Alexandria & Ancient Egypt with Cruise - 13 Days

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Alexandria - Take in the highlights of this beautiful Mediterranean port city, including the Roman Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar, the Library of Alexandria and Quaitbay Fort, the site of the great Lighthouse of Alexandria, Cairo - Marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Grand Egyptian Museum, El Alamein - Tour the WWII battlefields, pay your respects at the Commonwealth War Graves and visit the El Alamein Military Museum, Luxor West Bank - Discover exquisite tombs at the Valley of the Kings, see the towering Colossi of Memnon and explore the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Luxor - Roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night, Aswan - Take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs, Nile cruising - Spend 3 nights on board a 5 star Nile cruiser and cruise the Nile in style, Kom Ombo - Visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Availability

From 2024-07-23 to 2025-04-22

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Jul Tue 23 2024 to Aug Sun 04 2024
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    $3,865*
  • Jul Tue 30 2024 to Aug Sun 11 2024
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    $3,865*
  • Aug Tue 06 2024 to Aug Sun 18 2024
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    $3,865*
  • Aug Tue 13 2024 to Aug Sun 25 2024
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    $3,865*
  • Aug Tue 20 2024 to Sep Sun 01 2024
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    $3,865*
  • Sep Tue 03 2024 to Sep Sun 15 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Sep Tue 10 2024 to Sep Sun 22 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Sep Tue 17 2024 to Sep Sun 29 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Sep Tue 24 2024 to Oct Sun 06 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Oct Tue 01 2024 to Oct Sun 13 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Oct Tue 08 2024 to Oct Sun 20 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Oct Tue 15 2024 to Oct Sun 27 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Oct Tue 22 2024 to Nov Sun 03 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Oct Tue 29 2024 to Nov Sun 10 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Nov Tue 05 2024 to Nov Sun 17 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Nov Tue 12 2024 to Nov Sun 24 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Nov Tue 19 2024 to Dec Sun 01 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Nov Tue 26 2024 to Dec Sun 08 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Dec Tue 03 2024 to Dec Sun 15 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Dec Tue 10 2024 to Dec Sun 22 2024
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    $4,495*
  • Dec Tue 17 2024 to Dec Sun 29 2024
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    $5,285*
  • Dec Tue 24 2024 to Jan Sun 05 2025
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    $5,285*
  • Jan Tue 07 2025 to Jan Sun 19 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Jan Tue 21 2025 to Feb Sun 02 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Jan Tue 28 2025 to Feb Sun 09 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Feb Tue 04 2025 to Feb Sun 16 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Feb Tue 18 2025 to Mar Sun 02 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Feb Tue 25 2025 to Mar Sun 09 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Mar Tue 04 2025 to Mar Sun 16 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Mar Tue 11 2025 to Mar Sun 23 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Mar Tue 18 2025 to Mar Sun 30 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Mar Tue 25 2025 to Apr Sun 06 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Apr Tue 01 2025 to Apr Sun 13 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Apr Tue 08 2025 to Apr Sun 20 2025
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    $3,865*
  • Apr Tue 15 2025 to Apr Sun 27 2025
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    $4,495*
  • Apr Tue 22 2025 to May Sun 04 2025
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    $3,865*

What's included

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.
7 nights 4-5 star hotels, 3 nights aboard 5 star Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin).
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology.
Touring - Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan and Luxor.
Touring - Alexandria and the El Alamein Battlefields and museum.
2 overnight trains from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin).
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 13.
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles.

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Cairo
    Tuesday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday. Arrive Cairo Airport and included transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day offers free time for you relax and maybe have a dip in the swimming pool.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Alexandria
    Bright and early this morning we drive to the port side city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Coast. Arriving at the windswept city known for its broad beaches and seafront corniche dotted with sun loungers, amusements and cafes we embark on a guided tour of the Roman catacombs. Heading underground we view the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt, complete with burial chambers, labyrinth alleyways and entertaining rooms for families coming to visit the dead.

