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Winter in the Motherland egypt and africa December 12-27, 2019

Week 1 - December 12 - 19, 2019 - Egypt

You will start your journey in Egypt, visiting the pyramids and cruising the Nile.

Day 1 - Thursday, December 12 - Cairo

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and assisted through customs and formalities, then transferred to the Ramses Hilton Hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Cairo. Breakfast is included.

Day 2 - Friday, December 13 - Cairo/Aswan/Tuya

You will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan (flight not included). Upon arrival at Aswan Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Tuya Nile Cruise for check-in before lunch. After lunch, visit the High Dam and Philae Temple. The cruise is for 4-days/3-nights. Accommodations aboard will consist of a Standard Cabin with private facilities and ocean views. Sail to Edfu. Overnight on board. Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 3 - Saturday, December 14 - Edfu/Luxor

Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Sobek Temple, then to Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus, the best preserved of all the large Egyptian Temples. Sail to Luxor. Overnight on board and enjoy an Egyptian Galabeya Party (Egyption party wearing traditional Egyptian clothing). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 4 - Sunday, December 15 - Luxor

Cross the Nile to the West Bank. Visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Colossi of Memnon, Queen Hatshepsut Funerary Temple, and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Optional Sound and Light Show available this evening. Overnight on board. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 5 - Monday, December 16 - Luxor/Cairo

Visit the East Bank and Luxor Temple dedicated to the god Amon-Ra. It was expanded by Ramses II, who added statues of himself. Visit the magnificent Karnak Temple. After disembarkation, you will be transferred to Luxor Airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo at the Ramsay Hilton Hotel. Breakfast included.

Add On: Day 5 - Evening excursion to Khan el Khalili bazaar $40. (Must have a minimum of 10 people)

Day 6 - Tuesday, December 17 - Cairo

Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the world's largest collection of artifacts from the era of the pharaohs including some belonging to King Tut. Tour Old Cairo, where early Judaism and Christianity flourished in Egypt. Visit sites like the Ben Ezra Synagogue, and the Moallaka Church where the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus took refuge. Spend the afternoon at the Great Pyramids of Giza built for Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos, and the defending Sphinx. A camel ride is also included in the tour. End the day at the bazaar of Khan El Khalili. Optional Sound and Light Show available this evening. Overnight in Cairo. Breakfast and Lunch are included.

Day 7 - Wednesday, December 18 - Alexandria (Duration: 12 hours. Departure: 7:00 AM)

Today you will have a full day excursion to Alexandria. Alexandria is a three-hour drive from Cairo.

Alexandria Known widely as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean", Alexandria is Egypt's second largest city and center of industry. Greek warrior Alexander the Great ruled Egypt from his base in the coastal and cosmopolitan city in the fourth century bc, making Alexandria the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt. Alexandria became the intellectual hub of the ancient world, enticing historians, philosophers and mathematicians to its famous seaside library: the “Bibliotheca Alexandrina“. Alexandria is also home to the Pharos Lighthouse - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Largely because of its unique cosmopolitan roots, Alexandria differs widely from the rest of the country, especially Cairo. Breakfast and Lunch included.

Sites to Visit:

  • Alexandria National Museum: The museum comprises more than 1800 archaeological pieces that narrate the Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic, Islamic, and modern history of Egypt. One display features pieces picked up from the seabed at Abu Kir Bay and the eastern harbor near the Qaitbay Citadel. The Alexandria Museum is number 27 in the series of historic and archaeological museums across Egypt.
  • Panoramic view of fort Qaitbay: This fort was built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey, at the site of Alexandria's ancient lighthouse. Remnants of the lighthouse can be seen in the construction of the old fort. One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the lighthouse was an astonishing 125 meters high, containing some 300 rooms for workers.
  • Alexandria Library: Shaped like a massive, partly hidden, tilted disc rising up from the Mediterranean, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina evokes the image of a rising sun, a source of light and enlightenment. Bibliotheca was inaugurated in 2002 as a resurrection of the ancient Great Library of Alexandria, which had formed the cornerstone of ancient intellectual life. Aside from a library displaying books on 7 levels that form a “pyramid of knowledge,” the cultural complex also includes other specialized libraries, museums, exhibition areas, education centers, and an international conference center.
  • El Montazah Gardens: This 114-acre complex belonged to the family of Mohamed Ali, which ruled Egypt from the mid-19th century until 1952. It is surrounded by great walls from the south, east, and west, a beach to the north. The complex is adorned with beautiful gardens and palm trees, making it an ideal stop in Alexandria. This area used to belong to the Mohamed Ali family that ruled Egypt from the mid 19th century until 1952. The construction was started in 1892 by King Abbas II, who built a large palace inside the complex called the Salamlek. In 1932, King Fuad built a larger palace and called it the Haramlik. His son, King Farouk, built a bridge to the sea to act as a waterfront. The rest of the 115 acres is nothing but beautiful gardens. Palm trees and gazelles cover the area. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy the beauty of Alexandria.

