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We'll be with you for every step of the journey on this this exclusive and luxurious tour of Egypt.

12 night Luxury Fly, River Cruise & Tour from $7799  
  • Departs May 23, 2020 
  • Giza - Luxor - Aswan - Cairo
  • Easy pace... Multiple night stays in most locations
  • Fully escorted and hosted by Ucango's Gillian Connors (plus tour guides)
  • Arrive Early or Stay back options available free of charge
  • Solo Travellers +$2000

INCLUSIONS

  •  Flights (international)
  •  Meet & greet in airport(s),
  •  All transfers and transport (domestic flights included)
  •  3 nts hotel in the Mena House: Pyramids view rooms
  •  1 nt Hilton Luxor: Side Nile View
  •  4 nts onboard Nile cruiser like MS Alyssa, MS Le Fayan or similar
  •  1 nts Old Cataract Aswan : Lead in rooms
  •  1 nt in Marriott Cairo : Lead in rooms
  •  All excursions including entrance fees, guiding, transportation.
  •  English speaking representatives and specialist Egyptologist guide throughout.
  •  Visa (Can currently be provided on arrival to AUS passport holders upon arrival at USD 25)
  •  Vehicles between 16 & 21 Seaters
  •  Daily Breakfast, 7 lunches and 10 dinners
  •  All tipping of the cruise ship, drivers, reps etc for the group.

NOT INCLUDED

  •  Drinks (unless specified)
  •  Tipping of your guide – we recommend 3-5 USD per day.
  •  Anything not mentioned above
  •  NB We reserve the right to increase the price in case of changes in taxes, entrance fees, domestic flights etc that we cannot control (but we will seriously not try and do that.. this is a CYA clause)

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

  • Day 1: Marriott Mena House, Giza (Sun, 24 May)
  • Day 2: Marriott Mena House, Giza (Mon, 25 May)
  • Day 3: Marriott Mena House, Giza (Tue, 26 May)
  • Day 4: Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, Luxor ( Wed, 27 May)
  • Day 5: Alyssa Nile Cruise, Luxor (Thu, 28 May)
  • Day 6: Alyssa Nile Cruise, Edfu (Fri, 29 May)
  • Day 7: Alyssa Nile Cruise, Aswan (Sat, 30 May)
  • Day 8: Alyssa Nile Cruise, Aswan (Sun, 31 May)
  • Day 9: Old Cataract, Aswan (Mon, 1 June)
  • Day 10: Marriott Hotel Cairo, Cairo (Tue, 2 June)
  • Day 11: End of Tour(Wed, 3 June)


ITINERARY DETAILED

Day 1: Marriott Mena House, Giza (Sun, 24 May)
Welcome to Egypt! After you step off the plane you will be met by our local representative who will help orient you and assist you with your luggage, through passport control and on to your waiting transfer. Outside of the airport you will meet your friendly guide who will take you to your Cairo home for the next 3 nights, the Mena House Palace Hotel.Enroute you’ll visit Al-Rifa'i Mosque (keeping busy helps to stave off the Jetlag after-all!). Check into your hotel and this evening enjoy a welcome buffet Dinner at the hotel, inclusive of 2 local beers or half a bottle of local wine.
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Overnight: Marriott Mena House

About Giza
Giza, while technically a separate administrative district, is part of the sprawling urban city of Cairo. The area is most famous as the location of the Giza Plateau: the site of some of the most impressive ancient monuments in the world. Although there are over a hundred pyramids in Egypt, by far the most famous are the Giza Pyramids. During the Greek and Roman eras, they were marvelled at as the first of the Seven Wonders of the World, and they still exert a powerful fascination, both as an extraordinary technical achievement and as a demonstration of the might, power, and ambition of Egypt's pharaonic rulers. No tour of Egypt would be complete without a visit to this extraordinary site which has inspired the most fantastic legends since ancient times and continues to fascinate and inspire visitors.




