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Jewel of the Nile Sun Festival

11 days  |  Starts/Ends: Cairo  |  from USD $2,379  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Premium Tour. Staying in luxurious hotels and cruising aboard a five star Nile cruiser, see the best of ancient Egypt and get the rare opportunity to witness the grand Sun Festival of King Ramses II at legendary Abu Simbel on this first-class tour.

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Day 1

Friday 14 October 2016. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival at Cairo airport you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel, located by the Great Pyramids of Giza.
Overnight: Cairo

    Cairo
Day 2

Cairo - Luxor. Today we visit the legendary pyramids and iconic Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Leaving the pyramids behind, we visit a papyrus emporium where you can buy genuine papyrus at quite reasonable prices.

Continuing to the necropolis of Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC. Tonight we take an overnight sleeper cabin train south to Luxor.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its very best. Upon arriving in Luxor, we transfer to our hotel for check-in and some rest and relaxation. Later in the afternoon we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you can get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns. Tonight we visit to the Temple of Luxor beautifully illuminated after dark.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Luxor - Nile Cruiser. Take flight over Luxor with an optional hot air balloon ride early this morning before we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments you’ll see during our visit to the West Bank of the River Nile. After touring the famed Valley of the Kings and the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, we return to Luxor for check-in aboard our Nile 5 star cruiser.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-6

Anchors away! Pull up a deck chair and relax as we ply the River Nile, stopping off at the Temple of Horus at Edfu and the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo en route. On the evening of day 6 we arrive in to Aswan; spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 7

This morning we visit Philae Temple on picturesque Agilkia Island. Later after lunch, we make a stop at the High Dam before taking a felucca boat ride to Elephantine and Kitchener islands. As the sun sets, there will be free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets of Aswan or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Aswan - free time to explore

Nile Cruiser - Aswan. Today we check out of our Nile Cruiser and transfer to our hotel in Aswan for check-in. The day offers free time for you to independently explore the city. Return to the colourful markets of yesterday evening, relax and sip on a cocktail by the hotel pool, or consider taking High Tea at the historic and delightful Old Cataract Hotel.

In the early hours of the morning we embark on our coach journey to the Grand Temples of Abu Simbel. Here we await the first rays of sunlight, signifying the start of the Sun Festival of the mighty King Ramses II.
Overnight: Aswan Hotel/ coach journey to Abu Simbel  |  Breakfast

Day 9

22 October. Abu Simbel – Aswan - Cairo. Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple in all ancient Egypt, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was constructed between 1290 and 1224 BC to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler himself. Ramses the Bold, Ramses the Great, Ramses the Narcissist are perhaps all apt titles for one of ancient Egypt’s most powerful rulers.

Built by Ramses II to demonstrate his political clout and divine backing to the ancient Nubians, Abu Simbel is an incredible self-tribute. Guarding the entrance to the temple, hewn into the side of a mountain, are four colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. Over the centuries, the desert sands imperceptibly shifted until the temple was all but lost to humanity. It was rediscovered by chance in 1813 by a Swiss explorer called John Lewis Burkhardt. Only one of the heads of the pharaohs was showing and a small part of the rest of the temple peeked above the desert sands. It wasn’t until the British happened upon the temple and started excavating that the full glory of Abu Simbel was revealed to the modern world. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, whilst the other two are of his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari.

In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the Great Temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds assemble in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creep through the inner Hypostyle Hall and through to the Sanctuary. Significantly, the sun illuminates statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statue of Ptah - the god of darkness, remains in the shadows.

Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning.

After watching this incredible event unfold we return to Aswan. Here there is time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities before we board the overnight train for our journey back to Cairo. Enjoy a light dinner in the comfort of your sleeper cabin.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Arriving into Cairo we embark on a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum with its impressive array of antiquities. Among the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamen. Leaving the Egyptian Museum behind we transfer to our hotel for check-in. The afternoon offers free time for you to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or opt join us for an optional city tour visiting old Cairo and the Islamic citadel.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Monday 24 October 2016. Our tour concludes after breakfast and included onward departure transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Cruise schedules & hotels

Cairo Accommodation: Your tour includes a first and second stay within greater Cairo. One stay (either first or second) will commence at a hotel located in the Pyramids area and the other will be undertaken in a downtown area. The choice as to which location will be used first and second will be notated upon your tour voucher.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Le Meridien Pyramids, Cairo
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set within beautifully manicured gardens, Le Meridien Pyramids is a stunning modern hotel affording amazing views of the Pyramids. The guest rooms have been designed with optimum taste and comfort in mind and include state of the art facilities. The outdoor swimming pool includes waterfalls and hydro jets. head to the Citrus Pool Bar in the afternoon for a refreshing beverage under the gaze of the pyramids! Well located in Giza close to the world famous pyramids and Sphinx.

Sleeper Train, Cairo
Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

When taking the train in Egypt, the most comfortable way to go is in a sleeper carriage. Cabins are equipped with 2 beds (one above the other), a sink, electric points and air conditioning. Each carriage has toilets at each end and there is a club car as well. In the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your beds for you. Cabins also come with interconnecting doors so perfect for families and groups of 4.

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

A grand and classical hotel, the Sonesta is luxurious, ensuring you a comfortable stay. The hotel has a sweeping terrace with fantastic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail and a beautiful health spa.

Moon Goddess , Nile Cruising
Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

The Moon Goddess is a beautifully decorated, luxurious cruise boat, with an imaginative design

Helnan Aswan, Aswan
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There is also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

Fairmont Nile City, Cairo
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

Sitting on the banks of the River Nile, the Fairmont Nile City, is a modern luxury hotel. Guest room have a contemporary design focussing on an Art Deco theme. Rooms in the higher floors boast a marvellous view of Cairo. The world class spa is well worth a visit and the spectacular roof top restaurant gives guests a fantastic view of the Nile and the famous pyramids. Fairmont Nile City is situated on the banks of the Nile River in downtown Cairo.

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, and The Egyptian Museum
5 * Nile cruising - islands en route
Abu Simbel - at sunrise, witness the grand accomplishment and feat of precision mastered by King Rames II at the Abu Simbel Sun Festival
Luxor - Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple by night
Elephantine Island and Kitchener island - felucca sailing
Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, local market & souq
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Included

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners - (2 aboard sleeper train)
Return coach journey (3.5hrs) to Abu Simbel
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Luxor and Aswan - Cairo (2 berth, 1st class sleeper cabin) including meals
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 11
Escorted by an Egyptian tour leader/guide degree qualified in Egyptology
Group tip kitty included (excl. gratuities for your tour guide and Nile Cruise staff)
4 nights aboard 5 star deluxe Nile cruiser (twin/double cabin with en suite bathroom)
2 nights 5 star hotels - Cairo, 1 night 5 star hotel in Luxor and Aswan
Felucca sailing afternoon, boat journey to Philae Temple
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Edfu & Luxor
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $105-115 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2379
USD $1129
 
USD $2379
USD $1129
Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
14 Oct 2016
Hotel Rating
5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 6
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Jewel of the Nile
USD $529 / flight option

Jane,

Thank you for booking us a remarkable trip. My mom and I have never been on a better vacation. The accomodations were fantastic and our tour guide Hani was the best ever. He went above and beyond for us even arranging a dinner in the Nubia village for us. I couldn't even tell you the highlight of our trip because all the sights were phenomonal. I would definitely choose on the go again. It was so easy with all of our entrance fees included and there was no hassle what so ever. I can't wait to head back to Egypt as soon as possible. Thank you for all your help with my questions. I will never forget this trip.

Gina Isabelli
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