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THE ENDLESS WONDERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

2020/21 scenic.co.uk


Welcome

With over 30 years’ experience creating unforgettable, handcrafted journeys, a fully-inclusive Scenic escorted tour promises to introduce you to the best of the Middle East and Africa. Our guests are at the heart of everything we do, from the creation of our hand-crafted itineraries, to our once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences, our extensive range of flexible Scenic Freechoice excursions and special Scenic Freechoice Dining options. You’ll find the Scenic difference is in the details. Our custom-designed itineraries have set the benchmark in 5-star luxury escorted land journeys.

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Enjoy the finest accommodation and transport complemented by all-inclusive sightseeing and the services of a dedicated Tour Director, expert Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides. Discover famous landmarks and hidden gems, some of which access is exclusive to Scenic, transforming your adventure into something truly exceptional. Join us in 2020-21 to explore the marvels of Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Oman, Iran and Africa in luxury. Whatever destination you choose, we look forward to welcoming you on one of our exceptional journeys.


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DISCOVER Step back in time to the cradle of civilization and explore the Land of the Pharaohs, with its colourful hieroglyphics and 4,500-year-old pyramids. Stand in awe before the staggering natural and ancient wonders of the Kingdom of Jordan, discover the otherworldy terrain and sacred treasures of Israel and Oman, explore the glorious architecture of Iran, or embark on one of life’s greatest journeys, traversing the African continent. Explore, discover and dream where it all began.

Egypt & Jordan

South Africa & Victoria Falls

Israel

Kenya & Tanzania

Some of the world’s most ancient and iconic wonders await as you follow in the footsteps of fearless explorers, mighty pharaohs and biblical prophets. From the magnificent pyramids and the Temple of Abu Simbel to the otherworldly beauty of the Treasury at Petra and the desertscapes at Wadi Rum.

Explore Israel’s sanctified monuments, vibrant beaches and emerging food and wine scene. This is a land so wonderfully complex, seldom has a traveller returned unchanged.

Oman

The emerging destination of Oman is one of intriguing cultures, stunning natural beauty and history. Discover all the hidden secrets this amazing country has to offer.

Iran

Step into the land of natural beauty, astoundingly stunning religious monuments and wondrous ancient relics. Encounter nostalgic remnants of all the great civilisations that once ruled Persia.

With its wealth of wildlife, and its sophisticated infrastructure, South Africa occupies a truly unique position on the continent. Discover beautiful Cape Town before tracking the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – in Kruger National Park and stand in awe before majestic Victoria Falls.

Kenya and Tanzania will make your safari dreams come to life. Witness one of nature’s great spectacles, the Great Migration, and feel the ground thundering underfoot. Marvel at the diversity of wildlife in the great game parks, the lakes painted pink with flamingos, and gaze at the snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

Namibia & Botswana

Namibia is a land of stark beauty and splendid isolation, from the magnificent Sossusvlei Dunes and the Etosha Game Reserve, to Swakopmund and Windhoek. With the sheer wealth of wildlife Botswana has to offer, including the largest population of elephants in Africa, it’s without doubt one of Africa’s greatest tourism secrets.


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Sea of Galilee Tel Aviv

Dead Sea

Jordan

Jerusalem

El Alamein

Amman

Israel

Petra Wadi Rum

Giza

Cairo Soma Bay

EGYPT Nile Cruise

Luxor

Kenya

Red Sea

Lake Nakuru National Park Masai Mara National Reserve

Aswan

Serengeti National Park

Abu Simbel

Tehran

Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania

Isfahan Quriyat

OMAN

Yazd

IRAN

Nizwa

Shiraz

Wahiba Sands

AFRICA Victoria Falls Chobe National Park

Etosha National Park

Namibia Windhoek Swakopmund

Zimbabwe Hwange National Park

Rovos Rail

Okavango Delta

Botswana

Sossusvlei

Blyde River Canyon

Johannesburg

Kruger National Park

eSwatini Pretoria

SOUTH AFRICA Blue Train

Cape Town Cape Point

Ghost Mountain

Hluhluwe

Oudtshoorn Knysna

Durban

Port Elizabeth

Nairobi Amboseli National Park

Muscat Jebel Akhdar

Mt Kenya


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Tours Overview Egypt & Jordan Duration

21 Day

26 Page

Destinations

Essence of Egypt & Jordan

21 Day

Egypt & Jordan Experience

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13 Day 15 Day 10 Day

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Tour & Cruise

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DMCD

Giza (Cairo) > Amman

13 Day

Tour & Cruise DMEJ

Giza (Cairo) > Amman

Tour & Cruise

Giza (Cairo) > Cairo

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Treasures of Egypt

Tour & Cruise

Giza (Cairo) > Cairo

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Egypt in Depth

Tour & Cruise

Giza (Cairo) > Cairo

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Highlights of the Kingdom of Jordan

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Wonders of the Nile

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DMAD

Amman > Amman

Israel & Oman Duration

16 Day

46 Page

Destinations

Jordan & Israel Experience

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Highlights of Israel

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The Kingdoms of Jordan & Oman

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Amman > Muscat

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Oman Impressions

Tour

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MITA

Tel Aviv > Tel Aviv

16 Day

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DMJI

Amman > Tel Aviv

8 Day

Tour

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DMJO DMOM

Muscat > Muscat

Iran Duration

15 Day

60 Page

Destinations

Persia Unveiled

Tour

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DPTT

Tehran > Tehran

Ultimate Journeys Duration

27 Day

70 Page

Destinations

Ancient Wonders of Egypt, Jordan & Israel

NEW FOR 2021

Giza (Cairo) > Tel Aviv

29 Day

Egypt, Jordan & Israel Experience

NEW FOR 2021

Giza (Cairo) > Tel Aviv

27 Day

Wonders of the Nile, Jordan & Oman

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Giza (Cairo) > Muscat

29 Day

Egypt, Jordan & Oman in Depth Giza (Cairo) > Muscat

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Tour & Cruise

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DCDI

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Africa Duration

13/25 Day

78 Page

Destinations

Grand African Safari

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Wonders of Africa

DSZB/DZCT

Cape Town > Nairobi

31 Day 16/19 Day

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Cape Town > Nairobi

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South Africa & Victoria Falls

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DSZG/DZGR

Cape Town > Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls & East Africa Adventure

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Johannesburg > Nairobi

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DZTK

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Nairobi > Nairobi

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Namibia, South Africa & Victoria Falls

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Cape Town to Okavango Delta

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East Africa Adventure Windhoek > Victoria Falls

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City Stays & Extensions Duration

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Destinations

4 Day

Dubai

City Stay

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4 Day

Abu Dhabi

City Stay

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3 Day

Blue Train

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Johannesburg > Cape Town

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Rovos Rail

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Rwanda Gorilla Trek Experience

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Zimbabwe Discovery

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Twelve Apostles / Giraffe Manor

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4 Day

Victoria Falls > Johannesburg

5 Day

Nairobi > Nairobi

6 Day

Victoria Falls > Victoria Falls

3/2 Day

Cape Town / Nairobi

Tour & Travel Information

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Scenic Club

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Scenic Special Stays

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Hotel Directory

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Scenic Freechoice Directory

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THE SCENIC LUXURY EXPERIENCE

We’re passionate about what we do, that’s why our experts handcraft each itinerary taking you beneath the surface to create memories otherwise unattainable.

Our tours cover every continent and our passionate staff never lose their sense of excitement for the trip ahead. From our Journey Designers curating itineraries which showcase the best of Africa and the Middle East, and our Tour Directors leading you on every adventure, we continue to exceed expectations.

– We are best in class and every trip is our opportunity to raise the bar higher.

Offering superior comfort and service, your 5-star journey also includes selected dining, luxury accommodation, a boutique Nile cruise, rail journeys, exclusive game drives, all transfers and even tipping. Every Scenic journey delivers excellence on every level.


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The Scenic Luxury Experience

Scenic Enrich

Scenic Freechoice

Our seasoned Journey Designers have handpicked and created a range of unique experiences that will be among the highlights of your journey.

Choose between a vast range of activities and sightseeing experiences to ensure you only see what you want to see, at a pace that suits you.

From an unforgettable gourmet experience with a chef-prepared traditional Shabbat dinner in Jerusalem, to meeting the children of the Lake Nakuru orphanage in Kenya, you’ll be left with amazing memories to treasure.

From learning about life on the Nile during a visit to a Nubian village and encounters with authentic Maasai warriors, to uncovering the secrets of Israeli cuisine during a cooking class in a picturesque 200-year-old house in Tel Aviv; there’s a wealth of options, whatever your interests.

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Cruising In Egypt, cruise the Nile in style on board the exclusively chartered and fully refurbished Sanctuary Sun Boat III. You can look forward to a tailormade itinerary, visiting Egypt’s ancient wonders in the Valley of the Kings to the lesser-known Temple of Hathor at Dendera. You’ll also enjoy beverages with each lunch and dinner on board. In addition to your expert Egyptologist guide, your Tour Director will be on hand to accompany you throughout your cruise. See pages 18-19 for details.

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Safari Lodges & Game Drives

World-Class Hotels Our hotels are selected on more than reputation alone, rather on a combination of location, character and ambience to ensure your hotel stay is truly reflective of your destination. From Egypt’s legendary historic palace hotels to ‘Martian’ geodomes in the Jordanian desert, when it comes to accommodation you’ll discover a range of distinguished properties that will make your journey extra-special. See pages 16-17 for details.

Travel Tailored to You

Nothing evokes images of a great African adventure more than staying at iconic safari lodges and going on game drives through the continent’s untamed wilderness. Scenic has been able to secure exclusive access to the very best lodges offering outstanding service.

Enjoy complete peace-of-mind because all your travel is taken care of. Flexible return flights with some of the world’s most reputable airlines, internal transfers to and from your hotel and all the little touches in between are what make a big difference to your journey.

You’ll be escorted in open-top vehicles that allow you to enjoy close proximity to the wildlife, in search of the ultimate safari jackpot – the ‘Big Five’.

It’s these luxuries that make all the difference, which is why we take our time perfecting them.

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5-STAR LUXURY With Scenic, perks and privileges come included. Enjoy a full range of luxurious benefits that will enhance your experience throughout your journey.

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Return flights from a choice of UK airports The intimacy of smaller group sizes with a maximum of 36 guests, 24 in East Africa.  Scenic Enrich – unforgettable and exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences  Scenic Sundowners – exclusive hosted evening drinks in memorable locations Scenic Freechoice – a choice of activities and dining options throughout your journey  Scenic Special Stays – iconic hotels remarkable for their location, character and heritage Private charter luxury Nile cruise on board Sanctuary Sun Boat III Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with lunch and dinner on Nile cruise Exclusive shore excursions on Nile cruise Private concession game reserves in open top safari vehicles in Africa Fully escorted touring Expert handpicked Tour Directors, Egyptologists, local guides and safari guides Local offices in each destination All internal flights Personal audio headsets for commentary in Egypt A Scenic representative to assist you on your arrival and departure Porterage throughout Return airport transfers

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Drisco Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel Safari lodge Sanctuary Sun Boat III, Egypt Game drive, Masai Mara, Kenya Dining, Sanctuary Sun Boat III, Egypt

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Scenic Sundowners feature exclusive hosted drinks in memorable locations to celebrate the wonders of your journey. Toast the start of your Egypt sojourn by gazing at the Great Pyramids and witness the vivid and dramatic colours of the desert at sunset in Jordan’s Wadi Rum. Be treated to a special cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand, just upstream from Victoria Falls. Moments to cherish forever.

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Anantara Al Jabal Al Akdar Resort, Oman Game drive in safari vehicle, Serengeti, Tanzania Yazd Desert, Iran Maasai warriors, Kenya

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To truly immerse yourself in any land or connect with the local people, it’s not enough to merely visit the sights, or marvel at the attractions. Scenic Enrich experiences take you into the very heart of the communities that you’re visiting, and transport you to places and events that you wouldn’t otherwise encounter. Middle East Be treated to an exclusive dinner in the most stunning of settings, a canyon-edge platform at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman. Toast as the sun sets over the canyon and constellations shine overhead. Enjoy a night of cosmic exploration in the Yazd Desert in Iran with a private astronomer who will reveal to you all the wonders of Persian astronomy. Africa Embark on a truly moving visit to the Lake Nakuru Orphanage in Kenya, relish enriching encounters with traditional Masai and Zulu villages, and gain unique insights into their traditional life and culture. Experience dining African-style, with an authentic bush breakfast out in the open plains of the magnificent Masai Mara, and a Boma Dinner under a starlit sky at Kruger National Park, with the sounds of the African wildlife close by. These are just some of the unique experiences that will make your journey truly unforgettable.

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Each guest is different, so we appreciate that you may want to move at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll want to follow a busy day with one at a more relaxed tempo, or you may wish to truly unwind throughout. We’ve divided our extensive list of Scenic Freechoice activities into active, moderate and relaxed pace so you can choose those which best suit your requirements and interests. Active – For the more adventurous, keen to explore further afield or take part in more energetic excursions. Moderate – A comfortable walking pace at which you can easily discover a beautiful city or marketplace. Relaxed – A slower pace to enjoy a spa treatment, cooking class or wine tasting tour.

Whether you prefer a relaxed pace, or are looking to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice gives you the flexibility to personalise your days to suit you. Choose from a diverse range of activities and dining experiences, all at no extra cost. Middle East Explore the vibrant markets of Jerusalem or meander through the historic Isfahan Bazaar and watch artisans at work. Choose to explore the oldest pyramids in the world in Egypt, or discover the underwater wonders of the Red Sea in Jordan. Africa Tour South Africa’s famous vineyards, experience a Harley Davidson™ ride through the ‘fairest cape’ and visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, or enjoy an interactive cooking class with the chefs from the Sarova Mara Game Camp. There is quite simply nothing more liberating or wonder-inducing than choice, and you’ll be encouraged to take full advantage. And of course, it’s all included in the price you pay upfront.


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Whether you want a relaxed pace or you want to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice offers a diverse range of sightseeing and activities for you to choose from. And of course, it’s all included. B

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Take the opportunity to visit a Nubian village in Aswan and enter a private home to gain unique insights into the daily lives of the villagers. A Cape Winelands Tour, Cape Town, South Africa B Mokoro Canoe Safari, Okavango Delta, Botswana C Food markets, Jerusalem, Israel


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Hotels Throughout your journey, you’ll stay in the most luxurious accommodation. Exceptional quality and service is integral to everything we do and our selection of handpicked luxury hotels will ensure that every night is one of complete opulence. There’s nothing like checking into a spectacular hotel where you can relax and recharge after a busy day. All our luxury properties have been specifically chosen to let you thoroughly enjoy each destination. Scenic Special Stays We’ve also handpicked a selection of extra-special hotels, aptly named Scenic Special Stays, some of which are so iconic they have become destinations in their own right. From the Marriott Mena House Hotel in Giza, nestled in the shadows of the Pyramids, to the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract in Aswan, where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Nile, just like Agatha Christie did. Deep within the cool mountain climbs of Oman, the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort sits on the edge of a canyon with soul-stirring views. A retreat you will truly love.

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Step back in time to the bygone era of colonial grandeur at Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe, which overlooks the majestic Victoria Falls Gorge and is one of the grandest hotels in the world. Appreciate the urbane elegance of Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel with incomparable views of the sea and the mountain, experience the spectacular Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, and marvel at the sheer splendour of Durban’s wonderfully colonial Oyster Box. At every point of your journey, you can look forward to a luxurious, safe sanctuary and first-class service and amenities.

Scenic Special Stays Look for this symbol on your itineraries for locations where you will experience these outstanding properties.

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The Oyster Box, Durban, South Africa Sun City Camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan Marriott Mena House, Giza, Egypt Peermont D’oreale Grande, Johannesburg, South Africa

Every carefully selected hotel on our tours has been handpicked by our expert Journey Designers, to ensure it offers outstanding location and luxury.

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Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman. Located on the fabled Green Mountain, elevated luxury reveals dramatic canyon views at one of the world’s highest resorts. This resort offers Omani splendour in the most breathtaking of natural settings.


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Since the days of the pharaohs, Egyptians have been cruising the Nile. Ensconced in luxury, glide gently down the Nile and gaze at the wonders of ancient Egypt.

Sun Deck with pool, Sanctuary Sun Boat III Friendly service Presidential suite H. Carter Lounge

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Cruising Enjoy every minute of the fascinating scenery as you cruise the majestic Nile on our exclusive private charter on board Sanctuary Sun Boat III. Catering to just 34 guests, every cabin is tastefully appointed and features a window onto the world. Luxury awaits on board your recently refurbished boutique Nile river cruiser. Modelled on the opulent era of the 20s and 30s, style and refinement are reflected throughout. The spacious cabins are elegantly furnished and oversized picture windows ensure you won’t miss a minute of the passing scenery. All cabins have a mini-bar, safe deposit box and satellite LCD television, along with individually-controlled air-conditioning. Indulge in one of the elegant Presidential Suites situated at the front of the Promenade Deck featuring a separate sitting area. The lavish Royal Suites also boast private balconies from which to witness your magnificent surrounds. Your boutique ship evokes the heyday of Egypt’s past, with exquisite spaces, from the Copper Tray fine-dining restaurant to the Sahara and H. Carter lounges.

Relax on the Sun Deck next to the swimming pool or on the lower shaded deck as you watch life on the river pass by. You’ll be treated to first-class dining with beverages included at lunch and dinner. Be entertained by whirling dervishes, and dress the part for a Galabeyya party. Your tailormade cruise itinerary will take you from Luxor to Aswan or reverse, revealing the architectural marvels of the Valley of the Kings and lesser-known sights such as the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. Explore Egypt’s famous monuments with the resident Egyptologist and your Scenic Tour Director to assist throughout your cruise. As you drift languorously past the ancient wonders along the shores of the Nile, there’ll be breathtaking monuments – and moments – around every bend.


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Explore the exhilaration of finding yourself face to face with exotic wildlife. Africa showcases wide-range of animals on safari with style and verve. With Scenic, you’ll find the safari experience even more special with stays at game lodges that are limited to resident guests only. Indeed, many of these lodges are private concessions, so you can rest assured that your needs will be front and centre at all times. Enjoy stays at the finest lodges in some of Africa’s most sought after locations, such as Lion Sands River Lodge in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Thornybush Private Game Lodge, adjacent to the park and the luxury tented accommodation of the Sarova Mara Game Camp in Kenya’s renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. At all lodges, you’ll be afforded a level of quality and service second to none, rivalled only by the wonders that surround you.

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When it comes to game excursions, you can look forward to open-top rides in specially modified Toyota Land Cruisers, allowing unrestricted game viewing and ideal photography conditions. Go in search of lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant, reverently referred to as the ‘Big Five’. Experienced game rangers are on hand throughout and there’s always something to captivate. You’ll also benefit from talented local trackers who are not only experts in the art of reading the African bush, they’re also adept at spotting a moment of wonder a mile off.

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Seamless travel is integral to your journey, so we’ve made getting to and from your destination easy and comfortable. Thanks to our tailored travel arrangements, you’ll arrive feeling relaxed and ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Airlines you can count on Flexibility and choice is key when it comes to travel arrangements, which is why we offer a choice of flights through a range of established airlines. In our continued commitment to your experience, we only use the best airlines to ensure your journey is stress-free. Fly from London Heathrow, or choose to depart from a choice of regional UK airports, including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow*, on all our itineraries.

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Fly Business Class Relax in an ultra-spacious cabin, enjoying superior in-flight entertainment options, delicious cuisine, and world-class hospitality. Your spacious seat transforms into a fully flat bed and combines enhanced personal space with luxurious comfort. Additional cost, upgrade not included in tour price.

Internal Flights We’ve scheduled internal flights so that you don’t have to endure lengthy drives or train journeys.

*Flights may be indirect, call for more details.

Upgrade your flight Why not make your journey even more memorable by treating yourself to a flight upgrade? Contact us today to find out more about upgrading your flight.

When you travel with Scenic, you can be confident that we’ve thought about even the smallest of details so you don’t have to. We go above and beyond, making your trip a truly carefree experience.

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The Nth Degree When you travel with Scenic you can be confident that we’ve thought about even the smallest details so you don’t have to. We go above and beyond, making your trip a truly carefree experience. The personal touch Our tours have between 24 and 36 guests, so you’ll enjoy a more intimate travel experience throughout. In addition, you’ll be greeted personally at the airport at the beginning of your journey and likewise enjoy a personalised transfer to your departure airport. Travel in style Whether it’s a luxury cruise on the Nile or travelling on game drives in a 4WD, every mode of transport has been carefully selected and is of the highest available standard. From wooden felucca sailing boats and motorboats to air-conditioned coaches, we’ll take you everywhere in comfort. All you have to do is enjoy the breathtaking views. Local knowledge We use a combination of our expert Tour Directors, local guides, Egyptologists and safari guides to ensure our guests’ needs are fully catered to.

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EGYPT & JORDAN Two countries, countless treasures. Follow in the footsteps of explorers, mighty pharaohs and biblical prophets. — Uncover the secrets of ancient history, take in awe-inspiring panoramas, view millennia-old monuments and vibrant cities. From the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel to the colourful hieroglyphics of the Valley of the Kings, a journey through Egypt is a step back into the wonder of ancient times. From the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea, and the glittering blue of the Red Sea, to the rose-red canyons of Petra and Lawrence of Arabia’s Wadi Rum, each day unveils a new discovery in the Kingdom of Jordan.


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Egypt In the ancient lands of kings and queens, time seems to stop. As the legends of Egypt envelop you, you’ll be humbled, awed and enlightened. We’ll take you on a handcrafted, unique and remarkable journey, from the enigmatic Sphinx to the majestic Nile.

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Cairo Treasures Cairo’s treasures abound, from ancient wonders such as the world’s oldest pyramid to the earliest Coptic Christian monuments in the Old Town, to bustling Islamic Cairo. Tombs and Temples Feast your eyes on the ancient cluster of sanctuaries in Karnak and explore the lesser-visited temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu. The mighty Nile Watch the ancient wonders of the world’s longest river unfold as you float gently past, with visits to Dendera, and the temples of Philae and Kom Ombo. In Aswan, the ‘Jewel of the Nile’, learn about the Nubians, one of the earliest civilisations on Earth.

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Jordan The intriguing Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan melds the footprints of civilisations past and present with desert landscapes, rose-red canyons and the hypersaline Dead Sea.

Temples of Abu Simbel

Ancient marvels In Jordan, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors, Bedouins and prophets. Created in the Bronze Age, Jerash has been inhabited for more than 6,500 years. In Amman, the ancient citadel stands commanding over the city, while Madaba is famous for its Byzantine-era mosaics. See where the baptism of Jesus reputedly took place at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, or where Moses stood on Mount Nebo, looking at the Promised Land. Natural and man-made wonders The World Heritage-listed ghost city of Petra is full of hidden secrets and architectural marvels. The rock-cut façades, including the 2,000-year-old Treasury, will send shivers down your spine.

Comprising the World Heritage-listed Great Temple of Ramses II and the smaller one to his wife Nefertari, the temples of Abu Simbel are among the most famous and spectacular in Egypt. In 1968, under threat from the rising waters due to the construction of the Aswan Dam, the temples were moved stone by stone to a higher location in one of history’s greatest feats of archaeological engineering.

Desert romance The Wadi Rum Desert, made famous by Lawrence of Arabia, boasts blazing red sands, dramatic rock formations and sandstone mountains. The nights are so clear, you will feel you can touch the stars.


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Essence of Egypt & Jordan Giza (Cairo) > Amman

21 Day Tour & Cruise

Ancient and natural wonders Explore the incredible legacy of these two intriguing countries, from magnificent monuments immortalising the pharaohs in Egypt, to the footsteps of the Romans and Nabataeans in Jordan. Delve into the wonders of Egypt and discover the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza before marvelling at the ancient temples, tombs and monuments at Luxor. Glide along the Nile on a luxury cruise to Aswan and stand in awe before the extraordinary temples of Abu Simbel, then top it all off with the treasures of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. In the Kingdom of Jordan, discover the capital Amman before travelling the moon-like desertscape of Wadi Rum. Marvel at the World-Heritage listed city of Petra for a spine-tingling and explore the incredible Treasury and ruins before floating in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea.

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Scenic Special Stay Follow in the footsteps of explorers, archaeologists, writers, celebrities and even the Egyptian Royal Family as you stay at the legendary Sofitel Winter Palace in Luxor.

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To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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The Scenic Difference: Stay in all three of the iconic Palace Hotels in Egypt for exclusive luxurious stays that will be memories of a lifetime Witness the amazing temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari at Abu Simbel At the palatial Marriott Mena House, enjoy beverages and canapĂŠs against the backdrop of the Great Pyramids of Giza at an exclusive Scenic Sundowners event

Petra, Jordan

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955

In Jordan, discover the hidden secrets and architectural marvels of the ancient ghost city of Petra

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Essence of Egypt & Jordan 21 Day Tour & Cruise Giza (Cairo) > Amman Day 1

UK > Giza (Cairo)

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Fly from the UK to Cairo. Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a three night Special Stay at the iconic Marriott Mena House Hotel. Soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.

Day 2

Giza

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Sundowners Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids. Meals: D

Day 3

Giza Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC, before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Visit the ancient site of Saqqara in the afternoon. At dusk, prepare for an exclusive night of historical discoveries as the doors of the new Grand Museum open just for you, long after they have closed to the general public. Meals: B.L

Day 4

Giza > Luxor

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Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of the Sofitel Winter Palace, your Special Stay for tonight. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by the the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall. Meals: B.L.D

Day 5

Luxor > Nile Cruise  Optional Balloon Flight

A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. Meals: B.L.D

Day 8

Nile Cruise

Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breathtaking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour). Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor and embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III as you settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. Meals: B.L.D

Day 6

Nile Cruise Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor Temple. This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and a Nubian Dance performance. Meals: B.L.D

Cruise south to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell gala dinner. Meals: B.L.D

Day 9

Nile Cruise > Aswan

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Freechoice: Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, take a motorboat ride to the upper reaches of the Nile. Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony. Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902. Meals: B.L.D

Day 7

Day 10

Nile Cruise Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank, dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God.

Day 11

Aswan > Cairo Fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay at the Four Seasons First Residence. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and a selection of Royal Mummies. Meals: B.L

Day 12

Cairo

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Freechoice: Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. This evening join your Tour Director for a dinner to farewell Egypt.

Meals: B.D

Day 13

Cairo > Amman Fly to Amman. Enjoy two nights at the Fairmont Amman. This afternoon join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and stop to taste some traditional Jordanian sweets. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies. Meals: B.D

Day 14

Amman

Aswan

Meals: B.L

Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam.

Day 15

Meals: B.L

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Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age and explore the impressive ruins. Freechoice: Visit the Royal Automobile Museum to see the fascinating collection of cars of the Royal Family. Alternatively, experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abadali walking district.

