Jewels of the Nile
Jewels of the Nile
Jewels of the Nile
Jewels of the Nile
Jewels of the Nile
Jewels of the Nile

Jewels of the Nile

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Please note: The Single Room price displayed above is for a single room in conjunction with other travellers. The solo traveller price is for one person travelling on their own.

Private Holiday with 4-Night Nile Cruise
9 Days ex Cairo

Preferred Departure Days:
Value Class: Thursday or Saturday
Superior First Class | Deluxe Class | Historical Class: Saturday
Super Deluxe Class: Sunday
Platinum Class: Thursday
 
Notes:
  • Supplement may apply for tours commencing on other days
  • Cruises may operate in reverse
Embark on a mesmerizing journey to discover Egypt in all its resplendent glory with Ancient Kingdoms Holidays most sought-after Egyptian holiday package. This extraordinary adventure invites you to unveil the enchanting magic and profound mysteries of ancient Egypt, seamlessly blending a captivating 4-Night cruise along the majestic Nile River, which has long been regarded as the life-blood of Egypt, with ample time to explore the vibrant treasures of Cairo. An unforgettable journey through time and culture where the past and present intertwine to create an awe-inspiring experience.
 
Highlights:
  • A warm welcome with a personal meet and assist inside immigration, together with your Egyptian visa on arrival, followed by express immigration assistance
  • 24/7 service and full local backup from our seven regional offices throughout Egypt
  • Begin your day with the breathtaking spectacle of the sun ascending above the timeless Pyramids of Giza
  • Immerse yourself in the wonders of Cairo, expertly narrated by your private Egyptologist guide
  • Unearth the mystique of the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic presence of the nearby Sphinx
  • Marvel at the abundant treasures in the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)
  • Embark on a 4-Night Nile Cruise, journeying along the life-giving Nile from Luxor to Aswan and uncover the grandeur of Pharaonic temples and tombs
  • Roam the magnificent temples of Luxor and Karnak, as well as the Valley of the Kings and Queens (VIP entry into the tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramses VI included)
  • Sail around the enchanting islands of Aswan aboard a traditional felucca boat

Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt. On arrival at Cairo Airport you will be welcomed by our local representative prior to immigration to assist you with your included Egyptian Visa. You will then be transferred by private vehicle to your Pyramids area hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Cairo (B)

A day to remember! The ancient capital of Memphis and the enduring monuments of Sakkara will have their secrets revealed by your private Egyptologist guide. Continue to the awesome Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. The Great Pyramid of Giza is a defining symbol of Egypt and the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Day 3: Cairo – Luxor (BLD)

This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival in Luxor embark on your cruise along the life-giving Nile. After lunch explore one of the world’s most remarkable open-air museums - Thebes. Visit the magnificent Luxor Temple then follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Temple complex of Karnak. This gigantic site was added to by approximately 30 different Pharaohs over time, which goes some way to explaining its immense size and majestic grandeur.

Day 4: Luxor - Esna – Edfu (BLD)

Embark on a journey across the Nile to the West Bank, where a morning filled with remarkable sights awaits. Explore the Necropolis of Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, which houses the tombs of Theban Ruler’s, including the illustrious Tutankhamun. An upgraded ticket to the Valley of the Kings includes entrance to boy king Tutankhamun’s Tomb and the Ramses VI Tomb, which has less visitors and allows for easier access. Next pay a visit to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and see the famed Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. This afternoon sail to Esna and cross the lock.

Innovative Bonus: Entry into Tutankhamun and Ramses VI included

Day 5: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan (BLD)

Today your journey takes you to Edfu, where you can view remains dating back to the Old Kingdom, as well as the revered Temple of Horus – one of the holiest of the Egyptian pantheon of gods. Sail onward to Kom Ombo and visit the Kom Ombo Temple. This remarkable temple was jointly shared by the two Gods: Sobek, depicted with the head of a crocodile, and Horus, represented with the head of a falcon. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic period, spanning from 237 to 57 BCE. Admire the beautifully preserved murals and intricate bas-relief, adorned with inscriptions that offer valuable insights into language, mythology, and religion during the Egypt's Greco-Roman era. Later continue to Aswan.

Day 6: Aswan (BLD)

Visit the Aswan Dams at the end of Lake Nasser and the beautifully restored Temple of Philae. This temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis (the mother of Horus), underwent a remarkable international endeavour to relocate the entire temple complex, safeguarding it from being submerged by the creation of Lake Nasser. Later, take a leisurely sail by felucca, meandering around the lush islands of Aswan.

Day 7: Aswan – Cairo (B)

Disembark from your cruise and transfer by private vehicle to Aswan Airport for your flight to Cairo. On arrival transfer by private vehicle to your city hotel. Conveniently located in the centre of Cairo, you can spend the remainder of the day at leisure while you soak up the local culture and atmosphere.

Optional: half day or overnight visit to Abu Simbel (supplement applies)

Day 8: Cairo (B)

Embark on a morning exploration of either the newly inaugurated Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), offering a glimpse into the glittering treasures of ancient Egypt during its soft opening phase, OR visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

In the afternoon delve into the rich Christian heritage of Old Cairo. Explore iconic Coptic churches, including the renowned Hanging Church, as well as the historic Ben Ezra Synagogue and the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As. Immerse yourself in the treasures housed at the Coptic Museum.

