Royal Egypt

  • days: 19
  • from $7,990

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Egypt

Description

We have called this tour Royal Egypt as you will be travelling in style. You'll discover all of Egypt's must-see attractions as well as enjoy two fabulous cruises: the first on the Nile and the second on Lake Nasser. It's 5-star all the way!

This tour has it all with all the best parts of our most popular Egypt in Depth tour, we visit all of the fabulous sites that make Egypt such a special and unique destination to visit. Our Royal Egypt tour has us visiting beautiful temples and awe-inspiring pyramids but nothing can prepare you for the feeling of awe when you stand in front of Egypt’s Great Pyramids of Giza, the largest (and only existing) of the original 7 wonders of the world.

See history come alive

Egypt has a rich and fascinating history and on our Egypt tour you’ll have an expert Egyptologist guide to bring the past alive. So not only will you visit all of Egypt’s must see sights but you’ll discover the mystery and intrigue of the legends of Egypt too. We’ll discover many highlights in Cairo such as the incredible step pyramid of Sakkara and the world famous Egyptian museum whose priceless treasures include those of Tutankhamen, one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs.

Cruise in luxury on the Nile and on Lake Nasser

As part of our Royal Egypt tour we enjoy not one, but two luxury cruises. We spend 4 nights on a luxury Nile Cruise. Travelling along Egypt’s famous Nile we stop to visit the Valley of the Kings and the beautiful Temple of Horus in Edfu, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. As part of this Egypt tour we also visit the magnificent Abu Simbel – no photo can do this magnificent structure justice. Built from sandstone the temple stands the height of a five storey building.

The Lake Nasser cruise is offered exclusively on this tour only and includes 3 nights aboard a luxury Lake Nasser cruise ship. Whilst cruising we have time to enjoy shore visits to the temples of Amada and Derr, the Tomb of Pennut and the Wadi El Seboua Temples, some of the oldest temples in Egypt.

Itinerary

DAY 1 DEPART AUSTRALIA

DAY 2 ARRIVE IN CAIRO

Welcome to Cairo – your Egyptian adventure starts today! We are transferred to our 5-star hotel, our home for the next four nights. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

DAY 3 CAIRO

This morning we will be standing in front of the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza! After we have explored the pyramids we visit the nearby Sphinx before continuing to the ancient Step Pyramid of Sakkara. Next is Memphis, the site of the ancient capital of Egypt, where we find the giant statue of Ramses II, a statue more than 3,000 years old. [B]

Special Experience: Stand in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza and be amazed by the sheer size of these structures.

DAY 4 CAIRO

Today we venture into the bustling heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures and many other historic artefacts. This afternoon we visit the Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque, before trying out our bargaining skills at the lively Khan El Khalili bazaar. [B]

DAY 5 CAIRO

Travel back in time as we tour the Coptic Christian sites of Old Cairo. Highlights include the Hanging Church, the Abu Serga and the Ben Erza Synagogue. [B]

DAY 6 CAIRO - LUXOR

Today we fly to Luxor, one of the most beautiful cities in Egypt, located on the banks of the Nile. This afternoon we explore the fascinating Luxor and Karnak Temples. [B]

DAY 7 LUXOR

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this fascinating city at your own pace or relax by the pool in your 5-star luxury hotel. [B]

DAY 8 LUXOR - NILE CRUISE

An amazing day of exploration as we visit the world’s largest open-air museum, the Valley of the Kings. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon before boarding our cruise ship where we overnight dockside. [B,L,D]

DAY 9 NILE CRUISE

Our cruise ship today navigates towards the ancient city of Esna, passing through the lock that controls the water flow of the Nile before continuing on to Edfu. [B,L,D]

DAY 10 NILE CRUISE

This morning we explore the massive Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God it is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt and the second largest after Karnak in Luxor. We then sail on to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo, this temple is unusual in that it is a double temple with an almost perfect symmetrical design. We overnight dockside in Aswan. [B,L,D]

DAY 11 NILE CRUISE

Today we explore the sights of Aswan including the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae. We also visit a traditional Egyptian perfumery where ancient recipes that were written in hieroglyphics on the walls of temples are used. This afternoon we enjoy a relaxing felucca sail boat ride on the Nile. [B,L,D]

DAY 12 NILE CRUISE - ABU SIMBEL - LAKE NASSER CRUISE

Early this morning we fly to the incredible temples of Abu Simbel.