Amman > Wadi Rum

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At Madaba, discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land and visit the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration. Continue to the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Queen Hatshepsut monument, Egypt

where you will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp. Sundowners Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink. Meals: B.L.D

Day 16

Wadi Rum > Petra Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Marvel at the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands. Continue to the Rose Red City of Petra for your two night stay at the Mövenpick Hotel. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight. Meals: B.L

Day 17

Day 18

Petra > Dead Sea

5-star luxury inclusions:

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Return flights from a choice of UK airports

At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Travel north to your Special Stay resort for the next two nights on the shores of the Dead Sea, the luxurious Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea. Relax and enjoy sweeping views over the Dead Sea and across to Israel from your balcony.

Group sizes of no more than 34 guests

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Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities 3 Scenic Sundowners events

5 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

44 Meals – 19 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D) Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director, expert Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides All internal flights Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Meals: B.L

Day 19

Dead Sea

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Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper. Sundowners Join your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful journey.

2021 Departures Tour code: DMEJ

Twin share

Single

JAN

11 25

£8,445

£11,295

FEB

8 22

£8,545

£11,495

MAR

8 22

£8,545

£11,495

APR

5 19

£8,395

£11,545

MAY

3 17

£7,995

£10,645

MAY

31

£8,045

£10,645

AUG

16 30

£8,045

£10,695

SEP

13

£8,045

£10,695

SEP

27

£8,495

£11,545

OCT

11

£8,545

£11,695

Petra

Meals: B.D

This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away.

Day 20

OCT

25

£8,695

£11,845

Dead Sea > Amman

NOV

8 22

£8,695

£11,845

DEC

6

£8,595

£11,645

Meals: B.D

Transfer to Amman and stay overnight in Fairmont Amman. Meals: B

2021 Cabin Upgrades

Day 21

Suite

Amman > UK

Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

Transfer to Amman airport for your flight to the UK.

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Meals: B

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Add from £0

Please note: Cruise price is based on Luxury Cabin - Nile Deck. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Egypt & Jordan Experience Giza (Cairo) > Amman

21 Day Tour & Cruise

NEW

Luxurious time travel Travel back in time and explore the lands of the mighty pharaohs and biblical prophets, all while being ensconced in modern day luxuries. Discover the renowned and hidden gems of Egypt as you explore the Great Pyramids of Giza, marvel at the ancient ruins of the Luxor Temple, admire the relics of Tutankhamun’s tomb, wander the bustling souqs, then wind down on board a tranquil Nile River cruise. In Jordan, you’ll walk the streets of one of the oldest cities in the world and hunt for hidden riches at the Treasury. From the lunar landscapes of Wadi Rum to the buoyant, therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, Jordan has surprises tucked away in every corner.

Amman 2

1

El Alamein

Giza

3

Jordan

Dead Sea 2

Cairo

Petra 2

2

1 Wadi Rum

Egypt

Luxor Red Sea Nile Cruise

6

Treasury, Jordan

Kom Ombo Aswan

1

Abu Simbel

River cruise

1 Overnight

Land

Included flight

Scenic Special Stay Offering direct access to the Dead Sea, famous for its ozone-rich air and mineral loaded seawater, the luxurious Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea hotel is the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate after your adventures in Petra and Wadi Rum.

Kom Ombo Temple, Aswan, Egypt

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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The Scenic Difference: Experience a relaxed six night cruise along the Nile on board our privately chartered boutique luxury cruiser – Sanctuary Sun Boat III Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s Temple at Dendera Experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali walking district

Dead Sea, Jordan

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955

Take an exciting jeep safari through the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan, and discover blazing red sands and dramatic rock formations

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Egypt & Jordan Experience 21 Day Tour & Cruise Giza (Cairo) > Amman Day 1

UK > Giza (Cairo)

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Fly from the UK to Cairo. Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a three night Special Stay at the iconic Marriott Mena House Hotel. Soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.

Day 2

Giza

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Sundowners Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids. Meals: B.D

NEW

Day 5

Abu Simbel > Nile Cruise Fly early to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritagelisted temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III and settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. This evening enjoy a display of Nubian dancing.

afternoon, tour the vast openair temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars in the impressive Hypostyle Hall. Meals: B.L.D

Days 9-10

Nile Cruise Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the Nile as you cruise to Dendera, then cruise south to Aswan. Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a gala dinner. Meals: B.L.D

Day 11

Meals: B.L.D

Nile Cruise > Cairo

Giza

Days 6-7

Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing a restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC, before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Visit the ancient site of Saqqara in the afternoon. At dusk, prepare for an exclusive night of historical discoveries as the doors of the new Grand Museum open just for you, long after they have closed to the general public.

Over the next two days, discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae and explore Kom Ombo Temple. Arriving into Luxor, discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by a walk through the colourful local markets. A fun night awaits you on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

Fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay at the Four Seasons First Residence. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb, and a selection of Royal Mummies.

Day 3

Meals: B.L

Day 4

Giza > Aswan

Meals: B.L.D

Day 8

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Meals: B.L

Day 12

Cairo

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Freechoice: Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell to Egypt dinner.

Day 13

 Optional Balloon Flight

Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breathtaking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour). Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut. Late in the

Meals: B.L

Day 15

Amman > Wadi Rum

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At Madaba, discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land and visit the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration. Continue to the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum where you will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp. Sundowners Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.D

Nile Cruise

Fly to Aswan. Freechoice: Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, take a motorboat ride to the upper reaches of the Nile. Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract. Discover the history of the hotel and enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902. Meals: B.D

Nile Cruise

Freechoice: Visit the Royal Automobile Museum and see the fascinating collection of cars of the Royal Family. Alternatively, experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali walking district.

Cairo > Amman Welcome to Jordan, where you’ll enjoy two nights at the Fairmont Amman. This afternoon, join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and stop to taste some traditional Jordanian sweets.

Day 16

Wadi Rum > Petra Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover Wadi Rum. Explore Lawrence Road and marvel at the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands. Continue to the Rose Red City of Petra for your two night stay at the Mövenpick Hotel. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight. Meals: B.L

Meals: B.D

Day 14

Amman

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Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age. Explore the impressive ruins and witness an exciting re-enactment of a Roman chariot race in the hippodrome.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt

Day 17

Day 19

Petra

Dead Sea

This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away.

Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper. Sundowners Join your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful journey.

Meals: B.D

Day 18

Petra > Dead Sea

Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group sizes of no more than 34 guests

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Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities 3 Scenic Sundowners events

4 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

45 Meals – 20 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 13 dinners (D) Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director, expert Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides All internal flights Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Meals: B.D

Day 20

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At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Travel north to your Special Stay resort for the next two nights on the shores of the Dead Sea, the luxurious Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea. Relax and enjoy sweeping views over the Dead Sea and across to Israel from your balcony. Meals: B.L

5-star luxury inclusions:

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Dead Sea > Amman Transfer to Amman and stay overnight in the Fairmont Amman. Meals: B

Day 21

Amman > UK Transfer to Amman airport for your flight to the UK. Meals: B

2021 Departures Tour code: DMCD

Twin share

Single

JAN

15

£9,095

£12,545

JAN

29

£9,295

£12,845

FEB

12

£9,295

£12,845

MAR

12

£9,295

£12,845

MAR

26

£9,145

£12,645

APR

9

£9,095

£12,795

APR

23

£8,895

£12,495

MAY

7 21

£8,545

£11,645

AUG

6 20

£8,545

£11,595

SEP

3 17

£8,595

£11,695

OCT

1 15

£9,245

£13,045

OCT

29

£9,445

£13,245

NOV

12

£9,445

£13,245

NOV

26

£9,295

£12,945

DEC

10

£9,295

£12,945

2021 Cabin Upgrades Suite Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Add from £0

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Please note: Cruise price is based on Luxury Cabin - Nile Deck. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Wonders of the Nile 13 Day Tour & Cruise

Giza (Cairo) > Cairo

NEW

Unlock the beautiful bygones If there is one experience that can match the awe and wonder felt at seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza, it is the mesmerising tranquillity of a cruise upon the Nile. Explore the ancient wonders of the cradle of civilisation while being ensconced in 5-star luxury. No amount of picture postcards will prepare you for the majesty of the Great Pyramids of Giza, while the colossal statues of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari will leave you in awe. On board your tranquil Nile cruise, Sanctuary Sun Boat III, time stands still to let you soak in every detail of this olden land.

Day 1

UK > Giza (Cairo)

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Fly from the UK to Cairo. Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a three night Special Stay at the iconic Marriott Mena House Hotel. You’ll soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.

Day 2

Giza

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Sundowners Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids. Meals: B.D

Day 3

Giza Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC, before marvelling

at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Visit the ancient site of Saqqara in the afternoon. At dusk, prepare for an exclusive night of historical discoveries as the doors of the new Grand Museum open just for you, long after they have closed to the general public. Meals: B.L

Day 4

Giza > Aswan

Nile River, Egypt

Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of icons like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902. Meals: B.D

Day 5

Abu Simbel > Nile Cruise Fly early to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritagelisted temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III and settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. This evening enjoy a display of Nubian dancing.

Day 7

Nile Cruise Cruise north along the Nile where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God. Arrive into Luxor and discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by a walk through the colourful local markets. A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. Meals: B.L.D

Day 8

Nile Cruise  Optional Balloon Flight

Meals: B.L.D

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Fly to Aswan. Freechoice: Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, take a motorboat ride to the upper reaches of the Nile. Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony.

Day 6

Nile Cruise Discover the granite quarries of ancient Egypt, learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. Later, enjoy a traditional felucca cruise on the Nile, then discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae. Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise north. Meals: B.L.D

Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breathtaking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour). Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Wonders of the Nile

13 Day Tour & Cruise Giza (Cairo) > Cairo Late in the afternoon, tour the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall. Meals: B.L.D

Day 9

Nile Cruise Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s Temple before returning to Luxor. This evening’s entertainment will delight you with the colours of the whirling dervishes. Meals: B.L.D

Day 10

Nile Cruise Cruise south to return to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board. Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell gala dinner.

River cruise

NEW

1 Overnight

39

Included flight

Day 11

Nile Cruise > Cairo

El Alamein

Fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay at the Four Seasons First Residence. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and a selection of the Royal Mummies.

Giza

Egypt

Cairo

2

Cairo

Luxor

Kom Ombo Aswan

Meals: B.L

Day 12

3

f

6 1

Abu Simbel

Freechoice: Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

5-star luxury inclusions:

Meals: B.D

Day 13

Return flights from a choice of UK airports

Cairo > UK

Group sizes of no more than 34 guests 1 Scenic Sundowners event

2 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

Meals: B

28 Meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D)  ully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director, F expert Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides All internal flights Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Meals: B.L.D

Discover medieval Cairo, a bustling centre of worship, trade and shopping. Explore Sala el Din’s Citadel, Mohammed Ali’s Mosque and the world-famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar.

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Your choice of 5 Scenic Freechoice activities

Say farewell as you transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to the UK.

Scenic Freechoice activity

Red Sea

Nile Cruise

2021 Departures Tour code: DMCE

Twin share

Single

JAN

15

£5,995

£8,745

JAN

29

£6,195

£9,045

FEB

12 26

£6,195

£9,095

MAR

12

£6,195

£9,095

MAR

16

£6,045

£8,845

APR

9

£6,045

£9,095

APR

23

£5,895

£8,745

MAY

7 21

£5,495

£7,895

AUG

6 20

£5,545

£7,895

SEP

3 17

£5,545

£7,945

OCT

1 15 29

£6,245

£9,345

NOV

12

£6,245

£9,345

NOV

26

£6,095

£9,045

DEC

10

£6,095

£9,045

2021 Cabin Upgrades Suite Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Add from £0

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Please note: Cruise price is based on Luxury Cabin - Nile Deck.

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Treasures of Egypt 13 Day Tour & Cruise

Day 4

Giza (Cairo) > Cairo

Giza > Luxor

Ancient treasures The explorer in you will rejoice over what is arguably the biggest concentration of ancient wonders in the world. Pyramids, tombs and temples – Egypt’s glorious past is yours to discover. At Giza Plateau, gaze upon the marvels of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, then in Luxor, stand among ancient temples, tombs and monuments. Travel in the footsteps of the pharaohs on a luxury cruise along the Nile, Egypt’s lifeblood, and discover monumental temples before relaxing in iconic luxury at Aswan. Stand in awe before the extraordinary temples of Abu Simbel, relics of ancient times and a legacy to modern engineering feats, and uncover the treasures of the Egyptian Museum in bustling Cairo.

Day 1

UK > Giza (Cairo)

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Fly from the UK to Cairo. Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a three night Special Stay at the iconic Marriott Mena House Hotel. You’ll soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.

Day 2

Giza

s

Sundowners Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids. Meals: D

Luxor Temple, Egypt

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Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of the Sofitel Winter Palace, your Special Stay for tonight. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by the the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall. Meals: B.L.D

Day 5

Luxor > Nile Cruise  Optional Balloon Flight

Day 3

Giza

Meals: B.L.D

Day 6

Nile Cruise Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor Temple. This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and a Nubian Dance performance. Meals: B.L.D

Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC, before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Visit the ancient site of Saqqara in the afternoon. At dusk, prepare for an exclusive night of historical discoveries as the doors of the new Grand Museum open just for you, long after they have closed to the general public. Meals: B.L

Return to Luxor and embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III as you settle into your elegantly appointed cabin.

Day 7

Nile Cruise Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breathtaking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour). Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut.

Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank, dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God. A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Treasures of Egypt

13 Day Tour & Cruise Giza (Cairo) > Cairo

River cruise

Giza

3

2

1 Overnight

41

Included flight

Cairo

1 Luxor Egypt

4 Nile

Kom Ombo

Red Sea

Cruise

Aswan 2 Abu Simbel

Day 8

Day 10

Nile Cruise

Aswan

Cruise south to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell gala dinner.

Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam.

Meals: B.L.D

Day 9

Nile Cruise > Aswan

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Freechoice: Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, take a motorboat ride to the upper reaches of the Nile. Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony. Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of icons like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902. Meals: B.L.D

5-star luxury inclusions:

Return flights from a choice of UK airports

Group sizes of no more than 34 guests

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Your choice of 5 Scenic Freechoice activities 1 Scenic Sundowners event

3 memorable Scenic Special Stays

28 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D) Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director, expert Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides

Meals: B.L

All internal flights Return airport transfers

Day 11

All tipping and gratuities

Aswan > Cairo Fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay at the Four Seasons First Residence. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and the collection of Royal Mummies.

2021 Departures Tour code: DMEE

Twin share

Single

JAN

11 25

£5,345

£7,495

FEB

8 22

£5,445

£7,695

Meals: B.L

MAR

8 22

£5,445

£7,695

APR

5 19

£5,395

£7,795

Day 12

MAY

3 17

£4,995

£6,945

MAY

31

£5,045

£6,945

AUG

16 30

£5,045

£6,995

SEP

13

£5,045

£6,995

SEP

27

£5,495

£7,845

OCT

11 25

£5,545

£7,945

NOV

8 22

£5,545

£7,945

DEC

6

£5,395

£7,745

Cairo

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Freechoice: Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner. Meals: B.D

Day 13

Cairo > UK Say farewell as you transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to the UK Meals: B

2021 Cabin Upgrades Suite Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Add from £0

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Please note: Cruise price is based on Luxury Cabin - Nile Deck. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Egypt in Depth 15 Day Tour & Cruise

Sphinx, Giza, Egypt

Day 5

Giza (Cairo) > Cairo

Giza > Aswan

Go with the flow Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions as you cruise leisurely up the Nile and discover ancient wonders and timeless villages along its banks. Everything in Egypt seems to be on an impossibly grand scale – history spanning thousands of years, majestic temples, gigantic monuments and vast deserts. Flowing through the centre is its eternal lifeblood, the mighty Nile. Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and stand in awe before the staggering façade of the Temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. Learn about more recent history at the World War II memorials in El Alamein and relax on the shores of the sparkling Red Sea.

Day 1

UK > Giza (Cairo)

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Fly from the UK to Cairo. Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a four night Special Stay at the iconic Marriott Mena House Hotel with views of the Great Pyramids from your balcony.

Day 2

Giza (Cairo)

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Sundowners Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids. Meals :B.D

Day 3

Giza Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored

cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Visit the ancient site of Saqqara in the afternoon. At dusk, prepare for an exclusive night of historical discoveries as the doors of the new Grand Museum open just for you, long after they have closed to the general public. Meals: B.L

Day 4

Giza Visit the site of one of World War II’s defining battles, El Alamein. Meals: B.L

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Fly to Aswan where you will be ensconced in luxury during your two night Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract and admire the views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony. Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of icons like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902. Meals: B.L.D

Day 6

Aswan

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Freechoice: Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, take a motorboat ride to the upper reaches of the Nile. Meals: B

Day 7

Aswan > Nile Cruise Fly early to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritagelisted temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III as you settle into your elegantly appointed cabin.

Discover the granite quarries of ancient Egypt, learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. Later, enjoy a traditional felucca cruise on the Nile. Meals: B.L.D

Day 8

Nile Cruise Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise north. Explore Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank. A fun night awaits on board with a colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. Meals: B.L.D

Day 9

Nile Cruise Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and admire the colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut and the well-preserved temple of Ramses III. At the vast temple complex of Karnak, marvel at the enormous pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall. Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Egypt in Depth

15 Day Tour & Cruise Giza (Cairo) > Cairo Day 10

Day 12

Nile Cruise

Red Sea

Travel to the temple complex of Dendera to admire the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s Temple. Disembark and join a walking tour through the local produce markets. Discover the fascinating antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by the treasures of Luxor Temple. Tonight join the Captain and crew for a farewell gala dinner.

Relax and enjoy a day at leisure on the sparkling shores of the Red Sea. Your resort features a daily activity program or you can just relax by the pool or beach. Sundowners Raise your glass as you watch the play of colours across the dramatic desert and seascapes.

Day 11

Fly to Cairo for your two night stay at the elegant Four Seasons First Residence. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and a selection of Royal Mummies.

Meals: B.L.D

Luxor > Red Sea

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 Optional Balloon Flight

River cruise

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Giza

Meals: B.L

3

2

Included flight

Cairo

2 Red Sea

Egypt

Luxor 4

Nile Cruise

Red Sea

Kom Ombo

Meals: B.D

Aswan 2

Day 13

Abu Simbel

Red Sea > Cairo

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group sizes of no more than 34 guests

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Your choice of 3 Scenic Freechoice activities 2 Scenic Sundowners events

3 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

30 Meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)

Day 14

Disembark and take a drive through the desert landscape to reach your luxurious resort, the Kempinski Soma Bay, set on the shores of the Red Sea, for a two night Special Stay.

Land

El Alamein

Meals: B

Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breathtaking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour).

1 Overnight

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Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director, expert Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides

Cairo

All internal flights

Discover Islamic Cairo and Khan el Khalili Bazaar and explore Old Cairo and the Hanging Temple of Babylon. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a farewell to Egypt dinner.

Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Meals: B.D

Day 15

Cairo > UK Say farewell as you transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to the UK. Meals: B

Scenic Special Stay Designed in the style of Moorish fortresses with a landscape of gardens, pools, lagoons, waterfalls and a sandy beach, Kempinski Soma Bay will be your luxurious retreat on the shores of the Red Sea.

2021 Departures Tour code: DMGR

Twin share

Single

JAN

5 19

£5,695

£8,045

FEB

2 16

£5,795

£8,295

MAR

2 16

£5,845

£8,345

MAR

30

£5,895

£8,945

APR

13

£5,895

£8,945

APR

27

£5,345

£8,095

MAY

11 25

£5,345

£7,595

AUG

10

£5,395

£7,695

SEP

7 21

£5,445

£7,745

OCT

5 19

£5,945

£8,895

NOV

2 16

£5,995

£8,945

NOV

30

£5,795

£8,495

2021 Cabin Upgrades Suite Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Add from £0

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Please note: Cruise price is based on Luxury Cabin - Nile Deck. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Highlights of the Kingdom of Jordan 10 Day Tour

Amman > Amman

At the crossroads of history The vibrant Kingdom of Jordan is at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe with Nabataean tradesmen, Roman legionnaires, Muslim armies and Christian Crusaders all leaving their mark over the millennia. Go in search of antiquity and the origins of faith as you travel through this remarkable country, from the ancient Roman city of Jerash to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site where Jesus was baptised. Marvel at intricate mosaics and lose yourself in the otherworldly beauty of the desert at Wadi Rum. And just when you thought you had your fill of ancient wonders, the first sight of the magnificent Treasury at Petra will leave you speechless.

Day 1

Day 3

UK > Amman

Amman

Fly from the UK to Amman. Your journey into wonder begins in Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, where you’ll enjoy three nights at the Fairmont Amman.

Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age, and explore the impressive ruins. Freechoice: Visit the Royal Automobile Museum and see the fascinating collection of cars belonging to the Royal Family. Alternatively, experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali walking district.

Day 2

Amman Enjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon, join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and stop to taste some traditional Jordanian sweets. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies.

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Jerash, Jordan

Day 4

Day 5

Amman > Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum > Petra

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At Madaba, discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land and visit the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration. Continue to the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum where you will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp. Sundowners Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink.

Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover Wadi Rum. Explore Lawrence Road and marvel at the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands. Continue to the Rose Red City of Petra for your two night stay at the Mövenpick Hotel. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight. Meals: B.L

Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L

Meals: B.D

Martian tents, Sun Camp, Jordan

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Highlights of the Kingdom of Jordan

10 Day Tour Amman > Amman

1 Overnight

Day 6

Day 8

Petra

Dead Sea

This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away.

Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper. This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Sundowners Join your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful journey.

Meals: B.D

Day 7

Petra > Dead Sea

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At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised, then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Travel north to your Special Stay resort for the next two nights on the shores of the Dead Sea, the luxurious Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea. Relax and enjoy sweeping views over the Dead Sea and across to Israel from your balcony.

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s

Jordan

3

1

Amman

Dead Sea 2 Petra 2 1 Wadi Rum

Red Sea

Meals: B.D

Day 9

Dead Sea > Amman

Jerash Temples

Transfer back to Amman and stay one night in the luxurious five-star Fairmont Amman.

Dating back to the Bronze Age, the city of Jerash is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world. A highlight is the Temple of Artemis with its sandstone pillars that glow golden in the sunlight.

Meals: B

Day 10

Amman > UK

5-star luxury inclusions:

Transfer to Amman airport for your flight to the UK.

Return flights from a choice of UK airports

Meals: B

Group sizes of no more than 34 guests

Meals: B.L

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Your choice of 2 Scenic Freechoice activities 2 Scenic Sundowner events

2 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

15 Meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D) Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides All porterage Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

2021 Departures Tour code: DMAD

Twin share

Single

JAN

18 22 26

£4,545

£5,245

FEB

1

5

9 15 19 23

£4,545

£5,245

MAR

1

5

9 15 19 23 29

£4,545

£5,245

APR

2

6 12 16 20 26 30

£4,545

£5,245

MAY

4 10 14 18 24 28

£4,545

£5,245

JUN

1

7 11

£4,545

£5,245

AUG

17 23 27 31

£4,545

£5,245

SEP

10 14 20 24 28

£4,545

£5,245

OCT

4

8 12 18 22 26

£4,545

£5,245

NOV

1

5

£4,545

£5,245

DEC

3

7 13 17 21

£4,595

£5,295

9 15 19 23 29

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Israel N 31° 43’ E 35° 9’


ISRAEL & OMAN Explore the sacred treasures of the Holy City of Israel and the stark terrain of Oman. Immerse yourself into the intriguing culture and centuries-old heritage. — Discover the secrets of the ancient lands and explore the complexities of a city held sacred by three religions. From the home of Jesus to the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, Israel is a land of splendid contradictions. Feast your eyes on the ripples of golden sands of Oman that seem to kiss the skies at the horizon, and take in the sight of the emerald green waters of the Bimah sinkhole. Often overshadowed by its opulent neighbour, Oman has been quietly harbouring an oasis of wonder.


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Discover

Israel

MAX GUESTS

Mystical, spiritual and holy; complex, engaging and contradictory, Israel is a land like no other. From Jerusalem’s sanctified monuments that will stir emotions, to the beaches and nightlife of Tel Aviv, Israel is a land so wonderfully complex, seldom has a traveller returned unchanged.

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Ancient and Holy Treasures Tour the land of the Bible, home to deep religious roots and timeless treasures. Discover the kaleidoscope of Israel’s archaeological riches, from Bethlehem with its 4th-century Church of the Nativity, to the headquarters of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Explore Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus and the beguiling and bewildering city of Jerusalem. You will find that immersing yourself into the cradle of civilisation is both enlightening and grounding. Culinary Wonders Get a taste of modern Israel; a melting pot of culture, tastes, scents and sounds. From fine dining in Tel Aviv’s world-famous restaurants, to the vibrant food markets in Jerusalem, intimate cooking classes, and wineries that dot the country – sampling authentic local cuisine is the perfect way to learn about Israel’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. The New Face of Israel Harmoniously co-existing with the ancient landscape, bustling cities like Tel Aviv present a refreshingly new face of Israel. Take in the paradox of Tel Aviv’s vibrant night life, impressive skyline, quaint street cafés and dazzling Mediterranean beaches. You can explore the various facets of the Old City through the eyes of both a Palestinian and an Israeli guide, as they discuss the contemporary issues faced by the country. Visit the unique community of Kibuttz to understand the foundation of modern Israel as well as marvel at the community’s social initiatives. Participate in a Shabbat ceremony and further enrich your understanding of Israel.

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Discover Israel & Oman

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B

Discover

Oman

MAX GUESTS

The emerging destination of Oman is one of intriguing cultures, stunning natural beauty and intricate history. With Scenic, discover all the hidden secrets this amazing country has to offer.

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Discover the Historic Past The capital Muscat has a history dating back over 900 years. Set between the Hajar Mountains on one side and the sparkling waters of the Gulf on the other, this important port city has a colourful history with past rulers including the Persians and the Portuguese Empire. At Nizwa, the old capital of Oman, the Fort is one of Oman’s most famous heritage landmarks and an impressive monument to Omani architecture dating back to the 12th century. Untouched Natural Beauty The geographic diversity of Oman is one of its key attractions. The barren and rocky Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape punctuated with green swathes of date palm plantations. Jebel Akhdar covers the mountain tops high above the desert floor. At Wahiba Sands, the vast stretches of sandy desert and dunes rise up to 150 metres providing the perfect backdrop for sunsets in the wilderness.

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Jerusalem, Israel Jebel Akhdar, Oman Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman Old Town, Tel Aviv, Israel


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Jordan & Israel Experience 16 Day Tour

Amman > Tel Aviv

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Ancient lands and Martian backdrops Combine the religious wonders of Israel with the desert landscapes and Roman relics of Jordan for a wonderfully enlightening escapade. Immerse yourself into the sanctity of the Holy City of Jerusalem as you walk the land trodden by enlightened souls and experience the wonderful contrast of Israel in bustling Tel Aviv with its glistening beaches and glorious skyline. In Jordan, give in to the ethereal beauty of Wadi Rum as you gaze at astonishingly clear night skies from Martian tents. Gape in wonder at the towering Treasury of Petra and float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea.

