Palaces fit for a Pharaoh (& you): 11 nights in Egypt from £2545
By: Corinthian Travel
Corinthian Travel has created a 12-day trip entitled Egypt with Palace Hotels (https://www.corinthiantravel.co.uk/
The holiday commences in the capital, Cairo – the largest city in the Arab world – with a stay at the Mena House Hotel. Located in the shadow of the famed Pyramids of Giza, and surrounded by 40 acres of gardens, this historic property was originally built in 1869 as a hunting lodge on the edge of the desert for Egyptian royalty.
The Mena House is noted for its classic Arabian look – a theme that was repeated in the hotel's modern Garden Wing – which is where guests stay today. Whilst touring in Cairo with a private Egyptologist guide, see the Sphinx; Great Pyramid; treasures of the Egyptian museum; and the vibrant alleys of the Khan el Khalili bazaar.
Next up is a flight to Luxor where you will check-in at the grand Edwardian-style Winter Palace Hotel (opened 1907). On entering this yellow-pastel hued landmark you will arrive in another era: antique furnishings, old engravings, high ceilings, the smell of polish, and exotic gardens give the property the feel of an imposing residence in an exotic outpost of empire.
Lord Carnarvon, a patron of the archaeologist Howard Carter and regular guest at the hotel, announced the discovery of Tutankhamen's Tomb to the world from the steps of the Winter Palace in 1922.
After exploring Luxor's magnificent temples and tombs – including the Valley of the Kings – with your private guide, the journey continues south via the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo to Aswan, where your room at the glorious Old Cataract Hotel (opened 1900) overlooks the Nile.
Sat on a granite bluff overlooking the world's longest river, the hotel is considered to be one of the world's foremost colonial-era properties.
Visit the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island, tour the Quarries of the Pharaohs, and enjoy a sunset sailing on the Nile in a traditional lateen-sailed felucca. The holiday concludes with a day at leisure to enjoy some of Egypt's finest views.
The holiday can start on any day and costs from £2545 pp (two sharing). This includes all transportation on a private basis, 11-nights' B&B (plus one lunch), domestic flight, sightseeing, entrance fees and a private Egyptologist.
International flights not included (bookable through Corinthian Travel).
For further information or bookings call 020 3583 6089 or visit corinthiantravel.co.uk.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR