Duration
12 days
Price From
$5,279

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Note:
As flight times, hotels, logistical services and days of travel can be subject to availability and modifications beyond our control, if cancellations or delays should occur, we will make a conscientious effort to secure alternative arrangements of similar value to those in our booking agreement.

Route

Cairo – Aswan – Luxor – Edfu - Alexandria

Highlights

  • Hand-picked 4*& 5* accommodation at every destination.
  • Small group sizes ensure you get the most out of your experience
  • Visit the famous tombs of Tutankhamun & the Goddess Isis
  • See Aswan & Luxor like never before with exclusive day trips& a 5* cruise down the Nile
  • Experience the coastal city of Alexandria & it’s pristine beaches
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Itinerary

Day 1: Australia – Cairo

Meals: In-flight meals

Arrival in the ancient Egyptian city of Cairo where you will be met by our representative who will assist you through customs. After meeting our guide and bus driver, you will be transferred in your airconditioned coach to your hotel.

Cairo, with a population of 17 million, Cairo, called Al-Qahirah in Arabic, is not only Africa’s largest city but the political and cultural center of the Arab World. Cairo’s old quarters retain their ancient charm with many streets still known by descriptions given to them by medieval chroniclers. Modern Cairo’s architecture is distinguished by Ottoman and later European influences – especially in commercial architecture – particularly as the city’s population boomed in the 19th century.

The rest of the day is yours at leisure to prepare for your Evening introduction, orientation & Welcome Dinner.

Your welcome dinner tonight is hosted in the hotel for the best convenience.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Cairo

Day 2: Pyramids – Sphinx – Memphis – Sakkara

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit some of the most important sights in Egypt.

The Pyramids & Sphinx were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid consists of 2,300,00 blocks, each weighing an average of 2.5 tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot hel but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers & artists have sought to convey of the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open for public inspection. Not far from the Pyramids is The Great Sphinx of Giza. This date back to the time of Chephren (2520BC). Cut from natural yellowish limestone & stands at 65ft high, 187ft long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body.

Memphis served as the capital of Upper & Lower Egypt some 5,000 years ago during the 1st Dynasty. Menes, the first pharaoh of this dynasty, built a great white-walled palace & the Temple of Ptah here.

Sakkara one of the most exciting historical & archaeological area in all of Egypt is Sakkara, situated about 12 miles South West of Cairo. The site is dominated by the famous step pyramid of King Zoser. It was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt, preceding those at Giza by many centuries, & is the work of the famous pharaonic architect, Imhotep.

 Accommodation: Hotel in Cairo

Day 3: Egyptian Museum – Citadel – Mosques – Khan Khalili Bazaars.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you will be treated to some of Egypt’s visual history.

The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt’s king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.

The Citadel situated on a highly visible spur of the Mokattam Hills of Old Cairo, was the nerve center of Egypt for almost 700 years. Construction of the grand structure began in 1176 and was completed by Muhammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt in the late 19th century. Mamluk sultans and Turkish governors resided in the Citadel, which is among the world’s most splendid monuments of medieval warfare.

Facing the Citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt and the Mosque of Al-Rifai was constructed in two phases over the period between 1869 and 1912, when it was finally completed.

The tour also includes a visit to Khan ElKhalili, known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, was built in 1382 by Emir DjaharksElKhalili, in the heart of what was then Fatimid City. Until this day, the bazaar is a center of trade and communion in the city, and offers a wide array of antiques, handcrafts of gold, silver and copper as well as numerous old coffee shops and local restaurants which attract both Egyptians and tourists alike.

We then will transfer you back to your hotel for your night of leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cairo

Day 4: Cairo – Luxor.

After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to Cairo domestic airport for the next part of your journey down the Nile, your flight to Luxor. On arrival at Luxor airport, you will be transferred to your Luxury Nile cruise. After checking into your cabins, please join us for a delicious lunch onboard your ship.

East Bank Visits

Visit the magnificent Karnak Temple, the largest of its kind. The Karnak temple complex is about 3.5 km from Luxor Temple. Within its area, the grandest of all temples is dedicated to the great Pharaonic god, Amun. Leading to the temple is a procession of ram sphinxes that represents Amun. Although begun in the Middle Kingdom, the temple’s vastness comes from successive dynasties which built on to it.

Luxor Temple

Separated from the Nile only by a street, the Luxor temple sits in the city’s center. The temple’s main purpose was as a secret location for Amun, the lord of gods.The Luxor temple was built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty.The temple’s most distinguishing features are its interior rooms with magnificent inscriptions and hall of columns, each one capped with crowns of lotus flowers.

 Accommodation: HotelinLuxor

Day 5: Luxor – Esna – Edfu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, please join for an excursion to the West Bank. Here, we will take a visit to the burial places of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsuit and the Colossi of Memnon

The Valley of the Kings includes the tombs of the Theban rulers, as Seli I & Tutankhamen. The mortuary includes the temple of Hatshepsuit, the only woman Pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt.

We then proceed to the Valley of the Queens to visit the burial site of some Royal Consorts & their offspring. A panoramic stop at the Colossi of AmenhotepIII named by the Greeks.