Sea of Galilee 2

Tel Aviv 2 3

Jerusalem Israel

Jordan

3

Amman

Dead Sea 2

Amman, Jordan

Petra 2 1 Wadi Rum

Red Sea 1 Overnight

Land

Included flight

Scenic Special Stay A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Drisco is surrounded by the city’s most fashionable neighbourhood and just minutes from the beach. The hotel’s history spans centuries and has been lovingly restored, remaining true to the original building’s heritage and visual details.

Alma Beach, Tel Aviv, Israel

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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The Scenic Difference: Stay at the Martian tents in Wadi Rum and gaze at the star-filled desert sky, as you recline on your comfortable bed Learn the secrets of Israeli cuisine during a cooking class in a picturesque 200-year-old house Explore 5000 years of cultural treasures at the Israel Museum Jerusalem and Art Garden designed by Isamu Noguchi

Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem, Israel

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Enjoy a gourmet chef-prepared traditional Shabbat dinner at an elegant home of American immigrants to Israel in Jerusalem

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Jordan & Israel Experience 16 Day Tour Amman > Tel Aviv

NEW

Day 1

Day 5

Day 9

UK > Amman

Wadi Rum > Petra

Fly from the UK to Amman. Your journey into wonder begins in Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, where you’ll enjoy three nights at the Fairmont Amman.

Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Continue to the Rose Red City of Petra for your two night stay at the Mövenpick Hotel. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight.

Dead Sea > Tel Aviv

Day 2

Amman Enjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and stop to taste some traditional Jordanian sweets. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies. Meals: B.D

Day 3

Amman

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Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age. Freechoice: Visit the Royal Automobile Museum and see the fascinating collection of cars of the Royal Family. Alternatively, experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abadali walking district. Meals: B.L

Day 4

Amman > Wadi Rum

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At Madaba, discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land and visit the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration. Continue to the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum where you will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp. Sundowners Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink. Meals: B.L.D

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Fly to Tel Aviv. Enjoy your two night Special Stay at The Drisco Tel Aviv - a Leading Hotels of the World Hotel. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome to Israel dinner. Meals: B.D

Meals: B.L

Day 10

Day 6

Tel Aviv

Petra This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away. Meals: B.D

Day 7

Petra > Dead Sea

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At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Travel north to your Special Stay resort for the next two nights on the shores of the Dead Sea, the luxurious Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea. Relax and enjoy sweeping views over the Dead Sea and across to Israel from your balcony. Meals: B.L

Day 8

Dead Sea

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Tel Aviv is a vibrant metropolis that is quick to charm. Take an enlightening tour with an expert art-historian guide and explore the archaeological ruins and winding alleyways. Browse through the curios of Nahalat Binyamin street market and explore World Heritage-listed Bauhaus buildings of the White City quarter, and visit scenic Tel Aviv port. Freechoice: Learn the secrets of Israeli cuisine during a cooking class in a picturesque 200-year-old house, or learn the fundamentals of traditional Ethiopian drumming in an interactive workshop. Alternatively, discover the Ilana Goor Museum, distinct in its dual purpose as both an art gallery and private home of the artist. Sundowners This evening enjoy beverages on the terrace at Manta Ray, located on the promenade of Alma Beach, Tel Aviv’s coolest stretch of sand. Meals: B.D

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Day 11

Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper. Sundowners Join your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful journey through Jordan.

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Discover the intriguing history of Israel’s mountainous region as you drive to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. Enjoy your two night Special Stay at The Scots Hotel, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias.

This evening enjoy seasonal local ingredients in dishes that pay homage to the Christian-Arab cuisine of the region at Magdalena. Meals: B.D

Day 12

Sea of Galilee Your first look at the scenic region of Galilee will be on a tranquil boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Continue to the biblical village of Capernaum, and then proceed to the place of the miracle of multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Tabgha. On Galilee’s northwestern shores, visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Continue to Kibbutz Ein Gev and learn about the unique kibbutz community. Return to your hotel, stopping en route at a local winery for a tour and wine tasting. Meals: B

Day 13

Sea of Galilee > Jerusalem  Optional Balloon Flight

Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breathtaking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour). In Nazareth, you’ll visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. In Beit She’an, discover the archaeological excavations that uncovered precious relics, and trace Israel’s long and rich history that dates back 5,000 years. Ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem, and your home for three nights, the Orient Jerusalem. Meals: B

Meals: B.D

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Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

Day 14

Jerusalem

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A Holy City for three of the world’s great religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – Jerusalem occupies a unique place in humanity. Enrich Get a holistic perspective on the past, present and future of Jerusalem through a unique dual narrative experience with your two tour guides – one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian. Witness the revered sites of the Old City through their eyes, consider recent tensions, and ponder the city’s future. Stand before the Western Wall and soak in the aura of the holiest of Jerusalem’s Jewish sites. Continue along the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter to visit the historic Hurva Synagogue. This evening, experience the uplifting songs that distinguish the Jewish faith and Israeli culture at a Yiddish Klezmer club. Meals: B.D

Day 15

Jerusalem

5-star luxury inclusions:

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Freechoice: Explore the colourful Mahane Yehuda Market or discover the stories and survivor testimonies at Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Memorial – with a specialist historian. Alternatively, enjoy wine tasting at Flam Winery. Later, explore 5000 years of cultural treasures at the Israel Museum Jerusalem with an experienced historian, including the Billy Rose Art Garden designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Enrich This evening, enjoy an unforgettable gourmet experience with a chefprepared traditional Shabbat dinner at an elegant home of American immigrants to Israel.

Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group sizes of no more than 34 guests

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2 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Your choice of 8 Scenic Freechoice activities 3 Scenic Sundowners events

4 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

28 Meals – 15 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D) Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides All internal flights Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Meals: B.D

Day 16

Jerusalem > Tel Aviv > UK This morning, venture to the town of Bethlehem. Later, transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your flight to the UK. Meals: B

Departure Dates Tour code: DMJI 2020

Twin share

Single

£8,545

£10,745 JAN 18 26

£7,645

£9,745

SEP 20* 25

£8,495

£10,745 FEB 5 15 23

£7,645

£9,745

OCT 4*

£8,495

£10,745 MAR 5 23

£7,645

£9,745

OCT 9 18*

£8,545

£10,745 APR 2 12 20 30

£7,645

£9,745

NOV 13 15*

£8,545

£10,745 MAY 10 18 28

£7,645

£9,745

JUN 7

£7,645

£9,745

AUG 17 27

£7,645

£9,745

SEP 6 14 24

£7,645

£9,745

OCT 4 12 22

£7,645

£9,745

NOV 1 9 19 29

£7,645

£9,745

DEC 7

£7,645

£9,745

 Extend your journey

Twin share

Single

2021

AUG 30*

Please note: *Will run as per 2019-20 itinerary. Jordan portion includes two additional nights in Aqaba.

Combine this tour with Egypt. Please see pages 70-77 for further information and pricing.

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Highlights of Israel 8 Day Tour

Tel Aviv > Tel Aviv

Sundowners This evening enjoy beverages and dinner at Alma Beach, Tel Aviv’s coolest stretch of sand.

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Into the land of creation

Meals: B.D

You’re invited to explore the ancient land held sacred by three major religions, a living museum of mankind’s history encircled by modernity. Immerse yourself into a bygone era as you walk in the footsteps of departed prophets and discover the complexities of this holy land on an unforgettable 8 day journey. Visit the lively city of Tel Aviv. With its glorious skyline and dazzling beaches, this is a city that never seems to sleep. Browse through its markets and the 4,000-year-old port city Jaffa, and sail the Sea of Galilee, the very lake where Jesus is said to have walked on water. Soak in the divinity of the Holy City of Jerusalem while also exploring its local art and gourmet scene.

Day 1

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Fly from the UK to Tel Aviv. Begin an unforgettable Scenic journey with a two night Special Stay at The Drisco Tel Aviv - a Leading Hotel of the World Hotel. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner of modern Israeli cuisine at the George and John Restaurant. Meals: D

Day 2

Tel Aviv

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Bathed in Mediterranean sunshine, hummus-infused aromas, and Bauhaus-era buildings, Tel Aviv is a vibrant metropolis that is quick to charm. Take an enlightening tour with an expert art-historian guide who will

Jaffa, Tel Aviv

bowl you over with tales about the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa, and explore the archaeological ruins and winding alleyways. Browse through the curios of Nahalat Binyamin street market and be enthralled by World Heritage-listed Bauhaus buildings of the White City quarter, then visit scenic Tel Aviv port. Freechoice: Learn the secrets of Israeli cuisine during a cooking class in a picturesque 200-year-old house, or learn the fundamentals of traditional Ethiopian drumming in an interactive workshop. Alternatively, discover the Ilana Goor Museum, distinct in its dual purpose as both an art gallery and private home of the artist.

Meals: B

Day 5

Day 3

Tel Aviv > Sea of Galilee

Return to your hotel, stopping en route at a local winery for a tour and wine tasting.

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Discover the intriguing history of Israel’s mountainous region as you drive to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. You will have the chance to view the archaeological discoveries of the Crusader city and the Roman port, including a restored amphitheatre and aqueduct. Later, proceed to your two night Special Stay at The Scots Hotel, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias. This evening enjoy seasonal local ingredients in dishes that pay homage to the Christian-Arab cuisine of the region at Magdalena. Meals: B.D

Day 4

Sea of Galilee Your first look at the scenic region of Galilee will be on a tranquil boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Continue to the biblical village of Capernaum, and then proceed to the place of the miracle of multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Tabgha. On Galilee’s northwestern shores, visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Continue to Kibbutz Ein Gev and learn about the unique kibbutz community.

Sea of Galilee > Jerusalem  Optional Balloon Flight

Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breathtaking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour). In Nazareth, you’ll visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. In Beit She’an, discover the archaeological excavations that uncovered precious relics, and trace Israel’s incredibly long and rich history that dates back 5,000 years. Ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem, and your home for the next three nights, the Orient Jerusalem. Meals: B

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A Holy City for three of the world’s great religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – Jerusalem occupies a unique place in humanity.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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8 Day Tour Tel Aviv > Tel Aviv Enrich Get a holistic perspective on the past, present and future of Jerusalem through a unique dual narrative experience with your two tour guides – one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian. Witness the revered sites of the Old City through their eyes, consider recent tensions, and ponder the city’s future. Stand before the Western Wall, famously called the ‘Wailing Wall’, and soak in the aura of the holiest of Jerusalem’s Jewish sites. Continue along the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter to visit the historic Hurva Synagogue. This evening, experience the uplifting songs that distinguish the Jewish faith and Israeli culture at a Yiddish Klezmer club. Savour local tapas as the band provides a spirited soundtrack. Meals: B.D

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Freechoice: Explore the colourful Mahane Yehuda Market and engage with friendly vendors, and mingle with the city’s rich mosaic of residents as our guide shares insight into Israel’s modern food scene and enduring traditions.

1 Overnight

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Alternatively, discover the stories and survivor testimonies at Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Memorial – with a specialist historian, or enjoy wine tasting at Flam Winery with artisanal cheese and breads. Later, explore 5000 years of cultural treasures at the Israel Museum Jerusalem with an experienced historian, including the Billy Rose Art Garden designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Enrich This evening, enjoy an unforgettable gourmet experience with a chefprepared traditional Shabbat dinner at an elegant home of American immigrants to Israel.

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Tel Aviv 2

Jordan 3 Jerusalem

Israel

Scenic Enrich Experience

Meals: B.D

Get a holistic perspective on the past, present and future of Jerusalem through a unique dual narrative experience with your two tour guides - one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian.

Day 8

Jerusalem > Tel Aviv > UK This morning, venture to Bethlehem. Immerse yourself into the history and spirituality as you explore the sites of Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, and the monasteries of the Shepherds’ Fields. Bid farewell to Jerusalem as you transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your flight to the UK.

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports Smaller group sizes with a maximum of 24 guests

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2 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Your choice of 6 Scenic Freechoice activities 2 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

12 Meals – 7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)

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Meals: B

Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Departure Dates Tour code: MITA 2020

Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Israel

Twin share

Single

2021

Twin share

Single

SEP 9 30

£4,695

£6,095 JAN 26

£4,645

OCT 3 14 17 28

£4,695

£6,095 FEB 3 13 23

£4,645

£6,045

NOV 21 25

£4,695

£6,095 MAR 3 13 23 31

£4,645

£6,045

APR 10 20 28

£4,645

£6,045

MAY 8 18 26

£4,645

£6,045

JUN 5 15

£4,645

£6,045

AUG 25

£4,695

£6,095

SEP 4 14 22

£4,695

£6,095

OCT 2 12 20 30

£4,695

£6,095

NOV 9 17 27

£4,695

£6,095

DEC 7 15 25

£4,695

£6,095

£6,045

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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The Kingdoms of Jordan & Oman 16 Day Tour

Amman > Muscat

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Rugged good looks and heart-warming traditions Step back in time as you explore the ancient wonders of Jordan and discover the hidden beauty of Oman. In Jordan, explore the wondrous remnants of its varied past dwellers, from biblical prophets to the Romans and Nabateans. The lunar landscapes of Wadi Rum are sure to blow your mind as will the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea. Oman has a subdued charm that is often overshadowed by its opulent neighbour. The endless ripples of golden sand, rugged mountainous landscapes, pristine coastlines and touching Bedouin hospitality is sure to steal your heart.

Day 1

Day 3

UK > Amman

Amman

Fly from the UK to Amman. Your journey into wonder begins in Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, where you’ll enjoy three nights at the Fairmont Amman.

Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age. Freechoice: Visit the Royal Automobile Museum or experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali district.

Day 2

Amman Enjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and taste some traditional Jordanian sweets. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies. Meals: B.D

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Jebel Akhdar, Oman

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Day 9

Petra

Dead Sea > Muscat

This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high.

Fly to Muscat and check in for your three night Special Stay at the iconic Al Bustan Palace - A Ritz Carlton Hotel, with ocean view rooms. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome to Oman dinner.

Meals: B.D

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At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Travel north to your Special Stay resort for the next two nights on the shores of the Dead Sea, the luxurious Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea. Relax and enjoy sweeping views over the Dead Sea and across to Israel from your balcony. Meals: B.L

Meals: B.L

Day 8

Days 4-5

Dead Sea

Amman > Wadi Rum > Petra

Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper. Sundowners Join your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful Jordanian journey.

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Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Continue to the Rose Red City of Petra. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury at night. See days 4-5 on page 44 for full details (inlcuding meals) of your Jordan tour

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Meals: B.D

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Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman has a history dating over 900 years. Start with a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. You will marvel at the features including the enormous hand woven prayer carpet, chandeliers and stained glass windows. Enrich Be welcomed by the owner of the Bait Adam Museum and enjoy traditional Omani coffee with dates, and a tour of his private collection. Meals: B

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Muscat

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Freechoice: Immerse yourself in this beautiful city and discover Muscat in-depth by visiting the Opera House, National Museum and bustling Muttrah Souq. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxed dolphin-watching cruise. Later, cruise on a traditional Dhow. Meals: B.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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The Kingdoms of Jordan & Oman

16 Day Tour Amman > Muscat Day 12

Muscat > Wahiba Sands

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Board your 4WD vehicles for your adventure into the vast mass of undulating dunes of Oman’s Wahiba Desert. En route, drive past the fishing village of Quriyat to spot flamingos and stop at the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater filled with shimmering blue green water. Later, experience the thrills of dune driving and observe the surprisingly wide array of flora and fauna found in the desert sands before visiting a Bedouin home to enjoy a cup of Omani coffee and learn about local life. Arrive at your tented Bedouin camp for the night in time to see the changing colours of the desert during a golden sunset, a photographers’ delight. Sundowners Later in the afternoon, depart on a desert drive across the dunes for sunset drinks.

Enrich Dine in the most stunning of settings reserved for you – a canyon-edge platform where Princess Diana took in panoramic views in 1986. Toast as the sun sets over the canyon and constellations shine overhead.

Included flight

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Muscat

Nizwa

Dead Sea 2 Petra 2

Oman

Wahiba

1 Sands

Day 14

Nizwa

Red Sea

Enjoy the stark beauty of the Wahiba Desert from your room, as sunrise over the desert paints the landscape in pastel shades. Enjoy an early breakfast and depart for Nizwa Old Town, a former capital of Oman. Immerse yourself in the lively souq and explore the well preserved, World Heritage-listed Bahla Fort – the finest of Oman’s castles – which displays beautiful Omani ceiling paintings and beautifully executed woodcarvings.

Rose Red City of Petra This magnificent ancient city, carved into the sandstone mountains, is the legacy of the Nabataeans. Marvel at Petra’s most famous monument, the Treasury which appears dramatically at the end of the siq.

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group sizes of no more than 34 guests

Meals: B.D

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2 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experience

Your choice of 4 Scenic Freechoice activities

Day 13

Jebel Akhdar > Muscat

Escape to cool mountain climes, stopping in Birkat Al Mawz, an uninhibited, abandoned village full of date and banana orchards and old brick houses. Continue on to Jebel Akhdar. Located on the fabled Green Mountain, elevated luxury reveals dramatic canyon views at one of the world’s highest resorts. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, your two night Special Stay, offers Omani splendour in the most breathtaking of natural settings.

Amman

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Meals: B.L.D

Wahiba > Jebel Akhdar

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5 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

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31 Meals – 15 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)  ully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director and F knowledgeable local guides

Discover the 400 year old village of Al Hamra, one of the best preserved old towns in Oman. Continue to Muscat and return to the Al Bustan Palace - A Ritz Carlton Hotel for another Special Stay. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

All internal flights Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Meals: B.L.D

Day 16

Muscat Say farewell as you transfer to Muscat airport for your flight to the UK. Meals: B

Departure Dates Tour code: DMJO 2020

Single

2021

Twin share

Single

£8,845 £10,895 JAN 22

£8,195 £10,445

OCT 2 11* 23 25*

£8,845 £10,895 FEB 9

£8,195 £10,445

MAR 1

£8,195 £10,445

APR 16

£8,195 £10,445

 Extend your journey

Combine this tour with Egypt. Please see pages 70-77 for further information and pricing.

Twin share

SEP 27*

MAY 4

£7,595

AUG 23

£8,295 £10,495

£9,245

SEP 10

£7,895

SEP 28

£8,295 £10,495

OCT 18

£8,295 £10,495

NOV 5 23

£8,295 £10,495

£9,695

Please note: *Will run as per 2019-20 itinerary. Jordan portion includes two additional nights in Aqaba. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Oman Impressions 9 Day Tour

Muscat > Muscat

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Wild deserts and untouched coastlines The emerging destination of Oman is one of intriguing cultures, stunning natural beauty and history. Immerse yourself into Oman’s rich history, along with the sparkling waters of Muscat, the stretches of desert land at Wahiba Sands and the fabled Green Mountain, where elevated luxury reveals dramatic canyon views at one of the world’s highest resorts. Prepare to uncover the ancient and natural wonders of Oman on this splendid nine day journey.

Day 1

UK > Muscat Fly overnight from the UK to Muscat.

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Your journey into wonder begins at Muscat with a three night Special Stay at the iconic Al Bustan Palace - A Ritz Carlton Hotel, with views of the ocean from your room. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Meals: D

Day 3

Muscat

colourful history with past rulers including the Persians and the Portuguese Empire. Your exploration of this city starts with a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. Marvel at the features including the enormous hand woven prayer carpet, chandeliers and stained glass windows. Enrich Be welcomed by the owner of the Bait Adam Museum and enjoy traditional Omani coffee with dates, and a tour of his private collection.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

then finish off at the bustling Muttrah Souq. Alternatively, spot wild dolphins along Muscat’s rugged coast on a fun dolphin-watching cruise. Later, see Muscat’s coast through the eyes of ancient seafarers who plied this route for centuries on a traditional Dhow cruise. Meals: B.D

Day 5

Muscat > Wahiba Sands

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Board your 4WD vehicles for your adventure into the vast mass of undulating dunes of Oman. En route, drive past the fishing village of Quriyat to spot flamingos and stop at the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular

limestone crater filled with shimmering blue green water. Later, experience the thrills of dune driving and observe the surprisingly wide array of flora and fauna found in the desert sands before visiting a Bedouin home to enjoy a cup of Omani coffee and learn about local life. Arrive at your tented Bedouin camp for the night in time to see the changing colours of the desert during a golden sunset, a photographers’ delight. Sundowners Late afternoon, depart on a desert drive across the dunes for sunset drinks. Meals: B.L.D

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Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman has a history dating over 900 years. Set between the Hajar Mountains on one side and the sparkling waters of the Gulf on the other, this important port city has a

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Freechoice: Immerse yourself in this beautiful city and its monuments and discover Muscat in-depth by visiting the Opera House and National Museum before driving along the waterfront Corniche,

Birkat Al Mawz, Jebel Akhdar

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Oman Impressions

9 Day Tour Muscat > Muscat Day 6

Wahiba > Jebel Akhdar

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Escape to cool mountain climes, stopping in Birkat Al Mawz, an uninhibited, abandoned village full of date and banana orchards and old brick houses. Continue on to Jebel Akhdar. Located on the fabled Green Mountain, elevated luxury reveals dramatic canyon views at one of the world’s highest resorts. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, your two night Special Stay, offers Omani splendour in the most breathtaking of natural settings. Enrich Dine in the most stunning of settings reserved just for you – a canyon-edge platform where Princess Diana took in panoramic views in 1986. Toast as the sun sets over the canyon and constellations shine overhead. Meals: B.D

Day 7

Nizwa Enjoy the stark beauty of the Wahiba Desert from your room, as sunrise over the desert paints the landscape in pastel shades. Enjoy an early breakfast and depart for Nizwa Old Town, a former capital of Oman.

1 Overnight

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Immerse yourself in the lively souq and explore the well preserved, World Heritagelisted Bahla Fort – the finest of Oman’s castles – which displays beautiful Omani ceiling paintings and beautifully executed woodcarvings.

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Nizwa

Meals: B.D

Day 8

Wahiba

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Oman

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Discover the 400-year-old village of Al Hamra, one of the best preserved old towns in Oman. Stroll past the honey coloured Yemeni-style old mud-brick houses and the lush, green date plantations. Proceed to Misfat Al Abriyeen, before venturing on a funfilled and adventurous drive crossing Oman’s quaint villages, patchwork terraces and traditional houses laid out against the rocky slopes. Continue to Muscat and return to the Al Bustan Palace - A Ritz Carlton Hotel for another Special Stay. This evening. join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Scenic Special Stay Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel, has a spectacular location on 200 acres of private beach and lush green gardens and offers an alluring blend of old and new.

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports Smaller group sizes with a maximum of 24 guests

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2 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Your choice of 2 Scenic Freechoice activities

Meals: B.L.D

1 Scenic Sundowners event

Day 9

3 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

Muscat > UK

15 Meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D)  ully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director and F knowledgeable local guides

Say farewell as you transfer to Muscat airport for your flight to the UK.

Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Meals: B

 Extend your journey

Departure Dates Tour code: DMOM 2020

Twin share

Single

£4,895

£6,095 JAN 29

£5,245

£6,795

NOV 3

£4,895

£6,095 FEB 16

Add a Dubai or Abu Dhabi city stay before or after your tour. Please see page 110 for further information and pricing.

Twin share

Single

2021

OCT 6 9 20 30

£5,245

£6,795

MAR 8

£5,245

£6,795

APR 23

£5,245

£6,795

MAY 11

£4,645

£5,545

AUG 30

£4,845

£5,945

SEP 17

£4,845

£5,945

OCT 5 25

£5,195

£6,745

NOV 12 30

£5,195

£6,745

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


Pink Mosque, Iran N 33° 32’ E 70° 40’


IRAN Glorious 518 BCE Persian ruins, centuries-old cerulean Islamic mosaics, a fire that has been ablaze since 470AD – a trip to Iran will be one of the most heartwarming and soulful experiences you will ever have. — Discover ancient Persepolis ruins, explore vibrant local markets, and discover the Zoroastrian heritage, one of the oldest active religions of the world, in the mysterious land of Iran. Uncover a world that is unlike any other in the Middle East – a wonderfully unique world that stands apart from its neighbours in respect of language, ancestry, religion and culture. Tales of impeccable Iranian hospitality have been passed through generations of travellers, and you are sure to have one of your own to narrate.


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Iran

Step into this land of unparalleled natural beauty, astoundingly beautiful religious monuments and wondrous ancient relics. Encounter nostalgic remnants of all the great civilisations that once ruled Persia – from the Archaemedians to the Safavids. A

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Persepolis, Shiraz Golestan Palace, Tehran Tows of Silence, Yazd Vakil Bazaar, Shiraz

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Breathtaking monuments Explore the fusion of civilisations left behind by Iran’s colourful history and discover the various intricacies that make modern Iran tick. A trip to the ancient ruins of Persepolis will leave you flabbergasted by the sheer size and splendour of the bygone city, whereas visits to the World Heritage-listed Golestan Palace, the glimmering Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum and the kaleidoscopic Nasr el-Molk will whisk you away to a magical land. Shop for authentic Persian rugs, local handicrafts and aromatic spices at Shiraz’s Vakil Bazaar and explore the country’s Zoroastrian heritage in the city of Yazd with its eternal flame and the sombre Towers of Silence. Warm and welcoming locals Despite being a treasure trove of ancient wonders, varied cultures and breathtaking natural beauty, one of the greatest attractions in Iran is its people. Warm and welcoming, you’ll be overwhelmed with invitations to cups of tea at the homes of the locals. You will discover that Iranians are the friendliest and most generous people you will ever meet.

The historical complex of Sa’dabad Palace in Tehran contains 18 palaces belonging to the royal families of Qajar and Pahlavi. Housed in a beautiful garden, it comprises the extravagant 54-room White Palace dating back to the 1930s and the more classical Green Palace built by Reza Shah – Pahlavi.

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Persia Unveiled 15 Day Tour

Tehran > Tehran

NEW

In search of Ancient Persia An ancient land of stunning scenery, sublime architecture and kindhearted locals. Explore Iran with its enchanting gardens, caravanserais and bazaars. Gaze upon the stunning mosques and palaces that will awe you with their vibrant colours, intricate tile works and brilliant calligraphy, and encounter nostalgic remnants of the great civilisations that once ruled Ancient Persia. From the engaging capital city, Tehran, to the city of roses, Shiraz, the oasis town of Yazd and Iran’s crown jewel, Isfahan, behold the beguiling beauty of this country and return home with a renewed sense of wonder. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the unsurpassed warmth, friendliness and hospitality of the welcoming Iranian people on a fifteen day wondrous expedition.