Abu Simbel - we include it: The twin temples here were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. In the 1960's the complex was relocated in its entirety to an artificial hill, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

We then board our luxury 5-star cruise ship on Lake Nasser, our home for the next three nights. [B,L,D]

DAY 13 LAKE NASSER CRUISE

A relaxing day as we cruise magnificent Lake Nasser. Today's highlights include a visit to Amada, Derr & the Tomb of Pennut. This evening enjoy a fabulous cocktail party and fun-filled Nubian show. [B,L,D]

DAY 14 LAKE NASSER CRUISE

This morning we visit the Wadi El Seboua Temples, some of the oldest temples in Egypt. Later this afternoon we cruise back to Aswan. [B,L,D]

DAY 15 LAKE NASSER CRUISE - ALEXANDRIA

We disembark our cruise ship this morning before flying back to Cairo. Our travels then take us on to Alexandria via some of the world's earliest Christian monasteries. [B,L]

DAY 16 ALEXANDRIA

Today we take a city tour including visits to Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs, the Montazah Palace and the New Bibliotheca. Our day ends with a visit to the Citadel of Qaitbay from where we enjoy spectacular views over the Mediterranean. [B,L]

DAY 17 ALEXANDRIA - CAIRO

Our journey takes us west today along the Mediterranean coast to the historic site of El Alamein. Here we visit the interesting museum with its military hardware, as well as the moving Allied War Memorials. We then head back to Cairo where you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before tonight's group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Special Experience: Visit the historical battlegrounds of El Alamein and the Commonwealth War Cemetery.

DAY 18 DEPART CAIRO

Today we bid farewell to Egypt and begin our journey home. [B]

DAY 19 ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

Inclusions

Travel

  • Economy class flights between Australia and Egypt (taxes included)
  • 3 economy class flights within Egypt
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Pre-paid tips - $181 pp

Accommodation & Meals

  • 9 nights in good quality hotels (5 star)
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile cruise ship including all meals
  • 3 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Lake Nasser cruise ship including all meals
  • 16 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

A comprehensive sightseeing program is included in the price

Highlights include:

  • Expert Egyptologist guides who who will bring the fascinating history of ancient Egypt alive

Explore the wonders of Ancient Egypt

  • Visit the awe- inspiring Great Pyramids of Giza. Our tour includes plenty of time to soak up the power of these magnificent structures before we visit a nearby vantage point and then continue on to the famous Sphinx
  • Visit the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara, the nearby giant statue of Ramses II and the old capital of Memphis
  • Visit the world-renowned Egyptian Museum whose priceless artefacts include those of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen
  • Get a fascinating insight into current Egyptian life as you visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque, the Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar
  • Travel back in time as you explore the Coptic Christian Sites in Cairo, including the Hanging Church, Abu Serga and Ben Erza Synagogue
  • Explore the West Bank, including the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings (where we enter some of the tombs of the pharaohs) and the massive Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Visit the beautiful Luxor and Karnak Temples, where each year elaborate festivals and ceremonies were performed to appease the gods
  • Unwind on a four-night luxury cruise on the Nile from Luxor to Aswan
  • Travel to the magnificent Temple of Horus (the Falcon God) in Edfu, the Temple of Kom Ombo which currently displays some of the crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity, the laidback town of Aswan where we visit the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island, the Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam
  • Relax on a traditional felucca sailboat in Aswan as you cruise around Kitchener’s Island
  • Spend 3 nights cruising on one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, Lake Nasser 
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. This is a must-see while in Egypt, which most other companies offer only as an optional extra. We include it!
  • Enjoy a fabulous cocktail party and fun filled Nubian Show
  • Visit the Oldest Temple in Nubia – the Temple of Amada as well as the Temple of Derr with its beautiful reliefs. Both were moved to save them from the waters of Lake Nasser
  • View the rich and well preserved Tomb of Pennut, an administrator in Nubia during the reign of Rameses VI
  • Explore Wadi El Seboua Temples, considered to be some of the oldest temples in Egypt and second largest to Abu Simbel. They were originally known as the Valley of the Lions because of the sphinxes that once lined the avenue leading to the first temple.
  • Be fascinated by Alexandria, the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ with its mix of history and modernity.
  • Pay homage to the fallen soldiers at the Battlefield Cemetery and Military Museum of El Alamein.

