Royal Egypt

  • days: 19
  • from $7,290

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

Please Note: The airline ticket for the flights between Cairo and Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel and Aswan and Cairo have been issued locally by our operator and will be handed to you whilst on tour.

Day 2 Arrive Cairo

Welcome to Egypt, land of the Pharaohs! Cairo is home to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum with its famous collection of antiquities, and its bustling city bazaars just waiting to be scoured for great bargain finds. Egypt's history covers more than five thousand years and encompasses the origin of civilisation: the rise of the Greeks and Romans; the establishment of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions; the colonial era when first France and then the English ruled the country; and finally, a return to independence. Upon arrival into Cairo airport, after completing formalities and collecting luggage, you will be met by a local representative holding a ‘Bunnik Tours’ sign who will assist with the transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure exploring this amazing city known as the "Cradle of Civilisation". This evening enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner to meet your fellow travellers. Overnight in Cairo. [D]

Day 3 Cairo

This is it! This morning we will be standing directly in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza! The Great Pyramids are the oldest structures in existence: building of them began around 4,500 years ago, and today they are the only remaining structures of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are three pyramids in Giza - Cheops (the biggest), Khefem (the middle pyramid) and Mankura (the smallest). Here, we take the time to soak up the mystical power of these awe-inspiring structures before visiting the nearby Sphinx. The Great Sphinx, often referred to as the national symbol of Egypt, has the body of a lion and the head of a King. There are some great opportunities to take photos of the Sphinx with the Great Pyramids in the background. We visit a local jewellery shop where you can get your name translated into hieroglyphics and made into your own Cartouche. This amazing day also includes a special visit to the ancient capital Memphis where we find a giant statue of Ramses II and the step pyramid of Sakkara. Here, in ancient times every 30 years, pharaohs endured amazing tests of strength and stamina to prove they still had the power to rule. On the way back to the hotel we stop at a local carpet factory and learn how the detailed designs are woven by hand. Overnight in Cairo. [B]

Day 4 Cairo

Today our first stop is into the lively heart of Cairo where we visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamen’s priceless treasures and many other historic artefacts. There will be time for an optional visit to the 'Mummy Room' which has nine mummies on display including the recently discovered mummy of Queen Hatshepsut. We then continue to the Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. The citadel was constructed during the 12th century by the direction of Salah ad-Din who was a ruler between the years 1176 - 1183. Over the years other rulers have added to the citadel which sits high on the Cairo skyline and is known for its healthy and cool air. The citadel is also known as one of the world's greatest monuments to medieval warfare as it was used to defend the attacks by the Crusaders. The mosque has a classic Turkish style resembling the great mosques of Istanbul. Our next stop is to the 14th century Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of Cairo's most popular shopping areas. The Khan, as it is also known, is famous for its unusual and typical souvenirs as well as handmade crafts. There are no fixed prices here so make sure you bring your best haggling skills with you! Overnight in Cairo. [B]

Day 5 Cairo

Travel back in time as we discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians throughout Old Cairo. This includes a visit to the Hanging Church, which derives its name from its location on top of the southern tower gate of an old Babylonian fortress, possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt. Our next stop is the Abu Serga, a place where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. We also visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of a 4th-century Christian church. Later today we return back to our hotel for a relaxing afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Cairo. [B]

Day 6 Cairo - Luxor

Today we leave the hustle and bustle of Cairo behind and fly to the beautiful city of Luxor, located on the banks of the River Nile. Modern Luxor lies on the ancient city of Thebes and is known as the world's largest open air museum. The city is home to many temples and monuments and receives many visitors each year. We start by exploring the fascinating Karnak Temple dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. The construction of Karnak Temple began in the 16th century BC and continued through to the Greco-Roman period. Approximately 30 pharaohs have contributed to the buildings overtime, which explains its monumental size! Our next stop is Luxor Temple which is joined to Karnak Temple by a 3 kilometre Avenue of Sphinxes; some of the pylons are up to 21 metres high! Luxor Temple is also home to a 25 metre pink granite obelisk. This obelisk was one of a matching pair until the 1830s when one was given to France. The gifted obelisk now stands in the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Overnight in Luxor. [B]

Day 7 Luxor

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. Why not visit a papyrus factory? Here you gain an insight into the Ancient Egyptian way of recording both pictures and written information onto the paper made from the pulp of the papyrus plant. Overnight in Luxor. [B]

Day 8 Luxor - Nile Cruise

This morning we cross the Nile to the West Bank, our first visit is to the Valley of the Kings where during the 18th dynasty tombs were constructed for the Kings. Most of these tombs were carved into the limestone rock with a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sarcophagus chamber. The corridors were built to be quite steep which made it harder for thieves to rob. We have the chance here to descend into some of them to see examples of the elaborate hieroglyphic paintings. The colours of the paintings inside the tomb are well preserved as they have not been exposed to sunlight. This means they are almost as vibrant as when they were created. To continue to preserve them we are not allowed to photograph them. Our next stop is the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri. Queen Hatshepsut is known as one of the rarest and successful Pharaohs. The title of pharaoh was traditionally given only to males. Queen Hatshepsut ruled for almost 22 years during the 18th dynasty which is said to be longer than any other female ruler of an indigenous dynasty. We then visit the Colossi of Memnon. These are two massive statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. The remainder of the day is at leisure to further explore the ancient capital, Thebes (Luxor). Later, we board our Nile cruise ship, our home for the next 4 nights. Overnight on-board Nile cruise ship. [B,L,D]

Day 9 Nile Cruise

We set sail this morning, crossing the lock at Esna before cruising on towards Edfu. The Esna lock is used to control the flow of water through the Nile and erosion along the river beds. Today we can sit back and relax as we cruise the Nile River and witness rural Egyptian life on its banks. Cruising along the Nile is the best way to experience Upper Egypt. Along the way we get to see how local Egyptians go about their everyday tasks and how important the Nile is as their main water source from which they grow crops and earn a living. Overnight on-board Nile cruise ship. [B,L,D]

Day 10 Nile Cruise

In Edfu we visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. This beautiful ancient temple is one of the best preserved in Egypt and the second largest after Karnak in Luxor. In such good condition, it provides an excellent idea of how all the temples once looked. The temple was abandoned in 391 AD and it lay buried in sand up until it was rediscovered and excavated in the 1860s. Our Nile journey continues later this morning as we sail to Kom Ombo. Here we visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. This temple is unusual in that it is a double temple, with the left side dedicated to the god Haroesis and the right to Sobek. Built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, this beautiful temple dramatically changes colour as the sun moves over it. We later continue sailing towards our final cruise destination, Aswan. Overnight on-board Nile cruise ship. [B,L,D]

Day 11 Nile Cruise

A full day dedicated to visiting the highlights of Aswan. Firstly to the High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960. It now provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. Then to the Unfinished Obelisk, which would have been the world's largest piece of stone ever handled until a crack was discovered and it was abandoned. We then take a short boat ride to the majestic Temple of Isis on Philae Island. The Temple was the centre for worship for the Goddess Isis to which pilgrims would come from all over the ancient world. The original Island along with the magnificent Temple and monuments were submerged by the waters of Lake Nasser during the building of Aswan Dam, but were rescued and relocated to a nearby island which has been renamed Philae. Next we visit the Kalabsha temple which like other temples in Egypt, was relocated from its original site in 1970. The sandstone temple was built by the Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus between the years of 30 - 14 BC and dedicated to the fertility and Nubian Solar god known as Mandulls. 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 trip on the Nile on a traditional felucca sailboat, cruising around Kitchener's Island and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Overnight on-board Nile cruise ship. [B,L,D]

Day 12 Nile Cruise - Abu Simbel - Lake Nasser Cruise

After disembarking our ship, we head to the airport to fly to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival we embark our Lake Nasser cruise ship and enjoy some lunch before exploring the incredible temples of Abu Simbel. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed twin temples 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. The larger temple is generally known as the Temple of Ramses II and is considered to be the grandest, with four 20-metre statues of the Pharaoh sitting upon thrones and wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. There are several small statues at the feet of Ramses, each one representing a member of the Pharaoh's family. The smaller temple is referred to as the Temple of Nefertari and is dedicated to Hathor, the Goddess of Love, Music & Beauty. In the 1960s the complex was under threat of being flooded and so was cut into large blocks, dismantled and relocated in its entirety to an artificial hill, above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. Later, we return to our Lake Nasser cruise ship, our home for the next 3 nights. Overnight on-board Lake Nasser cruise ship. [B,L,D]

ABU SIMBEL - WE INCLUDE: 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 1960s the complex was relocated in its entirety to an artificial hill, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

