Thanksgiving in Egypt with Nile Cruise TRIP ITINERARY:
OUR 2017-2018 TOUR SCHEDULE:
The 2017 “Timeless Egypt, Thanksgiving and Nile Cruise” (10 Days) November 18 - 28, 2017.
Thismost comprehensive tour of ancient Egypt includes stay at the 5 star luxury Conrad Hotel with spa and casino overlooking the Nile, 2 blocks from the Egyptian Museum where Tutankhamun’s treasures and Rameses, the Great’s mummy are located. R/T nonstop air, flights inside Egypt, guides, site and museum admissions, breakfasts every day, 6 dinners and 3 lunches and 3 day deluxe cruise with entertainment over Thanksgiving. Visit Giza and Sakkara pyramids, Sphinx, Rameses, Hatshepsut and Tut’s Tombs in Valley of the Kings and Queens, Thebes and Luxor ancient capitals, Abu Simbel, Aswan Dam, Cairo’s famous Bazaar, Mosque and Citadel, other important historical sites and monuments along the Nile and a 1 Day Optional Tour to Alexandria with lunch where the Pharos Lighthouse once stood which was also one of the original 7 Wonders of the Ancient World like the Great Pyramids and where Alexander, the Great established this famous city, ruled by his Ptolemaic descendants including the infamous Cleopatra VII. This is the ultimate Egyptian Tour with me, who visited Egypt while studying Egyptian art history in college and at New York University Institute of Fine Arts. (See daily Itinerary below which includes hotels, specific sites, boat cruise and entertainment events). Cost:$3,999/person, double occupancy; Single Supplement: $900; Optional Alexandria Day Tour with Lunch: $125 plus applicable Insurances are required.
“Fun and Exciting Cuba”(7 Days)Cruise from the Port of Miami to Havana to see the various historic, cultural and political sites in 3 Cuban cities and will take place in February or March 2018 based on interest and reservation bookings.
Enjoy Cuban food, music, entertainment, internet services and amenities on board. Ship stops in Havana, Cienfuegos, and the southern city, Santiago de Cuba. Go back in time and experience renowned Afro-Cuban musical sounds, sites, stage shows, sip rum, buy cigars and enjoy meeting contemporary artists and educators of this remarkable Caribbean island country. There will be Ocean View and Interior Cabins, available, double occupancy includes all expenses, fees, taxes and Cuban Visa. Balcony Ocean Views are also available at additional cost. Roundtrip Airfare to Miami must be arranged separately by passengers on their own.
Late November 2018 - The Burgess Groups Adventure will be a 12 Day Tour of amazing South Africa, Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls and Cruise on the Zambezi River.
See Trip Highlights and Itinerary below. Dates and prices will soon follow. So you can plan your calendars, make reservations and installments or full payments. This will be another " Trip of a Life Time and surely on your Bucket List"!
Also, in 2018 we are planning a “Return to Glorious Italy” our 2nd Italy Tour in late April or early May 2018. Our Tour of southern Italy will include the exciting Amalfi Coast, Island of Capri or Ischia and warm Sicily. We need to know if you are interested in coming with us on this trip as soon as possible. We would like to hear from those of you who had not been to this part of Italy, or just want to return to do and see all the things and visit sights you did not get to see all over again from previous Italy visits by email or phone no later then December 2017.
Be sure Let us know if you are interested in joining us on any and all of these Tours? Also, go to our “Contact Us” Page and tell us what cities and countries you would like to see and visit, how best to stay in contact with you by including your email and mailing addresses and telephone number and what time of year you would like to go? We will be updating our Website with more information about 2017 and 2018 Tours and Costs, so continue to regularly checkout our Website for these important updates.
Thank you for your interest,
William H. (Bill) Burgess, III
President, Burgess Travel Adventures Tel:212.406.2400 Fax:212.406.2402 Email:BillBurgess@TheBurgessGroup.com Address:10 Barclay Street, Suite 16C, New York, NY 10007
SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE AND SAFARI 12 DAYS!
DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS Visit Southern Hemisphere • Cross Equator • Culture & traditions of SouthAfrica •Johannesburg • Soweto • Experience game drives in Kruger National Park • “The big five” and more • Stellenbosch winelands •Cape Town • Scenic cable car ride up Table Mountain •Explore Cape Peninsula• Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve • View African penguin colony at Boulders Beach • Mandela history • Robben Island • Dramatic landscape & diverse wildlife of Zimbabwe • Sunset cruise on Zambezi River • Spectacular Victoria Falls
•ROUND TRIP INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air
transportation from USA and inner South African flights
•FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for
•SUPERB CUISINE - 10 included meals consisting of 7 breakfasts,
Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, Stellenbosch, wine tasting,
Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island and much more
including local guide and all entrance fees as per the day to day
•PROFESSIONAL GUIDES/HOSTS - Assistance of professional guides,
trackers and hosts in each destination
•FIRST CLASS MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private air-conditioned
•SAFARI VEHICLES - 4x4 safari vehicle with an English speaking
driver-guide for game drives
•BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one
piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
•TAXES AND FEES - All park fees and government taxes
Day 1 Depart USA Depart USA on a flight bound for South Africa Day 2 Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa Upon arrival transfer from the Johannesburg airport to your hotel. After check in, spend the balance of the day at leisure. Welcome to Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa and also the financial hub of the country. Johannesburg is a relative young city, just over 100 years old. The city is proud to be the biggest man made forest in the world and consists of over ten million trees, making it a beautiful green city in summer. The majority of South Africa’s gold mines can be found near Johannesburg and gave rise to the city just over 100 years ago. Johannesburg is also known as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa with a mixing pot of different cultures from South Africa, Africa and the world. Day 3 Johannesburg/Sowetto/Mpumalanga/Hazyview (Kruger National Park)
After breakfast you depart for Hazyview. Along the way you visit Soweto (South Western Township). This is the largest black residential area in South Africa. You will see a fascinating contrast to Sandton and Rosebank in the north east. This “city within a city” consists of 50 suburbs, or sections and our tour route takes us to all the major points of interest. During this panoramic tour see the Hector Pieterson museum and Mandela House before leaving the commercial hub to travel to the Mpumalanga Region. South Africa’s great Highveld plateau ends at an escarpment in which thundering waterfalls flow from forested cliffs and the horizon undulates under the big sky. This is the beginning of Mpumalanga, a province of sub-tropical savanna, deep ravines, emerald valleys, crystal-clear streams, teeming wildlife and fascinating history. Situated in the north-eastern part of South Africa and bordered by Mozambique and the Kingdom of Swaziland, Mpumalanga is justly known as the land of the rising sun. Upon arrival to Hazyview you will check into your lodge and relax. Dinner is served tonight at the lodge. (B,D) Day 4 Hazyview (Kruger National Park) - Safari Game Drive Enjoy one of Africa’s leading attractions, Kruger National Park. In addition to the “big five” you’re likely to see zebra,wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, wild dog and vast antelope herds. The varied terrain is also home to more than 300 species of trees, including baobabs, marulas and mopanes, countless insects and fascinating plants and grasses. Begin today with morning game drive into the wild. Spend the balance of the morning to mid-afternoon at leisure. In the late afternoon, hop on board your dedicated 4x4 safari vehicle again for another drive to see magnificent wild animals in their natural habitats before returning to the lodge for dinner. (B,D)
Day 5 Hazyview (Kruger National Park)/Cape Town/Stellenbosch After breakfast, transfer to Johannesburg for your flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, to Cape Town you will head through the scenic winelands countryside to Stellenbosch. A city tour orients you to Stellenbosch and its history, after which you have time to explore this small town on your own. Many of the town’s historical landmarks are within easy walking distance of the town center. Discover some of the region’s tasty products during a wine tasting at a local winery. Afterwards check in to your hotel and relax. (B) Day 6 Stellenbosch After breakfast explore the town with a walking tour. Along the way savor traditional Cape food and drinks as your guide leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch with its beautiful architecture and oak-lined streets. As you walk along the streets you will learning more about the Dutch colonialism, history and culture of this town. On this tour there will be wine tasting, local snacks, and lunch with traditional desserts. The rest of the day is yours to relax and drink in the beauty. (B,L) Day 7 Stellenbosch/Cape Town - City Tour - Robben Island Tour After breakfast you leave Stellenbosch behind for Cape Town. Weather permitting, take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a soaring flat topped mountain, to observe and learn about exotic flora and fauna and take in one of the best views in all of Africa. See the Malay Quarter, Company Gardens, the Edwardian-styled Town Hall, and the Castle of Good Hope. After some free time for lunch we tour Robben Island. Take a ferry to ride across Table Bay to Robben Island. The island was once a prison, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site where former political prisoners give tours. See Mandela’s cell in the prison — it’s roughly seven square feet and hear what life was like for him and the other prisoners there, including how he was made to dig in a quarry when officials found out he was acting as a leader during a prisoner rebellion. (B) Day 8 Cape Town Today enjoy a full free day to explore Cape Town, or take an optional tour to the Cape Peninsula. Travel via the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay to Chapman’s Peak for one of the region’s most dramatic panoramic views over the city. This full day Cape Peninsula tour will visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. (B) Day 9 Cape Town/Victoria Falls - Zambezi River Sunset Cruise This morning after your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. Local people call it "Mosi-oa- Tunya" - the smoke that thunders. It is 5,604 feet wide and 354 feet high, making it the world's largest curtain of falling water. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860's. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialization. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met by a Central Holidays representative
who will escort you to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax. Later join us for a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. The cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river. Be on a lookout for a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant and sometimes even rhino in their home environment, as well as many different bird species. There will be great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. (B) Day 10 Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls National Park Today enjoy breakfast at your hotel then depart on an informative guided tour of legendary Victoria Falls, one of the biggest and most awe-inspiring on the planet and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. En route, stop by the ‘Big Tree’, also called Livingstone's Tree, to admire one of the best-known trees in the world. At the Victoria National Park, one of our qualified guides will guide you through the rainforest giving you a brief history of the falls as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird, wildlife and other points of interest. The falls are massive and invite contemplation from many different viewpoints. You are invited to walk around the area and enjoy vistas. Raincoats are provided when needed. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure to relax at the hotel. (B) Day 11 Victoria Falls to USA After breakfast transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your return flight home. (B) Day 12 Arrive to USA
(B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner
Hotel and itinerary are subject to change. Due to flights schedule sometimes you may arrive to South Africa on Day 3 and return back to the USA on Day 12 (base)