Splendours of Egypt - Small Group, Winter

Splendours of Egypt - Small Group, Winter

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Splendours of Egypt - Small Group, Winter

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

Visiting: Cairo, Luxor, Dendera Temple Complex, Edfu, Aswan, Philae Temple, Kom Ombo, Valley of the Kings, Memphis, Giza

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

River Cruise, Small Group

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Tour Overview

Explore the splendors of Egypt on this 12-day tour. Cruise down the Nile with a stop at the Old Cataract Hotel, where Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once dined, for a traditional high tea. Continue down the Nile to Luxor, where you will see the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs — including the famous Tutankhamun — are buried. Later, break bread with a family in Geziret Bahirat, who will regale you with tales of local life. In Cairo, see the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, before traveling to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The Pyramids of Giza. Here, stand face-to-face with the towering sphinx and later, see a sound and light show dance across the stones.

Highlights

  • Luxor: Visit Luxor Temple, constructed approximately 1400 BC. Look to the top of the remaining Pylon of Ramses II and step into the ancient monument.

  • Aswan: Visit Aswan's High Dam and Granite Quarries to ponder why the Unfinished Obelisk has been left in mid-creation for thousands of years.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Cairo
Location: Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cairo Marriott & Omar Khayyam
Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 : Fly To Luxor, Cruise The Nile
Location: Cairo, Luxor
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, with Wine

In the morning, fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Later, transfer to your cruise ship, your home for the next seven nights. After lunch on board, take a walk through the Luxor Museum, witness ancient artefacts. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a Welcome Drink followed by dinner. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure.

Day 3 : Exploring Dendera And On To Edfu
Location: Luxor, Dendera Temple Complex, Edfu
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A day of legend and history awaits you today as you begin with a morning visit to the Temple of Hathor in Dendera. One of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, it contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra and her son Caesarian, whose father was Julius Caesar. At lunchtime return to your ship and enjoy a scenic journey via the Esna Lock to Edfu.

Day 4 : Edfu To Aswan
Location: Edfu, Aswan
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will start the day with breakfast, as you cruise along the Nile to Kom Ombo before continuing on to the city of Aswan. Famous for its archaeological sites, such as the Philae Temple Complex and the Temple of Isis, Aswan is a vibrant destination that portray an agreeable mix of ancient and contemporary Egypt. In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.

Day 5 : Aswan’S High Dam & Temple Of Isis
Location: Aswan, Philae Temple, Aswan
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s sightseeing includes a visit to Aswan's High Dam and granite quarries, to see the enormous unfinished obelisk.Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae.The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on your cruise ship. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on things to do onboard or perhaps ask for more insights into Egypt’s fascinating history?

Day 6 : Feluccas And High Tea Relaxed Start
Location: Aswan
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon Tea

Throughout your journey you’ll have seen many feluccas sailing along the Nile. Now it’s your time to explore one for yourself. On this traditional vessel, you’ll meet a local sailor who will teach you about the ancient art of sailing. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once did before you. The hotel is rumoured to be where Christie wrote her bestselling novel, “Death on the Nile.”

Day 7 : Free Time And On To Kom Ombo Relaxed Start
Location: Aswan, Kom Ombo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With the morning free, perhaps join an Optional Experience to Abu Simbel? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Temple of Hathor.Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus the Elder.

Day 8 : Cruising The Nile To Luxor Relaxed Start
Location: Kom Ombo, Luxor
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your cruise continues along the bustling waters of the Nile. Enjoy the facilities on board and have your cameras at the ready for the sights, as you leisurely make your way to Luxor. In the evening, visit Luxor Temple, where you dock for the night.

Day 9 : Explore Luxor And Fly To Cairo
Location: Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cairo Marriott & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, disembark from your cruise and travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun. Experience the renowned local hospitality of Egyptians, during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat. Connect with the community and share bread with the Bahirat family, whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.

Day 10 : Cairo Sightseeing
Location: Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cairo Marriott & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, ascend to the Citadel, for breathtaking views over the city. While here visit the Alabaster Mosque, otherwise known as the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. Continue to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the Egyptian Museum*. Among the many exhibits found here, are the fabulous artefacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Later, see history come to life on the pyramids as you witness the magical Sound & Light Show - an unforgettable introduction to the world of Ancient Egypt.

Day 11 : Cairo And The Pyramids Of Giza
Location: Cairo, Memphis, Cairo, Giza, Cairo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cairo Marriott & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you’ll head to Memphis, the famous capital of the ancient world. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back to 2700 B.C. In the afternoon, it's on to Giza to explore the magnificent pyramids. Here you’ll come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sphinx. During your visit, venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their gods in the afterlife.

Day 12 : Depart Cairo
Location: Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo International airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As per detailed in itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

  • Fully Guided

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.

  • Meals

    As per detailed in itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary airport transfers are provided in the Eastern Mediterranean region at any time on the first and last day of the holiday or on other days in conjunction with pre and / or post-tour accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The fitness level Low -These tours generally have up to 1-3 miles of walking per day and may involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

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

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 24 guests.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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    Insight Vacations requires a minimum deposit of 350 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of insight vacations charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

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