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Cairo, Luxor & Nile Cruise

11 days from £1449*
Departing: September 2018 - October 2019
* Price shown: 21 September 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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Catch your breath as you encounter the wondrous Pyramids at Giza and marvel at the collections of Cairo's stunning Egyptian Museum. Gaze in awe as you cruise along the tranquil Nile, past riverbank scenes unchanged in centuries, visiting some of the most important relics of Ancient Egypt, as well as the truly phenomenal High Dam at Aswan. Opportunities to visit Alexandria and Abu Simbel on optional excursions complete this extraordinary, unforgettable holiday in Egypt.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Discover the sights of Cairo and visit the astonishing Egyptian Museum, with its relics of Tutankhamun
  • Gaze in awe at Giza's fabled Pyramids and Sphinx
  • See the Temples of Karnak and Luxor, including the Valley of the Kings
  • Visit the Aswan High Dam
  • Sail on a felucca round Kitchener Island
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in the five-star Cairo Pyramids Hotel, plus one lunch
  • Seven nights' full-board accommodation aboard five-star rated HS Radamis II
  • Return flights to Cairo, returning from Luxor, and internal flights from Cairo to Luxor
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Cairo and transfer by coach to your five-star hotel in the shadow of the Pyramids at Giza, for a three-night stay.

Day Two

Enjoy a full day's guided tour, which will include a visit to the Pyramids - the vast, extraordinary monuments to the ancient Egyptians' wealth and power watched over by the fabled Sphinx. Other highlights will include the the step-pyramid at Saqqara, Cairo's Egyptian Museum, with its fabulous treasures recovered from the tomb of the Boy King Tutankhamun, and the imposing medieval fortress Citadel.

This evening, return to the Pyramids for the 'Sound and Light' optional excursion. On this mystical trip you'll hear the tale of how the Pyramids were built and what life was like in Ancient Egypt in 2611 BC, with a spectacular light show adding to the story-telling.

Day Three

Return for another exploration of Cairo's treasures, or join today's optional excursion to Alexandria, once the centre of the Hellenistic world, and now a bustling port-city that preserves an air of nostalgia - in the traditional coffee houses and cafes - for the 'Alex' of old.

Visit the fascinating Graeco-Roman Museum, explore Egypt's only Roman amphitheatre, wander the eerie catacombs at Kom Ash-Shuqqafa and see the Citadel of Quilt Bay - a 15th-century fortress located on the coastline.

Day Four

Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Luxor and board the magnificently appointed five-star rated HS Radamis II, your home for the next seven nights. After lunch aboard, journey to the East Bank of the Nile, to visit Luxor Temple with its colonnades and courtyards, and the staggering Temple of Karnak, where the vast columns of the giant hypostyle hall dwarf awestruck visitors. Enjoy a first dinner aboard ship, and moor overnight in Luxor.

Day Five

Cross to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, where in 1922 Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered the sand-blocked entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun. You'll also visit the temple of female Pharaoh Hatshepsut and gaze in awe at the twin 'colossi' of Memnon.

Return to Radamis II for lunch and begin the journey south, cruising through scenes seemingly unchanged in centuries, with fishermen sailing traditional feluccas and villagers washing their clothing in the river's waters. Moor overnight in Edfu.

Day Six

Visit perhaps the best preserved of all Egypt's Pharaonic relics, the stunning Temple of Horus, before you return to the ship and cruise towards the magnificent riverside Temple at Kom Ombo, with its hypostyle halls, burial chambers and mummified crocodiles. You'll visit the twin temple of pharaohs Sobek and Haroeris, before cruising on to Aswan, where you will moor for three nights, giving you the opportunity to explore this mesmerising city with its backdrop the Aga Khan's great mausoleum.

Day Seven

Today you'll visit the extraordinary Aswan High Dam, which holds back the waters of great Lake Nasser, and see the granite quarries from where many of the ancient obelisks were fashioned. See the 'Unfinished Obelisk' - left behind because of a flaw in the stone from which it is cut. Take a motorboat ride across the Nile to the great Temple of Isis on the island of Philae, then this afternoon join the included tour, enjoying a felucca ride around mid-stream Kitchener's Island, with its botanical gardens.

Day Eight

Explore some of the attractions of Aswan, perhaps visiting the Nubian Museum charting the history of one of Africa's most ancient peoples, or wandering the colourful souks. Alternatively, join one of two optional excursions - by coach or air - to remote Abu Simbel, where the staggering temples of Ramses II and the goddess Hathor are carved out of the mountainside. Rediscovered in the early 19th Century, the temples and their relics are amongst Egypt's greatest treasures.

