Enjoy a five star Egyptian adventure, Stay in one of Cairo's smartest hotels and cruise the River Nile in style aboard a 5 star Nile cruiser. Relax and unwind, enjoy the serenity of the Nile Valley, whilst discovering the very best of ancient Egypt!

Jewel of the Nile - Egypt

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 10 DAYSCountry : EGYPT
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Pyramids, Giza, Sphinx, Cairo, Egypt
Tutankhamen's Funerary Mask, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, EgyptLuxor Temple, Luxor, EgyptThe luxurious 5 star Mena House Oberoi great pyramid views, Cairo, EgyptHatshepsut Temple, Luxor, EgyptThe Nile river, Islands en route, Cruise, 5* cruisingAswan, Philae Temple, Nile, Cruise, Egypt

Enjoy a five star Egyptian adventure, Stay in one of Cairo's smartest hotels and cruise the River Nile in style aboard a 5 star Nile cruiser. Relax and unwind, enjoy the serenity of the Nile Valley, whilst discovering the very best of ancient Egypt!

Included in the price

  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners - (2 aboard sleeper train)
  • 4 nights aboard luxury 5 star Nile cruiser (twin/dbl cabin with en suite bathroom)
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 10
  • Felucca Sailing afternoon, boat journey to Philae Temple
  • All relevant transfers & transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 3 nights 5 star hotels - Cairo
  • 2 nights train: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (1st Class sleeper accommodation) inc. meals
  • Touring of Cairo, Saqqara, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Edfu and Aswan
  • Escorted by a degree qualified Egyptologist tour guide. (for groups of 4 or more)
  • Tip Kitty (excl. gratuities for your tour guide and Nile Cruise staff)

Day 1: Cairo

Friday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of a wonderful holiday! Arrive Cairo airport, meet and greet service and included transfer to 5 star hotel, located at the foot of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Overnight - Cairo

Day 2: Egyptian Museum

We start with the dazzling antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. Amongst the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamen. This afternoon offers free time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or join us for an optional city tour visiting old Cairo and the Islamic citadel. Overnight - Cairo (B)

Day 3: Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara

Cairo - Luxor. Today we visit Egypt's most loved sight - The Great Pyramids of Giza. We explore the Giza plateau, pyramids and massive Sphinx. Later, we tour Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid. Tonight we take an overnight sleeper cabin train south to Luxor. If you don't fancy travelling by overnight sleeper train, opt to undertake the journey by flight with our Jewel of the Nile Flight Upgrade. The option includes air travel between Cairo - Luxor and Aswan - Cairo with two nights accommodation in the comfort of 5 star hotels. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B, D)

Day 4: Valley of the Kings

Luxor. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments you’ll see during our morning visit to the West Bank - home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. You’ll also see the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor for check-in on board our Nile 5 star cruiser. Lunch at leisure and time to relax until our early evening visit to the Temple of Luxor. Luxor Temple looks stunning at dusk and is beautifully illuminated at night. Lunch, dinner and overnight - Nile cruiser. Note: Dependant upon Nile Cruiser scheduling it maybe required that we also undertake our excursion to Karnak Temple this afternoon. Should this occur, day 5 will be spent at leisure. Overnight - Nile Cruiser (B, L, D)

Day 5: Luxor & Nile Cruising

Luxor - Nile cruising. At over 4,000 years old, Luxor is a living museum! Today we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank), taking in the Temple of Luxor - built by Pharaoh Amenophis III and the magnificent Temple of Karnak. More than a temple, it’s a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods. Anchors away this afternoon as we sail downstream to Esna and the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Overnight - Nile Cruiser (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kom Ombo & Nile Cruising

Relax as we sail the Nile. Later today, we visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Arrive Aswan late evening. Overnight - Nile Cruiser (B, L, D)

Day 7: Philae Temple & the Mighty High Dam

Nile cruiser - Aswan. Today, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies and the Romans up to 3rd century AD built most of the existing structures. In danger of being completely submerged by the rising water of Lake Nasser, in 1972 UNESCO stepped in and an 8-year rescue effort was undertaken to relocate the entire temple 20m higher on nearby Agilika Island. After lunch, a visit to the High Dam and take a felucca cruise to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt’s southern most town straddling the River Nile. Overnight - Nile Cruiser (B, L, D)

Day 8: Aswan

Aswan - Cairo. Consider the optional early morning air excursion to the Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel or time to relax. Late this afternoon, we board the overnight sleeper train for our journey back to Cairo. A light dinner is served on board. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B, D)

