Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Departs: Weekly on Wednesdays
Discover the wonders of this ancient world with a private Egyptologist. Experience the land of the pyramids, pharaohs, mysterious tombs and temples on this five star leisurely journey while Egypt’s historic past and five thousand years of culture unfolds. Wake up to the pyramids of Giza from your hotel room at the world famous Mena House Hotel and sail along the Nile in ultimate style and comfort on the Amarco II cruise boat.
Day 1 - Cairo
On arrival at Cairo Airport you will be met and transferred to the Marriott Mena House Hotel.
The Marriott Mena House is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colourful history. Surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. The royal history of the hotel is reflected in luxurious interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture, original work of arts and magnificent antiques that are rarely found in luxury hotels. Marriott Mena House has played host to kings and emperors, Heads of State and celebrities. The Marriott Mena House located 700 metres from these wonders of the ancient world offers unmatched views of the pyramids. You can gaze upon the magnificence of the pyramids from your rooms at sunrise and sunset. Recreation options at the hotel include a heated swimming pool, a fully equipped Spa and Fitness centre. Regarded as one of the leading luxury hotels in Cairo, the hotel combines the magical charm of a bygone era with unrivalled service fit for royalty. Your interlude at the hotel promises to be a journey of discovery, exploring Cairo’s ancient treasures and unravelling the many mysteries of Egypt’s past.
Day 2 - Cairo
Today enjoy a privately guided full day tour with your Egyptologist to the ancient capital Memphis and burial ground of Sakkara, located south-west of Cairo. After lunch at a traditional restaurant you will visit the Pyramids of Giza, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the mysterious Sphinx, carved from a single block of stone. (BL)
Day 3 - Nile Cruise
Today you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. (B)
Flight from Cairo to Aswan (flight included).
On arrival at Aswan Airport you will be met and transferred to the Amarco II cruise boat. Offering the highest standards of hospitality it is amongst the most spacious accommodation on the Nile. The elegant interiors of the all-suite Nile cruise boat are complemented by expansive views of the river framed by large French balconies within the cabins. Cruising on the Amarco II includes privately guided sightseeing at all historical stops enroute. (LD)
The Amarco II Nile Cruise has many elegantly decorated suites as well as a spa, wellness gym centre and a wide variety of culture and history. The lounges offer an idyllic setting in which to enjoy a beverage and take in the glorious surrounding.
Day 4 - Nile Cruise
This morning sail to Kom Ombo and visit the twin temples – one side dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek, God of Fertility and Creator of the World and Horus, the falcon God. After lunch sail via Edfu to Luxor. (BLD)
Day 5 - Nile Cruise
This morning transfer to the West Bank, to explore the Necropolis of ancient Thebes. Visit the Valley of the Kings with its royal tombs including King Tutankhamun’s tomb. This is followed by a visit to the Temple of Madinat Habu and a stop at the Colossus of Memnon. Overnight on board. (BLD)
Day 6 - Nile Cruise
This morning there is the opportunity of rising at dawn to take a hot air balloon flight over Luxor (at own expense). The day is at leisure allowing you time to relax and enjoy your experience on the Nile. This evening there is an optional excursion to the Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple on the east bank of the Nile. (BLD)
Day 7 - Nile Cruise
This morning after breakfast visit the impressive Karnak and Luxor Temples. Built over a period of two millennia by generations of Pharaohs, the Temple of Karnak was dedicated to the God Amun. Proceed to the Temple of Luxor, once connected to Karnak via the Avenue of Human-headed Sphinxes. After lunch sail to Edfu. Overnight on board. (BLD)
Day 8 - Nile Cruise
Visit the Temple of Horus, the best Greek-built preserved temple of the ancient world, dedicated to the Falcon God. Later, sail to Aswan via Kom Ombo. Overnight on board. (BLD)
Day 9 - Nile Cruise
Early this morning take an excursion by air to Abu Simbel (included) to view the wonders of this amazing temple built by Ramses II and relocated piece by piece in the 1960’s for preservation from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Later visit the Aswan High Dam, Egypt’s contemporary example of building on a monumental scale, and the majestic Philae Temple. Overnight on board. (BLD)
Day 10 - Cairo
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight to Cairo. (B)
Flight from Aswan to Cairo (flight included).
On arrival at Cairo Airport you will be met and transferred to the Four Seasons First Residence Cairo Hotel.
Located in a soaring 20-storey Giza tower, Four Seasons at The First Residence Cairo offers 269 luxury hotel guest rooms, including 43 suites. Among the most spacious hotel rooms in Cairo, our comfortable luxury accommodations take full advantage of their setting, allowing you to look out on a range of lovely vistas, including the pyramids, botanical gardens and captivating views of the city itself.
Day 11 - Cairo
This morning you have a privately escorted sightseeing trip of Old Cairo which includes the Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin and Mosque of Mohamed Ali, followed by some shopping time at the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. (BL)
Day 12 - End of Ultimate Egypt Tour
Today you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 19 May 18 - 25 Sep 18 $3,620 $5,390
- 26 Sep 18 - 20 Dec 18 $4,425 $6,300
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.