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Save up to £300pp on Egypt: Ancient Wonders of Cairo & the Nile

Valid for travel on specific departures in 2024. Book by 31 May 2024

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Lead Price
From £2995pp
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Ancient wonders of Cairo & the Nile

Explore the wonders of Egypt via the River Nile on this exceptional tour. Visit Giza’s pyramids before taking a flight to the ancient town of Aswan, where Agatha Christie wrote her novel Death on the Nile. Here you will board one of the country’s premier luxury cruise vessels, the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, for a four-night, five-star river cruise to Luxor. Throughout the journey, you will visit ancient sites with an expert Egyptologist, who will regale you with tales of pharaohs, kings and a pantheon of exotic gods. After learning about the fabled figures whose pasts are imprinted in Egypt’s millennia-old carvings and hieroglyphics, you will depart with a deeper insight into this fascinating corner of the world.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Arrive Cairo
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Arrive Cairo

Transfer to the Kempinksi Nile Hotel for 2 nights. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Cairo
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Cairo

Today you visit Giza’s iconic pyramid complex. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last standing of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as the oldest – built over 4,500 years ago. Nearby, the enigmatic Sphinx guards King Khafre’s enormous funerary monument. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a welcome buffet dinner with wine. (B, D)

DAY 3: Aswan
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Aswan

Fly to Aswan this morning to begin your 4-night Nile cruise aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer (Nile Deck Cabin)* (or similar). After check-in and lunch, ride a traditional felucca sailboat around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting). This evening, attend a welcome reception and programme overview. Enjoy Egyptian wine and beer with canapés, followed by a gourmet dinner. A folklore show and whirling Dervish performance follow (subject to confirmation). (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
DAY 4: Agilika Island - Kom Ombo
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Agilika Island - Kom Ombo

After breakfast, take a short motorboat ride to see the Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Next, it's on to the quarries which supplied much of the granite used to build the pyramids. Here you see the Unfinished Obelisk. Back aboard, partake in an Egyptian cookery lesson, then visit the Temple of Kom Ombo – dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek. This evening, enjoy a lavish buffet of local specialities, and traditional music and dancing. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
DAY 5: Edfu - Esna
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Edfu - Esna

This morning, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Despite being built by the Greeks, this impressive structure is the largest and most complete preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt. Return to your boat in time for lunch and continue cruising to Esna. This afternoon, your Egyptologist guides you round the Graeco-Roman Temple of Khnum in Esna. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
DAY 6: Luxor
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Luxor

Start your day exploring the imposing Temple of Luxor alongside your expert Egyptologist. Continue to the Temple of Karnak, and – this afternoon – the Valley of the Kings. You also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. En route back to the Nile, pass the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting ‘voices’ at dawn. Return to your vessel for afternoon tea. This evening, enjoy a farewell gala dinner, with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
DAY 7: Giza - Cairo
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Giza - Cairo

Fly to Cairo this morning, dropping off your luggage at the Kempinski Nile Hotel. After lunch at leisure, visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East and home to a wide variety of pharaonic antiquities. (B)

DAY 8: Depart Cairo
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Depart Cairo

Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your direct flight back to London. (B) TOUR EXTENSIONS Pre-tour extension is available in Alexandria for 4 nights from £1,160 per person. Post-tour extension available in Luxor for 2 nights from £400 or a 4-night cruise on the beautiful Lake Nasser from £1,050 per person. Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

 

DAY 1: Arrive Cairo
- +

Arrive Cairo

Transfer to the Kempinksi Nile Hotel for 2 nights. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Cairo
- +

Cairo

Today you visit Giza’s iconic pyramid complex. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last standing of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as the oldest – built over 4,500 years ago. Nearby, the enigmatic Sphinx guards King Khafre’s enormous funerary monument. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a welcome buffet dinner with wine. (B, D)

DAY 3: Aswan
- +

Aswan

Fly to Aswan this morning to begin your 4-night Nile cruise aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer (Nile Deck Cabin)* (or similar). After check-in and lunch, ride a traditional felucca sailboat around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting). This evening, attend a welcome reception and programme overview. Enjoy Egyptian wine and beer with canapés, followed by a gourmet dinner. A folklore show and whirling Dervish performance follow (subject to confirmation). (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
DAY 4: Agilika Island - Kom Ombo
- +

Agilika Island - Kom Ombo

After breakfast, take a short motorboat ride to see the Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Next, it's on to the quarries which supplied much of the granite used to build the pyramids. Here you see the Unfinished Obelisk. Back aboard, partake in an Egyptian cookery lesson, then visit the Temple of Kom Ombo – dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek. This evening, enjoy a lavish buffet of local specialities, and traditional music and dancing. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
DAY 5: Edfu - Esna
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Edfu - Esna

This morning, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Despite being built by the Greeks, this impressive structure is the largest and most complete preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt. Return to your boat in time for lunch and continue cruising to Esna. This afternoon, your Egyptologist guides you round the Graeco-Roman Temple of Khnum in Esna. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
DAY 6: Luxor
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Luxor

Start the day exploring the imposing Temple of Luxor alongside your Egyptologist. Continue to the Temple of Karnak, and – this afternoon – the Valley of the Kings. You have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Returning to the Nile, pass the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in ancient times for their haunting ‘voices’ at dawn. Return to your vessel for afternoon tea. This evening, enjoy a farewell gala dinner, with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
DAY 7: Giza - Cairo
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Giza - Cairo

Fly to Cairo this morning, dropping off your luggage at the Kempinski Nile Hotel. After lunch at leisure, visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East and home to a wide variety of pharaonic antiquities. (B)

DAY 8: Depart Cairo
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Depart Cairo

Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your direct flight back to London. (B) TOUR EXTENSIONS Pre-tour extension is available in Alexandria for 4 nights from £1,160 per person. Post-tour extension available in Luxor for 2 nights from £400 or a 4-night cruise on the beautiful Lake Nasser from £1,050 per person. Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Learn about archaeological excavations during a private lecture aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
  • Tour ancient temples alongside expert Egyptologists
  • Ride a traditional felucca sailboat around Elephantine Island
  • 5-star accommodation

Important information

Itinerary variations
Itinerary is subject to change on the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum | The 16 September 2023 departure dates will operate using the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | The 15 November 2023 departure aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer will sail from Luxor to Aswan
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Private tour guideline prices
Low season from £2,795 / Guide price month: September | High season from £3,195 / Guide price month: May | Single supplement from £995
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • 5-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
  • Guaranteed to run with a minimum of 4 passengers
  • Direct international flights with Egyptair
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local Egyptologists
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Welcome dinner on Day 2
  • Full-board accommodation on 4-night cruise
  • Optional upgrade to Main Deck, Bridge Deck and Promenade Deck cabin, subject to availability. Please enquire for prices.

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £2,795 | Guide price month: September

High season from £3,195 | Guide price month: May

Single supplement from £995

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