SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

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SPRING IN UKRAINE + EASTER

SPRING IN UKRAINE + EASTER

 SPRING in UKRAINE + EASTER IN LVIV 

April 23 – May 4, 2021


12 Days

All Inclusive
Escorted Tour

 This tour can be combined
with
Amsterdam Tulip Festival
In Holland

Tour Land cost:         $2450 Land rate per person double occupancy
Single supplement:   $500
Gratuities:                  $120
Arriving:                     Kyiv
Departing:                  Lviv

FLIGHTS: We will assist you in obtaining your international flights from your gateway city in USA or Canada.

HOTELS: Kyiv: Ukraina Hotel****, Kamianets Podilsky: Reikartz Hotel****, Lviv: Astoria Hotel****

SIGHTSEEING: As per itinerary including all entrance fees. No extra charges.

ESCORT: A professional, English-Ukrainian speaking tour manager for entire tour. For tours of ten or less, local guides in Kyiv, Kamianets Podilsky and Lviv.

MEALS: As indicated on itinerary.  Special: Sviachene Easter breakfast and Farewell Gala in Lviv.

SIDE TRIPS: If you wish to visit surrounding areas of Lviv  on one or two day excursions, this may be arranged at additional cost.  Advanced confirmation is recommended.  Chauffeured cars are available for about $150-$200 per day, and a guide-interpreter is about $15 an hour.  No refund will be forthcoming for unused group services. 

TOUR DOCUMENTS: USA and Canadian citizens DO NOT require visas for Ukraine. Persons holding other documents, please check with Scope Travel consultant.

SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

April 23

Fri

USA – Ukraine

Please be at your gateway AIRPORT at least 3 hrs prior to flight departure time.  Your baggage must be checked to your final destination KYIV (code KBP).  One piece of checked baggage at 50 lbs is pemitted.

April 24

Sat

Kyiv 

D

Upon arrival in Kyiv, you will be met and transferred to group hotel.

In the evening, we proceed to the Memorials on MAIDAN to pay our respects and lay flowers in memory of the Nebesna Sotnia and other heroes of the MAIDAN.   Welcome cocktail and dinner at hotel.

April 25

Sun

Kyiv 

B/L

Morning transfer to the new Ukrainian Patriarchal  Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. Afterwards, we begin our sightseeing of Kyiv with a city tour which includes: Khreshchatyk Boulevard, Volodymyr’s Hill, Kyiv National University, the Opera House, St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral and the 11th century Golden Gate.  The highlight of this tour is St. Sophia Cathedral, constructed in the 11th c. by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The construction reflects a strong Byzantine influence, and its interior is a unique harmonious union of mosaics and fresco paintings. Directly opposite St. Sofia (about 500 m.), you will visit the newly (1999) reconstructed St. Michael’s Sobor.  Afterwards we leave you in the Andrijivskyj Uzviz artisan section for an afternoon of shopping in an open air bazaar of more than 100 kiosks.    Dinner under own arrangements. 

April 26

Mon

Kyiv/Kamianets Podilsky

B/L

In the morning  we continue our sightseeing of Kyiv with a tour of Pecherska Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), an active monastery founded in the 11th c. and center of Christianity for Kyivan-Rus. Its complex of churches reflects a unique Ukrainian baroque style which is only surpassed by the beauty of the newly reconstructed Uspenskyj Cathedral (1998), destroyed by Soviet mines in 1941. The labyrinths of the “near” and “far” caves hold over 115 burial niches containing remains of St. Antoniy, Nestor the Chronicler, and many religious and political leaders. World-renowned Scythian Gold treasures are exhibited within its walls. 

A short stop at nearby Hanchar Museum and a late lunch. Afternoon express train to Kamianets Podilsky .

April 27

Tuesday

Kamianets Podilsky 

B/D

This “museum city” is renowned for its diverse historic architecture, but the real “wow” is the immense canyon that completely encircles the old city.  The rocky island is high and inaccessible, except for one very small road leading to the site of Podilia’s largest medieval fortress. .  The castle was built in the 11th c., but most of what we will see was added between the 14c and the 18c.

This tour concludes with a walking tour of the Kamianets Podilsky Castle. Dinner at hotel.  Evening free.

