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

Including return international Emirates flights, 2020 travel dates available, 4 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. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

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 3pm 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. 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, passing by the stunning botanical gardens of 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. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements

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 and airport transfers
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 5 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • 4 nights on-board a deluxe, 5 star Nile River cruise
  • 1 night twin share aborard 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:

  • 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: $849 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

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited.

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: Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids, Barcelo Pyramids, Oasis Pyramids or similar
River Cruise: Nile Dolphin or similar
Aswan: Basma or similar
Alexandria: Sheraton Montazah 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. USD $5 per person per day for the Tour Leader and a total of USD $5 per person per day for all other services (local drivers, hotels, etc.).

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

 

2020:

15 January 
17 January 
29 January 
31 January 
12 February
14 February
26 February  
28 February 
11 March
13 March 
20 March
25 March 
27 March
8 April 
10 April
22 April 
24 April
13 May 
15 May
27 May
29 May 
5 June 
3 July 
7 August 
2 September 
4 September 
9 September
11 September
16 September 
18 September
23  September 
25 September 
30 September
2 October 
7 October 
9 October 
14 October 
16 October 
21 October 
23 October
28 October  
30 October 
4 November 
6 November 
11 November 
13 November
18 November  
20 November
25 November  
27 November 

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 BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information: 

  • Return economy airfares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with Emirates and codeshare partners 
  • 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

Flight Conditions:

  • 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/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation.
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email.
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package.
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return Emirates flights; plus, all internal flights and airport transfers
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 5 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • 4 nights on-board a deluxe, 5 star Nile River cruise
  • 1 night twin share aborard a sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • 2020 travel dates available! 
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