Day 2: Marriott Mena House, Giza (Mon, 25 May)
Awake invigorated this morning for your first full day of exploring Egypt. Early this morning you will transfer the short distance to the Giza Plateau and experience up close the majesty of the Great Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx. Cairo is a bustling metropolis of over 20 million people ( estimated to be over 28 Million in the Greater Cairo, more than the population of our entire country!) so the traffic can be quite an experience and 10 km drives may take over an hour. It's an exercise in patience but you will be in good hands. There is an old adage, ' If you can drive in Cairo, you can drive anywhere'.With your guide you'll visit the highest point of the plateau to have a panoramic view of the area. Here you may be able to enter one of the smaller pyramids (Chephren or Mycerinos.) Khufu/ Cheops Pyramid can also be entered for a supplement. Your guide will discuss this with you in the morning and you can decide before you enter the plateau if you would like to purchase the extra ticket to enter Khufu's pyramid. Afterwards head to the forefront of the pyramids to walk around and capture images of the Great Sphinx.
Following this amazing experience visit the Egyptian Museum, another absolute must on a tour to Cairo( The Grand Egyptian Museum is not yet opened and many exhibits are slowly being moved). Your guide will take you through the history of Pharaonic Egypt with the help of the artefacts exhibited, from Narmer to Akhenaton and Ramses. Of course, the galleries with the treasures of Tutankhamen will be carefully explained.
Photography tickets can currently be purchased on arrival at the museum and they allow you to take pictures of most exhibits within the museum, with the exception of Tutankhamun and some of the mummy rooms.
Once you've had your fill of history, you'll depart the museum. The day is at your leisure to enjoy your hotel and it's facilities until this evening when you will enjoy a nostalgic Sound and Light show, learning even more about the monuments you visited today followed by dinner in an Egyptian specialty restaurant overlooking the glittering lights of Cairo’s suburbs.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Great Pyramid of Giza

The oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza remains largely intact, making it easier for visitors to imagine life as it was centuries ago during a period known as BC. It is said that that the pyramid, built for an Egyptian pharaoh, took more than 20 years to build by dragging and lifting enormous stones into place. It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza complex.




Day 3: Marriott Mena House, Giza (Tue, 26 May)
This morning head off on another adventure into the countryside to the Necropolis , Saqqara. Here you will have the opportunity to enter a few different beautifully decorated tombs from the old kingdom and witness the first recorded step Pyramid in Egypt, designed by Imhotep for the Pharoah Djoser.After exploring the fascinating tombs you'll return to the city and brave the traffic for Lunch in a park overlooking Medieval Cairo followed by a stroll through Khan el Khalili.
Khan El Khalili: While walking through this famous bazaar you’ll observe daily life and the unique character of this place, with its typical shops and cafés. All manner of curios can be purchased here and if you don’t feel like haggling ask your guide to direct you to one of the fixed price stores that are tucked away in the maze that is Khan el Khalili.
Dinner this evening will be in your hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Khan El Khalil - Old Bazaar
Khan El Khalil - Old Bazaar is a market located in the Bazaar district of Cairo in Egypt. This open-air market was the site of the final burial place for the Fatimid royal family. Today, several vendors, tourists and locals flood the market to buy and sell items. Quality fabrics, perfumes, jewellery, spices and souvenirs can be purchased at this vibrant market. Tourists can also visit the oldest coffee shop in the country in this market. Various vendors selling street food are also happy to share their rich culture through local delicacies.



Day 4: Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, Luxor ( Wed, 27 May)
Early this morning you will depart Cairo aboard a flight to Luxor. Directly upon arrival your excursion will take you to the amazing Karnak temple complex, the Vatican of the Pharaonic Era. The temple was built and added upon over a period of 2000 years. Here everything is large and some of the most impressive sights will be the monumental gates, enormous halls with pillars and beautiful wall carvings.Following your tour of Karnak temple you will be taken to your hotel overlooking the Nile. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax by the pool or on the terrace taking in the scenery.
In the early evening you'll make your way to the illuminated temple of Luxor. Where you will stroll through the temple as the refreshing coolness of night sets in. Return to your hotel for Dinner.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Karnak Temple

Karnak is a complex in Egypt where ancient ruined temples are located. These temples are from the era of Pharoah Ramses II, from around 1391-1351 BC. This area was the most important place for worship during this time. It is visited more than any other historical area in the world, after the Giza Pyramids, and it is the largest ancient religious preservation in the world.



Overnight: Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa
Escape to the serenity of the lush banks of the Nile and receive Egypt's most attentive, friendly service at this idyllic Hilton Worldwide Resort. With glorious, uninterrupted views from their unique, water's edge location, the newly renovated Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa is the ideal base from which to explore the region’s rich and ancient culture.Choose from 8 stylish bars and restaurants, indulge in a luxury holistic treatment at the tranquil Nayara Spa, bathe in the resort's two stunning infinity pools or simply relax in a shaded cabana hammock beside the Nile.
Enjoy the different type of rooms and suites, with either King size bed or twin beds. The resort offers standard rooms with garden or Nile views, or indulge yourself in one of the Deluxe rooms with large balconies. All suites feature state of the art furnishings and amenities with splendid garden or Nile view.
Resting on the east bank of the infamous Nile River in southern Egypt, the city of Luxor is renowned for its many well-preserved monuments, so much so that it has been described as the world’s greatest open-air museum. Luxor is often divided into three different areas; the city of Luxor on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak further north and Thebes on the west side of the Nile, across from Luxor. Visitors can look forward to a variety of accommodation and an abundance of exciting activities – Luxor knows how to accommodate tourists as it has been doing since ancient times. Don’t miss the Karnak and Luxor Temples, as well as the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.




