Treasures of the Nile tour

Treasures of the Nile tour

Tour Experience

Cultural and historic escorted tour of Egypt

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Location

Cairo, Luxor and Aswan

This fully escorted tour visits Egypt, one of the World's most iconic tourist destinations. You'll enjoy a luxurious 5-star Nile cruise visiting all the most famous pharaonic sites as you cruise along the mighty River Nile. You'll also visit the awe inspiring Great Pyramids and enigmatic Sphinx in Gisa.

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INCLUDED

  • International flights from Auckland or Sydney
  • Domestic flights Cairo-Luxor and Aswan-Cairo
  • All accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private a/c vehicle (unless stated otherwise)
  • English speaking escort for the duration of the tour (Auckland-Auckland)
  • Professional Egyptologist guide for all sightseeing tours
  • Entrance fees (NZD 125) Tipping kitty (NZD 90)
  • Egypt visa fee (USD 25)
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per day
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (eg. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Fly to Egypt

Meet your Escort guide and tour group 3 hours prior to departure from Auckland International Airport and take a flight to Cairo, Egypt. Departures from other airports, including Sydney, Australia, are also available but will not be escorted on the flight.
OVERNIGHT:
On flight

DAY 2 Arrive in Cairo, transfer to hotel

Upon arrival in Cairo airport we will be met by our ground staff who will assist with visa formalities and collecting your luggage. You’ll then transfer across Cairo to your hotel, located right at the foot of the pyramids. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and recover from the flight. An optional sound and light show is available to be booked locally this evening for those interested (subject to your flight arrival time).
OVERNIGHT:
Cairo 5-star hotel
EXTRAS:
Single Room Supplement

DAY 3 Cairo, Pyramids & Saqqara tour

Your tour of Egypt begins with a visit to the Giza Plateau, site of Egypt’s world famous Great Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. We visit the great Pyramids of Giza and the ever enigmatic Sphinx, Memphis-first capital of the ancient kingdom to see the statue of Ramses II, then to Sakkara to see Zoser’s Step pyramid.
OVERNIGHT:
Cairo 5-star hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo

DAY 4 Fly to Luxor, Valley of the Kings & Luxor Temple

This morning we transfer to Cairo airport for an early flight to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor we begin with a tour of the West bank of the Nile including the Colossi of Memnon and plenty of time to explore the acient Pharaoh’s tombs in the famous Valley of the Kings. We also take time to visit the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut and to view the colourful hieroglyphics at Medinat Habu temple before. The afternoon is free to enjoy time on board your 5-star Nile cruise boat or to explore Luxor’s mazy markets. In the evening we enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful Luxor Temple, which comes alive when lit up at night.
OVERNIGHT:
5-star deluxe Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Luxor, Karnak Temple tour and sail to Edfu

For anyone wishing to experience Luxor from a different perspective, this morning there is a chance to take a spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight over the West bank of the Nile. After breakfast we head out to the huge temple complex of Karnak with its towering columns and many temples and statues – often referred to as the largest open air museum in the world! In the afternoon we start sailing up the Nile, through the lock at Esna and on to Edfu where we overnight (Note – Nile cruise boat itineraries are subject to slight alterations en-route).
OVERNIGHT:
5-star deluxe Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Hot air balloon in Luxor

DAY 6 Edfu, cruise to Kom Ombo and on to Aswan

After breakfast we explore the nearby Edfu Temple which is dedicated to the hawk-headed god Horus. We continue upriver towards Kom Ombo, enjoying the sight of traditional rural Egyptian life as it passes us by on the banks of the Nile. If the heat get too much, why not try a relaxing soak in the plunge pool on the boat’s sun deck. At Kom Omombo we visit the temple, which sits on the banks of the Nile and houses mummified crocodiles amongst other things! We then cruise onwards to Aswan.
OVERNIGHT:
5-star deluxe Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 Aswan, tour of Philae Temple & Aswan Dam

Today we start the day in Aswan with a tour to the island temple of Philae, stopping of at the massive Aswan High Dam en-route. The Philae temple is one of Egypt’s most romantic and beautiful sites having been completely deconstructed and relocated after the building of the Dam. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the colourful souks and markets or enjoy sunset over the River Nile, which is at its most picturesque around Aswan. You also have the option for and early morning drive to the World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel to view the fabulous temples to Ramses II, which, like Philae Temple, were dismantled, moved and reconstructed when Lake Nasser was flooded.
OVERNIGHT:
5-star deluxe Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Abu Simbel overland, Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis

DAY 8 Aswan, fly to back Cairo, Egyptian Museum tour

This morning we transfer to Aswan airport for a flight back to Cairo. On arrival in Cairo we transfer into town and visit the Egyptian Museum, the world-famous Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Accompanied by your local Egyptologist, you’ll wander through the many rooms as he highlights each historical period of this ancient land. The afternoon is kept free to enjoy some last minute souvenir shopping or to take some optional half day tours, such as a visit to the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar, alive with the hustle and bustle of daily Egyptian life OR discover some of Cairo’s many churches & synagogues by taking an old Coptic Cairo tour.
OVERNIGHT:
Cairo 5-star hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo

DAY 9 Cairo, free time. Departure flight

Today is free for more last minute sightseeing or shopping until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. You can also extend the tour to visit the Red Sea, take a day trip to the coastal city of Alexandria or head into the desert to the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales, or take a few more days to explore the Western Deserts and camp out amongst the weird rock formations in the White Desert.
OVERNIGHT:
On flight
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 10 Fly to Australia/New Zealand

Your overnight flight will take you back home to Australia / New Zealand.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A

DURATION

10 days

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