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UK OFFICE Cox & Kings Travel Ltd, 6th Floor, 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4EE Reservations: 020 7873 5000 Fax: 020 7630 6038 E-mail: sales@coxandkings.co.uk Hours of Business: Mon-Fri: 09.00-18.00 Sat: 09.30-13.00

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OVER 250 YEARS OF DISCOVERY 2008 marked the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Cox & Kings, the longest established travel company in the world. The company’s history stretches back to the summer of 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed as regimental agent to the Foot Guards by his mentor, Lord Ligonier, the Commanding Officer of His Majesty’s Armed Forces. The role of agent included the arrangement of payment of officers and men, the provision of clothing, serving as a go-between for the buying and selling of officers’ commissions, and acting upon any special requests from the regimental adjutant. Regimental agents did not have a very good reputation before Cox, but such was his honesty, reliability and organisational ability that he made it a respectable business and Cox & Co soon became the agent for the

majority of British regiments. By the end of the 18th century the company served 14 cavalry, 64 infantry and 17 militia regiments. The company’s business grew hand in hand with the British Empire, becoming involved in banking and shipping in addition to its other agency activities. In the late 19th century, Henry S. King & Co was a rival bank and shipping agency, started by Henry Samuel King and subsequently run for over 45 years by his son, Henry Seymour King, an MP and renowned mountaineer. The company had particularly strong links with India. After the First World War the two companies merged as Cox’s & King’s and moved into grand premises on Pall Mall (now the site of the Sofitel St James Hotel). In 1923 the business was sold to Lloyds Bank and whilst the banking arm stayed with Lloyds (becoming the Cox & Kings branch, as it is still known), the shipping agency became

a separate company, running tours and organising the passage of people and their belongings around the world, notably to Egypt, India and South Asia. In 1970, Cox & Kings Agency was bought by Grindlays Bank as part of a deal with the Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, to develop tourism into the country, and so the modern history of the company began. Cox & Kings has built on the tradition of high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox over 250 years ago and it now provides travel arrangements of the highest calibre in many of the most culturally and naturally fascinating parts of the world.The company has extended its expertise to cover the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Europe and Australia & New Zealand.


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CONTENTS Middle East 56

Splendours of Jordan

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Splendours of Jordan Extensions

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Jordan in Style

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Jordan Ancient & Wild

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Tailor-Made Wadi Rum

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Relax & Explore: Jordan

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Tailor-Made Jordan

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Marriott Hotels Jordan

Introduction

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Jordan Hotel Portfolio

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Cox & Kings - The Benefits

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Jordan & Syria: The Ancient Lands

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Cox & Kings Holidays

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Syria: Journey to Palmyra

10

Flying In Style

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Tailor-Made Syria

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Lebanon: Land of The Phoenicians

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Israel: A Journey to Jerusalem

Egypt 12

Wonders of Egypt

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Treasures of The Nile

Central Asia

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Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise

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Treasures of Iran

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Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise

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Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia

20

Egypt in Style

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Tailor-Made Central Asia

22

Sonesta Dahabeya Nile Cruise

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Egyptian Grand Tour

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Footsteps of the Pharaohs

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Temples of Middle Egypt

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Journey to Abu Simbel

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Western Desert Experience

30

Egypt Extensions

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Relax & Explore: Cairo

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Relax & Explore: Red Sea

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Tailor-Made Egypt

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Oberoi Hotels Egypt

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Four Seasons Hotels Egypt

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Sofitel Hotels Egypt

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Fairmont Hotels Egypt

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Egypt Hotel Portfolio

THE GULF 84

Oman: An Arabian Odyssey

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Tailor-Made Oman

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Relax & Explore: Oman

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Emirates Explorer

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Tailor-Made United Arab Emirates

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Relax & Explore: Abu Dhabi

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Relax & Explore: Dubai

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Relax & Explore: Ras Al Khaimah

SHORT BREAKS

North Africa

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Cairo Short Breaks

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Beirut Short Breaks

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Marrakesh Short Breaks

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Libya Short Breaks

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Tunisia Short Breaks

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Damascus Short Breaks

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Classical Libya

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Tunisia: From Carthage to Kairouan

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Morocco’s Imperial Cities

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Marrakesh & The Atlas

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Regional Weather

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Relax & Explore: Moroccan Atlas

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Booking Conditions

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Tailor-Made Morocco

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Travel in the Middle East

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Angsana Riads Morocco

105

Insurance

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Sofitel Hotels Morocco

106

Booking Form

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Morocco Hotel Portfolio

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Documents & Health

Information

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BENEFITS Cox & Kings is an independent tour operator organising holidays to some of the most fascinating parts of the world. To do justice to these regions we publish separate specialist brochures and retain separate specialist teams of experts. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing to travel to the Middle East with Cox & Kings: EXPERTS TO THE MIDDLE EAST Organising Travel Since 1758 - Our history gives us unrivalled experience at organising travel to even the most challenging corners of the world. Dedicated Team of Middle East Experts - Cox & Kings’ Middle East Tour Consultants have all travelled extensively in the region and offer you a vast collective bank of expert knowledge. Whether you are planning to join a brochure tour or design a private tailor-made journey, you can travel with the reassurance that your itinerary will have been fully considered by a regional specialist. The Best Representatives Throughout The Middle East - Over the years Cox & Kings has sought out and developed working relationships with the very finest specialist local agents in the Middle East. These are all companies who have a detailed knowledge of their own country, a

comprehensive network of local representatives, an understanding of Cox & Kings’ standards and, not least, an appreciation of the expectations of those who travel with us.

accommodation, airline and other services are taken into account.

EXCELLENT VALUE

Services of the London Office - In addition to the expertise of your personal Tour Consultant, Cox & Kings aims to provide the highest levels of customer care, from your initial enquiry, through to the detailed itineraries and tour notes sent to you prior to departure and, finally, answering any queries you may have when you return from your travels.

Low Price Policy - Cox & Kings does not believe that you should pay a premium for excellent service and outstanding holidays. It is our policy to keep our prices as low as possible and, thereby, to make our holidays available to as many people as possible. Buying Power - Cox & Kings’ low price policy is made possible through buying power established over many years and long-standing relationships in the travel industry generated by the network of associated Cox & Kings companies worldwide. As a result, Cox & Kings is able to contract flights, hotels and ground services at highly competitive rates. Comparing Like With Like - By its nature, high quality travel is not cheap, and when looking at the various holidays on the market it can seem as if there is a big difference in price between what on the surface are similar holidays. Therefore, when weighing up holiday options, it is important to compare like with like and we are confident that our tours represent excellent value for money when the standard of

HIGH QUALITY SERVICE

Personal Service in The Middle East - Whether you are part of an Escorted Group or travelling on a Private Journey, you will be met at each airport or quay along the way, transferred to and from your hotel and have the details of your itinerary explained to you. Almost all Cox & Kings groups also benefit from the services of a local English-speaking Tour Manager who accompanies the group throughout their stay in the Middle East. All Cox & Kings travellers are in the capable hands of someone who can inform and, if necessary, smooth any wrinkles along the way. Expert Local Guides - Cox & Kings uses the services of specially chosen local guides who really know their subject and can bring places to life. In addition to providing relevant background

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information, as detailed or general as you like, they can also explain the local way of life, customs and issues in a way that guide books never can. HOLIDAY PROTECTION & GUARANTEED STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE ATOL Protection - Cox & Kings is a fully bonded and licensed tour operator and the air holidays in this brochure are ATOL protected by the bonding scheme administered by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Our ATOL number is 2815. For more information about the protection offered by the CAA, please visit www.caa.co.uk.  BTA - Cox & Kings is a member of ABTA, A the Association of British Travel Agents. For more information about ABTA and its members, please visit www.abta.com. Foreign & Commonwealth Office Advice - Cox & Kings receives a great deal of information about conditions on the ground from its local representatives. However, when deciding whether particular countries or regions are safe for travel, the final decision is dependent on the guidance of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If you would like to know the current travel advice for any country you can visit www.fco.gov.uk or call 0870 606 0290.

Responsible Tourism - Cox & Kings has been awarded 5-Stars by AITO - their highest Responsible Tourism rating. This means that Cox & Kings has successfully implemented and continually improved a Responsible Tourism policy and has also undertaken a specific project, which contributes to the economy, culture or environment of a destination. In Cox & Kings’ case this was the raising of funds and awareness for the Magic Bus charity - please visit www.magicbusindia.org . Carbon Responsible - We encourage those who travel with Cox & Kings to offset their carbon emissions via Carbon Responsible. To calculate the cost of offsetting the impact of your flight please visit the website link below to access the Cox & Kings scheme and use the carbon emissions calculator: www.thecarbonconsultancy.co.uk/coxandkings. Cox & Kings offsets all carbon emissions for flights taken by our staff in the course of their work. Cox & Kings is also a member of AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, assuring you of Cox & Kings’ commitment to high quality service and ethical business practises. For more information about AITO and its aims, please visit www.aito.co.uk.

The Aito Quality Charter AITO is an association of independently minded companies specialising in particular areas or types of holiday and sharing a common dedication to high standards of quality and personal service. AITO defines ‘quality’ as “providing a level of satisfaction which, based upon the holiday information provided by the tour operator, aims to meet or exceed a customer’s reasonable satisfaction, regardless of the type of holiday sold or the price paid”. The Association Of Independent Tour Operators Accurate Brochures: AITO members ensure that their brochures clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered. Product Improvements: AITO members listen to their customers and welcome suggestions for improving standards. All customers receive a postholiday questionnaire. Professional Service: AITO members are committed to high standards of personal service, maintained by the thorough training of employees. Financial Security: AITO takes care to ensure that all members comply with current UK Government Regulations regarding the protection of clients’ money. Exclusive Membership: AITO has strict membership criteria that must be satisfied before new companies are allowed to join. All members must adhere to a rigorous Code of Business Practice that governs their operational conduct. Environmental Issues: AITO is committed to raising the level of environmental awareness within the industry. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an AITO member and customer cannot be resolved amicably, AITO’s low cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion.

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There are four different types of Cox & Kings holidays: Escorted Groups, Private Journeys. Tailor-Made and Relax & Explore. Below, we differentiate between the four; however, please bear in mind that almost all Escorted Group itineraries may also be taken as Private Journeys, and the prices for this option are shown in the bottom sections of the price tables. If you are unsure about which category a particular holiday fits into, please refer to the blue stamp beside the title – if it states “Escorted Group or Private Journey” then the tour may be taken as either; however, if it simply states “Private Journey” there are no set group departures for this tour. In a few cases, an Escorted Group tour may not be exclusive to Cox & Kings’ clients and in such cases the term “Non-Exclusive Escorted Group” will be included in the key features.

ESCORTED GROUPS All Cox & Kings’ Escorted Groups benefit from the following features: Tour Manager: Cox & Kings’ tour managers are carefully selected for their travel experience and organisational abilities. Your tour manager will meet your group on arrival in the Middle East and will escort you throughout your journey (unless otherwise specified). Expert Local Guides: On most tours, in addition to the services of the Tour Manager, Cox & Kings’ Escorted Groups also benefit from the knowledge of local guides who accompany each excursion. In some cases, where appropriate, the Tour Manager will also act as the local guide. Where possible, your entrance fees are included in the holiday price. Airport Representatives: For all group departures where there are six or more people travelling on the same flight from London Heathrow or Gatwick, a Cox & Kings representative is available to assist with checkin and any seat requests that you may have during the main check-in period. Scheduled Flights: Cox & Kings only uses the services of scheduled airlines for international and almost all internal flights. All prices are based on economy class flights; however, Cox & Kings offers excellent upgrade rates on international sectors and regional connections if required, and details of these are shown on the tour pages. Flight schedules to, from and within the Middle East mean that some

representative will accompany you to your hotel, help with your check-in and discuss the itinerary for your stay. You will be given the contact numbers of all the relevant Cox & Kings local representatives, so assistance is only ever a phone call away.

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early morning departures or arrivals may be unavoidable. Comfortable Land Travel: For road journeys, Cox & Kings uses air-conditioned buses of a size appropriate to the size of the group. First Class Accommodation: The standard and style of accommodation varies from place to place and tour to tour; however, Cox & Kings generally uses first-class 4 or 5 star hotels, or the best accommodation available, on all its tours. Small Group Sizes:To enhance your enjoyment of the tour, we like to keep our groups small and manageable. Therefore, numbers are normally restricted to a maximum of 25 and a minimum of 10 people.

PRIVATE JOURNEYS All Escorted Group tours may also be taken as Private Journeys and some tours are available as Private Journeys only. To check which category a particular tour falls into, please see the key features of the tour just below the title. Private Journeys are taken by one or more passengers on the date of their choosing, subject to schedules and availability*. These tours operate exactly as per Escorted Groups, except that there is no airport representation in the UK and, rather than being accompanied throughout by a Tour Manager, travellers are locally escorted in each city/destination. In addition to the services they have in common with Escorted Groups, Private Journeys offer the following benefits: Support on the Ground: On arrival in most Middle East destinations and at each new place on your journey, you will be met at the airport or quay by a Cox & Kings representative. This

Transfers by Car: For almost all road journeys you will have your own car / mini-van and driver.This allows you to travel in comfort and to stop off along the way if you see something of interest, want to take a photograph, or for a break. Most cars used on Cox & Kings’ Private Journeys are air-conditioned, but you will be told in advance if air-conditioned cars are not available for any section of your journey. Private Guides: Most sightseeing excursions are accompanied by your own private Englishspeaking local guide. This means that you can ask as many or as few questions as you like and take sightseeing trips at your own pace, with the emphasis on your own particular interests. Accommodation Flexibility: If you would like to stay in any hotels other than those featured in the tour itinerary, or if you would like to upgrade the standard of your room, this can easily be arranged and you will be informed of the difference in price. Travel At Your Own Pace: Private Journeys are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose – within reason. Cruises: Please note that whilst the Nile cruises in this brochure are described as Private Journeys, the transfers and excursions relevant to that cruise are operated on a group basis with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. * Important Note: Cox & Kings cannot hold allocations for all Private Journey services all year round and, as a result, all services are subject to availability. If any element of a Private Journey is not available at the time of booking, Cox & Kings will suggest the most comparable available alternative.

TAILOR - MADE JOURNEYS For those that prefer to travel at their own pace or to explore places not included in the brochure itineraries, Cox & Kings has years of experience organising Tailor-Made holidays to the Middle East. Our expert Tour

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Consultants will be pleased to suggest ideas to complement your own and to organise the most appropriate programme to suit your interests, time and budget. Tailor-Made Journeys operate on exactly the same basis as Private Journeys.

immediately below the tour title. Please refer to www.coxandkings.co.uk for more information about the standards and facilities offered by the hotels featured in this brochure.

RELAX & EXPLORE

Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay in the Middle East. We have suggested possible extension options for most of the tours in this brochure; however, our specialist consultants would also be delighted to design a tailor-made extension, either pre or post tour, to fit in with your interests. Group tour extensions are operated on the same basis as Private Journeys unless other members of the main tour group choose to take the same extension, in which case the relevant services may be shared.

Relax & Explore is a collection of tailor-made travel ideas for those seeking to combine the thrill of discovery with the simple pleasure of relaxing in stylish surroundings. Based in just one, or sometimes two places, each of the featured escapes offers an array of ‘experience’ options, whether cultural or natural, active or sedate. In addition to the ideas in this brochure, there is a separate Cox & Kings Relax & Explore brochure covering all destinations.

“LUXURY” & “DISCOVERY” TOURS Most Cox & Kings tours are based on 4 or 5 star accommodation, or the best available. Where a holiday differs from that standard significantly, either because it is particularly luxurious or more ‘adventurous’ in emphasis, we have highlighted this fact by applying the terms ‘Luxury Tour’ and ‘Discovery Tour’ immediately below the tour title. A Luxury Tour will usually feature 5 star de luxe accommodation throughout, whilst a Discovery Tour would be better suited to the more adventurous spirited traveller as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly rougher road journeys and in some cases more adventurous activities, such as trekking. On some tours we have designated particular departure dates as Luxury Departures. This means that on those departures we have upgraded the accommodation to the standard you would expect of a Luxury Tour. These tours include the phrase “Includes Luxury Departures”

HOLIDAY EXTENSIONS

WHEN TO TRAVEL The changing climate can have a major impact on the timing of trips to the Middle East and page 101 has detailed charts showing temperature and rainfall in the various regions. These climate charts are based on historic data and, in a world of increasingly extreme weather, they should be regarded as an indication of typical conditions rather than a guarantee of what you can expect at particular times of year. The Middle East is also well known for its festivals, and if you are interested in visiting a particular celebration, please contact a Cox & Kings Tour Consultant for dates. Some Cox & Kings tours have special festival departures and these are highlighted on the tour page.

COMBINING MULTIPLE REGIONS Should you wish to combine multiple regions of the world in a single journey Cox & Kings has a great deal of experience at tailor-making

such travel plans, including arranging roundthe-world flights. Please contact us for details of the various options and a price quotation.

RAMADAN The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan will run from approximately 1 August 2011 until 30 August 2011. During this time, Muslims abstain from eating food, drinking and smoking between dawn and dusk and, whilst there is no reason not to travel during this period, non-Muslims should exercise discretion while travelling in Muslim countries. The end of Ramadan, Eid al Fitr, is a time of great celebration.

REGIONAL AIR CONNECTIONS & FLIGHT UPGRADES Most Cox & Kings holidays are based on flights out of London’s Heathrow or Gatwick airports; however, in most cases it is possible to connect with those flights from regional British airports for a small supplement. In addition, Cox & Kings can offer very favourable prices for upgrading to premium economy and business classes.

SINGLE & SOLE SUPPLEMENTS Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single-occupancy room than for a shared twin room, as the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin/ double rooms. Most of the price tables in this brochure indicate supplementary charges for single or sole passengers. The difference in definition between the two supplements is that a ‘Single’ traveller is someone occupying a single room whilst travelling on a tour with one or more other people, whilst a ‘Sole’ traveller is someone travelling on their own. If you are planning to travel on a group tour as a single traveller you should look at the ‘Single Supplement’ price. However, if you are planning to add an extension to that tour and travel alone you should read down the ‘Sole Supplement’ column. These prices take into account the fact that you are ‘Sole’ on the extension section only.

IMPORTANT NOTE When making a booking, if you feel that there is anything Cox & Kings should know about that is essential to your enjoyment of your holiday, please ensure that we have been made aware of this in writing at the time of booking, preferably on the Reservation Form (see page 106). Medusa’s Head, Leptis Magna, Libya

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FLYING IN

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Your Choice of Scheduled Airlines: It is Cox & Kings’ policy only to use scheduled flights on airlines with strong reputations for service, reliability and punctuality. Our holidays to the Middle East feature a number of world-class airlines and on these pages we have highlighted six of the best, and the different services they offer.

Stretch Out: On long haul flights, a little extra room can make a big difference to your comfort, and Cox & Kings offers a range of upgrade options at great prices. In addition, the faster check-in and comfortable lounges available to most upgrading passengers allow you to pass through the airport with ease.

Regional Connections: Cox & Kings offers excellent add-on prices for those wishing to connect to long haul flights from regional UK airports. For further information please either refer to the table beside the price grid applicable to your tour, or contact your Cox & Kings tour consultant.

ROYAL JORDANIAN

British Airways flies from Heathrow to Cairo, Tripoli, Tunis, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and from Gatwick to Tunis and Sharm El Sheikh. With most British Airways tickets, you can check-in online or at the check-in kiosk, print your boarding pass, and take your luggage to the Fast Bag Drop desk.

Club World customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges and a treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Club World offers 6’ fully flat beds, and the new Club World seats are 25% wider, with a large table. Personal TVs. Excellent local and international cuisine is served, along with a dedicated wine cellar. Hot and cold snacks and beverages are available from the Club Kitchen. For Tripoli and Tunis, Club Europe is available. Upgrade from £695 per person return. 

• Economy Class: Up to 32” seat pitch, with head rest. In-flight entertainment, complimentary newspapers and magazines. Choice of three meals, with complimentary bar service.

31” seat pitch with lumbar support, footrest and adjustable headrest. Personal TV screens with Audio Video on Demand, offering access to 200 film, TV and music channels. Threecourse meals with complimentary bar service.

Club World

A quiet cabin with a maximum of 6 rows of seats. 38” seat pitch and wider seat with adjustable headrest, leg-rest, footrest and lumbar support, offering 20% more personal space than World Traveller. Personal TV. Choice of meals and complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £495 per person return.

World Traveller Plus

Royal Jordanian is the national carrier of Jordan, and operates a daily non-stop flight from Heathrow to Amman, and flights from Amman to Aqaba and Cairo.

• Crown Class: Separate check-in and access to lounges. Seats with up to 140 degree recline or seats that convert ito a flat bed, depending on the aircraft. Personal TV screens. Four course à la carte meals, accompanied by fine wines. Snacks and drinks are available from the pantry. Upgrade from £1,395 per person return.

First customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges and a treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa*. The exclusive ‘demi-cabin’ creates a private environment. Seats convert into a 6’6” flat bed. Duvet, pillows and sleeper suit on overnight services. Fold-down companion seat. Preflight dining is available at London Heathrow. Onboard, choose from a formal gourmet menu or an informal dining option, accompanied by the finest wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £2,695 per person return. * Available at London Heathrow departure and arrival lounges.

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EMIRATES

ROYAL AIR MOROC & ATLAS BLUE

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Emirates operates 14 daily flights a day to Dubai - five from Heathrow, three from Gatwick, two from Manchester and Birmingham, one from Glasgow and one from Newcastle. There are connections to Muscat, Cairo, Amman, Damascus, Beirut and Tehran. • E conomy Class: 32-34” seat pitch with adjustable footrests, lumbar support and headrests. Personal TV screens with over 600 channels of on-demand entertainment. Multi-course meals with complimentary bar.

Royal Air Maroc operates direct flights to Marrakesh and non-stop flights to Casablanca, with onward connections within Morocco to Fez and Essaouira, and also to Tunis, Tripoli, Cairo and Beirut. Atlas Blue, a subsidiary of Royal Air Maroc, is a low cost carrier that flies directly to Marrakesh and Fez.

bmi offers departures from six regional airports to Heathrow: Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast and Dublin. From Heathrow, bmi flies to Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Aleppo and Tehran. Check in online or at the self check in desks at the airport.

• Economy Class: 32” inch seat pitch. Choice of meals, complimentary bar service. In-flight entertainment, complimentary newspapers.

• Economy: Up to 32” seat pitch with lumbar support, footrest and adjustable headrest. Personal TV screens. Choice of meals, complimentary bar service and complimentary newspapers.

• Premium Economy: Available on Atlas Blue, dedicated check-in and access to lounges. 33” seat pitch, with a complimentary meal and bar service. In-flight entertainment.

Business Class

• Business Class: Complimentary airport chauffeur-drive service. Priority check-in, and executive lounge access. 55-62” seat pitch with footrest, lumbar support and adjustable winged-headrests. The new Business Class seats being introduced across the fleet are 78” flat beds. Personal TV screens and gourmet multi-course meals. Upgrade from £1,795 per person return.

• Premium Class: Dedicated check-in, access to lounges. Armchair style seat, with 40” seat pitch. Choice of Moroccan and international cuisine, with champagne and wines. In-flight entertainment. Complimentary newspapers and magazines.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways operate three daily flights from London Heathrow and a daily service from Manchester to Abu Dhabi, with onward connections to Muscat and Cairo.

First Class Private Suite

• First Class: Complimentary airport chauffeur-drive service. Priority check-in and executive lounge access. Seats with up to 87’ seat pitch, which recline into flat beds. Flat bed suites with doors to provide total privacy and in seat mini-bar on certain routings. Personal TV screens. À la carte gourmet cuisine, available at a time to suit you. Upgrade from £2,395 per person return.

• Coral Economy Class: 32-33’’ seat pitch with adjustable headrest and legrest. Personal 10.4” TV screens with Audio Video on Demand, with access to over 600 hours of film,TV, and music channels. Choice of meals and complimentary bar service. • Pearl Business Class: Complimentary airport chauffeur-driver service. Separate check in, access to lounges. Seat with width of 73”, and in seat massage option, which declines into a 6”1’ fully flat bed. Personal 15” TV screen. Choose from a la carte dining or a casual menu, accompanied by the finest wines and champagnes. . Upgrade from £1,495 per person return.

Business Class

• Business Class: Premium check-in area at Heathrow. Access to departure and arrival lounges. Seats that recline into fully flat beds on the Cairo routing; for other routings the seat recline depends on the individual aircraft. Personal TV screens. Choice of excellent cuisine and fine wines. On the Cairo routing, the cuisine is prepared by an onboard chef. Upgrade from £725 per person return.

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WONDERS OF

EGYPT

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,095 British Airways Flights • 4 Night Nile Cruise • Full Day Sightseeing in Cairo Alexandria

“A great value introduction to the highlights of Egypt”

✈ Cairo Siwa Sharm El Sheikh

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This week-long tour, accompanied by a qualified Egyptologist throughout, is the perfect introduction to the many and varied sights of Egypt. The tour combines a stay in Cairo, home of the Great Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum, with a cruise on the Nile, taking in the famous sights of Upper Egypt including the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Karnak and the Aswan High Dam. Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with British Airways. Transfer to the Mercure

Day 6 Aswan: This morning, visit the Aswan High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae.This afternoon, take a felucca trip on the Nile. Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Cairo Le Sphinx for 2 nights. (N) Day 2 Cairo: Morning tour of Giza to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx. After lunch, visit the Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb. (B, L) Day 3 To Luxor: Early morning flight to Luxor and transfer to the M/Y Mirage for a 4 night cruise. Afternoon visit to the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Stay overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D) Day 4 To Edfu: Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Esna and pass through the lock. Continue to Edfu and stay overnight. (B, L, D) Day 5 To Aswan: Morning visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Afternoon cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Late evening sail to Aswan and stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 7 To Cairo: Disembark this morning. Optional visit to Abu Simbel (payable in advance - please request at the time of booking). Fly to Cairo and stay overnight at the Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo. (B) Day 8 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Cairo to London with British Airways. (B) Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability. The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

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Feluccas, Aswan

M/Y Mirage

M/Y MIRAGE M/Y Mirage is a modern and comfortable cruiser. The vessel’s 62 cabins, which include two suites, are all equipped with a television, safety deposit box and an en suite bathroom. Leisure facilities include a lounge bar, swimming pool, a large shaded sundeck and gift shop.

M/Y Mirage Wonders of Egypt Code

ESCORTED GROUP

WOE

Wonders of Egypt

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

WOI

Wonders of Egypt

Departures on or between

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 08 Jan & 05 Feb to 19 Mar & 16 Apr nights 22 Jan 11 05 Mar 11 02 Apr 11 11

7

1195

1225

1245

No. of 08 Jan & 29 Jan to 16 Apr nights 22 Jan 11 09 Apr 11 11

7

1375

1395

1495

30 Apr 28 May & 23 Jul to 08 Oct to Single Supp Sole Supp 11 25 Jun 11 24 Sep 11 10 Dec 11 From From

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( World Traveller Plus: From £495 per person return* ( Club World: From £1,095 per person return* ( First Class: From £2,695 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS

23 Apr 30 Apr to 01 Oct to 26 Nov 03 Dec to Single Supp Sole Supp 11 24 Sep 11 19 Nov 11 11 17 Dec 11 From From

(£  95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

1545

2011 Departure Dates

1325

1195

1375

1095

1395

1195

1425

1295

1445

205

225

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- WOE: 16 Apr £275 WOI: 16 Apr £275, 23 Apr £325 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- WOI: 16 Apr £425, 23 Apr £475 WOI: Private journeys include local guides in Cairo and shared sightseeing onboard the cruise. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

n/a

375

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Rtn (Sat) 15 Jan 29 Jan 12 Feb 26 Feb 12 Mar 26 Mar 09 Apr 23 Apr 07 May 04 Jun

Out (Sat) 25 Jun 23 Jul 20 Aug 10 Sep 24 Sep 08 Oct 22 Oct 12 Nov 26 Nov 10 Dec

Rtn (Sat) 02 Jul 30 Jul 27 Aug 17 Sep 01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Oct 19 Nov 03 Dec 17 Dec

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TREASURES OF

THE NILE

Private Journey • 12 Days / 11 Nights from £1,695 2 Full Days in Cairo • 7 Night Round Trip Nile Cruise Day 6 To Aswan: Morning visit to Edfu and visit the Temple of Horus. This afternoon, sail to Aswan and stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Alexandria

✈ Cairo Siwa

Day 7 Aswan: Morning visit to the Aswan High Dam, the Temple of Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk. Afternoon felucca trip around the islands of Aswan. Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Sharm El Sheikh

Riv er

Hurghada

Ni le Edfu

Day 8 Aswan: Day at leisure. Optional visit to Abu Simbel (payable in advance - please request at the time of booking). Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Luxor

Kom Ombo Aswan Lake Nasser Abu Simbel

Day 9 To Edfu: This morning sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Afternoon cruise to Edfu and stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Explore Egypt in style on this 12 day itinerary. After a stay at the Conrad Cairo, join the Mövenpick MS Royal Lily for a seven night round-trip cruise from Luxor. On this leisurely and relaxed journey, you will experience the majesty of the mystic Nile and its ancient monuments whilst enjoying the highest levels of comfort and service.

Day 10 Luxor: This morning cruise to Luxor. Afternoon visit to the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Stay overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D) Day 11 To Cairo: Disembark and transfer to the airport. Fly to Cairo and stay overnight at the Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino. (B)

Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with British Airways. Transfer to the Conrad Cairo for 3 nights. (N)

Day 12 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Cairo to London with British Airways. (B)

Day 2 Cairo: Morning tour of Giza to see the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to the stepped pyramid at Saqqara (payable locally). (B) Day 3 Cairo: Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum, with its famous exhibition of the treasures of Tutankhamun. Afternoon exploration of the Khan el Khalili bazaar and the citadel. (B) Day 4 To Luxor: Early morning flight to Luxor and transfer to the Mövenpick MS Royal Lily Treasures of The Nile Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

TON

Treasures of The Nile

Departures on or between No of 07 Jan to 15 Apr nights 01 Apr 11 11

11

2275

2475

Temple of Karnak, Luxor

for a 7 night round trip cruise. Afternoon at leisure. Stay overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D) Day 5 To Edfu: Morning visit to the West Bank to see the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Afternoon sail to Edfu where you will overnight. (B, L, D) Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

29 Apr 13 May to 08 Jul to 30 Sep 14 Oct to 23 Dec Single Supp Sole Supp 11 24 Jun 11 16 Sep 11 11 09 Dec 11 11 From From

1895

1695

1845

2225

2245

2595

695

775

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- TON: 07 Jan to 01 Apr, 30 Sep & 14 Oct to 09 Dec £975, 15 Apr £1095, 23 Dec £1195 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- TON: 07 Jan to 01 Apr, 30 Sep & 14 Oct to 09 Dec £1045, 15 Apr £1195, 29 Apr £875, 23 Dec £1295 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries.

