9 Day Luxury Wonders of Egypt

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9 Day Luxury Wonders of Egypt

Incredibly, after gazing upon the illustrious pyramids, this tour only gets better. Further up the Nile, your cruise ship is poised to take you to royal tombs and breathtaking temples.

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Incredibly, after gazing upon the illustrious pyramids, this tour only gets better. Further up the Nile, your cruise ship is poised to take you to royal tombs and breathtaking temples.

Day by day

First Day welcome to Cairo

Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. A country rich in wonders and mysteries. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel:    Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo

Second Day we Visit the Citadel and Egyptian Museum

Begin your city sightseeing at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Citadel where you enjoy breathtaking views over the whole city. Salah El Din started the Citadel in the 12th Century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose Great Alabaster Mosque you'll visit next. Then free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Later, take your seats at the magical Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza - an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt. (BB,WR)

Hotel:    Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo

Third Day its a Giza Experience and The Great Pyramids

Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with a Local Expert. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx crouching at the foot of Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, see the colossal statue of Rameses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I; dating from 2,686 BC, it's the oldest in the world. Enjoy free time this afternoon. (BB)

Hotel:     Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo

Fourth Day we Fly to Luxor and Board your Nile Ship

Fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Transfer to your cruise ship. After lunch on-board, visit Luxor Temple unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s. (BB,L,D)

Hotel:     MS Miriam/ MS Giselle/ MS La Boheme

Fifth Day we see the Valley of the Kings and go via the Esna to Edfu 

Travel by air-conditioned coach to the west bank of the Nile to see the Colossi of Memnon, and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried. Next, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. Return to your cruise boat and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu. (BB,L,D)

Ship:     MS Miriam/ MS Giselle/ MS La Boheme 

Sixth Day Visit the Temple of Horus and Cruise to Aswan

Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God. After exploring this magnificent site, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder. Cruise to Aswan and in the evening, don your galabeyas (traditional Egyptian attire), for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party. (BB,L,SE)

Ship:     MS Miriam/ MS Giselle/ MS La Boheme 

Seventh Day its onto Aswan's Highh Dam then Sail a Nile Felucca

In the morning, visit to the Aswan High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous unfinished obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. Later, on a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient craft. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel. (BB,L,AT,D)

Ship:     MS Miriam/ MS Giselle/ MS La Boheme 

Eighth Day enjoy Free Time in Aswan then Fly to Cairo

In the morning, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy free time in Aswan. Why not join an optional experience by air to the magnificent Temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel? Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. There is lots to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum or soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night. (BB)

Hotel:     Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo

Ninth Day we bid Farewell to Cairo 

Your journey ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)

Dining

Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.

Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.

Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.

8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR); plus 4 lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D) and 1 Signature Evening (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee while cruising.

Travel Highlights

  • Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife. If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound and Light Show at the Great pyramids.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.

The Difference

An expert Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.

Enjoy the unique comfort of our luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.

A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.

Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porter-age charges at hotels.

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.

From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local titbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Included airport transfers to and from your Insight Vacations hotel.

Deluxe hotel in Cairo.

4 night Nile cruise on MS Medea or MS Sapphire or MS La Boheme (or similar) including all cruise boat gratuities.

Scheduled air travel Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo.

Services of our Representative in Egypt.

Smaller vehicles without toilet facilities may be used.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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