Tehran

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Masjede Shah Mosque, Isfahan

Shiraz

1 Overnight

Land

Included flight

Scenic Freechoice activity Meander through the historic bazaar and watch artisans at work – a living museum of traditional culture. Here, you will witness the country’s most specialised craftsmen in 167 different disciplines, including carpet weaving, metalwork, woodwork, ceramics, painting and inlay works, and enjoy a local Biryani lunch.

Vakil Bazaar, Shiraz

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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The Scenic Difference: Explore Isfahan, a city of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens, gorgeous bridges and Islamic buildings Enjoy a night of cosmic exploration with a private astronomer who will reveal to you all the wonders of Persian astronomy Learn all the tricks of the Persian kitchen and cook a traditional Isfahan feast in a hands-on cooking class

Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Yazd

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955

Celebrate the heart of Ancient Persia and explore Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World

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Persia Unveiled 15 Day Tour Tehran > Tehran

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Day 4

UK > Tehran

Tehran

Fly overnight from the UK to Tehran.

Wander the sprawling cultural and historical complex of Sa’dabad Palace, which contains 18 palaces belonging to the royal families of Qajar and Pahlavi. Housed in a beautiful garden, it comprises the extravagant 54-room White Palace dating back to the 1930s and the more classical Green Palace built by Reza Shah, Pahlavi. Later, be dazzled by Iran’s prized crown jewels at the National Jewellery Treasury before your final stop for the day at Reza Abbasi Museum, showcasing Iranian art from ancient times and the Safavid-era paintings of Abbasi.

Day 2

Tehran Your journey into wonder begins at Tehran with a three night stay at the Espinas Palace Hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a traditional Iranian welcome dinner. Meals: D

Day 3

Tehran Tehran, Iran’s political, cultural and economic heart is the country’s most secular and liberal city. Discover Golestan Palace, a fine example of Persian art, history, and architecture. Explore the modest National Museum of Iran, which is the combination of two museums, the old Archaeological Museum and the modernistic white travertine museum of the Islamic period. Afterward, visit the Carpet Museum of Iran that exhibits a variety of Persian carpets from all over the country, dating back to the 16th century to the present.

 Optional Caviar Tasting

Choose to indulge the senses with a delicious caviar tasting experience (additional cost, please book prior to tour. Costs available closer to departure date). Meals: B.L

Meals: B.D

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Tehran > Shiraz Fly to Shiraz. and drive to the heartland of Ancient Persia and explore Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World. Home to the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Kings, witness the remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and its famous bas-reliefs. At Naghsh-e-Rostam explore the Achaemenid fire temple Ka’be-Zardosht and Royal Tombs plus seven magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs. Return to Shiraz for your three night stay at the Shiraz Grand Hotel. This evening, venture into the city for a Persian BBQ and live music at Haft Khan, popular with fashionable Shirazis. Meals: B.L.D

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Shiraz Discover why Shiraz, the city of ‘roses and nightingales’ is considered to be the heartland of Persian culture and sophistication when you explore its famous gardens, tombs and mosques. Wander Eram Garden, graced by avenues of large trees and a grand residence overlooking

the fountains and botanic gardens, a 19th-century pavilion, and a rose garden. Visit the tomb of the great 14th-century poet, Hafez whose legacy in modern Iranian literary culture is as significant as Shakespeare in the English-speaking world. Marvel at Nasr el-Molk or the Pink Mosque with its thousands of painted pink tiles on the ceiling, finely carved pillars and exquisite stained glass that turn the inside into a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour that is simply breathtaking. Meals: B.L

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Shiraz Admire the high walls of Arg-e-Karim Khan, the 18th-century citadel with its ornamental brickwork, and spend time interacting with teachers and students at Madrasa Khan, an important theological school. Explore the Vakil Bazaar, the oldest bazaar in Shiraz, complete with beautiful courtyards, caravanserais, bath-houses and old shops that are deemed among the best places in Shiraz to buy all kinds of Persian rugs, spices, copper handicrafts and antiques. Be awed by the Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum, an Iranian treasure lined with glittering shards of glass and mirror. Meals: B.L.D

Day 8

Shiraz > Yazd Visit the great Achaemenian capital, Pasargadae. The city of Cyrus the Great; his massive tomb remains intact among its evocative ruins. Stop in Abarkuh, a typical desert town, and have tea under the shade of a 4,000year old Cypress tree, before continuing on to the living museum of Yazd, one of the oldest cities in Iran and the centre of the Zoroastrian community. Later, check into

the charming Moshir AlMamalek Garden Hotel for two nights. The ochre coloured property is a short drive from the centre of town and retains many original features dating back to the 19th century. Meals: B.L.D

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Explore the enchanting mud-brick city of Yazd with its brooding Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, and the narrow winding lanes and opulent merchants’ houses with tall wind-towers. Behold the active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the fire of which has been burning for 1,500 years. Enrich Board 4WD vehicles for your adventure into the vast mass of undulating dunes of Iran’s desert. Later, experience the thrills of dune driving and walk to the top of the dunes to see the changing colours of the desert during a golden sunset, a photographers’ delight. As night falls, gather around the campfire and enjoy tea and a delicious Iranian meal. Enjoy a night of cosmic exploration with a private astronomer** who will reveal to you all the wonders of Persian astronomy. There is no better place for stargazing than the cool desert at night. Meals: B.D

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Bid farewell to beautiful Yazd and drive to Isfahan, stopping en route at Na’in, another charming desert town, to visit the 10th-century Friday Mosque, and the 17th- century Pirnia House and Ethnographic Museum. Arrive in Isfahan and check into your Special Stay, the Abbasi Hotel, for the next four nights. Originally used as a pit stop for merchants travelling the ancient Silk Road, the Abbasi Hotel opened in the 1700s, and represents authentic Persian design. Meals: B.L.D

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Shah–e-Cheragh Mausoleum, Shiraz, Iran

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Isfahan

Isfahan

Isfahan is a city of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens, gorgeous bridges and Islamic buildings. The following few days will introduce you to these astonishing sites. Start with a walk along the Zayandeh River to see some of Isfahan’s beautiful bridges. Head to the Armenian Quarter and visit the Vank Armenian Cathedral and Maidan-eNaghsh-e-Jahan, a stunning square framed by the Masjide-Imam (Shah Mosque) on one side, and the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque on the other. The day concludes at one of the best teahouses in Iran, the famous and unique Azadegan Teahouse.

Freechoice: Meander through the historic bazaar and watch artisans at work – a living museum of traditional culture – then enjoy a local Biryani lunch. Alternatively, visit the Music Museum for a performance of traditional instruments, or learn all the tricks of the Persian kitchen and cook a traditional Isfahan feast in a hands-on cooking class.

Meals: B.D

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Isfahan Dating back to 841, the World Heritage-listed Jameh Mosque of Isfahan lies in the historic centre of Isfahan and showcases centuries of Islamic architecture. Get lost in the romance and wonder of the Chehel Sotun Palace, filled with ceramics, miniature paintings, and frescoes and set among a symmetrical garden with lion fountains. Later, head to the Hasht Behesht Palace, an architectural masterpiece, which bears witness to the grandeur of Safavid Persia. Meals: B.L.D

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Add a Dubai or Abu Dhabi city stay before or after your tour. Please see page 110 for further information and pricing.

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports Smaller group sizes with a maximum of 24 guests

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1 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experience

Meals: B.L

Your choice of 3 Scenic Freechoice activities

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1 Memorable Scenic Special Stay

Isfahan > Tehran

32 Meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)  ully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director and F knowledgeable local guides

Travel by road north to Tehran stopping at Abyaneh, one of the oldest and most beautiful villages in Iran. Continue to Kashan and stroll through the early 16th-century garden of Fin and a 19th-century merchant residence known as Taba-Tabai House with its beautiful stucco dome, inlaid mirror work and fine badgirs. Arrive in Tehran at the Espinas Palace Hotel, your hotel for the night. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Return airport transfers All internal flights All tipping and gratuities

Meals: B.L.D

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Tehran Say farewell to your new friends as you transfer to Tehran airport for your flight to the UK taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you. Meals: B

Departure Dates Tour code: DPTT 2020

Twin share

Single

2021

Twin share

Single

SEP 6

£5,495

£6,545 FEB 28

£5,495

£6,545

OCT 4

£5,495

£6,545 MAY 16

£5,495

£6,545

SEP 5

£5,495

£6,545

OCT 18

£5,495

£6,545

Please note: **Astronomer dependant on weather conditions and availability. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran N 32° 40’ E 51° 41’


Giza, Egypt N 29° 58’ E31° 7’


ULTIMATE JOURNEYS The world is filled with untold wonders and one lifetime is barely enough to see them all, let alone one destination. — When it comes to travelling to exotic new lands, more is definitely merrier. Scenic’s combination tours open up the possibility of endless exploration as you travel from one destination to another, uncovering unique new wonders along the way.


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Tour Combinations When one Scenic tour is just not enough. We’ve combined some of our most popular itineraries to create ultimate journeys, allowing you to discover ancient wonders, fascinating cultures and hidden treasures on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, handcrafted by Scenic. Following Tour Starting Tour Wonders of the Nile Page 38

Egypt in Depth Page 42

Jordan & Israel Experience

The Kingdoms of Jordan & Oman

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Ancient Wonders of Egypt, Jordan& Israel

Wonders of the Nile, Jordan & Oman

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Egypt, Jordan & Israel Experience

Egypt, Jordan & Oman in Depth

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Kom Ombo, Egypt

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Ancient Wonders of Egypt, Jordan & Israel 27 Day Cruise & Tour

Giza (Cairo) > Tel Aviv

Jaffa, Israel

5-star luxury inclusions:

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Return flights from a choice of UK airports

Three extraordinary worlds, one unforgettable journey.

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2 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Your choice of 13 Scenic Freechoice activities 3 Scenic Sundowners events

Journey through lands where time has stood still through centuries so that travellers from around the world can bathe in the blessed aura.

6 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

56 Meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches and 18 dinners (D)  ully escorted by handpicked Scenic Tour Directors, F expert Egyptologists and local guides

Be humbled by the towering structures of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the colossal statues at the Abu Simbel temples and the 20-metre tall Sphinx. A tranquil Nile Cruise will be just the thing to let it all sink in. In Jordan, discover the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, the Rose Red City of Petra, Jesus Christ’s baptism site at Bethany Beyond the Jordan and the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea. Israel is bound to move you like no other place. In Jerusalem, you will discover the poignant history of mankind while Tel Aviv will blow you away with its paradoxical vibrant 21st-century city life.

All internal flights Porterage throughout Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

2021 Departures Tour code: DCDI Amman 2

Dead Sea 2

Giza

2 Cairo

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Jordan

Petra 2 1

Wadi Rum Egypt

Twin share

Single

JAN

15

£12,495

£17,345

FEB

12

£12,695

£17,695

MAR

12

£12,695

£17,695

APR

9

£12,545

£17,695

MAY

7

£11,995

£16,495

AUG

6

£12,045

£16,495

SEP

3

£12,095

£16,545

OCT

1 29

£12,745

£17,945

Luxor

Kom Ombo Aswan

6

Nile Cruise

Red Sea

2

Sea of Galilee

Tel Aviv

Abu Simbel

Suite Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

2

1

2021 Cabin Upgrades

3

Jerusalem

Israel

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Add from £0

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Please note: Cruise price based on Luxury Cabin - Nile Deck.

River cruise

1 Overnight

Land

Included flight

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Egypt, Jordan & Israel Experiences 29 Day Cruise & Tour

Giza (Cairo) > Tel Aviv

NEW

Dead Sea, Israel

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports

Golden sands and spiritual lands

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Your choice of 11 Scenic Freechoice activities

Go deeper into the history and culture of enigmatic Egypt, drink in the rugged beauty of Jordan’s Bedouin lands, and learn about Israel’s history that has shaped the face of religion.

4 Scenic Sundowners events

7 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

57 Meals – 28 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches and 17 dinners (D)  ully escorted by handpicked Scenic Tour Directors, F expert Egyptologists and local guides

Travel the length and breadth of Egypt and immerse yourself into the exotic sights and sounds of this fascinating ancient land. From the ancient sandstone structures and magnificent sombre tombs to El Alamein’s World War II memorial. From the tranquil Nile cruise and sparkling shores of the Red Sea to the din of the traditional souqs. In the Kingdom of Jordan, discover the captivating alien landscape of Wadi Rum, the astounding rose hued structures of Petra, the ruins of a once majestic Roman city and the glorious remnants of sites of biblical significance. Continue your spiritual quest in the Holy City of Israel as you discover the land through the eyes of both a Jewish Israeli and a Palestinian guide.

All internal flights Porterage throughout Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

2021 Departures Tour code: DMCI Amman 2

Jordan

Dead Sea 2

Giza

4

2 Cairo

Petra 2 1

Wadi Rum Egypt

2 Red Sea

Luxor 4

2

Nile Cruise

Sea of Galilee

Kom Ombo Aswan 2

Tel Aviv

Abu Simbel

3

Jerusalem

Israel

Single

JAN

5

£12,195

£16,695

FEB

2

£12,345

£16,945

MAR

30

£12,395

£17,545

APR

27

£11,845

£16,695

MAY

25

£11,845

£16,695

SEP

21

£11,945

£16,345

OCT

19

£12,455

£17,495

NOV

16

£12,495

£17,545

2021 Cabin Upgrades

Sanctuary Sun Boat III

Suite Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

2

Twin share

Add from £0

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Please note: *Egypt & Jordan portion will run as per 2019-20 itinerary.

River cruise

1 Overnight

Land

Included flight

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

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Wonders of the Nile, Jordan & Oman 27 Day Cruise & Tour

Giza (Cairo) > Muscat

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Felucca on the Nile, Aswan

5-star luxury inclusions:

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Return flights from a choice of UK airports

Exploring the lands locked in time

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2 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

From towering pyramids to seemingly bottomless sinkholes, your journey will be filled with astonishing wonders – natural and man-made, old and new.

Your choice of 9 Scenic Freechoice activities

The Nile with all her wondrous riverside treasures beckons for an unforgettable journey through the land of the pharaohs. Visit the 20-metre monolith of the Sphinx, take a six day cruise down the life-giving waters of the Nile and examine the priceless artefacts from King Tut’s tomb. In Jordan, give in to your sense of wonder as you take in the Martian landscape of Wadi Rum, admire the Rose Red city of Petra, visit Jesus’ baptism site and float in the Dead Sea. Explore the quiet beauty of Oman with its spectacular natural beauty, shimmering coastlines and impeccable Bedouin hospitality.

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4 Scenic Sundowners events

7 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

59 Meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches and 19 dinners (D)

All internal flights Porterage throughout Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Amman 2

Dead Sea 2

Giza

2 Cairo

3

2021 Departures Tour code: DCDO

Jordan

Petra 2 1

Wadi Rum Egypt

Twin share

Single £18,845

JAN

29

£13,745

APR

23

£13,195

£17,695

SEP

17

£13,795

£18,395

NOV

12

£13,895

£19,195

Luxor

Kom Ombo Aswan

6

Nile Cruise

Red Sea

2021 Cabin Upgrades 3

Jebel Akhdar 2

1

Muscat

Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

Nizwa

1

Abu Simbel

Oman

Suite

1

Wahiba Sands

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Add from £0

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Please note: Cruise price based on Luxury Cabin - Nile Deck.

River cruise

1 Overnight

Land

Included flight

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Egypt, Jordan & Oman in Depth 29 Day Cruise & Tour

Giza (Cairo) > Muscat

NEW

The varied wonders of the Arabian trio

Grand Mosque Sultan, Oman

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports

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2 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Surrender to the mystical wonders of Egypt, the alien landscapes of Jordan and the mesmerising rugged beauty of Oman.

Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities

As you travel on this easy paced itinerary through the lands of the formidable pharaohs, let the magic and wonder of the ancient land sink into your bones. Experience firsthand what it is about Jordan that captivated Lawrence of Arabia as you explore its unique desert landscapes and timeless monuments. Visit the sacred baptism site of Jesus Christ, the Roman ruins of Jerash and hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea. In Oman, discover emerald green streams snaking through rugged mountains, the spectacular Islamic architecture of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the heart-warming hospitality of the Bedouin people.

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Amman

Dead Sea 2 4

2 Cairo

1

2 Red Sea

Luxor 4

All internal flights Porterage throughout Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

3

Jebel Akhdar 2

Aswan 2

1

Muscat

Abu Simbel

Oman

1

Wahiba Sands

Single

16

£12,795

£17,495

AUG

10

£12,445

£16,945

OCT

5

£12,995

£18,145

Suite Luxury Cabin – Nile Deck

Nizwa

Twin share

FEB

2021 Cabin Upgrades

Nile Cruise

Kom Ombo

60 Meals – 28 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches and 18 dinners (D)

2021 Departures Tour code: DMRD

Petra 2 Wadi Rum

Egypt

8 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

Jordan

2

Giza

5 Scenic Sundowners events

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Add from £0

Luxury Cabin – Promenade Deck

£150

Presidential Suite

£500

Royal Suite

£700

Please note: Cruise price based on Luxury Cabin - Nile Deck.

River cruise

1 Overnight

Land

Included flight

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 180 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

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Okavango Delta, Botswana S 18° 28’ E 22° 04’


AFRICA The ultimate African adventure of your imagination may depict a tapestry of magnificent landscapes and wild creatures roaming the vast plains. — You might find that the reality far surpasses your wildest dreams and that your fondest memories will be of the people and cultures you encounter along the way. Be enthralled by stunning coastlines and vibrant cities, soaring peaks, gently rolling plains and some of the most intriguing cultures in all of Africa.


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Africa Traversing the African continent is one of the world’s epic journeys. Track the ‘Big Five’ of Kruger National Park, witness the power of Victoria Falls and marvel at the diversity of wildlife in the great game parks of Kenya and Tanzania. Endless possibilities for adventure present themselves at every turn. South Africa & Victoria Falls From the beautiful Cape coastline, to Table Mountain, Cape Town, Kruger National Park and, of course, Victoria Falls, there’s simply nothing to add to any description of this remarkable region, these are wonders that speak for themselves. Here you’ll find a very different wilderness and completely new encounters. Some of it is hilly and carpeted in veldt, then there’s the rolling highveld, with a wealth of natural wonder held protectively in the preserve of the nation’s renowned Kruger National Park. And beyond that, there is so much to be discovered. A unique and compelling history, cities that are a distinct amalgam of cultures, and landscapes that shift beguilingly from one province to the next. There’s nothing quite like standing in front of the world’s largest sheet of falling water which rises up to 108 metres high and spans a gorge carved out of a flat plateau. Victoria Falls isn’t just a spectacular natural feature, it’s also a place of immense spiritual strength and beauty. Kenya & Tanzania The ‘greatest wildlife spectacle on Earth’, the Masai Mara is home to 95 species and, during the annual Great Migration from July to September attracts over a million wildebeest, zebra and impala. A phenomenon that has to be seen to be appreciated.

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Enjoy marvellous views of Mount Kilimanjaro, as massive herds of elephants migrate across the dry plains of Amboseli National Park. Shift your gaze downwards to the incredible vistas over Ngorongoro Crater. And, even more spectacular than the views from above, is a game drive along the crater floor among an unparalleled concentration of wildlife. Mass wildebeest migrations so momentous that the ground thunders underfoot, lakes painted pink with flamingos, the snowcapped peak of Africa’s highest mountain – these are just some of the wondrous sights on display. Botswana & Namibia There are no deserts quite like the ancient Kalahari and the dazzling Namib. Environments unlike any other, these ecosystems are home to some of the most distinctive fauna on the planet, all of whom have had to adapt to this uniquely waterless world. Encounters beyond the extraordinary make Chobe National Park an African Jewel that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Experience a very different kind of wildlife excursion, for there are still places in these lands of incredible contrasts, where the animals never get to encounter human beings.

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Grand African Safari Cape Town > Nairobi

13/25 Day Tour

Essential Africa Close your eyes and think of Africa and you’re likely to picture one of the iconic attractions in this itinerary. After all, this journey was designed to introduce you to Africa’s true essence. The wonder of it all is that the Africa of your imagination does in fact exist. In so many ways, Africa is just as you’d always dreamed it would be. It’s a place with vast herds of elephants and antelope, where lions roam the plains, and cheetahs that chase down their prey with spectacular speed. It’s a place with many monumental wonders; Cape Town’s Table Mountain, and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, to pick out just two. It encompasses all the splendour of Kenya’s highest mountain peaks and Tanzania’s great rolling grasslands. And best of all, it’s available right here in one complete, convenient and wondrous journey.

Lake Nakuru National Park

2

Nairobi

Masai Mara National 2 Reserve

2

Serengeti National 2 Park

Tanzania

Kenya

2

Ngorongoro National Park

Amboseli National 2 Park

3 Victoria Falls

Mount Kilimanjaro

Zimbabwe

Chobe National Park

Blyde River Canyon

Botswana

Thornybush

3 Game Reserve

Johannesburg 1

(Kruger National Park) Pretoria

Maasai village, Kenya

South Africa

2

Cape Town

3

Blue Train Extension Cape Point

1 Overnight

Land

1 Optional extension

Optional rail

Included flight

Scenic Enrich experience Witness a wonderful Scenic initiative, the Lake Nakuru Orphanage. Enjoy a heart-warming visit, partake in a truly memorable interaction with the children and draw a little closer to Africa and its people.

Wildlife, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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The Scenic Difference: Stay on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town with stunning backdrops of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean Experience the excitement of a game drive in search of the Big Five and enjoy the safari tradition of Sundowners Feel the spray of the water from Victoria Falls while enjoying your guided tour See Africa’s ‘Garden of Eden’, Ngorongoro Crater Lion Cub, Masai Mara, Kenya

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Commence this once-in-alifetime experience with a three day Blue Train extension from Pretoria to Cape Town See page 112 for details.

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Cape Town

Sundowners Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise on the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, just upstream from Victoria Falls, drink in hand. Tonight’s outdoor dinner features a mesmerising display of traditional dancing.

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Day 10

Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

Chobe National Park

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Day 2

Kruger National Park where you’ll enjoy a three night Special Stay. Set off on your first game drive this afternoon. Sundowners At the end of your afternoon game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions - Sundowner drinks.

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Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for stunning 360 degree views. Freechoice: Sample South Africa’s finest vintages with a winelands tour. Alternatively, visit Robben Island, or opt for a township tour or a Harley Davidson™ ride. Meals: B

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Cape Town Journey along the Atlantic coastline to Cape Point. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony.

Enjoy game drives without restriction in your specially adapted Land Rovers, to track the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Enrich Dine in the bush under a starlit sky with the sounds of African wildlife close by. Meals: B.L.D

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Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park) Encounter more of Africa’s wildlife on your morning and evening game drives. Also take the opportunity for a walking safari with your game ranger. Meals: B.L.D

Day 8

Panorama Route > Johannesburg Travel the Panorama Route to Johannesburg and see the Blyde River Canyon – the third deepest in the world. Stay at the stylish Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel. Meals: B

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Day 5

Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

Cape Town > Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

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Board your flight to Victoria Falls and witness the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Enjoy a three night Special Stay at the colonial Victoria Falls Hotel.

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Cruise on Chobe River, home to vast herds of elephants and buffalo, as well as a game drive along the shoreline. Meals: B.L

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Victoria Falls

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Enrich Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain unique insights into traditional tribal life and meet the elephants during your visit to an elephant sanctuary. Witness the power of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side. Later, enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant. Meals: B.L.D

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Victoria Falls > Nairobi  Optional Helicopter Flight

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Begin with an encounter with a giraffe and learn how these animals are endangered. Relive the romance of the movie Out of Africa during a visit to Karen Blixen’s home before travelling to Kiambethu Tea Farm. Wander through the tea fields and hear the stories of the first commercially grown tea in Kenya. Freechoice Dining: Choose between the local Carnivore Restaurant, famous for its wide variety of meat roasted on a traditional Maasai sword over a fire pit, or relax over dinner at your hotel. Meals: B.L.D

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Nairobi > Ngorongoro Crater

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Journey into magical Tanzania and travel onto the Ngorongoro Crater, known as ‘Africa’s Eden’. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, on the crater’s rim. Meals: B.L.D

Day 15

Ngorongoro Crater Witness sunrise over the crater before an extended game drive along the crater floor, reputed to contain the largest number of predators in all of Africa. Meals: B.L.D

Day 16

Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. See page 117 for details (additional cost, please book on tour). Fly to Nairobi for your two night stay at the elegant Serena Hotel, on a private acreage. Meals: B

Guests on the 13 Day Southern Africa Discovery tour (Tour code: DSZB) depart today and transfer to Victoria Falls airport after breakfast.

Ngorongoro Crater > Serengeti National Park Visit to Olduvai Gorge, site of many archaeological findings, including traces of pre-historic man which date back 3.5 million years. Later, enter Serengeti National Park with its vast central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the nearby highlands. Your two night stay is at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Cruise on the Chobe River, Botswana

Day 17

Day 21

Serengeti National Park

Lake Nakuru

The Serenova Valley is renowned for its game viewing, due to its abundance of water as well as its large population of resident cats. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Meals: B.L.D

Day 18

Serengeti National Park > Amboseli National Park Fly to Arusha and enjoy the marvellous view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to Kenya and travel to Amboseli National Park where massive herds of elephants migrate across the dry plains. Ol Tukai Lodge, your home for two nights, sits beside a major elephant trail with views of the mountain.

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Enrich Visit the Lake Nakuru Orphanage centre, established by an Australian family, and draw a little closer to Africa and its wonderful people. Meals: B.L.D

Day 22

Lake Nakuru > Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 24

to say farewell to newfound friends. Fly overnight from Nairobi to the UK.

Masai Mara > Nairobi

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Meals: B

Enrich Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast out on the open plains of the Masai Mara amongst the wildlife. Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi airport where it’s time

Day 25

Arrive UK Welcome home.

5-star luxury inclusions:

The Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals. Enjoy a two night stay inside the reserve at the Sarova Mara Camp.

Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group sizes of no more than 36 guests, 24 in East Africa

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5 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Your choice of 8 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining

Meals: B.L.D

2 Scenic Sundowners events

Day 23

4 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

Masai Mara National Reserve

Private concession game reserves

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55 Meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 17 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides All internal flights

 Optional Balloon Flight

Return airport transfers

Meals: B.L.D

All tipping and gratuities

Day 19

Amboseli National Park On your game drives today, keep an eye out for cheetahs and lions often seen stalking the plains. Meals: B.L.D

Day 20

Amboseli National Park > Lake Nakuru National Park Journey north into the heart of Kenya to Lake Nakuru. Enjoy a two night stay at Lion Hill Lodge, overlooking the lake. Meals: B.L.D

Experience the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon. See page 117 for details (additional expense, please book on tour). Enrich Visit a Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture and their close association with the wild animals. Freechoice: Join your Maasai guide for a walking tour, or take an African cooking class. Meals: B.L.D

25 Day Cape Town > Nairobi

13 Day Cape Town > Victoria Falls

Tour code: DZCT

2020 MAY 12

Twin share

Tour code: DSZB Single

2021

£11,845 £13,695 MAY 12

Twin share

Single

£6,545

£8,145

JUN 9

£12,845 £15,345 JUN 9

£6,545

£8,145

JUL 7

£12,845 £15,345 JUL 7

£6,545

£8,145

AUG 4 18

£12,845 £15,345 AUG 4 18

£6,545

£8,145

SEP 1 10

£12,845 £15,345 SEP 1 10

£6,545

£8,145

2020

Twin share

Single

2021

Twin share

Single

JAN 30

£13,095 £15,845 JAN 30

£6,545

£8,145

FEB 27

£13,095 £15,845 FEB 27

£6,545

£8,145

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Wonders of Africa Cape Town > Nairobi

31 Day Tour

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Open your eyes to wonder Surrender to rolling expanses of unsurpassed beauty, majestic peaks and cascading waterfalls and be treated to some of the world’s most incredible fauna and flora. Wonder is a way of seeing, and a little luxury goes a long way in ensuring you’re receptive to the many treasures you’ll encounter. From first-class dining, sometimes in untamed and adventurous surrounds, to introductions to a world you’ve never seen before, you can look forward to a level of luxury and inclusion that will open your eyes to the wealth of wonder in store. Travel the world-renowned Garden Route along South Africa’s beautiful coastline, and the equally impressive Panorama Route through the interior. Go in search of the Big Five on game drives and follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone as you marvel at Victoria Falls. Round off your journey with the wonders of Kenya and Tanzania, and you have found ‘Africa’s Eden’.

Lake Nakuru National Park

2

Nairobi

Masai Mara National 2 Reserve

2

Serengeti National 2 Park

Tanzania

Kenya

2

Ngorongoro National Park

Victoria Falls

Amboseli National 2 Park

3 Chobe National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro

Zimbabwe

Blyde River Canyon

Botswana

Johannesburg 2

Pretoria

South Africa

Cape Point

1

2 Durban

1

Oudtshoorn Knysna

1 Overnight

Land

1 Optional extension

Lion, Masai Mara National Reserve

Hluhluwe

Blue Train Extension

3

Park Kingdom 1 of eSwatini

1 Ghost Mountain

2

Cape Town

Kruger

2 National

Port Elizabeth

Optional rail

Included flight

Scenic Enrich experience Listen to the sounds of the wild over an exclusive bush breakfast on the open plains of the Masai Mara, freshly prepared by your lodge chefs. A moment to savour and remember forever.

Maasai warriors, Kenya

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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The Scenic Difference: Stay on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with stunning backdrops of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean Experience the excitement of a game drive in search of the Big Five and enjoy the safari tradition of Sundowners Feel the spray of the water from Victoria Falls while enjoying your guided tour Meet a traditional Maasai warrior as part of your visit to a Maasai village Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955

Visit an elephant sanctuary in Zimbabwe

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Day 5

Blue Train Extension

Cape Town > Oudtshoorn Stunning semi-desert scenery awaits en route to the town of Oudtshoorn. Later, discover a wonderland of underground chambers at the Cango Caves, among the largest in the world, before your stay at Swartberg Country Manor. Meals: B.D

Day 6

Oudtshoorn > Knysna Commence this once-in-alifetime experience with a three day Blue Train extension from Pretoria to Cape Town.

Day 1

Johannesburg > Pretoria > Blue Train Arrive in Johannesburg and be transferred to Pretoria Train Station for pre-departure snacks and drinks before boarding the 5-star Blue Train. Meals: D

Day 2

Blue Train

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Relax in the comfort of your suite, the lounge or the observation cars for panoramic views. Meals: B.L.D

Day 3

Blue Train > Cape Town Travel through the Cape wine region before arriving in Cape Town. You’ll be transferred to the Table Bay Hotel where you will meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening. Meals: B

Enjoy the ultimate in luxury service, matched only by the breathtaking scenery.

This is an independent tour, not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director and is an additional cost. Please call for details.

Day 1

Freechoice: Sample South Africa’s finest vintages with a winelands tour. Alternatively, visit history-rich Robben Island, or opt to take a township tour or a Harley Davidson™ ride.

UK > Cape Town Fly overnight from the UK to Cape Town.

Day 2

Cape Town

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Welcome to Cape Town for an exclusive three night Special Stay at Table Bay Hotel, with views of the waterfront and Table Mountain. Tonight, meet your Tour Director for a welcome drink and dinner. Meals: D

Day 3

Cape Town

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Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for wondrous 360 degree views.

Meals: B

Day 4

Cape Town Journey along the Atlantic coastline to Cape Point. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope, then visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony. Meals: B.L

Learn about Africa’s largest bird at a local ostrich farm, then head to Knysna on the Garden Route, famous for its oysters. You’ll enjoy a night at the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Enjoy a scenic cruise with expert commentary on the region’s flora and fauna. Freechoice Dining: Choose between two local restaurants for tonight’s dinner (see page 122 for more detais). Meals: B.D

Day 7

Port Elizabeth > Durban

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Travel along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and board your flight to Durban. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at The Oyster Box Hotel, the ultimate in colonial charm and style. Meals: B.D

Day 8

Durban Discover the beachside town of Durban, famous for its Indian and colonial influences. This afternoon indulge in a delicious high tea. Meals: B

Meals: B.D

Day 10

Ghost Mountain > Kingdom of eSwatini Arrive in the tiny Kingdom of eSwatini. Journey through the magnificent valleys of Big Bend to the Summerfield Resort, nestled within an idyllic Botanical Garden, for an overnight stay. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the magnificent garden. Meals: B.D

Day 11

Kingdom of eSwatini > Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park stretches an impressive 450 kilometres. Your two night Special Stay is at Lion Sands River Lodge, situated on a private concession within the park. The Sabie River flows through it, and its bushland is home to the highest recorded concentration of leopards in Africa. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in an open-top safari vehicle. Sundowners At the end of your game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions – Sundowner drinks. Soak up the night-time ambience while dining at your lodge. Meals: B.D

Day 9

Hluhluwe > Ghost Mountain

Later, enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of Zululand’s legendary Ghost Mountain Inn. Enrich This evening, you’ll be treated to a mesmerising display of traditional Zulu dancing, complete with dramatic local drumming.

Day 12

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The Dolphin Coast region of Natal has a sea of sugarcane fields. Enter Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, world-renowned for its rhino conservation program.

Kruger National Park

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Limitless game viewing possibilities await, so make sure you take your camera. Specially adapted Land Rovers are able to traverse the entire Kruger National Park

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Wonder of Africa

without restriction to track the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Enrich Enjoy a fascinating lecture from an expert game ranger on Africa’s big game. Meals: B.L.D

Day 13

Panorama Route > Johannesburg Take in the magnificent Panorama Route on the road to Johannesburg. You’ll view the Blyde River Canyon, third deepest in the world, then visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and enjoy spectacular views from Wonder View. Check into the stylish Michelangelo Hotel for two nights. Meals: B

Day 14

Johannesburg

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Enrich Visit Soweto with your local guide and walk the streets that Mandela walked as you visit his house. Learn about 20th century South Africa during your visit to the Apartheid Museum. Meals: B.D

Day 15

Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

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Board your flight to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The world’s largest sheet of falling water rises 108 metres high and spans a gorge carved out of a flat plateau. Check into the marvellously colonial Victoria Falls Hotel for your three night Special Stay. Sundowners Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand, just upstream from the Victoria Falls. Tonight’s outdoor dinner features a mesmerising display of traditional dancing.

Day 16

Day 19

Chobe National Park

Nairobi

Large concentrations of big game call Chobe National Park home. Embark on a game drive along the shoreline, where predators often come to drink. Later, enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, home to huge herds of elephants and buffalo. Large pods of hippo and giraffe families inhabit the banks and woodlands.

Start your day with an encounter with a giraffe and learn about how these animals are endangered. Relive the romance of the movie Out of Africa during a visit to Karen Blixen’s home, before travelling to Kiambethu Tea Farm. Wander through the tea fields and hear the stories of the first commercially grown tea in Africa. Freechoice Dining: Choose to dine at the local Carnivore Restaurant, famous for its wide variety of meat roasted on a traditional Maasai sword over a fire pit or relax over dinner at your hotel.

Meals: B.L

Day 17

Victoria Falls

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Enrich Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain unique insights into traditional tribal life and meet the elephants as part of your visit to the elephant sanctuary. Later, witness the power of Victoria Falls with a tour of the Zimbabwean side of the world’s largest waterfall. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant. Meals: B.L.D

Day 18

Victoria Falls > Nairobi

Day 21

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Ngorongoro Crater

Meals: B.L.D

Day 20

Nairobi > Ngorongoro Crater

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Journey into magical Tanzania and travel onto the Ngorongoro Crater, known as ‘Africa’s Eden’. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, on the crater’s rim.

Witness sunrise over the crater before an extended game drive along the crater floor. The area is reputed to contain the largest number of predators in all of Africa. Meals: B.L.D

Day 22

Ngorongoro Crater > Serengeti National Park Step back in time with a visit to Olduvai Gorge, site of many archaeological findings, including traces of pre-historic man which date back 3.5 million years. Later, enter Serengeti National Park with its vast central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the nearby highlands. Your two night stay is at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

 Optional Helicopter Flight

Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. See page 117 for details (additional cost, please book on tour). Later, fly to Nairobi and be transferred to the opulent Serena Hotel, situated on a private acreage, for your two night stay. Meals: B

Meals: B.D

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955

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Day 23

Day 27

Day 30

Serengeti National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

The Serenova Valley is renowned for its game viewing, due to its abundance of water as well as its large population of resident cats. Explore on morning and afternoon game drives.

This shallow alkaline lake near the town of Ol Nakuru is home to flamingos, pelicans and other birds. Enrich Visit the Lake Nakuru Orphanage Centre, established by an Australian family, and draw a little closer to Africa and its wonderful people.

Masai Mara National Reserve > Nairobi > UK

Meals: B.L.D

Day 24

Serengeti National Park > Amboseli National Park Fly to Arusha and enjoy a marvellous view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Return to Kenya and travel to Amboseli National Park where massive herds of elephants migrate across the dry plains. Ol Tukai Lodge, your home for two nights, sits beside a major elephant trail with views of the mountain. Meals: B.L.D

Day 25

Amboseli National Park

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Day 26

Amboseli National Park > Lake Nakuru National Park Journey north into the heart of Kenya to Lake Nakuru. Enjoy a two night stay at Lion Hill Lodge, overlooking the Lake Nakuru. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B

Day 31

Arrive UK Welcome home.

Meals: B.L.D

Day 28

Lake Nakuru > Masai Mara National Reserve The Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals. Enjoy a two night stay inside the reserve at the Sarova Mara Camp. Meals: B.L.D

Day 29

Masai Mara National Reserve

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 Optional Balloon Flight

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group sizes of no more than 36 guests, 24 in East Africa

On your game drive today, keep an eye out for cheetahs and lions, often seen stalking the plains. Meals: B.L.D

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Enrich Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast out on the open plains of the Masai Mara amongst the wildlife.

Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi airport where it’s time to say farewell to newfound friends and the magic of Africa. Fly overnight from Nairobi to the UK.

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6 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 2 Scenic Sundowners events

Experience the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon. See page 117 for details (additional expense, please book on tour).

5 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

Enrich Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture and their close association with the wild animals. Freechoice: Join your Maasai guide for a walking tour, or take an African cooking class.

Return airport transfers

Meals: B.L.D

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Private concession game reserves

65 Meals – 28 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L) and 22 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides All internal flights All tipping and gratuities

2020 Departures Tour code: DZCT

Twin share

Single

MAY

20

£13,495

£16,145

JUN

17

£14,445

£17,795

JUL

15

£14,445

£17,795

AUG

5

£14,445

£17,795

SEP

9

£14,695

£18,245

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Elephant, Kalahari, Namibia S 22° 47’ E 18° 18’

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South Africa & Victoria Falls Cape Town> Victoria Falls

16/19 Day Tour

Southern African mystique Africa’s southern region is in many ways unlike any to the north. The cultures, landscapes and histories that encompass this intriguing sub-continent have given it an identity and mystique that is all its own. From Cape Point, right at the southern tip, all the way to the incomparable Victoria Falls, the attractions on this itinerary provide a perspective certain to satisfy your curiosity about this intriguing land. Discover if South Africa’s Garden Route truly is as beautiful as legend paints it. Stop at unique Oudtshoorn and pristine Knysna. See the hills of Natal, just as they might have been when Shaka Zulu reigned supreme and visit some of the region’s great national parks and game lodges.

Victoria Falls 3 Chobe National Park Botswana

Johannesburg 2

Zimbabwe Rovos Train 3 Extension

Blyde River Canyon Kruger 2 National Park Pretoria

Kingdom

1 of eSwatini

1 Ghost Mountain South Africa

Cape Town

Blue Train Extension

3 Cape Point

2

1

1 Oudtshoorn

1 Overnight

Land

Knysna

Hluhluwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

2 Durban Port Elizabeth

1 Optional extension

Optional rail

Included flight

Lion Sands River Lodge The luxurious Lion Sands River Lodge is located in the renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park; together, they form 2.7 million hectares of protected wilderness. Game roams freely between the reserves, creating one of Africa’s most bio-diverse wildlife populations.

Cape Point, South Africa

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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The Scenic Difference: Stay on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with stunning backdrops of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean Feast on high tea as part of your stay at the Oyster Box in Durban Experience the excitement of a game drive in search of the Big Five and enjoy the safari tradition of Sundowners

Chobe National Park, Botswana

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955

Dine in the Livingstone Room at The Victoria Falls Hotel, which has played host to princes and princesses in times past

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South Africa & Victoria Falls 16/19 Day Tour Cape Town> Victoria Falls  Blue Train Extension

Commence this once-in-alifetime experience with a three day Blue Train extension from Pretoria to Cape Town. See page 112 for details.

UK > Cape Town Fly overnight from the UK to Cape Town.

Cape Town

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Welcome to wonderful Cape Town. Enjoy an exclusive three night Special Stay at Table Bay Hotel, with spectacular views of the waterfront and Table Mountain. Tonight, meet your Tour Director for a welcome drink and dinner. Meals: D

Day 3

Cape Town

Cape Town > Oudtshoorn

Hluhluwe > Ghost Mountain

Stunning semi-desert scenery awaits en route to the town of Oudtshoorn. Discover a wonderland of underground chambers at the Cango Caves, among the largest in the world, before your overnight stay at Swartberg Country Manor.

The Dolphin Coast region of Natal has a sea of sugarcane fields. Enter Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, world-renowned for its rhino conservation program. Later, enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of Zululand’s legendary Ghost Mountain Inn. Enrich This evening, you’ll be treated to a mesmerising display of traditional Zulu dancing, complete with dramatic local drumming.

Meals: B.D

Oudtshoorn > Knysna

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Learn about Africa’s largest bird at a local ostrich farm, then head to Knysna on the Garden Route, famous for its oysters. You’ll enjoy a night at the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Enjoy a scenic lagoon cruise with expert commentary on the region’s flora and fauna. Freechoice Dining: Choose between two local restaurants for tonight’s dinner. Meals: B.D

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Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for wondrous 360 degree views. Freechoice: Treat yourself to South Africa’s finest vintages with a winelands tour. Alternatively, visit historyrich Robben Island, or opt for a township tour or a Harley Davidson™ ride. Meals: B

Day 4

Cape Town Journey to Cape Point and stop at the Cape of Good Hope, then visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony. Meals: B.L

Day 9

Day 6

Day 1

Day 2

Day 5

Day 7

Meals: B.D

Ghost Mountain > Kingdom of eSwatini Arrive in the tiny Kingdom of eSwatini. Journey through the magnificent valleys of Big Bend to the Summerfield Resort, nestled within an idyllic Botanical Garden, for an overnight stay. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the magnificent garden.

Day 11

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Travel along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and board your flight to Durban. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at The Oyster Box Hotel, the ultimate in colonial charm and style. Meals: B.D

Day 8

Durban Discover the beachside town of Durban, famous for its Indian and colonial influences. This afternoon indulge in a delicious high tea.

Meals: B.D

Day 12

Lion Sands Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

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Limitless game viewing possibilities await as you traverse Kruger National Park without restriction in specially adapted Land Rovers to track the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Enrich Enjoy a fascinating lecture from an expert game ranger on Africa’s big game. Meals: B.L.D

Day 10

Meals: B.D

Port Elizabeth > Durban

Meals: B

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Take in the night ambience while dining at the lodge.

Day 13

Panorama Route > Johannesburg Take in the magnificent Panorama Route on the road to Johannesburg. You’ll view the Blyde River Canyon, third deepest in the world, then visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and enjoy spectacular views from Wonder View. Later, check into the stylish Michelangelo Hotel for two nights. Meals: B

Kingdom of eSwatini > Lion Sands Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

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The famous Kruger National Park borders Mozambique and stretches an impressive 450 kilometres. You’ll enjoy a two night Special Stay at Lion Sands River Lodge, on a private concession within the park. The Sabie River flows through the park and its bushland is home to the highest recorded concentration of leopards in Africa. Take a game drive in an open safari vehicle this afternoon and look out for the Big Five. Sundowners At the end of your afternoon game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions – Sundowner drinks.

Day 14

Johannesburg

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Enrich Explore Soweto with your local guide and visit Nelson Mandela’s house. Learn about 20th century South Africa during your visit to the Apartheid Museum. Meals: B.D

Day 15

Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

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Board your flight to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The world’s largest sheet of falling water rises 108 metres high and spans a gorge carved out of a flat plateau. Check into the marvellously colonial Victoria Falls Hotel for your three night Special Stay.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Ostriches, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Sundowners Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, just upstream from Victoria Falls. Tonight’s outdoor dinner features a mesmerising display of traditional dancing.

Day 18

Extend your journey with Rovos Rail

Victoria Falls > UK

Extend your journey with a 4 day Rovos Rail extension from Victoria Falls to Pretoria. See page 113 for details.

 Optional Helicopter Flight

Meals: B.D

Guests on the 16 Day South Africa Discovery (Tour code: DSZG) depart after breakfast this morning in Johannesburg.

Day 16

Chobe National Park Large concentrations of big game call Chobe National Park home. Embark on a game drive along the shoreline, where predators often come to drink. Later, enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, home to huge herds of elephants and buffalo. Large pods of hippo and giraffe families inhabit the banks and surrounding woodlands.

5-star luxury inclusions:

Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. See page 117 for details (additional cost, please book on tour).

Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group size of no more than 36 guests

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4 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Say farewell to newfound friends and the wonders of Africa as you depart from Victoria Falls airport after breakfast this morning. Fly overnight to the UK.

Your choice of 6 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 2 Scenic Sundowners events

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4 Memorable Scenic Special Stays Private concession game reserves

31 Meals – 16 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D)

Meals: B

Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides

Day 19

Return airport transfers

Arrive UK

All tipping and gratuities

All internal flights

Welcome home.

Meals: B.L

Day 17

Victoria Falls

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Enrich Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain unique insights into traditional tribal life and enjoy an elephant interaction. Later, witness the power of Victoria Falls with a tour of the Zimbabwean side of the world’s largest waterfall. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant to complete your day. Meals: B.L.D

19 Day Cape Town > Victoria Falls Tour code: DZGR

2020

Twin share

Single

16 Day Cape Town > Johannesburg

Tour code: DSZG

2020

Twin share

Single

MAY 6 13 20

£8,295

£10,745 MAY 6 13 20

£6,645

£8,445

JUN 10 17 24

£8,295

£10,745 JUN 10 17 24

£6,645

£8,445

JUL 8 15 22

£8,295

£10,745 JUL 8 15 22

£6,645

£8,445

AUG 5 12 19

£8,295

£10,745 AUG 5 12 19

£6,645

£8,445

SEP 2 9 16 23

£8,295

£10,745 SEP 2 9 16 23

£6,645

£8,445

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Victoria Falls & East Africa Adventure 19 Day Tour

Johannesburg > Nairobi

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Treasure trove of wonders From the thundering of the world’s largest waterfall to the thundering of the hooves of a thousand wildebeest, prepare to be thunderstruck The ultimate African adventure may conjure images of magnificent sweeping landscapes and wild creatures roaming vast plains, but with its complex history and charming people, you will find there is so much more to discover during your journey. An awe-inspiring helicopter ride over the enormous Victoria Falls, an incredible game drive along the Ngorongoro Crater, a humbling visit to a local orphanage and an intriguing trip to an indigenous village, surprises and extraordinary moments are tucked away around every bend of this itinerary.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 6

Day 8

Victoria Falls > Nairobi

Nairobi > Ngorongoro Crater

 Optional Helicopter Flight

Meals: B.L.D

Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. See page 117 for details (additional cost, please book on tour). Fly to Nairobi for your two night stay at the Serena Hotel, on a private acreage. Meals: B

Day 1

UK > Johannesburg Fly overnight from the UK to Johannesberg.

Day 2

Johannesburg Welcome to South Africa. Enjoy an overnight stay at the stylish Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel.

Day 3

Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

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Board your flight to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Arrive at the colonial Victoria Falls Hotel for your three night Special Stay. Sundowners Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River.

Tonight’s outdoor dinner features a mesmerising display of traditional dancing. Meals: B.D

Day 4

Chobe National Park Embark on a game drive, then enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, home to huge herds of elephants and buffalo. Meals: B.L

Day 5

Victoria Falls

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Enrich Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain unique insights into traditional tribal life and meet the elephants on your visit to an elephant sanctuary. Witness the power of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant.

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Journey into magical Tanzania and travel onto the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 7

Nairobi

Day 9

Ngorongoro Crater Witness sunrise over the crater before an extended game drive along the crater floor. This area is reputed to contain the largest number of predators in all of Africa. Meals: B.L.D

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Start your day with a giraffe encounter, and learn about how these animals are endangered. Relive the romance of the movie Out of Africa during a visit to Karen Blixen’s home, before travelling to Kiambethu Tea Farm. Wander through the tea fields and hear the stories of the first commercially grown tea in Kenya. Freechoice Dining: Choose between the local Carnivore Restaurant famous for its wide variety of meats roasted on a traditional Maasai sword over a fire pit, or relax over dinner at your hotel.

Day 10

Ngorongoro Crater > Serengeti National Park Step back in time with a visit to Olduvai Gorge, site of many archaeological findings, including traces of pre-historic man which date back 3.5 million years. Later, enter Serengeti National Park with its vast central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the nearby highlands. Your two night stay is at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Victoria Falls & East Africa Adventure

19 Day Tour Johannesburg > Nairobi

1 Overnight

NEW

Kenya

3 Chobe National Park

2 2

Serengeti National 2 Park

Tanzania

Nairobi

2

Day 15

Serengeti National Park

Lake Nakuru

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Enrich Visit the Lake Nakuru Orphanage centre, established by an Australian family, and draw a little closer to Africa and its wonderful people. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

Day 16

Day 12

Lake Nakuru > Masai Mara National Reserve

Serengeti National Park > Amboseli National Reserve Fly to Arusha and enjoy a marvellous view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to Kenya and travel to Amboseli National Reserve where massive herds of elephants migrate across the dry plains. Ol Tukai Lodge, your home for two nights, sits beside a major elephant trail. Meals: B.L.D

Day 13

South Africa

1 Johannesburg

Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 11

Freechoice: Join your Maasai guide for a walking tour, or take an African cooking class.

Meals: B.L.D

Day 14

Amboseli National Reserve > Lake Nakuru National Park Journey into the heart of Kenya to Lake Nakuru. Enjoy a two night stay at Lion Hill Lodge, overlooking the lake. Meals: B.L.D

Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi airport where it’s time to say farewell to newfound friends and the magic of Africa. Fly overnight from Nairobi to the UK.

Meals: B.L.D

Day 18

Masai Mara National Reserve > Nairobi > UK

Meals: B

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Day 19

Arrive UK.

Enrich Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast out on the open plains of the Masai Mara amongst the wildlife.

The Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals. Enjoy a two night stay inside the reserve at the Sarova Mara Camp.

Welcome home.

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group size of no more than 24 guests

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4 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Meals: B.L.D

Your choice of 4 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining

Day 17

1 Scenic Sundowners event

Masai Mara National Reserve

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2 Memorable Scenic Special Stays

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Private concession game reserves

42 Meals – 16 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 13 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides

 Optional Balloon Flight

All internal flights

Amboseli National Reserve On your game drives today, keep an eye out for cheetahs and lions that can often be seen stalking the plains.

Zimbabwe

Botswana

Amboseli National 2 Park

Ngorongoro National Park

Embark on morning and afternoon game drives in the Seronera Valley, renowned for its game viewing due to its abundance of water and large population of resident cats.

Included flight

Victoria Falls

Lake Nakuru National Park Masai Mara National 2 Reserve

Land

97

Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Experience the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon. See page 117 for details (additional expense, please book on tour). Enrich Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture and their close association with the wild animals.

Departure Dates Tour code: DZTK 2020

Twin share

Single

2021

Twin share

Single

MAY 18

£9,145

£9,995 FEB 5

£10,345 £12,095

JUN 15

£10,145

£11,645 MAR 5

£10,345 £12,095

JUL 13

£10,145

£11,645

AUG 10 24

£10,145

£11,645

SEP 7

£10,145

£11,645

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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East African Adventure 14 Day Tour

Nairobi > Nairobi

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There’s a very good reason why East Africa is such an attractive destination to those who dream of an African adventure. With a sublime climate, sprawling grasslands that are quite unlike anywhere else and riveting wildlife, East Africa is simply a safari mecca. From the lush grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania, to the unique natural wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater, and the world-famous Masai Mara. This region is perfect for long game drives that are elegantly balanced by heart-warming cultural experiences, and sightings of some of the region’s other splendours, such as Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 1

UK > Nairobi Fly from the UK to Nairobi. Your journey begins with a two night stay at the Serena Hotel, situated on a private acreage.

Day 2

Nairobi

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Begin with an encounter with a giraffe and learn about how these animals are endangered. Relive the romance of the movie Out of Africa during a visit to Karen Blixen’s home, before travelling to Kiambethu Tea Farm. Wander through the tea fields and hear stories of the first commercially grown tea in Kenya.

Freechoice Dining: Choose between the local Carnivore Restaurant famous for its wide variety of meat choices that are all roasted on a traditional Masai sword over a fire pit, or relax over dinner at your hotel. Meals: B.L.D

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti National Park > Amboseli National Reserve

Meals: B.L.D

Day 5

Ngorongoro Crater > Serengeti National Park Step back in time with a visit to Olduvai Gorge, site of many archaeological findings, including traces of prehistoric man which date back 3.5 million years. Later, enter Serengeti National Park with its vast central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the nearby highlands. Your two night stay is at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Meals: B.L.D

Day 3

Nairobi > Ngorongoro Crater

Day 6

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Journey into magical Tanzania and travel onto the Ngorongoro Crater, known as ‘Africa’s Eden’. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, on the crater’s rim. Meals: B.L.D

Day 4 Witness sunrise over the crater before an extended game drive along the crater floor. This area is reputed to contain the largest number of predators in all of Africa.

