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Egypt The Majestic Nile


Route:
  • UK
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Luxor
  • UK
Tour Pace:

10 DAYS from £1049pp

Tour Highlights
  • Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the mighty Sphinx
  • See Tutankhamen's golden mask at the Cairo Museum
  • Embark on a 7-night cruise along the Nile visiting riverside cities and ruins along the way
  • Explore the temple complexes of Karnak in Luxor
  • See Aswan from a traditional 'felucca' boat
  • Enjoy a day trip to the Aswan's colourful botanical garden

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Egypt The Majestic Nile

Ancient shrines adorned with hieroglyphics and vast temple complexes built for the gods lie beside the iconic archaeological wonders of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, a country rich in history, mysticism and centuries-old culture. Explore the famed sights of Cairo before sailing the world's longest river on a scenic 7-night Nile River cruise, visiting the incredible temples of Luxor, the sacred memorial of Hatshepsut and the atmospheric ruins of Aswan on this 10-day journey across land, desert and water.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Cairo

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Cairo. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Cairo, Egypt's lively capital. Enjoy the remainder of the day free to unwind or explore the neighbourhood around the hotel.

2
Cairo

The past and present intertwine in Cairo, a sprawling city on the banks of the Nile that is home to both ancient sites and modern, high-rise districts. African in location but Middle Eastern in its cultural leanings, Egypt's traditions, food and history offer a unique experience as you embark on today's full-day city tour. Gain a fascinating insight into the city's sights and past as a professional Egyptology guide leads the way, with your first stop at the mighty Giza Pyramids. Inspiring movies, books and conspiracy theories, these six iconic pyramids tower over the desert landscape, with the Great Pyramid standing taller than the Statue of Liberty. Explore these amazingly constructed structures, built using techniques beyond their time, then marvel at the massive half-lion, half-human form of the Sphinx, as it guards the temples and tombs of Ancient Egypt. Travel onward to the Egyptian Museum and wander the treasure trove of artefacts under its roof, including Tutankhamen's gleaming golden mask. Return to your hotel after a full day of sightseeing for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
3
Cairo to Luxor

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight from Cairo to Luxor, your departure point for your thrilling Nile cruise. Check into your sailing vessel before an afternoon of sightseeing in Luxor. Known as the 'world's greatest open-air museum' for the multitude of age-old sites and ruins that lie within the city limits, Luxor rivals Cairo in its archaeological splendour. Your afternoon tour starts with a visit to the vast Karnak Temple complex - over 200 acres housing temples and sanctuaries adorned with intricate hieroglyphics. Continue on to the beautifully preserved Luxor Temple and explore the interior, statues and carvings of this religious site. Return to your ship for a night moored in Luxor.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
4
Nile River Cruise

This morning, drive to the west bank of Luxor, where the great valleys of Ancient Egypt's royalty are guarded by the massive twin statues of the Colossi of Memnon. Pass these gatekeepers of the valley then continue on to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a magnificent memorial temple built into the cliffs of this sacred valley. After time to explore this wonder, return to your vessel and sail onward to Edfu, a scenic cruise that allows you to take in life on the shores of the Nile. Pass through the Esna lock and sail through the night as you make your way to Edfu.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Nile River Cruise

Dock in Edfu in the early hours of the morning, in time for breakfast and a visit to the impressive Temple of Horus. Enter through the massive gateways of the temple, guarded by huge granite statues of Horus, and explore the halls and chambers of this colossal ode to the gods. Return to your ship for a day and night of cruising as you journey towards Aswan, passing the picturesque agricultural town of Kom Ombo along the way.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Nile River Cruise

Arrive in Aswan this morning and disembark for a chance to tour this colourful riverside city, nestled between water and desert. Start with a visit to the gigantic Aswan High Dam; the construction of this source of hydro-electricity required the movement of a number of nearby monuments to protect them from flooding. Continue on to the Unfinished Obelisk, a massive slab of granite that was carved but never erected, though it retains its status as the world's largest ancient obelisk. Travel to the river island of Agilkia and take in the splendid Temples of Philae, built by the cult of Isis in honour of the Egyptian goddess of health and marriage. Make your way back to your vessel, remaining for the night in the tranquil waters off Aswan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Nile River Cruise

Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace, perhaps taking in the rock-cut Tombs of the Nobles, the views from the hilltop Aga Khan Mausoleum or the fragrant spices, woven baskets and colourful robes of the city's souk. Alternatively, opt to visit Abu Simbel (at a fee), a series of temples intricately cut into a rocky cliff overlooking the Nile. After lunch, enjoy a unique sailing experience as you breathe in fresh river breezes during a ride on a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat which carries you to the botanical gardens of Kitchener's Island. Wander among palm fronds and exotic, brightly coloured blooms in this tranquil setting, returning to your ship for an overnight stay in Aswan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nile River Cruise

