Ancient wonders of Cairo & the Nile

Ancient wonders of Cairo & the Nile

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Ancient wonders of Cairo & the Nile

8 Days Starting and ending in Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Visiting: Cairo, Aswan, Agilkia Island, Kom Umbu, Edfu, Esna, Luxor, Al Giza

Tour operator:

Cox & Kings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

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Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

Explore the wonders of Egypt via the River Nile on this exceptional tour. Visit Giza’s pyramids before taking a flight to the ancient town of Aswan, where Agatha Christie wrote her novel Death on the Nile. Here you will board one of the country’s premier luxury cruise vessels, the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, for a four-night, five-star river cruise to Luxor. Throughout the journey, you will chase ancient sites with an expert Egyptologist, who will regale you with tales of pharaohs, kings and a pantheon of exotic gods. After learning about the fabled figures whose pasts are imprinted in Egypt’s millennia-old carvings and hieroglyphics, you will depart with a deeper insight into this fascinating corner of the world.

Highlights

  • Learn about archaeological excavations during a private lecture aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

  • Tour ancient temples alongside expert Egyptologists

  • Ride a traditional felucca sailboat around Elephantine Island

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Cairo
Location: Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
Meals Included: No Meals

Transfer to the Kempinksi Nile Hotel for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2 : Cairo
Location: Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you visit Giza’s iconic pyramid complex. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last standing of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as the oldest – built over 4,500 years ago. Nearby, the enigmatic Sphinx guards King Khafre’s enormous funerary monument. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a welcome buffet dinner with wine. (B, D)

Day 3 : Aswan
Location: Aswan
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Aswan this morning to begin your 4-night Nile cruise aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer (Nile Deck Cabin)* (or similar). After check-in and lunch, ride a traditional felucca sailboat around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting). This evening, attend a welcome reception and programme overview. Enjoy Egyptian wine and beer with canapés, followed by a gourmet dinner. A folklore show and whirling Dervish performance follow (subject to confirmation). (B, L, D)

Day 4 : Agilika Island - Kom Ombo
Location: Agilkia Island, Kom Umbu
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, take a short motorboat ride to see the Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Next, it's on to the quarries which supplied much of the granite used to build the pyramids. Here you see the Unfinished Obelisk. Back aboard, partake in an Egyptian cookery lesson, then visit the Temple of Kom Ombo – dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek. This evening, enjoy a lavish buffet of local specialities, and traditional music and dancing. (B, L, D)

Day 5 : Edfu - Esna
Location: Edfu, Esna
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Despite being built by the Greeks, this impressive structure is the largest and most complete preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt. Return to your boat in time for lunch and continue cruising to Esna. This afternoon, your Egyptologist guides you round the Graeco-Roman Temple of Khnum in Esna. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 6 : Luxor
Location: Luxor
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your day exploring the imposing Temple of Luxor alongside your expert Egyptologist. Continue to the Temple of Karnak, and – this afternoon – the Valley of the Kings. You also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. En route back to the Nile, pass the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting ‘voices’ at dawn. Return to your vessel for afternoon tea.



This evening, enjoy a farewell gala dinner, with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. (B, L, D)

Day 7 : Giza - Cairo
Location: Al Giza, Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fly to Cairo this morning, dropping off your luggage at the Kempinski Nile Hotel. After lunch at leisure, visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East and home to a wide variety of pharaonic antiquities. (B)

Day 8 : Depart Cairo
Location: Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your direct flight back to London. (B) TOUR EXTENSIONS Pre-tour extension is available in Alexandria for 4 nights from £1,160 per person. Post-tour extension available in Luxor for 2 nights from £400 or a 4-night cruise on the beautiful Lake Nasser from £1,050 per person. Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

What's Included

  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available

  • Guaranteed to run with a minimum of 4 passengers

  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

  • Optional upgrade to Main Deck cabin from £75 per person

  • Accommodation

    5-star accommodation and Full-board accommodation on 4-night cruise included.

  • Fully Guided

    Experienced local Egyptologists included.

