Wonders Of Egypt (Winter 2018-19)
Incredibly, after gazing upon the illustrious pyramids, this trip only gets better. Further up the Nile, your cruise ship is poised to take you to royal tombs and breathtaking temples.
Additional Included Highlights
Cairo: Sightseeing includes sweeping vies over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.Memphis: See the statue of Rameses II along with the Alabaster Sphinx.Sakkara: View the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of Zoser I, existing for over 4,500 years.Karnak: Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall.Edfu: Explore the Temple of Horus.Aswan: Visit the High Dam and Granite Quarries.
Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread.Nile Cruise: Dress in traditional attire and join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.Aswan: In true tradition, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy high tea in true colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (BB), 4 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 4 Dinners (D), all with bottled water plus tea or coffee. New Year's Eve: 25 Dec 17 & 24 Dec 18 will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.
Giza: With your Egyptologist, 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, as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it.West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Stay At The Best Addresses
Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style, on-board your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.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.
Top Rated Highlights
Cairo: Guided by your Local Expert, 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.Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.Philae Island: Travel by motorboat to Philae Island and witness the majestic Temple of Isis rising from the waters.Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
Additional five Star Services
Our highly-skilled Travel Director and certified Egyptologist will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom may be used on occasion.
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. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
4 night Nile cruise aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, on either MS Medea, MS Miriam, MS Giselle, MS La Boheme or similar. Please note that gratuities are not included for the Travel Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts.
Included economy class flights between Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo with transfers between airports and hotels.
Complimentary transfers from/to Cairo Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.
Egypt & The Nile (Start Cairo, End Cairo)
Travel back in time to the days of the Pharoahs with this action packed trek around Egypt. You'll be guided through the craziness of Cairo with an expert Egyptian Tour Manager, who'll be at your side for the entire tour. See the Great Pyramids & Sphinx in Giza & Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Sail on a traditional Felucca & enjoy shopping in the bazaar! No sitting on a coach for 8 days either – admire the scenery from the deck of your luxury cruise ship as you sail along the Nile. Step back in time & enjoy!
Cairo To Aswan
From pharaohs to mummies – locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza
Nile Cruise – Aswan
Local villages, ancient sites & stunning scenery – see them all on your relaxing three-night cruise down the Nile
Nile Cruise – Aswan To Edfu
Sit back & chill as you drift down the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat
Luxor To Hurghada
Guided tour through the Valley of Kings See the the Colossos of Memnon
7 nights twin-share accommodation: 3 nights in hotels, 1 night twin-berth couchette on overnight train (Cairo to Aswan), 3 nights Nile Cruise
Transfer from airport to hotel upon arrival
Local taxes & service charges
Cruise the Nile on a superb ship featuring luxury cabins, all with private shower, WC, TV and air-conditioning, swimming pool, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, bars, gift shop & disco
7 continental breakfasts
An experienced and professional Egyptian Trip Manager
Sightseeing of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
Best Of Egypt Summer 2018Awaken your inner explorer on this expedition through the lush river valleys and golden desert landscapes of Egypt. Cruise the Nile past the pharaonic temples of Luxor to the Nubian treasures of Aswan. Your voyage will also take you to the mystical Pyramids of Giza, Tomb of the Nobles and the Sphinx.Sightseeing HighlightsCity tour in Luxor and Cairo Sail in a felucca across the Nile See the Ramses II statue and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis and the Step Pyramid in Sakkara View the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Citadel, Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques in Cairo and the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the Temples at Edfu and Kom-Ombo and the temple of Isis on the island of PhilaeDining Highlights
8 buffet breakfasts
4 cruise lunches
4 cruise dinners
First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Four-night luxury Nile Cruise
Flight from Cairo to Luxor
Flight from Aswan to Cairo
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist / Travel Director throughout your journey
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights