Treasures of Egypt & The Nile
Peel back millennia as you traverse the Nile, the longest river in the world, aboard the MS Royal Lily on this 8 Day Treasures of Egypt & The Nile journey. Visit the ancient temples of Abu Simbel, Luxor, Karnak and more on this Egypt tour and river cruise.
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Day 1: Arrive Cairo
Today marks the beginning of your Treasures of Egypt and The Nile adventure as you arrive in Cairo. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Hotel: Marriott Cairo Hotel, 3 nights
Day 2: Cairo
This morning, we’ll visit Giza where we’ll see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. With the head of a human and body of a lion, the mythical Sphinx is the most recognisable statue associated with ancient Egypt. Later, we’ll walk through the emerald green gardens of Al Azhar Park before enjoying lunch overlooking the views of Cairo. This afternoon, the choice is yours, with a range of select experiences on offer. Perhaps take in a tour of Coptic Cairo, including the Church of St. Sergius – believed to be built upon a shelter the Holy Family used during their time in Egypt. Or, choose to dine like a local at a traditional restaurant, from falafel, to Mahshi (vegetables stuffed with rice), and shawarma.
Day 3: Cairo
This morning is yours to continue your discovery of Cairo. Perhaps explore the Old Kingdom with a tour through Memphis and Sakkara. Later, set off on a Cairo city tour which includes admission to the Egyptian Museum. Home to the world’s most extensive collection of pharaonic artefacts, with more than 160,000 pieces on display, come face-to-face with genuine Tutankhamen treasures and antiquities. Later, take a stroll through the colourful Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, where you may stumble upon memorable keepsakes.
Day 4: Cairo – Luxor
Take an included flight from Cairo to Luxor and embark the MS Royal Lily. Enhancing the sights of your Nile River cruise, you will enjoy an intimate experience with great service. After settling in and enjoying lunch, this afternoon you will discover Karnak Temple, the largest religious building ever constructed. You’ll also explore the impressive Luxor Temple. Constructed in approximately 1400 BC and once the capital of Egypt, Luxor Temple was dedicated to the veneration of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and held Egypt’s most important religious festival – the annual Opet Festival. Tonight, indulge in a Captain’s Welcome Reception on board.
Cruise: MS Royal Lily – Deluxe Cabins, 4 nights
Day 5: Luxor – Edfu
Today, visit the monumental Colossi of Memnon statues before taking in the West Bank of the Nile, the world’s largest open-air museum. Here, you’ll journey to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Also known as the “Gateway to the Afterlife”, the Valley of the Kings and Queens was once a royal burial ground for pharaohs, queens, priests, and chosen elects. Relax in comfort, with afternoon tea, as you sail to Edfu via Esna.
Day 6: Edfu – Aswan
On the banks of the Nile this morning, be escorted to the Temple of Edfu by stepping aboard a horse-drawn carriage, a distinctly unique mode of transport. A sandstone temple dedicated to the falcon god Horus, this temple is fabled to be the site of historic festivals and celebrations. You’ll then cruise onwards to Kom Ombo, where you’ll enjoy lunch on board. Afterwards, visit the Kom Ombo Temple, an unusual double temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the falcon god. Back on board, enjoy afternoon tea en route to Aswan. Tonight, you’ll attend a Galabeya party. Popular in the Egyptian culture, you’ll enjoy authentic music and food while perhaps wearing traditional pharaonic attire
Day 7: Aswan
Today is sure to be a highlight as you fly to Abu Simbel and visit the imposing temples. Once buried under centuries of sand, lost to the world until 1813, marvel at the two awe-inspiring temples considered masterpieces of ancient Egypt. Later, board a traditional wooden sailing boat and drift alongside this island home, turned botanical garden. Keep an eye out for plants native to Aswan. This evening, enjoy dinner followed by a Nubian folkloric show. Popular in Egypt, Nubian music is performed in Arabic and relies on drum beats, clapping, fiddles, lutes and various other percussion instruments.
Day 8: Aswan – Depart Cairo
Today in Aswan, bid farewell to the MS Royal Lily before taking in the High Dam, Philae Temple and the unfinished Obelisk. Later, board your included flight back to Cairo for your onward flight home.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|October: 09, 16, 23, 30||$4,495.00||$5,345.00|
|November: 06. 20. 27||$4,495.00||$5,345.00|
|2021 Dates & Prices|
|January: 22, 29||$4,495.00||$5,345.00|
|February: 05, 12, 19||$4,495.00||$5,345.00|
|March: 05, 12||$4,495.00||$5,345.00|
|Meals:||7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
|Transport:||Airport transfers & Travel by luxury coach & Cruise|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Cairo - Luxor / Aswan / Cairo|
|Accommodation:||3 nights accommodation & 4 night Nile Cruise|
|Guide:||Services of a Tour Director and local guides|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.