  • International Travel

    Direct international flights with Egyptair is included.

  • Meals

    7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners,Welcome dinner on Day 2 is included.

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • Optional

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Local English speaking tour guide on this tour.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum average group size is 14 people.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As Detailed in itinerary.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes, Direct international flights with Egyptair is includedd.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    5-star accommodation available on this tour.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single supplement available from £995.

  • Is there private tour option available ?

    This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.

  • What is the difference between a 'single' supplement and 'sole' supplement?

    A 'single' traveller is someone occupying a single room while travelling with one or more other people, for example a single person travelling on a group tour. A 'sole' traveller is someone travelling on their own. As a single traveller on a group tour (except those in the SoloTravellers collection), please check the single supplement price. If you wish to add an extension to that tour, please th

  • When will I get my tickets?

    Travel documents will be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure (third party suppliers' policies may vary), unless your booking is made within six weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible.

  • When do I need to pay my final balance?

    Final payment must be made no less than 75 days before departure.

  • Why do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?

    Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single occupancy room than for a shared twin room, because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms. The Solo Travellers collection of small group tours is specially created to include accommodation based on single occu

  • Can Cox & Kings arrange my visa?

    We cannot arrange your visa but we can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your tour consultant for details.

  • Do your prices include flights?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. Australasia and Canada holidays do not include international flights so that you may benefit from the best prices at the time you choose to book, taking advantage of major seasonal variations and short term special offers. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do

  • What is a non-exclusive escorted group tour?

    The vast majority of our group tours are exclusive to Cox & Kings clients. However, there are a few exceptions where holidaymakers who booked their tour with another travel company travel in the group.

  • When will I get a detailed itinerary?

    If you are travelling on a group tour, you will receive a detailed itinerary with your travel pack. If travelling on a private basis, you will receive your detailed itinerary with your confirmation invoice.

  • What are the four tour categories

    ***LUXURY These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout*** ***SUPERIOR Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***STANDARD Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***DISCOVERY Best suited to the hardier traveller, these tours typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more strenuous activities, such as trekking***

  • Do I need inoculations?

    Many of our destinations have recommended health precautions, which you can read about in our regional documents and health pages. However, we recommend that you contact your doctor who will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. Alternatively, visit the NHS website for more information.

  • What happens if a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers? Will it be cancelled?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

Reviews of this Operator

Mark  

Very Good Experience

17-Apr-2022

This is the second trip we've booked with Cox & Kings and as with the first trip, the booking experience has been very good. We tried to do this trip in the autumn but were defeated by the ever-changing testing requirements. Cox & Kings quickly reconfirmed the itinerary when we revived the idea in the spring and kept us informed at every stage

Jessica  

Knowledgeable Staff and Excellent Service

01-Oct-2021

Knowledgeable staff and excellent service that 'goes the extra mile'. I have been on several holidays through Cox and Kings over the last 20 years and have always been more than satisfied

Haig  

Exceptional Service

02-Feb-2022

I have frequently used Cox and Kings and they never disappoint. They organise whatever I want and the great thing about their group tours is that they always include some free time. Other companies tend to pack far too much in to their schedules. I have found everyone I have ever dealt with keen to provide the best possible service.

Paul  

A Relaxed Way to Book a Holiday

13-Aug-2021

Sue and I have travelled with Cox & Kings a number of times and have always booked direct with them. For this latest trip, I again contacted them direct and spoke to their travel advisor for the chosen area for a tailor-made holiday. I found him empathetic, knowledgeable and understanding of my requirements. An initial itinerary was prepared which after due consideration and discussion was cheerfully amended and agreed on. There was no pressure put on me and I found it, as usual, a good experience. Holiday now booked and I am looking forward to the trip.

Susan  

Ultimate Professionals

27-Apr-2022

I've travelled with C&K before to Egypt and had a marvellous time so well looked after and wonderful hotel choices so I decided to book another trip for next year to Istanbul and Turkey now that we are able to travel. So looking forward to another adventure.

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