Nile River Cruises
August 2009 - April 2010
Aboard M.S. Fleurette & M.S. Da Vinci
4 and 5 Star Cruise Boats • 10 Excursions Included • Flights from Gatwick and Manchester •
PLUS - Hotel extensions in Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada and Makadi Bay
Egypt and the Nile stablished in 1967, African Safari
JOIN US ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY AS WE VISIT SOME OF EGYPT'S FINEST ANCIENT MONUMENTS ALONG THE BANKS OF THE RIVER NILE.
Club, working with one of the
biggest tour companies in Egypt, are pleased to offer you the chance to visit this truly amazing country. Experience the wonders of the Nile aboard the four star M.S. Fleurette or the five star M.S. Da Vinci. On your journey from Luxor to Aswan, Egypt's ancient treasures are revealed in all their glorious splendour, leaving you with memories that will last forever. With 10 excursions, visiting Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, The Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, included in the price, your Nile Cruise holiday offers superb value for money.
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I have recently returned from a Nile cruise and wanted to say that it was the best holiday we had ever been on! The tours were extremely well organised and the tour guides were so passionate about the history of Egypt that it inspired us. The excursions were fantastic and I would highly recommend the additional excursions to Abu Simbel and Cairo to see the pyramids. So you have to get up very early, but who cares? Itâ€™s a small price to pay to stand in the shadow of Ramses II at Abu Simbel and The Great Pyramid at Giza. The food was excellent and the service was always prompt. Thank you for an amazing holiday which we certainly have recommended to our friends. Kom Ombo
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YOUR 10 FREE EXCURSIONS
Your Holiday Itinerary
ABOARD M.S. DA VINCI
DAY 6: SATURDAY
ABOARD M.S. FLEURETTE
DAY 1: MONDAY
Edfu - Luxor
DAY 1: MONDAY
In the morning, relax on board as you sail back to Luxor, passing through the Esna Lock enroute. In the afternoon you visit the famous Karnak Temple, a superb example of ancient Egyptian architecture depicting life around 1600 BC, and the well-preserved Luxor Temple which is situated in the heart of town. Do not miss the Sound and Light show in the evening at the Karnak Temple (EG£240, approx. £24 per person).
UK – Luxor
UK - Luxor Depart from Gatwick or Manchester for your flight to Luxor. On arrival, transfer by coach (approx. 30 minutes) and embark. Luxor DAY 2: TUESDAY
Luxor - Edfu In the morning, you cross to the West Bank and visit the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the imposing Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon, sail to Edfu, passing through the Esna lock en route. Overnight at Edfu.
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY
Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan At Edfu there is a visit to the Temple of Horus, probably Egypt’s best preserved temple. Sail to Kom Ombo for a visit to the Temple before sailing to Aswan.
DAY 4: THURSDAY
Aswan In the morning you visit the High Dam and the Philae Temple which was dedicated to the gentle Goddess Isis. In the afternoon enjoy your trip on the Nile by felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailing boat. Take an optional excursion by boat to visit the Botanical Garden and Mango Island (EG£130, approx. £13 per person). In the evening, there is an opportunity to see the Sound and Light show at the Philae Temple (EG£260, approx. £26 per person).
DAY 5: FRIDAY
Aswan - Edfu
• Valley of the Kings • Valley of the Queens • Colossi of Memnon • Temple of Horus • Kom Ombo Temple • High Dam • Philae Temple • Felucca Trip on the Nile • Karnak Temple • Luxor Temple
Spend the morning at leisure in Aswan. Perhaps enjoy a trip on a horse-drawn carriage from the Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote "Death on the Nile". Or take an optional sightseeing excursion by road or air to Abu Simbel (EG£790, approx. £79 per person by road, total duration approx. 9 hours; EG£1450, approx. £145 per person by air, total duration approx. 5 hours). Approximately 11/2 hours is spent at Abu Simbel. In the afternoon, sail to Edfu for an overnight stay.
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Transfer to the boat and embark.
DAY 2: TUESDAY
Luxor In the morning, visit the Karnak and Luxor Temples. Afternoon at leisure. Optional Sound and Light show at the Karnak Temple.
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY
DAY 7: SUNDAY
Luxor – Edfu
Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank. In the afternoon, sail for Edfu.
A day to explore this bustling and colourful town at your leisure. Time to shop for those last minute souvenirs and take those final memorable photographs. Or take an optional full day excursion by air to Cairo and visit the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and the bustling Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, with lunch included (EG£2100, approx. £210 per person). There is also an optional half day excursion by road to visit the Temple of Hathor at Dendera (EG£330, approx. £33 per person).
DAY 8: MONDAY
Luxor - UK Morning at leisure. For an unforgettable end to your holiday, why not take an early morning optional hot air balloon flight over the West Bank (EG£920, approx. £92 per person, approx. 45 minutes in the air). After lunch on board, transfer by coach to the airport for your return flight to Gatwick or Manchester. Approximate prices are based on an exchange rate of EG£10 to £1 sterling.
DAY 4: THURSDAY
Edfu - Kom Ombo – Aswan At Edfu, visit the Temple of Horus, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple. Sail to Aswan.
DAY 5: FRIDAY
Aswan In the morning, visit the High Dam and Philae Temple. Afternoon at leisure. Optional Botanical Garden and Mango Island excursion, and Sound and Light show at Philae Temple.
DAY 6: SATURDAY
Aswan - Esna Morning at leisure or take the optional road or air excursion to Abu Simbel. Afternoon felucca trip on the Nile before sailing to Esna.
DAY 7: SUNDAY
Esna - Luxor In the morning, sail to Luxor with afternoon at leisure. Or take one of the two optional excursions to Cairo (full day) or Dendera (half day) which depart early morning from Esna and return to Luxor.
DAY 8: MONDAY
Luxor - UK Morning at leisure. Early morning optional hot air balloon flight. Transfer to the airport.
Fly from Manchester You can fly from Manchester, direct to Luxor, for a supplement of just £35 per person. See page 24 for more details.
CRUISING ON THE NILE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION • When visiting holy sites, synagogues, mosques etc., you may be required to observe customs such as covering your head, shoulders and legs. Please respect these local customs. Always ask permission to photograph local people and remember that you may be asked for a tip for the privilege. • Scottish and Northern Irish bank notes are not accepted for exchange in Egypt. • At some tombs, you may not be permitted to take photographs, and fees for photography are payable at many of the sites. • Ensure that you have enough local currency to take with you for your shore visits as you will not normally have the opportunity to visit a bank. • Only £ Sterling, US Dollars, Euros, Egyptian Pounds, Visa, Maestro and Mastercard are accepted when paying for optional excursions on board. • Tipping is a way of life in Egypt and everyone you meet will probably ask for a tip or ‘Baksheesh’. It can be annoying at times but it is very much a part of their culture. Guidance regarding tipping of guides, staff and crew on board can be found on page 21. • Occasionally and with little warning, the water level of the Nile can vary, which in turn can affect itineraries. This is caused by the Egyptian authorities altering the flow of water from Lake Nasser. Naturally every effort is made to minimise the effect, but often no warning is given.
• There are a large number of boats operating on the Nile and delays occasionally occur at locks. Your boat is likely to moor alongside other Nile boats, during which time views may be obscured by these other vessels and engines must remain running. There may also be a walk through one or more vessels before you reach the bank. • When in Luxor, the boats are moored at Al Boghdadi, which is approximately 7km from the centre of Luxor. • All excursions are escorted by an English speaking guide, and are often organised for the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat. Please note: We will try our best to keep to the published itinerary, but there may be occasions, owing to local conditions and/or operational reasons, that may not make it possible to follow the itinerary exactly. However, we will ensure that you visit all the ports of call, and places of interest listed at some stage during your Nile cruise. Optional excursions can only be booked and paid for on board. All excursion prices are subject to change. Children: We do not recommend this holiday for children under 10 years of age.
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Your Ports of Call EDFU Mediterranean Sea Port Said
dfu temple is situated some 100km south of Luxor, on the
West Bank of the Nile, and is probably Egypt’s best
preserved temple. After Karnak, it is the largest temple in Egypt and was built by the father of Cleopatra around the 1st Century BC in dedication to the falcon-headed god Horus. Probably due to its late construction, the level of preservation is so good that some of the roofs still survive.
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Aswan, the Temple is unusual in that it is dedicated to two
gods – Horus, the falcon-headed god and Sobek, the crocodileheaded god. The temple has two of everything to accommodate the two gods, and among the reliefs on the walls - mainly from the time of Ptolemy XII - are detailed a set of medical instruments.
Lower Egypt Hurghada Sahl Hasheesh Makadi Bay
swan, Egypt's southernmost city, is larger but much quieter
Valley of The Kings Valley of The Queens
than Luxor. Small enough to walk around, the pace of life
is slow and relaxing. Here, the Nile is at its most beautiful - wide, green and sprinkled with pretty islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants, set against high desert hills topped with the Aga Khan’s Mausoleum as a dramatic backdrop.
Locations are approximate. Map is not to scale.
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Also visible here are mummified crocodiles and well-preserved bases of previously full-height walls, allowing you to see how the Egyptians used wooden inserts and water to get the stone blocks to butt up so close.