April 28

Wed

Kamianets Podilsky/ Zarvanytsia/ Lviv 

B/L/D

Today we drive to Lviv.  Enroute we will  visit  Zarvanytsia, followed by lunch prepared by the sisters.  Zarvanytsia is considered the “Lourdes of Western Ukraine.” It houses a miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin with Christ Child, a spring of healing water, and an active monastery and church.  Late arrival in Lviv.  Dinner at hotel.

A special  briefing will be held after dinner to advise you of all Easter services, festivities and concerts in Lviv during this final Lenten week and the post Easter celebrations.

Situated in the western part of Ukraine, Lviv, the “City of Lions”, is its heart and soul. Founded in the 13th c. by King Danylo Halytckyj, it was named in honor of his son Lev (Leo).  Through centuries of Polish, Austrian and Soviet occupation, Lviv was the gateway to “the East”, but with independence in 1991, Lviv is finally free to develop its own Ukrainian identity

April 29

Thu

Lviv

B/L

Highlights of today’s morning city center walking tour are  Rynok, the 15-16th c. city square, the Dominican Church, Armenian Church Complex, the Chapel of the Bojim Family, the Armenian Quarters and the Opera House. Remainder of the day under own arrangements.

April 30

Fri

Lviv

B/L

Half day excursion to Uhniv Monastery.  After lunch, we continue on an afternoon bus tour of LvivLviv University, St. George’s Cathedral, the stronghold of Western Ukraine’s Catholic Church and the new Sheptytskyj monument.  Our final stop is Lychakiv Cemetery to view graves of Ivan Franko, Solomija Krushelnytcka, Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Oleksander Tysovsky and many others.

Remainder of the day under own arrangements.

May 1

Sat

Lviv

B

After breakfast today, we will continue with our bus tour of Lviv and visit Vysoky Zamok, then proceed to Shevchenko Haj  (Skansen of a Carpathian village).  This tour will end at the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Traditional blessing of Easter baskets.  Afternoon/evening free.

Note:  Easter Resurection Liturgies begin at MIDNIGHT Sat May 1st

May 2

Sun

Lviv

B

Attend Liturgy in Church of your choice.  Easter Breakfast Sviatchene at your hotel.

May 3

Mon

Lviv

B/D

Join the festivities of “Oblyvanyj Ponedilok” in Lviv.    Farewell Dinner tonight!

May 4

Tue

Lviv – USA or CANADA

B

Breakfast at hotel.  Transfer to airport.

Easter Week festivities details will be distributed to you upon arrival.

April 30 Fri Lviv Good Friday B
May 1 Sat Lviv Blessing of Easter Baskets B
May 2 Sun Lviv Easter (Sviachene) B
May 3 Mon Lviv Обливаний Понеділок! B

Easter is a family holiday in Ukraine, and Lviv is the best place to feel this atmosphere. It is here that the family spirit is present on every square and street where traditional Easter folklore celebrations, fairs, concerts and theater performances take place. Famous Ukrainian Easter eggs, embroidery, ceramics, decorations, woodcarvings attract guests to the Easter Markets.

Pysanka (Easter eggs) Festival in Lviv will fill the city with the spirit of Easter. This family event will glorify the millennia-old tradition of observing the holiest holiday in the Christian world.

The main purpose of the festival is to promote Easter traditions and to decorate Lviv with the inherent symbol of Easter – eggs. During this period, Lviv will turn into an “Open Air Museum of Eggs,” where Easter eggs will be created and decorated with different materials.

“Easter in a Grove”      Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life annually hosts the ethnographic festival “Easter in a Grove.”  Lviv citizens and visitors can learn about the spring time traditions of our region and participate in the Easter celebrations.

Festival visitors will observe master classes in pysanka making. Both children and adults will  engage in traditional Easter games. Among them – ‘Kryvyi Tanets’ (continuous dance), takes place on the central lawn of the museum.  Throughout the day, on the main stage, you will hear spring songs and hayivky (special songs, which people sing only during Easter). Guests will enjoy performances of singers and folk and dance groups.

