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Classic Egypt Deluxe Special with Airfare

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,675

Experience the classics of Egypt on this journey along the Nile. Begin in Cairo, where you’ll see the Great Pyramid of Giza and the treasures of the Egyptian Museum, before cruising down the Nile to visit Luxor, Edfu, and Aswan, see ancient temples, and learn about Egypt’s remarkable history.


This 9-day Egypt vacation takes you from Cairo down the Nile to Luxor, Edfu, and Aswan to explore the treasures of Ancient Egypt. Airfare is included in the price of this vacation.

Your Egypt tour begins in Cairo, the capital of Egypt and largest city in the Middle East. Cairo is large, crowded, and a little overwhelming to first-time visitors, but that’s only because it’s bursting at the seams with history. Spend a day visiting the most popular sites in the city. Begin by heading to the west side of the Nile to see Giza, one of the glories of the ancient world. You’ll tour its ancient sites, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, and marvel at the enigmatic Sphinx. Afterwards, head into the heart of Cairo to Tahrir Square, where you can get your bearings on the city and visit the Egyptian Museum, where you’ll see all manner of artworks, artefacts, and mummies, including treasures taken from the Tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Continue your Egypt trips by heading to Luxor, a city of splendour in the country’s south-central region. Situated on the banks of the Nile, Luxor was the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaoh’s capital from the 16th to 11th centuries B.C. You’ll think you’ve wandered into a giant open-air museum in Luxor. Stroll through the famous Temple of Karnak and marvel at the dedication to the god Amun at the Temple of Luxor. The next day, venture into the Valley of the Kings and Queens to see elaborate tombs of the pharaohs and ponder what it must’ve felt like for Howard Carter to discover Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. You’ll then board the Sonesta St. George, a luxurious 5-star river vessel, to begin your journey down up the Nile.

Sail for Edfu to see the Temple of Horus, one of Egypt’s best-preserved ancient sites. The temple helped Egyptologists unlock the secrets of the ancient world due to the quality of its bas relieves. Then head to the Greco-Roman Temple of Sobek in Kom Ombo to see tributes to the crocodile god, Sobek, and enjoy stunning views over the Nile. Continue your Egypt tour to Aswan, a charming centre off the beaten path for most tourists. You’ll explore the High Dam, which dams the Nile and creates the world’s largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser, before visiting the Philae Temple and the ancient stone quarries that supplied the stone for the pyramids. You’ll then return to Cairo for one more day of sightseeing before closing out your Egypt vacation.

 

 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,675

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Day 1

Depart North America for Egypt

Today you will depart North America on your flight to Cairo

 

Day 2

Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport after you have gone through Immigration and Customs, you will be met by Goway's local representative and assisted before being transferred to your hotel. You will be presented with full documentation required, including domestic airline tickets.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Cairo Marriott Hotel

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    Cairo Marriott Hotel



    The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel is actually situated on an island in the middle of the Nile River which is connected to the mainland. A stay at this 5-star ...

    The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel is actually situated on an island in the middle of the Nile River which is connected to the mainland. A stay at this 5-star hotel in Cairo ensures that you will enjoy all that Cairo has to offer. Nearby attractions include Pyramids of Giza, Khan el Khalili, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Cairo Opera House. Unwind at the hotel's pool which is one of the largest pools in the city or enjoy a drink at Cafe Promenade. The hotel is in close proximity to the Giza Pyramids, 'old' Cairo center, Egyptian Museum, Cairo Zoo and the opera house.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Tennis

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Day 3

Full day Pyramids and Sphinx, Egyptian Museum

09:00 A.M full day tour to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian museum.

Pyramids & Sphinx: Were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average Of two and one--half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers & artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 65 feet high & 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body.

The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt's king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Cairo to Luxor

In an unforgettable excursion, visitors drive to the Luxor Temple. Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, the temple served as a setting for the rituals of the festival, which was held to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with his divine office. The procession of images of the current royal family began at Karnak and ended at the Luxor temple.