    From the catacombs we visit Pompey's Pillar, a modest 25m tower, which is all that remains of an ancient column, from the ruined Temple of Serapis. Our next stop is the impressive Library of Alexandria, where free time will be offered for photos of the exterior (and if we are fortunate and it is open to the public during our stop here, those who are interested can go inside). Lastly today, we take a leisurely stroll along the corniche to the Citadel of Quaitbey. We explore this attractive fortress, which was built on the site of the legendary Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed by a powerful earthquake 1323AD.

    After hotel check in and time to freshen up we'll head out for a drive along the corniche followed by dinner (included).
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 3, Alexandria
    Today we visit the Commonwealth War Graves of El Alamein. It is here where two extended battles were fought during World War II. The first began on the 1st July 1942 and lasted for 27 days, it ended as a stalemate. After 3 months of holding back the enemy, the Allies launched a second attack which lasted for 13 days. This saw the Allied forces (including British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers) push back the Axis powers for ultimate defeat in Tunisia. Some 13,000 Allied soldiers were killed and 70,000 were wounded in the battle.

    Later, we tour the compact El Alamein military museum that acts as a memorial for the battle and houses lots of original war vehicles, weapons, uniforms and records. Displays in the museum detail the complete history of World War II in North Africa from all sides and stands on the site where the actual battle took place. This afternoon we return to Cairo.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Cairo
    Enjoy a free day in Cairo before the rest of your Egyptian adventure. Relax by the hotel pool or join our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour, which departs the hotel at 10am and takes you off the beaten track in Egypt's bustling capital, visiting Downtown Cairo, the exquisite mosques and monuments of El Moez Street in Islamic Cairo, Garbage City and the incredible Cave Church of St. Simon.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5, Pyramids of Giza
    Visit the famous pyramids and iconic Sphinx at Giza Plateau today. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet's oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser's step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh's chief architect in 2700 BC! A visit to a government supervised Papyrus Museum will also be made at some point during today.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 6, Cairo
    Cairo - Aswan. On today's excursion we visit the Grand Egyptian Museum. This newly opened site is just 2km from the pyramids and is home to a vast collection of artefacts from across ancient Egypt's diverse history. Many of the exhibits have never been on public display before and many more have been recalled to the museum from across Egypt and the rest of the world. There is a full exhibition dedicated to the treasures of Tutankhamun and the museum makes use of modern technology including virtual reality.

    After our guided tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum we head over to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the fascinating Royal Mummies' Hall, where the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens are on display. Then there's time to relax back at the hotel before we board the night train to Aswan this evening.

    Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in late 2024, though an official opening date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 7, Aswan
    This morning we arrive into Aswan and enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. Then a brief stop will be made at a perfume oil emporium before check-in on board your Nile Cruiser which will be home for the next three nights. Later, there is free time to perhaps enjoy some shopping in the colourful souks and markets or simply relax in this attractive town which straddles the River Nile.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 8, Aswan
    Aswan - Nile Cruising. Today there is an optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II. Our Nile cruiser departs Aswan this afternoon and we cruise the River Nile to Kom Ombo where we disembark to visit the temple which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek before returning to the cruiser.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 9, Nile Cruising
    Nile Cruise - Luxor. Relax, enjoy a swim in the pool and chill out in the sun on deck this morning. Let your troubles melt away as we cruise the River Nile to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Arriving into Luxor this afternoon the rest of the day is free to explore the city before we spend our final night aboard the cruiser.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 10, Luxor
    This morning we disembark and check into our 5 star Luxor hotel. The day is free to enjoy the hotel facilities, relax and explore. Tonight, we have the opportunity to visit Luxor Temple with dinner afterwards. Built by Amenophis III, Luxor Temple looks stunning at night when it's illuminated by hundreds of lights (book and pay locally).
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 11, Luxor
    Luxor - Cairo. Today we will tour the West Bank of the Nile. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against a historic backdrop, the Valleys of the Kings with its beautifully decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life and the awesome colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

    This afternoon after lunch and time to relax we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight train to Cairo.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 12, Cairo
    We arrive back in Cairo where today is free for you to relax or explore Egypt's capital at leisure. You can opt to visit Khan el Khalili bazaar, the ideal place for some last minute souvenir shopping.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 13, Cairo
    Sunday. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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