Jewel of the Nile

Jewel of the Nile

Enjoy a five star Egyptian adventure, Stay in one of Cairo’s smartest hotels and cruise ...
Jewel of the Nile
10 Day(s)

Egypt Nile Cruise Jewel of the Nile Tour Package Highlight:

The Egyptian Museum

Pyramids

Sphinx

Sakkara

 Valley of the Kings

Hatshepsut Temple

Colossi of Memnon

Karnak Temples

Luxor Temple

Edfu Temple by Horse Carriage

 Kom Ombo Temple

Philae Temple

The High Dam

The Unfinished Obelisk

Felucca Ride in Aswan around the Islands

 

Short Itinerary:

Day

Schedule Sleeping in Meals

1

Arrive Cairo Cairo Welcome Drink

2

Egyptian Museum Cairo Breakfast

3

Pyramids – Sphinx –   Sakkara Sleeper Train Breakfast – Dinner

4

Valley of the Kings –   Hatshepsut Temple – Colossi of Memnon Nile Cruise Boat Breakfast – Lunch –   Dinner

5

Karnak Temple – Luxor   Temple

Nile Cruise Boat

Breakfast – Lunch –   Dinner

6

Edfu TempleKom   Ombo Temple

Nile Cruise Boat

Breakfast – Lunch –   Dinner

7

Philae Temple – the   High Dam –  the  Unfinished Obelisk – Felucca Ride

Nile Cruise Boat

Breakfast – Lunch –   Dinner

8

Aswan Free Day –   Optional Tours to Abu Simbel Temples Sleeper Train Breakfast – Dinner

9

Free Day to explore   Cairo in Your own way Cairo Breakfast

10

Transfer to Cairo   Airport, Ends of the Tour.    —— Breakfast

 

Full Itinerary:

Day 1:

Welcome to Egypt and the start of a wonderful holiday! Arrive Cairo airport, meet and greet service and included transfer to 5 stars Hotel, located at the foot of the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Overnight in Cairo (No-Meal included)

 

Day 2: Egyptian Museum

We start with the dazzling antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. Amongst the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamen. This afternoon offers free time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or join us for an optional city tour visiting old Cairo and the Islamic citadel.

Overnight in Cairo(Meals Included; Breakfast)

 

Day 3: Pyramids of Giza – Sphinx – Sakkara

Cairo – Luxor. Today we visit Egypt’s most loved sight – The Great Pyramids of Giza. We explore the Giza plateau, pyramids and massive lion-headed Sphinx. Later, we tour Sakkara – an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid. Tonight we take an overnight sleeper cabin train south to Luxor.

If you don’t fancy travelling by overnight sleeper train, option to undertake the journey by flight with our Jewel of the Nile flight Upgrade. The option includes air travel between Cairo – Luxor and Aswan – Cairo with two nights’ accommodation in the comfort of 5 star hotels.

Overnight Sleeper Train (Meals Included; Breakfast – Dinner)

 

Day 4: Valley of the Kings – Hatshepsut Temple – Colossi of Memnon

Luxor. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon is the first monuments you’ll see during our morning visit to the West Bank – home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. You’ll also see the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor for check-in on board our Nile 5 star cruiser. Lunch at leisure and time to relax and enjoy the cruise facilities. In the evening there is Opportunity to see the Dramatic Historical Talk if you that option to Sound and Lights at Karnak Temple enjoy an enchanting time at one of Egypt’s finest outdoor spectacles at Karnak Temple. Here the history of the great Pharaohs of the 18th and 19th dynasties is narrated with dramatic sound and light effects. Walking through the darkened temple to the sacred lake, the ancient history of this awe inspiring temple complex will come alive.

Note: Dependent upon Nile Cruiser scheduling it may be required that we also undertake our excursion to Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple in this afternoon of that day. Should this occur, day 5 will be spent at leisure.

Overnight- Nile Cruise Boat (Meals Included; Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

 

Day 5: Luxor and Nile Cruising

Luxor – Nile cruising. At over 4,000 years old, Luxor is a living museum! Look down upon the ancient city to discover Luxor from the sky if you take that that option to join us on an early morning Hot Air Ballooning Excursion.

