground handlers etc.), we have drafted compliant Processor Agreements and due diligence procedures in our agency agreements to ensure that they (as well as we), meet and understand their/our GDPR obligations. These measures include initial and ongoing reviews of the service provided, the necessity of the processing activity, the technical and organisational measures in place and compliance with the GDPR.Data Subject RightsIn addition to the policies and procedures mentioned above that ensure individuals can enforce their data protection rights, we provide easy to access information via our website, via email upon request or over the telephone of an individual’s right to access any personal information that Haslemere Travel processes about them and to request information about: –
  • What personal data we hold about them
  • The purposes of the processing
  • The categories of personal data concerned
  • The recipients to whom the personal data has/will be disclosed
  • How long we intend to store your personal data for
  • If we did not collect the data directly from them, information about the source
  • The right to have incomplete or inaccurate data about them corrected or completed and the process for requesting this
  • The right to request erasure of personal data (where applicable) or to restrict processing in accordance with data protection laws, as well as to object to any direct marketing from us and to be informed about any automated decision-making that we use
  • The right to lodge a complaint or seek judicial remedy and who to contact in such instances

Information Security & Technical and Organisational Measures

• Haslemere Travel takes the privacy and security of individuals and their personal information very seriously and take every reasonable measure and precaution to protect and secure the personal data that we process. We have robust information security policies and procedures in place to protect personal information from unauthorised access, alteration, disclosure or destruction and have several layers of security measures, including: –

o All data is stored on the Google Drive Cloud.

o No personal data is stored on individual computers or devices.
o All computers have up to date and adequate virus protection.
o Any documented data is destroyed using appropriate shedding methods.

GDPR Roles and Employees

Haslemere Travel have designated Gemma Antrobus as our Appointed Person.

Haslemere Travel understands that continuous employee awareness and understanding is vital to the continued compliance of the GDPR and have involved our employees in our preparation plans.

If you have any questions about our preparation for the GDPR, please contact our Appointed Person via email: gemma@haslemeretravel.co.uk

 

 

We are thrilled to be launching our first ‘Around The World’ holiday show on Sunday 10th June 2018.

Our expert team of luxury travel consultants will be joined by a host of wonderful luxury travel suppliers and hotel representatives for what promises to be a fantastic day – with exclusive deals, as well as expert, entertaining talks with plenty of top tips and prizes to give away.

If you are looking for inspiration and advise for travel in 2018 or beyond, then this is the place to be.

Come along and enjoy complimentary refreshments, entertainment and plenty of travel talk, as our VIP guest.

Sunday 10th June 2018 – 11 am – 3 pm,
The Old Thorns Golf & Country Estate, Longmoor Road, Liphook GU30 7PE

REGISTER HERE

Come and meet our favourite suppliers including:

  • Red Savannah Tailor-made Holidays
  • Lusso
  • Classic Collection Holidays
  • Beachcomber Tours
  • Kirker Holidays
  • If Only
  • Distinctive Americas
  • African Pride
  • Prestige Holidays
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Inside Asia Tours
  • Visions Holidays
  • Cox & Kings
  • Vacations to America
  • Travel Gallery
  • Ionian island Holidays
  • Sunvil
  • Cyplon Holidays
  • TransIndus
  • Belmond Hotels, Trains & River Cruises
  • GP Associates – hotel representatives
  • Fred & Mildred – hotel representatives
  • Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

To book a holiday or discuss your next travel adventure please call the team on 01428 658777

 

Haslemere Travel is delighted to announce the 6th annual Surrey Young Superstars Awards is now open for entries! #SurreyYoungSuperstars2018

It is with great pleasure that the awards will be sponsored by Nat West and in support of Surrey Youth Focus, the county voice for the youth sector.

The awards have been designed to spotlight the many achievements of young people in Surrey and nominations for several award categories are now being sought from young people aged 5 to 19 in the county.

The 6th annual Surrey Young Superstars awards, supported by Nat West, Guildford Harbour Hotel and Surrey Life, will reward and showcase young people’s efforts and achievements in Surrey.

