Splendours of Egypt - Insight Vacations

Splendours of Egypt (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 13 days Visiting: Egypt

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Egypt’s vast wealth of antiquities take centre stage: Karnak, the Pyramids and Sphinx, Tutankhamun’s treasure, and the ubiquitous hieroglyphics are splendours to behold in every season.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Arrive in Cairo

    Welcome to the timeless land of the Pharaohs. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  3. Day 3

    Cairo Sightseeing

    Meet your Tour Director 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 Tour Director, a professionally trained and educated 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.

  4. Day 4

    Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile

    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. After lunch on-board, visit Luxor Temple, which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s.

  5. Day 5

    Exploring Dendera

    Visit 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. Return to your cruise boat and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu.

  6. Day 6

    From the Temple of Horus to Aswan

    Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God. After exploring this magnificent site, your cruise continues to Aswan. In the evening, don your galabeyas (traditional Egyptian attire), for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Explore Aswan’s High Dam

    (Relaxed Start) 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.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Feluccas and High Tea

    (Relaxed Start) 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.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Free time and on to Kom Ombo

    (Relaxed Start) 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 two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Cruising the Nile to Luxor

    (Relaxed Start) 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.

  11. Day 11

    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. Then, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.

  12. Day 12

    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 for a face-to-face meeting with the enigmatic Sphinx. During your visit, you get to venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their Gods in the afterlife.

  13. Day 13 - Relaxed Start

    Depart Cairo

    (Relaxed Start) Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo Airport.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • 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.
  • Karnak: With your Egyptologist, stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • 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.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Giza: You'll be mesmerised by the 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.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cairo: Sightseeing includes sweeping vies over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.
  • Karnak: Walk along the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes and visit the Hypostyle Hall.
  • Dendera: At the Temple of Hathor, see a rare depiction of Cleopatra and Caesarian.
  • Edfu: Visit the only temple in Egypt that is dedicated to two gods.
  • Aswan: See Aswan's High Dam and ponder why the Unfinished Obelisk has been left in mid-creation for thousands of years.
  • West Bank: See the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Memphis: Visit this famous capital of the ancient worl to see the statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx.
  • Sakkara: See the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party, dressed in traditional Egyptian attire.
  • Aswan: In true tradition, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy high tea in true colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Included Quality Dining: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR). While cruising: 7 Lunches (L), 6 Buffet Dinners (D) and 1 Signature Evening (SE) all with bottled water plus tea or coffee. Departure on tour for New Year's Eve enjoys a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style, on-board your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
  • 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.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • 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/Luxor includes airport transfers. A 7-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.

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 trips. 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.

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

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

Karnak Sound And Light Show

Enjoy the fabulous Sound and Light Show arranged in Luxor at Karnak Temple: While strolling along the ancient avenues of Sphinxes & halls of colossal columns, you will be hearing the tales of these ancient places.

Adult Price: USD 42.00

Code: LUX0001

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 Medea or similar

Nile (Cruise) - Egypt

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
8891 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 30 April, 2018

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    Trip: we have no experience with this trip but we feel some parts of the boot trip where too long

    Service: if we talking about our guide Mohamed Yosef , he was a excellent guide with a lot of knowledge and good leadership and a nice person

  • 28 April, 2018

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    Trip: Really good, we had to be flexible due to a sand srorm, but still saw all we expected to, as well as getting some downtime. This is our second Insight tour (Turkey was the last one) Will more than likely use you again for Canada. Thank you for a great holiday.

    Service: We had a marvellous trip. Our guide Mohammed was 10 out of 10. We were met at the airport at 5.00am much to our surprise, the Marriott hotel was a great place to stay with many restaurant choices, in a city where walking around is difficult . The boat the Medea is not a five star boat, but still very comfortable. I spoke about our tour at our Probus meeting on Friday and gave Egypt and Insight a big wrap!

  • 26 March, 2018

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    Trip: Well thought of....superbly covered all the relevent places of interest.

    Service: Superlative experience! Will always recommend them to friends and family, I have two more trips coming up....one in June and another in August.

  • 18 March, 2018

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    Trip: This itinerary covers most of the major tourist attractions in Egypt yet it is not too busy and leaves space for rest and relaxation.

    Service: All the people who worked with us in Egypt were extremely helpful and professional . They are always ready to walk an extra-mile to help the customers and offered us a warm welcome to Egypt. We can definitely recommend them to anyone coming to Egypt. Our special thanks to our tour director Mohammed Abd Allah, our tour guide Ramaddan and all members of the crew Ms Medea

  • 13 March, 2018

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    Trip: This trip exceeded our expectations. At all times we were accompanied by an Insight representative who ensured our travel comfort, and helped with any requests. This tour was led by some very knowledgeable guides who revealed their historical stories in such a way that you could see some familiarity in the hyrogliphics as the temples were visited.

    Service: Our recent trip to Egypt was everything and more than we expected. The hospitality and genuine care that was taken by our guides and drivers was exceptional. At all times we were accompanied by a representative from Insight who was there to ensure our safety and our travel experience.

  • 06 March, 2018

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    Trip: Was very good although we had two "down days" where our guide was with others who were joining up with us and had to spend time with them. Our itinerary those days was very limited.

    Service: Guides were well versed and informative. We felt safe when with a guide but did not venture out on our own anywhere on the trip.

  • 24 February, 2018

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    Trip: We saw most things and even though it was the Egyptian winter the days were organised so we beat the heat of the day.

    Service: We did the Insight "Splendours of Egypt" with Spring Tours as their local agent, we were extremely well looked after at every stage with two excellent tour guides. Both the cruise and the hotel in Cairo were top class and the movements between superbly managed. We also did an extra day trip to El Alamein that was very well organised.

  • 13 February, 2018

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    Trip: Wonderful sites and sights. Could have used more time at each place.

    Service: Everything went smoothly through my TA, Arlene Poole. The Program Director was very knowledgeable (Egyptologist) and was very interesting to listen to.

  • 12 February, 2018

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    Trip: I loved everything that was included in this trip. It was everything that I hoped it would be. We also loved Abu Simbel, which was an added trip that we did.

    Service: Mostly everything was great, but we did feel a little under prepared for the tips that we needed. The people that were there to help us were great and Parker Crooks at AAA in NC answered any email quickly. Pick up from and return to the airport was great. All of the guides were superb. The drivers were great. It was a really great trip. We did stress a little over who to tip, how much to tip, etc. - always trying to have the right amt. of correct currency available, etc. I guess we spent around $300 on tips. They were well deserved - just would like to have known that ahead. I don't know if that was for Insight to inform on or AAA. The trip itself was fantastic!

  • 10 February, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was well thought out. It showed the highlights of the history of ancient Egypt as well as a taste of modern times. Visiting local homes, businesses, etc gave a well rounded view of Egypt.

    Service: They provided excellent guides for both Cairo and the Nile cruise. Transfers from the airport to hotel, etc. were done efficiently. Accommodations in the Cairo Marriott and also on the Tosca were wonderful. The only issue I have is the tipping in Egypt. I found I needed more guidance BEFORE the trip in order to have enough cash for all the required tipping. I gave my travel agent a list of all the tips I gave so that he can advise future travellers. Otherwise it was an absolutely perfect trip.

  • 03 February, 2018

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    Trip: We made the beat use of our time.

    Service: The people were amazing. Assem did a great job and I would recommend him to anyone.

  • 28 January, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary covers most must-see places and also a few good visits to place like farmers hourse.

    Service: There were not much contact with the customer service, most through the on-line agent who sold me the tour ticket. The airport pick up request were sent but the voucher I received indicate the wrong information about the meeting point.

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