 

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Clients ex Adelaide require day use in Singapore. This will be at your own expense, please contact our office for details.
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy amount of $181pp
Taxes: Total cost includes air taxes of $796pp
Single supplement: $1,595 (subject to seasonality)
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Optional Excursions

FROM CAIRO:

Islamic Cairo - 3hrs - USD$50pp
Visit the Gayer Anderson Museum, which consists of two houses from the 16th and 17th century built with a unique architectural style and filled with antique furniture from all over the Middle East. Nearby is the Ibn Toulon Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Cairo built in the 8th century with strong Persian influences to the design. The final stop is the El Sultan Hassab Mosque, built in the 13th century and considered one of the best examples of Islamic architecture from that era.

Sound & Light Show at Giza - 1hr - USD$50pp
The Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids takes place on the Giza plateau. You will hear the story of Egypt as seen through the eyes of the Sphinx over the ages, and see the breathtaking sight of the floodlit pyramids lit up under the stars. Please note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance.

Dahshur Pyramid - 2hrs - USD$50pp
Dahshur forms the southernmost area of the Memphis Necropolis and contains a number of pyramid complexes and monuments. This site was used as funerary grounds beginning in the time of the Fourth Dynasty, where King Senefru built two of his three pyramids: the "Bent" pyramid, named for the angle of the sides, and the "Red Pyramid" named for the red limestone used in its construction. The latter was the first complete pyramid in Egypt.

FROM LUXOR:

Luxor Museum - 1.5 hrs - USD$55pp
Experience one of the best displays of antiquities in Egypt at the Luxor Museum including artifacts from King Tutankhamen’s Tomb.

Sound & Light Show Karnak - 1.5hrs - USD$50pp
Experience the beauty of the Temple of Karnak illuminated against the darkness of night as the pharaohs of the New Kingdom take you on a narrated journey into Ancient Egypt.
Please note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance.

Deir El Madina, Medinet Habu & Nobles Tombs - 3 hrs - USD$60pp - minimum 4 participants required
Deir el-Medina is one of the most well-preserved ancient settlements in Egypt. It lies near Thebes and was once a highly skilled community of craftsmen and their families, practising skills which were passed each generation from father to son. Continue to visit Medinet Habu, the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II in a location on the West Bank of the same name. Continue to the Nobles tombs of the great dignitaries from the middle and the new kingdom dynasties.  

Please Note:
All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours in Egypt can be paid in USD, AUD & EGP. The exchange rate for USD to AUD will be common rated and the Egyptian Pound rate will be calculated daily by your Tour Director. Payment must be made to your Tour Director by cash only. 

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo

The Cairo Mariiott Hotel is located in Cairo’s Zamalek district and is a 20 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum. It features an outdoor swimming pool, beautiful gardens, a casino and 14 food and beverage outlets offering a range of cuisine including Japanese, Italian, French and Middle Eastern and 6 cafes and bars where drinks and light refreshments are available. All guest rooms at the Cairo Marriott feature satellite TV, a minibar, tea/coffee facilities and elegant bathrooms. Guests can relax at the sauna or enjoy a range of massages at the spa. Alternatively, cardiovascular equipment and free weights are available at the gym.

Winter Palace Hotel, Luxor

Built in 1886 on the banks of the Nile, the now Sofitel Winter Palace is sent in tropical gardens and has hosted royalties and celebrities throughout the years. This 5 star property is located just minutes from Luxor Temple and offers a mythical atmosphere with modern décor comforts. The hotel boasts 4 bars and 3 restaurants offering refined French cuisine with the latest in fusion dishes from around the world.

Movenpick MS Royal Lily, Nile Cruise

The Royal Lily flagship cruiser comprises 56 cabins of approximately 22 sqm and 4 Royal Suites. The Deluxe cabins are tastefully decorated and include an en-suite shower room, individually controlled air-conditioning, TV, minibar, climate control and telephones. The expansive restaurant is located under the main deck and offers mouth-watering buffets featuring authentic Egyptian, international and vegetarian dishes accompanied by a selection of local and imported wines, spirits and liqueurs. The Salon Deck has large panoramic windows and a relaxing lounge which serves afternoon tea and other refreshments. There is a pool on the sundeck and a fully equipped gym and massage room. Also don't forget to sample some ice-cream from the Movenpick ice-cream bar, delicious!