The award categories are:

  • Caring Superstar
  • Fundraising Superstars (5-12 years)
  • Fundraising Superstar (13-19 years)
  • Volunteering Superstar
  • Courageous Superstar
  • Community Superstar

The individual winner of the top award, Superstar of the Year, will be chosen by the judges.

The special awards event for prizewinners will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018 at Guildford’s luxury Harbour Hotel.

“These awards will seek yet again to be a wonderful showcase for young people in Surrey, to demonstrate their hard work and ambition and to honour their bravery and community spirit,” said Gemma Antrobus, managing director of Haslemere Travel.

The deadline for entries is Monday 23rd April 2018 at 11am.

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Press enquiries should be addressed to Aly Cook, PR consultant for Haslemere Travel on 07798 647 327 or via email on: alyb.cook@gmail.com

 

 

Award-winning travel agency, Haslemere Travel, is excited to launch the first, bespoke Cruise Show in Surrey. Our expert team of luxury travel consultants will be joined by a host of wonderful cruise company representatives for what promises to be a fun-packed day – with exclusive deals, as well as expert, entertaining talks with plenty of top tips and prizes to give away.

The perfect way to blow away those January blues and plan relaxing, sunnier days aboard a luxury ship!

Come along and enjoy a complimentary light breakfast, as our VIP guest.

Sunday 28th January 2018 – 10 am – 3 pm,
The Old Thorns Golf & Country Estate, Longmoor Road, Liphook GU30 7PE

REGISTER HERE

Come and meet:

  • Crystal Cruises
  • Hapag Lloyd Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Sea Dream Yacht Club
  • Silversea
  • TAUCK
  • Uniworld
  • The independent cruise consultants from Haslemere Travel

To book your cruise or any other holiday please call the team on 01428 658777

 

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OPENING    

              

Friday 22nd December – 0900 to 1730

Saturday 23rd December – 0930 to 1300

Christmas Eve – Closed

Christmas Day – Closed

26th December –Closed

Wednesday 27th December – 0900 to 1730

Thursday 28th December – 0900 to 1730

Friday 29th December – 0900 to 1730

Saturday 30th December – 0930 to 1300

New Years Eve – Closed

New Years Day – Closed

Tuesday 02nd January – 0900 to 1730

Luxury Travel Sales Consultant 

Haslemere Travel is a multi-award winning, luxury travel agency based In Surrey.  Most recently Haslemere Travel has been named as ‘The Most Creative Travel Designer In The World’ and also ‘One of the 12 most influential travel designers in the world by Forbes Magazine.

We are looking to add a ‘Luxury Travel Consultant’ to our experienced team, to start with immediate effect.

What are we looking for?  

The successful candidate must be:

  • Well travelled, either for leisure or business purposes.
  • Passionate about travel, often researching and reading about destinations and hotels.
  • Have a solid, customer facing sales background.  It is not essential that this is from travel, however it would be preferable.
  • Have outstanding communication and organisation skills
  • Highly articulate
  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Have a client centric work ethic, with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Be fully computer literate and a quick learner for new systems.
  • GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent)
  • Able to work full-time (Monday to Friday) in addition to half days on a Saturday (as part of a rota, with time given in lieu).
  • Able to travel overseas at least twice per year, both long haul and short haul.
  • Be able to work as part of a small team.
  • To learn quickly.
  • To meet sales targets when required.
  • To be commercially minded.
  • To be immaculately presented.
  • Have a good sense of humour.
  • Have the correct passport and visa requirements to work and live in the UK.
  • Be able to start ASAP.

 

Responsibilities of the role

  • To research and plan detailed, tailor-made leisure travel itineraries for discerning clients, to worldwide destinations.
  • To work with clients from their initial holiday idea, until they return home from their travels (and beyond) to ensure their experience is seamless.
  • To attend regular skills and product training sessions as well as travel conferences.  These may occasionally take place out of office hours.
  • To travel overseas at least twice per year, to visit hotels and improve destination and product knowledge.  Trips range from 2 to 10 nights.
  • To work full-time in the Haslemere office.

