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Greece & Eastern MediterraneanRegional Journey
Duration: 9 days Visiting: Egypt
Welcome to Cairo.
A country rich in wonders and mysteries awaits you. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
The Egyptian Museum and Citadel.
Meet at 08:00 to begin your city sightseeing with your Egyptologist at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Citadel where you enjoy breathtaking views over the whole city. Salah El-Din started the Citadel in the 12th century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose Great Alabaster Mosque is the next stop. Later, you will have free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Afterwards, take your seats at the magical Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza - an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt.
The Great Pyramids of Giza.
Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with your Egyptologist. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx crouching at the foot of Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, where you can see the colossal statue of Rameses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I dating from 2686 B.C., it's the oldest in the world. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.
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. Transfer to your cruise ship. After lunch on-board, visit Luxor Temple which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s.
Valley of the Kings to Edfu.
Travel by air-conditioned coach to the west bank of the Nile to see the Colossi of Memnon, and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried. Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread. Return to your cruise boat and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu.
From the Temple of Horus to Aswan.
Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God. Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only temple in Egypt dedicated to the two gods, crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder, then continue on to Aswan. In the evening, don your traditional Egyptian attire called galabeyas, for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
Aswan’s High Dam and Nile Felucca.
In the morning, visit the Aswan 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. Later, 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.
Aswan and Back to Cairo.
In the morning, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy time at leisure in Aswan. Why not join an optional experience by air to the magnificent Temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel? Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. There are many points of interest to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum, or soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night.
Your journey ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport.
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.
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
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
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
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 324.00
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
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). This Optional experience is priced at $115 per person when there are two or more participants. If there is only one participant the cost is $230 per person.
Adult Price: USD 115.00
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.
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.
Our guests rate us
11477 independent user reviews received during the past year.
02 December, 2018
Trip: All the excursions, the choice of venues, the restaurants, the hotels were AWESOME , the rivercruise amazing. We loved the Old Cataract We appreciated the professionalism of the guides, the drivers
Service: Excellent venues, hotels, guides.Mohammed #1 and #2 were excellent and the drivers too!
12 November, 2018
Trip: The best time of my lifetime! First class all the way begin to end and sad because so much fun and love’ the group ‘And guide Hany “ and all the help Thank You!!
Service: From the moment I arrived in Cairo” I was greeted helped and such kindness and caring compassionate gentleman. The tour guide Hany” was the greatest compassionate loving caring man I ever had’ and became a friend I love ❤️ I was only out of hospital two weeks still weak and cancer!! They made my Vacation Fabulous🎊👍🏼 And helped me every step of the way! The BEST TIME OF MY LIFETIME!🤗❤️👍🏼Thank You!!.
08 November, 2018
Trip: As a history major and former high school teacher, I of course loved virtually every place we went and the home visit as well. The young Egyptian with his English accent was delightful!. However, I did not feel that we had enough time in Cairo to investigate the city. I was particularly interested in the Coptic religion and churches and also the story of the Jews in Cairo. This was totally missing! I'd say add another day even if the cost would be higher. Or make it optional like the trip to Abu Simbel. Thoroughly enjoyed my optional trip to Alexandria as well. Must say that the Old Cataract Hotel inAswan couldn't been more fun-totally charming and gorgeous. Looked as if Downton Abby characters would pop out in for high tea. Not exactly an issue of the itinerary but wasn't thrilled with the food on the boat. Would much prefer to order off a menu than eat off of a buffet line. I do know that most travelers, especially Americans, would disagree! To be fair all of the staff in the dining room on board were very gracious and helpful.
