Summary

Travel Style:
Destinations: Middle East
  • 9 Days From
    R 15100
  • Trip code: AENA
  • Activity: Culture, Cultural Wonders
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 6 - 20
Leisurely

Discover ancient temples and tombs and travel by Nile cruise boat

Egypt has an enthralling history and a wealth of well-preserved monuments and treasures. This trip allows you to visit all the major sites and attractions along the Nile in a comfortable fashion. Boarding our cruise boat at Luxor we travel upstream, watching local life pass by, whilst also visiting the spectacular Edfu and Kom Ombo temples along the way. The lush green banks and the beautiful sunsets over the Nile, together with the excellent on-board facilities make this an unforgettable way to travel.

Key information
  • 4 nights on cruise boat and 4 nights 4 and 5-star hotels
  • Travel by minibus, cruise boat and one internal flight
  • Group normally 6 to 20, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs

     

Activities
  • 4 nights on cruise boat and 4 nights 4 and 5-star hotels
  • Travel by minibus, cruise boat and one internal flight
  • Group normally 6 to 20, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs

     

Highlights
  • Ancient temples and tombs
  • Nile Cruise boat and luxury hotels
  • The Great Pyramids
  • Treasures of King Tut
  • Valley of the Kings
What's included
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
    Food

    All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners included.

    In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. All breakfasts and dinner on the sleeper train are included. We suggest you allow GBP60-90 (approx. . USD100-140) for meals not included. Food in Egypt involves such things as kebabs, chicken, stews, pitta-bread, felafel, beans, aubergine and other vegetables, pickles, salads. Dishes tend to be simple and wholesome and vegetarians can be catered for if they accept that the options may be somewhat limited.

Highlights

  • Ancient temples and tombs
  • Nile Cruise boat and luxury hotels
  • The Great Pyramids
  • Treasures of King Tut
  • Valley of the Kings

Dates & Pricing

 
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25 May 2019
02 Jun 2019
Guaranteed (Limited Availability)
R 15200
 
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05 Oct 2019
13 Oct 2019
Guaranteed (Fully Booked)
R 17100
 
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12 Oct 2019
20 Oct 2019
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R 17100
 
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19 Oct 2019
27 Oct 2019
Guaranteed (Limited Availability)
R 19000
 
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26 Oct 2019
03 Nov 2019
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R 16100
 
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02 Nov 2019
10 Nov 2019
Guaranteed (Available)
R 17100
 
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09 Nov 2019
17 Nov 2019
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R 17100
 
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16 Nov 2019
24 Nov 2019
Guaranteed (Fully Booked)
R 16100
 
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23 Nov 2019
01 Dec 2019
Guaranteed (Available)
R 16100
 
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30 Nov 2019
08 Dec 2019
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R 16100
 
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14 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
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R 17100
 
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21 Dec 2019
29 Dec 2019
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R 19000
 
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28 Dec 2019
05 Jan 2020
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R 19000
 
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08 Feb 2020
16 Feb 2020
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R 17100
 
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22 Feb 2020
01 Mar 2020
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R 17100
 
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07 Mar 2020
15 Mar 2020
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R 17100
 
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21 Mar 2020
29 Mar 2020
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R 17100
 
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04 Apr 2020
12 Apr 2020
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R 17100
 
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18 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020
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R 17100
 
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02 May 2020
10 May 2020
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R 17100
 
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16 May 2020
24 May 2020
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R 17100
 
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26 Sep 2020
04 Oct 2020
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R 17100
 
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10 Oct 2020
18 Oct 2020
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R 17100
 
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24 Oct 2020
01 Nov 2020
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R 17100
 
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31 Oct 2020
08 Nov 2020
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R 17100
 
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14 Nov 2020
22 Nov 2020
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R 17100
 
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28 Nov 2020
06 Dec 2020
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R 17100
 
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12 Dec 2020
20 Dec 2020
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R 17100
 
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26 Dec 2020
03 Jan 2021
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R 19000

Reviews

Accommodation

Cruise Boat & Hotels

We use comfortable 4/5 star hotels (Egyptian Classification) on a twin-share basis. The accommodation that we typically use in Aswan is located on an island in the Nile and has fantastic views. The facilities in the rooms and in the hotel itself are excellent, including a choice of bars and restaurants and a spacious swimming pool. In Cairo we generally use the Cairo Pyramids Hotel. Set in a landscaped garden it offers stunning views over the Pyramids. All rooms are en suite.

*Cruise boat* We sail the Nile on the M/Y Mirage. This cruise boat offers impressive service and great facilities including a swimming pool, a sun deck, gift shop, gym, restaurant and two bars. It stretches 72m in length, 14.4m width and 11.1m height, each of the 58 en suite cabins is fully air-conditioned and has a mini bar. Wi-Fi is available at a cost of $20 (subject to change).

Single rooms available, please enquire for prices.

*Additional Accommodation* Can be arranged in Cairo pre or post tour. Please speak to a consultant at the time of booking if you would like additional accommodation.

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included.

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day.  We suggest you allow GBP60-90 (approx. . USD100-140) for meals not included. Food in Egypt involves such things as kebabs, chicken, stews, pitta-bread, felafel, beans, aubergine and other vegetables, pickles, salads. Dishes tend to be simple and wholesome and vegetarians can be catered for if they accept that the options may be somewhat limited.

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded as grade 1 (leisurely). Leisurely grade trips are suitable for all clients with average health and fitness. No experience of any activity involved is necessary.

