Gardens and Temples of Ancient Egypt

Gardens and Temples of Ancient Egypt

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Gardens and Temples of Ancient Egypt

12 Days Starting and ending in London, UK

Visiting: London, Cairo, Saqqara Necropolis, Pyramid of Djoser, The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, قلعة صلاح الدين الأيوبي, Orman Garden, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Luxor, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor, Luxor Temple, Karnak temple, Valley of the Kings, Mortuary Temple of Seti I, Deir el-Bahari, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Esna, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, Aswan, The High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, Aswan Botanical Garden, Abu Simbel, Old Cataract Hotel, Jazirat Aswan, Alexandria, Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Ancient Roman Theatre, Montaza Palace

Tour operator:

Brightwater Holidays

Tour code:

BEGY

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 25

Physical rating:

Low, Active

Age range:

1-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Cruise

Activities:

Sightseeing

From:
$6055
$5752 (USD) including Flights from the UK The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$303

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Tour Overview

Over the millennia, countless civilizations have come and gone, risen and fallen, turned from towering citadels to piles of rubble and ash. Not so Ancient Egypt. Within 24 hours of landing in this modern country we will find ourselves face to face with one of the most recognisable and iconic monuments anywhere in the world - the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. That is just the start of our journey along the Nile, the mighty river that sustained one of the greatest civilizations ever seen, and whose legacy remains in such gloriously tangible form.

We will also see the Step Pyramid, the first of its kind, built nearly 5,000 years ago; the Temple of Luxor and Karnak Temple; the Valley of the Kings, filled with the funerary temples of one Pharaoh after another, and the Edfu Temple, one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt, though a mere youngster at slightly more than 2,000 years old.

Other highlights include the Al-Orman Garden, the Aswan Botanical Garden and the mighty Aswan Dam itself, and the Montazah Palace Gardens in the historic and unmissable city of Alexandria. Not to mention a river cruise that will have your reaching for a certain Agatha Christie novel, though we are confident this holiday will have a much happier ending!

Highlights

  • The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza

  • The stunning Al-Orman Garden

  • Stopover at the luxurious Sofitel Winter Palace

  • Four night Nile cruise on a full board basis

  • The unique Valley of the Kings

Places You'll See

Gardens And Temples Of Ancient Egypt

Gardens And Temples Of Ancient Egypt

Gardens And Temples Of Ancient Egypt

Gardens And Temples Of Ancient Egypt

Itinerary

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Day 1 : London To Cairo
Location: London, Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 5-star Rameses Hilton Hotel, Cairo
Meals Included: No Meals

Enjoy access to the airport Executive lounge before we fly from London to Cairo and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 : Pharaonic Cairo
Location: Cairo, Saqqara Necropolis, Pyramid of Djoser, The Great Pyramid of Giza
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 5-star Rameses Hilton Hotel, Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we begin our full day of discovery in the company of a local expert Egyptologist visiting Pharaonic Cairo, Saqqara, arguably the best-preserved ancient burial-ground in Egypt. This is also the site of The Step Pyramid, the first proper pyramid built for King Zoser in the 27th-century BC by the architect Imhotep. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Later we discover The Great Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza. Rising from the desert the three Pyramids erected by King Cheops and guarded by the mysterious Sphinx are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most important sites in Egypt.

Day 3 : Visit The Old Egyptian Museum
Location: Cairo, The Egyptian Museum, قلعة صلاح الدين الأيوبي, Orman Garden, Khan El Khalili Bazaar
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 5-star Rameses Hilton Hotel, Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we visit the Old Egyptian Museum which is located in the heart of Cairo and one of the world's most famous museums. The Citadel of Salah Al-Din was built between 1176- 1182 AD and this Citadel fortress provides a panoramic view of Cairo from the Moqattam Hills.  We then visit the Al-Orman Garden – a stunning botanical garden which dates from 1875 and the reign of Khedive Ismail Pasha, who established the garden on a larger site than it presently occupies as part of the Palace of the Khedive. This became a public botanical garden in 1910 and was put under the Ministry of Agriculture management and covers 28 acres. Today, the garden contains a herbarium building, a rock garden, a rose garden, cactus gardens, and probably the most notable feature, the lotus pond. Al-Orman Garden is located west of the river Nile and east of Cairo University in the Giza Governorate. “Orman” is a Turkish word, which means “the forest”.
Later we visit Khan El-Khalili bazaar where treasures include spices, perfumes, gold and silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leatherwork, glass, ceramics and Egyptian cotton.

