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EGYPT 2011/12 PLUS

JORDAN, ISRAEL, SYRIA, MOROCCO & TURKEY

SHARE THE EXPERIENCE

Prices valid until 30 April 2012


CONTENTS About Topdeck

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How We Do It

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Topdeck Online

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Special Offers

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EGYPT 8

Discover Egypt Why Topdeck Egypt...

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8 Day Essential Egypt

HTEEG

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9 Day Sinai Horizons

HTESF

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9 Day Learn to Dive

HTDHB

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8 Day Ramses Adventure

HTCLH

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13 Day Nile & Beyond

HTNAB

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14 Day Egypt Explored

HTEEX

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13 Day Pharaohs’ Footsteps

HTEGP

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19 Day Ultimate Egypt

HTUEG

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8 Day Nile Discovery

HTNID

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10 Day Spirit of Egypt

HTCCH

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8 Day The Nile in Style

HTEEK

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8 Day Luxor Adventure

HTEEL

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9 Day Egypt Express

HTEEP

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15 Day Pyramids & Beaches

HTEPB

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20 Day Egypt, Jordan & Israel HTEJI

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Middle East Topdeck Middle East

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7 Day Jordan Adventure

HTJAD

9 Day Jordan & Israel

HTJIA

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12 Day Middle East Explorer

HTSJI

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10 Day Syria & Jordan

HTSYJ

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MOROCCO 36

Topdeck Morocco 10 Day Moroccan Explorer

HTMOR

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5 Day Marrakech Atlas Trek

HTMOT

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Moroccan Extensions

HTMES

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A young Aussie vet working in England stumbled upon a paddock of retired Double Decker buses. With just £400, a few bunk beds and a flash of inspiration, Topdeck was born! Coincidentally Topdeck’s first trip was to Morocco, and our passion for North Africa and the Middle East has never dimmed. Although the “Deckers” have long since retired, our determination to operate fantastic, unique trips in this incredible region is as strong now as it was in 1973. This year we are featuring a range of amazing trips - not only to our most popular destinations Egypt and Morocco, but also to Turkey, Jordan, Syria and Israel, making it our widest choice ever! Whichever trip you choose in this fascinating corner of the globe, rest assured that the whole team at Topdeck have left no stone unturned to ensure that your trip is memorable, fun, and offers the fantastic value for money for which we are famous.

At Topdeck we have one overriding passion - to give 18 to 30 somethings the travel experience of a lifetime! We use all the experience gained from operating trips around the world for over 35 years, and combine it with the expertise and knowledge of our local partners to present a truly amazing range of travel experiences. Incidentally, we refer to all of our holidays as trips, not tours - this is not just a play on words, but an essential part of our culture. We always remember that everyone has different holiday expectations - sure, we’ll show you the sights in comfort and without the hassles, but we go out of our way to ensure that you never feel ‘managed’.

Our trip leaders are all highly trained, knowledgeable locals who are passionate about their countries. They’ll be able give you a unique insight into the local culture and history, and because they know the places we visit so intimately, they’ll remove all the stress from your travels, leaving you free to explore. We hope you can join us in 2011!

TURKEY 42

Topdeck Turkey 12 Day Turkey Explored

HTTU

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Egypt Optionals & Highlights

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Accommodation Before & After

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Alexandria Day Trip

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Got a Question?

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Terms & Conditions

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ON THE COVER

Pyramids of Giza, Cairo

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Highly Trained Passionate Trip Leaders We believe that the best way to see Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Morocco and Turkey is through the eyes of a local. Our caring trip leaders all fall in to that category, and they are on hand 24/7 to cater for your every need. Being locals, our guides can give you a rare insight in to the places we visit, and offer priceless advice on how to get the most out of your trip.

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Fellow Travellers Unlike many tour operators, all of our passengers are aged between 18 and 39. Not that we have anything against pensioners or babies, we just believe that sharing your experience with a group of like-minded people will be one of the highlights of your journey. Whether it’s sailing a felucca on the mighty Nile, or riding a camel in the Sahara Desert, most experiences are even better with mates around.

Free Time

Travelling Alone?

We fully realise that our passengers are individuals, so on all trips in this brochure we strike a balance between included sightseeing and free time. This enables you to spend that little bit of extra time in a temple, market or coffee shop – whatever suits you most! After all, every passenger is different, and at Topdeck we never forget that fact.

No worries! A large percentage of our passengers do and it’s a great way to meet people from many different parts of the world. Better still, it costs no extra, as we don’t have costly single supplements - instead we’ll pair you up with someone of the same gender to share with. Some roads are not meant to be travelled alone!

Hassle Free Travelling At Topdeck we are experts at taking the hassle out of your travel. We have checked out every hotel so there are no hidden surprises, our air-conditioned coaches will take you in comfort through even the craziest city traffic, and when it comes to queuing at a museum, rest assured that no-one will get you to the front door faster than our guides! Our philosophy could best be described as ‘we do the work, you enjoy the sights!’

Topdeck Quality We have been running trips to North Africa and the Middle East for longer than all of our competitors, and we are the preferred supplier to some of the largest and most respected names in the travel industry. But at Topdeck we never rest on our laurels - we are constantly improving our product range to stay ahead of the ‘pack’. We are immensely proud that our extraordinary growth, particularly in the last 3 years, has been due in large part to personal recommendations of past clients.

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Start planning your perfect trip here. Our all new website is bursting with information so your questions big and small are sure to be answered. You can also sign up to our online newsletters and get all the latest Topdeck deals and special offers straight to your inbox.

Topdeck is also plugged into Facebook, letting you ‘like’ whatever takes your fancy, and getting you and your mates thinking about your trip of a lifetime. Not only can you get tips and advice from past travellers, you can also make contact with your future travelling companions before you head off.

Early Payment Option

Past Passenger Discount

5% off your trip price if booked and paid in full 6 months prior to trip departure date.

5% off your trip price if you have travelled previously with Topdeck or Connections Adventures.

Friends and Discounts

Multi Trip Discount

• 4 friends who book and travel together each save 5% off the trip price

Book 2 trips at the same time and save 5% on the cheapest trip or book 3 trips at the same time and save 5% off the second trip and 10% off the third trip.

• 7 friends or more all save 7.5% • 10 friends or more all save 10%

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Egypt is a land like no other. Once home to one of history’s greatest civilisations, treasures such as the majestic Great Pyramids and the mighty River Nile have been fascinating visitors for centuries.

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At Topdeck we have designed a wide variety of trips from 8 to 20 days to suit every budget, and all are packed with amazing experiences. Cruise the Nile by traditional felucca or 4-star cruise boat, learn to dive amongst the coral reefs of Dahab, explore the magnificent temples at Luxor, Karnak and Abu Simbel, or try your hand at bartering in the Bazaars in Cairo! Whichever trip you choose we can guarantee one thing – unforgettable sights and incredible experiences await!

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Our Partners We operated our first Topdeck Egypt trip way back. Our first local Egyptian guide was a guy named Tamer. He proved to be so good and talented that today, Tamer is the Managing Director of our Egypt operation. Tamer and his partner Rafik have a unique understanding of the requirements of our passengers acquired through years of experience, and combined with their local expertise, they help set Topdeck Egypt apart from our competitors.

Our Accommodation In Egypt we have three styles of trips, depending on your budget. Our budget trips stay in 3-star hotels which are all air-conditioned, with the exception of our hotel in Luxor. Our Upgrade trips stay in air-conditioned 4-star hotels except in the White Desert and on our Egypt, Jordan & Israel trip. Then we have 3 Cruise programmes, staying in 4-star cruise boats while on the Nile. Whichever trip you choose, all hotels have been thoroughly inspected by our Egyptian office to ensure they meet our very specific requirements.

Our Coaches

Our Inclusions

Unlike other operators, we own all of our coaches. This means that instead of wildly differing standards during your holiday, Topdeck can guarantee an excellent standard throughout – not only of our vehicles, but crucially of our drivers as well.

The two temples at Abu Simbel are among the most magnificent monuments in the world. To us it’s essential viewing, but amazingly some operators regard this as an option – and it’s not cheap! (Allow over $300AUD). All Topdeck trips that feature Abu Simbel in the itinerary include this excursion in the trip price, meaning a massive saving!

Lots of our trips take overnight trains, but sometimes these services can be disrupted. Fortunately our trips never are, with our local Topdeck coaches always on hand to get you there on time.

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Abu Simbel Camel train, Dahab

Day 5 Aswan – Luxor. We transfer from Aswan to Luxor by private coach, then take a trip by airconditioned minibus to the Temple of Karnak. We also explore the Temple of Luxor. (B)

Day 1 Cairo. Upon arrival, a transfer from Cairo International Airport to the hotel is included. Join your fellow passengers and Trip Leader in the evening to learn more about the trip. Day 2 Cairo – Aswan. Accompanied by a qualified, English speaking Egyptologist, we visit the Egyptian Museum housing over 100,000 relics including the treasures of King Tut. We then travel to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx before boarding a first class overnight train to Aswan. (B)

Day 6 Luxor – Cairo. A guided tour of the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous sites in Egypt. This magnificent necropolis houses the tomb of King Tutankhamun. We then return to Luxor where there is al so time to visit the gold and silver markets. This evening we board a train for an overnight journey to Cairo. (B)

Day 3 Aswan. We arrive in Aswan and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands, viewing the Nilometer, Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Tombs of the Nobles. We also visit a Nubian Village to learn of the customs of the original inhabitants. (B)

Day 7 Cairo. Arriving in Cairo mid-morning the rest of the day is ours to explore the city. We visit the necropolis of Saqqara and the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. Returning to the city we view Coptic Cairo and some of the oldest churches in the history of Christianity. In the afternoon we take time to visit the vibrant Khan el Khalili market. (B)

Day 4 Aswan. We depart for Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also visit the Temple of Hathor, built in honour of the goddess of love and music and Ramesses’ wife, Queen Nefertari. The afternoon is free to enjoy a drink by the pool or shop in the colourful bazaars. This evening, there is an option to dine on the banks of the Nile. (B)

Day 8 Cairo. The trip ends at the hotel after breakfast. (B)

Dates & Prices AU$

Trip starts & finishes on Sunday

2011 Departures

2012 Departures

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IA 5 ARAB Dahab

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15

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»» 7 breakfasts (B) »» 5 nights twin share at 4* hotels, 2 nights aboard first class overnight train between Cairo and Aswan and Luxor and Cairo (recliner seat) »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» Excursions to Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Coptic Churches, Khan El Khalili Market, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple & the Luxor Temple (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

Trip Code: HTEEG Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $690 + $189 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $879 Trip Price of $805 + $189 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $994

8 DAYS FROM

$879

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Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International airport. An arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. Join your fellow passengers and Trip Leader in the evening for a group meeting to learn more about the trip. Day 2 Cairo – Dahab. We depart this morning for the Sinai stopping en route for lunch. We arrive and check into our hotel, our home for the next four days. (B) Days 3-6 Dahab. Four days lie ahead to enjoy at leisure. Swimming, snorkelling, water sports and relaxation are all on hand. Also the local diving centre can help you with any equipment or to locate the best dive spots in the Red Sea. On land, experience the thrill of a desert safari on quad bikes or camels. At night the fire lit seafood eateries are tempting for dinner. Why not take advantage of the optional trip to climb to the top of Mt Sinai, where as the night ends, you can witness the spectacular sunrise, which blankets the surrounding peaks in colours of gold and unveils one of the most unforgettable views in Egypt. In the morning after descending to the valley floor, we visit the Monastery of St Catherine, which

has been the base of the Monastic Order since the 4th century. We then return back to the beach at Dahab. (Bx4) Day 7 Dahab – Cairo. This morning we reluctantly say goodbye to the town of Dahab and set off into the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula on our way back to Cairo. (B) Day 8 Cairo. In the morning, accompanied by a qualified, English speaking Egyptologist, we visit the Egyptian Museum housing over 100,000 relics including the magnificent treasures of Tutankhamun. We then travel to the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the surviving ‘Seven Ancient Wonders of the World’ and the Sphinx. (B)

Trip starts Saturday & finishes Sunday

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2012 Departures

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Trip Code: HTESF

Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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»» 8 breakfasts (B) »» 8 nights twin share in 4* hotels »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» Excursion to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids and the Sphinx (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

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Day 9 Cairo. The trip ends at the hotel after breakfast. (B)

