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Jewel of the Nile

10 days  |  Starts/Ends: Cairo  |  from USD $2,099  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Premium Tour. Enjoy a five star Egyptian adventure, Stay in one of Cairo's smartest hotels and cruise the River Nile in style aboard a 5 star Nile cruiser. Relax and unwind, enjoy the serenity of the Nile Valley, whilst discovering the very best of ancient Egypt!

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Day 1

Friday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of a wonderful holiday! Arrive Cairo airport, meet and greet service and included transfer to your 5 star hotel, located at the foot of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
Overnight: Cairo

    Cairo
Day 2

We start with the dazzling antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. Amongst the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamen. This afternoon offers free time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or join us for an optional city tour visiting old Cairo and the Islamic citadel.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Cairo - Luxor. Today we visit Egypt's most loved sight - The Great Pyramids of Giza. We explore the Giza plateau, pyramids and massive Sphinx. Later, we tour Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid. Tonight we take an overnight sleeper cabin train south to Luxor.

If you don't fancy travelling by overnight sleeper train, opt to undertake the journey by flight with our Jewel of the Nile Flight Upgrade. The option includes air travel between Cairo - Luxor and Aswan - Cairo with two nights accommodation in the comfort of 5 star hotels.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments you’ll see during our morning visit to the West Bank - home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. You’ll also see the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor for check-in on board our Nile 5 star cruiser. Lunch at leisure and time to relax until our early evening visit to the Temple of Luxor. Luxor Temple looks stunning at dusk and is beautifully illuminated at night.

Note: Dependent upon Nile Cruiser scheduling it maybe required that we also undertake our excursion to Karnak Temple this afternoon. Should this occur, day 5 will be spent at leisure.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Luxor - Nile cruising. Take flight over Luxor with an optional hot air balloon ride early this morning before we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank), taking in the magnificent Temple of Karnak. More than a temple, Karnak is a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods. Anchors away this afternoon as we set sail downstream to Esna and the Temple of Horus at Edfu.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Nile cruising. Relax as we sail the Nile. Later today we visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. A unique riverside temple, it is unusual in that everything architecturally is doubled and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple including twin halls, courts, colonnades, sanctuaries and entrances. Arrive Aswan, a prosperous town at the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes late evening.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Nile cruiser - Aswan. Today, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for 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.

After lunch, we visit the High Dam and take a felucca sailing trip to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt’s southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Aswan - Cairo. Consider the optional early morning air excursion to the Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel or time to relax. Late this afternoon, we board the overnight sleeper train for our journey back to Cairo. A light dinner is served on board.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Breakfast in your cabin, upon arriving to Cairo, transfer and check in. Today is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or further explore Cairo your own way.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Sunday. Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Sun Festival Tours

If you are planning on travelling with us in February 2015/2016 or October 2016, consider our Jewel of the Nile Sun Festival or Ramses Sunrise tours. These tours include arrangements similar to those of our Jewel of the Nile with the added highlight of witnessing the Sun Festival of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel on 22 February 2015/2016 or 22 October 2016.

Ramses II had his grand 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) and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight as the sun illuminates the 3 statues of the living world, whilst the statute of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadows. The temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser. In the temples new position the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned.

Includes: Coach from Aswan to Abu Simbel early morning on 22nd October 2016. Guided visit to Abu Simbel, the sunrise event, entrance fees and visitor ticket for this excursion. Return coach journey to Aswan after the event.

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.

M/S Premium, Nile Cruising
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

The modern and luxurious M/S Premium cruise boat boasts stylish cabins equipped with all modern amenities and large panoramic windows. Facilities on board include a fitness centre, spacious deck with swimming pool, large restaurant and cocktail bar. Grab a good book and a refreshing beverage and relax on the Sund Deck - the perfect way to spend the day. The M/S Premium sets sail on Mondays on a 4 and 7 night cruise from Luxor and on Fridays on a 3 and 7 night cruise from Aswan.

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, the Necropolis of Saqqara and the Egyptian Museum
5 * Nile cruising - islands en route
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Valley of the Kings and Queens, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, local market & souq
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Elephantine Island and Kitchener island - felucca sailing

Included

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners - (2 aboard sleeper train)
4 nights aboard luxury 5 star Nile cruiser (twin/dbl cabin with en suite bathroom)
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 10
Felucca Sailing around the islands of Aswan
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
3 nights 5 star hotels
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (2 berth, 1st class sleeper cabin) including meals
Touring and sightseeing in Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Edfu and Aswan
Escorted by a degree qualified Egyptologist tour guide. (for groups of 4 or more).
Tip Kitty (excl. gratuities for your tour guide and Nile Cruise staff)

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.

Very well organised, a great mix of sightseeing and free time to enjoy the Nile as we cruised along.

All transfers were efficient and on time.

Our guide was very generous with his time and the additional information he gave us about life in Egypt was most interesting.

He was also very generous with his iPhone switching on his 'hot spot' to allow us to send emails home, in areas where we had no wifi available - I hope his phone bill was not huge!

The low point was the overnight train to Luxor, it was not very pleasant, I should have flown.

The people on the group were all terrific.

Lyn Tuttle

Absolutely loved the tour. There was really only one glaring fault in my opinion which occurs on the two days train departure days which is kind of waiting around with no room or the like to freshen up and rest before the bone rattling train ride. Yasser organized a room for us on the boat but I think there should be an option of late check out for the hotel. Apart from that - I thought Yasser was good on knowledge but slightly abrasive. Kiro was very sweet.

Hedi Havercroft

Recently we toured Israel, Jordan and Egypt with “on the go tours”, and have to commend your staff for an amazing holiday. I am writing to you to inform that we were so impressed with all of your staff in each location, it made our trip exceptional. For each location the staff was knowledgeable, friendly and very professional, in looking out for our well being and ensuring that the experience we had was second to none. I have, and will continue to boast about your company to anyone that I talk to when it comes to travel.

Specifically I would like to talk about our trip to Egypt. Our flight into Cairo was changed by the airline roughly 3 weeks before our departure. When we showed up in Cairo there was no one there to greet us. We proceeded to call our contact Mr. Hossam Fouda, and Mr. Ahmed Kamal, to find out what we were to do. During our discussions it was conveyed that the flight had been changed and that we would have to clear security on our own and hail a cab to our hotel, which I advised was unacceptable. I was advised that this issue was not the tour companies problem, however someone would contact me shortly. Roughly 15 minutes later a representative showed up escorted us through security and to baggage claim where we waited for 30 minutes for another representative to show up. We were then escorted to our bus and driven to our hotel.

This was the only negative issue that we had experienced and truthfully we understand issues happen. The big concern for us was the comment that it wasn’t on the go problem! When we filled out our comment card we tried to explain the issue of the mix up. In analyzing the situation we felt that some of the issue was ours because of not contacting the tour company of the change, and possibly that contact should have been made by our travel agent as we didn’t get our travel documents until 1 week before our departure. The only problem that we had was the comment that “it was not your problem”

On our last day we were met at the hotel by Sharif, who I must say was absolutely amazing. Very courteous, timely and very professional. We had the feeling that Sharif was in trouble for not being at the airport on time which he was explaining to me. I advised him that everything was good and that we understood the issues that were caused by the changed flight. I wanted to clarify that the issue was not Sharif, who we hold in very high regard. He was always at our meeting points early, and took care of signing into the hotels, flights, and took care of our luggage. Something that left a big impression with us all. It is people such as Sharif and Yassir that make your company exceptional.

I would greatly appreciate you passing this letter on to Sharif.

Bradley Lucier

I had a fantastic time on this tour. The hotels were fantastic and the Nile Cruiser was absolutely fabulous. Our guide, Yasser was very knowledgeable and friendly. He looked after the entire group very well and I don't think anyone could have done a better job. My highlights were Hot Air Ballooning over Luxor and the Abu Simble trip. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

Janine Van Der Meer

Hi - we had a really wonderful time.

I cannot say enough nice things about Alam - he was absolutely wonderful.

I cant imagine that dealing with so many people and personalities can be easy but he made it look so easy and was such fun while at the same time dispensing an incredible amount of knowledge and answering hundreds of questions with absolute confidence. He took us to

Alam really made the tour for us and we are so grateful for everything he did and handled and all that we learned while there.

Tracey Douglas

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.

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Supplementary Prices

 
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This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Fridays
Hotel Rating
5 Star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 6
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Jewel of the Nile
USD $529 / flight option

Very well organised, a great mix of sightseeing and free time to enjoy the Nile as we cruised along.

All transfers were efficient and on time.

Our guide was very generous with his time and the additional information he gave us about life in Egypt was most interesting.

He was also very generous with his iPhone switching on his 'hot spot' to allow us to send emails home, in areas where we had no wifi available - I hope his phone bill was not huge!

The low point was the overnight train to Luxor, it was not very pleasant, I should have flown.

The people on the group were all terrific.

Lyn Tuttle
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