Aswan has plenty to see and do. From the romantic Philae Temple set on a flower-filled island, to modern attractions which include the Aswan Dam and the High Dam, with Lake Nasser, the world’s largest man-made lake behind it, and the Nubian Museum. Egypt’s finest temples at Abu Simbel can be reached by road or air from Aswan. You can stroll along the broad Corniche, watch a magnificent sunset while sipping a ‘sundowner’ or visit Aswan’s famous market street, Sharia asSouq, full of the scent and colour of spices and perfumes.
uxor, Egypt’s tourist capital, has been called the world’s greatest outdoor museum and rightly so, for it is home to
many of Egypt’s most well known temples and tombs. The West Bank is where you will find the fascinating tombs of the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings, including that of Tutankhamun from which a wealth of ancient treasures was recovered. The two giant statues known as the Colossi of Memnon lie close by. On the East Bank lies the awesome Karnak Temple which comprises three main temples, built and enlarged over a thirteen hundred year period. It is still yielding new treasures, including some exquisite statues unearthed in 1989 and now in the Luxor Museum, a visit to which should not be missed. The Luxor Temple runs parallel to the river and was built by Amenophis III in dedication to Amun - the principal God of Thebes during Egypt’s New Kingdom.
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M.S. Fleurette ####
uilt in 1989, and recently
refurbished, the M.S. Fleurette
carries a maximum of just 93 passengers in air-conditioned comfort. Facilities include a bright and airy restaurant, two gift shops, a laundry service and a large lounge with a bar, television, and a small selection of books and board games. There is a small swimming pool on the Sun Deck, with sun loungers, a pool bar and a canopied seating area.
All standard cabins have twin or double beds, a private shower and wc, hairdryer, airconditioning, an internal telephone, fridge, television and a large window. Single cabins (111 & 202), which do not incur a single supplement, have a single bed and the same facilities as standard cabins.
You can play table football and table tennis and why not relax with a massage in a secluded open-air area on the Sun Deck (payable locally). For your peace of mind, a doctor is available at each port of call. Safety deposit boxes are available at reception, free of charge. At breakfast, choose from a selection of items at the hot and cold buffet. Lunch and dinner are either buffet or waiter service. Complimentary afternoon tea is occasionally served. Should you require drinks in your cabin, these can be purchased between 0900 and 2300 hours.
Evening entertainment includes occasional dancing and theme nights which include a Galabeya Egyptian night, a Nubian folklore evening and belly-dancing.
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extra bed is likely to be of a folding or camp bed style and therefore recommended only for children up to 15 years of age. Typical standard cabin
There are two suites on the Top Deck which each benefit from a double bed and a large seating area with a table and two chairs. There is also one â€˜Juniorâ€™ suite on the Upper Deck which has a double bed and a small terrace with a table and two chairs. All three suites have complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, a safe (free) and bath robes are also provided. Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins. Please note: A third bed can be placed in the two suites, however, space will be limited and the
We have just returned from a trip on the M.S. Fleurette. We had a marvellous time. All members of the crew from the waiting staff to chefs are very helpful. Waleed and Hani, who were our guides, really knew their stuff. Well worth the money. Everybody wanted to return.
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Upper/Top Deck Cabins
Top Deck Middle Deck Cabins 5
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Just returned today from a one week cruise on board the M.S. Fleurette. It was the BEST holiday ever, especially thanks to the incredible Hesham - the most amazing tour guide in the world - we did 7000 years in 7 days and it was worth every second. Definitely going on an Egyptian cruise again, I would even do the same sites as before if Hesham was the tour guide!
Lower Deck Cabins
Lower Deck 1 Pool
2 Sun Deck
3 Pool Bar
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Official Rating: 5 Star
African Safari Club Rating: 4 Star
On board currency:
Gross Tonnage: 1,170 tons
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M.S. Da Vinci #####
uilt in 1993, and refurbished in
2006, the M.S. Da Vinci carries a
maximum of 136 passengers in airconditioned comfort.
Evening entertainment includes occasional dancing and theme nights which include a Galabeya Egyptian night, a Nubian folklore evening and belly-dancing. All standard cabins are bright and airy with twin or double beds and have a private shower (many of which are over a small bath) and wc, hairdryer, individually controlled airconditioning, an internal telephone, taped music, fridge, satellite TV, a table and two chairs and a large window. Single cabins (211 & 316), which do not incur a single supplement, have a single bed and the same facilities as standard cabins, with the exception of the table and chairs.
From the moment you enter at reception, you will be assured a warm welcome and friendly smile from all staff on board. Facilities include a restaurant offering excellent views of the scenery as you pass by, a small gift shop, a large lounge with satellite TV, the Panorama lounge bar and a laundry service. Enjoy a cooling dip in the swimming pool and relax with a refreshing drink at the pool bar. There is also a pool table (payable locally), and a separate area off the lounge which has a library area with a small selection of books and where you can play a relaxing game of cards, backgammon or chess. You can also be pampered by taking a massage in a secluded open-air area on the Sun Deck (payable locally).
There are four suites, two of which are â€˜Juniorâ€™ and all have a double bedroom with seating area comprising a sofa, safe (free) and a table and two chairs. The two larger suites benefit from the double bedroom and seating area being separate from one another. Each one has complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
For your peace of mind, a doctor is available at each port of call. Safety deposit boxes are available at reception, free of charge.
All four suites have a walk-in shower with power jets, ideal for easing those aches and pains, and bath robes are also provided.
Choose from a wide selection of items at the hot and cold breakfast buffet, whilst lunch and dinner are either buffet or waiter service. Complimentary afternoon tea is served daily. Enjoy a cabin service where you can purchase drinks of your choice between 0900 and 2300 hours.
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Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins. Please note: It may be possible to accommodate a third person in both the twin berth cabins or suites. However, space will be limited and the extra bed is of a folding or camp bed style and therefore recommended only for children up to 15 years of age.
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Middle Deck Cabins Lower Deck Cabins
3 Pool Bar
2 Sun Deck
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Official Rating: 5 Star African Safari Club Rating: 5 Star Typical standard cabin
We have just returned from the best holiday we have ever had. The M.S. Da Vinci was first class as were the staff who treated us like royalty. We loved every minute of the trip, the tour guides were wonderful, especially Ahmed who passed on the love of his country and its history to us. We cannot wait to go back, many thanks.
Gross Tonnage: 2,466 tons
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See more of Egypt holiday to Egypt is something special so why not make the
most of your time in this fascinating country with a multi-
Pyramids Excursion (half day) - EG£260, approx. £26 Visit the famous Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza.
centre holiday? Either before or after your Nile Cruise, you can extend your stay and see more of this country’s amazing sights and even visit the popular Red Sea Riviera. A selection of exciting optional daytime and evening excursions that can be taken during your hotel stay in Egypt are shown below. A full programme of excursions will be available in resort.
LUXOR West Bank Highlights (half day) - EG£550, approx. £55 Visit the Tombs of the Nobles, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses lll at Medinet Habu and Deir el Medina. Dendera (full day) - EG£550, approx. £55 Cruise on the Nile to Dendera and have a guided tour of the Temple. A buffet lunch is taken on board. Camel Safari (1 - 2 hours) - EG£130, approx. £13 Witness the daily life of the people who live on the West Bank.
Citadel Excursion (full day) - EG£620, approx. £62 Visit the famous Egyptian Museum, the Citadel, Cairo’s mighty fortress, with its alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali and the colourful and bustling Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Lunch is included. Memphis Excursion (full day) - EG£620, approx. £62 Visit Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt, with its enormous statue of Ramses ll, before continuing to mankind’s oldest stone building – the step pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser at Sakkara. You also visit the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Lunch is included. Classic Excursion (full day) - EG£620, approx. £62 Visit the Egyptian Museum, and the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Lunch is included. Highlights of Alexandria (full day) - EG£940, approx. £94 Visit the Greco-Roman Museum, the Catacombs and Alexandria’s famous Library – the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Lunch is included. Please note: Excursions are only bookable locally, can only be operated subject to a minimum
Sunset on the Nile (1 - 2 hours) - EG£130, approx. £13 Take a leisurely sail on the Nile by felucca and watch the spectacular sunset.
HURGHADA AND MAKADI BAY Giftun Island (full day) - EG£270, approx. £27 Relax on board as you sail to Giftun Island, which is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. Lunch is taken on board (snorkelling equipment - mask and fins, included). Sunset Safari - EG£330, approx. £33 Drive into the desert and at a Bedouin village see how the local people live, enjoy a barbecue and Bedouin show as the sun sets. Cairo by air (full day) - EG£1970, approx. £197 Visit the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and the Citadel. Lunch is included. Cairo by road (full day) - EG£660, approx. £66 Sites visited as above. Total journey time is approx. 5 hours each way with a short comfort stop made en route.
Queen Isis (half day) - EG£220, approx. £22 Enjoy a cruise on the Red Sea in an enclosed catamaran, with its large glass bottom and admire the corals and colourful tropical fish without getting your feet wet.
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number of participants and are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change. Approximate prices are based on an exchange rate of EG£10 to £1 sterling. Prices may fluctuate dependent on the current rate of exchange.
