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Pyramids & the Nile

The pyramids of Giza are the country’s most photographed monuments, the timeless Nile is its most vital asset. These two icons of Egypt come together on a tour of tombs, temples, and treasures

An ideal introduction for a first-time visit to Egypt, this tour is a taster of its antiquities, taking you by air and river cruiser to visit the major sites of the cities and the Nile. With a hotel stay in Cairo and a four-night cruise from Luxor to Aswan, packed into just eight nights away, on the most spacious and modern vessel, the first-class MS Hamees. Accompanied by an Egyptologist and local guides, the journey is bookended by Cairo, where discovery begins at the Pyramids of Giza and the epic, enigmatic Sphinx, rising from the desert sands; continues to ancient Memphis and Saqqara; and returns to the city to visit the ‘Citadel of Saladin’, esteemed Egyptian (or new Grand Egyptian) Museum, and buzzing Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Two days of exploration in Luxor reveal its vast and splendid temples and the Valley of the Kings, with Tutankhamun’s tomb among generations of former and following pharaohs. Cruising upstream on the Nile, the ship navigates the Esna Lock to visit the Temple of Khnum, and sails to a view of Kom Ombo’s twin temples enroute to the river islands, Nubian culture, and High Dam of Aswan, which created Lake Nasser.

Overview

  • Days 1 & 2  - Cairo
  • Day 3  - Luxor
  • Day 4  - Luxor/Esna
  • Day 5  - Esna / Kom Ombo / Aswan
  • Day 6  - Aswan
  • Days 7 & 8  - Cairo
  • Day 9  - Return Flight
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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Pyramids and Coptic Cairo
  • 4-night cruise on the River Nile
  • Explore Luxor and Karnak Temples
  • Wander around Valley of the Kings
  • See Kom Ombo around sunset
  • Optional balloon ride over Luxor

The pyramids of Giza are the country’s most photographed monuments, the timeless Nile is its most vital asset. These two icons of Egypt come together on a tour of tombs, temples, and treasures

Notes:

Whilst the vessel carries more, sightseeing will be limited to 25 guests.

Temple, tomb and pyramid visits are on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.

Mooring may be alongside other vessels with views obstructed and access to your own boat through other vessels' lobbies and across gangplanks.

In Luxor the local authorities are introducing regulations to move boats' moorings away from the town centre and your vessel will normally be berthed outside the town.

Early morning starts are often made to excursions thereby avoiding the main crowds at the sites and the intensity of the midday sun.

The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

Accommodation

Crowne Plaza West Cairo Arkan Hotel

A first-class hotel in the heart of Sheikh Zayed with 178 rooms and a selection of restaurants, bar, pool, sauna, gym and WiFi (free). 178 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Nile Ritz Carlton - Cairo

The first luxury hotel in Egypt, situated in the heart of Cairo between the Nile and the Egyptian Museum.. 331 rooms, a selection of restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 331 spacious and stylish rooms with safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Vessels

Mövenpick MS Hamees

Refurbished in 2018, this lovely vessel has spacious public rooms, and a restaurant with a combination of waiter and buffet service. Evening entertainment, lounge, bar, gift shop, laundry, a large panoramic sundeck with plunge pool and WiFi (free/limited). 70 air-conditioned outside cabins (233 sq. ft.) with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and mini-fridge. All cabins have picture windows except the Lower Deck and the two Main Deck single cabins (161 sq. ft.), which have portholes.

Extra Nights

Stay in Cairo before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request. Please call to discuss your requirements
Crowne Plaza West Cairo Arkan Hotel (per night)
Standard (twin/double): £120
Single supplement: £100
Arrival or departure transfer £15

Ritz Carlton Cairo (per night)
Deluxe City & Museum View twin/double: £225
Single supplement: £195
Deluxe Nile view twin/double: £265
Single supplement: £225
Arrival or departure transfer £15

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Cairo

A first-class hotel in the heart of Sheikh Zayed with 178 rooms and a selection of restaurants, bar, pool, sauna, gym and WiFi (free). 178 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Nile Ritz Carlton - Cairo

The first luxury hotel in Egypt, situated in the heart of Cairo between the Nile and the Egyptian Museum.. 331 rooms, a selection of restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 331 spacious and stylish rooms with safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Optional Excursions

Luxor Hot Air Balloon Excursion

Take to the skies above Luxor in a hot-air balloon and enjoy panoramic views of the world's greatest open-air museum. Leaving at sunrise, enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the sun rising over the east bank of the Nile, illuminating the land of the ancient Pharaohs on your scenic flight over Egypt's iconic monuments, this experience promises to be one of the highlights of your journey, as you drift over the Valley of the Kings & Queens, getting a bird’s eye view off the tombs and the Nile delta in a hot air balloon.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room / Lower Deck cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow

September
September 28 (Saturday)
October
October 19 (Saturday)
  • No Single Supplement
November
November 9 (Saturday)
  • 4 Places Remaining
November 23 (Saturday)
December
December 7 (Saturday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 3 nights’ hotel accommodation, 4 night-cruise, breakfast daily, 2 lunches in Cairo, full board on cruise, itinerary as described, Egyptian tour manager/Egyptologist, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2024: Oct 19

  • 2024: Nov, Dec
  • £620
  • 2025: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • £350
Upgrades
  • Main Deck
  • £60
  • Upper Deck
  • £125
  • Top Deck
  • £200
Flight Options
  • EgyptAir Business Class
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Luxor Hot Air Balloon Excursion (2024)
  • £160
  • Luxor Hot Air Balloon Excursion (2025)
  • £175
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £500
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £15

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