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Nubians & Beaches
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This comprehensive 13-day Egypt tour covers Cairo, the Nile Valley between Aswan and Luxor, an overnight traditional felucca or luxury cruise, as well as time relaxing by the Red Sea at Hurghada.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

13

From

$1710


Turkey Encounters
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Explore the mystical sites of Turkey on this 15-day tour. Starting in Istanbul we travel along ancient trade routes visiting Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale & Fethiye before arriving in the incredible landscape of Cappadocia.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

15

From

$2130

$2670


Moroccan Melodies
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This 9-day tour will introduce you to all that Morocco has to offer. It visits most of Morocco's historic imperial cities as well as the mountains, desert and great food & hospitality.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

9

From

$1520


Classic Nepal
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This comprehensive tour takes you on a journey across one of the most spectacularly beautiful countries in the world. Amazing mountain scenery mixed with lush, wildlife rich jungles, ancient hilltop villages & bustling Kathmandu.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

15

From

$2110


Everest Base Camp
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This classic trek to Everest Base Camp and Kallar Pattar gives you a once in a lifetime chance to get right up close to Everest. It is a tough trek that needs some preparation, but immensely rewarding.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

16

From

$2185


Nepal Exposed
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This compact tour of Nepal gives you a taste of its beautiful mountain scenery, ancient cultures and religions, lush wildlife parks, remote hilltop villages, and includes time to relax in the lakeside town of Pokhara.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

10

From

$1655


North India Highlights
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Spend two weeks exploring North India's highlights from the Golden Temple at Amritsar and the Himalayan Foothills to the Taj Mahal, Keoladeo National Park, Jaipur and various small heritage villages and off the beaten track sites.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

16

From

$2770


Incredible India
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This 9-day India tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating country, covering the iconic 'Golden Triangle' of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with additional stops at Keoladeo National Park and the Rajasthan village of Tordi.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

9

From

$1155


Egyptian Legacy
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This classic 8-day tour introduces you to the main sites of Egypt while spoiling you with 5-star hotels in Cairo and a 5-star Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. You see the pyramids, sphinx, Egyptian Museum.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

8

From

$1495


Vietnam Encounters
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This comprehensive Vietnam tour is a perfect introduction to Vietnam, with tours to visit many of the countries tourist highlights combined with some less visited rural areas.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

11

From

$1585


Discover Egypt
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This comprehensive 9-day Egypt tour is designed to provide a great introduction to some of Egypt's best Pharaonic sites in Cairo and the Nile Valley, with a 1-night felucca river cruise and time by the Red Sea.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

9

From

$1425


Cambodia Encounters
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A compact 6-day Cambodia tour travelling from the capital Phomh Penh to Siem Reap taking in historic and cultural sites, local markets, forest walks and overnight homestay on Kulen Mountain, and the temples around Angkor Wat.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

6

From

$1040


Vietnam & Cambodia Encounters
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This 2-week Vietnam and Cambodia tour visits the regional highlights which have drawn tourists for many years, including Hanoi, Halong Bay, colonial Hoi An, the Mekong Delta and Angkor Wat. We also include 2 overnight home-stays.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

16

From

$2635


Delhi to Kathmandu
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Travel overland from India to Nepal, taking in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra plus less visited sites and villages, holy Varanasi, Buddhist Sarnath and Lumbini and wildlife safaris in Bardia National Park before finishing in Kathmandu.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

16

From

$3400


Jordan Encounters
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This is our signature Jordan small-group tour, mixing the classic sites of Jerash and Petra with easy forest and canyon walks, a Wadi Rum jeep safari and Bedouin experience, a Dead Sea swim, ruined Desert Castles, and much more.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

8

From

$1295


Istanbul to Athens Explorer
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This 2-week tour packs in many of ancient Turkey and Greece's famous sites and landmarks, together with some beautiful mountain and coastal scenery and the tastes of two different but fascinating cultures.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

15

From

$2455


Ancient Encounters
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Spend 2 weeks in Jordan and Egypt visiting the main highlights of Petra, Jerash, the Pyramids, Sphinx, Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple. Also sleep in a Bedouin camp, swim in the Dead & Red Seas and take a Nile felucca trip.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

16

From

$2740


Discover the Balkans
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This comprehensive two week Balkans tour circles through 7 countries taking in a huge variety of ancient towns & cities, World Heritage Sites and mountain & coastal scenery with some great food and drink to enjoy along the way.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

16

From

$2640

$2930




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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we most often use on these tours. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.

Felucca Sailboat

Aswan


Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river.

Local rating

Our rating

Felucca Sailboats

Feluccas are simple boats without cabins or electricity and you sleep on deck on mattresses with blankets and cushions provided. Canvas walls, mosquito netting and a roof are erected at night. You may want to bring a sleeping bag or extra blanket during the winter months (November to February) when it can get cold a night. Mosquito repellent is recommended for the evenings and early mornings, and wearing long sleeves at night is a good idea. Life jackets are provided for non-swimmers. Unfortunately, swimming in the Nile is not recommended both for health reasons and due to the strong currents - there are pools to enjoy in your Aswan and Luxor hotels.

Our Nubian crew will man the boat and prepare & cook all your meals on board or on our facilities boat. The food is simple but varied and filling and they will also serve Egyptian tea and Nubian cake. Water, soft drinks and beer can also be purchased. You keep a tally of what you've had and then pay for them at the end of the trip. The crew will also entertain you in the evenings when we may sing songs or just sit and chat around a camp fire.

Feluccas are dependent on the wind, and occasionally if the winds are too light or strong we may need to adjust the itinerary slightly.

Facility Boat

Our felucca suport boatOur new facilities boat makes the whole felucca experience more enjoyable, with a clean toilet and hot showers on board, as well as massage beds and a hygienic kitchen.

The boat doesn't shadow the felucca all the way, as we don’t want to spoil the peaceful experience of sailing down the Nile. It will however join up with you as and when required through the day and moor with you at night.

As well as the toilet, showers and kitchen facilities, there is also a sun deck where traditional Nubian massages are available.

The boat also helps us ensure that we do our bit to protect the Nile and its surroundings. Over the years, some areas on the banks of the Nile have been somewhat spoiled by the number of people staying overnight on feluccas and not using proper toilet tents or being respectful to their local environment.

We've had some great feedback from travellers using the boat so far, and we feel it really improves the experience of what is already many people's highlight of their trip to Egypt.

Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel

Luxor


This hotel, formerly Le Meridien Luxor, is a modern hotel built in 2001. It is ideally situated right on the banks of the Nile and is within easy reach of all the major sites of Luxor.

Local rating

Our rating

Note: The following information is provided from our own visits & research, the hotel itself, and our clients' experience of using the hotel.

Introduction:

This hotel, formerly Le Meridien Luxor, is a modern hotel built in 2001.  It is ideally situated right on the banks of the Nile and is within easy reach of all the major sites of Luxor. The hotel has views of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings on the opposite bank. The outdoor pool, restaurants, cafes and shops are all located in a central courtyard area.

The location and the high standards within the hotel make this one of our first choice hotels for stays in Luxor on our small-group tours, and for private & tailor-made trips (together with the Sonesta St. George hotel).

Location:

The hotel is centrally located next to the Nile in the heart of the tourist area of Luxor with shops and bazaars within a short walk. It is just 1.5 kilometres from the train station and 10 kilometres/15 minutes from Luxor International airport.

Accommodation:

The hotel offers excellent standards of accommodation and the rooms are spacious and modern. The 302 rooms and suites are located on 6 floors built around the courtyard. The standard rooms overlook Luxor or the courtyard area and upgrades to Nile view rooms are available on request for a small supplement. There are also disabled and non-smoking rooms available.

All rooms have deluxe en-suite bathroom, private balcony, air-conditioning, Satellite TV, mini-bar, safety deposit box, telephone, hairdryer and electrical sockets.

Bars & Restaurants:

The hotel has a number of bars and restaurants to choose from. The main hotel restaurant is the Nubia which is open from 6.00-10.00 am for breakfast and then 6.00-10.00pm for dinner, serving local and international dishes. There are two other restaurants within the hotel which are open for both lunch and dinner. These are the Casa de Napoli Italian restaurant serving pizza and pasta and El Tarboush serving Lebanese dishes.

For light meals and snacks during the day there is the Tropicana poolside bar and the Cafe des Delices which is located in the courtyard.
In the evening there is the Nile bar & lounge, which is open until 2.00am, and you can enjoy views of the Nile while trying out the various cocktails on offer.

Pasha's Pub also has views of the Nile and has regular evening entertainment.

Facilities & Services:

The freeform outdoor pool which is heated in winter has views of the River Nile and the Valley of the Kings and is the perfect place to relax after a day spent sightseeing or exploring Luxor. Guests also have free use of the leisure centre and gym within the hotel and other activities such as golf are available nearby. The are various shops within the hotel including gift and souvenir shops, a beauty salon and foreign exchange services.

Other services include:

  • 24-hour room service
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • 24hr Concierge Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Business centre
  • Porters
  • Games room
  • Library
  • Lifts

Felucca Sailboat

Aswan


Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river.

Local rating

Our rating

Felucca Sailboats

Feluccas are simple boats without cabins or electricity and you sleep on deck on mattresses with blankets and cushions provided. Canvas walls, mosquito netting and a roof are erected at night. You may want to bring a sleeping bag or extra blanket during the winter months (November to February) when it can get cold a night. Mosquito repellent is recommended for the evenings and early mornings, and wearing long sleeves at night is a good idea. Life jackets are provided for non-swimmers. Unfortunately, swimming in the Nile is not recommended both for health reasons and due to the strong currents - there are pools to enjoy in your Aswan and Luxor hotels.

Our Nubian crew will man the boat and prepare & cook all your meals on board or on our facilities boat. The food is simple but varied and filling and they will also serve Egyptian tea and Nubian cake. Water, soft drinks and beer can also be purchased. You keep a tally of what you've had and then pay for them at the end of the trip. The crew will also entertain you in the evenings when we may sing songs or just sit and chat around a camp fire.

Feluccas are dependent on the wind, and occasionally if the winds are too light or strong we may need to adjust the itinerary slightly.

Facility Boat

Our felucca suport boatOur new facilities boat makes the whole felucca experience more enjoyable, with a clean toilet and hot showers on board, as well as massage beds and a hygienic kitchen.

The boat doesn't shadow the felucca all the way, as we don’t want to spoil the peaceful experience of sailing down the Nile. It will however join up with you as and when required through the day and moor with you at night.

As well as the toilet, showers and kitchen facilities, there is also a sun deck where traditional Nubian massages are available.

The boat also helps us ensure that we do our bit to protect the Nile and its surroundings. Over the years, some areas on the banks of the Nile have been somewhat spoiled by the number of people staying overnight on feluccas and not using proper toilet tents or being respectful to their local environment.

We've had some great feedback from travellers using the boat so far, and we feel it really improves the experience of what is already many people's highlight of their trip to Egypt.

Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel

Luxor


This hotel, formerly Le Meridien Luxor, is a modern hotel built in 2001. It is ideally situated right on the banks of the Nile and is within easy reach of all the major sites of Luxor.

Local rating

Our rating

Note: The following information is provided from our own visits & research, the hotel itself, and our clients' experience of using the hotel.

Introduction:

This hotel, formerly Le Meridien Luxor, is a modern hotel built in 2001.  It is ideally situated right on the banks of the Nile and is within easy reach of all the major sites of Luxor. The hotel has views of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings on the opposite bank. The outdoor pool, restaurants, cafes and shops are all located in a central courtyard area.

The location and the high standards within the hotel make this one of our first choice hotels for stays in Luxor on our small-group tours, and for private & tailor-made trips (together with the Sonesta St. George hotel).

Location:

The hotel is centrally located next to the Nile in the heart of the tourist area of Luxor with shops and bazaars within a short walk. It is just 1.5 kilometres from the train station and 10 kilometres/15 minutes from Luxor International airport.

Accommodation:

The hotel offers excellent standards of accommodation and the rooms are spacious and modern. The 302 rooms and suites are located on 6 floors built around the courtyard. The standard rooms overlook Luxor or the courtyard area and upgrades to Nile view rooms are available on request for a small supplement. There are also disabled and non-smoking rooms available.

All rooms have deluxe en-suite bathroom, private balcony, air-conditioning, Satellite TV, mini-bar, safety deposit box, telephone, hairdryer and electrical sockets.

Bars & Restaurants:

The hotel has a number of bars and restaurants to choose from. The main hotel restaurant is the Nubia which is open from 6.00-10.00 am for breakfast and then 6.00-10.00pm for dinner, serving local and international dishes. There are two other restaurants within the hotel which are open for both lunch and dinner. These are the Casa de Napoli Italian restaurant serving pizza and pasta and El Tarboush serving Lebanese dishes.

For light meals and snacks during the day there is the Tropicana poolside bar and the Cafe des Delices which is located in the courtyard.
In the evening there is the Nile bar & lounge, which is open until 2.00am, and you can enjoy views of the Nile while trying out the various cocktails on offer.

Pasha's Pub also has views of the Nile and has regular evening entertainment.

Facilities & Services:

The freeform outdoor pool which is heated in winter has views of the River Nile and the Valley of the Kings and is the perfect place to relax after a day spent sightseeing or exploring Luxor. Guests also have free use of the leisure centre and gym within the hotel and other activities such as golf are available nearby. The are various shops within the hotel including gift and souvenir shops, a beauty salon and foreign exchange services.

Other services include:

  • 24-hour room service
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • 24hr Concierge Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Business centre
  • Porters
  • Games room
  • Library
  • Lifts

Nile Cruiseboat

Luxor


A luxury Nile Cruise boat is a superbly appointed, floating, 5-star hotel. The cruise boat has many of the facilities of a normal hotel, including restaurants, bars, shops, a relaxing sun deck and swimming.

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Our rating

Nile Cruise boats are superbly appointed, floating, 5-star hotels featuring a restaurant, bars, shops, a relaxing sun deck and small swimming pool. Buffet breakfasts, lunches and evening meals featuring different cuisines are all included (though beverages and bottled water are not). You will have your own en-suite, AC cabin with large, panoramic opening windows to enjoy the view of the river while you sail. Single cabin supplements apply.

Our Egyptologist guides travel on board with you. This means you do the sightseeing tours in a small group with travellers and a guide you know, rather than joining one of the large boat groups. The guide can also help with any problems with your cabin, dietary requirements, or just to sit and talk about Egypt with you. They will often volunteer to give short lectures about both ancient and modern Egypt in the evenings to those interested.

Nile cruise itineraries are slightly flexible, mainly depending on the time passing through the lock at Esna. Some sailing may be done after dark, and boats may need to moor alongside each other at night. Gala dinner supplements may be added to our prices if you are on board on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve.

Hotel Mona Lisa

Chitwan


Hotel Monalisa Chitwan is situated in Chitwan and is close to the area's popular attractions. It provides comfortable rooms, designed to suit the requirements of any guest.

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Our rating

Hotel Monalisa Chitwan is situated in Chitwan and is close to the area's popular attractions. It provides comfortable rooms, designed to suit the requirements of any guest. The hotel houses both a restaurant and a bar where guests can unwind of an evening with a meal and a drink. For guests who enjoy exploring local dining options, there is a great selection within walking distance.

Hotel Country Villa

Nagarkot


Offering a restaurant that serves Indian and International delights, Hotel Country Villa is Situated 7,200 feet above sea level, spread in 2.51 acre land. Free WiFi access is available in the public areas of the property.

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Offering a restaurant that serves Indian and International delights, Hotel Country Villa is Situated 7,200 feet above sea level, spread in 2.51 acre land. Free WiFi access is available in the public areas of the property.

