A 400 km cycle ride along the banks of the River Nile, Egypt, to help raise funds for the Sunshine International project, orphaned, abandoned and needy children in Egypt.
DATES - 13th - 20th October 2003
I will be organising a small group to join others in a 400 Km cycle ride along the banks of the river Nile, starting from Esna via Aswan and return to Luxor.
All accommodation is aboard a Nile cruiser (twin sharing) and is organised overall by Classic tours http://www.classictours.co.uk
where you may request an information pack from Gina.
This is an "open challenge" in that there is no minimum snumber of participants required
Day 1 -
London - Luxor - Esna
Fly Egyptair - Board nile boat at Luxor - sail overnight Esna
Day 2 - 58 Km
Esna - Edfu
Bike checks and early start heading south towards Edfu. Flat terrain - overnight on nile boat
Day 3 - 114 Km
Edfu - Aswan
Part of ride in desert - terrain flat and undulating with some short hills. Nile crossing via small launches with a small cruise around islands at Aswan
Day 4 - 47 Km
Aswan - Kom Ombo
Cycle through Aswan to low dam and on up to high dam. Retrun down hill to island of Philae and boat for lunch. Afternoon sail to Kom Ombo - Greaco-Roman Temple.
Day 5 - 120 Km
Kom Ombo - Esna
Longest cycling day - head north on east bank of Nile. Terrain flat with a few small hills. Cross over to west bank for overnight stay - last 20 Km lined on both sides by tropical fruit trees.
Day 6 - 80 Km
Last day of cycling on west bank passing through small villages. A break after 63 Km at Colossi of Memnon, followed by a ride up to Valley of Kings to visit a few of the tombs.
Last stretch back to the Nile where a finishing line is set up. Optional excursion in evening to sound and light show at Karnak
Day 7 -
Day free for sightseeing around Luxor
Day 8 -
Luxor - London
What will it cost.
The option we will be using will be payment of £1195, (plus airport taxes and based on flying from London) with a deposit of £200 on registration.
This option will allow the participant some time to raise as much extra money as they are able for the orphanage in Luxor. There is no minimum amount you have to raise
What do the costs include
International flights (London- Egypt)
Accommodation throughout on a Nile cruiser (twin sharing)
All meals except lunch on day 7 of itinerary
English speaking tour manager
Local guides (and me of course..!)
English speaking Doctor
Back up support - to include: mechanics, vehicles and local staff
21 gear hybrid mountain bikes
Costs do NOT include
Travel expenses to/from UK airport
Travel insurance (Classic tours insurance £39.00)
Airport taxes £41 - subject to 2003 change
Visas - £15 each single entry
Lunch on day 7
Personal spending money
Optional excursions at end of challenge
Cycling Helmet (compulsory)
To request full details, registration forms and helpful tips contact - Gina Lee at Classic Tours
For additional details concerning Egypt in general, cycling and about the sunshine project contact Howard
Howard at Ambilac
You can read my bio link and at the Safe Outdoors Survival site both linked on the top menu.
Briefly - Ex International swimmer, original long board rider and beach summer lifeguard, originator of Swansea Triathletes in 1984 first Triathlon club in Wales - Swim-bike-run,
1988 - originator of the well known Excalibur Triathlon on Gower South Wales - 1500m sea swim, 40 Km bike ride and 10 K run.
Many years experience of cross terrain running and mountain biking, experience in desert and mountain terrain and frequent visitor to Egypt under my hat as investigative archaeologist...