Tours - Egypt

Sailing on the Nile

Price From:

£ 445.00

Trip Style:

Regular


Service Level:

☆☆☆



Tour Code:

EGF009

Destination:

Cairo - Aswan - Nile Felucca - Luxor – Cairo


Duration:

09 Days/ 08 Nights

Felucca trip
Sailing on the Nile map

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Cleanse your mind and body while traveling through Egypt in the most memorable way.



What's Included
Transfer to and from airport
All services charges and taxes
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
Nine breakfasts (Bx1), three lunches (Lx1), five dinners (Dx1)
Four nights in 3 star hotels, two nights on a felucca (oriental sailboat)
Two nights aboard sleeping cabin overnight train from Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo
Fully guided tours with an English speaking Egyptologist at all major sites


What's Excluded
Entrance fees are not charged in advance to add flexibility to your tour
Drinks, phone calls, laundry, tips and any other items of a personal nature

Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive to Cairo

Welcome to the beginning of your adventure in Egypt

Day 02: Giza & Memphis

Visit to the ancient capital city of Memphis, Saqqara & the Great Pyramids of Giza

Day 03: Aswan

Visit to Philae Temple, High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

Day 04: Aswan & Felucca

Felucca sailing around the Elephantine & Kitchener Islands

Day 05: Felucca

Felucca sailing around the Elephantine & Kitchener Islands

Day 06: Kom Ombo, Edfu & Luxor

Visit to the Temples of Kom Ombo, Edfu & Luxor

Day 07: Luxor

Explore the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple & Karnak Temple

Day 08: Cairo

Visit to the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel and the Coptic Area

Day 09: Departure

Airport transfer

Map of Tour

Day 01: Arrive to Cairo

Welcome to the beginning of your adventure in Egypt. You will have a Scarab Egypt representative greet you at the airport once you are finished with customs and have collected your baggage. Following transfer to your hotel you will have some time to relax over a welcome drink.

Overnight in Cairo hotel

Day 02: Giza & Memphis

The day will begin with a trip to the ancient capital city Memphis. Founded around 3100 BC, Memphis has now been transformed into an open air museum for your viewing pleasure. Afterwards, we’ll make the short trip to see Saqqara. This ancient burial ground served as the necropolis for Memphis. Later you will be taken to the most famous wonderland in the world, The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The largest of the three, The Great Pyramid of Khufu, is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to remain largely intact. This evening you will catch the overnight train to Aswan.

Overnight aboard sleeping cabin train
Bx1, Dx1

Day 03: Aswan

A Scarab Egypt representative will greet you at the train station upon arrival for transfer and check-in to the hotel. To begin you will be taken to visit the temple of Philae, a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, you will visit the immense and very scenic High Dam. Finally your day will be wrapped up with a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk. This abandoned work of art offers unusual insights into ancient Egyptian stone-working techniques, with marks from workers' tools still clearly visible.

Overnight in Aswan hotel
Bx1

Day 04: Aswan & Felucca

This afternoon you will set sail aboard a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat which serves as the preferred method of transportation along the River Nile. Your course will be set to sail around the Kitchener and Elephantine Islands.

Overnight aboard felucca
Bx1 Lx1 Dx1

Day 05: Felucca

Today you can relax and enjoy the sunshine as you spend the day sailing and relaxing on the felucca. Go for a swim, sunbathe and enjoy a few drinks as the felucca plies its way down the magnificent Nile River.

Overnight aboard felucca
BX1, LX1, DX1

Day 06: Kom Ombo, Edfu & Luxor

Prepare for a fresh start at 7 AM with breakfast and a drive to Kom Ombo. Journeying onward you will visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, en-route to the ancient capital of Thebes. Over 4000 years old, Thebes (Luxor) is a living museum and the jewel in Egypt's archaeological crown. This evening we tour Luxor Temple - majestically illuminated by thousands of spotlights. Shafts of artificial light stream from the mammoth columns and intricately carved lintels highlight the architectural brilliance of the temple. Luxor Temple is one of only a few temples open for night time viewing and easily becomes many travelers' favourite.

Overnight in Luxor hotel
BX1

Day 07: Luxor

The West Bank at Luxor is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. You will start with a visit to the Valley of the Kings where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. Afterwards you will make the short trip to Hatshepsut’s Temple, designed by the architect Senemut. You will be taken to see the Colossi of Memnon which was erected around 1350 BC, and finally you’ll visit the colossal Temple of Karnak. Lose yourself in the stone-columned Hypostyle Hall and go crazy with your camera. This evening you will catch the overnight train to Cairo.
Overnight aboard sleeping cabin train
Bx1, Dx1

Day 08: Cairo

Upon arrival to Cairo you will find a Scarab Egypt Representative waiting to transfer you to the hotel for check-in. This afternoon you will be taken to the Egyptian Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamen. Later, you will visit the Citadel - home to Egyptian rulers for nearly 700 years. Afterwards, we explore many attractions in the old Coptic area including the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue (the Jewish Temple).

Overnight in Cairo hotel
Bx1

Day 09: Departure

After breakfast and check-out you will be taken to the airport for your departure. Your tour is finished but we hope to see you again on your next adventure!

Bx1

Tour Policies

We only accept the following currencies; GBP, USD, LE (Egyptian Pound)

Your tour can start on any day however confirmation in advance is required

Prices are increased by 20% during the high season (December-January & April)

To ensure availability, we request that you confirm your tour a minimum of one week in advance

You may cancel your tour up to one week before the starting date, however deposits are non refundable

The tour price is GBP £445 per person, based on double occupancy. There is a £145 single supplement charge

Travel Tips

Visa

For most nationalities, the visa may be purchased upon arrival to Cairo International Airport, prior to entering the lineup for customs control. The visa costs $15 USD per person. Once purchased, you may proceed to a customs officer. Please check with your local Egyptian embassy whether you will need a visa arranged prior to departing your country of origin.

When to go?

The best time to visit Egypt depends on where you want to go. Generally speaking, winter (December to February) is the tourist high season and summer (June to August) is the low season in all parts of the country except on the coasts, and to a lesser degree in Cairo. Hotel prices reflect this. Weather-wise, June to August is unbearable almost anywhere south of Cairo, especially around Luxor and Aswan, where daytime temperatures soar up to 40\*C. Summer in Cairo is almost as hot, and the combination of heat, dust, pollution, noise and crush makes walking the city streets a real test of endurance. On the other hand, a scorching sun might be exactly what's wanted for a week or two of slow roasting on the beaches of southern Sinai, the Alexandrian coast or the Red Sea - just be prepared to fight for hotel rooms with locals on their summer holidays and Gulf Arabs escaping the even greater heat in their home countries.

When visiting somewhere such as Luxor, winter is easily the most comfortable time. Cairo isn't quite as pleasant, with often overcast skies and chilly evenings, while up on the Mediterranean coast Alexandria is subject to frequent downpours resulting in flooded, muddy streets. Even Sinai's beaches are a little too chilly for sunbathing in January. The happiest compromise for an all-Egypt trip is to visit in spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November).

Throughout Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, many cafes and restaurants are closed during the day, while bars cease business completely for the duration. Offices also operate at reduced and very erratic hours

Electricity

220V

50Hz

Electrical Plugs

European plug with two circular metal pins

 

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