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Jewels of the Nile, Lake Nasser & Abu Simbel Winter

12 days with Insight  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight (not included).
 
Day 2 Arrive Cairo
Welcome to Egypt – a land that abounds in ancient wonders and mysteries which have enthralled travellers for centuries. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Day 3 Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza Experience
In the morning, join your Tour Director, a professionally trained and educated Egyptologist, for a detailed pre-tour briefing. Then drive out to Memphis, to view the colossal statue of Rameses II and Great Alabaster Sphinx. Nearby at Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser; dating from 2,686 BC, it's the oldest in the world. A guided visit of Giza shows you the enigmatic Sphinx and magnificent pyramids, the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Included is a highlight visit inside one of these extraordinary creations! In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. (Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception)
 
Day 4 The Citadel and Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Drive up to the Citadel for breathtaking views over the city and visit the Alabaster Mosque. Then test your bargaining skills in the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar. In the afternoon, visit Tahrir Square, the sprawling urban space that became famous over 18 historic days of protests that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Next is the Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of pharaonic treasure, housing the golden treasure recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. (Buffet Breakfast)
 
Day 5 to 7 Visit Abu Simbel and cruise on Lake Nasser
(Relaxed Start) Transfer to the airport for your flight via Aswan to the ancient Nubian lands near Egypt's southern border. On arrival, board your comfortable cruise boat on Lake Nasser. Get your camera ready for your visit to the Great Temple of Abu Simbel, where you'll be confronted with four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock. The smaller Temple of Hathor is also guarded by six 10 metre statues. Spend some time exploring inside the 3,200 year old walls, depicting scenes of Rameses and the Gods. At night, experience the monuments lit in all their glory at the Sound & Light show. The following morning, cruise to the ancient ruined citadel of Kasr Ibrim, still occupying its original strategic high ground. On through desert lands to Amada, noted for having the oldest surviving structure on Lake Nasser. Also, it has some of the finest carvings of any Nubian temple. Explore the temple dedicated to Amun-Re and Re-Harrakte and also visit the Tomb of Penniut, deputy of Nubia. During your cruise, you will also visit Wadi El Sebou in the 'Valley of the Lions', named after the great Avenue of Sphinxes which led to the Temple of Rameses II. There's time to relax and enjoy your superb cruise facilities as you continue on to exotic Aswan - where the Middle East overlaps with Africa. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 8 to 10 Cruise the Nile in style
Visit the Temple of Kalabsha, built by the Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus and dedicated to the local Fertility God Mandulis. Disembark now and cross over the Aswan High Dam. Take a motorboat to the Temples of Philae, rising from the waters of the Nile. Aswan granite was used by many of the pharaohs to build their temples and tombs and you visit one of the quarries on your way to your second cruise ship which will transport you up the Nile. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who is said to have penned 'Death on the Nile' over the café's signature drink. In the morning, for a change of mood, embark on a felucca (Nile sailboat) around Aswan's Botanical Gardens. Cruise on to Kom Ombo to visit the temple uniquely dedicated to two gods - Horus the Elder and the crocodile-headed Sobek. In fact, crocodiles were kept in the temple and some mummified remains are on show. Set sail again for Edfu. In the morning, visit the Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. After exploring this magnificent site, continue your cruising to Luxor. On arrival, visit the fabulous Luxor Temple. The obelisk now occupying the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris originally came from this temple. While cruising, breakfast, lunch and dinner (BB,L,D) are served daily and you also get to celebrate Egyptian-style at a galabeya party and dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Signature Evening)
 
Day 11 To the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and flight to Cairo
Drive over to the west bank of the Nile for a photo stop at the towering Colossi of Memnon. Next, visit the reconstructed Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of the few female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Continue to the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of many of the New Kingdom Pharaohs. Venture underground into some of the royal tombs before visiting a working bakery to witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. Return to Luxor to the amazing temple complex of Karnak. Among its splendours is the vast Hypostyle Hall, the largest of any temple in the world. Later, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Cairo. (Buffet Breakfast)
 
Day 12 Depart Cairo
Your journey comes to a close with a transfer to the airport. (Buffet Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
  • Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasure.
  • Abu Simbel: Visit to the Great Temple and be confronted by four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock.
  • Abu Simbel: Experience the monuments lit in all their glory at the Sound & Light show.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man
All This Included
The Great Pyramids, Karnak, Egyptian Museum, West Bank are all here, but this tour sets itself apart by also including the formidable temples of Abu Simbel.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Included Quality Dining: 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 6 Lunches (L) and 5 Dinners (D), plus bottled water, tea or coffee with included lunches and dinners while cruising. Departures on tour for New Year's Eve enjoy a festive celebration dinner.
ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES
  • An expert Insight professional multilingual Egyptologist/Tour Director, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges’, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries (Available on groups for 8 or more).
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel. Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
  • 3 night Lake Nasser cruise on MS Prince Abbas (or similar) and 3 night Nile cruise on MS Miriam/ MS Giselle/ MS La Boheme (or similar).
  • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simbel and Luxor/Cairo.
  • Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
  • Deluxe Cairo hotel.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Lake Nasser: Cabin onboard Prince Abbas or similar
Nile River: Cabin onboard MS Giselle, MS Miriam or La Boheme or similar
Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Notes
  • Includes additional New Year’s Eve Dinners during your Lake Nasser cruise (26th Dec).
  • There are no triples available on the cruise.
  • Smaller coaches without toilet facilities and 40 seats may be used.
  • Gratuities for Nile Cruise are not included.
  • Seasonal adjustments and/or black out dates apply.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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