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Splendors of Egypt

Operated by: Insight Vacations

12 Days from $3,695 per person

Countries Visited

Egypt ...more Egypt

Locations Visited

Cairo, Luxor ...more Cairo, Luxor
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Cairo

    Welcome to Cairo, a timeless land of the Pharaohs and Pyramids. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest up before your journey begins tomorrow. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel.

    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  2. Day 2 Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile.

    This morning, fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall before transferring to your cruise ship. One of the most luxurious vessels on the Nile, it will be your home for the next six nights. After lunch on board, visit the Luxor Museum to see many ancient artefacts from Luxor Temple and two royal mummies. The evening is yours at leisure, enjoy dinner on the ship before relaxing in its lounge or in the comfort of your room.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  3. Day 3 Exploring Dendera and Edfu.

    A day of legend and history awaits you today as you begin with a morning visit to the Temple of Hathor in Dendera. One of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, it contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra and her son Caesarian, whose father was Julius Caesar. Later, visit Luxor Temple. Located on the east bank of the Nile, it was built by the New Kingdom Pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramesses II. It is known as ipet resyt “the southern sanctuary. In the evening return to your ship and enjoy a scenic journey via the Esna Lock to Edfu.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  4. Day 4 Edfu to Aswan.

    You will start the day with breakfast as you cruise along the Nile to Kom Ombo and continue on to the city of Aswan. Famous for its archaeological sites such as the Philae Temple Complex and the Temple of Isis, Aswan is a vibrant destination that portray an agreeable mix of ancient and contemporary Egypt. In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  5. Day 5 Aswan’s High Dam & Temple of Isis.

    Today’s sightseeing includes a visit to Aswan's High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on your cruise ship. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on things to do onboard or perhaps ask for more insights into Egypt’s fascinating history.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  6. Day 6 Feluccas and High Tea.

    Throughout your journey you’ll have seen many feluccas sailing along the Nile. Now it’s your time to explore one for yourself. On this traditional vessel, you’ll meet a local sailor who will teach you about the art of sailing this ancient craft. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once did before you. The hotel is rumoured to be where Christie wrote her bestselling novel, “Death on the Nile.”(Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  7. Day 7 Free time and on to Kom Ombo.

    With the morning free, perhaps join the optional experience of travelling to the temples of Abu Simbel by air? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramsses II and the Temple of Hathor. Located in a village in Nubia, they are found in Upper Egypt. Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus the Elder.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  8. Day 8 Cruising the Nile to Luxor.

    Your cruise continues along the bustling waters of the Nile. Enjoy your facilities on board and have your cameras at the ready for the sites as you leisurely make your way to Luxor. In the evening, on arrival in Luxor there will be free time. Ask your Travel Director for tips on where to explore.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  9. Day 9 Explore Luxor and fly to Cairo.

    This morning, disembark from your cruise and travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many Pharaohs, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun were buried. Visit a family home and witness the making of authentic Egyptian sun bread. You’ll be able to find out more about local life in the village and why baking this delicacy is so important to the family. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  10. Day 10 Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza.

    Today you’ll head to Memphis, the famous capital of the ancient world. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back to 2,700 BC. In the afternoon, it's on to Giza with your Egyptologist to explore the magnificent pyramids, where you’ll come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sphinx. During your visit, venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their Gods in the afterlife. Later, drive to the pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show - an unforgettable introduction to the world of Ancient Egypt.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  11. Day 11 Cairo Sightseeing.

    This morning, ascend to the Citadel, for breathtaking views over the city. While here visit the Alabaster Mosque, otherwise known as the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. Continue to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the Egyptian Museum. Among the many exhibits found here, are the fabulous artefacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  12. Day 12 Depart Cairo.

    It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your journey comes to an end. A transfer will take you to Cairo International airport for your onward flights.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director and certified Egyptologist will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom may be used on occasion.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 7 night Nile cruise aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, on either MS Medea, MS Miriam, MS Giselle, MS La Boheme or similar. Please note that gratuities are not included for the Travel Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts.
  • Included economy class flights between Cairo/Luxor and Luxor/Cairo with transfers between airports and hotels.
  • Complimentary transfers from/to Cairo Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Authentic Dining

  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Aswan: Follow the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy high tea in true colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.
  • Luxor: Enjoy listening to stories of village life from it's local residents when you visit a family home for a tasting of authentic Egyptian sun bread.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 7 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 7 Dinners (D), all with bottled water plus tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Cairo: With your Egyptologist, gaze upon Tutankhamun's treasures at the Egyptian Musuem, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – all treasures of Tutankhamun.
  • Aswan: On board a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cairo: Enjoy sightseeing including sweeping views over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.
  • Giza: Be mesmerised by the Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man, as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it. Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall.
  • Luxor: Visit Luxor Temple.
  • Dendera: At the Temple of Hathor, see a rare depiction of Cleopatra and Caesarian.
  • Aswan: See Aswan's High Dam and ponder why the Unfinished Obelisk has been left in mid-creation for thousands of years.
  • Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.
  • West Bank: See the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the mortuary Temple Hatshepsut.
  • West Bank: Explore with an Egyptologist the Valley of the Kings which is home to the magnificent tombs of Egypt's Pharaohs.
  • Luxor: Enjoy your short flight returning to Cairo.
  • Memphis: Visit this famous capital of the ancient world to see the statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx.
  • Sakkara: See the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser.
  • Giza: With your Egyptologist, meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the Pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Aswan

Nubian Village

A scenic boat ride along the Nile brings you to a typical Nubian Village. Among the colorfully painted houses, meet the friendly locals, (quite possibly their animals too,) and experience their culture and way of life.
Adult Price: $27

Sound + Light Show - Aswan

The powerful tale of Isis and Osiris is one of Ancient Egypt's most momentous legends. Fanciful Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as the fascinating history of Philae Temple,  is brought to life before your eyes through the magic of sound and light. The atmospheric temple setting, engaging narration by world-famous celebrities and a moonlit boat ride across the lake make it an unforgettable experience.
Adult Price: $42

Abu Simbel Excursion By Air

Excursion to Abu Simbel from Aswan to visit the fabulous reconstructed temples of Ramses II and Nefertari. The journey by air takes approximately forty minutes in each direction and allows approximately seventy-five minutes at Abu Simbel to visit the temples and the impressive concrete dome. Price is subject to Airline increases
Adult Price: $324

Luxor

Karnak Sound And Light Show

Enjoy the fabulous Sound and Light Show arranged in Luxor at Karnak Temple: While strolling along the ancient avenues of Sphinxes & halls of colossal columns, you will be hearing the tales of these ancient places.
Adult Price: $42

Cairo

Full-Day Alexandria

Embark on a full-day exploration of historic Alexandria. Your sightseeing tour shows you the National Museum, the well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Catacombs, Quayet-Bey Fortress, and Pompey's Pillar. Later, visit the Mosque of Abdul Abass and the gardens at Montaza surrounding a former palace of the Royal family. (Please note - This excursion is only available to guests who have purchased extra nights in Cairo before or after their tour).This Optional experience is priced at $115 per person when there are two or more participants. If there is only one participant the cost is $230 per person.
Adult Price: $115

Nile Cruise & Dinner

Experience Cairo from a completely different perspective during a delightful evening dinner cruise on River Nile. Once onboard enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with Cairo's illuminated skyline as a backdrop. Entertainment is provided in the form of a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. Not to be missed!
Adult Price: $73

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