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13 DAY BEST OF EGYPT TOUR WITH NILE RIVER CRUISE AND EMIRATES FLIGHTS
From $3,999  per person twin share | Typically $4,599

 


 
Travel Dates:

2019:

17 May 
31 May 
7 June 
21 June 
5 July 
19 July 
2 August 
16 August 
30 August 
6 September 
13 September 
20 September 
27 September 
4 October 
11 October 
18 October 
25 October 
1 November 
8 November 
15 November 
22 November 

2020:

17 January 
31 January 
14 February 
28 February 
13 March 
20 March 
27 March 
10 April 
24 April 
15 May 
29 May 
5 June 
3 July 
7 August 
4 September 
11 September 
18 September 
25 September 
2 October 
9 October 
16 October 
23 October 
30 October 
6 November 
13 November 
20 November 
27 November 


Surcharges will apply to some peak season dates, please see the availability calendar for more details. 
Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure.

 

Inclusions
 
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!


Highlights: 

. 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

 

ITINERARY

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 
relaxing. 

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 
appropriate time. 
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.