Great Pyramids & Full-Board Nile Cruise - 5* Lux 4N Cruise

Great Pyramids & Full-Board Nile Cruise - 5* Lux 4N Cruise

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Great Pyramids & Full-Board Nile Cruise - 5* Lux 4N Cruise

8 Days Starting and ending in UK/Ireland

Visiting: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan

Tour operator:

Exoticca

Group size:

1 - 30

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Luxury, River Cruise

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Egypt with the "Great Pyramids & Full-Board Nile Cruise - 5* Lux 4N Cruise." This luxurious tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore Egypt's rich history and vibrant culture. From the bustling streets of Cairo, shadowed by the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids, to the majestic Nile River, every moment of this tour is designed to enchant and educate. Enjoy a full-board Nile cruise that takes you through the heart of ancient Egypt, with stops in iconic locations such as Luxor, Aswan, and the Temple of Karnak. Along the way, marvel at the architectural wonders of the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon. With luxury accommodations and insightful excursions, this tour is a perfect blend of comfort and adventure, offering a deep dive into the mysteries of ancient Egypt.

Highlights

  • Aswan

  • Cairo

  • Giza

  • Kom Ombo

  • Luxor

  • Nile River

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Uk/Ireland - Cairo

Location: Cairo

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Cairo

It's time to unearth the secrets of Ancient Egypt and get to know the vibrant culture of Egypt's most emblematic cities. Arrive at your departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Cairo*. Touch down in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. Once you've settled in the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to get to know the sights and sounds of Cairo, in the shadow of the Great Pyramids! Go shopping at the local souk or sample the national cuisine. Overnight stay in Cairo. * If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day. The order of the excursions and visits may vary, depending on the schedule of the internal flights, traffic and other logistical reasons. The planned visits will be carried out in any case. You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them to your current booking, as they are subject to availability. Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

Day 2 : Cairo

Location: Cairo

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Cairo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know the Egyptian capital today with a tour of Cairo's most emblematic sights. Begin at the Giza plateau, home of the three Great Pyramids, built over 4,500 years ago and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs. Continue to the Great Sphinx to unearth more secrets of Ancient Egypt. The remainder of the day is free to explore Cairo at your leisure. Overnight stay in Cairo.

Day 3 : Cairo - Luxor

Location: Luxor

Accommodation Name: Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luxor. On arrival, transfer to the port to board your Full-Board Nile Cruise Boat, your home for the next four nights. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy lunch and the views of the river Nile. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Karnak, a huge complex of decayed temples, columns and other buildings. On the way back to the ship, stop at the impressive Temple of Luxor, dedicated to Amun-Ra, Mut and Khonu and built by Amenophis III and Ramses II. Back on the ship, enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. We recommend an optional Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show.* Dinner and overnight on board. * Optional Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show: Visit the largest open-air museum in Egypt, the Karnak Temple in Luxor. Discover the secrets behind the temple's ancient name, Thebes, and explore its significant monuments. As you wander through the ruins of this once great complex, you will be guided by the voices of the pharaohs who built this site to honor their god Amon. Watch as the temples and statues come to life with the clever use of special effects , relive the times of the ancient pharaohs with their customs and rituals as they recount the dramatic history of ancient Thebes.

Day 4 : Luxor - Edfu

Location: Luxor

Accommodation Name: Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full-board on board. Begin the day with a visit to the legendary Valley of the Kings, the burial site of the pharaohs between the 18th and 20th ancient Egyptian dynasties and the famous site of the tomb of Tutankhamun. After exploring the valley, head to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set on large terraces beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon, two imposing stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, before returning to the ship as it navigates towards Edfu. Overnight on board. Please note: The excursion to the Valley of the Kings includes visits to three tombs. Entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun is not included but, if you are interested in visiting, you can buy a ticket to see this tomb at the site during your visit.

Day 5 : Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan

Location: Aswan

Accommodation Name: Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full-board on board. Disembark the ship in Edfu and take a buggy ride to the magnificent Temple of Horus, the famous, falcon-headed Egyptian god. Explore the atmospheric temple ruins as you trace the footsteps of the pharaohs. Return to the ship and continue sailing south to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival explore the twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important life source in Egypt. Return to the ship and relax onboard as you continue towards Aswan. Overnight on board.