Dates & Prices AU$ May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

WHAT’S INCLUDED

DA ST A H C RT A AT B C H A ER IR IN O E

overnight train

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Cairo

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Cairo

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2 Aswan

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Mt. Sinai

Sinai Horizons

EGYPT UPGRADE

9 Day

Abu Simbel

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8 Day

Essential Egypt

EGYPT UPGRADE

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $525 + $137 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $662 Trip Price of $595 + $137 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $732

9 DAYS FROM

$662

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Diving in Dahab

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Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport where there will be a meet and greet from a Topdeck representative. A transfer to the hotel is included. This evening join your fellow travellers and Trip Leader at the hotel to learn more about your trip. Day 2 Cairo - Dahab. After breakfast we transfer by private air-conditioned coach to Dahab to check-in to our hotel, with the rest of the day free to relax and prepare for diving. (B) Days 3-6 Dahab. Today we head down to our dive centre for the start of our diving course. The next four days will be filled with a combination of theory and practical water sessions for all levels. Egypt is world-renowned for having some of the best diving in

the world, and is perfect for beginners and experts alike. (Bx4) Day 7 Dahab - Cairo. Today we return to Cairo by air-conditioned coach, with memories of diving still fresh in our heads. Tonight is a free evening to hit the town! (B) Day 8 Cairo. This morning, accompanied by a fully qualified English speaking Egyptologist, we visit the Egyptian Museum housing thousands of ancient artefacts including the treasures of Tutankhamun. We also visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Today there is an optional farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B) Day 9 Cairo. Our trip finishes this morning after breakfast. (B)

WHAT’S INCLUDED »» 8 breakfasts (B) »» 8 nights twin share in 4* hotels »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» 4 days Open Water Course including all equipment (dive book not included) »» Excursion to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids and Sphinx (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport. An arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. Tonight we join our fellow travellers and Trip Leader for a group meeting about our upcoming adventure. Day 2 Cairo – Luxor. After breakfast we depart for a full day tour to visit the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids and the Sphinx. The Great Pyramid lies on the Giza plateau, overlooking Cairo and is one of the surviving ‘Seven Ancient Wonders of the World’. In the evening we board a first class train to Luxor for the overnight journey. (B) Day 3 Luxor. We arrive in Luxor in the morning and transfer to our hotel to freshen up. Then we board our private air conditioned mini bus as our guide introduces us to the amazing Temple of Karnak. We also visit the Temple of Luxor. (B) Day 4 Luxor. A highlight of every visitor to Egypt is a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings. Our Egyptologist really brings the incredible history of this area to life as we explore the area. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, before returning to Luxor

Dates & Prices AU$

Trip starts Saturday & finishes Sunday

2011 Departure

2012 Departures

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Trip Code: HTDHB

Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $975 + $189 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1164 Trip Price of $1095 + $189 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1284

9 DAYS FROM

$1164

for some free time to shop in the colourful markets. (B) DAY 5 Hurghada. This morning we head across the desert to the beautiful coast of the Red Sea. In the afternoon we can enjoy the water sports at the beach or take an optional quad bike safari into the desert. Dinner is included at the hotel and at night the town is alive with many small bars, cafés and nightclubs. (B,D) Day 6 Hurghada. After breakfast, a free day to enjoy Hurghada. The Red Sea is one of the best places to snorkel and enjoy some amazing coral reefs and marine life. There is also an optional tour to the Gifton Island for snorkelling and diving. In the evening, we toast our trip at dinner at the hotel. (B,D) day 7 Cairo. This morning we depart Hurghada and transfer back to Cairo by private air-conditioned coach. (B)

Trip starts & finishes on Tuesday

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»» 7 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) »» 6 nights twin share in 4* hotels, 1 night aboard 1st class (recliner seat) overnight train between Cairo and Luxor »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» Excursion to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

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Day 8 Cairo. Our trip ends at the hotel after breakfast. (B)

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

H LU O ST U V A XO RG ER RT R N H C IG A A DA H IR T O TR A IN

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Ramses Adventure

EGYPT UPGRADE

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Local life

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Learn to Dive

9 Day

EGYPT UPGRADE

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Trip Code: HTCLH Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $690 + $189 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $879 Trip Price of $770 + $189 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $959

8 DAYS FROM

$879

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White Desert

Day 2 Cairo. In the morning we visit the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Then we continue to Saqqara. (B) Day 3 Cairo - Bahariyya Oasis. We travel by air-conditioned private coach to the beautiful Bahariyya Oasis. (B,D) Day 4 Bahariyya Oasis - White Desert. We continue by 4x4 towards our camp in the White Desert. On our way we visit the Temple of Alexander the Great. Tonight we sleep under the stars in tents. (B,L,D) Day 5 White Desert - Dakhla Oasis. We travel to the Farafra Oasis and then continue to Dakhla Oasis by private air-conditioned coach. We view the medieval covered city of Al Qasr, then head out to Al-Muzawaka Tombs and Deir Al-haggar. (B)

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Day 8 Aswan. Early start to see Abu Simbel before our felucca trip along the incredible Nile River begins. (B,L,D) Day 9 Felucca. Watch life on the banks of the Nile as we sail along. We also visit Kom Ombo Temple. (B,L,D) Day 10 Felucca - Luxor. Today we say goodbye to our felucca and crew, as we transfer by air-conditioned coach to Luxor. (B) Day 11 Luxor - Cairo. This morning we see the Valley of the Kings and the Temple Of Queen Hatshepsut. Then we transfer for our 1st class train journey (recliner seat) to Cairo. (B) Day 12 Cairo. This morning we have a guided visit of the Egyptian Museum after which the rest of the day is free to explore. (B) Day 13. Our trip finishes today after breakfast (B).

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Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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»» 1 2 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) »» 6 nights twin share in 4* hotels, 2 nights twin share in tourist class hotels, 1 night in a desert camp, 2 nights on board a felucca, 1 night first class overnight train between Luxor and Cairo (recliner seat) »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus and felucca as per the itinerary »» Excursion to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo Temple, Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

FELUCCA SAILING

Trip Code: HTNAB

Trip starts Sunday & finishes Friday

Jan 01 15 29 Feb 12 26 Mar 11 25 Apr 08 22

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SLEEPING BAG REQUIRED

2012 Departures

08 22 05

Day 7 Luxor - Aswan. After breakfast we transfer to Aswan by air-conditioned coach. There is an option to visit the Temple of Philae by motorboat. (B)

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $1025 + $252 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1277 Trip Price of $1125 + $252 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1377

13 DAYS FROM

$1277

SAUDI IA ARAB

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Abu Simbel The Great Pyramid of Giza

Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport – a transfer to the hotel is included.

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Day 6 Dakhla Oasis - Luxor. This morning our journey continues to the Kharga Oasis. We see the Temple of Hibis, the rambling 4th century necropolis of Al-Bagawat and the Temple ruins of Deir Al-Kashef. We then transfer to Luxor. (B,L)

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Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport where a transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. Day 2 Cairo – Aswan. This morning accompanied by an English-speaking Egyptologist we visit the Egyptian Museum. We then travel to the Great Pyramid of Giza before boarding a 1st class overnight train to Aswan. (B) Day 3 Aswan. This afternoon we board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands. We also call on a Nubian Village to learn the customs of the original inhabitants. (B) Day 4 Aswan. Early morning departure to Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also view the Temple of Hathor. This evening, there is an option to dine on the banks of the Nile. (B) Day 5 Aswan – Luxor. We take a trip by air-conditioned minibus to the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor, discovering the magnificence of the old capital of Egypt. (B) Day 6 Luxor – Cairo. A guided tour of the Valley of the Kings awaits. This evening we board a train for an overnight journey to Cairo. (B)

Day 7 Cairo. Arriving in Cairo mid-morning the rest of the day is ours to explore the city. We visit the necropolis of Saqqara and the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. Returning to the city we view Coptic Cairo and some of the oldest churches in the history of Christianity. In the afternoon we take time to visit the vibrant Khan el Khalili market. (B) Day 8 Cairo – Dahab. We depart this morning for Dahab, one of the Sinai’s most treasured diving destinations. (B) Days 9-12 Dahab. Swimming, snorkelling and water sports are all on hand. On land, experience the thrill of a desert safari on quad bikes or camel. There is the option to climb to the top of Mt Sinai. We then return back to the beaches of Dahab. (Bx4) Day 13 Dahab – Cairo. This morning we set off into the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula on our way back to Cairo. (B)

Trip starts Sunday & finishes Saturday

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13 breakfasts (B) 11 nights in twin share 4* hotels, 2 nights aboard first class overnight train between Cairo and Aswan and Luxor and Cairo (recliner seat) Arrival transfer from airport to hotel Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary Excursions to Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Coptic Churches and Khan El Khalili Market, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple (entrance fees not included) Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

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Trip Code: HTEEX

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04 18 02

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Day 14 Cairo. The trip ends at the hotel after breakfast. (B)

Dates & Prices AU$ May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

WHAT’S INCLUDED

O LU A A O ST SW BU V V A XO ER ER RT A S R N N IM N C IG IG A B H H E IR T T L O TR TR A A IN IN

Bahariyya Oasis

Cairo

N JORDA

DA C A H IR C A AT O B H ER IN E

Cairo

start/finish

DAY STOP

3

L ISRAE

L ISRAE

NO. OF NIGHTS STAY

1

Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Luxor

ST

EGYPT UPGRADE

C A IR C O A IR O

Aswan

EN D

Nile & Beyond

13 Day

EGYPT UPGRADE

30 For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $1060 + $284 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1344 Trip Price of $1150 + $284 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1434

14 DAYS FROM

$1344

17


EGYPT » EGYPT UPGRADE

Cairo

Pharaohs’ Footsteps

L ISRAE

13 Day

N JORDA

start/finish

SAUDI A I ARAB 2 Hurghada The locals in Cairo

Luxor 2

Kom Ombo

Abu Simbel

2 Aswan NO. OF NIGHTS STAY DAY STOP

Chilling out on the felucca

What’s Included »» 12 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) »» 9 nights twin share in 4* hotels, 2 nights aboard a felucca sailboat, 1 night aboard first class overnight train between Cairo and Aswan (recliner seat) »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» Excursions to the Egyptian Museum and Pyramids, Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo Temple, the Valley of the Kings, Karnak & Luxor temples (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport. An arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. Join our fellow passengers and Trip Leader in the evening for a group meeting to learn more about the trip. Day 2 Cairo. In the morning we are accompanied by a qualified, English speaking Egyptologist on our visit to the Egyptian Museum. Housing over 100,000 relics including the magnificent treasures of King Tutankhamun, the museum is a must-see for all visiting Cairo. We then visit the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the surviving ‘Seven Ancient Wonders of the World’ and the mighty Sphinx. (B) Day 3 Cairo – Aswan. Cairo, the bustling metropolis beckons and a free day allows for further exploration. Visit the vibrant Khan el Khalili market or take an optional tour to discover more of this fascinating city. In the evening we transfer to the train station to board the first class overnight train to Aswan, a city with a relaxed and appealing charm after the hustle and bustle of Cairo. (B)

Gifton Island

Day 4 Aswan. After breakfast (on board train), we arrive in Aswan and transfer to the hotel to freshen up. In the afternoon we board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands, viewing the Nilometer, Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Tombs of the Nobles. We continue to a Nubian Village to learn about the lifestyle and customs of the original inhabitants of this region. (B) Day 5 Aswan. This morning we have a very early departure to Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also visit the Temple of Hathor, built in honour of the goddess of love and music and Ramesses’ wife, Queen Nefertari. On returning to Aswan, there is an optional tour to the Temple of Isis. This afternoon there is free time to enjoy a drink by the pool or shop in the colourful bazaars. In the evening enjoy an option to dine on the banks of the Nile in a truly memorable setting. (B) Days 6-7 Felucca Journey. We hop on board for our voyage along the River Nile, with the next two days being a time of complete relaxation,

1 swimming and perhaps trying your hand at sailing. On board, the Nubian crew cook and sail, giving us the chance to do as much or as little as we wish. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2) Day 8 Luxor. We stop at Kom Ombo temple where we visit with an Egyptologist and then we continue to the ancient capital Luxor from where we take a trip by air-conditioned minibus as the guide introduces us to the amazing Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. (B)

3 4

Day 12 Hurghada – Cairo. Today we leave the beach behind us as we make our way back to vibrant Cairo for our final night in magical Egypt. (B)

