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Splendours of Egypt (Summer 2020)

Splendours of Egypt (Summer 2020)


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Egypt

Tour Itinerary

Egypt’s vast wealth of antiquities take centre stage here. Marvel at Karnak, the Pyramids and Sphinx, Tutankhamun���s treasure, and the ubiquitous hieroglyphics.

Day 1 - Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to Cairo, a timeless land of the Pharaohs and Pyramids. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest up before your journey begins tomorrow.
Accommodation: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.

Day 2 - Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile.
This morning, fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak. Located on the east bank of the Nile, Luxor Temple was built by the New Kingdom Pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramesses II. It is known as ipet resyt “the southern sanctuary. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall before transferring to your cruise ship. One of the most luxurious vessels on the Nile, it will be your home for the next six nights. After lunch on board, visit the Luxor Museum to see many ancient artefacts from Luxor Temple and two royal mummies. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Accommodation: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 3 - Exploring Dendera and Edfu.
Later, visit Luxor Temple. Located on the east bank of the Nile, it was built by the New Kingdom Pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramesses II. It is known as ipet resyt “the southern sanctuary.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Accommodation: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 4 - Edfu to Aswan.
You will start the day with breakfast as you cruise along the Nile to Kom Ombo and continue on to the city of Aswan. Famous for its archaeological sites such as the Philae Temple Complex and the Temple of Isis, Aswan is a vibrant destination that portray an agreeable mix of ancient and contemporary Egypt. In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Accommodation: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 5 - Aswan’s High Dam & Temple of Isis.
Today’s sightseeing includes a visit to Aswan's High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on your cruise ship. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on things to do onboard or perhaps ask for more insights into Egypt’s fascinating history.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Accommodation: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 6 - Feluccas and High Tea.
Throughout your journey you’ll have seen many feluccas sailing along the Nile. Now it’s your time to explore one for yourself. On this traditional vessel, you’ll meet a local sailor who will teach you about the art of sailing this ancient craft. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once did before you. The hotel is rumoured to be where Christie wrote her bestselling novel, “Death on the Nile.”(Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner)
Accommodation: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, , ,

Day 7 - Free time and on to Kom Ombo.
With the morning free, perhaps join the optional experience of travelling to the temples of Abu Simbel by air? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramsses II and the Temple of Hathor. Located in a village in Nubia, they are found in Upper Egypt. Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus the Elder.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Accommodation: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 8 - Cruising the Nile to Luxor.
Your cruise continues along the bustling waters of the Nile. Enjoy your facilities on board and have your cameras at the ready for the sites as you leisurely make your way to Luxor. In the evening, on arrival in Luxor there will be free time. Ask your Travel Director for tips on where to explore.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Accommodation: MS Medea (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 9 - Explore Luxor and fly to Cairo.
This morning, disembark from your cruise and travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many Pharaohs, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun were buried. Experience the renowned local hospitality of Egyptians during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat. Connect with the community and share bread with the Bahirat family whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza.
Today you’ll head to Memphis, the famous capital of the ancient world. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back to 2,700 BC. In the afternoon, it's on to Giza with your Egyptologist to explore the magnificent pyramids, where you’ll come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sphinx. During your visit, venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their Gods in the afterlife. Later, drive to the pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show - an unforgettable introduction to the world of Ancient Egypt.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Cairo Sightseeing.
This morning, ascend to the Citadel, for breathtaking views over the city. While here visit the Alabaster Mosque, otherwise known as the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. Continue to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the Egyptian Museum. Among the many exhibits found here, are the fabulous artefacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Depart Cairo.
It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your journey comes to an end. A transfer will take you to Cairo International airport for your onward flights.(Breakfast)
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Authentic Dining

  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Aswan: Follow the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy high tea in true colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.
  • Luxor: Enjoy listening to stories of village life from it's local residents when you visit a family home for a tasting of authentic Egyptian sun bread.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 7 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 7 Dinners (D), all with bottled water plus tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Cairo: With your Egyptologist, gaze upon Tutankhamun's treasures at the Egyptian Museum, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – all treasures of Tutankhamun.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cairo: Enjoy sightseeing including sweeping views over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.
  • Giza: Be mesmerised by the Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man, as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it. Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall.
  • Luxor: Visit Luxor Temple.
  • Dendera: At the Temple of Hathor, see a rare depiction of Cleopatra and Caesarian.
  • Aswan: See Aswan's High Dam and ponder why the Unfinished Obelisk has been left in mid-creation for thousands of years.
  • Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.
  • West Bank: See the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the mortuary Temple Hatshepsut.
  • West Bank: Explore with an Egyptologist the Valley of the Kings which is home to the magnificent tombs of Egypt's Pharaohs.
  • Luxor: Enjoy your short flight returning to Cairo.
  • Memphis: Visit this famous capital of the ancient world to see the statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx.
  • Sakkara: See the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser.
  • Giza: With your Egyptologist, meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the Pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director and certified Egyptologist will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom may be used on occasion.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 7 night Nile cruise aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, on either MS Medea, MS Miriam, MS Giselle, MS La Boheme or similar. Please note that gratuities are not included for the Travel Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts.
  • Included economy class flights between Cairo/Luxor and Luxor/Cairo with transfers between airports and hotels.
  • Complimentary transfers from/to Cairo Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
3.3

Ratings based off 12 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

The cabin on the river boat was inadequate: 18 inch step up to bath, shower is for short people only .

Wish tipping was included with price. Tipped boat crew $3 a day.. tipped all outside exclusion trips $5 a day.. Tips was a lot of out of pocket expense. Staff on boat good. I asked for double bed on trip and on boat had twin beds that was a surprise. Food was good.

I would have appreciated an idea of how old the boat was going to be on our trip down the Nile.

Should provide drinking water everyday. Insight Vacations misleading travelers by wasting couple of days during vacation doing nothing and charging for 13 days when providing sightseeing for only 9 days. Most of the days 2 hrs sightseeing and doing nothing for rest of the day. Which is not acceptable.

Our local guide in Egypt was truly phenomenal. He had such a wide array of knowlege on various subjects and was such a fantastic and thoughtful guy!! He made the trip absolutely the best we have ever taken.


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