Cairo & Ancient Egypt

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12 days | Departs Sep to May –
Discover the highlights of Egypt on this guided holiday, including 4 nights aboard a luxurious river cruise down the scenic Nile River & a visit to the Pyramids.

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Inclusions
  • Return flights to & from Cairo
  • 11 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) & 8 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Depart Homeport (D)

Depart Australia on your flight tonight.

Day 2 – Arrive Cairo (BL)

Welcome to the bustling city of Cairo. Your journey begins as you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director for a tour briefing. Included is a three-night stay in Cairo.

❱ Hotel stay: Cairo (3 nights)

Day 3 – Cairo (BD)

Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids before marvelling at the 20-metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Later, enjoy a home-hosted dinner with an Egyptian family.

Day 4 – Cairo (B)

This morning you will discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb as part of your included tour. Continue to be amazed, as we take you to visit one of the most fascinating and ancient markets in Cairo, the Khan-El-Khalil market. This colourful market has stocks of everything from soap powder to semiprecious stones. In your free time, perhaps explore the Fortress of Babylon.

Day 5 – Cairo to Luxor (BLD)

Today, you will fly to Luxor where you will have a chance to visit the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. You will begin your journey in Luxor with a visit to the Monument of Queen Hatshepsut, and statues of the Colossi of Memnon. Then, embark on your cruise ship privately chartered for Emerald Waterways and settle into your cabin. Later, visit the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.

❱ River cruise: Emerald Waterways charter (4 nights)

Day 6 – Nile River Cruising (BLD)

Today travel to Dendera, where you will have a chance to marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of the Hathor’s Temple during your included visit. Return to Luxor and tour the temple complex of Luxor straddling the banks of the Nile. This evening, on board entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and the mesmerizing moves of a belly dancer.

Day 7 – Nile River Cruising(BLD)

Follow the course of the ancient Pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south, where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. Discover the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the most completely preserved complex in Egypt. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. A fun night awaits on board with a lively Galabeyya party themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

Day 8 – Nile River Cruising (BLD)

Cruise south to reach charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. This afternoon, take a Felucca cruise on the Nile (weather dependent). Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner, followed by a Nubian show.

Day 9 – Nile River to Aswan via Abu Simbel (B)

This morning, bid farewell to your crew as you disembark your ship. You will fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments. Marvel at the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Return to Aswan where you will spend one-night.

❱ Hotel stay: Aswan (1 night)

Day 10 – Aswan to Cairo (BD)

Start your day with a visit to a traditional Nubian village. Meet the school children and learn about life on an island in the Nile. In the afternoon, you will fly to Cairo, then join your tour director for a farewell dinner. Included is a one-night stay in Cairo.

❱ Hotel stay: Cairo (1 night)

Day 11 – Depart Cairo (BD)

Sadly today marks the end of your holiday. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport in time for your flight home.

Day 12 – Arrive Homeport (BL)

Arrive back in Australia this morning on your flight from Cairo.

Additional information
Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Departure

08 Feb 2019, 08 Mar 2019, 05 Apr 2019, 03 May 2019, 13 Sep 2019, 04 Oct 2019, 01 Nov 2019, 10 Jan 2020, 07 Feb 2020, 06 Mar 2020, 03 Apr 2020, 01 May 2020

Cruise Cabin Type

Restaurant Deck Cabin, Lounge Deck Cabin, Middle Deck Cabin, Upper Deck Cabin

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Emirates ‘U’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    101 to 130 days before departure – 20% of total booking value plus deposit;
    71 to 100 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 70 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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