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Wonders of Egypt Winter

10 days with Insight  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
 
Day 2 Welcome to Cairo
A country rich in wonders and mysteries. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Day 3 The Citadel and Egyptian Museum
Begin your city sightseeing at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Citadel where you enjoy breathtaking views over the whole city. Salah El Din started the Citadel in the 12th Century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose Great Alabaster Mosque you'll visit next. Then free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Later, take your seats at the magical Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza - an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt. (Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception)
 
Day 4 Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza Experience
Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with a Local Expert. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx crouching at the foot of Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, see the colossal statue of Rameses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I; dating from 2,686 BC, it's the oldest in the world. Then free time this afternoon. (Buffet Breakfast)
 
Day 5 to 8 Fly to Luxor for your Nile Cruise to Aswan
Fly to Luxor and transfer to your cruise ship. After lunch onboard, visit Luxor Temple unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s. Continue to the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. The following morning, relax as you gently cruise along the Nile, past palm-fringed villages and irrigated fields, to exotic Aswan. Before leaving Luxor, there is an experience by coach to the west bank, which includes a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon and visits to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, as well as some of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Also visit a working bakery to witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. As you cruise upstream, stops are made at ancient sites along the way. These include the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God in Edfu and Kom Ombo Temple. On arrival in Aswan, included sightseeing shows you the High Dam and unfinished obelisk in the granite quarries. It also includes a motorboat ride to the Philae Island Temple complex and sailing in a traditional wooden Nile felucca. 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 cafés signature drink. While cruising, breakfast (BB), lunch (L) and dinner (D) are served daily and one night you get to celebrate Egyptian-style at a galabeya party and dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon Tea, Signature Evening)
 
Day 9 Free Time in Aswan and back to Cairo
(Relaxed Start) Why not join an optional experience by air to the magnificent Temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel? Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. There is lots to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum or soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night. (Buffet Breakfast)
 
Day 10 Depart Cairo
Your journey ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport. (Buffet Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures.
  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great pyramids.
  • 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.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • 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.
All This Included
Incredibly, after gazing upon the illustrious pyramids, this tour only gets better. Further up the Nile, your cruise ship is poised to take you to royal tombs and breathtaking temples.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • 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.
  • Included Quality Dining: 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 4 lunches (L) 3 dinners (D) plus bottled water, tea or coffee with included lunches and dinners while cruising.
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.
  • Deluxe hotel in Cairo.
  • 4 night Nile cruise on MS Miriam/ MS Giselle/ MS La Boheme (or similar).
  • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo.
  • Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.

Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Giselle, MS Miriam or MS La Boheme
Notes
  • 25th December: New Year’s Eve Dinner during the Nile cruise.
  • 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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