LAND OF THE PHARAOHS
7 Day Tour
4 or 5-star hotel &
5 star standard or 5 star de luxe
CAIRO, ASWAN, PHILAE, KOM OMBO, EDFU, LUXOR, VALLEY OF THE KINGS & KARNAK
Departures from South Africa - Mondays
This is a private/personal tour,
not a group tour.
Prices exclude flights.
Terms & Conditions apply.
The cost of the tour includes:
2 nights at 4 or 5 star hotel, Cairo, or similar, bed & breakfast
Room/breakfast available on arrival
1 night sleeper train Cairo/Aswan - dinner, bed & breakfast
3 nights on board standard 5-star or 5 star de luxe Nile cruiser full board Aswan to Luxor
All transfers and tours in private air-conditioned vehicles
Sightseeing & entrance fees per itinerary
Egyptian English speaking guides
The cost of the tour excludes:
Airfares & tax
Visas or visa handling charges
Drinks & extras at hotel/train/cruiser or during the tours
The hotels used are:
4 * hotel & standard 5 star cruise ship
Cairo: Shepheard Hotel, Movenpick Pyramids Hotel, Novotel El Borg Hotel, or similar
Cruise: M/S Nile Ruby or
M/S Nephtis, or similar
5 * hotel & 5 star de luxe cruise ship
Cairo: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, Cairo Sheraton, or similar
Cruise: M/S Tower Prestige or
M/S Nile Festival. or similar
Please note - there is also a 5 star de luxe category hotel & cruise at special rates - details available on enquiry.
We will be happy to arrange your flights, visas & travel insurance
Land of the Pharaohs
DAY 1 (Tuesday)
Arrive Cairo International Airport early morning, where you will be met by our Cairo agent and transferred to your hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. You will have your room/breakfast on early arrival. After time to relax and refresh you have a half day tour visiting the the Citadel overlooking the city, the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Aly, the Coptic Hanging Church and St Sergius Church in Old Cairo and the famous medieval Khan el Khalili Bazaars. Overnight Cairo.
There is a full day tour to the Giza Pyramids where you will see the Great Pyramid and the other pyramids, the Sphinx and visit the Valley Temple. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will be driven out of Cairo to the site of the ancient capital of Memphis where you see the fallen colossus of Ramesses the Great and other ancient sculptures and then proceed to the desert site of Saqqara where you see the Step Pyramid and the huge funerary site of King Djoser (c. 2600 BCE). You also visit a mastaba – an Old Kingdom tomb. Overnight Cairo.
Today you have a full day tour of the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, with the astonishing gold treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamun and an antiquities collection spanning 7,000 years. Later you will be transferred to Giza Railway Station for your overnight sleeper train to Aswan which is on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis.
After breakfast on the train you arrive in Aswan. Upon arrival you will start your tour which will include Aswan’s High Dam, the ancient Granite Quarries and the wonderful temple of Philae. You will be transferred to your standard 5 star or 5 star de luxe Nile cruiser. During the cruise you will enjoy full board starting with lunch today. In the afternoon, sailing on a traditional felucca on the Nile, you view Kitchener’s and Elephantine Islands and the Aga Khan Mausoleum from the river.
During the cruise you will enjoy full board starting with lunch today. In the afternoon, sailing on a traditional felucca on the Nile, you view Kitcheners and Elephantine Islands and the Aga Khan Mausoleum from the river.
Today there will be a visit to the famous Aswan High Dam which forms the 500 km. long Lake Nasser and there will be a visit to the ancient granite quarry with its 1,000 ton Unfinished Obelisk. You cross the water by motor-boat to visit the elegant island Temple of Philae dedicated to the supreme maternal goddess Isis. You return to your cruiser for lunch. After lunch the cruiser sails to Kom Ombo where you visit the temple with its dual dedication to the crocodile god Sobek and a falcon-headed god Re-Haroeris. After the visit the cruise continues to Edfu where it will moor for overnight.
After breakfast you will be transported by horse carriage through the dusty town of Edfu where you will visit the huge Temple of Horus - this is the most complete temple of the ancient world. After the visit the cruise continues to Esna where you pass through the lock and sail to Luxor with its massive concentration of ancient sites.
This morning you cross the Nile to the West Bank by road transport to visit the tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings (there will be an opportunity for an optional visit to the tomb of Tutankhamun). Also you visit the great temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon you visit the incredible Karnak temple complex, the largest religious complex in the world, with its forest of pillars, sacred lake and carved reliefs. Later you will go to the impressive Luxor Temple. There will be an evening transfer to Luxor Airport for the flight to Cairo which connects with the return flight to South Africa.
DEPARTURES FROM SOUTH AFRICA ON MONDAYS