Each room here will provide you with a satellite TV and a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries and slippers.

At Hotel Country Villa you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a ticket service and a tour desk. The property offers free parking.

The View Tower is 5 km, the Changu Narayan Temple is 8.7 miles and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is 12.4 miles. The Kamal Binayak Bhaktapur Bus Station is 12.4 miles and theTribhuvan Airport is 17.4 miles away.

Hotel Mona Lisa

Chitwan


Hotel Monalisa Chitwan is situated in Chitwan and is close to the area's popular attractions. It provides comfortable rooms, designed to suit the requirements of any guest.

Local rating

Our rating

Hotel Monalisa Chitwan is situated in Chitwan and is close to the area's popular attractions. It provides comfortable rooms, designed to suit the requirements of any guest. The hotel houses both a restaurant and a bar where guests can unwind of an evening with a meal and a drink. For guests who enjoy exploring local dining options, there is a great selection within walking distance.

Lodges & Teahouses

Trekking


Lodges & teahouses can range greatly, depending on the remoteness of the trek, from comfortable lodging with good facilities and amenities to very simple with toilets and washing facilities outside the main building.

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Our rating

For lodge-based treks, we will use a variety of Lodges and Teahouses. In recent years many new lodges have sprung up and many offer quite good facilities and amenities.  However, in some areas the lodges can be run on a very simple basis where toilets and washing facilities are outside the building. We can't promise that you will always have full amenities all the time, so you should understand this before embarking on this trek.

Staying in lodges gives you more comfort overnight than camping, and also allows you to meet up with and talk with other trekkers and guides at the end of the day. It also allows us to put more back into the local economies than if we were bringing everything with us.

Rooms in lodges are normally based on same sex sharing of twin rooms (though couples will be able to share).  Some sheets & blankets are provided but a sleeping bag is still required. We provide the option to hire a sleeping bag in our trekking pack option, though you may still wish to bring your own inner sleeping bag liner or sleep sheet if you wish.  Warm showers are available for a small fee at most lodges, though these may be bucket showers higher up.

Hotel Country Villa

Nagarkot


Offering a restaurant that serves Indian and International delights, Hotel Country Villa is Situated 7,200 feet above sea level, spread in 2.51 acre land. Free WiFi access is available in the public areas of the property.

Local rating

Our rating

Offering a restaurant that serves Indian and International delights, Hotel Country Villa is Situated 7,200 feet above sea level, spread in 2.51 acre land. Free WiFi access is available in the public areas of the property.

Each room here will provide you with a satellite TV and a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries and slippers.

At Hotel Country Villa you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a ticket service and a tour desk. The property offers free parking.

The View Tower is 5 km, the Changu Narayan Temple is 8.7 miles and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is 12.4 miles. The Kamal Binayak Bhaktapur Bus Station is 12.4 miles and theTribhuvan Airport is 17.4 miles away.

Yukhang Hotel

Kathmandu


Featuring free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a bar, Hotel Yukhang is just 5 minutes' drive from the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. It offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and cable channels.

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Featuring free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a bar, Hotel Yukhang is just 5 minutes' drive from the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. It offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and cable channels.

All rooms have wooden floors, a desk and a seating area. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.

Hotel Yukhang Kathmandu is 5 minutes' drive from Hanuman Dhoka and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu International Airport is a 10-minute drive away.

Jasper Restaurant serves Nepalese, Chinese and European food. You can relax in the garden, or enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar. The property also offers meeting facilities, luggage storage and dry cleaning.

Thamel is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, sightseeing and food.

Lodges & Teahouses

Trekking


Lodges & teahouses can range greatly, depending on the remoteness of the trek, from comfortable lodging with good facilities and amenities to very simple with toilets and washing facilities outside the main building.

Local rating

Our rating

For lodge-based treks, we will use a variety of Lodges and Teahouses. In recent years many new lodges have sprung up and many offer quite good facilities and amenities.  However, in some areas the lodges can be run on a very simple basis where toilets and washing facilities are outside the building. We can't promise that you will always have full amenities all the time, so you should understand this before embarking on this trek.

Staying in lodges gives you more comfort overnight than camping, and also allows you to meet up with and talk with other trekkers and guides at the end of the day. It also allows us to put more back into the local economies than if we were bringing everything with us.

Rooms in lodges are normally based on same sex sharing of twin rooms (though couples will be able to share).  Some sheets & blankets are provided but a sleeping bag is still required. We provide the option to hire a sleeping bag in our trekking pack option, though you may still wish to bring your own inner sleeping bag liner or sleep sheet if you wish.  Warm showers are available for a small fee at most lodges, though these may be bucket showers higher up.

Sleeper Train

Various


Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are safe, comfortable and a genuine Vietnamese experience in themselves, an integral part of your visit to Vietnam.

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Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are safe, comfortable and a genuine Vietnamese experience in themselves, an integral part of your visit to Vietnam.

Each carriage has its own steward who ensures the train is kept clean and tidy. You will stay in a 4-berth cabin with 3 other passengers. If you are travelling as a couple or family, supplements can be paid to book all 4 seats and have the cabin to yourselves.

Bedding is provided onboard the train. The berths are on two tiers and we cannot pre-book lower tier berths. A ladder is provided but you therefore need a reasonable degree of mobility to climb up to the top tier berths.

When travelling in a group, we cannot guarantee that everyone in the group will be seated together in the same cabins. However, the train stewards are generally very helpful at arranging seat swaps, and the local travellers on the train are friendly and interesting to talk to during your journey too.

Sleeper train

Cairo, Luxor & Aswan


On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included.

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On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included. The carriage steward will make up and put away your beds in the evening and morning. All transfers between your hotel and the station are also included (these may well be separate to the main group if train times are very different on your dates). Single cabin supplements apply.

Note: We can arrange an internal flight upgrade for anyone not wishing to use the sleeper train.

Sleeper train

Cairo, Luxor & Aswan


On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included.

Local rating

Our rating

On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included. The carriage steward will make up and put away your beds in the evening and morning. All transfers between your hotel and the station are also included (these may well be separate to the main group if train times are very different on your dates). Single cabin supplements apply.

Note: We can arrange an internal flight upgrade for anyone not wishing to use the sleeper train.

Temple Tree Resort

Pokhara


Featuring traditional Western Himalayan architecture, the boutique Temple Tree Resort & Spa enjoys beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Boasting fresh air and warm temperatures, it also has an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

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Featuring traditional Western Himalayan architecture, the boutique Temple Tree Resort & Spa enjoys beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Boasting fresh air and warm temperatures, it also has an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

Housed in double-storey cottages with wooden pillars and hand-cut stone walls, rooms feature a private balcony with garden views. A flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and an attached bathroom with hot-water showers are included.

Temple Tree Resort & Spa is located in Gaurighat in central Lakeside. It is 150 yards from Fewa Lake and 1.9 miles from Pokhara Airport.

The Spa features relaxing body massage and flower baths, while the outdoor infinity pool also includes a spa pool area. There is also a business centre and tour desk available for guests' convenience.

Extending into the landscaped gardens, The Bay Leaf Restaurant serves international cuisine. Drinks and light meals can be enjoyed at The Tree House cafe and The Island Bar.

Apsara Boutique Hotel

Kathmandu


Apsara Boutique Hotel is located in Kathmandu, 0.9 miles from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

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Apsara Boutique Hotel is located in Kathmandu, 0.9 miles from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Rooms have a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. The rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries.

There is free shuttle service at the property.

Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, followed by a drink at the bar. The property also offers room service and packed lunches.

The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. Swayambhu is 1.3 miles from Apsara Boutique Hotel, while Pashupatinath is 2.2 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Tribhuvan Airport, 3.1 miles from the property.

Khandela Haveli

Jaipur


A heritage hotel, Khandela Haveli, is built like a traditional haveli and elegantly decorated. It features a rooftop restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

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A heritage hotel, Khandela Haveli, is built like a traditional haveli and elegantly decorated. It features a rooftop restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Nearby attractions include the large and exotic palaces of Hawa Mahal and City Palace that are within 5 km. Khandela Haveli is located 1.5 km from Jaipur Railway Station and 14 km from Jaipur Airport.

The rooms are tastefully decorated and cooled with air-conditioned. They are equipped with a minibar, sofa and satellite TV. Tea/coffee making facilities are available. The en suite bathrooms include shower.

With a 24-hour front desk, the property provides services like luggage storage, laundry and ironing. A tour desk is available to make travel arrangements. A car can be rented to explore the area. Guests can take a relaxing stroll in the garden.

The in-house restaurant serves local and Indian cuisines. The rooftop bar serves refreshing beverages. Room service option is available.

Hotel Kenzi Basma

Casablanca


This is a 4-star hotel in downtown Casablanca, located between an artsy district and the economic hub. Rooms are modern and fully-equipped, and facilities include a business centre and gourmet restaurant.

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Hotel Kenzi Basma is found in the heart of downtown Casablanca, nestled between an Art Deco neighbourhood and the business district. The hotel features 113 rooms, each fully-equipped with modern facilities that include high-speed internet, flat-screen TVs, and air-conditioning. A full range of facilities is also available, including 24-hour room service, a business centre, conference rooms, a gourmet restaurant, and private parking.

Temple Tree Resort

Pokhara


Featuring traditional Western Himalayan architecture, the boutique Temple Tree Resort & Spa enjoys beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Boasting fresh air and warm temperatures, it also has an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

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Featuring traditional Western Himalayan architecture, the boutique Temple Tree Resort & Spa enjoys beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Boasting fresh air and warm temperatures, it also has an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

Housed in double-storey cottages with wooden pillars and hand-cut stone walls, rooms feature a private balcony with garden views. A flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and an attached bathroom with hot-water showers are included.

Temple Tree Resort & Spa is located in Gaurighat in central Lakeside. It is 150 yards from Fewa Lake and 1.9 miles from Pokhara Airport.

The Spa features relaxing body massage and flower baths, while the outdoor infinity pool also includes a spa pool area. There is also a business centre and tour desk available for guests' convenience.

Extending into the landscaped gardens, The Bay Leaf Restaurant serves international cuisine. Drinks and light meals can be enjoyed at The Tree House cafe and The Island Bar.

Hotel Depche Peak

Bandipur


Whether you're a tourist or travelling on business, Hotel Depche is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Bandipur. The hotel lies 7 km from the city centre and provides accessibility to important town facilities.

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Whether you're a tourist or travelling on business, Hotel Depche is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Bandipur. The hotel lies 7 km from the city centre and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

The facilities and services provided by Hotel Depche ensure a pleasant stay for guests. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi in all rooms, car park, room service, meeting facilities, restaurant to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find internet access - wireless, internet access - wireless (complimentary), desk, shower. The hotel's garden are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Hotel Depche hits the spot in many ways.

Apsara Boutique Hotel

Kathmandu


Apsara Boutique Hotel is located in Kathmandu, 0.9 miles from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

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Apsara Boutique Hotel is located in Kathmandu, 0.9 miles from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Rooms have a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. The rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries.

There is free shuttle service at the property.

Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, followed by a drink at the bar. The property also offers room service and packed lunches.

The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. Swayambhu is 1.3 miles from Apsara Boutique Hotel, while Pashupatinath is 2.2 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Tribhuvan Airport, 3.1 miles from the property.

Almondz Hotel

Delhi


Almondz Hotel puts you in the center of New Delhi, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Laxminarayan Temple and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Art Mall. Highlights at this hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and free buffet breakfast.

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Almondz Hotel puts you in the center of New Delhi, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Laxminarayan Temple and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Art Mall. Highlights at this hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and free buffet breakfast.

All 28 soundproofed rooms feature LCD TVs with satellite channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, sitting areas, and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators and round-the-clock room service make in-room dining easy, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches include bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries.

Tordi Garh

Tordi


Tordi Garh is one of Rajasthan's famous heritage hotels, and is located in the small village of Tordi in the heart of rural Rajasthan. The ancestral family has converted one wing of the former palace into comfortable guest accommodations.

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Tordi Garh is one of Rajasthan's famous heritage hotels, and is located in the small village of Tordi in the heart of rural Rajasthan. The ancestral family has converted one wing of the former palace into comfortable guest accommodations. The family still lives there and will be your hosts during your stay.

The hotel has 23 rooms of various sizes, each with its own ethnic and heritage charm. All are en-suite, well appointed and comfortable, with air conditioning or cooling available in the summer and heating in the winter. Meals served are traditionally Indian and guests are welcome in the kitchen to watch and learn about the intricacies of Indian cooking. Home grown vegetables, dairy products, poultry and supplies from other farmers in the village are used, and the stables host horses, cows, goats and hens. The hotel arranges jeep safaris, camel cart and horse rides, and walks to the nearby sand dunes and fort as well as other local options to help you interact with your surroundings and enjoy your time there to the full.

Kadamb Kunj

Bharatpur


The Kadamb Kunj Resort is a friendly and comfortable mid-range hotel located on the edge of Keoladeo National Park with open fields and farmland to the other side.

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The Kadamb Kunj Resort is a friendly and comfortable mid-range hotel located on the edge of Keoladeo National Park with open fields and farmland to the other side. Well reviewed, it has a swimming pool and pleasant gardens with 45 en-suite rooms surrounding an open air courtyard.

The entrance to Keoladeo National Park is just a couple of kilometres away making this a great base for you visit there before heading onto nearby Agra.

Seven Hills Tower Hotel

Agra


Seven Hills Tower is situated in the Taj Ganj district in Agra, 1 miles from Taj Mahal and 1.3 miles from Mehtab Bagh. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.

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Seven Hills Tower is situated in the Taj Ganj district in Agra, 1 miles from Taj Mahal and 1.3 miles from Mehtab Bagh. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.

Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Seven Hills Tower features free WiFi throughout the property.

V'Spirit Cruise

Halong Bay


This newly built wooden junk boat is designed in the traditional style, but with contemporary, deluxe cabins and facilities, including sea-view windows in each AC cabin, private, modern bathrooms, and a comfortable sun-deck bar.

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The newly built V'Spirit wooden junk boats are designed in the traditional style, but with contemporary, deluxe cabins and facilities. These include air-conditioned cabins with sea-view windows, moden en-suite bathrooms, and a comfortable sun-deck with loungers and a bar.

Delicious food is prepared and served on board, and is based around the fish and sea-food of the bay. You can even do some fishing for squid while on board. Other activities available on board include morning Tai Chi, massages, cooking demonstrations, and kayaking and fishing equipment is available.

Life jackets and safety equipment are carried on board.

MK Hotel

Amritsar


This 4-star hotel is one of the best known in Amritsar and has 69 rooms with free WiFI, a sauna, steam room and swimming pool. The location is good with several cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance.

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This 4-star hotel is one of the best known in Amritsar and has 69 rooms with free WiFI, a sauna, steam room and swimming pool. The location is good with several cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance.

Serkong House

McLeod Ganj


This comfortable hotel is located in the heart of Mcleodganj, less than 100m from the main square and 10 minutes walk from the Dalai Lama Monastery. Many restaurants, cafes and shops are within easy walking distance.

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This comfortable hotel is located in the heart of Mcleodganj, less than 100m from the main square and 10 minutes walk from the Dalai Lama Monastery. Many restaurants, cafes and shops are within easy walking distance. Rooms are decorated in traditional Tibetan style and feature beautiful pieces including carved wooden lamps, organic cotton bedcovers, and cushion covers handmade at the Norbulingka Institute which the hotel belongs to. Services include complimentary hot water thermos and herbal tea bags, free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable.

