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Best of Egypt (Winter 2013/2014)

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Felucca Ride on the Nile River, EgyptThe Citadel of Cairo, EgyptThe Temple of Horus in Edfu, EgyptThe Great Pyramid of Giza, EgyptThe Great Sphinx of Giza, EgyptStep Pyramid of Djoser in EgyptThe Sun temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt
Felucca Ride on the Nile River, Egypt
The Citadel of Cairo, Egypt
The Temple of Horus in Edfu, Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
Step Pyramid of Djoser in Egypt
The Sun temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
  • Style: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Description: Enjoy a luxurious Egypt tour starting in Cairo. Cruise along the Nile, stopping off at destinations including Luxor, Edfu, Kom-ombo and Aswan for authentic cultural experiences and beautiful sightseeing, such as the Botanical Garden on Kitchener's Island. A calming and intriguing Egyptian holiday experience.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Cairo! You are met at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Wander through ancient, bustling streets in the City of a Thousand Minarets or simply relax after your journey.

    Hotel: Fairmont Heliopolis

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Fly to Luxor and on arrival, visit the enormous temple complex at Karnak, featuring the Temple of Amun and the amazing Avenue of the Sphinx. Board your luxury cruise ship in time for lunch. Later visit the Grand Temple of Luxor before returning to your cruise ship for dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Cruise ship: MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Discover the Valley of the Kings in the Theban Hills west of the Nile, where tombs were built for the powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. Visit the Temple of Medinet Habou, the mortuary temple of Ramses III. Admire Queen Hatshepsut’s impressive temple at Deir el-Bahri. View the Colossi of Memnon, carved from quartzite sandstone. Later, sail to Edfu.

    Meal(s): (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 4


    Visit Egypt’s best-preserved cult temple at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Relax and admire the scenery as you sail upstream to Kom-Ombo − little has changed in a thousand years! This evening, dress up in traditional clothing and experience a fun filled Egyptian Dinner and Galabea Party.

    Meal(s): (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 5


    Tour the Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-headed god, Sobek. Later, in Aswan sail in a traditional felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island. A blood-red sunset is common in Aswan, all the more breathtaking with the silhouette of dozens of feluccas set against it.

    Meal(s): (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 6


    Disembark in Aswan to explore the High Dam. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. See the Unfinished Obelisk. Later consider an optional excursion to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel − a once in a lifetime opportunity − where four giant stone statues of Ramses II guard the temple’s entrance. This afternoon fly back to Cairo from Aswan.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ramses Hilton

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Thousands of years of history are brought to life during your full day of sightseeing. See the ancient Citadel, built to protect the city from the Crusaders. Marvel at the Alabaster Mosque’s ornate interior and the Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the masterpieces of Mamluk architecture. Visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary in Old Cairo and see Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum, discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Spend the evening as you wish.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    See the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Admire the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, which heralded the beginning of the pyramid age. Marvel at the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. See the enigmatic Great Sphinx − the oldest monumental sculpture in the world. The evening is yours to do as you please. Perhaps complete your Cairo experience with a romantic dinner cruise on the Nile.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9


    Today you leave this mysterious, ancient country. Say goodbye to your travelling companions and your Travel Director as you prepare for your trip home. Airport transfers are available.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Unique Insight Visit a traditional Egyptian perfumery that uses Egyptian plants to produce their fragrances.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • LuxorVisit the Temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Medinet Habou, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Nile CruiseVisit the temples at Edfu and Kom-Ombo.
  • AswanSail in a felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens. View the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae.
  • CairoSightseeing includes the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Egyptian Museum.
  • MemphisSee the Ramses II statue and the Alabaster Sphinx.
  • SakkaraMarvel at the Step Pyramid, the oldest in the ancient world.
  • GizaView the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.


  • 4 buffet breakfasts in Cairo.
  • All meals aboard the Nile cruise.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats
  • Flight from Cairo to Luxor.
  • Four-night luxury Nile Cruise.
  • Flight from Aswan to Cairo.
  • The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist / Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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