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Jewels of the Nile, Lake Nasser & Abu Simbel Winter 2017-2018

12 days with Insight  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight. 

Day 2 Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to Egypt – a land that abounds in ancient wonders and mysteries which have enthralled travellers for centuries. You will be 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. 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! Then journey 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. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. (BB / WR)

Day 4 The Citadel and Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Start the day with a vsisit to the Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of pharaonic treasures, housing the golden treasure recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Next visit Tahrir Square - the sprawling urban space that became famous over 18 historic days of protests, leading to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Continue to the Citadel for breathtaking views over the city and visit the Alabaster Mosque. Complete you sightseeing with at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. (BB)

Day 5 Board your Cruise and sail to the Temple of Abu Simbel
(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 statues, each 10 metres tall. 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. (BB / L / D)

Day 6 Kasr Ibrim and Amada
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, cruise to the ancient ruined citadel of Kasr Ibrim, still occupying its original strategic high ground. Travel through desert lands and onto Amada, noted for having the oldest surviving structure on Lake Nasser and some of the finest carvings of any Nubian temple. Explore the temple dedicated to Amun-Re and Re-Harrakte, as well as visiting the Tomb of Penniut, deputy of Nubia. Sail on to Wadi El Seboua and in the evening, enjoy a cocktail party and Nubian show. (BB / L / SE)

Day 7 The Valley of the Lions
(Relaxed Start) Spend time in Wadi El Sebou and visit 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. (BB / L / D)

Day 8 Cruise the Nile in style
(Relaxed Start) Disembark to Visit the Temple of Kalabsha, built by the Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus and dedicated to the local Fertility God, Mandulis. cross over to the modern High Dam to 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 a colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel before embarking your cruise ship. (BB / L / AT / D)

Day 9 Cruising to Kom Ombo and Edfu
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure. 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 past irrigated fields and palm-fringed villages to Edfu. Celebrate, Egyptian-style, in the evening, at a galabeya party and dinner. (BB / L / SE)

Day 10 Cruising the Nile to Luxor
(Relaxed Start) 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 through the Esna Lock and downstream to Luxor. On arrival, visit the temple of Luxor, lost for centuries beneath the streets of the town. (BB / L / D)

Day 11 To the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and flight to Cairo
(Relaxed Start) Drive over to the west bank of the Nile for a photo stop at the towering Colossi of Memnon. Your visit to the Valley of the Kings - burial place of many of the New Kingdom Pharaohs - includes venturing underground into some of the preserved royal tombs. Continue to the reconstructed Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of the few female rulers in Ancient Egypt, before visiting a working bakery to witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread. Return to Luxor and 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. (BB)

Day 12 Depart Cairo
Your incredible journey comes to a close with a transfer to the airport. (BB)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
Signature Experiences
  • 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 the Great Temple and be confronted by four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock.
  • 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 of 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.
Top Rated Highlights
  • Philae Island: Rising from the waters, on the Island of Philae is the amazing Temple of Isis. You will travel there by motorboat.
Additional Included Highlights
  • Memphis: Visit this famous capital of the ancient world to see the statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx.
  • Sakkara: See the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser.
  • Cairo: Sightseeing includes sweeping views over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.
  • Dendera: At the Temple of Hathor, see a rare depiction of Cleopatra and Caesarian.
  • Kasr Ibrim:See the ruined citadel.
  • Amada: View carvings in the Nubian temple. Visit the temple of Amun-Re and Re-Harrakte and the Tomb of Penniut.
  • Wadi El Sebou: Admire the Avenue of Sphinxes leading to the Temple of Rameses II.
  • Aswan: Visit the Temple of Kalabsha and see Aswan's High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk.
  • Kom Ombo: See the only temple in Egypt, dedicated to two gods.
  • West Bank: See the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Karnak: Walk along the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes and visit the Hypostyle Hall.
Stay at the Best Addresses
  • Cairo: The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.
  • Lake Nasser Cruise: Admire the beautiful scenery of Lake Nasser, discovering magnificent temples and tombs of the ancient world, as you cruise through ancient Egyptian history on the MS Prince Abbas.
  • Nile Cruise: Cruise the Nile in style aboard your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
All This Included
The Great Pyramids, Karnak, Egyptian Museum and West Bank are all here, but this tour sets itself apart by also including the formidable temples of Abu Simbel.

Authentic Regional Flavors
  • Nile Cruise: 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 making authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Included Quality Dining: 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR). While cruising: 6 Lunches (L), 4 Buffet Dinners (D) and 2 Signature Evenings (SE) all with bottled water plus tea or coffee. Departure on tour for New Year's Eve enjoys a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.
Five-Star Services
  • A professional Insight multilingual Egyptologist/Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with an on-board restroom (alternative coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities, may be used on occasion).
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary (available for groups of 8 or more).
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are 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.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary airport transfers are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations. Scheduled air travel between Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simbel and Luxor/Cairo with included airport transfers. A 3-night Lake Nasser cruise on MS Prince Abbas (or similar) and a 3-night Nile cruise on MS Medea/MS Miriam/MS Giselle/MS La Boheme (or similar). Please note that gratuities are not included for the Tour Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts. Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
Cruising: MS Prince Abbas (or similar)
Cruising: MS Medea (or similar)
Cairo: Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
Notes
  • 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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