6

Day 13 Cairo. Our trip ends at the hotel after breakfast. (B)

FELUCCA SAILING SLEEPING BAG REQUIRED

Day 9 Luxor. A highlight for all visitors to Egypt is the guided tour of the Valley of the Kings. This magnificent necropolis houses the tombs of the pharaohs, including that of King Tutankhamun. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. There is also time to visit the colourful market of Luxor. (B)

8 10

Camel in the Valley of the Kings

12

Days 10-11 Luxor – Hurghada. This morning we head across the desert to the beautiful Red Sea. Plenty of free time to enjoy the beach and facilities. A desert safari on quad bikes is a great option, as is an excursion to beautiful Gifton Island. We enjoy our dinners at our hotel and in the

Dates & Prices AU$

Trip starts Tuesday & finishes Sunday

2011 Departures

2012 Departures

May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 18

evenings the town is alive with many small bars, cafes and night clubs lining the main street. (Bx2, Dx2)

H LU KO O A A O ST U SW BU V V A XO RG M ER ER RT A S O R N N H IM N M C I I A G G A B BO DA H H E IR T T L O FE TR LU A IN CC A

EGYPT

C A IR C O A IR O

2

overnight felucca

EN D

overnight 1 train

10

24

07

21

05

19

02

16

13

27

11

25

08 22 06 20

30

Jan Feb Mar Apr

03 14 13 10

17 31 28 27 24

Trip Code: HTEGP

Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $949 + $294 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1243 Trip Price of $1045 + $294 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1339

YSS AY DA XD 13 X FROM

$1243

19


EGYPT » Felucca sailboat

L ISRAE N JORDA

Cairo

EGYPT UPGRADE Abu Simbel

SAUDI A I ARAB

Ultimate Egypt

5 Dahab

19 Day

St Catherine

2 Hurghada

overnight train

Luxor 2

2 Aswan

Abu Simbel

NO. OF NIGHTS STAY DAY STOP

1

What’s Included »» 18 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) »» 15 nights twin share in 4* hotels, 2 nights aboard a felucca sailboat, 1 night aboard first class overnight train (recliner seat) »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» Excursions to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor temples (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport. An arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. Join your fellow passengers and Trip Leader in the evening to learn more about the trip.

Nilometer, Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Tombs of the Nobles on the west bank of the Nile. We continue to a Nubian Village to learn about the lifestyle and customs of the original inhabitants of this region. (B)

Day 2 Cairo. In the morning we visit the Egyptian Museum housing over 100,000 relics including the magnificent treasures of King Tutankhamun. On the Giza plateau, overlooking Cairo we view the Great Pyramids and Sphinx, Egypt’s most renowned monuments. (B)

Day 5 Aswan. This morning we have a very early departure to Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also visit the Temple of Hathor, built in honour of the Goddess of Love and Music and Ramesses’ wife, Queen Nefertari. On returning to Aswan there is an optional tour visiting the majestic setting of the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. This afternoon is free to enjoy a drink by the pool or maybe shop in the colourful bazaars. In the evening there is an option to dine on the banks of the Nile, a truly memorable setting. (B)

Day 3 Cairo – Aswan. Cairo, the bustling metropolis beckons and a free day allows for further exploration. Visit the vibrant Khan el Khalili market or choose an optional tour to discover more of this fascinating city. In the evening we board the first class overnight train to Aswan, a city with a relaxed and appealing charm after the hustle and bustle of Cairo. (B) Day 4 Aswan. After breakfast (on board train), we arrive in Aswan and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon we board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands, viewing the

Days 6-7 Felucca Journey. Today we hop aboard our felucca, ready for two days of complete relaxation. On board, the Nubian crew cook and sail giving us the chance to do as much or as little as we wish. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)

Day 8 Luxor. We stop at Kom Ombo temple where we visit with an Egyptologist and then we continue to the ancient capital of Luxor, from where we take a trip by air-conditioned mini-bus as our guide introduces us to the amazing Temple of Karnak. We explore the Temple of Luxor as the tour of the east bank continues, discovering the magnificence of what was once the capital of Egypt. (B) Day 9 Luxor. A highlight for all visitors to Egypt is the guided tour of the Valley of the Kings, which after the Pyramids of Giza, is the most famous site in Egypt. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. There is time to visit the colourful market of Luxor famous for its gold and silver. (B) DayS 10-11 Hurghada. This morning we head across the desert to the beautiful Red Sea. The days are free to enjoy the beach and facilities. Choose from an array of optional activities including snorkelling, boat tours and desert safaris. (Bx2 Dx2)

Day 13 Cairo – Dahab. We depart this morning for the Sinai Peninsula, stopping en route for lunch. We arrive in Dahab, formerly a Bedouin fishing village and now home to some of Egypt’s best diving. (B) Days 14-17 Dahab. Four days lie ahead to enjoy at leisure. Swimming, snorkelling, water sports and relaxation are all on hand. Also the local diving centre can help you with any equipment hire or to locate the best dive spots in the Red Sea. On land, experience the thrill of a desert safari on quad bikes or camels. At night the fire lit seafood eateries are tempting for dinner. There is also an option to climb to the top of

Trip starts Tuesday & finishes Saturday

2011 Departures

2012 Departures

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24

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05

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02

16

13

27

11

25

08 22 06 20

30

Jan Feb Mar Apr

03 14 13 10

Mt Sinai, where you can witness the spectacular sunrise – one of the most unforgettable views in Egypt. In the morning, after descending to the valley floor we visit the Monastery of St Catherine, which has been the base of the Monastic Order since the 4th Century. We then return back to the beach at Dahab. (Bx4) Day 18 Dahab – Cairo. This morning we reluctantly say goodbye to the town of Dahab and set off into the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula on our way back to Cairo. (B) Day 19 Cairo. The trip ends at the hotel today after breakfast. (B)

3 4

6

8 10 12

FELUCCA SAILING

13

SLEEPING BAG REQUIRED 18

Dates & Prices AU$ May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 20

Day 12 Hurghada – Cairo. After a free morning to savour the sun, sand and sea at the resort we travel back to Cairo. (B)

17 31 28 27 24

H LU KO O A A O ST U SW BU V V A XO RG M ER ER RT A S O R N N H IM N M C I I A G G A B BO DA H H E IR T T L O FE TR LU A IN CC A

overnight felucca

Kom Ombo

DA C A H IR C A AT O B H ER IN E

2

ST

EGYPT

C A IR C O A IR O

1

EN D

start/finish

Trip Code: HTUEG

Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $1175 + $362 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1537 Trip Price of $1275 + $362 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1637

19 DAYS FROM

$1537

21


« EGYPT

EGYPT »

5 6 7

overnight train

SAUDI IA ARAB

1

overnight train

Luxor

Kom Ombo overnight cruise boat

Abu Simbel

EGYPT

Luxor 1 Edfu Kom Ombo

Edfu

overnight cruise boat

Abu Simbel

NO. OF NIGHTS STAY DAY STOP

1 Aswan NO. OF NIGHTS STAY DAY STOP

v

Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport. An arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. Day 2 Cairo – Aswan. In the morning accompanied by a qualified, English speaking Egyptologist, we visit the Egyptian Museum housing over 100,000 relics including the magnificent treasures of King Tutankhamun. We then see the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. In the evening we board the first class overnight train to Aswan. (B) Day 3 Aswan - Cruise Boat. After freshening up in our cruise boat cabins we board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands. We continue to a Nubian Village to learn about the original inhabitants of this region. This afternoon is free to shop in the markets in Aswan. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Cruise Boat. Our journey continues to the town of Edfu where

we gaze at the temple dedicated to the falcon headed sky god, Horus. We travel by horse and carriage to the almost fully-intact Temple of Edfu (B,L,D) Day 6 Cruise Boat – Luxor. We continue along the river arriving at the ancient capital of Thebes. A highlight for all visitors to Egypt is our guided tour of the Valley of the Kings. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Our guide then introduces us to the amazing Temple of Karnak as we take a trip by airconditioned minibus to explore the Temple of Luxor. In the evening we board the overnight first class train to return to the capital. (B) Day 7 Cairo. Arriving in Cairo we transfer to the hotel to freshen up. The rest of the day is spent further exploring Cairo. We see the necropolis of Saqqara, including the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. Returning to the city we visit Coptic Cairo and some of the oldest churches in the history of Christianity. In the afternoon we take time to visit the vibrant Khan el Khallili market. (B)

Trip starts & finishes on Sunday

2011 Departure

2012 Departures

01 08 22 29 19

03 10

24

07

14

28

11

18

25

09 16

23

06

13

20

04 18

25

WHAT’S INCLUDED »» 7  breakfasts (B) , 3 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) »» 2 nights twin share in 4* hotels, 3 nights 4* cruise boat in cabin accommodation, 2 nights aboard first class overnight train between Cairo and Aswan, Luxor and Cairo (recliner seat) »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus and cruise boat as per the itinerary »» Excursion to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Coptic Churches, Khan El Khalili, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Luxor Temples (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a full trained English speaking Trip leader

Day 8 Cairo. Our trip ends at the hotel after breakfast (B).

Dates & Prices AU$

12

2

1 Aswan

Temple of Edfu

May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2 Hurghada

1

overnight train

EGYPT

N JORDA

SAUDI IA ARAB

1

Day 4 Cruise Boat. It’s an early start this morning as we visit Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. When we return lunch is on board the panoramic decks of our cruise boat. On the way we pass via Kom Ombo and stop to visit the temple. (B,L,D)

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Cairo

start/finish

Jan 01 15 29 Feb 12 19 26 Mar 11 18 25 Apr 08 22 29

Trip Code: HTNID Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $830 + $220 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1050 Trip Price of $955 + $220 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1175

8 DAYS FROM

$1050

1

Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport. A transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. Join our fellow Topdeckers and Trip Leader in the evening to learn more about the trip. Day 2 Cairo – Aswan. In the morning accompanied by an English speaking Egyptologist, we visit the Egyptian Museum housing over 100,000 relics including the magnificent treasures of King Tutankhamun. We then head to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. This evening we board a first class overnight train to Aswan. (B) Day 3 Aswan - Cruise Boat. We arrive in the morning and transfer to our cruise boat on the banks of the Nile. We then board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands. We continue to a Nubian Village to learn about the lifestyle of the original inhabitants (B,L,D). Day 4 Cruise Boat. It’s an early start this morning as we visit Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. In the afternoon our cruise boat departs and we watch life on the banks of the Nile from the decks. On the way we pass via Kom Ombo and stop to visit the temple. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Edfu – Luxor. The journey continues to the town of Edfu where we see the temple dedicated to the sky god, Horus. (B,L,D) Day 6 Luxor. We continue along the river arriving at the ancient capital of Thebes followed by a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings. Our guide introduces us to the amazing Temple of Karnak as we take a trip by airconditioned mini-bus to explore the Temple of Luxor. Our tour of the East Bank discovers the magnificence of what once was the capital of Egypt. There is also time to shop amongst the colourful gold and silver markets of Luxor. (B) Days 7-8 Hurghada. This morning we head across the desert to Hurghada on the beautiful coast of the Red Sea. The days are free to enjoy the beach and facilities. Optional activities include snorkelling, boat tours and desert safaris. (B,D, B,D) Day 9 Hurghada – Cairo. After breakfast we depart back to Cairo (B).

Trip starts Sunday & finishes Tuesday

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2012 Departures

01 08 22 29 12

19

03 10

24

07

14

28

11

18

25

09 16

23

06

13

20

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25

»» 9  breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) »» 5 nights twin share in 4* hotels, 3 nights in 4* cruise boat (cabin), 1 night aboard first class overnight train between Cairo and Aswan (recliner seat) »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» Excursions to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor Temples (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

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4

6 7 9

Day 10 Cairo. All good things must come to an end and the trip finishes at the hotel after breakfast (B).

