All sights in the itinerary are under the control of the Ministry of Antiquities and may be closed at any time without prior notice. An alternative will be offered.
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 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 various 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. 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.
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 & plus a visit to Tutankhamun’s tomb is included.)
Domestic Flights in Egypt
Flight times will be reconfirmed prior to departure.
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.
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
Itineraries are prepared as a guideline only. Some variations may apply due to prevailing local conditions in a country. All cruise ship itineraries and embarkation times may be subject to change, due to local conditions (including weather) and/or possible port congestion and the final requirements of the cruise companies. Final embarkation timings will be confirmed to clients prior to embarkation. Transfer times, ferry schedules and flight schedules booked by Innovative Travel may be reconfirmed by the local operators upon arrival and are subject to change.
Hotel check-in/out times are normally IN: 2pm/OUT: 12noon the only way to guarantee an early check-in or late check-out is to pre-book the night before (early check-in) or night after (late check-out). Otherwise early check-in and late check-out are subject to availability when you are there.
Beddings configuration: Please note we have requested your preferred bedding configuration (either twin or double bed) but cannot guarantee one will be available. Please ask on check-in to see what is available.
Itinerary descriptions and photographs: All photos and hotel descriptions are general impressions of the property booked. These do not necessarily represent the room or view you will receive.
Non Smoking Rooms: As a policy Innovative Travel request non-smoking rooms for all guests. These rooms are requested and are subject to availability.
Tipping is an accepted practice throughout the world. In the majority of countries tipping acts as a
supplement to a basic wage. It is however discretionary. Tipping is included for all group activities.
During the tour if you wish to provide an additional tips to your guide or drivers, this is at your discretion.
On a lighter note
Please remember that religious beliefs, traditional customs and daily manners may differ from country to country, these may seem quite strange at first. These idiosyncrasies are part of what makes travelling a special experience. Please be patient if you think things are happening at a different pace than you are used to and respect the differences in culture.
If you need assistance relating to travel arrangements provided, please speak to Tour Host, Colleen Doyle, immediately if on the main tour. For pre and Post tours, please speak in the first instance to your guide. If you feel the issue is unresolved please contact our local operators. The final contact details will be provided in your final itinerary. Please note it is easier and faster for them to assist you initially.
Travel Advisory Information can change at any time and we suggest clients refer to The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Travel Trade Advisory website at www.safetravel.govt.nz prior to departure for the latest up to date information and general advice regarding the countries you are visiting.
Tour conditions & payments:
To secure your space $1,000.00 per person, per country, plus fully completed and signed booking form. 01 Oct 2019 $2,000.00 per person further deposit required.
TBA Other interim deposits maybe required.
01 February 2020 Final Payment due
Cancellation fees will apply: per country
After deposit until 31 Oct 2019 $350 per person
1 Nov – 17 Jan 2019 $500 per person
18 Jan- 18 Feb 50%
19 Feb - departure 100%
A Tour registration form must be signed and returned to The Travel Companions.Club. Innovative Travel will acknowledge your registration form and request a deposit within one week of confirmation. Bookings may be made via your preferred travel agent or travel broker. The tour registration form may be returned by your nominated travel agent.
The tour is subject to the general conditions of Ancient Kingdoms Holidays.
Sites managed by the Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt maybe closed at any time without prior notice. This is beyond the responsibility of The Travel Companions.Club, Innovative Travel and our local operators. In the event of any tomb closing, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.
General Tour conditions as per the Innovative Travel, Ancient Kingdoms Holidays brochure.