Karnak was erected in 1928 BC as a small shrine dedicated to Amun, god of Thebes then. The Temple of Karnak comprises three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples - all constructed over 1300 years. The three main temples of Mut, Monthu and Amun, are enclosed in enormous brick walls, with the temple of Amun at the center. Karnak is now the largest.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Sonesta St George

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    Sonesta St George



    The Sonesta St. George I offers luxurious accommodations that provide the ultimate in comfort, elegance and design. With 47 Deluxe Cabins, 9 Presidential Suites and one Royal Suite, St. George I features the highest quality furnishings and most upscale amenities.

    The Sonesta St. George I offers luxurious accommodations that provide the ultimate in comfort, elegance and design. With 47 Deluxe Cabins, 9 Presidential Suites and one Royal Suite, St. George I features the highest quality furnishings and most upscale amenities.

    Facilities

    • Deck
    • Dining Room
    • Lounge

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Day 5

Sail Luxor to Edfu

After breakfast visit the West Bank and the burial ground of the Pharaohs including the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. The Valley of the Kings is home to many Pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great. Each King's formal name and title is inscribed in his tomb, which are also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The Valley of the Queens includes between 75 and 80 tombs, belonging to queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. Among these is the famous tomb of Nefertiti, one of the five wives of Ramses II. Hatshepsut Temple was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhoteb Nebhepetre, amid the bay of cliffs known as Deir El-Bahri. The female pharaoh chose to build her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of the West, on a direct axis with Karnak temple of Amun on the East Bank. Set sail to Edfu via the Esna lock. The small town of Edfu is situated on the west bank of the Nile, 56 km south of Esna and 105 km north of Aswan. Today, Edfu is an important centre for sugar production and pottery making. The site of Edfu was known as Wetjetser hor (classical name Apollinopolos Magna), the place where the god Horus was worshipped and the ancient mythological battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, took place.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Sail Edfu to Kom Ombo to Aswan

This morning you will visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Travel to and from the temple by horse drawn carriage. The temple is perhaps the best preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size. At the temple's entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus who is depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are beautiful as if carved just yesterday. Inside the temple is a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.
Continue sailing to Kom Ombo to visit the Graeco Roman style Temple of Sobek. Standing serenely on a hilltop, the site offers an incredible view over the Nile. Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the Nile River about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double Temple of Sobek built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as you approach from either direction on the river, particularly as sunset nears and the colours change.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Aswan Cruise and Sightseeing

Visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction.

The High Dam, Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lies the Aswan High Dam, a huge rock fill dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as "Sadd El-Aali" in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work.

Philae Temple - a short trip on a motorboat will bring the visitor to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has many legends connected to it. The most well known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Aswan to Cairo

Disembark from your ship after breakfast and transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight back to Cairo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Cairo Marriott Hotel

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    Cairo Marriott Hotel



    The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel is actually situated on an island in the middle of the Nile River which is connected to the mainland. A stay at this 5-star ...

    The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel is actually situated on an island in the middle of the Nile River which is connected to the mainland. A stay at this 5-star hotel in Cairo ensures that you will enjoy all that Cairo has to offer. Nearby attractions include Pyramids of Giza, Khan el Khalili, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Cairo Opera House. Unwind at the hotel's pool which is one of the largest pools in the city or enjoy a drink at Cafe Promenade. The hotel is in close proximity to the Giza Pyramids, 'old' Cairo center, Egyptian Museum, Cairo Zoo and the opera house.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Tennis

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Day 9

Cairo Sightseeing

Day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Depart Cairo

Transfer to the airport for your departure to North America, arriving home same day.

 

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Jun 22; Jul 13; Aug 17, 31; Sep 14

 

From
Toronto on Egypt Air
- CA

 From
Vancouver on British Airways
- CA

From
New York City on Egypt Air
- US

From
Los Angeles on British Airways
- US

2018 06-22 $4,350 $4,100 $3,295 $3,950
2018-07-13 $3,495 $4,150 $3,050 $3,795
2018-08-17 $3,650 $4,095 $3,295 $3,550
2018-08-31 $3,495 $3,995 $2,995 $3,450
2018-09-14 $3,300 $3,850 $2,675 $3,550

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare from North America including all taxes in Economy Class
  • Airport meet and assist
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Inter-Egypt flights
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • 4 nights' accommodation in Cairo
  • 4 night Nile Cruise
  • Cairo sightseeing as per the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International air & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include international airfare from the cities mentioned above, and all taxes. For departures from other cities, please inquire. Subject to availability.

 

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