'Aida' performance highlight of Ya'lla tour

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Ya'lla Tours USA, a tour company here that specializes in Israel and the Middle East, will offer an Aida by the Pyramids tour in the fall.

The highlight of the tour, which runs from Oct. 9 through 18, is an Oct. 12 performance of Verdi's "Aida."

Tour participants can fly from any United Airlines gateway to a Lufthansa hub and then on to Cairo.

A representative from Ya'lla will meet guests on arrival in the Egyptian capital.

Customers have a choice of accommodations in Cairo: The Silver selection is the Sheraton Royal Gardens, a 168-room boutique hotel located about 15 minutes from the pyramids, and the Gold selection is the Sheraton Gezirah, a more upscale, 470-room property located on the Nile at Gezirah Island.

Tours are accompanied by a private guide, and in the Cairo area, participants will see a number of attractions, including the pyramids at Giza; the Sphinx; Memphis, and several other pyramids, some of which are more than 4,000 years old.

Other highlights include the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which is home to the tomb of Tutankhamen.

The museum also has a display of mummies, in- cluding that of Ramses II.

Following "Aida" on the night of Oct. 12, tour participants will fly to Aswan to see the Aswan High Dam, the Temple of Philae and Kitchener Island.

Hotel choices in Aswan are the Oberoi Aswan (Silver) and the Aswan Old Cataract (Gold).

The tour also will include other temples and a stay in Luxor, where the overnight options are the Sheraton Luxor (Silver) and the Sonesta St. George Luxor (Gold).

A trip to the Valley of the Kings is also on the agenda, as is Karnak Temple.

The return flight to the U.S. is on Oct. 18.

Tour rates are $3,795 per person for Silver hotels and $3,995 a person for Gold hotels. Single supplements are $495 for Silver properties and $595 for Gold.

Rates include roundtrip air fare from the U.S. to Cairo, domestic flights within Egypt, many meals, some attractions and tickets to "Aida."

A $500 deposit is required, and final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

For more information, call Ya'lla at (503) 977-3758.

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