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Eagan, Minnesota 55121
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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
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Red Sea / Egypt: June 4-21, 2020

A few spaces have become available. We would like you to join us on this fantastic diving and cultural trip.

Egypt | Group diving and cultural tripEgyptian culture dates back thousands of years to the ancient Pharaohs. Located in northern Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west, Egypt is more influenced by the Middle East culturally. Defined by the Sahara Desert and the Nile River, the country spans approximately 390,000 square miles. The vast majority of the population is concentrated in the narrow Nile floodplain, the only arable land in this dry country. It is most noted for its ancient civilizations, who built spectacular monuments such as the pyramids at Giza, Egypt conjures up images of camels and palm trees in the desert and mint tea in the market, all of which awaits you along with fascinating cultural experiences.

Made popular by Jacques Cousteau in the 1960’s, the Red Sea is still a top notch diving destination with dives sites for every interest. The northern Red Sea offers many impressive wrecks such as the world famous Thistlegorm and the Carnatis. Many wrecks are encrusted with corals and others with nearly intact cargos. There are also stunning walls colored with soft corals, gorgonians and swarms of reef fish. Other sites offer schools of tuna, barracuda and other pelagics and sharks are not uncommon. The south is home to fabulous marine parks, most accessible only by liveaboard. Amid the pinnacles, steep walls and swim throughs there are ample opportunities for pelagic encounters including schooling hammerheads, mantas, oceanic white tips and thresher sharks. Of course you will also see pristine corals and a several wrecks here as well.


Blue Horizon liveaboard, “Simply the Best” itinerary: 

Master Liveaboards and her alliance partner Blue O Two are proud to present Blue Horizon.| Scuba Center liveaboard diving tripMaster Liveaboards and her alliance partner Blue O Two are proud to present Blue Horizon. Updated in early 2016, award-winning M/Y Blue Horizon is their flagship fleet vessel and the benchmark for all other "blue o two" vessels to follow.

Outfitted for a contemporary and stylish feel, M/Y Blue Horizon takes Red Sea liveaboard diving to a whole new level and is truly deserving of the title 'Best Liveaboard' in the 2016 and 2015 Sport Diver awards, as well as 'Liveaboard of the Year' awarded by DIVER magazine in their recent industry awards.

With a large dining area, totally separate sky lounge with state of the art entertainment system, shaded deck area and sun deck, there is always space to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Red Sea. TV's in the communal areas are also equipped with a hard drive containing movies and TV series.

King suite upgrades are available and all cabins benefit from air conditioning, en suite facilities, mini refrigerators and personal entertainment systems.

M/Y Blue Horizon is is equipped with a nitrox membrane and can also cater for rebreather divers.

 
The "Simply the Best” itinerary takes in the world-famous marine parks at Brothers and Daedalus. This thrilling itinerary of spectacular drop offs is perfect for divers keen to glimpse some big animals at these remote off-shore reefs.  A sample of this itinery could include:
  • Day 1
    Visit dive sites local to your departure port for three dives (a check dive, practice zodiac dive and night dive) before heading out to the marine parks.
  • Days 2-5
    Spend time exploring the Brothers, Daedalus, and the Elphinstone areas. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three dives per day (night dives are not permitted in the marine parks).
  • Day 6
    After a week of drop-offs, enjoy two relaxed morning dives local to your arrival port allowing you to cruise into harbor in the early afternoon.
Please Note:
The itinerary above is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings. Night dives are not permitted in the marine parks.
  

Farah Nile Cruise:

Farah Nile Cruise | Scuba Center group tripEnjoy the beautiful Egyptian scenery as you cruise the Nile on a 5-day journey from Luxor to Aswan. Farah Nile Cruises has done everything to create the utmost comfort and to ensure the best conditions for entertainment, giving their guests the possibility to enjoy and discover over 5,000 years of this great civilization, the picturesque Egyptian country life, and the grand beauty of the Nile. This cruise presents sightseeing tours that take you to the famous historical sights of Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan. After a long day of sightseeing and exploration it is time to sit back and relax while sipping on your favorite drink. The contemporary atmosphere stands in stark contrast with the surroundings and the mood is specifically designed to enhance your level of comfort and serenity. You can dance, watch the show of the night or simply feast your eyes on the breath taking view of the Nile.

