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Insight Vacations Best of Egypt (Summer 2017) (I900)

8 Days starts and ends in Cairo Print
Tour Style: Regional Journey
Europe & Britain 2017/18
Visits: Egypt

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.

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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 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.
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 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.(BB / WR)
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.(BB / L / AT / D)
Day: 5 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.(BB / L / SE)
Day: 6 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.(BB / L / D)
Day: 7 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.(BB)
Day: 8 Depart Cairo
Your amazing journey concludes today, with transfers to the airport.(BB)

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