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 Classical Egypt
 

Classical Egypt

 

Type of Tour:

Individually tailored

Operates:

Departs Fridays, Mondays & Saturdays (Saturday Sonesta only)

Duration:

8 days / 7 nights

Visit:

Cairo – Luxor – Esna – Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan – Cairo

Includes:

All transfers as indicated in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan
3 night’s accommodation Cairo

1 full-day sightseeing in Cairo visiting the Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Bazaar
1 full-day sightseeing in Cairo visiting Memphis, Sakkara, the Pyramids and Sphinx
4 night Nile Cruise sailing Luxor – Aswan or Aswan – Luxor

Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary

Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast)

Excludes:

Airfare and airport taxes

Any optional sightseeing tours

Extras at hotels and meals not mentioned

Visa costs, travel insurance and tipping

Notes:

4 night Nile cruise departs Luxor on Monday and Thursday.

4 night Nile cruise departs Aswan on Tuesday.

Cruise departures subject to change.

Bonus:  Complimentary upgrade from Presidential Nile Cruise to the 5* DLX Nile Dolphin Cruise - cruise departure ex Luxor on a Monday.

Additional departures possible on Wednesdays at a premium if need be (from Luxor)

Accommodation:

4*: Oasis Hotel & Presidential Nile Cruise or similar

5*: Ramses Hilton Hotel – City View room & Presidential Nile Cruise or similar

5* Superior: Fairmont Nile City Hotel – City View room & Presidential Nile Cruise or similar

5* DLX: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Sonesta Nile Cruise or similar

 

   

                                                     

   

 

Day 1:  CAIRO
You will arrive at arrive Cairo Airport and be transferred to the hotel.  
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2:  CAIRO – EGYPTIAN MUSEUM – CITADEL
Today will be spent exploring the city of Cairo starting with a tour of the Egyptian Museum with the treasures from the Tut-Ankh-Amun burial site. Then the tour will continue to the Citadel from where one can enjoy a spectacular view of Cairo. Later you will visit the Alabaster Mosque, which adds a wonderful picture-postcard element to Cairo’s skyline. You will be given some time at leisure for shopping in the famous Khan-el-Khalili bazaar which is a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways. This vast bazaar tempts the senses with spices, perfume and glittering gold, silver and brass.
Overnight: Cairo (B)

Day 3:  CAIRO – MEMPHIS – SAKKARA – PYRAMIDS - SPHINX
On this day you will finally be able to satisfy your curiosity regarding the Pyramid. But first you will visit Memphis, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. It is the home of a colossal Statue of Ramesses II and the Alabaster Sphinx. Then you will continue to the “Cemetery City” of Sakkara and view the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest of all Pyramids. In the afternoon you will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only present-day survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the image which immediately pops into your head when you think of Egypt. Nearby, the mystical Sphinx surveys the plains of Giza. The 20m high man-animal Sphinx, created as a “living image of the sun-god”, was built by Chephren to guard the entrance to the Pyramids.
Overnight: Cairo (B)

Day 4:  CAIRO – LUXOR – NILE CRUISER – KARNAK & LUXOR TEMPLES
You will be transferred to Cairo Airport for the flight to Luxor (cost of flight not included). After arriving in Luxor you will be transferred to your Nile Cruiser. Later you will visit Karnak Temple, a complex dedicated to Amun Ra. Its impressive features are probably the most overwhelming of all the Egyptian monuments. Thereafter visit Luxor Temple discovered beneath the shifting desert sands.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)

Day 5:  LUXOR – WEST BANK – VALLEY OF THE KINGS – ESNA
Temporarily leave the vessel to take a bus tour to the West Bank and visit Thebes Necropolis and the Valley of Kings, a vast City of the Dead for generations of Pharaohs, where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks. The tombs were richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife but unfortunately however very few of these rock-cut tombs escaped grave robbers during ancient times. The most famous of the sixty-two tombs is the tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun unearthed by Howard Carter. Later, at Deir al-Bahri, you will see the Temple of Hatshepsut built for the only woman who ruled Egypt. See the Colossi of Memnon; it is all that remains of the Temple of Amenophis, destroyed by the annual flooding of the Nile. Then the cruise conintues to Esna, crosses the lock, and continues again onto Edfu.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)

Day 6:  EDFU – KOM OMBO - ASWAN
This morning you will take a horse-drawn carriage through Edfu to the famous and best preserved ancient Greek-built temple. Horus Temple dedicated to the falcon God was built on a rise to escape the annual flooding of the Nile. Later the cruise continues to Kom Ombo where the Temples of Sobek and Haroeris will be visited. Sobek refers to the crocodile god whilst the temple of Horoeris was built for the falcon-headed god.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)

Day 7:  HIGH DAM – PHILAE TEMPLE – FELUCCA RIDE
During the morning you will visit the High Dam, a huge rock-fill dam, which captures the world’s longest river. Travel by motorboat to Agilkia Island and visit the reassembled Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple has a majestic aura, particularly at sunset when it seems to be made of gold. In the afternoon you can enjoy a Felucca ride to view the lush Botanic Gardens on Kitcheners Island, Elephantine Island, and Aga Khan’s Mausoleum on the west bank (view only, no visit).
Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)

