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Best of Egypt Winter

8 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 Cairo at leisure
Welcome to Egypt - a timeless land, furnished with ancient temples and tombs. On arrival at Cairo Airport, you are met and transferred to one of the best hotels in Cairo.
 
Day 3 Cairo & the Pyramids of Giza
Venture out to Giza for a face-to-face meeting with the Sphinx and guided tour of the pyramids. Journey deep into the heart of one of these ancient wonders, to stand in the royal burial chamber. Return to Cairo for a visit to the Egyptian Museum, housing the priceless artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director over a welcome drink. Later, return to Giza as night falls to attend a magical Sound & Light Show at the world famous pyramids, which literally illuminates the ancient history of Giza. (Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception)
 
Day 4 Nubian Aswan & Tea on the Terrace
Board your flight to exotic Aswan, a favourite winter resort on account of its superb climate and scenery. Drive out to the modern High Dam and visit the granite quarries where an unfinished obelisk still lies attached to the bedrock. Take a motorboat to the lyrical Temples of Philae, rising from the waters of the Nile. Later, catch the gentle breezes and river currents aboard a felucca; these traditional sailboats have plied the Nile since ancient times. As a special welcome, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel before embarking your cruise ship. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner)
 
Day 5 Cruising to Kom Ombo & Edfu
(Relaxed Start) This morning is at leisure. Maybe take an optional experience by air to Abu Simbel? These magnificent temples were cut from their hillside origin in the 1960's and repositioned above the waterline of the newly created Lake Nasser. Later, cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the only temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder. Continue on, past irrigated fields and palm-fringed villages to Edfu. Celebrate Egyptian-style this evening, at a galabeya party and dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening)
 
Day 6 Cruising the Nile to Luxor
After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the beautifully preserved Temple of Horus, the Falcon God. Witness the grandiose set of reliefs depicting the ritual in which Horus defeated his arch enemy, Seth. Sail on through the lock at Esna and downstream to Luxor. On arrival, visit the temple of Luxor, lost for centuries beneath the streets of the town. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 7 The Valley of the Kings, Karnak and 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 - 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, including Tutankhamun. 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 8 Depart Cairo
The amazing journey concludes today with transfers 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 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.
  • 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
While it may be 4,500 years since the Great Pyramid of Giza was built, you can see the best of Egypt in just over a week. Experience all the great temples, tombs, Tutankhamun's treasure and a relaxing Nile cruise with ever changing scenery.

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), 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 3 Lunches (L) and 2 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 Highlight 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.
  • Deluxe hotel in Cairo.
  • 3 night Nile cruise on the MS Miriam/ MS Giselle/ MS La Boheme (or similar).
  • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Aswan, Luxor/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
  • Includes additional, New Year’s Eve Dinner in Cairo (29 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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