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Jewels of the Nile
  One of our most popular tours, combining a fabulous Nile cruise with time to explore Cairo's many highlights.  Ancient Kingdoms offers you Egypt in all its glory, from the golden treasures of the Pharaohs to the colossal temples of Upper Egypt.  Ancient Kingdoms bonus - experience the best of two Cairo locations.  Your first stay will be in the Pyramids area enabling you to fully focus on the incredible sites.  Your second stay in the city will allow maximum time to savour & explore downtown.
Holiday Length: 9 days
Departs: depends on class - see grid
Start city: Cairo
End city: Cairo
Type of Holiday: Flexi Holiday & cruise
 

   
ITINERARY
Day 1
Cairo
  Arrival transfer to your Pyramids area hotel.
Option to upgrade to a Pyramids view room.
   
Day 2
Cairo



A day to remember! Visit the ancient capital of Memphis, the enduring monuments of Sakkara, prototypes for ancient Egypt's most enduring architectural legacy the Pyramids.  Explore the sand strewn temples and tombs before travelling to the Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx, sights that are both magnificent and awe inspiring. (B)
   
Day 3
Cairo - Luxor : NILE CRUISE




Fly to Luxor and board your Nile Cruise Boat.  After lunch begin exploring one of the worlds greatest open air museums - Thebes.  Visit the magnificent Luxor Temple, below the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Temple complex of Karnak.  The site comprises a vast mass of temples, chapels, pylons, shrines and intricately carved columns.  It is a gigantic and imposing monument showcasing precious relics of ancient Egyptian Dynasties. (B,L,D)
   
Day 4
Luxor - Esna - Edfu : NILE CRUISE




Cross the Nile to the West Bank.  Today is full of highlights including the Necropolis of Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, where you'll find the tombs of the Theban Rulers including Tutankhamen.  Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and see the famed Colossi of Memmon facing the Nile.  This afternoon sail to Esna and cross the lock.  (B,L,D)

   
Day 5
Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan : NILE CRUISE



Today visit Edfu where remains from the Old Kingdom can be viewed as well as the Temple of Horus and houses of the Byzantine period.  Sail to Kom Ombo and visit Kom Ombo Temple, which was shared by the two gods Sobek and Haroeris.  See the beautiful murals, bas relief and fine views of the river.  Continue to Aswan. (B,L,D)

   
Day 6
Aswan : NILE CRUISE


Visit the Aswan Dams at the end of Lake Nasser, the re-sited and beautifully restored Temple of Philae dedicated to the god Isis and the granite quarries which provided stone for Karnak and Luxor Temples.  Later sail by felucca around the lush islands of Aswan. (B,L,D)
   
Day 7
Aswan - Cairo


Disembark from your cruise after one last breakfast and fly back to the capital and transfer to your city hotel, conveniently located in the centre of Cairo. Remainder of day at leisure. (B)
   
Day 8
Cairo


Marvel at the glittering treasures of Tutankhamen on your tour of the Egyptian Museum. Later visit the towering Citadel, the Mohamed Ali Mosque, the vibrant Khan El Khalili Bazaar and the Hanging Church. (B)
   
Day 9
Cairo

Departure transfer to the airport. (B)
                                             
Abu Simbel Detour


Option to include a day or overnight visit to Abu Simbel before flying back to Cairo.  The two temples of Abu Simbel are amongst the most magnificent monuments in the world and considered a must-see by all those who visit Egypt.  With our local representative's local office in Abu Simbel you will benefit from fantastic back up and local knowledge
  Abu Simbel Day tour
  A morning tour of one of the most impressive monuments in the world
Price includes: return flights from Aswan, meet and assist in Aswan and Abu Simbel, small group or private transfer to the temples and priority entrance and guides.
   
  Abu Simbel overnight Tour
  A great opportunity to see the temples when most of the crowds have gone.  The night spent in a nearby hotel will also allow you to attend the spectacular Sound and Light show in the evening (optional).
Price includes: return flights from Aswan, meet and assistance in Aswan and Abu Simbel, private transfers to hotel and temple, tourist class accommodation, breakfast, dinner, sightseeing and entrance fees.

TOUR INCLUSIONS









  • Accommodation with private facilities
  • Private transfers in A/C transportation
  • 4 night cruise
  • 2 night Pyramids hotel in Cairo
  • 2 nights downtown Cairo
  • Daily breakfast, full board on cruise
  • Flights Cairo/Aswan, Luxor/Cairo
  • Private Egyptologist guide and sightseeing in Cairo
  • Small group sightseeing on the Nile Cruise
  • Entrance fees
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    NOTES





    (a)  The above is a sample itinerary. Working around the Nile cruise schedules, these tours may be adjusted to suit different arrival or departure dates. Cruise itinerary may operate in reverse and may vary according to class of tour.
    (b) Cruise itineraries are subject to change due to operation of Nile locks. The Esna Lock closes periodically throughout the year, the timing being under Egyptian Government control - so beyond the control of Innovative Travel and its agents. Cruise boats are not permitted to travel between Luxor & Esna during this closure, so sightseeing will be operated by coach from Esna.
       

     

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