13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile River cruise and return Emirates flights

13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise including return international Emirates flights, 5 night cruise on the Nile River, airport transfers, internal flights, sleeper train accommodation, tour guide escort, and more.

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  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
  • 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise and flights
 

Highlights

 

Be in awe of ancient wonders and striking natural beauty with this 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise.

There is no place like Egypt. Float down the famed waters of the Nile River, on-board a luxury cruise ship and traditional felucca. Shock the senses with the sights, smells and sounds of the bustling streets in Cairo, and gaze up in amazement at the graceful Great Sphinx of Giza. Turn your attention across the landscape to the equally breath-taking pyramids, the old-world structures that have stood for thousands of years.

The adventure into Egypt’s history continues at The Egyptian Museum and the Valley of Kings. Travel from Cairo to Luxor aboard an overnight sleeper train. Wander through the maze of stalls of Nubian Bazaar in Aswan and delve into the part Egypt played in World War II at El Alamein.

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand airplane-takeoff Cairo

Depart New Zealand today to begin your incredible Egyptian adventure!

Please note: Some flights may depart 1 day later

Day 2: Cairo

Welcome to Cairo, the frenetic Egyptian capital. Arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI) and be transferred to your hotel. Once you have checked in to the hotel (rooms are usually available after midday), the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Gather at the hotel at 6pm for a welcome meeting and to say hello to fellow travellers. The details for this meeting can be confirmed at hotel reception. 

Hotel: Mercure Le Sphinx or similar

Day 3: Cairo train-icon Luxor (B,D)

This morning after breakfast, the tour drives out to Giza for an up-close encounter with two of Egypt’s most iconic landmarks: the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza. These remarkable structures are unlike anything else in the world and travellers may venture inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops) for an additional fee. See more of Egypt’s ancient treasures and artefacts at the Egyptian Museum, accompanied by an expert guide. There is then some free time before returning to the hotel in the afternoon and taking a transfer to the railway station, ready to board the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.

Accommodation aboard the overnight train comprises a two-berth cabin that is converted to bunk beds. All bedding is provided, and Western-style toilets are in each carriage. Bags are stored in the cabin, and airline-style dinner and breakfasts are also served in-cabin. Those with dietary or snack requirements may think about bringing their own meals. This can be discussed with the tour leader. 

Day 4: Luxor – Embark on Nile Cruise (B,L,D) cruise-icon

An early breakfast on-board before the train rolls into Luxor. This vibrant city is home to an energetic bazaar and is also located conveniently close to some of ancient Egypt’s most important sites. Travel to Karnak to see the celebrated temple complexes. These structures were built across a period of 200 years and areas date back to 2055BC. A guided tour of the temples is as educational as it is fascinating. Later in the day, there is a transfer to the Nile cruise boat, your home for the next 4 nights. Relax by the boat’s on-board pool or keep exploring Luxor at your own pace. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free time. 

Day 5: Valley of the Kings, Edfu (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Rise early to head into the Valley of the Kings. There are more than 60 pharaoh tombs buried beneath the hills here, and many are lavishly decorated with relics and paintings. Perhaps the Valley’s most high-profile resident is Tutankhamun; his final resting place is here. The day is led by an expert guide, who will give background on hieroglyphics and the funerary rites and traditions of ancient Egyptians. Among the other sights for today’s itinerary are three royal tombs, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Return to the boat for lunch and to relax as the cruise begins its sail for Edfu. This journey is typically from 1pm to 11pm, however it may be slowed by river traffic and the number of other boats passing through Esna Lock. 

Day 6: Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Wake in the morning to find the cruise moored at Edfu, a beautifully preserved temple dedicated to Horus. The voyage upriver continues, and travellers can watch scenery pass by from the boat deck. Reach Kom Ombo temple, about 45 kilometres north of Aswan, in the afternoon. The temple is an insight into the Greco-Roman influence of the area and is dedicated to two gods: Horus, god of protection; and Sobek, the god of crocodiles. There is also a crocodile museum attached to the temple. Return to the boat around 6pm to continue the cruise to Aswan, arriving about 9.30pm.

Day 7: Aswan (B,L,D) cruise-icon

A free day to explore Aswan. Meander along the waterfront promenade, known locally as the ‘corniche’, and stop for a mid-walk mint tea. Time your stroll for dusk when the area comes alive with families socialising and relaxing. 