The vessel offers 60 deluxe cabins and 2 Royal Suites. All cabins and suites are equipped with LCD TV, mini bar, private safe box, internet connection, a private bathroom (with bathtub, hairdryer) and an individual control for the central air conditioner. Farah Nile Cruises has carefully thought of every detail from the handmade Egyptian cotton sheets to the natural dark wood furniture. All designed to tickle your senses and enhance your comfort. In the large restaurant, guests will have the chance to enjoy carefully prepared and served meals. Both breakfast and lunch are offered in an open buffet, and the dinner will be a la carte except for one night where dinner shall be an Egyptian buffet. Always including special choices for the vegetarians.


Package Includes:
  • June 5: Arrive in Cairo
  • June 5-8: 4 Seasons Hotel 3 nights dbl or twin Nile view accommodations including breakfast and round trip airport transfers
  • June 6: Tour of Egyptian Museum
    The Great Pyramids and Sphinx
    Lunch at local restaurant
  • June 7: Ancient capital of Memphis
    Ancient cemetery at Saqqara
    The Great Citadel
    Lunch at local restaurant
  • June 8: Transfer to airport and flight to Hurghada
    Transfer to Port Ghalib to board our dive boat
  • June 8 – 15: Blue Horizon liveaboard, “Simply the Best” itinerary
  • June 15: Transfer upon disembarking to Luxor
  • June 15-19: Farah Boat Luxor to Aswan 4 nights upper deck 5 star double or twin cabins including all meals and tours as indicated in itinerary.
  • June 15: Luxor. Tour the East Bank
    Karnak Temple
    Luxor Temple
  • June 16: Luxor / Esna / Edfu
    Tour of the West Bank
    Valley of the Kings
    Temple of Queen Hatshpsut
    The Colossi of Memnon
    After lunch sail to Esna
    Optional hot air balloon ride $190
  • June 17: Edfu / Kom Ombo
    Tour Edfu Temple for the cult of the falcon headed God, Horus, God of protection.
    Sail to Kom Ombo and vist Kom Ombo Temple, for the cult of the crocodile God Sobek.
  • June 18: Aswan
    Tour Aswan, High Dam of Aswan
    Philae Temple for the cult of Goddess Isis – Goddess of magic.
    Tour of islands around Aswan
  • June 19: Aswan / Cairo
    Optional tour to Abu Simbel Temples (Recommended) $375 – includes flight
    Flight Aswan to Cairo and transfer to hotel
  • June 19-20: Radisson Blue Hotel, Cairo. 1 night dbl or twin accommodation including breakfast and airport transfers.
  • June 21: Arrive back in Minneapolis
 
  The Temple of Karnak is the largest Temple in the World! The complex contains a group of Temples such as the Great Temple of Amon Ra, The Temple of Khonso, The Ipt Temple, The Temple of Ptah, the Temple of Montho and the Temple of the God Osiris. A 20m high, mud brick enclosure wall, surrounded all of these buildings.
  Temple of Karnak
 
Luxor Temple, or The Temple of Luxor, is among the most beautiful Temples in Egypt. It was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the southern shrine. This was to differentiate between this Temple and Karnak Temple, which was the northern house of Amon Ra.  
The Temple of Luxor  
 
   Great Sphinx of Giza | Egypt |  
  Great Sphinx of Giza
   
Not included in the package:
  • International Airfare (For budgeting purposes we estimate roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis to be $1500. Scuba Center will arrange flights approximately 1 year out or you may make your own arrangements.)

  • Meals not listed in itinerary

  • Incidental charges: Individual group members will be responsible for their own charges including but not limited to beverages and bar bill, telephone, internet usage, sightseeing, equipment rental of any sort, gratuities and any other items of a personal nature.

Please note the following:
  • Scuba certification card required for each diver.

  • We recommend all divers purchase DAN membership

  • We highly recommend all travelers purchase travel insurance.

  • A passport is required for travel.

Dates: June 4-21, 2020
Trip Cost: (double occupancy)
Diver: $4050*    
     

*All rates quoted by Scuba Center include a 2% discount for cash/check payments.

Airfare not included, to be determined at time of booking.
 
Registration: An application for this trip must be completed by each traveler at the time of registration. You may pick up a trip application at either store or print out our Scuba Center Trip Application. Complete the application and fax, mail or drop off in person with a $500 non-refundable deposit per person.
For more information, contact: Tom Pederson or Tom Benson

DAN Membership & Diving Insurance

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