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As a travel professional, who prides themselves and their business as being one that provides first-hand experience to our clients, it was extremely important for me to travel overseas, once the restrictions on travel had been lifted.  I wanted to be able to tell clients, that wished to travel, exactly what the airport experience was like, how our national carrier, British Airways, was operating with new regulations and what it was like to once again be on holiday.

I had originally booked to go to Seville for the weekend of 7thto 10thAugust, staying just outside the city at Hacienda de San Rafael, a firm favourite with our clients.  Like many who were booked to travel to Spain, I was also affected by the governments U-turn on Spain, so quickly rearranged my trip to travel to Italy, keeping everything crossed that this would go ahead.

On Friday 7thAugust, we (my daughter and I) left home at the crack of dawn, to arrive at Heathrow terminal 5 at 05:00, where I had booked ‘Meet & Greet’ airport parking with our preferred partner, Holiday Extras.  The instructions on where to park were precise and the small counter, within the entrance to the terminal, was manned with an agent wearing a mask.  There was a spit screen on the desk and plenty of hand sanitizer.   It was at this point that we put on our own masks. The process to hand over the car keys was as swift as it has always been and within minutes we were walking into Terminal 5, to check-in.

The terminal was quiet, but it was still exceptionally early.  Depending on where you were flying to, depended on which area of the airport that you checked-in, but this was readily available on the flight information boards and there were plenty of (mask wearing) staff to help – we were at check-in, within minutes.  Prior to reaching the check in desk, we had our temperatures taken by an overhead, non-invasive body scanner.  To be honest, if it wasn’t pointed out to you, you wouldn’t have known it was there. There were plenty of hand sanitizer stations throughout the terminal, both land side and air side.

The check-in process was exactly the same as always (we weren’t able to check-in online).  The BA staff at the desks were behind screens, so did not wear masks.  We were asked to remove our masks, just to confirm our identity with our passport pictures.  Italy does not have an online ‘Passenger Locator Form’ (PLF) like some other countries including the UK & Greece.  We were given a paper form at check-in and asked to complete this and hand to the crew on board.

We entered the security areas, using the automated barriers and then queued to have our bags and ourselves scanned.  Social distancing was observed and each area at the scanning belt was sectioned off by a small plastic booth, ensuring that you weren’t shoulder to shoulder with the next person.

As mentioned, it was still very early, so some shops in the terminal weren’t yet open.  By the time we boarded, most were.  All shops had clear notices about social distancing. Starbucks and Pret were open, but only to take food and drinks away.  The Wetherspoons was however open to eat in and on arrival you had to complete a track and trace form.  The full duty free area was open and fully stocked, but there were no perfume or make-up testers…..saved me a fortune!

The seating areas within the terminal had one chair blocked every few seats, so that family groups could still sit together, but there was social distancing observed.  This format carried through to the departure gates too, where the same signs could be found in the waiting areas.

Boarding the flight was an absolute breeze and the most pleasant experience I’ve had in a long time. BA boarded the plane in strict row order from the rear of the aircraft and by 5 rows at a time.  The flight was full so no trolley bags were allowed in the cabin. As we boarded we were given a sanitation pack with a large anti-bac wipe and a sachet of hand sanitizer.  Many passengers had done as we did and brought our own, but this was so handy to use straight away.  We wiped down our seat area, table and chair arms.

Our outbound flight was full in economy and business class, and there were no spare seats.  Everyone that I saw was either wearing a mask or a visor, as were the crew.  The safety briefing had been adapted, to include the removal of facemasks, in an emergency procedure.

In terms of food on board, you cannot purchase anything so I would suggest either taking your own snacks or enjoying what is provided.  Everyone was given a small snack pack, of pre sealed items – bottle of water, a packet of crisps and a packet of biscuits.   You of course had to take your masks off to eat and drink, but then put back on afterwards.

When we arrived in Milan, we disembarked in strict row order, from the front of the cabin.  This was so much nicer than the usual mad dash. We handed our completed forms to the crew on board and made our way to immigration.  Malpensa airport had many notices to remind you to social distance and we cleared immigration quickly and with ease.  Our cases were waiting on the carousel and there were plenty of reminders to again socially distance.

We were met by our transfer driver, who was wearing a mask, as was everyone else in the terminal.  We wore our masks, as did the driver, for our journey to Lake Como.

Upon arrival at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, we were greeted outside by staff wearing custom made masks specific for the hotel, who showed us to reception. All staff that we encountered inside of the hotel wore masks, so this was applicable at check-in. Prior to our arrival we had already completed a registration document online, that had given us preferences about how we wished to check-in, whether we were happy with the usual number of housekeeping visits (usually twice per day).  We were asked if we were happy to receive the welcome amenity to our rooms and various other choices that encountered meeting members of the hotel team, outside the usual visits to the restaurants etc.  In its most basic form, you could have as much contact as you would usually expect at a 5* resort, or as little.  The choice was yours.

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We were thrilled to discover a care package in our room that contained information about what the hotel was doing to ensure guests were safe and comfortable, along with two bottle of hand sanitizer and two custom made silk masks.  Such a lovely and very thoughtful gift.  The hand sanitizer had been commissioned specifically for the hotel and in all the public areas were small bottle of sanitizer for you to take and use.

During our stay, we took the public ferry across the lake to the town of Bellagio.  Although most of the ferry was outside, you were asked to wear a mask and your temperature was taken on your arm before boarding. Whilst wandering around the shops we didn’t wear masks, but if we went inside a shop, we did – very similar to the UK. We ate outside at a lovely local café for lunch.  The cutlery came in a paper pouch, to avoid lots of hands touching it, the tables were all wiped down thoroughly between each use and the place settings were paper, so easy to dispose.  There were no menus, just a list of dishes on a blackboard.  The food was fresh and absolutely delicious…..just what we had hoped for in Italy.