 

The Package

  • Competitive salary including annual bonus (performance related)
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Opportunities for discounts on personal travel or industry rates.
  • Pension

If you fit the above criteria and would like to apply for this position please email your covering letter, CV and list of destinations you have visited (and know well) to Gemma Antrobus – gemma@haslemeretravel.co.uk

No agencies please.

 

Enjoy EXCLUSIVE use of the stunning Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau dahabiya for up to 12 people!  Perfect for a large family, multi-generation travel or a special occasion.

Agatha Christie set Death on the Nile at the cataracts of Aswan. It’s likely she opted to travel the Nile in a dahabiya.

For your classic Nile cruise the old-world charm of these river-going sailboats is perfect. This is how aristocrats travelled in the relaxed age of Egyptian monarchs (1920-40).

The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is today’s luxury dahabiya. Effortlessly blending old-world elegance with modern comforts, you’ll feel thoroughly spoiled as you explore the temples and tombs of Ancient Egypt. With just six cabins it’s ideal for a group or family trip. This classic Nile cruise is executed with elegance and flair.

Holiday Length: 7 nights

Day 1 to 3: UK – Luxor

Fly overnight to Luxor where you will be met and transferred to your private dahabiya, the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau.  Your own crew and Egyptologist, awaits. Your classic Nile cruise begins at the Temple of Karnak and its halls of giant pillars. The spectacular 3km corridor of Sphinxes magnetically draws you into the Temple of Luxor. Gain a fast-track lesson in Egyptian antiquities at the Luxor Museum before returning to your dahabiya and trading ancient splendour for timeless elegance.

A trip to the West Bank takes you to the Valley of the Kings, home of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. You’ll also find the temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, and have the chance to admire the artwork on the walls of the stonemason’s homes in nearby Deir El Medina.

Day 4 & 5: Luxor – Esna – El Kan – Edfu

Enjoy breakfast onboard your dahabiya while cruising up river to Esna. Once there and after lunch, your Egyptologist will guide you around the Temple of Khnum at Esna, devoted to the crocodile god. Afternoon tea and views of the Nile are the order of the day as you relax onboard afterwards.

In the morning of day 5, set sail for El Kab to visit the prehistoric and Pharaonic settlements, rock-cut tombs of the early 18th Dynasty, remains of temples dating from the Early Dynastic period, as well as part of the walls of a Coptic monastery. Continue on to Edfu and the Temple of Horus – the most completely preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt. Your final destination today will be El Fawaza, where you’ll moor overnight.

 

Day 6: Silsila – Kom Ombo

Sail on to Jabal Silsila in the morning over breakfast. After visiting the ancient sandstone quarries, cruise over lunch to Kom Ombo. In the afternoon, your Egyptologist will show you the Temple of Kom Ombo, a temple devoted to two gods – Sobek and Horus the Elder. As such, all the hallways, doors and chambers here are duplicated symmetrically. You’ll overnight moored at a nearby island.

Day 7 to 9: Aswan – UK

You set sail this morning for Aswan. In the afternoon, visit the spice market followed by a visit to the Nubian Museum. Called the Land of Gold by the ancient Egyptians, Nubia extended from Aswan in the north to Sudan in the south, and had its own distinct culture and language.

On day 8 at Aswan, the choice is yours. Visit Philae Temple, which stands proud on Agilkia Island and is devoted to Isis, the goddess of purity. Take a trip to the half-hewn Unfinished Obelisk at the nearby granite quarries. Explore the Temple of Kalabsha, built by the Romans around 30 BC. Whatever you choose, a gourmet on-board dinner and spectacular sunset awaits you.

 

On your final morning after breakfast on board, it’s time to disembark and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to London.

Best time to go: September to May

Price: From £1,895pp for 7 nights cruise based on 12 people travelling together

If you wanted to hire the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau dahabiya exclusively for 4 nights and include it in a larger itinerary, then this element would be available from as low as £700pp (based on 12 travelling), inc FB and guided tours, for a 4 night cruise as part of a tailored FIT package.