The Chateau Garli

Garli


Chateau Garli is a lovely heritage hotel with architectural influences from Colonial, Portuguese, Mughal, Rajasthani and Kangri styles, much like the heritage villages of Garli and Pragpur around it.

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Chateau Garli is a lovely heritage hotel with architectural influences from Colonial, Portuguese, Mughal, Rajasthani and Kangri styles, much like the heritage villages of Garli and Pragpur around it. It is one of the finest buildings in the area, and offers panoramic views of the Dhauladhar mountain range. Decorations include stain glass windows, Belgian glass chandeliers and antique wooden furniture. Staff are friendly and helpful and assist with tours of the village.

Hotel Willow Banks

Shimla


The 4-star Willow Banks Hotel has a great location right on the Mall Road in Shimla with many shops and restaurants close by.

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The 4-star Willow Banks Hotel has a great location right on the Mall Road in Shimla with many shops and restaurants close by. It is a colonial style building, established in 1871, with great views of the Shimla Valley and surrounding mountains. The hotel features the Akasa Spa providing a range of Ayurvedic, Balinese, or traditional European massages, a beauty salon, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. A games room has billiard, pool, carrom and table tennis facilities. Free WiFi is provided. Rooms all have tea/coffee making facilities and a mini-fridge. Two popular restaurants are on site, the Café Simla Times and Eighteen71 Cookhouse & Bar.

Almondz Hotel

Delhi


Almondz Hotel puts you in the center of New Delhi, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Laxminarayan Temple and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Art Mall. Highlights at this hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and free buffet breakfast.

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Almondz Hotel puts you in the center of New Delhi, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Laxminarayan Temple and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Art Mall. Highlights at this hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and free buffet breakfast.

All 28 soundproofed rooms feature LCD TVs with satellite channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, sitting areas, and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators and round-the-clock room service make in-room dining easy, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches include bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries.

Khandela Haveli

Jaipur


A heritage hotel, Khandela Haveli, is built like a traditional haveli and elegantly decorated. It features a rooftop restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

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A heritage hotel, Khandela Haveli, is built like a traditional haveli and elegantly decorated. It features a rooftop restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Nearby attractions include the large and exotic palaces of Hawa Mahal and City Palace that are within 5 km. Khandela Haveli is located 1.5 km from Jaipur Railway Station and 14 km from Jaipur Airport.

The rooms are tastefully decorated and cooled with air-conditioned. They are equipped with a minibar, sofa and satellite TV. Tea/coffee making facilities are available. The en suite bathrooms include shower.

With a 24-hour front desk, the property provides services like luggage storage, laundry and ironing. A tour desk is available to make travel arrangements. A car can be rented to explore the area. Guests can take a relaxing stroll in the garden.

The in-house restaurant serves local and Indian cuisines. The rooftop bar serves refreshing beverages. Room service option is available.

Tordi Garh

Tordi


Tordi Garh is one of Rajasthan's famous heritage hotels, and is located in the small village of Tordi in the heart of rural Rajasthan. The ancestral family has converted one wing of the former palace into comfortable guest accommodations.

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Tordi Garh is one of Rajasthan's famous heritage hotels, and is located in the small village of Tordi in the heart of rural Rajasthan. The ancestral family has converted one wing of the former palace into comfortable guest accommodations. The family still lives there and will be your hosts during your stay.

The hotel has 23 rooms of various sizes, each with its own ethnic and heritage charm. All are en-suite, well appointed and comfortable, with air conditioning or cooling available in the summer and heating in the winter. Meals served are traditionally Indian and guests are welcome in the kitchen to watch and learn about the intricacies of Indian cooking. Home grown vegetables, dairy products, poultry and supplies from other farmers in the village are used, and the stables host horses, cows, goats and hens. The hotel arranges jeep safaris, camel cart and horse rides, and walks to the nearby sand dunes and fort as well as other local options to help you interact with your surroundings and enjoy your time there to the full.

Kadamb Kunj

Bharatpur


The Kadamb Kunj Resort is a friendly and comfortable mid-range hotel located on the edge of Keoladeo National Park with open fields and farmland to the other side.

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The Kadamb Kunj Resort is a friendly and comfortable mid-range hotel located on the edge of Keoladeo National Park with open fields and farmland to the other side. Well reviewed, it has a swimming pool and pleasant gardens with 45 en-suite rooms surrounding an open air courtyard.

The entrance to Keoladeo National Park is just a couple of kilometres away making this a great base for you visit there before heading onto nearby Agra.

Seven Hills Tower Hotel

Agra


Seven Hills Tower is situated in the Taj Ganj district in Agra, 1 miles from Taj Mahal and 1.3 miles from Mehtab Bagh. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.

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Seven Hills Tower is situated in the Taj Ganj district in Agra, 1 miles from Taj Mahal and 1.3 miles from Mehtab Bagh. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.

Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Seven Hills Tower features free WiFi throughout the property.

Almondz Hotel

Delhi


Almondz Hotel puts you in the center of New Delhi, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Laxminarayan Temple and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Art Mall. Highlights at this hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and free buffet breakfast.

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Almondz Hotel puts you in the center of New Delhi, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Laxminarayan Temple and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Art Mall. Highlights at this hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and free buffet breakfast.

All 28 soundproofed rooms feature LCD TVs with satellite channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, sitting areas, and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators and round-the-clock room service make in-room dining easy, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches include bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries.

Khandela Haveli

Jaipur


A heritage hotel, Khandela Haveli, is built like a traditional haveli and elegantly decorated. It features a rooftop restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

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A heritage hotel, Khandela Haveli, is built like a traditional haveli and elegantly decorated. It features a rooftop restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Nearby attractions include the large and exotic palaces of Hawa Mahal and City Palace that are within 5 km. Khandela Haveli is located 1.5 km from Jaipur Railway Station and 14 km from Jaipur Airport.

The rooms are tastefully decorated and cooled with air-conditioned. They are equipped with a minibar, sofa and satellite TV. Tea/coffee making facilities are available. The en suite bathrooms include shower.

With a 24-hour front desk, the property provides services like luggage storage, laundry and ironing. A tour desk is available to make travel arrangements. A car can be rented to explore the area. Guests can take a relaxing stroll in the garden.

The in-house restaurant serves local and Indian cuisines. The rooftop bar serves refreshing beverages. Room service option is available.

Tordi Garh

Tordi


Tordi Garh is one of Rajasthan's famous heritage hotels, and is located in the small village of Tordi in the heart of rural Rajasthan. The ancestral family has converted one wing of the former palace into comfortable guest accommodations.

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Tordi Garh is one of Rajasthan's famous heritage hotels, and is located in the small village of Tordi in the heart of rural Rajasthan. The ancestral family has converted one wing of the former palace into comfortable guest accommodations. The family still lives there and will be your hosts during your stay.

The hotel has 23 rooms of various sizes, each with its own ethnic and heritage charm. All are en-suite, well appointed and comfortable, with air conditioning or cooling available in the summer and heating in the winter. Meals served are traditionally Indian and guests are welcome in the kitchen to watch and learn about the intricacies of Indian cooking. Home grown vegetables, dairy products, poultry and supplies from other farmers in the village are used, and the stables host horses, cows, goats and hens. The hotel arranges jeep safaris, camel cart and horse rides, and walks to the nearby sand dunes and fort as well as other local options to help you interact with your surroundings and enjoy your time there to the full.

Kadamb Kunj

Bharatpur


The Kadamb Kunj Resort is a friendly and comfortable mid-range hotel located on the edge of Keoladeo National Park with open fields and farmland to the other side.

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The Kadamb Kunj Resort is a friendly and comfortable mid-range hotel located on the edge of Keoladeo National Park with open fields and farmland to the other side. Well reviewed, it has a swimming pool and pleasant gardens with 45 en-suite rooms surrounding an open air courtyard.

The entrance to Keoladeo National Park is just a couple of kilometres away making this a great base for you visit there before heading onto nearby Agra.

Seven Hills Tower Hotel

Agra


Seven Hills Tower is situated in the Taj Ganj district in Agra, 1 miles from Taj Mahal and 1.3 miles from Mehtab Bagh. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.

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Seven Hills Tower is situated in the Taj Ganj district in Agra, 1 miles from Taj Mahal and 1.3 miles from Mehtab Bagh. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.

Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Seven Hills Tower features free WiFi throughout the property.

Sleeper train


Travelling by train in India is a great way to see and experience more of the country on one of the world’s most extensive railway networks. On our small-group tours we aim to book seats in the AC2 class (2nd class air-conditioned carriage).

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Travelling by train in India is a great way to see and experience more of the country on one of the world’s most extensive railway networks. On our small-group tours we aim to book seats in the AC2 class (2nd class air-conditioned carriage). This is relatively clean, comfortable and not overcrowded. You get a padded seat during the day which the carriage steward will convert into a flat padded bunk with pillows, sheets and blankets in the evening. There are no separate self-contained compartments, with the layout more open plan with curtained bays of four bunks on one side of the aisle (two upper and two lower) and two arranged along the wall of the carriage across the aisle from there. Meals and drinks are available on board.

Due to the huge distances some trains cover, Indian trains are subject to delays and on an overnight journey of around 12 hours a delay of an hour is not unusual. Delays can be longer in the winter months if the weather is foggy.

Tickets are issued 120 days in advance and are subject to full cancellation fees after you have arrived in India (US$10 up until that point). If you book within 120 days of departure we cannot guarantee that you will be allocated a berth next to other people in the group, though the carriage stewards are generally very helpful in arranging to swap you with another traveller. Flight upgrades are available on some journeys on request.

Hotel Surya

Varanasi


Hotel Surya in Varanasi is a heritage style hotel, originally built by King Kaiser of Nepal in 1818. The location is good, with other shops and restaurants close by, and easy access into the centre of the city.

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Hotel Surya in Varanasi is a heritage style hotel, originally built by King Kaiser of Nepal in 1818. The location is good, with other shops and restaurants close by, and easy access into the centre of the city. The hotel has a pool, lawned gardens, and full service spa. Rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned and recently renovated.

Apsara Boutique Hotel

Kathmandu


Apsara Boutique Hotel is located in Kathmandu, 0.9 miles from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

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Apsara Boutique Hotel is located in Kathmandu, 0.9 miles from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Rooms have a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. The rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries.

There is free shuttle service at the property.

Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, followed by a drink at the bar. The property also offers room service and packed lunches.

The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. Swayambhu is 1.3 miles from Apsara Boutique Hotel, while Pashupatinath is 2.2 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Tribhuvan Airport, 3.1 miles from the property.

Lumbini Hokke Hotel

Lumbini


This is a Japanese funded and designed hotel that maintains a strong Japanese influence including precisely laid out gardens and 20 Japanese tatami style rooms, as well as 7 western style rooms. All have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

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This is a Japanese funded and designed hotel that maintains a strong Japanese influence including precisely laid out gardens and 20 Japanese tatami style rooms, as well as 7 western style rooms. All have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. Food is good, with Japanese, Chinese and Nepali offerings. The hotel also has a good location close to the Lumbini Monastic Zone.

Bardia Eco Lodge

Bardia National Park


Offering a restaurant and a terrace, Bardia Eco Lodge is situated in Bardia. Bardia National Park entrance is 550 yards from the property. Free WiFi is provided.

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Offering a restaurant and a terrace, Bardia Eco Lodge is situated in Bardia. Bardia National Park entrance is 550 yards from the property. Free WiFi is provided.

Each room has a seating area. The private bathroom comes with shower. The room overlooks the garden.

An array of activities like elephant safaris, jungle walks, jeep safaris, village walks, birdwatching, trekking, river rafting and fishing can be enjoyed at Bardia Eco Lodge.

Rasoun Homestay

Rasoun


This is a friendly local homestay in Rasoun village near Ajloun Castle. Accommodation is in shared rooms holding up to 4 people. Bathrooms are separate and shared. Overall you can expect a simple but comfortable and very welcoming experience.

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This is a friendly local homestay in Rasoun village, near to Ajloun Castle and the RSCN's Ajloun Forest Reserve. Accommodation is in shared rooms holding up to 4 people. There are a number of homes in the village that will accommodate guests, so depending on our final group size we may split across several houses. We will all eat together in one house with the hosts. All beds and bedding are provided. Bathrooms are separate and shared but quite basic. Overall you can expect a simple but comfortable, and very welcoming experience with good food and interesting insights into local village life in rural Jordan. The RSCN's Soap House is also nearby and worth a visit. Here local women use a variety of local natural ingredients, including lavender, geranium, mint and pomegranate, to create high-quality handmade natural olive oil soaps.

Dead Sea Spa Resort

Dead Sea


The Dead Sea Spa hotel is a comfortable resort style hotel located on the banks of the Red Sea. Access to the Dead Sea itself is directly from the hotel, with spa treatments and Dead Sea mud to lather yourselves with before swimming also available.

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The Dead Sea Spa hotel is a comfortable resort style hotel located on the banks of the Red Sea, around 1 hour's drive from Amman and Amman airport. There are several pools, and the hotel has great direct access into the Dead Sea itself, with the famous Dead Sea mud available on the beach to lather yourself with before swimming (if you wish!). Various treatments are also available in the hotel spa. Meals are generally buffet style with a good selection of different options including several vegetarian options. There are more luxurious 5-star resorts on the Dead Sea, but we feel the Dead Sea Spa hotel provides an very good mid-range option, ideal for short stays.

Rahayeb Camp

Wadi Rum


This Wadi Rum desert camp has a fantastic location on the desert sands against the cliffs in the Wadi Rum Protected Area. Accommodation is in permanent goat hair tents with proper beds and all bedding provided. The food is generally excellent.

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This Wadi Rum desert camp has a fantastic location and setting on the desert sands right up against the cliffs within the Wadi Rum Protected Area. We like it for its spectacular and remote location well away from the main road, and for the excellent food and friendly welcome the Bedouin hosts always provide.

Accommodation is in permanent traditional goat hair tents with proper beds and all bedding provided. We book the standard tents with shared bathrooms, though some en-suite tents are also available and subject to availability you can upgrade to these locally if you wish. You can also bring a sleeping bag if you wish, and find a sheltered spot on the rocks on the edge of the camp and sleep under the stars. 

WiFi is available throughout the camp. Meals are traditionally cooked, with a delicious underground 'BBQ' prepared nearly every night. Alcohol is not available.

Sunrise and sunset camel rides are available to book locally (around US$30).

Al Waleed Hotel

Amman


The Al Waleed is rare in Amman in that it is a decent mid-range hotel located within easy walking distance of lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. This is ideal if you have any free time before or after the main tour, and also in the evenings.

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The Al Waleed is rare in Amman in that it is a decent mid-range hotel within easy walking distance of lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. The hotel is located in the Sweifieh district, just a few setps away from Wakalat Street which is very popular with Jordanians for shopping and eating. The location is ideal if you have any free time before or after the main tour, and also for going out to eat in the evenings. Unfortunately nearly all other 3 and 4-star hotels are situated in more obscure areas and on main roads with nothing much around them, meaning you either need to eat in the hotel or take taxis if you want to explore during your free time.

Rooms are comfortable and all en-suite and air-conditioned. There is a good Italian restaurant on the ground floor.

Rasoun Homestay

Rasoun


This is a friendly local homestay in Rasoun village near Ajloun Castle. Accommodation is in shared rooms holding up to 4 people. Bathrooms are separate and shared. Overall you can expect a simple but comfortable and very welcoming experience.

