Insight Vacations | Splendours of Egypt (Summer 2020)

Egypt’s vast wealth of antiquities take centre stage here.

Marvel at Karnak, the Pyramids and Sphinx, Tutankhamun’s treasure, and the ubiquitous hieroglyphics.


Tour Operator: Insight Vacations
  • What's Included

    • 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 Luxor/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.
  • Pricing

      • Start Date
      • End Date
      • Price
        (Twin)
      • 22 Apr 20
      • 3 May 20
      • $5,295
      • 29 Apr 20
      • 10 May 20
      • $5,295
      • 6 May 20
      • 17 May 20
      • $5,295
      • 13 May 20
      • 24 May 20
      • $5,295
      • 20 May 20
      • 31 May 20
      • $5,295
      • 27 May 20
      • 7 Jun 20
      • $5,295
      • 3 Jun 20
      • 14 Jun 20
      • $5,295
      • 10 Jun 20
      • 21 Jun 20
      • $5,295
      • 17 Jun 20
      • 28 Jun 20
      • $5,295
      • 24 Jun 20
      • 5 Jul 20
      • $5,295
      • 1 Jul 20
      • 12 Jul 20
      • $5,295
      • 8 Jul 20
      • 19 Jul 20
      • $5,295
      • 15 Jul 20
      • 26 Jul 20
      • $5,295
      • 22 Jul 20
      • 2 Aug 20
      • $5,295
      • 29 Jul 20
      • 9 Aug 20
      • $5,295
      • 5 Aug 20
      • 16 Aug 20
      • $5,295
      • 12 Aug 20
      • 23 Aug 20
      • $5,295
      • 19 Aug 20
      • 30 Aug 20
      • $5,295
      • 26 Aug 20
      • 6 Sep 20
      • $5,350
      • 2 Sep 20
      • 13 Sep 20
      • $5,375
      • 9 Sep 20
      • 20 Sep 20
      • $5,375
      • 16 Sep 20
      • 27 Sep 20
      • $5,375
      • 23 Sep 20
      • 4 Oct 20
      • $5,375
      • 30 Sep 20
      • 11 Oct 20
      • $5,475
      • 7 Oct 20
      • 18 Oct 20
      • $5,475
    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive in Cairo

    Welcome to Cairo, a timeless land of the Pharaohs and Pyramids. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest up before your journey begins tomorrow. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel.

     

    Day 2 - Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile.

    This morning, 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. One of the most luxurious vessels on the Nile, it will be your home for the next six nights. After lunch on board, visit the Luxor Museum to see many ancient artefacts from Luxor Temple and two royal mummies. The evening is yours at leisure, enjoy dinner on the ship before relaxing in its lounge or in the comfort of your room.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

     

    Day 3 - Exploring Dendera and Edfu.

    A day of legend and history awaits you today as you begin with a morning visit to 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. Later, visit Luxor Temple. Located on the east bank of the Nile, it was built by the New Kingdom Pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramesses II. It is known as ipet resyt “the southern sanctuary. In the evening return to your ship and enjoy a scenic journey via the Esna Lock to Edfu.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

     

    Day 4 - Edfu to Aswan.

    You will start the day with breakfast as you cruise along the Nile to Kom Ombo and continue on to the city of Aswan. Famous for its archaeological sites such as the Philae Temple Complex and the Temple of Isis, Aswan is a vibrant destination that portray an agreeable mix of ancient and contemporary Egypt. In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

     

    Day 5 - Aswan’s High Dam & Temple of Isis.

    Today’s 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 ship. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on things to do onboard or perhaps ask for more insights into Egypt’s fascinating history.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

     

    Day 6 - Feluccas and High Tea.

    Throughout your journey you’ll have seen many feluccas sailing along the Nile. Now it’s your time to explore one for yourself. On this traditional vessel, you’ll meet a local sailor who will teach you about 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. The hotel is rumoured to be where Christie wrote her bestselling novel, “Death on the Nile.”(Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner)

     

    Day 7 - 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? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramsses II and the Temple of Hathor. Located in a village in Nubia, they are found in Upper Egypt. Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus the Elder.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

     

    Day 8 - Cruising the Nile to Luxor.

    Your cruise continues along the bustling waters of the Nile. Enjoy your facilities on board and have your cameras at the ready for the sites as you leisurely make your way to Luxor. In the evening, on arrival in Luxor there will be free time. Ask your Travel Director for tips on where to explore.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

     

    Day 9 - Explore Luxor and fly to Cairo.

    This morning, disembark from your cruise and travel by 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, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun were buried. Visit a family home and witness the making of authentic Egyptian sun bread. You’ll be able to find out more about local life in the village and why baking this delicacy is so important to the family. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 10 - Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza.

    Today you’ll head 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, where you’ll 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. Later, drive to the pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show - an unforgettable introduction to the world of Ancient Egypt.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 11 - Cairo Sightseeing.

    This morning, ascend to the Citadel, for breathtaking views over the city. While here visit the Alabaster Mosque, otherwise known as the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. Continue to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the Egyptian Museum. Among the many exhibits found here, are the fabulous artefacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 12 - Depart Cairo.

    It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your journey comes to an end. A transfer will take you to Cairo International airport for your onward flights.(Breakfast)

     

    Splendours of Egypt (Summer 2020)
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Food fund and airfares may be additional. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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