The ‘Easter Fair’ takes place on Svoboda Avenue (central avenue) and has become a tradition during the holidays in Lviv – over 80 kiosks!  Residents and visitors of the city will be able to buy various items – handmade souvenirs, embroidered shirts, Easter gifts, honey and wax products, household-decorative items. Organizers serve traditional Easter delicacies that will satisfy all!

LVIV ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL TOURS:

Skansen- open air museum Shevchenko Haj + Lychakiv Cemetery (3 hours) Price: $45 per person (4 hrs – minimum 6 persons)

The open air Museum of Folk Architecture deserves special attention. The exhibit includes wooden structures from the 18th –20th cent., grouped into villages surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. The Lychakiv Cemetery is known for its beautiful and unique tombstone sculptures. Ivan Franko, Solomia Krushelnytska, Filaret and Mykola Kolessa, Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Volodymyr Tysovsky and other notables are buried there.

Metropolytan Andrej Sheptytsky Museum + Ethnographic Museum (2 hrs) Price: $20 per person (entrance fees included, minimum 3 persons) The National Museum has the largest icon-paintings collection in Ukraine. The Ethnographic Museum displays the rich folk heritage of Western Ukraine.

Zhovkva City Tour + Krekhiv Monastery incl lunch (6 hs minimum 6 persons) Price: $70 per person After Lviv, Zhovkva has the largest number of architectural monuments in the region. Highlights include the ancient Castle of the 17th –18th cent., the Market Square, the Roman Catholic Parish Church of 17th c. (Renaissance), Basilian Monastery, Church of the Nativity and the 17th century Synagogue. Krekhiv, village in the Zhovkva district, 40 km from Lviv, was first mentioned in historical sources dating to 1456. It is best known for the 17th -18th cent. Basilian Monastery. Many structures have been preserved: St. Nicholas Church, Holy Trinity Church, bell tower, walls and gates. Restored in 1991, the monastery has a beautiful linden tree alley from the 17th century.

Pochaiv Monastery + Olesko Castle + incl lunch (10 hours) Price: $95 per person (entrance fees included) (minimum 6 persons) After Kyiv’s Cave Monastery (Pecherska Lavra), Pochaiv is the second largest Orthodox shrine in our country. It is located in the Ternopil region, 140km northeast of Lviv. According to legend, it was founded by Kyiv monks fleeing the Tatar invasion of 1240. The Monastery itself was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1527. The central church of the Monastery complex is the Dormition Cathedral (1771-1783). The Pochaivska Lavra is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites in Ukraine. Among its many relics are the footprint of the Mother of God in a rock, spring with healing water and the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin. The Olesko Castle, located 70km west of Lviv, is a historical architectural structure dating from the 13th -18th cent. Bohdan Khmelnytsky spent his youngest years at the castle. After the 1975 restoration, a museum was established and the Castle now serves as an exhibition site for the Lviv Gallery of Arts. It features five hundred paintings, sculptures and works of applied art from the 10th -18th cent.

Rates are subject to minor changes, pending number of participants on tour and US $ fluctuation.

EASTER IN LVIV

EASTER IN LVIV

EASTER IN LVIV
April 26 – May 4 2021


9 Day

All Inclusive
Escorted Tour

This tour can be combined
with
Spring in Ukraine

and
Amsterdam Tulip Festival 
In Holland

Tour Land cost:         $1490 Land rate per person double occupancy
Single supplement:   $350
Gratuities:                  $100
Arriving:                     Lviv
Departing:                  Lviv

FLIGHTS: We will assist you in obtaining your international flights from your gateway city in USA or Canada.

HOTEL: Lviv: Astoria Hotel****

SIGHTSEEING: As per itinerary including all entrance fees. No extra charges.

ESCORT: A professional, English-Ukrainian speaking tour manager for entire Lviv stay.

MEALS: As indicated on itinerary. Breakfast daily, including arrival dinner, Sviachene Easter breakfast and Farewell Gala in Lviv.

SIDE TRIPS: If you wish to visit surrounding areas of Lviv on one or two day excursions, this may be arranged at additional cost. Advanced confirmation is recommended. Chauffeured cars are available for about $150-$200 per day, and a guide-interpreter is about $15 an hour. No refund will be forthcoming for unused group services.

TOUR DOCUMENTS: USA and Canadian citizens DO NOT require visas for Ukraine. Persons holding other documents, please check with Scope Travel consultant.

SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

April 26

Monday

USA – Ukraine

 

Please be at your gateway AIRPORT at least 3 hrs prior to flight departure time. Your baggage must be checked to your final destination. One piece off checked baggage is permitted in economy class at 20kg/ 44lbs.

Situated in the western part of Ukraine, Lviv, the “City of Lions”, is its heart and soul. Founded in the 13th c. by King Danylo Halytckyj, it was named in honor of his son Lev (Leo). Through centuries of Polish, Austrian and Soviet occupation, Lviv was the gateway to “the East”, but with independence in 1991, Lviv is finally free to develop its own Ukrainian identity.

 April 27

Tuesday

Lviv 

D

Upon arrival in Lviv, you will be met by your local tour director and transferred by bus or van to Astoria Hotel. Remainder of afternoon free. Welcome cocktail and dinner at hotel. A special

briefing will be held after dinner to advise you of all Easter services, festivities and concerts in Lviv during this final Lenten week and the post Easter celebrations.

April 28

Wednesday

Lviv 

B

Highlights of today’s morning city center walking tour are Rynok, the 15-16th c. city square, the Dominican Church, Armenian Church Complex, the Chapel of the Bojim Family, the Armenian Quarters and the Opera House. Remainder of the day under own arrangements.

April 29

Thursday

Lviv

B/L

Half day excursion to Uhniv Monastery. After lunch, we continue on an afternoon bus tour of Lviv: Lviv University, St. George’s Cathedral, the stronghold of Western Ukraine’s Catholic Church and the new Sheptytskyj monument. Our final stop is Lychakiv Cemetery to view graves of Ivan Franko, Solomija Krushelnytcka, Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Oleksander Tysovsky and many others.

Remainder of the day under own arrangements.

April 30

Friday

Lviv

B

After breakfast there will be an optional excursion via public transportation “Lviv trolley” to the memorial museum “Prison on Lontskoho Street” – the first museum prison in Ukraine dedicated to the memory of those who suffered at the hands of Ukraine’s occupiers. From 1939-1941, thousands of political prisoners were brutally tortured and executed by Soviet authorities. The prison was in use till 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed. Many well-known Ukrainians were imprisoned here for their anti-Soviet activities.

May 1

Saturday

Lviv

B

After breakfast today, we will continue with our bus tour of Lviv and visit Vysoky Zamok, then proceed to Shevchenko Haj (Skansen of a Carpathian village). This tour will end at the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Traditional blessing of Easter baskets. Afternoon/evening free.

Note: Easter Resurection Liturgies begin at MIDNIGHT Sat May 1st.

May 2

Sunday

Lviv

B

Attend Liturgy in Church of your choice. Easter Breakfast Sviatchene at your hotel.

May 3

Monday

Lviv

B/D

Join the festivities of “Oblyvanyj Ponedilok” in Lviv. Farewell Dinner tonight!

May 4

Thursday

Lviv – USA or Canada

B

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport.

Easter Week festivities details will be distributed to you upon arrival.

April 30 Fri Lviv Good Friday B
May 1 Sat Lviv Blessing of Easter Baskets B
May 2 Sun Lviv Easter (Sviachene) B
May 3 Mon Lviv Обливаний Понеділок! B

Easter is a family holiday in Ukraine, and Lviv is the best place to feel this atmosphere. It is here that the family spirit is present on every square and street where traditional Easter folklore celebrations, fairs, concerts and theater performances take place. Famous Ukrainian Easter eggs, embroidery, ceramics, decorations, woodcarvings attract guests to the Easter Markets.

Pysanka (Easter eggs) Festival in Lviv will fill the city with the spirit of Easter. This family event will glorify the millennia-old tradition of observing the holiest holiday in the Christian world.

The main purpose of the festival is to promote Easter traditions and to decorate Lviv with the inherent symbol of Easter – eggs. During this period, Lviv will turn into an “Open Air Museum of Eggs,” where Easter eggs will be created and decorated with different materials.

“Easter in a Grove” Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life annually hosts the ethnographic festival “Easter in a Grove.” Lviv citizens and visitors can learn about the spring time traditions of our region and participate in the Easter celebrations.

