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festive season with a Nile cruise

Christmas or the New Year, there is availability for departures from Gatwick to Luxor on 19 and 26 December 2011

Seek inspiration for your own Egyptian adventure and visit the new galleries of Ancient Egypt & Nubia open at the Ashmolean

Book a Christmas and New Year Nile cruises, with 50% saving for second traveller

Britain’s oldest museum, the Ashmolean (www.ashmolean.org) founded in Oxford in 1683, opened its doors a few weeks ago to six newly refurbished galleries housing collections from Ancient Egypt and Nubia (now Sudan).

Visitors are treated to over 40,000 antiquities collected by the museum over 300 years from around 100 archaeological sites in Egypt and Sudan, including many mummies that have never been seen by the public before.

Those interested in Egyptology will be fascinated by the collections that tell some of the most interesting stories of archaeological discovery ever, and if this inspires a visit to Egypt, specialist tour operator,Discover Egypt, is currently offering fantastic deals on Nile cruises – a great option for seeing the best of Egypt’s many ancient sites.

A 7-night cruise on board the wonderful 5* Viking Princess is from GBP 699 per person, with the second person travelling for just GBP 349, on selected departures up until October 2012. The price includes full board cruise, return flights from Gatwick and 10 guided excursions around the amazing sites en route.

For those looking to escape over Christmas or the New Year, there is availability for departures from Gatwick to Luxor on 19 and 26 December 2011 and a 7-night Nile cruise on board the Viking Princess. Prices are currently just GBP 799 and GBP 949 per person with the 2nd traveller going for GBP 399 and GBP 474 respectively, making a Nile cruise - a fantastic value, festive seasonal escape.

This is one of the best times of the year temperature wise to glide down the Nile, when it is a very pleasant 25 degrees with nine hours of sunshine on average – perfect for relaxing and topping up the tan without having to worry about stuffing a turkey and keeping the peace with all the family.

Highlights for holidaymakers include visiting the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of the Pharaohs including that of Tutankhamen, the Valley of the Queens, including the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Temples of Karnak, Colossi Memnon, Esna and Edfu, Aswan and its High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Old Granite Quarries.

The Viking Princess is a newly refurbished 5* boat, offering 49 cabins with stylish décor, spacious interiors and traditional wood furnishings, plus large sundeck with bar, lounge bar and plunge pool – perfect for relaxing and enjoying the tranquil sail down the world’s most magnificent river.

For further information contact Discover Egypt on 0844 880 0461 or visit www.discoveregypt.co.uk

Ends: issued by Marlen Taffarello, for further information, press trips and images please contact Marlen Taffarello on 01780 4896189 or 07789533791 and email marlen@fcdcom.co.uk






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