Egypt off the Beaten Track: 11 days from £2785 per person
By: Corinthian Travel
With this in mind, Corinthian Travel has been designing a range of new itineraries, including the 11-day Egypt off the Beaten Track (https://www.corinthiantravel.co.uk/
This immersive privately guided tour begins in Cairo, then heads north through the Nile Delta to Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast, prior to turning south and taking the 900km overland route through Middle Egypt and the Nile Valley to Luxor, where it concludes on the banks of the Nile.
The tone of the tour is set on arrival in Cairo, where visits to the Abdeen Palace and the Museum of Islamic Art, are mixed in with an opportunity to rub shoulders with Egyptians over a traditional koshari lunch, at a popular eatery, and relaxing by the Nile at a café in the affluent leafy suburb of Maadi.
A journey by train will then take you to the once glorious port city of Alexandria, and whilst in Egypt's second city, the shattered fragments of its ancient history will be revealed and linked with fascinating stories from the time of Cleopatra, Euclid and Ptolemy.
A tangible slice of contemporary Alexandria, and its more recent faded cosmopolitan past, will also be dished up while lunching at the fish market, riding on one of the city's trams, having coffee at Café Delices, and visiting the home of the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy.
From Alexandria, next up is an overland journey through Middle Egypt to Luxor, on the banks of the River Nile.
Highlights from the second stage of the trip will include the Middle Kingdom period tombs at Beni Hassan; Akhenaton's short-lived capital at Tell El Amarna, the well-preserved temples of Abydos and Dendera, and great views of the Nile.
Then, on arrival in Luxor, get to see a different side of the city on an immersive walking (or cycling) tour through little explored villages and agricultural landscape of the West Bank.
There will also be time to visit the house of the archaeologist Howard Carter, and the beautifully decorated Tomb of the Vineyards, before the tour concludes with a day at leisure to relax by the Nile and enjoy the traditional architecture of your hotel.
The holiday costs from £2785 pp (two sharing), which includes all transportation on a private basis, 10 nights' B&B (plus two lunches), sightseeing/
Corinthian Travel (020 3583 6089, corinthiantravel.co.uk)
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR