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Alexandria, Classical Egypt & Nile Cruise - 14 Days map

Take in the best of Egypt on this 14-day tour and relax on a 5-star Nile cruise. Discover awe-inspiring ancient wonders and see the highlights of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan. Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza, visit the beautiful Philae Temple, explore pharaoh’s tombs at the Valley of the Kings and more.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Gaze in awe at the ancient Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Grand Egyptian Museum
Luxor West Bank - Discover exquisite tombs at the Valley of the Kings, see the towering Colossi of Memnon and explore the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Dendera - Explore the beautifully preserved Temple of Hathor, with its exquisitely decorated ceiling
Aswan - Take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs
Alexandria - Take in the highlights of this beautiful Mediterranean port city, including the Roman Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar, the Library of Alexandria and Quaitbay Fort, the site of the great Lighthouse of Alexandria
Luxor - Roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
Nile cruising - Cruise the River Nile from Luxor to Aswan on board a 5 star river cruiser
Kom Ombo - Visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Included

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
2 overnight trains from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo (private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Touring - Alexandria , the El Alamein Battlefields, Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan and Luxor
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
7 nights 4-5 star hotels, 4 nights aboard a 5 star Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
An airport arrival transfer on day 1 and a departure transfer on day 14
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$110-130pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide - we recommend you allow USD$8 per day, per traveller for your guide, though ultimately tipping is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$70-90pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Welcome to Egypt. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you'll be met and transferred to our hotel. Here begins your Egyptian adventure! There will be a welcome meeting held at the hotel at 7pm.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Alexandria sightseeing

Cairo – Alexandria. This morning we make our way along the beautiful Mediterranean coast heading to the port city of Alexandria. On a guided tour we explore the ancient Roman Catacombs, heading underground to set our sights on the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt. From here we visit Pompey’s Pillar and see the incredible Library of Alexandria (exterior) and make our way to Citadel of Qaitbay. This fortress was built on the site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world. As we end our guided tour, we head back to our hotel to freshen up before our tasty evening meal.
Overnight: Alexandria  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

El Alamein

Alexandria – Cairo. After breakfast this morning, we visit the El Alamein. The ground of this Commonwealth War Graves speaks of the battles fought here during World War II. We pay respect to the 13,000 Allied soldiers that were killed in this battle. Later, we continue our tour with a visit to the El Alamein military museum that acts as a memorial for the battle and houses many of the war relics, where we learn the complete history of World War II in North Africa. Once our tour ends, we return to Cairo.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Free Time in Cairo

Today is spent at leisure, you can explore Egypt’s capital as you please. Perhaps visit the lesser-known sights of the city by taking our optional Backstreet of Cairo tour. On this tour wander down El Moez Street in Islamic Cairo, visit Garbage City and the famous Cave Church of St. Simon.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Pyramids of Giza

Today brings us a full day of touring, we will start with the incredible pyramids and the iconic Sphinx at The Giza Plateau. The Pyramids of Giza are the sole surviving Ancient Wonders of the World and oldest tourist attraction. Perhaps opt to ride a camel. Later we make our way to the necropolis of Saqqara, where we discover the myriad of tombs and temples and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh's chief architect in 2700 BC.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Grand Egyptian Museum

Cairo – Luxor. This morning we join our guided tour of the incredible new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. The museum houses an astonishing collection of relics and antiquities from most of ancient Egyptian history, including King Tutankhamun’s treasures and many other exhibits will be displayed for the first time. Later, we make our way to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the incredible Royal Mummies’ Hall, displaying the bodies of well-preserved ancient kings and queens. We return to the hotel after our excursion to enjoy some free time by the pool before we board an overnight sleeper train.

Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in late 2024, though an official opening date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Luxor & Dendera

We arrive in Luxor this morning and drive 60km north to Dendera. Dendera is one of Egypt’s best-preserved temple complexes and covers an astonishing 40,000 square meters. The temples, shrines and chapels in this vast complex were gradually built across thousands of years. The main pinnacle of Dendera is the 2000-year-old Temple of Hathor with its beautifully inscribed ceiling. Returning to Luxor, the afternoon is free to spend at leisure. Enjoy a dip in the pool and soak up the sunshine or take a stroll around town. This evening there's an optional excursion to the beautiful Temple of Luxor.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Valley of the Kings & Karnak Temple

Early morning, we cross to Luxor’s West Bank of the Nile and set our sights on the 18m-high colossi of Memnon, all that remains of the temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III. Next stop is the famous Valley of the Kings, where we explore some of the beautifully decorated pharaoh’s tombs. Then we travel on to the striking limestone, colonnaded Temple of Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s finest monuments.

Mid-afternoon we return to the East Bank and check-in on board a 5-star Nile cruise that will be our home for the next four nights. Grab lunch and relax on board, late afternoon we head out to visit the colossal Temple of Karnak. The spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, are all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers.
Overnight: Nile cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Nile Cruising

Nile cruising. This morning we sail downstream. Take the day to relax on deck and go for a swim, soak up the sunshine and take in the stunning view as we cruise the River Nile.
Overnight: Nile cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Kom Ombo Temple

Nile Cruising - Aswan. We spend another day onboard our cruiser, relax as we sail the Nile to the Temple of Kom Ombo and then onto Aswan. Dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek and Falcon God Horus, everything in the temple is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis including twin halls, courts, colonnades, sanctuaries and entrances. We arrive into Aswan this evening.
Overnight: Nile cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Aswan, Abu Simbel & the Philae Temple

This morning is free to spend at leisure or take an optional early morning excursion to the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Possibly the most incredible temple of all ancient Egypt, guarded by the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II. Please see our Abu Simbel by Road add-on for more info.

