FROM: USD $1,195

The ideal Xmas or New Year's mini - getaway! We'll reveal the very best of ancient Egypt this Xmas or New Year's from the legendary Pyramids and antiquity filled Egyptian Museum, to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings and back again!

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza and explore the Necropolis of Saqqara
Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
The Egyptian Museum - discover the treasures of King Tutankhamun
Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Included

Breakfast daily
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 6
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
3 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara and Luxor
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency
International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$40-50pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Imagine…. Celebrating Xmas & New Year with these memorable experiences!
24 Dec 2019 departure – Xmas day at the legendary ancient pyramids
27 Dec 2019 departure – Ring in New Year's Eve in vibrant Cairo

Day 1

Cairo

Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included airport arrival transfer to hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza

Cairo - Luxor. Start the day with a visit to the incredible pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. It’s estimated the largest - Khufu (Cheops) was constructed from no less than 2.5 million quarried limestone blocks, weighing around 6 million tonnes. No mean feat, when you consider the pyramids were built without the use of modern equipment! Maybe opt for a camel ride.

Travelling on to the necropolis of Saqqara, innumerable sand strewn temples and tombs await discovery. It’s at Saqqara where you’ll see Zhoser’s step pyramid. Rising 6 steps, it served as the prototype for ancient Egypt’s most enduring architectural legacy. Later we travel by overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Luxor

This morning we arrive into Luxor and check into our hotel. One of the world’s greatest open-air museums, the 4000 year old site of ancient Thebes - known today as Luxor is our base for two exciting days of exploration. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, we have the opportunity to visit Luxor Temple with dinner afterwards. Built by Amenophis III, Luxor Temple looks stunning at night when it's illuminated by hundreds of lights. Book/pay locally. Remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Valley of the Kings

Today we cross to the West Bank of the Nile, the massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments we’ll see as we start our day's sightseeing, they are all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III. Today, we visit the Valleys of the Kings and the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

Returning to our hotel, we enjoy free time before visiting Karnak. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons and obelisks - built on a grand scale. During the height of Theban power, Karnak was the most important place of worship. Tonight, we return to Cairo by overnight sleeper train.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Egyptian Museum

Arrive into Cairo and hotel check-in. Later, a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. See the famous King Tutankhamun solid gold death mask or opt to see the Royal Mummy room. Remains of the afternoon and evening free to do your own thing.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Cairo your way

Today marks the final day of your tour. Maybe enjoy a lie in and enjoy a late breakfast or a beer or two by the pool, before your departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Visit El Alamein

El Alamein, located on the Mediterranean coast, just 4 hours north of Cairo, lies El Alamein, where two extended battles were fought during World War II. Some 13,000 Allied soldiers were killed and 70,000 were wounded in the battle. Come and pay your respects at the Commonwealth War Cemetery and visit the local war museum. Would you like to see more of Egypt? check out our other add-ons.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

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24 Dec - 29 Dec Xmas departure, book early!
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USD $1,195
USD $480
27 Dec - 01 Jan New Years departure, book early!
New Years departure, book early!
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USD $1,195
USD $480

Extra Prices

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Person
Single
Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $90
USD $40
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $100
USD $40

Hotels

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.

Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Overlooking the Nile and offering distant views of the Great Pyramids of Giza, this Holiday Inn provides the perfect location for your stay in Cairo. Each guestroom features a balcony and is well-equipped with modern amenities including free WiFi. Evenings can be spent enjoying international or Egyptian cuisine and unwinding with a cocktail at one of the hotel’s bars. Thanks to the friendly hotel staff, you’ll soon feel at home. And with panoramic views of the city from the rooftop lounge and pool, there’s no better place to base yourself for exploring Egypt’s ancient wonders.

Steigenberger Hotel el Tahrir, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Cairo, the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir is right by the lively Tahrir Square. Guestrooms offer peace and quiet away from the high-energy of the city, with contemporary decor and sound-proofed windows overlooking views of Cairo. The wellness facilities are state-of-the-art, including a fitness centre, outdoor pool and sauna and massage rooms. Be sure to take advantage of the poolside bar and delicious hotel restaurant, or enjoy the option of 24-hour in-room dining.

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

In a great location for the Pyramids, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are well furnished with modern interiors and en suite facilities. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and there is a beautiful outdoor pool, which is perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids.

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

An elegant and luxurious classical hotel, the Sonesta's sophistication will ensure 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. All its rooms offer views of the city or the river, complemented by a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Just minutes away you will find the temples at Luxor and Karnak, home to two of ancient Egypt's most famed sanctuaries.

Steigenberger Nile Palace, Luxor

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

The Steigenburger Nile Palace is a grand hotel and stylishly furnished, with many rooms overlooking the Nile River. The hotel has a health club with massage rooms, sauna, steam room and fitness room, and a tennis court on the roof, not to mention a riverside pool. Its four restaurants offer a choice between Nubian, Lebanese, Italian, and Thai cuisine.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
24 & 27 Dec 2019
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5
Visiting
Countries

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