Dates & Prices AU$ May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

WHAT’S INCLUDED

O KO A A O ST SW BU V V A M ER ER RT A S O N N IM N M C IG I / G A B BO C H H E IR RU T T L O C T I SE RA RU BO IN IS E AT BO AT

O LU ED O KO A A O ST SW BU V V V A XO FU M ER ER ER RT A S O R/ N N N I N M M C IG IG IG /C C A B B RU H H H EL O IR RU T T T O IS TR C T I SE R E R A A U BO B IN I IS N O E AT AT BO AT

4

C A IR C O A IR O

3

EN D

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N JORDA

start/finish

2

1

L ISRAE

H LU ED U XO FU RG R H A DA

Cairo

Spirit of Egypt

L ISRAE

C A IR C O A IR O

8 Day

Nile Discovery

Topdeck’s Cruise Boat

10 Day

EGYPT CRUISING

EN D

EGYPT CRUISING

Jan 01 15 29 Feb 12 19 26 Mar 11 18 25 Apr 08 22 29

Trip Code: HTCCH

Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $1025 + $284 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1309 Trip Price of $1180 + $284 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1464

10 DAYS FROM

$1309

23


« EGYPT

EGYPT »

6 7

2 Hurghada

Luxor

Luxor

Kom Ombo 2

overnight cruise boat

Abu Simbel

Edfu

EGYPT

1 Aswan

Abu Simbel

NO. OF NIGHTS STAY

2 Aswan NO. OF NIGHTS STAY DAY STOP

DAY STOP

Kom Ombo

Luxor

DAY 4 Edfu – Luxor. The journey continues to the town of Edfu where we see the temple dedicated to the sky god, Horus. (B,L,D)

Day 1 Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, a transfer from Luxor international Airport to the hotel is included. Join your fellow passengers and Trip Leader in the evening to learn more about the trip.

DAY 5 Luxor. We continue along the river arriving at the ancient capital of Thebes followed by a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings. Our guide introduces us to the amazing Temple of Karnak as we take a trip by airconditioned mini-bus to explore the Temple of Luxor. Our tour of the East Bank discovers the magnificence of what once was the capital of Egypt. There is also time to shop amongst the colourful gold and silver markets of Luxor. (B)

DAY 2 Luxor – Aswan. This morning after breakfast we transfer to Aswan by Air conditioned coach and check into our cruise boat. This afternoon we board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands, viewing the Nilometer, Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Tombs of the Nobles. We also visit a Nubian Village to learn of the customs of the original inhabitants. (B,L,D)

DAYS 6-7 Hurghada. This morning we head across the desert to Hurghada on the beautiful coast of the Red Sea. The days are free to enjoy the beach and facilities. Optional activities include snorkelling, boat tours and desert safaris. (B,D, B,D)

DAY 3 Aswan. We depart early for Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also visit the Temple of Hathor, built in honour of the goddess of love and music and Ramesses’ wife, Queen Nefertari. The afternoon is free to enjoy a drink by the pool as we cruise the Nile. On the way we pass via Kom Ombo and stop to visit the temple. (B,L,D)

Trip starts & finishes on Monday

2011 Departure

2012 Departures

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20

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25

08

15

29

12

19

26

10

17

24

07

14

21

05

19

26

Jan Feb Mar Apr

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners 4 nights twin share in 4* hotels 3 nights on 4 star Cruise boat Arrival Transfer in Luxor Excursions to Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, Karnak and Luxor Temples, Valley of the Kings (entrances fees not included) Fully guided tours with Egyptologist Transportation in an air conditioned coach Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

Topdeck’s Cruise Boat

DAY 8 Hurghada – Luxor. After breakfast we depart back to Luxor in time for our flight home (B).

Dates & Prices AU$ 02 09 23 30

WHAT’S INCLUDED »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

02

16

13

20 27

30

12

19

26

09 23 30

Trip Code: HTEEK Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

Trip Price of $795 + $220 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1015 Trip Price of $925 + $220 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1145

8 Day

SAUDI A I ARAB

2 Hurghada

EGYPT

Luxor Adventure

L ISRAE N JORDA

SAUDI A I ARAB

May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 24

Local Bazaar, Aswan

8 DAYS FROM

$1015

1

DAY 1 Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, a transfer from Luxor international Airport to the hotel is included. Join your fellow passengers and Trip Leader in the evening to learn more about the trip.

DAY 4 Aswan – Luxor. We transfer from Aswan to Luxor by private coach, then take a trip by airconditioned minibus to the Temple of Karnak. We also explore the Temple of Luxor.

DAY 2 Luxor – Aswan. This morning after breakfast we transfer to Aswan by Air conditioned coach and check into our hotel. This afternoon we board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands, viewing the Nilometer, Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Tombs of the Nobles. We also visit a Nubian Village to learn of the customs of the original inhabitants. (B)

DAY 5 Luxor. A guided tour of the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous sites in Egypt. This magnificent necropolis houses the tomb of King Tutankhamun. We then return to Luxor where there is also time to visit the gold and silver markets. (B) DAYS 6-7 Hurghada. This morning we head across the desert to Hurghada on the beautiful coast of the Red Sea. The days are free to enjoy the beach and facilities. Optional activities include snorkelling, boat tours and desert safaris. (B,D, B,D)

DAY 3 Aswan. We depart early for Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also visit the Temple of Hathor, built in honour of the goddess of love and music and Ramesses’ wife, Queen Nefertari. The afternoon is free to enjoy a drink by the pool or shop in the colourful bazaars. This evening, there is an option to dine on the banks of the Nile. (B)

Trip starts & finishes on Monday

2011 Departures

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7 breakfasts, 2 dinners 7 nights twin share in 4* hotels Arrival Transfer in Luxor Excursions to Abu Simbel , Karnak and Luxor Temples, Valley of the Kings (entrances fees not included) Fully guided tours with Egyptologist Transportation in an air conditioned coach Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader.

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Boat tour, Hurghada

DAY 8 Hurghada – Luxor. After breakfast we depart back to Luxor in time for our flight home (B).

Dates & Prices AU$ May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

WHAT’S INCLUDED

H LU A A ST U SW BU A XO RG RT A LU S R H IM N LU A XO B DA XO E R L R

The Nile in Style

4

EGYPT UPGRADE

L ISRAE N JORDA

8 Day 3

H LU O ED O KO A A ST U SW V BU V A XO FU RG ER M ER RT A LU S O R N N H I N M M LU I IG A XO G / B B DA C H H XO EL O R RU T T CR R C IS RU U E IS IS BO E E AT BO BO AT AT

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Local children in Aswan

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EGYPT CRUISING

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26

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Trip Code: HTEEL Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

05 19 26

Trip Price of $595 + $189 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $784 Trip Price of $695 + $189 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $884

8 DAYS FROM

$784

25


« EGYPT

EGYPT »

8

1

Kom Ombo

Kom Ombo overnight felucca

2

overnight felucca

1 Aswan

Abu Simbel

1 Aswan

Abu Simbel

NO. OF NIGHTS STAY

NO. OF NIGHTS STAY DAY STOP

DAY STOP

Kom Ombo

Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Day 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport. A transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. Day 2 Cairo – Aswan. In the morning we visit the Egyptian Museum housing over 100,000 relics including the magnificent treasures of King Tutankhamun. On the Giza plateau, we view the Great Pyramids and the mighty Sphinx. In the evening, we transfer to the train station to board the second-class overnight train to Aswan. (B) Day 3 Aswan. This afternoon we have the opportunity to see the Philae Temple. There is an option to visit a Nubian Village for dinner to learn about the lifestyle and customs of the original inhabitants of this region. (B)

Day 5 Felucca Journey. A full day of sailing! Our Nubian crew cook and sail, giving us the chance to do as much or as little as we wish. (B,L,D) Day 6 Luxor. We stop at Kom Ombo temple where we visit with an Egyptologist and then we continue to the ancient capital of Luxor. There is an optional trip to the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. There is also time to visit the famous gold and silver markets of Luxor. Day 7 Luxor. A highlight for all visitors to Egypt is the guided tour of the Valley of the Kings, which after the Pyramids of Giza, is the most famous site in Egypt. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. In the evening we board our second class train for an overnight trip to Cairo. (B) Day 8 Cairo. A free day to explore Cairo and shop amongst the markets. (B) Day 9 Cairo. Our trip ends at the hotel after breakfast. (B)

WHAT’S INCLUDED »» 8  breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D) »» 2 nights twin/triple share in 3* hotels, 2 nights twin/triple share in tourist class hotels, 2 nights aboard a felucca sailboat, 2 nights aboard second class overnight train between Cairo and Aswan, Luxor and Cairo (recliner seat) »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» Excursions to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Abu Simbel, the Valley of the Kings (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

FELUCCA SAILING SLEEPING BAG REQUIRED

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Day 4 Aswan. This morning we have a very early departure to Abu Simbel to see the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also visit the Temple of Hathor, built in honour of the Goddess of Love and Music and Ramesses’ wife, Queen Nefertari. On returning to Aswan we board our felucca sailboat to head off down the Nile in the traditional way. (B,L,D)

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Pyramids & Beaches

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St Catherine

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Day 1 Cairo. A transfer from Cairo International Airport to the hotel is included and tonight we meet our fellow travelling companions. Day 2 Cairo. This morning, we visit the Egyptian Museum. On the Giza plateau we view the Great Pyramids and Sphinx before boarding an overnight train to Aswan. (B) Day 3 Aswan. We arrive in Aswan then there is an option to visit a Nubian Village for dinner to learn about the lifestyle of the original inhabitants of this region. (B)

DAY 7 Luxor – Hurghada. We enjoy a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings a highlight of our trip. This afternoon we transfer by mini-bus to Hurghada on the Red Sea. (B) DAY 8 Overnight Coach. We have the day to enjoy the beach and facilities. In the evening we depart for Dahab by overnight bus. (B) Day 9 Dahab. We arrive in Dahab and check in to our hotel and relax for the evening. (B)

Day 4 Aswan. An early departure to Abu Simbel to see the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also visit the Temple of Hathor. On returning to Aswan we board our felucca sailboat on the Nile. (B,L,D)

Days 10-13 Dahab. Swimming, snorkelling and water sports are all on hand. On land, experience the thrill of a desert safari on quad bikes or camel. There is an option to climb Mt. Sinai for the incredible sunrise. We then return back to the beaches of Dahab. (Bx4)

Day 5 Felucca Journey. A full day of sailing awaits. On board, the Nubian crew cook and sail, giving us the chance to do as much or as little as we wish. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Dahab – Cairo. This morning we leave the town of Dahab and set off into the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula on our return to Cairo. (B)

Day 6 Luxor. We stop at Kom Ombo temple where we visit with an Egyptologist and then we continue to the ancient capital of Luxor. There is an optional trip to the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. (B)

Day 15 Cairo. The trip ends today after breakfast. (B)

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»» 1 4 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D) »» 7 nights twin/triple share in 3* hotels, 3 nights twin/triple share in tourist class hotels, 2 nights aboard a felucca sailboat, 1 night aboard second class overnight train between Cairo and Aswan (recliner seat), 1 night bus between Hurghada and Dahab »» Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »» Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary »» Excursions to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings (entrance fees not included) »» Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip Leader

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

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19 breakfasts, 1 dinner 11 nights 4* hotels, 5 nights 3* hotels, 1 night Bedouin tent, 2 nights over night train (recliner seat) Airport transfer on arrival Transfers- Eilat to Jerusalem, Jordan border to Amman, and Niewba port to Cairo Services of fully trained Trip Leaders in Egypt, Israel and Jordan. Transportation in air-conditioned coaches or minibus as per itinerary Excursions as per itinerary. (Entrance fees not included in Egypt but are included in Israel and Jordan)

Petra, Jordan

DAY 1 Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport where a transfer from the airport to the hotel is included. DAY 2 Cairo – Aswan. This morning accompanied by an English-speaking Egyptologist we visit the Egyptian Museum. We then travel to the Great Pyramid of Giza before boarding a 1st class overnight train to Aswan. (B) DAY 3 Aswan. This afternoon we board a felucca to see the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands. We also call on a Nubian Village to learn the customs of the original inhabitants. (B) DAY 4 Aswan. Early morning departure to Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramesses II. We also view the Temple of Hathor. This evening, there is an option to dine on the banks of the Nile. (B) DAY 5 Aswan – Luxor. In the morning we take air-conditioned coaches to Luxor. We visit the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor, discovering the magnificence of the old capital of Egypt. (B) DAY 6 Luxor – Cairo. A guided tour of the Valley of the Kings awaits. (B)