Day 4 : Cairo To Luxor
Location: Cairo, Luxor, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 5-star Jolie Ville, Luxor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we transfer to Cairo airport and fly to Luxor and transfer to our hotel. Later we head for the Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor which has a history of hosting royalty and celebrities throughout the years. The interiors feature grand staircases, high ceilings and lounge areas that are appointed with antique furniture and beautiful flower arrangements.
As can be expected, Winter Palace's restaurants have a historical and grand reputation to maintain. Relax and socialise as you enjoy French cuisine with the latest fusion dishes from around the world.  The pool scene is stunning and has the vibe of a private oasis with surrounding palm trees, then enjoy your lunch at the hotel and free time to relax.

Day 5 : Luxor
Location: Luxor, Luxor Temple, Karnak temple
Accommodation: 5-star Nile Cruise Ship
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we enjoy a private half-day tour in Luxor on the East Bank. One of the first stops must be the Temple of Luxor built by Amenophis III and which was originally connected to the Karnak Temple via a long stone processional street called a dromos. The well-preserved dromos was built by Nectanebo I and was originally lined on either side by sphinxes. We later transfer to our 5-star river vessel and enjoy lunch on board. The afternoon is free to relax. Dinner tonight is followed by entertainment.

Day 6 : Visiting The West Bank
Location: Valley of the Kings, Mortuary Temple of Seti I, Deir el-Bahari, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Esna
Accommodation: 5-star Nile Cruise Ship
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A full day visiting the West Bank today. Here we will discover a variety of tombs starting with The Valley of the Kings which has tombs from the 18th and 19th Dynasties. Outside the Valley of the Kings, the road leads past Antef, named after the 11th Dynasty princes who were buried there. Some tombs can still be seen as we head towards the Temple of Seti I. The road winds westward until reaching the Valley of Asasif. These are 25th and 26th Dynasty tombs and at the foot of a cliff named Deir el-Bahri is a spectacular complex of temples. The Temples of Mentuhetep I, Hatshepsut and Thotmose II here must be seen. We return to our river vessel for lunch and time to reflect on the sights and sounds experienced today before cruising overnight to Esna.

Day 7 : Tour Of Edfu Temple
Location: Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple
Accommodation: 5-star Nile Cruise Ship
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin with a private tour of Edfu Temple - one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt. The temple was built in the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Hellenistic period in Egypt. After lunch onboard we visit Kom-Ombo Temple. Built by the Ptolemaic dynasty during the Roman invasion, this temple is dedicated to two gods, Sobek the crocodile god and Haroeris - the falcon god Horus.

Day 8 : Cruise To Aswan
Location: Aswan, The High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, Aswan Botanical Garden
Accommodation: 5-star Nile Cruise Ship
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we cruise to Aswan where we begin with a private tour visiting the High Dam which is 3,830 metres long, 980 metres wide at the base, 40 metres wide at the crest and 111 metres tall. It contains 43 million cubic metres of material and 11,000 cubic metres per second of water can pass through the dam. Abandoned thousands of years ago in the quarries of Aswan, the Unfinished Obelisk is a granite would-be monument that was never finished. It is one of the most important archaeological finds in Egypt for the insight it has provided into ancient stonemasonry methods. We then proceed to visit Philae Temple on the tiny island of Philae, a mere 450 metres long and less than 150 metres wide, which captured the imagination of countless travellers to Egypt from early times. It was famed for its beauty and was known as the "Pearl of Egypt'. Plants and palm trees grew from the fertile deposits that had collected in the crevices of the granite bedrock. Gracious Graeco-Roman temples and colonnades, kiosks and sanctuaries rose proudly against the skyline. We return to our river vessel and after lunch take a Felucca around Aswan Islands then visit the Botanical gardens.
Covering 6.8 hectares, the Aswan Botanical Garden is home to thousands of birds and many exotic plants imported from many parts of the world, offering a beautiful and unique escape from the city. Dinner on board tonight is followed by a Nubian Show.

