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Trek Africa In Style 2009
Brochures | Tourism & Travel 2008-10-09 16:38:52
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    Discover Our Africa Complimentary Africa Journal When you book your safari with us you will receive a special Africa Journal. This journal includes a wildlife and botany guide, a language guide, a trip organizer, a safari & map directory, an animal & plant checklist and a diary to record your African experiences. Tanzania Kenya Uganda Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia Cape Town Kruger Egypt Morocco WEATHER PATTERNS JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Comfortable (Temperate) Hot (Tolerable) Very Hot Dry Season This is the most popular time to visit Africa: the grass is short and therefore it is easy to spot game. The wildlife is concentrated around waterholes. Shoulder Season This is an ideal time to go on safari as the wildlife is easy to track, there is less dust in the air and the weather is more temperate. Light Rains The parks are greener and there are less tourists. The rain usually falls at night and the cooler conditions mean that the animals are more active during the day. Rainy Season Often there are tropical downpours, although some years the rains can be very light or not come at all.

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    Introduction 40 years of Experience in Africa We began 40 years ago offering our clients the opportunity to travel the most inspiring continent in the world: Africa. In those days our clientele opted to ride across the continent in overland trucks that carried little more than a few tents, some food and a real sense of adventure; the itinerary itself was a work of art and always different. While we still offer those off-the-beaten path experiences with a little more structure, our clients have matured with the times and are looking for an inspiring journey in Africa that doesn't compromise on the accommodation or the experience. It is in this spirit that we have employed our nearly 40 years of knowledge of the continent to search out some of Africa's best accommodations, guides and experiences. This is what we call Africa In Style. We've Been There! Our consultants have travelled the length and breadth of the African continent. From the souks of Morocco to the Pyramids of Egypt, the vast plains of the Serengeti to the wonder of Victoria Falls, the beauty of Cape Town to the dunes of Namibia, Africa holds a special place in our hearts. We can offer advice that is unmatched in Canada because we have been there. Safari Savers We've introduced a new concept this year called Safari Savers. We have identified times of the year when we know the groups will be lighter and put together some great deals. Many of these departures are in what is considered to be the ?low season' ? a time when you can expect fewer travellers. Low season doesn't necessarily mean it's not a good time to travel. In fact, it may be an excellent time to travel, offering less crowds and more chance to be surrounded by wildlife! Just look for special dates throughout the brochure indicated by yellow text or turn to page 54 for a full list! Responsible Travel Travelling responsibility is at the core of our trips. It involves an effort from our clients, our staff and our partners on the ground. Investing in the Locals A key to responsible travel is investing in the countries in which we operate, and that means leaving as much income as possible with the local people, local companies and local services. We employ local guides throughout Africa who not only live and breathe the bush, but their knowledge is unmatched. We work with locally-owned lodges and camps wherever possible and we employ the use of local vehicles and equipment throughout our itineraries. Doing so ensures the local people will benefit from tourism. Educating Our Clients Responsible travel is as much the responsibility of the client as it is the tour operator. We realize this may be your first visit to Africa and that's why we will provide you with a list of Responsible and Environmental Travel Guidelines before you travel. This will offer tips and advice to ensure you leave as little impact on the environment and the people we visit as possible. Monitoring Our Partners Our local partners have undertaken a conscientious attitude in the way they operate the tours for us including how our presence impacts the environment. If you feel If you feel at any time on your holiday that our partners did not live up to this commitment, please let us know as we have closely scrutinized our local partners to ensure they understand our commitment to you. Doing Our Part For nearly 40 years we have had the pleasure of sending our clients to countries around the world. These countries have given so much to us in the way of experiences that it is important that we give back. We are a major sponsor of the SOS Children's Villages and through