For all other meals, we ate in the various restaurants of the hotel, of which there are 5 – spoilt for choice.  All menus were via QR codes and if you weren’t very tech savvy then the staff were more than happy to assist.  All members of staff wore masks, when they greeted you, took your order and when they served you.  There were also no buffets, so at breakfast you were automatically brought a selection of continental breakfast items and then you ordered your hot or more bespoke breakfast treats.  Nothing was too much trouble and you could of course eat as much as you wished.

On our return journey, our transfer, airport and plane experience, were much the same as on our journey out.  By the carousels at Heathrow T5 were stations of spray sanitizer and paper towels, to clean your cases, if you wished.  I hadn’t seen these in Italy, but I didn’t look, as our cases were waiting when we cleared customs.

From 48 hours prior to returning to the UK, we filled in our on-line PLF (Passenger Locator Form).  It was very detailed, but quite straight forward.  I was sent a confirmation email, with a QR code to present at Border Control.  On the flight the BA crew did a great job of reminding passengers to complete this form and when we arrived there were notices everywhere.  Sadly however no one checked our documents, or for anyone that I saw around us.

Overall, I found the new procedures easy to follow.  At no point did I ever feel unsafe or feel like I was being asked to do something that made me feel uncomfortable.  It was a pleasure to see so many travellers, of all ages and family types, at Heathrow, eagerly awaiting their holiday plans.  Whilst in Italy, locals and tourists alike behaved considerately of the ‘new normal’ that we find ourselves in and most just seemed happy to be moving around freely and enjoying the summer.

Whilst I fully appreciate that not everyone is as ready as I was to jump on a plane and start exploring again, I wanted you to know, that when the time is right for you, that I am here to help you navigate the new ways of travelling.  As soon as I can start travelling further afield and onto cruise ships too, I will do so, so that you know what to expect.

The one thing that lockdown and the pandemic has highlighted to me, is that if there is somewhere in the world you wish to travel to, or a travel experience you have been putting off for a special occasion……go now!  Don’t wait!  I never believed that the ability to travel freely and at my own will, would be denied for so long.  So now, more than ever before I won’t be taking ‘ok’ holidays, I will only be taking ‘Wow adventures’ because life is too short not to fulfil your dreams and tick those experiences off your bucket list.

I look forward to helping you plan your next ‘Wow adventure’!

Gemma – 01428 658777 / gemma@haslemeretravel.co.uk

Full report on The Grand Hotel Tremezzo….COMING SOON!

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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

See some of the most magnificent monuments and treasures of the Ancient World when you explor Egypt on this exclusive tour.

You’ll see the awesome Great Pyramids and Sphinx before setting sail down the Nile on the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV . As you cruise the Nile more highlights of Egypt will drift into view and your boat will pull in so you can explore them fully. Let us take you to the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun’s final resting place, and many other imposing temples and necropolises that still have the power to amaze and inspire after more than 4,500 years.

Holiday Length: 6 Days

Day 1: UK – Cairo

You will be met as you land in Cairo and transferred to your hotel. You can relax and refresh in your city-centre, riverside hotel, where you’ll be staying for three nights. It’s the perfect spot from which to take in the city and surrounding areas.

Day 2: Cairo

Cairo has so much to offer visitors. Your private Egyptologist will take you on a trip to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, which houses macabre mummies and exquisite treasures found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. After, head to the bustling Khan el-Khalili Bazaar and get ready to haggle over rugs, food and spices. After sunset, there’s the option to see the light show at the pyramids.

Day 3: Cairo

Start the day by heading south of Cairo to Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Djoser, thought to be the oldest stone structure in the world. Then it’s off to the Great Pyramids themselves. At Giza Plateau you’ll also see the iconic figure of the Sphinx still standing guard. You could pop into the Solar Boat Museum, which houses

Day 4: Cairo – Aswan

After a flight to Aswan it’s time to climb on board: your Nile cruise on the opulent Sanctuary Sun Boat IV awaits. After lunch you can explore the laid-back city of Aswan, once one of the most strategically important locations in Ancient Egypt. After lunch, you can visit the Unfinished Obelisk – an unfinished project that still lies half hewn from the rock at the nearby granite quarries, before returning to your boat for dinner.

Day 5: Aswan – Kom Ombo – Edfu

Start the day with a boat trip out to Philae Temple, located on Agilkia Island. Later, back on board, you can learn how to knock up some tasty Egyptian treats with the resident chef. While you’re eating, the Sun boat IV will travel to the crocodile god Sobek’s Temple of Kom Ombo in Edfu. You can also visit the Temple of Horus, dedicated to the falcon-headed god

Day 6: Luxor

While you breakfast, Sun Boat IV will sail towards Luxor, where you’ll spend the day exploring the banks of the Nile. Disembark on the East Bank, and an Egyptologist will take you around the Temple of Luxor and Temple of Karnak, which took over 1,000 years to build. On the West Bank, there’s the Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon to explore.

Day 7: Luxor – UK

After leaving the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV for the last time, you’ll be driven to Luxor International Airport for your flight home. On the other hand, there are many fascinating ways you can extend your stay and we’d be delighted to help you with these.

Best time to go: October to May

Price: From £1,895pp

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 – similar to above.  This itinerary would be from £1,775pp

 

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