Jewel of the Nile - 10 Days

Egypt
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5 star Nile River Cruise - Spend four nights onboard a luxury cruise boat, Cairo - Marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Grand Egyptian 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 see the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night, Aswan - Visit the High Dam, take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs, Elephantine Island and Kitchener island - Visit the islands on a traditional felucca (sailing boat), Kom Ombo - Visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Availability

From 2024-07-19 to 2025-04-25

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Jul Fri 19 2024 to Jul Sun 28 2024
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    $3,805*
  • Aug Fri 16 2024 to Aug Sun 25 2024
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    $3,805*
  • Aug Fri 30 2024 to Sep Sun 08 2024
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    $3,805*
  • Sep Fri 13 2024 to Sep Sun 22 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Sep Fri 20 2024 to Sep Sun 29 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Sep Fri 27 2024 to Oct Sun 06 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Oct Fri 04 2024 to Oct Sun 13 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Oct Fri 18 2024 to Oct Sun 27 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Oct Fri 25 2024 to Nov Sun 03 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Nov Fri 01 2024 to Nov Sun 10 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Nov Fri 08 2024 to Nov Sun 17 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Nov Fri 15 2024 to Nov Sun 24 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Nov Fri 22 2024 to Dec Sun 01 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Nov Fri 29 2024 to Dec Sun 08 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Dec Fri 06 2024 to Dec Sun 15 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Dec Fri 13 2024 to Dec Sun 22 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Dec Fri 20 2024 to Dec Sun 29 2024
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    $4,445*
  • Dec Fri 27 2024 to Jan Sun 05 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Jan Fri 03 2025 to Jan Sun 12 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Jan Fri 17 2025 to Jan Sun 26 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Jan Fri 24 2025 to Feb Sun 02 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Feb Fri 07 2025 to Feb Sun 16 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Feb Fri 14 2025 to Feb Sun 23 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Feb Fri 21 2025 to Mar Sun 02 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Feb Fri 28 2025 to Mar Sun 09 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Mar Fri 07 2025 to Mar Sun 16 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Mar Fri 14 2025 to Mar Sun 23 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Mar Fri 21 2025 to Mar Sun 30 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Mar Fri 28 2025 to Apr Sun 06 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Apr Fri 04 2025 to Apr Sun 13 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Apr Fri 11 2025 to Apr Sun 20 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Apr Fri 18 2025 to Apr Sun 27 2025
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    $4,445*
  • Apr Fri 25 2025 to May Sun 04 2025
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    $4,445*

What's included

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

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Cairo
    Friday. Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at Cairo Airport you will be met and transferred to your 5 star hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax by the hotel pool, or those arriving early, opt to join our unique Backstreets tour of Cairo which departs the hotel at 10am today. This optional tour 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.

    At 7pm this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at a Welcome Meeting.

    You may also extend your stay in Cairo with our pre or post tour accommodation or [[tour add-ons|121802]].
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Cairo
    This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the new Grand Egyptian Museum. A mind-boggling array of relics and antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history are housed inside this incredible 490,000 sq.m complex. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the solid gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun. Weighing 11kg, the exquisite gold mask was found covering the head of the mummy, where it lay inside a series of 3 sarcophagi.

    After our tour we head over to National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the fascinating Royal Mummies' Hall, where the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens are on display. Some of the mummies are so well preserved, they still have thick locks of hair, visible finger nails and smooth, if blackened skin! Spend the remains of the day at leisure, relaxing by the hotel pool.

    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 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 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 are accommodated in comfortable twin sleeper cabins and a light dinner is served onboard.

    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.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 4, Luxor
    Arriving into Luxor this morning, we visit the West Bank. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments we see during our morning visit to the West Bank - home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. We also see the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor for check-in onboard our Nile 5 star cruiser where lunch is at leisure and free 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 may be required that we also undertake our excursion to Karnak Temple this afternoon. Should this occur, day 5 will be spent at leisure.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 5, Nile Cruising
    Luxor - Nile cruising. This morning we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank) and take 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.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 6, Nile Cruising
    Nile cruising. Relax and soak in the views 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 in Aswan late evening - a prosperous town at the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 7, Aswan
    Nile cruiser - Aswan. Today, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island to explore Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC, but the Ptolemies 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 date back to 2700BC and were used by women, pharaohs and by temple priests.

    After lunch, we visit the High Dam and take a traditional felucca sailing trip to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. As the sun sets, enjoy free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southernmost town straddling the River Nile.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 8, Optional excursion to Abu Simbel
    Aswan - Cairo. Consider our optional early morning excursion to the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan rock-cut facade is the magnificent Abu Simbel. Guarding the entrance to the temple are 4 colossal seated statues of the pharaoh himself, staring out across Lake Nasser. This excursion is not to be missed!

    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 with 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.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 9, Cairo
    This morning, have breakfast in your train cabin and upon arrival to Cairo we transfer to our hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or you can join our optional tour of Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo and the Citadel of Saladin (book/pay locally).
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 10, Cairo
    Sunday. Our amazing holiday comes to an end and we bid farewell to our guide and fellow travellers. Included airport departure transfer.

    For information about visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our travel guide.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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