A special seafood lunch is provided on the bay of Abukir, scene of the naval battle between Nelson and Napoleon.

Day 8 - Thursday, December 19 - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be met at the hotel and transferred to Cairo airport in time for your flight home or to South Africa.

Price:

  • $1197.00 pp (based on double occupancy and minimum of 10 people).
  • $370.00 additional fee if you are traveling solo

Price includes: Hotel accommodations, transfers from/to airport, and meals as indicated.

Price does NOT include: airfare from/to start/end location, airfare to/from Cairo to Aswan (estimated at $345.00 per person r/t), entry visa of $20.00 USD (price subject to change), meals (unless otherwise indicated), and any excursions not listed. Does not include travel insurance, but it is HIGHLY recommended.

Week 2 - December 19 - 27, 2019 - Cape Town and South Africa

The second week, you will explore Cape Town, South Africa.

Day 1 - Thursday, December 19

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by your local English speaking guide for the transfer to the hotel. No lunch or dinner is included on this day. Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Sunsquare City Bowl hotel.

Breakfast only in Cairo.

Day 2 - Friday, December 20

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by your guide for a half-day tour of Table Mountain. Ride the Table Mountain cableway for beautiful views of the city (weather permitted). After returning to Cape Town, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3 - Saturday, December 21

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Aquila Game Reserve. Here, you will be greeted with a Welcome Drink and lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 4 - Sunday, December 22

After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a morning game drive. You will then be transferred back to Cape Town for your overnight stay at the Sunsquare City Bowl hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5 - Monday, December 23

Breakfast at the hotel and head out for a full day Peninsula tour. Embark on a spectacular journey around the Cape Peninsula taking in all the highlights and breath-taking beauty of this world-renowned Cape. Travel through historic suburbs, charming fishing villages and awesome viewpoints on your way to Cape Point, where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast which is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Pass through the fishing village of Hout Bay. Here you will take a cruise to Seal Island to see the large colonies of Cape Fur Seals sunning themselves on the island’s rocky outcrops.

The tour then heads along Chapman's Peak Drive. With a towering mountain above it and a sheer drop below, this part of the road is renowned for its spectacular 180° views of the Cape Peninsula making it a favoured spot for photographers. Our journey now reaches the tip of the Cape Peninsula, a dramatic view point located in an 17,750 hectare nature reserve. Looking out over the shining sea from the Cape Point Lighthouse truly makes you feel like you are standing at the edge of the world. Funicular ticket is included.

After a stop for lunch at Bertha’s Restaurant in Simons Town, you will head to Boulders Beach where you can sit among a colony of African penguins. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and spend the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and Lunch are included.

Day 6 - Tuesday, December 24

What is the best feature of the Cape Winelands? It’s true that it is renowned for its crisp white and classic French-style red wines, but it also has a stunning wealth of natural rustic beauty with vast estates shaded from the African sunshine by giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys. On this full day tour we will visit Franschhoek for a walking tour of the town. Enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting at a Franschhoek wine estate. Transfer to a Stellenbosch wine estate for wine tasting and lunch. You will have a Stellenbosch wine estate orientation tour and return to Cape Town for overnight.

Breakfast and Lunch are included.

Day 7 - Wednesday, December 25 - Merry Christmas

Day is at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8 - Thursday, December 26

Enjoy a full day Robben Island and township tour

This morning you will be transferred to the V&A waterfront and walk to the ferry terminal with a guide. Your Robben Island tour will start at 9:00am (weather dependent). The standard tour to Robben Island is 3.5 hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. Please note that Robben Island has implemented a new procedure for all passengers booked on the Robben Island tour. Guests are required to show proof of passport/ ID and fill out an indemnity form before boarding the vessel to Robben Island. They may bring copies of Identification should they wish to rather keep the original at the hotel.

