Jewel of the Nile

FROM R 22 900

Pricing Terms

Set departure dates between: MAY 2020 - AUG 2020. ** Pay a R3000 per person deposit & full payment 60 days prior to departure.Excludes entrance fees of approx.USD90 - 110 & a tipping kitty of USD60-80 per person ***

Pricing valid until

29 May 2020

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Regions AfricaCountry EgyptTypes Coach, Cultural

10 Days land only

Valid from

1 May 2020

Valid to

31 August 2020

Embark on a five star Egyptian adventure. Stay in one of Cairo's smartest hotels, cruise the River Nile in style aboard a 5 star Nile cruiser and be expertly guided by a professional Egyptologist guides for your entire stay.

  • Return airport/hotel transfers at selected times
  • 3 nights 5* hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights accommodation in an en-suite cabin on board the luxury 5* Nile Cruiser
  • 2 nights accommodation in a private two berth sleeper cabin on board an overnight train from Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo
  • Daily breakfast, four lunches and six dinners (two on-board sleeper train)  
  • All relevant transfer & transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Assistance of an Egyptian tour guide
  • Felucca sailing around the islands of Aswan
  • Touring and sightseeing in Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor and Aswan

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Cairo

    Friday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of a wonderful holiday! Arrive Cairo airport, and included transfer to your 5 star hotel located in downtown Cairo. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to pre book our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am today. 

    For those who wish to extend their stay, we also offer a pre or post tour Alexandria Day Trip. 
    Overnight: Cairo

  • Day 2 Egyptian Museum

    We start with the dazzling antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. Amongst the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamun.
    Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

  • 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 on 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 will be accommodated in comfortable twin sleeper cabins. A light dinner is served on board. 

    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.
    Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 Valley of the Kings

    Arriving into Luxor this morning we visit the incredible Valley of the Kings. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments you’ll see during our morning visit to the West Bank - home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. You’ll also see the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor for check-in on board our Nile 5 star cruiser. Lunch at leisure and 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 maybe required that we also undertake our excursion to Karnak Temple this afternoon. Should this occur, day 5 will be spent at leisure.
    Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 Luxor & Nile Cruising

    This morning we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank), taking 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. 
    Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

  • Day 6 Cruising & Kom Ombo

    Nile cruising. Relax 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 Aswan, a prosperous town at the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes late evening.
    Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 The Philae Temple

    Nile cruiser - Aswan. Today, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies 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 dates back to 2700BC and were used by women, pharaohs and by temple priests. 

    After lunch, we visit the High Dam and take a felucca sailing trip to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt’s southern most town straddling the River Nile. 
    Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 Optional excursion to Abu Simbel

    Aswan - Cairo. Consider the optional early morning excursion to the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Please see our Abu Simbel by Road add-on for more info. 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, 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.
    Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 Cairo

    This morning have breakfast in your train cabin and upon arrival into Cairo transfer to the hotel and check in. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or you can opt to join our optional tour visiting Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo and the Citadel of Saladin (book locally). 
    Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

  • Day 10 Cairo

    Sunday. Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport.
    Breakfast