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Classic Egypt Nile & Cairo
Classic Egypt Nile & Cairo OverviewOur popular Classic Egypt holiday is the ideal way to see the best of Egypt's classical sights. Not only can you enjoy the wonderful ancient sites along the Nile, from Luxor to Aswan but also the magnificent treasures and exciting atmosphere of Cairo.Includes flights from Heathrow,7 nights Nile Cruise and 3 nights stay in Cairo.
Day 1 Cairo: Depart the UK to Cairo. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay.
Day 2-3 Cairo: Explore this exciting and bustling city where the ancient blends with the modern. No trip to Cairo is complete without a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx plus a visit to the Egyptian Museum to see the famous treasures of Tutankhamun. We offer these day excursions(including lunch) for £68 per person per day which can be pre-booked with us.
Day 4 Luxor: Depart from Cairo to Luxor. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your chosen cruise boat (transfer time approx 30 minutes). Overnight in Luxor.
Day 5 Valley of the Kings : Today cross over to the West Bank of the Nile for the first excursion, The Valley of the Kings. From here visit the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut. Afterwards there is a visit to the enormous statues of the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch is served back on board the boat. Set sail upstream to Esna and pass through the Lock. Overnight in Esna.
Day 6 Edfu and Kom Ombo: Early morning visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. The cruise continues upstream to Kom Ombo where there is a late afternoon visit to the Ptolemic Temple dedicated to the gods Haroeris and Sobek. Afterwards still sailing upstream the boat will arrive in Aswan where you will remain for two nights.
Day 7 Aswan: Today is spent exploring the delights of Aswan. Sightseeing includes a visit to the High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries, the Unfinished Obelisk and then by boat to the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island. After lunch board a Felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailing boat for your included cruise down the Nile and around the picturesque Kitchener Island before returning for dinner.
Day 8 Abu Simbel: The morning can be spent at leisure to roam Aswan some more or alternatively join the optional excursion to Abu Simbel to see the four colossal statues of Ramses II which for many will be the highlight of the cruise. This popular excursion is available by coach (approx £85) or by air (approx £295). In the afternoon an optional bird watching excursion and a visit to a Nubian house can be arranged.
Day 9 Nile River: Today we enjoy a quieter day sailing downstream along the Nile before arriving late evening in Esna. During this pleasant journey you can choose to take a dip in the pool, catch up on some reading or simply enjoy the view. Overnight on board in Esna.
Day 10 Luxor Temples: Sailing from Esna to Luxor arriving at lunch time. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Karnak - an enormous complex of three temples dedicated to the Theban Gods. Afterwards explore the magnificent Temple of Luxor which was once connected to the Karnak Temple by an avenue of sphinxes.In the evening there is an optional excursion to the exhilarating Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple (approximately £28.00 per person).
Day 11 Fly to the UK: Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.