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( World Traveller Plus: From £495 per person return* ( Club World: From £1,095 per person return* ( First Class: From £2,695 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

2011 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Fri) 07 Jan 21 Jan 04 Feb 18 Feb 04 Mar 18 Mar 01 Apr 15 Apr 29 Apr 13 May 27 May 10 Jun 24 Jun

Rtn (Tue) 18 Jan 01 Feb 15 Feb 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Mar 12 Apr 26 Apr 10 May 24 May 07 Jun 21 Jun 05 Jul

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Pyramids, Giza

The Mรถvenpick MS Royal Lily

THE Mร–VENPICK MS ROYAL LILY The Mรถvenpick MS Royal Lily is the latest addition to the Mรถvenpick Nile cruise range. This flagship vessel is sleek and modern in style with light, airy interiors. The 56 cabins are spacious and contemporary, while leisure facilities include a large sun terrace with plunge pool and jacuzzi, a small gym and large saloon bar with panoramic windows. The Mรถvenpick MS Royal Lily

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OBEROI PHILAE

NILE CRUISE Escorted Group or Private Journey • 10 Days / 9 Nights from £1,595 Pyramid View Rooms • Cairo Museum & Khan el-Khalili Bazaar • bmi flights

Alexandria

“Travel between Luxor and Aswan in Victorian elegance on this six night cruise”

✈ Cairo Siwa Sharm El Sheikh

Riv er

Hurghada

Ni le

Day 5 Dendera: Morning visit by coach to the Temple of Dendera before sailing back to Luxor, where you will stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Edfu

Luxor

Kom Ombo Aswan Lake Nasser Abu Simbel

Day 6 Karnak & Luxor: Morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Stay overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D)

This classic Egyptian itinerary combines a stay in one of Cairo’s finest character hotels with a relaxing six night cruise. The Mena House Oberoi, facing the Pyramids, is a tranquil base from which to explore bustling Cairo, whilst The Oberoi Philae offers a classically elegant way to cruise Upper Egypt.

Day 7 To Esna: Morning excursion to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III at Medinat Habu, the Colossi of Memnon and the ruined village of Deir el-Medina. After lunch, sail to Esna, where you will stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cairo: Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum, with its famous exhibition of the treasures of Tutankhamun. Afternoon exploration of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar and the citadel. (B)

Departures on or between

EPG

Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise 9

bmi FLIGHT UPGRADES ( Business Class: From £725 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS

Minaret, Esna Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 16 Jan & 13 Feb to 24 Apr 08 May & 03 Jul to 09 Oct & 06 Nov to 18 Dec Single Supp Sole Supp nights 30 Jan 11 10 Apr 11 11 22 May 11 25 Sep 11 23 Oct 11 04 Dec 11 11 From From

2095

2125

2195

Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries.

Private transfers and a private English speaking guide whilst in Cairo are available for a supplement of £95 per person.

Day 4 To Luxor*: Early morning flight to Luxor. Transfer to The Oberoi Philae for a 6 night cruise to Aswan. Sail to Qena, where you will stay overnight. (B, L, D)

ESCORTED GROUP

Day 10 To London: Disembark this morning and take a felucca ride to the Botanical Gardens. Optional visit to Abu Simbel (payable in advance - please request at the time of booking). Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo then connect with your international flight to London with bmi. (B)

Note: Excursions in Cairo and all transfers will be on a shared basis with other Cox & Kings passengers. Onboard the Oberoi Philae you will be accompanied by a local English speaking tour guide and excursions will be shared with other boat passengers.

Day 2 Pyramids & Sphinx: Morning tour of Giza to see the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Oberoi Philae

Day 9 To Aswan: Sail to Aswan and visit the Aswan High Dam, the Temple of Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk. Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

*Alternate departures are from Aswan to Luxor. A detailed itinerary is available on request

Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with bmi.Transfer to The Mena House Oberoi (Garden Wing, Pyramid View Room) for 3 nights. (N)

Code

Day 8 To Edfu: Sail to Edfu early this morning to visit the Temple of Horus, one of Egypt’s best preserved ancient temples. Continue to Kom Ombo this afternoon to visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Stay overnight in Kom Ombo. (B, L, D)

1595

1695

2095

2215

2495

525

645

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- EPG: 16 Jan, 30 Jan, 13 Feb to 10 Apr, 24 Apr, 09 Oct & 23 Oct £795, 06 Nov to 04 Dec & 18 Dec £895 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- EPG: 16 Jan, 30 Jan, 13 Feb to 10 Apr, 24 Apr, 09 Oct & 23 Oct £925, 06 Nov to 04 Dec & 18 Dec £1025 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

(£  55 per person return* bmi To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

2011 Departure Dates Out (Sun) 16 Jan 30 Jan* 13 Feb 27 Feb* 13 Mar 27 Mar* 10 Apr 24 Apr* 08 May 22 May* 03 Jul 17 Jul*

Rtn (Tue) 25 Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 08 Mar 22 Mar 05 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 17 May 31 May 12 Jul 26 Jul

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Out (Sun) 31 Jul 14 Aug* 28 Aug 11 Sep* 25 Sep 09 Oct* 23 Oct 06 Nov* 20 Nov 04 Dec* 18 Dec

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Horus Temple, Edfu

The Oberoi Philae

THE OBEROI PHILAE A cruise on The Oberoi Philae is one of the most elegant ways to see the sights of Upper Egypt. Styled as a 19th century paddle steamer, the vessel has a gracious old-world charm and an interior of dark wood and period fittings. There are 58 cabins, each with a private balcony and a pool and a bar on the sun deck. The Oberoi Philae

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OBEROI ZAHRA

NILE CRUISE Luxury Private Journey • 12 Days / 11 Nights from £3,195 Pyramids of Cairo • Royal Mummy Room at Cairo Museum • 7 Night Luxury Nile Cruise Day 8 To Aswan: Sail to Aswan. Afternoon visit to the Aswan High Dam and the Temple of Philae. Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Alexandria

✈ Cairo Siwa Sharm El Sheikh

Riv er

Hurghada

Ni le Edfu

Luxor

Sphinx & Pyramids, Giza

Kom Ombo Aswan Lake Nasser Abu Simbel

This private tour includes some fascinating extra visits in Cairo, including the Royal Mummy Room at the Egyptian Museum and the Solar Boat Museum in Giza. Stay at Cairo’s famous Mena House Oberoi, a palatial hotel in the shadow of the Great Pyramids that has received guests since 1869, before joining the luxurious Oberoi Zahra for a leisurely seven night cruise on the Nile. Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with British Airways. Transfer to The Mena House Oberoi (Garden Wing, Pyramid View Room) for 3 nights. (N) Day 2 Pyramids & Sphinx: Morning tour of Giza to see the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to the stepped pyramid at Saqqara (payable locally). (B) Day 3 Cairo: Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum, with its famous exhibition of the treasures of Tutankhamun. Visit includes entry into the museum’s Royal Mummy Room, which contains 27 royal mummies from pharaonic times. Afternoon exploration of

“The Oberoi Zahra is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious vessels ever to grace the Nile”

EZC

No of 08 Jan to 16 Apr nights 09 Apr 11 11

The Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise 11

4095

4395

Day 10 Aswan: Day at leisure. Optional visit to Abu Simbel (payable in advance - please request at the time of booking). Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D) Day 11 To Cairo: Morning disembarkation. Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo. Stay overnight at the Fairmont Towers Heliopolis. (B)

the Khan el-Khalili bazaar and the citadel. (B) Day 4 To Luxor*: Early morning flight to Luxor. Transfer to your luxury cruise vessel, The Oberoi Zahra, for a 7 night cruise to Aswan. Afternoon visit to Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum. (B, L, D) Day 5 To Qena: Morning visit to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III at Medinat Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Qena. Afternoon visit to Dendera Temple. Stay overnight in Qena. (B, L, D) Day 6 To Luxor: Sail to Luxor. Morning visit to the Tombs of the Nobles, Deir el-Medina and The Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s West Bank. Afternoon visit to Luxor Temple. Stay overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D) Day 7 To Edfu: Sail to Edfu. Late afternoon visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Stay overnight in Edfu. (B, L, D)

The Oberoi ZahrA NILE CRUISE D epartures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code PRIVATE JOURNEY

Day 9 Aswan: Sail to Kom Ombo. Morning visit to the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo. Return to Aswan. Afternoon felucca trip around the islands of Aswan. Evening Sound and Light show at the Temple of Philae. Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

23 Apr 11

30 Apr 07 May to 01 Oct to 29 Oct to 17 Dec Single Supp Sole Supp 11 24 Sep 11 22 Oct 11 10 Dec 11 11 From From

4445

3195

3295

4095

4395

4695

1595

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- EZC: 08 Jan to 09 Apr & 01 Oct to 22 Oct £2495, 16 Apr, 23 Apr & 29 Oct to 10 Dec £2595, 17 Dec £2895 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- EZC: 08 Jan to 09 Apr & 01 Oct to 22 Oct £2595, 16 Apr, 23 Apr & 29 Oct to 10 Dec £2795, 17 Dec £2995 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

1795

Day 12 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Cairo to London with British Airways. (B) Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries. *We can offer a reverse cruise itinerary that operates from Aswan to Luxor, departing London on alternate Saturdays. A detailed itinerary is available on request. BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( World Traveller Plus: From £495 per person return* ( Club World: From £1,095 per person return* ( First Class: From £2,695 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

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Rtn (Wed) 19 Jan 26 Jan 02 Feb 09 Feb 16 Feb 23 Feb 02 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30 Mar 06 Apr 13 Apr 20 Apr 27 Apr 04 May 11 May 18 May 25 May 01 Jun 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Jul

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Out (Sat) 23 Jul 30 Jul* 06 Aug 13 Aug* 20 Aug 27 Aug* 03 Sep 17 Sep 24 Sep* 01 Oct 08 Oct* 15 Oct 22 Oct* 29 Oct 05 Nov* 12 Nov 19 Nov* 26 Nov 03 Dec* 10 Dec 17 Dec*

Rtn (Wed) 03 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Aug 07 Sep 14 Sep 28 Sep 05 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 26 Oct 02 Nov 09 Nov 16 Nov 23 Nov 30 Nov 07 Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28 Dec


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Temple of Karnak, Luxor

The Oberoi Zahra

The Oberoi Zahra

THE OBEROI ZAHRA The Oberoi Zahra brings a new level of luxury and comfort to Nile cruising and features just 25 elegantly appointed cabins and two suites. The seven night itinerary has been carefully designed to combine sightseeing excursions accompanied by the cruiser’s Egyptologists with maximum leisure time to enjoy the on board spa and wellness centre, which includes four massage suites.

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EGYPT IN

STYLE

Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £2,125 Pyramids of Giza & Saqqara • 4 Night Luxury Nile Cruise Alexandria

✈ Cairo Siwa Sharm El Sheikh

Riv er

Hurghada

Ni le Edfu

Luxor

Kom Ombo Aswan Lake Nasser Abu Simbel

Beginning with a comprehensive visit of Cairo, including Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis, this week-long journey then travels south for a four night cruise aboard the Sonesta Star Goddess.The cruise itinerary will include visits to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and the Temples at Kom Ombo and Edfu.

Kom Ombo

Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with bmi. Transfer to the Fairmont Nile City for 3 nights. (N) Day 2 Cairo: Full day tour of the Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the citadel and mosques of Islamic Cairo. End the day with a visit to Egypt’s historic souq, the Khan el Khalili. (B) Day 3 Cairo: Morning visit to Giza to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Afternoon visit to Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis and the stepped pyramid at Saqqara. (B) Day 4 To Luxor: Early morning flight to Luxor and transfer to the Sonesta Star Goddess (Beethoven Suite) for a 4 night cruise. Afternoon visit to the Temples of Karnak and

“Essential Egypt in modern luxury and with superb value”

Luxor. Stay overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D) Day 5 To Esna: Morning trip to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings and Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Sail to Esna where you will stay overnight. (B, L, D) Day 6 To Kom Ombo: Sail to Edfu and visit to the Temple of Horus. Continue to Kom Ombo and stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Sobek and Haroeris. Sail to Aswan. Afternoon visit to the Aswan High Dam, the Temple of Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk. Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D) Day 8 To London: Disembark this morning. Optional visit to Abu Simbel (payable in advance - please request at the time of booking). Fly to Cairo and connect with your international flight to London with bmi. (B) Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries.

bmi FLIGHT UPGRADES ( Business Class: From £725 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS

Day 7 To Aswan: Morning visit the Temple of

(£  55 per person return* bmi To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

Egypt In Style Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

EST

Egypt In Style

Departures on or between No of 07 Jan to 15 Apr nights 01 Apr 11 11

7

2645

3025

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

29 Apr 13 May to 08 Jul to 30 Sep 14 Oct to 23 Dec Single Supp Sole Supp 11 24 Jun 11 16 Sep 11 11 09 Dec 11 11 From From

2325

2125

2225

2725

2725

3345

1065

1195

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- EST: 07 Jan to 01 Apr, 30 Sep & 14 Oct to 09 Dec £1595, 15 Apr £1945, 29 Apr £1175, 23 Dec £2235 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- EST: 07 Jan to 01 Apr, 30 Sep & 14 Oct to 09 Dec £1695, 15 Apr £2075, 29 Apr £1295, 23 Dec £2375 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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Rtn (Fri) 14 Jan 28 Jan 11 Feb 25 Feb 11 Mar 25 Mar 08 Apr 22 Apr 06 May 20 May 03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul

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Temple of Philae, Aswan

The Sonesta Star Goddess

The Sonesta Star Goddess

THE SONESTA STAR GODDESS The Sonesta Star Goddess is the most luxurious vessel in the Sonesta cruise portfolio. Each of the 33 spacious suites on this contemporary, all-suite vessel has a separate sitting area as well as a private balcony. The elegant dining room offers buffet lunches and a la carte evening meals while the sundeck features an infinity pool. There is a spa and fitness centre on board, with gym, sauna and steam bath.

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SONESTA DAHABEYA

nile cruise

Private Journey • 11 Days / 10 Nights from £1,975 International flights with British Airways • 7 Night Dahabeya Cruise Alexandria

✈ Cairo Siwa Sharm El Sheikh

“Small and luxurious; dahabeyas are the most intimate way to explore the Nile”

an afternoon visit to the Temple of Horus. Overnight in Edfu. (B, L, D) Day 7 To Kom Ombo: Today is spent sailing towards Kom Ombo. Overnight near Kom Ombo. (B, L, D)

Riv er

Hurghada

Ni le Edfu

Luxor

Kom Ombo Aswan Lake Nasser Abu Simbel

Experience the best that Egypt has to offer aboard a traditional dahabeya. After a stay in the Sonesta Hotel and visits to Cairo’s famed attractions, fly to Luxor or Aswan to board the Sonesta Dahabeya ‘Amirat’ for a seven night cruise. This first class vessel offers its guests an authentic Egyptian experience exploring the Nile and its sites.

Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Afternoon visit to the Egyptian Museum, with its famous exhibition of the treasures of Tutankhamun. (B) Day 3 To Luxor*: Early morning flight to Luxor. Transfer to the Sonesta Dahabeya ‘Amirat’ for a 7 night cruise to Aswan. Afternoon visit to the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D) Day 4 To Esna: Morning visit to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Esna. Overnight near Esna. (B, L, D)

Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with British Airways. Transfer to the Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo for 2 nights. (N)

Day 5 To Edfu: Today is spent sailing towards Edfu, where you will stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 2 Cairo: Morning tour of Giza to see the

Day 6 To Edfu: Continue to Edfu and take

Day 8 To Aswan: Morning visit to the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo. Sail to Aswan where you will stay overnight. (B, L, D) Day 9 Aswan: Visit the Aswan High Dam and the Temple of Philae this morning. Afternoon visit to the Nubian Museum. Overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D) Day 10 To Cairo: Morning disembarkation. Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo. Stay overnight at the Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo. (B) Day 11 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Cairo to London with British Airways. (B) *We can offer a reverse cruise itinerary from Aswan to Luxor, departing London on alternate Thursdays. A detailed itinerary is available on request. Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries.

Sonesta Dahabeya ‘Amirat’

Sonesta Dahabeya ‘Amirat’

SONESTA DAHABEYA ‘AMIRAT’ With only six fully air-conditioned cabins and two elegant suites with private terraces, the Sonesta Dahabeya offers guests a stylish and intimate insight into the Nile and its monuments. Featuring modern facilities and stylish interiors, the boat has a sun terrace with jacuzzi and shaded areas with tables and chairs. It is possible for families or small groups to charter the vessel for exclusive use. Please contact Cox & Kings for more details on this unique family holiday option.

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Nile Village

SONESTA DAHABEYA NILE CRUISE Departures on or between Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

AMI

Sonesta Dahabeya Nile Cruise 10

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 06 Jan to 03 Mar to 14 Apr & 28 Apr to 02 Jun to 01 Sep to 06 Oct to 15 Dec Single Supp Sole Supp nights 24 Feb 11 07 Apr 11 21 Apr 11 26 May 11 25 Aug 11 29 Sep 11 08 Dec 11 11 From From

2475

2575

3175

1975

2075

2075

2775

3475

695

795

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- AMI: 06 Jan to 24 Feb, 03 Mar to 07 Apr & 06 Oct to 08 Dec £995, 14 Apr, 21 Apr & 15 Dec £1395 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- AMI: 06 Jan to 24 Feb & 03 Mar to 07 Apr £1095, 14 Apr, 21 Apr & 15 Dec £1495, 06 Oct to 08 Dec £1195 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( World Traveller Plus: From £495 per person return* ( Club World: From £1,095 per person return* ( First Class: From £2,695 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

2011 DEPARTURE DATES Departs every Thursday between 6 January - 15 December 2011, returning on the Sunday of the following week.

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GRAND TOUR Escorted Group or Private Journey • 12 Days / 11 Nights from £2,095 8 Nights Cruising From Luxor to Abu Simbel • Temples of Lake Nasser & Abu Simbel

Alexandria

“Combine the sights of the Nile with the tranquility of a Lake Nasser cruise”

✈ Cairo Siwa Sharm El Sheikh

Riv er

Hurghada

Ni le Edfu

Afternoon tour of the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Stay overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D)

of Lake Nasser. Stay overnight at Wadi El Seboua. (B, L, D) Day 10 To Amada: Morning visit to the Temple of Wadi El Seboua, built by Ramses II. Visit the Temple of Dakka and the Graeco-Roman site of Meharakka. After lunch, cruise to Amada to visit the XVIII dynasty temple, the rock temple of Derr and the tomb of Penout. Stay overnight in Amada. (B, L, D)

Luxor

Day 5 To Esna: Morning trip to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III at Medinat Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, sail to Esna, where you will stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Kom Ombo Aswan Lake Nasser Abu Simbel

This luxurious journey recalls the golden age of the Grand Tour, when travellers would explore some of the world’s most fascinating places in style. Staying in some of the country’s finest accommodation, this comprehensive journey visits Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt and Lower Nubia, and is ideal for those wishing to see Egypt’s greatest sites in the most comfort.

Day 6 To Kom Ombo: Early morning sailing to Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus. After lunch, sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Stay overnight in Kom Ombo. (B, L, D) Day 7 To Aswan: This morning sail to Aswan. After lunch visit the High Dam, the Temple of Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk. Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with bmi and transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel at the First Residence for 3 nights. (N)

Day 8 Kalabsha: Disembark this morning and take a felucca ride to the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island. Transfer by road to Lake Nasser and board the M/S Kasr Ibrim for a 4 night cruise. The Kasr Ibrim visits some of the remote monuments of Lower Nubia, which were rescued from the rising waters after the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Afternoon visits to the Temples of Kalabsha, Beit El Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi. Stay overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Day 2 Pyramids & Sphinx: Morning visit to the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to the stepped pyramid at Saqqara (payable locally). (B) Day 3 Cairo: Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum, with its famous exhibition of the treasures of Tutankhamun. Afternoon exploration of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar and the citadel. (B) Day 4 To Luxor: Early morning flight to Luxor to board The Oberoi Philae (see page 14 for details) for a 4 night cruise to Aswan.

Day 11 To Abu Simbel: This morning, cruise past Kasr Ibrim, which was founded over 3,500 years ago and has Nubian, Coptic and Arabic influences. Sail to Abu Simbel and visit the temple complex, one of the most spectacular in Egypt. Evening visit to the ‘Son et Lumiere’. Stay overnight at Abu Simbel. (B, L, D) Day 12 To London: Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport. Fly to Cairo then connect with your international flight to London with bmi. (B)

Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries. Note: Excursions in Cairo and all transfers will be on a shared basis with other Cox & Kings passengers. Onboard the Oberoi Philae and Kasr Ibrim you will be accompanied by a local English speaking tour guide and excursions will be shared with other boat passengers. Private transfers and a private English speaking guide whilst in Cairo are available for a supplement of £95 per person.

Day 9 To Wadi El Seboua: Full day spent cruising through the spectacular scenery bmi FLIGHT UPGRADES ( Business Class: From £725 per person return*

Egyptian Grand Tour Code

ESCORTED GROUP

EGG

Egyptian Grand Tour

Departures on or between

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 08 Jan & 05 Mar & 30 Apr 23 Jul & 17 Sep nights 05 Feb 11 02 Apr 11 11 20 Aug 11 11

11

2695

2695

2195

2095

2195

15 Oct 11

12 Nov 11

2695

2795

Regional Air ConnectionS

10 Dec Single Supp Sole Supp 11 From From

2695

645

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- EGG: 08 Jan, 05 Feb, 05 Mar, 02 Apr, 15 Oct, 12 Nov & 10 Dec £995 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- EGG: 08 Jan, 05 Feb, 05 Mar, 02 Apr, 15 Oct, 12 Nov & 10 Dec £1125 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

775

(£  55 per person return* bmi To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

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Rtn (Wed) 19 Jan 16 Feb 16 Mar 13 Apr 11 May 03 Aug

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River Nile, Aswan

M/S Kasr Ibrim

M/S Kasr Ibrim

M/S KASR IBRIM The Kasr Ibrim is one of the most stylish boats operating on Lake Nasser. Built in an Art Deco style, with wooden floors and panelled walls, the boat is open and spacious, and features floor-toceiling panoramic windows in the main lounge. The majority of the cabins offer a private balcony.

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THE PHARaoHS Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,295 Highlights of Cairo, Aswan and Luxor • Travel Overland Through Upper Egypt

Valley of the Kings

This private journey is ideally suited to those who would prefer to see the sights of Egypt whilst staying in hotels, rather than from a Nile cruise. Begin in Cairo, with visits to the museum and the Great Pyramid, before flying to Luxor to see the famous Valley of the Kings. Continue south to Aswan by private car, visiting the temple complexes at Edfu and Kom Ombo en route. Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with British Airways. Transfer to the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx/Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah* for 2 nights. (N) Day 2 Cairo: Morning tour of Giza to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Afternoon visit to

the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. (B)

Day 6 Aswan: Visit the Aswan High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae. (B)

Day 3 To Luxor: Early morning flight to Luxor. Afternoon visit to Luxor Museum. Stay at the Sheraton Luxor Resort/Sofitel Winter Palace* for 2 nights. (B) Day 4 Luxor: Full day visit to the East and West bank sites in Luxor. Highlights include the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. (B) Day 5 To Aswan via Edfu & Kom Ombo: Drive to Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus, then on to Kom Ombo to see the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Continue to Aswan and stay at the Basma/ Mövenpick Resort Aswan* for 2 nights. (B)

Footsteps of the Pharaohs Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

FOP

Footsteps of the Pharaohs

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

FOL

F. of the Pharaohs (Deluxe)

No of 04 Jan to 30 Jan to 11 Apr to 01 May to 16 May to 14 Jul to 24 Sep to 01 Dec to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 29 Jan 11 10 Apr 11 30 Apr 11 15 May 11 13 Jul 11 23 Sep 11 30 Nov 11 15 Dec 11 From From

7

1445

1395

1575

1395

1295

1325

1445

1475

185

395

No. of 04 Jan to 25 Jan to 14 Apr to 01 May to 24 Jun to 01 Aug to 24 Sep to 25 Oct to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 24 Jan 11 13 Apr 11 30 Apr 11 23 Jun 11 31 Jul 11 23 Sep 11 24 Oct 11 17 Dec 11 From From

7

1695

1795

1995

1595

1695

1595

1795

1895

335

Day 7 To Cairo: Optional early morning visit to Abu Simbel (payable in advance - please request at the time of booking). Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo. Stay overnight at the Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo/ Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah*. (B) Day 8 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Cairo to London with British Airways. (B) * Upgrade to some of Egypt’s finest hotels. Stay in the luxurious Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah, the classically designed Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor and the Mövenpick Resort Aswan. Supplements apply, please refer to code FOL. Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries.

525

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES

High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- FOP: 04 Jan to 30 Apr & 24 Sep to 15 Dec £215 FOL: 04 Jan to 24 Jan & 24 Jun to 31 Jul £425, 25 Jan to 13 Apr & 24 Sep 17 Dec £495, 14 Apr to 30 Apr £575 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- FOP: 30 Jan 30 Apr & 16 May to 15 Dec £445 FOL: 04 Jan to 24 Jan & 24 Jun to 31 Jul £625, 25 Jan to 13 Apr & 24 Sep to 17 Dec £695, 14 Apr to 30 Apr £765, Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

( World Traveller Plus: From £495 per person return* ( Club World: From £1,095 per person return* ( First Class: From £2,695 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

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middle egypt Private Journey • 10 Days / 9 Nights from £1,795 Memphis & Saqqara • Tombs at Beni Hassan • Temples at Dendera & Abydos

Alabaster Sphinx, Memphis

Designed for Egyptology enthusiasts and those looking to visit some of Egypt’s less crowded sites, this tour focuses on the fascinating and lesser known temples and archaeological sites of Middle Egypt. Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with British Airways. Transfer to the Sonesta Hotel,Towers & Casino Cairo for 3 nights. (N) Day 2 Cairo: Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of the Egyptian Museum. (B) Day 3 Saqqara & Giza: Morning visit to Memphis and the stepped pyramid at Temples of Middle Egypt Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

TME

Temples of Middle Egypt

Departures on or between

Saqqara. Afternoon tour of the Great Pyramid and Sphinx. (B) Day 4 To El Minya: Drive south towards El Fayoum and visit the pyramid of Hawara, the mortuary temple of Ammenemes III and the ‘collapsed’ pyramid at Meidum. Continue to El Minya and stay 2 nights at the Aton Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 5 Amarna & Tuna el-Gebel: Morning tour of Amarna (ancient Akhetaton). Continue to the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel to see the tomb of Petosiris. Later, visit Ashmunein, the main cult centre of the moon god Thoth. (B, L, D) Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 04 Jan to 01 Feb to 11 Apr to 01 May to 01 Jul to 01 Sep to 23 Sep to 01 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 31 Jan 11 10 Apr 11 30 Apr 11 30 Jun 11 31 Aug 11 22 Sep 11 30 Oct 11 15 Dec 11 From From

9

1975

1975

1995

1895

1795

1925

1975

1995

345

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- TME: 04 Jan to 30 Apr £395, 23 Sep to 15 Dec £415 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- TME: 04 Jan to 30 Apr £925, 23 Sep to 15 Dec £975 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Day 6 To Luxor: Morning visit to the rock tombs at Beni Hassan. Drive to Luxor via the shrine of Osiris at Abydos. Stay 3 nights at the Sheraton Luxor Resort. (B) Day 7 Luxor: Morning visit to the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. Afternoon visit to the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. (B) Day 8 Luxor: Morning tour of Luxor’s West Bank, including the Valleys of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Afternoon visit to Luxor Museum. (B) Day 9 To Cairo: Optional early morning visit to Abu Simbel (payable in advance - please request at the time of booking). Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo. Stay overnight at the Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo. (B)

895

Day 10 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Cairo to London with British Airways. (B) Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries.

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ABU SIMBEL Private Journey • 9 Days / 8 Nights from £1,595 2 Nights at Mövenpick Hotels in Cairo & Aswan • 4 Night Lake Nasser Cruise Begin in Cairo and then fly to Aswan to learn about the rich Nubian culture of Upper Egypt. The four day cruise on the Mövenpick MS Prince Abbas offers the opportunity to travel through the ancient land of Nubia to the great rock temples of Abu Simbel, constructed over 3,500 years ago by the pharaoh Ramses II. Day 1 To Cairo: Fly from London to Cairo with bmi. Transfer to the Mövenpick Resort Cairo Pyramids for 2 nights. (N) Day 2 Cairo: At leisure. Egypt’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city combines a bustling modern way of life with some of the world’s most magnificent ancient sites. Of particular interest is the city’s superb Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures ofTutankhamun. Nearby is the archaeologically rich Giza Plateau, which is part of the necropolis of ancient Memphis. Its most famous monuments are the Pyramids and the Sphinx, but there are numerous other temples and tombs in the area. (B) Day 3 To Aswan: Early morning flight to Aswan. Afternoon visit to the Nubian Museum and felucca ride. Stay for 2 nights at the Mövenpick Resort Aswan. (B) Day 4 Aswan: Tour of Aswan. Visit the Aswan High Dam, the Temple of Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk. (B) Day 5 Aswan: Afternoon transfer to the Mövenpick MS Prince Abbas for a 4 night cruise. Reminder of the day at leisure and overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Abu Simbel

Wadi El Seboua, built by Ramses II. Afternoon cruise to Amada to visit the XVIII dynasty temple, the rock temple of Derr and the tomb of Penout. Overnight at Amada. (B, L, D)

Day 6 To Wadi El Seboua: Morning visits to the Temples of Kalabsha. A full day cruising through the spectacular scenery of Lake Nasser. Overnight at Wadi El Seboua. (B, L, D)

Day 8 To Abu Simbel:This morning cruise past Kasr Ibrim, founded over 3,500 years ago with Nubian, Coptic and Arabic influences. Sail to Abu Simbel and visit the imposing temple complex, one of the most spectacular in Egypt. Overnight in Abu Simbel. (B, L, D)

Day 7 To Amada: Morning visit to the Temple of

Day 9 To London: Disembark this morning.

Journey to Abu Simbel Code PRIVATE JOURNEY JAS

Journey to Abu Simbel

Departures on or between No of 06 Jan to 14 Apr nights 31 Mar 11 11

8

2075

2175

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

28 Apr 12 May to 04 Aug to 29 Sep & 27 Oct 10 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp 11 21 Jul 11 15 Sep 11 13 Oct 11 11 08 Dec 11 From From

1775

1595

1695

1895

1995

2075

295

395

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- JAS: 06 Jan to 31 Mar, 27 Oct & 10 Nov to 08 Dec £595, 14 Apr £645, 28 Apr & 04 Aug to 15 Sep £345, 29 Sep & 13 Oct £495 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- JAS: 06 Jan to 31 Mar, 27 Oct & 10 Nov to 8 Dec £695, 14 Apr £745, 28 Apr & 04 Aug to 15 Sep £455, 29 Sep & 13 Oct £595 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo then connect to your international flight to London with bmi. (B) Extensions: Please see pages 30 & 31 for suggested extension itineraries.

bmi FLIGHT UPGRADES ( Business Class: From £725 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  55 per person return* bmi To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

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Rtn (Fri) 14 Jan 28 Jan 11 Feb 25 Feb 11 Mar 25 Mar 08 Apr 22 Apr 06 May 20 May 03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul

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experience

SUGGESTED ITINERARY: 11 Days / 10 Nights from £1,695 Fly to Cairo and stay overnight before flying south to Luxor.Travel into the desert and spend a night at each of the oasis towns: El Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra and Bahariya. Continue to Siwa for a three night stay before following the coastal road back to Cairo To the west of Cairo lies the Sahara and the Great Western Desert of Egypt. A visit to this isolated area offers visitors a chance to experience the stark, natural beauty of the desert. Between the palm-fringed oasis towns of El Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra and Bahariya, which are home to Pharaonic, Roman and Coptic antiquities, are vast sand seas and barren lunar landscapes. Visitors should have a flexible, adventurous attitude to travel and there are some long, but rewarding off-road drives in the desert circuit. Dakhla

White Desert

Siwa

Tomb, Bahariya

Siwa Oasis

BLACK & WHITE DESERT

THE GOLDEN MUMMIES, BAHARIYA

Isolated by desert, Siwa Oasis remained virtually independent from Egypt until the late 19th century and with its mud brick houses, narrow unpaved streets and a way of life relatively unchanged for centuries, Siwa offers a unique insight into Egypt before the advent of modernity. Around the oasis are ruined temples that attest to Siwa’s fame and prosperity during Greco-Roman times; some claim that the tomb of Alexander the Great lies here.