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This is a friendly local homestay in Rasoun village, near to Ajloun Castle and the RSCN's Ajloun Forest Reserve. Accommodation is in shared rooms holding up to 4 people. There are a number of homes in the village that will accommodate guests, so depending on our final group size we may split across several houses. We will all eat together in one house with the hosts. All beds and bedding are provided. Bathrooms are separate and shared but quite basic. Overall you can expect a simple but comfortable, and very welcoming experience with good food and interesting insights into local village life in rural Jordan. The RSCN's Soap House is also nearby and worth a visit. Here local women use a variety of local natural ingredients, including lavender, geranium, mint and pomegranate, to create high-quality handmade natural olive oil soaps.

Dead Sea Spa Resort

Dead Sea


The Dead Sea Spa hotel is a comfortable resort style hotel located on the banks of the Red Sea. Access to the Dead Sea itself is directly from the hotel, with spa treatments and Dead Sea mud to lather yourselves with before swimming also available.

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The Dead Sea Spa hotel is a comfortable resort style hotel located on the banks of the Red Sea, around 1 hour's drive from Amman and Amman airport. There are several pools, and the hotel has great direct access into the Dead Sea itself, with the famous Dead Sea mud available on the beach to lather yourself with before swimming (if you wish!). Various treatments are also available in the hotel spa. Meals are generally buffet style with a good selection of different options including several vegetarian options. There are more luxurious 5-star resorts on the Dead Sea, but we feel the Dead Sea Spa hotel provides an very good mid-range option, ideal for short stays.

Rahayeb Camp

Wadi Rum


This Wadi Rum desert camp has a fantastic location on the desert sands against the cliffs in the Wadi Rum Protected Area. Accommodation is in permanent goat hair tents with proper beds and all bedding provided. The food is generally excellent.

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This Wadi Rum desert camp has a fantastic location and setting on the desert sands right up against the cliffs within the Wadi Rum Protected Area. We like it for its spectacular and remote location well away from the main road, and for the excellent food and friendly welcome the Bedouin hosts always provide.

Accommodation is in permanent traditional goat hair tents with proper beds and all bedding provided. We book the standard tents with shared bathrooms, though some en-suite tents are also available and subject to availability you can upgrade to these locally if you wish. You can also bring a sleeping bag if you wish, and find a sheltered spot on the rocks on the edge of the camp and sleep under the stars. 

WiFi is available throughout the camp. Meals are traditionally cooked, with a delicious underground 'BBQ' prepared nearly every night. Alcohol is not available.

Sunrise and sunset camel rides are available to book locally (around US$30).

Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel

Luxor


This hotel, formerly Le Meridien Luxor, is a modern hotel built in 2001. It is ideally situated right on the banks of the Nile and is within easy reach of all the major sites of Luxor.

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Note: The following information is provided from our own visits & research, the hotel itself, and our clients' experience of using the hotel.

Introduction:

This hotel, formerly Le Meridien Luxor, is a modern hotel built in 2001.  It is ideally situated right on the banks of the Nile and is within easy reach of all the major sites of Luxor. The hotel has views of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings on the opposite bank. The outdoor pool, restaurants, cafes and shops are all located in a central courtyard area.

The location and the high standards within the hotel make this one of our first choice hotels for stays in Luxor on our small-group tours, and for private & tailor-made trips (together with the Sonesta St. George hotel).

Location:

The hotel is centrally located next to the Nile in the heart of the tourist area of Luxor with shops and bazaars within a short walk. It is just 1.5 kilometres from the train station and 10 kilometres/15 minutes from Luxor International airport.

Accommodation:

The hotel offers excellent standards of accommodation and the rooms are spacious and modern. The 302 rooms and suites are located on 6 floors built around the courtyard. The standard rooms overlook Luxor or the courtyard area and upgrades to Nile view rooms are available on request for a small supplement. There are also disabled and non-smoking rooms available.

All rooms have deluxe en-suite bathroom, private balcony, air-conditioning, Satellite TV, mini-bar, safety deposit box, telephone, hairdryer and electrical sockets.

Bars & Restaurants:

The hotel has a number of bars and restaurants to choose from. The main hotel restaurant is the Nubia which is open from 6.00-10.00 am for breakfast and then 6.00-10.00pm for dinner, serving local and international dishes. There are two other restaurants within the hotel which are open for both lunch and dinner. These are the Casa de Napoli Italian restaurant serving pizza and pasta and El Tarboush serving Lebanese dishes.

For light meals and snacks during the day there is the Tropicana poolside bar and the Cafe des Delices which is located in the courtyard.
In the evening there is the Nile bar & lounge, which is open until 2.00am, and you can enjoy views of the Nile while trying out the various cocktails on offer.

Pasha's Pub also has views of the Nile and has regular evening entertainment.

Facilities & Services:

The freeform outdoor pool which is heated in winter has views of the River Nile and the Valley of the Kings and is the perfect place to relax after a day spent sightseeing or exploring Luxor. Guests also have free use of the leisure centre and gym within the hotel and other activities such as golf are available nearby. The are various shops within the hotel including gift and souvenir shops, a beauty salon and foreign exchange services.

Other services include:

  • 24-hour room service
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • 24hr Concierge Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Business centre
  • Porters
  • Games room
  • Library
  • Lifts

Sleeper train

Cairo, Luxor & Aswan


On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included.

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On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included. The carriage steward will make up and put away your beds in the evening and morning. All transfers between your hotel and the station are also included (these may well be separate to the main group if train times are very different on your dates). Single cabin supplements apply.

Note: We can arrange an internal flight upgrade for anyone not wishing to use the sleeper train.

Felucca Sailboat

Aswan


Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river.

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Felucca Sailboats

Feluccas are simple boats without cabins or electricity and you sleep on deck on mattresses with blankets and cushions provided. Canvas walls, mosquito netting and a roof are erected at night. You may want to bring a sleeping bag or extra blanket during the winter months (November to February) when it can get cold a night. Mosquito repellent is recommended for the evenings and early mornings, and wearing long sleeves at night is a good idea. Life jackets are provided for non-swimmers. Unfortunately, swimming in the Nile is not recommended both for health reasons and due to the strong currents - there are pools to enjoy in your Aswan and Luxor hotels.

Our Nubian crew will man the boat and prepare & cook all your meals on board or on our facilities boat. The food is simple but varied and filling and they will also serve Egyptian tea and Nubian cake. Water, soft drinks and beer can also be purchased. You keep a tally of what you've had and then pay for them at the end of the trip. The crew will also entertain you in the evenings when we may sing songs or just sit and chat around a camp fire.

Feluccas are dependent on the wind, and occasionally if the winds are too light or strong we may need to adjust the itinerary slightly.

Facility Boat

Our felucca suport boatOur new facilities boat makes the whole felucca experience more enjoyable, with a clean toilet and hot showers on board, as well as massage beds and a hygienic kitchen.

The boat doesn't shadow the felucca all the way, as we don’t want to spoil the peaceful experience of sailing down the Nile. It will however join up with you as and when required through the day and moor with you at night.

As well as the toilet, showers and kitchen facilities, there is also a sun deck where traditional Nubian massages are available.

The boat also helps us ensure that we do our bit to protect the Nile and its surroundings. Over the years, some areas on the banks of the Nile have been somewhat spoiled by the number of people staying overnight on feluccas and not using proper toilet tents or being respectful to their local environment.

We've had some great feedback from travellers using the boat so far, and we feel it really improves the experience of what is already many people's highlight of their trip to Egypt.

Saem Siemreap Hotel

Siem Reap


The 4-star Saem Siemreap Hotel is located in the garden village of Sala Kanseng, just 5 minutes' drive from the famous Old Market and Pub Street. Featuring elegant Khmer architecture, it also has an outdoor pool, spa treatments and a fitness centre.

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The 4-star Saem Siemreap Hotel is located in the garden village of Sala Kanseng, just 5 minutes' drive from the famous Old Market and Pub Street. Featuring elegant Khmer architecture, it also has an outdoor pool, spa treatments and a fitness centre.

Offering free Wi-Fi, all the air-conditioned guestrooms enjoy views of the gardens, pool or city. A flat-screen TV, free fruit basket and free tea/coffee making facilities are included. En suite bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub.

Saem Siemreap Hotel is 4.3 miles from Siem Reap International Airport. It is a 15-minute drive from the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat Temple.

The Silver Restaurant serves both Asian and Continental dishes, while The Ruby Lounge offers cocktails and spirits. Enjoy high tea at the Lobby Bar, as well as snacks at the Pool Terrace Bar.

Harmony Hotel

Phnom Penh


Featuring a rooftop infinity pool and a sun terrace, Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel is within a 5-minute walk from the Royal Palace. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar.

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Featuring a rooftop infinity pool and a sun terrace, Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel is within a 5-minute walk from the Royal Palace. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

The property is just 550 yards from the Riverfront Park, while Wat Phnom and Chaktomouk Conference Hall 2 are 0.6 miles away. It is 2.4 miles to Aeon Mall. Phnom Penh International Airport is 5.6 miles from Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel.

Fitted with parquet flooring, air-conditioned rooms open up to views of the city. The seating area is fitted with a flat-screen TV, minibar and a desk. En suite bathrooms include shower facilities, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for currency exchange, business facilities and concierge services. A fitness centre is available for working out or guests can indulge in in-house spa treatments.

The in-house restaurant serves a selection of local dishes, along with a wide variety of drinks. Room service options are provided for guests' convenience.

Romance Hotel

Hue


Housed in an 11-storey building, Romance Hotel offers 4-star accommodation and a beautiful rooftop swimming pool in Hue city, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage area. Featuring 2 on-site restaurants and 3 bars, it is within walking distance to the scenic

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Housed in an 11-storey building, Romance Hotel offers 4-star accommodation and a beautiful rooftop swimming pool in Hue city, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage area. Featuring 2 on-site restaurants and 3 bars, it is within walking distance to the scenic Perfume River.

All ample rooms come with air conditioning and large windows offering plenty of natural lights. Magnetic locks, a cable flat-screen TV and minibar are included. Selected rooms have a spa bathtub and/or seating area. Attached bathroom is equipped with shower facility and a hairdryer. Extras include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.

Dong Ba Market and Truong Tien Bridge are within 0.6 miles from the hotel, while Dieu De National Pagoda is 0.9 miles away.

Operating 24-hour front desk, guests can enjoy soothing massage at Romance Spa, or have a good work out at the fitness centre.

Located on the first floor, Lucky Plaza serves an array of Vietnamese, Asian and European cuisines. Guests can enjoy international buffet breakfast at Romance Restaurant on 11th floor while enjoying views of Perfume River and sunset. Guests can also unwind at Rendez-vous Bar & Cafe, which have a selection of alcoholic drinks and beverages.

La Dolce Vita

Hanoi


La Dolce Vita is a small hotel on a bustling narrow street in the heart of old Hanoi, 3 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake, about 30-45 minutes drive from the airport. The staff are excellent, rooms are a decent size and quiet, despite the busy location.

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La Dolce Vita is a small hotel on a bustling narrow street in the heart of old Hanoi, only 3 minutes walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and 30-45 minutes drive from the airport. There are lots of shops, cafes and eating places very close by. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are a decent size and quiet, despite the busy location. Overall we find this a good mid-level option in central Hanoi.

Harmony Hotel

Phnom Penh


Featuring a rooftop infinity pool and a sun terrace, Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel is within a 5-minute walk from the Royal Palace. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar.

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Featuring a rooftop infinity pool and a sun terrace, Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel is within a 5-minute walk from the Royal Palace. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

The property is just 550 yards from the Riverfront Park, while Wat Phnom and Chaktomouk Conference Hall 2 are 0.6 miles away. It is 2.4 miles to Aeon Mall. Phnom Penh International Airport is 5.6 miles from Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel.

Fitted with parquet flooring, air-conditioned rooms open up to views of the city. The seating area is fitted with a flat-screen TV, minibar and a desk. En suite bathrooms include shower facilities, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for currency exchange, business facilities and concierge services. A fitness centre is available for working out or guests can indulge in in-house spa treatments.

The in-house restaurant serves a selection of local dishes, along with a wide variety of drinks. Room service options are provided for guests' convenience.

Sleeper Train

Various


Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are safe, comfortable and a genuine Vietnamese experience in themselves, an integral part of your visit to Vietnam.

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Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are safe, comfortable and a genuine Vietnamese experience in themselves, an integral part of your visit to Vietnam.

Each carriage has its own steward who ensures the train is kept clean and tidy. You will stay in a 4-berth cabin with 3 other passengers. If you are travelling as a couple or family, supplements can be paid to book all 4 seats and have the cabin to yourselves.

Bedding is provided onboard the train. The berths are on two tiers and we cannot pre-book lower tier berths. A ladder is provided but you therefore need a reasonable degree of mobility to climb up to the top tier berths.

When travelling in a group, we cannot guarantee that everyone in the group will be seated together in the same cabins. However, the train stewards are generally very helpful at arranging seat swaps, and the local travellers on the train are friendly and interesting to talk to during your journey too.

Romance Hotel

Hue


Housed in an 11-storey building, Romance Hotel offers 4-star accommodation and a beautiful rooftop swimming pool in Hue city, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage area. Featuring 2 on-site restaurants and 3 bars, it is within walking distance to the scenic

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Housed in an 11-storey building, Romance Hotel offers 4-star accommodation and a beautiful rooftop swimming pool in Hue city, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage area. Featuring 2 on-site restaurants and 3 bars, it is within walking distance to the scenic Perfume River.

All ample rooms come with air conditioning and large windows offering plenty of natural lights. Magnetic locks, a cable flat-screen TV and minibar are included. Selected rooms have a spa bathtub and/or seating area. Attached bathroom is equipped with shower facility and a hairdryer. Extras include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.

Dong Ba Market and Truong Tien Bridge are within 0.6 miles from the hotel, while Dieu De National Pagoda is 0.9 miles away.

Operating 24-hour front desk, guests can enjoy soothing massage at Romance Spa, or have a good work out at the fitness centre.

Located on the first floor, Lucky Plaza serves an array of Vietnamese, Asian and European cuisines. Guests can enjoy international buffet breakfast at Romance Restaurant on 11th floor while enjoying views of Perfume River and sunset. Guests can also unwind at Rendez-vous Bar & Cafe, which have a selection of alcoholic drinks and beverages.

V'Spirit Cruise

Halong Bay


This newly built wooden junk boat is designed in the traditional style, but with contemporary, deluxe cabins and facilities, including sea-view windows in each AC cabin, private, modern bathrooms, and a comfortable sun-deck bar.

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The newly built V'Spirit wooden junk boats are designed in the traditional style, but with contemporary, deluxe cabins and facilities. These include air-conditioned cabins with sea-view windows, moden en-suite bathrooms, and a comfortable sun-deck with loungers and a bar.

Delicious food is prepared and served on board, and is based around the fish and sea-food of the bay. You can even do some fishing for squid while on board. Other activities available on board include morning Tai Chi, massages, cooking demonstrations, and kayaking and fishing equipment is available.

Life jackets and safety equipment are carried on board.

Kim An Hotel

Hoi An


Kim An is a quiet, well located hotel with great friendly staff, clean rooms, a pool, and nice touches like free umbrellas, bikes and cooking classes for guests. It is 5 minutes walk to the Old Town, and 10 minutes by bike to An Bang beach.

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Kim An is a quiet, well located hotel with great friendly staff, clean rooms, a pool, and nice touches like free umbrellas, bikes and cooking classes for guests. It is 5 minutes walk to the Old Town, and 10 minutes by bike to An Bang beach.

Lê Duy Hotel

Chi Minh City


Le Duy is a small 20-room hotel in central Ho Chi Minh city. The location is ideal if you want to be in the heart of the city, with plenty of good eateries on the doorstep, a park across the road, and various markets nearby.