After crossing the lock, we arrive at Edfu, where you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner and have the chance to have a night at leisure to explore.

Accommodation: Hotel in Edfu

Day 6: Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Experience the horse drawn carriage ride back and forth to the temple.

We then get back onboard & Sail ToKomOmbo. We will visit the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun.

The Ptolemaic Temple of KomOmbo with its beautiful murals, “bas relief”, is 45km, north of Aswan. The Temple, dating back to the Ptolemies, is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile River. KonOmbo is actually two temples consisting of a Temple to Sobek& the Temple of Haroies.

We will then get back onboard our cruise ship & sail to the stunning city of Aswan. Here you will check in to your hotel & have your night at leisure. Dinner is available at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aswan

Day 7: Aswan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will explore the region of Aswan & its sights of wonder.Today, we start off at the Aswan Dam (completed in 1971) & the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also get to see the spectacular Philae Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis. This structure was recued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam’s construction.

The Aswan High Dam – this is located just north of the border between Egypt & Sudan. It is a huge rock dam which captures the world’s longest river, the Nile, in the world’s largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam is also known as “Saad El-Aali” in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work.

Philae Temple – this is a short trip on a motorboat. This will bring us to the magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Isis & has many legends connected to it. The most well-known legend tells us how Isis found the heart of Osiris after his murder by his brother, Seth.

We then take a Felucca trip around Aswan for a panoramic view of the island (a camera would be handy). We sail around the picturesque island of Aswan, along the Nile in a traditional Felucca.

After this amazing experience, you will then return to your hotel for dinner & free time to explore.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aswan

Day 8: Aswan – Cairo.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast & check out, we bid farewell to the River Nile. You will be transferred to Aswan Airport for your flight back to Cairo.

Upon arrival into Cairo, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cairo

Day 9: Cairo – Alexandria.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast& check out , we have a surprise in store for you. A trip to the coastal town of Alexandria.

We drive to Alexandria by A/C van. Upon arrival in Alexandria, check into your hotel.

The rest of your day is at leisure.

The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern; with its ambience and cultural heritage distancing it from the rest of the country.

Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria was originally the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt, its status; a beacon of culture symbolized by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  Alexandria was also the setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, as well as a center for learning in the ancient world.

From the 19th century Alexandria took on a new role, as a focus for Egypt’s commercial and maritime expansion. This Alexandria has been immortalized by writers such as E-M- Forster and Cavafy. Generations of immigrants from Greece, Italy and the Levant settled here and made the city synonymous with commerce, cosmopolitanism and bohemian culture creating the diverse fusions of culture, for which Alexandria is today famous.

There are a number of must see sights in Alexandria, amongst which the most well known is probably the Alexandria Bibliotheca. Located on the original site of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, the spectacular architectural masterpiece contains more than 8,000 books, many of which are all considered priceless. The Catacombs of Kom el-Shuqafa are another interesting part of Alexandria’s history and stand as a three-storey complex encompassing a maze of tombs built into stone walls. Featuring an ancient circular staircase which was once used to lower bodies into the vaults, deep inside the catacombs, visitors will find an ancient banqueting hall, complete with stone couches, where relatives visiting the deceased would come to dine.

Accommodation: Hotel in Alexandria

Day 10: Alexandria.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, transfer for full day tour to visit Pompay’s pillar, Catacomb, Montazah Gardens, national Museum & Alexandria New Library.

Pompey’s Pillar, a column of red Aswan granite standing some 90 feet high with a circumference of 27 feet, It was erected in honor of the Emperor Diocletian, as a Greek inscription on the West side of the base indicates.

Catacomb, an extensive three levels funerary, probably dating from the 2nd century AD.

Montazah Gardens, at the eastern end of Alexandria, stretching along the Mediterranean sea and surrounded by the Royal summer Palaces of the former King Farouk.

National Museum, Alex’s newest museum; the Alexandria National Museum opened in 2003. Its 1,800 artifacts are on display to the public for the first time.

Alexandria New Library, which was inaugurated in 2002, is one of the biggest scientific & cultural centers specialized in the region affairs & its culture, science & arts to attract scientists from the whole world to Alexandria as a world center for culture & knowledge

Transfer to your hotel for a quick leisure break before your farewell dinner & goodbye to Egypt. 

Accommodation: Hotel in Alexandria

Day 11: Alexandria - Cairo Airport – Departure.

Meals: In-flight meals

After a lazy breakfast & check out, you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight back home.

Day 12: Home Arrive.

Today you will arrive back into Australia and end of your trip.

Inclusions

  • Return International flights from Australia
  • Accommodation and breakfast in the category chosen or similar (subject to availability)
  • Meals as mentioned in the program. (Daily breakfast, 05 lunches, 09 dinners)
  • All local boat rentals as mentioned in the program
  • Water bottles during tour
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the program
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • 24/7 customer service and your own Dedicated Support

Tour Exclusions:

  • Egyptian Visa on Arrival
  • Personal expenses such as drink, laundry and souvenirs etc…
  • Entrance into any of the three Pyramids or the Solar Boat musuem or the Mummies’ Room at the Egyptian Museum.
  • Other services not mentioned in program
  • Early check in on first day and Late check out on last day (see supplement of each hotel)

*Actual accommodation may vary due to availability. However, equivalent quality is guaranteed.