our partners are involved in a number of projects throughout the African continent whether it be in reforestation or investing in the building and staffing of local schools. While on your holiday you may get the opportunity to visit a local project. We encourage you to contribute locally to these projects where you feel your donation will make a difference. Groups and Private Safaris While most of the trips throughout this brochure are group trips, offering you the opportunity to mix and mingle with clients from across Canada and the world, we realize that sometimes you would like it to be just the two of you, or perhaps you have your own group of friends. Almost any trip you see in this brochure can be offered as a private trip for as little as two people, so please just ask us! On some trips if you have groups larger than four people, we may even be able to offer a discount on the brochure rate. Generally we will need at least 6 ? 12 months lead time to ensure we are able to secure the properties and services you require, so please plan early! Families and Children The majority of the trips in this brochure allow for children to accompany you on the trip. Generally we do not take children younger than eight years old and in some cases it may be twelve, depending on the level of activity or remote nature of the trip, ask us at the time of booking and we will be happy to let you know. Accommodations are generally no more than three persons per room. There is a small selection of trips in the brochure that require the clients to be of the age of majority. Trip Notes (Dossiers) Detailed trip notes are available for all of our trips offering you more information on the experience and some good to know facts. You can request these at the time of enquiry with your travel agent or you can download them from our website by visiting www.trekholidays.com and entering the four letter trip code. Trip notes will be available from November 2008. Pricing Policy All pricing in the brochure is in Canadian dollars, per person and is land only. Exchange rates used in this brochure are based on September 2008 rates. While we make every effort to avoid increases in our pricing, trips are subject to increases in fuel costs, park fees and added taxes outside of 30 days before departure. We will not alter the price within 30 days of your departure. 2010 pricing may be requested from August 2009. Table of Contents Introduction 3 Country Information 4 The Experience 6 Vehicles & Guides Accommodations North Africa Morocco in Style 8 Egypt in Style 9 Nile Cruise (3 Star & 5 Star) 10 East Africa Kenya Lodge Safari 11 Tanzania Highlights Safari 12 Tanzania Comfort Camping 13 Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Machame Route Rongai Route 14 Gorilla Express 16 Best of Uganda 17 East Africa Value Safari 18 Kiboko Safari 19 Kiboko Tented Safari 20 Migration Safari 21 Egypt & Kenya 22 Egypt & East Africa 23 Kilimanjaro & Safari 24 Gorillas & Gameparks 25 Mombasa 26 Zanzibar Southern Africa 27 Botswana Value Safari 28 Botswana Comfort Camping 29 Luxury Tented Safari 30 Water & Wildlife Safari 31 Victoria Falls Packages 32 Victoria Falls & Chobe 33 Namibia Under Canvas 34 Namibia Lodge Safari 35 Desert, Rivers & Wildlife 36 Kruger Breakaway 37 Garden Route 38 Cape Town Stopovers 39 South Africa Overland 40 South Africa Complete 41 South Africa Mosaic 42 SPA-fari 43 Kruger Walking Safari 44 Cycling The Cape & Winelands 45 South Africa Lodges 46 Shongololo Rail Journeys Good Hope Southern Cross Dune Express 48 Luxury Golf Coach Holiday 50 Bush & Beach 51 Mozambique Stopover 52 Mauritius Stopover 53 Safari Savers 54 Booking Form 55

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    4 Country Info Kenya East Africa Kenya is known as the ?Land of the Safari', abounding in diverse landscapes and large concentrations of game, and is renowned for its warm, friendly and hospitable people. Kenya is rich in remarkable landscapes, including the spectacular Masai Mara National Park and the smaller, but no less spectacular Samburu. Amboseli is a delight with the most spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. Experience Africa at its best on a Kenya safari. ? Kenya immortalised the safari with legendary personalities such as Ernest Hemingway, Karen Blixen and Beryl Markham. ? The country is renowned for its warm, friendly and hospitable citizens. ? Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve is renowned for the annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores. ? Maasai and Samburu tribespeople live and tend their livestock alongside the resident wildlife. ? The country abounds in diverse landscapes, including the spectacular Great Rift Valley. ? It is one of the best countries in Africa for seeing large concentrations of animals throughout the year. ? Kenya is a birdwatcher's dream destination, with more than 1000 species recorded. ? Lake Nakuru is a breeding ground for flamingo ? up to two million birds can be found. ? Mt Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and features a number of permanent glaciers. ? The coastline is beautiful with pristine white beaches. Tanzania East Africa Tanzania is arguably one of Africa's best-kept secrets. Tanzania's national parks and conservation areas cover an area in excess of 200000 square kilometres. On a Tanzania safari one can gaze in awe as millions of herbivores cross the Serengeti in their annual migration and marvel at the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest unbroken caldera. The spice island on Zanzibar is one of Africa's best beach stays with a remarkable history. ? The people of Tanzania are courteous, sincere, friendly and hospitable, making visitors feel very welcome. ? Tanzania is arguably one of Africa's best-kept secrets, being home to Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, and bordered by Africa's three largest lakes ? Lakes Malawi, Tanganyika and Victoria. ? Natural highlights abound, including Ngorongoro Crater ? the largest intact caldera in the world, Olduvai Gorge ? said to be the birthplace of man, the 20-million-year-old Great Rift Valley and the vast game-filled plains of the Serengeti. ? The annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is concentrated in the northeastern corner of the country. ? More than 25 percent of Tanzania is dedicated to conservation areas, protecting over 20 percent of Africa's large mammals and 35 species of antelope, including 1.5 million wildebeest. ? Tanzania boasts over 1000 bird species, with Lake Manyara National Park alone being home to more than 400. It is a year-round birding destination. ? It is home to the historic spice island of Zanzibar, boasting pristine white sand beaches and Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Uganda East Africa Uganda is the source of the Nile and home to the endangered mountain gorilla. It has a network of rivers and lakes that ensure a predominantly lush, green, fertile landscape, which encompasses soaring mountains, gentle hills, savannah plains and rugged river gorges. It has outstanding game parks, unspoiled and pristine. Half of the world's gorilla population lives in Bwindi Forest. Uganda's rich cultural heritage is deeply ingrained in its people. ? Uganda is the premiere place to experience an encounter with the endangered mountain gorilla with less than 700 left. ? Uganda is home to man's closest relative, the chimpanzee, whose evocative pant-hoot call is a definitive sound of the African rainforest. ? Sprawling across both sides of the equator, a network of 10 national parks and several other protected areas offers wildlife enthusiasts a thrilling opportunity to experience Uganda's biodiversity. ? The country's largest protected area is Murchison Falls National Park with dense populations of lion, buffalo, elephant and Uganda kob, Rothschild's giraffe and patas monkey. ? Set majestically in the shadow of the Rwenzori, flanking Lakes Edward and George, the lush savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers prime area to many large and small mammals, plus over 600 bird species. ? Lake Mburo National Park is centred on a series of swamp-fringed lakes known for their rich birdlife. ? Roughly one-quarter of Uganda's surface area consists of wetlands. The northwestern third of Lake Victoria, the world's second-largest freshwater body, falls within Uganda's boundaries.

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    Botswana Southern Africa Easily accessible from Johannesburg, Windhoek and Victoria Falls, Botswana is a magnificent country with many wonderful highlights for the intrepid traveller. From the splendid Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert to Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve, visitors are guaranteed a wonderfully unique safari adventure. ? 17 percent of Botswana is pristine national reserves, featuring some of Africa's most beautiful subtropical wilderness, generally teeming with wildlife. ? A land of awesome contrasts ? from the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert to the crystal clear waters of the world's largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta. ? Game viewing by mokoro (dugout canoe) in the Delta is unforgettable. ? Chobe National Park is home to the mighty Chobe River and what is arguably the world's largest concentration of elephants. ? The Linyanti and Savute areas feature an annual summer migration of zebra and antelope. ? Wide assortment of camps and lodges where visitors can experience the diversity of Botswana's wilderness areas. ? A superb birding destination, home to such species the coppery-tailed coucal, carmine bee-eater and violet-eared waxbill, to name a few. Namibia Southern Africa Namibia is a unique safari destination, with varied, breathtaking scenery and great contrasts ? ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. A Namibia safari includes such highlights as the remarkable sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the wilderness paradise of Etosha National Park and the fascinating geographical structures of the Fish River Canyon. ? Characterised by vast open spaces, breathtaking scenery and great contrasts ? ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. ? Easily accessible wilderness paradises, such as Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau National Park, Fish River Canyon and the Namib-Naukluft National Park. ? Diverse range of lodges, tented camps and guesthouses on farms to suit all budgets. ? Sossusvlei, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, showcases the world's highest sand dunes. ? Two spectacular deserts ? the Kalahari and Namib ? each with distinctive wildlife and scenery; desertadapted wildlife such as rhino and elephant are fascinating. The Namib, at 80 million years, is the world's oldest desert. ? Diverse cultures, from the San, Portuguese and German influences to the Himba people still living their age-old traditional lifestyles today; San paintings and engravings can be seen in the Kaokoveld and Damaraland. ? Remarkably clear skies for astronomers and keen stargazers. ? Fish River Canyon at its southern border is one of the largest canyons in the world. South Africa Southern Africa South Africa is undoubtedly a top African safari destination. With its year-round sunshine, countless world-famous game parks teeming with wildlife, dramatic landscapes and acres of pristine, white beaches and a fascinating and diverse people and culture, a South Africa safari is an experience secondto-none. It is home to the well-known Kruger National Park, the famed Garden Route and the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. ? Friendly, hospitable people with over a dozen official languages ? a true ?Rainbow Nation'. ? Fabulous climate, with sunshine almost year round. ? Breathtaking scenery, quaint coastal villages and cosmopolitan cities that all combines with a truly exhilarating ?Big Five' African safari. ? Township, cultural and historical tours allow guests to witness first-hand the emergence of a young democracy. ? The Cradle of Humankind: Sterkfontein is one of the world's most productive and important palaeoanthropological sites. ? Wide array of hotels, from small, personalised privately-owned properties, to guest houses and boutique hotels, to large city hotels; from classic safari camps at luxurious lodges to private bush villas. ? Pivotal in the creation of vast transfrontier ?Peace Parks? involving major cross-border conservation initiatives and bringing benefits to the communities involved. 5

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    6 The Experience Vehicles and Guides The mode of transportation on safari will always offer prime game viewing opportunities. Many of the vehicles have sliding windows, roof hatches and high ground clearance to improve visibility and photography, and some are even open to allow completely unobstructed views. Wherever possible we ensure that all passengers have a window seat while on safari. The drivers are highly qualified to not only navigate the game parks but also have a trained eye for animals hidden in the long grass of the plains or in the branches of the acacia tree. The guides are a wealth of knowledge and are sure to make your trip an unforgettable memory of a lifetime. [Village in the Atlas Mountains] Kenya The majority of vehicles used on safari in Kenya are poptop minivans. The roof raises so that passengers can freely stand to take photos and the windows slide open providing good opportunities for viewing of wildlife. South Africa Many of the vehicles used on safari in South Africa's game parks are three-tiered open 4x4's. These vehicles may have a frame to provide support for a canvas cover and roll-down windows should the weather require it. The second and back rows are raised up on a tier level system to provide optimal game viewing opportunities for all passengers. [KENYA] [TANZANIA] [BOTSWANA] Tanzania & Uganda Many of the vehicles used on safari in Tanzania and Uganda are pop-top 4 x 4's. The roof raises so that passengers can freely stand to take photos and the windows slide open to provide good photo opportunities. Light Aircraft Some of the lodges and tented camps are in isolated areas where there is little or no road access. In these cases we will use light aircraft to get you to and from these properties. Please note that all light aircraft transfers have a maximum baggage allowance of 15 kg incl. hand luggage. Bags must be soft sided. Botswana & Namibia The majority of vehicles used in Botswana and Namibia are open-sided 4 x 4's with roll-up roofs and canvas windows but with a hard frame. The vehicles in Namibia may be air-conditioned 4 x 4's due to the extreme heat in the desert areas. Passengers will have unimpeded views out the windows and roof with the option of keeping the roof on to provide shelter from the sun. [SOUTH AFRICA] [UGANDA] [NAMIBIA] Small Group Sizes We run small groups which allow for better access to guides, mobility and accessibility. In East Africa a group size is commonly just six passengers. In Southern Africa we offer private safaris or groups that average 10-12 passengers. Refer to the fact box for the group size of each trip. [GUIDES] [LIGHT AIRCRAFT] [SMALL GROUPS]