MS Movenpick Prince Abbas, Lake Nasser Cruise

The Mövenpick MS Prince Abbas provides elegance and comfort as you discover the delights of Egypt from both ancient and modern times. Deluxe cabins feature either two twin beds or a king sized bed. Cabins measure approximately 22 square metres and are all tastefully and luxuriously furnished. The cabins have an en-suite shower room, individually controlled air-conditioning, TV, minibar, telephone and hairdryer. The main restaurant, the Robaeyat, offers Egyptian, International and Vegetarian cuisine prepared from the freshest of ingredients. A spacious Oriental/Royal Lounge Bar is situated on the salon deck with a shaded canopied area. One of the most popular outlets on the Prince Abbas this lounge has been specifically designed as the perfect venue for afternoon tea, cocktails or digestives as well as dancing and entertainment in the evening. On the bridge deck, the Greenery Room is ideal for small group breakfasts, while the sun deck with its plunge pool, whirlpool and sun lounges serves coffee, tea, refreshing drinks and a variety of snacks. There is a good sized library on the bridge deck and a fitness centre to keep you in shape.

Movenpick MS Royal Lotus, Nile Cruise

The Royal Lotus cruiser has 60 cabins of approximately 22 sqm and 2 Royal Suites. You can sit and relax in comfort at the Crescent Lounge and Bar which is located on the Salon Deck and features a semi-circular bar, dance area and panoramic windows. Alternatively, the Observation Bar offers breathtaking views and is the perfect place for a sunset cocktail or mid-morning coffee and cookies. The Lotus restaurant offers many dishes from Egypt and from around the world. The Deluxe cabins are tastefully furnished and include an en-suite shower room, individually controlled air-conditioning, TV, minibar, climate control, hairdryer and telephone. There is a plunge pool linked to a jacuzzi located on the Sun Deck with sun lounges and a choice of Bedouin style low seating or large, comfortable lounges. On the third deck is a fully equipped gym which also has a Nile view. Also don't forget to sample some ice-cream from the Movenpick ice-cream bar, delicious!

Sofitel Cecil Alexandria

Built in 1929 yet constantly in step with the times, the Sofitel Cecil Alexandria provides a perfect blend of modern amenities and old world charm. Conveniently located in the heart of Alexandria and overlooking the bay and yacht club, this hotel features an elegant setting influenced by the architecture and interior design of early modernism. The hotel’s rooms are spacious and stylishly decorated. The restaurant offers French cuisine with the latest in fusion dishes from around the world. You can also enjoy a drink at the Monty Bar, named after the famous Marshall Montogomery. Services include massage, room service, laundry, currency exchange and an on-site ATM .

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Currency

Currency

Egypt, Egyptian Pound

The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (£)

  • 1 Egyptian Pound = 100 Piastre (Pt)
  • Notes are in denominations of £200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 0.50, 0.25, 0.10 and 0.05
  • Coins are in denominations of £1 and 50, 25, 20, 10, 5 and 1 Piastre

Please Note:  It's best to build up a supply of the small bills because you'll need them for baksheesh (a request for a tip for services rendered) and small purchases, and many shopkeepers and cabbies will not have - or claim they don't have - change

Levels of Fitness

Levels of Fitness

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Our tours have been designed for the ‘not too young & not too old’ and while we do not discriminate on age, you do need to have a good level of fitness and mobility. You should be able to carry your own bags, as porter services are not always available at all hotels, and you should be able to walk apx. 3.5km on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

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Royal Egypt Absolutely amazing, a trip of a lifetime 5
All sightseeing and additional optional tours were excellent. We had early starts to "beat the heat" and were usually back into our hotels mid afternoon to relax and recuperate. Glenys Maczkowiack - May 2012

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Unique Experiences!

  • Visit the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza
  • See Tutankhamen’s priceless treasures
  • Explore the impressive Valley of the Kings
  • Enjoy 3 nights on-board a luxury Lake Nasser cruise ship
  • Visit the stunning temples at Abu Simbel
  • Explore the Wadi El Seboua and Kalabsha Temples

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, Plane, River Cruise Ship, Felucca Sailboat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy amount of $181pp

Tour Highlights

Cairo, Great Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx, Coptic Cairo including the Hanging Church, Abu Serga and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, Luxor & Karnak temples, Valley of the Kings, 4-night Nile Cruise, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Abu Simbel, 3-night luxury Lake Nasser Cruise, Wadi El Seboua, Alexandria & El Alamein

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