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Le Duy is a small 20-room hotel in central Ho Chi Minh city. The location is ideal if you want to be in the heart of the city, with plenty of good eateries on the doorstep, a park across the road, and various markets nearby.

Saem Siemreap Hotel

Siem Reap


The 4-star Saem Siemreap Hotel is located in the garden village of Sala Kanseng, just 5 minutes' drive from the famous Old Market and Pub Street. Featuring elegant Khmer architecture, it also has an outdoor pool, spa treatments and a fitness centre.

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The 4-star Saem Siemreap Hotel is located in the garden village of Sala Kanseng, just 5 minutes' drive from the famous Old Market and Pub Street. Featuring elegant Khmer architecture, it also has an outdoor pool, spa treatments and a fitness centre.

Offering free Wi-Fi, all the air-conditioned guestrooms enjoy views of the gardens, pool or city. A flat-screen TV, free fruit basket and free tea/coffee making facilities are included. En suite bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub.

Saem Siemreap Hotel is 4.3 miles from Siem Reap International Airport. It is a 15-minute drive from the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat Temple.

The Silver Restaurant serves both Asian and Continental dishes, while The Ruby Lounge offers cocktails and spirits. Enjoy high tea at the Lobby Bar, as well as snacks at the Pool Terrace Bar.

La Dolce Vita

Hanoi


La Dolce Vita is a small hotel on a bustling narrow street in the heart of old Hanoi, 3 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake, about 30-45 minutes drive from the airport. The staff are excellent, rooms are a decent size and quiet, despite the busy location.

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La Dolce Vita is a small hotel on a bustling narrow street in the heart of old Hanoi, only 3 minutes walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and 30-45 minutes drive from the airport. There are lots of shops, cafes and eating places very close by. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are a decent size and quiet, despite the busy location. Overall we find this a good mid-level option in central Hanoi.

Lê Duy Hotel

Chi Minh City


Le Duy is a small 20-room hotel in central Ho Chi Minh city. The location is ideal if you want to be in the heart of the city, with plenty of good eateries on the doorstep, a park across the road, and various markets nearby.

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Le Duy is a small 20-room hotel in central Ho Chi Minh city. The location is ideal if you want to be in the heart of the city, with plenty of good eateries on the doorstep, a park across the road, and various markets nearby.

Kim An Hotel

Hoi An


Kim An is a quiet, well located hotel with great friendly staff, clean rooms, a pool, and nice touches like free umbrellas, bikes and cooking classes for guests. It is 5 minutes walk to the Old Town, and 10 minutes by bike to An Bang beach.

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Kim An is a quiet, well located hotel with great friendly staff, clean rooms, a pool, and nice touches like free umbrellas, bikes and cooking classes for guests. It is 5 minutes walk to the Old Town, and 10 minutes by bike to An Bang beach.

Kulen Mountain Homestay

Kulen Mountain, near Siem Reap


This homestay on Kulen Mountain offers comfortable but simple accommodation set in a beautiful scenic setting. You'll have an opportunity to experience the day to day life of rural Cambodia as a guest of a warm and friendly local family.

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This homestay on Kulen Mountain offers comfortable but simple accommodation set in a beautiful scenic setting. You'll have an opportunity to experience the day to day life of rural Cambodia as a guest of a warm and friendly local family.

Facilities are basic, but comfortable enough with beds, pillows and bedding provided and separate shared bathrooms/toilets. The food is home cooked and simple but tasty (you can assist with preparation and cooking if you wish).

Subject to availability and numbers, other similar homestays in the near vicinity may also be used.

Mekong Delta Homestay

Vinh Long


Hai Dao is a local homestay in the Vinh Long district of the Mekong Delta. Facilities are basic with some private and some dorm rooms separated by curtains. There are fans but no AC. The welcome is friendly, the food good, and internet is available.

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This homestay in the Mekong Delta is a friendly and welcoming place. Facilities are basic, but comfortable enough with beds, pillows and bedding provided and separate shared bathrooms/toilets. There are both private and dorm rooms with curtains and fans but no air conditioning. The location is good with a nice garden near the river. The food is home cooked and good (you can assist with preparation and cooking if you wish), and internet is available. 

Subject to availability and numbers, other similar homestays in the near vicinity may also be used.

Mekong Delta Homestay

Vinh Long


Hai Dao is a local homestay in the Vinh Long district of the Mekong Delta. Facilities are basic with some private and some dorm rooms separated by curtains. There are fans but no AC. The welcome is friendly, the food good, and internet is available.

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This homestay in the Mekong Delta is a friendly and welcoming place. Facilities are basic, but comfortable enough with beds, pillows and bedding provided and separate shared bathrooms/toilets. There are both private and dorm rooms with curtains and fans but no air conditioning. The location is good with a nice garden near the river. The food is home cooked and good (you can assist with preparation and cooking if you wish), and internet is available. 

Subject to availability and numbers, other similar homestays in the near vicinity may also be used.

Kulen Mountain Homestay

Kulen Mountain, near Siem Reap


This homestay on Kulen Mountain offers comfortable but simple accommodation set in a beautiful scenic setting. You'll have an opportunity to experience the day to day life of rural Cambodia as a guest of a warm and friendly local family.

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This homestay on Kulen Mountain offers comfortable but simple accommodation set in a beautiful scenic setting. You'll have an opportunity to experience the day to day life of rural Cambodia as a guest of a warm and friendly local family.

Facilities are basic, but comfortable enough with beds, pillows and bedding provided and separate shared bathrooms/toilets. The food is home cooked and simple but tasty (you can assist with preparation and cooking if you wish).

Subject to availability and numbers, other similar homestays in the near vicinity may also be used.

The Old Inn

Bandipur


Situated in the beautiful Nepalese village of Bandipur, this hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/cafe. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.

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Situated in the beautiful Nepalese village of Bandipur, this hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/cafe. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.

Other amenities include Laundry facilities, Library and tour/ticket assistance. All 29 rooms offer free WiFi, room service (during limited hours) and showers. Guests will also find desks and free toiletries.

La Maison

Petra


La Maison is a comfortable, mid-range hotel in Petra with an excellent location less than ten minutes walk from the Visitor Centre and entrance into Petra.

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La Maison is a comfortable, mid-range hotel in Petra with an excellent location less than ten minutes walk from the Visitor Centre and entrance into Petra. The 76 en-suite rooms have been recently rennovated and all ll have air conditioning, free internet and TVs.

The hotel has a lobby lounge and bar, a restaurant and an Arabic styled roof terrace where you can enjoy traditional Jordanian snacks, drinks and shisha pipes. 

La Maison

Petra


La Maison is a comfortable, mid-range hotel in Petra with an excellent location less than ten minutes walk from the Visitor Centre and entrance into Petra.

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La Maison is a comfortable, mid-range hotel in Petra with an excellent location less than ten minutes walk from the Visitor Centre and entrance into Petra. The 76 en-suite rooms have been recently rennovated and all ll have air conditioning, free internet and TVs.

The hotel has a lobby lounge and bar, a restaurant and an Arabic styled roof terrace where you can enjoy traditional Jordanian snacks, drinks and shisha pipes. 

Tolip Aswan Hotel

Aswan


Tolip Aswan Hotel overlooks the Nile and sits close to several tourist sites. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, WiFi, and balconies with river views. Facilities include a pool, bar, gym, and sauna.

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The Tolip Aswan Hotel (formerly the Helnan) is located in downtown Aswan, on the banks of the Nile River. It comprises 195 air-conditioned rooms, each featuring en-suite bathrooms, satellite TVs, minibars, and furnished balconies with river views. In-room WiFi access is also available. An array of facilities is on offer, including a pool, bar, gym, sauna, massage treatments, children’s playground, and 24-hour front desk. The hotel is within close driving distance of several tourist sites including Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Nubian Museum, and is also a short drive from Aswan International Airport.

Tolip Aswan Hotel

Aswan


Tolip Aswan Hotel overlooks the Nile and sits close to several tourist sites. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, WiFi, and balconies with river views. Facilities include a pool, bar, gym, and sauna.

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The Tolip Aswan Hotel (formerly the Helnan) is located in downtown Aswan, on the banks of the Nile River. It comprises 195 air-conditioned rooms, each featuring en-suite bathrooms, satellite TVs, minibars, and furnished balconies with river views. In-room WiFi access is also available. An array of facilities is on offer, including a pool, bar, gym, sauna, massage treatments, children’s playground, and 24-hour front desk. The hotel is within close driving distance of several tourist sites including Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Nubian Museum, and is also a short drive from Aswan International Airport.

Tolip Aswan Hotel

Aswan


Tolip Aswan Hotel overlooks the Nile and sits close to several tourist sites. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, WiFi, and balconies with river views. Facilities include a pool, bar, gym, and sauna.

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The Tolip Aswan Hotel (formerly the Helnan) is located in downtown Aswan, on the banks of the Nile River. It comprises 195 air-conditioned rooms, each featuring en-suite bathrooms, satellite TVs, minibars, and furnished balconies with river views. In-room WiFi access is also available. An array of facilities is on offer, including a pool, bar, gym, sauna, massage treatments, children’s playground, and 24-hour front desk. The hotel is within close driving distance of several tourist sites including Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Nubian Museum, and is also a short drive from Aswan International Airport.

Sunrise Royal Makadi Aqua Resort

Hurghada


The Sunrise Royal Makadi Resort is an excellent Red Sea resort option with a great beachfront location and lots of different activities and facilities available on site. The hotel is located near Makadi Bay, around 30km from the centre of Hurghada.

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The Sunrise Royal Makadi Resort is an excellent Red Sea resort option with a great beachfront location and lots of different activities and facilities available on site. The hotel is located just outside Makadi Bay, around 30km from the resort centre of Hurghada. One of the hotel's main features is an aquapark with five pools to relax beside and a range of 11 different water slides. You can also play tennis, football, table tennis, darts, do aquaerobics or use the on-site gym. The spa facilities include massages, sauna, whirlpool and a range of treatment options. Scuba-diving and snorkelling trips can be arranged through the hotel or through our local representative. A hotel-run kids club operates from November to March. There are eight restaurants and bars to choose from offering a wide variety of different cuisines (gentlemen should wear long trousers for dinner).  Rooms are spacious and comfortable with either a large double bed or twin beds, plus an extra bed for children if required. A very limited number of family rooms for up to three adults and two children are also available.

Sunrise Royal Makadi Aqua Resort

Hurghada


The Sunrise Royal Makadi Resort is an excellent Red Sea resort option with a great beachfront location and lots of different activities and facilities available on site. The hotel is located near Makadi Bay, around 30km from the centre of Hurghada.

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The Sunrise Royal Makadi Resort is an excellent Red Sea resort option with a great beachfront location and lots of different activities and facilities available on site. The hotel is located just outside Makadi Bay, around 30km from the resort centre of Hurghada. One of the hotel's main features is an aquapark with five pools to relax beside and a range of 11 different water slides. You can also play tennis, football, table tennis, darts, do aquaerobics or use the on-site gym. The spa facilities include massages, sauna, whirlpool and a range of treatment options. Scuba-diving and snorkelling trips can be arranged through the hotel or through our local representative. A hotel-run kids club operates from November to March. There are eight restaurants and bars to choose from offering a wide variety of different cuisines (gentlemen should wear long trousers for dinner).  Rooms are spacious and comfortable with either a large double bed or twin beds, plus an extra bed for children if required. A very limited number of family rooms for up to three adults and two children are also available.

Sunrise Royal Makadi Aqua Resort

Hurghada


The Sunrise Royal Makadi Resort is an excellent Red Sea resort option with a great beachfront location and lots of different activities and facilities available on site. The hotel is located near Makadi Bay, around 30km from the centre of Hurghada.

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The Sunrise Royal Makadi Resort is an excellent Red Sea resort option with a great beachfront location and lots of different activities and facilities available on site. The hotel is located just outside Makadi Bay, around 30km from the resort centre of Hurghada. One of the hotel's main features is an aquapark with five pools to relax beside and a range of 11 different water slides. You can also play tennis, football, table tennis, darts, do aquaerobics or use the on-site gym. The spa facilities include massages, sauna, whirlpool and a range of treatment options. Scuba-diving and snorkelling trips can be arranged through the hotel or through our local representative. A hotel-run kids club operates from November to March. There are eight restaurants and bars to choose from offering a wide variety of different cuisines (gentlemen should wear long trousers for dinner).  Rooms are spacious and comfortable with either a large double bed or twin beds, plus an extra bed for children if required. A very limited number of family rooms for up to three adults and two children are also available.

L’Escale Hotel

Fes


This modern hotel is found in Fez, offering easy access to tourist attractions and the airport. The 64 rooms are fully-equipped, and there is a rooftop restaurant, business centre, and WiFi access.

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Hotel L’Escale is located in the heart of Fez, 30 minutes from the airport. It is close to several tourist attractions, including the Royal Palace and Old Medina. 64 modern rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, minibars, safes, private balconies, and complimentary bathrobes and toiletries. The rooftop restaurant provides 360-degree views of the city. Facilities and services include WiFi access, laundry service, business centre, and breakfast buffet.

Madu Camp

Merzouga


Madu Camp overlooks the Merzouga dunes. It features 8 luxury desert tents, each with en-suite bathrooms. There is a separate restaurant tent, as well as campfire entertainment.

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This desert camp is situated on the edge of the Merzouga dunes. It features 8 luxury Berber tents, each with en-suite bathrooms that have hot water. A restaurant is found in a separate tent. After-dinner entertainment is provided besides the campfire, with lanterns and Moroccan carpets adding to the atmosphere. Quad bike excursions out into the desert are on offer to complete the experience.

Perle de Dades

Dades


La Perle de Dades is found in the Dades Valley. It is designed in an Afro-Moroccan style, with 12 rooms that have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. It features a pool, restaurant, and hammam.

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La Perle de Dades is a repurposed traditional Berber Kasbah. It is situated in the Dades Valley. It has twelve rooms that are designed and decorated in a traditional Afro-Moroccan style. Each features en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. The restaurant serves French and Moroccan cuisine, and there is a traditional hammam on site. Activities are offered at the lodge, as well as in the surrounding region.

L’ma Lodge

Skoura


L’Ma Lodge is surrounded by palm groves in Skoura. Its rooms and buildings are bright, with traditional decor. Facilities include a pool, gardens, relaxation lounges, and a restaurant.

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L’Ma Lodge is nestled within palm groves in Skoura, near Ouarzazate. It is made up of traditional adobe buildings, consisting of spacious rooms with bright traditional decor. There are two relaxation lounges, as well as a lounge-restaurant with a fireplace and piano. Free WiFi is provided. A free-form pool is surrounded by gardens and palm trees. Several tourist sites are found in the surrounding region, and activities are also offered on site.

Le Kech

Marrakech


La Kech is a 4-star boutique hotel in Marrakech. Overlooking the Atlas Mountains, it has 72 fully-furnished rooms. It features a gym, pool, spa, and two restaurants.

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This boutique hotel is found in the city of Marrakech. It provides views of the Atlas Mountains, and is a few kilometres from the city’s commercial centre. The 72 rooms are spacious, with private bathrooms, WiFi, minibars, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs. The hotel features a pool, gym, spa, and restaurants. It is a family-friendly hotel.

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Cairo


It features two pools, several restaurants and bars, free WiFi, a spa and fitness centre, and both classic and family rooms. The rooms overlook the gardens and feature air-conditioning, TVs, safes, and minibars. The hotel offers an airport shuttle.