Luxor SPEND AN EXTRA WEEK IN LUXOR WITH A CHOICE OF FIVE HOTELS FROM JUST £149pp uxor is home to many of Egypt’s antiquities, some of which
you will have already visited on your Nile Cruise. However,
there is so much more to see and do. On the West Bank there is the Tombs of the Nobles, Queen Hatshepsut’s Mortuary Temple, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses lll at Medinet Habu and Deir el Medina, the village of the craftsmen who worked in the Valley of the Kings. Or relax as you sail on the Nile to Dendera and visit the Temple which was dedicated to Hathor, the cow-headed goddess of love. A visit to the Luxor Museum is a must and the Mummification Museum is also worth a visit. Perhaps take a camel safari and step back in time as you witness the daily life of the people on the West Bank or experience an amazing sunset on the Nile whilst sailing on a felucca. Also, don’t forget to see the Sound and Light show at the Karnak Temple. You can explore the town by taxi, take a leisurely ride in a calèche (horse-drawn carriage), or just simply wander around the town and enjoy bartering in the shops for those holiday souvenirs. Luxor Temple
Maritim Jolie Ville
et amidst spacious, landscaped grounds, the Maritim Jolie
Ville is located on a privately owned island, called King’s
Island, and offers excellent facilities and wonderful views of the River Nile. Connected to the mainland by a bridge, the hotel
cream parlour • Daily entertainment programme includes water aerobics, volleyball, table tennis, football, yoga and darts • Billiards (payable locally) • Jogging track • Donkey and camel rides, bird watching and fishing trips on the Nile (payable locally) • Nightly evening entertainment • Occasional Egyptian evenings are held at Fellah’s Tent comprising a show, snake charmer and dancing (payable locally) • Gift shops • Giant chess • Beauty salon, gym, massage facilities and two tennis courts (payable locally) • Daily courtesy bus service to the town centre.
offers the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday, yet is just 4km from the centre of Luxor, to which the hotel operates a daily
courtesy bus service.
The bungalow-style accommodation is situated throughout the grounds. Each room has twin beds, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, a terrace, airconditioning, mini-fridge, safe (free), tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV and free wi-fi access.
£289pp See page 23
BOARD BASIS Bed and breakfast.
Typical twin room
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 5 Star • 327 rooms • Ground level • No lifts
FACILITIES Two outdoor pools - one is for adults only, the other is an infinity pool overlooking the Nile • Sun terraces with sun beds and pool towels • Children’s pool and daily Kid’s Club (for children 4 - 12 years, playground, small zoo) • Poolside snack bar • Lounge • Kings Bar • Jolie Ville buffetstyle main restaurant • La Fleur à la carte restaurant • Coffee shop • Ice
HOTEL SUPPLEMENTS You can upgrade to a Superior or Nile View room. These rooms have been recently refurbished, are larger than standard rooms, have a king size bed, LCD TV and are located in a quiet area within the hotel grounds. Half board and full board are also available. For supplements, please see page 23.
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Mercure Hotel ####
he modern and spacious Mercure Hotel is set in its own well-tended gardens, just across the road from the Nile.
Suitable for all ages, it is situated in the heart of town, a short walk from the Luxor Museum, the Luxor Temple and is also close to the main shopping area. With its friendly staff and range of amenities, it provides the perfect base from which to explore this bustling and cultural town. The lobby bar is one of the most popular in Luxor and offers guests the chance to unwind after a busy day’s sightseeing.
BOARD BASIS Bed and breakfast.
FACILITIES • Outdoor swimming pool • Sun terrace with sun beds and pool towels • Children’s playground • Pool bar • Buffet-style main restaurant • Two à la carte restaurants, one of which offers French cuisine, a popular restaurant in Luxor for holidaymakers and locals alike • Sabil bar • El Sarab main bar which features regular evening entertainment with live music • Coffee shop • Gift shop • Crazy Golf • Night-club • Safety deposit box available at reception (free) • Hairdresser and beauty salon (payable locally) • Table tennis • Billiards.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 4 Star • 314 rooms • 3 blocks • Up to 6 floors • 6 lifts (no lifts in courtyard block). Typical standard room
HOTEL SUPPLEMENTS You can upgrade your room and enjoy a Nile View. Half board is also available. For supplements, please see page 23.
ACCOMMODATION All rooms have twin or double beds, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, a balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, radio, mini-bar and satellite TV. Rooms are either in the main building or in a separate courtyard block.
Sofitel Pavillion Winter #####
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his modern hotel is situated in lush tropical gardens in the centre of Luxor, across the road from the Nile and is within
easy walking distance of the resort’s main cultural and historical sites. Towering palms fringe the winding paths between the hotel and the large outdoor swimming pool. Situated in the same grounds as the Sofitel Winter Palace, guests benefit from the use of facilities at both hotels.
FACILITIES • Outdoor swimming pool with swim-up bar • Sun terraces with sun beds and pool towels • Oasis pool bar and Italian restaurant serving lunch-time snacks • In the Sofitel Winter Palace - La Corniche restaurant, 1886 restaurant (jacket and tie/advance booking essential) and Royal bar • In the Sofitel Pavillion Winter – Bougainvillier buffet-style main restaurant • El Tarboush Egyptian à la carte restaurant situated in the hotel’s garden • Occasional evening entertainment • Shops • Beauty Salon (payable locally) • Massage facilities (payable locally) • Table tennis • Pool table (payable locally) • Internet access (payable locally).
The modern and well-furnished rooms have twin or double beds, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, balcony, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe (free), satellite TV, telephone and hairdryer.
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BOARD BASIS Bed and breakfast.
HOTEL SUPPLEMENTS Half board is available (all meals are taken in the Bougainvillier restaurant). For supplements, please see page 23.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 5 Star • 116 rooms • 5 floors • 2 lifts
Typical standard room
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Steigenberger Nile Palace ##### he Steigenberger
Nile Palace is a
modern, well-equipped hotel offering an ideal location in the centre of the tourist district of Luxor. The hotel is just a short walk from a variety of shops, bazaars and restaurants and is also within easy reach of the Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum. You can relax on the
ACCOMMODATION All rooms are well-appointed, have twin or double beds, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, a balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe (free), hairdryer, telephone and satellite TV.
terrace, which is shaded by palm trees, and enjoy fantastic views Typical standard room
over to the West Bank.
BOARD BASIS Bed and breakfast.
FACILITIES • Outdoor swimming pool overlooking the Nile • Sun terrace with sun beds and pool towels • Children’s paddling pool • Poolside snack bar • Nubian buffet-style main restaurant • Italian, Thai and Lebanese à la carte restaurants • Café des Delices offering coffee, pastries and ice-cream • Lobby bar • Courtyard bar • Lounge with terrace overlooking the Nile • Regular live music in the hotel’s open courtyard • Shopping arcade • Beauty salon (payable locally) • Table tennis and table football • Pool table (payable locally) • Health and Fitness centre, (payable locally) • Gym • Tennis court (court hire and equipment, payable locally).
Sonesta St George #####
et in a peaceful, yet central location overlooking the Nile, the Sonesta St George offers an ideal base as it is within
walking distance of all the amenities and sights of Luxor, such as the Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum. Perhaps tempt yourself with a cocktail in the Nobles Bar, which offers spectacular views of the Nile.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 5 Star • 302 rooms • 8 floors • 5 lifts
HOTEL SUPPLEMENTS You can upgrade your room and enjoy either a Side Nile, Front Nile or Superior Nile View. Half board and full board are also available. For supplements, please see page 23.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 5 Star • 224 rooms • 9 floors • 3 lifts
HOTEL SUPPLEMENTS You can upgrade your room and enjoy either a Front Nile, Executive Side or Executive Front Nile View. Half board and full board are also available. For supplements, please see page 23.
FACILITIES • Outdoor swimming pool • Sun terrace with sun beds and pool towels • Separate children’s section of pool • Swim-up bar • Jeb’s poolside bar serving lunch-time snacks • Serapis main restaurant offering buffet-style meals • Italian, Japanese and Oriental à la carte restaurants • Coffee shop • Nobles bar which overlooks the Nile • Occasional evening entertainment • Hairdresser (payable locally) • Shopping arcade • Health and Fitness centre featuring massage, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi (payable locally) • Fully equipped gym.
£229pp See page 23
ACCOMMODATION The well-furnished rooms have twin beds, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, balcony, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe (free), hairdryer, radio, telephone and satellite TV. Typical standard room
Bed and Breakfast.
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Hurghada & Makadi Bay SPEND AN EXTRA WEEK IN HURGHADA OR MAKADI BAY WITH A CHOICE OF THREE HOTELS FROM JUST £429pp oth resorts are surrounded by a mountainous backdrop and desert
landscape. Hurghada has developed over the last 20 years into one of
the largest Red Sea resorts. This bustling resort has a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants yet still manages to retain an informal and relaxed atmosphere. In downtown Hurghada, you can find souvenir shops, local restaurants serving delicious freshly-caught fish and duty-free shopping arcades in the Sekalla area. In the evening, a visit to the new Marina should not be missed – it is a pedestrianised area with many shops, bars and restaurants. Makadi Bay is situated some 30km south of Hurghada. This is a popular, purpose-built resort with hotels built around the bays along this coastline. Daytime activities and evening entertainment tend to be hotel based. The resort is ideal for those wanting a relaxing holiday but with the choice of watersports activities, if you prefer. Lively Hurghada is an approximate 30 minute shuttle bus or taxi drive away. Note: Makadi Bay is an approximate 4 hour transfer by road from Luxor; Hurghada is an approximate 4½ hour transfer by road from Luxor. These times include a comfort stop of approximately 20 minutes. On the day of departure, you leave your hotel early in the morning with time spent on one of the cruise boats, before being transferred to Luxor airport. Day cabins will be provided (subject to availability). Meals/drinks are not included whilst on board.
