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King Ramses Sun Festival - 12 days

See the mighty pyramids, witness the spectacular Sun Festival at Abu Simbel, then set sail down the Nile onboard a traditional felucca. Followed by, sightseeing in Luxor and relaxation on the beach in Hurghada. Bliss!

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
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Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara and The Egyptian Museum
Aswan - Philae Temple, River Nile
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Hurghada - Red Sea coast - swim, relax, opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters
Abu Simbel - at sunrise, witness the grand accomplishment and feat of precision mastered by King Rames II at the Abu Simbel Sun Festival in 2017.
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Included

12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
Overnight bus journey (3.5hrs) departing at around midnight to Abu Simbel and use of hotel room beforehand
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 13
2 days in Hurghada by the Red Sea - swim, snorkel and relax
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
8 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
1 overnight train: Cairo - Aswan (1st class sleeper cabin)
Guided visit to Abu Simbel at sunrise for the Sun Festival of King Ramses II including Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo Edfu & Luxor
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$105-115, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Tipping Kitty: USD$50-60, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Thursday 19 Oct 2017. Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Cairo - Aswan. Today visit to the legendary pyramids and iconic Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC. Later there will be a chance to have dinner before boarding our overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Philae Temple

Aswan - Abu Simbel. Upon arrival in Aswan we transfer to our hotel for check-in. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to picturesque Agilika Island where we enjoy a guided tour of Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. As the sun sets, there is free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town.

In the early hours of the morning we board our coach and travel by convoy to the Grand Temples of Abu Simbel. Upon arrival we will await the first rays of sunlight, which will signify the start of the Sun Festival of the mighty King Ramses II.
Overnight: Aswan/Coach journey to Abu Simbel  |  Breakfast

Day 4

SUN FESTIVAL - TEMPLE OF KING RAMSES II, ABU SIMBEL

22 October. Abu Simbel - Aswan - Nile Felucca Sailing. Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple in all ancient Egypt, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was constructed between 1290 and 1224 BC to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler himself. Ramses the Bold, Ramses the Great, Ramses the Narcissist are perhaps all apt titles for one of ancient Egypt’s most powerful rulers.

Built by Ramses II to demonstrate his political clout and divine backing to the ancient Nubians, Abu Simbel is an incredible self-tribute. Guarding the entrance to the temple, hewn into the side of a mountain, are four colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. Over the centuries, the desert sands imperceptibly shifted until the temple was all but lost to humanity. It was rediscovered by chance in 1813 by a Swiss explorer called John Lewis Burkhardt. Only one of the heads of the pharaohs was showing and a small part of the rest of the temple peeked above the desert sands. It wasn’t until the British happened upon the temple and started excavating that the full glory of Abu Simbel was revealed to the modern world. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, whilst the other two are of his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari.

In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the Great Temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds assemble in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creep through the inner Hypostyle Hall and through to the Sanctuary. Significantly, the sun illuminates statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statue of Ptah - the god of darkness, remains in the shadows.

Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning.

After watching this incredible event unfold we return to Aswan, and in the afternoon we board our wind-powered Nile felucca for a 2-night voyage on the River Nile downstream to Daraw and onward by road to Kom Ombo. Felucca’s are simple sailboats based on a unique design and have plied the mighty Nile since ancient times.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Sail the River Nile

Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Kom Ombo & Edfu Temple

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking our felucca, we visit the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo and continue onward to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. After check-in there will be free time to relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities. In the evening there will be an optional excursion to the Temple of Luxor, beautifully illuminated against the night sky (book and pay locally); alternatively spend the evening at your own leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Luxor. Take flight over ancient Luxor with an optional hot air balloon ride early this morning before exploring the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs. After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you can lose yourself wandering around the stone papyrus columns. Spend the rest of the evening at your own leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Red Sea Riviera

Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor we head east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 3 days on the beach!
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Days 9-10

R&R beachside

The next 2 days are free to spend exploring Hurghada or simply relaxing. There is the option to go snorkelling on day 10 but the rest of the time it's up to you!

