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Wonders of the Nile – from Cairo to Aswan

15 days from only €3,319pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Visit the incredible Pyramids at Giza and get up close to the enigmatic Sphinx
  • Guided tour to the lesser-known ‘Step Pyramid’, the oldest stone structure in the world
  • Marvel at the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun on our visit to the incomparable Egyptian Museum
  • Guided tours of amazing, yet rarely-visited sites such as the city of Amarna, created by the pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti
  • Visit the mysterious temple dedicated to Osiris, god of the dead, at Abydos
  • Marvel at of Egypt’s best preserved temples at Dendera
  • Guided tour of the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor
  • Visit the Pharaohs’ tombs in the Valley of the Kings & the temple of Hatshepsut
  • Explore the stunning temples at Kom Ombo and Philae in Aswan
  • 14 nights on board the MS Darakum, with a choice of spacious cabins and suites, all with river views
  • No single supplement on lower deck cabins, with limited availability
  • Return scheduled flights from Cork
  • All meals included, including complimentary on-board tea & coffee
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout

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At a Glance
14 nights on the MS Darakum
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Full board
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Egypt, just the name is enough to set your imagination spinning back to the start of recorded human history – to a time when all-powerful Pharaohs controlled a mysterious and fabulously wealthy empire which lasted virtually intact for over 5,000 years! Our Nile cruise explores the mighty monuments, the intriguing history and the extraordinary artistic masterpieces from the greatest and oldest of all the ancient civilizations.

We start in Cairo, the heart of modern-day Egypt. The largest city on the African continent and much-maligned for its traffic congestion, Cairo remains a fascinating fusion of western, Islamic and Christian culture, all mixed up with something a lot more ancient. The iconic symbols of these ancient roots are the three Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza, on the edge of the city.

Visited by the greatest names in history, from Alexander the Great, to Caesar and Napoleon, the Pyramids are actually the world’s oldest tourist attraction! Right in the centre of Cairo, the Egyptian Museum houses so many priceless treasures, that it would take months to see it all. Its Tutankhamun exhibition alone contains over 3,500 finds from the small tomb that Howard Carter discovered in 1922. Although the centre of the collection is the mesmerising solid gold funerary mask, equally impressive is the section devoted to the daily life of the ancient, as are the touchingly realistic funerary portraits from Egypt’s Graeco-Roman period.

We’ll also visit the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, just south of the Cairo and built over 4,600 years ago, this is Egypt’s first proper pyramid, and is now considered to be the oldest stone building in the world.

After two days of relaxing sailing on the world’s longest river our tour continues with visits to the tombs of Beni Hassan, followed by one of the most imposing temples in all of Egypt, at Abydos. Our exploration continues with the temple of Hathor at Dendera, built during the time of the Ptolemies, heirs to Alexander the Great’s empire. This part of the tour is ideal for anyone who has visited Luxor and Aswan before and wants to delve deeper into some of the rarely-visited sites mentioned above. From here on we continue to the well sights of Luxor and beyond.

Luxor, known as Thebes in ancient times, was centred around the two great temple complexes of ancient Egypt – Karnak and Luxor. These are both on the East bank of the Nile and dedicated to the sun god, Amun Ra, the giver of life. The West bank, where the sun set, was reserved for the tombs and funerary temples of the Pharaohs, their families and high officials.

Today’s Egyptians are immensely proud of their ancient lineage and with typical middle-eastern courtesy and hospitality they are some of the most welcoming and friendly people you are likely to meet.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin. Fourteen nights’ accommodation on the MS Movenpick Darakum, including breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; scheduled flights to Cairo and from Aswan via Cairo to Heathrow and finally Cork; transfers and all internal coach travel; guided tours of Cairo, the Giza Pyramids & Sphinx, entrance to the Egyptian Museum; Beni Hassan tombs, Amarna, Abydos & Dendera temples, a guided tour of Karnak and Luxor temples, the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple, Kom Ombo temple, Philae temple, Aswan dam; and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Not included: Egyptian visa – see Visa and Health Information section for details.

Things to note:

  • No photography or guiding is allowed inside tombs or pyramids, as well as in museums.
  • Entry into the Egyptian Museum’s Mummy room and into any of the Great Pyramids is payable extra locally.
  • The order of visits may vary according to the season & local conditions.

Visa and Health Information

Egyptian Visa

Currently, Irish passport holders travelling to Egypt require a visa. For visits of up to 30 days, you can get a visa on arrival by payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros; the visa fee is US$25 at approved bank kiosks within airport arrival halls, before reaching immigration counters. There’s no need to buy a visa from an agent and in many cases, agents will charge more than US$25 for a visa. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt.

Evidence of a previous visit to Israel like an Israeli entry/exit stamp in your passport does not normally cause any difficulties when entering Egypt. It is, however, for the Egyptian authorities to determine the right of entry into the country. If you have any concerns, you should contact the Egyptian consulate.

Holders of non-Irish passports should refer to the website of the Egyptian consulate for further information regarding entry visas. The website of the Egyptian consulate is http://www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk/visas.php.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

Health

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths are uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights.

A reasonable level of fitness is required to get the best out of this tour, for example there are no lifts on board the MS Darakum and entry into some of the tombs involve steep descents with numerous narrow steps. Therefore, this holiday will not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility.

Daytime temperature levels will also be high for most of the year and in summer months most excursions start early in order to avoid excessive midday desert heat.

Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for Egypt at least a month before departure.

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependant on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport Start ship location Transfer time End ship location Departure airport or train station Transfer time
Cairo International Airport Cairo 1 hr Aswan Aswan International Airport 30 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Egyptian Pound
  • Deposit: €250 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Language: Arabic
  • Time zone: GMT+2
  • Country: Egypt

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