Day 6 : Aswan

Location: Aswan

Accommodation Name: Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full-board on board. If you're an early riser, you have the chance to enjoy an optional excursion to Abu Simbel*, home to many rock-carved temples. Today, enjoy a tour of Aswan to uncover the sights of this fascinating city. Explore the famous granite quarry, where the building blocks of many of ancient Egypt's monuments were produced and visit both the old and new Aswan Dams, monumental engineering works built in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively to control the flooding on the banks of the Nile. Afterwards, we recommend to take the chance to book an optional visit to the Island of Philae**. A river island in the Nile where the ancient temple of the goddess Isis is located. End the day with a peaceful ride in a felucca, a typical fishing boat, on the river Nile. Return to the ship and enjoy relaxing on board. Dinner and overnight on board. * Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel: Visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor. Please note: If you take the optional excursion to Abu Simbel, you will depart from the ship at approximately 3 a.m. to make the most of the coolest and quietest part of the day. This way, you can fully experience Abu Simbel without the crowds and avoid sightseeing in high temperatures. ** Optional Island of Philae Excursion: Discover the historic island of Philae, in the reservoir of the Old Aswan Dam. It is home to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Isis and offers a fascinating insight into life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt.

Day 7 : Aswan - Cairo

Location: Cairo

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Cairo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast on board. At the indicated time, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Cairo. Arrive in the capital and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to get to know Cairo. While away the day visiting the amazing Egyptian Museum, where it's worth spending some time to really get the most out of its unbeatable exhibitions or go shopping in the busy city souks to bag a bargain. We recommend an optional excursion to the Saladin Citadel.* Overnight stay in Cairo. * Optional Excursion to Saladin Citadel: Visit the Alabaster Mosque and medieval fortification of Saladin Citadel, perched atop a hill in central Cairo and dating back to the 12th-century. Learn about the importance of the site to Egypt's Islamic heritage before walking through the Coptic Neighborhood, home to various churches.

Day 8 : Cairo - Uk/Ireland

Location: Cairo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip. * Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

What's Included

  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.

  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Cairo; Cairo - UK/Ireland.

  • Internal flights: Cairo - Luxor; Aswan - Cairo. *

  • 3 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels and 4 nights on board the Nile Cruise. **

  • 3 breakfasts and Full-Board the Nile Cruise.

  • Transfer in an air conditioned vehicle.

  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary.

  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

  • Active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities. ***

  • 4-night Nile Cruise.

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What's Not Included

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.

    Any meals outside of those specified in the inclusions are not covered.

  • Personal expenses.

    This includes laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar charges, and any other personal spends.

  • Travel insurance.

    Travelers are responsible for securing their own travel insurance.

  • Optional excursions and activities.

    Any activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary are not included and may incur additional charges.

  • Tips and gratuities.

    Tips for guides, drivers, and cruise staff are not included and are at the traveler's discretion.

  • Visa fees.

    Any required visa fees for entry into Egypt are not included.

Mode of Transport

Travel in comfort with international flights from the UK/Ireland to Cairo, internal flights between Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles. Experience Egypt's landscapes and historical sites from the unique perspective of a Nile cruise.

Accommodation

Stay in superior category hotels and experience the luxury of a 4-night Nile Cruise. Enjoy modern amenities and breathtaking views of the Nile in comfortable and elegantly furnished accommodations.

Meals Included

3 breakfasts and Full-Board the Nile Cruise.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the group size for the tour?

    The tour does not specify minimum or maximum group sizes.

  • What kind of accommodations can be expected?

    Accommodations include 3 nights in Superior category hotels and 4 nights on board the Nile Cruise.

  • Is there an age limit for participants?

    The tour does not specify an age minimum or maximum.

  • Are there any dietary accommodations?

    The tour does not specify any dietary types or accommodations.

  • What languages is the tour operated in?

    The tour is operated with an English-speaking guide.

  • What countries does the tour visit?

    The tour visits Egypt.

  • What are the exclusions?

    Exclusions include meals not mentioned in the itinerary, personal expenses, travel insurance, optional excursions and activities, tips and gratuities, and visa fees.

  • What are the highlights of the tour?

    The highlights of the tour include Aswan, Cairo, Kom Ombo, Giza, Luxor, and the Nile River.

  • What type of tour is it?

    It is a River Cruise tour.

  • What inclusions are part of the tour package?

    The tour package includes departures from main UK/Ireland airports, international and internal flights as specified, 3 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels and 4 nights on board the Nile Cruise, 3 breakfasts and Full-Board the Nile Cruise, transfer in an air conditioned vehicle, visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary, all air taxes and fuel surcharge, an active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities, a 4-night Nile Cruise, ATOL Protection, and an English-speaking guide.

