13 DAY BEST OF EGYPT TOUR WITH NILE RIVER CRUISE AND EMIRATES FLIGHTS
From $3,999 per person twin share | Typically $4,599
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Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure.
Your package includes return international airfares, deluxe accommodation,
River cruise, expert tour guides, meals, private coach transportation and so much more…
. Return Emirates flights; plus, all internal flights and airport transfers
. Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
. Small group experience with a maximum of 20 guests
. 5 nights’ twin share accommodation
. 4 nights on-board a deluxe, 5 star Nile River cruise
. 1 night twin share aborard a sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor
. 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
. Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
. 2020 travel dates available!
. Visit one of the greatest sights in the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
. Learn about the wonders inside the Egypt Museum
. Travel to Karnak, one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes
. Cruise on-board a deluxe river cruise ship from Luxor to Aswan
. Head into the Valley of the Kings
. Explore the tranquil water city of Aswan
. Visit the iconic Abu Simbel. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses
. Enjoy the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria
Day 1: Australia – Cairo
Depart Australia for Egypt.
Please note: Some flights may depart 1 day later.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please
make your own way to the hotel.
Day 2: Cairo
Welcome to Cairo, the frenetic Egyptian capital. Arrive at Cairo
International Airport (CAI) and be transferred to your hotel. Once you
have checked in to the hotel (rooms are usually available after midday),
the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Gather at the hotel at 6pm for a
welcome meeting and to say hello to fellow travellers. The details for
this meeting can be confirmed at hotel reception.
Hotel: Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids or similar
Day 3: Cairo – Luxor (B,D)
This morning after breakfast, the tour drives out to Giza for an up-close
encounter with two of Egypt’s most iconic landmarks: the Pyramids of Giza
and the Great Sphinx of Giza. These remarkable structures are unlike
anything else in the world and travellers may venture inside the Great
Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops) for an additional fee. See more of Egypt’s
ancient treasures and artefacts at the Egyptian Museum, accompanied by an
expert guide. There is then some free time before returning to the hotel
in the afternoon and taking a transfer to the railway station, ready to
board the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
Accommodation aboard the overnight train comprises a two-berth cabin that
is converted to bunk beds. All bedding is provided, and Western-style
toilets are in each carriage. Bags are stored in the cabin, and airline-
style dinner and breakfasts are also served in-cabin. Those with dietary
or snack requirements may think about bringing their own meals. This can
be discussed with the tour leader.
Day 4: Luxor – Embark on Nile Cruise (B,L,D)
An early breakfast on-board before the train rolls into Luxor. This
vibrant city is home to an energetic bazaar and is also located
conveniently close to some of ancient Egypt’s most important sites. Travel
to Karnak to see the celebrated temple complexes. These structures were
built across a period of 200 years and areas date back to 2055BC. A guided
tour of the temples is as educational as it is fascinating. Later in the
day, there is a transfer to the Nile cruise boat, your home for the next 4
nights. Relax by the boat’s on-board pool or keep exploring Luxor at your
own pace. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free time.
Day 5: Valley of the Kings, Edfu (B,L,D)
Rise early to head into the Valley of the Kings. There are more than 60
pharaoh tombs buried beneath the hills here, and many are lavishly
decorated with relics and paintings. Perhaps the Valley’s most high-
profile resident is Tutankhamun; his final resting place is here. The day
is led by an expert guide, who will give background on hieroglyphics and
the funerary rites and traditions of ancient Egyptians. Among the other
sights for today’s itinerary are three royal tombs, the Mortuary Temple of
Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Return to the boat for lunch and to
relax as the cruise begins its sail for Edfu. This journey is typically
from 1pm to 11pm, however it may be slowed by river traffic and the number
of other boats passing through Esna Lock.
Day 6: Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan (B,L,D)
Wake in the morning to find the cruise moored at Edfu, a beautifully
preserved temple dedicated to Horus. The voyage upriver continues, and
travellers can watch scenery pass by from the boat deck. Reach Kom Ombo
temple, about 45 kilometres north of Aswan, in the afternoon. The temple
is an insight into the Greco-Roman influence of the area and is dedicated
to two gods: Horus, god of protection; and Sobek, the god of crocodiles.
There is also a crocodile museum attached to the temple. Return to the
boat around 6pm to continue the cruise to Aswan, arriving about 9.30pm.
Day 7: Aswan (B,L,D)
A free day to explore Aswan. Meander along the waterfront promenade, known
locally as the ‘corniche’, and stop for a mid-walk mint tea. Time your
stroll for dusk when the area comes alive with families socialising and
Day 8: Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan (B)
Disembark from the cruise in the morning and then board a coach for the
drive to Abu Simbel. Here, travellers may recognise the four colossus
statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple. This afternoon, board a
traditional felucca for a sailboat trip around the neighbouring islands,
stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island. The rest of
the day is leisure. One option is to seek out St. Simeon, an abandoned 7th
century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile’s west bank.
The tour leader is on hand to help arrange activities.
Day 9: Aswan – Cairo (B)
A transfer to Aswan airport after breakfast, followed by a short flight to
Cairo. Be transferred to the hotel and then visit Cairo’s oldest souk,
Khan al-Khalili Bazaar. The souk fans out in an area known as Al-Azhar.
Its stalls sell everything from gold and perfume, to spices and textiles.
Day 10: Cairo – Alexandria (B)
Follow the desert road leading from Cairo to Alexandria, a large port city
that sits on the Mediterranean coastline. An orientation walk with the
tour leader is a great introduction to the city. Learn about the city’s
origins as an homage to Alexander the Great, and its place as a cultural,
political, economic and intellectual centre. Take a walk along the
corniche, or head underground to explore the Kom ash-Shuqqafa catacombs.
Any free time can be spent seeing the Citadel of Qaitbay, a defensive
fortress overlooking the ocean that now sits where the famous Alexandria
Lighthouse once stood.
Day 11: Alexandria – El Alamin – Cairo (B,L)
From ancient Egypt to more recent chapters in the country’s history;
today’s itinerary includes an excursion to sites around El Alamein and the
war museum located there. Now a resort town, El Alamein played a crucial
role in significant World War II battles and the events here are
considered a turning point in the North African campaign. There are
several memorials in the area, plus a war cemetery. The group returns to
Cairo after this stop.
Day 12: Cairo – Australia (B)
There is free time after breakfast and airport transfers are made at the
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please
make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.
Day 13: Australia
Arrive home today.