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Dubai, Cairo & The Nile Escapade

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,913

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the treasures of antiquity in Egypt before seeing the city of the future in Dubai. On this 12-day vacation, you’ll explore the pyramids and see the Sphinx in Cairo before cruising the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. Then connect to Dubai to see the city and the surrounding desert.


This 12-day Middle Eastern vacation takes you to Cairo and on a cruise along the Nile before visiting Dubai. It features first-class accommodations and a mix of private and small group tours.

Your journey begins in Cairo, the Egyptian capital and the largest city in the Middle East. Cairo is home to some of the greatest wonders of the ancient world. A full day tour will introduce you to a few of these wonders, starting at the pyramids of Giza, where Cheops Pyramid stands tall as the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. You’ll also admire the enigmatic Sphinx before heading to the ancient capital of Memphis and the archaeological sites of Sakkara, where you’ll see the oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser.

Fly south to Luxor and board the MS Blue Shadow, your 4-star floating hotel for your journey up the Nile. During your cruise from Luxor to Aswan, you’ll take daily shore excursions to visit temples and other ancient treasures. Explore the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak, dedicated to the god Amun, head into the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens to see the tombs of King Tutankhamun and Ramses the Great and gaze upon the Colossi of Memnon. See the fascinating double temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. You’ll also visit the Aswan High Dam, which dams the Nile and controls the flow of the world’s longest river. At the end of your cruise, you’ll disembark in Aswan and fly back to Cairo, where you’ll have another full day to visit the Egyptian Museum and explore medieval Cairo, including the Citadel and Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, the largest marketplace in the Middle East.

Connect onwards to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. A private city tour will introduce you to its historical quarters and futuristic wonders. See the Palm Jumeirah, visit the Gold and Spice Souks, take some photos at the Dubai Frame, and close out the tour at the Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the world. The next day, head into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to ride over sand dunes bathed in the morning light. You’ll get to ride a camel like a Bedouin and even try out sandboarding down the massive dunes. While in Dubai, also be sure to visit the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and enjoy the impressive views of the city from its observation decks.

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport for onward travels.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,913

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Day 1

Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport after you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your hotel. You will be presented with full documentation if required, including domestic airline tickets. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ramses Hilton

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    Ramses Hilton



    Located on the banks of the River Nile, the Ramses Hilton hotel is a stunning destination in the heart of Cairo. Take in views of the Nile and the Pyramids from this Egypt hotel's 36th-floor Windows on the World restaurant. Relax by the outdoor pool …

    Located on the banks of the River Nile, the Ramses Hilton hotel is a stunning destination in the heart of Cairo. Take in views of the Nile and the Pyramids from this Egypt hotel's 36th-floor Windows on the World restaurant. Relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy coffee and pastries at the Garden Court Café. The Ramses Hilton hotel boasts a British-style pub, an Indian restaurant, a shopping Galleria and Executive Lounge.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 2

Cairo

Today you will be taken on a full day tour that will first take you to the Pyramids and Sphinx which 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 and 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body.

You will then head off to Memphis which served as the capital of Upper and Lower Egypt some 5,000 years ago during the 1st Dynasty. Menes, the first pharaoh of this dynasty, built a great white-walled palace and the Temple of Ptah here. Then onto Sakkara, one of the most exciting historical and archaeological area in all of Egypt, situated about 12 miles South West of Cairo. The site is dominated by the famous step pyramid of King Zoser. It was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt, preceding those at Giza by many centuries and is the work of the famous pharaonic architect, Imhotep. You will have the opportunity to stop for lunch at a local spot during the day.

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 Blue Shadow

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    M/S Blue Shadow



    A Stay on the M/S Blue Shadow is like being a guest in well-run private home. It is an escape to the tranquility of relaxing under the sun, visit temples of the Pharaohs and enjoy freshly prepared traditional cuisine, the staff are friendly yet respectful, …

    A Stay on the M/S Blue Shadow is like being a guest in well-run private home. It is an escape to the tranquility of relaxing under the sun, visit temples of the Pharaohs and enjoy freshly prepared traditional cuisine, the staff are friendly yet respectful, attending to your every wish with efficient calm. While on board, guests can enjoy traditional dance and music performances, relax and refresh in our exquisite spa, in our swimming pool, on a sun- deck, or in the comfort of their luxurious cabins. This deluxe Nile cruise offers you a trip to remember with exquisite dining, beautiful surroundings and an extensive program of on board entertainment as well as giving you easy access to the sights and scenery of the Nile and Upper Egypt.