Day 9: Cairo

Breakfast in your cabin, upon arriving to Cairo, transfer and check in. Today is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or further explore Cairo your own way. Overnight - Cairo (B)

Day 10: Cairo

Sunday. Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport. (B)

The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza

Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the amazing pyramids at Giza are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, the pyramids were already more than 2,000 years old when Herodotus the Greek historian visited them (5th century BC).
Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Highlights include the legendary Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi-enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life. Some of the best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Tutankhamun's Treasures

Tutankhamun's Treasures

Discovered intact in 1922 by Howard Carter, the Tomb of Tutankhamun is possibly one of the most dazzling archaeological finds ever. Tutankhamen lived over 3,300 years ago during the New Kingdom period. For two centuries, Egypt had ruled as a world superpower, while its royal family lived an opulent lifestyle. The powerful priesthood of the god Amun had controlled vast temples and estates. Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten) -Tutankhamun’s father renounced the multitude of gods worshipped by the Egyptians, abolished the priesthood and established a new order to worship the sun god Aten and changed his own name to Akhenaten, meaning "servant of the Aten."
Aswan

Aswan

The ancient city's beauty evolves from its untainted culture, many Pharaonic monuments, and the amazing beautiful scenery of the Nile bouncing on to hard rock and palm trees. Aswan the best winter resort in Egypt , the most enchanting in the world and the least expensive , beautiful scenery , peace and quiet temperate weather , warm and dry as well as invigorating and healing sun. situated on the Eastern bank of the Nile , 899 km south of Cairo , Aswan is the gate to the African continent , What gives Aswan a special importance is that the great past and the glorious present co-exist on its soil.
Overnight Trains

Overnight Trains

Travelling between Cairo and Aswan/Luxor we utilise an overnight seater train service, except our Jewel of the Nile tours where we include sleeper cabin trains. On all other tours, there is the option to upgrade to a sleeper train.
Nile Felucca Sailing

Nile Felucca Sailing

Fellucas carry between 8-13 passengers comfortably. The boat's deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night.
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel

Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan rock-cut façade, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple and hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Egypt


VISAS: Visas are required by all visitors to Egypt. Visa forms are available from us. The Embassy of Egypt advises all travelers to procure their visa prior to entry into Egypt. However it still remains possible for nationals of some countries to procure their tourist visa upon arrival at Cairo International Airport. 

Please note that in the event of visa refusal at port of entry, on the go cannot be held responsible. 

All RSA passport holders must procure their Egyptian visa prior to departure. 

When filling in an Egyptian visa form, you will be asked to provide your address in Egypt. For the purposes of this form, please use the following address: 68 Merghany St, Abou Ghaly Building Heliopolis, Cairo. Telephone: +2 02 241821 65 

Please note that visa requirements are subject to change. Visa procurement is solely the responsibility of the traveler and not of LaCity Travel. If travelling with us from Egypt to Jordan via Aqaba Seaport (the Jordanian port of entry if arriving from Egypt) a Jordanian Tourist Visa is obtainable upon arrival, free of charge for UK, EU, AUS, NZ, CAN and USA passport holders. For all other nationalities please check with your local Jordanian Embassy. On departure from Jordan, via land or sea, a 8JD departure tax of is applied to all visitors.


MONEY: All funds collected in Egypt for entrance fees or optional excursion that you may wish to undertake are payable in local currency - Egyptian Pounds (EGP). 

One Australian Dollar is 4.35 Egyptian ponds 

In Egypt most of the banks open from Sunday to Thursday, working hours are 8:30 to 2 PM. However, banks at the airport and the majors entry ports are open 24 hours daily. 

Note: that most the the major credit card names such as American express, master card, all euro cards and JCB are widely accepted in various hotels and shops To use an ATM machine, they mostly accept visa master and cirrus cards, if you don't find an ATM machine in your vicinity; you can still obtain cash if you go to any of Misr Bank branches. Banks are unwillingly to accept US$100 notes issued before 1992. You can use US$ and English sterling or Euros to exchange, as they are accepted in many places and banks. 

Don't bring Scottish pounds, Irish punts, new Zealand dollars.. etc. as they will not be accepted or changed ! 