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    Accommodations Hotels, Guest Houses & Chalets Hotels are generally found in larger cities. They have been chosen not only because of their quality, but also because of their character and unique locations. Many of the hotels will have restaurants and/or lounge facilities on site and may have pools available. The majority of hotels used throughout this brochure are of a 3 to 4 star quality. Guesthouses are common throughout Southern Africa and are generally smaller in size, much in the spirit of a classic bed & breakfast. They are generally utilized in smaller cities and more remote locations. We have chosen to use guesthouses that have an abundance of character and charm which evoke memories of more classic times. Chalets or restcamps are often found in areas that are remote, but scenic in nature. They often will be the only accommodations available in the area. Restcamps are utilized inside many parks, especially in Southern Africa where they are basic, but comfortable and allow us to enjoy the delights of staying within the park boundaries. [HOTEL] [GUEST HOUSE] [CHALET] We use a variety of accommodations throughout the brochure, each with its own unique charm. You will find the use of star ratings throughout this brochure. The ratings are used to rate the majority of accommodations throughout the indicated trip, but some variety can occur. The ratings are based not only on room quality, but also on facilities and location. Please keep in mind that star ratings are an arbitrary measure, and their definition from country to country can differ slightly. Lodges The African lodge is the classic African accommodation. They are built to reflect their environment and sometimes even directly into the environment itself. There will be an abundance of amenities including a lounge, restaurant and sometimes swimming pools. Often the African lodge is situated above or near a watering hole that can be viewed at any time of the day. Rooms are well-appointed and often each has its own character with comfortable beds, linens, mosquito nets where required and en-suite facilities. The African lodge is a great choice for the traveller who requires easy access to any number of amenities. [LODGE] [LODGE] [LODGE] Luxury Tented Safaris Made famous by Ernest Hemingway, this style of African accommodation features spacious walk-in safari tents equipped with comfortable beds, furnished with down duvets, pillows, thick mattresses, teak furniture and sophisticated accessories, including canvas wardrobes and bedside lamps. This style will usually have ensuite flush toilets & hot bucket showers. There are two types of tented safaris: Fixed or Mobile. Both will give you a more authentic ?bush' experience. Fixed tented safaris are permanent or semi-permanent camps that generally accommodate 16?32 guests and may share facilities with a lodge. Mobile tented safaris are a unique experience where the whole camp is packed up and moved along with you on the trip. Your crew will set up the tented camp each day for you and your fellow safari participants ahead of your arrival. These can offer more remote experiences. [UNDER CANVAS ? MOBILE] [UNDER CANVAS ? FIXED] [UNDER CANVAS ? FIXED] Information Comfort Camping Comfort camping is the perfect way to get close to the ?Big Five' and enjoy the advantages of traditional camping without compromising on comfort. Spacious 3m by 3m walk-in dome tents are large enough to house comfortable camp beds with mattresses, duvets, pillows and amenities. These camps are usually very intimate, housing just 6?8 guests. This year all tents have their own private shower and facilities affixed to the back of the tent. Comfortable safari chairs and a table will be provided for you. These safaris have a full camp crew who will travel ahead of you and set up camp each day and cater to your every need. This style is one of our favourites! [COMFORT CAMPING] [COMFORT CAMPING] [COMFORT CAMPING] 7