Days 9-10

Radamis II makes her lazy way north downriver once more, heading back past the sites at Kom Ombo and Edfu, and mooring for a last night in Luxor. Take the opportunity to spend two days enjoying the tranquility of the ship, dipping in and out of the pool and making the most of the on-board amenities as the stunning scenery passes gently by.

Day 11

Bid farewell to the ship and your Egyptian hosts, and transfer to Luxor airport for the return flight to the UK.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 21 September 2018 £1649
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 12 October 2018 £1699
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 26 October 2018 £1699
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 18 January 2019 £1799
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 01 February 2019 £1799
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 22 February 2019 £1799
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 08 March 2019 £1799
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 05 April 2019 £1779
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 03 May 2019 £1679
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 20 September 2019 £1739
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 11 October 2019 £1779
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 October 2019 £1779
Belfast City
Belfast City 21 September 2018 £1649
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 October 2018 £1699
Belfast City
Belfast City 26 October 2018 £1699
Belfast City
Belfast City 18 January 2019 £1799
Belfast City
Belfast City 01 February 2019 £1799
Belfast City
Belfast City 22 February 2019 £1799
Belfast City
Belfast City 08 March 2019 £1799
Belfast City
Belfast City 05 April 2019 £1779
Belfast City
Belfast City 03 May 2019 £1679
Belfast City
Belfast City 20 September 2019 £1739
Belfast City
Belfast City 11 October 2019 £1779
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 October 2019 £1779
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 21 September 2018 £1649
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 October 2018 £1699
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 26 October 2018 £1699
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 18 January 2019 £1799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 01 February 2019 £1799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 22 February 2019 £1799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 March 2019 £1799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 05 April 2019 £1779
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 03 May 2019 £1679
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 20 September 2019 £1739
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 11 October 2019 £1779
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 October 2019 £1779
Glasgow
Glasgow 21 September 2018 £1649
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 October 2018 £1699
Glasgow
Glasgow 26 October 2018 £1699
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 January 2019 £1799
Glasgow
Glasgow 01 February 2019 £1799
Glasgow
Glasgow 22 February 2019 £1799
Glasgow
Glasgow 08 March 2019 £1799
Glasgow
Glasgow 05 April 2019 £1779
Glasgow
Glasgow 03 May 2019 £1679
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 September 2018 £1449
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 October 2018 £1499
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 26 October 2018 £1499
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 18 January 2019 £1599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 February 2019 £1599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 22 February 2019 £1599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 March 2019 £1599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 April 2019 £1579
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 03 May 2019 £1479
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 September 2019 £1539
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 October 2019 £1579
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 October 2019 £1579
Manchester
Manchester 21 September 2018 £1649
Manchester
Manchester 12 October 2018 £1699
Manchester
Manchester 26 October 2018 £1699
Manchester
Manchester 18 January 2019 £1799
Manchester
Manchester 01 February 2019 £1799
Manchester
Manchester 22 February 2019 £1799
Manchester
Manchester 08 March 2019 £1799
Manchester
Manchester 05 April 2019 £1779
Manchester
Manchester 03 May 2019 £1679
Manchester
Manchester 20 September 2019 £1739
Manchester
Manchester 11 October 2019 £1779
Manchester
Manchester 25 October 2019 £1779
Newcastle
Newcastle 21 September 2018 £1649
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 October 2018 £1699
Newcastle
Newcastle 26 October 2018 £1699
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 January 2019 £1799
Newcastle
Newcastle 01 February 2019 £1799
Newcastle
Newcastle 22 February 2019 £1799
Newcastle
Newcastle 08 March 2019 £1799
Newcastle
Newcastle 05 April 2019 £1779
Newcastle
Newcastle 03 May 2019 £1679
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 September 2019 £1739
Newcastle
Newcastle 11 October 2019 £1779
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 October 2019 £1779

Cairo, Luxor and Nile Cruise Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in a series of good hotels, of at least a European three-star standard.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Passports and visas

British citizens will require a visa to enter Egypt. The current cost is US$25 (approximately £19). You can obtain your visa on arrival and should make payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the return date to the UK and contain one blank page for the visa.

Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza

The Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, containing many treasures of Tutankhamun, is expected to open in 2018. The tour will be adjusted to include the new museum when it is opened to the public.

Cruise itinerary

Please note that the order of included day-to-day visits on board the cruise is subject to change.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Road Conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

**Low deposit of £79pp applies to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April (inclusive) 2018 only.. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.