This afternoon we visit the beautiful Philae Temple, a sacred temple dedicated to the most revered and beloved goddess Isis. Most of the temple's complex structure was completed by Ptolemy II and the Romans up to 3rd century AD. To preserve the temple from the rising water of Lake Nassar, UNESCO stepped in and started a mission to have the entire temple relocated and placed 20m higher on to nearby Agilika Island.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Aswan at leisure

Aswan – Cairo. Disembark the Nile Cruiser and spend the day leisure, discovering Aswan at your own speed. Perhaps head over and pay a visit to the Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote the novel Death on the Nile. This afternoon, we board the overnight train (twin berth sleeper cabins provided) for our journey back to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Cairo - Old City tour or relax

We arrive in Cairo this morning, check into our hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure, have a relaxing day by the pool or join an optional tour visiting Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo and the Citadel of Saladin.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Cairo

Wednesday. This morning our tour comes to an end. Bid your fellow travellers farewell before an included transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
06 Jun - 19 Jun 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
20 Jun - 03 Jul 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
04 Jul - 17 Jul 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
18 Jul - 31 Jul 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
01 Aug - 14 Aug 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
15 Aug - 28 Aug 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
29 Aug - 11 Sep 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
12 Sep - 25 Sep 15% off
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
19 Sep - 02 Oct 15% off G
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
26 Sep - 09 Oct 15% off
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
10 Oct - 23 Oct 15% off G
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
17 Oct - 30 Oct 15% off G
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
24 Oct - 06 Nov 15% off G
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
07 Nov - 20 Nov 15% off
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
21 Nov - 04 Dec 15% off
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
05 Dec - 18 Dec 15% off
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
19 Dec - 01 Jan 15% off
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
26 Dec - 08 Jan 15% off
NZD $6,135
NZD $5,215
NZD $9,705
NZD $8,249
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
02 Jan - 15 Jan 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
16 Jan - 29 Jan 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
13 Feb - 26 Feb 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
20 Feb - 05 Mar 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
27 Feb - 12 Mar 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
06 Mar - 19 Mar 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
13 Mar - 26 Mar 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
20 Mar - 02 Apr 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
27 Mar - 09 Apr 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
03 Apr - 16 Apr 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
10 Apr - 23 Apr 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
17 Apr - 30 Apr 15% off
NZD $5,965
NZD $5,070
NZD $9,395
NZD $7,986
24 Apr - 07 May 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677
30 Oct - 12 Nov 15% off
NZD $5,035
NZD $4,280
NZD $7,855
NZD $6,677

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Abu Simbel by Road (Adult)
NZD $305
N/A
Backstreets of Cairo
NZD $205
N/A

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.

Paradise Inn Le Metropole, Alexandria

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Le Metropole is one of the oldest in Alexandria and is a superb example of 18th century architecture. The rooms are are cozy and well appointed.

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 (not Nile View as standard) 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.

Sleeper Train, Cairo

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

When travelling on an overnight train in Egypt, sleeper carriages offer the highest level of comfort. Cabins are equipped with two beds (one above the other), a basin, electric points and air conditioning. Freshly laundered bedding is provided and in the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your bed for you. The carriages have toilets at each end and there is a club car which serves snacks and beverages. In the morning a very basic breakfast is provided.

Sonesta Hotel Cairo, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   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.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Radisson Blu is in the Heliopolis area of Cairo, just 3 kms from Cairo International Airport. Providing spacious, well appointed guest rooms with amenities such as a daily newspaper and turndown service, the hotel is the perfect oasis for guests visiting the city. Its two restaurants, lobby lounge, and gourmet bakery offer a range of culinary choices. To top it all off, the hotel boasts a rooftop spa and pool with panoramic Cairo views.

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.

M/S Medea, Nile Cruising

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

The M/S Medea is elegantly furnished with rich fabrics, wood panelling and classic style furniture, offering a refined setting for your Nile cruise. The restaurant offers 120 covers with a combination of waiter service and buffet meals which allows to sample both Egyptian and international cuisine. The spacious lounge bar is tastefully furnished with Chesterfield sofas and offers panoramic views of the Nile River.

M/S La Traviata, Nile Cruising

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

M/S La Traviata has proved be a long term favourite with many regular Nile cruise guests. The cosy restaurant on the lower deck serves 88 guests and serves both - international and Egyptian cuisine. Lounge bar with dance floor and music system for evening entertainment. The sundeck offers a pool as well as sun loungers and a shaded area. The reception offers full services including an international phone. The gift shop on board has a wide range of gifts and souvenirs from Egypt.

M/S Miriam , Nile Cruising

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

M/S Miriam is a beautiful Nile cruise boat offering 59 spacious cabins. Onboard you'll find a fantastic restaurant serving both international and Egyptian cuisine. As your cruiser makes it's way along the mighty Nile river, take the opportunity to relax on deck and watch the changing scenery or perhaps indulge in a book.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Thursdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 5
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
The white fortress of Qaitbay in Alexandria
The white fortress of Qaitbay in Alexandria
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
Cruise ship on the River Nile
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan

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