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A City and Village guided Tour

Organiser : Dave Smith 01243 376019 01243 376019

Coach leaves North Harbour at 08.15am and returns at approx16.45 pm.

Cost £32 p.p

Closing date: 6th December 2019

Tutankhamun & the Roaring Twenties

The largest collection of King Tutankhamun's treasures ever to travel out of Egypt comes to London this winter. This will be one last visit for the world’s most famous archaeological finds before the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo is completed.

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb came at the start of the Roaring Twenties, following all the global upheavals of World War One. The new fangled mass media of newsreels, telephones and newspapers was able to bring news of objects being carried out of the tomb to a wider audience, faster than ever before. Tutankhamun gripped the public imagination and its cultural significance was unprecedented. The designs of Ancient Egypt influenced the Art Deco style and Tut Mania quickly found its way into everything from fashion, makeup & architecture to the cinema and the music hall.

We meet our Blue Badge Tour Guide at the National Army Museum in Chelsea at 10.30am. This is a great group stop with coach drop right outside and a nice big cafe. Following time to buy morning refreshments we begin with the amazing story of adventurers and chancers scrabbling for treasure in the desert against the backdrop of Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. Thus began the story of archaeology which would lead to the discovery of the world of a young boy king who lived more than 3,000 years ago.

We leave the Museum to drive through Kensington & Chelsea and turn the clocks back to the Roaring Twenties. We see where Howard Carter was born and where he died. Discover how the fashion for Tutankhamun and Ancient Egypt influenced everything from the first Thomas Cook package tours to the Middle East to the novels of Agatha Christie - it’s an irresistible combination of high adventure, romance, and history.

We stop for free time for lunch on the fashionable Kings Road right by the Saatchi Gallery which means we can arrive there after lunch on foot. Our timed tickets are for a 2.30pm visit with no queuing.

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh will transport your members to Ancient Egypt where they will accompany Tutankhamun on his journey to the afterlife and quest for immortality. The exhibition is staged to celebrate the centenary of the tomb discovery. Over 150 stunning authentic tomb objects, 60 on display outside Egypt for the first time, showcase the spectacular artistry of the boy king’s 3,300-year-old treasure and will dazzle audiences of all ages. This is an absolute must-see cultural event and final opportunity to experience the magic and mystery of Tutankhamun before his treasures return to Egypt forever.

There's a cafe on site and we will be ready to head for home at 4.30pm.

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