Wonder beckons

The Great Wildebeest Migration, Masai Mara, Kenya

Serengeti National Park The Seronera Valley is renowned for its game viewing, due to its abundance of water as well as its large population of resident cats. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives.

Fly to Arusha and enjoy a marvellous view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Return to Kenya and Amboseli National Reserve where massive herds of elephants migrate across the dry plains. Ol Tukai Lodge, your home for two nights, sits beside a major elephant trail with views of the mountain. Meals: B.L.D

Day 8

Amboseli National Park On your game drives today, keep an eye out for cheetahs and lions, that can often be seen stalking the plains. Meals: B.L.D

Day 9

Amboseli National Park > Lake Nakuru National Park Journey into the heart of Kenya to Lake Nakuru. Enjoy a two night stay at Lion Hill Lodge, overlooking the lake. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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East Africa Adventure

13 Day Tour Nairobi > Nairobi

1 Overnight

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Land

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Included flight

Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park

2

Nairobi

Masai Mara National Reserve 2

2

Serengeti National 2 Park

Amboseli National 2 Park

2

Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

Ngorongoro National Park

Day 10

Lake Nakuru

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Enrich Visit the Lake Nakuru Orphanage centre, established by an Australian family, and draw a little closer to Africa and its wonderful people. Meals: B.L.D

Freechoice: Join your Maasai guide for a walking tour, or take an African cooking class. Meals: B.L.D

Day 13

Masai Mara National Reserve > Nairobi > UK

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Day 12

Enrich Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast out on the open plains of the Masai Mara amongst the wildlife. Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi airport where it’s time to say farewell to newfound friends and the magic of Africa. Fly from Nairobi overnight to the UK.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 14

Your choice of 4 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining

Arrive UK

1 Memorable Scenic Special Stay

Day 11

Lake Nakuru > Masai Mara National Reserve Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals. Enjoy a two night stay in the reserve at the Sarova Mara Camp. Meals: B.L.D

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 Optional Balloon Flight

Ngotongoro Crater, Tanzania

5-star luxury inclusions: Return flights from a choice of UK airports Group size of no more than 24 guests

Meals: B

3 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

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Private concession game reserves

Welcome home.

34 Meals – 12 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides All internal flights Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Experience the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon. See page 117 for details (additional expense, please book on tour). Enrich Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture and their close association with the wild animals.

Departure Dates Tour code: DSZE 2020

Twin share

Single

2021

Twin share

Single

MAY 23

£6,395

£6,595 FEB 10

£7,595

£8,745

JUN 6 20

£7,395

£8,245 MAR 10

£7,595

£8,745

JUL 4 18

£7,395

£8,245

AUG 1 15 22

£7,795

£8,645

AUG 29

£7,395

£8,245

SEP 12 21 26

£7,395

£8,245

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Namibia, South Africa & Victoria Falls 28 Day Tour

Windhoek > Victoria Falls

Southern splendour It’s impossible to experience all the wonder Africa has to offer in four weeks. However, rest assured, on this itinerary you’ll get to experience everything we can possibly fit in, in a region that has more experiences than a lifetime could uncover. This is a journey that encompasses the very best of the continent’s southern and southwestern regions. From the incredible sand dunes of the Sossusvlei Desert in Namibia, to the roaring splendour of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls. Travel down the length and breadth of South Africa, along the stunning Garden Route all the way to the green hills of Natal, the Kruger National Park and more.

Etosha National Park Namibia

Chobe National Park

2

Swakopmund 2

3

Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe Rovos Train 3 Extension Blyde River Canyon

Windhoek

1

2 Kruger National Park

Botswana

2 Sossusvlei

Johannesburg 2 South Africa

Kingdom

1 Pretoria

1 of eSwatini Ghost Mountain Hluhluwe

2 Durban

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Cape Town 5 Cape Point

1

1

Port Elizabeth

Oudtshoorn Knysna

1 Overnight

Land

1 Optional extension

Optional rail

Included flight

Walvis Bay boat cruise Take a seal and dolphin cruise in Walvis Bay near Swakopmund. Bottlenose, heaviside and dusky dolphins and about 60,000 resident Cape fur seals inhabit the Atlantic waters around the Pelican Point Lighthouse. In season (July to November), larger mammals such as the southern right whale and humpback whales are often spotted.

White Rhino, Etosha National Park

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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The Scenic Difference: Stay on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town with stunning views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean Feel the spray of the water from Victoria Falls while enjoying your guided tour Discover the sand dunes of Sossusvlei See a variety of game around the waterholes of Etosha National Park Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955

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Namibia, South Africa & Victoria Falls 28 Day Tour Windhoek > Victoria Falls Day 1

Day 6

Day 12

UK > Windhoek

Swakopmund

Cape Town

Fly overnight from the UK to Windhoek.

Begin your day with a cruise looking for seals and dolphins. In the afternoon, travel by 4x4 to see the Sandwich Harbour area of Namib Naukluft National Park where the dunes meet the ocean.

Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for wondrous 360 degree views. Freechoice: Treat yourself to a winelands tour, visit history-rich Robben Island, or opt for a township tour or a Harley Davidson™ ride.

Day 2

Windhoek Welcome to Windhoek, Namibia’s remote capital. Transfer to Hotel Heinitzburg – a former castle overlooking the city.

Day 3

Windhoek > Sossusvlei

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Soar over open savannah to the Namib Desert, where towering orange sand dunes surround a stunning white salt pan known as Sossusvlei. This desert wilderness is home to a wide variety of animals. The Sossusvlei Lodge will be your home for the next two nights. Sundowners Marvel at sunset in the desert with Sundowners on the deck of the lodge. Meals: B.L.D

Day 4

Sossusvlei Meet your local guide for an excursion into the dunes and discover how the ancient bushman scratched a living from this barren land. Take the rare opportunity to climb one of the sand dunes (moderate fitness level required) and witness the incredible vistas across the Namib Desert. Meals: B.L.D

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Fly to Swakopmund, Namibia’s premier resort town and settle in for your two night stay at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund. Freechoice: Join the bites and brews tour, which explores products grown and produced in Swakopmund, or a quad bike tour through the shifting sand dunes. Meals: B

Meals: B

Day 7

Swakopmund > Etosha National Park Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s most unique game reserves. The waterholes around the Etosha Pan attract vast numbers of big game. Enjoy a two night stay at Etosha Village. Meals: B.L.D

Day 8

Etosha National Park Join your expert game ranger for morning and evening game drives in search of long lines of zebra, giraffe, elephant and springbok that wander between grasslands and waterholes as lions, leopards and cheetahs wait in the shallow cover. Meals: B.L.D

Day 9

Etosha National Park > Cape Town

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Fly to Windhoek, connecting to your onward flight to Cape Town for a five night Special Stay at the Table Bay Hotel. Meals: B

Day 5

Sossusvlei > Swakopmund

Meals: B

Please note days 1-9 are not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director and flights within Namibia are via light aircraft.

Day 10

Cape Town Today, enjoy time at your leisure to explore Cape Town. Meals: B

Day 13

Cape Town Journey along the Atlantic coastline to Cape Point, stop at the Cape of Good Hope and visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony.

Meet your Tour Director for a welcome drink and dinner.

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The Dolphin Coast region of Natal has a sea of sugarcane fields. Enter Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, renowned for its rhino conservation program. Later, begin a two night stay at the foot of Zululand’s legendary Ghost Mountain. Enrich Be treated to a mesmerising display of traditional Zulu dancing, complete with dramatic local drumming. Meals: B.D

Day 19

Day 14

Ghost Mountain > Kingdom of eSwatini

Cape Town > Oudtshoorn Semi-desert scenery awaits en route to Oudtshoorn. Later, discover the underground chambers at the Cango Caves before staying overnight at Swartberg Country Manor. Meals: B.D

Oudtshoorn > Knysna Learn about Africa’s largest bird at a local ostrich farm, then head to Knysna on the Garden Route. Enjoy a scenic cruise with expert commentary on the region’s flora and fauna, before staying overnight at the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Meals: B.D

Day 16

Port Elizabeth > Durban

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Travel the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth before boarding your flight to Durban. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at The Oyster Box Hotel.

Durban Discover the beachside town of Durban. This afternoon indulge in a delicious high tea. Meals: B

Arrive in the tiny Kingdom of eSwatini. Journey through the magnificent valleys of Big Bend to the Summerfield Resort, nestled within an idyllic Botanical Garden, for an overnight stay. Meals: B.D

Day 20

Day 15

Day 17

Cape Town

Hluhluwe > Ghost Mountain

Meals: B.L

Meals: B.D

Day 11

Meals: B.D

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Day 18

Kingdom of eSwatini > Lion Sands Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

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Kruger National Park stretches an impressive 450 kilometres. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at Lion Sands River Lodge. The Sabie River flows through it, and is home to the highest recorded concentration of leopards in Africa. Look for the Big Five on a game drive in an open safari vehicle. Sundowners At the end of your afternoon game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions – Sundowner drinks. Meals: B.D

Day 21

Lion Sands Game Reserve

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Limitless game viewing possibilities await as you traverse Kruger National Park

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Sossusvlei, Namibia

in specially adapted Land Rovers to track the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Enrich Enjoy a fascinating lecture from an expert game ranger on Africa’s big game.

Day 25

Day 22

Meals: B.L

Meals: B.L.D

Panorama Route > Johannesburg Travel the magnificent Panorama Route on the way to Johannesburg. View Blyde River Canyon and later check into the Michelangelo Hotel for your two night stay. Meals: B

Day 23

Johannesburg

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Enrich Explore Soweto with your local guide and visit Nelson Mandela’s house. Learn about 20th century South Africa at your visit to the Apartheid Museum.

Extend your journey with Rovos Rail

Chobe National Park Embark on a game drive along the shoreline of the Chobe River, where predators frequently come to drink. Later, enjoy a cruise on the river, home to huge herds of elephants and buffalo.

Day 26

Victoria Falls

Extend your journey with a 4 day Rovos Rail extension from Victoria Falls to Pretoria. See page 113 for details.

5-star luxury inclusions:

Return flights from a choice of UK airports

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Group size of no more than 36 guests

Enrich Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain insights into traditional tribal life. Later, witness the power of Victoria Falls with a tour from the Zimbabwean side of the worlds largest waterfall. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant.

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4 Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Your choice of 6 Scenic Freechoice activities 3 Scenic Sundowners events

4 Memorable Scenic Special Stays Private concession game reserves

48 Meals – 25 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 15 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides All internal flights Return airport transfers

Meals: B.L.D

All tipping and gratuities

Day 27

Victoria Falls  Optional Helicopter Flight

Meals: B.D

Day 24

Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

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Fly to Victoria Falls for your three night Special Stay at the colonial Victoria Falls Hotel. Sundowners Enjoy a special Zambezi River Sundowners cruise and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand. Tonight’s outdoor dinner features a display of traditional dancing. Meals: B.D

Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. See page 117 for details (additional cost, please book on tour). Fly overnight from Victoria Falls to the UK. Meals: B

Day 28

Arrive UK Welcome home.

2020 Departures Tour code: DNZG

Twin share

Single

MAY

11

£13,295

£13,295

JUN

1

£13,545

£13,545

JUL

6

£13,545

£13,545

AUG

3 24

£13,545

£13,545

SEP

7

£13,545

£13,545

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Cape Town to Okavango Delta 24 Day Tour

Cape Town > Maun

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Moments of wild wonder The Okavango Delta is a remote, water-locked wonderland. Here you’ll find African wildlife in enormous abundance. In this alternate dimension, human beings have no foothold, and their presence here can be just as surprising to the many creatures that call the delta home. Many hundreds of bird species flock to these waters and thousands of animals are drawn to the banks daily. The Moremi Game Reserve occupies the east and central areas of the region. Here, dugout canoes are used to navigate past hippos, elephants and crocodiles. You’ll soon find yourself immersed in a different world entirely. Make the most of it, and capture those moments of wild wonder at their most authentic.

Victoria Falls

Kasane 3 Chobe National Park Zimbabwe Leroo Stanley’s Camp 3 La Tau Kruger 2 Blyde National Maun River Park Canyon 2 Botswana Kingdom 1 of eSwatini Pretoria 1 Johannesburg 2 Ghost Mountain Hluhluwe South Africa

Cape Town

2 Durban

2 Blue Train Extension

3

Cape Point

1

1

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana Port Elizabeth

Oudtshoorn Knysna

1 Overnight

Land

1 Optional extension

Optional rail

Included flight

Scenic Enrich experience Be treated to a display of traditional Zulu dancing accompanied by vibrant singing and dramatic beating of drums. An important part of the Zulu culture, the spectacular dancing is performed by men and women dressed in their traditional attire.

Lions Swimming, Okavango Delta

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The Scenic Difference: Indulge in your two night stay at The Oyster Box Hotel, one of South Africa’s leading hotels Feel the spray of the water from Victoria Falls while enjoying your guided tour Travel along South Africa’s famous Garden Route Experience a traditional African safari camp in the Okavango Delta Watch the elephants at play in Chobe National Park Cango Caves, South Africa

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955

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Cape Town to Okavango Delta 24 Day Tour Cape Town > Maun  Blue Train Extension

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Day 6

Day 10

Oudtshoorn > Knysna

Ghost Mountain > Kingdom of eSwatini

Learn about Africa’s largest bird at a local ostrich farm, then head to Knysna on the Garden Route, famous for its oysters. Enjoy a scenic lagoon cruise with expert commentary on the region’s flora and fauna, before staying overnight at the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Freechoice Dining: Choose between two local restaurants for tonight’s dinner.

Arrive in the tiny Kingdom of eSwatini. Journey through the magnificent valleys of Big Bend to the Summerfield Resort, nestled within an idyllic Botanical Garden, for an overnight stay.

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Commence this once-in-alifetime experience with a three day Blue Train extension from Pretoria to Cape Town. See page 112 for details.

Day 1

UK > Cape Town Fly overnight from the UK to Cape Town.

Day 2

Cape Town

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Welcome to Cape Town, and enjoy a three night Special Stay at Table Bay Hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director for a welcome drink and dinner. Meals: D

Day 3

Cape Town

Day 7

Port Elizabeth > Durban

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Travel along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and board your flight to Durban where you’ll enjoy a two night Special Stay at The Oyster Box Hotel, the ultimate in colonial charm and style. Meals: B.D

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Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for wondrous 360 degree views. Freechoice: Treat yourself to a wine lands tour, visit historyrich Robben Island, or opt for a township tour or a Harley Davidson™ ride. Meals: B

Day 4

Cape Town Journey along the Atlantic coastline to Cape Point. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony. Meals: B.L

Day 5

Cape Town > Oudtshoorn Stunning scenery awaits en route to Oudtshoorn. Later, discover the underground chambers at the Cango Caves before an overnight stay at Swartberg Country Manor. Meals: B.D

Meals: B.D

Day 8

Durban Discover the beachside town of Durban, famous for its Indian and colonial influences. This afternoon indulge in a delicious high tea. Meals: B

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The Dolphin Coast region of Natal has a sea of sugarcane fields. Enter Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, world-renowned for its rhino conservation program. Later, begin a two night stay at the foot of Zululand’s legendary Ghost Mountain Inn. Enrich This evening, you’ll be treated to a mesmerising display of traditional Zulu dancing, complete with dramatic local drumming. Meals: B.D

Day 11

Kingdom of eSwatini > Kruger National Park

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For the next two nights, you’ll enjoy a Special Stay at Lion Sands River Lodge, situated on a private concession within the Kruger National Park. The Sabie River flows through the park, and its bushland is home to the highest recorded concentration of leopards in Africa. Look out for the Big Five on a game drive in an open safari vehicle. Sundowners At the end of your afternoon game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions – Sundowner drinks. Take in the ambience over dinner at your lodge. Meals: B.D

Day 12

Kruger National Park

Day 9

Hluhluwe > Ghost Mountain

Meals: B.D

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Limitless game viewing possibilities await as you traverse Kruger National Park in specially adapted Land Rovers to track the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Enrich Enjoy a fascinating lecture from an expert game ranger on Africa’s big game. Meals: B.L.D

Day 13

Panorama Route > Johannesburg Travel the magnificent Panorama Route on the way to Johannesburg. View Blyde River Canyon, the third

deepest in the world, then visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Later, check into the Michelangelo Hotel for your two night stay. Meals: B

Day 14

Johannesburg

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Enrich Explore Soweto with your local guide and visit Nelson Mandela’s house. Learn about 20th century South Africa at the Apartheid Museum. Meals: B.D

Day 15

Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

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Board your flight to Victoria Falls. Check into the colonial Victoria Falls Hotel for your three night Special Stay. Sundowners Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand. Tonight’s outdoor dinner features a mesmerising display of traditional dancing. Meals: B.D

Day 16

Chobe National Park Embark on a game drive along the shoreline of the Chobe River, where predators often come to drink. Later, enjoy a cruise on the river, home to huge herds of elephants and buffalo. Large pods of hippo and giraffe families inhabit the banks and woodlands. Meals: B.L

Day 17

Victoria Falls

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Enrich Visit a typical Zimbabwean village for insights into traditional tribal life and meet the elephants as part of your visit to the elephant sanctuary. Later, witness the power of Victoria Falls with a tour of the Zimbabwean side. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant. Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Salt Pans, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Day 18

mokoro canoe safari into the delta’s wondrous waterways.

Victoria Falls > Stanley’s Camp  Optional Helicopter Flight

Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. See page 117 for details (additional cost, please book on tour). After your flight to the Okavango Delta, you’ll be met by a Sanctuary Retreats representative and transferred to Stanley’s Camp for a three night stay in a traditional safari tent. Meals: B.L.D

Day 19

Okavango Delta Large herds of elephants, zebras and buffalo populate the open areas, hippos inhabit the streams and lakes, and the wooded areas are home to predators such as leopards and wild dogs. Enjoy morning and evening game drives that will take you right up close to animals who’re not used to regular human contact. Later, enjoy a colonial-style high tea. Meals: B.L.D

Day 20

Okavango Delta

5-star luxury inclusions:

Meals: B.L.D

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Fly via Maun to Leroo La Tau for your two night stay situated in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, overlooking the Boteti River.

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46 Meals – 21 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 16 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides

Meals: B.L.D

All internal flights Return airport transfers

Day 22

All tipping and gratuities

Leroo La Tau Enjoy game drives in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, where you will find salt pans in the middle of a dry savannah. Well known for its abundant wildlife including lions, hyenas, giraffe and wildebeests. The Boteti River plays a vital role in the annual zebra migration. Visit the Camp Hide located below the lodge at water level with the river, ideal for watching wildlife on the rivers edge. Meals: B.L.D

Day 23

Leroo La Tau > Maun > UK Finish your African adventure and fly back to Maun for your onward overnight flight to the UK. Meals: B

Day 24

Arrive UK

2020 Departures Tour code: DGRB

Twin share

Single

MAY

13

£12,645

£12,645

JUN

24

£13,895

£13,895

JUL

22

£13,895

£13,895

AUG

19

£13,895

£13,895

Welcome home. Days 18-24 are not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director. Flights within Botswana are via light aircraft.

Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class and regional supplements may apply. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 120 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE N 24° 25’ E 54° 30’


CITY STAYS & EXTENSIONS Extend your stay and add a new perspective to your holiday. — Scenic city stays and extensions are the perfect complement to your journey. Marvel at the opulence of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, discover the origins of faith in Israel or take a luxurious sojourn into South Africa’s colonial past on board the iconic Blue Train.


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Dubai

Abu Dhabi

4 Day City Stay

Rub Al Khali

Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Day 1

Day 3

Day 1

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Dubai

Welcome to Abu Dhabi. A world of wonder awaits as you start your journey with a three night stay at Sheraton Abu Dhabi or similar.

Visit the magnificent and awe-inspiring golden dunes of the world-famous, legendary ‘Rub Al Khali’, widely known as the ‘Empty Quarter’, and the largest desert in the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy lunch before leaving the peace of the desert and returning to the hustle of the city.

Welcome to Dubai. A world of wonder awaits as you start your journey with a three night stay at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach or Hotel Sofitel Dubai Downtown.

Day 2

Abu Dhabi Spend a perfect day in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and discover how this majestic Emirati city artfully blends the ancient past with the modern present. From one of the world’s largest mosques to the mesmerising and trendy Corniche, there is a lot to take in within this fascinating historic emirate.

Meals: B.L

Day 4

Abu Dhabi Bid farewell as you transfer to Abu Dhabi airport with wonderful memories. Meals: B

Meals: B

2020/21 Departures Sheraton Abu Dhabi

Day 2

Dubai This morning explore the old and new faces of Dubai with your local guide. See the famous Burj al Arab, visit Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Museum. Ride the Abra (water-taxi) across the creek and wander through the world famous gold and spice souqs. Later, ride the high speed elevators 124 floors up the tallest tower in the

Twin share

Single

2020/21 Departures

£760

£1,520

world, the magnificent Burj Khalifa. Visit ‘At the Top’ and marvel at the unobstructed 360 degree view over the city, the desert and the Arabian Gulf. Meals: B

Day 3

Dubai Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Dubai at your own pace. Later in the afternoon take an exciting Desert Dune Safari and enjoy an Arabian style barbeque. Meals: B.D

Day 4

Dubai Bid farewell as you transfer to Dubai airport with wonderful memories. Meals: B

Twin share

Single

Sofitel Dubai Downtown

£990

£1,980

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah

£930

£1,860

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension.

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension.

For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Blue Train 3 Day Extension

Johannesburg > Cape Town

Johannesburg

Pretoria

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Cape Town

1 Overnight

Blue Train, South Africa

Day 1

Johannesburg > Pretoria > Blue Train Welcome to Johannesburg. You’ll be transferred to Pretoria Train Station and enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks before stepping on board the magnificent 5-star Blue Train, which offers the ultimate in luxury service. Each coach has a butler on call, serving a maximum of four suites, to attend to your every need. Meals: D

Day 2

Blue Train The journey between Pretoria and Cape Town takes you through some of the most diverse and breathtaking scenery. Once you’ve settled in, relax in the comfort of your suite or in the impressive lounge or observation cars at the rear of the train, and drink in the panoramic views of the passing countryside. You’ll partake in brunch and High Tea in the luxurious lounge car before taking a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.

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Hop onto an old tram for a ride down to the mine at the Open Mine Museum in Kimberley. Later, re-join the train for pre-dinner drinks and a sumptuous dinner, for which dressing up is still a tradition. Meals: B.L.D

Day 3

Blue Train > Cape Town Travel through the Cape wine region and Drakenstein Mountains before arriving in Cape Town this morning. You’ll be met and transferred to the Table Bay Hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. Meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for a welcome briefing on your full itinerary. Meals: B

This is an independent tour, not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director.

Blue Train Lounge

Blue Train Extend your journey into wonder by adding the Blue Train to any Africa itinerary and take a luxurious sojourn into South Africa’s colonial past on board this iconic train.

2020 Departures Tour code: BLUE

Twin share

Single

MAY

£1,245

£1,895

JUN

£1,245

£1,895

JUL

£1,245

£1,895

AUG

£1,245

£1,895

SEP

£1,545

£2,295

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Rovos Rail 4 Day Extension

Victoria Falls > Johannesburg

Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe Hwange National Park

Botswana

Johannesburg

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Pretoria

South Africa

1 Overnight

Zebra, Hwange National Park

Day 1

Day 3

Victoria Falls > Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

Board the luxurious Rovos Rail service in Victoria Falls this afternoon. Unwind in your suite or join fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train. Dinner is served in the dining cars en-route to Kennedy Siding. Meals: D

Day 2

Hwange National Park After an early breakfast, disembark for a morning game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park, located in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe and known for its large herds of elephants. Re-board the train and travel along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line at a length of 114 kilometres. Meals: B.L.D

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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and settle in for a comfortable and scenic journey as you travel south, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. This evening the train passes the edge of the escarpment where the Highveld drops precipitously. Meals: B.L.D

Day 4

Pretoria > Johannesburg Your delightful journey ends this morning in Pretoria as you transfer to Johannesburg airport.

Rovos Rail

Meals: B

Rovos Rail

This is an independent tour, not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director.

Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era on board the three night Rovos Rail journey from Victoria Falls to Pretoria and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury.

2020 Departures MAY – SEPT

Twin share

Single

£1,845

£2,795

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Nairobi > Nairobi

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Kigali Parc National des Volcans

1 Overnight

Golden Monkeys, Rwanda

Day 1

Day 3

Nairobi

Parc National des Volcans

On arrival in Nairobi you’ll be met and transferred to the Nairobi Serena Hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Meals: D

Day 2

Nairobi > Kigali > Parc National des Volcans Transfer to the airport for your flight (not included) to Kigali, Rwanda. On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, your accommodation for the next two nights. The Lodge is situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, a chain of 4,570 metre volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The guest cottages have been beautifully appointed, making it the perfect base from which to explore. On arrival, partake in a sumptuous lunch at the main lodge, with its scenic views of the Parc National des Volcans. Meals: B.L.D

The day is free for you to explore. Perhaps begin your adventure on a guided gorilla trek in the forest (gorilla permits are at an additional cost). It’s difficult to describe the sheer exhilaration of setting your eyes on a wild Silverback gorilla. These are enormous animals, weighing about three times as much as the average man, and looking even bulkier with their luxuriant shaggy coats. Despite their fearsome size and appearance, gorillas are remarkably peaceful creatures. Be entranced as you watch gorilla families in their natural environment. Meals: B.L.D

Day 4

Silverback Lodge > Nairobi Take the time to continue exploring at your own pace. Perhaps experience a trek to see the golden monkeys, relax with a massage treatment at the lodge after your trek, or visit the colourful local markets.

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Later, you’ll be transferred to Kigali Airport for your flight to Nairobi (flight not included), and your overnight stay at the elegant Nairobi Serena. Meals: B

Day 5

Nairobi After breakfast, transfer to the airport with wonderful memories. Meals: B

This is an independent tour, not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director.

Gorillas, Rwanda

Rwanda’s gorillas The mountains along the Rwanda and Congo border are home to families of rare mountain gorillas. Your trek up to their home is indeed a bucket list opportunity experienced by few. This tour requires a good level of fitness. 2020 Departures

Twin share

Single

MAY

£1,995

£2,195

JUN – OCT

£2,895

£3,495

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Zimbabwe Discovery 6 Day Extension

Victoria Falls > Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Botswana

1 Overnight

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Day 1

Days 3-5

Victoria Falls > Bumi Hills Lodge

Bumi Hills Lodge > Somalisa Camp

Fly from Victoria Falls to Bumi Hills for a two night stay at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. From its position on a range of remote hills, the lodge offers breathtaking views over the great inland sea of Lake Kariba. The stylishly appointed lakeview rooms are nestled in the mountains overlooking the endless blue waters of the lake and the game-rich shoreline below.