Day 8:  ASWAN
The cruise ends after breakfast and you will disembark and be transferred to Aswan Airport for flight to Cairo (cost of this flight is not included). (B)

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Day 1:  CAIRO
Arrive Cairo, transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2:  CAIRO – EGYPTIAN MUSEUM – CITADEL
Full day tour of Cairo: tour the Egyptian Museum with the Tut-Ankh-Amun treasures. Continue to the Citadel and enjoy the spectacular view of Cairo. Visit the Alabaster Mosque which adds a wonderful picture-postcard element to Cairo’s skyline. Time for shopping in the famous Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways.
Overnight: Cairo (B)

Day 3:  CAIRO – MEMPHIS – SAKKARA – PYRAMIDS - SPHINX
Full day tour: visit Memphis, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. It is the home to a colossal Statue of Ramesses II and the Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to the “Cemetery City” of Sakkara and view the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest of all the Pyramids. Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza and see the mystical Sphinx.
Overnight: Cairo (B)

Day 4: CAIRO – ASWAN
Transfer to your Nile Cruiser. Enjoy an afternoon Felucca ride on the Nile; view the Botanic Gardens on Kitchener’s Island, the Elephantine Island, and Aga Khan’s Mausoleum (view only, no visit).
Overnight:  Nile Cruiser  (BLD)

Day 5: ASWAN – KOM OMBO
Visit the High Dam, a huge rock-fill dam, which captures the world’s longest river. Travel by motorboat to Agilika Island and visit the reassembled Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. Cruise to KomOmbo; visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris.
Overnight:  Nile Cruiser  (BLD)

Day 6: EDFU – ESNA - LUXOR
Take a horse-drawn carriage through Edfu to the famous and best-preserved ancient Greek-built temple, Horus Temple. Cruise to Esna and later to Luxor.
Overnight:  Nile Cruiser  (BLD)

Day 7: LUXOR
Drive to the West Bank, visit Thebes Necropolis and the Valley of the Kings where very few of the rock-cut tombs escaped grave robbers. At Deir al-Bahri, the Temple of Hatshepsut was built for the only woman who ruled Egypt. See the Colossi of Memnon. Afternoon visit to the Karnak Temple, a complex dedicated to Amun Ra and the Luxor Temple discovered beneath the shifting desert sands.
Overnight:  Nile Cruiser  (BLD)

Day 8: LUXOR
Disembark in Luxor, transfer to Luxor Airport. (B)

 

CLASSICAL EGYPT (Individually Tailored Tour) – Min. 2 pass – Up to 40 pass.

8 Days

7 Nights

(flights excluded)

Per person sharing

Single room supplement

4* Hotels

 

 

 

1 Jul – 27 Sep 2017 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R10 200

R3 870

28 Sep – 30 Nov 2017 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R11 370

R5 420

1 – 21 Dec 2017; 5 Jan 2018 – 24 Mar & 8 – 30 Apr 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R11 370

R5 420

22 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018 & 25 Mar – 7 Apr 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R13 700

R6 080

1 May – 30 Jun 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R10 200

R4 070

5* Hotels

 

 

 

1 Jul – 27 Sep 2017 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R10 705

R4 125

28 Sep – 30 Nov 2017 from:

Cairo – Cairo

  R11 985

R5 665

1 – 21 Dec 2017; 5 Jan 2018 – 24 Mar & 8 – 30 Apr 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R12 135

R5 870

22 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018 & 25 Mar – 7 Apr 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R14 610

R7 005

1 May – 30 Jun 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R10 965

R4 685

5* Superior Hotels

 

 

 

1 Jul – 27 Sep 2017 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R11 470

R4 685

28 Sep – 30 Nov 2017 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R12 955

R6 485

1 – 21 Dec 2017; 5 Jan 2018 – 24 Mar & 8 – 30 Apr 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R12 955

R6 650

22 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018 & 25 Mar – 7 Apr 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R15 685

R7 770

1 May – 30 Jun 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R11 810

R5 040

5* Deluxe Hotels

 

 

 

1 Jul – 27 Sep 2017 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R14 540

R7 985

28 Sep – 30 Nov 2017 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R17 240

R11 100

1 – 21 Dec 2017; 5 Jan 2018 – 24 Mar & 8 – 30 Apr 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R17 240

R10 920

22 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018 & 25 Mar – 7 Apr 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R23 550

R13 310

1 May – 30 Jun 2018 from:

Cairo – Cairo

R14 675

R8 190

Includes: Transfers in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan; 3 nights’ accommodation; 4-night Nile Cruise; all sightseeing, entrance fees and meals as per itinerary.

Excludes: Flights Cairo – Luxor & Aswan – Cairo (or vv)

Note: Prices over new year exclude the cost of the obligatory new year gala dinner at hotels.

All rates will be converted at time of final payment according to ITT’s bank selling rates.  Please double check the final ZAR amount with us on day of payment.  All services are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to the General Terms and Conditions of ITT Inspirations Travel & Tours (PTY) LTD.