Women only tours launched
A range of women only holidays has been launched by Trafalgar Tours in a move likely to appeal to single mature travellers. Destinations are France, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, "Great Iberian Cities", Devon and Cornwall, Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. The trips are led by all female teams, and customers can meet "inspiring" business women – including artisans – along the way. The nine day Egypt tour, for example starts with an exploration of Cairo, followed by a flight to Luxor and a visit to the Valley of the Kings. Then its upstream on a Nile cruise to Kom-Ombo and Aswan, with its Temple of Isis. Day six sees a return to the capital and the unparalleled Egyptian Museum, whose astonishing collection of Pharaonic exhibits include the sold gold death mask of Tutankhamun, who reigned from 1334-1325BC, the mummy mask of Wendjebauendjed and the sarcophagus of Queen Kawit, the wife of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep, the founder of the Middle Kingdom, whose outer faces are decorated with scenes of daily life, one showing her drinking in front of a table laden with food. On day eight it's the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx.
The eight day Great Cities of Spain holiday starts in Barcelona, continues to Madrid and a visit to the Prado Museum with its great collection, notably of works by Velazquez, Goya and El Greco. Then it's on to Toledo, with its fascinating Alcazar, scene oif a dramatic siege during the Civil War, and Seville whose Giralda contains a sloping, winding pavement that horses could climb.
Finally it's into Portugal and across the wine producing Alentejo, to finish in Lisbon. Both these tours have optional extra experiences. Those on offer with the latter include a flamenco evening – with or without dinner, and an evening of Portuguese fado singing – with a meal.