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Egyptology 101

It's the ultimate learning trip: touring sites of an anciet civilization guided by an Egyptologist from the venerable British Museum

May 02, 1999|SUSAN SPANO | TIMES TRAVEL WRITER

Getting to London: United, American, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air New Zealand have nonstop flights between LAX and London's Heathrow Airport; round-trip fares begin at $668. Transportation to London is available on Airbus or the London Underground subway; the new Heathrow Express train links the airport to Paddington Station ($17, or $34 first class).

Where to stay near the British Museum: St. Margaret's Hotel, 26 Bedford Place, tel. 011-44-171-636-4277, fax 011- 44-171-323-3066, has double rooms with and without private bath for about $91 to $116. Other good choices are the Morgan Hotel, 24 Bloomsbury St., tel. 011-44-171- 636-3735, fax 011-44-171-636- 3045, doubles about $126; Blooms Hotel, 7 Montague St., tel. 011-44-171-323-1717, fax 011-44-171-636-6498, about $298; and the Marlborough Radisson, 9-13 Bloomsbury St., tel. (800) 333-3333 or 011-44- 171-636-5601, fax 011-44-171- 753-0101, about $272 to $346.

For more information: U.S. citizens must have a visa to visit Egypt, obtainable from the Egyptian Consulate, 3001 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94115; tel. (415) 346-9700, fax (415) 346-9480. The Egyptian Tourist Authority is at 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 215, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, tel. (323) 653-8815, fax (323) 653-8961, Internet http://www.touregypt.net.

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