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Hurghada Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Luxor
  • Hurghada
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £259pp

Tour Highlights
  • Relax at a Red Sea Beach Resort
  • Embark on a 7-night cruise along the Nile, visiting riverside cities and ruins along the way
  • Full-day tour of Cairo led by a professional Egyptology guide
  • The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and Tutankhamun's golden mask
  • The Temples of Horus, Karnak, Kom Ombo and Philaee
  • See Aswan from a traditional 'felucca' boat
  • The Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor

Extension from £259pp

Tour + Extension from £1658pp

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Hurghada Beach Stay

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.

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.

  • Dinner
2
Cairo

The past and present intertwine in Cairo. 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 golden mask. The mask is one of the most well-known works of art in the world of the 18th century ancient Egyptian 'Boy King' Pharaoh Tutankhamun who reigned 1332-1323 BC. 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 majestic Nile cruise. Check into your sailing vessel before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
4
Nile River Cruise

This morning starts with a visit to the vast Karnak Temple complex - over 200 acres housing temples and sanctuaries adorned with intricate hieroglyphics. Return back to your ship for lunch, before continuing to the beautifully preserved Luxor Temple and explore the interior, statues and carvings of this religious site.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Nile River Cruise

Cross over to the west bank of Luxor, where you will visit the Valley of the Kings, Ancient Egypt's royalty. From here continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a magnificent memorial temple built into the cliffs of this sacred valley. En route back to your vessel, stop at the Colossi of Memnon, massive twin statues, the gatekeepers of the valley. Enjoy lunch back onboard the boat, and sail onward to Edfu, a scenic cruise that allows you to take in life on the shores of the Nile.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
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 the second largest temple in Egypt and well known as the most beautiful and well-preserved of all the Egyptian temples. 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. After returning from your morning excursion, weigh anchor and sail north to Kom Ombo where you'll disembark for a trip to the 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. Return to your ship and journey towards Aswan for an overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Nile River Cruise

After breakfast, disembark 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. 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. Make your way back to your vessel, remaining for the night in the tranquil waters off Aswan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nile River Cruise

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax or explore Aswan at your own pace, perhaps taking in the rock-cut Tombs of the Nobles which are nestled in the foothills and consist of more than 400 tombs belonging to nobles from the 6th dynasty to the Graeco-Roman period or why not embrace 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. This afternoon, there is an optional bird-watching excursion and visit to Nubian house. (Optional Excursions are available at a fee and can be booked onboard your cruise).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Nile River Cruise

Today offers a leisurely day of cruising, as you sail downstream to Edfu, bound for Luxor, passing through the Esna lock. 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 Explore the famed sights of Cairo before sailing the world's longest river on a scenic 7-night Nile River cruise, visiting the temples of Luxor, the sacred memorial of Hatshepsut and the ruins of Aswan. 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

  • Breakfast
11

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 steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

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 UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
05 Sep 202018 Sep 2020£259£1629£1888Book Now
12 Sep 202025 Sep 2020£259£1599£1858Book Now
19 Sep 202002 Oct 2020£259£1569£1828Book Now
26 Sep 202009 Oct 2020£259£1599£1858Book Now
03 Oct 202016 Oct 2020£259£1729£1988Book Now
10 Oct 202023 Oct 2020£259£1749£2008Book Now
17 Oct 202030 Oct 2020£259£1999£2258Book Now
24 Oct 202006 Nov 2020£269£1849£2118Book Now
31 Oct 202013 Nov 2020£269£1719£1988Book Now
07 Nov 202020 Nov 2020£269£1619£1888Book Now
14 Nov 202027 Nov 2020£269£1589£1858Book Now
21 Nov 202004 Dec 2020£269£1589£1858Book Now
28 Nov 202011 Dec 2020£269£1619£1888Book Now
05 Dec 202018 Dec 2020£269£1619£1888Book Now
2021 DATES
02 Jan 202115 Jan 2021£269£1729£1998Book Now
09 Jan 202122 Jan 2021£269£1699£1968Book Now
16 Jan 202129 Jan 2021£269£1749£2018Book Now
23 Jan 202105 Feb 2021£269£1669£1938Book Now
30 Jan 202112 Feb 2021£269£1669£1938Book Now
06 Feb 202119 Feb 2021£269£1669£1938Book Now
13 Feb 202126 Feb 2021£269£1669£1938Book Now
20 Feb 202105 Mar 2021£259£1699£1958Book Now
27 Feb 202112 Mar 2021£259£1729£1988Book Now
06 Mar 202119 Mar 2021£259£1749£2008Book Now
13 Mar 202126 Mar 2021£259£1749£2008Book Now
03 Apr 202116 Apr 2021£259£2099£2358Book Now
10 Apr 202123 Apr 2021£259£1749£2008Book Now
17 Apr 202130 Apr 2021£259£1749£2008Book Now
24 Apr 202107 May 2021£259£1699£1958Book Now
01 May 202114 May 2021£259£1769£2028Book Now
08 May 202121 May 2021£259£1529£1788Book Now
15 May 202128 May 2021£259£1529£1788Book Now
22 May 202104 Jun 2021£259£1499£1758Book Now
29 May 202111 Jun 2021£259£1449£1708Book Now
05 Jun 202118 Jun 2021£259£1399£1658Book Now
12 Jun 202125 Jun 2021£259£1449£1708Book Now
19 Jun 202102 Jul 2021£259£1499£1758Book Now
26 Jun 202109 Jul 2021£279£1599£1878Book Now
03 Jul 202116 Jul 2021£279£1729£2008Book Now
10 Jul 202123 Jul 2021£279£1729£2008Book Now
17 Jul 202130 Jul 2021£279£1899£2178Book Now
24 Jul 202106 Aug 2021£289£2099£2388Book Now
31 Jul 202113 Aug 2021£289£1899£2188Book Now
07 Aug 202120 Aug 2021£289£1899£2188Book Now
14 Aug 202127 Aug 2021£289£1839£2128Book Now
21 Aug 202103 Sep 2021£279£1869£2148Book Now
28 Aug 202110 Sep 2021£269£1799£2068Book Now
04 Sep 202117 Sep 2021£269£1629£1898Book Now
11 Sep 202124 Sep 2021£269£1599£1868Book Now
18 Sep 202101 Oct 2021£269£1569£1838Book Now
25 Sep 202108 Oct 2021£269£1599£1868Book Now
02 Oct 202115 Oct 2021£269£1729£1998Book Now
09 Oct 202122 Oct 2021£269£1749£2018Book Now
16 Oct 202129 Oct 2021£269£1999£2268Book Now
23 Oct 202105 Nov 2021£289£1849£2138Book Now
30 Oct 202112 Nov 2021£289£1729£2018Book Now
06 Nov 202119 Nov 2021£289£1629£1918Book Now
13 Nov 202126 Nov 2021£289£1599£1888Book Now
20 Nov 202103 Dec 2021£289£1599£1888Book Now
27 Nov 202110 Dec 2021£289£1629£1918Book Now
04 Dec 202117 Dec 2021£289£1629£1918Book 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.

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.

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Cairo

Luxor

Aswan

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
  • Rucksack 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
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