Most days involve early starts (especially Day 3 when we catch an early flight to Luxor) but this allows us to get the most from our time in Egypt and avoid the worst of the heat.

Egypt can get hot, especially during our summer, which can cause discomfort whilst travelling. Care should be taken to keep hydrated. The hottest months tend to be June to September when temperatures can reach as high as 38 to 40ºC in the south of the country.

The hotels and cruise boat that we use on this trip are of a high standard, providing excellent levels of comfort.

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Cairo.

Start Cairo *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

Visit Egyptian Museum, El Azhar Mosque and Cairo’s lively bazaar; afternoon visit spectacular pyramids at Giza.

Visit to Egyptian Museum, Al Azhar mosque and lively Bazaar. We begin with a visit to the incredible Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which contains relics dating back to 4000 BC, including the fantastic riches of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Here is a unique opportunity to survey the many fabulous treasures of Egypt in one place and to set the scene for the rest of the tour. Following our visit to this amazing museum we experience modern day Cairo with a visit to Al Azhar mosque, Cairo’s oldest mosque and university, and the small alleyways and streets that make up Cairo’s popular bazaar. Dating back to AD970, Al Azhar mosque is a busy and popular mosque today, frequently visited by locals and thus well worth a visit. We will need to cover up (long sleeves and trousers) as when entering all mosques. Women will also need to cover their hair with a scarf. In the afternoon we visit the Pyramids at Giza. Home to the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus and the timeless and enigmatic Sphinx, these great monuments to the afterlife defy the imagination. Only the throng of sightseers, Egyptian and foreign, milling around their huge foundations, keep the viewer in the 21st century. *Comfortable Hotel*

Meals Included : breakfast

Day 3

Fly to Luxor; exploration of Valley of the Kings; afternoon visit to Karnak and Luxor temples.

In the morning we transfer to Cairo airport for our flight to Luxor. We arrive in Luxor and cross the Nile to the West Bank. Here we see the Valley of the Kings, which contains the once hidden tombs of over 62 Pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses III and IV. A discreet entrance in the hillside takes the visitor underground; a series of corridors and ante-chambers leads us down to the burial chamber and sarcophagus. The walls are covered in brightly painted images and hieroglyphs – a map of the afterlife to ensure the king’s safe passage. One ticket allows us to see three tombs. The ticket usually allows entry into what are regarded as the most impressive tombs, but if you have time a visit to the tomb of Ramses VI is also highly recommended. Visits to tombs are now strictly controlled to halt further deterioration of wall paintings – each tomb is periodically closed for a number of weeks. In the afternoon we cross back to the east bank of the Nile and visit Luxor Temple and the huge Karnak Temple complex. Built over 1500 years, Karnak is a confusion of pylons, courtyards, halls and sanctuaries. Its Hypostyle hall has 134 columns 23 metres high and 15 metres in diameter! Both temples are incredibly impressive. In the evening we settle into our accommodation on the cruise boat. * Cruise Boat*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 4-5

Two days on the Nile with visits to Edfu and Kom Ombo en route.

On the Nile. We will spend these days on our cruise boat, travelling upstream from Luxor to Aswan. Exact sailing and excursion times cannot be guaranteed for each individual trip but we will visit the temples of Edfu, famous for its roofed inner temples and huge Pylon, and Kom Ombo. The cruise boat has good facilities: a sundeck with sun loungers, bar and small pool, restaurant, gift shop and library – these can all be taken advantage of when the cruise boat is docked or during sailing. The sunsets over the Nile are truly stunning and travelling from Luxor to Aswan, watching traditional Egyptian life pass by and the beauty of the lush verdant landscape make this journey special. * Cruise Boat*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 6

Arrive Aswan; tour of bazaar and corniche.

Today we end our time on the Nile and spend the evening discovering the bazaar and corniche in Aswan. Aswan is a laid-back, sleepy town that reflects the character of its largely Nubian inhabitants, and enjoying its atmosphere is a highlight for many on this trip * Cruise Boat*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 7

A traditional felucca ride on the Nile; free afternoon or optional visit to Aswan High Dam and unfinished obelisk.

Traditional felucca and optional afternoon visit to Philae Temple. This morning we have time once again on the Nile, but this time to we travel by felucca, the traditional Egyptian sailing boat. Travelling by felucca, we can truly savour the tranquillity of the Nile and the beauty of the surrounding landscape, where the vast desert almost reaches the water’s edge. In the afternoon there is the option to visit the Nubian Museum, situated opposite the hotel. Opened in April 1998, the museum chronologically charts the history and culture of the Nubian people. Alternatively, we can arrange an optional visit to Philae Temple. Relocated in the 1970s by UNESCO to Aglika Island after it became evident that the original site of Philae would submerge on completion of the Aswan High Dam, Philae is a magnificent and enduring testament to both ancient and modern engineering. During this excursion we will also visit Aswan High Dam and Cleopatra’s unfinished obelisk. * Comfortable Hotel*

Meals Included : breakfast

Day 8

Optional visit to Abu Simbel.

Optional visit to Abu Simbel. Today there’s the option of a visit Abu Simbel, 300 km. to the south through the Nubian Desert. Built by Ramses II the two temples are certainly some of the most spectacular in Egypt. Originally on the banks of the Nile, the temples were raised to a new site above the lake in the late 1960s, as the waters from the new Lake Nasser rose behind the Aswan High Dam. The four great seated statues of Ramses II stare east towards the rising sun. *Comfortable Hotel*

Meals Included : breakfast

Day 9

End Aswan.

End Aswan **

Meals Included : breakfast

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