Day 5: Alyssa Nile Cruise, Luxor (Thu, 28 May)
In the morning you'll turn to the western bank of the river, to the Valleys of the Dead. Here you'll visit the Valley of Kings where among others the tomb of Tutankhamun was found almost intact in the 1920s (you can enter the tomb for an additional ticket approx USD20pp).The texts and the pictures of the walls are describing the thoughts and imagination of the transformation from life to death. Once totally clear to the pharaohs, it is for us today to a great extent incomprehensible but oh, so fascinating. Approximately 10 of the 60 tombs are opened to the public and you will visit 2 of them. ( possibility to add the tomb of Rameses VI which has exceptional colours and v.few visitors approx USD 35).
Continue a little further down the road to the Valley Temple of Hatshepsut, the famous female Pharaoh , enroute you will also see the Colossus of Memnon once standing outside the temple of Amunhotep III.
Possible to make an optional balloon ride in the early morning over on the west bank of Luxor (NB NOT over the Valley of Kings – not allowed)
Check in at your cruise ship for Lunch with the rest of the day at your leisure. Later enjoy your first dinner aboard the ship.
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Valley of the Kings
Situated along the west bank of the Nile River, the Valley of the Kings is home to the famous tomb of King Tutankhamun, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Also known as Biban el-Moluk, the ‘Gates of the Kings’, the Valley of the Kings is the ancient burial site of many New Kingdom pharaohs and powerful nobleman laid to rest between the sixteenth and eleventh centuries B.C.
The valley contains 63 unique tombs and chambers and the entire valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore this ancient landscape featuring arid lunar terrain, discover the hidden tombs and view the work of the finest artisans of the ancient world, who paid homage to the pharaohs in detailed frescoes and wall reliefs.


Overnight: Alyssa Nile Cruise
The only way to experience the Nile is on a cruise! The Alyssa helps you to experience the unforgettable sights of Upper Egypt in comfort and style. Launched in early 2006, built in accordance with highest international specifications and classifications, the ship is a 5 star Deluxe Motor Yacht. Pharaonic sites.




Day 6: Alyssa Nile Cruise, Edfu (Fri, 29 May)
Enjoy a morning at leisure. Around Lunch time your ship will start cruising towards Esna lock.
Make your way up to the sundeck and watch the world go by. Not much has changed in the Nile River valley since the time of the pharaohs and the farmer and all his family are working hard on the fields. The intensive green color stands in sharp contrast to the arid yellows and browns of the surrounding desert.
The ship will queue and wait for it's turn in the locks of Esna and will pass through the lock during the afternoon and continue to Edfu.
* Exact cruising time might be altered during the season.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Edfu
Resting on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, the historic town of Edfu is the location of the famous Temple of Horus. Considered the best-reserved temple in Egypt and dating back to the Ptolemaic times (237 - 57 BC), the temple has played a dramatic role in today’s understanding of ancient Egypt, including our knowledge of its religion, lifestyle, and language. The temple is decorated with intricate and varied scenes depicting marriages, deities, and the birth of its namesake god, and exhibits a combination of both Egyptian and Greek architectural elements. Modern Edfu is a bustling hub producing renowned pottery.




Day 7: Alyssa Nile Cruise, Aswan (Sat, 30 May)
The visit to Edfu temple this morning is sure to be one of the most memorable moments of your tour. Currently off all cruises tourists must proceed to Edfu temple by horse and cart, which makes quite a spectacle in the streets. The Edfu Horus temple was built approximately 200 BC and is almost perfectly preserved.Back on the cruiser you will continue to sail southwards toward Kom Ombo where there it's only a short distance from the harbour to the beautifully situated double temple dedicated to the gods of Haroreris and Sobek, the crocodile god. Here you can see some beautifully preserved unwrapped mummified crocodiles.
Back on board your ship will continue to Aswan where you will dock for the night.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Temple of Kom Ombo
The Temple of Kom Ombo is situated in the Aswan region of Upper Egypt. It is a popular tourist destination as the temple features an unusual design consisting of two parallel temples in one building.



Day 8: Alyssa Nile Cruise, Aswan (Sun, 31 May)
This morning enjoy breakfast and then depart on a day of excursions in Aswan. You will visit the High Dam, this wonder of the new world and learn a little about how it has changed life in the valley. Continue by boat to the Philae temple situated on a small island between the old Aswan Dam and the High Dam. Here the goddess Isis ruled, after she was left alone when her husband the god Osiris was murdered by her brother according to the ancient mythology. Depart the island ( inhabited by friendly temple cats) and take the boat back to Aswan main where you will visit your last stop,the unfinished obelisk in the granite quarry. One cannot help but to be fascinated by the enormity of projects done during a time when no real tools existed.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Aswan High Dam
The Aswan High Dam is situated in the Egyptian city of Aswan and provides hydroelectric power to the entire country. It also prevents flooding and damage to the ancient temples in the area.