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    8 15 DAYS FROM $2760 TRIP FACTS TOUR CODE TAMR DURATION 15 Days / 14 Nights GROUP SIZE Max 12 ACCOMMODATION 13 nights in palaces, restored Kasbahs & uniquely decorated riads / 1 night in tented desert camp TRANSPORT Private bus or minibus (depending upon group size) / 1st class air-conditioned train ACTIVITIES Extensive walking at sites / camel ride in the Sahara Desert / optional hiking in the High Atlas Mountains MEALS 14 Breakfasts / 8 Dinners DATES & PRICES [CDN$] START END TWIN SINGLE 21-Feb-09 07-Mar-09 2760 4410 04-Apr-09 18-Apr-09 2760 4410 25-Apr-09 09-May-09 2760 4410 16-May-09 30-May-09 2760 4410 29-Aug-09 12-Sep-09 2760 4410 19-Sep-09 03-Oct-09 2760 4410 10-Oct-09 24-Oct-09 2760 4410 31-Oct-09 14-Nov-09 2760 4410 20-Feb-10 06-Mar-10 2760 4410 03-Apr-10 17-Apr-10 2760 4410 24-Apr-10 08-May-10 2760 4410 15-May-10 29-May-10 2760 4410 28-Aug-10 11-Sep-10 2760 4410 18-Sep-10 02-Oct-10 2760 4410 09-Oct-10 23-Oct-10 2760 4410 30-Oct-10 13-Nov-10 2760 4410 Local Payment [EURO] 380 INCLUSIONS Accommodation / meals as indicated / arrival transfer / entrance fees / transportation on tour / professional guide EXCLUSIONS International airfare / optional activities / meals not indicated / departure transfer / visas if required / items of a personal nature [Djamaa El Fna Square / Marrakech] Morocco In Style This two-week trip visits the exotic destination of Morocco, giving us an amazing insight into a mysterious and enigmatic land. Staying in restored Kasbahs and riads, some of which were once owned by the Moroccan nobility, we'll have the opportunity to see both the highlights of this enchanting country as well as some of the ?little gems' that are often overlooked by visitors. Day 1 ? Casablanca You will be met off your flight and transferred to Hotel Farah Safir or similar for overnight. Day 2 ? Casablanca > Fes This morning we visit the famous Hassan II King Mosque before we drive to the modern capital of Rabat. This afternoon we visit the area around the Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohammed V, before wandering through the Kasbah des Oudayas. Overnight at Villa Mandarine. [B] Day 3 ? Fes Today we go on a guided tour around the city, said by many to be the best example of old Islamic architecture to be found anywhere in the world. [B] Day 4 ? Fes Using Fes as our base, we visit the nearby Imperial City of Meknes, once home to one of Morocco's greatest rulers. In the afternoon we visit the Roman site of Volubilis. [B] Day 5 ? Fes > Merzouga We leave Morocco's northern cities behind and embark on a long drive through mountains, forests and gorges until we end up in Merzouga, in the mighty Sahara Desert. Our accommodation tonight is in the style of a traditional Kasbah fortress. [B | D] Day 6 ? Merzouga Visit the dunes of Erg Chebbi, situated nearby, and take a short camel ride before arriving at our tented accommodation, situated on the edge of this vast sand sea with great views of the spectacular dunes. [B | D] Day 7 ? Merzouga > Todra Gorge Today we head to one of Morocco's greatest natural wonders, the imposing Todra Gorge, where we have time to explore before moving on to Tinerhir. We stay in a hotel built in the classic style of the desert kasbahs. [B | D] Day 8 ? Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou Travel to the oasis town of Ouarzazate and the nearby village of Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site that contains the best-preserved collection of Kasbahs in Morocco. We spend the night in a traditionally decorated converted Kasbah. [B | D] Day 9 ? Taroudannt We travel through the dramatic scenery of the Anti-Atlas Mountains to reach the Berber town of Taroudannt, where we stay in a restored Sultan's palace within the town walls. [B | D] Day 10 ? Taroudannt A free day to explore this charming walled town. Perhaps visit the local markets or take a walk along the ramparts. [B | D] Day 11 ? High Atlas Mountains Exploring another side of Morocco, we head into the dramatic High Atlas mountains, the highest range in North Africa. Our accommodation tonight is situated in the heart of the mountains. [B | D] Day 12 ? High Atlas Mountains A full day to explore and walk amongst this fantastic scenery, gaining a great insight into rural Morocco. [B | D] [Djema El Fna Square in Marrakech] [Camels in the Sahara] [Villa Mandarine / Fes] HOTELS Day 13 ? High Atlas Mountains > Marrakech Descending from the mountains, we head to the fabled market city of Marrakech, once the great meeting place for Morocco's remote tribes. This afternoon we have a guided tour around some of the city's fantastic monuments. We stay for two nights in a traditional style riad, in the alleys of the old medina. [B] Day 14 ? Marrakech A free day to explore Marrakech. [B] Day 15 ? Marrakech Tour ends. [B] CAMPS

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    HOTELS Egypt In Style [The Sphinx & Pryramids at Giza] Egypt is without doubt one of the world's best tourist destinations. Not only does it offer the chance to see the treasures of the Pharaohs ? the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun's tomb and Karnak Temple will take your breath away ? but it combines these with legendary Arabian hospitality. We stay in a range of comfortable hotels, each individually chosen for their great locations and excellent service. Day 1 ? Cairo Arrive and transfer to the Sofitel Hotel, in close proximity to the Pyramids. Day 2 ? Cairo Morning guided tour of the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza. Later we visit the Step