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Deluxe Classic Egypt Special

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,208

Discover the wonders of Ancient Egypt on this exclusive small group tour. Stay in deluxe accommodations as you explore Cairo and the pyramids and embark on a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. It’s a perfect introduction to the marvellous treasures of this ancient land.


This 9-day Egyptian vacation reveals the ancient land of the Pharaohs and includes a visit to Cairo and a cruise along the Nile. It features deluxe accommodations, small group tours, and is a perfect introduction to Egypt.

Your journey begins in Cairo, the Mother of the World and the largest city in Africa and the Middle East. Visiting Cairo can be an overwhelming experience, but only because it’s bursting at the seams with history and culture. You’ll journey back in time with a trip to Giza to see the Great Pyramid of Khufu, built between 2,560BC and 2,540BC, and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. You’ll also see the Great Sphinx, which remains stunning despite its lack of a nose, before heading to Tahrir Square to visit the Egyptian Museum and see all manner of artworks, artifacts, and mummies, including treasures taken from the Tomb of King Tutankhamun.

You’ll then fly south to Luxor to stroll through the famous Temple of Karnak and marvel at the dedication to the god Amun at the Temple of Luxor. Then join the 5-star M/S Mayflower for a 4-night cruise along the Nile. You’ll explore Luxor’s West Bank and the Valley of the Kings and Queens, home to elaborate tombs of the pharaohs, and continue along to Edfu, where you’ll explore the Temple of Horus, possibly the best preserved temple in Egypt. Continue to Kom Ombo to see the Temple of Sobek, with its Greco-Roman style, before reaching Aswan, where you’ll tour the High Dam, which dams the Nile and creates the world’s largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. You’ll then see the Temple of Philae before disembarking and connecting to your flight back to Cairo.

On your final full day, you’ll explore Old Cairo to enjoy a glimpse into the various cultural histories of the city. Among the many sights in Old Cairo, you’ll tour the Coptic Museum, home to some of the treasures of Egypt’s strong Coptic Christian population, Ben Ezra Synagogue, which houses essential manuscripts in its impressive storeroom, and the winding streets of the old town. You’ll have the afternoon and evening at leisure to see the sights you missed, from Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the most significant marketplaces in the Middle East, to the Cairo Citadel and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport and return home.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,208

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Day 1

Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport, you will be met by Goway's local representative inside the customs and immigration area holding a sign board with your name on it. After being assisted with immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will be presented with full documentation required, including domestic airline tickets by your representative when you arrive.

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

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Fairmont Nile City Hotel

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    Fairmont Nile City Hotel



    With sweeping panoramas of the Nile River, and views of the Pyramids in the distance, Cairo's natural beauty and ancient history are always in sight at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel. Add to this panoply of wonders are special features such as culinary adventures at ...

    With sweeping panoramas of the Nile River, and views of the Pyramids in the distance, Cairo's natural beauty and ancient history are always in sight at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel. Add to this panoply of wonders are special features such as culinary adventures at the city's finest restaurants, a chance to bask in the sunshine or under the stars at our unique rooftop poolside sky bar, and truly indulgent, full-service treatments at the Willow Stream Spa-all ensuring that each and every visit to Fairmont Nile City is certain to be an experience that is memorable and utterly magnificent.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Cairo

After breakfast, depart at approximately 09:00 A.M for your full day tour to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian museum.

Pyramids and 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 and 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 and standing 65 feet high and 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 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. 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

M/S Mayflower

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    M/S Mayflower



    Indulge in the sweet life aboard M.S. Mayflower and discover grandeur elegance set off by regal accommodation, succulent flavours, a flair of fun and exciting night time celebrations. Cruise past the rich history and timeless beauty of Egypt on M.S. Mayflower.

    Indulge in the sweet life aboard M.S. Mayflower and discover grandeur elegance set off by regal accommodation, succulent flavours, a flair of fun and exciting night time celebrations. Cruise past the rich history and timeless beauty of Egypt on M.S. Mayflower.

    Facilities

    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Pool
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • Sun Chairs

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Day 4

Explore Luxor's West Bank, Sail to Esna and 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 in Upper Egypt 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 is also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber, and a sunken sarcophagus chamber.

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, it 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 where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, in the ancient mythology, took place.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sail Edfu to Kom Ombo and Aswan

This morning you will visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. 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 6

Aswan

Today's sightseeing includes Aswan's High Dam and the Temple of Philae. The Old High Dam was built by Sir W. Wilcox on Behalf of the British authorities in 1898. It is constructed of Granite quarried in the Aswan area. The official opening took place in 1902. The Temple of Philae was dismantled and reassembled (on Agilika Island about 500 m from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting, which has been landscaped to match its original site. Its various shrines and sanctuaries, which include a temple of Hathor, a Birth House and two pylons, celebrate all the deities involved in the Isis and Osiris myth.

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 (optional Abu Simbel for own account). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Fairmont Nile City Hotel

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    Fairmont Nile City Hotel



    With sweeping panoramas of the Nile River, and views of the Pyramids in the distance, Cairo's natural beauty and ancient history are always in sight at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel. Add to this panoply of wonders are special features such as culinary adventures at ...

    With sweeping panoramas of the Nile River, and views of the Pyramids in the distance, Cairo's natural beauty and ancient history are always in sight at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel. Add to this panoply of wonders are special features such as culinary adventures at the city's finest restaurants, a chance to bask in the sunshine or under the stars at our unique rooftop poolside sky bar, and truly indulgent, full-service treatments at the Willow Stream Spa-all ensuring that each and every visit to Fairmont Nile City is certain to be an experience that is memorable and utterly magnificent.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 8

Cairo

Today, depart after breakfast on your half day tour of Old Cairo. Old Cairo is the eldest district in the Egyptian capital; which was formerly the City of Phas built by Amr Ibn ElAas. In later centuries, Romans built the fortress Babylon in the area, remnants of which still exist. Later, Old Cairo became the center of Christianity in Egypt, with as many as 20 churches built within an area of one square mile. Only five of these historic churches remain today. The Coptic Museum was founded in 1910 by Marcus Simaika Pasha, and is the most recently built of Cairo's major museums. The museum is home to one of the richest collections of Coptic Christian art in the world, featuring antiquities of the Coptic period (300-1000 AD). Around 16,000 pieces are displayed in the museum, arranged where possible in a chronological order. The Ben Ezra Synagogue, located in Cairo center, was built by chief rabbi in Jerusalem Abraham Ben Ezra in the late 9th century within the walls of the Fortress of Babylon (as Old Cairo was known in ancient times). The basilica style temple is home to a Jewish heritage library, which includes a Torah on gazelle skin dating back to the fifth century BC. The synagogue is known principally for its storeroom, or Geniza, which housed a rich store of political, economic, and social books and manuscripts about the condition of Jews under Arab rule in Egypt in the Middle Ages.

Upon completion of your tour, return to your hotel where the afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Depart

Today you will be transferred to Cairo Airport in time for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Feb 1; Mar 7; Apr 18

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and assist on arrival
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Domestic airfare between Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo including all airport taxes
  • 4 nights deluxe accommodation in Cairo
  • 4 nights deluxe accommodation on board Nile Cruise
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary by BLD
  • Tours and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide

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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