The White Desert, the area to the north east of Qasr el-Farafra, is renowned for its spectacular scenery. It gets its name from the material that forms the floor of the Farafra depression - a mixture of chalk and limestone, giving the appearance of snow. The landscape is strewn with alien shapes and very photogenic. The Black Desert is entirely opposite to the White - here the rock is black iron pyrite.

The Valley of the Golden Mummies, discovered by accident in 1996, is a huge burial site at Bahariya Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. The astonishing site dates back to Greco-Roman Egypt, and it was found near the ruins of a temple to Alexander the Great. Approximately 34 tombs have been excavated so far, providing a valuable insight into Bahariya’s Roman history, and some of the finds can be seen at the local museum.

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EGYPT

TOUR + ABU SIMBEL Available on all Egypt itineraries. The Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel is one of the most impressive monuments in Egypt. Set into the hillside, the site’s four statues are around 20 metres high and remain as awesome today as they would have been at the time of their construction, some 3,000 years ago. It is possible to include a visit to Abu Simbel if flying to or from Aswan, or as a day trip whilst staying in Aswan. Please note that, due to flight restrictions, the maximum duration of your visit will not exceed 1 hour. From £245 per person.

Temple of Ramesses II, Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel

TOUR + RED SEA 5 Days / 4 Nights Low Season (Jun) from £455 High Season (Sep) from £535 Available on all Egypt itineraries. With its excellent year-round climate, superb hotels, spectacular beaches and stunning underwater scenery, the Red Sea is a wonderful place to relax after a tour of Egypt. Stay at the Mövenpick in El Quseir or the de luxe, all suite Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh.

Red Sea

Day 1 To Red Sea: If required fly to Luxor and transfer by car to the Mövenpick in El Quseir for 3 nights. (B) Days 2 & 3 Red Sea: At leisure. (B) Day 4 To Cairo / London: Fly to Cairo and either connect with your bmi flight to London or transfer to the Fairmont Heliopolis for 1 night. (B) Day 5 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Cairo to London with British Airways. (B)

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EGYPT

TOUR + JORDAN 5 Days / 4 Nights from £1,085 Available on all Egypt itineraries. A visit to the ‘rose-red’ city of Petra, is an unforgettable experience and can be easily combined with a tour of Egypt. This extension also offers the opportunity to see the Roman city of Jerash and the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum. Day 1 To Amman: Fly from Cairo to Amman and transfer to the Amman Marriott Hotel for 1 night. (B) Day 2 To Petra: Morning visit to the Roman city of Jerash. Drive to Petra and stay 2 nights at Petra Marriott Hotel. (B) Day 3 Petra: Guided tour of Petra. (B) Day 4 To Amman: Morning drive to Wadi Rum for a 4 x 4 desert excursion. Continue to Amman and stay overnight at the Amman Marriott Hotel. (B) Day 5 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with Royal Jordanian Airlines. (B) The extension is taken on a private basis, with local guides in Jerash and Petra.

The Monastery, Petra

TOUR + ALEXANDRIA 4 Days / 3 Nights Low Season (Aug) from £315 High Season (Jun) from £395 Available on all Egypt itineraries. The second largest city and main port of Egypt, Alexandria is easily accessed from Cairo.The city was built by the Greek architect Denocrates on the orders of Alexander the Great and flourished into a prominent metropolis immortilizing Alexander’s name.

Qait Bay, Alexandria

Day 1 To Alexandria: Drive from Cairo to Alexandria. Stay for 2 nights at Maritim Jolie Ville Alexandria. (B) Day 2 Alexandria: Full day guided tour of Alexandria. Day 3 To Cairo / London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Cairo and fly to London with bmi or stay overnight at the Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers. (B) Day 4 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Cairo to London with British Airways. (B)

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CAIRO

KEMPINSKI NILE HOTEL GARDEN CITY The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo is the first luxury boutique hotel in Cairo. Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon it blends European luxury and charm with the exotic bustle of the city. Rooms are immaculately furnished with all the expected modern amenities but some extra touches such as a butler and complimentary mini-bar are also included. The hotel promises to be a gastronomic paradise: guests can dine in The Blue, a unique restaurant where there is no menu and you choose the food you want to eat; or if that doesn’t inspire, you can enjoy coffee and all-things chocolate in the Chocolate Lounge.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Kempinski Nile Hotel of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with bmi, private transfers, accommodation in a medina deluxe room and breakfast daily would cost from £945 in the low season (June) and from £1,025 in the high season (Sept). The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Cairo and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

Cairo Citadel

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

CULINARY DELIGHTS

TREASURES OF TUTANKHAMUN

The mysterious, awe-inspiring Great Pyramids at Giza are the most iconic and memorable of all of Egypt’s sights. A must-see for all visitors, they stand as testament to the once mighty pharaohs of Egypt. Nearby, ‘The Sphinx’ is a symbol of Egyptian strength and wisdom, and through the millennia has acquired a legendary reputation of mystery and fantasy.

Enjoy the hotel’s extraordinary restaurants, from the Chocolate Lounge with its indulgent Chocolate menu, to the Blue Restaurant and Grill. The latter serves a selection of international cuisine with a unique feature whereby guests are given a list of the fresh produce sourced that day and then work with the chef to create their perfect meal.

Visit the Egyptian Museum and marvel over the treasures recovered from the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun. The highlight of the collection is the solid gold funerary mask, inlaid with lapis lazuli, quartz and obsidian. Also on display are many delicately crafted items of jewellery, the famous golden sarcophagus and numerous other artefacts.

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RED SEA

Hyatt regency, SHARM EL SHEIKH At the southern extremity of the Sinai Peninsula, where the mountains gradually run down to the clear, warm waters of the Red Sea, lies Sharm El Sheikh. Famed for its year round sunshine, coral and aquatic wildlife this resort town offers visitors an array of land and sea based experiences. Adjacent to Na’ama Bay and just 10 minutes drive from Sharm El Sheikh Airport, the Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh resort is located on the shores of the Red Sea. This family friendly resort is the ideal property for those looking for a relaxing beach break.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Hyatt Regency of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 6 day / 5 night package including international flights with British Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a sea view room and breakfast daily would cost from £725 in the low season (July) and from £825 in the high season (Oct). The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Sharm El Sheikh and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

ST. CATHERINE’S MONASTERY

DESERT SAFARI

Snorkel the red sea

This monastery was constructed at the foot of Mount Sinai over 1,400 years ago on the site where Moses encountered the burning bush. Around 3 hours drive from Sharm El Sheikh it is considered to be one of the oldest continuously functioning Christian monasteries. Inside are several buildings, including a library, a small mosque and the ‘Charnel House’, where the bones of deceased monks are stored.

Take a day trip by camel or 4 x 4 to the desert interior, covered millions of years ago by water, the high-walled ‘coloured canyon’ shows intriguing rock formations, the result of water erosion on the sandstone and limestone. Once mined by the Pharaohs for precious metals and now home to many of Egypt’s Bedouin population it makes a fascinating contrast to the dramatic coastline.

With its rich variety of tropical fish and marine life the Red Sea is an underwater paradise waiting to be explored. Many of the reefs lie just a few metres from the shore and are easily accessible by purpose built jetties. Alternatively there are numerous day trips that can be arranged to the reefs that lie further afield – a popular choice being the Ras Mohammed National Park.

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TAILOR-MADE

EGYPT

Cox & Kings can offer fully tailor-made tours to Egypt that allow you to create your ideal holiday, travelling at your own pace and spending more time exploring the sites and cities that appeal to you. British Airways and bmi operate daily flights into Cairo, while Egyptair has a network of regular internal flights that links all the major cities. Egypt has a wide choice of good quality hotels and Nile cruisers and any of the brochure itineraries can be tailored to suit your exact requirements. Please contact Cox & Kings to discuss further ideas with one of our experts, or refer to our website for suggested itineraries and details of featured properties in Egypt.

The Nile

SOUND & LIGHT SHOWS

KHAN EL KHALILI BAZAAR CAIRO

THE STEPPED PYRAMID AT SAQQARA

Using the latest lighting and laser technologies the Pyramids of Giza, Karnak Temple, Philae Temple and the complex at Abu Simbel are bathed in colours, while a narrator transports you back to the times of the ancient Pharaohs. A spectacular way to experience some of the country’s most inspiring sites.

The Khan el Khalili is the commercial heart of Islamic Cairo. This major souq dates back to 1382 and in the narrow streets of its bazaars everything from spices to silk are sold. The sights, sounds, and smells of Khan el Khalili create a very memorable Middle Eastern atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone age.

South of Cairo lies Saqqara, an immense necropolis with a history that spans four millennia. Perhaps one of Egypt’s most historically interesting sites, a large number of well preserved artefacts have been uncovered including the Step Pyramid of Zoser, which is older than the Great Pyramids and distinguished by its unusual stepped profile.

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IBN TULUN MOSQUE

PREHISTORIC REMAINS AT WADI AL-HITAN

THE BATTLEFIELD AT EL ALAMEIN

Built in the 9th century, the Ibn Tulun mosque is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful Islamic monuments. The unique spiral design of the minaret was inspired by the Mosque of Samarra in present day Iraq. The mosque’s grandeur is best appreciated from the top of the minaret, which also offers magnificent views of the Citadel and across Cairo.

The Western Desert provides the backdrop to the fossils of ancient whales unearthed at Wadi Al-Hitan. A day trip Cairo, the site reveals the different species that existed 40 million years ago and how the fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the most important palaeontological sites in the world.

Situated 70 miles east of Alexandria is El Alamein, most notable as the place where the Allied forces of the Second World War gained a decisive victory over the Axis forces. There is a war museum with collectibles from the Battle of El Alamein and other North African battles, and the war cemetery is located just outside the town.

COPTIC CAIRO

WADI NATRUN

MUSEUM of islamic arts CAIRO

Old Cairo, in the southern part of the city, forms the historic link between Egypt’s Pharaonic and Islamic civilisations. Known as Babylon, after it became a Christian stronghold, it remains the seat of the Coptic Christian community. Explore the streets and discover medieval churches, the earliest mosque built in Egypt and an atmospheric synagogue.

Situated 100 km northwest of Cairo, Wadi Natrun is an area of great importance to Egypt’s history. When the valley’s eight salt lakes dry up they produce natron, a substance that became crucial to the mummification process. There are also a number of Coptic Christian monasteries in the area that are said to be some of the earliest in the world.

The Museum of Islamic Arts is one of the finest museums in Cairo and has an extensive collection of over 10,000 pieces of Islamic artworks including woodwork, stucco, intarsia, ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles, and carpets illustrating every era of development, from Umayyad to Abbasid, Fatimid, Ayyubid, and Mamluk.

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Dendera

The Temples of Karnak

Colossi of Memnon

ABYDOS & DENDERA

EAST BANK, LUXOR

WEST BANK, LUXOR

Often visited as a day trip from Luxor, Abydos is home to the tombs of Egypt’s earliest kings and the mythological burial place of Osiris. Nearby Dendera is famous for the Temple of Hathor, which dates from the Graeco-Roman period and is one of the best-preserved temples of this period in Egypt. A visit to its roof offers marvellous views across the surrounding area.

On the East Bank of the River Nile lies the modern city of Luxor on the site of the ancient city of Thebes. The Temples of Karnak are amongst the most historically significant in Egypt and the vast site consists of ruined temples, chapels and other buildings. Near the heart of the city is the smaller but equally spectacular Temple of Luxor, which is especially worthy of a visit at sunrise or sunset.

Across the Nile from the city, referred to as ‘The West Bank’, lies one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. This area is known as the Necropolis and includes the world famous Valley of the Kings. Thousands of elaborately decorated tombs are found here, the most significant of which were built for the Pharaohs and some are open to view.

Philae Temple

Nubian Art

Kalabasha Temple, Lake Nasser

PHILAE TEMPLE, ASWAN

NUBIAN MUSEUM ASWAN

LAKE NASSER

On an island lying between the High Dam and the 1902 Dam is the Temple of Isis at Philae, which is one of the most photogenic sites on the Nile and sometimes referred to as ‘The Pearl of Egypt’. Visit the Philae Temple at night for a Sound and Light show extravaganza, where impressive light displays over the temple portray the history of Egypt.

The Nubian Museum houses an extensive collection of ancient exhibits, reflecting the different phases of the development of the Nubian culture and civilization. The building itself has a Nubian architectural style, comprising of three floors and has an outdoor area complete with an open-air theatre, a replica of a Nubian house and a waterfall.

Formed by the construction of the Aswan High Dam, the lake is home to several isolated and remote temple complexes, many of which are inaccessible by road. Many guests take a cruise south from Aswan following the lake to Abu Simbel, the famous temple of Ramses II. The site, discovered in 1812, was relocated to a new higher site in the late 1960s.

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Oberoi Hotels

EGYPT

MENA HOUSE OBEROI, GIZA, CAIRO Located in the shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza, this beautiful character property is one of the most famous hotels in Egypt and a favourite with visitors drawn by Egypt’s rich heritage of mosques, churches and temples. Originally built in 1869, the hotel is located opposite the towering pyramid of Cheops and is surrounded by 40 acres of landscaped gardens. The Mena House Oberoi has 423 rooms and suites, all of which are lavishly appointed with traditionally inspired furnishings. Whether you choose to stay in the modern Garden Wing or in the original Palace Wing, we would recommend upgrading to a pyramid view room. A selection of dining options includes Khan El Khalili, offering Egyptian and Continental meals and The Moghul Room, specialising in Indian cuisine. There is an outdoor swimming pool.

Mena House Oberoi Giza, Cairo

The hotel is approximately one hour’s drive from Cairo’s airports and 30 minutes from the city centre.

THE OBEROI SAHL HASHEESH, RED SEA The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is one of the most exclusive resorts on the Red Sea coast. Shady marble colonnades, domed pavilions and atriums all enhance the elegance of this traditional Arabian inspired resort. Set in 48 landscaped acres, it has its own 850 metre private sandy beach. All 84 suites are spacious and elegantly appointed, with luxurious bathrooms offering separate shower and marble baths that overlook a private walled garden.The 12 grand suites have their own private pools and the 6 royal suites have separate living/dining rooms, a guest bathroom and an open private courtyard with pool. The hotel’s main restaurant offers Continental and Oriental cuisine, while the pergola, overlooking the Red Sea, offers salads, pastas and pizzas. In the spa, treatments draw on aromatherapy, oriental and western techniques. Fitness facilities are available, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a steam room, sauna and tennis court.

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Red Sea

The hotel is a 25 minute drive from Hurghada’s city centre and 20 minutes from the international airport.

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Four Seasons Hotels

EGYPT

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, ALEXANDRIA AT SAN STEFANO Centrally placed overlooking the Corniche, the Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano is an iconic presence in the dual-towered Grand Plaza complex. Occupying 19 floors of a distinctive 28 storey tower, the Four Seasons is part of a crescent-shaped development that takes maximum advantage of sea views. The hotel’s 118 rooms and suites are bright and airy, classically elegant and open on to a balcony; most of which provide sweeping views over the Mediterranean. There are nine restaurants, a pool bar and grill, a lobby lounge and bar. The spa offers a comprehensive range of treatments with 14 treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms, a whirlpool, outdoor pool and private beach. The Wellness Centre features two gyms and a squash court.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL CAIRO AT THE FIRST RESIDENCE

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL CAIRO AT NILE PLAZA

FOUR SEASONS RESORT, SHARM EL SHEIKH, RED SEA

Rising beside the Nile, the 20 storey Four Seasons provides mesmerising views over the Zoological and Botanical Gardens to the Great Pyramids beyond.The hotel has 269 guest rooms, including 43 suites. The refined décor is reminiscent of Cairo’s Belle Époque era, blending historic detail with 21st century comforts. Interiors feature gilded, empire-style furnishings. Stirring views of the Nile provide the backdrop to dining at the hotel, from Italian fare in the elegant ‘Seasons’ to authentic Thai cuisine in ‘Lai Thai’. The leisure facilities include a spa and wellness centre offering a range of treatments, steam and sauna rooms, a fitness centre, outdoor pool and a children’s pool.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza soars 30 storeys above the Corniche on the banks of the river Nile. There are 365 large guest rooms including 100 Suites, offering panoramic views of the Nile or the Citadel. The airy interiors feature natural wood furnishings and most rooms have an outdoor terrace. With views of the Nile, the hotel features a number of the city’s most sought after restaurants, offering Lebanese, Italian, French and Cantonese cuisines. There is also a lobby lounge, a Shisha lounge, cafe and bar. The largest of its kind in the city, the hotel’s spa has 15 treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms, an indoor pool and three outdoor pools including a children’s pool.

The lush landscaping of Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh stands in contrast to the stark beauty of the desert. Reminiscent of a hillside village, the property comprises 136 guest rooms including 27 suites. In addition, 61 residential suites and 3 residential villas offer enhanced space and amenities. All guest rooms and suites feature a private balcony or terrace with Red Sea or courtyard views. Dining options range from Italian to Mediterranean, Moroccan and Lebanese. The spa features 13 treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, relaxation area, lap pool and fitness area. The resort has three other pools including a children’s pool, floodlit tennis courts and a kids club.

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SOFITEL LUXURY hotels

EGYPT

SOFITEL Cairo EL GEZIRAH

SOFITEL WINTER PALACE LUXOR

SOFITEL legend OLD CATARACT, ASWAN

Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah combines the best of local culture with the French art de vivre. Located on the Nile River, in the heart of the city but set back from the traffic and the turbulence of the Egyptian capital, the property has 433 rooms and suites all with Nile views.

The Sofitel Winter Palace was built in 1886 and stands amidst tropical gardens on the banks of the Nile.

Built in 1899 overlooking the Nile, this luxury hotel took its name from the effect of the river colliding with the land.The main hotel building is an architectural treasure and particularly well known for its appearance in the film “Death on the Nile�

This elegant hotel combines contemporary French design with Oriental inspirations - one example of this is El Kebabgy, this restaurant has long been the trendy meeting place for Cairo society, and its traditional cuisine is famous throughout the city.

It is conveniently located in the city center just minutes from Luxor Temple and the Luxor International airport. Over the years the 86 rooms and 6 suites have hosted royalty and celebrities all of whom have enjoyed the allure of the properties colonial charm. With its fine woods, elegant materials and harmonious decoration the hotel combines a graceful atmosphere with the modern comforts of a 5 star hotel.

The luxurious rooms and suites of this former royal palace, with their fine wood paneling, rich materials and modern amenities, have been the privileged hideaway of many famous guests including Winston Churchill, Princess Diana and Agatha Christie. The terrace bar overlooking the Nile is an excellent setting to watch the sunset.

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FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

EGYPT

FAIRMONT NILE CITY, CAIRO Fairmont Nile City is located on the banks of the River Nile, situated in one of Cairo’s most prestigious addresses for high-end shopping and gourmet restaurants. Most of the rooms feature panoramic Nile views, with contemporary yet elegant art deco interiors, making it the ultimate in urban chic. “Fairmont Gold” floors, offer enhanced services including a 24 hour butler and exclusive entrance into the Gold Lounge, with complimentary buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, canapés and an evening bar service. The hotel has a range of dining options, including the trendy rooftop sky bar offering cocktails and dancing till late, with views of the Pyramids and ancient city of Cairo. Saigon Blue, a first for Egypt, serves French-Vietnamese cuisine, while the more casual Napa Grill offers the best selection of Californian food and wine from the Californian valley.

FAIRMONT HELIOPOLIS & TOWERS, CAIRO Ten minutes away from Cairo International Airport, stands the Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers, providing easy access to the bustling and historic city of Cairo, with its abundance of tourist attractions.The well appointed, elegant rooms, offer guests a choice of contemporary or art deco designs, some having views over the stunning landscaped atrium, others over the well maintained gardens. The hotel has 15 dining options ranging from impressively luxurious to pleasingly casual. At Haiku, enjoy Japanese cuisine including sushi and sashimi assortments. Aqua e Luce serves Italian cuisine and seafood, while traditional Lebanese favourites are cooked on a charcoal grill at Al Dabke. Fuze Bar serves fresh oysters, gourmet sandwiches, Asian satays, alongside cocktails and wines from around the world. Leisure facilities at the Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers include 3 swimming pools and a kids pool and safe playground. For the more active there are 3 tennis courts and air-conditioned squash courts.There is also a fully equipped fitness centre with Jacuzzi pool and sauna rooms.

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HOTELS

EGYPT

SONESTA HOTEL, TOWER & CASINO CAIRO

MERCURE CAIRO LE SPHINX

CONRAD CAIRO

The Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino is ideally located close to Cairo’s international airport. Rooms are well equipped and the hotels offers a range of facilities including several restaurants featuring French, Italian and Lebanese cuisines, plus an outdoor pool area, spa and Turkish steam bath.

Located 35 km from the international aiport in the Giza area, overlooking the Great Pyramid, Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx offers guests comfort and convenience with modern, elegant, well equipped rooms, a range of restaurants and bars, an outdoor swimming pool and health club.

The Conrad Cairo is located on the Nile in downtown Cairo, an ideal location for visiting the Egyptian Museum and shops. The majority of the well-appointed rooms have views of the Nile and a private balcony. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, health club and a choice of restaurants.

MARITIM JOLIE VILLE HOTEL, ALEXANDRIA

THE SHERATON LUXOR RESORT

MÖVENPICK RESORT ASWAN

The Maritim Jolie Ville Hotel, Alexandria is located in the city centre. Offering views over the Mediterranean Sea it is close to the city’s main sights. Leisure facilities include a small gym, a spa and sauna, and an outdoor pool. There are several dining options with a choice of international cuisine.

The Sheraton Luxor Resort is located on the East Bank of the Nile and within walking distance from Luxor Temple. Ideally situated in the city centre and only ten minutes from Luxor airport, it is the ideal base from which to explore the treasures of Luxor. A range of dining options offers a variety of International cuisines.

Set on its own island in the Nile, the Mövenpick Resort Aswan lies in beautiful surroundings a five-minute boat ride from the centre of Aswan. All 244 rooms have a private balcony with views of the Nile and the desert. Sunset drinks are recommended at the Panorama Bar offering wonderful 360º views over the Nile and the dunes.

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libya discovery tour

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,595 Hellenistic Cyrene & Apollonia • Sabratha • Leptis Magna Sabratha Tripoli ✈ Leptis Magna

Cyrene

for 3 nights. (B)

Benghazi

Day 6 Tripoli: Tour of Tripoli, including the Jamahiriya Museum, medina and the Arch of Marcus Aurelius. (B)

Ghadames

Trade through Libya’s ports funded grand civic buildings, theatres and ornate villas that were the envy of the ancient world. This tour visits the magnificent remains of these ancient cities and combines the superbly preserved Roman cities in the west with the impressive Hellenistic remains of Cyrenaica in the east.

Day 7 Leptis Magna: Full day visit to Leptis Magna, one of the world’s finest and most complete examples of a Roman city. Monuments seen today include the Arch of Septimus Severus, the Baths of Hadrian, the Old Forum and the theatre. (B) Day 8 To London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly from Tripoli to London with British Airways. (B)

Day 1 To Tripoli: Fly from London to Tripoli with British Airways. Transfer to the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel for 2 nights. (N) Day 2 Janzur & Sabratha: Morning drive to Janzur to visit the small museum and tombs. Continue to the Roman city of Sabratha, best known for its wonderfully preserved theatre. (B) Day 3 To Apollonia: Morning flight to Benghazi. Drive to the Hellenistic cities of Ptolemais and Teucheira. Continue to Apollonia, the ancient port that grew up to serve the city of Cyrene. Stay 2 nights at the Manara or similar. (B, D)

EXTENSION

ESCORTED GROUP

CLL

Classical Libya

CLLGHA

+ Ghadames

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

CLW

Classical Libya

No of 19 Feb nights 11

TOUR + GHADAMES

One of the oldest pre-Saharan cities, Ghadames is known as the ‘pearl of the desert’.The beautiful and inventive architecture has led to Ghadames being awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

Ghadames

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

12 Mar 11

16 Apr 11

07 May 11

28 May 11

10 Sep 11

01 Oct 11

12 Nov 11

Single Supp

Sole Supp

415

n/a

1725

1695

1725

1695

1695

1595

1695

1675

10

2390

2360

2390

2360

2360

2260

2360

2340

No. of 06 Jan to 26 Jan to 01 Apr to 01 May to 01 Jun to 01 Aug to 21 Sep to 01 Nov to nights 25 Jan 11 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 31 May 11 31 Jul 11 20 Sep 11 30 Oct 11 26 Dec 11

2645

Discovery Tour: Libya is a developing country in terms of tourism, and a flexible attitude is required to enjoy travelling in the country. Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation in Libya. However, outside Tripoli the standard should be considered basic. The tour involves walking over rough terrain. Internal flights in Libya can be prone to delays, which are beyond our control. We do feel, however, that the wonders of Libya more than make up for any occasional deficiencies. Please see page 9 for an explanation about Discovery Tours. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability. The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

7

7

Day 10 To Tripoli: Drive to Tripoli (approximately 9 hours), stopping en route at the Berber castle of Kabaw and the Troglodytic houses of Gharyan. Stay for 1 night at the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel. (B)

11 Days / 10 Nights from £2,260

Day 5 To Tripoli: Return to Benghazi via Zlonta and Qasr Libya. Evening flight to Tripoli. Stay overnight at the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel Classical Libya Departures on or between

Day 9 Ghadames: Visit the town of Old Ghadames. (B, L, D)

Day 11 To London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly from Tripoli to London with British Airways. (B)

Day 4 Cyrene: In the Hellenistic period, Cyrene was the second most important city in North Africa due to the trade in silphium. The extensive remains include the nearly intact Agora and the Temple of Zeus, larger than the Parthenon. Late afternoon tour of Apollonia. (B, L, D)

Code

Day 8 To Ghadames: Leave Tripoli early this morning and drive through the barren hills of Libya’s interior, via Qasr el Haj and the Berber Castle of Nalut, to Ghadames (approximately 9 hours). Stay for 2 nights at the Dar Ghadames Hotel. (B, D)

2695

2675

2645

2625

2595

2675

2695

560

POA

Single Supp

Sole Supp

415

POA

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADE ( Club Europe: From £695 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS

2011 DEPARTURE DATES

CLLGHA: This is a shared excursion based on a minimum of 4 passengers. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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Rtn (Sat) 26 Feb 19 Mar 23 Apr 14 May

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Flavius Tullus Fountain, Tripoli

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TUNISIA

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £995 Holy City of Kairouan • Ancient Roman Cities of Carthage & Dougga • The Bardo Museum Sidi Bou Said ✈ Carthage Bulla Regia Tunis Dougga

Sbeitla

Kairouan

In its long and eventful history, Tunisia has been occupied by Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs. Today, the country is home to some of North Africa’s most impressive ruins, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This tour visits many of the country’s most famous archaeological sites, including the ancient city of Carthage, the vast amphitheatre of El Djem, the fascinating underground villas of Bulla Regia, and the holy city of Kairouan.

Temple of Juno Calestis, Dougga

Day 1 To Tunis: Fly from London Gatwick to Tunis with British Airways. Transfer to the Karthago Le Palace for a 4 night stay. (N)

Bulla Regia, the site of underground Roman townhouses and some excellent mosaics. Continue to Dougga and visit the dominating temple set on the edge of the Teboursouk Mountains. (B)

Day 2 Tunis: Morning walking tour of old Tunis. This afternoon, visit the Bardo Museum, which contains a fine collection of artefacts spanning the history of Tunisia, including Roman and Byzantine mosaics from sites all over the country. (B)

Day 5 To Kairouan via Sousse & El Djem: Morning drive to Sousse to visit the Great Mosque and the Ribat. Continue to Monastir to see the Bourguiba Mosque then onto El Djem to visit North Africa’s most impressive amphitheatre. Finally drive to Kairouan, the magnificent early Islamic religious and cultural centre and stay 2 nights at La Kasbah Hotel. (B)

Day 3 Carthage & Sidi Bou Said: Morning excursion to the Punic and Roman ruins at Carthage. Continue to the beautiful ‘blue and white’ village of Sidi Bou Said, which occupies a stunning location overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and is known for the colour of its buildings. (B, L)

Day 6 Kairouan & Sbeitla: Morning tour of the Great Mosque of Sidi Uqba, the Mosque of the Barber and the Aghlabid Pools. Afternoon drive to Sbeitla to explore the Roman city

Day 4 Bulla Regia & Dougga: Morning drive to

Tunisia: FROM CARTHAGE TO KAIROUAN Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

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ESCORTED GROUP

No of nights

04 Mar 11

08 Apr 11

29 Apr 11

23 Sep 11

28 Oct 11

Single Supp

Sole Supp

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Tunisia: From Carthage to Kairouan

7

1015

1015

995

1025

1015

315

n/a

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Single Supp

Sole Supp

CKI

Tunisia: From Carthage to Kairouan

335

795

No. of 10 Jan to 01 May to 01 Jul to 01 Sep to 01 Nov to nights 30 Apr 11 30 Jun 11 31 Aug 11 31 Oct 11 15 Dec 11

7

1945

1925

1895

1925

1945

and its stunning three-temple forum. (B) Day 7 To Tunis: Morning visit to the extensive site of Thuburbo Majus, with its Temple of Jupiter and two splendid bathhouses. Continue to Tunis and stay overnight at the Sheraton Tunis Hotel & Towers. (B) Day 8 To London: Transfer to the airport and fly from Tunis to London Gatwick with British Airways. (B) Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability. The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADE ( Club Europe: From £275 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS

2011 DEPARTURE DATES

Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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Rtn (Fri) 11 Mar 15 Apr 06 May

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imperial cities Escorted Group or Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,295 Morocco’s Imperial Cities • Ourika Valley Rabat

Casablanca ✈ Meknes Marrakesh ✈ Erg Chebbi

“With teeming souqs and ancient kasbahs set alongside the Atlas and the Sahara, Morocco is an exotic land close at hand.”

Volubilis

Fez

Ouarzazate

Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability. The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

Day 1 To Casablanca: Fly from London to Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc. Stay overnight at the Ramada Les Almohades, Casablanca. (N)

EXTENSIONS TOUR + ATLAS MOUNTAINS

Day 2 To Rabat: Morning visit to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca then drive to Rabat. This afternoon take a short tour of Rabat. Stay for 1 night at M’Gallery Diwan, Rabat. (B)

Day 4 Fez: Morning tour of Fez, the first Islamic city in Morocco. Visits include the

Day 7 Ourika Valley: Drive to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and explore the picturesque Ourika Valley. (B) Day 8 To London: Transfer to the airport and fly from Marrakesh to London, via Casablanca, with Royal Air Maroc. (B)

The sumptuous Islamic architecture of Morocco’s Imperial Cities contrasts perfectly with the country’s starkly beautiful landscape. This tour begins with the famous Imperial Cities of Meknes and Fez, and ends in the vibrant and colourful city of Marrakesh.