Festival visitors will observe master classes in pysanka making. Both children and adults will engage in traditional Easter games. Among them – ‘Kryvyi Tanets’ (continuous dance), takes place on the central lawn of the museum. Throughout the day, on the main stage, you will hear spring songs and hayivky (special songs, which people sing only during Easter). Guests will enjoy performances of singers and folk and dance groups.

The ‘Easter Fair’ takes place on Svoboda Avenue (central avenue) and has become a tradition during the holidays in Lviv – over 80 kiosks! Residents and visitors of the city will be able to buy various items – handmade souvenirs, embroidered shirts, Easter gifts, honey and wax products, household-decorative items. Organizers serve traditional Easter delicacies that will satisfy all!

LVIV ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL TOURS:

Skansen- open air museum Shevchenko Haj + Lychakiv Cemetery (3 hours) Price: $45 per person (4 hrs – minimum 6 persons)

The open air Museum of Folk Architecture deserves special attention. The exhibit includes wooden structures from the 18th –20th cent., grouped into villages surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. The Lychakiv Cemetery is known for its beautiful and unique tombstone sculptures. Ivan Franko, Solomia Krushelnytska, Filaret and Mykola Kolessa, Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Volodymyr Tysovsky and other notables are buried there.

Metropolytan Andrej Sheptytsky Museum + Ethnographic Museum (2 hrs) Price: $20 per person (entrance fees included, minimum 3 persons) The National Museum has the largest icon-paintings collection in Ukraine. The Ethnographic Museum displays the rich folk heritage of Western Ukraine.

Zhovkva City Tour + Krekhiv Monastery incl lunch (6 hs minimum 6 persons) Price: $70 per person After Lviv, Zhovkva has the largest number of architectural monuments in the region. Highlights include the ancient Castle of the 17th –18th cent., the Market Square, the Roman Catholic Parish Church of 17th c. (Renaissance), Basilian Monastery, Church of the Nativity and the 17th century Synagogue. Krekhiv, village in the Zhovkva district, 40 km from Lviv, was first mentioned in historical sources dating to 1456. It is best known for the 17th -18th cent. Basilian Monastery. Many structures have been preserved: St. Nicholas Church, Holy Trinity Church, bell tower, walls and gates. Restored in 1991, the monastery has a beautiful linden tree alley from the 17th century.

Pochaiv Monastery + Olesko Castle + incl lunch (10 hours) Price: $95 per person (entrance fees included) (minimum 6 persons) After Kyiv’s Cave Monastery (Pecherska Lavra), Pochaiv is the second largest Orthodox shrine in our country. It is located in the Ternopil region, 140km northeast of Lviv. According to legend, it was founded by Kyiv monks fleeing the Tatar invasion of 1240. The Monastery itself was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1527. The central church of the Monastery complex is the Dormition Cathedral (1771-1783). The Pochaivska Lavra is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites in Ukraine. Among its many relics are the footprint of the Mother of God in a rock, spring with healing water and the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin. The Olesko Castle, located 70km west of Lviv, is a historical architectural structure dating from the 13th -18th cent. Bohdan Khmelnytsky spent his youngest years at the castle. After the 1975 restoration, a museum was established and the Castle now serves as an exhibition site for the Lviv Gallery of Arts. It features five hundred paintings, sculptures and works of applied art from the 10th -18th cent.

Rates are subject to minor changes, pending number of participants on tour and US $ fluctuation.

AMSTERDAM  TULIP FESTIVAL

AMSTERDAM TULIP FESTIVAL

 TULIP FESTIVAL

Amsterdam-Holland
May 03 – 10, 2021

8 Day
All Inclusive
Escorted Tour
Tour Host: Marijka Helbig

✓ Van Gogh Museum
✓ Amsterdam city tour
✓ Rijksmuseum
✓ Gouda cheese market
✓ Hague
✓ Aalsmeer Auction Center
✓ Keukenhof Gardens
✓ Windmill cruise on Zaan river
✓ Dutch countryside tour
✓ Canal Cruise

Tour Land cost:         $2990 Land rate per person double occupancy
Single supplement:   $850
Gratuities:                  $150
Arriving:                     Amsterdam
Departing:                  Amsterdam

FLIGHTS: We will assist you in obtaining your international flights from your gateway city in USA or Canada. 

