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Best of Egypt (Summer 2017)

Duration: 7 days Visiting: Egypt

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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.

  1. Day 1

    Cairo at leisure

    Welcome to Egypt - a timeless land, furnished with ancient temples and tombs. On arrival at Cairo Airport, you are met and transferred to one of the best hotels in Cairo.

  2. Day 2

    Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza

    After meeting your Tour Director, a professionally trained and educated Egyptologist, start the morning with a 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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Cruising to Kom Ombo and Edfu

    (Relaxed Start) This morning is at leisure. Maybe take an optional experience to Abu Simbel, by air? These magnificent temples were cut from their hillside origin in the 1960's 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 this evening, at a galabeya party and dinner.

  5. Day 5

    Cruising the Nile to Luxor

    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.

  6. Day 6

    The Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Cairo

    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.

  7. Day 7

    Depart Cairo

    Your amazing journey concludes today, with transfers to the airport.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • 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 recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasure.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the great Pyramids.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR); plus 3 lunches (L), 2 Dinners (D) and 1 Signature Evening (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee while cruising. 30 Dec departure enjoys an additional festive Highlight Dinner for New Year's Eve

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Cairo Marriott: The luxurious Cairo Marriott 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. Facilities include health club, whirlpool and sauna.
  • Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style aboard your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight professional multilingual Egyptologist/Tour Director, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges’, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries. (Available on groups for 8 or more).
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers to and from your Insight Vacations hotel.
  • Deluxe hotel in Cairo.
  • 3 night Nile cruise on the Ms Medea/Ms Sapphire/MS La Boheme including all cruise boat gratuities.
  • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Aswan, Luxor/Cairo.
  • Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
  • Smaller coaches without toilet facilities or 40 seats may be used.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Abu Simbel Excursion By Air

Excursion to Abu Simbel from Aswan to visit the fabulous reconstructed temples of Ramses II and Nefertari. The journey by air takes approximately forty minutes in each direction and allows approximately seventy-five minutes at Abu Simbel to visit the temples and the impressive concrete dome. Price is subject to Airline increases

Adult Price: USD 295.00

Code: ASW0001

Nubian Village

A scenic boat ride along the Nile brings you to a typical Nubian Village. Among the colourfully painted houses, meet the friendly locals, (quite possibly their animals too,) and experience their culture and way of life.

Adult Price: USD 27.00

Code: ASW0002

Sound + Light Show - Aswan

The powerful tale of Isis and Osiris is one of Ancient Egypt's most momentous legends. Fanciful Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as the fascinating history of Philae Temple is brought to life before your eyes through the magic of sound and light. The atmospheric temple setting, engaging narration by world-famous celebrities and moonlit boat ride across the lake make it an unforgettable experience.

Adult Price: USD 42.00

Code: ASW0003

Nile Cruise & Dinner

Experience Cairo from a completely different perspective during a delightful evening dinner cruise on River Nile. Once on board enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with Cairo's illuminated skyline as a backdrop. Entertainment is provided in the form of a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. Not to be missed!

Adult Price: USD 73.00

Code: CAI0001

Full Day Alexandria

Embark on a full day exploration of historic Alexandria. Your sightseeing tour shows you the National Museum, the well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Catacombs, Quayet-Bey Fortress and Pombey’s Pillar. Later, visit the Mosque of Abdul Abass and the gardens at Montaza surrounding a former palace of the Royal family. (Please note - This excursion is only available to guests who have purchased extra nights in Cairo before or after their tour).

Adult Price: USD 115.00

Code: CAI0003

Accommodation

 

Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino

Cairo (Central) - Egypt

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.

MS MiriamMS GiselleMS La Boheme or similar

MS Miriam/MS Giselle/MS La Boheme (or similar)

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7784 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 10 November, 2017

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    Trip: Most amazing experience of my life.

    Service: This was the best vacation I have every been on. Insight was incredible and our tour guides were amazing. It exceeded my expecations.

  • 13 October, 2017

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    Trip: we saw all the most important sites in egypt. a trip of a lifetime.

    Service: The tour was well planned and perfectly implemented. i highly recommend Insight Vacations, they made sure that everything was perfect. i would definitely travel with Insight again.

  • 06 October, 2017

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    Trip: Covered majority of places

    Service: Overall experience was good . Issue with tipping . Not clear cut explanation on that end . Almost everybody was expecting a tip even the guide even though tip was included in the overall charge. Not good internet connectivity even though was told would have one .

  • 22 September, 2017

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    Trip: Well organized the itinerary to enjoy the trip.

    Service: The world excellent is common but in this case is that EXCELLENT. The best way to travel because you do not have stress or responsibilities. The company are very well organized and I just have in my mind the joyful of the trip. Everyone was wonderfully organized and specially great human being, friendly, respectful and with the best will to give the best service.

  • 15 September, 2017

    TRIP:
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    Trip: Probably saw the best of Egypt as the brochure said. Travel between sites was minimal and easy to do. Felt very safe in every place we stayed or visited.

    Service: ship's crew outstanding service , never had to shift my chair , and if I was not quick enough my food was taken to my table for me. The tour director Mohammed Badaway , was very knowledgeable and a thoroughly nice person. He was extremely professional and any problem was quickly resolved. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay.

  • 01 September, 2017

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    Trip: Everything was amazing. Especially our guides

    Service: You have the best guides in Egypt

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