Hurghada is one of the Red Sea's most popular resorts and it is easy to see why. Hotels and expanded infrastructure provide holidaymakers with excellent aquatic facilities for sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, some of which are of the finest in the world. Hurghada also has plenty of good nightlife to choose from. For retail therapy, the town has lots of shops selling knock-off bags and tees, snorkeling gear and suchlike. Just outside Hurghada is an ancient Roman quarry called Mons Porphyritis and Port Safarga – a famously windy place and windsurfer's paradise.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Egyptian Museum & Khan el Khalili Market

Hurghada - Cairo. It's an early start today as we drive back to Cairo. Upon arrival we embark on a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum, acclaimed for housing the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his famous solid gold funerary mask. Afterwards we offer an optional visit the exotic Khan el Khalili Bazaar. It's a top spot to browse and bargain for authentic Egyptian souvenirs, from ornate free-standing tobacco pipes and pharaonic tat, to belly dancing costumes and spices and carpets.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Cairo

Monday 30 Oct 2017. Cairo - breakfast. Hotel check out and included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

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Take a look at our Abu Simbel Sun Festival Oct 2017 tour which takes in the impressive Abu Simbel Sun Festival, the legendary Pyramids of Giza, felucca cruising, Aswan and Luxor - home to the Valley of the Kings and mighty Karnak Temple - all in 9 action packed days!

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $70
USD $30
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $70
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Oasis Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Oasis Hotel is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer. Well located in Giza on the Cairo-Alexandria Road. The pyramids and Sphinx are all close by.

Sleeper Train, Cairo

Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

When taking the train in Egypt, the most comfortable way to go is in a sleeper carriage. Cabins are equipped with 2 beds (one above the other), a sink, electric points and air conditioning. Each carriage has toilets at each end and there is a club car as well. In the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your beds for you. Cabins also come with interconnecting doors so perfect for families and groups of 4.

Helnan Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There are also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 3 star cruise boat

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 8 - 12 passengers comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. A support boat travels alongside your felucca and is on hand if you need to use the toilet or wash. It is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of the included meals.

Steigenberger Nile Palace, Luxor

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

The Steigenburger Nile Palace is a grand hotel and stylishly furnished, with many rooms overlooking the Nile River. The hotel has a health club with massage rooms, sauna, steam room and fitness room, and a tennis court on the roof, not to mention a riverside pool. Its four restaurants offer a choice between Nubian, Lebanese, Italian, and Thai cuisine. The hotel is situated on the banks of the Nile, with the train station only 1.5 kilometres away and the airport 10 kilometres away. If you prefer a grand entrance, the hotel even has its own boat dock.

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

An elegant and luxurious classical hotel, the Sonesta's sophistication will ensure you a comfortable stay. The hotel has a sweeping terrace with fantastic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail and a beautiful health spa. All its rooms offer views of the city or the river, complemented by a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Just minutes away you will find the temples at Luxor and Karnak, home to two of ancient Egypt's most famed sanctuaries.

Marriott Beach Resort, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

The Marriott Beach Resort is a luxurious beachfront hotel, with every room enjoying a view of the Red Sea and Hurghada city centre just a few minutes drive away. There is a choice of 8 restaurants and bars for hungry travellers, and a health club, tennis & squash courts, and fitness centre to stay in shape. During the day, soak in the heated outdoor pool or book a watersport activity. The hotel even has its own private island if you fancy a massage among the palm trees.

Continental Hotel, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Tucked into Hurghada Bay, right on its scenic promenade, the Continental is a delightful beachfront resort boasting fantastic terraced rooms (many with seaviews) and excellent facilities. Watersports are in abundance here with swimming pools, scuba diving and snorkelling all readily available. A leisure club offers a sauna and spa treatments to relax after the day's activities. You can also wine and dine at one of the many great restaurants and bars.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Radisson Blu is in the Heliopolis area of Cairo, just 3 kms from Cairo International Airport and 18 kms from the city centre. Providing spacious, well appointed guest rooms with amenities such as a daily newspaper and turndown service, the hotel is the perfect oasis for guests visiting the city. Its two restaurants, lobby lounge, and gourmet bakery offer a range of culinary choices. To top it all off, the hotel boasts a rooftop spa and pool with panoramic Cairo views.