This evening we board a train for an overnight journey to Cairo. (B) DAY 7 Cairo. Arriving in Cairo midmorning the rest of the day is ours to explore the city. In the afternoon we take time to visit the vibrant Khan el Khallili Market. (B) DAY 8 Cairo – Dahab. We depart this morning for the Dahab, one of the Sinai’s most treasured diving destinations. (B) DAYS 9-12 Dahab. Swimming, snorkelling and water sports are all on hand. On land, experience the thrill of a desert safari on quad bikes, horses or camel. There is the option to climb to the top of Mt Sinai. We then return back to the beaches of Dahab. (Bx4) DAY 13 Dahab – Jerusalem. This morning we say goodbye to Egypt and our Egyptian Trip Leader as we cross the border into Israel at Eilat. Here we meet our Driver who takes us up through the changing countryside to Jerusalem. The evening is free. (B) DAY 14 Jerusalem. After breakfast, with our guide, we take a walking tour inside the Old City of Jerusalem. We

DAY 17 Petra. We have a whole day here to experience the magic that is Petra. Our guide really brings the history to life. There is plenty of time to explore by ourselves after the guided tour.(B)

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DAY 19 Wadi Rum - Cairo. After breakfast transfer to Aqaba Port to catch the ferry back to Egypt. Once we land in Egypt we are met by our driver to transfer us back to Cairo. (B)

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DAY 18 Petra – Wadi Rum. Heading south we visit Little Petra before we arrive at the stunning landscape in Wadi Rum. We transfer to jeeps to get into the desert, ending at our desert camp for our stay in tents. Dinner here is cooked in the traditional way. (B,D)

DAY 20 Cairo. The trip ends at the hotel after breakfast. (B)

DAY 15 Jerusalem –Amman. After breakfast we head to the Mount of Olives to have a breathtaking Panoramic view over Jerusalem. From here we visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Then we travel the short distance to Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus, to visit the Nativity Church and the Shepherds Field. No visit to the area is complete without a visit to the Dead Sea and we spend some time here, floating, a very strange sensation. Saying farewell to Israel, we cross into Jordan via the Sheikh Hussein Border. Here we meet our transfer Driver as we head for Amman. (B)

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DAY 16 Amman- Petra After breakfast, transfer along the Kingsway road, visiting in route, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Mujeb Valley, reaching Karak for a visit and then we continue to Petra for the night. (B)

enter the Old city of Jerusalem via Dung’s Gate, visit the Wailing Wall – the Jewish most sacred place on earth and see the Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. We walk through the narrow paths of the colourful Bazaars of the Old City up to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre to visit the Golgotha. Making our way through the Jewish Quarter to visit the Cardo and the Armenian Quarter, we end up at Mount Zion to visit the Upper Room, king David’s Tomb and the Dormition Abbey. The rest of the day is free to visit the museums or shop. (B)

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Trip Price of $3475 + $362 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $3837 Trip Price of $3679 + $362 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $4041

20 DAYS FROM

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The Middle East is an enchanting, mysterious and beautiful region steeped in history, where the past seems to burst forth from every majestic landmark, stunning vista and charismatic city. Why not join Topdeck and discover the infectious magic of an area known as the ‘cradle of civilisation’! We’ve put together a selection of great value trips that will enable you to explore the incredible countries of this region in style and comfort. In Jordan we can take in the breathtaking ancient city of Petra, and explore the dramatic landscapes of Wadi Rum in a 4x4 Jeep. Or why not float relaxingly in the famous waters of the Dead

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Sea. In Syria, perhaps you’ll feel like wandering around the stunning Omayyad mosque and bartering to your heart’s content in the bustling bazaars of Damascus. As for Israel, soak up the incredible religious history of the holy city, Jerusalem. Above all else, we’re confident about one thing –that if you choose one of our fantastic trips in the magnificent Middle East, you’re bound make memories to last a lifetime!

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importance grew due to the caravan trade, but with the development of sea trade its importance dwindled and by the 14th century it was effectively lost to the West, only being rediscovered in 1812. Our local guide will make Petra come to life. (B)

Day 2 Amman. We head north through the olive groves to the ancient city of Jerash. Our local guide shows us around the complex. See Hadrian’s Arch, built to commemorate his visit in 129AD. The hippodrome, which hosted the chariot races, could hold 15,000 spectators, and the colonnaded main street still has the ruts made from the chariots. From Jerash we visit Ajloun Castle with spectacular views over the Jordan Valley. We arrive back in Amman for the evening. (B)

Day 5 Petra – Wadi Rum. Today we head off to the desert stopping first at ‘Little Petra’. This maze of rockscapes rise from the desert floor to a height of up to 1750 metres. We transfer to 4x4 Jeeps for a journey through stunning desert landscape. Tonight we stay in a desert camp. (B,D) Day 6 Petra – Amman. Heading for the western side of Jordan we travel to the Dead Sea. The high salinity of the water means you literally bob about on the surface. We spend time here swimming, and relaxing before heading back to Amman late afternoon. (B)

Day 3 Amman – Petra. We travel to the town of Madaba, the Christian centre of Jordan, famous for its mosaics. From here it is not far to Mt Nebo where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. Then we head off to the Mujeb Valley, known as the Grand Canyon of Jordan – the valley is 1km deep and 4km wide. We also stop at Karak one of Jordan’s most famous castles before arriving in Petra (B).

WHAT’S INCLUDED »» 6 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) »» Arrival and departure airport transfers »» 5 nights twin/triple share in 3* hotels, 1 night Desert camp twin/triple »» Services of a fully trained English speaking Driver and Trip Leader »» Local guides in Petra and Jerash »» Excursions as per the itinerary »» Entrance fees to sights forming part of the itinerary »» 4x4 Jeep excursion in Wadi Rum Jerash

Day 7 Amman. Our trip finishes today after breakfast. A transfer to the airport is included. (B)

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Trip Price of $1025 + $210 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1235 Trip Price of $1175 + $210 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1385

Day 2 Amman. We head north through to the ancient city of Jerash. Our local guide shows us around the complex. From Jerash we visit Ajloun Castle, a strategic stronghold for the Arabs against the crusades. We arrive back in Amman for the evening. (B)

Day 7 Jerusalem. We have the whole day to explore this historic city. Our walking city tour takes in the famous sights. Entering through Dung’s Gate we visit the Wailing Wall, the Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. We continue across the Muslim Quarter and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We continue through the Jewish Quarter, to the Armenian quarter, and then we have some free time to explore the markets or any of the museums. In the evening we try out the nightlife. (B)

Day 3 Amman – Petra. We travel to Madaba, the Christian centre of Jordan, famous for its mosaics. From here it is not far to Mt Nebo where Moses is said to have seen the promised land. We then visit the Mujeb Valley and stop at Karak, one of the most famous castles in Jordan, before arriving in Petra. (B)

Day 8 Jerusalem - Amman. First thing the morning we visit the Mount of Olives, for that famous view over the city to the Temple Mount. From here we visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations. Continuing our tour we proceed to Mount Zion and the Last Supper Room and the Tomb of King David. Departing Jerusalem we take the short drive to Bethlehem to visit Manger Square and the Church of the

Day 5 Petra – Wadi Rum. Today we head off to the desert stopping first at ‘Little Petra’. We transfer to 4x4 Jeeps through stunning desert landscape. Tonight we stay in a desert camp and have a traditional dinner. (B,D)

Trip Code: HTJAD

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Day 6 Petra – Jerusalem. Heading for the western side of Jordan we travel to the Dead Sea. We spend time here swimming and relaxing before heading to the border crossing at Sheikh Hussein Bridge. We cross and meet our Israeli driver and transfer to Jerusalem. (B)

Day 1 Amman. Arrive at Queen Alia International airport and meet our Topdeck representative. Transfer to the hotel is included.

Day 4 Petra. A full day to explore the awesome Rose city. Our local guide will make Petra come to life as we explore this vast city. (B)

Day 4 Petra. A full day to enjoy, and take in, the awesome Rose city. Petra’s

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Nativity. We then make our way back to the border, stopping en route at Jericho, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World. At the border we bid farewell to our Israeli guide and cross back to Jordan and then we transfer back to Amman. (B) Day 9 Amman. After breakfast we transfer to the airport for the return flight home. (B)

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WHAT’S INCLUDED »» 8 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) »» Arrival and departure airport transfers »» 7 nights twin/triple share in 3 star hotels, 1 night Desert camp twin/triple »» Services of fully trained English-speaking Trip Leader »» Excursions as per the itinerary »» Entrance fees to sights forming part of the itinerary »» 4x4 Jeep excursion in Wadi Rum

Jordan & Israel

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Ajloun Castle

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Dome of the Rock, Israel

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Bosra Roman Theatre

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DAY 1 Amman. Arrive at the Airport . A transfer to the hotel is included. DAY 2 Amman – Damascus. We visit Jerash & Ajloun Castle with local guides, then continue to Syria. At the border we meet our guide and continue to Damascus (B) DAY 3 Damascus – Palmyra. Today we visit the National Museum, Hamedeh Bazaars, Omayyad Mosque, Saladin Tomb, Azem Palace, St Ananias and St Paul Churches. Late afternoon we travel north east to Palmyra, the gateway to the Syrian Desert (B) DAY 4 Palmyra – Damascus. Our city tour includes sights such as the Temple of Bel, the Three brothers Tombs, and Agora. Later we drive to Maaloula to visit the ancient Mar Taqla Monastery and Mar Sarkis. We arrive back in Damascus in the evening. (B) DAY 5 Damascus – Amman. Departing Damascus we visit the Roman Theatre at Bosra. We cross the border back to Jordan and Amman. (B) DAY 6 Amman – Petra. Our journey along the Kingsway road to Petra takes in visits to Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Mujeb

Valley, and Karak. (B)

DAY 9 Wadi Rum – Jerusalem. We travel to the Dead Sea to relax and float. We then cross the border into Israel and continue on to Jerusalem. (B) DAY 10 Jerusalem. We begin our Jerusalem tour at the Old City, visiting the Wailing Wall, Muslim Quarter Temple and to the Dome of the Rock. We also visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher. We then cross the Armenian and Jewish quarters. There is some free time to visit the markets and museums. (B) DAY 11. Jersulam – Amman. First we visit the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view over the Old City. Then to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations. We proceed to Mount Zion for the Last Supper Room and King David Tomb.

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»» 11 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) »» Arrival and departure airport transfers »» 10 nights twin/triple share in 3* hotels, 1 night Desert camp twin/triple »» Services of fully trained English-speaking Trip Leader »» Excursions as per the itinerary »» Entrance fees to sights forming part of the itinerary »» Horse ride at Petra, 4x4 Jeep excursion in Wadi Rum

DAY 8 Petra – Wadi Rum. We visit Little Petra, then a Jeep ride inside the desert. Tonight we sleep under the stars in a tent at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum. (B,D)

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DAY 7 Petra. We’ll see amazing rock cut architecture on our full day of sightseeing. (B).

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Departing Jerusalem we travel to Bethlehem to visit the Nativity Church and Manger Square. Late afternoon we transfer back to the border and then on to Amman. (B) DAY 12 Amman. After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight home. (B)

Trip Code: HTSJI

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For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $2655 + $294 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $2949 Trip Price of $3126 + $294 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $3420

12 DAYS FROM

$2949

DAY 1 Amman. Arrive at Queen Alia International Airport and meet our Topdeck representative. A transfer to the hotel is included.

Day 6 Amman – Petra. Our journey along the Kingsway road to Petra takes in visits to Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Mujeb Valley, and Karak. (B)

DAY 2 Amman – Damascus. We visit Jerash & Ajloun Castle with local guides, and then continue on to Syria. At the border we meet our guide and continue to Damascus (B)

Day 7 Petra. Petra has been called “a rose-red city half as old as time.” We’ll see amazing rock cut architecture on our full day of sightseeing, part of which is by horse (B).