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Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a 5-star establishment located on the doorstep of one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Great Pyramids of Giza. Modern yet classic, the hotel is set amongst leafy gardens. It has been recently taken over and upgraded by Steigenberger, and now offers improved service and standards. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel, and there are two swimming pools. Several bars and restaurants are situated on site, serving a variety of flavours from around the world, as well as offering a taste of local cuisine. A wellness centre features modern fitness equipment and machines, while the spa offers a variety of treatments to help you relax after a day of touring.

Accommodation is offered in the form of classic rooms, as well as family suites. The classic rooms are available with either double or twin beds, and look out onto the gardens. The family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Amenities in all rooms include en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, safes, and air-conditioning. There are also several bungalow-style rooms set within the gardens.

The hotel’s location is ideal, just 3km from the Pyramids and the Sphinx and directly opposite the New Egyptian Grand Museum. Two international airports are within driving distance, and a shuttle service is available on request. Choose from a variety of landmarks and sites to visit in the surrounding regions.

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Cairo


It features two pools, several restaurants and bars, free WiFi, a spa and fitness centre, and both classic and family rooms. The rooms overlook the gardens and feature air-conditioning, TVs, safes, and minibars. The hotel offers an airport shuttle.

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Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a 5-star establishment located on the doorstep of one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Great Pyramids of Giza. Modern yet classic, the hotel is set amongst leafy gardens. It has been recently taken over and upgraded by Steigenberger, and now offers improved service and standards. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel, and there are two swimming pools. Several bars and restaurants are situated on site, serving a variety of flavours from around the world, as well as offering a taste of local cuisine. A wellness centre features modern fitness equipment and machines, while the spa offers a variety of treatments to help you relax after a day of touring.

Accommodation is offered in the form of classic rooms, as well as family suites. The classic rooms are available with either double or twin beds, and look out onto the gardens. The family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Amenities in all rooms include en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, safes, and air-conditioning. There are also several bungalow-style rooms set within the gardens.

The hotel’s location is ideal, just 3km from the Pyramids and the Sphinx and directly opposite the New Egyptian Grand Museum. Two international airports are within driving distance, and a shuttle service is available on request. Choose from a variety of landmarks and sites to visit in the surrounding regions.

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Cairo


It features two pools, several restaurants and bars, free WiFi, a spa and fitness centre, and both classic and family rooms. The rooms overlook the gardens and feature air-conditioning, TVs, safes, and minibars. The hotel offers an airport shuttle.

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Our rating

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a 5-star establishment located on the doorstep of one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Great Pyramids of Giza. Modern yet classic, the hotel is set amongst leafy gardens. It has been recently taken over and upgraded by Steigenberger, and now offers improved service and standards. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel, and there are two swimming pools. Several bars and restaurants are situated on site, serving a variety of flavours from around the world, as well as offering a taste of local cuisine. A wellness centre features modern fitness equipment and machines, while the spa offers a variety of treatments to help you relax after a day of touring.

Accommodation is offered in the form of classic rooms, as well as family suites. The classic rooms are available with either double or twin beds, and look out onto the gardens. The family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Amenities in all rooms include en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, safes, and air-conditioning. There are also several bungalow-style rooms set within the gardens.

The hotel’s location is ideal, just 3km from the Pyramids and the Sphinx and directly opposite the New Egyptian Grand Museum. Two international airports are within driving distance, and a shuttle service is available on request. Choose from a variety of landmarks and sites to visit in the surrounding regions.

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Cairo


It features two pools, several restaurants and bars, free WiFi, a spa and fitness centre, and both classic and family rooms. The rooms overlook the gardens and feature air-conditioning, TVs, safes, and minibars. The hotel offers an airport shuttle.

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Our rating

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a 5-star establishment located on the doorstep of one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Great Pyramids of Giza. Modern yet classic, the hotel is set amongst leafy gardens. It has been recently taken over and upgraded by Steigenberger, and now offers improved service and standards. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel, and there are two swimming pools. Several bars and restaurants are situated on site, serving a variety of flavours from around the world, as well as offering a taste of local cuisine. A wellness centre features modern fitness equipment and machines, while the spa offers a variety of treatments to help you relax after a day of touring.

Accommodation is offered in the form of classic rooms, as well as family suites. The classic rooms are available with either double or twin beds, and look out onto the gardens. The family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Amenities in all rooms include en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, safes, and air-conditioning. There are also several bungalow-style rooms set within the gardens.

The hotel’s location is ideal, just 3km from the Pyramids and the Sphinx and directly opposite the New Egyptian Grand Museum. Two international airports are within driving distance, and a shuttle service is available on request. Choose from a variety of landmarks and sites to visit in the surrounding regions.

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino

Cairo


The Sheraton Cairo is located in Cairo’s Dokki district, close to the Egyptian Museum. It consists of a casino, night club, and 5-star hotel. The hotel offers a full range of services and amenities, as well as fully-equipped luxury rooms.

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Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino is a 5-star establishment found in the Dokki district of Cairo. A number of attractions are close by, including the Egyptian Museum. Included among the many facilities and amenities are a spa, fitness centre, sauna, library, and indoor and outdoor pools. Rooms are fully-equipped and feature mini bars, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers several services, including 24-hour room service, a turndown service, and a paid airport shuttle.

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino

Cairo


The Sheraton Cairo is located in Cairo’s Dokki district, close to the Egyptian Museum. It consists of a casino, night club, and 5-star hotel. The hotel offers a full range of services and amenities, as well as fully-equipped luxury rooms.

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Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino is a 5-star establishment found in the Dokki district of Cairo. A number of attractions are close by, including the Egyptian Museum. Included among the many facilities and amenities are a spa, fitness centre, sauna, library, and indoor and outdoor pools. Rooms are fully-equipped and feature mini bars, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers several services, including 24-hour room service, a turndown service, and a paid airport shuttle.

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino

Cairo


The Sheraton Cairo is located in Cairo’s Dokki district, close to the Egyptian Museum. It consists of a casino, night club, and 5-star hotel. The hotel offers a full range of services and amenities, as well as fully-equipped luxury rooms.

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Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino is a 5-star establishment found in the Dokki district of Cairo. A number of attractions are close by, including the Egyptian Museum. Included among the many facilities and amenities are a spa, fitness centre, sauna, library, and indoor and outdoor pools. Rooms are fully-equipped and feature mini bars, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers several services, including 24-hour room service, a turndown service, and a paid airport shuttle.

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino

Cairo


The Sheraton Cairo is located in Cairo’s Dokki district, close to the Egyptian Museum. It consists of a casino, night club, and 5-star hotel. The hotel offers a full range of services and amenities, as well as fully-equipped luxury rooms.

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Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino is a 5-star establishment found in the Dokki district of Cairo. A number of attractions are close by, including the Egyptian Museum. Included among the many facilities and amenities are a spa, fitness centre, sauna, library, and indoor and outdoor pools. Rooms are fully-equipped and feature mini bars, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers several services, including 24-hour room service, a turndown service, and a paid airport shuttle.

The Marmara Antalya

Antalya, Turkey


The Marmara Antalya is a 5-star beach resort located on Turkey’s Antalya coast. It has 232 air-conditioned rooms, with sea or city views. A full range of modern facilities are available.

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The 5-star Marmara Antalya is located near Antalya’s city centre, a 20-minute drive from the airport. It is located on the beach, with gorgeous views and lovely gardens. It has 232 rooms, some with beach views and others with city views. Facilities include free WiFi, a pool, a spa, a restaurant, and a fitness centre. It is family-friendly and offers babysitting services (surcharge).

MD Barbaros Hotel

Çanakkale, Turkey


MD Barbaros Hotel is located in the Turkish city of Canakkale, in a central location close to several attractions. It has 64 fully-equipped, air-conditioned rooms, as well as a range of modern facilities.

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MD Barbaros Hotel is found in the heart of Canakkale, a city in northwestern Turkey. Several attractions are nearby, including the Archaeological Museum, Mirrored Bazaar, and Cimenlik Castle. The 64 rooms are air conditioned and fully-equipped, featuring TVs, WiFi, hairdryers, fridges, safes, and complimentary bottled water. There is a restaurant, as well as room service, and complimentary breakfast is served from 7am until 10.30am.

MDC Hotel

Urgup


This quaint hotel is built into one of the famous rock formations of Cappadocia. The suites are fully furnished, each with a unique design. The hotel is situated within a walking distance of the city centre.

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MDC Cave Hotel is found in Urgup, Cappadocia, known for its unique landscape of rock formations. The hotel is built into one of these rock formations, and is thus known as a cave hotel. Each fully-equipped suite has its own design, while facilities include a restaurant and conference centre. The city centre is within walking distance.

Marina Boutique Hotel

Kusadasi


Situated in the heart of Kusadasi opposite the marina, and within walking distance to the city centre. It's within easily reach of Efes Convention Centre, and offers high standards of service with amazing quality of food.

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In the heart of Kusadasi with its unique sunset, opposite to the marina, located within walking distance to the city center and within easily reach of Efes Convention Center, Marina Hotel & Suites offers high standards of service with amazing quality of food to our guests.

Our primary goal is to create happy and satisfied guests. Our renovated rooms, highly professional and experienced warm hospitality team converts your hotel stay in to a unique experience.

  • Panoramic sea view, with magnificent views of the marina we offer selection of 90 comfortable rooms and 15 Suites.
  • Marina Main Restaurant with its international cuisine.
  • Mediterranean cuisine at the AIDA A La Carte Restaurant.
  • Yelken Grill Bar and Sunset Lounge & Bar is where you can enjoy the views of the Kusadasi bay,  the city and the views of the marina by the pool.

Marina Hotel & Suites is located just 5 minutes walk from the city center of Kusadasi opposite to the marina. Ephesus Ancient City, 18 km., Efes Convention Centre is 6 km. Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is 70 km.  away.

Galata Istanbul Hotel

Istanbul, Turkey


This hotel is found in Istanbul’s historical Galata region. It is a refurbished historical building that features different room types, each with different views of the city. It has a restaurant and bar, as well as a Turkish bath and spa.

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Located in Istanbul’s famous historical Galata region, this hotel offers several accommodation options. All room types have TVs, minibars, espresso machines, and access to free WiFi. The hotel features a restaurant and a rooftop bar. Spoil yourself at the historical Turkish bar and spa. There is also a lobby bar and room service is available.

Hilton Garden Inn Konya

Konya


This hotel is situated in a convenient location in central Konya, within walking distance of historical and cultural sites and 20 minutes from the airport.

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This hotel is situated in a convenient location in central Konya, within walking distance of historical and cultural sites and 20 minutes from the airport. Its facilities include a restaurant, convenience mart, business centre, fitness centre, and meeting space for up to 500 guests. Rooms and suites are comfortable and feature TVs, fridges, and complimentary WiFi.

Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel

Kusadasi


This 4-star hotel is found in the centre of Kusadasi, directly across from the main beach promenade. It offers views of the Aegean Sea from its roof terrace and some of the rooms. It also features a rooftop pool and bar, conference rooms.

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Ilayda Avantgarde is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Kusadasi. It is right across from the main beach promenade and provides ocean views from the rooftop terrace and several rooms. Facilities include a Starbucks coffee shop, conference rooms, and a rooftop bar and pool. The rooms feature all amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

Colossae Thermal Hotel

Pamukkale


Featuring thermal pools, an outdoor swimming pool and spa centre, this large hotel offers comfortable accommodation just a couple of miles from the ancient city of Hierapolis. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel.

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This 5-star hotel is situated close to the ancient city of Hierapolis and the travertines of Pamukkale. It features a full range of facilities, including a spa, business centre, restaurants, bar, fitness centre, and Turkish baths. There are 310 rooms of various types, each well-appointed and with WiFi access.

Gul Konakları

Cappadocia


This 4-star hotel is made up of three restored Greek mansions known as the “Rose Mansions”. It is found in one of Cappadocia’s oldest villages, and features two restaurants, a bar, free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and ticketing/tour assistance.

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This 4-star hotel is made up of three restored Greek mansions known as the “Rose Mansions”. It is found in one of Cappadocia’s oldest villages, and features two restaurants, a bar, free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and ticketing/tour assistance on site. The 19 rooms are air-conditioned with TVs, phones, hairdryers, and free bottled water.

Port Bosphorus Hotel

Istanbul


This large hotel is found in the Istanbul city centre, near Karakoy and the Galata Tower. It has 111 rooms of different types, some with river views and some family-friendly.

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This large hotel is found in the Istanbul city centre, near Karakoy and the Galata Tower. It has 111 rooms of different types, some with river views and some family-friendly. All feature air-conditioning, satellite TVs, a kettle and free toiletries. Hotel facilities include a rooftop terrace, restaurant and bar, free WiFi and free parking.

Hilton Garden Inn Konya

Konya


This hotel is situated in a convenient location in central Konya, within walking distance of historical and cultural sites and 20 minutes from the airport.

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This hotel is situated in a convenient location in central Konya, within walking distance of historical and cultural sites and 20 minutes from the airport. Its facilities include a restaurant, convenience mart, business centre, fitness centre, and meeting space for up to 500 guests. Rooms and suites are comfortable and feature TVs, fridges, and complimentary WiFi.

Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel

Kusadasi


This 4-star hotel is found in the centre of Kusadasi, directly across from the main beach promenade. It offers views of the Aegean Sea from its roof terrace and some of the rooms. It also features a rooftop pool and bar, conference rooms.

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Ilayda Avantgarde is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Kusadasi. It is right across from the main beach promenade and provides ocean views from the rooftop terrace and several rooms. Facilities include a Starbucks coffee shop, conference rooms, and a rooftop bar and pool. The rooms feature all amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

Colossae Thermal Hotel

Pamukkale


Featuring thermal pools, an outdoor swimming pool and spa centre, this large hotel offers comfortable accommodation just a couple of miles from the ancient city of Hierapolis. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel.

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This 5-star hotel is situated close to the ancient city of Hierapolis and the travertines of Pamukkale. It features a full range of facilities, including a spa, business centre, restaurants, bar, fitness centre, and Turkish baths. There are 310 rooms of various types, each well-appointed and with WiFi access.

Titania Hotel

Athens


The classically designed Titania is conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial centre of Athens. It has soundproof rooms and an award-winning rooftop restaurant with panoramic city views.

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The classically designed Titania is conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial centre of Athens. It has soundproof rooms and an award-winning rooftop restaurant with panoramic city views.

All guest rooms are luxuriously furnished, and equipped with self-regulated climate control units and outlets for computer and fax modems.

Titania Hotel's rooftop Olive Garden Restaurant serves Greek and Mediterranean dishes, along with a stunning panorama of the Acropolis, the Lycabettus and the city beyond. La Brasserie Cafe Restaurant proposes light Mediterranean dishes for lunch or dinner.

The Acropolis, the University and the Academy of Athens, the National library, and the Greek Parliament are within easy walking distance of the front door. Cafe and bars surround the hotel.

Titania is 18.6 miles from the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. The hotel is 15 minutes walk from Syntagma.

Amalia Hotel Delphi

Delphi


Set on a slope of Mount Parnassus, at the exit of Delphi town, Amalia offers a panoramic view of the green valley, all the way to the sea, Itea and Galaxidi. Open year-round, it features an outdoor pool and an inviting lounge with fireplace.

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Set on a slope of Mount Parnassus, at the exit of Delphi town, Amalia offers a panoramic view of the green valley, all the way to the sea, Itea and Galaxidi. Open year-round, it features an outdoor pool and an inviting lounge with fireplace. Free WiFi is available throughout.

