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An exhibition of the largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt opened in London at the beginning of November. This will be the last visit for the world’s most famous archaeological finds before the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo is completed. The show is quite wonderful. Of course there is gold and gilt but there are also astonishingly ethereal alabaster that seem to glow from within and impossibly perfect wooden chests. Are these replicas? visitors ask. No, they are the pristine objects that lay in the dark for 3500 years.

A tiny throne, a game box and a set of boomerangs remind us that this was the Boy King who came to the throne aged nine and died just ten years later. And who knew that Tutankhamun’s delicate linen gloves survived in such remarkable condition. Such humble items from an alien and distant culture are fascinating. The Ancient Egyptians believed that if you spoke his name the King would be immortal. Is this what the Gods had in mind?

The show at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea runs until 3 May 2020. Really, don’t miss it. Do it with us or on your own (we are also offering pay a month out ticket only options - call and ask for details) but just do it!

The discovery of the boy king’s tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter in an expedition financed by Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle stirred up ‘Egyptomania’ in England. The 3,300 year old Egyptian designs influenced the art and architecture of the Roaring Twenties. Our companion tour in the company of an erudite and entertaining Blue Badge Tour Guide tells the story of Tutmania in the Roaring Twenties, shows you where the protagonists in this remarkable discovery lived in London and sets the scene for your visit to the exhibition.

Tutankhamun & the Roaring Twenties

A City & Village Tours Guided Day Trip

“Can you see anything?” asked Lord Carnarvon as Carter

opened the tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

“Yes,” replied Carter. “Wonderful things.”

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb came at the start of the Roaring Twenties, following all the global upheavals of World War One. As the world stepped slowly from the dark into the light from mourning its young men so the astonishing life and death of a young man from a very distant world was revealed in all it’s alien glory. 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 - 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.

Meet your top notch 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. Your timed tickets are for a 2.30pm - so no endless queue around the block! Tutankhamun:

Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh will transport your members to Ancient Egypt to 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. Like a good film the show’s popularity is growing on word of mouth. There are cafés nearby and you’ll be ready to head for home at 4.30pm - to steal a bit of a march on the rush hour traffic. We are also offering this trip as a Jam Buster option.

£37pp Minimum 30 people

Monday to Friday to 3 May 2020 excluding school holidays

Payment is required 30 days before the trip

The Tutankhamun Jam Buster

A City & Village Tours Guided Day Trip designed to avoid the rush hour traffic

Aim to arrive at midday at the National Army Museum to meet

the Blue Badge Tour Guide and have free time to buy a lunch in the big cafe. The tour will begin in the museum and then continue by coach through Kensington & Chelsea telling the story of Tutankhamun and the Roaring Twenties. This isn’t an abridged tour so you won’t miss a thing on the Jam Buster timings. We’ll have a break to buy a cuppa before visiting the exhibition at 4pm. You’ll be ready to head home at 6.30pm on much quieter roads.

 £37pp minimum 30 people Monday to Friday to 3 May 2020 excluding school holidays Pay 30 days before you go

 “Congratulations on designing the perfect day out! We had a wonderful trip in every way. Martin was amazing and particularly so as it was probably the first Tut he had done. His Roaring Twenties tour was beautifully constructed and we were mesmerised by what we saw and heard. The Army Museum lunch stop was very, very good. The cafe was roomy and the food quite varied and there was the option of going round some of the museum exhibits if you wanted to. We had 90 minutes there which was just right, and Tim managed to park outside. The Roaring Twenties tour took about an hour and a half, and I found it riveting, as did everyone. The Exhibition was mindblowing and it felt like a privilege to be able to see it so close to home. So thank you to you all for designing the day. I hope you have lots of groups taking it up. Of course our tickets were pleasantly reduced in cost which was good. My daughter met us there and had bought her own ticket…..!”

Jennifer MacCallum Colchester U3A

Tutankhamun SleepOvers 2020

Stay with us for one or two nights with up to 20 single rooms. Your choice of dinner, bed and breakfast or just bed & breakfast. All itineraries bespoke for your group with options including:  

Prices start from £149pp for one night bed & breakfast stays including your choice of executive coach, 20 single rooms without supplement and a Blue Badge Tour Guide.

Our prices are based on a minimum of 25 people with one free organiser place. There are more free places as you fill the coach with up to one in ten people travelling free.

100% ABTA Approved Passenger Payment Protection and Group Travel Organiser Liability Insurance is included.

Please speak to Gyll on 0208 692 1133 to discuss options and possibilities.


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