Fly from Bumi Hills to Manga and transfer to Somalisa Camp, set in a private concession in the heart of Hwange National Park, known as ‘the land of the giants’ for its large elephant herds. Spend three nights in elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors featuring en suite bathroom facilities, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub. The split level decking includes a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the ‘elephant pool’, a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink. Activities include guided walks, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.

Meals: D

Day 2

Bumi Hills Lodge Spend your days cruising the lake in a private boat, taking in the gorgeous vistas, or going on a scenic lakeside walking safari. Take a walking adventure deeper into the bush to search for fossilized dinosaur footprints, or go on a game drive in search of lions. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

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3 Somalisa Camp

Included flight

Day 6

Somalisa Camp > Victoria Falls Bid farewell to Zimbabwe’s bush camps as you transfer back to Manga for your flight

to Victoria Falls where your journey concludes. Meals: B

This is an independent tour, not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director. Flights within Zimbabwe are via light aircraft.

Somalisa Camp

Bush Camp For a bespoke, luxurious and authentic safari experience in the untamed African wilderness, Zimbabwe’s Bumi Hills Lodge and Somalisa Camp are the perfect retreat.

2020 Departures

Twin share

MAY

£3,445

JUN – OCT

£4,645

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


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Twelve Apostles 3 Day Extension

Giraffe Manor

Cape Town > Cape Town

2 Day Extension

Twelve Apostles

Day 1

Cape Town > Twelve Apostles Transfer from Cape Town to the award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Framed on one side by a line of majestic mountains – The Twelve Apostles – and on the other by the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Settle into your spaciously appointed guest room, combining sophistication with simplicity and elegance.

Day 2

Twelve Apostles Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the nearby area of Camps Bay with its beautiful golden beaches, or walk the wilderness trails of the World Heritage-listed Table Mountain National Park.

Nairobi > Nairobi

Giraffe Manor

Your stay includes use of The Spa, featuring hydrotherapy pools, a sauna and flotation tank. Relax by one of the two pools or be pampered with a signature treatment at the outdoor Spa gazebo while watching the sun sink into the ocean. Wind down your day with an intimate viewing of a classic film at the hotel’s private cinema. Meals: B

Day 3

Twelve Apostles > Cape Town After a sumptuous breakfast, transfer back to Cape Town. Meals: B

This is an independent tour, not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director.

2020 Departures Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Twin share £395

Day 1

Nairobi > Giraffe Manor Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your boutique hotel, the Giraffe Manor, set in 12 acres of private land within indigenous forest on Nairobi’s outskirts. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, Giraffe Manor is reminiscent of the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. Today it is most famous for its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

After settling in, spend the afternoon exploring the grounds before enjoying afternoon tea with the giraffes as the sun sets over the Ngong Hills. This evening enjoy a home-cooked dinner. Meals: L.D

Day 2

Giraffe Manor > Nairobi A special treat awaits this morning during breakfast as the resident giraffes poke their heads through the windows in the hope of some treats. Afterwards, it is time to bid farewell to your long-necked friends and transfer to Nairobi airport. Meals: B

This is an independent tour, not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director.

2020 Departures Giraffe Manor

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension.

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension.

For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

Twin share £745

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Flightseeing Options Whether you soar above the vast plains of the Masai Mara, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the spectacle that is Victoria Falls or gaze down at Egypt’s ancient treasures, you’ll be able to appreciate these natural wonders from a unique vantage point.

Victoria Falls helicopter flight, Zimbabwe

Masai Mara balloon flight, Kenya

Luxor balloon flight, Egypt

Spectacular Victoria Falls Helicopter Flight

Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Flight

Luxor Hot Air Balloon Flight

When it comes to viewing Victoria Falls, a helicopter is undoubtedly the best vantage point. At ground level you can feel the enormous power of the falls as the volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you see them from the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle. Known as the ‘flight of angels’ it is easy to understand why a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls is named after a heavenly experience as you take in the view of the thundering water below and the natural wildlife in the surrounding bush. This is a truly remarkable experience.

Your adventure begins just before dawn. As the sun’s golden glow tinges the eastern horizon, the ground crew help you board your hot air balloon for a spectacular one hour flight. Take in the stunning panorama of the vast Masai Mara, famous for its black-maned lion and the annual Great Wildebeest Migration. Your hot air balloon will silently soar over the Masai Mara ecosystem and the snaking Mara River, with its vast rolling acacia and shrub studded grassland, rivers, forests, hills and escarpments. Magnificent scenery, which stretches as far the eye can see, with a constant pageant of wildlife, all unfolding before you during this awe-inspiring flight.

See the sun rise over ancient monuments on this exhilarating hot air balloon ride. Your adventure begins just before dawn as you board your hot air balloon for a spectacular 45 minute flight. Rise over the fertile green farm lands and soak in the panorama of the mountains of the Valley of the Kings as the sun peaks over the east bank of the Nile River. See Hatshepsut’s temple, float over the Colossi of Memnon and gaze at the impressive Temple of Ramses III bathed in the sun’s golden glow. Across the Nile, see the columns of Karnak and Luxor temples greet the early morning sun as these magnificent vistas unfold before your very eyes.

12-15 minute flight Must be booked on tour.

1 hour flight Must be booked on tour.

45 minute flight Must be booked on tour.

Terms and Conditions: All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Seasonal surcharges may apply. This is an independent, non-escorted extension. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 130 to 135.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call 0808 274 6955


TOUR & TRAVEL INFORMATION This section provides you with further information about your Scenic experience — all the particulars about our Scenic Club, details on the fine hotels we stay in, as well as a comprehensive list of Scenic Freechoice activities. If you wish to know anything else, feel free to contact us on 0808 274 6955 and we’ll be happy to help. We’re confident that you won’t want for anything, but rest assured, if you do, your Scenic crew will be on hand to assist, day or night.


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Greater Rewards At Scenic, a little loyalty goes a long way, and a lot goes even further. With our portfolio of land touring, river cruising and ocean cruising product we realise that while guests’ journeys may be similar, they should be rewarded differently. So the more you travel with us, the greater the rewards. Membership is free. Guests will receive a minimum of 100 Scenic Status Points for each paid tour day on any Scenic journey. And when travelling on a Scenic river cruise or an ocean cruise onboard Scenic Eclipse, The Worlds First Discovery Yachts™, guests will be rewarded by earning additional points according to the deck travelled and suite category booked.

Qualify after your first paid trip.

Qualify after earning 5,000 Points.

Qualify after earning 10,000 Points.

Qualify after earning 25,000 Points.


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Welcome Home voucher* to redeem on your next cruise or tour Refer a Friend voucher, entitling any new guest referral to a discount. The referring guest will earn a £100 Referral Credit when this voucher is redeemed and deposited* Choice of a Scenic Club merchandise or luggage received prior to every trip^≈ Dedicated members only help desk, for a quick response to any queries, issues or requests

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Exclusive Scenic Club Emerald events Benefit - Scenic Eclipse Additional benefits are available for Emerald members* (see website) Benefit - Scenic Eclipse Additional benefits are available for Diamond and Emerald members* (see website)

* Conditions apply. For the most up-to-date details of member benefits and terms and conditions, please visit the Scenic website. All benefits of the loyalty program are subject to availability and may be subject to change. We reserve the right to modify, replace or remove any aspect of the program without notice. ≈Available on trips of 7 days or more only. ^ Select via Tour Personaliser eight weeks prior to departure tp.scenicglobal.com + The 20 days required to qualify for this benefit can be made up of the total paid days for travel, so can include paid add-on days, such as stopovers, tour extensions and/or back-to-back tours. Hotels available for this benefit are subject to change.

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Special Stays With our range of Scenic Special Stays you will find yourself staying in hotels that are simply unlike any others – iconic properties remarkable for their location, character and heritage. Look for the Special Stays symbol on your itinerary indicating the locations of these outstanding properties.

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Giza, Egypt

Marriott Mena House Hotel Nestled in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Mena House Hotel offers magnificent views from the comfort of your Premier Pyramid View Room. The luxurious interiors feature exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture and original works of art.

Aswan, Egypt

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Rising grandly from a pink granite shelf at the edge of the Nubian Desert, this stylish property features sophisticated interiors, Moorish arches, Persian carpets and hand-carved furnishings.

Red Sea, Egypt

Location

Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay This luxurious retreat on the shores of the Red Sea is designed in the style of ancient Moorish fortresses with a landscape of gardens, pools, lagoons and waterfalls.

Isfahan, Iran

Abbasi Hotel, Iran The Abbasi Hotel is located in an opulent 300-year-old building in the heart of Isfahan and has been renovated to preserve this piece of Isfahan’s history. Walking through the halls, you will find miniature paintings, shimmering mirror work, glittering chandeliers, and small alcoves with exquisite architectural details. This is a very unique place to stay.

Israel Tel Aviv, Israel

The Drisco Hotel Tel Aviv, A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Drisco is surrounded by the city’s most fashionable neighbourhood and just minutes from the beach. The hotel’s history spans centuries and it has been lovingly restored, remaining true to the original building’s heritage and visual details.

Tiberias, Israel

The Scots Hotel The Scottish Hotel is adjacent to the Tiberias Sea of Galilee and is one of the most prestigious boutique hotels in the north. Feel the magical atmosphere that combines old and new, and enjoy the sights and aromas that surround you.

Jordan Wadi Rum, Jordan

Sun City Camp Sleep under starry desert skies in air-conditioned ‘Martian’ geodomes, a haven of luxury with private en-suite and clear viewing panels, your window to the desert.

Dead Sea, Jordan

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan This luxurious Dead Sea hotel brings modern design to Jordan, with its spacious, well-appointed rooms offering a serene place to relax overlooking the Dead Sea. The variety of sculpted swimming pools are a delight, while the hotel’s private beach has been built-up with fine sand from the Red Sea.


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Marriott Mena House, Giza, Egypt Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Nizwa, Oman The Oyster Box, Durban, South Africa

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Muscat, Oman

Al Bustan Palace - A Ritz Carlton Hotel Enviably positioned between the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains, this Muscat hotel offers an alluring blend of old and new, local and global, carefully designed and naturally untamed. Set within a former palace, the only remaining in Oman, the resort features an alluring collection of amenities.

Nizwa, Oman

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Located on the fabled Green Mountain, elevated luxury reveals dramatic canyon views at one of the world’s highest resorts. This resort offers Omani splendour in the most breathtaking of natural settings.

East Africa Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls Hotel One of the world's legendary luxury hotels, The Victoria Falls Hotel commands a prime location overlooking the famous falls. The Edwardian-style hotel, built in 1904, has been splendidly redecorated to combine its traditional majesty with modern sophistication.

Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Facing the magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, this lodge stands over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.

Cape Town, South Africa

Table Bay Hotel The sophisticated Table Bay Hotel offers the ultimate in 5-star luxury accommodation. It is conveniently located at the V&A Waterfront, within easy reach of Cape Town's most iconic attractions.

Thornybush Nature Reserve, South Africa

Thornybush Private Game Lodge Thornybush Game Reserve, located adjacent to Greater Kruger National Park, is home to the exclusive private Thornybush Game Lodge. Unrivalled big game viewing is complemented by elegant accommodation and sublime cuisine. Each of the luxurious guest rooms feature an en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, an extensive living area and private deck.

Kruger Lion Sands Game Reserve River Lodge National Park, Lion Sands Game Reserve exudes style, elegance and South Africa luxurious comfort. The lodges are nestled on the banks of the Sabie River on a private concession within Kruger National Park. Each of the spacious, luxuriously appointed suites boasts a private viewing deck overlooking the Sabie River. Durban, South Africa

The Oyster Box Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, overlooking Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and the breathtaking coastline. Elegant guestrooms offer modern comfort and lovingly preserved colonial charm.


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Four Seasons First Residence, Egypt Fairmont Amman, Jordan Mövenpick Hotel, Petra Hotel Heinitzburg, Windhoek, Namibia Orient Hotel Jerusalem, Israel Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi, Kenya The Michelangelo Hotel, South Africa

Scenic accommodation is all about luxury. We stay in the finest hotels in each of the locations we visit. Your hotel will always be central, often historic and without exception, luxurious so you can rest easy, wherever you are on your Scenic journey.

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Egypt Cairo, Egypt

Four Seasons First Residence Flanked by the lush zoological gardens and the western bank of the Nile, this address in Cairo’s prestigious First Place complex puts you in the centre of it all. Catch a glimpse of the Great Pyramids from your room as you head out to explore the ancient wonders this city has to offer.

Iran

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Tehran, Iran

Espinas Palace Hotel, Iran Standing proudly in the north of Tehran, this hotel is a hidden gem and exudes elegance. Step into Espinas Palace Hotel from the busy city, and you will be greeted by regal statues, a soaring ceiling with a glittering chandelier, and friendly Persian hospitality.

Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz Grand Hotel This five-star hotel is located in the city of Shiraz, the birthplace of Persian culture and art. This hotel, covering 14 floors, is situated in the neighbourhood of the holy Quran gate and it is close to all the main attractions in Shiraz.

Yazd, Iran

Moshir al-Mamalek Garden Hotel The eye-catching area of Moshir al-Mamalek Garden Hotel has made the Iranian original architecture of this garden hotel one of the tourist attractions of Yazd City.

Jordan Amman, Jordan

Fairmont Amman The Fairmont Amman is a modern urban oasis. The elegantly appointed guest rooms with unparalleled views of the Amman hills are remarkably spacious and complete with premium amenities.

Petra, Jordan

Mövenpick Hotel, Petra The closest resort to world wonder, Petra, this wonderful 5-star hotel boasts spectacular views over the Great Rift Valley. Home to seven dining venues, as well as a fitness and wellness centre, it’s the perfect place to reside.

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Jerusalem, Israel

Orient Hotel Jerusalem Nestled in the heart of the German Colony, this new hotel is the perfect retreat for those travelling to Jerusalem. Unwind in your lavishly appointed rooms or take advantage of the rooftop pool - a perfect way to relax after a day of touring.


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East Africa

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi Serena Hotel With personalised service and a relaxed atmosphere, this hotel is located on its own private oasis in a large park. The interior décor features art from East and West Africa.

Windhoek, Namibia

Hotel Heinitzburg Housed in a beautiful Victorian castle overlooking Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, the hotel balances traditional African friendliness with European culinary art and colonial charm.

Tanzania, East Africa

Serengeti Sopa Lodge Overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Amboseli, Kenya

Johannesburg, Michelangelo Hotel South Africa Situated in stylish Sandton, Johannesburg’s trendy shopping district, this splendid Renaissance architecture hotel offers outstanding facilities in a stylish and elegant setting with easy access to the finest shops and restaurants. Johannesburg, Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel South Africa Situated within the impressive Emperor’s Palace complex; marble floors, hand-painted murals, frescoes and mosaics merge together in an atmosphere of classical elegance. Mkuze, South Africa

Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli Located in the Amboseli National Park, this eco-rated lodge provides one of the best spots from which to watch elephants with the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Expect exquisite dinners and true African hospitality.

Ghost Mountain Inn At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain, this intimate and award-winning hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the game and coastal reserves of Zululand and the Elephant Coast.

Namibia, South Africa

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru Situated at the heart of the Rift Valley, overlooking Lake Nakuru National Park, chalet-style accommodation in the surroundings of tall acacia trees and winding walkways provide a world-class authentic African experience.

Sossusvlei Lodge Situated at the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park, enjoy direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable Sesriem Canyon.

Namibia, South Africa

Masai Mara, Kenya

Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara Rolling hills, teeming with wildlife, surround the camp which is located in the centre of their migration path. Stay in spacious tents, providing all the luxury amenities and dine on authentic cuisine in breath-taking settings.

Strand Hotel Swakopmund This Namibian icon is the perfect venue for travellers wanting to explore Swakopmund. Many of its facilities are located on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by ocean on three sides.

Botswana, South Africa

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, Okvavango Delta A classic tented camp located on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp offers a varied game viewing experience as well as our unique Living with Elephants activity.

Botswana, South Africa

Leroo La Tau Situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, the lodge features twelve luxurious thatched and glass-fronted suites with ensuite bathrooms, each unit raised on a wooden platform allowing for stunning views.

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Swatberg Country Manor, Oudtshoorn Nestled on the farm “Voorbedacht” situated in the Cango Valley at the foot of the world-renowned Swartberg Mountain Pass, this manor is a peaceful getaway into a world of serene beauty and relaxation.

Knysna, South Africa

Protea Hotel Knysna Quays, Knysna Facing the warm Indian Ocean through the Knysna Heads, this hotel offers a tranquil stay in spacious rooms overlooking the magical Knysna lagoon, historical train station and the Knysna town.

Kingdom of eSwatini

Summerfield Resort, Kingdom of eSwatini Nestled within an idyllic Botanical Garden enclave is the charming Summerfield Boutique Hotel. A ‘one of a kind’ boutique hotel that is the perfect and definitive Southern African escape where nature always takes centre stage.

Etosha Etosha Village, Etosha National Park National Park, A prime destination for nature lovers, with excellent service Namibia and cuisine, Etosha Village delivers the perfect safari style experience in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the National Park.


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Freechoice Setting the pace

Khan el Khalili Bazar, Islamic Cairo

Each guest is different, so we appreciate that you may want to move at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll want to follow a busy day with one at a more relaxed tempo, or simply unwind throughout. We’ve divided our extensive list of Scenic Freechoice activities into active, moderate and relaxed pace so you can choose those which best suit your requirements and interests. Active – For the more adventurous, go canoeing or on a walking safari.

Artisans of Isfahan at work, Iran

EGYPT

IRAN

Cairo

Isfahan

Islamic Cairo

Discover the core of medieval Cairo, a bustling centre of worship, trade and shopping. Your easy walking tour includes Salah el Din's Citadel, Mohammed Ali's Mosque and the world-famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar.

Coptic Cairo

On your visit to Old Cairo, settled as early as the 6th century BC, you'll enter the Coptic Museum, visit the Hanging Church, said to be the oldest Christian church in Egypt, and see the remains of the Fortress of Babylon.

Moderate – Take a nature walk at a comfortable walking pace, or enjoy a Harley Davidson™ sidecar ride.

Isfahan Cooking class

Learn all the tricks of the Persian kitchen and cook a traditional Isfahan feast in a hands-on cooking class.

Artisans of Isfahan at work

Meander through the historic bazaar and watch artisans at work – a living museum of traditional culture. Here, you will witness the country’s most specialised craft people in 167 different disciplines, including carpet weaving, metalwork, woodwork, ceramics, painting and inlay works and enjoy a local Biryani lunch.

Traditional Music Museum and performance

Visit the Music Museum for a performance of traditional instruments.

 elaxed – A slower pace to enjoy R a soothing massage or indulge in a Cape Winelands tour.

JORDAN Amman

Royal Automobile Museum

View the extensive private collection of the Royal Family.

Nubian Village Visit

Aswan

Jordan Wine Heritage

Experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali walking district.

Motorboat cruise to the Upper Nile

Venture upstream on a motorboat, exploring areas cruise boats cannot access. Soak in the peaceful vistas of the desert sands swirling against the western bank of the river.

Visit a Nubian Village

Gain a unique insight into one of the oldest civilisations on Earth, the Nubians. Walk through the village with your Nubian guide and visit a private home to learn about life on the Nile.

Kalabsha Temple

Visit the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. View the pylon, court, hall and sanctuary and the richly carved reliefs.

Wine tasting


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Whether you want a relaxed pace or you want to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice offers a diverse range of sightseeing and activities for you to choose from.

Israeli Cooking class

Walking Safari with Maasai Warrior

Game Drive

ISRAEL

EAST AFRICA

Tel Aviv

KENYA

NAMIBIA

Israeli Cooking class

Masai Mara National Reserve

Swakopmund

African Cooking Class

Bites and Brews tour

Learn the secrets of Israeli cuisine during a cooking class in a picturesque 200-year-old house.

Ethiopian Drumming

Learn the fundamentals of traditional Ethiopian drumming in an interactive workshop, designed to introduce you to the cultural mosaic of Israel.

Ilana Goor Museum

Discover the Ilana Goor Museum, distinct in its dual purpose as both an art gallery and private home of the artist.

Jerusalem Yad Vashem - the Holocaust Memorial

Discover the stories and survivor testimonies at Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Memorial – with a specialist historian.

Machane Yehuda Market tour

Become acquainted with the market through the eyes of a local. Encounter the flavours and people who make this place special. At every stop you will hear the stories of the food and the cultures in which the cuisine was developed.

Join the chefs at Sarova Mara Lodge for an African cooking class. Learn different recipes and traditions of East Africa in this interactive session.

Walking tour with Maasai

Discover the diverse flora and fauna found at the camp. Learn about the intricate coexistence of nature and the Masai people, how to read the writings and clues that nature imprints every day.

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Experience the thrill of quad biking through the shifting sand dunes of the Namib Desert.

The Okavango Delta Walking Safari

Join your expert tracker for a two hour walk into the Okavango woodland, where close encounters with elephant, giraffe, baboons and buffalo are commonplace.

Game Drive

Enjoy a game drive to another area of the reserve.

Mokoro Canoe Safari

There is no better way to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta than by mokoro canoe, a traditional dug-out guided by your skilled gondolier. Encounter hippos and buffalo as they relax in the shallows.

Muscat Muscat In-depth

Immerse yourself in this beautiful city and its monuments and discover Muscat in-depth, visiting the Opera House and National Museum before driving along the waterfront Corniche, ending at the bustling Muttrah Souq.

Muscat Dolphin Cruise

Spot wild dolphins along Muscat’s rugged coast on a fun dolphin-watching cruise.

Quad Bike Tour

BOTSWANA

Flam Winery

Indulge in a wine tasting experience at Flam Winery, served with artisanal cheese and breads.

Join the bites and brews tour which explores products grown and produced in Swakopmund including tasting of olive oil, coffee and gin.

Mokoro Canoe Safari

Quad Bike

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SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town Robben Island

Cruise to Robben Island for a tour of the island including the prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive during the Apartheid era.

Harley Davidson™ Ride

Take a scenic drive around Cape Point, the southwestern tip of the African continent, on the back of a Harley Davidson™.

Township Tour

Discover the multicultural side of Cape Town on a half day township tour. Learn about township life first-hand as you interact with the locals. Visit Nyanga, Gugulethu and Khayelitscha, and leave with a greater understanding of how these townships contribute to the Rainbow nation.

Cape Winelands Tour Cape Winelands Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Cape Winelands region with its stunning scenery and rolling vineyards. Tour Stellenbosch and selected vineyards including a cellar tour sampling local wines and cheese.

Khayelitscha Township Harley Davidson™ Ride

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Freechoice Dining Taste Africa’s cuisine with Scenic Freechoice Dining, a showcase of local specialities, fresh regional produce, and the mastery of traditional cuisine.

EAST AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

KENYA

Knysna

Nairobi

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Carnivore Restaurant

The Carnivore Restaurant is the ultimate ‘Beast of a Feast’, famous for a wide variety of meat choices that are roasted on a traditional Maasai sword over a fire pit and carved at your table.

Café Maghreb

The Moroccan-styled Café Maghreb at the Serena Hotel opens directly on to the pool terrace where al fresco seating is also available.

Situated right in the harbour, this deli-cum-bar is always abuzz specialising in seafood. It also features some of the best wines in the Western Cape.

Dry Dock Food Co

This lagoon side restaurant is situated on the water’s edge offering a menu of fresh seafood, tempting salads and fusion cuisine.

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Sanctuary Sun Boat III Renovated 2017 | Built 1993 | Passengers 34 | Cabins 17 | Crew 30

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Presidential Suite

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Luxury Cabin

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Luxury Cabin

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5 Lower Sun Deck

2 Pool

6 Reception

3 Sahara Lounge

7 Restaurant

4 H. Carter Lounge

The deckplan is an indication only and may vary. Please be advised that bedding configuration cannot change. Please refer to scenic.co.uk for further information.

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Terms and Conditions Your contract is with Scenic Tours (UK) Limited trading as Scenic, a Member of ABTA. Booking conditions Important: The following terms and conditions together with the general information contained in our tour brochure form the basis of your contract with Scenic Tours (UK) Limited trading as Scenic. Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions and agree to them. Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions only apply to tour arrangements (including pre and post tour accommodation, activities and other services) which you book with us in the UK and pay for before departure from the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “cruise”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such tour arrangements unless otherwise stated. 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) or any of them as the context requires. “We”, “us” and “our” means Scenic Tours (UK) Limited trading as Scenic. We are a Member of ABTA. When you book with an ABTA Member you can expect high service standards, fair terms of trading and accurate information. ABTA’s strict joining criteria for Members, code of conduct, customer helpline and approved ADR scheme to resolve complaints are all there to give you confidence and peace of mind when booking your travel arrangements. For more information see www.abta.com. Bookings 1. We welcome passengers with medical conditions or disabilities. If you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your tour or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), it is very important that you tell us of the condition and of any medical or mobility equipment you will need in writing before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. You must also notify us of any changes or deterioration in the disability or medical condition or development of any disability or medical condition after booking. We must reserve the right to decline a reservation of any person or, if full details are not given at the time of booking or the condition/disability develops after booking, cancel when we become aware of these details, if we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate their particular needs. In the event that you require assistance with embarking or disembarking as a result of your reduced mobility or disability, please advise us at the time of booking and in any event no later than 48 hours before the assistance is required. Please also note that assistance is not always available when embarking or disembarking at all ports of call. Any passenger affected by a disability or medical condition must ensure they have notified this to their travel insurers and that their travel insurance will provide a suitable level of cover (see clause 36 for more information about insurance).

2. The operation of all tours is conditional on us securing the minimum number of bookings required to operate the tour and to ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere. Where sufficient numbers cannot be achieved, we reserve the right to cancel or change a scheduled tour. Please also see clauses 18 and 19. We will notify you no less than 60 days prior to the departure date of the tour if we have to cancel or significantly change a tour due to lack of numbers. 3. If you have any special requests (including dietary requirements) you must notify us in writing at the time of booking. Please note special requests cannot be guaranteed. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract by us. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier of any service(s) or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important to you. We cannot accept any conditional bookings, i.e. any booking which is specified to be conditional on the fulfilment of a particular request. All such bookings will be treated as “standard” bookings subject to the above provisions on special requests. Payment 4. To make a booking, you must pay the applicable deposit of a minimum of £1,250 per person or full payment if booking 120 days or less before the start of the holiday (if you are travelling Premium Economy the deposit will be £1,950 per person, if you are travelling Business Class the deposit will be £3,750 per person). If you make a provisional booking the deposit or full payment, as applicable, must be received by us at the time of booking to ensure a place on the tour is held. We will automatically assume that you do not wish to proceed with a booking if the applicable deposit or full payment, as applicable, is not received by us and we will have no further liability to you. Any accommodation, sightseeing or flights we book for you which are separate to those stated in your itinerary are not included in the deposit or tour price. An extra payment will be required to cover the costs of these additional services, and these services will not be booked until both your holiday deposit and additional service costs are paid in full. 5. Deposits are non-transferable and nonrefundable except as expressly set out in these terms and conditions. We therefore recommend that you take out adequate insurance prior to booking. 6. The balance of the tour price (after deduction of the applicable deposit) must be received by us no less than 120 days prior to the start of your tour. If we do not receive all payments due (including any surcharge where applicable) in full and on time, we are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking. In this case, we will be entitled to keep all deposits paid or due at that date. If we do not cancel straight away because you have promised to make payment, you must pay the cancellation charges shown in these terms and conditions depending on the date we reasonably treat your booking as cancelled.

