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Egypt Spectacular

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,708

Step back to the time of the Pharaohs on this deluxe, small-group Egypt vacation. Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Spinx, and the Egyptian Museum. Travel to Aswan to witness the massive Aswan High Dam and Philae Temple. Board your luxurious Nile Cruise vessel for the trip to Luxor and the magnificent Karnak Temple.


This 8-day trip through Egypt begins in Cairo, before taking you to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. Uncover Egypt’s ancient secrets and stories as you sail the Nile and experience the land of the Pharaohs in deluxe style.

More than just Egypt’s gateway, Cairo is one of the world’s great cities, offering a fantastic introduction to the country. Spend your first morning exploring the country’s biggest attraction, the great Pyramids of Giza. You’ll have the opportunity to go inside the Cheops Pyramid and explore the world’s sole surviving ancient wonder for yourself. In the afternoon, put your discoveries into context at the Egyptian Museum. Unsurprisingly, this is the world’s greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, artworks, and antiquities, including mummies and the treasures of Tutankhamun.

Fly to Aswan where you’ll board your ‘floating hotel’ for four magical nights on the Nile. Begin at the Nubian Museum to discover all that has shaped Upper Egypt since pre-historic times. The following day, visit Aswan’s High Dam and the Temple of Philae, one of a number of important sites dismantled and reassembled to prevent their being lost to the dam’s rising waters. Aswan itself bears a distinctly African atmosphere compared to the rest of Egypt, and yields some surprising discoveries. In the afternoon, go ashore at Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Sobek, the crocodile god. Horus the Elder is honoured here as well.

Your next temple stop honours the better-known Horus. It’s the Temple of Horus at Edfu, reached by horse drawn carriage. Arguably the best-preserved temple in Egypt, and certainly one of the most immense, it’s a highlight of your journey to Luxor, gateway to the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, Hatshepsut’s mortuary, and the Colossi of Memnon. The Valley of the Kings is well known, containing the tombs of Tutankhamen and Rameses among many others, but the Valley of the Queens also contains close to 80 tombs including such historic figures as Nefertiti.

Luxor is often called the world’s greatest open-air museum, so it’s fitting that with your last morning here, you’ll visit the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Then board your return flight to Cairo, with time to explore at your leisure before one last night in the capital. Nothing is scheduled for your final day, so enjoy it as you see fit before your flight home.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,708

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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 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

Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza

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    Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza



    Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. This beacon of sophisticated hospitality rises on the legendary Corniche along the bank of the river. With commanding views of both the Nile and the Citadel, Four Seasons unites its timeless, caring, personalised attention with the ...

    Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. This beacon of sophisticated hospitality rises on the legendary Corniche along the bank of the river. With commanding views of both the Nile and the Citadel, Four Seasons unites its timeless, caring, personalised attention with the dynamism of fast-forward Cairo.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Cairo Sightseeing

After breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on your full day tour of Cairo. The 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. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Egyptian Museum. This 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. Return to hotel where remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Cairo to Aswan

Today, you will transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival, you will transferred to your ship, your floating hotel for the next 5 days as you cruise down the Nile. Enjoy lunch on board before transferring to your afternoon sightseeing of the Nubian Museum. Nestled in the hillside, it covers 50,000 square meters of landscaped gardens and buildings, which are divided up into different sections. It is partly an open-air museum where the visitor can wander the paths, meandering between a prehistoric cave with painted rock-art, ancient Egyptian statues, obelisks and columns, Roman frescoes and even a complete Nubian house. Transfer back to your Nile Cruise for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
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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.

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    • 24 Hour Gym
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Sail Aswan to Kom Ombo to Edfu

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 & 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 & sanctuaries, which include a temple of Hathor, a Birth House & two pylons, celebrate all the deities involved in the Isis & 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. Return to the ship for lunch and continue sailing to Kom Ombo.
This afternoon disembark in 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.
Return to your ship and continue Sailing to Edfu.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sail Edfu to Luxor

After breakfast, disembark and continue with a visit to 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. Return to the ship in time for lunch and sail to Esna to cross the lock before continuing to Luxor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Luxor

Upon arrival, 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Luxor to Cairo

After breakfast, disembark your Nile cruise sand continue your Luxor sightseeing as you visit Karnak and Luxor Temples. 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 Visits are made to the Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple. The Luxor Temple was 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 Karnak Temple was erected in 1928 BC as a small shrine dedicated to Amun, god of Thebes. The Temple of Karnak comprises of 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 and oldest temple compound on earth.
After your sightseeing, transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza

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    Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza



    Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. This beacon of sophisticated hospitality rises on the legendary Corniche along the bank of the river. With commanding views of both the Nile and the Citadel, Four Seasons unites its timeless, caring, personalised attention with the ...

    Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. This beacon of sophisticated hospitality rises on the legendary Corniche along the bank of the river. With commanding views of both the Nile and the Citadel, Four Seasons unites its timeless, caring, personalised attention with the dynamism of fast-forward Cairo.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Depart Cairo

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

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DEPARTURES:

2019: May 9 – Sold Out; Sep 8

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All transfers
  • 3 nights Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel with breakfast daily
  • Full day Pyramids, Sphinx & Egyptian Museum Tour including local lunch
  • Sightseeing with English Speaking Egyptologist
  • Entrance fees to all sights mentioned on itinerary
  • 4 Nights Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise including;
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily
    • 4 nights luxury onboard accommodation
    • Tours as described in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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 enquire.

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