  • Where can I check the latest Travel Restrictions?

    It is the traveler's responsibility to verify and comply with the passport, visa, and travel requirements applicable to your itinerary. It is also the responsibility of the traveler to verify and comply with the health requirements, proof of testing, and vaccination applicable to your itinerary both at the destinations and for, if applicable, countries where you have a connecting flight. Requirements change quickly and you should check the updated guidance well in advance of departure as well as shortly before departure. You should check the requirements for your own specific circumstances with the corresponding government embassies and/or consulates as appropriate.

  • What recommendations should I follow before traveling?

    Passport validity: It is the traveler's responsibility to verify and comply with the passport, visa, and travel requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should check the requirements for your own specific circumstances with the corresponding embassies and/or consulates as appropriate. Requirements change so please check the up-to-date requirements in advance of your departure date. In many cases, countries now require that passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from their borders.

  • How can I upgrade my flight?

    If you would like to make an upgrade to your flight or ask for a quotation, please contact us with all the information. Our customer success agents will answer your request as soon as possible.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Changes of flights and related services are not permitted after the booking is confirmed. If you wish to make any significant amendment affecting the flights, you will need to cancel it as per the terms & conditions applicable to your booking and make a new booking. If you require more information about your cancellations policy please go to the relevant Terms and Conditions for your booking (See Cancellation Policy section). If you would like to proceed with the cancellation or require assistance please contact us.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The COVID-19 pandemic not only created an unparalleled impact on health and economy globally, but it has also changed fundamental behaviors with regards to traveling. In response to such changes, Exoticca provides extra peace of mind for all reservations made from 18th January, 2022 onwards by including Covid 19 Protection. Testing positive for COVID-19: If you or anyone else traveling with you on your booking cannot travel due to testing positive for COVID-19 you will be given the option to reschedule your trip or receive 100% of the trip value in Exoticca travel credit. **Proof of infection must be provided in the form of an official COVID-19 positive test result. For more information on the details of the Covid 19 Protection Policy, please go to the relevant Terms and Conditions for your booking (See Cancellation Policy section).

  • Travelling to the USA or Canada?

    Traveling to the United States: Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA is an online application system, developed by the United States government to pre-screen travelers before authorizing them to board a plane or ship bound for the United States. Starting on the 12th of January 2009, any person entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must have an approved ESTA travel authorization. This includes travelers who travel to the United States to catch a connecting flight. An ESTA does not guarantee entry to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials determine the admissibility of travelers upon arrival. For more information click here. If a traveler is found to have visited a country designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (09.11.2022, Countries: Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria), the traveler is no longer eligible to participate in the Visa Wavier Program and must apply for a visa to enter the United States. Traveling to Canada: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for citizens of visa-exempt countries traveling to Canada by air. This includes travelers who travel to Canada to catch a connecting flight. An eTA is linked electronically to the traveler's passport and is valid for a maximum of five years or until the passport expires, depending on which of these two scenarios occurs first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA. An eTA does not guarantee entry to Canada. When you arrive in Canada, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and other documents to determine whether you are admissible to enter Canada. For more information click here. Traveling to a Schengen member country (Europe): Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) The ETIAS travel authorization will be needed to enter a Schengen member country by air, land, or sea. From November 2023, visitors that do not need a visa to enter Europe will be able to register with ETIAS. ETIAS will become a mandatory entry requirement. The ETIAS for Europe will grant travelers authorization to visit the ETIAS countries that are all members that compose the Schengen zone. The ETIAS visa waiver has been designed for short-term stays of up to 90 days. For more information click here.

  • COVID-19 vaccination recommendations and other vaccines?

    It is the responsibility of the traveler to verify and comply with the health requirements, proof of testing, and vaccination applicable to your itinerary both at the destinations and for, if applicable, countries where you have a connecting flight. Requirements change quickly and you should check the updated guidance well in advance of departure as well as shortly before departure. Check with the migration and health authorities for the country of origin, destination, and stopover to learn more about vaccination requirements.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once your purchase is complete, you will receive confirmation by email and all your travel documents will be uploaded on to your booking and the Exoticca customer account (which you'll be provided details of). These will include: transport details, hotels, itinerary, important notes, and insurance policy (if applicable).

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