Pyramid at Saqqara as well as Memphis, the ancient capital of Lower Egypt. [B | D] Day 3 ? Cairo A full day tour. We see the treasures of the Egyptian Museum and visit the Citadel with its commanding views over Cairo. This afternoon we travel through the Nile Delta to Alexandria on the Mediterranean. We stay in the Windsor Hotel, a lovely old colonial building situated on the shores of the Mediterranean. [B | D] Day 4 ? Alexandria Visit the National Museum and the catacombs of Kom al Shuqafa as well as Pompey's Pillar. In the late afternoon we drive back to Cairo where we board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan. [B | D] Day 5 ? Aswan Arrive early in Aswan and transfer to the comfortable Basma Hotel, situated on a hilltop with panoramic views over the Nile. Later in the afternoon we take a boat ride to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island. [B | D] Day 6 ? Aswan An early morning flight takes us to the magnificent temple of Abu Simbel. There is then time to relax by the hotel pool before taking a sunset felucca cruise around the beautiful islands of the Nile. [B | D] Day 7 ? Nile Cruise We board our luxury Nile cruise boat in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is then free to explore the bazaars of Aswan. [B | L | D] Day 8 ? Nile Cruise Watch the world drift by from on board our boat. There is always something to see, whether it is donkeys working in the fields or children playing in the water on the edge of the river. We stop to visit the riverside temple of Kom Ombo. [B | L | D] Day 9 ? Nile Cruise > Luxor Continue sailing along the Nile to Luxor, stopping along the way to visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. [B | L | D] Day 10 ? Luxor Rise early to visit the amazing tombs at the Valley of the Kings. We also visit Hatshepsut's temple, the Workers' Village and the amazing Colossi of Memnon before we return to Luxor. The afternoon is free. Tonight we stay in the Sonesta Hotel on the banks of the Nile. [B | D] Day 11 ? Luxor In the morning we take horse drawn carriages along the riverfront to the magnificent Karnak Temple, where we have a guided tour around the site. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Luxor. [B | D] Day 12 ? Luxor > Cairo A morning flight back to Cairo. A free day for you to discover more of this amazing city. You can visit the bustling bazaars of Khan el Khalili, revisit the magnificent Pyramids or discover further treasures in Cairo's museum. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner aboard a boat on the Nile with traditional entertainment. [B | D] Day 13 ? Cairo Our tour ends this morning with a transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight home. [B] NOTE: The itinerary for days 6-11 may change if there are alterations in the sailing schedule of our Nile cruiseboat. 13 DAYS FROM $2760 TRIP FACTS [Sofitel Room] [Karnak Temple, Luxor] [MS Melodie] [Basma Hotel] TOUR CODE TAEG DURATION 13 Days / 12 Nights GROUP SIZE Max 12 ACCOMMODATION 8 nights 4-star hotels hotels / 3 nights on board Nile cruise boat / 1 night sleeper train TRANSPORT Private air-conditioned transport / Nile cruise boat / first class sleeper train / horse drawn carriage / plane ACTIVITIES Extensive walking at sites MEALS 12 Breakfasts / 3 Lunches / 11 Dinners DATES & PRICES [CDN$] START END TWIN SINGLE 17-Jan-09 29-Jan-09 2760 3705 14-Feb-09 28-Feb-09 2760 3705 14-Mar-09 28-Mar-09 2760 3705 11-Apr-09 25-Apr-09 3145 4090 09-May-09 23-May-09 2760 3705 06-Jun-09 20-Jun-09 2760 3705 29-Aug-09 12-Sep-09 2760 3705 26-Sep-09 10-Oct-09 2760 3705 24-Oct-09 07-Nov-09 2760 3705 21-Nov-09 05-Dec-09 2760 3705 19-Dec-09 02-Jan-10 3450 4395 16-Jan-10 30-Jan-10 2760 3705 13-Feb-10 27-Feb-10 2760 3705 13-Mar-10 27-Mar-10 2760 3705 10-Apr-10 24-Apr-10 3145 4090 08-May-10 22-May-10 2760 3705 05-Jun-10 19-Jun-10 2760 3705 28-Aug-10 11-Sep-10 2760 3705 25-Sep-10 09-Oct-10 2760 3705 23-Oct-10 06-Nov-10 2760 3705 20-Nov-10 04-Dec-10 2760 3705 18-Dec-10 01-Jan-11 3450 4395 Local Payment [USD] INCLUSIONS 440 Accommodation / meals as indicated / arrival and departure transfer / entrance fees / transportation on tour / professional guide EXCLUSIONS International airfare / optional activities / meals not indicated / departure transfer / visas if required / items of a personal nature 9

