x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Travel deals: Take a trip in your own backyard

A Nile cruise in Egypt, a weekend in Istanbul – take a city break in and around the region.

The Ortakoy Mosque and the Ataturk Bridge over the Bosphorus, Istanbul. Etihad Holidays has two-night packages to the Turkish capital. Bloomberg News
The Ortakoy Mosque and the Ataturk Bridge over the Bosphorus, Istanbul. Etihad Holidays has two-night packages to the Turkish capital. Bloomberg News


Book the weekend package on offer at Ibn Battuta Gate hotel and get breakfast for two, late check out until 4pm, access to the kids club and Oceana Beach Club at Palm Jumeirah (with free transfers), beverages every evening from 6pm to 7pm (as well as two-for-one beverages from 7pm to 8pm), and access to Diablo nightclub. Double rooms cost from Dh720 per night, with taxes. Add Dh195 per person for brunch. The offer is valid until May 15 for Abu Dhabi residents only. Visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com or call 04 444 0440. Quote "Abu Dhabi weekend offer" when booking.


With the recent political upheaval now a thing of the past, travellers are slowly making their way back to this culture-rich country. Exodus has a 10-day trip focusing on Egypt's wealth of well-preserved monuments and treasures. The trip allows you to visit all the sites and attractions while sailing along the Nile - from the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza, to the vibrant Nubian culture at Aswan. Board the cruise boat at Luxor and travel upstream, watching traditional life pass by, visiting Edfu and Kom Ombo along the way and drinking in the beautiful sunsets over the river. The 10-day land-only tour costs £699 (Dh4,196) per person, with most meals, all accommodation (five-star hotels, on a cruise boat and sleeper train), and local transport. Visit www.exodus.co.uk.


See Jordan on a cultural tour hosted by a Bedouin tribe from Petra. Visit Madaba, famous for its Roman mosaics, Mount Nebo and the Dead Sea; travel down the King's Highway to Petra, with stops at Karak Castle and a detour south to Dana village; stay overnight at a Bedouin camp near Wadi Musa; visit Petra and travel by donkey or camel to see the Treasury, the Nabataean theatre, the Roman colonnaded street and the impressive monastery; and enjoy a full-day excursion to Wadi Araba. Departures are available every Saturday throughout the year. The seven-day trip costs from £1,299 (Dh7,797), excluding flights, with all transfers, accommodation and most meals. For more details, visit www.responsibletravel.com.

Addis Ababa

The low-cost airline Flydubai will begin services to Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, from April 22, three times a week (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays). Return fares from Dubai to Addis Ababa cost from Dh1,835, including taxes. A seat with extra legroom costs Dh100. To book, visit www.flydubai.com or call 04 301 0800.


Etihad Holidays has two-night packages to the Turkish capital from Dh2,640 per person, with accommodation and breakfast at the centrally located Topkapi hotel, located within walking distance to popular sites such as the historic Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The price includes return economy-class airfare and taxes. The offer is valid for bookings made before April 30 for travel until June 10. Call 800 2324 for more information or visit www.etihadholidays.com.


Head to the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, a newly opened resort located in the heart of Mogador and beside the historical port of Essaouira. The resort has 147 bedrooms and suites and 28 villas with private swimming pools. Its special discovery package costs US$394 (Dh1,447) per night in a 72-sq-metre prestige suite with a large furnished terrace with pool or garden view. The prices includes taxes and breakfast. Visit www.sofitel.com or call 00 212 5244 7940 to book.