Service: Most of our guides were very good-well versed in Egypt's amazing history and proficient in English. They were also personable and good company to our group of four. For the most part I felt well taken care of. FYI, I trip extremely well and made sure our main guides and drivers were well compensated. (I always worry about not tipping enough and my Australian buddies were worried about tipping too much!) Incidentally a driver named Ibrahim was particularly terrific on navigating Cairo streets. No easy task. A notable exception was at the guide who was responsible for getting me to the airport in Aswan to fly to Abu Simbel. For some reason he had to make special arrangements to get all of my luggage from the cruise boat to the airport and simply left me out in front of the terminal to wait for it. Don't recall if I ever saw him again. I am an experienced traveler and certainly could handle it, and other guides (Insights?) helped me as well. Perhaps the Insight employees who are higher up in the pecking order feel more responsibility.
06 November, 2018
Trip: I recommend this itinerary over others, due to it packing in all the sights in a shorter period of time. We felt this was a good value for the money over longer tours.
Service: Insight took excellent care of us in Egypt, including security guards in two cities. The tour guide had assistance from Insight and the local tour operator whenever he needed it.
06 November, 2018
Trip: Much packed into day! home visits! Saw the highlights we expected plus lots more! Narrated by an intelligent energetic guide. A security guard accompanied us incondpicuously and eased any fears we might have had. Attention to bottled water and ssfe food. Never bored.
Service: Variety of activities and modes of transportation. Helping a senior get medications with patience. Our guide Hany called mohammed in Cairo to call Marriott an d find our clothes inadvertently left in closet after an early wake up call. So appreciative!
06 November, 2018
Trip: The first three days were very difficult as I was tired but the bus was very comfortable to Take naps. Once we got on the boat cruise the trips were very relaxed and enjoyable. I learned a lot and the itinerary was very informative and a great opportunity.
Service: Hany who was my tour guide made me feel very safe as a single woman traveling in the Middle East. I felt like I had come home and had gained an entire family. He always took care of me and made sure that I was safe. I will continue to use insight vacations and I highly recommend it for any single traveler especially if you were going to a country with a different culture I need a guide to help you navigate through day-to-day activities.
05 November, 2018
Trip: Amazing. Well done. Service and knowledge of our tour director was impressive.
Service: Friendliness, knowledge, punctual, friendliness exceptional
04 November, 2018
Trip: The itinerary was perfect and addition of mount sinai would be nice
Service: We could not fault our guide Ossama in Egypt he was wonderful and could not do enough for us regarding any small requests we had, with rooms and additional stops for ATM's and Pharmacy's
31 October, 2018
Trip: We enjoyed the itinerary: There was variety and it was well-paced.
Service: We loved our tour guides! They were informative and interesting people but also listened to us and understood our preferences and interests as a group.
31 October, 2018
Trip: I enjoyed being kept busy everyday. The sights are wonderful to see, the experience crazy cool and created memories for a life time. Hanie, the tour guide was so knowlegable it made it even more interesting , exciting and you clearly understood all the history of everything you where seeing.
Service: Your staff was so well informed, helpful and made us feel so safe and secure, I would send everyone to Egypt with your company. From the OUTSTANDING tour guide and the tour director, so professional . It was one of the most amazing trips we have taken. GREAT JOB
30 October, 2018
Trip: Fantastic. Saw so much. Needed free time at markets instead of being taken to an alabaster shop, carpet shop and papyrus shop
23 October, 2018
Trip: EVERYTHING HOTEL, HOTEL STAFF, CRUISE STAFF AND ESPECIALLY TOUR GUIDE OSAMMA WERE ALL EXCEPTIONAL..OSAMMA ESPECIALLY WHO REALIZED I NEEDED SOME ASSIST TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO ARRANGE THAT ASSIST. HE IS A TRUE ASSET TO YOUR COMPANY...A WALKING HISTORY OF EGYPT WHO HAS MADE EGYPT COME ALIVE. IN ADDITION I HAVE NOTED WHAT A WONDERFUL TRIP THIS HAS BEEN TO MY TRAVEL AGENT LESLIE CORNEJO AT SANTA PAULA TRAVEL IN SANTA PAULA , CALIF.
Service: BOOKED TOUR THROUGH SANTA PAULA TRAVEL. EVERYTHING WENT VERY SMOOTHLY.