Later we tour the East Bank of Luxor, taking in the Temple of Luxor – built by Pharaoh Amenophis III and the magnificent Temple of Karnak. More than a temple, it’s a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods. Anchors away this afternoon as we sail downstream to Esna and then you will set sail to Edfu. Overnight- Nile Cruise Boat ( Meals Included; Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

 

Day 6: EdfuKom Ombo and Nile Cruising

Nile Cruise – Edfu – Kom Ombo. Have short excursion by Horse Carriage to visit Edfu Temple; it lies in Edfu town, around 110 km north of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile. It dates back to the Ptolemaic period. It was dedicated to the worship of god Horus represented as a falcon. It is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure that blends Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Its grandeur competes with Luxor temples. It is the second largest temple after Karnak. It also houses the Nilometer and a huge pylon at the entrance. It was discovered in 1860 by the famous archaeologist Mariette. On its walls are reliefs which depict the history of Ptolemy’s and reflect religious belief and art style of the period. Then you will set sail to Kom Ombo. See Kom Ombo Temple; The double temple dedicated to the two gods Horus and the crocodile god Sobek. The temple lies in a spectacular position by the river Nile. Arrive Aswan late evening. Overnight- Nile Cruise Boat (Meals Included; Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

 

Day 7: Philae Temple – the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk

Nile cruiser – Aswan. Today, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple – dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies and the Romans up to 3rd century AD built most of the existing structures. In danger of being completely submerged by the rising water of Lake Nasser, in 1972 UNESCO stepped in and an 8-year rescue effort was undertaken to relocate the entire temple 20m higher on nearby Agilika Island. Than a visit to the High Dam which built in 1971 to keeps Egypt safe from the annual flood. Also the Unfinished Obelisk (the Granite Quarries from where the pharaohs cut many of their huge obelisks), Take a felucca Ride to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt’s southern most town straddling the River Nile.

Overnight- Nile Cruise Boat (Meals Included; Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

 

Day 8: Aswan

Aswan – Cairo. Check out of your cabin by 08:00 AM. Early in the morning you can join the optional trip to Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive ancient sights of Egypt. Or time to relax. Late this afternoon, we board the overnight sleeper train for our journey back to Cairo. A light dinner is served on board.

Overnight- Sleeper Train (Meals Included; Breakfast – Dinner)

 

Day 9: Cairo

Breakfast in your cabin, upon arriving to Cairo, transfer and check in. Today is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or further explore Cairo your own way. Overnight – Cairo (Meals Included; Breakfast)

 

Day 10:

Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to Cairo Airport.

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per Person per Package.

Seasons and Rates Single Double Triple
Winter Season start from 01/10 To 30/04 $2448
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Summer Season start from 01/05 To 30/09 $2188
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$1599
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$1509
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Easter Season start from 24 /03 To 08 /04 $2708
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$1999
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$1909
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Christmas & New Year start from 18/12 To 07/01 $2708
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$1999
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$1909
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Tour Prices Inclusions

Airport Arrival Transfer in Day 1

Brief meeting in the arrival Day

All transfers by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle or buses

Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo including bed and breakfast at 5 Stars Hotel

Accommodation for 1 night on sleeper train on half board basis (Dinner and Breakfast / Cairo – Luxor )

Accommodation for 1 night on sleeper train on half board basis ( Dinner and Breakfast / Aswan – Cairo )

Accommodation for 4 nights on a 5 star Nile cruise Boat on full board basis

All the bellow sightseeing tours and transfers sharing in Egypt Easy Trip group

Tour to the Egyptian Museum

Tour to Pyramids, Sphinx and Sakkara

Transfer to Giza Railway Station in Day 3

Pick up from Luxor Railway Station in day 4

Tour to Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon

Tour to Karnak and Luxor Temples

Tour to Edfu Temple by Horse Carriage

Tour to Kom Ombo Temple

Tour to Philae Temple, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk

Felucca Ride in Aswan around the Islands

Transfer from Nile Cruise to Aswan Railway Station in Day 8

Services of experienced Egyptologist Tour Guide joined you in the Sightseeing Excursions

Entrance fees to the above mentioned sites

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

Airport departure Transfer in Day 10

All service charges and taxes

 

Tour Prices Exclusions

Any flights and visa

Any extras not mentioned in the program

Optional Excursions

Personal expenses.