Day 8: Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan (B)

Disembark from the cruise in the morning and then board a coach for the drive to Abu Simbel. Here, travellers may recognise the four colossus statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple. This afternoon, board a traditional felucca for a sailboat trip around the neighbouring islands, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island. The rest of the day is leisure. One option is to seek out St. Simeon, an abandoned 7th century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile’s west bank. The tour leader is on hand to help arrange activities. 

Day 9: Aswan airplane-takeoff Cairo (B)

A transfer to Aswan airport after breakfast, followed by a short flight to Cairo. Be transferred to the hotel and then visit Cairo’s oldest souk, Khan al-Khalili Bazaar. The souk fans out in an area known as Al-Azhar. Its stalls sell everything from gold and perfume, to spices and textiles. 

Day 10: Cairo – Alexandria (B)

Follow the desert road leading from Cairo to Alexandria, a large port city that sits on the Mediterranean coastline. An orientation walk with the tour leader is a great introduction to the city. Learn about the city’s origins as an homage to Alexander the Great, and its place as a cultural, political, economic and intellectual centre. Take a walk along the corniche, or head underground to explore the Kom ash-Shuqqafa catacombs. Any free time can be spent seeing the Citadel of Qaitbay, a defensive fortress overlooking the ocean that now sits where the famous Alexandria Lighthouse once stood. 

Day 11: Alexandria – El Alamin – Cairo (B,L)

From ancient Egypt to more recent chapters in the country’s history; today’s itinerary includes an excursion to sites around El Alamein and the war museum located there. Now a resort town, El Alamein played a crucial role in significant World War II battles and the events here are considered a turning point in the North African campaign. There are several memorials in the area, plus a war cemetery. The group returns to Cairo after this stop. 

Day 12: Cairo airplane-takeoff New Zealand (B)

There is free time after breakfast and airport transfers are made at the appropriate time. 

Day 13: New Zealand

Arrive home today. 

 

 

Inclusions

 

Your package includes return international airfares, deluxe accommodation, River cruise, expert tour guides, meals, private coach transportation and so much more…

  • Return Emirates flights; plus, all internal flights within Egypt and return airport transfers
  • 5 nights’ twin share accommodation in 3 – 4 star hotels
  • 4 nights’ on-board a deluxe, 5 star Nile River cruise
  • 1 night twin share aboard a sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout

Highlights: 

  • Visit one of the greatest sights in the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Learn about the wonders inside the Egypt Museum
  • Travel to Karnak, one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes
  • Cruise on-board a deluxe river cruise ship from Luxor to Aswan
  • Head into the Valley of the Kings
  • Explore the tranquil water city of Aswan
  • Visit the iconic Abu Simbel. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses
  • Enjoy the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria
 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  •  Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information: 

  • A deposit of $699 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. 
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation:

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: $699 per person in addition to the twin share price. You can purchase you single supplement by clicking here 

Group Size: 4 – 20 pax

Triple Share: Not available

Land Only: To purchase this tour as land only (no flights) by clicking here

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Cairo: Mercure Le Sphinx or similar
River Cruise: Nile Dolphin or similar
Aswan: Philae hotel or similar
Alexandria: Azur Mediterranean Alexandria hotel or similar

Tipping: Tipping is part of local customs in Egypt and your Tour Director will brief you during the group meeting at the start of your journey. You should consider approx. $3 per person per day on average. 

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling on this tour. Insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. Click here for a quote

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

Travel Dates:

2019:

18 January 2019
1 February 2019
15 February 2019
1 March 2019
15 March 2019
29 March 2019
12 April 2019
26 April 2019
17 May 2019
31 May 2019
7 June 2019
21 June 2019
5 July 2019
19 July 2019
2 August 2019
16 August 2019
30 August 2019
6 September 2019
13 September 2019
20 September 2019
27 September 2019
4 October 2019
11 October 2019
18 October 2019
25 October 2019
1 November 2019
8 November 2019
15 November 2019
22 November 2019

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Surcharges may apply, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with Emirates
  • Please note  – Flights depart Cairo to Auckland at 1am or midnight
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Business Class (where available) please note Premium Economy is not available for this tour 

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return Emirates flights; plus, all internal flights within Egypt and return airport transfers
  • 5 nights’ twin share accommodation in 3 – 4 star hotels
  • 4 nights’ on-board a deluxe, 5 star Nile River cruise
  • 1 night twin share aboard a sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
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