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Classic Egypt Stay Of Distinction

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,617

Tour the world of Ancient Egypt while staying in a luxury hotel in Cairo, with the pyramids of Giza as your backdrop. Explore Cairo’s pyramids, Memphis, and the Great Sphinx before embarking on a Nile cruise to see the temples of Luxor, Edfu, and Aswan.


This 9-day Egypt Stay of Distinction takes you to a luxury hotel in Cairo before you embark on a Nile cruise to Luxor and Aswan.

Your Egypt vacation begins in Cairo, where you’ll stay at the luxurious Mena House, one of Goway’s Stays of Distinction. This 5-star hotel sits around 20 minutes outside downtown Cairo on a 40-acre property opposite the pyramids. Stay in a luxury room made up with an ornate Arabesque style with a marble bathroom and a balcony with incredible views of the pyramids. Tee up on the 18-hole golf course or try your luck at the on-site casino. Dine on incredible gourmet dishes at the restaurant or watch the sunset hit the pyramids with a cocktail in the bar.

During your time in Cairo, you’ll tour the world of Ancient Egypt. Head to the Great Pyramid of Giza, built between 2,560B.C. and 2,540B.C. and the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Explore the surrounding necropolis, home to the pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, the Great Sphinx, and numerous cemeteries and tombs. You’ll also head to the ancient capital of Memphis and Sakkara, the famed “City of the Dead.”

Fly to Luxor to begin your unforgettable 5-day cruise up the Nile aboard the luxury Oberoi Philae. Explore the wonders of Upper Egypt, including the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs like King Tutankhamen were entombed thousands of years ago. Visit the ruins of ancient Thebes and see the incredible temples of Luxor and Karnak.

Continue to Edfu to see the Temple of Horus, perhaps the best-preserved temple in all of Egypt. See the nearby Temple of Sobek, one half of a distinct double temple. Admire the temple’s artworks honouring the crocodile god and see the 300 mummified crocodiles displayed in the temple’s Crocodile Museum. Head to the Aswan High Dam, which changed Egyptian agriculture forever when it was built in 1970, allowing the government to control the annual flooding of the Nile. Afterwards, sail around Elephantine Island before flying back to Cairo. Alternately, consider adding an excursion to Abu Simbel, home to the famous temple of Ramses II.

Back in Cairo, explore the city proper. Head to the Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square, which houses the world’s finest collection of Ancient Egyptian antiques, which holds around 120,000 items. Pass through Islamic Cairo to see the spectacular Citadel and the Mosque of Sultan Hassan. Then try out your bargaining abilities at Khan el Khalili Bazaar, before heading to the airport to bid farewell to the land of the pharaohs.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,617

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Day 1

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.

Cairo, the Triumphant City, is the glorious capital of Egypt, the cradle of civilization and the beacon of religion. It is the largest city in the Middle East and Africa, and lies at the centre of all routes leading to and from the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe. Greater Cairo extends on the banks of the River Nile to the south of its delta. Here the Nile divides into two tributaries, the Rosetta and the Damietta. It is the city where the past and present meet. On its East Side stands the evidence of 2000 years of Islamic, Christian Coptic and Jewish culture still flourishing to this day. On its West Side lies the Ancient Egyptian city of Memphis (Giza), the renowned capital of the Old Kingdom and the site of the Pyramids, the only wonder of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World surviving. Indeed, a journey through Cairo is a journey through time, a journey through the history of an immortal civilization.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mena House, Garden Section

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    Mena House, Garden Section



    This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with ...

    This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with balconies and marble bathrooms and the Pyramids hover in the background. Guests can play golf on the 18-hole course in the shadow of these wonderful structures. Facilities of the Mena House include a European-style casino, a discotheque, excellent restaurants and bars.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Horseback Riding
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Tennis

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Day 2

Cairo Sightseeing

Today, you will visit Cheops' Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the Sphinx, the great god-lion sentinel. Built over 35 centuries ago, the towering pyramids were erected to preserve bodies and treasures for the afterlife. You will also visit the Solar Boat Museum, housing the spectacular funerary boats placed at the disposal of the King for his journey to the afterlife. You'll continue on to Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt, and Sakkara, the "City of the Dead", to see the step pyramid of King Zoser and the Wall of Cobras.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Cairo to Luxor

Today, you will transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your ship, your floating hotel for the next 5 days as you cruise up the Nile. This morning, cross the Nile to Luxor's West Bank where you will explore the astonishing and extensive New Kingdom city of "Thebes". Sightseeing includes the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Colossi of Memnon and two huge seated statues of Amenhotep III. After lunch, visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues and obelisks built over many centuries, dedicated to the God Amon Ra, his consort Mut and their son Khonsu.

Luxor is a city often been called "world's greatest open air museum", with the number and preservation of monuments in the area, it is unparalleled to anywhere in the world. Luxor is actually composed of three different areas: the city of Luxor - located on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak, located just north of Luxor, and Thebes which is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

The Oberoi Philae

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    The Oberoi Philae



    Discover ancient monuments, magnificent temples and five thousand years of Egyptian culture on a leisurely four or six night cruise between Luxor and Aswan, on board our luxury cruiser, The Oberoi Philae. Spacious accommodations feature, magnificent bathrooms and are refreshed with uninterrupted River Nile views. ...

    Discover ancient monuments, magnificent temples and five thousand years of Egyptian culture on a leisurely four or six night cruise between Luxor and Aswan, on board our luxury cruiser, The Oberoi Philae.
    Spacious accommodations feature, magnificent bathrooms and are refreshed with uninterrupted River Nile views. Guests can enjoy freshly prepared international cuisine, exclusive spa and beauty services, an outdoor, temperature controlled swimming pool and a 24-hour gymnasium. Unravel the secrets of Egypt's past, delve into the sands of time and luxuriate with the legendary hospitality on board The Oberoi Philae.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Gym
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Sail Luxor to Edfu

Early in the morning sail to Edfu via 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 5

Sail Edfu to Kom Ombo to Aswan

An exhilarating carriage ride takes you through town to the Temple of Horus, the Falcon God. 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.

The main monument at Edfu is the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus on the edge of the town. 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.

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 6

Aswan Cruise and Sightseeing

This morning's sightseeing includes Aswan's High Dam, the ancient Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae. After lunch, sail around Elephantine Island and the Botanical Gardens.

Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town, is located about 81 miles south of Luxor and has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche, watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mena House, Garden Section

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    Mena House, Garden Section



    This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with ...

    This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with balconies and marble bathrooms and the Pyramids hover in the background. Guests can play golf on the 18-hole course in the shadow of these wonderful structures. Facilities of the Mena House include a European-style casino, a discotheque, excellent restaurants and bars.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Horseback Riding
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Tennis

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 8

Cairo Sightseeing

Today you will visit the Egyptian Museum, 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 kings and King Tutankhamun's treasures.
Next you will visit the Citadel which is situated on a spur of the Muqattam Hills and dominates Cairo's skyline. This was the nerve center of the city and all of Egypt for almost 700 years. Its construction was initiated in 1176 by Saladin and completed by Muhammad Ali. Mameluke sultans and Turkish governors later on made it their residence, building palaces and mosques within the Citadel walls. Facing the Citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Depart Cairo

This morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your departure flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2018:  Jul 1, 19, 29; Aug 16, 26; Sep 13


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport meet and assist
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Inter-Egypt flights
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • 4 nights' deluxe accommodation in Cairo
  • 4 night Nile Cruise including; accomodation, meals and sightseeing
  • 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/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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12 Sep 2019
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