Tipping

 

 

Tour Info

Tour Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights

Tour Departs: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Tour Starts in: Cairo

Tour Ends in: Cairo

Tour Attractions:

In Cairo:

Egyptian Museum – Pyramids of Giza – Sphinx and Sakkara

In Luxor:

Valley of the Kings – Hatshepsut Temple Colossi of Memnon – Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple

In Edfu:

Edfu Temple

In Kom Ombo:

Kom Ombo Temple

In Aswan:

Philae Temple – the High Dam – the Unfinished Obelisk and Felucca Ride in the Nile.

Children Policy:

Children till 5 years old will be Free for Accommodation sharing parent room for a maximum one Child

Children between 5 / 11 years old will be charge with 50% of total Package price as an adult (50% of Adult in Single Rate)

Children over 11 years old will be charge as an adult person

Accommodations:

In Cairo

3 Nights in 5 Stars Hotel in Cairo

In Nile Cruise

4 Nights in 5 Stars Deluxe Nile Cruise Boat

In Train

2 Nights in overnight Sleeper Train (Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo)

Meals:

Breakfasts

3 Breakfasts at Hotel in Cairo

4 Breakfasts at Nile Cruise Boat

2 Breakfasts at Sleeper Train

Lunches

4 Lunches at Nile Cruise Boat

Dinners

4 Dinners at Nile Cruise Boat

2 Dinners at Sleeper Train

Optional Excursions Prices if need it are Quoted per Person in American Dollar ($)

Sound & Lights Show at Pyramids includes transfers – Entrance Fees 45 US Dollars per person

City tour in Luxor by Horse carriage 20 US Dollars per person

Sound & Lights Show at Karnak Temple includes transfers – Entrance Fees 45 Dollars per person

Hot Air Balloon over Luxor 100 US Dollars per person

Abu Simbel by car includes transfers – Entrance Fees – Guide 125 US Dollars per person

Nubian Village in Aswan 45 US Dollars per person

Meal Require

If you require meals to be booked by us during your Tour in Day 2 – Day 3 – Day 8, Lunch or dinner per person per meal in Local restaurant excluding drinks: 15 USD$

P.S: all Meals Excluded Drinks except (Tea or Coffee or Juice with breakfast only) in Hotel or Nile Cruise Boat.

What is the budget of this Tour?

Dear Clients Please know that the tour price covers the services stated in the “Inclusions” section only and there are many other personal expenses which will occur during your trip are not included in the Tour prices such as Entrance fees, Optional Activities, Tipping etc … Please read bellow of this Page.

What you need?

Camera – Hat – Sun block – Comfortable Footwear – Swimwear

 

Gratuities and Tipping:

How much is the average Tipping and when to give it?

For The Hotel or Nile Cruise Crew:

On Average there are about 50 to 70 people working in the hotel or Nile Cruise boat. The Guest sees only 5 or 7 persons of the crew. So it is unfair to give tips to people that you see and forget other people. That’s why there is a rule in all hotels or Nile Cruises that Guest should not pay any tips for anyone during the hotel accommodation or the Nile Cruise Trip. All Tips must be given at the end of your trip. You put your tips in an envelope and write the amount on the back then leave it at the Reception of your hotel or Nile Cruise. All Tips will be collected from clients and divided to the whole hotel or Cruise Staff. This is a Fair solution for everyone.

The Tips is about 3 to 5 US$ Per Person per Night. For Example, if you are 2 Person and having a 4 Nights hotel accommodation or Nile Cruise your Tip Amount will be:

4 US$ x 4 Nights x 2 Person = 32 US$.

So you Leave 32 US$ in an Envelope at the Reception on the End of your hotel accommodation or Nile Cruise Trip.

 

For The Drivers, Representatives and Guides:

The following amounts are Recommended and on a Per Person Basis (in American Dollars USD).

Cairo Representative 3 to 5 US$

Luxor Representative 3 to 5 US$

Aswan Representative 3 to 5 US$

Guides 5 to 7 US$ (Per Day)

Drivers 3 US$ (Per Day)

Felucca Captain 2 – 3 US$

Horse Carriage in Edfu 2 US$

 

Please Note:

Tips are not an obligation on you. It is redemption for a good service. However wages in Egypt are very low. So most people depend on tips to survive, but this is not an excuse to give a bad service. If you feel that the person is not offering you a good service or stressing you to give him tips, DO NOT GIVE TIPS or REDUCDE THE AMOUNT. But please tell him why you did that. In most cases if you don’t give tips, people such as Driver, Cruise Staff, Felucca Captain or Carriage Car Driver will think that you gave the tips to your guide to give it to them and will start a Hard Talking with him about that and waste your time.