Royal Azur Hotel #### Prices from
• Pub • Daily entertainment programme • Regular evening entertainment which includes live bands, theme shows and open-air discos • Shops • Hairdresser, sauna and massage (payable locally) • Giant chess, boules, pool tables and darts • Diving Centre, water-skiing, banana rides, glassbottom boat trips, horse riding (payable locally) • Safety deposit box available at reception (free) • Shuttle bus service to Hurghada operates twice during the day and evening (payable locally).
See page 23 Typical standard room
he Royal Azur Hotel is located at Makadi Bay, one of the
most beautiful bays along the Red Sea coast which offers
some of the best snorkelling and diving in the Red Sea. The hotel has an excellent location, situated in well-tended landscaped gardens, which lead down to the hotel’s own section of sandy beach.
• One freshwater and two saltwater swimming pools • Sun terraces with sun beds and pool towels • Children’s pool and Kid’s Club (for children 3-12 years) • Swim-up pool bar • Lobby bar • Blue Lagoon buffet-style main restaurant serving breakfast and dinner • Le Rivage beach restaurant serving lunch • Il Rondo Italian restaurant serves dinner • Le Pecheur (seafood) and Al Mandarah (Oriental) à la carte restaurants (extra charge)
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All rooms are well-appointed, have twin or double beds, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, a balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone and satellite TV.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 4 Star • 370 rooms • 3 floors • No lifts
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Club Azur Hotel #### he Club Azur Hotel is situated in well-tended gardens
overlooking its own section of beach at Makadi Bay. It has
a unique charm of its own and is an ideal base for a relaxing holiday, but with a wide range of water and sports facilities for the more energetic holidaymaker.
FACILITIES • Swimming pool • Large sun terraces with sun beds and pool towels • Children’s pool, playground and daily Kids Club (for children 4–12 years, 0900 - 1700 hours) • Pool bar • Le Chapeau buffet-style main restaurant serving breakfast and dinner • Makadella beach restaurant serving lunch (breakfast served here twice a week) • Palm bar and Le Terrace offer snacks and pastries • Piccolino Italian restaurant • Sea Treasure (seafood) à la carte restaurant situated on the beach and built in the shape of a ship (extra charge) • Oriental Corner offers Shisha and Egyptian drinks • Ceasers pub and disco • Daily entertainment programme • Regular evening entertainment includes folkloric shows in the Roman Theatre and beach discos • Shops • Giant chess • Hairdresser, sauna and massage (payable locally) • Pool tables • Diving Centre, water-skiing, banana rides,
Arabia Azur Resort ####
glass-bottom boat trips, horse riding (payable locally) • Safety deposit box available at reception (free) • Shuttle bus service to Hurghada operates twice during the day and evening (payable locally).
Typical standard room
All of the modern rooms have twin beds, a bathroom with shower and wc, a balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, minifridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and satellite TV.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 4 Star • 303 rooms • 2/3 floors • No lifts
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ust 3km from Hurghada city centre, it’s own stretch of
private Red Sea beach and coral reef, an Olympic sized
swimming pool, and extensive sports and fitness facilities, the spacious and modern Arabia Azur Resort is an ideal choice for those who want to get the maximum from their holiday.
FACILITIES • Swimming pool • Sun terraces with sun beds and towels • Children’s pool, Kids Club (for children 3-12 years) • Pool bar • Lagoon Bar • Main restaurant • Additional restaurants including Italian Restaurant and à la carte Bordiehn Restaurant available for additional charge (payable locally) • Lounge • Lobby bar • Daily entertainment and activity programme • Evening Entertainment programme • Shops • Fitness centre • Table tennis • Squash courts • Tennis Courts • Hairdresser • Dive Centre, windsurfing and aqua centre, (payable locally).
ACCOMMODATION The bright and spacious rooms have either a sea or garden view with a private balcony or terrace, bathroom, air-conditioning, mini-fridge, satellite TV, hair dryer, and direct dial telephone via operator.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 4 Star • 526 rooms • 3 floors • No lifts
All of our hotels in Hurghada and Makadi Bay are offered on an All Inclusive basis, which includes Full board – breakfast, lunch and dinner Day time snacks and ice cream All local beverages including water, soft drinks, juices, draught beer, wine and spirits Non-alcoholic drinks from 0500-0300 and alcoholic drinks from 1000-0300 at Royal Azur Hotel Non and alcoholic drinks from 1000-0200 at Club Azur and Arabia Azur Hotels Free sports activities which include – water polo, aerobic classes, beach volleyball, gym, squash court, two tennis courts, table tennis, non-motorised watersports, eg, snorkelling, windsurfing, pedaloes and canoes VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.africansafariclub.com
Cairo SPEND AN EXTRA WEEK IN CAIRO WITH A CHOICE OF TWO HOTELS FROM JUST £599pp ust an hour’s flight from Luxor, you arrive at the bustling metropolis of Cairo, Africa’s largest city. Modern high rise buildings,
which includes the 187m Cairo Tower with its panoramic views over the city, vie with the narrow alleyways of Old Cairo. There is, of course, the world-famous Pyramids and Sphinx, Cairo’s mighty fortress, with its alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali, the Egyptian Museum and the famous Khanel-Khalili bazaar where bartering for souvenirs is a must. Outside the city, you can visit Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt and admire mankind’s oldest stone building – the step pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser at Sakkara. Not to be missed is the Sound and Light show at the Pyramids. You will certainly not be bored in this amazing city. Just a 3½ hour coach journey from Cairo, Alexandria, known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ is Egypt’s second largest city. Founded by Alexander the Great in 332BC, it became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt and you can still see remnants of the Greek empire that ruled here over 2,000 years ago. Ptolemy, Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra have all lived here. Perhaps take a full day optional excursion from Cairo and visit the Greco-Roman Museum, the catacombs and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Built close to the site of the original Library, this modern building, with its striking architecture, can hold up to eight million books, has three museums, four art galleries and a planetarium.
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InterContinental Pyramids Park Hotel ##### his large, resort-style hotel, set in well-tended gardens, has
an ideal location being situated just 2.5km from the
Pyramids, and is only a 25 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairo.
£659pp See page 23
Typical standard room
All rooms have twin beds, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, a balcony or terrace, airconditioning, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV.
• Large swimming pool • Spacious sun terraces with sun beds and pool towels • Children’s playground • Pool bar • Al Shorfa buffet-style main restaurant • Le Pistou pool bar and restaurant • Italian and Lebanese restaurants • Café • Domo bar • Disco • Shops • Tennis court (payable locally) • Jogging track • Health and Fitness centre with fully equipped gym • Sauna, massage, jacuzzi and steam room (payable locally) • Safety deposit box available at reception (free) • Twice daily shuttle to downtown Cairo (free).
Bed and breakfast.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 5 Star • 470 rooms • 2 floors • No lifts
HOTEL SUPPLEMENTS You can upgrade to a Superior room. Half board and full board are also available. For supplements, see page 23.
Golden Tulip Flamenco Hotel ####
£599pp See page 23
his modern hotel is situated in the heart of Zamalek Island,
the main residential and diplomatic area of Cairo and is just
a leisurely stroll to the Nile. It is in a convenient location, just 20km from the Pyramids, and is a short taxi drive to the city’s main attractions and downtown Cairo. A selection of shops and restaurants are just a few minutes walk away.
FACILITIES Flamenco Coffee Shop offering a buffet breakfast with lunch and dinner served from a table d’hote menu • Top floor Florencia restaurant serves Spanish and International cuisine at dinner admire the views over Cairo as you listen to live classical music • Postres delicatessen offering freshly baked pastries • The popular Carmen Bar • Top floor Sevilla Cocktail Bar • Shop.
BOARD BASIS Bed and breakfast.
KEY FACTS Official Rating: 4 Star • 163 rooms • 12 floors • 2 lifts
All of the rooms have twin or double beds, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe (free), hairdryer and satellite TV.
You can upgrade to a Superior room. Half board is also available. For supplements, see page 23.
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Useful Information PREPARING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY PASSPORTS All British and Irish passengers require a passport which must be valid for at least six months after your intended return to the UK. If you are 16 or over and do not yet have a passport our recommendation is that you should apply for one at least six weeks before your holiday. First-time adult passport holders, and for those children applying for an adult passport that were previously included in a parent’s passport will need to have an interview as part of the passport application process. This does not apply to people who held their own passport as a child. All children, from new-born babies to the age of 15, who are not already included on a parent’s or guardian’s passport, must now have their own child passport (valid for five years). Once they reach their 16th birthday they then become eligible for a standard 10-year passport and their details must be removed from their parents’ passport. Please note, these details may change and it is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is correct and valid.
