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Jewels of the Nile

Cairo, Egypt
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Duration

8 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

4 people

Languages

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Overview

The aptly named Jewels of the Nile combines the buzz of Egypt’s capital city with a fascinating cruise along the lifeblood waterway of country, visiting and exploring the settlements that have played host to countless historical events throughout the millennia. Kings, queens, pharaohs, mummies, pyramids, jewels and riches of insurmountable value feature on this roller coaster ride—one by which you also rest your head in the lap of luxury in the finest of hotels and opulent cabin as you sail the Nile.

We marvel at the antiquities on display at the famed Egyptian Museum, climb inside the Khufu Pyramid of Giza, barter with the locals in frenetic souks, ride camels into the desert, and dine al fresco beneath a glorious canopy of stars. And that’s only when in Cairo! The excitement only builds as we head to Aswan l, taking full advantage of the mighty river, navigating her swirling waters courtesy of the elegant Oberoi Philae Cruise Ship.

The Twin Temple of Kom Ombo and that of Edfu are impressive in their own right, and serve to whet your appetite for the delights of Luxor ahead. Prepare to be awestruck by this, the most incredible concentration of structural and archeological wonders. We explore the royal burial grounds of the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, visit the truly majestic temples of Karnak and Luxor, and further delve into ancient Egyptian history at the world’s largest open air museum.

We pack a lot into eight days, making this a tour for those who crave excitement and exploration, but who also demand the ultimate in comfort along the way. Your water-going palace offers five star facilities and each hotel is specifically chosen for its luxury amenities and incredible location


Designed for the active cosmopolitan, this exclusive journey packs unparalleled experiences in just 8 days. Guided by one of the world’s most renowned Egyptologists, this journey includes access to several restricted temples not open to the public, while staying at some of the most impressive suites the country has to offer.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • From the moment your tour begins you’ll realize the reason so many choose to explore Egypt with Egypt Deluxe: our guides. Hand-selected for their expertise, these incredible people are pivotal in ensuring that you don’t simply travel through the country as a tourist—you really get to live the ancient Egyptian experience. Home grown, passionate about their country, and with an uncanny ability to impart their knowledge, your expert guide will enthrall as you discover ancient history spanning back thousands of years.
  • Visit the pyramids of Sakkara, Memphis, and, of course, the world famous Pyramids of Giza. Get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter one of these behemoth structures, take a camel ride beneath the steely-eyed gaze of The Sphinx, and dine beneath the twinkling lights of a thousand stars in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Cheops.
  • Traverse the mysterious waters of the Nile River on a four night luxury cruise. The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise ship is akin to a luxury hotel, with a heated swimming pool, gym, beauty salon and spa services, multiple dining options including western cuisine and that from the Middle East, Asia, and India—something to suit even the most fastidious of palates.
  • Prepare for the awe-inspiring emotions that’ll wash over you as the splendors of Luxor reveal themselves. Walking the rocky terrain that leads to tombs that housed the bodies of famous historical figures, such as the boy king, Tutankhamun, makes for an unforgettable experience, as does exploring the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. The great temples of the city continue the adrenaline rush, and no one fails to be blown away by the Avenue of the Sphinxes and the beautiful hieroglyphics that adorn the towering columns of the Luxor and Karnak Temples.
  • Benefit from exclusive access to many sites throughout the tour, including the coveted Sphinx Temple in Giza.

Itinerary

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DAY 1 - Cairo | Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
DAY 1 - Cairo | Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Arrive in Cairo and start your day by visiting the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and items dating to 4000 BC. During your visit, view the famed Mummy Room, featuring the remains of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and nobles, including Ramses II, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs. After lunch, walk from Bab el-Fotouh to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, where tightly packed stalls display everything from spices and leather goods to jewelry and birds. Enjoy an authentic dinner at the Naguib Mahfouz restaurant. Following your dinner, transfer to the legendary Mena House hotel, your home for the following two nights.

Marriott Menahouse Hotel
Meals: Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 2 - Cairo | Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx Temple, Ride-like-a-local

This morning, tour the Pyramids of Sakkara and Memphis, followed by entrance to the Solar Boat Museum. Following this, head on to explore the Great Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and explore the interior of biggest Pyramid “Khufu”, Following lunch, explore the surrounding desert by camel, and experience dinner under the stars by the Giza Pyramid Complex.