The price shown is a guide. Your holiday will be tailor-made to suit you and there are many factors that can influence the price, such as standard of accommodation, class of flight and time of year. Please do provide us with your chosen dates and we can provide a more accurate cost – 01428 658777

 

 

 

Explore the wonders of Ancient Egypt as you marvel at pyramids, discover temples, stroll through medieval streets, bustle in bazaars and cruise down the majestic River Nile. Your own private Egyptologist will be on hand to unravel all the mysteries of classical Egypt as you follow in archaeologist Howard Carter’s footsteps and peek inside Tutankhamun’s final resting place in the Valley of the Kings.

Holiday Length: 10 days

Days 1 to 3: Cairo

You will be met at at Cairo International Airport and take you to Fairmont Nile City, a centrally located hotel with views of the mighty river, the bustling city and the pyramids of Giza.

On day 2  you will plunge straight into the ancient world with a trip to Sakkara. Here there are hundreds of tombs and among the 14 pyramids is the oldest stone structure in the world: the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Having served your appetiser today’s main course is some of the most iconic monuments in the world. At the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids the ancient stonemasons’ feat of engineering will leave you speechless.

On day 3 a trip to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities will reveal the ancient mummies and opulent burial treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb. You can explore the maze of medieval alleys in Cairo’s Old Town and visit Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, home to hundreds of tightly packed stalls selling a huge array of goods.

Day 4: Cairo to Luxor

Hop on a plane to Luxor and myriad more ancient wonders await you. The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV will transport you down the meandering Nile, past treasures and temples and ethereal landscapes. This will be your home for the next seven nights.

Day 5: The Nile is the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate the wonders of this ancient land. The banks of the river have set the scene for daily life for thousands of years, and today it can seem as though nothing has changed. Dendera is home to the Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor, complete with underground passages and pillars covered in inscriptions. Later, enjoy dinner on board, accompanied by traditional Egyptian dance. Note, this day may be done overland if water levels are low.

Day 6 & 7:  Luxor – Kom Ombo – Aswan

The Sun Boat IV will head south today, past the city of Esna, with its ancient Temple of Khnum. You’ll reach the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god. After a day’s sightseeing, head back to the cool environs of the cruiser at Kom Ombo, for a delicious Egyptian supper.

Today you’ll head for Aswan and the Temple of Philae on Agilkia Island. The temple didn’t start life here – it was moved when the Aswan Dam was constructed across the Nile, flooding its original home. Watching the sun set over the Nile from the deck of the Sun Boat IV has to be the perfect way to round off the day.

Day 8 & 9: Aswan – Kom Ombo

You get the chance to explore beautiful, ancient Aswan today. Right on the river, this city has been a place of strategic importance since antiquity. Today you can peruse its vibrant souks and take shade under the palm trees. Catch a single-sail felucca and visit some of the small islands around here, which are home to some important ruins.

We head back up the river and the Temple Kom Ombo now, home of 300 mummified crocodiles dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. When you return to the Sun Boat IV this evening, take your time relaxing and getting ready for dinner – an Egyptian banquet awaits.

Day 10: Nom Ombo – Luxor

We’re coming to the end of the trip, but there’s still much to see and do. Your Egyptologist will guide you through the Temple of Karnak. After lunch, you’ll visit the Valley of the Kings, where Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered nearly 100 years ago. Over at the Valley of the Queens is the resting place of the female pharaoh, Hatshepsut.

Day 11: Luxor – UK

After breakfast, you’ll be transported to the airport so you can catch your flight back to the UK.

Best time to go: September to May

Price: From £2,325pp

The price shown is a guide – based on two people sharing and generally includes economy flights. Your holiday will be tailor-made to suit you and there are many factors that can influence the price, such as standard of accommodation, class of flight and time of year. Please do provide us with your chosen dates and we can provide a more accurate cost – 01428 658777

NB: Gemma took a very similar trip in October 2017.  She stayed 2 nights in Cairo at the Four Seasons First Residence followed by 3 nights cruise on the Sun Boat IV – a shorter itinerary to above.  This itinerary would be from £1,775pp

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