British passport holders require a visa to visit Egypt. A Single Entry Tourist visa is required. It is valid for six months from the date of issue and allows a maximum stay of three months from the date of arrival. The cost is £15 per visa and can be obtained from the Egyptian Consulate in London prior to departure. However, they can also be purchased on arrival at Luxor Airport at a cost of £15 per visa. This includes a small handling fee which enables our Agent to obtain a visa on your behalf and minimise any delays. Alternatively, a visa can be purchased at Luxor Airport for US$15 from one of the banks in the arrivals hall - please inform an African Safari Club representative, who will be happy to give you directions. If any of these details change or should new visa fees or any other tourist tax be imposed, we will write and let you know, time permitting. We regret that we cannot be held responsible for impositions such as this as they are totally beyond our control. If you or any member of your party is not a British citizen or holds a non British passport,
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you must check passport and visa requirements with the Egyptian Consulate. It is the responsibility of all passengers to ensure that they have the necessary documents and visas for travel to Egypt. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.
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any queries. Please also refer to our Booking Conditions on pages 26-27.
FLIGHT CHECK-IN Our flights to Egypt are operated by Monarch Airlines (MON) from Gatwick South Terminal and from Manchester, Terminal 1. The airline operates a ‘common check-in’ procedure which will allow you to check-in at any of their respective desks.
YOUR LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
At the time of going to press there are no compulsory inoculation or vaccination requirements for entry into Egypt. However, your GP will be able to tell you which vaccinations are currently recommended by the Department of Health and you should contact your doctor at least 8 weeks before departure. Whilst we understand malaria is not prevalent in Egypt, we strongly recommend that you consult your GP or pharmacist for further advice.
Your luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage. Luggage in excess of the allowance is at the airline’s discretion and excess baggage charges will apply for all luggage which is over the permitted weight. Your baggage is the responsibility of the airline from check-in to recovery at your destination. Please also refer to our Booking Conditions on pages 26-27. Further details can be found in our General Information Booklet which will be sent with your Confirmation Invoice.
PREGNANCY Airlines may refuse permission for women to fly who will be 28 weeks or more pregnant on the date of the return travel. Failure to comply with airline regulations may result in cancellation and denial of boarding and we cannot be held responsible for any such occurrence.
DVT - ‘ECONOMY CLASS SYNDROME’ There has been concern and publicity about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) suffered by some passengers, especially on long haul flights. If you have any concerns about this, we recommend that you contact your GP for advice.
TRAVEL ADVICE The Foreign & Commonwealth Office may have issued information about your holiday destination. We advise you to check this information on the internet at www.fco.gov.uk/travel. You can also telephone the advice unit on 0845 850 2829.
YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS After we have received full payment and about 14 days before departure, we will post or email your travel documents to you. Please check them carefully, and contact us immediately if you have
INTERNAL FLIGHTS Airline schedules for internal flights within Egypt could mean that you have to travel at unsociable hours, although every endeavour will be made by our local agent to arrange flights at more convenient times.
SPECIAL NEEDS AND REQUESTS Should you have any special requests such as dietary requirements for example, you should notify us at the time of booking or, at the very latest, 14 days prior to your departure from the UK. Whilst African Safari Club will do everything possible to ensure your requests are met, we regret we are unable to guarantee them. Our holidays may not be entirely suitable for people with certain disabilities, poor mobility or special needs. If you would like advice, or if you are in any doubt, please telephone us. Please also refer to our Booking Conditions on pages 26-27.
THINGS TO TAKE WITH YOU It is advisable to include the following items in your luggage: first-aid kit, insect repellent, torch, high-factor suntan lotion and diarrhoea pills. If you wear spectacles or contact lenses, we recommend that you take a spare pair.
This holiday was the best holiday that I have ever been on! Looking back on the trip I am amazed at how much we got done in just one week! The temples and tombs were fascinating and each was unique and had its own story. It would be extremely difficult to become bored with a trip like this! I would go again in the morning and do it all over again if I could! I didn't want to leave! I will certainly be back on the M.S. Da Vinci and can only hope that when I return Ayman will be there once more! It was a truly great experience and one that I shall never forget.
SETTLING YOUR ACCOUNT
In common with many tropical countries, general standards of hygiene and safety in Egypt may differ from those in Europe. You should, therefore, exercise greater caution for your own protection and health. The risk of insect bites may be reduced by the use of repellent sprays and by covering up whenever possible, especially at night. To minimise the risk of stomach upset, you should avoid too much fruit, drinks with ice and excess sunbathing. Make sure that you drink plenty of bottled water which can be purchased from the bar and during meal times. When eating out, ensure to eat only in reputable establishments which conform to International health and hygiene standards. Remember to take adequate supplies of any prescribed medication.
After embarkation, an on board account is automatically opened and credit facilities are available to you for the duration of the cruise. You sign for drinks, settling your account the evening prior to disembarkation and purchases thereafter can only be paid for in cash. Optional excursions or items from the shop are paid for at the time of purchase. Your account can be settled by means of cash or by Visa, Maestro or Mastercard.
LOCAL CUSTOMS During Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, which is expected to be from approximately 21 August - 19 September 2009, the pace of life tends to be much slower between the hours of sunrise and sunset. However, tourist facilities, hotels and Nile River cruises should generally be unaffected, although banks and shops opening hours may change and some local establishments may also stop serving alcohol between these hours.
GRATUITIES Crew and Staff - Upon embarkation, UK £15 per person will be collected by your Tour Leader. This will be distributed amongst the crew and staff on the boat and also the driver(s), boatmen and any other personnel who have provided services during your shore visits. Your Tour Leader/Guide is not permitted to accept any monies for themselves from these funds. Tour Leader/Guide - If you have been happy with the service of your Tour Leader/Guide, you may wish to thank them by way of a separate discretionary gratuity at the end of your cruise and this can be given directly to them. We suggest UK £1.50 per person per day.
SMOKING POLICY Smoking is not permitted on Monarch Airlines. A strict non-smoking policy operates in the restaurant and in the cabins. There are designated smoking areas on board.
GENERAL INFORMATION BOOKLET Our General Information Booklet contains more details about your holiday to Egypt. This can be downloaded from our website or, if you prefer, we can send a copy by post. Please read this carefully as we are sure you will find it very useful and it will help you to make the most of your holiday.
EXCURSIONS Do not forget to take strong and comfortable footwear or walking shoes as some of the excursions involve walking over rough terrain or for long distances. You should speak to your Tour Leader or Tour Guide on board prior to booking your excursions if you have any concerns, or if you have any medical condition that may prevent you from participating. Optional excursions on board will be quoted in £ sterling and Egyptian Pounds. All payments made by credit card will be charged in Egyptian Pounds, converted at the Central Bank of Egypt exchange rate on the day of transaction. Please note: all purchases will normally be shown on your credit card statement in £ sterling, along with the credit card company’s rate of exchange, which may differ from the local rate given on board.
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Nile Cruise Holiday Prices Dep Date
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M.S. DA VINCI
03, 10, 17, 24 Aug ’09
21 Dec ’09
31 Aug ’09
28 Dec ’09
07, 14, 21, 28 Sep ’09
04, 11, 18, 25 Jan '10
05 Oct ’09
01, 08 Feb '10
12 Oct ’09
15 Feb '10
19 Oct ’09
22 Feb '10
26 Oct ’09
01, 08 Mar '10
02, 09, 16 Nov ’09
15, 22 Mar '10
23, 30 Nov ’09
29 Mar '10
07 Dec ’09
05 Apr '10
14 Dec ’09
12, 19, 26 Apr '10
Prices are in £’s per person based on two adults sharing a Lower Deck cabin. Single Supplement - Cabin numbers 211 & 316 on M.S. Da Vinci and 111 & 202 on M.S. Fleurette have no single supplement. A supplement of 30% applies to all other cabins except Junior Suites and Suites which incur a 90% single supplement.
Upgrade your cabin
M.S. FLEURETTE Middle Deck Cabin £20 pp Upper/Top Deck Cabin £40 pp M.S. DA VINCI Middle Deck Cabin £30 pp Upper Deck Cabin £50 pp
Junior Suite £80 pp
Suite £100 pp
Junior Suite £130 pp
Suite £170 pp
Your Holiday Price Includes:
Children’s Cruise Reductions
• Return Economy Class flights between Gatwick and Luxor. • Seven night Nile cruise in a twin berth cabin on the Lower Deck. • 10 excursions whilst cruising on the Nile,
Aged 10-15 (on date of departure) First child receives a 20% discount. All additional children receive a 10% discount.
(see Your Holiday Itinerary on page 4).
• All port and airport taxes. • Coach transfers between overseas airport, the boat and hotel where applicable. • Full board throughout cruise. • £1 per person ATOL protection contribution (APC). • Fuel surcharge.
Not Included: • Holiday Insurance. • Egypt visa charges. • Optional shore excursions. • UK £15 per person for gratuities. (see page 21 for further details). • Items of a personal nature, such as drinks, additional gratuities etc.
Children’s Hotel Reductions Aged 2-12 (1 child sharing with two adults) - 20% off hotel price Aged 2-12 (2 children sharing with one adult) - one child at 20% off hotel price and one at 10% off hotel price Aged 2-12 (1 child sharing with one adult or 2 children in a separate room) - 10% off hotel price Please note: Children’s reductions shown above do not apply to Manchester flight supplements or the Executive Lounges.