Day 3 To Meknes, Volubilis & Fez: Drive to Fez via Meknes and Volubilis. Meknes is one of the quieter Imperial Cities and was once the heart of the Moroccan Sultanate.The nearby ruins of Volubilis mark the westward extent of Roman expansion.The wealth of its former inhabitants can be seen in the array of wonderful mosaics left behind. Continue to Fez and stay for 2 nights at the Ramada Hotel Fez. (B)

the Djemaa El Fna, a swirling fairground of entertainers, fire-eaters, storytellers and snake charmers. (B)

10 Days / 9 Nights from £1,840 Fez

courtyard of the Kairaouine Mosque, the Bou Inania Medersa, the Nejjarine Fountain, the Jewish quarter (mellah) and the extensive souqs. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 5 To Marrakesh: Drive through the countryside to Marrakesh and stay for 3 nights at Le Meridien N’Fis. (B) Day 6 Marrakesh: Today is spent visiting the city of Marrakesh. Highlights include the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque and the famous souqs. Finish at

Extend your tour of Morocco with a stay in the Atlas Mountains, where it is possible to explore Berber villages or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain views. Day 8 To the Atlas Mountains: Transfer to the High Atlas Mountains. Stay for 2 nights at Kasbah Tamadot (Standard Room). (B) Day 9 Atlas Mountains: At leisure. (B) Day 10 To London: Morning transfer to Marrakesh airport and fly to London, via Casablanca, with Royal Air Maroc. (B)

TOUR + ESSAOUIRA 10 Days / 9 Nights from £1,560

MOROCCO’S Imperial Cities Code

ESCORTED GROUP

Departures on or between

No of 12 Mar 16 Apr nights 11 11

28 May 11

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room 10 Sep 11

01 Oct 11

12 Nov 11

*

*

Single Supp Sole Supp From From

MIC

Morocco’s Imperial Cities

7

1375

1375

1475

1395

1445

1295

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*

295

n/a

MICESS

+ Essaouria

9

1640

1640

1740

1660

1710

1560

*

*

390

550

9

1900

1990

1790

2040

2090

1840

*

*

470

570

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Mountains

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

MIO

Morocco’s Imperial Cities

No. of 07 Jan to 01 Mar to 01 Apr to 01 May to 13 Jun to 01 Aug to 01 Oct to 01 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 28 Feb 11 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 12 Jun 11 31 Jul 11 30 Sep 11 31 Oct 11 20 Dec 11 From From

7

2075

2095

2075

2095

1995

2075

2095

2075

445

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- MIC: 12 Mar, 16 Apr & 01 Oct £375 MICATL: 12 Mar £720, 16 Apr & 01 Oct £810, 10 Sep £435, 12 Nov £345 MIO: 07 Jan to 28 Feb £455, 01 Mar to 12 Jun & 01 Oct to 31 Oct £525 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- MICATL: 12 Mar £820, 16 Apr £900, 10 Sep £525, 01 Oct £900, 12 Nov £445 MIO: 01 Mar to 12 Jun & 01 Oct to 31 Oct £1695 MIO: Private journey includes entrance fees and local guides in Rabat, Fez and Marrakesh. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

1595

This extension is based in the delightful fishing town of Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Day 8 To Essaouira: Transfer by road to Essaouira. Stay 2 nights at Dar Loulema (Todra Room). (B) Day 9 Essaouira: At leisure. (B) Day 10 To London: Early morning transfer to Marrakesh airport and fly to London, via Casablanca, with Royal Air Maroc. (B) 2011 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Sat) 12 Mar 16 Apr 28 May

Rtn (Sat) 19 Mar 23 Apr 04 Jun

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THE ATLAS Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,095 3 Nights in Marrakesh • Explore the High Atlas

Ait Benhaddou, High Atlas

Stay for three nights and explore the bustling souqs and sights of Marrakesh before heading into the Atlas Mountains for three nights. There, you can explore remote, picturesque Berber villages on foot or relax in your mountain retreat and enjoy the breathtaking views. Return to Marrakesh for a final night before returning home.

Day 1 To Marrakesh: Fly from London to Marrakesh, via Casablanca, with Royal Air Maroc. Stay 3 nights at Riad Tiwaline / Riad Kniza*. (N) Days 2 - 3 Marrakesh: At leisure to explore Marrakesh or relax at your riad. Please refer to the Tailor-Made Morocco pages for excursion

Marrakesh & The Atlas Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code PRIVATE JOURNEY MHA Marrakesh & The Atlas (Toubkal)

Code PRIVATE JOURNEY MKB

No of 06 Jan to 07 Feb to 01 Apr to 01 Jun to 01 Aug to 15 Sep to 01 Nov to 01 Dec to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 06 Feb 11 31 Mar 11 31 May 11 31 Jul 11 14 Sep 11 31 Oct 11 30 Nov 11 16 Dec 11 From From

7

1115

1275

1295

1095

1125

1295

1275

1115

695

825

No. of 08 Jan to 27 Mar to 31 May to 13 Jun to 28 Aug to 16 Sep to 16 Oct to 10 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 26 Mar 11 30 May 11 12 Jun 11 27 Aug 11 15 Sep 11 15 Oct 11 09 Nov 11 10 Dec 11 From From

Marrakesh & The Atlas (Tamadot) 7

1545

1645

1545

1395

1595

1695

1745

1575

995

ideas or speak to your tour consultant for more suggestions. (B) Day 4 To High Atlas:Transfer to the High Atlas. Stay 3 nights at Kasbah du Toubkal / Kasbah Tamadot*. (B) Days 5 - 6 High Atlas: Days at leisure. If staying at Kasbah Tamadot a range of activities are available. Please refer to page 49 for details. (B) Day 7 To Marrakesh: Return to Marrakesh. Stay overnight at Riad Tiwaline / Riad Kniza*. (B)

1025

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- MHA: 07 Feb to 31 May & 15 Sep to 30 Nov £845 MKB: 27 Mar to 30 May & 16 Sep to 09 Nov £1095 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- MHA: 07 Feb to 31 May £995 & 15 Sep to 30 Nov £995 MKB: 08 Jan to 26 Mar, 31 May to 12 Jun, 28 Aug to 15 Sep & 10 Nov to 10 Dec £1125, 27 Mar to 30 May, 16 Sep to 09 Nov £1245 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Day 8 To London: Transfer to the airport. Fly from Marrakesh to London, via Casablanca, with Royal Air Maroc. (B) *Supplement applies for Riad Kniza / Kasbah Tamadot. Please refer to code MKB.

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MOROCCAN ATLAS KASBAH TAMADOT Kasbah Tamadot is a walled Moroccan retreat set in the High Atlas Mountains. This boutique property is less than an hour’s drive from Marrakech, with dramatic views towards Jebel Toubkal and the valleys below. After extensive refurbishment the original character of the property still exists, as great emphasis was put on marrying traditional Moroccan styling with the contemporary interior. Two courtyards give way to an indoor and outdoor pool, the hammam and the Asounfou spa. Dine at Kanoun restaurant or take your dinner under the stars at one of the many secluded spots within the Kasbah walls.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at Kasbah Tamadot of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 6 day / 5 night package including international flights with Royal Air Maroc, private transfers, accommodation in a superior room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,295 in the low season (July) and from £1,475 in the high season (April). The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Marrakesh and flying time is approximately 3 ½ hours

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

BERBER TENTED SUITES

ASOUNFOU SPA

ATLAS MOUNTAINS WALKS

Each of the six tented suites has a private deck and plunge pool offering fantastic views of the Atlas Mountains. Five are located a short stroll through the herb and vegetable gardens whilst the sixth can be seen as you approach Kasbah Tamadot and offers stunning sunset views over the valley.

The Asounfou spa, meaning ‘to relax’ in Berber, offers a full range of treatments for both men and women using exclusive products chosen for their pureness and quality. For a true Moroccan experience try a hammam, a traditional weekly cleansing ritual where the skin is deeply cleansed, purified and softened.

There are some fabulous walks from the Kasbah which can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Whether you would like to venture down to the river, walk through the village of Asni or go into the hills behind Kasbah Tamadot, we can suggest something which is as long or as short as you like.

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MOROCCO Cox & Kings can offer fully tailor-made tours to Morocco that allow you to create your ideal holiday, travelling at your own pace and spending time exploring the sites and cities that most appeal to you. Royal Air Maroc and Atlas Blue operate regular flights from London to Marrakesh, Fez and Casablanca. The country’s close proximity to the UK makes it a great option for short breaks and twin or multi-centre breaks are popular as the cities are easily combined by train, air or road. Morocco has an abundance of traditional, boutique accommodation that appeals to visitors looking for an authentic experience. Please contact Cox & Kings to discuss ideas with one of our experts, or refer to our website for full itineraries.

Essaouira

JARDIN MAJORELLE

CASCADES D’OUZOUD

THE OURIKA VALLEY

The Jardin Majorelle is one of the most beautiful gardens in Marrakesh, combining traditional Moroccan architectural elements with lush vegetation where bamboo, palms and cacti flourish amidst the ponds and water features. The French painter and plant collector Jacques Majorelle opened the gardens to the public in 1947 and it was brought by the designer Yves-Saint Laurent in 1980 who restored it and founded a small museum of Islamic art.

Located 150km from Marrakesh, the Cascades D’Ouzoud is one of Morocco’s most surprising attractions. In contrast to its red sandstone and desert location, the river plunges over 100 metres in a network of cascading waterfalls, creating an explosion of flowers in the gorge below. As you descend, there are a number of viewing points to take photos and at the bottom natural pools await, where you can swim and relax.

Spreading between the foothills of the Atlas Mountains this lush green valley makes an excellent day trip from Marrakesh. As you drive through the valley you will see numerous olive groves and citrus tree orchards, as well as prairies that are shaded by poplar trees and other weeping willows, which is unusual at this latitude. Walking trails lead to the discovery of waterfalls and Morocco’s first aromatherapy garden.

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ERG CHEBBI THE MOROCCAN SAHARA

TODRA GORGE

THE RUINED CITY OF VOLUBILIS

Accessible from the town of Erfoud, Erg Chebbi is the large sand-sea, which marks the start of the Sahara. Visit at sunrise or sunset to soak up the solitude of these magnificent sand dunes, some of which rise to over 245 metres, and seem to change colour with every passing minute.

Between the towns of Ouarzazate and Erfoud lies the picturesque Todra Gorge. The most spectacular section is over 20 metres wide, and towers over 300 metres above the riverbed. The dramatic landscape and the gentle babbling stream make this a popular spot for picnics.

Volubilis lies close to Fez and was one of the furthest outposts of the Roman Empire. Here Berber culture and Roman ways meet, seen in the Berber style of layout and the arches and capitols typical of Roman buildings. Also visible are remains of the oil presses that helped generate the area’s wealth.

TANNERIES OF FEZ

GOURMET MARRAKESH

THE KASBAHS AT ‘AIT BENHADDOU’

Morocco is famous for its leather goods and a visit to the tanneries of Fez is one of the city’s main highlights. From one of the terraces above, witness the centuries old process of treating cowhide in huge vats of dye, then visit the leather shops to see the product of such hard work.

Join a cooking workshop at the famous La Maison Arabe restaurant, which has a history as rich as Marrakesh itself. Learn the secrets behind Moroccan cuisine and how to prepare a three course meal under the guidance of a professional chef. After the workshop dine on the fruits of your labour.

Located close to the town of Ouarzazate and with an impressive list of film credits, this finely decorated mud ‘city’ stands on a towering promontory of rock. The village has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is continually restored as every year the rains wash away part of the buildings.

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Part of the Banyan Tree hotel group, Angsana Hotels & Resorts now offer five luxury, boutique riads in the heart of Marrakesh. Traditional in style and beautifully restored, the riads have many similarities, but distinct individual styles and different facilities. Guests staying at any of the Angsana riads are free to use the facilities of the other properties and all riads have a range of all-day dining options. Most riads have a hammam and spa treatment room.

ANGSANA RIAD SI SAID

ANGSANA RIAD BLANC

Angsana Riad Si Said was created by combining three old riads. The heart of this property is an airy courtyard garden surrounded by three beautifully furnished lounges with fireplaces. A pool occupies the second courtyard and offers a delightful place to cool off and relax. This riad also has a stunning roof terrace with a jet pool, offering magnificent views of Marrakech. Angsana Riad Si Said is also well known for its a la carte Moroccan restaurant with its authentic cuisine.

Riad Blanc is an intimate, elegant riad with six rooms and two romantic suites in an ArabAndalusian style that is reprised throughout the property. Elaborate wrought iron railings and window grills, potted palms and orange trees, and a turquoise-tiled plunge pool reflect the Moroccan roots of Andalusia. One of the most distinctive features of Riad Blanc is its duplex roof terrace, the first level of the terrace has cottoncanvas covered lounge beds under a tented ceiling, and the second has plump lounge chairs.

Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh

ANGSANA RIAD BAB FIRDAUS

ANGSANA RIAD TIWALINE

ANGSANA RIAD LYDINES

Riad Bab Firdaus is the spa-lover’s choice. A small plunge pool occupies a niche in the central courtyard, and through a set of cedar doors is a jet-pool surrounded by a wooden deck. This exquisite spa complex also includes a beautiful hammam with a barrel-vaulted brick ceiling. The five rooms and two suites at this riad feature a mixture of antiques, hand-woven carpets and custom-made contemporary pieces. In addition, Riad Bab Firdaus features its own Thai restaurant.

Originally built 150 years ago, this intimate five room riad was renovated in 2001.The signature of the central courtyard is a two-storey gallery of ornately carved cedar columns and panelling, accented by masonry columns. All five suites have wood-burning fireplaces, making Riad Tiwaline a wonderful choice during cooler times of the year.The riad also has a dramatically designed hammam with a deep conical domed ceiling, a veined black marble floor and walls lined with polished local limestone.

Located in the ancient palace quarter of the Old Medina, Riad Lydines is the most stylish of the Angsana riads with a contemporary colour scheme and striking modern art on the walls in its public spaces. “Lydines” means hands in Arabic, a reference to the quality of the handcrafted artistry that is visible everywhere at the property. All seven guestrooms and suites are individually decorated and come with spacious well-lit bathrooms. Other facilities include a hammam and spa room.

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sofitel luxury hotels

morocco SOFITEL ESSAOUIRA MOGADOR GOLF & SPA Overlooking the coastline, the new Sofitel Mogador Golf & Spa is located just a stone’s throw from the Medina and combines the rich local culture with French elegance. Surrounded by 600 hectare of forest, stunning natural dunes, unspoilt beach and a golf course designed by Gary Player, it is set to become the town’s cultural and artistic meeting point. The Resort offers 177 spacious rooms overlooking the exquisite landscaping, including 7 suites and 30 villas with private gardens and pools. Its understated decor using natural materials, soft colors and Moorish design, adds to the feeling of tranquility.

SOFITEL FÈS PALAIS JAMAÏ

SOFITEL MARRAKECH PALAIS IMPERIAL

SOFITEL RABAT JARDIN DES ROSES

Sofitel Fes Palais Jamaï was built in 1879 in a Moorish style as the residence of the Grand Vizir of Jamaï. Since then it has undergone extensive refurbishment to embellish its former grandeur yet has maintained its heritage and authenticity. It has an excellent location just above the famous Medina walls of Fez and stands in a wonderful garden of orange and lemon trees. Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court and a traditional hammam and spa.

The Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial is a magnificent Moorish palace surrounded by gardens of palm trees and bougainvilleas. It is close to the Medina walls and within easy walking distance of the Djemaa el Fna Square. Guest rooms have a private balcony or terrace and are decorated in a traditional Moroccan style. The restaurants and bars provide the perfect setting for relaxing and offer refined French cuisine with the latest in fusion dishes from around the world.

The Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses stands in the heart of Morocco’s capital city, Rabat, close to the Royal Palace and Mausoleum of Mohammed V and surrounded by 17 acres of Andalusian gardens. Contemporary in design it combines modern styling with traditional Moroccan architecture. A real palace with an international reputation, its history is closely tied to the great conferences and international events that have taken place within the kingdom.

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morocco ESSAOUIRA Surrounded by Portuguese fortifications, Essaouira is a delightful fishing town with fine sandy beaches. Less than two hours from Marrakesh by road, Essaouira is popular with those who want to relax in beautiful calm surroundings. Many of the boutique properties are located within the old city ramparts, and the small narrow streets are filled with artisans and craft shops.

L’HEURE BLEUE PALAIS

DAR LOULEMA

Sofitel Essaouria Medina & Spa

A member of the Relais & Chateaux group, L’Heure Bleue Palais has been converted from an old mansion to one of Essaouira’s finest hotels. Located at the edge of the medina, near to the beach, the property combines the luxury typical of Relais & Chateaux with the traditional style of a Moroccan riad.

Dar Loulema has been beautifully restored and is bright and airy, with a pillared courtyard and a small garden. Each room is decorated in a different style and bathrooms are of a high standard, with a combination of tadelakt and delicate tiling. The roof terraces provide views of Essaouira’s main square and the sea.

The Sofitel Essaouria Medina & Spa is located just outside the old city walls, opposite its own stretch of private beach and a short walk to the port and Medina of Essaouria. With its thalassotherapy centre, large outdoor pool and a selection of fine restaurants, this charming luxury hotel is the perfect place to relax.

THE HIGH ATLAS The High Atlas, North Africa’s biggest mountain range, has many fertile valleys, rivers and waterfalls. Approximately one hour’s drive from Marrakesh, the Atlas can be visited as a day trip or as part of a longer program.

KASBAH DU TOUBKAL ATLAS MOUNTAINS

LA ROSERAIE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

KASBAH AGOUNSANE

The mountain retreat of Kasbah du Toubkal is perched high in the Atlas Mountains, overlooking three valleys. Activities include mule trekking, walking and exploring local villages. The last 20 minutes of the journey to the Kasbah must be made on foot.

La Roseraie is set in 25 hectares of natural parkland, 60 km from Marrakesh. With beautiful gardens of pretty shrubs, trees and flowers, La Roseraie has a number of sun loungers, set in a variety of secluded spots with views of the surrounding countryside.

Located in the Ourika Valley, facing the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Agounsane is steeped in Berber culture. Each room is individually styled and most offer private terraces. There is a restaurant, bar and terrace lounge as well as a spa and an outdoor swimming pool in the lush gardens.

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morocco FEZ, RABAT & CASABLANCA The cities of Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh and Rabat are collectively known as the Imperial Cities and they have all been the capital of Morocco at some point during their history. The first capital of the kingdom was Fez, established in the 9th century under Sultan Idriss II. Fez is the oldest of the Imperial Cities and has been the capital three times under different rulers. Under the Almoravid dynasty, Marrakesh succeeded as the capital until the 12th century when the Almohads built Rabat. Under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismael, Meknes was declared as the capital, but Rabat regained its status under the French protectorate in 1912 and retained the title after independence.

RIAD MABROUKa FEZ A beautiful property within the walls of the medina, Riad Mabrouka is an excellent base from which to explore Fez. The riad offers an ArabAndalusian setting with an interior courtyard, fountain and a small swimming pool. Enjoy an evening meal in your favourite spot, cooked by the in-house French chef.

RIAD FES FEZ

M’GALLERY DIWAN RABAT

RAMADA LES ALMOHADES CASABLANCA

Riad Fes has two magnificent central courtyards and is beautifully decorated with mosaics, blue tiles and carved wood. With its traditional architecture, and modern comforts, Riad Fes is one of our preferred options in the medina. Relax at the end of your day in the rooftop Jacuzzi.

Le Diwan is a modern property situated in the heart of Rabat and conveniently located for exploring the city. There are 94 well-equipped rooms and a spa with hammam. The hotel restaurant is styled as a typical French brasserie serving a range of national and international dishes.

Ramada les Almohades Casablanca is located around 3 km away from the city’s bazaars and souqs and 5 km from the beach. There are 138 comfortable, well-furnished guestrooms and a popular local restaurant serving traditional Moroccan cuisine.

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SPLENDOURS OF

JORDAN

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,395 Marriott Properties Throughout • Two Full Days in Petra • Petra by Candlelight

Jerash

Azraq

✈ Amman

Day 6 To Dead Sea: Morning visit to Little Petra before driving to Wadi Rum for a 4 x 4 excursion into the desert. Afternoon transfer to the Dead Sea. Stay for 2 nights at the Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa. (B)

“Explore Petra and the most spectacular sights of Jordan in one week.”

Dead

Sea

Mount Nebo Madaba

Day 7 Dead Sea: Day at leisure. Optional morning excursion to the baptism site at Bethany on the banks of the River Jordan (payable locally). (B)

Dana Petra Wadi Rum

Day 8 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with Royal Jordanian Airlines. (B)

Aqaba

This tour highlights the rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes of Jordan. The journey takes in the fantastically preserved classical city of Jerash, the biblical site of Mount Nebo, and Petra, the rock city lost to the world for a millennium that was recently classified as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The shifting sands of Wadi Rum and the curative waters of the Dead Sea complete your exploration of this country. Day 1 To Amman: Fly from London to Amman with Royal Jordanian Airlines. Transfer to the Amman Marriott Hotel for 2 nights. (N) Day 2 Jerash & Amman: Morning tour of the ancient city of Jerash. Afternoon tour of Amman, visiting the citadel and Roman theatre. (B, L, D) Day 3 To Petra: Travel along the King’s Way,

Wadi Rum

visiting Madaba, home to a Byzantine mosaic map of the region, Mount Nebo, from where Moses first viewed the Holy Land, and the 12th century Crusader castle of Kerak. Continue to Petra and stay 3 nights at the Petra Marriott Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 4 Petra: Take a guided tour of Petra, the ‘rose-red’ city rediscovered by J.L. Burckhardt in 1812. Enter the city through the Siq canyon, which opens out in front of the dramatic Treasury tomb. (B, D) Day 5 Petra: Today you will return to the main site with your guide. Evening visit to ‘Petra by Candlelight’. (B, D)

SPLENDOURS OF JORDAN Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

ESCORTED GROUP

SPJ

Splendours of Jordan

7

1395

1495

1545

1495

1475

1495

1545

1525

445

n/a

SPJWRA

+ Desert Adventure

7

1810

1890

1940

1890

1890

1890

1940

1930

470

800

SPJDEA

+ Dead Sea

9

1590

1740

1790

1730

1670

1740

1790

1760

590

630

SPJSEA

+ Red & Dead Sea

9

1730

1890

1940

1890

1810

1890

1940

1920

560

740

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

SPI

Splendours of Jordan

No of 30 Jan & 27 Feb to 03 Apr to 01 May to 12 Jun to 04 Sep to 02 Oct to 06 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 13 Feb 11 29 Mar 11 26 Apr 11 29 May 11 21 Aug 11 27 Sep 11 30 Oct 11 18 Dec 11 From From

No. of 01 Jan to 01 Mar to 01 Apr to 01 May to 01 Jun to 25 Aug to 01 Oct to 12 Dec to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 28 Feb 11 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 31 May 11 24 Aug 11 30 Sep 11 11 Dec 11 21 Dec 11 From From

7

1795

1875

1925

1875

1795

1895

1925

1845

475

795

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- SPJ: 27 Feb to 29 Mar, 03 Apr to 26 Apr, 01 May to 29 May, 04 Sep to 27 Sep, 02 Oct to 30 Oct & 06 Nov to 18 Dec £545 SPJDEA: 27 Feb to 29 Mar, 03 Apr to 26 Apr, 01 May to 29 May, 04 Sep to 27 Sep, 02 Oct to 30 Oct & 06 Nov to 18 Dec £740 SPJSEA: 27 Feb to 29 Mar, 03 Apr to 26 Apr, 01 May to 29 May, 04 Sep to 27 Sep, 02 Oct to 30 Oct & 06 Nov to 18 Dec £720 SPI: 01 Mar to 31 May & 25 Aug 11 Dec £575 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- SPJDEA: 27 Feb to 29 Mar, 03 Apr to 26 Apr, 01 May to 29 May, 04 Sep to 27 Sep, 02 Oct to 30 Oct & 06 Nov to 18 Dec £770 SPJSEA: 27 Feb to 29 Mar, 03 Apr to 26 Apr, 01 May to 29 May, 04 Sep to 27 Sep, 02 Oct to 30 Oct & 06 Nov to 18 Dec £890 SPI: 01 Mar to 31 May & 25 Aug to 11 Dec £895 On extensions all transfers are shared with other group members. SPI: Price includes entrance fees and local guides at Jerash & Petra. Petra by Candlelight is not included for Private Journeys. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Extensions: Please see pages 58 & 59 for suggested extension itineraries. Note: This tour involves walking over rough terrain. At Petra, visiting the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice requires a steep climb. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability. The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. ROYAL JORDANIAN FLIGHT UPGRADE ( Crown Class: From £1,395 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  125 per person return* bmi To/From London Heathrow Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Belfast • Aberdeen * All prices subject to availability

2011 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Sun/Tues) 30 Jan 13 Feb 27 Feb 06 Mar 08 Mar* 13 Mar 15 Mar* 20 Mar 22 Mar* 27 Mar 29 Mar* 03 Apr 05 Apr* 10 Apr 12 Apr* 17 Apr 19 Apr* 24 Apr 26 Apr* 01 May 08 May 15 May 22 May 29 May 12 Jun 26 Jun

Rtn (Sun/Tues) 06 Feb 20 Feb 06 Mar 13 Mar 15 Mar 20 Mar 22 Mar 27 Mar 29 Mar 03 Apr 05 Apr 10 Apr 12 Apr 17 Apr 19 Apr 24 Apr 26 Apr 01 May 03 May 08 May 15 May 22 May 29 May 05 Jun 19 Jun 03 Jul

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Out (Sun/Tues) 31 Jul 21 Aug 04 Sep 06 Sep* 11 Sep 13 Sep* 18 Sep 20 Sep* 25 Sep 27 Sep* 02 Oct 04 Oct* 09 Oct 11 Oct* 16 Oct 18 Oct* 23 Oct 25 Oct* 30 Oct 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 27 Nov 04 Dec 11 Dec 18 Dec

Rtn (Sun/Tues) 07 Aug 28 Aug 11 Sep 13 Sep 18 Sep 20 Sep 25 Sep 27 Sep 02 Oct 04 Oct 09 Oct 11 Oct 16 Oct 18 Oct 23 Oct 25 Oct 30 Oct 01 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 27 Nov 04 Dec 11 Dec 18 Dec 25 Dec


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Extensions

Splendours of Jordan TOUR + DESERT ADVENTURE 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,810 Experience a night in the desert of Wadi Rum. Please see page 62 for more information on Wadi Rum and the desert camp. Day 6 To Wadi Rum: Transfer with the group to Wadi Rum. Leave the group and take a 5 hour jeep tour of the desert. Overnight at the desert camp (B, L, D) Day 7 To Dead Sea: Transfer to the Dead Sea and stay overnight at Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa. (B) Day 8 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with Royal Jordanian Airlines. (B) Note: Accommodation and facilities at the camp are very basic. There is no electricity and ablution facilities are shared. Your tent will include a camp style bed, mattress, sheets and blankets. Dinner and breakfast will be taken in the communal Bedouin tent. Wadi Rum

TOUR + RED & DEAD SEA 10 Days / 9 Nights from £1,730 With its clean, sandy beaches and clear waters, Aqaba is an ideal location to relax at the end of a holiday and it can be easily combined with a stay at the Dead Sea.The Mövenpick Resort Tala Bay has a wide range of leisure facilities with over 3,000 sqm of swimming pools, a shopping arcade, a Zara spa and numerous restaurant and dining options. Day 6 To Aqaba: Following your jeep excursion at Wadi Rum, leave the group and transfer by road to Aqaba. Stay 2 nights at the Mövenpick Tala Bay, Aqaba. (B) Day 7 Aqaba: At leisure in Aqaba. (B) Day 8 To Dead Sea: Morning transfer to the Dead Sea. Stay for 2 nights at the Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa. (B) Day 9 Dead Sea: At leisure. (B) Day 10 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with Royal Jordanian Airlines. (B)

Beach, Aqaba

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Jordan Valley Marriot Dead Sea Resort

TOUR + DEAD SEA 10 Days / 9 Nights from ÂŁ1,590 This extension provides an opportunity to stay longer at the Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa. Day 8 Dead Sea: Stay for a further 2 nights at the Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa. (B) Day 9 Dead Sea: At leisure. (B) Day 10 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with Royal Jordanian Airlines. (B) Dead Sea

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IN STYLE Luxury Private Journey • 7 Days / 6 Nights from £1,995 Four Seasons Hotel Amman • Junior Suite at Petra • Evason Ma’In

This private chauffeur-driven tour of Jordan includes a guided tour of the Nabataean city of Petra and a visit to the stunning red desert of Wadi Rum whilst staying in some of the countries finest properties; the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, the well-located Mövenpick Hotel in Petra and the beautiful Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa close to the Dead Sea . Day 1 To Amman: Fly from London to Amman with Royal Jordanian Airlines. Transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel (Superior Room) for 2 nights. (N)

Jordan In Style Code PRIVATE JOURNEY JIS

Jordan In Style

Departures on or between

Evason Ma’In Spa,

Petra

Day 2 Amman: Today is at leisure or prebook a guided tour to Jerash or walking tour of Amman. Please see the Jordan Tailor-Made pages for excursion ideas or speak to your tour consultant for more suggestions. (B)

Day 4 Petra: Guided tour of the spectacular ancient city of Petra. (B)

Day 3 To Petra: Travel along the King’s Way, visiting Madaba, home to a Byzantine mosaic map of the region and Mount Nebo, from where Moses first viewed the Holy Land. Continue to Petra via the Crusader castles of Kerak or Shobak. Stay 2 nights at the Mövenpick Resort, Petra. (Junior Suite). (B)

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 08 Jan to 01 Mar to 01 Apr to 01 May to 01 Jul to 01 Sep to 01 Oct to 01 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 28 Feb 11 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 30 Jun 11 31 Aug 11 30 Sep 11 31 Oct 11 16 Dec 11 From From

6

2025

2075

2175

1995

2095

2075

2175

2095

715

Day 5 To Ma’In: Morning drive to Wadi Rum for a 4 x 4 excursion into the desert. This afternoon, transfer to Ma’In and stay for 2 nights at the Evason Ma’In Hot Springs (B) Day 6 Ma’In: Day at leisure or take a treatment at the Six Senses Spa. (B) Day 7 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with Royal Jordanian Airlines. (B) Note: This tour involves walking over rough terrain. At Petra, visiting the Monastery and Place of Sacrifice requires a steep climb.

1115

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- JIS: 01 Mar to 30 Apr & 01 Sep to 31 Oct £775 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- JIS: 01 Mar to 30 Apr & 01 Sep to 16 Dec £1175 JIS: Includes entrance fees and local guides in Jerash and Petra. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

ROYAL JORDANIAN FLIGHT UPGRADE ( Crown Class: From £1,295 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  125 per person return* bmi To/From London Heathrow Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Belfast • Aberdeen * All prices subject to availability

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ANCIENT & WILD DISCOVERY TOUR Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,745 Walking Tour of Amman • Dana Nature Reserve This tour of Jordan offers an opportunity to experience the wilder side of the country, ideal for second time visitors or those looking to explore further off the beaten track. The itinerary focuses on Jordan’s natural beauty and, with a walk through Dana Nature Reserve, you will experience some of the country’s most varied and dramatic scenery. Day 1 To Amman: Fly from London to Amman with bmi. Transfer to the Al Qasr Metropole Hotel for 3 nights. (N) Day 2 Amman: Morning walking tour of Amman with lunch at Iraq Al Amir, a handicraft project run by the local community. (B, L) Day 3 Amman: Today is at leisure or prebook a walk along the Al Ayoun trail, north of Amman, or visit Madaba and Mount Nebo. Please see the Jordan Tailor-Made pages for excursion ideas or speak to your tour consultant for more suggestions. (B) Day 4 To Feynan: Early morning drive to Dana. Full day 15 km hike along the Wadi Dana trail to Feynan. Stay at the Feynan Eco Lodge for 1 night. (B, L, D)

The Monastery, Petra

Day 8 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with bmi. (B)

Day 9 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with bmi. (B)

TOUR + WADI RUM CAMP

Discovery Tour:  This tour should be considered adventurous and involves walking over rough terrain with some steep ascents and descents; a good level of fitness is required for the hike in Dana. At Petra, visiting the Monastery and Place of Sacrifice requires a steep climb. Accommodation in Petra has been chosen for its character and should be considered basic. Feynan Eco Lodge should be considered very basic and does not have electricity and at night is lit entirely by candlelight. Please see page 9 for more information on Discovery Tours.