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18 Feb 2020

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29 Feb 2020

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10 Mar 2020

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21 Mar 2020

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14 Apr 2020

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25 Apr 2020

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12 May 2020

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23 May 2020

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02 Jun 2020

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13 Jun 2020

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14 Jul 2020

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25 Jul 2020

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18 Aug 2020

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08 Sep 2020

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19 Sep 2020

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06 Oct 2020

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17 Oct 2020

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10 Nov 2020

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How to book & payments

Deposit & Payments

  • Secure your package with a deposit of $500 per person.
  • Pay a 2nd instalment of $2,299 per person within 30 days.
  • You will then be invoiced for final payment 90 days prior to departure.

Booking Process

Step 1: Customer selects one of our ready-made tour packages along with your preferred travel date based on the availability calendar.

Noted: In case you request a free quote for your planned vacation, simply fill in this Customize Request Form: https://www.asiavacationgroup.com.au/customize/

Step 2: Complete the Booking Form

Step 3: One of our Reservation team will contact you within 12 hours to confirm your booking request.

Please note that customers must book at least 90 days prior to departure to ensure your desired travel date and time.

How to extend your stay
If you wish to do so, please follow these steps:

  1. Follow the “Book Now” prompts, until you reach the “Anything else we need to know?” field
  2. Here, please specify your preferred flight arrangements and if you require additional accommodation, with the number of nights needed.
  3. After finalizing your purchase and submitting your booking form, a member of our Reservation team will be in contact with you via email to verify your request.

Please note, a supplement of $1,350 per person (plus any applicable fare and tax differences) applies to deviate from the standard itinerary. We will contact you via email with a quote and proposed flight itinerary, and then proceed with collecting the additional payment required to confirm your request.

The additional cost for these land arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice, due 90 days prior to departure, and is strictly subject to availability.

Important Information

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

For the services of your guide, it is suggested that you budget for AUD$10-20 per person, per day. Tipping of your driver is also appreciated and we would suggest AUD$5 per person, per day.

As this particular tour does not collect a ‘kitty’, it is entirely up to the individual whether or not you would like to tip locals for the services of things like taxis or when dining at restaurants. In these cases, we suggest you allow 10-20% of the value of the service as a tip. Again, it is not compulsory and entirely up to the individual.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $1,350 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Paired Solo Traveller
Not available.

Group size: 6-30 pax

Triple Share
Upon your request except for cruises

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with SureSave to offer you competitive rates for your travel insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover simply to arrange your policy.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return and must have more than 2 blank pages.

Australian passport holders will require a visa to enter Egypt.

You will be able to obtain your E-visa when you have all of your travel documents approximately 30-40 days prior to departure. Visit https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/ and create an account for yourself to then start the application process.

Information required:

  • Visa type (tourist)
  • Entry type (single)
  • Arrival date and departure date (no specific flight details are required)
  • Passport information
  • You have to upload a JPEG (only supported file type) of your passport

The name of the host/tour operator, phone number, email address and street address.

Wait for it to be approved and you will be notified via email within approximately 48 hours.

Once approved, please ensure that you travel with the following documentation as they are required to present to customs upon arrival into the country:

  • Passport with 6-month validity
  • E-visa printout
  • Travel itinerary (provided 30 days before departure)
  • Hotel list (provided 30 days before departure)

Tour Documentation
Final documentation, including e-tickets and hotel details, will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Children
Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Asia Vacation Group shall not deliver a refund for any delay or change in program or expenses incurred or injury and damage due to airlines, accident, breakdown of transport and sickness.

In some cases, your chosen extra tours may be canceled by Asia Vacation Group due to force majeure you may choose to change to other alternative tour OR receive a coupon equal to the amount you paid for it. The difference in cost of the alternative tour will be paid by you or transferred to a coupon as applicable. This coupon is issued after the tour and is valid for two years. It is valid for any tour by Asia Vacation Group and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Flight Information

FLIGHTS, UPGRADES & EXTENSIONS

Departures from ALL major capital cities in Australia

Airfare Information

  • Airline: Emirates Airlines or similar (23kg for checked baggage per passenger and 7kg hand luggage per passenger, 01-piece check-in baggage each person only
  • Some flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • Despite the airlines baggage allowance, we recommend travelling with 20 kilos per person due to restrictions with internal flights (where applicable), as well as coach and train transportation. Also, you will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters is not included. If travelling over this amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable direct.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.
  • Any airline ‘extras’ such as pre-allocated seating is at your own arrangement (additional charges apply)

Please specify this as a “Anything else we need to know?” when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable, or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

How to extend your stay
Some customers like to enhance their holiday by extending their stay before/behind and/or post-tour. From $200 per person is applied for trip extension or early arrivals (subject to availability and applicable fare difference).

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