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    10 8 DAYS FROM $1210 TRIP FACTS TOUR CODE TAEN DURATION 8 Days / 7 Nights GROUP SIZE Min 2 ACCOMMODATION 1 Night Hotel / 4 Nights 3 or 5-Star Cruise Boat / 2 Nights First-Class Sleeper Train TRANSPORT Private air-conditioned transport for transfers / Nile cruise boat / first-class sleeper train / horse-drawn carriage ACTIVITIES Extensive walking at sites MEALS 7 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 6 Dinners DATES & PRICES 3-STAR SUNDAY DEPARTURES [CDN$] SEASONALITY TWIN SINGLE 01-Jan-09 31-Dec-09 1210 1580 THURSDAY DEPARTURES [CDN$] SEASONALITY TWIN SINGLE 01-Jan-09 31-Dec-09 1255 1690 INCLUSIONS Accommodation / meals as indicated / airport transfer on arrival / entrance fees at sites / activities as indicated / transportation on tour / local guides at sites EXCLUSIONS Guide outside of sites / international airfare / optional activities / drinks / tips / visas / items of a personal nature 5-STAR SUNDAY DEPARTURES [CDN$] SEASONALITY TWIN SINGLE 04-Jan-09 15-Mar-09 2055 2970 16-Mar-09 31-Mar-09 2465 3645 01-Apr-09 30-Apr-09 2055 2970 01-May-09 30-Sep-09 1640 2310 01-Oct-09 20-Dec-09 2055 2970 21-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 INCLUSIONS 2465 3645 Accommodation / meals as indicated, airport transfer on arrival / entrance fees at sites except Kom Ombo and Edfu / activities as indicated / transportation on tour / local guides at sites EXCLUSIONS Guide outside of sites / international airfare / optional activities / drinks / tips / visas / items of a personal nature [Nile Cruiser docked at the Temple of Kom Ombo on the River Nile] Nile Cruises This short one week Nile trip is a great introduction to the wonders of Egypt. We use small boats on the Nile averaging just 50 passengers. It's your choice of a 3 or 5 star experience. This is a great add on to your East African Safari and we have special airfares available which allow a stop in Cairo for no extra charge on your way to East Africa. Ask us! 3-STAR DEPARTURES SUNDAY or THURSDAY (REVERSE) Day 1 ? Cairo Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Day 2 ? Cairo See the treasures in the Egyptian Museum and visit the great Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza. Overnight sleeper train to Luxor. [B | D] Day 3 ? Luxor Arrive in Luxor and transfer to our Nile Cruise boat, the MS Melodie. A few hours free to explore the town before an afternoon ride to Karnak temple by horse drawn carriage for a guided tour. Overnight Luxor on MS Melodie. [B | L | D] Day 4 ? Nile Cruise Rising early we cross the Nile to ride donkeys to the Valley of the Kings. After lunch we set off on our cruise to Esna. Overnight Esna on MS Melodie. [B | L | D] Day 5 ? Edfu > Kom Ombo We sail south to Edfu where we visit the temple of Horus before continuing our cruise to Kom Ombo where we visit this beautiful riverside temple. Overnight Kom Ombo on MS Melodie. [B | L | D] Day 6 ? Kom Ombo > Aswan We journey to Aswan and on arrival the day is free to explore this beautiful town. Overnight Aswan on MS Melodie. [B | D] Day 7 ? Aswan This morning there is an opportunity to visit the famed temples of Abu Simbel. This afternoon we board the first class sleeper train for our return journey to Cairo. [B | D] Day 8 ? Cairo Transfer to the hotel where tour ends on arrival. [B] 5-STAR DEPARTURES SATURDAY or WEDNESDAY (REVERSE) Day 1 ? Cairo Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Day 2 ? Cairo See the treasures in the Egyptian Museum and visit the great Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza. Overnight sleeper train to Luxor. [B | D] Day 3 ? Luxor Arrive in Luxor and transfer to our Nile Cruise boat. A few hours free to explore the town before an afternoon ride to Karnak temple by horse drawn carriage for a guided tour. Overnight Luxor on the 5 Star Nile Adventurer. [B | L | D] Day 4 ? Nile Cruise Rising early we cross the Nile to ride donkeys to the Valley of the Kings. After lunch we set off on our cruise to Edfu. Overnight Edfu on the 5 Star Nile Adventurer. [B | L | D] Day 5 ? Edfu > Kom Ombo We have the option to visit the temple of Horus before continuing our cruise to Kom Ombo where we have the chance to visit this beautiful riverside temple. Overnight Kom Ombo on the 5 Star Nile Adventurer. [B | L | D] Day 6 ? Kom Ombo > Aswan We journey to Aswan and on arrival the day is free to explore this beautiful town. Overnight at Hotel. [B | D] Day 7 ? Aswan This morning there is an opportunity to visit the famed temples of Abu Simbel. This afternoon we board the first class sleeper train for our return journey to Cairo. [B | D] Day 8 ? Cairo Transfer to the hotel where tour ends on arrival. [B] The Nile River [MS Melodie ? 3 Star] [MS Melodie Room ? 3 Star] [Nile Adventurer ? 5 Star] [Nile Adventurer Room ? 5 Star] OR The Nile River is about 6,670 km (4,160 miles) in length and is the longest river in Africa and in the world. Although it is generally associated with Egypt, only 22% of the Nile's course runs through that country. Its average discharge is 3.1 million litres (680,000 gallons) per second. The River Nile is formed from the White Nile, which originates at Lake Victoria and the Blue Nile, which originates at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. These rivers meet in Sudan and then flow northward through northeastern Africa, eventually flowing through Egypt and finally draining into the Mediterranean Sea. The Ancient Egyptians called the river Ar or Aur (black) because of the colour of the sediment left after the river's annual flood. HOTELS

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