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Until 30 Apr 19
12 days/11 nights from
per person share twinFlights are additional
Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt. Our local representative will meet you inside immigration and assist with your arrival procedures. Transfer to the historic Mena House, a beautifully restored palace hotel with incredible views over the most iconic of Egyptian landmarks – the Great Pyramids of Giza. Unwind after your travels with a drink in the bar with incredible views of these timeless monuments.
Day 2: Cairo
After breakfast, the secrets of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx will be revealed by an Egyptologist on a guided tour. Then continue to the ancient capital of Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Sakkara – the oldest surviving tomb to be raised to the heavens and forebear of the Pyramids of Giza. Top off an unforgettable day with an incredible evening attending the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids. (B)
Day 3: Cairo
Today explore a lesser known side of Egyptian history visiting Old Cairo’s Coptic Churches (including the Hanging Church), Roman Fortress, and the unique Ben Ezra Synagogue. This Egyptian contribution to the great religions of the world provides a fascinating insight into just how long these lands have been a centre point for civilisation. Later visit the famous Egyptian museum, where your personal Egyptologist will unlock the glittering treasures of the Pharaohs. The lively Khan El Khalili Bazaar then awaits, where you can savour the delicious local delicacies and discover shopping bargains in this traditional market. (B)
Day 4: Cairo - Luxor
After your transfer to the airport, fly to Luxor and transfer to the Sofitel Old Winter Palace. This accurately preserved historic British colonial era hotel is where famed archaeologist Howard Carter updated the world’s press with progress of his recovery of Tutankhamun’s treasures on the hotel noticeboard. This afternoon is free time to savour the local atmosphere or simply soak up the marvellous views across the Nile. (B)
Day 5: Luxor – Embark on Dahabiya cruise
Today embark on a boutique Dahabiya, a traditionally inspired Egyptian boat from the time of the Pharaohs, to sail the Nile in the style. Step back in time as the winds and tides set your course along the life-giving Nile. Today visit the temple complex of Karnak and the Luxor Temple built in the 14th century by two kings - Amenophis III and Ramses II. Overnight aboard your luxuriously appointed sail boat as you savour a chef-prepared meal moored alongside the West Bank. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Luxor - Esna
This morning visit the West Bank Necropolis and the burial ground of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings. This is where Howard Carter explored for five years before he discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, thus proving that not all of the treasures had been released from this mysterious site. As recently as 2015 yet another unopened tomb was unearthed raising the tantalising prospect of more riches awaiting discovery. Later visit the nearby Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon which is believed to bestow great fortune on those who hear its fabled wailing noise. After lunch board your Dahabiya and set sail for Esna. Moor tonight at an island and experience the tranquillity of a dinner on the Nile under the stars. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Esna - Edfu
Sail towards Edfu, one of the best preserved temples of the Greco-Roman era, dedicated to Horus. This god the son of Isis and Osiris was the patron of many Pharaohs and, along with his parents, formed the Egyptian holy trinity. Making the experience unforgettable you will arrive at the temple by horse-drawn carriage. Moor overnight beside Al Ramady Island. (B,L,D)
Day 8: El Sheikh Fadl Island
A relaxing day today letting the wind and the current dictate your pace on the Nile. Sail overnight to Aswan. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Aswan
Arrive to Aswan the heart of Nubia. Take a small boat to the Philae Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis, and the purported burial site of her husband Osiris. Later view the High Dam, the Old Dam and the ‘unfinished Obelisk’ lying in the ancient granite quarries of Aswan for a fascinating insight into how the ancients were able to construct such marvels. Afternoon at leisure to explore the market. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Aswan
Farewell your Dahabiya for the Sofitel Old Legend Cataract. One of Egypt’s finest hotels, guests have included Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, and Agatha Christie who set portions of her novel Death on the Nile at the hotel. The 1978 film adaptation was also filmed at the hotel. Savour the superb views of the Nile and Elephantine Island as you soak up the colonial atmosphere of this magnificent old world hotel. Optional visit to Abu Simbel. (Supplement applies) (B)
Day 11: Aswan - Cairo
Fly to Cairo and transfer to the Marriott Hotel, a stylish converted palace overlooking the Nile. This afternoon walk along Al Moez Street viewing the magnificent Islamic architectural heritage and medieval houses that date from the Fatimid and Mamluke Eras. Reenergize with a refreshing drink at Fishawy Café amidst the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Finish the tour by Bab Zweilla and tent makers market before your Egyptian adventure is wrapped up with a farewell dinner with your companions. (B,D)
Day 12: Cairo
Soak up one last Egyptian experience as you are transferred through the streets of Cairo to the Airport. (B)
Travel is valid on select departures 12 Mar 19 – 10 Mar 20 and sales valid until 30 Apr 19. Book and pay in full by 30 Apr 19. Additional bonus valid if book and pay in full by 21 Mar 19. Prices are correct as at 26 Feb 19. Prices thereafter subject to change without notice until time of confirmation. Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements, and availability. Prices are in NZ dollars for cash or cheque purchase only. Price mentioned is based on 2 pax travelling. All prices and packages are subject to availability at time of booking. All travel must be commenced and completed as specified. Some surcharges and closeout periods may apply. Valid for new bookings only. Amendment & cancellation fees may apply. Airfares are additional. Please contact your House of Travel consultant for full details and the best airfare to match your holiday. HOT code: CMPEG2019
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