The Pyramids | Giza | Egypt
FROM: AUD $3,345 pp

Discover the incredible wonders of ancient Egypt in nine exhilarating days - From the Pyramids of Giza, the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. You'll visit the impressive Abu Simbel and enjoy a relaxing cruise, meandering the River Nile onboard a five star Nile Cruiser.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza and explore the Necropolis of Saqqara
Abu Simbel - visit this awe-inspiring temple, one of the most impressive in all of Egypt
Nile cruising - cruise from Aswan to Luxor, spending 3 nights on board a 5 star Nile cruiser
Luxor - uncover the tombs of pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and investigate the incredible burial Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Cairo - discover the Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Khan el Khalili Bazaar & the Egyptian Museum
Aswan - take leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore the romantic Philae Temple
Kom Ombo - visit the unique double Temple of Kom Ombo located on the banks of the Nile
Luxor - explore Luxor Temple and the vast Karnak Temple complex

Included

Breakfast daily and all meals aboard Nile Cruiser
Domestic flights: Cairo - Aswan, Aswan - Abu Simbel & Abu Simbel - Aswan
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 9
Qualified Egyptologist guide at all sites of antiquity
5 nights deluxe hotels (Superior hotels are also available, please enquire), 3 nights deluxe Nile Cruiser
Private air-conditioned transportation, all relevant transfers
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing

Not Included

International flights and visa
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

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

Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Today we pay a visit to the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, the impressive Pyramids at Giza Plateau. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks, it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. The other two - Chephren and Mycerinus are equally breathtaking, and all three Pyramids are truly a sight that can only be fully appreciated in person. Our tour continues to Mephis, where get to see the colossal statue of Ramses II. Afterward we tour the tomb-strewn necropolis of Saqqara, featuring King Zhoser’s step pyramid. Constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC, this was the template for all future pyramid construction.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Egyptian Museum

Today we visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which houses a giant exhibition containing the treasures of King Tutankhamun. Many pieces on show are being displayed for the first time and artefacts have been brought together from across Egypt and the world to this one fantastic location. The museum also makes use of new technology including virtual reality. Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2020. An official date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum this morning in its place.

This afternoon we'll head to the world famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar, with trinkets and delights to be found amongst the many shops and stalls located here. We'll then continue to The Citadel. This monumental Islamic-era fortification, in the heart of Cairo, was once the seat of government from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Here we'll visit the beautiful Mosque of Muhammed Ali. Built in the 1830's this impressive structure is made from alabaster stone and is a smaller version of the Blue Mosque, found in Istanbul.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Philae Temple & High Dam

Cairo - Aswan. After breakfast, take a short flight south to Aswan and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we visit the Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. Philae temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. Due to high water levels in the resevoir created by the Old Aswan Dam and further aquatic drama due to the creation of the mighty High Dam, Philae temple was relocated stone by stone on higher ground on nearby Agilika Island.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Abu Simbel

Aswan - Abu Simbel - Aswan. It's an early start today as we board a short flight down south to explore the temples of Abu Simbel , created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. In a fit of architectural wisdom, Ramses II had the entire temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would allign twice a year on his date of ascension to the throne (in February) and on his birthday (in October) and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. 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, the other two are of his beloved wife - Queen Nefertari. Famously, both temples were re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser.

Returning to Aswan, you will have some free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax in this attractive town which straddles the River Nile. This afternoon board the luxury Nile cruiser for your three night cruise up the River Nile.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-7

Nile Cruising

Nile Cruising. Spend the next two days relaxing aboard your luxury Nile cruiser, taking in the riverside village views perched on the top deck, as well as exploring some of the exciting historical sites located along this stretch of the Nile. On day 6 we'll moor up at the riverside and enjoy a visit to the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. Consisting of two temples, one dedicated to the Crocodile-headed god Sobek and the other dedicated to the falcon god Horus. On Day 7 we will reach the west bank of Luxor and explore the best of Ancient Thebes; the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 8

Karnak and Luxor Temples

After a leisurely breakfast we'll disembark our cruiser this morning to visit Karnak temple. Karnak is a spectacular myriad of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. Later we'll visit Luxor Temple, dedicated to Amun, construction work on the temple began during the reign of Amenhotep III in the 14th century BC. We'll continue to your hotel later today where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Cairo

Today marks the end of your incredible journey through Egypt. A transfer will be provided to take you to Luxor Airport for your onward flight to Cairo where your tour ends.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The single supplement price needs to be added to the per person price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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AUD $3345
AUD $480
AUD $3545
AUD $560
AUD $3895
AUD $720
AUD $3545
AUD $560
AUD $3345
AUD $480
AUD $3545
AUD $560
AUD $3895
AUD $720

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.

Sonesta Hotel Cairo, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Sonesta Hotel & Casino is a sophisticated and luxurious hotel offering spacious, en-suit rooms with opulent furnishings. Enjoy a cocktail at the poolside bar or indulge in a relaxing massage or Turkish steam bath at the full-service spa. With 5 restaurants located within the hotel you'll be spoilt for choice over dining options.

Movenpick Hotel, Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Situated on Elephantine Island, the Movenpick is a luxurious hotel with stunning views of the Nile River. There is a range of spacious and luxurious rooms with stylish furnishings, private balconies or terraces and a great selection of amenities including WiFi, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The Movenpick offers three restaurants as well as the Lounge Bar and Panorama Bar. Guests can also make use of the outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts.

Deluxe Cruise, Nile Cruising

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 star cruise boat

Deluxe Nile cruise boats are elegant, luxurious boats with spacious cabins and an excellent range of facilities. You'll have the opportunity to relax as your cruise boat meanders along this famous river. Enjoy delicious dining experiences coupled with incredible views of the villages and vistas that dot the river bank.

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.

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.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Wednesday or Saturday
Hotel Rating
Deluxe hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Click to play videoStone carvings in the side of the mountain at Abu Simbel
Cruise ship on the River Nile
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
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