Le Meridien Heliopolis, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Just a short drive from Cairo’s Old Town and international airport, the 5-star Le Meridien Heliopolis combines comfort with convenience. The guest rooms are spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, satellite television and a minibar, plus there’s complimentary WiFi throughout the property. Dining options include a choice of four on-site restaurants, serving Egyptian and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment and cocktails at The 51 Bar. During the warmer months hotel guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax on a sun lounger on the terrace. There’s also a fitness centre and tennis courts for those who like to stay active whilst on holiday.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 11 recent reviews

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Thank you for an amazing tour of Egypt!

Incredible sights, sailing on the Nile, and snorkeling in the Red Sea. Wow! And the people!! I can't recall ever visiting a country where I felt so welcomed!

Special thanks to our guide, Alam Mido, he was very knowledgeable, entertaining and made every effort to ensure we had a wonderful time.

• Submitted 22 Nov 2016
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To On The Go Tours,

Just recently I finished the King Ramses Sun Festival tour in Egypt and I had such a wonderful time that I feel compelled to write to you to thank you.

From start to finish I had a wonderful time; I truly enjoyed every second! Ok, ok, I didn't enjoy the early wake up for Abu SImbel or the hot air balloon ride, but gee they were worth it!! Haha.

I was really happy with this tour because it covered everything that one expects to see when you visit Egypt and many more. I learnt a lot about the country and its history both ancient and modern.

I can't write this message without a special mention for our guide Alam Mido. He really helped to make this tour memorable. There was not a question he couldn't answer. There wasn't a request that he wouldn't bend-over-backwards to make happen. He was extremely accommodating, fun, knowledgable, patient and kind. I truly believe that he loves his job and that he has a great passion for Egypt.

Lastly, I felt very safe and welcome in Egypt. There was not a single occasion where I felt in danger; in fact I felt so welcome, even by random locals on the street who would say, 'Welcome to Egypt.' I believe that this trip will only have been my first to Egypt.

So, thank you On The Go, your website will be the first that I go to when I research for my next trip.

Linda Keirs • Submitted 08 Nov 2016

Egypt was absolutely fantastic! The tour was perfect as it covered everything that I knew I wanted to see and others that I didn't know I wanted to see because I hadn't heard of them before. Our guide Alam was also wonderful as his explanations were thorough and he was very accommodating which helped to make it an all-round great experience.

The only thing that I was disappointed about was that the single room was not shared between the women who had not paid the single supplement. As there were an odd amount of us, one woman had a single room the whole trip, which I felt was unfair.

Overall, it was a wonderful tour and I would use On The Go for trips in the future.

• Submitted 04 Nov 2016
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Excellent tour, felt safe throughout the tour and Momo was an outstanding guide. He led with appropriate pace and using a variety of entertaining methods.

• Submitted 06 Nov 2015
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On the go you sure lived up to your name and I will cherish every moment of it! Egypt is a truely remarkable place and I'm so glad i decided to book through OntheGo our itinerary was perfectly planned. From the Moment I arrived Sherif was there with a warm smile and friendly face to greet us and everything he did to get us settled in didn't go unnoticed. Then our journey began with Momo, and what a ride! I can see why he won tour guide of the year and with all the hard work he puts in, it was very well deserved! Momo is the most kind and inspiring person I've met. His love and compassion for his country is contagious as was his enthusiasm. A wonderful ambassador for his country and culture and always happy to answer any questions. His knowledge and professionalism is to be truely admired. And I'm sure with everything he taught us he was merely scratching the surface of his depth of knowledge and Experience! It was so refreshing to see such dedication. If it wasn't for Momo going above and beyond we wouldn't have seen the sun illuminate inside Abu Simbel. I honestly didn't think we'd make it through the crowd of people lined up, but with Momo's never say die attitude all 13 of us got to experience the phenomena! He was the only tour guide there trying to Navigate and keep the crowds moving! That memory will last a lifetime! He always did more than he had to, to ensure no one missed out and everyone was Ok and having the time of their lives. I've learnt more than i would of dreamt of in 2 weeks and fell in love with Egypt along the way. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of Aamer. He may of been with us for only 3 days of our Nile Cruise but he too left us with such a beautiful impression of his beloved country. A man of knowledge and humor that won't be forgotten. When it was time to come home it was like leaving family behind. I will definitely be coming back and I would recommend On The Go to Anyone wanting to visit Egypt. And I will without a doubt book with On The Go again to visit other countries

