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Guided Journey through Egypt

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Explore Egypt with engaging local experts, gain special access to iconic sites, and enjoy a comprehensive introduction to this breathtaking land.

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DURATION
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11 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Cairo Mosque

Explore the splendours of Egypt on this 12-day tour. Cruise down the Nile with a stop at the Old Cataract Hotel, where Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once dined, for a traditional high tea. Continue down the Nile to Luxor, where you will see the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs — including the famous Tutankhamun — are buried. Later, break bread with a family in Geziret Bahirat, who will regale you with tales of local life. In Cairo, see the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, before traveling to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The Pyramids of Giza. Here, stand face-to-face with the towering sphinx and later, see a sound and light show dance across the stones.

Inclusions

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Accommodation - 11 nights accommodation

Meals - 26 meals included: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 afternoon tea, 6 dinners, 1 dinner with wine

On-Trip Transport - Coach, Ferry and Plane

Included Experiences

  • Authentic Egyptian Sun Bread tasting with a Local Family in Luxor
  • Sail aboard a traditional Nile felucca where you will meet the sailor and
  • learn the art of the ancient Nile craft
  • Visit Luxor Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, the Temple of Isis at Philae Island,
  • Dendera Temple of Hathor, Karnak Temple and the Temple of Hatshepsut
  • Be mesmerised by the Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids of Giza.
  • With your Egyptologist, gaze upon Tutankhamun's treasures at the
  • Egyptian Museum.
  • Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids
  • with your Egyptolohist.

Accommodation

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Accommodation thorughout this tour:

  • Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino (or similar)
  • MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)

Travel dates

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Discover your dream destination and save 10% on 2023 departures*. 

  • Twin Share per person – Was $5,475, NOW from $4,974
  • Solo travellers – Was $6,225, NOW from $5,724 pp

Pricing based 18 Jan, 1 Feb and 8 Mar 2023 departures, it is subject to change and availability at the time of booking.

Itinerary

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Day 1 -Arrive in Cairo

Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Hotel:Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

Day 2 - Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile

In the morning, 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. Later, transfer to your cruise ship, your home for the next seven nights. After lunch on board, take a walk through the Luxor Museum, witness ancient artefacts. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a Welcome Drink followed by dinner. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure.

  • Hotel: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)
  • Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 3 - Exploring Dendera and onto Edfu

A day of legend and history awaits you today as you begin with a morning visit to the Temple of Hathor in Dendera. One of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, it contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra and her son Caesarian, whose father was Julius Caesar. At lunchtime return to your ship and enjoy a scenic journey via the Esna Lock to Edfu.

  • Hotel: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Edfu to Aswan

You will start the day with breakfast, as you cruise along the Nile to Kom Ombo before continuing on to the city of Aswan. Famous for its archaeological sites, such as the Philae Temple Complex and the Temple of Isis, Aswan is a vibrant destination that portray an agreeable mix of ancient and contemporary Egypt. In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.

  • Hotel: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Aswan's High Dam & Temple of Isis

Today’s sightseeing includes a visit to Aswan's 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.

The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on your cruise ship. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on things to do onboard or perhaps ask for more insights into Egypt’s fascinating history?

  • Hotel: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Feluccas and High Tea

Throughout your journey you’ll have seen many feluccas sailing along the Nile. Now it’s your time to explore one for yourself. On this traditional vessel, you’ll meet a local sailor who will teach you about the ancient art of sailing.

As the sun starts to fade, enjoy high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once did before you. The hotel is rumoured to be where Christie wrote her bestselling novel, “Death on the Nile.”

  • Hotel: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

Day 7 - Free Time and on to Kom Ombo

With the morning free, perhaps join an Optional Experience to Abu Simbel? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Temple of Hathor.

Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus the Elder.

  • Hotel:MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Cruising the Nile to Luxor

Your cruise continues along the bustling waters of the Nile. Enjoy the facilities on board and have your cameras at the ready for the sights, as you leisurely make your way to Luxor. In the evening, visit Luxor Temple, where you dock for the night.

  • Hotel: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)
  • Included Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Explore Luxor and fly to Cairo

This morning, disembark from your cruise and travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun. Experience the renowned local hospitality of Egyptians, during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat. Connect with the community and share bread with the Bahirat family, whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.

  • Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
  • Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 10 - Cairo Sightseeing

This morning, ascend to the Citadel, for breathtaking views over the city. While here visit the Alabaster Mosque, otherwise known as the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. Continue to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the Egyptian Museum*. Among the many exhibits found here, are the fabulous artefacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Later, see history come to life on the pyramids as you witness the magical Sound & Light Show - an unforgettable introduction to the world of Ancient Egypt.

  • Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
  • Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 11 - Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza

Today you’ll head to Memphis, the famous capital of the ancient world. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back to 2700 B.C. In the afternoon, it's on to Giza to explore the magnificent pyramids. Here you’ll come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sphinx. During your visit, venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their gods in the afterlife.

  • Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
  • Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 12 - Depart Cairo

Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo International Airport.

  • Included Meals:Breakfast

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Fine print

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*Save 10% on select departures as featured on InsightVacations.com as “2023 On Sale” for a limited time. New bookings only made after September 13, 2022. Must pay in full 120 days prior to departure or at time of booking if booked within 120 days of departure. Prices displayed are per person, based on double occupancy and are in AUD for select departure dates only. If guests change to another trip or date that is not on sale, they are responsible to pay the difference and adhere to different payment conditions. Savings are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Sample savings valid as of September 13, 2022 and is based on Best of Italy departing May 13, 2023. May be combined with 5% Past Guest discount only, not combinable with group discounts, Future Travel Credit carry forward discount or any other discount or promotion. Other conditions may apply.  

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