Day 5 To Petra: Morning drive to Petra. Afternoon at leisure. Stay at Beit Zaman for 2 nights. (B) Day 6 Petra: Today there will be a guided tour of Petra. (B) Day 7 To Amman: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Amman and stay overnight at the Al Qasr Metropole for 1 night. Alternatively drive to Wadi Rum for a 4 x 4 excursion into the desert or visit the Dead Sea en route to Amman. (Supplements apply. Please advise your preference at the time of booking). (B) Jordan: Ancient & Wild Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

Departures on or between

9 Days / 8 Nights from £2,100 This extension provides an opportunity to spend a night in a traditional Bedouin camp in the heart of Wadi Rum. Day 7 To Wadi Rum: Afternoon drive to Wadi Rum for a 4 x 4 excursion into the desert. Stay overnight at a desert camp. (B, D) Day 8 To Amman: Drive to Amman with an option to stop en route at the Dead Sea. Stay overnight at the Al Qasr Metropole for 1 night. (B) Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 08 Jan to 01 Mar to 01 Apr to 26 Apr to 01 Jun to 12 Jul to 18 Aug to 17 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 28 Feb 11 31 Mar 11 25 Apr 11 31 May 11 11 Jul 11 17 Aug 11 16 Nov 11 12 Dec 11 From From

JAW

Jordan: Ancient & Wild

7

1825

1895

1995

1875

1745

1925

1875

1825

265

875

JAWWRA

+ Desert Adventure

8

2180

2250

2350

2230

2100

2280

2230

2180

265

660

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS JAW: Includes entrance fees and local guides in Amman, Jerash and Petra. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Note: Accommodation and facilities at the camp are very basic. There is no electricity and ablution facilities are shared. Your tent will include a camp style bed, mattress, sheets and blankets. Dinner and breakfast will be taken in the communal Bedouin tent. Wadi Rum Camp: Please see page 62 for more information on Wadi Rum and the desert camp experience.

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wadi Rum A night camping in Wadi Rum allows you to witness the stunning sunrises and sunsets over the dunes and moonlike landscape of the desert. This beautiful area comprises natural rock bridges, towering sand dunes and dramatic peaks. Traces of ancient civilizations also exist in the many carved inscriptions to be found throughout the area.

Wadi Rum

BEDOUIN CAMP

STAR GAZING

Your camp, although basic, sits in a beautifully isolated location nestled amongst the red sand dunes of the Wadi Rum desert. Sleeping accommodation is in safari style tents complete with bed, mattress and blankets while meals are taken in a traditional Bedouin style open tent with low seating and tables. The camp has no electricity and at night is lit entirely by candles and gas lights.

With almost no light pollution, once the candles have been blown out the number of stars overhead is breathtaking. With the Milky Way often clearly visible, spending a few minutes gazing skywards is likely to reveal satellites and shooting stars.Visit between mid July and August to coincide with the annual Perseids Meteor shower when as many as 60 meteors per hour may be visible.

EXPLORE ON FOOT BY CAMEL OR JEEP From the relative isolation of the camp it is possible to arrange trips into the surrounding desert. Ideal times to venture out are early morning or late afternoon, perhaps timing your trip with sunrise or sunset. Whether on foot, camel or travelling by 4 x 4 this is a chance to experience the desert described by T.E. Lawrence as ‘vast, echoing and god-like’.

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JORDAN

KEMPINSKI HOTEL ISHTAR, DEAD SEA Situated on the shores of the Dead Sea, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is the most luxurious of the Dead Sea hotels. Set on a private beach in gardens dotted with lagoons and waterfalls, the resort is divided into two sections. The main building offers 201 large and stylishly modern rooms while the second section of the hotel, inspired by Babylonian design, comprises 117 rooms and suites carved in local stone.. The hotel has a choice of bars and restaurants there are also nine outdoor swimming pools, a health club and tennis courts. The Anantara Spa is the largest in the Middle East.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with bmi, private transfers, accommodation in a superior room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,075 in the low season (July) and from £1,195 in the high season (Sept). The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Amman and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

ANANTARA SPA

PETRA DAY TRIP

DEAD SEA

On the shores of the world’s oldest natural spa, the Anantara Spa covers 10,000 sq metres and with 20 treatment rooms and 28 spa suites is the largest in the Middle East. A comprehensive range of treatments includes Ayurvedic, local salt and mud therapies and a host of body treatments. There is also a Moroccan hammam, yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates available.

Travel by private car (4 hours) to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and explore this fascinating rock-hewn city. Walk down through the ‘Siq’, a huge crack in the Nubian sandstone, to ‘The Treasury’, and the city beyond. The hills which protect the buildings and tombs, make this an extraordinarily peaceful place.

Surrounded by mountains and hills, the Dead Sea is the deepest saline lake in the world at 420 metres below sea level and 300 metres deep. It has been an important landmark for centuries and is also famous for its many natural therapeutic products and the benefits of bathing in the waters.

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Cox & Kings can offer fully tailor-made tours to Jordan that allow you to create your ideal holiday, travelling at your own pace and spending more time exploring the sites and cities that appeal to you. Royal Jordanian Airlines and bmi fly daily into Amman and there is a daily internal flight connecting Amman with the Red Sea resort town of Aqaba. Jordan’s size means that many of its major sites can be combined in a week-long itinerary, while long weekends at the Dead Sea or Petra are ideal for those with limited time. Combining several of the countries in the region in a ‘Grand Tour’ is also possible, with good transport links between Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Please contact Cox & Kings to discuss further ideas with one of our experts, or refer to our website for full itineraries and details of our preferred properties in Jordan.

Jerash

ROMAN CHARIOT EXPERIENCE, JERASH

WALKING TOUR OF AMMAN

North of Amman lie the ruins of the GraecoRoman city of Jerash, sometimes known as the Pompeii of the East and built over 2,000 years ago. With its wide colonnaded streets and amphitheatre, a visit here is like stepping back in time. In the huge hippodrome there are displays of Roman Army drills and battle tactics featuring legionaries in full armour and a re-enactment of a classical chariot race.

Exploring downtown Amman on foot, provides an opportunity to experience city life first hand, take a tour of the ‘Soap House’ a locally run project that produces handmade beauty products and then stop for a falafel before visiting the citadel. Take a short drive to the handicraft village at Iraq al Amir where local women demonstrate weaving and pottery making.

THE ‘DESERT CASTLES’ East of Amman are Jordan’s desert castles, beautiful examples of Islamic art and architecture. With fine mosaics and frescoes they can be visited as a day trip from the capital. Qasr Amra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its interior walls and ceilings are covered with colourful frescoes. Qasr Kharaneh, Qasr Al-Tuba and Qasr AlHallabat have also been restored and are all in excellent condition.

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JORDAN

THE RUINS OF UMM QAIS & PELLA

THE AL AYOUN TRAIL

PETRA BY CANDLELIGHT

The ruins lie in the Jordan Valley to the north of Amman. This region of Jordan is home to many farms and the green landscape is a stark contrast to the more barren south. Both sites lie off the main tourist trail and in many instances you may have the sites to yourself.

This 12 km trail in the northern highlands of Jordan may be taken as a day trip while staying in Amman. The trail takes you through some of the country’s most picturesque scenery, passing through many small towns and provides an opportunity to interact with locals and dine in a local home.

Don’t miss the opportunity to return to the site after sunset to experience what is regularly listed as one of the highlights of any visit to Petra. This mesmerizing evening experience involves a walk down the candle lit ‘Siq’ to the Treasury where the forecourt is illuminated by thousands of candles.

MADABA & MOUNT NEBO

THE BAPTISM SITE AT BETHANY

PETRA KITCHEN

For those travelling from Amman to the south, the town of Madaba is home to a famous Byzantine mosaic map of the region. Nearby is Mount Nebo believed to be the site of Moses’Tomb and the place from where he first sighted the Promised Land.

Located on the River Jordan, and an excellent day trip if staying at the Dead Sea, is the peaceful site of John the Baptist’s settlement at ‘Bethany Beyond The Jordan’.This is the site which is described in the New Testament as where Jesus was baptized.

Learn how to cook traditional Jordanian food from local chefs at an evening at the ‘Petra Kitchen’. Each meal will include soup, hot and cold mezze and a main course. End your evening by dining on the food you have prepared.

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MARRIOTT HOTEL AMMAN

MARRIOTT HOTEL PETRA

JORDAN VALLEY MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA, DEAD SEA

This renowned 5-star hotel is located in one of the capital’s busiest centres, Shmeissani, offering easy access to the historical sites and cultural attractions of this fascinating ancient city.

The Petra Marriott Hotel is a stylish hotel, overlooking the dramatic Petra Valley. Located just 5 minutes drive from the site of Petra; there is a free shuttle service, allowing guests to explore this fascinating site at their leisure.

The Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa is a stunning property located on the east shore of the Dead Sea. Surrounded by rugged mountains, this luxurious resort has a private beach and is set in lush gardens dotted with a series of swimming pools.

Each of the 293 rooms, including 21 executive suites and 4 royal suites, are tastefully furnished and well equipped. The hotel’s dining options include Villa Mediterrano, the Library Lounge and Cigar Bar, the Champion Sports Bar and Restaurant and the Piano Lounge. Leisure facilities include a fully equipped health club, an outdoor swimming pool, an indoor hydro pool, a sauna, a steam room and whirlpool.

The hotel’s guest areas and the 100 air conditioned rooms are well furnished and feature large windows, making the most of the stunning views. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a spa specialising in Turkish baths with a steam room and sauna and a private cinema. A choice of dining options include Italian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine and a bar, which is a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset views.

Most of the 250 guest rooms and suites are sea facing and some have a private balcony or terrace. The hotel features a variety of dining options including an outdoor barbecue terrace with magnificent views of the Dead Sea and the Champions Sports Bar offering a combination of dining and games in a casual atmosphere.The spa is an integral part of the resort, allowing guests a chance to relax and rejuvenate. Other leisure facilities include a fitness centre, sauna, solarium and tennis courts.

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HOTELS

Jordan

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AMMAN

AL QASR METROPOLE AMMAN

MÖVENPICK RESORT PETRA

Renowned for its excellent service, this luxurious hotel is set on top of one of Amman’s seven hills, with spectacular views over the city. The rooms are contemporary in style and include modern amenities. The hotel features a luxurious spa and wellness centre, which offers a variety of treatments based on mud from the Dead Sea.

The Al Qasr Metropole Hotel is located in the Shmeisani district of Amman. With 70 modern, well-equipped rooms, a fine dining restaurant and a rooftop restaurant with lovely panoramic views of the city, this 4 star property offers excellent value for clients staying in the capital.

Located only a few minutes walk from the entrance to the site, the Mövenpick Resort is one of Petra’s best hotels. The hotel interiors are traditional in style yet feature modern facilities. The roof garden is an ideal location for afterdinner drinks on warmer evenings and has magnificent views, particularly at sunset.

BEIT ZAMAN PETRA

EVASON MA’IN HOT SPRINGS near madaba

MÖVENPICK RESORT TALA BAY, AQABA

Located just 2km from the site of Petra, Beit Zaman is a renovated 19th century village with winding alleys and streets. Accommodation is spread around the ‘village’ and all rooms are furnished with authentic local crafts. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool.

264m below sea level, Ma’In Hot Springs is the site for the Evason Ma’In Hot Springs. Set like an oasis in the dramatic terrain, the resort is surrounded by mountains and natural hot springs. The hotel has 97 rooms and suites and facilities include a cliff top restaurant, swimming pool, gym and extensive spa.

The Mövenpick Resort Tala Bay is a modern hotel with 306 rooms, located 15 minutes from the city of Aqaba. With several dining options, a range of leisure facilities and several swimming pools, this is the ideal choice for families looking to relax and enjoy the beaches and warm waters of the Red Sea.

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JORDAN & SYRIA Escorted Group or Private Journey • 11 Days / 10 Nights from £1,995 Ancient Petra • Souqs of Damascus • Palmyra’s Temple of Bel

✈ Aleppo Lake Al-Assad

Lattakia

Euphra

Deir ez-Zour

Hama Crac des Chevaliers

tes Riv er

Palmyra

Mosque, Azem Palace, the tiny Chapel of Ananias and the maze of covered souqs. (B, D)

✈ Damascus

Day 3 To Palmyra: Morning drive to Palmyra. Afternoon tour of Palmyra. Stay overnight at the Dedeman Hotel, Palmyra or similar. (B, D)

Bosra Jerash

✈ Amman

Azraq

Mount Nebo Madaba

Day 4 To Aleppo via Hama & Apamea: Complete your sightseeing of Palmyra before driving to Aleppo, stopping en route at the Graeco-Roman site of Apamea and Hama. Stay at the Beit Salahieh, Aleppo for 2 nights. (B, D)

Dead

Sea

“Explore the most spectacular ancient sites and desert scenery of Jordan and Syria on one inspiring Journey.”

Dana Petra

Day 8 To Petra: Morning departure along the ancient King’s Way to Petra, via Madaba, Mount Nebo and Kerak. Stay 2 nights at the Petra Marriott Hotel. (B, D) Day 9 Petra: Full day visit to Petra. This ancient Nabataean city has been carved out of pink sandstone cliffs and dates back over 2,000 years. (B, D) Day 10 Wadi Rum & Amman: Morning drive to Wadi Rum for an exploration of the desert by 4 x 4 jeep. Later this afternoon, drive to Amman and stay overnight at the Amman Marriott Hotel. (B, D) Day 11 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with bmi. (B)

Wadi Rum Aqaba

Jordan and Syria contain some of the finest classical sites, dramatic Crusader castles and vibrant souqs in the Middle East. Syria was influenced by the Classical Mediterranean world, as seen at Palmyra, whereas Jordan’s greatest legacy is Petra, built by the Nabataeans. The tour also explores the region’s religious heritage, visiting the Crusader castles of Kerak and Crac des Chevaliers. Day 1 To Damascus: Fly from London to Damascus with bmi. Transfer to the Turquoise Hotel for 2 nights. (N) Day 2 Damascus: Today is spent exploring Syria’s capital city, visiting the Umayyad

Day 5 St Simeon’s & Aleppo: Morning drive to the Church of St. Simeon, where the saint allegedly lived chained to the top of a stone column for 42 years. Return to Aleppo to tour this beautiful city, dominated by the huge citadel, and explore the souqs. (B, D) Day 6 To Damascus via Crac des Chevaliers & Maalula: Morning drive to the castle of Crac des Chevaliers. Continue to the village of Maalula where Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still spoken. Stay for 1 night at the Safir Al Sayedah Zeinab, Damascus. (B, D) Day 7 Bosra, Jerash & Amman: Morning departure for Bosra, famous for its Roman theatre. Continue into Jordan, visiting the wellpreserved Graeco-Roman city of Jerash. Stay at the Amman Marriott Hotel for 1 night. (B, D)

Note: This tour involves some long drives, walking over rough terrain. At Petra, visiting the Monastery and Place of Sacrifice requires a steep climb. Accommodation in Damascus and Aleppo is in traditonal styled hotels. In other Syrian cities accomodation should be considered 4-star. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability.The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

EXTENSION TOUR + DEAD SEA 12 Days / 11 Nights from £2,200 This extension provides an opportunity to relax at the end of your tour with 2 nights on the Dead Sea.

Kerak

Day 10  Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea: Leave the group at Wadi Rum and drive to the Dead Sea. Stay for 2 nights at the Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa. (B) Day 11 Dead Sea: At leisure. (B) Day 12 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with bmi. (B)

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The Great Colonnade, Palmyra Jordan and Syria THE ANCIENT LANDS Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

Code

ESCORTED GROUP

TAL

The Ancient Lands

TALDEA

+ Dead Sea

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

TAI

The Ancient Lands

No of 12 Feb 05 Mar & 02 Apr to 28 May nights 11 19 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 11

17 Sep 11

01 Oct 15 Oct & 19 Nov Single Supp Sole Supp 11 29 Oct 11 11 From From

10

1995

2125

2145

2125

2145

2095

2125

2095

555

n/a

11

2200

2380

2400

2330

2400

2350

2380

2350

880

780

No. of 09 Jan to 25 Feb to 04 Apr to 20 Apr to 0 6 Jun to 12 Jul to 28 Aug to 01 Oct to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 24 Feb 11 03 Apr 11 19 Apr 11 05 Jun 11 11 Jul 11 27 Aug 11 30 Sep 11 13 Dec 11 From From

10

3245

3395

3445

3395

3195

3275

3375

3395

735

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS

1995

bmi FLIGHT UPGRADE ( Business Class: From £1,195 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £55 per person return* bmi To/From London Heathrow Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Aberdeen • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- TAL: 05 Mar, 19 Mar, 02 Apr to 30 Apr, 28 May, 17 Sep, 01 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct & 19 Nov £625 TALDEA: 05 Mar, 19 Mar, 02 Apr to 30 Apr, 17 Sep, 01 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct & 19 Nov £1050 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- TALDEA: 05 Mar, 19 Mar, 02 Apr to 30 Apr, 17 Sep, 01 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct & 19 Nov £900 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

2011 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Sat) 12 Feb 05 Mar 19 Mar 02 Apr 16 Apr 30 Apr

Rtn (Tues) 22 Feb 15 Mar 29 Mar 12 Apr 26 Apr 10 May

Out (Sat) 28 May 17 Sep 01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Oct 19 Nov

Rtn (Tues) 07 Jun 27 Sep 11 Oct 25 Oct 08 Nov 29 Nov

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SYRIA

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 10 Days / 9 Nights from £1,695 Temple of Bel at Palmyra • Crac des Chevaliers • Souqs of Aleppo

✈ Aleppo Lake Al-Assad

Lattakia

Euphra

tes Riv er

Deir ez-Zour

Hama Crac des Chevaliers

“Syria abounds with archaeology and culture, with Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Arab sites to explore.”

Palmyra

✈ Damascus Bosra

Syria is a country where visitors trip over history, so extensive are the remains of the many civilizations that have held sway in the region. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, early Christians, Crusaders and Arabs have all left their mark with temples, arcades, churches, castles and mosques. This tour offers an excellent insight into the country’s fascinating history.

Day 9 Damascus: This morning, continue your sightseeing of Damascus. This afternoon is spent at leisure to allow time for shopping in the extensive souqs. (B)

the church of St. Simeon, where the stylite sat atop his pillar for 42 years. Afternoon tour of Aleppo. (B, D)

Day 10 To London: Transfer to the airport. Fly from Damascus to London with bmi. (B)

Day 5 To Apamea, Hama & Homs: Drive to the Graeco-Roman site of Apamea. Continue to Homs via Hama, noted for its huge wooden waterwheels. Stay overnight at the Safir Hotel, Homs. (B, L, D)

Note: This tour involves some long drives and walking over rough terrain. Accommodation in Damascus and Aleppo is in traditional styled hotels. In other cities the accommodation should be considered 4 star.

Day 6 To Palmyra: Morning drive to the oasis city of Palmyra for an afternoon tour. Stay overnight at the Dedeman Hotel, Palmyra. (B, L, D)

Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability. The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

Day 7 To Damascus: Continue sightseeing in Palmyra this morning and then drive to Damascus, stopping en route in the village of Maalula where Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still spoken. Stay for 3 nights at the Beit Zaman Hotel, Damascus. (B)

Day 1 To Damascus: Fly from London to Damascus with bmi. Transfer to the Safir Al Sayedah Zeinab for immediate occupancy. (N)

Day 8 Bosra & Damascus: Morning visit to Bosra, famous for its Roman theatre. Afternoon tour of Damascus. (B, D)

EXTENSIONS

Day 2 To Crac des Chevaliers & Lattakia: Late morning drive to visit the imposing Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers. Continue to Lattakia and visit the ancient coastal city of Ugarit. Stay overnight at the Afamia Rotana Resort. (B, L, D)

Extend your tour with a two night stay in Syria’s capital, the ancient city of Damascus.

Day 3 To Saladin’s Castle, Serjilla & Aleppo: Morning drive to Aleppo via Saladin’s castle and the ruins of Serjilla, one of the many ‘Cities of the Dead’. Stay 2 nights at Beit Salahieh, Aleppo. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Damascus: Stay for a further 2 nights at the Beit Zaman Hotel. (B) Day 11 Damascus: At leisure. (B) Day 12 To London: Transfer to the airport. Fly from Damascus to London with bmi. (B)

TOUR + DAMASCUS 12 Days / 11 Nights from £2,030

Day 4 Aleppo & St. Simeon: Morning visit to

Water wheels, Hama

SyriA: Journey to Palmyra Departures on or between Code

ESCORTED GROUP

HSY

Syria: Journey to Palmyra

HSYDAM + Damascus

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

HSI

Syria: Journey to Palmyra

No of 04 Feb to 15 Apr nights 25 Mar 11 11

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

29 Apr 11

27 May & 03 Jun 11

09 Sep 23 Sep & 21 Oct 11 07 Oct 11 11

11 Nov Single Supp Sole Supp 11 From From

9

1795

1925

1695

1895

1895

1825

1895

1795

485

n/a

11

2130

2260

2030

2230

2230

2160

2230

2130

640

740

No. of 10 Jan to 01 Mar to 26 Mar to 03 Apr to 10 Jun to 01 Jul to 15 Aug to 01 Sep to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 28 Feb 11 25 Mar 11 02 Apr 11 09 Jun 11 30 Jun 11 14 Aug 11 31 Aug 11 13 Dec 11 From From

9

3295

3395

3495

3395

3195

3295

3195

3395

695

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- HSI: 01 Mar to 09 Jun & 01 Sep to 13 Dec £2195 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

1995

bmi FLIGHT UPGRADE ( Business Class: From £995 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £55 per person return* bmi To/From London Heathrow Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Aberdeen • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

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syria

Cox & Kings can offer fully tailor-made tours to Syria that allow you to create your ideal holiday, travelling at your own pace and spending more time exploring the sites and cities that appeal to you. bmi fly daily into Damascus and the land borders to Lebanon and Jordan are easily accessible from Damascus. Please contact Cox & Kings to discuss further ideas with one of our experts, or refer to our website for suggested itineraries and details of our preferred properties in Syria.

Palmyra

THE SOUQS OF ALEPPO

SYRIA’S CRUSADER HERITAGE

BOSRA’S ANCIENT AMPHITHEATRE

Aleppo is Syria’s second largest city – its showpiece is the towering citadel that dominates the skyline. It competes with Damascus for being the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city and is home to a fascinating mixture of cultures. Wide tree-lined avenues create a European feel, in contrast to the many covered souqs and caravanserais. The souqs of Aleppo are even more chaotic than those of Damascus and offer fantastic shopping opportunities.

Throughout the country, in defensive positions on hillsides and cliffs, are the remains of numerous forts built during the times of the Crusaders. Marqab and Masyaf, although less famous castles, are as equally impressive as the must-see Crac des Chevaliers, described by T E Lawrence as ‘the best preserved and most wholly admirable castle in the world’ and the castle of Saladin (Qala’at Salah adDin) a huge fortress, perched on a ridge overlooking the surrounding valleys.

The city of Bosra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a Roman amphitheatre, built in the 2nd century AD. Unlike many others of its time, which were built into a hillside, Bosra’s theatre is freestanding and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and well preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. It can seat up to 15,000 spectators and is still used today for the annual arts festival.

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The area around Aleppo is dotted with Byzantine ruins, termed the ‘Dead Cities’ by archaeologists. There are estimated to be hundreds of separate sites, ranging from single monuments to eerie ghost towns, complete with stone-built houses, bath-buildings and churches. For unknown reasons the Byzantine villages were practically all abandoned in the 9th or 10th centuries.

THE ‘DEAD CITIES’

EASTERN SYRIA & THE EUPHRATES

THE RUINS OF PALMYRA

To the far east of the country, a full day’s drive from Aleppo via the walled city of Resafe and the remains of Halabiye, lies the mighty Euphrates River and the city of Deir Ez-Zour. A stay here provides an opportunity to visit the Hellenistic fortress city of Doura Europos and the Mesopotamian site of Mari.

Situated in the heart of the eastern desert lies the legendary city of Palmyra, now a UNESCO heritage site.The ruins remaining today are magnificent and include the Temple of Bel, the Great Colonnade, the theatre and the underground tombs. Perched on a hill above the city stands a beautiful ruined Arab castle that affords fantastic views of the site.

THE UMAYYAD MOSQUE DAMASCUS

THE MONASTERY OF MAR MUSA

THE NORIA’S OF HAMA

Damascus is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities. The old city is surrounded by the original Roman city wall and has remained unchanged for centuries. At its heart is the beautifully decorated Umayyad Mosque. and souqs full of fragrant scents, spices and colourful merchandise.

This isolated monastery is located north of Damascus on top of a steep hillside and reached by a steep winding stairway. Restored in the 1980’s and now inhabited by a small group of nuns and monks dedicated to interfaith dialogue, the church interior is decorated with frescoes that date from the 11th and 12th century..

Hama is a picturesque city, built on the banks of the Orontes River. The main attraction are the ‘norias’, large wooden water wheels up to 20 metres in diameter, which were built several centuries ago to provide water for the town and irrigation for the surrounding farmlands.

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LAND OF THE PHOENICIANS

LEBANON

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 7 Days / 6 Nights from £1,025 Phoenician Byblos • Jeita Grotto • Roman Temples at Baalbek

“Stunning scenery, world-class cuisine and magnificent ancient sites are all accessible from vibrant Beirut.”

Tripoli Byblos

Baalbek

✈ Beirut

Zahle Anjar Beiteddine

and Jounieh before driving to Byblos. Spend the afternoon exploring the town with its Crusader castle and pretty fishing harbour. (B)

Sidon

Day 4 Cedars Of Lebanon & Tripoli: Drive north to the famous Cedars of Lebanon then on to Tripoli to visit the Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles. (B)

Tyre

Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability.The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

Day 1 To Beirut: Fly from London to Beirut with Middle East Airlines. Transfer to the Commodore Hotel, Beirut for 4 nights. (N)

EXTENSION

Day 2 Beirut & Sidon: Morning tour of Beirut including the National Museum and the heart of the city, beautifully restored by Solideré. This afternoon drive south to Sidon to visit the castle built in the harbour by the Crusaders. (B)

TOUR + BEIRUT 9 Days / 8 Nights from £1,240 This extension provides an opportunity to stay on in Beirut, with time at leisure to further explore this fascinating city, or relax and enjoy the Mövenpick Hotel’s extensive facilities.

Day 3 Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos: Morning visit to the spectacular Jeita Grotto. Continue to Harissa to see the fine views over Beirut LAND OF THE PHOENICIANS: Lebanon

ESCORTED GROUP

HOL

Land of the Phoenicians

HOLBEY + Beirut

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

HOI

Land of the Phoenicians

No of 18 Mar nights 11

Sea Castle, Sidon

Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room 08 Apr 11

22 Apr 11

06 May 11

16 Sep 11

30 Sep 11

14 Oct 11

18 Nov Single Supp Sole Supp 11 From From

6

1095

1075

1105

1055

1025

1095

1075

1095

295

n/a

8

1310

1290

1320

1270

1240

1310

1290

1310

490

500

No. of 06 Jan to 11 Apr to 23 Apr to 01 Aug to 18 Sep to 26 Sep to 03 Nov to 17 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 28 Feb 11 22 Apr 11 11 Jun 11 24 Aug 11 25 Sep 11 02 Nov 11 16 Nov 11 16 Dec 11 From From

6

1895

2095

1825

Day 6 To Beirut: Morning drive to the Palace of Beiteddine with its richly decorated rooms and mosaic collection. Continue to the pretty village of Deir al-Qamar before driving to Beirut. Stay overnight at the Mövenpick Hotel & Resort, Beirut (Courtyard View Room). (B) Day 7 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Beirut to London with Middle East Airlines. (B)

Lebanon is a jewel of the Levant; a captivating mix of coastal and mountain scenery, dotted with important and impressive historic remains. This journey takes in the highlights, visiting the Phoenician ports of Byblos and Sidon, the bustling cosmopolitan capital of Beirut and the spectacular Roman remains of Baalbeck.

Code

Day 5 To Anjar, Baalbek & Zahlé: This morning drive into the Bekaa Valley to the fortified city of Anjar, once a popular hunting resort for the Umayyads. Continue to the Ksara Winery. Afternoon tour of Baalbek, whose Roman temples are among the most impressive in the world. Stay at the Grand Hotel Kadri, Zahlé. (B, D)

2195

2095

1795

2095

1795

375

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- HOI: 11 Apr to 22 Apr, 01 Aug to 24 Aug, 18 Sep to 25 Sep & 03 Nov to 16 Nov £575 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- HOI: 11 Apr to 22 Apr, 01 Aug to 24 Aug, 18 Sep to 25 Sep & 03 Nov to 16 Nov £1295 Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Day 7 Beirut: Stay for a further 2 nights at the Mövenpick Hotel & Resort, Beirut (Courtyard View Room). (B) Day 8 Beirut: At leisure. (B) Day 9 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Beirut to London with Middle East Airlines. (B)

1095

MIDDLE EAST AIRLINE FLIGHT UPGRADES ( Business Class: From £895 per person return*

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A Journey to Jerusalem

israel

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,995 The Ancient City of Jerusalem • The Galilee • Masada • The Dead Sea Day 8 To London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Tel Aviv and fly with British Airways to London. (B) Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. It is also possible to visit Jerusalem or Tel Aviv for a Short Break, please contact Cox & Kings for Short Break and Private Journey prices.