ETIQUETTE: Despite the inevitable ups and downs of travelling abroad, you will generally be shown great hospitality in Egypt. In return, please demonstrate sensitivity and respect for the local customs. Egypt is a Muslim country; so care should be taken to dress respectfully in large cities and towns, for example, when at markets and in public places: 

• Ladies should avoid wearing ‘clingy, tight or suggestive’ attire, and stick to cool, flowing, cottons in busy city areas and markets 
• Take care to dress conservatively and ensure that limbs are covered and remove footwear prior to entering a mosque. 
• Ex-military style clothing should not be worn 
• Ask permission before taking photographs of people. 
• Beach attire is fine on board felucca cruises, at beach resorts or touristic areas i.e. at the Pyramids. 
• Particular respect should be shown to Muslim women. 
• The standard form of greeting is a handshake. Men and women do not kiss at any time as a form of greeting.  


MOSQUES, RELIGION & RAMADAN : 90% of the population are Muslim. Others are Coptic Christians or followers of other faiths. All mosques (with the exception of Sayyida Zeinab and Al-Hussein in Cairo) are open to non-Muslims but cannot be visited during prayer times. For Egypt’s best mosques, go to Islamic Cairo. Dress conservatively. Ensure limbs are covered and shoes removed when entering any Mosque. Men must refrain from wearing shorts, as must women. 

RAMADAN: Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world and adherents of the Muslim faith fast during daylight hours and break their fast with lavish meals and lively celebrations in the evening. Ramadan culminates a month later in a 3 day celebration called Eid al - Fitr. Many shops (excluding those which cater mainly to tourists) and attractions close earlier during Ramadan. As such we will start our tour earlier during this period to make the best use of time, leisure time will be offered in the late afternoon. Note: Traffic is exceptionally heavy during Ramadan, especially toward the time of breaking the fast.. Forthcoming Ramadan dates are as follows, (approximate) - 28 June - 27 July 2014 / 18th June - 17th July 2015 Many shops (excluding those which cater mainly to tourists) and attractions close earlier during Ramadan, so our itinerary is slightly altered to ensure we visit all itinerary attractions. Non-Muslims are not expected to fast over Ramadan, but it is considered impolite to eat food or drink on the street.   


TROUBLE SHOOTING: These things will most likely never happen, but it’s good to be prepared if they ever do. Here are a few tips to keep your trip hassle-free. Egypt is no worse than anywhere else when it comes to crime. The biggest problem seems to be petty theft, including pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Minimize your chances of being robbed with these tips: 
• Leave valuables in the hotel safe deposit or better still, at home 
• Carry your passport on your person or a photocopy as ID 
• Carry your bag close to your person rather than over your shoulder 
• Travel in a group or pair, especially if you are female 
• Don’t catch cabs late at night on your own 
• Never drink anything offered to you in the street, unless you opened it yourself 

Please note LaCity Travel will not be held liable for loss or damage to personal property under any circumstances. 

 
IT’S NOT LIKE HOME: Travel to far - flung corners of the earth involves lifestyles and conditions that are sometimes very different from what you are used to back home. You must come prepared to cope with unusual situations, local inadequacies and unpredictable events as and when they occur. Foreign travel is definitely not suitable for people who expect or demand everything to go exactly as planned. With the greatest respect and in the interest of your ultimate enjoyment you must understand this. Things can and do change in foreign countries.


CLIMATE / WEATHER: Temperatures in Egypt are generally high (25 – 30 degrees) and even hotter in the summer months from May to September, when the sun can be fierce and temperatures soar, so pack light comfortable clothing, sunscreen and a hat.In Cairo and the Nile Delta region, winter (Octoberto February) can be cooler - so take a jacket, long-sleevedtops and trousers for the cooler evenings.The south remains warm during this time but again,temperatures do drop in the evenings. Rainfallis negligible with the most falling along Egypt’sMediterranean coastline. 


TIME & VOLTAGE: Egypt is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Voltage is 220 Volts. Sockets are of the European, 2 pronged variety. If taking a camera, mobile phone or hairdryer, be sure to pack a power adaptor. 


TRAVELLING BY OVERNIGHT TRAIN: SEATER TRAIN: On many of our group tours journeying south from Cairo to Aswan and/or Luxor, we utilise the overnight SEATER train service. This style of train offer basic and a modest level of comfort. Seating is reserved in air-conditioned Nefertiti Class or 1st Class Reserved seater wagons. Nefertiti style seats are located within 6 person, semi enclosed cabins. Whilst seats don’t recline, the lights can be switched off inside your cabin. While 1st Class Reserved wagons are open, lights cannot be turned off though the seats are wide and do recline. It is suggested you bring some ear plugs and also an eye mask for personal comfort. A neck pillow is also good idea, for a little added comfort. Rest rooms (which are very basic in standard) are located at the end of each wagon.
 

It is possible to upgrade to a sleeper cabin, reservations need to be made PRIOR to departure. Please ask your reservation consultant for more information. 

