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Splendours Of Egypt

Splendours Of Egypt

Splendours Of Egypt

Splendours Of Egypt

Splendours Of Egypt

Splendours Of Egypt

12 DAYS

2018 - 2019

FROM $4,295*PP

INCLUDES: Local Flights | Local Guide | Accommodation | Cruise | Guided Tours | Meals | Entertainment

HIGHLIGHTS

Cairo: With your Egyptologist, gaze upon Tutankhamun’s treasures at the Egyptian Musuem, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – all treasures of Tutankhamun.
Karnak: With your Egyptologist, stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
West Bank: With an Egyptologist, visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Giza: With your Egyptologist, meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the Pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
Giza: Be mesmerised by the Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
Aswan: On-board a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
Philae Island: As you journey by motorboat to Philae Island, witness the majestic Temple of Isis rising from the waters.

INCLUSIONS

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director and certified Egyptologist will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom may be used on occasion.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 7 night Nile cruise aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, on either MS Medea, MS Miriam, MS Giselle, MS La Boheme or similar. Please note that gratuities are not included for the Travel Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts.
  • Included economy class flights between Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo with transfers between airports and hotels.
  • Complimentary transfers from/to Cairo Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.
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Day 1

ARRIVE IN CAIRO

Welcome to the timeless land of the Pharaohs. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.

 

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Day 2

CAIRO SIGHTSEEING

Meet your Tour Director at 08:00 for a detailed briefing. Then ascend to the Citadel, for breathtaking views over the city and a visit to the Alabaster Mosque. Continue to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the Egyptian Museum. Among the many exhibits are the fabulous artefacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Later, drive to the pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show - an unforgettable introduction to the world of Ancient Egypt.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

 

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Day 3

FLY TO LUXOR, CRUISE THE NILE

Fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall before transferring to your cruise ship. After lunch on-board, visit Luxor Temple, which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4

EXPLORING DENDERA AND EDFU

Visit the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. It contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra and her son Caesarian, whose father was Julius Caesar. Return to your cruise boat and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5

TEMPLE OF HORUS TO ASWAN

Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God. After exploring this magnificent site, your cruise continues to Aswan. In the evening, don your galabeyas (traditional Egyptian attire), for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

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Day 6

ASWAN’S HIGH DAM & TEMPLE OF ISIS

Sightseeing includes a visit to Aswan's High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on your cruise boat.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7

FELUCCAS AND HIGH TEA

On a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient craft. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once did before you.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

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Day 8

FREE TIME AND ON TO KOM OMBO

With the morning free, perhaps join the optional experience of travelling to the temples of Abu Simbel, by air? Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9

CRUISING THE NILE TO LUXOR

Your cruise continues along the life-giving waters of the Nile. In the evening, arrive back in Luxor where there is time for shopping and sightseeing.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 10

EXPLORE LUXOR AND FLY TO CAIRO

Disembark from your cruise and travel by air-conditioned coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried. Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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Day 11

CAIRO AND THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

After breakfast, drive to Memphis, the famous capital of the ancient world. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back to 2,700 BC. In the afternoon, it's on to Giza with your Egyptologist to explore the magnificent pyramids and come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sphinx. During your visit, venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their Gods in the afterlife.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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Day 12

DEPART CAIRO

Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo Airport.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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