EXTENSIONS Acre

TOUR + JERUSALEM 10 Days / 9 Nights from £2,390

This comprehensive tour contrasts the modern city of Tel Aviv with the fascinating holy city of Jerusalem and the biblical and historic sites that lie around the Sea of Galilee. Experience life on a traditional kibbutz and end your stay in Jerusalem’s landmark hotel The King David. Day 1 To Tel Aviv: Fly from London to Tel Aviv with British Airways. On arrival, transfer to the Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv for 1 night. (N). Day 2 To Galilee:This morning visit the historic port of Jaffa before driving north to Galilee. En route visit the ruins of the Roman city of Caesarea, the town of Haifa with its ornate Bahai Shrine and Gardens and the Crusader city of Acre. Stay at the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel for 2 nights. (B, D) Day 3 Galilee: Full day tour of the Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee including the Mount of Beatitudes, from where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount, Capernaum, and Tabgha, site of the Miracle of Loaves and Fishes. (B, D)

Day 4 To Jerusalem via Nazareth: Drive to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home, and then to the remains of the Decapolis city of Beit She'an. Continue south to Jerusalem. Stay for 4 nights at the King David Hotel. (B) Day 5 Jerusalem: Full day tour of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Mount of Olives, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Temple Mount and the Western (Wailing) Wall. (B) Day 6 Jerusalem:Visit the Holocaust memorial at Yad VaShem, the Israel Museum and the ‘Shrine of the Book’ where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. This afternoon visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. (B) Day 7 Masada & The Dead Sea: This morning drive to Masada, the famous rock fortress of King Herod and the final stronghold of the Jewish Zealots. Continue to the Dead Sea where there is the opportunity to ‘float’ before returning to Jerusalem. (B, L)

Remain in Jerusalem and further explore the city. Day 8 Jerusalem: Stay for a further 2 nights at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. (B) Day 9 Jerusalem: Day at leisure. (B) Day 10 To London: Morning at leisure. This afternoon transfer to Tel Aviv and fly with British Airways to London. (B)

TOUR + TEL AVIV 10 Days / 9 Nights from £2,350 Relax on the Mediterranean beaches of Tel Aviv at the end of your tour. Day 8 To Tel Aviv: Drive to Tel Aviv and stay for 2 nights at the Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv. (B) Day 9 Tel Aviv: At leisure. (B) Day 10 To London: Morning at leisure. This afternoon transfer to the airport and fly with British Airways to London. (B)

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADE ( World Traveller Plus: From £275 per person return*

A JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

ESCORTED GROUP

BTG

A Journey to Jerusalem

7

1995

2175

2095

2125

2145

2125

2175

2095

725

n/a

BTGJER

+ Jerusalem

9

2390

2570

2490

2520

2540

2520

2570

2490

725

POA

BTGTEL

+ Tel Aviv

9

2350

2530

2450

2480

2500

2480

2530

2450

725

POA

No of 27 Feb nights 11

13 Mar 11

03 Apr 11

01 May 11

12 Jun 11

11 Sep 11

30 Oct 11

13 Nov Single Supp Sole Supp 11 From From

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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Rtn (Sun) 06 Mar 20 Mar 10 Apr 08 May 22 May

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TREASURES OF

IRAN DISCOVERY TOUR

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 9 Days / 8 Nights from £1,795 Islamic Architecture & Monuments • World Heritage City of Isfahan • Palace of Persepolis Mosque with its 476 domes, the Chehel Sotun Palace and Isfahan’s bazaar. (B, D) Mashad Tehran

Isfahan

Shiraz

Yazd

Persepolis

The fantastically rich and varied history of Iran has left a dramatic cultural heritage. This tour reveals the best of that legacy, including the supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemanid capital of Pasargadae and the splendid bas-reliefs of the Palace of Persepolis. Day 1 To Tehran: Overnight flight from London to Tehran with bmi. Transfer to the Laleh Hotel for 2 nights (including immediate occupancy). (N)

Day 8 To Tehran: Drive to Tehran, stopping at Kashan en route to visit the Fin gardens and the former merchants house of Taba-Tabai. Stay overnight at the Laleh Hotel. (B, D)

EXTENSIONS

Day 9 To London: Morning transfer to the airport and fly from Tehran to London with bmi. (B)

11 Days / 10 Nights from £2,620

Note: Iran is an Islamic Republic and visitors are required to conform to the Islamic dress code. For women, it is essential that all the body is covered, except for the hands and face. Please contact Cox & Kings for more details.

The Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashad is one of the holiest sites of Islam. On this two night extension it is possible to enter the outer precincts of the shrine and explore the rest of this fascinating town.

Discovery Tour: Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation in Iran. However, the hotel standard is basic throughout. The tour involves some long drives and walking over rough terrain. Please see page 9 for an explanation about Discovery Tours.

Day 9 To Mashad: Fly from Tehran to Mashad. Afternoon visit to the outer courtyards and museum of the Imam Reza Shrine, the Khaje Rabie Mausoleum and the bazaar. Stay overnight at Homa Hotel. (B, D) Day 10 To Tehran: Morning drive to Robat-eSharaf to visit the royal caravanserai from the Seljuk period. Evening flight to Tehran and stay 1 night at the Laleh Hotel. (B, D) Day 11 To London: Morning transfer to the airport and fly from Tehran to London with bmi. (B)

Day 2 Tehran: Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of the Iranian capital, including the Archaeological Museum and the fabulous Crown Jewels of the Shahs of Iran. (B, D) Day 3 To Shiraz: Fly to Shiraz and take a tour of the city, including the Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, the bazaar and the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine. Stay at the Homa Hotel for 2 nights. (B, D)

TOUR + MASHAD

TOUR + YAZD 12 Days / 11 Nights from £2,710 Visit the city of Yazd, home to many Zoroastrian places of pilgrimage and fire temples. The city was spared devastation from the Mongols and other invaders, and the hot, dry climate has preserved much of the traditional Persian architecture.

Day 4 Persepolis & Nagsh-e-Rostam: Full day visit to Persepolis, Darius the Great’s summer capital. Continue to Nagsh-e-Rostam, the site of royal tombs and Sassanian rock reliefs. (B, L) Day 5 To Isfahan: Drive to Isfahan via Pasargadae, capital of Cyrus the Great. Stay 3 nights at Abbasi Hotel. (B, D) Day 6 Isfahan: Full day tour of the city’s monuments, including the beautiful Khaju Bridge, the Vank Armenian Cathedral in New Julfa and the Imam Square. Conclude with a visit to the Ali Qapu Palace. (B, D) Day 7 Isfahan: Morning visit to the Friday

Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability.The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

Persopolis

Day 9 To Yazd: Fly from Tehran to Yazd. Afternoon tour of Yazd. Stay for 2 nights at the Moshir Garden Hotel, Yazd. (B, D) Day 10 Yazd: Full day tour to the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and the Fire Temple. Other highlights include the Friday Mosque. (B, D) Day 11 To Tehran: Complete your sightseeing of Yazd. Afternoon flight to Tehran and stay 1 night at the Laleh Hotel. (B, D) Day 12 To London: Morning transfer to the airport and fly from Tehran to London with bmi. (B)

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ESCORTED GROUP

TOP

Treasures of Iran

TOPMHD +

Mashad

TOPYZD + Yazd

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

TPI

Treasures of Iran

Departures on or between No of 18 Feb nights 11

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

04 Mar 08 Apr & 27 May 11 22 Apr 11 11

09 Sep 11

30 Sep 11

21 Oct 11

11 Nov 11

Single Supp

Sole Supp

8

1795

1845

1945

1895

1875

1895

1925

1895

525

n/a

10

2620

2670

2770

2720

2700

2720

2750

2720

700

POA

11

2710

2760

2860

2810

2790

2810

2840

2810

720

POA

Single Supp

Sole Supp

535

975

No. of 01 Jan to 01 Mar to 01 Apr to 01 May to 01 Jul to 01 Sep to 01 Oct to 01 Nov to nights 28 Feb 11 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 30 Jun 11 31 Aug 11 30 Sep 11 31 Oct 11 22 Dec 11

8

2995

3045

2995

2945

2995

3025

2995

3025

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS TOPMHD & TOPYZD: These are shared excursions based on a minimum of 4 passengers. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

bmi FLIGHT UPGRADES ( Business Class from £1,395 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £55 per person return* British Airways To / From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

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Rtn (Sat) 26 Feb 12 Mar 16 Apr 30 Apr 04 Jun

Out (Fri) 09 Sep 30 Sep 21 Oct 11 Nov

Rtn (Sat) 17 Sep 08 Oct 29 Oct 19 Nov

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HEART OF CENTRAL ASIA

uzbekistan

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 12 Days / 11 Nights from £1,395 Samarkand’s Registan Square • The Magnificent Cities of Bukhara and Khiva summer palace. Return to Samarkand and spend the afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Khiva

Tashkent

Day 6 To Gijduvan & Bukhara: Drive to Bukhara via Gijduvan, site of the finest ceramic production in the Bukhara region. Stay at the Asia Hotel or similar for 3 nights. (B, D)

Fergana Samarkand

Bukhara

Day 7 Bukhara: Full day tour of Bukhara, including the Ark, the great Kalyan Minaret, the Samanid Mausoleum and the Bukhara crafts centre. (B, D) Set on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan has played host to waves of conquerors and nomads. The legacy they have left behind can be seen in the towering fortresses of Khiva and Bukhara and the glorious Islamic architecture of Samarkand. Day 1 To Tashkent: Fly overnight from London to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways. (N) Day 2 Tashkent: Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the Tashkent Palace Hotel or similar for 2 nights (including immediate occupancy). Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of the old city, Revolution Square, the Museum of Decorative and Applied Art, the bazaar and the Kukeldash Mosque and Madrassa. (D) Day 3 To Samarkand: Morning drive to Samarkand. This afternoon visit the magnificent Registan Square. Stay for 3 nights at the President Hotel or similar. (B, D)

Day 8 Bukhara: Morning visit to the Summer Palace of the last Emir of Bukhara. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D) Day 9 To Khiva: Early morning departure for a full day drive to Khiva (approximately 8 hours). Stay for 2 nights at the Malika Khiva Hotel or similar. (B, L, D) Day 10 Khiva: Full day tour of Khiva. (B, D) Day 11 To Tashkent: Morning drive to Urgench and fly to Tashkent. This afternoon, complete your sightseeing in Tashkent. Stay overnight at the Tashkent Palace Hotel or similar. (B, D) Day 12 To London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)

Day 4 Samarkand: Full day tour of Samarkand including visits to Shah-I-Zinda necropolis, the tomb of Tamerlane and the Bibi Khanum Mosque. (B, D)

Discovery Tour: Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation in Uzbekistan. However, outside Tashkent the standard is basic. The tour involves some long drives and walking over rough terrain. Please see page 9 for an explanation about Discovery Tours.

Day 5 Shahrisabz & Samarkand: Morning visit to Shahrisabz, where Tamerlane built a large

Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken

UzbekistaN

Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

Code

ESCORTED GROUP

UZB

Heart of Central Asia

11

1495

1525

1585

1595

1545

1575

1595

1395

185

n/a

UZBFER

+ Fergana

14

1870

1900

1960

1970

1920

1950

1970

1770

235

POA

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

UZI

Heart of Central Asia

at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability.The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

EXTENSIONS TOUR + FERGANA VALLEY 15 Days / 14 Nights from £1,770 Explore the cultural heartland of Uzbekistan with visits to some of the major towns in the Fergana Valley. Highlights include the vibrant local market in Andijan and the Yodgorlik silk factory in Margilan, which still uses the traditional methods of silk production that date back to the days of the Silk Road caravans. Day 12 To Fergana Valley: Drive to the Fergana region of Uzbekistan, visiting the ancient city of Kokand en route. Stay 2 nights at the Asia Hotel or similar. (B, D) Day 13 Fergana Valley: Full day tour of the region, including the towns of Andijan and Fergana. (B, D) Day 14 To Tashkent: Morning at leisure. Return to Tashkent this afternoon and stay at the Tashkent Palace Hotel or similar for 1 night. (B) Day 15 To London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)

TOUR + KYRGYZSTAN OR KAZAKHSTAN Having completed a tour of Uzbekistan, it is possible to travel to one of the surrounding countries as part of a tailor-made extension. The Tailor-Made Central Asia pages have details of destinations and their highlights with suggested itineraries and how these countries can be combined.

No of 11 Mar 25 Mar to 22 Apr 06 May & 03 Jun 09 Sep & 23 Sep to 04 Nov Single Supp Sole Supp nights 11 08 Apr 11 11 20 May 11 11 16 Sep 11 21 Oct 11 11 From From

No. of 01 Jan to 01 Mar to 01 Apr to 01 Jun to 01 Aug to 01 Sep to 01 Oct to 01 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 28 Feb 11 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 31 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 30 Sep 11 31 Oct 11 21 Dec 11 From From

11

2145

2195

2185

2175

2145

2195

2215

2145

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS UZBFER: This is a shared excursion based on a minimum of 4 passengers. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

195

8255

UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADE ( Business Class: POA per person return

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Rtn (Tues) 22 Mar 05 Apr 12 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 17 May 31 May

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central asia Stretching from the Caspian Sea to China, Central Asia has been a crossroads for people and trade since the time of the legendary Silk Road. Today, the region is home to a diverse population, stunning mountain scenery, ancient cities and vast, barren steppe. Internal flights link Tashkent with Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, while Almaty is accessible overland from Bishkek. Other overland suggestions include crossing from Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan to Almaty via the Charyn Canyon or from Fergana to Osh in Kyrgyzstan. Stay in a traditional yurt and allow time to explore the mountains and experience a fascinating melting pot of cultures and history dating back centuries. Please contact Cox & Kings to discuss further ideas with one of our experts, or refer to our website for full itineraries.

KYRGYZSTAN The mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan is home to the beautiful lakes of Issyk-Kul and Song-Kul. The country has limited historical sites but its outstanding natural beauty makes it a perfect contrast to the cities and architecture of Uzbekistan. Two of Kyrgyzstan’s highlights are the Al-Archa Gorge, just north of Bishkek, and the striking red sandstone cliffs of Djety-Oguz. A circuit of Lake Issyk-Kul from Bishkek can take in the ancient petroglyphs in CholponAta, a stay on the lake shore and a visit to the pretty town of Karakol, home to a fascinating Chinese Mosque. SUGGESTED ITINERARY

KYRGYZSTAN EXPLORER 11 Days / 10 Nights from ÂŁ2,295 Fly to Bishkek and, after visiting the city, spend the day at the picturesque Al-Archa Canyon. Drive to Song-Kul lake and stay two nights in a traditional yurt. After exploring the surrounding area on foot, visit Lake Issyk-Kul and Djety-Oguz. Continue to the eastern side of the lake to the small town of Karakol. Follow the northern lakeshore, stopping in Cholpon-Ata to view the ancient petroglyphs before returning to Bishkek.

Djety-Oguz, Kyrgyzstan

Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

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Zenkov Cathedral, Almaty, Kazakhstan

KAZAKHSTAN Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world and home to some of Central Asia’s most spectacular landscapes. The city of Almaty is a leafy, cosmopolitan city dominated by the Zailiysky Alatau mountain range and home to the beautiful Panfilov Park with its remarkable wooden cathedral and the State Museum which houses, the ‘Golden Man’, a fabulous costume of an ancient warrior. Other notable highlights of the country include the Charyn Canyon in southern Kazakhstan, commonly referred to as Dolina Zamkov (Valley of the Castles) and Big Almaty Lake, set high in a gorge of the Bolshaya Almatinka River. In the far southwest and close to the Uzbekistan border, easily accessible as a day trip from nearby Shymkent, is Turkistan and the important pilgrimage site of Kozha Akhmed Yasaui. The mausoleum, built by Tamerlane in Turkistan in the 14th century, is the country’s greatest monument despite never being properly completed as Tamerlane died before it was finished. SUGGESTED ITINERARY

KAZAKHSTAN EXPLORER 7 Days / 6 Nights from £2,395 Fly to Almaty and spend two days exploring the city and surrounding area with day trips to Big Almaty Lake and Charyn Canyon. Take a short internal flight to Shymkent and visit Turkistan. Return to Almaty before departing to the UK or extend your trip by transfering to Bishkek to follow the Kyrgyzstan Explorer programme detailed above. Snow Leopard Gorge, Kyrgystan

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Oman

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £1,495 Medieval Omani Forts • Wahiba ‘Sand Sea’ • Al Hoota Cave Complex Khasab Dubai ✈

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Jebal Al Muscat Akhdar ✈ Nizwa Sur

“Discover Oman’s breathtaking mountains, dunes and coastline on this authentic Arabian experience.”

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home to the Bedu people. In Nizwa, stay 2 nights at the Falaj Daris Hotel / Golden Tulip Hotel. (B, L) Ubar Salalah

Combining breathtaking natural beauty with a well-preserved cultural heritage, the Sultanate of Oman is one of the least known, yet most exciting, tourist destinations in the Middle East. Taking in magnificent forts and palaces, the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands and the stunning Al Hoota cave complex, this tour discovers one of the region’s bestkept secrets. Day 1 To Muscat: Fly from London to Muscat, via Abu Dhabi, with British Airways. Transfer to the Muscat Holiday Hotel for 3 nights. (N) Day 2 Muscat: City tour, including the Grand Mosque and the Omani Museum. In Old Muscat, see the Sultan’s Palace and the forts of Al Jalali and Mirani before driving to the Muttrah souq. (B)

Private Journeys: This itinerary may also be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability.The prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

Day 6 Nizwa: Morning visit to the souq to view a traditional cattle auction. Continue to the massive fort of Nizwa, which dominates the town. Afternoon visit to Jebal Shams, Oman’s highest peak. (B, L) Day 7 To Muscat: Morning visit to Al Hoota Cave. Then visit Bahla Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before driving through the Sumail Gap to Muscat. In Muscat, transfer to the Muscat Holiday Hotel. Late evening departure for the airport. (B)

TOUR + MUSCAT 10 Days / 9 Nights from £1,910 Enjoy a relaxing beach stay at the end of your tour. Spend 2 nights at the famous Al Bustan Palace Hotel, the luxurious Chedi, or the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort. Day 7 To Muscat: On arrival in Muscat, transfer to your chosen hotel for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 8 Muscat: At leisure. (B) Day 9 Muscat: At leisure. Your room is reserved for you until your late evening departure for the airport. (B) Day 10 To London: Very early morning flight from Muscat to London, via Abu Dhabi, with British Airways. (N)

Day 8 To London: Very early morning flight from Muscat to London, via Abu Dhabi, with British Airways. (N)

TOUR + SALALAH 11 Days / 10 Nights from £2,070

Note: Transport for this tour will be by airconditioned mini bus and by 4 x 4 vehicle from Day 4 onwards. Hotels outside Muscat are basic but are the best available.

The province of Dhofar is semi-tropical and the flora here is in great contrast to elsewhere in Oman. Stay in the capital, Salalah, visit some

Day 3 Nakhl & Beit Al Na’man: Full day tour of the castles of Nakhl and Bair Al Na’man, which lie to the west of Muscat and guard the base of the massive Jebal Al Akhdar mountain range. (B, L) Day 4 To Sur: Drive south by 4 x 4 along the coastal road from Muscat to Sur. Stops en route include Wadi Shab, a palm-fringed lagoon and Qalhat, an ancient city visited by Marco Polo. Stay overnight at the Sur Plaza / Sur Beach Hotel. (B). Day 5 To Nizwa: Set off this morning to Nizwa. Stop at Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley then continue to the Wahiba Sands,

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of the cultural sites around the city, and relax amid the palm trees and coconut groves. Day 8 To Salalah: Morning flight to Salalah and transfer to the Hilton Hotel for 2 nights. (B) Day 9 Salalah: Local visits, including Taqah, the province’s second town, the ancient port of Khor Rouri, and picturesque Mirbat. (B) Day 10 To Muscat: Afternoon flight to Muscat. A room is reserved for you until your late evening departure for the airport. (B)

Oman: An ARABIAN ODYSSEY Code

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Departures on or between

Day 11 To London: Very early morning flight from Muscat to London, via Abu Dhabi, with British Airways. (N)

TOUR + MUSANDAM Musandam is a peninsula separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates. The plunging cliffs and rocky inlets of the coast have prompted comparisons with the fjords of Norway. This isolated province is one

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of the most beautiful places in Arabia. Day 8 To Musandam: Morning flight to Khasab, the main town of the Musandam peninsula. Transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon shared 4 x 4 visit to Jebel Harim, the highest peak in Musandam. (B) Day 9 Musandam: Full day shared dhow cruise through the inlets and islands of the peninsula. (B, L) Day 10 To Dubai: Morning shared tour of Khasab, including the fort and prehistoric rock paintings. Drive to Dubai. In Dubai stay in the hotel of your choice before flying from Dubai to London with British Airways. (N) Please contact Cox & Kings for details of the above extension and suggested hotels in Dubai. BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( World Traveller Plus: From £445 per person return* ( Club World: From £1,595 per person return* ( First Class: From £2,795 per person return*

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High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- OAI: 07 Jan to 30 Apr £295, 01 Oct to 24 Dec £315 OAOALB: 23 Jan £960, 20 Feb, 20 Mar, 02 Oct, 23 Oct & 27 Nov £595, 17 Apr £695 OAOCHI: 23 Jan £940, 20 Feb, 20 Mar, 17 Apr, 02 Oct, 23 Oct & 27 Nov £575 OAOSHA: 20 Feb, 17 Apr & 23 Oct £445 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- OAI: 07 Jan to 30 Apr & 01 Oct to 24 Dec £845 This tour uses 4 x 4 vehicles from Day 4 onwards (Max 4 passengers per car) Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

( F rom £95 per person return* British Airways To / From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

2011 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Sun) 23 Jan 20 Feb 20 Mar 17 Apr

Rtn (Sun) 30 Jan 27 Feb 27 Mar 24 Apr

Out (Sun) 11 Sep 02 Oct 23 Oct 27 Nov

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Cox & Kings can offer fully tailor-made tours to Oman that allow you to create your ideal holiday, travelling at your own pace and spending more time exploring the sites and cities that appeal to you. There are several international airlines that fly into Muscat where relaxing beach breaks at luxurious hotels can be combined with day trips to Oman’s interior. Please contact Cox & Kings to discuss further ideas with one of our Middle East experts, or refer to our website for full itineraries and hotel details.

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OMANS ANCIENT FORTS

WAHIBA SANDS

Souq, NIZWA

Oman has many well restored ancient forts. Jalali and Mirani guard the entrance to Muscat bay. Although these cannot be visited, many others can. West of Muscat are Nakhal and Rustaq castles, both easily accessible as a day trip from the capital, whilst inland is the UNESCO site of Bahla and the immense circular fort in Nizwa.

The spectacular landscape of Wahiba Sands, home to the Bedouin and their camels, lies in the east of Oman. The copper-coloured sands and the high, rolling dunes stretch as far as the eye can see. A trip to explore the region can be taken in a 4 x 4 vehicle and there are several campsites that offer guests the experience of a night in the desert.

Nizwa has a large souq and is renowned for its silver jewellery, which is considered to be the best in the country. Its people are masters in Khanjar making, a curved dagger recognised for its distinctive shape. Visit early on a Friday when local farmers bring their animals to be inspected, auctioned and sold to the highest bidders.

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AL HOOTA CAVE COMPLEX NEAR NIZWA

SALALAH

The Al Hoota Cave complex is one of the largest cave systems in the world. Located at the foot of Jebal Shams and close to the town of Nizwa, the cave system makes a fascinating day trip. The cave has some beautifully coloured stalagmite and stalactite formations that have evolved over millions of years.

Salalah is the capital of the Dhofar province, the southern region of Oman. Unique to the country, the province experiences a monsoon season between late June and September known as the ‘Khareef ’. During this time the region blooms with greenery and flowers and visitors can enjoy the lush landscape and cooler temperatures.

CRUISE THE MUSANDAM PENINSULA BY DHOW

TURTLE WATCHING NEAR SUR

Musandam lies to the extreme north of Oman and is separated from the rest of the country by the U.A.E. The area has a beautiful fjord-like coastline best viewed from the deck of a traditional dhow where the beautiful, calm, turquoise waters contrast with the creamy, white limestone cliffs.

The beaches of Ras Al Hadd provide an opportunity to look for giant turtles laying their eggs at night. These protected areas are just some of the stretches of coastline where several species of marine turtles, including Green turtles, Loggerheads, Hawksbill and Leatherbacks return each year to lay their eggs.

‘THE LOST CITY OF UBAR’ NEAR SALALAH Located inland from the city of Salalah and accessible only by 4 x 4 lies the ‘Lost City of Ubar’ said to have been buried by sand due to its ancient inhabitants’ wickedness. Rediscovered using satellite technology in the 1990’s, it is still mostly unexcavated. A visit here is a fascinating off-the-beaten-track experience.

OMAN’S NATURAL SPLENDOUR Oman is also home to several beautiful natural sites. Take a 4 x 4 tour to the towering Jebal Shams, Oman’s highest peak, or explore the wadis and beaches that line the eastern coast. The white sands of Tiwi beach and the picturesque Wadi Beni Khalid and Wadi Shab are excellent picnic spots on the road between Sur and Muscat.

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Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & SpA Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is set in 124 acres of landscaped gardens in a private bay on a stretch of sandy beach. The resort comprises three hotels: Al Waha, Al Bandar and Al Husn. There are numerous restaurants, dining areas and pool bars, three lobby lounges, three swimming pools and a lazy river connecting the pools. Shopping and cultural attractions are easily accessible from the resort and the city of Muscat, is only 15 minutes drive away. The resort’s leisure facilities include 6,000 square metres of swimming pool, private beaches, a children’s club, tennis courts and spa.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa of any duration, or include it as part of a multicentre itinerary. A 6 day / 5 night package including international flights with Oman Air, private transfers, accommodation at Al Waha in a superior room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,195 in the low season (June) and from £1,295 in the high season (Oct). The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Muscat and flying time is approximately 6 ½ hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

CHI, THE SPA

MUTRAH SOUQ

FINE DINING

CHI,The Spa is a place of personal peace and well-being. Designed to allow guests to enjoy privacy and luxury with relaxation areas that include a private garden patio. From the inner sanctum, guests can enjoy the experience of the unique CHI Water Oasis, featuring a vitality hydro pool, a herbal steam room, tundra and tropical showers, an ice fountain and a relaxation area.

The districts of Mutrah and Muscat offer a glimpse of authentic Arabia with atmospheric waterfronts and alleyways. No visit is complete without a walk through Muscat’s oldest market where rows of shops selling all manner of goods line the winding alleys. Visit in the morning or late afternoon and take your time to explore this fascinating area and soak up the atmosphere.

There are 19 food and beverage outlets throughout the resort. Highlights include ‘Al Tanoor’ serving the characteristic cuisines of the Arabian Gulf region in a traditional Omani atmosphere and ‘Beit Al Bahr’ located on the beachfront serving freshly prepared seafood and a large selection of fine wines. With so many choices guests will find dishes to suit all palates.

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EXPLORER Private Journey • 8 Days / 7 Nights from £2,295 Abu Dhabi • Al Ain • Sharjah • Ajman

Al Ain

This private journey is ideally suited to those that would prefer to experience the historic and cultural sites of the U.A.E that exist beyond the luxurious hotels and malls. Begin in Abu Dhabi, the capital, with a visit to the Grand Mosque, the second largest mosque in the Middle East, and continue to the other Emirates by private chauffer-driven car. Highlights include the Hafeet and Hajar Mountains and the oasis of Al Ain. Day 1 To Abu Dhabi: Fly from London to Abu Dhabi with British Airways. Transfer to the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr for 2 nights. (N) Day 2 Abu Dhabi: Morning tour of the city including the Grand Mosque, cultural foundation and the women’s craft centre. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Emirates Explorer Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

UAE

Emirates Explorer

Departures on or between

Day 3 To Al Ain: Drive to Al Ain. Visit the Jebel Hafeet Mountains, oasis and Heritage Museum. Stay at the Al Ain Rotana Hotel for 1 night. (B) Day 4 To Ajman: Drive to Ajman. Stay at the Kempinski Hotel, Ajman for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy one of the best beaches in the U.A.E. (B) Day 5 Sharjah: Morning visit to Sharjah, the cultural capital of U.A.E. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 6 To Ras Al Khaimah: Drive to Ras Al Khaimah via Umm al-Quwain, the smallest Emirate. Stay at The Palace, Ras Al Khaimah for 2 nights. (B) Day 7 Ras Al Khaimah: Visit the National

Museum, Hajar Mountains and a date processing plant (this is subject to permission from the plant authorities and cannot be guaranteed). Afternoon visit to the Khatt Hot Springs Spa. (B) Day 8 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Dubai to London with British Airways or take an extension. (B)

EXTENSIONS There are a variety of extension options available. Spend additional nights at Ras Al Khaimah and take a day trip to the ruggedly beautiful Musandam Peninsula; relax at a beachfront property in Fujairah or stay in the glittering city of Dubai. Contact Cox & Kings for other extension ideas and full itineraries.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS High Season Single Room Supplement. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- UAE: 01 Jan to 22 Mar, 06 Apr to 30 Apr & 01 Oct to to 20 Dec £1095, 23 Mar to 05 Apr £1395, 01 Sep to 30 Sep £995 High Season Sole Traveller Supplements. UK Departures on or between the following dates:- UAE: 01 Jan to 22 Mar, 06 Apr to 30 Apr & 01 Oct to 20 Dec £1995, 23 Mar to 05 Apr £2195, 01 Sep to 30 Sep £2395 Private journey includes entrance fees and the services of a driver/guide throughout. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( World Traveller Plus: From £445 per person return* ( Club World: From £1,695 per person return* ( First Class: From £2,795 per person return*

Regional Air ConnectionS (£  95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle • Belfast * All prices subject to availability

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united arab emirates The United Arab Emirates lends itself particularly well to twin centre breaks with its cities easily accessible by road from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, both of which are served by a range of international airlines. Two or three night stopovers are popular with those travelling to or from Australia, New Zealand or India. The U.A.E has some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, with properties famed for their extravagance and style. Away from the glittering hotels and malls, the country has fascinating deserts and wadis to explore and a rich culture that combines modern luxuries with traditional values. Following are details of our recommended properties in the U.A.E. Please contact Cox & Kings to discuss further ideas with one of our experts, or refer to our website for details of other hotels.

Mosque, Abu Dhabi

DUBAI

ABU DHABI

RAS AL KHAIMAH

Once a small fishing settlement, Dubai has grown at an astonishing rate to become one of the most luxurious and cosmopolitan cities in the Middle East. Surrounded by desert and mountains, the city is divided by the creek that splits the commercial centre of Dubai. Home to some of the world’s most famous and iconic hotels, the city has excellent shopping, dining and leisure opportunities.

Abu Dhabi City, capital of the U.A.E, is a sophisticated, modern metropolis that is home to a diversity of cultures. Abu Dhabi is situated on an island connected to the mainland by the Maqta and Musafah bridges. Settled as far back as the 3rd Millennium BC, the city is full of wide boulevards, tall office and apartment buildings, and shops. Known for its greenery, the city has numerous parks and gardens.

Ras Al Khaimah is located in the far north of the U.A.E, bordering Oman. With several luxury hotels and miles of beaches, Ras Al Khaimah offers an alternative to the country’s other states. The Hajar Mountains, desert dunes, wadis and hot springs are easily accessible and there are several archaeological sites. Musandam, in Oman, makes an excellent day trip from Ras Al Khaimah.

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ABU DHABI Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has a prime location at the gateway to the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. With its striking, contemporary design, this beachfront hotel offers the highest level of comfort and elegance throughout its guest rooms and suites, plus a variety of world-class restaurants. Optional activities available from the hotel include golf, Al Ain Camel Market and dhow cruises.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 6 day / 5 night package including international flights with Etihad, private transfers, accommodation in a Fairmont room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,025 in the low season (June) and from £1,245 in the high season (Sept). The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Abu Dhabi and flying time is approximately 7 hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

AL AIN DAY TRIP

WILLOW STREAM SPA

ABU DHABI CITY TOUR

East of Abu Dhabi in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains lies the city of Al Ain, often called the ‘Garden City of The Gulf ’ due to its large number of oases and parks. The nearby Jebel Hafeet offers spectacular views over the surrounding desert, and the Grand Tomb in the Hili archaeological site dates back to the Bronze Age.

This 2,500 sq. metre sanctuary subscribes to the Willow Stream Spa philosophy that encourages guests to be the author of their own spa experience. A range of signature treatments are offered that are designed to soothe, pamper, de-stress and invigorate. Facilities also include Turkish Hammam, a relaxation area and fitness centre.

Abu Dhabi is a thriving, modern metropolis with spacious streets and acres of trees. A typical tour would include the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, the corniche, and a visit to the dhow building yards. Other suggestions include a visit to the Petroleum Museum for an insight into the industry that has transformed the U.A.E.

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DUBAI DESERT PALM

Desert Palm by Per AQUUM is a luxury boutique retreat, set on a private estate, surrounded by polo grounds and palm trees. As a member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’, the retreat has just 28 guest suites and private pool villas that overlook the retreat’s grounds and the Dubai skyline. The award-winning steak restaurant ‘Rare’ has an extensive wine cellar to complement its cuisine, ‘Epicure’ alongside the infinity pool serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and each afternoon high tea is served in the polo pavilion. The LIME spa has large treatment rooms overlooking the polo fields and features intuitive massages, signature treatments, organic facials and beauty treatments.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Desert Palm of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 6 day / 5 night package including international flights with Emirates, private transfers, accommodation in a Palm Suite room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,215 in the low season (June) and from £1,335 in the high season (Sept). The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Dubai and flying time is approximately 7 hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

DUBAI CITY TOUR

BATEAUX DUBAI DINING

DESERT SAFARI

The tour of the city introduces both the new and the old Dubai. Visit the Jumeirah Mosque, one of the landmarks of Dubai, follow the Creek and stroll through the narrow lanes of old Dubai. Explore Al Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum then wander through the spice and Gold souk.

