early bird special: book and pay by 27 november 2018
This comprehensive tour encapsulates all the very best that Egypt has to offer. Including all entrance fees (aside from optional extras), this package will unlock all of the well-known secrets of this ancient kingdom, as well as many more esoteric attractions that the extra time in this fascinating land can accommodate.
- Step back in time with a private tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, then come back to the present with the spectacular Sound and Light Show
- Embrace history with an unforgettable night at the stunning temples of Abu Simbel
- Retrace the footsteps of Cleopatra as you journey to Alexandria
Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt. You will be met inside immigration by our local operator. Gain your first taste of Egyptian life as you are transferred to your Pyramids area hotel.
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. The Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids this evening is a perfect way to end an unforgettable day.
Day 3: Cairo - Abu Simbel (B D)
Early this morning transfer to the airport and fly to Abu Simbel. On arrival transfer to the entrance, from here walk into this amazing complex to view the magnificent Temples of Ramses II. These celebrate this mighty Pharaoh, often regarded as the greatest of all the pharaohs (also known as Ozymandias by the ancient Greeks), and Queen Nefertari, a famed Queen and diplomat in her own right. Marvel at the amazing engineering that saved the temples from a watery grave below Lake Nasser.
Optional Excursion: See the incredible Abu Simbel complex brought to life with a sound and light show (supplement applies)
Day 4: Abu Simbel – Aswan (B)
This morning fly to Aswan. Later explore the desert refuge of St Simeon’s Monastery. Later immerse yourself in the Nubian culture at the Aswan markets or relax and view the daily life of the Nile
Day 5: Aswan (B L D)
Morning at leisure in Aswan to soak up the feeling of the city that in antiquity was the frontier town for the south of the Egyptian empire
. Later this morning transfer to your cruise boat. Take a relaxing felucca sail around the islands of Aswan, including Elephantine where some claim the Ark of the Covenant was hidden for a time.
Day 6: Aswan - Kom Ombo – Edfu (B L D)
See the huge Aswan High Dam and the Temple of Philae which was almost submerged during the construction of the High Dams, but for an international effort to move the entire temple complex. Later, cruise to the Temple of Kom Ombo, a favourite of our team due to the amazing displays of ancient wisdom. From the heliocentric solar system and surgical instruments to the incredible crocodile mummies, this temple is majestic.
Day 7: Edfu - Esna – Luxor (B L D)
Explore Edfu’s mysterious temple built upon the site of the final battle between the good and just god Horus and his strong uncle Seth who was trying to steal his crown. The battle culminated when Seth turned himself into a hippopotamus, only to have Horus finally defeat him.
Day 8: Luxor (B)
Disembark your cruise ship and spend an unforgettable day exploring the West Bank including the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon. This giant statue at the entrance, is named after the Ethiopian King who brought his army to Troy’s defence during the Trojan War. The Valley of the Kings contains many ancient Pharaonic tombs. Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, carefully constructed for this famous female ruler of the 18th Dynasty. Later cross to the East Bank to explore the awesome grandeur of the Luxor and Karnak Temples.
Optional Excursion: Take the opportunity while in the Valley of the Kings to visit the tomb of Tutankhamen, discovered in 1922 after years of searching by Howard Carter. (supplement applies)
Day 9: Luxor (B)
Your private Egyptologist guide will help your discovery of Luxor. Your first visit of the day will be to the Temple of Medinat Habu - the mortuary temple of Ramses III following his assassination in a plot led by one of his wives. Later, step back into more recent history with a visit to Howard Carter’s house. Neglected for a long time, the house has now been restored to its former state by the famous Egyptologist and Archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass. This afternoon, learn the ancient Egyptian rites of immortality with a visit to the Mummification Museum before returning to your hotel for some time at leisure.
Day 10: Luxor - Cairo – Alexandria (B)
After breakfast depart Luxor and fly to Cairo, then board a train (First Class) to Alexandria, where Cleopatra rolled herself into a rug to be smuggled into Julius Caesar’s Palace. The city is also famed for its lighthouse from antiquity, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the historic Library which was destroyed by fire, but in more modern times reconstructed.
Day 11: El Alamein Battlefield (B)
Explore El Alamein, site of one of the most decisive battles of World War II. It was here that 200,000 Allied soldiers under the command of Bernard Montgomery finally defeated Erwin Rommel – known as the Desert Fox. This battle, which cost many lives on both sides, is credited with leading to the surrender of the Axis forces in North Africa. The Allied Cemetery and museum are sober places to reflect on this significant WW II campaign.
Day 12: Alexandria – Cairo (B)
See the amazing newly restored Alexandria library, the design of which was the winner amongst 1,400 architecture firms around the world who were briefed by UNESCO to create a design worthy of the site and heritage. Then it is time to depart this historic city on the Mediterranean and return to Cairo by train.
Day 13: Cairo (B)
This morning explore Old Cairo’s Christian heritage. Visit the Coptic churches (including the Hanging Church). Later unlock the secrets of the glittering treasures of the Pharaohs held in the famous Egyptian Museum during a tour guided by your own Egyptologist. Then visit the famed Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where shopping bargains abound.
Day 14: Cairo (B)
Departure transfer to the airport.
On some itineraries the cruise will be 4 nights with no overnight hotel in Luxor required. Superior Tourist Class hotel is the best available at Abu Simbel.
- Private airport transfers
- Accommodation: 2 nights Cairo Pyramids area accommodation, 1 night at Abu Simbel (best available accommodation), 1 night Aswan, 3 nights Nile Cruise – all meals included on board, 1 night Luxor, 2 nights Alexandria, 2 nights Cairo city location
- Daily buffet breakfasts
- Return rail trip Cairo/Alexandria x Alexandria/Cairo
- Private transfers in A/C transportation • Daily breakfasts
- All meals on Nile Cruise
- Sightseeing with Private Egyptologist guide throughout Egypt excluding cruise
- Join group guided sightseeing on the Nile Cruise
- Flights Cairo/Abu Simbel/Aswan & Luxor/Cairo
- First class train Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo
- Entrance fees
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Local Tourism Dirham tax (for Dubai only)
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Tourist Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Cairo Pyramids: Oasis
Nile Cruise: Tuya
Cairo City: Pyramisa
First Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Cairo Pyramids: Meridien Pyramids (Renovated Room City View)
Nile Cruise: Amwaj
Cairo City: Steigenberger Tahrir (Standard Room)
Deluxe Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Cairo Pyramids: Meridien Pyramids (Pyramids view)
Nile Cruise: Nile Goddess
Cairo City: Marriott
Super Deluxe accommodation based on the following or similar:
Cairo Pyramids: Mena House (Garden Pyramid View)
Nile Cruise: Star Godess Mozart Suite
Cairo City: Sofitel Gezirah (Luxury Room)
Historic Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Cairo Pyramids: Oberoi Mena House (Garden Pyramid View)
Nile Cruise: Nile Goddess
Cairo City: Marriott
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. Currently EGP100pp - subject to change).
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 2018, Ramadan should begin around 15 May. 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
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
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..
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