The modern guest rooms have natural light, through windows, terraces or balconies, and are air-conditioned and heated. Most offer impressive views to the valley and the sea and some to the internal gardens.

Guests can relax at the lobby lounge with fireplace and admire the breathtaking view of the Delphian scenery. One level down, the restaurant overlooks the valley and the pool, surrounded by the green gardens. A rich American buffet breakfast is served here.

Amalia Hotel Delphi is just minutes away from the archaeological site of Delphi and the museum, the temple of Apollo and Castalia spring. Arachova is 6.2 miles away from the hotel, and is renowned for its traditional woolen weavings and gastronomy. Also Itea and Galaxidi, are port towns worth visiting in close vicinity.

Divani Meteora Hotel

Kalambaka


The contemporary Divani Meteora Hotel is located in Kalambaka, just a short distance from the Monastery of Agia Triada and the Theopetra Cave.

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The contemporary Divani Meteora Hotel is located in Kalambaka, just a short distance from the Monastery of Agia Triada and the Theopetra Cave. At the hotel you’ll find a full-service spa, restaurant and indoor swimming pool. Kalambaka town is just a short walk from the hotel.

Rooms at the hotel come equipped with modern amenities including air-conditioning, satellite tv and minibar.

Amalia Hotel Nafplio

Nafplion


The Amalia Hotel Nafplio is a good 4-star hotel located on the edge of town with 170 rooms and large green gardens full of flowers and palm trees, with orchards around it. Taxis are easily arranged for transport in and out of the centre of town.

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The Amalia Hotel Nafplio is a good 4-star hotel located on the edge of town with 170 rooms and large green gardens full of flowers and palm trees, with orchards around it. The hotel has a cafe by the swimming pool (the pool is open from May to September) and a bar and lounge with a fireplace for cosy winter nights. Taxis are easily arranged for transport in and out of the centre of town (approx. EUR 6-7). Rooms are large and comfortable with a mix of sea and garden views.

The hotel has also been awarded the Green Key, from the Greek society for the protection of nature, acknowledging the hotel group's efforts in the use of eco friendly technologies and products.

Prime Hotel

Belgrade, Serbia


Prime Hotel is found in Belgrade, close to the famous Church of Saint Sava. It features standard rooms and apartments with kitchens. There is WiFi access, a 24-hour front desk, and a breakfast buffet available.

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Prime Hotel is a modern hotel located in a quiet neighbourhood of Belgrade. It is close to the famous Church of Saint Sava and Slavija Square, as well as many restaurants and bars. Accommodation is in the form of double rooms and one or two-bedroom apartments, each with air-conditioning, WiFi access, TVs, and hairdryers. The apartments have fully-equipped kitchens. There is a 24-hour front desk and the staff are multilingual. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, and a breakfast buffet is available.

Splendido Hotel

Kotor


Located on the banks of the Bay of Kotor in the small town of Prcani, the Hotel Splendido offers guests basic but comfortable rooms many of which feature incredible views of the bay.

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Located on the banks of the Bay of Kotor in the small town of Prcani, the Hotel Splendido offers guests basic but comfortable rooms many of which feature incredible views of the bay.

Rooms at the hotel Splendido are traditionally furnished with air conditioning, satellite tv and include internet access. The hotel also features a beautiful outdoor pool area and a small private beach, whilst the on-site restaurant specialises in seafood platters and traditional Montenegrin dishes.

Belvedere Hotel

Ohrid


The Hotel Belvedere offers comfortable accommodation just 2 minutes walk from the clear waters of Lake Ohrid, a great place for relaxation and a swim in the cool waters. The beautiful centre of Ohrid is just 2.5 miles away.

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The Hotel Belvedere offers comfortable accommodation just 2 minutes walk from the clear waters of Lake Ohrid, a great place for relaxation and a swim in the cool waters. The beautiful centre of Ohrid is just 2.5 miles away.

The 89 rooms offer lake or forest views and feature air-conditioning, satellite tv, minibar, en-suite bathrooms and private terraces. We highly recommend visiting the centre of Ohrid in the evening, however if you prefer to remain at the hotel you'll find a selection of restaurants offering a good choice of cuisine.

Best Western Hotel Turist

Skopje


The Best Western Hotel Turist is located in the very heart of Skopje just a few paces away from the famous Mother Teresa House. Macedonia Square with its huge Alexander the Great statue and a short walk from the Old Bazaar and stone bridge.

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The Best Western Hotel Turist is located in the very heart of Skopje just a few paces away from the famous Mother Teresa House. Macedonia Square with its huge Alexander the Great statue is just 300 metres from the hotel and the Stone Bridge and Old Bazaar around 500 meters.

Rooms at the Hotel Turist are comfortable with air-conditioning, tv and en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms also feature balconies with lovely views towards the Mother Teresa house.

Athenaeum Grand Hotel

Athens


The Athenaeum Grand is a new, modern style hotel with 90 rooms, all with unobstructed views over Athens. The location is good, only 5 mins walk from the lively Koukaki area and around 25 mins walk from the Acropolis or the Plaka.

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The Athenaeum Grand is a new, modern style hotel with 90 rooms, all with unobstructed views over Athens. The location is good, only 5 mins walk from the lively Koukaki area and around 25 mins walk from the Acropolis or the Plaka. There are bus stops right outside and the hotel also provides a free shuttle bus to and from the Acropolis.

The buffet breakfast is varied, and the hotel also has a restaurant for dining at lunchtime and evenings.

Rooms are comfortable and well appointed with hardwood floors and soft clours. Hairdryers and free toiletries are provided. Some rooms have a balcony or terrace.

The hotel also provides a free smartphone to guests during their stay which can be used for both local and international calls, plus unlimited mobile data.

Antoniadis Hotel

Kalambaka


The Antoniadis Hotel is located in Kalambaka, the gateway to Meteora. Just 3 miles from the Monastery of Agia Triada and 12 miles from the Theopetra Cave. Just a few steps from the hotel you’ll find a selection of shops, restaurants and cafes.

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The Antoniadis Hotel is located in Kalambaka, the gateway to Meteora. Just 3 miles from the Monastery of Agia Triada and 12 miles from the Theopetra Cave. Just a few steps from the hotel you'll find a selection of shops, restaurants and cafes.

All 98 rooms include TV's, en-suite bathrooms and balconies. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

Tobacco Hotel

Thessaloniki, Greece


This hotel is a renovated old tobacco house in the Greek Port city of Thessaloniki. It is a 4-star hotel featuring air-conditioned rooms with all necessary amenities. Facilities include a restaurant, free WiFi, bar, and room service.

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Tobacco Hotel is a 4-star hotel in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki, located in the city centre. It is a renovated former tobacco house. It features several different room types, each with safes, minibars, TVs, hairdryers, and other modern amenities. Free WiFi access is available, as well as 24-hour reception, a laundry service, and beauty treatment (on request). There is also a bar, restaurant, and parking area.

Hotel Slavija

Split, Croatia


Hotel Slavija is a historic hotel with a great location within the walls of the Diocletian's Palace in Split. It is listed as a National Cultural Heritage building and protected by UNESCO. Rooms are compact but comfortable.

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Hotel Slavija is a historic 3-star hotel with an excellent location within the walls of the Diocletian's Palace in the heart of Split. The rail and bus terminals, and airport shuttle bus stop are 300m walk away. The hotel's history and location mean that it is protected by UNESCO and also listed as a Croatian National Heritage building. It is the oldest hotel in the city and can trace its history back to the late 16th/early 17th century. In the early 20th century the Renaissance-Baroque Palace was adapted to the Hotel Slavija and it has hosted many famous poets, artists, athletes and other luminaries over the years.

Rooms are compact but comfortable with all having a phone, cable TV, private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer and free toiletries. Single, twin, double, triple and quad rooms are available.

The hotel has a restaurant on site plus a rooftop terrace and cooking classes are made available. Free WiFi internet is also available in the hotel.

Hotel Trogir Palace

Split, Croatia


Hotel Trogir Palace is found in the Croatian city of Trogir, on the island of Ciovo. It has 36 fully-equipped rooms, each with balconies with views of the sea and the old city. It also offers a restaurant, spa, and free WiFi.

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Hotel Trogir Palace is found on the island of Ciovo in Croatia, just 200 metres away from the city centre of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a luxury boutique hotel, featuring 36 rooms, each fully equipped with LCD TVs, aircons, minibars, safes, and WiFi access. Each also has a balcony with views of the sea and old city. There is a restaurant, spa, and 24-hour front desk.

Guest House Amman

Amman


The Amman Guest House is a comfortable 3-star hotel. The property has a good selection of dining outlets just a short walk from the hotel.

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The Amman Guest House is a comfortable 3-star hotel located in central Amman. The property has a good selection of restaurants, cafes and shops just a short walk from the hotel. There are 30 en-suite rooms, all of which feature modern amenities such as Free WiFi, flat screen TVs, bathrooms with rainfall showers and a safety deposit box. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant/coffee shop.

Guest House Amman

Amman


The Amman Guest House is a comfortable 3-star hotel. The property has a good selection of dining outlets just a short walk from the hotel.

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The Amman Guest House is a comfortable 3-star hotel located in central Amman. The property has a good selection of restaurants, cafes and shops just a short walk from the hotel. There are 30 en-suite rooms, all of which feature modern amenities such as Free WiFi, flat screen TVs, bathrooms with rainfall showers and a safety deposit box. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant/coffee shop.

Astra Hotel

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Located in the centre of Sarajevo in Bascarsije, an area known for its Ottoman architecture. All major tourist attractions are within walking distance and you'll be spoiled for choice with a multitude of shops and restaurants on your door step.

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The Hotel Astra is located in the centre of Sarajevo in Bascarsije, an area known for its Ottoman architecture. All major tourist attractions are within walking distance and you'll be spoiled for choice with a multitude of shops and restaurants right on your door step.

The hotel offers 17 air-conditioned rooms featuring satellite tv and minibars. Also at the hotel you'll have access to free wifi in public areas and a restaurant where local Bosnian cuisine is served.

Tirana International Hotel

Tirana


Located in the very heart of Tirana, overlooking Scanderbeg Square, the Tirana International Hotel has an enviable position with most of Tirana's attractions within walking distance.

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Located in the very heart of Tirana, overlooking Scanderbeg Square, the Tirana International Hotel has an enviable position with most of Tirana's attractions within walking distance. Nearby attractions include Scanderbeg Square, Et-hem Bay Mosque, St Pauls Cathedral, the National Historical Museum and the abandoned Piramida.

All 170 guest rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, free wifi, LCD tv's and minibar. The hotel also offer a wide range of facilities including 2 restaurants, full service spa, fitness centre, bar and an indoor swimming pool.

Villa Paradiso

Dubrovnik, Croatia


This hotel overlooks Zaton Bay, and is 9km away from old town Dubrovnik. It has 50 ocean-facing rooms with balconies. Facilities include WiFi access, a rooftop pool, a private beach, and a restaurant.

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Villa Paradiso is located on the Dalmatian coast, overlooking the sea and 9km from Dubrovnik’s old town. It has 50 rooms, each with views of the bay and ocean. The rooms have balconies, TVs, WiFi access, and air-conditioning. There is a rooftop pool with sea views, and the hotel has access to its own beach. It also features a restaurant.




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Posted 13th of Jan 2018

Our trip went off without a hitch and it was absolutely magnificent! We got lucky and no one else booked the same dates we did so we got our guide, Dipess, all to ourselves! Dipess was the most caring soul and we loved spending our time with him! He always made sure that we were well taken care of and he always had a smile on his face! He took care of everything, including our accommodations and meals. Our porter, Razkumar, was also absolutely amazing and never complained about helping us with our bags. We couldn't have done it without either one of them and we were so thankful to have them both! We saw many other trekking companies and guides, but we were convinced that we had the best! It was an amazing experience and one that we will remember for the rest of our lives!

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Posted 15th of Sep 2017

Good itinerary, good guides.

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Posted 5th of Feb 2016

The trip was good. The first hotel was not up to standards. Perhaps it would be best to stay at the airport and skip Casablance althogether.

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Posted 9th of Jan 2016

This was a holiday I had longed for since I was 5 years old. The Grand Adventure was certainly that! I managed to go inside the large pyramid and King Tuts tomb, visit Abu Simbal, Karnak, Edfu, Aswan, Luxor, Cairo, Petra, the Dead Sea, cruise on the Nile, ride camels, a donkey, horses, quad bikes, spider cars, shuttle boats, an hot air balloon and horse drawn carriges, swam in the Red Sea, got spoiled at spas and generally had a brilliant time. Saw and did so many things that had only been a dream before. Special thanks to tour organisers Ant in London, Khalifa in Cairo, guides Big Mo (our hero), Mohamad at Hurghada and Manseur David in Jordan. Thank you for the holiday of a lifetime ** Carolyn McKay

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Posted 17th of Aug 2015

It was an amazing holiday and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Excellently designed tour beautifully delivered

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

Other than the hiccup with the hotel on the first day, the tour itself was excellent. Our guide Yuksil was great - very helpful and knowledgeable. Really well organised and run.

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

The tour was fantastic. The guide and the driver were friendly and accommodating. The places that were seen were brilliant. Only issue was to try and cram 8 adults into one 4 WD to go to the Sahara was NOT comfortable. Those in the "boot" had no leg room and heads were hitting the roof with every bump. Would have walked if it wasnt for the distance. The guide advised we should have had 2 4WD's and didnt know why only one was available. Apart from that would love to go back and travel more in depth especially Fez and Marrakesh.

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Posted 21st of Oct 2014

A wonderful experience- would recommend it to anyone

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Posted 12th of Aug 2014

Provided a bunch of feedback to Fez Travel at the end of the tour but will give the cole's notes: - Was confused when we got into town because the tour was not called "Turkey Encounters" as we purchased but instead "Flying Carpet Tour" run by Fez Travel not Encounters Travel. - Tour guides were not the ones advertized on the Encounters website but one of Fez' guides. -Guide was very personable and helpful so far as helping is with what we needed. His English was good enough to this extent however when it came to relaying historical backgrounds of the sites we were visiting his English was only "adequate". He tended to tell us everything he knew (or could communicate) up front and then send us to roam the grounds on our own. I was a little bit envious of some of the tours who had native English speaking guides who were going into more details; especially where dealing with ruins like Ephesus, Aphrodisias, etc. - On the flip side the local guide got us places I am not sure we would have otherwise visited (i.e, cave family's house). - Some of the visits to the craft industry shops were awkward. The fashion show / leather stop was out of place (i.e., nobody was interested, the fashion show was a bit contrived, and the sales tactics were a bit agressive given nobody showed any interest in leather). - All of the hotels were excellent with the exception of one. The Best Western Khan in Antalya does not belong in a higher priced "comfort" tour. It is old and run down. It was the only hotel in which we were given separate beds as a married couple. It also seemed odd that the Istanbul (TRYP by Wyndham) gave us a large room with a nice view on our initial visit (starting the trip) and then a very small room with no window at all on the night before we left (almost as if they were trying to impress us on the way in but it didnt matter so much on the way out after the Fez feedback had already been provided). As a sidenote, the whole selection of Antalya as a two day stop seems poor. There was very little to do in this town and it seemed like more of a stopover required as a result of the time required to get to the next stop in Capadoccia. - The optional visit to the Turkish bath needs to be better vetted by the tour company and Encounters. The place we were taken to seemed a bit unsanitary and run down. I think we went here because the tour guide knew the family. This should not be a reason for selection of a location. *** - They did not properly separate them men from the women and one of the girls ended up being bathed by one of the male attendants... we were told later that the man was noticably aroused by this exchange which was reported to the tour guide. The tour guide apparently returned and the attendant was summarilly dismissed. I did not let it impact my rating of the tour as the latter bit didnt impact me personally or my wife (other than the cleanliness part) but the fact that that choices in these places is left up to the nepotism/cronyism of specific tour guide is HIGHLY questionable. I would never do something like this again unless it was at a new, clean, and highly rated establishment that I pre-vetted. Sadly I was not given the option to check the location in advance. - Our bus broke down a couple of times over the course of the tour. Once due to flat tire and once because I believe the clutch or gearbox needed servicing. These resulted in delays and unexpected stops in our itinerary. - We skipped Ankara as the guide asked us to vote on whether we wanted to get into Istanbul early. We voted for this since we had an early flight the next day. They seemed a litle rushed to get rid of us that day though. I have brought up a lot of constructive items here but I want to be clear that we did really enjoy the trip and the guide worked very hard to make the tour a good one for the rest of us.

