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Egypt - Jewel of the Nile - 10 Day Tour - Valid: May to Aug.21

Egypt - Jewel of the Nile - 10 Day Tour - Valid: May to Aug.21

Cairo, Egypt

From: R 22,900.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 22,900.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #10097
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    10 Days
  • Valid From

    14th of May 2021 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    20th of August 2021 (Friday)
  • Expires

    28th of August 2020 (Friday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

Discover Egypt on this 5* Egyptian for set departures between 14 May and 20 August 2021.

Embark on a five star Egyptian adventure. Stay in one of Cairo's smartest hotels, cruise the River Nile in style aboard a 5 star Nile cruiser and be expertly guided by a professional Egyptologist guides for your entire stay. 

Trip Highlights:

  • 5 star Nile River Cruise - spend four nights onboard a luxury cruise boat
  • Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Aswan - visit the High Dam, take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore the romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs
  • Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Egyptian Museum
  • Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and see the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
  • Elephantine Island and Kitchener island - visit the islands on a felucca sailing trip

Please note: single supplement: R13 900 for your own room.

About the Holiday

Itinerary :

Day 1 Cairo

Friday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of a wonderful holiday! Arrive Cairo airport, and included transfer to your 5 star hotel located in downtown Cairo. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to pre book our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am today.

For those who wish to extend their stay, we also offer a pre or post tour Alexandria Day Trip.

Overnight: Cairo

Day 2 Egyptian Museum

We start with the dazzling antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. Amongst the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamun.

Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3 Pyramids of Giza

Cairo - Luxor. Today we visit Egypt's most loved sight - The Great Pyramids of Giza. We explore the Giza plateau, pyramids and massive Sphinx. We continue on to explore Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid. Later we travel to Luxor by overnight train. You will be accommodated in comfortable twin sleeper cabins. A light dinner is served on board.

If you don’t fancy travelling by overnight sleeper train, consider our Treasures of the Nile tour that replaces overnight trains with flights and comfortable 5 star hotels.

Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Valley of the Kings

Arriving into Luxor this morning we visit the incredible Valley of the Kings. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments you’ll see during our morning visit to the West Bank - home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. You’ll also see the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor for check-in on board our Nile 5 star cruiser. Lunch at leisure and time to relax until our early evening visit to the Temple of Luxor. Luxor Temple looks stunning at dusk and is beautifully illuminated at night.

Note: Dependent upon Nile Cruiser scheduling it maybe required that we also undertake our excursion to Karnak Temple this afternoon. Should this occur, day 5 will be spent at leisure.

Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Valley of the Kings

Day 5 Luxor & Nile Cruising

Luxor - Nile cruising. This morning we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank), taking in the magnificent Temple of Karnak. More than a temple, Karnak is a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods. Anchors away this afternoon as we set sail downstream.

Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Cruising & Kom Ombo

Nile cruising. Relax as we sail the Nile. Later today we visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. A unique riverside temple, it is unusual in that everything architecturally is doubled and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple including twin halls, courts, colonnades, sanctuaries and entrances. Arrive Aswan, a prosperous town at the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes late evening.

Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 The Philae Temple

Nile cruiser - Aswan. Today, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies and the Romans up to 3rd century AD built most of the existing structures. In danger of being completely submerged by the rising water of Lake Nasser, in 1972 UNESCO stepped in and an 8-year rescue effort was undertaken to relocate the entire temple 20m higher on nearby Agilika Island. We then make a stop at a perfume oil emporium. Perfumed oils in Egypt dates back to 2700BC and were used by women, pharaohs and by temple priests.

After lunch, we visit the High Dam and take a felucca sailing trip to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt’s southern most town straddling the River Nile.

Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Optional excursion to Abu Simbel

Aswan - Cairo. Consider the optional early morning excursion to the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Please see our Abu Simbel by Road add-on for more info. Alternatively you can spend the morning at leisure.

If you choose not to embark upon this optional excursion, there is plenty to do in Aswan. You can explore Aswan, its beautiful shoreline and corniche or perhaps do a spot of shopping. Late this afternoon, we board the overnight train (twin berth sleeper cabins provided) for our journey back to Cairo. A light dinner is served on board.

Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Cairo

This morning have breakfast in your train cabin and upon arrival into Cairo transfer to the hotel and check in. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or you can opt to join our optional tour visiting Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo and the Citadel of Saladin (book locally).

Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 10 Cairo

Sunday. Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport.

Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 10
  • All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches
  • 6 dinners - (2 aboard sleeper train)
  • 2 overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin) including meals
  • Touring and sightseeing in Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor and Aswan
  • Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology (groups of 4 or more)
  • 3 nights in 5* hotels
  • 4 nights aboard luxury 5* Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
  • Felucca Sailing around the islands of Aswan

Please note : Based on set departures 18 September - 13 December 2020

Excludes
  • International flights and visa
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Entrance Fees: USD$80-100pp paid in local currency
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency
Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Please note : Based on set departures between 14 May and 20 August 2021.

Cairo
Cairo, which means "The Vanquisher" or "The Triumphant", is the capital city of Egypt.

Cairo is located on the banks and islands of the Nile River in the north of Egypt, immediately south of the point where the river leaves its desert-bound valley and breaks into two branches into the low-lying Nile Delta region. Extensive water systems have allowed the city to expand east into the desert. Bridges link the Nile islands of Gezira and Roda, where many government buildings are located and government officials live. Bridges also cross the Nile attaching the city to the suburbs of Giza and Imbabah (part of the Cairo conurbation).

Visitors are intrigued by its twisting streets, medieval buildings, oriental bazaars and Islamic architecture of carved domes and sculpted minarets. Visitors often feel most comfortable finding their feet in the Westernised downtown district of central Cairo around Midan Tahrir (Liberation Square). Most visitors come to see the great Pyramids of Giza, the treasures of Tutankhamuns tomb and other wonders in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, as well as to shop in the sprawling Khan al-Khalili marketplace.
During the summer, temperatures in Cairo can climb to 38 degrees Celsius, though the low humidity is some consolation. The best time to visit is between October and April. Occasional downpours occur in January and February, while during March and April the khamseen, a strong, hot, dry wind, blows in periodically from the desert.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.

Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 19 June 2020.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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