Marriott Menahouse Hotel
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 3 - Cairo / Aswan | Nubian Museum

Take a short flight to Aswan and enjoy your stay for the next four nights on-board the Oberoi Philae Nile cruise. enjoy access to the Nubian Museum by motor boat.

Oberoi Philae
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 4 - Aswan / Kom Ombo | High Dam - Philae Temple - Kom Ombo Temple

Start your day with an early morning visit to Aswan's High Dam and the Temple of Philae. The Old High Dam was built by Sir W. Wilcox on Behalf of the British authorities in 1898. It is constructed of Granite quarried in the Aswan area. At noon, sail to Kom Ombo and stop to visit the great Twin Temple of Kom Ombo. Later on that day, sail to Edfu and arrive by day’s end.

Oberoi Philae
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 5 - Edfu / Luxor | Edfu Temple - Esna Lock

Start your day by visiting the Temple of Edfu, followed by sailing to Esna. Afterwards, cross the Esna lock where only one or two boats could pass at a time. By the end of the day, arrive at Luxor and enjoy an evening at your leisure on-board your cruise.

Oberoi Philae
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 6 - Luxor | Colossi Of Memnon - Hatshepsut Temple - Valley of Kings - Karnak and Luxor Temples

Discover Luxor, the world’s largest open-air museum, and start your day by visiting the West Bank and the burial grounds of the Pharaohs including the Valley of the Kings; the Valley of the Queens; and the Colossi of Memnon. The Valley of the Kings is home to many Pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great. Later on, visit the majestic Karnak and Luxor Temples and explore the sacred lake upon which the Karnak Temple was built.

Oberoi Philae
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 7 - Luxor / Cairo | Salah El Din Citadel

Disembark from your cruise and take a short flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival, prepare yourself for a wonderful visit to the Salahdin’s magnificent Citadel. Spend the night in the Four Seasons First Residence Hotel.

Four Seasons at First Residence
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 8 - Cairo | Final Departure

Spend the day at your leisure, with our transportation services at your command. You will have time to make any last minute shopping, and finally prepare yourself for your flight home.

Four Seasons at First Residence
Meals: Breakfast.

Included/Excluded

  • 2 nights at Marriott Menahouse Hotel based on Deluxe Pyramids View Room .
  • 4 nights on-board Oberoi Philae Cruise (Luxury Cabin)
  • 1 night at Four Season First Residence based on Deluxe Room.
  • All tours as listed in the itinerary.
  • All transfers as listed in the itinerary.
  • All Meals as listed in the itinerary.

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

Cairo, Egypt
from $3,315.00

Accommodations

  • Marriott Menahouse Hotel

    Appreciate the true meaning of the word ‘unique’ at the Marriott Mena House, Cairo in a setting that has entranced travelers through the ages, where the timeless majesty of the Great Pyramids of Giza cast their spell. Located only 700 meters from the pyramids, the hotel offers unmatched views. A range of continental dining and Egyptian specialty restaurants and bars satisfy even the most critical of appetites.

  • Oberoi Philae

    Discover ancient monuments, magnificent temples and five thousand years of Egyptian culture on a leisurely four night luxury cruise on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, on board The Oberoi Philae. Guests looking for luxury cruise dining in Egypt can savor the finest Western, Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines, freshly prepared on board by talented master chefs and served in an indoor restaurant, lounge or poolside dining area. The Oberoi Spa on board The Oberoi Philae offers exclusive treatments and beauty services. In addition to an outdoor, temperature controlled swimming pool (36 feet / 11 meters long) and a 24-hour gym.

  • Four Seasons at First Residence

    Located on the western bank of the Nile in the historic suburb of Giza, our Hotel is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring Cairo. From the zoological gardens that lie just outside our doors to the shopping and entertainment within our very own First Place complex, you won’t have to go far to find plenty to see and do. Observe unique works of art at the nearby Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, or ask the concierge to arrange for an unforgettable horseback-riding adventure by the pyramids. Whatever experience you’re dreaming of, we can bring it to life.

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