DAY 3 Damascus – Palmyra. Today we visit the National Museum, Hamedeh Bazaars, Omayyad Mosque, Saladin Tomb, Azem Palace, St Ananias and St Paul Churches. Late in the afternoon we travel north east to Palmyra, the gateway to the Syrian Desert (B)

Day 8 Petra – Wadi Rum. This morning we visit Little Petra, followed by a Jeep ride inside the desert. Tonight we sleep under the stars in a tent at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum. (B,D)

DAY 4 Palmyra – Damascus. Our tour includes sights such as the Temple of Bel, The Three brothers Tombs, and Agora. In the afternoon we drive to Maaloula to visit the ancient Mar Taqla Monastery and Mar Sarkis. We arrive back in Damascus in the evening. (B)

Day 9 Wadi Rum – Amman. We travel along the Wadi Araba Road, reaching the Dead Sea for some time to relax and float in the sea. Then we head back to Amman (B)

WHAT’S INCLUDED »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

9 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) Arrival and departure airport transfers 8 nights twin/triple share in 3* hotels, 1 night Desert camp twin/triple Services of fully trained Englishspeaking Trip Leader Excursions as per the itinerary Entrance fees to sights forming part of the itinerary Horse ride at Petra, 4x4 Jeep excursion in Wadi Rum

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Trip Code: HTSYJ

Local payment based on US$1 = AU$1.05 Payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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Trip Price of $2185 + $210 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $2395 Trip Price of $2430 + $210 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $2640

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Floating in the Dead Sea

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Morocco is a extraordinary land which exudes a lasting charm that is hard to describe... it simply has to be experienced in the flesh! The people are friendly and welcoming, the cities are bustling and beautiful, and the landscapes are epic and enchanting in equal measure.

On our 5 day Marrakech Atlas Trek we can immerse ourselves in the panoramic views of the grand Atlas Mountains, while our Essaouira Beach and Ourika Valley extensions are amazing ways to see yet more of the country’s stunningly diverse scenery.

On our 10 day Moroccan Explorer, you’ll be transported from the lively streets and fantastic markets of Marrakech and Fes, to the tranquil beauty of traditional Berber settlements and a desert oasis. We journey in to the great Sahara, where riding camels amongst the rolling dunes and dining to the sounds of Berber folk music are just some of the unforgettable experiences that await.

At Topdeck we have pulled out all the stops to put together these high quality and fantastic value trips, and we’d love you to join us in one of our favourite destinations, Morocco!

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What’s Included »» »» »» »» »» »»

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners 7 nights twin/triple share in 3* hotels 1 night Auberge guest house on the edge of the Sahara 1 night in Berber tent at desert Oasis Services of fully trained English speaking guide Entrance fees to sights forming part of the itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech. We meet our Topdeck representative for our included airport transfer. An optional half day tour out to the stunning Ourika Valley to see traditional Berber villages is available to those arriving early today – otherwise, a free day. In the evening we meet our Trip Leader to find out more about our trip. Day 2 Marrakech. This morning we take a traditional horse and carriage for a half day city tour with a local guide visiting the Tombs, the Palace, the medina and the famous Djemaa el-fna square. (B) Day 3 Marrakech – Rabat. Our first stop is Casablanca where we have a guided tour around the impressive Hassan II Mosque. After lunch we head to Rabat where we visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Kasbah des Oudaias. (B) Day 4 Rabat – Fes. We head inland today first stopping at Volubilis, Morocco’s largest and best preserved Roman ruins. Close by we visit Meknes, the third Imperial city. From here it’s a short drive to Fes, the oldest of the Imperial cities. (B)

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Day 5 Fes. Today we take in the vibrant atmosphere of Fes on a full day tour with a local guide. We visit the Medersa Bou Inania, the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss and the Andalusian and El Quaraoiyin Mosques. We visit the Nejjarine Square with its 18th century fountain. Fes medina is a maze of more than 9000 small narrow cobbled streets, and is a world away from modern Fes. (B) Day 6 Fes – Merzouga. We cross the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Sahara. We arrive in the evening and stay in a very authentic Moroccan guest house right the edge of the dunes. At night after we watch the sun go down, we kick back Berber style with singing and dancing and traditional Berber food. (B,D) DAY 7 Merzouga. We have the morning relaxing on the edge of the sand dunes, as we take in the scenery. It is an amazing experience swimming in the guest house pool, while looking at the vastness of the desert stretching in front of us. Lunch is included at the guest house and then we set off with our guide into the desert as we walk through and over the dunes to our camp at an

Oasis. (Walk is approximately 2 hours. There is the option to pay locally and ride by camel instead of walking). At the Oasis we have dinner around the campfire, and sleep in Berber tents; a true desert experience. (B,L,D,) Day 8 Merzouga – Dades Gorge. We make the journey back to meet up with our Driver as we leave the desert behind us. We travel through the vast countryside, watching the impressive landscape change again. Local conditions permitting we visit the very impressive Todra Gorge before continuing on to Dades Gorge. (B,D)

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Day 9 Dades Gorge – Marrakech. We visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. We head to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara and now famous as Hollywood in the desert, due to the number of famous movies that have been made there. We then climb over the 2260m Tizi n’Tichka Pass and then drop down to the plains as we arrive in Marrakech late afternoon. Time to freshen up and have a last night out together (B).

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Day 10 Marrakech. The trip finishes after breakfast. For those flying out late in the day it’s a good chance to take the optional excursion to the Ourika valley, or for those joining the Atlas Trek, your trip starts after breakfast. (B).

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Local payment based on UK£1 = AU$1.60 Payment must be paid locally in £UK. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $1045 + $175 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1220 Trip Price of $1105 + $175 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $1280

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Spectacular Atlas Mountains

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Day 4 Imin ‘Tala – Azgour – Marrakech. Crossing a pass of 1800m, we come to Jbel Allaghine via a small path in a peaceful pine forest, with spectacular views on the snowy High Atlas summits. Down on the Tnirt village, after a small climb up, we reach the Lamdinate valley. From here we meet our local transport in Azgour village and head back to Marrakech, For our last night we stay in a traditional Riad, a Moroccan house with an interior garden. (B,L)

Day 1 Barrage Amezmiz – Aït Zitoun. We depart Marrakech this morning to transfer to Barrage Amezmiz near the high Atlas chain. We visit the souk of Lala Takerkoust and meet local mule drivers. We start walking in the small hills for a tour, crossing farms set beside tiny fields of corn, maize and olives trees before arriving at our Berber house. (L,D) Day 2 Aït Zitoun – Tizgui – Aït Ahmed. We start walking in the foothills of the high Atlas, passing near the forest area of Tizgui village hanging at an impressive height of 1600m of altitude. The panoramic view on the Haouz plain is amazing. In the afternoon we travel along the mule tracks through a small pine forest to reach Aït Ahmed village. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Marrakech. Our trip ends today after breakfast, and we say goodbye to new friends. (B)

NO. OF NIGHTS STAY

WHAT’S INCLUDED »» »» »» »»

4 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) 3 nights in Berber house, 1 night in a Riad Mules to carry luggage & food English-speaking Mountain guide for 4 days »» Transport to and back from the trek »» Entrance fees to sights forming part of the itinerary

If you are booking the Marrakech Atlas Trek only, please note you will need to arrive the day before the trip starts, and Topdeck can arrange pre-trip accommodation for you. See our website for details.

Trip starts Sunday & finishes Thursday

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Local payment based on UK£1 = AU$1.60 Payment must be paid locally in £UK. Exchange rate correct at time of printing and subject to currency fluctuations.

For departures before May 2011, please contact us or visit our website

Trip Price of $710 + $80 Local Payment = Total Trip Price $790

European city to explore, and a maze of small streets and souks to explore at a leisurely place.

DAY 1 Marrakech- Essaouira. ERIA this morning We depart ALGMarrakech and travel by public bus, making our way through ever changing countryside we arrive in Essaouira by midday. Its a short walk from the bus station to our hotel . In the afternoon and evening we can laze on the beach and enjoy the seafood restaurants.

Day 3 Essaouira- Marrakech The morning is free to top up the tan. After lunch we head back to the bus station to catch the bus back to Marrakech. We are met at the bus station and transferred to our final night. Tonight we stay in the heart of the medina in a traditional Riad. (B)

DAY 2 Essaouira. The fortified walls are well worth exploring, not just for the views. Essaouira is famous for its artisans so the souks are full of handicrafts. We can do as much or as little as we want. (B)

This excursion is unescorted but before you leave Marrakech or guide will make sure you have everything you need to ensure you have a great stay, and if there is anything you need arranging they will be able to help you.

Day 4 Marrakech. The trip ends today after breakfast. (B)

4 DAYS

AU$

$465

Trip Code: HTMES

This trip can be booked as extension of the Moroccan Explorer or as a stand alone trip. Departure dates the same as the Marrakech Atlas Trek.

WHAT’S INCLUDED 3 breakfasts 2 nights 3* hotels in Essaouira 1 night in traditional Riad in Marrakech Return bus tickets from Marrakech to Essaouira Transfers to and from bus station in Marrakech.

Half Day Marrakech: Ourika Valley

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After experiencing the vast expanse of the desert and the hustle and bustle of the medina why not extend your stay in Morocco and relax on the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira. A firm favourite throughout history, it has a sheltered beach for relaxing, windsurfing on the exposed coast, some of the best fortified walls of any

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Topdeck’s Marrakech Atlas Trek is the perfect addition to the Moroccan Explorer trip, and if you book both trips at the same time, you’ll get 5% off the Marrakech Atlas Trek trip price.

Day 3 Aït Ahmed – Imin 'Tala. Our journey takes us to Imin’Tala, overhanging Amezmiz river with villages made of earth and stone. Here we see the craftsmanship that resulted in terraces and irrigation channels being built into the earth, and nature and practical needs co-exist in harmony. (B,L,D)

4 Day Essaouira Beach Extension

5 DAYS FROM

$790

This half day excursion departs from Marrakech and is often done on the arrival day afternoon. The cost is paid locally and the price depends on numbers. Ourika valley is a beautiful, fertile area about 40 minutes drive from Marrakech. Comfortable walking shoes or trainers are recommended, as is a sun hat, or a warm jacket if you are visiting in winter.

The first stop is the village of Ourika where we experience local Berber people going about their daily life. From here we continue to the waterfall of Setti Fadma, which cascades some 60 metres from the mountains to the river below. We then make the return walk up the valley, through villages and seeing local working in the fields. We then return to Marrakech for the evening.

Because this excursion is generally done in the afternoon on day one, it is best to tell us before travelling that you wish to book this. We can let our Moroccan office know so they can make the arrangements. If your flight departs Marrakech late afternoon on the final day of your trip, this can also be done in the morning of that day.

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overnight train

Troy

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12 Day

Gallipoli

With the services of our amazing local guides, travelling in quality airconditioned transport, and staying in some fantastic accommodations, Topdeck’s Turkey Explored is the ideal way to see this remarkable country – and we’d love to have you on board!

4 Aphrodisias 2 Fethiye NO. OF NIGHTS STAY DAY STOP

1 DAY 1 Istanbul, Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul and make our way to the hotel. After meeting our Trip Leader there is a welcome meal with the group. (D) DAY 2 Istanbul to Ankara. The city tour takes in Istanbul’s main sights including Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Underground Cistern, and the Hippodrome. Some free time to explore before the overnight train to Ankara, Turkey’s capital city. (B) DAY 3 Ankara to Cappadocia. In Ankara we visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Kemel Ataturk - the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. Then by coach to Goreme, our base for the Cappadocia region. Tonight a traditional dinner in a local family’s home. (B,D) DAY 4 Cappadocia. We explore the region including the Devrent Valley with its unique fairy-chimneys. (B) DAY 5 Cappadocia to Konya. First we visit the underground city of Derinkuyu, where the early Christians hid to avoid persecution from the Romans. Then the ancient trade stop of the Sultanhani Caravanserai before arriving in religiously conservative Konya, Turkey’s spiritual centre. An

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DAY 6 Konya to Fethiye. Today our destination is Fethiye, but first we stop at Saklikent Gorge, Turkey’s longest and deepest canyon. (B,D) DAY 7 Fethiye. Fethiye provides plenty of options for a day out. Cruise the 12 Islands of Fethiye or relax on the beach. (B)

WHAT’S INCLUDED »» »» »» »»

11 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) 10 nights 3* and 4* hotel accommodation 1 night overnight train in multi-share cabins Escorted services of an experienced English speaking guide »» Air-conditioned vehicle »» Sightseeing tours of all major cities and sights.

