Plus: Travel companies offer flash sales; New regular flights from RAK to Prague.

The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. Courtesy Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
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The Cairo-based Nile Kayak Club is now taking bookings for two new five-day group trips from Aswan to Luxor for later this year. The trips combine kayaking, cruising and sightseeing, and offer the opportunity of a more-immersive experience than traditional cruises.

The first trip, from November 3 to 9, is for a total of nine people and includes cabin accommodation on a dahabiya boat. The trip costs US$800 (Dh2,939) per person, excluding flights. The second trip, for a total of seven people, is more basic and involves camping on the deck of a motor boat. This trip takes place from December 29 to January 4, and costs $400 (Dh1,469) per person, excluding flights. For more information, visit

Travel companies offer flash sales

Intrepid Travel is offering 20 per cent off all trips departing in June, when booked by June 17. The company offers hundreds of adventurous group trips to Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit

Lightfoot Travel is offering up to 40 per cent off Belmond trips booked by May 30. Belmond trips include the Eastern & Oriental train journey in South East Asia, the Hotel Caruso on the Amalfi Coast in Italy and the Belmond Road to Mandalay cruise in Myanmar. For more information, visit or call 04 455 8788.

Hilton has launched its annual summer sale, offering up to 25 per cent off stays in 50 locations. Available now and running until September 4, the sale features more than 140 hotels across Africa, the Middle East and Turkey, and is applicable for weekend stays up to October 8. It spans the whole portfolio of Hilton brands: Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and the recently launched Curio Collection by Hilton. For more information, visit

New regular flights from RAK to Prague

Low-cost Czech airline SmartWings this week launched weekly scheduled flights between Prague and Ras Al Khaimah. The service had previously been a charter-only service. Flights depart from Ras Al Khaimah on Mondays and cost from €304 (Dh1,255) return, including taxes. SmartWings also operates from Dubai. For more information, visit