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Wonders of Egypt

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $2,875 per person
Pyramids at Giza

Countries Visited

Egypt

Locations Visited

Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Giza, Memphis
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Cairo.

    A country rich in wonders and mysteries awaits you. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  2. Day 2 The Egyptian Museum and Citadel.

    Meet at 08:00 to begin your city sightseeing with your Egyptologist at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Citadel where you enjoy breathtaking views over the whole city. Salah El-Din started the Citadel in the 12th century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose Great Alabaster Mosque is the next stop. Later, you will have free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Afterwards, take your seats at the magical Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza - an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  3. Day 3 The Great Pyramids of Giza.

    Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with your Egyptologist. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx crouching at the foot of Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, where you can see the colossal statue of Rameses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I dating from 2686 B.C., it's the oldest in the world. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  4. Day 4 Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile.

    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. Transfer to your cruise ship. After lunch on-board, take a walk through the Luxor museum and witness ancient artefacts and 2 Royal mummies.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  5. Day 5 Valley of the Kings to Edfu.

    Travel by air-conditioned coach to the west bank of the Nile to see the Colossi of Memnon, and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried. Visit a family home and witness the making of authentic Egyptian sun bread. Visit Luxor Temple which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s. Return to your cruise boat and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu for your overnight.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  6. Day 6 Kom Ombo to Aswan.

    Early morning sail for Kom Ombo and visit its temple dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder. In the evening, don your traditional Egyptian attire called galabeyas, for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  7. Day 7 Aswan’s High Dam and Nile Felucca.

    In the morning, visit the Aswan 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. Later, on a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient craft. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel.(Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
    hotel MS Medea (or similar).
  8. Day 8 Aswan and Back to Cairo.

    In the morning, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy time at leisure in Aswan. Why not join an optional experience by air to the magnificent Temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel? Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. There are many points of interest to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum, or soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  9. Day 9 Depart Cairo.

    Your journey ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport.(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.
  • 4 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 Aswan/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

  • 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.
  • Nile Cruise: Dress in traditional attire and join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Aswan: In true tradition, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy high tea in true colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 4 Dinners (D), all with bottled water plus tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • 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.

Stay in Style

  • Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style, on-board your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
  • Cairo: The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cairo: Guided by your Local Expert, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures. Sightseeing includes sweeping vies over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.
  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
  • Memhpis: See the statue of Rameses II along with the Alabaster Sphinx.
  • Sakkara: View the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of Zoser I, existing for over 4,500 years.
  • Cairo: Take a short scenic flight to Luxor where you will begin your Nile Cruise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.
  • Philae Island: Travel by motorboat to Philae Island and witness the majestic Temple of Isis rising from the waters.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft. Visit the High Dam and Granite Quarries.
  • Aswan: Enjoy your short flight back to Cairo for your final night.

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.

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: CHf42

Aswan

Nubian Village

A scenic boat ride along the Nile brings you to a typical Nubian Village. Among the colourfully painted houses, meet the friendly locals, (quite possibly their animals too,) and experience their culture and way of life.
Adult Price: CHf27

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 moonlit boat ride across the lake make it an unforgettable experience.
Adult Price: CHf42

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: CHf324

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 Pombey’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: CHf115

Nile Cruise & Dinner

Experience Cairo from a completely different perspective during a delightful evening dinner cruise on River Nile. Once on board 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: CHf73

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Marleen Callinicos
Travel date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Service
This was our 6th GET/Insight trip, so clearly we enjoy booking our guided international travels with them.
Vacation
We were a small group of 10 people, which was ideal. Our travel director, Assem Omar, was a gem, and our vast Cairo hotel was truly a palace, with fabulous breakfast buffets. Our daily tours and the relaxing Nile cruise on a half-empty boat were perfect. The Egyptian people are very kind and try their utmost to please and protect tourists. We felt much safer in Egypt than in New York or DC. The meals on the spotlessly clean MS MEDEA were very beautifully presented, and the whirling dervish show on board was amazing. You should go, if only to see the pyramids and magnificent huge Abu Simbel templessouth of Aswan! (Just be sure to take a few hundred USD or Euro in small bills for the incessant tipping - you'll tip $1 in every toilet - and don't go when it's very hot between mid-April to mid-October.) It will be the most fascinating trip you will ever take.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share the memories of your trip to Egypt. We are so happy that you enjoyed this remarkable destination.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Service
It was good and no problems. The guide was wonderful
Vacation
Everything was fine as far as price goes
Jerome Dobel
Travel date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Service
Michelle provided careful and honest assessments of what we would need to do as well as helping pick the best time to go to Egypt.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. We will share your comments with Michelle and with the Insight Vacations team
Monday, March 4, 2019
Vacation
The trip as as promised. In Egypt because of fear factor the Insight Group was only eleven people and it was a superb tour with a qualified archeologist as our guide.
Virginia Gunter Brown
Travel date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Service
This trip had the best hotel, food, and travel director. Each day I thought nothing could be better, but each day brought wonderful surprises.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So glad you had a wonderful time in Egypt. Such a fascinating country! Thank you for taking the time to write. We appreciate your positive feedback. All the best!
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Vacation
The cost of this trip was so little compared to the value of the accommodations.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Service
Navigating pickup and airport departures was well handled, with very knowledgeable and pleasant personnel. Tour guide, Akram, was wonderful and cannot imagine this tour with anyone else. However, the general harassment level with vendors and constant daily tipping made an overall undesirable experience. I also wanted to experience additional Egyptian cooking. My outgoing flight was ridiculous, traveling west and back east over same airspace--unbelievable. Overall, I do not consider this trip a good value and will not recommend GET to anyone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that you felt harassed by the local vendors.  While it can be upsetting, it is a known part of the culture in that area. We do apologize for any frustration you experienced. The flights that were booked for  you were done so with the most direct routing available at the time. We are always open to any preferences you may have regarding flight times and schedules as long as we are notified in advance of your travel.  
We do appreciate the honest feedback and will certainly share with our Quality Control team in Egypt.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Vacation
Tipping daily was irritating. Should be included. Not good value.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Service
My family has used Grand European Travel for the past 6 years and are extremely happy with the services provided. Our agent is organized and efficient allowing our travel plans to move forward smoothly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank for taking the time to review your trip, and we appreciate your business over the last six years. We're thrilled you visited Egypt with us, and that you always felt secure with our Travel Director. Egypt it is indeed a must see destination - beautiful and welcoming country!
Friday, September 1, 2017
Vacation
Truly a once in a life-time experience. Cost effective, safe and well organized. It was like having a private tour set up just for our family. The tour director in Upper Egypt was remarkable in his knowledge and skill in getting us around the ancient sites. I was a bit leery of travelling to Egypt due to safety concerns but at no time did we feel unsafe. It was a delightful experience and found the people of Egypt to be welcoming.
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