After breakfast, a free morning allows for your last shopping excursions or explorations in Aswan. After lunch, weigh anchor and sail north to Kom Ombo where you'll disembark for a trip to the impressive Temple of Kom Ombo. The temple is unique as it is dedicated to both Sorek, god of crocodiles, and Horus, god of the sky, with separate gateways and chapels for each god. The amazingly detailed etchings and carvings on the columns and walls of these temples are one of its most incredible features and a walk through the interior takes you into elaborately decorated chambers and passageways. In the early evening, depart for Edfu, arriving late tonight for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Nile River Cruise

Today offers a leisurely day of cruising as you depart Edfu bound for Luxor. Enjoy a day on board to soak in the sights on the river shores, lounge on the sun deck, take a dip in the swimming pool or relax on the deck with a cocktail. Round off a relaxing day of river cruising with tonight's last dinner on board, marking the end of your awe-inspiring Egyptian journey.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Luxor to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Luxor for your return flight via Cairo to the UK, or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into Egypt. British passport holders need a visa for visits of up to 30 days. You can get a visa on arrival by payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros; the visa fee is US$25 at approved bank kiosks within airport arrival halls, before reaching immigration counters. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destination's tourist board or embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 1 piece of hold luggage with each bag not exceeding 23kg. Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg and with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 118 cm (55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm). Should you wish to take additional luggage, you will need to pay extra at check-in. Please refer to the airline's website for further details and the most up-to-date information.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 1-2. If in the unlikely event there are less than 1-2 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

Your transfers will be with an English-Speaking Driver. During your excursion in Cairo, this will be with an English-Speaking Guide. On board your cruise you will have an English-Speaking guide who will accompany you during your included excursions. Your return airport transfers will be with an English-speaking driver.

Currency Information

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. However, cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300-£400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2018 Dates
09 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£1219SOLD OUT
23 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£1199SOLD OUT
06 Nov 201815 Nov 2018£1259Please call to book
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20 Nov 201829 Nov 2018£1239Please call to book
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04 Dec 201813 Dec 2018£1289Book Now
2019 Dates
29 Jan 201907 Feb 2019£1149Book Now
12 Feb 201921 Feb 2019£1129SOLD OUT
26 Feb 201907 Mar 2019£1229Book Now
12 Mar 201921 Mar 2019£1299Book Now
26 Mar 201904 Apr 2019£1259Book Now
30 Apr 201909 May 2019£1249Book Now
14 May 201923 May 2019£1049Book Now
28 May 201906 Jun 2019£1099Book Now
11 Jun 201920 Jun 2019£1149Book Now
25 Jun 201904 Jul 2019£1249Book Now
03 Sep 201912 Sep 2019£1349Book Now
17 Sep 201926 Sep 2019£1339Book Now
01 Oct 201910 Oct 2019£1339Book Now
15 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£1299Book Now
29 Oct 201907 Nov 2019£1279Book Now
12 Nov 201921 Nov 2019£1249Book Now
26 Nov 201905 Dec 2019£1249Book Now
10 Dec 201919 Dec 2019£1299Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary Changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving and sailing times.

May-September 2018 departures

Please note that from May to September 2018 the boat used on the cruise will be the 5-star Steinberger Minerva. For operational reasons, the order in which some of the sights are visited will be changed however the contents of the overall itinerary will remain identical.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Egyptian Pound

Average Flying time

5 - 6 hours

Min/Max temperature

14 °C / 34 °C

Spoken languages

Arabic, English.

What to pack
  • Warm clothes in case of cold weather
  • Insect repellant
  • Suncream and a hat
  • Comfortable shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses and plastic bags
  • Towel and swimsuit
  • Ruck sack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Travel plug adapter - the electricity supply on board the boat is 220 V. You will need a 2 round pin plug adapter
Tour Map
Egypt The Majestic Nile Route Map
Tour Dossiers
Extensions
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    Luxor City Stay

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Luxor City Stay
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  • UK
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
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  • UK

Explore more of Luxor's fascinating history and temples with an extended 2-night stay in this fascinating city on the banks of the Nile.

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Hurghada Beach Stay
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  • UK
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
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Hurghada, on Egypt's Red Sea coastline, is a resort famed for its stunning beaches and fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy 4-nights relaxing in Hurghada at the end of your tour with this extension.

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