A stamp for Sharm El Sheikh International Airport


Essence of Egypt November 2022

We visit various locations on this amazing trip all included in the price.
Below is the first draft of the schedule – it could all change!!
Travel dates are set – but the order we do thing on Cairo may change.

Day 1
Arrivals – stay night of at airport hotel

Day 2
Fly to Aswan
Visit Nubian Village
Check into Basma Hotel for the night
Nubian show, class and party

Day 3
Sightseeing to Philae temple with guide
Check onto boat for 3 nights full board – arrive for lunch
Free afternoon

Day 4
Sightseeing plus lecture & class on boat

Day 5
Arrive Luxor – sightseeing
Dance class / talk with Maazin sister
Tahtib demonstration / class

Day 6
Valley of the Kings / Queens
Transfers to airport – fly to Cairo
Check into Grand Hotel Downtown for 6 nights

Day 7
Basic Arabic and orientation
Lunch at local kosherie café
‘In the footsteps of Badia Masabne’ – walking tour looking at the site of Casino Badia and clubs of that era.
Includes talk with Eman Zaki about  her mothers experiences working at Casina Badia.
Finish the day with a visit to the atmospheric Sheherazade nightclub –  it has barely changed since the days of Badia.

Day 8
Start 1pm (free morning to sleep)
Visit the Islamic museum.  Walk down Mohamed Ali Street where historically, many performers were based.  If you want to buys any musical instruments, this is the place.  We will also visit an oud factory and see them being made.
Walk through to the Khan El Khalili for an  evening of shopping.
Tannoura talk and history

Day 9
1 day Alexandria with Aida Nour  – Coach to Alex – how it was in the past.

Day 10
9/10am Talk led by Kay about the current Cairo scene – discussion with current dancer.
Free afternoon
Evening:  Makaan (zaar singers)
Optional late cabaret to see Oxana.

Day 11
Om Kalthoum experience
Includes a visit to the Om Kalthoum museum with interpretation.  Visit the Maneel palace to get the atmosphere of the era.
Finish the day with an Om Kalthoum soiree.  Our own Taht made up of  master musicians and an amazing singer – immerse yourself in an evening of Om Kalthoum songs.  Dress up for the occasion.

Day 12
Check out transfers to airport


Booking: A £200 deposit is required to book your place. You are welcome to make part payments through the year. £1185 is due by 30th June 2022, £600 cash is due on arrival in Cairo plus any single supplement.
See Terms and conditions for cancellation policy.In the event of any political unrest and the Foreign Office have advised ‘Essential Travel Only’ full refunds on the holiday will be given, however Farida Adventures are not responsible for any money paid on flights. We always advise that you take out holiday insurance.

Please contact us or ring 0191 245 1570 – Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4.30pm if you have any questions.