Day 13 Lake Nasser Cruise

A relaxing day ahead as we cruise the majestic waters of Lake Nasser heading to Kasr Ibrim. We listen to an explanation from our guide while observing the citadel of Kasr Ibrim from our sundeck. Entrance into the site is not permitted. We continue sailing to Amada, where we visit the ancient temple of Amada. Although quite small, the Amada Temple in Nubia contains important historical inscriptions and is dedicated to the New Kingdom Gods, Amun-Re and Re-Horakhty. Due to the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the construction of the High Dam in Aswan, the temple was moved to a higher location between 1964 and 1975 together with the nearby Temple of Derr which we also visit as well as the Tomb of Pennut. After some time here, we continue sailing to Wadi El Seboua before enjoying a fabulous cocktail party and fun-filled Nubian show this evening. Overnight on-board Lake Nasser cruise ship. [B,L,D]

Day 14 Lake Nasser Cruise

We begin this morning with a visit to the temples of Wadi El Seboua, considered to be some of the oldest temples of Egypt and dedicated by Ramses II to the two Gods Amon Ra and Ra Harmakis. We sail to Aswan where we dock for the night. Overnight on-board Lake Nasser cruise ship. [B,L,D]

Day 15 Lake Nasser Cruise - Alexandria

After breakfast, we disembark our Lake Nasser cruise ship and farewell Upper Egypt as we fly back to the country’s capital Cairo before driving onward to Alexandria with a stop along the way at Wadi El Natroun, home to some of the earliest Christian monasteries in the world. Originally there were 50 monasteries which date between the 4th and 7th centuries AD, but only 4 have survived into modern times. We continue onto Alexandria, otherwise known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, Alexandria was where the famous love affair between Cleopatra and Mark Antony took place. Overnight in Alexandria. [B,L]

Day 16 Alexandria

In Alexandria we enjoy a tour of the city including The National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, The Catacombs, the New Bibliotheca, Montazah Palace and the Citadel of Qaitbay. The National Museum is a restored Italian style palace and houses some 1,800 pieces from the Pharonic and Greco-Roman periods as well as many Coptic and Islamic treasures. Pompey's Pillar is a 25 metre red granite column which was constructed in honour of the Emperor Diocletian and is the tallest monument in Alexandria. The Catacombs of Kom El-Shouqafa date back to the 1st century AD and were first used as a private tomb and later converted to a public cemetery. After lunch we visit the New Bibliotheca also known as the Alexandria Library. The original building was a centre of learning for over 600 years. It burnt to the ground in the 3rd century. The New Bibliotheca is now more than just a library that holds millions of books; it is also a museum, a planetarium and much more. The Montazah Palace was built in 1852 by King Abbas II as a summer residence. The palace is closed to the public but beautiful, lush gardens are opened and used by locals and tourists. Our last stop is to the Citadel of Qaitbay, this 15th century defensive fortress offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean. Overnight in Alexandria. [B,L]

Day 17 Alexandria - Cairo

Our journey today takes us westward, through the dunes along the Mediterranean coast towards El Alamein, which is known for its serenity, fascinating scenery and mild climate. El Alamein is historically recognised as its sands witnessed the most decisive battle that raged during the Second World War. More than 8,000 soldiers of the allied troops led by British Army Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and axis troops of the Deutsches Afrika Korps led by Erwin Rommel lost their lives. We visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery which includes 7,367 tombs of war victims from Britain, New Zealand, Australia, France, India and Malta. We also stop to visit El Alamein Military Museum including five main halls representing the countries that participated in the battle and paintings of the war scenes. This afternoon we drive back to Cairo where the remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening we enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner to reminisce on our journey together through Ancient Egypt times. Overnight in Cairo. [B,D]

Day 18 Depart Cairo

Our tour concludes today once we are transferred to Cairo airport for our departure flight. We trust you will leave with wonderful memories and fantastic photos of your Royal Egyptian adventure! [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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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)
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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$48pp
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$50pp
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$45pp
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$55pp - 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 .

Weather

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Egypt, Egyptian Pound

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

  • 1 Egyptian Pound = 100 Piastre.
  • Notes are in denominations of £E100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 0.50 and 0.25
  • Coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 20, 10 and 5 Piastres.

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 2km 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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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

Min: 6 | Max: 26

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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