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Posted 12th of Jul 2014

The tour was a good mix of organised activities and time to relax or do our own thing. The jungle trek was amazing. Hotels were reasonable for the price. One thing I would suggest is that for the days after the night train journeys that an early check in could be arranged at the hotel as it was it was hard to just keep going until the afternoon having had little sleep and not being able to have a shower or change of clothes. or book travellers into a first class train carriage where they are more likely to get a reasonable nights sleep.

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Posted 18th of Jun 2014

Turkey was much greener and more modern than I expected. The historic sites were impressive and the tour went at the right pace. The hotels were all good quality, in good locations and had some impressive buffets. Of course there are plenty of ancient ruins, but each tells a different story so there were plenty of wow factors. My only regret was not giving myself more time in Istanbul.

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

Nubians part good. Hurghada hotel good but a bit too focused to the all inclusive package market

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Posted 1st of Jun 2014

This tour was delightful, we were very impressed by the places we visited. The only negative was that more free time would have suited us, but that is just our personal preference

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

My guide did not speak great English and really didn't do much more than guide me through the hike....he didn't explain much unless I asked and he spent most of the time talking in Nepalese to the porter, who did not speak any English. It was at times lonely. Also, when I compare what other guides did and how involved they were with their groups it was hard not to notice how mine were inexperienced. They were kind, just rather uncommunicative is all.

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Posted 15th of Mar 2014

The tour well and truly exceeded our expectations. Credit definitely needs to be given to Prakesh, our guide, who was very knowledgable, funny and a pleasure to spend two weeks with. Ishwor, our porter, was also great! We had the time of our lives :-)

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

Overall very good, but at times a bit haphazard. The enthusiasm level of the group participants varied widely, by person and over time, in part for that reason. Some explanations of what was going on would at times have been helpful, despite it all working out okay.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Very good tour guide, visits and most hotels good.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Absolutely amazing. Our guide and his team were fantastic and I would definitely recommend trekking with them.

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Posted 29th of Mar 2019

Important Egyptian sites were available to visit. They were visited.

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Posted 27th of Mar 2019

This was a great trip and worth every penny. Our Egyptologist tour guide was 'Big Mo' which made all the difference. He was knowledgeable, kind, and hospitable. He made sure we had a solid introduction to each tour site and then was available for more detailed information if we wanted. Book a tour with 'Big Mo' if at all possible!

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Posted 27th of Mar 2019

Excellent value—I purchased it initially on Groupon and Encounters Travel allowed us to make additions.

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

Excellent tour. From the moment we landed in Cairo until we left, we were well taken care of. We experienced so much of Egypt -- from temples and pyramids and tombs to a bonfire dinner and sing-a-long on an island. Our guide (Waleed) was exceptional. His love and knowledge of Egypt was evident throughout the tour. He helped Egypt come alive for us. We were very pleased with the tour.

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

Perfect adventure! Food, Tours, Service, Guides, even transportation!

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

With all we did and the amount of travel, I was shocked at how cost effective the tour company made it. You get your money's worth after you think about busses, felucca sailboat, overnight train, hotel rooms, and the amazing tour guide.

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

Good value... guides are awesome!

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Posted 17th of Jan 2019

Great value for the price!

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Posted 17th of Jan 2019

Great value for the price!

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Posted 7th of Jan 2019

My Egyptian tour was the trip of a lifetime, The Egyptian and Nubian people were friendly and welcoming. The food and hotels were fantastic and the country of Egypt was stunning!!!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2019

All the sights were great and our tour guide explained and told History on all we saw.

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Posted 5th of Jan 2019

Worth every penny! Go to Egypt with Encounters Travel!

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Posted 4th of Jan 2019

Really enjoyed the various excursions especially the overnight felucca, hot air balloon, abu simbel and Camel ride against the pyramids

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Posted 3rd of Jan 2019

The tour for the price was EXCELLENT!

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Posted 3rd of Jan 2019

The price was great and the people wonderful!

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Posted 2nd of Jan 2019

Bucket list experience. A must.

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Posted 4th of Dec 2017

Amazing value for the price. We loved our guide, Big Mo!

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Posted 21st of Nov 2017

See above review for more details.

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Posted 15th of Sep 2017

We really got to see a lot for the time we spent in Egypt and Encounters made sure no time was wasted in waiting for transportation and rooms and things like that. We had a great group, a great guide, and really learned a lot. All accommodations were exceptional and we couldn't believe how we did everything for such a good price

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Posted 12th of Jun 2017

There was a time many years ago that I wanted to travel to Egypt and didn't because of the cost. This trip was, to me, very affordable. I think everyone should experience this trip. The tour guide was alos excellent, Sherif Mohammad.

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Posted 8th of Jun 2017

Incredible trip; our guide was really knowledgeable and answered all questions regarding history.

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Posted 7th of Jun 2017

Great tour! Safe, comfortable, and fascinating. It was a joy to travel to so many wonderful places and always know I was in good hands.

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Posted 7th of Jun 2017

As stated before it was a great trip

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Posted 6th of Jun 2017

The whole experience was wonderful.

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Posted 6th of Jun 2017

Amazing trip. It was well layed out and guided. We also we're lucky to have a great group in which we all got along really well.

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Posted 6th of Jun 2017

Exceed expectations and very professional.

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Posted 10th of Apr 2017

excellent value on all aspects - tours, transportation, accommodations and included fees

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Posted 9th of Apr 2017

Price was excellent! Very affordable for 2 people.

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Posted 6th of Apr 2017

The tour was exceptional for the price I paid. Really saw and did so much.

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Posted 5th of Apr 2017

Prices were great. Our US dollar went a long way.

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Posted 5th of Apr 2017

Did not like the overnight train, but enjoyed everything else. We did not spend the night on the sail boat, but enjoyed sailing in the afternoon and retuning to the hotel.

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Posted 18th of Mar 2017

Very well organized with knowlegable guide.

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Posted 16th of Mar 2017

This tour is incredible - we saw all the major sights in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor, and enjoyed several days at the Jaz Makadi Resort in Hurghada. The tour is arranged more or less chronologically and you have the same guide the entire time, so you really get a great experience following the cultural/religious/political development of ancient Egypt over several thousand years.

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Posted 16th of Mar 2017

Sights coverd and seen breath taking. Total enchament.

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Posted 16th of Mar 2017

Good value for price just be aware of additional tours.

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Posted 14th of Oct 2016

Discover Egypt was very educational. I learned so much about Egypt that left me yearning for more. I would love to visit again. Thank you Encounters

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Posted 9th of Oct 2016

Great time in Egypt, thanks especially to Waleed

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Posted 6th of Oct 2016

Excellent

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Posted 6th of Oct 2016

I've traveled extensively and never had a better trip. They met my son and I at the gate coming off the plane and stayed with us til we were at our gate leaving and everything in between. Sheriff was an excellent guide and much fun. I can say I will never go back to Egypt because I was shown everything I wanted to see and more, and I was expecting a lot. Completely satisfied! Egypt is a safe place to travel now and your crazy not to book this trip. The Egyptian people are friendly and fun. You will thoroughly enjoy it.

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Posted 6th of Oct 2016

The time spent with the locals was the most enjoyable portion of the trip. I feel there was entirely too much packed into a short amount of time. The vacation felt more like a school trip as opposed to a vacation. I did not enjoy the 4-5am wake-up calls and obligations during vacation.

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Posted 13th of Sep 2016

Excellent

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Posted 13th of Aug 2016

see above

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Posted 6th of Aug 2016

All I know is Sheriff was one fabulous interesting, educational guides I will ever encounter. The choices of sites could not have been better.

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Posted 28th of Jul 2016

Good

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Posted 11th of Jul 2016

See above

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Posted 12th of Jun 2016

A fantastic tour with a great mix of education and free time. A great taste of this amazing culture

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Posted 9th of Jun 2016

Got to see most the main sites.

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Posted 8th of Jun 2016

Excellent

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Posted 15th of Apr 2016

Excellent itinerary. So much to do and see. Best trip I've done so far

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Posted 15th of Apr 2016

Again, great tour.

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Posted 28th of Oct 2015

An amazing experience! Great for the adventurous at heart! Was wonderful to see all of the sites, would have preferred a little less time on the falucca and perhaps Abu Simbel being included.

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Posted 27th of Oct 2015

I could not have wished for a better introduction to Egypt than Encounters Travel/Egypt Uncovered tour. The Egypt Experience tour is very comprehensive, excellently designed and efficiently ran by the local staff. Accommodation included in the tour is superb; the tour guides are knowledgable and enthusiastic; all key sites that should be visited on a first trip to Egypt are included in the package; and local travel runs extremely smoothly. Moreover, enjoying a private tour of such quality has made of this trip an unforgettable experience that I hope to repeat soon. Thoroughly recommendable!

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Posted 26th of Oct 2015

We had a wonderful time in Egypt and made some great friends while we were there! Our only concern was that everyone got food poisoning at the end of the trip so food hygiene standards may need to be addressed at places the tour visits. Our guide Maghed was the best! He became a genuine friend.

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Posted 25th of Oct 2015

As above

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Posted 19th of Aug 2015

There is room for improvement on the Nubian adventures.

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Posted 17th of Aug 2015

Awesome holiday! Fantastic experiences in a absolutely wonderful country. Truly enjoyed the people, their culture and history. *On this particular trip, I would advise taking in-country flights over rail travel for overnight transit based on price and amenities.

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Maggs our guide was low key, knowledgeable and fun to be with. I would insist on using him. Abdul our driver was always there, safe and worked hard. Using Egyptian Encounters MADE the experience!!

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Amazing sights, a well organised tour!

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Posted 1st of Nov 2014

100% couldn't have been better. Superb guides, good hotels. Tatty room on the boat but after complaining got a different one.

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

Fantastic tours and guides with good knowledge - the holiday does go at a pace however, to get everything in - no lie-ins if you really want to see everything! Egypt is a place I wouldn't really want to negotiate/navigate through on my own - Encounters saved a LOT of time and stress.

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Posted 29th of May 2014

I found our guide to be very good. I did think the extras we had to pay for where ridiculous. I have read the documents again and it reads as if our Abu simbel trip is included and we only have to pay entrance fees but in the end we have to pay 65 pounds for this trip.

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Posted 24th of May 2014

lifetime experience!

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Posted 24th of May 2014

The welcome agent and drivers were excellent in Egypt. The Egyptologist guides superb, especially with including our two children, aged 7 and 9 years. We had a private family tour as went March 2014 when few tourists were visiting Egypt but found everywhere safe and everyone so friendly.

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Posted 15th of Mar 2014

I enjoyed the way the Jordan portion was organized but Cairo was lacking. Next time I would like to shorten the time spent in Cairo and extend more in Jordan.

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

Guide in Hurgarda was very good and an asset to the organisation

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Posted 3rd of Jan 2019

Just amazing affordable price.

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Posted 3rd of Jan 2019

We had knowledgeable tour guides who really gave us a the context within which to visit the ancient sites. We were there during the off season, so much less crowded but operating hours for the sites were shorter. Meals and accommodations were all good quality.

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Posted 21st of Aug 2018

Exceptional tour and value!

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Posted 14th of Aug 2018

Very good value for money.

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Posted 13th of Aug 2018

Hotels and amenities were great. Ours was a small tour group which made it much better because we were older and would have slowed down a large group.

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Posted 13th of Jan 2018

Our trip went off without a hitch and it was absolutely magnificent! We got lucky and no one else booked the same dates we did so we got our guide, Dipess, all to ourselves! Dipess was the most caring soul and we loved spending our time with him! He always made sure that we were well taken care of and he always had a smile on his face! He took care of everything, including our accommodations and meals. Our porter, Razkumar, was also absolutely amazing and never complained about helping us with our bags. We couldn't have done it without either one of them and we were so thankful to have them both! We saw many other trekking companies and guides, but we were convinced that we had the best! It was an amazing experience and one that we will remember for the rest of our lives!

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Posted 19th of Dec 2017

Very good value for money.

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Posted 22nd of Nov 2017

Loved, loved, loved this tour. Everything was top notch. The accommodations, the sights, the people.

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Posted 21st of Nov 2017

Wonderful trip made even more enjoyable by efficient arrangements and a very informative and helpful guide.

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Posted 21st of Nov 2017

A fabulous trip. Wonderful experience being part of a small group touring a truly amazing country. Sami, our guide, was fantastic - superb knowledge, delivered in a fun and relaxed style. A really outstanding, memorable trip.

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Posted 15th of Sep 2017

Good itinerary, good guides.

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Posted 18th of Jul 2017

Sights were great. Easy way to see Jordan and safe.

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Posted 6th of Jul 2017

Great tour and a great value

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Posted 9th of Jun 2017

I enjoyed the trip. Only issue is that the tour guide changed a part of the trip because he didn't want us to do something. Not the fault of encounters. But otherwise the trip was great. I would like to say that travelling from Fez to Marrakech should be on a plane or train. Driving was too long and wasted a day.

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Posted 8th of Jun 2017

Well worth the money! We would use Encounter Travel again!

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Posted 16th of Mar 2017

Amazing and surreal. We found the gorillas within an hour and the experience of being up close and personal with gorillas is a once in a life time adventure.

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Posted 9th of Oct 2016

all Nepal people were great, would love to go again

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Posted 9th of Oct 2016

Awesome!!!

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Posted 30th of Aug 2016

Bolivia is fantastic, such an amazing country and stunning landscape! The tour was good fun and had a wonderful rage of activities and good accommodation. The hotel in Sucre was lovely. Be aware that on the 3 day salt flat trip it gets really cold and the accommodation, as stated is basic. We could have done with a bit more tuition/ advice on how to take the photos on the salt flats as ours were not really successful. Marco was a very knowledgable guide and knew of some good places, but could have imparted some essential information in a more timely manner (eg on climate conditions/ the need for a torch etc). Overall it was a spectacular place to be!

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Posted 10th of Aug 2016

Excellent

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Posted 8th of Aug 2016

This was a good package for the budget and time. Many of the cultural stops were tied into local artisans, this can good and bad, dependng on how you react to a potential sales pitch after. The desert camp was outstanding. We traveled in a group of 6 which we good, but they said it could be as high as 25 - that would be a downer.

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Posted 8th of Aug 2016

Encounters Travel arranged for us the trip of a lifetime.

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Posted 8th of Aug 2016

My only complaint was that the first hotel we stayed at in Jordan, the JAD Hotel was not the hotel in the itinerary. It was supposed to be the Imperial Palace, which looked like a substantially better hotel

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Posted 8th of Aug 2016

I would look at changing some of the hotels. A lot are outdated and need a massive makeover.

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Posted 6th of Aug 2016

Rather busy but was a good amount of time and saw lots of incredible things

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