Note: Option available to replace the afternoon Old Cairo sightseeing with an excursion to El Moez eStreet, one of the oldest streets in Egypt adorned with various monuments, followed by a visit to the historic Khan El Khalili bazaar.

Day 9: Cairo (B)

This morning you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your onward flight.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • VIP Meet and assistance including Egyptian Visa at Cairo Airport
  • Egyptian Visa for US, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and UK Passport holders
  • Airport departure assistance
  • Private airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 2N Cairo Pyramids area | 4N Nile Cruise | 2N Cairo downtown area
  • Private transfers in A/C transportation
  • Daily breakfasts
  • All meals included on cruise
  • Flights Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo
  • Private Egyptologist-guide and sightseeing in Cairo
  • Small group sightseeing with English speaking guide on the Nile Cruise
  • Upgraded entry to the Valley of the Kings including entrance to Tutunkhamun's Tomb and Ramses VI Tomb
  • Entrance fees
  • Egypt Travel Notes - issued by Innovative Travel

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Egyptian Visa for non US, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and UK Passport holders
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

NOTES:

Cruise schedules may operate in reverse.

The day-by-day Nile Cruise itinerary may vary according to the cruise boat confirmed.

Itineraries may be changed without notice due to river flows, local or other conditions and these changes are beyond the responsibility of Innovative Travel or our local operators.

Accommodation based on the following or similar:

Cairo Pyramids Area

Value Class: Cairo Pyramids | Oasis Pyramids | Barcelo Pyramids Hotel (Standard Garden Room)

Superior First Class: Steigenberger Pyramids (Pyramid View Room)

Deluxe Class: Four Seasons First Residence Giza (City View Room)

Super Deluxe Class: Marriott Mena House (Pyramid View Room)

Historic Class: Marriott Mena House (Pyramid View Room)

Platinum Class: Marriott Mena House (Pyramid View Room)

Nile Cruise ex Luxor

Value Class: Blue Shadow 1 or 2

Superior First Class: Nile Goddess

Deluxe Class: Sonesta St. George

Super Deluxe Class: Sonesta Star Goddess

Historic Class: Sonesta St. George

Platinum Class: Oberoi (Luxury Suite with terrace and jacuzzi)

Cairo City

Value Class: Flamenco Hotel Cairo (Side Nile View Room)

Superior First Class: Sheraton Cairo (Pool/City View Room)

Deluxe Class: Nile Fairmont Cairo (City View Room)

Super Deluxe Class: The Nile-Ritz Carlton (Nile View Room)

Historic Class: Cairo Marriott (Standard Room)

Platinum Class: The St. Regis Cairo (Astor Room)

Cruising the Nile
Please use cruise itineraries as a guideline only. The order of sightseeing and overnight destinations may vary and are subject to change due to the operation of Esna Lock, or at the discretion of the of the cruise company. Should a change of boat be required due to any unforeseen circumstances prior to departure, an alternative of the same standard or better will be offered if available

There are many river boats that cruise between Luxor and Aswan. They provide accommodation and transportation for the majority of tourists travelling to Egypt. Each night and whilst moored for sightseeing, it is common for 4-5 cruise boats to be parked abreast of each other. The location of your boat will vary from port to port however in many cases your view from your cabin will be restricted to cruising periods only.

Sightseeing on Nile Cruise boats is operated by the cruise company. You will be allocated an English-speaking guide and small group of other English-speaking tourists for sightseeing upon embarkation. The order of sightseeing may vary depending on the local port authorities. If a tomb or temple is unable to be visited an alternative will be provided where possible.

Sightseeing (non-cruise)
All sightseeing unless specified is on a private basis with a driver and guide. Sightseeing generally takes place in the cooler periods of the day ie early morning or late afternoon therefore on occasion some early starts may be necessary to avoid the heat

Valley of the Kings: Not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation (Entrance fees to three tombs is included in tour packages. Entrance fees to Tutankhamen’s Tomb is not included unless specified - currently EGP100pp - subject to change).

Ramadan
During the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain eating in public during the fasting hours. Restaurants and Cafes in Hotels and Cruise boats will be open, however limited alcohol may be available over this time. In 2025, Ramadan is expected to begin on the evening of Friday 28th February. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days.

Domestic Flights in Egypt
Flight times will reconfirmed by the local operator upon arrival in Egypt.
Note, Flights from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor generally involve early morning starts due to flight schedules in the summer season. For flights to Abu Simbel certain flights are allocated to clients travelling for day trips from Cairo and overnight programmes. These flights are set by Egypt air and are outside of the operators control

Dress Codes
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.

Hotels
Hotels in regional areas (i.e Abu Simbel/ Siwa/ St Catherine ) can be of a lower standard than the properties in the main tourist centres, with more basic/less developed infrastructure due to location and surrounding conditions. The options chosen are the best available.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers may be subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are available in some destinations for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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