Temple of Philae
The Temple of Philae is located on a small island in the centre of the Aswan Low Dam. It is an ancient temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis. The site has been redeveloped and has become a popular tourist destination.





Day 9: Old Cataract, Aswan (Mon, 1 June)
Early this morning you will check out of your cruise and enjoy a sailing tour in a classic Nile boat called a felucca, making a stop at the scenic Botanical/ Kitchener island. Finish your tour today with Lunch at a scenic spot.
  • This afternoon check into your accommodation the beautiful Old Cataract
  • You can either have the afternoon at leisure or it is possible for us to arrange a tour of a Nubian house or village which would take approximately 2 and a half hours .
Nubian Village (optional tour): Travel by boat to one of the beautiful Nubian villages along the Nile. The Nubians are a people living on both sides of the border with Sudan. They have their own language and culture and their villages, dressing, music etc are different from the Egyptian. The all speak Arabic today but only with outsiders. Between themselves they keep their language alive. You will visit a house, meet the families and get to know more about them. You can also take a stroll through the village. From USD 35
This evening enjoy dinner at your accommodation.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Old Cataract Hotel
Live the Legend at Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan a luxury 5-star hotel in a 19th-century Victorian palace on the banks of the river Nile.Relax and immerse yourself in an infinity pool overlooking the Nile arrange a felucca cruise at sunset, a hot stone massage at So SPA, a meeting in a stylish boardroom or a cocktail reception under the stars. The hotel boasts 138 spacious guest rooms including 100 suites. Guest rooms have balcony views and suites boast exclusive butler service. Take tea on the rose granite promenade savor gourmet French cuisine at 1902 restaurant.



Aswan
Situated on the east bank of the Nile in the south of Egypt, Aswan is an arid, modern and popular city with a relaxing, Northern African atmosphere. The city is home to a number of significant archaeological sites and makes an excellent base for exploring the many world-class attractions of the surrounding area. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful views by way of slow walks along the wide corniche, or while dining on fresh seafood at one of the town’s charming floating restaurants. In the evenings, Nubian dancers, musicians and folklore troupes performing at the Cultural Centre, provide memorable entertainment. City highlights include: a large, lively central market and the Nubian Museum showcasing some of Southern Egypt’s most important historical artefacts.




Day 10: Marriott Hotel Cairo, Cairo (Tue, 2 June)
Check out of your hotel this morning and from Aswan fly the short distance to Abu Simbel . Visit the magnificent temple , famous for its gigantic statues in front and for being cut to pieces and moved away from the rising waters of the Lake Nasser in the 60s. This afternoon you will fly back to Cairo via Aswan.
Check in at hotel in city center. Marriott Cairo or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Marriott Hotel Cairo
Among premier Cairo hotels, Marriott Cairo Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino in the Zamalek area is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel's Cairo twin towers at this landmark rise 20 stories high and provide magnificent views of the Nile and six acres of palace gardens.
Sparkling with 977 updated rooms, 111 elegant suites, 15 restaurants, a world-class casino and 35,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space, this hotel's Cairo, Egypt accommodations provide everything you need for an unforgettable meeting or celebration.
A stay at this 5-star hotel in Cairo ensures that you will enjoy all that Cairo has to offer. Nearby attractions include Pyramids of Giza, Khan el Khalili, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Cairo Opera House.
Unwind at this Cairo, Egypt hotel's pool -- one of the largest pools in the city – or enjoy a drink at Café Promenade or meander the gardens while letting the delights of this luxury Cairo 5-star hotel surround you in all its splendor.



Cairo
Resting on both banks of the River Nile, Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world. Cairo has been inhabited for over 6000 years and has served as the capital of numerous Egyptian civilisations. At the heart of the city is Tahrir Square, a busy tourist hub which features the world-renowned Egyptian Museum displaying an array of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artefacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and the Great Sphinx, dating back to the 26th century BC. While these and countless other ancient treasures are undoubtedly the main drawcards, the cosmopolitan Cairo is certainly not lacking in modern attractions. Visitors can get to know the locals at boisterous Baladi bars, enjoy excellent shopping at the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, watch the sunset from the impressive Cairo Tower, or catch a show at the stately Cairo Opera House.



Day 11: End of Tour (Wed, 3 June)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before later checking out and transferring to the airport for your departure flight.
  • Meals: Breakfast

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