Day 9 : Excursion To Abu Simbel
Location: Abu Simbel, Aswan, Old Cataract Hotel, Jazirat Aswan
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 5-star Mövenpick Hotel, Aswan
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we have the opportunity of an optional excursion to Abu Simbel by air, a temple built by Ramesses II in ancient Nubia, where he wished to demonstrate his power and his divine nature. Four colossal (20 metres high) statues of him sit in pairs flanking the entrance.
Later we transfer to our hotel in Aswan and later enjoy a late afternoon tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death on the Nile. Delight in an authentic High Tea experience and revel in the stunning views overlooking the Nile and Elephantine Island. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 10 : Aswan To Cairo
Location: Aswan, Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 5-star Rameses Hilton Hotel, Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Free time to relax before we transfer to Aswan airport for our flight to Cairo where we transfer to our hotel.

Day 11 : Head To Alexandria
Location: Alexandria, Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Ancient Roman Theatre, Montaza Palace, Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 5-star Rameses Hilton Hotel, Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we head to Alexandria for a full but most enjoyable day exploring the Catacombs of Kom El-Shouqafa and the Roman Amphitheatre. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afterwards we visit Montazah Palace Gardens which are located at the eastern edge of Alexandria on the north coast of Egypt. The complex, which covers 360 acres in size, is a beautiful property that overlooks Al Montaza and encompasses palm-tree lined walkways, several greenhouses and a semi-private beach. We return to Cairo for dinner at our hotel.

Day 12 : Return To London.
Location: London
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we transfer to Cairo airport for our return flight to London.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • All visits as outlined in the itinerary

  • Comfortable coach travel throughout

  • London pre-flight Executive lounge access

  • Meals - as per the itinerary

  • Services of a professional tour manager & local guides

What's Not Included

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  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Will I receive more details of the holiday before I travel?

    You will receive detailed joining instructions around 10 days prior to you departure, but you are of course welcome to contact us at any time should you have any queries.

  • What facilities do your coaches have?

    Generally, our coaches have reclining seats, air-conditioning and toilets, however this cannot always be guaranteed as sometimes we have to use smaller vehicles. Toilets are recommended for emergency use only and regular comfort stops will be made throughout your holiday while travelling around.

  • Do I have to go on the included excursions?

    Absolutely not. You are more than welcome to spend the day at your hotel or exploring independently should you wish. All we ask is that you inform your Tour Manager, so they are not left waiting for you to join the group.

  • Is there time to relax?

    Although our itineraries may seem jam-packed, boasting access to some of the most exclusive sites across the UK and beyond, a Brightwater Holiday is just that: a holiday. Each trip will counter in more than enough free-time for you to explore places at your own leisure. And with most nights and the majority of meals being included in our tour prices, you can relax in hand-picked accommodation.

  • Do I need to be an expert?

    Absolutely not! Although some of our tours are specifically focused on one thing, all you need to enjoy a Brightwater holiday is interest and bags of enthusiasm! Even on our most specialist tours, we take travellers from all skill levels, from experts to beginners.

  • How fit or active do I need to be for one of your holidays?

    You need to be able to get on and off the coach unassisted, and most – but not all – coaches have a kneel facility that lowers the front step for ease of boarding

  • Do you have self-drive holidays?

    Yes, we do – tailored to your exact requirements!

  • What’s the luggage allowance on your coaches?

    There’s no fixed limit, but we generally say one large suitcase to go in the luggage compartment and a smaller bag that you can take onto the coach with you. For flight-inclusive holidays, we include a luggage allowance of at least 20kg.

  • Where are your departure points?

    UK garden holidays generally depart from London, with additional pick-ups depending on the route of the coach, while holidays to Scotland depart from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, with Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen sometimes included. All Eurostar holidays depart from London St. Pancras and flight-inclusive holidays depart from one or more of the main London airports, with regional flights .

  • What about the company that will be kept?

    For single travellers, those with a companion or even those travelling in a larger group, you'll find that the signature of any Brightwater Holiday is the company. You won't ever be travelling with a group of strangers, instead, you'll find yourself surrounded by like-minded people with a strong shared interest who will soon become your firm friends.

  • What is a Brightwater Holiday?

    Bursting with enthralling, educational and enlightening itineraries, a Brightwater Holiday, by its very nature, is packed with bucket-list-worthy destinations, behind the scenes passes and expert-led experiences. From creating bespoke quality garden and special interest tours for groups and individuals alike, we have made it our business to make our guests' travel dreams come true.

  • Why is there a single supplement?