7. Except for flight inclusive bookings, all monies you pay to one of our authorised travel agents for your holiday with us will be held by the agent on your behalf until a contract between us comes into existence. After that point, your agent will hold the monies on our behalf until they are paid to us. For flight inclusive bookings, all monies paid to any authorised travel agent of ours for your holiday with us will be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust subject to the travel agent’s obligation to pay such monies to us in accordance with our trading terms unless we fail. In the unlikely event of our financial failure, all monies then held by the travel agent or subsequently paid by you to the travel agent will be held by the agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation on the agent to pay such monies to us. 8. Credit Card Payments (No charge for debit/ credit cards) Your contract 9. Subject to availability we will confirm your booking by issuing our confirmation invoice. This invoice will be sent to the lead name on the booking (“Lead Name”) or your Travel Agent. Please check this invoice carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if any information on the confirmation or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. We cannot accept any liability if not notified of any inaccuracy in any document within 7 days of our sending it out. We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so. 10. A binding contract between you and us comes into existence when we issue our confirmation invoice. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (“claim”) (except as set out below). We both also agree that any claim (and whether or not involving any personal injury) must be dealt with by the Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any claim or other matter of any description which arises between us governed by the law of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply). What are your on-tour obligations? 11. (a) You must follow the Tour/Cruise Director’s instructions at all times. You acknowledge that failure to do so may result in restricted access to areas on tour, or if necessary for your own safety and/or that of other passengers, withdrawal from the tour. (b) We expect all clients to have consideration for other people. If in our reasonable opinion, or in the reasonable opinion of any other person in authority, you behave in such a way so as to cause or be likely to cause danger, upset or distress to yourself or any third party or damage to property we are entitled, without prior notice, to terminate the tour of the person(s) concerned.


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We will not be liable to you for any loss, cost or damage resulting from your withdrawal. If you are withdrawn from the tour, you must make your own return travel arrangements at your own expense. Tour price 12. Please note, changes and errors occasionally occur. You must check the price of your chosen holiday at the time of booking. We reserve the right to make changes to and correct errors in advertised prices at any time before your holiday is confirmed. We will advise you of any error of which we are aware and of the then applicable price at the time of booking. Once the tour price has been confirmed at the time of booking, clause 13 below will apply. 13. Once your tour price has been confirmed at the time of booking, then subject to the correction of errors, it will only be increased or decreased in the following circumstances. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out below, in the event of any change in our transportation costs or in dues, taxes, fuel or fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports increase or decrease or in the exchange rates which have been used to calculate your tour price. Even in the circumstances set out in above, only if the amount of the increase in our costs exceeds 2% of your tour price (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment fee) will we levy a surcharge. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of your tour price (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment fee), you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us (except for any amendment fee) or alternatively purchase another tour from us – see clause 18. You have 14 days from the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you wish to cancel or purchase another tour where applicable. Otherwise, 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 tour price or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the tour price due to contractual and other protection in place. A refund will only be payable if the decrease in our costs exceeds 2% as set out above. Where a refund is due, we will pay you the full amount of the decrease in our costs. No surcharge will be levied within 30 days of departure. No refund will be payable if any decrease in our costs occurs during this period either. Tour features 14. We make no representations about the features of any tour other than those expressly set out in the tour brochure and these terms and conditions. Brochure validity 15. The tour brochure and these terms and conditions are valid for the departure dates as stated in the tour brochure unless extra dates are added or otherwise expressly advised by us. Variation or cancellation by us 16. We start planning the tours we offer many months in advance. Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct errors in the details of advertised tours both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings. 17. In the event of industrial action affecting air, rail, cruise or other tour related transportation

we will make every effort to contact the lead name and advise of alternative arrangements (if any). However, if contact is not made, you should phone 0808 231 3933. 18. Whilst we always endeavour to avoid changes and cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so. However, due to the nature of travel, it may not always be possible for Us to adhere strictly to Your Itinerary and the Operator may need to make alterations to the Tour or Your Itinerary, before or after the commencement of the Tour. Where, due to circumstances outside the Operators control, We are unable to provide the Tour in accordance with Your Itinerary, We will use reasonable endeavours to:(a) give You reasonable notice of any alterations, but there may be circumstances beyond Our control in which alterations will be required with little, or no, advance notice; and(b) provide or arrange appropriate alternative activities, transport and accommodation as required. Occasionally, we have to make a significant change to or cancel a confirmed tour and we must reserve the right to do so. A significant change is a change made before departure which, taking account of the information you give us at the time of booking or which we can reasonably be expected to know as a tour operator, we can reasonably expect to have a significant effect on your tour. 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, you will be offered the choice of the following options:- (a) (for significant changes) accepting the changed arrangements or (b) purchasing alternative arrangements from us, of a similar standard to those booked if available. We will offer you at least one alternative holiday of equivalent or higher standard for which you will not be asked to pay any more than the price of the original holiday. If this holiday is in fact cheaper than the original one, we will refund the price difference. If you do not wish to accept the holiday we specifically offer you, you may choose any of our other then available holidays. You must pay the applicable price of any such holiday. This will mean your paying more if it is more expensive or receiving a refund if it is cheaper or (c) cancelling or accepting the cancellation and receiving a full refund of all monies you have paid to us. Please note, the above options are not available where any change made is a minor one. A change of flight time of less than 12 hours, airline (except as specified in clauses 48-51 “Flights”), type of aircraft (if advised) or destination airport will all be treated as minor changes. 19. If we have to make a significant change to or cancel a confirmed tour, we will in addition to the options set out in clause 18 pay you compensation depending on the circumstances and when the significant change or cancellation is notified to you subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the options set out in clause 18 can be accepted where (1) 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 or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings necessary for us to operate your tour has not been reached – see clause 2. No compensation will be payable and the options set out in clause 18 will not be available if we have to cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these terms

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and conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or where a change is a minor one. 20. Very rarely, we may be forced by Force Majeure (see clause 34) to change or terminate your tour after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers which we do not use to pay for alternative services), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result. Amendment or cancellation by you 21. If any member of your party is prevented from travelling, the person(s) concerned may transfer their place to someone else (introduced by you) providing we are notified not less than 90 days before departure. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result together with an amendment fee of £50 per person must be paid before the transfer can be effected. Any overdue balance payment must also be received. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight. 22. If you wish to make any amendments to your confirmed booking you must notify us in writing as soon as possible. It may not always be possible to make such amendments. Where we can, an amendment fee of £50 per person per booking will be payable together with any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. A change of tour dates will normally be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and rebooking in which case cancellation charges will apply. Changes may result in the recalculation of the tour price where, for example, the basis on which the price of the original tour was calculated has changed. 23. You may cancel your booking by notice to us in writing and payment of the applicable cancellation fee as shown below. Cancellation notifications are not effective until received by us in writing (if received by us on a weekend day or public holiday the notification will be treated as having been received by us on the next working day). The following cancellation fees apply to each person(s) cancelling and where shown as a percentage are based on the total cost of the arrangements which are being cancelled excluding any insurance premiums, amendment fee or previously incurred cancellation charges which are all non-refundable in the event of your cancellation: 24. Cancellation Fees Days of notice prior to Tour commencement and cancellation charge (per person) For third party tour codes: DMEJ, DMCD, DMGD, DMCC, DMEE, DMGR, DCDI, DMDI, DMCI, DCDO, DMDO, DMRD, DCTC, DCTJ 180 days and over 179 - 91 days 90 days & less

Loss of deposit 50% of tour price 100% of tour price

For all other tours: 120 days and over 119 - 91 days 90 days & less

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NB. Transferring to another date is treated as a cancellation and the cancellation fees above will apply. Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned. Where any cancellation reduces the number of full paying party members below the number on which the price, number of free places and/or any concessions agreed for your booking were based, we will recalculate these items and reinvoice you accordingly. Our liability 25. We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of enjoyment or possessions), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: - 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 tour and which were unforeseeable/unavoidable or - Force Majeure as defined at clause 34 below. 26. We cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract with you. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any hotel or other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised in our tour brochure as part of your tour and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion or other services you purchase during your tour. Where any such excursion or services are purchased through or with our assistance, please note that we act only as booking agent. Your contract will be with the operator or provider of the excursion or services in question. We have no liability in relation to the same. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any of our brochures or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. 27. The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred will be used as the basis for deciding whether the tour arrangements in question had been properly provided. If the particular arrangements which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the then applicable local laws and regulations, the services will be treated as having been properly performed or provided. This will be the case even if the arrangements did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those arrangements been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable tour participant to refuse to take the tour in question. Please note, however, our obligation is to exercise reasonable skill and care as referred to in clause 24. We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we have not exercised reasonable skill and care. 28. As set out in these booking conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to

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pay you for any claims you may make against us. Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £1000 per person affected unless a different limitation applies to your claim under this clause or clause 29 below. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment fees) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 29 below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your tour. 29. Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea or rail carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question (for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea (as amended by the 2002 Protocol where applicable) and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail). Please note: where a carrier or hotelier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under and in accordance with the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier for the claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. 30. Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any business losses including self employed loss of earnings. 31. You must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require. You must also tell us and the supplier concerned about your claim or complaint as set out below. If asked to do so, you must transfer to us or our insurers any rights you have against the supplier or whoever else is responsible for your claim or complaint (if the person concerned is under 18, their parent or guardian must do so). You must also agree to co-operate fully with us and our insurers if we

or our insurers want to enforce any rights which are transferred. Suppliers 32. Many of the services which make up your tour 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 29). 33. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions and of the international conventions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned. Force Majeure 34. Except where otherwise expressly stated in these terms and conditions we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of Force Majeure. “Force Majeure. “Force Majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events are likely to include (whether actual or threatened) war, terrorism, exceptionally high or low water levels, fire, flooding, unusual weather conditions, loss of power, epidemics or pandemics, industrial disputes, slow-downs or other strike activities, riots or civil disturbances, acts of government, government agencies or other authorities, inability to obtain any necessary licence or consent through no fault of ours and any other event or circumstances beyond the control of us or any supplier of any part of your tour, set out in clause 25 (which includes the behaviour of any passenger(s) on the flight who, for example, fails to check in or board on time). Risk and travel insurance 35. You acknowledge and accept that there are inherent risks associated with our tours for example events of Force Majeure, hazards of travelling in undeveloped areas, travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft or other means of transportation particularly in underdeveloped countries or more remote locations. 36. We strongly advise you to take out adequate and appropriate travel insurance to cover as a minimum cancellation by you, loss of luggage, early return following death of a relative and emergency repatriation in the event of accident or illness. Guests travelling to Israel and Iran will be required to travel with comprehensive travel insurance. Failure to do so may result in guests being denied entry into these countries. 37. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on your tour. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. Service availability, itinerary changes and travel advice 38. During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums and restaurants, sightseeing tours and shopping may be limited or not available. Alternatives will be offered if possible. Shabbat in Israel is the Jewish name for the Sabbath and is observed weekly. It begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Operational hours of shops, markets and restaurants are reduced during Shabbat.


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39. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office may have issued information about your tour destination. You are advised to check this information on the internet at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Smoking 40. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted inside tourist coaches and such other places as are prohibited by us or our suppliers. We will use reasonable endeavours to ensure there are frequent stops on any coach trip and there are permitted areas outside decks onboard some cruise vessels which are available for smoking, however we cannot guarantee these facilities will be available. Baggage allowance and luggage restrictions 41.1 You are entitled to carry one suitcase per person with the total sum of its length, width and height not exceeding 76 x 53 x 28cm/30 x 21 x 11in and weight up to 23kg (50 lbs) dependent on any airline restrictions. Personal and valuable items such as make-up, cameras, medication, passport, money/credit cards etc. should be carried in a travel bag or on your person. You must ensure that luggage meets the weight requirements as overweight or oversize items will not be carried. Some carriers may impose a small surcharge per day for a second suitcase per person. Excess baggage is always at your cost. 41.2 For the ZCTC/ZCTK Program, when You are travelling in Kenya there are luggage restrictions due to limited luggage space on flights and four wheel drive safari vehicles. We recommend You use a soft bag (sports bag or alternative) to pack essential items into during this portion of the Tour. Suitcases are unable to be taken with You whilst tour throughout Kenya and will be delivered back to You at Nairobi Airport. Our Service Provider will take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and security of the remainder of Your luggage during this portion of the Tour. Young travellers 42. Travellers who are less than 21 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by and share a cabin/room with an adult aged 21 or over. Children under 12 years of age are not encouraged and are accepted or rejected at our sole discretion. This is a condition of carriers and cruise operators we use. Complaints and Damage 43. If a problem occurs during your tour, you must advise our representative immediately so that steps can be taken to resolve the matter and you can continue to enjoy the remainder of your tour. You must also advise the supplier concerned. Any verbal notification must be put in writing and given to our representative/ agent and the supplier as soon as possible. If we do not have or you cannot contact our local representative or agent and any complaint or problem is not resolved to your satisfaction by the supplier, you must contact us in the UK using the contact details we have provided you with during your holiday, giving us full details and a contact number. Until we know about a complaint or problem, we cannot begin to resolve it. Most problems can be dealt with quickly. If you remain dissatisfied, any complaint must be made in writing to us giving full details within 30 days of the end of the tour. If you fail to follow this procedure, your right to claim compensation you may otherwise have been entitled to may be affected or even lost as a result. Only the lead name should write to us. Disputes arising out of, or in connection with your booking which cannot be amicably settled may be referred to ABTA’s Alternative Dispute

Resolution Scheme. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of resolving disputes and, where appropriate, arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website (www.abta.com). The arbitration 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 £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your application for arbitration and other required documents must be received by ABTA within 18 months of your return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the scheme may still be available if we agree, although the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA mediation procedure and we have the option to agree to this. Where we act as agent, please bear in mind that your contract is with the supplier of the arrangements concerned. Unless the supplier is also a member of ABTA, only disputes relating to our actions as agent can be dealt with by the arbitration scheme or mediation procedure and not complaints about the arrangements themselves or the acts/ omissions of the supplier. 44. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. Included in your fare 45. Airfares from the UK (unless specified at the time of booking, e.g. selected special offers), coach and cruise travel, services of a Cruise Director (if applicable) and/or Tour Director; local guide in destination (if applicable), airport transfers outside United Kingdom, port charges, meals as specified in Your Itinerary, economy class group flights and air taxes as set out in your specific itinerary, accommodation, sightseeing and admissions and other services as expressly indicated in the itinerary, all gratuities and tipping on land tours except as set out below. NOT included in your fare 46. Unless expressly listed in Your Itinerary as an inclusion, Your Tour Price does not include airfares; airline taxes; shore excursions on ocean cruises; additional optional activities; accommodation upgrades; overnight accommodation required to meet Your Tour and/or flight connections; gratuities and tips to any staff on cruise ships not operated by us (unless otherwise expressly advised), meals not specified in the itinerary, drinks, laundry, passport fees, visas, vaccinations, medical assistance, government taxes and charges

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(excluding VAT), expenses of a personal nature, travel between train stations and any other items which are not expressly included in the cost of your tour. Changes to flight schedules may require additional overnight accommodation at either commencement or completion of tour which is at your own expense. For the avoidance of doubt hotel accommodation is not provided on an allinclusive basis. Airfare conditions 47. Air travel is based on a specific class and is subject to availability at time of booking. If booking a promotional tour, all inclusions and conditions may differ. Please check promotional booking conditions. Full details and conditions may be obtained from your travel consultant. Changes to original tickets will incur amendment or cancellation fees, are subject to availability and surcharges may apply. Please see clauses 21 and 22 above. Please note: all airfares are subject to routing restrictions, and route availability. Flights 48. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm the flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight. The flight timings shown in our brochure, on our website and/or detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. Flight timings are outside our control. They are set by airlines and are subject to various factors including air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, potential technical problems and the ability of passengers to check in on time. The actual times will be those shown on your tickets which will be dispatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. Please note, flights may operate indirect. You must accordingly check your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed even after tickets have been dispatched - we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs. Please note that flight Schedules within Egypt to and from Luxor, Aswan, or Abu Simbel are either early morning or late afternoon. Please be prepared for an early start when flying to or from these destinations. 49. In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community List” which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the European Union. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/ air-ban/list_en.htm. We are also required to advise you of the carrier(s) (or, if the carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/ the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative the provisions of clause 18 and 19 will apply. Any change in the identity of the carrier, flight timings, and/or aircraft type (if advised) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying our normal charges except where specified in these conditions.


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50. If you suffer a delay to your outbound travel arrangements, we will do our best to assist you make the start of your tour or, if this cannot be achieved, join it as soon as possible any costs we incur in making any alternative arrangements in this situation will be your responsibility. In the event of a flight delay, the airline concerned may provide refreshments and/or other assistance depending on factors such as the length of the delay, time of day and number of passengers affected. We cannot accept liability for any delay which is due to any of the reasons set out in clause 25 (which includes the behaviour of any passenger(s) on the flight who, for example, fails to check in or board on time). 51. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstances, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under EC Regulation No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004. Where applicable, you must pursue the airline for the compensation or other payment due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If the airline does not comply with these rules, you may complain to the CAA on 020 7453 6888 or by e-mail to passengercomplaints@ caa.co.uk or see www.caa.co.uk – Referring Your Complaint to the CAA. Transfers 52. These are only available on the day your tour commences and the day your cruise/tour terminates at designated times. Transfers outside these times will be at your expense and arrangement. If you have purchased pre and post tour hotel accommodation through us, you will be provided with airport transfers to/ from your hotel to the relevant gateway airport and to the ship. If your airline booking is not made by us, you must ensure your flight details are provided to us (this can be entered by Tour Personaliser at www.scenic.co.uk.) Please note: No refund will be given for unused transfers. Transfers cannot be routed to other pick-up points or destinations. Passengers who miss the pre-booked transfer will be responsible for making their own way to/from the ship/rail station or hotel at their own expense. Transfers must be booked and flights advised to us a minimum of 60 days prior to travel otherwise

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transfers cannot be guaranteed. This may not apply to all tours. Please ask at time of booking. You will be responsible for any excess baggage charges. You acknowledge and agree We have no liability to You for any loss, damage, breach of contract or negligence relating to Your luggage during this portion of the Tour and in the event of any dispute or claim including for loss, damage, breach of contract or negligence arising from the conduct of the Service Provider, You must pursue Your claim directly against the relevant Service Provider. Hotel accommodation 53. IMPORTANT: Unless otherwise expressly stated in the description of the tour in question or expressly advised by us to you, overnight accommodation required to meet tour and/or flight connections is not included in the tour price and is at your own expense. We may substitute hotel accommodation of a similar standard in the place of the advertised hotel due to hotel availability issues. Any changes will be notified once confirmed with the hotel. Although we have taken reasonable steps to secure the most suitable hotel accommodation in the area of the Tour, we are not liable to you for the quality, size or fitness of hotel rooms. Passports and visas 54. British (citizen) passport holders are recommended to have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. It is your responsibility to ensure any visas required for countries to be visited on the tour have been obtained prior to the tour departure date. Failure to obtain correct documentation will mean you may be unable to participate in particular shore excursions and may be denied boarding and/or entry into certain countries. Passport and visa entry requirements and costs are your sole responsibility. 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 in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. Please note: You must ensure that You obtain prior to the Tour Departure Date all required entry visas for all countries to be visited during the Tour, as failure to obtain correct documentation may affect Your participation in certain shore excursions and entry to certain countries during the Tour. If You do not have the correct visa or other documentation necessary to enter a country or participate in any aspect of a Tour (“Documentation”): (a) We will not refund to You all or any portion of the Tour Price; and (b) You will be responsible for any costs You incur as a result of Your failure to obtain the required Documentation, including any costs associated with re-joining the Tour. 55. A full British passport presently takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to obtain. If you are 16 or over and have not yet got a passport, you should apply for one at least six weeks before your departure from the UK. The UK Passport Service has to confirm an applicant’s identity before issuing their first passport and will ask them to attend an interview in order to do this. If you are not a British citizen or hold a non British passport, you must check passport and visa requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of the country(ies) you are travelling through

and to which you are intending to travel. Please note, all requirements may change and all clients must check the up to date position in good time before departure with the Embassy or consulate of the country(ies) you are travelling through and to. 56. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended vaccinations and health precautions in good time before departure. Details are available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac. org. Information on health abroad is also available on www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Travelhealth. Vaccination and other health requirements/ recommendations are subject to change at any time for any destination. Please therefore check with a doctor or clinic not less than six weeks prior to departure to ensure that you have met the necessary requirements and have the applicable information. Travellers to certain areas in Africa may be refused entry if they do not hold a Yellow Fever International Vaccination Certificate. Check the country specific requirements for your destination and also consult your doctor. You will not receive a refund if you are unable to be vaccinated and if as a result decide not to complete the Tour. 57. It is the lead name’s responsibility to ensure that all members of the party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation must be paid by you. 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 all required documentation. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty, costs or expenses being imposed on or incurred by us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. Financial security 58. We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 9294). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating


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to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. Please note: Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme *The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. 59. We are a member of ABTA with membership number Y6328. ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain high standards of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the dispute resolution scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ. Tel: 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com. If your holiday does not include flights, ABTA will financially protect your holiday by ensuring you receive a refund or, if your arrangements include return travel to the UK (other than flights) you are returned to the UK in the event that your holiday cannot be provided as a result of our insolvency. Please go to www.abta.com for a copy of the guide to ABTA’s scheme of Financial Protection. Tour Participation 60.a Facilities: It is important to note that: (a) Nile ships do not have elevators, and are not wheelchair accessible; (b) Requests for modified rooms must be made at the time of Booking and are subject to availability; (c) Wheelchairs and walkers can be carried in the luggage compartment of motor coaches subject to space limitations. (d)Some shore excursions will be ‘wet landings’ requiring You to either walk through water and / or onto wet and potentially slippery surfaces. If You choose to participate in any sightseeing expeditions forming part of the Tour, You should be in appropriate physical condition and appropriately attired to deal with these conditions. (e) Wheelchair passengers should be aware that suite doors, rest rooms and corridors may not be wide enough to provide access for standard wheelchairs; (f) F  or safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on boarding ramps (which may be steep due to water levels) whilst the vessel is tied up or at anchor, or on to motor coaches; and (g) Tours in Africa, Egypt and Jordan include walking on steps, uneven ground and surfaces whilst visiting monuments and antiquities for lengths of between 1-5 kilometres and full mobility may be required. If you choose to participate You should be in an appropriate physical condition to complete any sightseeing expeditions forming part of the Tour. (h) Due to dusty and/or unsealed road conditions in Kenya and Kruger National Park on the private concessions, You need to be in good physical condition. Travel in Kenya is by 4WD safari vehicle and it is highly recommended if You suffer a back injury to consult Your doctor prior to participation.

If You have contact lenses, You should bring glasses in case dust causes irritation. 60.b Our discretion: We may, in Our absolute discretion, decline Your Booking if We are of the view that: (a) W  e cannot adequately provide for any or all of your special needs; (b) Your health, safety or enjoyment, or that of any other passengers attending the Tour may be at risk; or (c) You cannot or will not abide by any reasonable directions of the Tour Director or Cruise Director. 61. Coaches (a) Seat rotation: To ensure all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy front and window seats, a daily seat rotation system is employed on all of Our coaches and You must follow the seat rotation system.

(b) Travel sickness: If You suffer from travel sickness, You should arrange medication or other alternatives to treat symptoms, as We cannot make allowances for this. Medical Services 62. Please consult Your doctor before departure to ensure you have an adequate level of fitness and health. Vaccinations: It is Your responsibility to ensure You have all required vaccinations for Your Tour and We recommend You refer to http:// www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Travel-immunisation/ Pages/Introduction.aspx for full details and also consult your doctor. You will not receive a refund if you are unable to be vaccinated and if as a result decide not to complete the Tour. Sightseeing tours 63. Mountain Excursions: Some tours include mountain excursions involving high altitudes. Please consult with your doctor to ensure that You have an adequate level of fitness and are in good health before participating in these excursions. Scenic Freechoice: Your Scenic Freechoice activity in Your first destination must be booked by 45 days prior to Your Tour departure date. All other Scenic Freechoice including dining can be booked whilst on Tour with Your Tour/Cruise Director (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability, seasonal and operational factors. Some activities require a minimum and maximum number of participants to operate. Scenic Enrich 64. Scenic Enrich and Scenic Sundowners: It may not always be possible to offer every Scenic Enrich activity and Scenic Sundowners in the Tour Brochure on Your Tour. Wherever possible, suitable alternatives will be provided without liability to You. Pictures, images and data protection 65. Maps or tour depictions contained in Tour Brochures or any other brochures We issue are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon as the actual route to be taken during the Tour. All images in Tour Brochures represent typical scenes and descriptive detail for each tour, however it is possible that the particular subject matter may not be seen or experienced on Your Tour. Also, some pictures may have been digitally enhanced. 66. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 we are a data controller. Our privacy policy is available to view on our website www.scenic. co.uk and sets out how we collect and use the personal information you provide us with. We will only process personal data as set out in

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our privacy policy (as amended or added to) or otherwise notified to or agreed by you or as we are otherwise permitted to do in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. 67. The information contained in our brochure, on our website www.scenic.co.uk and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. 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. Additional information 68.Internet facilities are available on board Nile Cruises for an additional charge. 69.Currenc and Credit Cards: All purchases on board are charged to Your shipboard account. The on board currency on river cruise ships is the Egyptian Pound (LE), United States Dollar (USD) or Euro. Shipboard accounts may be paid by these currencies or credit card. 70. Ramadan, a Muslim religious period, falls between 23 April – 23 May, 2020 and 12 April - 11 May 2021 and is observed by all Muslim countries. Operational hours of shops, markets and some attractions are reduced during Ramadan. 71. Flight Schedules within Egypt: Flight schedules to and from Luxor, Aswan, or Abu Simbel are either early morning or late afternoon. Please be prepared for an early start when flying to or from these destinations. Promotions 72. Please note that if a different promotion becomes available after your booking has been confirmed this is not applicable to your booking. Scenic does not back date our promotions. 73. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office may have issued information about your tour destination. You are advised to check this information on the internet at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS can be found online at www.scenic.co.uk/terms-andconditions (subject to change).


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