Please note: This brochure, entitled ‘African Safari Club Nile River Cruises August 2009 - April 2010’ published in August 2009 is valid until replaced by a later issue.
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Extra Week Prices Arrival Date in Hotel
03 Aug 09 10 Aug 09 17 Aug 09 24 Aug 09 31 Aug 09 07 Sep 09 14 Sep 09 21 Sep 09 28 Sep 09 05 Oct 09 12 Oct 09 19 Oct 09 26 Oct 09 02 Nov 09 09 Nov 09 16 Nov 09 23 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 07 Dec 09 14 Dec 09 21 Dec 09 28 Dec 09 04 Jan 10 11 Jan 10 18 Jan 10 25 Jan 10 01 Feb 10 08 Feb 10 15 Feb 10 22 Feb 10 01 Mar 10 08 Mar 10 15 Mar 10 22 Mar 10 29 Mar 10 05 Apr 10 12 Apr 10 19 Apr 10 26 Apr 10
289 289 289 289 289 289 289 289 369 369 369 369 369 469 469 469 449 339 339 339 639* 869* 389 339 339 389 469 469 469 469 469 469 469 469 589 529 339 339 339
159 159 159 159 159 159 159 159 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 149 149 149 239 429* 149 149 149 149 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 229 249 189 189 189
229 229 229 229 229 229 229 229 279 289 289 289 289 349 349 349 349 279 269 269 439 729* 269 269 269 269 349 349 349 349 349 349 349 349 389 479 349 349 309
Steigenberger Sonesta Nile Palace St. George
229 229 229 229 229 229 229 229 299 309 309 309 309 359 359 359 359 309 309 309 579* 749* 349 309 309 309 309 359 359 359 359 359 359 359 459 469 309 309 289
229 229 229 229 259 259 259 259 369 389 389 389 389 359 359 359 359 329 319 349 489 609* 369 319 319 319 359 359 359 359 359 359 359 359 389 389 359 359 359
619 619 619 599 489 489 489 489 599 619 619 619 619 559 559 559 549 479 479 479 569* 709* 479 479 479 489 519 519 519 529 539 539 539 539 599 599 559 559 559
579 579 579 569 459 459 459 459 569 579 579 579 579 539 539 539 529 459 459 459 549* 699* 459 459 459 469 499 499 499 499 519 519 519 519 599 589 539 539 539
479 479 479 479 429 429 429 499* 609* 429 429 429 429 469 469 469 469 479 479 479 479 529 529 509 509 509
659 659 659 659 659 659 659 659 689 699 699 699 699 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 859 1039* 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 839 879 769 769 769
779 779 649 599 599 599 599 599 679 699 699 699 699 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 889* 919* 779 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769 769
Prices are in £’s per person based on two adults sharing a standard twin room.
Supplements (per person per week) Single Room
Half Board Basis
Full Board Basis
Front Nile View Room
Side Nile View Room
Superior Nile View Room
Bed and Breakfast
Please note: All holidays include transfers. Transfers to Luxor and Hurghada are by road. Extra week in Cairo includes return flights. * 24 December or 31 December Gala Dinner included in the price.
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Flight Information GATWICK DEPARTURES You fly direct from Gatwick to Luxor with Monarch Airlines, aboard their Boeing 737 aircraft. In Economy Class you have a 29 - 31” seat pitch, a luggage allowance of 25kg (which includes 5kg hand luggage) and a meal service appropriate to the time of day.
MANCHESTER DEPARTURES You can also fly direct from Manchester to Luxor with Monarch Airlines, aboard their Boeing 767 aircraft. In Economy Class you have a 30” seat pitch, a luggage allowance of 25kg (which includes 5kg hand luggage) and a meal service appropriate to the time of day. Manchester Flight Supplement £35 per person return
EXECUTIVE LOUNGE Relax and enjoy hot and cold complimentary refreshments including beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks, light snacks, newspapers, internet access, TV screen and comfortable seating away from the bustling departures areas at both Gatwick and Manchester. Executive Lounge - £20 per person
FLIGHT TIMINGS Depart Gatwick: Arrive Luxor:
Mon 1015 Mon 1720
Depart Luxor: Arrive Gatwick:
Mon 1840 Mon 2215
Depart Manchester Arrive Luxor:
Mon 0900 Mon 1615
Depart Luxor: Arrive Manchester:
Mon 1730 Mon 2115
Gatwick – Luxor Manchester – Luxor
5 hours 25 minutes 5 hours 45 minutes
(All timings and flying times are approximate).
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PRE-BOOK HOLIDAY EXTRAS We have teamed up with Holiday Extras and Servisair to provide you with these services. Holiday Extras, founded in 1983, are the UK market leader for airport hotels and airport parking, with over 5.4 million travellers using their services each year. Servisair operate lounges in over 50 airports worldwide. Book Airport Car Parking By booking your airport parking not only do you guarantee a space but you can also save money! Choose from off-site, on-site and Meet and Greet parking. All of our car parks offer FREE transfers to and from the airport and are fully secured. For more information and to book airport parking visit: www.africansafariclub.com/airportparking
Book Airport Hotels Why not relax, unwind and start your holiday early at an airport hotel? Enjoy the perfect start to your holiday, wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed the morning of your flight from as little as £39.50 per person. FREE transfers to and from the airport are included at most hotels, plus many offer free child places and meal offers. For more information and to book airport hotels visit: www.africansafariclub.com/airporthotels Travel Insurance For peace of mind and total protection we strongly recommend you book travel insurance that supplies adequate cover for your chosen holiday. For more information and to book travel insurance visit: www.africansafariclub.com/travelinsurance Book by telephone You can book Airport Parking, Hotels and Travel Insurance over the telephone, 7 days a week! Just call Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2742 quoting special promotional reference "V4000". For airport lounges please call our reservations team directly on 0845 345 0014.
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Client Testimonials My husband and I had a most incredible two week Nile cruise holiday on the M.S. Da Vinci and would say that this was a holiday of a lifetime, the crew and staff, and restaurant waiters had a great sense of humour, food was marvellous, and would highly recommend to anyone who is unsure about this holiday to give it a whirl, it is hectic but so enjoyable. Tour guides were incredible with their great knowledge. Our second week was spent at the Mercure hotel and another lovely week. Thanks to all!
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My recent cruise on the M.S. Fleurette was one of my best holidays and one which was very memorable for me, as I travelled alone but met so many fantastic fellow travellers who made my birthday one which I will remember forever. Our two tour guides were great and their knowledge of Egypt was superb. The standard of the cabin was very good and all the onboard staff excellent. Thank you, I will be back again!! Just returned from a weeks cruise on M.S. Fleurette. Great value for money and an ideal introduction to the ancient sites of Egypt. Tour guides are excellent and bring the history to life. Highly recommended for first-time visitors. Good organisation by African Safari Club throughout. What a superb holiday! M.S. Da Vinci is comfortable, clean and well maintained. The weather fantastic, although we had some clouds one day!! The tombs and temples going back up to 5,000+ years are fascinating. However, for us, the holiday was truly made exceptional by two factors: actually cruising the Nile; and our tour guide Sherif - a young man with humour, enthusiasm and knowledge to spare. We recommend this wonderful cruise to everyone.
Brilliant cruise, the staff on board were great fun and so helpful. The whole cruise including the trips was first class and the cabins cool and very clean. The guide â€œHâ€? was fantastic, great knowledge and brilliant sense of humour. I highly recommend this cruise to everyone.