INTER-CITY SIGHTSEEING TRANSPORTATION:  AC deluxe coach.

HOTEL: AMSTERDAM HOTEL POSTANA *****   Located in the hippies part of town “De Pijp” on banks of the Amstel River. This elegant hotel with spa and indoor pool is within walking distance to local eateries, pubs, cafes and sidewalk terraces.

SIGHTSEEING: As per itinerary including all entrance fees.  No extra charges. 

ESCORT:   Tour director from USA throughout itinerary.  Local guide for entire stay 

MEALS:  As indicated on itinerary.  6 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 Dinner plus Gala Farewell

TOUR DOCUMENTS:   USA and Canadian citizens do not require a visa for entry to Holland.

Scope will require a copy of your passport to issue airline tickets and pre-register you at hotel

SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

This tour may be combined with Easter in Lviv April 27 – May 4, 2021.
Call Scope Travel for more information.

03 May

Monday

Departure from USA or Canada

04 May

Tuesday

Arrival Amsterdam

Welcome to Holland!  Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital. The city is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, which speaks of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age legacy. The Museum District houses two of the most famous museums, the Van Gogh Museum and works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum Museum.

Proceed under own arrangements (by taxi or shuttle) to your group hotel in city center, about a 30 min drive from the airport.   Since most international flights arrive in Amsterdam between 6 and 8 AM, we have prepaid early arrival at your hotel.  Proceed to check in and rest.

Your tour manager will meet  you in hotel lobby about 11:00AM for a walking tour and lunch in the Jordaan area.   Afternoon tour to Rijksmuseum, national museum of Holland dedicated to art and history.   Dinner under own arrangements.

05 May

Wednsday

Amsterdam

Breakfast at hotel.  Today we continue with your walking tour, which includes a visit to the van Gogh Museum. Lunch  under own arrangements.  Afternoon free for shopping.    Dinner at Restaurant Humphreys.

06 May 

Thursday

Full Day bus tour

Breakfast at the hotel.   We begin today with a walking tour with our local guide and end at the famous Gouda cheese market. Gouda is a

mild-flavored, yellow cow’s milk cheese originating from the Netherlands. It is one of the most popular cheeses worldwide. The name is used today as a general term for numerous similar cheeses produced in the traditional Dutch manner

 Here you will see the farmers sell their cheese.  Its really a unique experience.  On the Market Square we visit the Weight Museum and we will have a  Gouda cheese tasting.  This tour concludes with a visit to the best syrup waffle bakery in the world.

After our Gouda tour, we drive approximately 30 min to the city center of Hague where we start with a guided bus tour.  Lunch will be served in city center, nearby the Dutch parliament.  In the afternoon, the group will visit Museum Het Mauritshuis, a Government collection of 841 objects d’art with works by Rembrandt, Vermeer & Holbein the Younger.

07 May

Friday

Full day bus tour

After a very early breakfast at hotel, we depart for the flower auction in AalsmeerAalsmeer Flower Auction  is the largest flower auction in the world. The Auction building is the fourth largest building by footprint in the world, covering 518,000 square metres. 

You will have a special guide, who will explain and show us how these beautiful flowers are packed and shipped to all parts of the world.  We will visit the Flower auction.  We rejoin our bus for the trip  to Keukenhof. Park, also known as the Garden of Europe. Situated in the town of Lisse, it houses one of the world’s largest flower gardens. It covers an area of 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the gardens annually.

 Several stops will be made enroute to show you the actual famous bulb fields.  This most colorful tour ends with  Lunch in an apple orchard with 65000 apple trees. Return to hotel.  Evening and dinner under own arrangements.

08 May

Saturday

Full day bus tour 

Today a tour to explore the Dutch countryside.  After breakfast at hotel, we proceed to see the “authentic Holland” with windmills, cheese and historic green wooden houses.  We will roam through many historic fisherman’s villages, like Volendam or Edam.  This tour will include a luxury brunch at the Zaan River, visit a cheese farm, visit clog maker, visit windmill and cruise the Zaan River.  Visit and high tea at the Mayors Mansion.  Return to Amsterdam about 5PM.  Dinner under own arrangements

09 May

Sunday

Amsterdam

Breakfast at hotel.  We proceed for Mass to the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Amsterdam,  (Details TBA).  Afternoon free for final shopping.  Evening Canal Cruise and Farewell Gala dinner on board.