DAY 8 Fethiye to Kusadasi via Pamukkale. From Fethiye we visit the white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. Bathe in the hot spring waters – the thermal waters have been used for therapeutic treatments since the Roman period. We also take a tour of the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis, founded as a spa and healing centre. We reach Kusadasi in the evening. (B,D)

and carpets. We stop at Pergamon, a former ancient Greek city containing a wealth of ancient ruins. Finally we visit historic Troy, home of the Trojan Horse. (B)

DAY 9 Kusadasi. A full day to visit the Roman city of Ephesus, said to be one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world. In the afternoon we visit the House of Virgin Mary, declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. (B)

DAY 11 Canakkale to Istanbul. We visit Gallipoli, the World War One battlefield, for a guided tour of this now serene site. We see the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine, the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, ANZAC Cove and the Turkish Memorial. We arrive in Istanbul in the evening. (B,D)

DAY 10 Kusadasi to Canakkale. Bergama, is known for its gold, cotton,

DAY 12 Istanbul. Our trip ends after breakfast. (B)

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Turkey Explored

City of Ephesus

Trip Code: HTTU

12 DAYS FROM

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EGYPT Cairo With so much to do in Egypt, you may feel overwhelmed by the choices available to you! Don’t worry, Topdeck is here to help! Our optional activities are carefully selected to give you the widest range of choice in all price brackets. These are some of our favourites:

A Note About Entrances... In Morocco, Jordan and Syria we have included entrance fees in your trip price. We are able to include entrances fees in these countries as costs can be guaranteed and the group prices we obtain are much better than any other discounts offered. In Egypt and Turkey, the prices change regularly and discounts for groups or students vary. For this reason we cannot include entrance fees accurately and have therefore not included them in your trip price. Your Trip Leader will arrange the most cost-effective option. A guide to these prices is available on our website.

AU$

Tiber Pyramids Hotel

Quad Biking

Home to Karnak and the Luxor Temples, the East Bank of Luxor is a must-see

Hang on to your seat and set out on a desert safari on quad bikes the best way to see the desert!

Gifton Island

Single Twin (per room) Triple (per room)

River Nile Dinner & Cruise

We think Gifton Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Think stunning coral reefs, colourful fish and amazing wildlife. Our day excursion to Gifton includes lunch and is sure to delight.

Abu Simbel

Cruise down the Nile on our dinner cruise where you’ll enjoy great food and be entertained by a belly dancer, live music and Darwish dance.

Nubian Village & Dinner

This destination is so popular, we include it as standard on the all of our trips that visit Aswan in this brochure (unlike some others who charge AU$300+ for the same excursion!). The sight of the amazing temple complex of Abu Simbel will stay with you for life.

Cairo

Luxor

3 Star Hotel

4 Star Hotel

4 Star Hotel

Indiana Hotel

4 Star Hotel

East Bank

Cairo $78 $119 $162

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(for HTEEP & HTEPB)

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MOROCCO

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Single Twin (per room) Triple (per room) (for all other trips)

Morris Hotel $78 $119 $162

Single Twin (per room) Triple (per room)

$78 $119 $162

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Marrakech

3 Start Hotel

Corail Hotel

3 Star Hotel Single Twin (per room) Triple (per room)

Swiss Inn Hotel

3 Star Hotel $82 $103 $154

Single Twin (per room) Triple (per room)

$72 $100 $141

(for all Middle East trips)

(for all Morocco trips)

Alexandria is rightfully known as ‘The Pearl of the Mediterranean.’ Only 225km from Cairo, Alexandria seems like a world away. Although Alexandria is still best known for its ancient history, today the city is synonymous with cosmopolitanism and bohemian culture.

can be arranged by extending your stay either at the start or end of your trip by one night. Any extension should be booked at the same time you book your Egypt trip.

Valley of the Kings We want you to see the Valley of the Kings so much, we have included it on all ofour trips that go to Egypt! In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (with its rumours of the Curse of the Pharaohs!) – what will you discover?

Travel by boat (and camel!) to an authentic Nubian Village Meet the villagers, learn some local Arabic language skills and end the day with dinner in a local home. The memories of this experience will last a lifetime.

Egypt Optionals 2011/12 The following lists the optional tours available on each trip. Please note the prices are quoted in UK£ and are a guide only. They are all paid locally in UK£ or equivalent. KEY: ✔ Included in trip • Optional available TRIP CODES

UK£ EEG EEX CCH NID EGP UEG ESF EEP EPB CLH NAB DHB EEK EEL

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CAIRO Sound and light show

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Dinner cruise & show

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LUXOR East Bank (Karnak & Luxor Temples) West Bank (Valley of Kings) (included all trips in Luxor)

£30

ASWAN Abu Simbel by coach

Philae Temple

£25

Nubian Village

£15

Nubian Dinner

£7

Camel Ride

£16

(included all trips in Aswan)

HURGHADA Gifton Island & Lunch

£26

Desert Safari (Quad Bikes)

£28

£25

Camel Ride

£16

Desert Safari in Sharm El Sheikh (Quad Bikes)

£32

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

DAHAB Mt Sinai & St Catherine*

This excursion can be added to any trip starting or finishing in Cairo and

Prices (per person)

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TERMS & CONDITIONS It is our intention to set out clearly and simply the responsibilities which we at Top Deck Tours Pty Ltd, ABN 30 107 934 (hereafter referred to as “Topdeck, us or we”) have to You, your heirs, executors and assigns and any member of your party and their heirs, executors and assigns (“You”) and which You, in turn, have to us when a contract is made between us. You should therefore read and understand the contents.

What should I bring? How do I get to my destination? Are entrance fees included? How many people in my group? Experiencing a new country with people who have the same outlook on travelling as you, really adds to the enjoyment. With an average group size in 2010 of 25 in Egypt and Turkey, 15 in Morocco and 10 in Jordan and Israel, you easily get to know everyone and long-standing friendships are made. And there’s no issue if you are travelling alone. With over 50% of our passengers starting their trip alone, Topdeck is great for single travellers so you don’t have to worry about being without some good company – and better still there is no compulsory single supplement.

What is the local payment? To give you the best value we have arranged that an element of your trip cost is paid locally. This amount is listed on each itinerary page. This payment should be paid in cash in the currency mentioned at the arrival meeting on day 1. This payment is not used for any specific expense and forms part of the total package price of your trips. By paying locally, we are able to keep costs down for you and this allows you additional time to save money for your trip.

What is included with my trip? Loads of things! Check out the “What’s Included” box on each trip page. Everything that is included within the trip price such as accommodation, meals, sightseeing and modes of transport are listed here. Breakfast is included daily and will vary between cooked and continental. Lunches and dinners are included where listed on the trip itinerary.

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In Morocco, Jordan and Syria we have included entrance fees in your trip price. We are able to offer this as entrance fees in these countries can be guaranteed and the group prices we can obtain are much better than any other discounts offered. In Egypt and Turkey, the prices change regularly and discounts for groups or students varies. For this reason we cannot include entrance fees in an accurate manner and have therefore not included them in your trip price. Your Trip Leader will arrange the most cost-effective option on your trip. A guide to current entrance fees is available on our website.

What type of accommodation will I stay in? For the majority of our itineraries, we stay in superior quality 3* & 4* hotels, all with air-conditioning of course! Occasionally in some itineraries we stay in tourist class hotels. You also have the opportunity to stay in a tent in the stunning desert landscapes of Jordan or Morocco – a unique experience! We also offer trips for those working to a slightly lower budget where we stay in tourist class hotels. Perfect for leaving a bit more cash to spend on some of the great optionals available. Look out for the ‘budget’ symbol. Look in the what’s included for a full list of accommodation.

Can I extend my stay? As well as being able to arrange pre and post-trip accommodation for you, there are also add on packages so you can extend your holiday. Spend some more time in bustling Cairo, visit the rose city of Petra and the stunning scenery of Wadi Rum or take an excursion to historic Alexandria. Or add on some hiking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and visit the Berber villages.

Because our passengers fly in from all over the world, and to give you the chance to grab great flight deals locally, we do not include flights with our packages. You’ll be able to source the best deals either from the internet or your travel agent. We include a meet & greet at the airport and transfers to your hotel at all our destinations, except Turkey, which means a stress free start of your holiday!

Can I learn to dive? Topdeck’s Learn to Dive in Dahab is the perfect trip for people learning to dive. All equipment (with the exception of the dive manual) is included in the trip price. If you are an experienced diver and need a refresher course, these can be booked for an additional USD$30. Guided dives are also available for passengers who already have an Open Water Licence and had been for a dive within the last six months (supplement applies).

What kind of transportation does Topdeck use? From 1st Class recliner seat trains, to 4*luxury Nile cruise boats, to the latest model air-conditioned mini-buses – our choice and quality of each mode of transportation (all included in your trip price) will ensure you arrive at each destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore. Please note that for operational reasons we sometimes substitute private luxury coaches in place of overnight trains in Egypt. We do this because often a group can be split over several carriages on the train. If we use our own air-conditioned coaches we can guarantee the groups stays together and is in a more comfortable environment. This will not affect your itinerary or places visited.

It’s mostly dry and varies between hot days and mild nights in the summer months to warm days and cool nights in the winter. Lightweight cottons and linens are recommended for the summer with some warmer clothing needed for winter. For trips that include a felucca sail, it is important that you bring a sleeping bag with you. Be sure to bring a swimming costume with you (although for winter departures this isn’t as important!). Don’t forget you will be travelling in a predominantly Muslim country where dress codes are less liberal than maybe in your own country. Many sites require shoulders to be covered. A sarong is a handy piece of clothing to add as they are light, and can be used as a shawl, skirt or for a sunbathing blanket.

How do I get my visa? Visa requirements change and can vary from nationality to nationality. While most nationalities can get a visa on arrival it is best to check with the local Consulate. At all times obtaining the correct visa is your responsibility.

Currency... Local currency is easily available from the numerous cash machines but you should have some cash (US$ or AU$) with you on arrival. You should advise your bank that you are travelling to the chosen country so they are aware and will not block your card when you try to withdraw cash.

Tipping... Tipping is expected and is a way of life in the regions featured in this brochure. They are all small amounts and your Trip Leader will advise you the correct amount so you won’t get confused and part with too much

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All trips featured in this brochure are sold by Top Deck Tours Pty Ltd as an agent of local Tour Operators. We sell trips to Egypt as an agent of Top Deck Travel Egypt, Cairo, Egypt; to Morocco as an agent of Mountain Safari Tours, Marrakech, Morocco; to Jordan, Israel and Syria as an agent of Al-Thuraya Travel and Tours, Amman, Jordan, and Turkey as an agent of Indigo Travel, Istanbul, Turkey. Your contract will be with Topdeck as an agent of these Tour Operators. All trips are sold subject to the following conditions. All Topdeck’s trips are sold subject to the following conditions (“these Conditions”). 1. (a) Please note that our trips are designed for young people between the ages of 18 to 39 years. We may in special circumstances approve persons outside this range. If You are 17 years of age and wish to book on one of our tours, please contact us before making a booking as we will require the written consent of your parent or guardian. We reserve the sole right to decline a booking request from You should we think our trips are not suited to You. (b) A contract between You and us will exist as soon as we issue an invoice in response to your request for a booking and the deposit has been paid to your travel agent or us.

BOOKING YOUR TRIP 2. Bookings can be made either through your local travel agent or with us direct and must be secured with a deposit of $200 per person paid at the time of booking, (or $100 for festival trips featured on pages 24-25). This deposit is nonrefundable unless we cancel your trip. If You are making a booking within 42 days of departure, then full payment is required PROVIDED HOWEVER that if the trip comprises a special offer we may require full payment including any pre and post accommodation and sundry service charges to be paid at the time specified in the offer. Your booking is taken to be confirmed, and accepted when we issue an invoice. If your booking is made through a travel agent, we will address all correspondence to that travel agent. All monies paid by You to the travel agent will be held by them on behalf of Topdeck. If You arrange your trip direct with us, all correspondence and communications will be sent to your address in our booking file unless You specify otherwise. Balance of all payments is required at least 42 days prior to your trip departure date. If You do not pay within this period we may deem your booking cancelled and your deposit forfeited. 3. Alterations or cancellations by You after your booking has been accepted will be effected subject to the provisions of clauses 5, 6 and 7 of these Conditions. 4. Prices quoted in our brochures are calculated on costs and exchange rates at 01 December 2010. These prices may increase or decrease and we reserve the sole right to alter prices and other particulars contained in our brochures and on our website. Price changes in trips featured in subsequent brochure versions will supersede the prices in this brochure. (The version date is indicated on the back cover of this brochure). Before You make a booking we will provide You with details of the current price of your chosen trip This will also be displayed on the website. Once You have accepted this price and your booking has been confirmed in accordance with clause 2 that price will remain fixed and will not be subject to surcharges. 5. You must clearly state all your requirements at the time of booking. Please note that any dietary requirements will be a request only. We cannot guarantee special dietary requirements nor will we assume any responsibility or liability if your special requirements cannot be fulfilled. If You want to change any aspect of your booking including but not limited to a change to a trip of shorter duration or different departure date You must notify us as soon as possible in writing. We will do our best to accommodate your requested changes but You will be required to pay an amendment fee of $60 ($30 for pre- or post-accommodation within 42 days) per person per change. If a request is made less than 42 days before departure, normal cancellation fees will apply in accordance with clause 7 unless the transfer or change is to an earlier departure of the same trip. In the event of a request for a change to be made a new invoice will be issued by Topdeck and cancellation charges/amendment fees will be shown. All amendment fees are payable within 7 days of the issue of a new invoice or on the date of departure, whichever is the sooner. 6. If You are prevented from travelling as a result of illness, the death of an immediate family member, jury service, or other reason beyond your control which we consider significant, we will agree to your booking being transferred to another person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the trip, subject to You and the other person accepting liability for full payment of the trip cost and any additional costs arising from the transfer PROVIDED THAT we must be given at least 21 days written notice of the proposed change.