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against us. (2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description whatsoever which results from: - the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or - the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your arrangements and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or - 'force majeure' as defined in clause 8 above. (3) We limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. The maximum amount we will have to pay you where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money) is £1,500 per person affected unless a lower limitation applies to your claim this clause or clause 9(4) below. under 5. Transfer of booking 1. Booking your holiday For all other claims which do not involve death or If you are genuinely prevented from taking the By making a booking, the first named person on personal injury, the maximum amount we will have holiday, you may transfer your booking to another the booking (the party leader) agrees on behalf of to pay you if we are found liable to you on any all persons detailed on the booking that he/she has suitable person (introduced by you). Where a basis is twice the price (excluding insurance transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all read these terms and conditions and has the premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or authority to and does agree to be bound by them. behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a imposed by any of our suppliers as a result, He/she must be authorised to make the booking, lower limitation applies to your claim under clause together with an amendment fee of £30 per person on the basis of these Booking Conditions, by all below. This maximum amount will only be 9(4) persons named on the booking, and their parent or per amendment, must be paid before the transfer payable where everything has gone wrong and you can be effected. For flight inclusive bookings, you guardian for all party members who are under 18 have not received any benefit at all from your must pay the charges levied by the airline when the booking is made. The party leader is holiday. responsible for making all payments due to us. The concerned. As most airlines do not permit name (4) Where any claim or part of a claim (including party leader must be at least 18 when the booking changes after flight/ those involving death or personal injury) concerns travel documents have been issued for any reason, is made. or is based on any travel arrangements (including these charges are likely to be at least the full cost Once the appropriate payment has been received the process of getting on and/or off the transport (as detailed in clause 2 below), we will confirm your of the flight. Note: Certain arrangements may concerned) provided by any air, sea, rail or road not be transferred after they have been holiday by issuing a confirmation invoice. This carrier or any stay in a hotel, the maximum amount confirmed and any transfer could incur a invoice will be sent to the party leader or your of compensation we will have to pay you will be cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part Travel Agent. Please check this invoice carefully as limited. The most we will have to pay you for that of the arrangements. soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if Period before departure Compensation per claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable any information which appears on the within which a major full fare paying 6. If you cancel your holiday to you on any basis, is the most the carrier or hotel confirmation, or any other document appears to be Should you or any member of your party wish to change or cancellation passenger: keeper concerned would have to pay under the incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible is notified to us: cancel your booking, or part of it once it has been international convention or regulation which to make changes later. We regret we cannot accept confirmed, you must inform us or your Travel More than 55 days Nil applies to the travel arrangements or hotel stay in any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracy Agent in writing as soon as possible. The 55 - 42 days £10.00 question (for example, the Convention for the in any document within 14 days of our sending it instructions to cancel must be signed by party £20.00 41 - 28 days Unification of certain Rules for International out (5 days for flight/travel documents). We will do leader. The effective date of cancellation will be the £25.00 27 - 15 days Carriage by Air done at Montreal on May 28 1999, our best to rectify any mistake notified to us date that we receive your written instructions to 14 days or less £35.00 the Athens convention for international travel by outside these time limits but you must meet any cancel. As we incur costs from the date we confirm In all cases, our liability for significant changes and sea). Where a carrier or hotel would not be obliged costs involved in doing so. The only exception to your booking, cancellation charges calculated on to make any payment to you under the applicable cancellations is limited to offering you the above this requirement to meet costs is where the mistake the scale set out below will be payable. Where the International Convention or Regulation in respect mentioned options and, where applicable, in question was made by us and there is good cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is of a claim or part of a claim, we will not be obliged reason why you did not tell us about it within these calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by compensation payments. No compensation is to make a payment to you for that claim or part of payable for minor changes or where we make a time limits. the person(s) cancelling, excluding credit card the claim. When making any payment, we are significant change or cancel more than 8 weeks and amendment charges. Credit card charges 2. Payment entitled to deduct any money which you have before departure. charges and amendment charges are not In order to confirm your chosen holiday, a deposit received or are entitled to receive from the transport Very rarely, we may be forced by ‘force majeure’ refundable in the event of the person(s) to whom of 10% of the total holiday cost or £100 per provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in (see clause 8) to change or terminate your holiday they apply cancelling. person, whichever is the greater (or full payment if question. Copies of the applicable international after departure but before the scheduled end of booking within 8 weeks of departure) must be paid Period before departure Cancellation your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this conventions and regulations are available from us at the time of booking. charge within which written per person: situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to on request. In any circumstances in which the carrier is liable to you by virtue of the Denied The balance of the holiday cost must be received make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds cancellation is received: Boarding Regulation 2004, any liability we may by us not less than 8 weeks prior to departure. This More than 55 days from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or Deposit paid have to you under our contract with you, arising date will be shown on the confirmation invoice. If meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result. 55 - 29 days 50% out of the same facts, is limited to the remedies we do not receive all payments due (including any 75% 8. Force majeure provided under the Regulation as if (for this surcharge where applicable) in full and on time, we 28 - 8 days 100% Except where otherwise expressly stated in these purpose only) we were a carrier; any sums you are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your 7 days to departure or later receive from the carrier will be deducted from any booking. In this case, we will be entitled to keep all Note: If the reason for cancellation is covered under Booking Conditions, we regret we cannot accept the terms of any insurance policy you have liability or pay any compensation where the amount due from ourselves. deposits paid or due at that date. If we do not performance or prompt performance of our cancel straight away because you have promised to purchased, you may be able to reclaim these (5) We will not accept responsibility for services or charges (less any applicable excess). Claims must be contractual obligations is prevented or affected, or make payment, you must pay the cancellation facilities which do not form part of our agreement made direct to the insurance company concerned. you otherwise suffer any damage or loss as a result with you or where they are not advertised in our charges shown in clause 6 depending on the date of ‘force majeure’ . In these Booking Conditions, we reasonably treat your booking as cancelled. brochure. For example any excursion or safari you For flight inclusive bookings, in addition to the ‘force majeure’ means any event which we or the book whilst on holiday, or any service or facility For flight inclusive bookings, all monies paid to charges set out above, you must pay the charges supplier of the service(s) in question could not, which your hotel/boat or any other supplier agrees Travel Agents for your holiday with us will be held levied by the airline concerned and, because even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such to provide for you. on our behalf until they are paid to us or refunded most airlines do not make refunds for cancelled events may include war, threat of war, riots, civil to you. In line with most major operators, we make tickets after tickets have been issued, these (6) The services and facilities included in your strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, a charge of 2% on all payments made by credit holiday will be deemed to be provided with charges are likely to be at least the full cost of epidemic or health risk, industrial dispute, card as this charge is levied on us by the credit card the flight. reasonable skill and care if they comply with any natural/nuclear disasters, fire, technical problems to local regulations which apply, or, if there are no companies. There will be no charge for payments transport, airport or port closure, adverse weather 7. If we change or cancel your made by debit card. applicable local regulations, if they are reasonable conditions and all similar events beyond our when compared to the local standards in practice. holiday 3. Your contract control. The fact that services or facilities fail to comply We start planning the holidays we offer many A binding contract between us comes into with local or UK guidance or advice shall not in months in advance. Occasionally, we have to make 9. Our responsibility for your existence when we despatch our confirmation itself mean that the services or facilities in question changes to and correct errors in the brochure and invoice to the party leader or your Travel Agent. holiday have not been provided with reasonable skill and other details both before and after bookings have This contract and all matters arising out of it are (1) We promise that your holiday arrangements will care. been confirmed, and cancel confirmed bookings. governed by English law. We both agree that any be made, performed or provided with reasonable (7) This clause 9 is intended to set out our Whilst we always endeavour to avoid changes and dispute, claim or other matter which arises out of skill and care. This means that we will accept obligations to you as an organiser under the or in connection with this contract or your holiday cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so. responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package However, we promise we will only cancel your will be dealt with under the ABTA Arbitration personal injury or your contracted arrangements are Tours Regulations 1992. We will not accept any Scheme (see clause 10) or by the Courts of England confirmed booking 8 weeks or less before departure not provided as promised, or prove deficient as a further or different liability than these Regulations where you have failed to comply with any and Wales only unless, in the case of Court result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, impose. In addition, regardless of any contrary requirement of these Booking Conditions entitling proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care representations made by us, we only promise to use us to cancel (such as paying on time) or where we Ireland. In this case, proceedings may be brought in in making, performing or providing your reasonable skill and care as set out above and we the Courts of your home country. If proceedings are are forced to do so as a result of ‘force majeure’ as arrangements. Furthermore, we will be responsible do not have any further or different liability to you. defined in clause 8 below. We will not cancel after brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may for what our employees, agents and suppliers do, or (8) You must tell us and the supplier concerned this date for any other reason. choose to have your contract governed by the law do not do, if they were at the time acting within about your claim or complaint as set out in clause Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable. the course of their employment or carrying out 10 below. If asked to do so, you must transfer to us make a ‘significant change’ . ‘Significant changes’ Any advice or information given to you by your work we had asked them to do. It is your or our insurers any rights you have against whoever include the following changes when made before Travel Agent which is inconsistent with our responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care is responsible for your claim or complaint and brochure and these conditions will not form part of departure; a change of accommodation to that of a has not been used if you wish to make a claim provide ourselves and our insurers with all colower classification or standard for the whole or a your contract with us.
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4. Changes by you
The following Booking Conditions together with the Useful Information detailed in the brochure applicable to your holiday will form the basis of your contract with AFRICAN SAFARI CLUB LTD (ASC) Company No 2128477. Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. In these Booking Conditions, ‘you’ and ‘your’ means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date). ‘We’, ‘us’ and ’our’ means African Safari Club Ltd. These conditions apply only to holiday arrangements which you book with us in the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform as applicable as part of our agreement with you. References in these Booking Conditions to “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements.
If, after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to transfer to a different holiday, change the departure date, or alter any detail of your holiday, we shall do our utmost to satisfy your requirements although we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met. If we are able to do so an amendment fee of £30 per person per amendment, together with all costs incurred by us or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result of the change, will be payable by you. Changes or alterations within 8 weeks of departure will be treated as a cancellation and a cancellation charge will apply as set out below. Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.
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major part of the time you are away, a change of accommodation area for the whole or a major part of the time you are away, a change of outward departure time or overall length of time you are away of twelve or more hours, a change of UK departure point to one which is more inconvenient for you (except between Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City or Heathrow airports). If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options:(a) accepting the changed arrangements or (b) purchasing an alternative holiday from us, of a similar standard to that originally booked if available or (c) cancelling or accepting the cancellation in which case you will receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us. Please note, the above options are not available where any change made is deemed by us to be a minor one. If we have to make a significant change or cancel 8 weeks or less before departure, we will pay you the compensation set out below subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these Booking Conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time).
Booking Conditions operation and assistance that may be reasonably required. (9) We do not accept liability for (1) any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description which, based on the information you gave us at the time of booking, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you; (2) any business losses.