10 May

Monday

Amsterdam/ USA  or Canada

Breakfast. Own transfer to Airport for departure flight.

Rates are subject to minor changes, pending number of participants on tour and US $ fluctuation.

EGYPT

EGYPT

 EGYPT
October 21 – November 1, 2021

12 Day
All Inclusive
Escorted Tour
Tour Host: Marijka Helbig

CAIRO
LUXOR
NILE CRUISE
ASWAN

CAIRO – LE MERIDIEN PYRAMIDS HOTEL & SPA *****
DELUXE NILE CRUISE – MS Salacia Nile*****

Tour Land cost:         $3490 Land rate per person double occupancy (Main Deck)
                                    $ 300 Upper deck additional per person (subject to availability)
                                    $ 800 Upgrade to suite per person (subject to availability)
Single supplement:   $890 (Main Deck)
Gratuities:                  $150
Arriving:                     Cairo
Departing:                  Cairo

FLIGHTS: We will assist you in obtaining your international flights from your gateway city in USA or Canada.

INTER-CITY TRANSPORTATION: Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo by domestic air.

SIGHTSEEING: As per itinerary including all entrance fees. No extra charges.

ESCORT: Tour director from USA throughout itinerary. Local guide for entire Cairo stay (beginning and end of tour). Local guides for off shore excursions while on the Nile River Cruise

MEALS: As indicated on itinerary. Two meals daily in Cairo and three meals daily on the cruise.

TOUR DOCUMENTS: USA and Canadian citizens require a visa for entry to Egypt. Persons holding other documents, please check with Scope Travel consultant. Egypt visas will be obtained at the border upon arrival in Cairo airport. As of Nov 2020, fee for single entry visa is approx. $20 USD.

Further Instructions will be provided to tour members upon receipt of deposit. Scope will require a copy of your Passport and 2 passport photos. We will prepare all visa applications and mail them to you with final documents.

21 Oct Thursday Departure from USA or Canada

22 Oct

Friday

Arrival Cairo – Welcome to Egypt

Welcome to Cairo, Egypt (Around The Clock)
Your tour manager will meet & assist you at Cairo International Airport (Arrival procedures). You will be transported to the hotel by exclusive air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. Overnight in Cairo.
Welcome drink and dinner

23 Oct

Saturday

Pyramids and Sakkara Tour and camel ride

On April 3, 2021, 22 mummies (18 kings and 4 queens) including King Ramses II, King Seqnen Ra Taa, King Tuthmosis III, King Seti I, Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Meritamun, wife of King Amenhotep I, and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, were transported in a lavish-multimillion-dollar parade from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Egypt’s authorities are hoping that the new Museum, which opened to the public on April 18, 2021, will help revitalize Egyptian tourism as the world recovers from the pandemic.

     On April 3, 2021, 22 mummies (18 kings and 4 queens) including King Ramses II, King Seqnen Ra Taa, King Tuthmosis III, King Seti I, Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Meritamun, wife of King Amenhotep I, and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, were transported in a lavish-multimillion-dollar parade from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Egypt’s authorities are hoping that the new Museum, which opened to the public on April 18, 2021, will help revitalize Egyptian tourism as the world recovers from the pandemic.

Brief 5 minute video clip of the Parade of Mummies

(April 3, 2021)

click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpSHrM8sCrI

  Full two hour event with English subtitles featuring musical performances and the Parade of Mummies

 (begins at minute 50)

 click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4jXpckJLVw&t=3666s 

 

24 Oct

Sunday

Cairo Sightseeing Tour 

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will visit the Egyptian Museum, where you will admire the splendid collection of Tutankhamun along with many other fascinating artifacts. Visit to the Mummies Room is included. Transfer to the Salah El Din Citadel which was constructed by Salah El Din in 1183 AD to defend Cairo from the armies of Crusaders. Continue to the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque, ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who governed over 45 years. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Then proceed to visit Khan El Khalili Bazaar, one of the most famous and oldest bazaars in the Middle East. Return to hotel and overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

