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Classical Egypt & Nile Cruise - 11 days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

EGYPT

Classical Egypt & Nile Cruise - 11 days

Get ready for a binge of fun and adventure featuring ancient pyramids, mummies and pharaohs.
Join an adventurous group of travellers on a journey that fires the imagination and draws you back in time, as you explore iconic places such as the Great Pyramid and the Valley Of The Kings, walking in the steps of legendary pharaohs and the subjects they ruled.
You’ll also shop in local bazaars, eat traditional dishes, and mingle with locals, getting a glimpse of modern Egypt along the way, and enjoying the camaraderie of your new friends throughout.
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  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Starting From
    $841
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Nile cruise boat 
Highlight #1
Nile cruise boat 
Watch the sunset over the Nile on a luxury cruise from Aswan to Luxor.
Where the who’s who of Ancient Egypt are buried
Highlight #2
Where the who’s who of Ancient Egypt are buried
Welcome to the Valley of the Kings. To explore the glorious royal tombs here really is to be in another time, another place.
Go hot air ballooning in Luxor!
Highlight #3
Go hot air ballooning in Luxor!
Climb into the basket and floating upwards, take in an unbeatable birds-eye view of temples and the glittering Nile far below.
Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
Highlight #4
Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
Sure, you’ve seen the photos as a child and dreamt of visiting for years – but you’ll still pinch yourself when you finally see them in real life.
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Video Journal | Egypt

Whether women-only groups, mixed groups, or family holidays, our travellers always have a great time in Egypt! Watch highlights of the last group trip we organized.

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Itinerary

Cairo

Sunday. Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to join a Backstreets Tour of Cairo which departs the hotel at 10am. At 7pm this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at a Welcome Meeting. 

 Note: If you would like to extend your stay we offer an Alexandria Day Trip on the Saturday before your tour starts or on the final day and can arrange pre/post tour accommodation upon request. 

  Hotel:  None

Pyramids of Giza

Today see the incredible pyramids and the iconic Sphinx at The Giza Plateau. Perhaps opt to ride a camel. Later we travel to Saqqara, to explore the myriad of tombs and temples at the site and see Zhoser's step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh's chief architect in 2700 BC. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Egyptian Museum

Cairo - Luxor. We take a guided tour of the vast new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza this morning. In this incredible 490,000 sq.m complex we'll discover a mind-boggling array of relics and antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history, including the treasures of King Tutankhamun. The afternoon is free to relax by the pool at the hotel or independently explore before we board the overnight sleeper train to Luxor this evening. Note: The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2020. An official date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum this morning.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Luxor

We arrive into Luxor this morning and drive to Dendera which is one of Egypt's best preserved temple complexes, located 60km north of Luxor. This vast complex covers 40,000 square meters and its temples, chapels and shrines were gradually built over thousands of years. Dendera's crowning glory is the 2000 year old Temple of Hathor with its exquisitely decorated ceiling. After our guided tour of this incredible site we return to Luxor where the afternoon if free to spend at leisure. Take a stroll around town or enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool and soak up the sunshine. 

 This evening there is an optional visit to view the beautiful Temple of Luxor at night. Book and pay locally. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Luxor

4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its very best and this morning we visit Luxor’s famous West Bank. Our first stop is the famous Valley of the Kings, which is studded with beautifully decorated pharaoh's tombs, some of which you can enter. After exploring this incredible site we travel on to visit the striking limestone, colonnaded Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of only three Egyptian ruling queens. On the West Bank we'll also see the imposing 18m-high Colossi of Memnon, which are all that remains of the temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III. 

 Returning to the East Bank we check-in on board a 5 star Nile cruiser which will be our home for the next four nights. Enjoy lunch and some rest and relaxation on board before we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak later this afternoon. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Nile Cruising

Nile cruising. Today we set sail downstream. Relax on deck and go for a swim, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the views as we cruise the River Nile.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Nile Cruising

Nile cruising. Enjoy another day relaxing on board the cruiser as we sail the Nile to the Temple of Kom Ombo today, which is dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. This temple is unusual because everything is architecturally is doubled and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple including twin halls, courts, colonnades, sanctuaries and entrances. After a guided tour of the temple we continue our journey, arriving into Aswan this evening. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Aswan

Consider the optional early morning excursion to the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel today. Please see our Abu Simbel by Road add-on for more info. Alternatively you can spend the morning at leisure. 

 This afternoon we take a short motorboat trip to Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies and the Romans up to 3rd century AD built most of the existing structures. In danger of being completely submerged by the rising water of Lake Nasser, in 1972 UNESCO stepped in and an 8-year rescue effort was undertaken to relocate the entire temple 20m higher on nearby Agilika Island. 


   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Aswan at leisure

Aswan - Cairo. Today offers free time for you to discover Aswan - your way. Consider a visit to the Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote the novel Death on the Nile or opt for a visit to the well-curated Nubian Museum. 

 Late this afternoon, we board the overnight train (twin berth sleeper cabins provided) for our journey back to Cairo.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cairo

Arriving into Cairo this morning, transfer to the hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or you can opt to or join us for an optional tour visiting Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo and the Citadel of Saladin (book locally).

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cairo

Wednesday. Our tour comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

 4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 4 nights aboard a 5 star Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)

 2 overnight trains: Cairo - Luxor and Aswan - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)

 Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 11

 Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Dendera and Aswan 

 Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

 All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 Tip for your tour guide, we recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller. Tip for your Nile Cruise staff, we recommend you allow $10 USD. Tipping your guide and the cruise staff is an entirely personal gesture

 International flights and visa

 Entrance Fees: USD$90-100pp, paid in local currency

 Additional 5% GST

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