If you’re interested in archaeology, religion and culture, this trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss. We will enjoy leisurely stays in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan so that you can really explore each city. Highlights include the new Cairo Museum with King Tut’s famous gold mask, the Pyramids of Giza, exploring tombs at the Valley of the Kings and sailing along the Nile River onboard our four star cruise with stops at Edfu and Kom Ombo. We hope that you can join us!
Visiting Cairo, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan, Egypt.
The large restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lounge bar offering a range of drinks is a good place to sit and watch the world go by from the large panoramic windows. On the extensive sun deck there is a swimming pool for a refreshing dip during the day and a bar serving drinks plus sun beds in which to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Nile. We will travel on either the Royal Ruby or MS Semiramis 5 day/4 night Nile Cruise. Both of these ships are four star, deluxe Nile cruises.
DAY 1 Departure
Today we depart Australia on our flights to Cairo.
DAY 2 Cairo
This afternoon we arrive into Cairo. We will be met by our private coach and transferred to our hotel for check in. Meals Included: In-flight
DAY 3 Cairo
This morning we will travel through the countryside to the first capital of Egypt, Memphis. We will visit Sakkara, the large necropolis of Memphis to admire the step pyramid of Zoser, the first pyramid ever built. In the afternoon, we visit Giza and see one of the wonders of the ancient world: The Pyramids, built by the Pharaohs over 4,500 years ago. We also see the mysterious great Sphinx, usually dated to 2,500 BC. Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Cairo
This morning we visit the Cairo Museum and see the most magnificent treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamen, including the amazing gold mask. We continue with a visit to the Mohamed Ali alabaster mosque within the walls of the citadel of Saladin. After lunch, we enjoy a tour of Old Cairo including the hanging church, Beni Ezra synagogue and the famous Kham El Khalili baazars, which sell a vast array of spices, water pipes, handicrafts and silks. The maze of narrow, congested streets teem with life and there are many mosques, most of which are open to non-Muslims. Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 5 Cairo
Today is a free day for you to explore Cairo. Or you may like to take a day tour to Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. It grew to rival Rome before falling into decline in the fourth century AD. Day tour to Alexandria is $170pp. Minimum numbers are required for the tour to operate. Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 6 Luxor
Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Luxor, known as the world’s largest outdoor museum. Luxor grew out of the ruins of Thebes, once the capital of Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom. On arrival we are met by our private coach and transferred to the hotel for check in. Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Luxor
This morning you have the option of doing a hot air balloon ride over the famous Valley of the Kings and West Bank of Luxor. Mid-morning we visit the famed Valley of the Kings, resting place of the pharaohs. The tombs of the pharaohs were placed deep in the Theban Hills from 1,500 BC to stop robbers stealing priceless treasures. In the afternoon we enjoy a tour of the Luxor Temple, a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex on the Eastern Bank of the Nile River. Constructed around 1300BC, the temple was built by Amenhotep III, completed by Tutankhamun and added to by Rameses II and has been continuously used as a place of worship right up to the present day. Sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings is $270pp. Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 8 Luxor/Embark Nile Cruise
This morning we visit the final resting place of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first woman pharaoh, and stroll the shady arcades of her stunning temple, which is set at the base of soaring cliffs. In the early afternoon we are transferred to our Nile Cruise. After enjoying lunch onboard, we visit Karnak Temple, a place that is still capable of overshadowing many of the wonders of the modern world. It covers about 81 hectares 1.5km by 0.8km. The area of the sacred enclosure of Amon alone is 61 acres and would hold ten average European cathedrals. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big, St Peter’s, Milan and Notre Dame Cathedrals could be lost within its walls. The Hypostyle hall at 5,000 square metres with its 134 columns is still the largest room of any religious building in the world. Follow dramatic stories of ancient life on intricate friezes, visit a sacred, ceremonial lake and walk between aisles of fierce sphinxes that guard the temple entrance. Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 9 Cruising/Edfu
Today is a free day onboard our Nile cruise as we sail to Edfu, passing through the Esna locks. Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 10 Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan
This morning we visit the Temple of Horus. Built between 237 and 57 BC, the temple is one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Egypt and is dedicated to Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris. We travel back to the ship and sail to Kom Ombo to visit the temple. Rising dramatically above the Nile River, the Temple of Kom Ombo is one of Egypt’s most beautiful sights. Dedicated to the local crocodile god Sobek, and Horus, the god of protection, Kom Ombo is unique because it has a mirror-image design, divided down the middle, with either side dedicated to each god. We will also visit the onsite Crocodile Museum to view its collection of mummified crocodiles and ancient carvings. We return to the cruise and sail to Aswan. Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 11 Aswan
This morning we visit the Temple of Philae, the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Built to honour the goddess Isis, it was nearly lost underwater in the 1960s but was taken down and reassembled on the higher ground of Agika Island over a 10 year period. We also visit the Aswan High Dam and the unfinished obelisk. We return to the ship for lunch and the remainder of the day is free. Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 12 Aswan
This morning we will sail around the islands and enjoy views of the Aga Khan Museum. We then disembark our cruise and transfer to the hotel for check in. Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 13 Aswan
A free day for you to explore Aswan. You may wish to stroll along the waterfront promenade, known locally as the ‘corniche’. Or you may like to take a tour by coach to Abu Simbel. Carved out of the mountains on the west bank of the Nile between 1274 and 1244BC, the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor were built as royal tombs and are some of Egypt’s bestknown archaeological sites. Both temples were relocated in the 1960s to avoid being submerged by the Aswan High Dam and now sit near the banks of Lake Nasser. Day tour to Abu Simbel is $220pp. Minimum numbers are required for the tour to operate. Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 14 Departure
Today we are transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia. Meals Included: Breakfast, In-flight
DAY 15 Arrive Australia
Tour members arrive back into Australia and the tour concludes.
|TWIN FARE PP||SINGLE FARE|
|Included air taxes as at 15/1/20||$225|
Included air taxes as at 15/1/20
All cabins are subject to cabin availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories.
You can stay longer in Egypt for minimal extra cost. Please contact Cruise Offers Value Holidays on 1800 630 343 for more information.
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
Cruise Offers Value Holidays (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd – ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser.
The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 15 January 2020. Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $1,500 per passenger is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 90 days before departure of the tour from Australia. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged for payment made by credit cards.
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are valid as at 15 January 2020. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to charge additional amounts.
CANCELLATION CONDITIONS: Number of days before sailing.
Cancellation Charges: Number of days before sailing.
|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|Over 90 days||$1500|
|90 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.
MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS AND CONDITIONS:
The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 90 days prior to departure. Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost.
Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary, for the smooth operation of the tour.
The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.
All passengers will require a valid passport with at least six months validity from your return date. Visas will be required for Egypt and can be obtained on arrival.
All passengers qualify for the 23kg free baggage allowance.
GROUP AIRLINE SEATING:
Please note; you will be booked as part of a group booking with the airline, this means we are unable to confirm any seating requests. Pre purchasing of flights and payment of airline seat booking fees allows allocation of specific seats. Additional costs will apply.
Cairo – Cairo Pyramids (or similar) – 4 stars
Luxor – Achli Hotel (or similar) – 4 stars
Aswan – Tulip Hotel (or similar) – 4 stars
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