Thursday, 22 May 2014

Ithaca and Beyond! A 2 day Creative Writing Holiday in Alexandria, Egypt

After the brilliant success of the recent Writers' Cruise Luxor to Aswan, I am very pleased to be able to introduce another fabulously inspiring Creative Writing Holiday.  

A new open group 'Creative Writing Holidays in Egypt' has been set up on Facebook, please do go join:   

This time we will take a 1 night/2 day stay in Alexandria and we have a fantastic itinerary to present to you:

2 day Creative Writing Holiday

Alexandria, Egypt

Ithaca is the famous poem written by the poet and writer CP Cavafy who lived in Alexandria from 1863 to 1933. He was greatly inspired by the city and all its tales; ancient and modern and this inspiration lives on in this historic coastal city.

Over a 2 day trip we shall visit Cavafy's house, now a museum, and many other wondrous locations such as the Roman Catacombs, the National Museum, Roman amphitheatre, Montaza Palace and Gardens and you shall have 6 hours of Creative Writing instruction within a class on each day where we shall look at writing our own Ithacas and developing narrative inspired by the location, its present and its history.

Price per person 1100 LE
includes 6 hours of writing tuition, return transfers and transits in Alexandria in a private bus, 1 night's accommodation, several meals, all tours, guide and entry fees.

Please see itinerary and more on price inclusions/exclusions below

If wishing to book please email:

Full Itinerary:

Day 1. Friday June 20th

6am: pick up from Cairo and drive to Alexandria in a private air conditioned bus

Arrive in Alexandria and visit the following attractions:
Pompey’s pillar, The Catacombs of Kom Elshoqafa, Cavafy house museum

Noon: Check in at hotel. Lunch and rest

3-6 pm: Creative Writing class 1

6:30 pm, leaving for a city tour and dinner

Drive along the Cornish via Ramlah station and stop at Abu El Abbass mosque

Dinner at a fish restaurant in Bahari

Stop at Qait Bay fort and dessert from Azza famous ice-cream shop

Transfer back to the hotel around 10pm

Night stay in Alexandria.

Day 2. Saturday June 21st


Personal study or free time

11am: Check out from the hotel

Visit Alexandria National Museum and the Roman Theatre

Lunch at a fast food restaurant

Stop at Alexandria Library for outside view

Drive to Montaza Gardens along the Mediterranean cost and enjoy viewing the most beautiful part of Alexandria

Creative Writing class 2 at Montaza Palace park

Exploring El Montaza (free time on Venice beach)

Drive back to Cairo

Arrive at Cairo around 10 pm

The price includes:
Return transfer Cairo to Alexandria in a private a/c bus
All tours within Alexandria using the private a/c bus
Tour guide fees (private licensed English speaking tour guide)
Entry fees to all monuments and museums (Egyptian entry fees, Egyptian ID required)
Accommodation at hotel including breakfast
Dinner on Day 1
6 hours of Creative Writing tuition course

The price is per person based on two sharing a twin room. *A supplement of 100 LE more is charged if requiring single accommodation. The price requires Egyptian ID otherwise an additional charge will be placed for site entrance fees etc – top up cost to non Egyptians is an additional 200 LE.

The price excludes:
Any tips
Any other thing not in the included section

this Creative Writing Holiday has been organised by

The Writers' Centre
Truly Egypt tours

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