Occasionally, the Nefertiti Class and the 1st Class Reserve train service are cancelled, in which case we would need to revert to a sleeper service at an additional cost to the passenger. You would be advised in Egypt, as although this occurrence is rare, there would be little notice offered. 

SLEEPER TRAIN SERVICE, SLEEPER CABIN UPGRADE: On our Jewel of the Nile and Family tours we include the Sleeper Cabin Train as part of your journey. If you book our SLEEPER TRAIN UPGRADE this is also the service that you will be travelling on. Sleeper Train Cabins are equipped with 2 bunk beds with linen provided. Cabins are lockable, A/C and lighting are also controlled from the inside. Each cabin has a washbasin and small towel and western style bathrooms are located at the end of the carriage. Dinner and breakfast (of an average standard) are served throughout the journey.


HEALTH: It is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio, if you haven’t had a booster in the last ten years. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Vaccination requirements can change so please check with your local health care provider before travel. 


ESSENTIAL PACKING: 
Sleeping bag for the felucca or for camping in the White Desert (if applicable to your tour). 

• Lightweight cotton garments.
• Comfortable walking shoes for the Pyramids and Valley of the Kings Pack flip flops/thongs/jandals to wear aboard the Nile felucca or Nile Cruiser 
• DEET based mosquito repellant & antihistamine cream 
• 2 pin, European electrical adaptor. 
• Two spare passport photos & a photocopy of your passport 
• A small daypack for your day-to-day needs. 
• Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, swim costume and torch • Neck pillow, sleeping bag and eye mask, if travelling on the overnight seater train. 
• Sleep sheet or sleeping bag if travelling with us to Jordan and staying at our Wadi Rum camp. 

If doing a felucca cruise, undertaking the Mt Sinai excursion in Dahab or travelling between November and March, pack warm clothes (i.e. – fleece, jacket, trousers, jeans, hat and scarf) as temperatures plummet at night. Due to sometimes icy conditions at the summit of Mt Sinai, hiking boots and thermal clothing are a sensible consideration if undertaking the optional climb in winter (November - March).


ARRIVAL TRANSFERS:  A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included in your tour. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport you will be met by a representative from LaCity Travel either just before immigration or in the baggage hall near the luggage belt of your respective arriving flight. The prominent sign depicting our company logo easily identifies our representative. Please have your tour voucher handy and make it available to our representative. After collecting your luggage you will be escorted to our awaiting transportation. If, for any reason you have trouble locating our representative (after waiting 20 minutes in the arrival hall) or your flight to Egypt is delayed, please call or send a text message to the emergency contact number as stated on your tour voucher. 


TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   


Australian Embassy in Egypt 
Address: World Trade Centre 11th Floor, Corniche El Nil, Boulaq, Cairo 
Tel: +20 2 2770 6600 
Fax: +20 2 2770 6650 
Email: cairo.austremb@dfat.gov.au  
Abu Simbel by flight:

Abu Simbel by flight. The massive rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel never fails to impress. It's possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan intricately carved facade, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the 4 colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically staring out across the desert, seemingly since time began.

Includes:
Return flight Aswan to Abu Simbel
All transfers
Private tour guide, degree qualified in Egyptology to accompany the journey
Full commentary

Price: $499  


Hot Air Ballooning

An aerial adventure awaits in Luxor! Imagine drifting silently over temples, ancient sites, ruins and villages in the early morning sun. See ancient Thebes from a different angle as you float above the River Nile and wave down at the locals as you drift a few metres from their open rooftops!

Price: $199


Jewel of the Nile - flight option

If your don't fancy travelling by overnight sleeper train on the Jewel of the Nile, Jewel of the Nile Sun Festival or Ramses Sunrise tours, then upgrade to our flight option, and fly from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo. Enjoying two extra nights of comfort in 5* hotel accommodation.

Price: $449  


El Alamein Day Trip

The World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies under Britain’s field Marshal Montgomery halted the German- Italian advance towards the River Nile. Marked as a major victory for the Allies, though not without loss of life, with some 11,000 killed and 60,000 wounded. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and recently erected memorials funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments. Through the arches and beyond the gardens, 7,000 white headstones commemorate the Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers who fought and died here.

Price: $119  


Valley of the Whales

Discover Wadi el Hitan aka The Valley of the Whales - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Western Desert where you’ll find the world’s greatest collection of skeletal fossils from the earliest forms of shark and whale! Explore this beautiful and bizarre landscape by 4x4 and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch with this Egypt extension.

Price: $299