Best of Egypt - Insight Vacations

Best of Egypt (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Egypt

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
  • Reviews
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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

    Your Journey Begins

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Cairo

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




  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.



Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino

Cairo (Traditional) - 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)

LUXOR - CRUISE (Cruise) - Egypt

The MS Medea is one of the most luxurious vessels to cruise the Nile. Watch the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of your external-facing cabin or perhaps lounge on the top floor sundeck, complete with bar and swimming pool.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11520 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 16 May, 2018


    Trip: The ship accomodations could have been slightly better with repect to room size and the choice of items for vegetarians

    Service: Expert tour guide accomodations were good

  • 27 April, 2018


    Trip: Very well planned - immersive and exclusive every step of the way.

    Service: Insight Vacations knows Egypt well; my son and I felt safe during the journey and learned a lot about this exotic destination. The meals, accommodation and unique experiences made us feel special and exclusive. Well done Insight!

  • 19 April, 2018


    Trip: Good schedule...time at Temples, Museum, flight schedules.. Nile River Time.

    Service: RECOMMEND Scheduling through them. Locations, timing, group size was perfect. Everyone blended together ... Marwa was very personable, thoughtful, Fun AND PATIENT 😁. Probably .. only two instances that were highlighted...the bizzare vendors and Horse carriage transport. Member of party had wheel come off heading to Temple.

  • 13 April, 2018


    Trip: Had all places i wanted to see and more.

    Service: They were great, took care of all our questions about trip.

  • 30 March, 2018


    Trip: We saw the pyramids and rode camels there and went to the Cairo Museum. Then we went to Abu Simbel and then to Aswan where we boarded the Cruise. It was so wonderful to relax and cruise down the Nile. We saw so many temples, and our Egyptologist, Mohamed El Aswany was so very knowledgeable and told us everything about these temples and the Pharohs and read some of the hieroglyphics to us. The balloon ride over Luxor was wonderful. It was an amazing adventure. So much was packed into that week that I can't name it all here.

    Service: The service was excellent. They picked us up from the airport, the hotel, the cruise and returned us back There was a driver and a guide.. They gave us the times and explained what would we would do and when. We had an excellent Egyptologist at Cairo and another very knowledgeable one during the Cruise who told us so much about the history of Egypt..

  • 17 March, 2018


    Trip: Tour director, guides, and locations

    Service: Good

  • 27 January, 2018


    Trip: very informative but would of wish to have more time on the nile cruise.

    Service: they were very considerate and caring. just would like not to be told every time to tip. I tip and felt unconfortable when they said it.

  • 24 January, 2018


    Trip: saw what i wanted to see.

    Service: yes I would recommend Insight again

  • 22 January, 2018


    Trip: I loved every stop and felt they were all necessary! I would have loved to have a little down time to sleep in (a little) and/or be able to have some time to shop at non-planned stops

    Service: Rafi was a fantastic guide in Israel. He was extremely knowledgeable and really went above and beyond to try to cater to my mom who required a walker/cane to get around. He made the trip fun and I had no idea how much history I would learn. Truly made the experience memorable. Aymen was incredible. He was so knowledgeable and had a really great personality and made everything so much fun! He really was in touch with our group and felt like we were a family. He really went ABOVE and BEYOND to accommodate my mom with her walker (he helped carry it several times) and never made her feel rushed. Absolutely fabulous and truly the most memorable trip ever. I learned so much!!

  • 19 January, 2018


    Trip: Covered a lot of sights but was a bit rushed - I should have taken a longer tour

    Service: Insight overall service is good. When I did Italy in 2013 I had a fantastic time. In Egypt, the co-ordination could have been better - not sure if that is a local thing.

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