CANCELLATION BY 7. Cancellation of a booking by You must be made in writing. We will not regard a booking as cancelled unless and until written notice is received by us. On cancellation the following charges will apply:

Days before % of trip Departure

Pre/post accomm cost forfeited

Over 42 days Deposit 42-29 days 40% 28-14 days 60% 13-7 days 80% 6-3 days 90% 2-0 days 100%

Nil 40% 60% 100% 100% 100%

CANCELLATION OR MODIFICATION BY US 8. Every effort will be made to operate all trips as advertised but it must be remembered that our trips are planned up to eighteen months in advance. We therefore reserve the sole right, at our discretion, to modify or cancel any trip, accommodation or arrangement at any time. We will notify You as soon as possible of any changes and they will form part of our contract with You. In the case of any material modification or cancellation, we will, if possible, provide You with three alternatives: (1) a trip of an equivalent or closely similar standard and price, if available; (2) a trip of a lower standard together with a refund of the difference in price; or (3) cancellation with a full refund of all monies paid. 9. A material modification is one which has a serious effect on your trip and includes a change of departure date, departure point or airport, or change of departure time of more than twelve hours, which would cause substantial inconvenience to You. We do not consider a change of accommodation, or transport style a material change. Please note that in Egypt because of demand for train tickets we often use our own coaches for overnight journeys. 10. We will endeavour not to materially modify or cancel the trip within 42 days of the date of the scheduled departure unless compelled to do so because of circumstances beyond our reasonable control . If a material modification or cancellation is made by us within six weeks of the scheduled departure date for reasons other than Force Majeure in accordance with clause 19 You will receive compensation as stated in the scale below. Period before scheduled departure date that we notify You or your travel agent together with the compensation offered. Over 42 days 42-29 days 28-14 days 13-7 days 6-0 days

nil $50 $75 $100 $200

11. Topdeck reserves to itself the sole right to require a minimum number of participants for certain trips and in the event that there are insufficient bookings recorded by not later than 42 days before the scheduled departure date we will be entitled to cancel the scheduled trip, whereupon all monies paid by You for your Topdeck trip shall be refunded but no further compensation will be paid and You and Topdeck hereby agree to mutually release each other from any further obligations which would have been enforceable had the trip not been cancelled. 12. We reserve the right to alter or substitute the type of vehicle or style of transport mentioned in the brochure, depending on the number of passengers carried, which can vary from trip to trip. The average group size is 20.

OUR LIABILITY TO YOU 13. Save where the provisions of Force Majeure apply, in the event that the trip does not reasonably comply with the description in the brochure, Topdeck may compensate You to a maximum value equal to twice the price of the trip but excluding insurance premiums and amendment fees AND Topdeck will only be liable to pay the maximum amount of compensation where there has been a total failure of consideration for your payment. Where the failure to provide such trip is not caused by any fault of Topdeck, its agents or suppliers or is caused by or contributed to by You, Topdeck will not be liable to pay any compensation. 14. If You are killed, injured or become ill during or as a result of, carriage by ship, train or coach forming part of the trip in circumstances where such death, injury or illness is not caused by or contributed to by You our liability to pay damages and/or the amount of compensation we will be liable to pay is limited in accordance with the liability of a carrier under any international Convention applicable to such events, including, but not limited to: • In respect of carriage by sea: the Athens Convention 1974; • In respect of carriage by rail, the Berne Convention 1961; and, * In respect of carriage by road, the Geneva Convention 1973. 15. The terms of these Conventions are incorporated into and form part of our contract with You. You should know that the carrier will rely upon its ‘conditions of carriage’ which may limit or remove the carrier’s liability to You and limit compensation under any international Conventions. 16. In the event that Topdeck (or its insurers) make any payment to You for death, personal injury or illness, You must give us or our insurers all and any rights You may have to take action against the party responsible for causing the death, personal injury or illness and You must co-operate fully with us in seeking recovery of any payment we may make from such party. 17. Your booking is accepted on the understanding that You appreciate the possible risks inherent in adventure travel and that You undertake the trips featured in this brochure of your own volition. Every effort will be made to operate all trips featured in this brochure but because of the

number of countries visited on trips there may be a necessity to vary the itinerary from that stated in the brochure, and delays may occur for a variety of reasons beyond our control. The need for a flexible attitude to this type of travel is stressed in our publication. The final decision on the itinerary and the content of the trip will be taken by the Trip Leader, as appointed by us in the interest of the group as a whole. Please note that due to Public holidays some sights or activities may not be available on a particular trip. 18. No refund will be made for services made available by Topdeck but which for whatever reason are not used by You once the trip has departed.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS 19. During Your trip You will be offered the chance to purchase various optional excursions and activities. Topdeck does not own, operate or control any of the companies or individuals which provide the optional activities or excursions. Some of the optional activities and excursions, such as canyoning are inherently risky. If You want to take part in such optional activities or excursions You must be fit enough to do so and must follow all reasonable instructions. The standards of health and safety which will be adopted by the company or the individual providing the optional activity or excursion will be those of the country where the optional activity or excursion takes place. Please note that these standards may not be the same as You would find in the UK, or in Your home country. If You wish to book any optional excursion or activity, You may do so subject to the operator’s terms and conditions. Your contract will be with the operator of the activity or excursion and will be governed by local law. Topdeck acts only as their agent. Topdeck’s Tour Leader will have further details and additional information can be found on our website. Topdeck accepts no liability for any act or omission of any operator, its employees, agents or sub-contractors.

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY – FORCE MAJEURE 20. We do not accept liability for any loss, damage or expense resulting from war or terrorist activities threatened or actual, civil unrest, industrial action threatened or actual, weather conditions, fire, flood, drought, closures, unforeseen alterations to public transport schedules, rescheduling of aircraft or boats, epidemic or outbreaks of illness or any other event outside our control which either delays or extends or reduces the trip, or compels a change in the trip arrangements after departure.

CONTRAVENTION OF LAW We will not be responsible for any loss or damage sustained by You as a result of a contravention of any law or regulation of any of the countries visited while on the trip.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS 21. If You have a medical condition or disability which may affect your trip, we ask that You inform us in writing at the time of booking the trip of any special arrangements required by You so that we are able to advise as to the suitability of those arrangements. If we reasonably feel we are unable to satisfactorily accommodate your particular needs, we reserve the right to decline the booking or ask for You to be accompanied by a person who is able to provide full assistance to You throughout your trip.

YOUR LIABILITY TO US 22. You will not be permitted to embark or continue on the trip if your mental or physical condition is, in the reasonable opinion of any representative of Topdeck, such as to render You incapable of caring for yourself, or whereby You become objectionable to other passengers, or You become a hazard to yourself or other passengers. We will not be responsible for expenses resulting in You being precluded from completing the trip for any reason, nor will we refund You any part of your trip cost. In all cases we will notify You of the reasons why we have taken this action. We will have no obligation to arrange for your return to the point of the trip departure where your condition manifests itself after the trip departure. Further, if the trip involves travel by air, the captain of your aircraft can refuse to allow You to fly on the aircraft if he believes that You could be dangerous or disruptive to other passengers on the flight.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS 23. Please ensure You carefully read your invoice, tickets and all other documents we send to You as soon as You receive them, and contact your travel agent, or us immediately if any information appears to be incorrect. We will not accept any liability if You fail to notify us of any inaccuracy in any document within 14 days of us sending them to You or your agent. While we will do our best to rectify any changes made outside this time, it is your responsibility to meet any additional costs which may be involved, except in the case of an error made by Topdeck and where there is reasonable justification for You not contacting us within the specified time. You are responsible for ensuring that all necessary travel documents including, but not limited to, passports, visas and vaccination certificates are valid and subsisting. We strongly recommend that You verify current documentation requirements and all other relevant protocols and procedures associated with your trip with your travel agent or us. Please note requirements change and you must check with your Consulate for the most up to date information. Passports must have an expiry date of at least six months after completion of the trip.

personal injury and accident, death and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance. Evidence of such insurances must be produced to Topdeck on request. Insurance cover offered by credit card companies or reciprocal medical cover agreements are often not comprehensive. 25. You hereby indemnify us against all third-party actions taken against us for loss or damage caused by You or arising from your participation on the trip. 26. In the event of You making a claim against Topdeck arising out of the trip, You hereby assign to us, any rights to take action against any third party supplier or any other person or party that Topdeck reasonably considers to be a party to the action and to co-operate fully with Topdeck should Topdeck or its insurers wish to enforce those rights which have been assigned to Topdeck. 27. In the event that You make a claim against us which is covered by your insurance policy, You agree to pursue the claim through your insurer either in addition to, or in substitution for, your claim against us (if any). We agree to indemnify You in respect of reasonable expenses incurred in successfully pursuing such a claim and acknowledge that any settlement made by the insurer shall not prejudice your rights against us. 28. In the event of You not making a claim before 5 working days of the maximum length of time permitted by your policy, You must assign, by letter sent by courier delivery to Topdeck not less than 5 working days prior to the said specified time, the benefit of the policy and give immediate notice of such an assignment to your insurer.

COMPLAINTS 29. In the event of any dissatisfaction with the accommodation or any other service provided by Topdeck, You must report it immediately to the Trip Leader so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. Failure to notify the Trip Leader of any problem immediately may prejudice Topdeck and may result in your ability to claim compensation from us being extinguished or reduced. Any complaint made to Topdeck following the conclusion of the trip should be made in writing within 28 days of completion of the trip. In the event that You do not notify us in writing within 28 days, Topdeck’s ability to investigate the complaint may be prejudiced and may extinguish your claim.

DATA PROTECTION 30. Topdeck has measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by it. However, in order to make your booking and ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly, we need to use the information You provide and pass it on to other relevant suppliers who are responsible for parts of your travel arrangements. In making this booking, your consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons is deemed to be given unless You object and advise Topdeck of your objection at the time of booking. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as Customs or Immigration if required by them, or as required by law. This consent applies to any sensitive information that You give to us such as details of any disabilities or dietary/religious requirements.

SMOKING 31. Topdeck operates a non-smoking policy on our coaches (although we make frequent stops for breaks), and in most of our accommodation, including all tented accommodation.

LUGGAGE 32. There are strict weight limits for coaches when fully loaded. Therefore You are only entitled to have one piece of main luggage of standard size (see the pre-departure information or our website for size limits), and not weighing more than 20kg. In addition You may bring a sleeping bag (where required) and a daypack.

GENERAL 33. You understand that future Topdeck advertising and publicity material may include statements made by passengers, or their photographs, and You consent to such use of your comments or photographic/video likeness. 34. No servant, agent, employee or representative of the Company has any right to alter, vary or waive any of these Conditions, nor undertake any activity likely to lead to increased liability whatsoever on behalf of Topdeck unless such be in writing and signed by a duly authorised person. 35. All contracts for bookings made with Topdeck, for trips in this brochure, are governed by Australian law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Australian Courts, should any dispute between us not be otherwise amicably agreed. 36. Interpretation • In these Conditions, any words importing the singular or plural numbers shall include the plural or singular number respectively or words importing a particular gender shall include all genders. • Notice required to be given in writing in these Conditions may be given by mail, facsimile transmission or email.

INSURANCE 24. You must take out comprehensive travel insurance before You travel on your trip. Your insurance protection must include cover for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses,

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