• Submitted 03 Nov 2015
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We had a fantastic time. Got to see local culture, and food and the comfort that as western people are so spoilt with. The knowledge of the country that the tour guide just never stop amazing us. He could answer every question asked and then more. With him the group never felt unsafe and the extras he put in, was the only reason we saw the Sun Festival as we would have never known how to get through the crowd without his guidance which paid off for us all. He helped us get value for money on souvenirs, water and food. He also had a great sense of humour, so we laughed and found wonderful friendships within the whole group, no one every felt left out of the family. I would recommend On The Go tours to everyone and especially with the tour guides we had.

• Submitted 02 Nov 2015
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I specially chose this tour to attend the twice per year Sun Festival at Abu Simbel. And I have to say On the Go does deliver a wonderful worry-free vacation of the year!!! I feel really lucky to be able to witness the amazing solar phenomena. Believe or not, I think we were able to see it because we had the best guide ever – Momo!!!

I am a lazy person who never left any comments in any website, but this time I want to send the special thanks to the tour leader - Momo, who made this all happen!! I remember vividly how Momo went far beyond to keep the order of the queue waiting outside of the Abu Simbel temple; he did this so that the group would be able to see the event which only lasted 10 mins. Because of his hardwork, all members in this tour were able to see the sun light shine on Remsis Statue inside of the temple shortly after sunrise.

Furthermore, Momo actually took his personal time after the tour site’s visits to bring the whole group on night outings to local restaurants and coffee shops! We got to see and experience the actual local life which is definitely the highlight of the trip which cannot be found by any other tours.

Momo is truly someone who not only takes honor in his job but also cares about the values he delivers to the tourists! Two thumbs up!

• Submitted 31 Oct 2015
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These is the best trip I had ever and the best guide I met in my life. Really appreciate his help, knowledge and passion makes me know Egypt better. The description of the history and Egyptian mystery are fantastic. Love it! Would like to hear more. Will definitely come back!

• Submitted 30 Oct 2015
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INCREDIBLE! Momo made our Egyptian Experience perfect. He is truly an Egyptian Ambassador. His depth of knowledge of ancient history, architecture and culture are to be commended. He is kind, funny and inspirational. His passion and devotion to his career as an egyptologist as well as a modern representative of the current culture make him a force of nature. Our tour began in Cairo at the great pyramids and took us through the majority of the country. Winding our way through Egypt with ease. Without Momo, we would not have witnessed the miracle of light at Abu Simbel. Swimming in the Nile, shopping in the souks are memories we will cherish forever. Thank you Momo! Thank you On The Go!

• Submitted 29 Oct 2015
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Every preconception I had about Egypt coming over was absolutely shattered, I've learnt more in the last 2 weeks than In books my whole life. The tour guide Momo was the most genuine, kind hearted, knowledgable person I've met, a true friend as opposed to just a tour guide. Definitely be back to Egypt and definitely be in contact with Momo, thanks very much on the go!!!

• Submitted 29 Oct 2015
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
19 Oct 2017
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

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Abu Simbel Sun Festival FAQ
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Nile Felucca Sailing
Feluccas have plied the Nile since ancient times

Thank you for an amazing tour of Egypt!

Incredible sights, sailing on the Nile, and snorkeling in the Red Sea. Wow! And the people!! I can't recall ever visiting a country where I felt so welcomed!

Special thanks to our guide, Alam Mido, he was very knowledgeable, entertaining and made every effort to ensure we had a wonderful time.

Dorinda Dunaway