Cruise along the Dubai creek and enjoy dinner aboard a glass sided boat. From Bateaux Dubai’s glass-enclosed interior, you will see a mix of modern landmarks and historic sights and have the opportunity to view the city by night whilst enjoying a sumptuous meal and listening to the musicians on board.

Leaving the city behind take a journey into the heart of the Arabian desert by 4 x 4 and experience a glimpse of traditional Bedouin life. Trips can include camel rides and the option to indulge in an authentic Arabic barbeque dinner while enjoying traditional music and dancing.

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RAS AL KHAIMAH The Palace Ras Al Khaimah The Palace Ras Al Khaimah is an iconic, landmark hotel commanding breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and set on the pristine shorelines of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. All 348 suites feature stunning contemporary Arabic design and an abundance of space coupled with the latest in-room technology and private balconies Hospitality is the cornerstone of Arabic culture and is reflected in every aspect of your stay. For those seeking restoration and indulgence there are 11 dining and bar experiences, the signature spa and a variety of pools. For the more active the hotel is flanked by a golf course to one side and a private beach on the other.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at The Palace of any duration, or include it as part of a multicentre itinerary. A 6 day / 5 night package including international flights with Emirates, private transfers, accommodation in a sea view room and breakfast daily would cost from £925 in the low season (June) and from £995 in the high season (Oct). The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Dubai and flying time is approximately 7 hours

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

SPA

AL HAMRA GOLF CLUB

SHARJAH CULTURAL TOUR

Relax at the Palace, Ras Al Khaimah in regal style at the 1,700 sq. metre spa where secluded and landscaped luxury dedicated to the art of relaxation and a rich variety of contemporary, holistic, aesthetic and traditional treatments await you. A lap pool and state of the art gymnasium allow you to de-stress in the manner of your choice.

Built alongside the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the Al Hamra Golf Club meanders its way around an open sea water lagoon. The 18 hole golf course designed by Peter Harradine offers a fun and enjoying test of golf to the seasoned professional or fledgling enthusiast with an option to play into the night on a nine hole floodlit course.

The Emirate of Sharjah is 30 minutes drive from Ras Al Khaimah and has established itself as the cultural centre of the Middle East. Begin at the ‘culture roundabout’ before heading to the Natural History Museum. Explore the Majara Souq, Al Naboodah House and the Al Arsa souq for a glimpse of how life used to be lived.

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cairo 4 Days / 3 Nights from £645

Cairo, the Triumphant City, is the capital of Egypt. Lying at the heart of ancient routes leading to and from Asia, Africa and Europe, it is the largest city in the Middle East and Africa with over 15 million people. It is a city that never sleeps; where streets and alleyways throb relentlessly with people and traffic. Among its many attractions are the iconic and awe-inspiring Pyramids, the fascinating Egyptian Museum, home to over 120,000 ancient artefacts, and the ancient souq, the Khan El Khalili, a shopper’s paradise full of bustling stalls and shops selling all manner of items.

Pyramids, Giza

MENA HOUSE OBEROI The Mena House Oberoi is a beautiful period hotel built in 1869 beside the Pyramids in Giza. Set in 40 acres of gardens, it is elegantly decorated with antique furniture. It has a rich history, having started life as a hunting lodge and playing host to Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin during the Second World War. All rooms have television, telephone, refrigerator, air-conditioning and 24-hour room service. The hotel has two restaurants, a snack bar and the panoramic Sultan and Mameluke bars. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with British Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a garden view room and breakfast daily would cost from £645 in the low season (July) and from £725 in the high season (Oct). Flights from the UK are into Cairo and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

FOUR SEASONS AT THE FIRST RESIDENCE The Four Seasons at the First Residence is one of Cairo’s newer hotels and is decorated in the elegant and refined style that is the hallmark of the Four Seasons chain. The majority of the superbly appointed rooms look out either over the Nile or the Botanical Gardens, and all have satellite television, safe, air-conditioning and mini bar. Other facilities of the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool and terrace, and a Spa and Wellness Centre. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £795 in the low season (July) and from £845 in the high season (Oct). Flights from the UK are into Cairo and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

VILLA BELLE ÉPOQUE Villa Belle Époque is a restored 1920’s townhouse located in the suburb of Maadi. The property has 13 rooms, decorated using a mixture of modern and traditional styles with antique furniture and contemporary Egyptian art. All rooms have a private marble bathroom with separate bath and shower and open onto either a balcony or conservatory. There is a communal dining area serving a choice of cuisines. The outdoor pool, set amidst the landscaped garden, is the perfect place to relax and escape the bustling city. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £675 in the low season (July) and from £725 in the high season (Oct). Flights from the UK are into Cairo and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

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beirut 5 Days / 4 Nights from £755

Beirut, with its million-plus inhabitants, has a sense of life and energy that is immediately apparent to the visitor. A city with a venerable past, 5,000 years ago Beirut was a prosperous town on the Canaanite and Phoenician coast. Today, the city retains its charm, and many of the beautiful old buildings are being restored to their former glory. There are also some areas where buildings have been knocked down to reveal parts of Roman columns and new excavations have begun. Most of Lebanon’s attractions are within range of a day trip from Beirut.

Restored buildings, Beirut

Pigeon Rocks, Beirut

LE GRAY

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LE COMMODORE HOTEL

Le Gray is a contemporary luxury hotel in the heart of Beirut. Set in the centre of the city’s main shopping and entertainment district, the hotel faces Places des Martyrs. The hotel has 87 rooms and suites with stylish modern interiors and state of the art technology. Le Gray’s rooftop restaurant, bars and swimming pool all offer panoramic views over the city to the Mediterranean and Mount Lebanon. 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with MEA, private transfers, accommodation in a de luxe room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,245 in the low season (May) and from £1,545 in the high season (July). Flights from the UK are into Beirut and flying time is approximately 4 ½ hours.

Set in a sail-capped tower rising above the Corniche, the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut offers 230 guest rooms, including 60 spacious suites, with interior design by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces offer panoramas of the Mediterranean and its rugged coast. The hotel is just steps from the Marina, close to downtown and within easy reach of the city’s historic sites. 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with MEA, private transfers, accommodation in a superior room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,545 in the low season (May) and from £1,725 in the high season (July). Flights from the UK are into Beirut and flying time is approximately 4 ½ hours.

Conveniently located in the Hamra area of Beirut close to the city centre and shopping areas, Le Commodore Hotel offers accommodation in 204 comfortable rooms and suites. Hotel facilities include two restaurants serving Japanese, Italian, International and Lebanese cuisine and free access to “Lifestyle” - the most prestigious health club in town. 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with MEA, private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £755 in the low season (May) and from £1,195 in the high season (July). Flights from the UK are into Beirut and flying time is approximately 4 ½ hours.

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marrakesh 4 Days / 3 Nights from £525 Marrakesh marks the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes from Timbuktu. The main square, the ‘Djemma el Fna’, is the heart of the city, and the souqs that surround it are a testament to the city’s history as a centre for trade. Full of storytellers, musicians and food stalls, this bustling and exciting open-air market is a highlight of any visit.

RIAD NOGA

RIAD KNIZA

PALAIS SEBBAN

Located in a small residential street in the medina, Riad Noga combines traditional Moroccan architecture with modern design. Relax at the green-tiled swimming pool or enjoy sunset drinks on the rooftop terrace, which offers views over the Koutoubia Mosque and the medina. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with Royal Air Maroc, private transfers, accommodation in a white room and breakfast daily would cost from £625 in the low season (July) and from £695 in the high season (March) Flights from the UK are into Marrakesh and flying time is approximately 3 ½ hours.

This 18th century riad has been rebuilt with traditional Moorish architecture and is tastefully decorated with Moorish arts and antiques. We would recommend taking dinner on the roof terrace one evening to enjoy the views of the medina and the Atlas Mountains. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with Royal Air Maroc, private transfers, accommodation in a de luxe room and breakfast daily would cost from £595 in the low season (July) and from £675 in the high season (March). Flights from the UK are into Marrakesh and flying time is approximately 3 ½ hours.

Palais Sebban is located on a quiet street inside the old medina, within 5 minutes’ walk of Djemma El Fna Square and Koutoubia Mosque. The property has been restored to a very high standard, with particular attention to detail visible in the central courtyard and the stunning tiled pool area. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with Royal Air Maroc, private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £545 in the low season (July) and from £595 in the high season (March). Flights from the UK are into Marrakesh and flying time is approximately 3 ½ hours.

City Walls, Marrakesh

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marrakesh VILLA DES ORANGERS This riad-style Relais & Chateaux property is located in an avenue of orange trees and accessed through a large, wooden door.The hotel offers a chance to enjoy Moroccan hospitality in a traditional setting without compromising on luxury or comfort. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with Royal Air Maroc, private transfers, accommodation in a de luxe room and breakfast daily would cost from £925 in the low season (July) and from £995 in the high season (March). Flights from the UK are into Marrakesh and flying time is approximately 3 ½ hours.

LES BORJS DE LA KASBAH Les Borjs de la Kasbah combines the character of a traditional riad with the modern amenities offered by larger properties. Rooms are minimalist in style and furnished in dark wood. Each is equipped with a flat screen television, minibar and air-conditioning. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with Royal Air Maroc, private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £525 in the low season (July) and from £575 in the high season (March). Flights from the UK are into Marrakesh and flying time is approximately 3 ½ hours.

LA MAISON ARABE Originally built as a Moroccan restaurant in the medina and still famous for its cuisine, La Maison Arabe was the hub of local life for many years. Converted into a stylish hotel, it offers a wonderful fusion of European and North African influences. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with Royal Air Maroc, private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £595 in the low season (July) and from £675 in the high season (March). Flights from the UK are into Marrakesh and flying time is approximately 3 ½ hours.

LE MERIDIEN N’FIS Located in the new town of Marrakesh, a 5 minute drive from the Medina, facilities at Le Meridien N’Fis include a large pool, tennis courts, a spa, gym and sauna.There is a poolside snack bar and 2 restaurants. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with Royal Air Maroc, private transfers, accommodation in a superior room and breakfast daily would cost from £575 in the low season (July) and from £615 in the high season (March). Flights from the UK are into Marrakesh and flying time is approximately 3 ½ hours.

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5 Days / 4 Nights from £1,295 Libya’s Roman ruins are among the best in the world and a short break in the capital offers the chance to explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites over a long weekend. Visit the superbly preserved Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabratha, made more spectacular by the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, and the capital’s old medina and magnificent Archaeological Museum.

Sabratha

CORINTHIA BAB AFRICA

EL KHAN HOTEL

Located in the heart of Tripoli, the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel is close to many of the city’s main attractions, mosques and museums. The hotel features two imposing towers that dominate the skyline and its 299 air-conditioned rooms and suites offer views over the city or towards the Mediterranean Sea. There is a choice of 4 restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine from Italian and Moroccan to Asian dishes. Recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a private Turkish bath, a Finnish sauna and a Jacuzzi. 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with British Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,295 in the low season (July) and from £1,625 in the high season (March). Flights from the UK are into Tripoli and flying time is approximately 4 hours.

A boutique property located in the centre of Tripoli, the El Khan Hotel is conveniently located close to the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, the National Museum and Green Square. Built around four courtyards in traditional Arabic style, the property has 15 guest rooms all equipped with air-conditioning and private facilities.  The El Tajeen Restaurant overlooking the hotel’s swimming pool offers a wide selection of local cuisine while the roof top terrace is perfect for enjoying snacks and drinks. 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with British Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,395 in the low season (July) and from £1,645 in the high season (March). Flights from the UK are into Tripoli and flying time is approximately 4 hours.

Leptis Magna

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tunisia 4 Days / 3 Nights from £495

Tunis Medina, the 12th century old town, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and is home to bustling souqs and a maze of colourful streets. There are around 700 monuments, including palaces, mosques, mausoleums, madrasas and fountains dating from the Almohad and the Hafsid periods.

El Jem

DAR EL MEDINA

DAR SAID, SIDI BOU SAID

Located in Tunis’ old medina, Dar El Medina is a beautifully restored 19th century family home. It is a short walk to many of the medina’s fascinating sights as well as local shops, cafés and restaurants. Whitewashed and tiled, the multi-level mansion has 12 guest rooms, each contemporary in style mixing local textiles with modernist paintings. There is a small tearoom where continental breakfast is served and a beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking the old town. Whilst there are no restaurant facilities on site, some delightful restaurants are close by. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with British Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a ‘Hote’ room and breakfast daily would cost from £495 in the low season (Feb) and from £525 in the high season (July). Flights from the UK are into Tunis and flying time is approximately 3 hours.

Dar Said is a charming property located in the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said, overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and Carthage from its hilltop setting. Originally built in the 19th century as a middle-class residential home, the property has been lovingly restored. There are 24 individually decorated rooms on two storeys, set around four internal courtyards. Set within the property’s garden is a small swimming pool, a bar and sun-shaded tables where you can enjoy breakfast, drinks and light snacks whilst enjoying the ocean views. 4 day / 3 night package including international flights with British Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a ‘Charm’ room and breakfast daily would cost from £595 in the low season (Feb) and from £625 in the high season (July). Flights from the UK are into Tunis and flying time is approximately 3 hours.

Tunis Medina

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damascus 5 Days / 4 Nights from £895

Syria’s capital city is widely reputed to be the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Damascus is only five hours flying time from the UK. Offering charming boutique properties, fascinating day trips and excellent shopping opportunities in extensive souqs, the Syrian capital is ideal for a long weekend break.

Umayyad Grand Mosque, Damascus

Mosque, Damascus

BEIT ZAMAN

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL,

THE TALISMAN

Located in ‘Old Damascus’, Beit Zaman consists of four interconnected houses all restored to their original splendour. Featuring well-equipped rooms set around a central courtyard, this boutique hotel is Syrian in design and traditionally decorated. There is a small breakfast room, a traditional hammam and a roof terrace. 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with bmi, private transfers, accommodation in a standard room and breakfast daily would cost from £895 in the low season (Nov) and from £995 in the high season (April). Flights from the UK are into Damascus and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

The Four Seasons Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city. The superbly appointed rooms look out over the city, and the hotel’s dining options include the formal Al Halabi restaurant and the al fresco Safran’s Terrace.. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and terrace, and a spa and wellness centre. 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with bmi, private transfers, accommodation in a superior room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,525 in the low season (Nov) and from £1,595 in the high season (April). Flights from the UK are into Damascus and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

The Talisman is a small boutique hotel situated close to the historical Bab Sharqi, famous for its souqs and street markets, in the ‘old town’ area of Damascus. The hotel has individually styled rooms, each with personalised layout and decoration. It also has two central courtyards and an outdoor swimming pool. 5 day / 4 night package including international flights with bmi, private transfers, accommodation in a de luxe room and breakfast daily would cost from £945 in the low season (Nov) and from £995 in the high season (July). Flights from the UK are into Damascus and flying time is approximately 5 hours.

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WEATHER EGYPT A comfortable, temperate climate for most of the year, getting particularly hot in July and August. The Mediterranean coast does experience some cloud and rain in the winter but for the most part there is sunshine without debilitating heat. There is a desert wind, called a Khamsin, which blows during spring (March to May), making the atmosphere hot and sandy. Cairo JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 19 20 23 28 32 34 35 34 33 30 25 20 Min. Temp (ºC) 10 10 12 15 18 21 23 23 21 19 15 11 Ave. Rain (mm) 4 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 Luxor JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 23 25 29 35 39 41 41 41 39 35 29 24 Min. Temp (ºC) 6 8 12 17 21 23 24 24 22 18 12 8 Ave. Rain (mm) 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1

Iran Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Iran. Iran’s summers are dry and hot with very little rainfall. Despite the winter months bringing rain and snow, depending upon your location, the temperatures are often quite mild, particularly in the south. TEHRAN JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 3 6 13 18 24 30 34 34 30 23 13 7 Min. Temp (ºC) -7 -5 0 6 9 12 16 15 10 6 1 -3 Ave. Rain (mm) 26 20 28 30 11 5 5 1 1 14 25 53

JORDAN The country is predominantly desert with hot days, cold nights and cool winters. The northwest of the country is hilly and gets a fair amount of rain from November through to March. The Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea are hot in summer, very dry and warm in winter.. Amman JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 12 13 17 23 28 30 32 32 30 26 20 14 Min. Temp (ºC) 4 5 7 11 15 18 20 20 18 15 10 6 Ave. Rain (mm) 39 43 30 8 5 0 0 0 0 19 54 87 Dead Sea JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV Max. Temp (ºC) 22 25 29 34 37 39 38 36 32 27 22 Min. Temp (ºC) 13 16 20 24 27 28 29 27 24 18 13 Ave. Rain (mm) 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 8

DEC 20 11 11

Lebanon Lebanon has a Mediterranean costal climate, with hot and humid summers and some cloud and rain in autumn and winter. Further inland, the mountainous areas have warm summers and snow in winter. Beirut JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 12 13 16 21 27 31 34 34 31 27 20 14 Min. Temp (ºC) 3 3 5 9 13 16 19 18 16 12 8 4 Ave. Rain (mm) 99 117 72 34 6 0 0 0 0 19 54 87

LIBYA Climate varies enormously from the comfortable Mediterranean climate of the coast to the scorching days and freezing nights of the desert. People travelling in July, August and September should be prepared for very hot weather and plenty of sunshine. From March to June, the siroccos sweep in from the Sahara, bringing hot wind laden with sand. The Sahara Desert is considerably hotter and drier than Tripoli, and some of the hottest temperatures in the world have been recorded in the Libyan interior. The desert can be cold in the evenings and at night. Tripoli JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 17 19 22 26 30 34 35 36 34 30 24 19 Min. Temp (ºC) 7 7 10 12 17 20 21 22 21 18 13 8 Ave. Rain (mm) 33 21 18 12 3 1 0 0 0 9 26 22 Ghadames JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 17 20 25 29 35 40 41 40 37 31 24 18 Min. Temp (ºC) 5 8 11 16 20 24 26 25 23 18 11 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 Ave. Rain (mm) 3

MOROCCO There are five main climatic regions in Morocco: the Mediterranean coast has a climate comparable to southern Spain; the Atlantic coastline, including Rabat, is the coolest and wettest region; the Atlas foothills, including Marrakesh, can get very hot in summer, cold in winter and is at its most pleasant in Spring and Autumn; and the High Atlas mountains rise to over 13,000 ft and can be snow-covered well into summer. The Sahara Desert region in the south is very hot.. Essaouira JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV Max. Temp (ºC) 18 18 19 19 20 21 21 22 22 22 20 Min. Temp (ºC) 12 12 14 14 15 17 18 18 18 17 15 Ave. Rain (mm) 37 22 25 15 4 1 0 0 2 17 36

DEC 19 13 44

Fez JAN FEB MAR APR Max. Temp (ºC) 15 17 20 21 Min. Temp (ºC) 4 5 7 8 Ave. Rain (mm) 42 33 35 38

MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 25 30 34 34 30 25 20 16 11 14 18 18 16 12 8 5 24 6 1 2 11 40 42 51

MarrakeSh JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 18 20 23 25 28 32 37 36 32 28 23 20 Min. Temp (ºC) 7 9 11 12 15 18 21 21 19 16 11 8 Ave. Rain (mm) 19 19 26 24 5 2 0 2 6 14 17 17

OMAN Very hot and humid during the summer, although the winter months are much more bearable. The coast does remain humid throughout the year and, although the interior is warmer, the heat is dry and less oppressive. Muscat JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV Max. Temp (ºC) 25 26 29 34 39 40 38 36 35 34 30 Min. Temp (ºC) 17 18 20 24 29 30 30 28 27 24 21 Ave. Rain (mm) 11 12 38 15 0 0 4 2 0 0 2 Salalah JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN Max. Temp (ºC) 28 28 30 32 33 32 Min. Temp (ºC) 19 20 22 24 26 27 Ave. Rain (mm) 1 1 5 6 3 7

DEC 27 18 11

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 28 27 29 31 31 29 25 24 24 22 22 20 24 22 5 3 0 5

SYRIA There are large tracts of desert and steppe where temperatures are high in the summer and low at night and in the winter. Rain also falls in these areas, more so in the steppe in the north and east of the country. The coastal areas have hot, humid summers and fine weather in winter, although there is occasional rain and cloud. The Khamsin can blow in at the beginning and end of summer. Damascus JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Max. Temp (ºC) 13 14 19 25 30 34 37 37 34 28 20 14 Min. Temp (ºC) 1 2 4 7 11 14 17 17 14 10 5 2 Ave. Rain (mm) 21 15 13 4 3 1 0 0 0 4 16 16

TUNISIA The weather in Tunisia is as varied as the country’s topography; hot summers and warm winters grace the Mediterranean coastline with rain occurring in the spring and autumn months. The mountains experience more rain and sometimes snowfall, whilst central Tunisia has lower rainfall, but more extreme temperatures, both in summer and winter, than the coast.. Tunis JAN FEB MAR APR Max. Temp (ºC) 16 17 19 21 Min. Temp (ºC) 8 8 9 11 Ave. Rain (mm) 49 37 22 29

MAY 26 14 16

JUN JUL AUG 30 34 34 181 21 22 12 4 7

SEP OCT NOV DEC 30 26 21 17 20 17 12 9 34 26 41 52

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES The best time to visit the United Arab Emirates is between October and November and also February to March, when temperatures are in the mid-twenties and the humidity is not so oppressive. Rainfall at this time is also sparse. July and August are the height of summer when temperatures and humidity are at their pek and so this time is best avoided for travel. Dubai JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV Max. Temp (ºC) 24 25 28 32 37 39 41 41 39 35 30 Min. Temp (ºC) 15 16 18 21 25 27 30 30 28 24 20 Ave. Rain (mm) 12 19 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

DEC 26 16 18

UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan’s topography consists largely of open steppe and desert with hot, dry summers and very cold winters. Spring and autumn provide brief respites from these extremes. In the east of the country are the mountains of the Tien Shen and the Pamirs and conditions here are milder, with more rain. Tashkent JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG Max. Temp (ºC) 6 8 14 21 27 34 35 33 Min. Temp (ºC) -1 0 5 10 15 19 21 19 Ave. Rain (mm) 32 41 38 25 5 2 1 3

SEP OCT NOV DEC 28 22 14 8 13 8 4 0 15 25 36 27

ISRAEL Israel has warm and mostly cloudless days year round spring and autumn offer the best time to visit with Mild temperatures and low rainfall. The summer months can be uncomfortably hot in some areas and the winter months have the highest rainfall. Tel Aviv JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG Max. Temp (ºC) 6 8 14 21 27 34 35 33 Min. Temp (ºC) -1 0 5 10 15 19 21 19 Ave. Rain (mm) 32 41 38 25 5 2 1 3

SEP OCT NOV DEC 28 22 14 8 13 8 4 0 15 25 36 27

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If all payments (including any surcharge where applicable) are not received on time, we (or we acting as agent for the Third Party Supplier where applicable) are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking and will retain the deposit paid. If we do not cancel straightaway because you promise to make payment but you still fail to do so, you must pay the cancellation charges shown in clause 9 depending on the date we (or we acting as agent for the Third Party Supplier where applicable) reasonably treat your booking as cancelled by you. (g) (1) Providing full payment has been received, travel documents will be sent approximately 2 weeks before departure (Third Party Suppliers’ policies may vary) unless your booking is made within 6 weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible, made available for collection or sent by courier upon the payment of a fee. Non-UK residents may incur an additional delivery charge. (2) For some countries you will be handed your internal flight/train/ hotel vouchers by your tour manager/Cox & Kings representative on arrival at your destination. (h) Cox & Kings has included in the relevant prices all government taxes in the amount applicable at the time of booking which do not have to be paid locally. Those that have to be paid locally by you are extra and are your responsibility (such as international airport departure tax). 3) Special Requests / Medical Problems / Disabilities Where special requests for flight seats, room/cabin allocation, diet considerations etc. are required Cox & Kings must be made aware of these in writing at the time of booking. Whilst every effort will be made to pass these requests on to the suppliers concerned (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable), we cannot guarantee they will be met. Where special requests for flight seats are passed on by Cox & Kings to an airline, the confirmation of seat numbers is at the discretion of the airline. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier / Third Party Supplier 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. If you have any disability or medical condition which may affect your arrangements or the booking process, please provide us with full details before booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of the chosen arrangements and/or assist you with making your booking. In any event, we must be given full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any material change in the disability or condition occurs. You must also advise us in writing if any such disability or condition develops after your booking has been confirmed. 4) Your Travel Agent (a) Any travel agent through whom you make a booking will relay information from you to us and vice versa. Cox & Kings is neither responsible for any failure by your travel agent to do this properly, or in good time, nor for any advice given to you by your travel agent that did not originate from Cox & Kings.

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(b) Any money you pay to one of our authorised travel agents for your booking will be held by the travel agent on behalf of Cox & Kings / the Third Party Supplier (as applicable) until it is paid to us. 5) Insurance It is a condition of booking with us that you take out insurance at the time of, or prior to, making your booking. If you do not purchase the policy we offer, details of which are set out on page 105 you must purchase an appropriate alternative, and let us have the details of this at the time of booking. If you purchase insurance through Cox & Kings you must notify us of relevant factors that may affect your particular requirements for cover such as pre-existing medical conditions / disabilities. If you do not purchase insurance through us it is your responsibility to ensure that you purchase a policy that provides cover equivalent to that which we offer. Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible if you purchase an inadequate insurance policy or if you fail to notify Cox & Kings of factors affecting your particular requirements for cover. Insurance premiums should be paid at the time of booking and are non-refundable. Non-European Union residents should obtain equivalent insurance cover in their country of residence. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. We do not check alternative insurance policies. 6) Alteration By You (a) If you wish to make any amendments to your holiday after the confirmation invoice has been issued, you must inform us in writing and we will do our best to help. Please note however that if you (i) change to a different departure date, cruise or destination or (ii) change your booking less than 8 weeks before departure, this will be treated as a cancellation and a new booking and you will be liable for the cancellation charges set out in clause 9 (except as set out in 6(c) below). In the event a change can be made, you must pay all costs and charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable) together with an amendment fee of £35 per alteration per booking before the change can be made. (b) If you wish to change any aspect of your holiday after it has commenced, Cox & Kings and/or their agents will do their best to assist, subject to you being responsible for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the arrangements originally booked, for the cost of your new arrangements and for any costs incurred by Cox & Kings and/or their agents in attempting to secure or securing any revised arrangements. All such charges and costs are payable locally. (c) If you wish to transfer your place on your booking to another person (introduced by you), you may do so provided the reason for the transfer is personal illness, the death or serious illness of a close family member, jury service, redundancy or unavoidable work commitments. Requests for a transfer must be made in writing at least 30 days prior to departure and must be accompanied by documentary proof of the reason for the transfer (e.g. a doctor’s certificate), full details of the person who will replace you, any outstanding balance due for the tour, a payment of £35 to cover our administration costs plus such amount as our suppliers (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable) will require to effect the change (if the transfer can be made). Please note that, in some cases, suppliers such as airlines treat name changes as a cancellation, levying cancellation charges and requiring payment for a new ticket. These charges must be paid by you before any change can be made. 7) Changes to or Cancellation of your Arrangements by us or your Third Party Supplier (a) This clause 7(a) applies only if your contract is with us. Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct errors in brochure and other details both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings which we reserve the right to do. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a “significant change”. A significant change is a change made before departure which, taking account of the information you give us at the time of booking and which we can reasonably be expected to know as a tour operator, we can reasonably expect to have a major affect on your holiday. Significant changes include the following changes when made before departure; a change of accommodation to that of a lower official classification or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away, a change of outward departure time or overall length of time you are away of twelve or more hours, a change of UK departure point to one which is more inconvenient for you (except between airports serving the same city) and, in the case of cruises a radical change of itinerary. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options:(i) (for significant changes) accepting the changed arrangements or (ii) purchasing an alternative holiday from us (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any price difference) or (iii) cancelling or accepting the cancellation in which case you will receive a full and quick 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. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will, where compensation is appropriate, pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances and when the significant change or cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or where we have to cancel because the minimum number of persons required to operate your holiday has not been reached prior to the balance due date. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or if the change made is a minor one. A minor change is any change that does not come within the definition of a significant change set out above. Although Cox & Kings will try to notify you of minor changes, it is not obliged to do so. Minor changes include (but are not limited to) the following: (1) Changes to the confirmed destinations for your holiday but not all of them; (2) Changes in the scheduled date and time of arrival or departure provided that, where necessary, hotel accommodation and reasonable sustenance for the period in question is provided to you at no additional charge; (3) Substitution of a named Lecturer and or Leader for another knowledgeable expert in the same field. All group holidays with Cox & Kings require a minimum number of bookings before they will operate. If an insufficient number of people have booked to make your holiday arrangements financially viable so that we have to cancel, we will inform you no later than 8 weeks before your departure date. In this case, you will be offered the options set out above but no compensation will be payable. Period before departure a significant change Compensation or cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent per person More than 56 days £10.00 43-56 days £15.00 42-29 days £20.00 28-15 days £30.00 14-0 days £40.00 As Cox & Kings neither owns, manages nor controls the accommodation / transportation that it uses, it is possible that Cox & Kings may be advised that your reserved accommodation is not available when you arrive at your destination. In this event Cox & Kings will endeavour to secure accommodation of at least the same standard in that destination. Except where the change is caused by force majeure

