Discover the Splendours of Egypt with Insight Vacations

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

Splendours of Egypt

(Photo: Pyramids in Egypt)

ALL IN PRICE: $4750 CAD price per person based on twin room on June 17, 2020 departure date.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES:

  • 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 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: 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 tranfers 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

(Photo: Map of Splendours of Egypt Itinerary)

HURRY! OFFER ENDS JANUARY 31, 2020!

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Itinerary

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.

Day 2: Cairo Sightseeing

Meet your Travel 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: Breakfast

Day 3: 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.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Temple of Horus to Aswan

Start your day with early morning sailing to Kom Ombo and continuing 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Relaxed start. 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

(Photo: The Nile)

Day 7: Relaxed start. 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Relaxed start. 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 the two gods the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder.

Hotel: MS Medea (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.

Meals: Breakfast

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 local family home and witness the making authentic Egyptian bread. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.

Meals: Breakfast

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: Breakfast

Day 12: Relaxed start. Depart Cairo

Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo International airport.

Meals: Breakfast

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