    Facilities

    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Sundeck
    • Swimming Pool

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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.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ramses Hilton

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    Ramses Hilton



    Located on the banks of the River Nile, the Ramses Hilton hotel is a stunning destination in the heart of Cairo. Take in views of the Nile and the Pyramids from this Egypt hotel's 36th-floor Windows on the World restaurant. Relax by the outdoor pool …

    Located on the banks of the River Nile, the Ramses Hilton hotel is a stunning destination in the heart of Cairo. Take in views of the Nile and the Pyramids from this Egypt hotel's 36th-floor Windows on the World restaurant. Relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy coffee and pastries at the Garden Court Café. The Ramses Hilton hotel boasts a British-style pub, an Indian restaurant, a shopping Galleria and Executive Lounge.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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    Preferred Hotel
Day 8

Cairo

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. The Citadel situated on a highly visible spur of the Mokattam Hills of Old Cairo, was the nerve center of Egypt for almost 700 years. Construction of the grand structure began in 1176 and was completed by Muhammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt in the late 19th century. Mamluk sultans and Turkish governors resided in the Citadel, which is among the worlds most splendid monuments of medieval warfare.

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 and the Mosque of Al Rifai was constructed in two phases over the period between 1869 and 1912, when it was finally completed. The tour also includes a visit to Khan El Khalili, known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, was built in 1382 by Emir Djaharks El Khalili, in the heart of what was then Fatimid City. Until this day, the bazaar is a center of trade and communion in the city, and offers a wide array of antiques, handcrafts of gold, silver and copper as well as numerous old coffee shops and local restaurants which attract both Egyptians and tourists alike.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Depart Cairo

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

Meal Plan Breakfast

Arrive Dubai

You will be met on arrival at Dubai International Airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef

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    Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef



    Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef is an eclectic collection of hotels born in Dubai. High on design and low on complexity, for travellers that want a link to the most interesting neighbourhoods in the most vibrant cities. A feet up, hair down, sleep in …

    Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef is an eclectic collection of hotels born in Dubai. High on design and low on complexity, for travellers that want a link to the most interesting neighbourhoods in the most vibrant cities.

    A feet up, hair down, sleep in or step out experience, Zabeel House provides the perfect stay for anyone who is travelling, working, wandering, or just about anything else in between. Experience the neighbourhood as if you lived there.

    Perfectly groomed and stylishly accessorized, Zabeel House sits at the heart of the most vibrant neighbourhood of old Dubai.

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Day 10

Dubai City Tour

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your half day private tour of Dubai. Explore the iconic architecture of Modern Dubai and visit the landmarks around the Dubai Creek in the traditional part of town. From The Palm, Jumeirah to the Gold and Spice Souks, visit all of the must-see sights. There is even built in time to visit the Dubai Frame observation deck for beautiful photos. The tour ends at The Dubai Mall. After the tour, choose between being dropped back to your hotel or at The Dubai Mall where you may enjoy the multiple shopping, dining and entertainment available.

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Day 11

Morning Dune Drive

An early rise this morning as you journey into the desert for a morning of fun and adventure! This trip combines the both traditional and modern deset experiences in half day trip that is perfect for the entire family. Start off with a drive by four wheel vehicle over the rolling dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Explore the reserve, keeping a keen eye out for desert wildlife. Next enjoy a camel-ride in the reserve as you take to the trails for a truly traditional experience. Try sandboarding in the dunes - just like snowboarding but on sand (weather permitting). Finally, relax and enjoy the desert vistas from camp as you enjoy your boxed breakfast and refreshements before returning to your hotel.

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Day 12

Depart Dubai

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Saturday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and assist on arrival in Cairo
  • Meet and Greet on arrival in Dubai
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Cairo
  • Private arrival airport transfer in Luxor
  • Private departure transfer in Aswan
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Dubai
  • 4 nights in first-class accommodations in Cairo at The Ramses Hilton
  • 4 nights in first-class accommodations on board Blue Shadow Nile Cruise in a standard cabin
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Dubai at The Canopy By Hilton Al Seef
  • Private-guided tour of Pyramids, Sphinx Memphis and Sakkara
  • Small group tour of Luxor East Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Luxor West Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Horus (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Sobek (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Aswan and Temple of Philae (max 20 guests)
  • Private-guided tour of Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo, Citadel & Bazaars
  • Private-guided half day Dubai City tour
  • Small group Morning Dune drive excursion (max 4 guests)
  • Economy class domestic airfare Cairo - Luxor / Aswan - Cairo including airport taxes
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not specifically listed as included
  • Gratuitites
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

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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