(see cl 8), if only accommodation of a lower standard is available Cox & Kings will refund the difference between the prices of the accommodation booked and that received, and will pay £30 per person for any inconvenience caused.This amount will be paid on your return from holiday. (b) This clause 7(b) applies if your contract is with a Third Party Supplier. If the Third Party Supplier changes or cancels your booking we will pass on the new details to you together with any compensation that the Third Party Supplier may offer. As agent only for the Third Party Supplier we cannot accept any liability for any changes or cancellations made to these bookings. 8) Force Majeure Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, neither we nor any Third Party Supplier can accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our or the Third Party Supplier’s contractual obligations is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss (as more fully described in clause 12(a)(2) below) as a result of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we / the supplier of the service(s) in question / the Third Party Supplier could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include, whether actual or threatened, war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, fire and all similar events outside the control of the party concerned. 9) Cancellation By You Should you wish to cancel your booking you must notify Cox & Kings or your travel agent (as applicable) in writing. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt by us of your letter, since we can only act on receipt. Please state the reason for your cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. Claims must however be made direct to your insurance company. The following cancellation charges will apply. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges. Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable. Days before departure Amount of cancellation charges notification received. as a % of total tour cost More than 56 days Deposit 56 to 29 40% or deposit if higher 28 to 15 60% or deposit if higher 14 to 08 75% or deposit if higher 07 to 04 90% 03 to day of departure or later 100% No allowance or refund can be made for meals, rooms, excursions etc., included in the price of your tour but not taken, nor can any refund be made for lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers. Part cancellation of a booking may result in increased costs for the remaining party members. 10) Prices Prices are based upon then known costs and exchange rates of GBP£1 = US Dollar 1.51, Euro 1.23, Arab Emirates Dirham 5.53, Moroccan Dirham 13.6 and Indian Rupee 69.96 (as quoted in the Financial Times world value of the pound table on 29 June 2010). For all exchange rates not mentioned, the rate of exchange of the US dollar applies. Where your contract is with Cox & Kings then once the price of your chosen holiday has been confirmed at the time of booking, we will only change it in the following circumstances. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out in this clause, in the event of any change in our transportation costs (e.g. fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline surcharges which are part of the contract between airlines (and their agents) and the tour operator) or in the dues, taxes or fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports or in the exchange rates which have been used to calculate the cost of your holiday. Even in the above cases, only if the amount of the increase in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges) will we levy a surcharge. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges), 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 charges) or alternatively purchase another holiday from us as referred to in clause 7(a). In either case there will be an administration charge of £1 per person together with an amount to cover any travel agent’s commission. Although insurance (where purchased through us) does not form part of your contract with us or of any “package”, we will consider an appropriate refund of any insurance premiums you have paid us if you can show you are unable to use/reuse or transfer your policy in the event of cancellation or purchase of an alternative holiday. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel 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. Where applicable, you have 14 days from the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you want to cancel or purchase another holiday. If you do not tell us that you wish to do so within this period of time, we are entitled to assume that you will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid with the balance of the cost of the holiday or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later. We promise not to levy a surcharge within 30 days of the start of your holiday. No refunds will be payable within this period either. Where your contract is with a Third Party Supplier, as we act only as agent, we must pass on to you in full all additional costs and charges of whatever nature imposed by the Third Party Supplier in accordance with its own terms and conditions. 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. Occasionally our holiday prices are discounted for a limited period for promotional purposes. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively to reduce the price of a confirmed booking. 11) Your Responsibilities (a) Visas: General information concerning visa requirements applicable to British Citizens is set out in our Documents & Health section. We will notify you of any changes to visa requirements applicable to British Citizens who hold a full British passport which occur before your confirmation invoice is issued but please note that further changes could take place before you travel. You must check the up to date requirements in good time before departure. Cox & Kings will be happy to make any necessary visa applications on behalf of British passport holders, provided applications are lodged at our offices at least 6 weeks prior to departure. We cannot however guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside our control. If a visa is not granted then we cannot accept any liability for the consequences and reserve the right to pass on to you any costs incurred as a result, including cancellation charges. Non-British citizens / holders of non British passports should check with their nearest consulate or embassy for visa requirements. (b) Passports: British Citizens require a full British passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of your holiday) for the holidays we offer. Please see our Travellers Advice section for full details, or seek the advice of our travel consultants. Please note: requirements may change and you must check the up to date requirements in good time before departure. A full British passport presently takes approximately 2 to 6 weeks to obtain. If any member of your party is 16 or over and hasn’t yet got a passport, our recommendation is that you should apply for one at least 6 weeks


transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. NB. For international travel by sea, the Athens Convention limits the maximum amount the carrier has to pay if found liable in the event of death or personal injury. The Athens Convention also limits the maximum amount the carrier has to pay if found liable in the event of loss or damage to luggage and also makes provision for valuables. The maximum the carrier would have to pay you if found liable for any damage, delay or loss in respect of cabin luggage under the Athens Convention is currently approximately £800.00 per guest. Once on board ship, all valuable and important items should be deposited with the purser or in the mini-safe in your cabin if available. Please remember that no cabin mini-safe is totally secure and consider whether you need to bring such items on holiday with you. Placing items in a mini-safe is not depositing them with the carrier for safekeeping for the purposes of the Athens Convention. We and the carrier cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any valuable or important items, which are not deposited with the purser for safekeeping. For items which are deposited with the purser for safekeeping, the maximum the carrier would have to pay you if found liable for any item(s) lost or damaged (for any reason) whilst deposited is the maximum which is payable under the Athens Convention in this situation (currently approximately £1150 per guest). (7) 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 expenses or losses which relate to any business (including self employed loss of earnings). (b) Clauses 12(b) (1) and (2) below apply only if your contract is with a Third Party Supplier. (1) As we act only as an agent for the Third Party Supplier concerned we accept no liability in relation to the arrangements provided by that Third Party Supplier or for the acts or omissions of the Third Party Supplier concerned. The terms and conditions of the Third Party Supplier will apply to your contract (copies available on request from us). (2) However, in the event that we are found liable in respect of any Third Party Supplier arrangements on any basis whatsoever, we are entitled to rely on the limitations and exclusions of liability and defences set out in clause 12(a). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury which arises as a result of our negligence or that of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment. 13) Transportation (including delay) (a) Air, rail, road and other departure times are supplied by the carriers. They are subject to, inter alia, air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, the need for constant maintenance and the ability of passengers to check in on time. Cox & Kings does not have any liability to you for any delays that may arise (including any at your international departure airport). We regret we cannot provide any assistance in such circumstances other than information and advice to the extent we are in a position to do so. Where applicable, the airline is responsible for providing any assistance as is legally required by the Denied Boarding Regulations (see below). Otherwise, any arrangements in the event of a delay will be at the sole discretion of the airline or other carrier involved. (b) In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005 Article 9, 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 EU Community. 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. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm flight timings. The flight timings shown in this brochure and detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. The latest timings will be shown on your tickets which will be despatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. 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 despatched - we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs. Any change in the identity of the carrier, flight timings, and/or aircraft type (if given) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying our normal charges except where specified in these conditions. 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 7 will apply. (c) 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 or otherwise, you must, when requested, make a complete assignment to us of the rights you have against the airline in relation to the claim that gives rise to that compensation payment. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Air Transport Users’ Council on 020 7240 6061 www.auc.org.uk. 14) Complaints and Problems If you have a complaint about any of the holiday arrangements booked with or through Cox & Kings, you must tell the relevant supplier / Third party Supplier straight away. You must also tell Cox & Kings’ local representative or agent on site immediately (if available) or use the Cox & Kings emergency contact telephone number with which you will be supplied before your departure. That number will put you in contact with one of our employees who will take all reasonable steps to help you. It is only if you do this that Cox & Kings has the opportunity to put matters right on the spot. If you fail to do this, any right to compensation, which you may have, will be extinguished or reduced. Baggage is deemed to have been delivered undamaged to you unless Cox & Kings receives written notice in the case of apparent damage immediately upon arrival or re-delivery or within 15 days of the end of using the service in question for any loss or damage which is not apparent. If your contract is with a Third Party Supplier, as we act only as agent, we cannot accept any liability for the arrangements provided by that Third Party Supplier. Any assistance provided in resolving a complaint in relation to any booking of this type is provided on a goodwill basis and in our capacity as agent. 15) Arbitration If you have a complaint or claim which you wish to pursue, please write to us within 28 days of your return to the United Kingdom. Your complaint or claim will be investigated and a full reply sent to you as soon as possible. As our investigations often involve obtaining information from overseas, it may take a few weeks. In the unlikely event that we do not reach an amicable settlement, the dispute, if you so wish and subject to the Note below, may be referred to arbitration under a special scheme devised by ABTA but administered quite independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on the basis of documents alone, with restricted liabilities 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.

Alternatively, AITO’s Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and amicable solution. Whichever option you choose, neither scheme applies to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person or £25,000 per booking, or to claims which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness, or the consequences of such injury or illness. Note. If your contract is with a Third Party Supplier and not us it may not be possible for any dispute arising out of or in connection with the contract to be referred to arbitration under the schemes mentioned above. 16) Excursions / Activities / Suppliers Terms and Conditions (a) The information contained in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of the brochure going to print. We may provide you with information (in our brochure, on our website and/or when you are on holiday) about activities and excursions which are available in the area you are visiting. We cannot guarantee accuracy at all times of information given in relation to such activities or excursions or about the area you are visiting generally or that any particular excursion or activity which does not form part of our contract will take place as these services are not under our control. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are neither run, supervised, controlled nor endorsed in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other third parties who are entirely independent of us. We have no knowledge as to whether such activities or excursions and their operators comply with local legal requirements or have any insurance. Some activities / excursions involve the risk of personal injury.They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators/ other third parties and/or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 12(a) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not however exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. (b) Many of the services which make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions (see clause 12(a)(6)). Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned. 17) Financial Security We are a member of ABTA (ABTA number V2999). We also hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2815.) The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked from this brochure and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency. We provide this security by way of an ATOL (number 2815) administered by the Civil Aviation Authority for flight inclusive holidays. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package or flight* from us you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our ATOL. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. *The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are ATOL protected providing either the person who pays for the booking is present in the UK when the booking is made or the first leg of any flight or flights we arrange for you commences in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk .The price of our air holiday packages includes the amount of £2.50 per person which is the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. If you have a contract with us for arrangements which do not include a flight(s), ABTA will financially protect your holiday in the same way except where your contracted arrangements with us do not include transport to and from the UK. In this case, if already abroad, you will be returned to the point where your contracted arrangements with us commenced. Please go to www.abta.com for information on ABTA’s travel protection. Please note, our ATOL and ABTA membership does not protect bookings where we act only as agent. 18) Law and Jurisdiction Your relationship (and any contract you may have) with Cox & Kings or with any Third Party Supplier and any dispute or other matters arising from it shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. We both agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with under the ABTA Arbitration Scheme (if the Scheme is available for the claim in question and you wish to use it – see clause 15) or 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 dispute, 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). Date of Issue July 2010 Data Protection Privacy Policy For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, we are a data controller. The following is a summary of our full privacy policy which sets out how we collect and use the personal information (“personal data”) you provide us with directly or through use of our website. Our full, current privacy policy appears on our website which you should read before providing us with any personal data. Depending on what’s required, the personal data we collect may include names and contact details, credit/ debit card or other payment information and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect holiday arrangements and any dietary restrictions which may disclose your religious beliefs (“sensitive personal data”). All references in this privacy policy to personal data include sensitive personal data unless otherwise stated. Appropriate personal data will be passed on to relevant suppliers / any Third Party Supplier / any other third party (including banks and/or credit card issuers) who need to know it so that your holiday can be provided, to government / public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, to security or credit checking companies, to other companies who provide services on our behalf (such as mailing brochures and marketing material) or as required by law. We take steps to protect the personal data which is provided to any such party. In making your booking, you consent to personal data being passed on to the relevant parties. Your personal data may be stored, used and otherwise processed within the UK and/ or any other country(ies) of the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or outside the EEA. Data protection laws may not be as strong outside the EEA as they are in the EEA. Personal data will not be transferred to a country outside the EEA unless the conditions referred to in our full privacy statement are satisfied. We would also like to store and use your personal data for future marketing purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or other marketing material). All personal data you give us (including sensitive personal data) will be kept but we will use only names and contact details for marketing purposes (unless you have told us that you do not wish us to do so). If you would prefer not to receive any promotional mailings from Cox & Kings you may inform us at any time and we will remove your details from future mailing lists. We take appropriate technical and organisational measures which are intended to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. Our full privacy policy contains the procedure for reviewing and amending any personal data of yours we are processing. See www.coxandkings.co.uk for details. ABTA 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 a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration service available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ Tel: 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com The above applies only to services supplied by Cox & Kings Travel Limited and does not apply to services featured in this brochure which are provided by any Third Party Supplier where you enter into a contract with the Third party Supplier.

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before your holiday. The UK Passport Service has to confirm your identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend an interview in order to do this. Please also see clause (d) below. (c) Health: Recommended and mandatory inoculations for travel are set out in our Documents & Health section. We will notify you of any changes in these that occur before your confirmation invoice is issued. However, further changes may occur at any time and you should consult your doctor in good time before you depart. Health requirements for your holiday destination are outlined in the Department of Health leaflet entitled ‘The Travellers Guide to Health’ (T7), available from ABTA travel agents, most post offices, by telephone on 0870 1555455 or via the Department of Health website www.dh.gov.uk. If you have any medical condition / disability that may affect your ability to enjoy and pursue fully your arrangements you must notify us in accordance with cl 3. Cox & Kings reserves the right, where appropriate, to ask you to provide written certification of your medical fitness prior to departure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain all necessary inoculations, take all necessary medication and follow all medical advice in relation to your holiday. (d) Documents: It is the responsibility of the person who makes the booking to ensure that all members of the party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents and have all necessary vaccination certificates before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation or vaccinations / certificates 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 correct documentation or have the correct vaccinations/certificates. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges, expenses or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. If you are refused a visa we cannot accept any liability. If you are unable to travel as a result you will be liable to pay our normal cancellation charges. The person who makes the booking is also responsible for ensuring that every member of your party has adequate travel insurance (see clause 5 above). (e) Behaviour: You must not behave in a way that may cause distress, danger or annoyance to others or damage to property. 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 known at the time) must be paid direct at the time to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier. 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. If you are subject to arrest, or are prevented from travelling at the discretion of an airline or other transport or cruise provider, or if you are evicted from a hotel at the discretion of the hotel management, we will not refund any portion of the cost of your holiday, nor will we have any further responsibility towards you, including the provision of any return travel arrangements, or pay you any compensation whatsoever. If we incur any expense as a result of your behaviour, you will be obliged to reimburse us for that expense. (f) Travel advice: For up to date travel advice from the UK Government, visit www. fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo. 12) Our Liability This clause 12(a) does not apply where your contract is with a Third Party Supplier (a) (1) We promise to make sure that the holiday arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these booking conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted holiday arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted holiday arrangements. Please note it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). (2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of possessions or enjoyment), 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 holiday which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 8. (3) We cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which your hotel, cruise provider or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised in our brochure and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion / activities you purchase whilst away. Please also see clause 16 “Excursions/Activities/Suppliers Terms and Conditions”. 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. (4) 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 services in question had been properly provided. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services 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 holidaymaker to refuse to take the holiday in question. (5) As set out in these booking conditions we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for certain 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 £1,500 per person affected unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under this clause or clause 12(a)(6) 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 a refund of the cost of the holiday (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total, a refund of any directly attributable expenses reasonably incurred by that person and a daily sum of £72 per person unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 12(a)(6) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your holiday. (6) 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, rail, sea or road carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. This maximum amount will be the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements (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 and the Convention concerning International Travel by Rail (COTIF) as amended for travel by rail). Where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under 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. You are not entitled to make any claim against us which concerns or is based on any travel arrangements provided by any air, rail, sea or road carrier if such a claim is not expressly permitted to be brought against the carrier by the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the


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MIDDLE EAST At Cox & Kings we believe that a good holiday is not luck but judgment. We have therefore compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia and to help you prepare for your holiday. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, whilst our ground staff are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to travelling in the region, and respect the local traditions.

FLIGHTS International Flights: On our tours the following carriers will be used: British Airways, bmi, Royal Jordanian, Royal Air Maroc and Uzbekistan Airways. The name of the airline is clearly listed on the tour page, together with the stop-off airport, should this apply. We do not print flight timings in our brochure; however, you will find full details relating to your international flights printed on your confirmation invoice. All flight times as stated on your confirmation invoice refer to local times. Some flight routings involve a change of plane en route to your destination and will entail a transit time in the airport terminal whilst waiting for your connection. Please take note of the flight details as stated on your confirmation invoice as these will show you the amount of scheduled transit time in the stop-off city. Please note that all flight timings are subject to change by the airline. It is important to note the difference between a ‘direct’ flight and a ‘non-stop’ flight. Non-stop flights do not have any scheduled touchdowns en route, whilst direct flights mean that there is no change of aircraft but that stops are possible and indeed probable, as per the airlines’ timetables. Unfortunately, airlines change their schedules regularly and, although we will advise you of any stops or plane changes at the time of booking, we cannot be held responsible for any changes after this date. All our itineraries are based on Economy Class; however, should you wish to upgrade to Business or First Class, this is normally possible subject to availability. If you would like to take one of these options, please contact one of our Tour Consultants, who can often offer an upgrade at specially discounted prices. Baggage allowances vary according to the destination, flight and class booked, although in the majority of cases the allowance for Economy is 20kgs, Business is 30kgs and First is 40kgs. Internal Flights: All the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners. Occasionally, when travelling on internal flights with local carriers or on light aircraft, it may be necessary for operators to change schedules at short notice and, if this should happen, everything possible will be done to minimise the inconvenience. Such a change may cause a delay to your onward travel arrangements, and require an extra night’s accommodation at your board point, or alternative travel by another airline or another method of transportation may be required. Although these arrangements are at the discretion of the airline, Cox & Kings will endeavour to help in any way it can and ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. Flight Delays & Insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with onward connections and / or hotel and holiday arrangements and, whilst the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your destination at no extra cost, additional costs may well be involved in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. It is important that your travel insurance covers you against the costs incurred as a result of cancellation or delay to your flight. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance,

any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings (see page 89) is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities. Flight Amendments: Most of the tours shown in this brochure use special airfares. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict any change of date, route or airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense. Special Requests: Cox & Kings will endeavour to request any specific meals or services, subject to availability, on the condition that we are told at the time of booking. Specific seat requests with most major airlines can now only be requested if travelling in Business or First Class. We are able to request general seating preferences. With all special requests, please remember that they are all ‘requests’ and as such are at the discretion of the airline and cannot be guaranteed. Airport Departure Taxes: International UK departure tax is included in the cost of your holiday (unless otherwise stated) when you buy your ticket from Cox & Kings. Some local taxes may have to be paid locally, however, and you will be informed of these before you travel.

ROAD TRAVEL Generally, the road conditions you will experience in the Middle East and Central Asia are fairly good.The majority of the roads are sealed and in reasonable condition. However, please be aware that some tours involve offroad driving, which can be uncomfortable, dusty and quite strenuous. The distance covered in some of our tours is also considerable, especially in Libya. If you have any problems with protracted road travel, please discuss this with your consultant.Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour, but generally the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 2-3 passengers, saloon car; 4–6 passengers, mini van; 6–19 passengers, small bus; 20–28 passengers, medium bus. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser / Land Rover vehicles.

EARLY STARTS A number of flights to the Middle East arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required. Most Egyptair domestic flights are scheduled very early in the morning and can be prone to schedule changes. This is beyond our control. To avoid the heat during the warmer months, early morning starts are often made for sightseeing.

ACCOMMODATION Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Middle East and hotels should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours in the Middle East, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built

in the Middle East and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Christmas and New Year dinners are compulsory at some hotels - these will be charged as a supplement when the prices are confirmed. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a de luxe, pyramid view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements. Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early checkins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.

EXTENSIONS In most cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. Pre-booked guides are expensive, and local guides are available at most major sites at a lesser cost. The supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.

WALKING Many of the sites in the Middle East are quite spread out and our tours consequently necessitate a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.

DRESS Please be aware that tourism is a relatively new concept in many parts of the Middle East, and that much of the region is still extremely traditional. Please respect local customs and dress codes.

NILE CRUISES At certain times of year, particularly during winter, the day-by-day cruise itinerary is subject to change due to low water levels on the Nile. On the longer cruises, visits to Qena may not always be possible. Due to the large numbers of cruise boats operating on the Nile, delays can occur when passing through the Esna Lock, sometimes necessitating sailing at night. Embarkation and disembarkation of both Nile and Lake Nasser cruise boats usually involves descending and ascending a flight of steps. Cruise itineraries are based on full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.

FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) produces a wide range of material about overseas countries that may be visited by British Citizens, to ensure that travellers are properly informed about any overseas destination, particularly in relation to political unrest, crime and health issues. Where the FCO considers that British citizens would face unjustifiable risks to health, the FCO actually advises either against travelling to the country in question or against nonessential travel to that country. Full details of all FCO advice can be obtained on the FCO website – www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-livingoverseas. Alternatively, you can contact the FCO at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH. 0845 850 2829 (Mon - Fri 09001800) (BT - 4p per min. Other networks vary).

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travel insurance At Cox & Kings, we regard your safety, protection and holiday enjoyment as being of paramount importance. Therefore, travel insurance is essential whenever you travel abroad. Indeed it is a condition of booking with us that you must have adequate travel insurance. We have arranged competitive travel insurance from specialist Insurance Brokers Campbell Irvine Ltd and underwritten by the International Insurance Company of Hannover Limited part of Hannover Re, one of Europe’s largest reinsurers. The 24-hour Worldwide Emergency Medical Service is provided by Specialty Assistance Limited, experts in providing friendly and professional emergency help around the clock. Should you decide not to purchase our insurance, you must provide us with details of your alternative insurance with your final payment. A. Medical Expenses In Patient Benefit Criminal injuries Personal Liability

£5,000,000 £10 per day up to £200 £100 per day up to £5,000 £2,000,000

B. Personal Accident £25,000 Permanent Loss of Sight £25,000 Loss of Limb(s) £25,000 Permanent Total Disablement £25,000 Death £10,000 C. Cancellation or Curtailment £5,000* D. Delayed Departure or Arrival Either compensation up to £100 OR cancellation after 12 hours up to £1,000 Hi-jack of Aircraft £100 per day up to £3,000 Failure of flight connections £25 per day up to £150 Interruption of Transport £300 E. Personal Effects £2,000 (Valuables limited to £350) (Single Article limit £250) (Disc Collections £200) Money £500 Tickets £1,000 Passport and Visas £250 F. Legal Expenses £15,000 G. Winter Sports Optional Excesses Under most sections of your policy, claims will be subject to an excess of £75. This means you will be responsible for paying the first part of each claim.

TRIPS OVER 45 DAYS Please contact Cox & Kings Travel direct for a quotation. Optional Extensions Optional Winter Sports cover available on payment of additional premium. TOP UP: An additional premium is payable to increase the standard £5,000* per person cancellation sum insured. For trips costing between £5,001 and £6,000 per insured person For trips costing between £6,001 and £7,000 per insured person For trips costing between £7,001 and £8,000 per insured person

£40 £85 £150

All premiums shown are inclusive of Insurance Premium Tax currently at 17.5% and valid for policies issued up to the 31st December 2011 irrespective of the booked departure date. FAMILY RATE For families travelling together, a special premium applies based on 2 times the adult rate. This provides for two adults under 66 years and up to four children aged 18 years or less. CHILD REDUCTION Premiums are reduced by half for children aged 18 years or less at date of payment of insurance premium, if travelling with an adult insured under this scheme. FREE COVER – INFANTS UNDER TWO Infants aged under two years at departure can be included free of charge if travelling from departure point with a parent insured under this scheme – provided that the insured person request that their name is included on the booking invoice. AGE 66 to 70 YEARS For persons aged 66 to 70 years at date of payment of insurance premium, double the standard rates apply. AGE 71 YEARS & OVER For persons aged 71 years or more please contact Vital Health for a quotation on: 0844 826 2716 ANNUAL MULTI-TRIP POLICY Available upon request at £115 for passengers up to and including 65 years old for worldwide trips including North America.

UK Europe Worldwide excl. Worldwide incl. Australasia North America North America Up to 4 days £11 £17 £45 £55 £40 5 to 9 days £14 £22 £53 £60 £49 10 to 17 days £18 £27 £60 £75 £55 18 to 24 days £22 £35 £65 £82 £62 25 to 32 days £28 £43 £74 £90 £68 33 to 45 days £36 £65 £100 £120 £90

PLEASE NOTE: This is only a summary of cover. Full details of the cover provided are shown on your policy document which will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment of premium. Please read it carefully to ensure you understand the cover provided which includes certain terms, conditions, exclusions and excesses as this insurance is being sold to you on a Non Advised basis from a single insurer. In particular cover is excluded for any pre-existing medical condition for which you or any person upon whom travel depends are suffering such as a relative. If in doubt please contact the insurers medical helpline on 0844 826 2686. Should you wish, a specimen copy will be made available prior to purchase upon request. If the insurance does not meet your requirements you may return the documentation within 14 days of the purchase or prior to travel is this is sooner and providing no claim has been made, obtain a refund.

NB. Europe includes all countries west of the Ural Mountains and countries bordering the Mediterranean, plus Iceland, Jordan, Madeira, the Canary,  Azores and Mediterranean Islands.

Cox & Kings is an Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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**VISAS:Visas are required for some destinations. Regulations change, so please check the latest requirements before booking. Cox & Kings can only process visas for British passport holders resident in the UK. If you would like Cox & Kings to obtain your visas there is a £25 per person fee in addition to the visa cost.

*TRAVEL INSURANCE: It is required that every passenger holds adequate travel insurance cover at the time of booking.The details of Cox & Kings’ travel insurance policy can be found on the reverse side of this form.The appropriate insurance premium will automatically be added to your holiday price unless you supply the details of your alternative insurance (which must offer comparable or better cover) in the space below. Insurance Company: Policy Number: Emergency Assistance Company: Telephone No:

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Important: If you have internet access, there are benefits to completing this form and paying online. Please ask your Tour Consultant to explain the advantages and email you a personalised form.

Please read the Booking Conditions and other information carefully before completing this form in BLOCK LETTERS, and return to Cox & Kings with your remittance. It is essential that you complete the sections tinted in pale grey as these include mandatory information.

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HEALTH ADVICE & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Libya

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Morocco

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The countries featured in this brochure all have specific entry regulations and requirements and some have recommended health precautions. The recommendations in force at the time of publication are detailed below. If there is change, you any will be informed at the time of booking or as soon as the change is known. However, it is your responsibility to check relevant requirements and recommendations before your departure to ensure that you comply with them and take with you the correct documentation for the countries you are visiting. Please note that the entry requirements listed are only for British citizens. All other nationalities should check with Cox & Kings for advice.

Oman

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Syria

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We recommend that you observe the following general health tips on your holiday: • Drink only bottled water and check the seal is secure when you receive it. • Do not eat raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit or uncooked seafood. • Avoid drinks with ice in unless you have already established that the ice was made from filtered water. • Avoid fruit and drink from street vendors and restaurants that might have suspect refrigeration and sanitary practices. In addition to the tips above and the inoculation recommendations below, it is also recommended that you consult your GP or travel clinic for personal advice regarding health precautions that may be needed. A simple classification system has been designed to check the necessary destination requirements and advice. The codes that have been used are interpreted as follows: A Full valid British Passport (minimum 6 months validity from the intended date of return) B

Visa required (see footnote)

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Tourist Card required (see footnote)

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Yellow Fever precautions advised

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Important Note: The above information is accurate at time of writing (July 2010). Please note that Cox & Kings will advise you before accepting your booking should there be any subsequent changes to the above recommendations and requirements. MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad) operates a travellers health advice line costing 60p per minute which can be reached on tel: 0906 82241000. You can also obtain a leaflet on ‘Health Advice for Travellers (T7.1)’ from the Department of Health by telephoning 0300 123 1002, or visit the following website set up by the NHS in Scotland, which has useful health advice for travellers: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk .

PASSPORTS & VISAS This advice is only valid for British citizens. Any clients who hold non-British passports must contact the relevant Embassy / Consulate (telephone numbers listed below). It is important that you hold a valid ten-year British passport, and we recommend that your passport is valid for six months from your date of travel. Passports can be obtained from the Post Office or www.ukpa.gov. uk. A filled out application form, a birth certificate and 2 passport photographs (one to be signed by a referee who has known you for two years) are required. The cost for postal application is £77.50 and it can take up to 3 weeks to obtain from the date of application. Please note that one-year passports are no longer issued.

• EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO 49 Queen’s Gate Gardens, London SW7 5NE (020 7581 5001) • EMBASSY OF THE SULTANATE OF OMAN 167 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HE (020 7225 0001) • EMBASSY OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC 8 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH (020 7245 9012) 1000-1200 • TUNISIAN EMBASSY 29 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1QG (020 7584 8117) • EMBASSY OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 30 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT (020 7581 1281) • EMBASSY OF UZBEKISTAN 41 Holland Park, London W11 3RP (020 7229 7679) Mon, Wed & Fri 1000-1300

CHARGES Cox & Kings will be pleased to obtain visas on your behalf provided that a minimum period of 6 weeks prior to departure is given to obtain a single country visa. Cox & Kings requires an additional week for each additional country for which a visa is required. The charge to process each visa will be £25 in addition to the cost of the visa. The charges are currently as follows. These prices are correct at the time of publication, but all governments reserve the right to change these without notice. Cox & Kings will advise you of any changes prior to booking. If you leave any country and then re-enter at any later stage you will need a double or multiple entry visa as per your itinerary. Please note that costs/conditions below apply to UK passport holders only. Requirements for applications vary for each country - please ask Cox & Kings at time of booking. Egypt: Single entry visa £18. Visas can be obtained on arrival at Cairo and Luxor airports (cost currently US$15). Iran: Single entry visa £95. Israel: No visa currently required.

Entry into some Middle Eastern countries is prohibited if you have either an Israeli stamp in your passport or any evidence that you have been to Israel. (i.e. entry or exit stamps from border crossings of neighbouring countries). Please check the Entry Requirement section for further details and call Cox & Kings if you are unsure.

Jordan: Group Tour: Where a minimum of 2 nights are being spent consecutively in Jordan by 5 or more people arriving and departing together, group visas are issued free of charge. Individual Travellers: Single entry £11, multiple entry £21 if purchased prior to departure. Jordanian visas can also be obtained on arrival at Queen Alia International airport and some land borders (cost JD10).

E Typhoid & Polio and Hepatitis A precautions may be advised

Information on visas may be obtained from the respective consulates:

Kazakhstan: Single entry visa £26.

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Malaria precautions advised

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Tetanus precautions advised

• EGYPTIAN CONSULATE 2 Lowndes St, London SW1X 9ET (020 7235 9777)

Lebanon: Visas available on arrival for US$17. Visas are also available through the Lebanese Embassy in London. Single entry visa £25, double entry visa £50.

C* A Yellow Fever certificate is required if travelling from an infected country C** A Yellow Fever certificate is required for all travellers over the age of 1 year if travelling from an infected country D

Cholera precautions

H Areas of high altitude – check with G.P for confirmation that it is safe to visit

• ISLAMIC REPULBIC OF IRAN EMBASSY 16 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1PT (020 7225 3000)

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• EMBASSY OF ISRAEL 2 Palace Green, London W8 4 QB (020 7957 9500)

Food and Drink precautions advised

J Entry prohibited if you have an Israeli stamp, or stamps from other countries’ bordering crossing points with Israel, in your passport K

Diphtheria

L

Hepatitis B

Egypt

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Iran

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Israel

AEGKL

Jordan

ABC**EGIKL

Kazakstan

ABC*EGIKL

Kyrgyzstan

ABEFGIKL

Lebanon

ABC*EGJKL

• EMBASSY OF THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN 6 Upper Phillimore Gardens, London W8 7HA (020 7937 3685 ext 227 or 229) • EMBASSY OF KAZAKHSTAN 33 Thurloe Square, London, SW7 7SD (020 7590 3485/84) • EMBASSY OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC Ascot House, 119 Crawford Street, London W1U 6BJ (020 7935 1462) 10.00-13.00 • LEBANESE CONSULAR SECTION 15 Palace Gardens Mews, London W8 4RA (020 7229 7265) • LIBYAN PEOPLE’S BUREAU 61-62 Ennismore Gardens, London SW7 1NH (020 7589 6120)

Kyrgyzstan: 1 Month multiple entry £50.

Libya: Visas are issued on arrival but must be paid for prior to departure (cost £30) due to the complexity of the visa authorisation process. Morocco: No visa currently required for the purposes of tourism. Oman: Visas available on arrival at any land, sea or airport for stays of 1 month at cost of 6Rials. A single entry visa is £12 and a multiple visa costs £20 if purchased in advance. For stays greater than 14 days you must obtain a visa prior to departure. Syria: Visas arranged on arrival free of charge by Cox & Kings, subject to restrictions. Please speak to a member of the visa department for more information. Visas are also available through the Syrian Embassy in London at a charge of £32 for a single entry visa and £50 for a multiple visa. Tunisia: No visa currently required. U.A.E: No visa currently required. Uzbekistan: Single entry visa £50.

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