    Unfortunately, single room supplements are charges that are often imposed on us as a company when we book rooms for group holidays. However, most hotels do charge less for single occupancy, and we always pass this saving on to our solo travellers in the form of a modest single supplement.

  • How much are your optional excursions?

    Prices start from as little as £20, but please contact our friendly team for questions about specific itineraries or excursions.

  • Can I pre-book my coach seats?

    Yes, you can. In the case of front seats, guests with limited mobility are given priority. Please get in touch with our friendly team to discuss any requirements you may have.

  • How to get there? Easy!

    With a Brightwater Holiday, the journey is just as important as the destination and we make getting you to your tour start point easy. From organising group flights and individual travel plans, to offering accessible local departure and pick-up points, we go out of our way to ensure that your journey is as convenient and hassle-free as it can be.

  • Do I need to have travel insurance?

    Travel insurance is required for all overseas holidays and is also strongly recommended for UK holidays – primarily to protect yourself against cancellation charges should you be unable to travel.

Reviews of this Operator

Trusted Customer  

Brightwater Holidays offers great value

28-Nov-2019

I would highly recommend Brightwater Holidays. It offers excellent service and value for money. This was my first tour as I normally arrange holidays myself, but this tour - which was to the gardens of Kent and Sussex - was a very pleasant change of pace.

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My experience with Brightwater Holidays

08-Aug-2019

The tour was well managed, the sites visited were all interesting and linked to the theme of the Picts and their place in history, the hotel was comfortable and the coach journeys were well paced. I have been with Brightwater before and will certainly travel with them again

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Alan Hawkes (Google Reviewer)  

We were on the Tour...

28-Aug-2022

We were on the Tour of the Outer Hebrides. We had a great experience, in no small part due to the excellence of the tour manager and driver.

Brightwater Holidays Custome  

Wonderful experience with brilliant information

31-Jul-2019

The most important factor was an amazing guide in Alastair Walker whose knowledge and care for clients was fantastic. The whole trips are superbly organised

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David MacLennan (Google Reviewer)  

Noted a comment on taking...

23-Aug-2023

Noted a comment on taking coaches on A814 by a local person who didn't know the facts: When the A82 was blocked and the POLICE divert you onto that road you do as instructed not what a you know are tight roads but they only way to your destination as intructed by officials. We know this route is not suitable for large vehicles but the driver does as instructed by someone in authority.

Eric Webb (Google Reviewer)  

Recent (September 2023) Scottish holiday...

07-Oct-2023

Recent (September 2023) Scottish holiday not so good. Various 'issues' to do with scheduling and organisation. I'm happy to report however that - after an interval - a letter expressing disappointment brought a full response - including a generous refund. So - with fingers slightly crossed - we'll be booking with Brightwater again in due course.

Kevin Barrett (Google Reviewer)  

The recent tour in Northumberland...

30-Sep-2023

The recent tour in Northumberland turned out to be a shambles. Our South London driver took us to Newcastle, but no guide to meet us. Next day still no guide and the bus driver attempted to salvage the tour the best he could despite having no knowledge of the attractions. Fortunately one of the passengers Googled the tides for Holy Island. No holiday guide ever showed up. Coach and hotel were fine. Do these people only offer self guided tours? Take Shearings next time.

ALEXANDRA MCQUEEN (Google Reviewer)  

Been trying to get a...

17-Oct-2023

Been trying to get a reply from them for over a week. Booked Xmas tour, confirmation said pick up subject to numbers, they never said anything when booking and theyve been paid in full. Would not recommend!

Dp Green (Google Reviewer)  

I had heard this company...

20-Feb-2024

I had heard this company was a nightmare to deal with, but thought I'd give it a go. Signed up for a tour, then emailed them about how to pay off the balance. No response to 3 emails. I've never encountered a tour company that ignored questions on how to pay off a balance. Looked into other reviews and found many complaints about cancelled tours and refusals to refund deposits.

Kieran Thompson (Google Reviewer)  

Two of your tour busses...

26-Jul-2021

Two of your tour busses used the A814 from Garelochhead to Arrochar on 24th July 2021. This route is not suitable for large vehicles and your drivers should not have taken the huge coaches that way. There are clear signs at both ends of the road indicating it is not suitable for HGV's. Our car had to go off into the soft verge to allow your coaches to pass. Please amend your routes to avoid this road in future.

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    At 40 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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