The Robben Island Tour includes: A return boat trip across Table Bay, a visit to the infamous Maximum Security Prison, interaction with an ex-political prisoner, a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary, the opportunity to explore the Murray's Bay Harbour precinct attractions, such as the Muslim shrine, or kramat, and the Museum Shop.

Return to the Waterfront for lunch. After lunch visit District Six Museum.

After the museum visit head to Langa township for a tour. Seeking racial segregation, apartheid policies disrupted all non-white population groups, distorted both rural and urban development and ensured hopeless overcrowding. Few houses were built. Sprawling satellite camps of seemingly endless 'shanties' (makeshift structures of various materials) - provide little more than a roof and some shelter. As you shall see, squatter settlements are seeking their own solutions as an economic necessity. Against all odds, township life prevails, in all its nuances. As guests of local community workers, you will take a walk through a vibrant black community with all its different social strata. Langa is Cape Town's oldest formal black township. Visit the local market, the craft Centre and a traditional healer.

Breakfast and Lunch are included.

Day 9 - Friday, December 27

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Cape Town airport for the plan ride home or to Durban.

Price:

  • $1875.00 per person aged 13 years old or over (based upon double occupancy with a minimum of 10 passengers)
  • $315.00 per child 12 years old or younger rooming with an adult
  • $722.00 additional cost for single travelers

Price includes: All meals and accommodations as stated. Transport in a private, air-conditioned coach. All entrance fees for visits mentioned. Guide meals. All porterage at hotels and airports.

Price excludes: All services not stated. All international and domestic flights. All driver / guide / ranger gratuities. Does not include travel insurance, but it is HIGHLY recommended.

Overview:

  • Itinerary 1 - Egypt: December 12 - 19, 2019: $1197.00 w/o airfare
  • Itinerary 2 - Cape Town: December 19 - 27, 2019: $1875.00 w/o airfare

DEPOSIT:

$100.00 per person/per itinerary. This deposit is Non-refundable.

Final Payment:

All itineraries must be paid in full no later than September 1, 2019.

Cancellation Policy:

Land Portion: The trip can be canceled at any time, less the deposit. However, the refundable portion will vary. The trip pricing is based upon there being at least 10 people per itinerary. If the cancellation falls below that number, then the amount refunded will be prorated based upon the extra amount reserved travelers must pay. The refund amount will not be determined until after September 2, 2019 and no refund will be made prior to that date.

Any cancellations made after September 1, 2019 are non-refundable.

Airline Tickets:

All airline tickets are separate from the price of the above itineraries and are subject to the rules of the airlines at the time of purchase. Passengers can purchase airfare on their own or Legally Pink Travel will work with each family regarding airfare for a fee of $50.00 per family. This fee is non-refundable.

Those attending the Egypt itinerary, airfare between Aswan and Cairo MUST be purchased through Legally Pink Travel. Final pricing for that airfare will be provided once the air itinerary becomes available. No airline booking fee is included with this booking. Cancellation/change fees are subject to the airline rules.

Travel Insurance:

It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase travel insurance. Insurance can refund all or part of the cost of the trip in case your plans change, there is an unexpected illness before or during your trip, or the region becomes unstable for any reason. Insurance also covers any traveling hiccups, such as lost luggage or delayed flights. Insurance fees vary and Legally Pink Travel can price insurance for you at the time of booking. The cost of travel insurance is separate and non-refundable.

Booking:

There will be a booking page on the Legally Pink Travel website for you to use to book your itinerary. There should be one (1) leader for every family. All confirmations and other information regarding the trip will be made through your family leader. General information will also be made available via the dedicated FaceBook page. Prior to booking, a representative from Legally Pink Travel will set up a time to speak with the family leader to go over the details of the trip, answer any questions, and next steps.

HOW TO CONTACT LEGALLY PINK TRAVEL, LLC

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Legally Pink Travel. Legally Pink Travel can be contacted in the following ways and someone will get back to you within 24-48 hours:

Owner: Glinnesa Gailliard

Mailing Address: PO Box 3875, Albany, NY 12203

Telephone: 518-282-2500

Email: glinnesa@legallypinktravel.com

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