Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight.
Day 2 Cairo at leisure
Welcome to Egypt - a timeless land, abundant with ancient temples and tombs. On arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met and transferred to one of the best hotels in Cairo.
Day 3 Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza
After meeting your Tour Director, a professionally trained and educated Egyptologist, start the morning with a visit to visit to the Egyptian Museum, housing the priceless artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Next, venture out to Giza for a face-to-face meeting with the Sphinx and guided tour of the pyramids. Journey deep into the heart of one of these ancient wonders, to stand in the royal burial chamber. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travellers over a welcome drink. Later, as night falls, return to Giza to attend a magical Sound & Light Show at the world famous pyramids, which literally illuminates the ancient history of Giza. (BB / WR)
Day 4 Nubian Aswan and Tea on the Terrace
Board your flight to exotic Aswan, a favourite winter resort on account of its superb climate and scenery. Drive out to the modern High Dam and visit the granite quarries where the Unfinished Obelisk still lies attached to the bedrock. Take a motorboat to the lyrical Temples of Philae, rising from the waters of the Nile. Later, catch the gentle breezes and river currents aboard a felucca; these traditional sailboats have plied the Nile since ancient times. As a special welcome, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel before embarking your cruise ship. (BB / L / AT / D)
Day 5 Cruising to Kom Ombo and Edfu
(Relaxed Start) The morning is at leisure for you to enjoy. Maybe take an optional experience to Abu Simbel, by air? These magnificent temples were cut from their hillside origin in the 1960s and repositioned above the waterline of the newly created Lake Nasser. Later, cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the only double temple in Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder. Continue on, past irrigated fields and palm-fringed villages to Edfu. Celebrate Egyptian-style in the evening, at a galabeya party and dinner .(BB / L / SE)
Day 6 Cruising the Nile to Luxor
(Relaxed Start) After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the beautifully preserved Temple of Horus, the Falcon God. Witness the grandiose set of reliefs depicting the ritual in which Horus defeated his arch enemy, Seth. Sail on through the Esna Lock and downstream to Luxor. On arrival, visit the temple of Luxor, lost for centuries beneath the streets of the town. (BB / L / D)
Day 7 The Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Cairo
(Relaxed Start) Drive over to the west bank of the Nile for a photo stop at the towering Colossi of Memnon. Your visit to the Valley of the Kings - burial place of many of the New Kingdom Pharaohs - includes venturing underground into some of the preserved royal tombs. Continue to the reconstructed Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of the few female rulers in Ancient Egypt, before visiting a working bakery to witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread. Return to Luxor and the amazing temple complex of Karnak. Among its splendours is the vast Hypostyle Hall, the largest of any temple in the world. Later, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Cairo. (BB)
Day 8 Depart Cairo
Your amazing journey concludes here, with transfers to the airport. (BB)
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures.
Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and royal tombs, in the Valley of the Kings.
Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns, in the largest temple complex known to man.
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
Aswan: See the High Dam and ponder why the Unfinished Obelisk has been left in mid-creation for thousands of years.
Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.
Edu: Visit the temple of Horus.
Luxor: Visit the once-forgotten Temple of Luxor.
Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
Philae Island: Rising from the waters, on the Island of Philae, is the amazing Temple of Isis. You journey by motorboat to get there.
All This Included
While it may be 4,500 years since the Great Pyramid of Giza was built, you can see the best of Egypt in just over a week. Experience all the great temples, tombs, Tutankhamun's treasure and a relaxing Nile cruise with ever-changing scenery.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
Nile Cruise: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in true colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread.
Included Quality Dining: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR). While cruising: 3 Lunches (L), 2 Buffet Dinners (D) and 1 Signature Evening (SE) all with bottled water plus tea or coffee while cruising. Departure on tour for New Year's Eve enjoys a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.
OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES
Cairo: The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.
Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style, on-board your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
A professional Insight multilingual Egyptologist/Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with an on-board restroom (alternative coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities, may be used on occasion).
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary (available for groups of 8 or more).
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. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
Complimentary airport transfers are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations. Scheduled air travel between Cairo/Aswan and Luxor/Cairo included airport transfers. A 4-night Nile cruise on MS Medea/MS Miriam/MS Giselle/MS La Boheme (or similar). Please note that gratuities are not included for the Tour Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts. Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
Cruising: MS Medea (or similar)
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.