10. If you have a complaint If you have a complaint during your holiday it is strongly suggested that you communicate any problem to the Tourist Officer at the hotel or Pursers/Managers office aboard any vessel without delay. Until we know about a problem or complaint, we cannot begin to resolve it. If your complaint cannot be resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to our Customer Relations Department. We regret we cannot consider any claims which are not reported in accordance with this procedure. It is unlikely that you will have a complaint that cannot be settled amicably between us. However, as we are a member of ABTA, membership number V4000, we can therefore offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection with this contract. Further information can be found at www.abta.com The arbitration scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website. The Scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The Scheme can, however, deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,000 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be received by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators within nine months of the date of return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if we agree, but the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you may like to use the ABTA/Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mediation Procedure. This is a voluntary scheme and requires us to agree for mediation to go ahead. The aim is to help you resolve your dispute in a quick and cost effective way. Details on request or from www.abta.com
11. Special requests If you wish to make a special request, you must do so at the time of booking. We will try to pass any reasonable requests on to the relevant supplier but we cannot guarantee that requests will be met. The fact that a special request has been noted on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation or that it has been passed on to the supplier is not confirmation that the request will be met. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part unless the request has been specifically confirmed by us in writing. See also our ‘Useful Information’ section in the brochure applicable to your arrangements.
12. Medical problems The destinations, accommodation and modes of transport we offer in this brochure are not always suitable for people with certain conditions and disabilities. However, prior to confirming your booking we will take steps to find out the physical needs of the individuals concerned and check that the holiday they are interested in booking is suitable for them. If, in the light of the information you provide to us, we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate the particular needs of the person(s) concerned, we will not confirm your booking. If you do subsequently advise us, or we become aware of any issue which may affect the suitability of your chosen holiday, then we may cancel it. Please note that this does not replace the need to disclose any medical conditions to your travel insurers. We will not chase you for any of the information referred to above and therefore we cannot be held responsible for your failure to notify us, and your travel insurers, of any relevant conditions prior to travel. A doctor’s note may sometimes be required to confirm your fitness to travel.
13. Cruise and safari itineraries Although we try our best to keep to published itineraries, we reserve the right to vary them as may be necessary from time to time. The date of departure of safaris cannot be guaranteed and the route, game viewing drives and lodges are subject to change. Safaris can only operate subject to a minimum number of participants. If we are unable to operate the safari you have booked, we will offer you an alternative safari, or a full refund of the safari element of your holiday (see also clause 7).
14. Our price promise The holiday prices in this brochure are based on known costs and exchange rates as published in the Financial Times on 06/04/09 (£1 = US$ 1.49, Euro 1.10, Kenyan Shilling 119.75, Egyptian £ 7.60). We reserve the right to increase or decrease the prices of unsold holidays at any time. We also reserve the right to make changes to and correct errors in advertised prices at any time before your holiday is confirmed. The price of your chosen holiday will be confirmed at the time of booking. Once the price of your chosen holiday has been confirmed at the time of booking, then, subject to the correction of errors, we will only increase or decrease the price in the following circumstances. Price increases or decreases after booking will be passed on by way of a surcharge or refund. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out in this clause, if transportation costs or dues, taxes or fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports increase or decrease or our costs increase or decrease as a result in a change in the exchange rates used to calculate the cost of your holiday. Even in the above cases, only if the amount of the increase in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday (excluding credit card charges and any amendment charges), will we levy a surcharge. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday (excluding credit card charges and any amendment charges), you will be entitled to choose one of options (a), (b) and (c) as set out in clause 7 above. You have 14 days from the issue date printed on the revised invoice showing the surcharge to tell us if you want to choose option (b) or (c) as set out in clause 7 above. If you do not tell us that you wish to choose either of these options within this period of time, we are entitled to assume that you do not wish to do so and will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid with the balance of the cost of the holiday or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later. We promise not to levy a surcharge within 30 days of departure. We reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices. We will do so as soon as we become aware of the error. Please note, changes and errors occasionally occur. You must check the price of your chosen holiday at the time of booking.
15. Flights The flight timings given on booking are for general guidance only and are subject to change. The latest timings will be shown on your confirmation invoice. However, the actual flight times will be those shown on your travel documents which will be despatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. You must accordingly check your travel documents very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed even after travel documents have been despatched - we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs. We are not always in a position to confirm the airline, aircraft type and airport of destination which will be used in connection with any flight included in your holiday. When this information is provided at the time of booking or subsequently, it is subject to change. Any such change will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying our normal charges. Please note the existence of a “Community list” (available for inspection at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/air/safety/flyw ell_en.htm) detailing air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU Community. Under EU Law, you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from the airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. Reimbursement in such cases is the responsibility of the airline and will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday price from us. Your rights to a refund
and/or compensation from us are set out in clause 7 above. If the airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Air Transport Users Council on 020 7240 6061 or refer to www.auc.org.uk This brochure is our responsibility, as your tour operator. It is not issued on behalf of, and does not commit the airlines mentioned herein or any airline whose services are used in the course of your travel arrangements. Please note that in accordance with Air Navigation Orders in order to qualify for infant status, a child must be under 2 years of age on the date of its return flight.
16. Brochure details We make every effort to ensure that our brochure is as accurate as it possibly can be at the time of printing; however, it is compiled many months before our holiday programmes begin. It is therefore possible that advertised facilities may be withdrawn or changed for reasons beyond our control. At certain times of the year, some facilities may be withdrawn and maintenance work may mean that an hotel limits services, such as airconditioning, water supply, etc. Time permitting, we will notify you of any known changes or building work that would seriously impair your holiday enjoyment. The operation of excursions is dependent on there being a sufficient number of participants. Travel information is provisional and approximate only. Confirmed details will be shown on your travel documents.
17. Prices and brochure accuracy Please note, the information and prices shown in this brochure may have changed by the time you come to book your holiday. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the brochure and prices at the time of printing, regrettably errors do occasionally occur. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us or your Travel Agent at the time of booking.
18. Delay In the unlikely event of an aircraft or boat being delayed for more than 3 hours (in liaison with suppliers of services), African Safari Club will endeavour to ensure you are kept as comfortable as is reasonably possible. Wherever it is practical to do so, and dependent on individual airline/boat policy, and the circumstances of the delay, refreshments, meals and accommodation appropriate to the length of the delay and the time of day may be provided, subject to the facilities and services available. African Safari Club’s intention will always be to minimise any inconvenience to our customers. We cannot accept liability for any delay which is due to any of the reasons set out in clause 9(2) of these Booking Conditions (which includes the behaviour of any passenger(s) on the flight who, for example, fails to check in or board on time). In addition, we will not be liable for any delay unless it has a significant effect on your holiday arrangements.
19. Safety standards Please note, it is the requirements and standards of the country in which any services which make up your holiday are provided which apply to those services and not those of the UK. As a general rule, these requirements and standards will not be the same as the UK and may often be lower.
20. Conditions of suppliers Many of the services which make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable International Conventions (see clause 9(4)). Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned.
21. Insurance We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. You must provide us with details of your policy (insurer and policy number) at the time of booking. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. Subject to clause 9 of these Booking Conditions, we can not accept liability or meet any claims in respect of any excess you may have to pay in respect of any claim made on your travel insurance policy.
22. Financial security The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked from this brochure and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency. We provide this security by way of a bond held by the Civil Aviation Authority under ATOL number 2313. In respect of all arrangements including flights you will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence. This means that in respect of all arrangements including flights, in the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not left stranded abroad or will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking except where your contracted arrangements with us do not include transport to and from the UK. In this case, if already abroad, you will be returned to the point where your contracted arrangements with us commenced. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. The price of our flight inclusive arrangements includes the amount of £1 per person as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices. Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL Scheme. We are also a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA number V4000). If your holiday does not include flights, ABTA will financially protect your holiday in the same way.
23. Behaviour If we, or any other person in authority is of the reasonable opinion that you or any member of your party is behaving in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger or upset to any other person or damage to property, we will be entitled to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned. The person(s) concerned will be required to leave the accommodation or other service and we will have no further responsibility to them including any return travel arrangements. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination. You will be responsible for making full payment for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party during your time away. Payment must be paid direct at the time to the service supplier concerned failing which, you will be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us (together with our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions.
24. Excursions We may provide you with information (in our brochure and/or when you are away) about activities and excursions which are available to purchase through other suppliers in the area you are visiting. Where we have not agreed to arrange, provide or perform these activities or excursions as part of our agreement with you, subject to these Booking Conditions, we do not accept any responsibility for them even where we suggest or recommend a particular operator or supplier and/or assist you in any way in booking such activities or excursions.
25. Passports, visas and health requirements The passport, visa and health requirements applicable at the time of printing to British citizens for the arrangements we offer are shown in our applicable brochure. Non-British passport holders must check passport and visa requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of the country(ies) to or through which they are intending to travel. Requirements may change and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry correct documentation. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results to fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.
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Nile River Cruises August 2009 - April 2010 Telephone: 0845 345 0014 Facsimile: 020 8466 0020 Email: email@example.com Website: www.africansafariclub.com Book online: www.africansafariclub.com/nilecruises/bookonline African Safari Club Ltd Northside House Tweedy Road Bromley, Kent BR1 3WA Personal callers welcome ESTABLISHED 1967
Cruise the Nile River with African Safari Club. Established in 1967, we offer a year round programme of Nile Cruises aboard a choice of 4 st...