25 Oct

Monday

Fly Cairo to Luxor        Nile Cruise Tours

Transfer to Cairo Airport for flight to Luxor, where you will be met and transferred to begin your 5 star luxury Nile Cruise. In the afternoon you will be accompanied for a wonderful tour of the East Bank of the River Nile in Luxor. Here you will see the captivating Karnak and Luxor Temples that reflect the bewitching Pharaonic history. Return to the ship for afternoon tea and dinner. Overnight in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

26 Oct

Tuesday

Luxor Nile Cruise Sightseeing

After breakfast transfer to the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor and visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple at El Deir EL Bahari, and the Colossi of Memnon. Return to the ship for lunch & afternoon tea while sailing to Edfu via the Esna Lock. Dinner on board. Overnight in Edfu.
Meals:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

27 Oct

Wednesday

Edfu & Kom Ombo Temples Nile Cruise tours

Enjoy breakfast on board before visiting Horus Temple at Edfu. Return to the ship for lunch and sail to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival, visit the temple shared by the two gods, Sobek and Haroeris. Return to the ship and continue sailing to Aswan. Dinner on board. Overnight in Aswan.
Meals:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

28 Oct

Thursday

Aswan           Nile Cruise Tours

After breakfast, pay a visit to the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, and the majestic Philae Temple. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board. Overnight in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

29 Oct

Friday

Simbel tour and Fly Aswan to Cairo

Disembark after breakfast, free time in Aswan. Memphis Tours representative will pick you up from your hotel in Aswan by a modern air-conditioned coach to enjoy a small group tour to Abu Simbel. The two Temples of Abu Simbel, with their unique style, are considered to be the masterpieces of ancient Egypt. They reflect the glory and grandeur of the new Kingdom.

The Egyptian government and UNESCO decided to co-operate in order to save these temples from the flood. The Temple of Ramsses II was dedicated to the four universal gods Ptah, Re-Her-Akhtey, Amun-Re and to Ramsses II himself. The great Abu Simbel temple is also called The Sun Temple of Ramssess II.The Temple of Queen Nefertari is also called Temple of Hathor, who was the wife of the Sun God. In a symbolic way, the two Temples, that of Ramsses II and that of Nefertari, bring Ramesses II, Nefertari, Hathor and the Sun God together as one. Later on, you will be escorted back from Abu Simbel to Aswan Airport for flight to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

30 Oct

Saturday

Old Coptic Cairo Churches Tour

Today you will discover Coptic Cairo and visit the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Church of St. Barbara, Church of Abu Serga. Return to hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (dinner under own arrangement)

31 Oct

Sunday

Old bazaar visit and dinner

Today you will have a free day. Enjoy visiting the old bazaars of Cairo at Khan el Khalili.
Meals: Breakfast and Gala Farewell at hotel.

1 Nov

Monday

Cairo/ USA or Canada

Breakfast. Transfer to Cairo Airport for departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast

Included:
Meet and greet service by representatives at airports
All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation for 6 nights in Cairo including breakfast, lunch or dinner & taxes
Accommodation for 4 nights on 5 star Super deluxe Nile cruise on full board basis
All sightseeing tours in Cairo and Giza (Private Guided Tours)
All sightseeing tours on your Nile Cruise sharing cruise group
Includes visit to the GREAT PYRAMID from inside
Includes visit to the MUMMIES ROOM
Includes visit to Abu Simbel temple
Tour to Karnak and Luxor Temples
Tour to Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple & Colossi of Memnon
Tour to Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
Tour to the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Temple of Philae in Aswan
Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
Local English speaking guide throughout your tours
Lunch during tours in Cairo and Giza
Bottled water during the trips
Domestic flight (Cairo – Luxor- Aswan – Cairo)
Porterage when needed
30 minutes of local calling (5 minutes international) and a mobile phone loaned for the length of your stay or an Egyptian sim card for your unlocked mobile device
All service charges & taxes

Excluded:
International airfare

Travel insurance
Egypt entry visa
Personal expenses
Optional activities

Rates are subject to minor changes, pending number of participants on tour and US $ fluctuation.