 

Egypt Money

Currency

Egyptian Pound (EGP; symbol E£) = 100 piastres. Notes are in denominations of E£200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 50 piastres and 25 piastres. Coins are in denominations of 25, 20, 10 and 5 piastres.

 

British pounds sterling, Euros and the US Dollar are accepted everywhere although change may be given in Egyptian pounds.

Currency Exchange

Available at banks, official bureaux de change and most hotels. Banks often have better exchange rates than bureaux de change or hotels. All common international currencies are accepted.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in all but the smallest hotels and restaurants throughout the country, except in the Western oases.

Traveler’s Cheques

These are becoming less useful now that international ATMs are prevalent throughout the country. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveler’s cheques in US Dollars, Euros or Pounds Sterling.

Currency Restrictions

The import and export of local currency is limited to Eâ£5,000. The import and export of foreign currency is limited to US$10,000 or equivalent.

Banking Hours

Sun-Thurs 0830-1400.

Exchange Rate Indicators: Kindly visit the website of the main bank in Egypt to see the update exchange rates.

http://www.nbe.com.eg

 

Shopping in Egypt

Books:

Throughout the years Egypt history has been a fascinating and intriguing subject to read about. Historians have revealed many aspects of Ancient Egyptian life and have written great books about Egypt. From Mystery to Facts you can browse through our collection of book titles and read reviews and go through sample pages of some books before you buy. The books titles about Ancient Egypt, Egyptian history, civilization and modern Egypt written by great Egyptian writers including Naguib Mahfouz, Taha Hussein and others

 

Khan el Khalili Markets in Cairo:

It is the place to buy typically oriental souvenirs and handmade crafts. Atmospheres of this traditional market with the labyrinth layout of the streets gives visitors allot of pleasure and impression what medieval markets once were like.

 

Papyrus:

Ancient Egyptians used papyrus as we use paper today. They registered their daily life on papyrus. Ancient artists used papyrus to paint beautiful scenes. Many pieces of papyrus painting were left by Ancient Egyptian artists. Papyrus painting makes a great gift. There is a collection of Egyptian papyrus paintings all colored by hand. Pictures Tutankhamun, Nefertiti, Cleopatra and scenes taken from walls of temples. Some of these scenes are : The funerary judgment scene, king Tutankhamun in a hunting trip with his wife, Akhenaton and Nefertiti worshipping Aton (the Sun) and more.

 

Ancient Egyptian silver jewelry, Hieroglyphic silver cartouches:

Women in Ancient Egypt loved to wear jewelry made of gold and silver. Egyptian Jewelry included pendants, necklaces and bracelets and other items. You can also buy a beautiful Egyptian cartouche of silver to hold the name in Hieroglyphics of your loved one. Silver pendants and charms of Nefertiti, Cleopatra and Tutankhamun, Horus eye and Ankh bracelets and rings are some jewelry items you can buy. you can have a name written in Hieroglyphics on a silver Egyptian cartouche which will make a wonderful gift.

 

Egyptian cotton T-shirts:

There are a collection of cool T-shirts made from 100% Egyptian cotton which is well known for its high quality. You can buy white or color T shirts or printed T shirts with ancient Egyptian pictures. You can also buy a custom picture printed cotton T-shirt. The high quality of Egyptian cotton Tee shirts are a great gift for holidays especially if they are personal with your friend’s name or picture. You can write your name in hieroglyphic on white Egyptian cotton t-shirts, you will love having your Hieroglyphic name printed on Egyptian cotton T-shirt.

 

Egyptian Islamic handicraft gifts:

Egypt has always been famous for its great Islamic art and craft works, silver pendants, copper and brass frames and engraved copperplates, silver plated frames and wood arts (frames, book holders, chairs and other home and office furniture) will be a wonderful gift for your friends.

 

Shisha, Egyptian water pipe:

Shisha is a very popular smoking tool in Egypt both by Egyptians and also by foreign tourist who sits at cafes and enjoy smoking and talking with Egyptians. Some people call it hookah, but the Egyptian water pipe correct name is “Shisha”. You can buy shisha to enjoy smoking or as a home decor.

 

Alabaster Stones:

The use of alabaster in Egypt dates well back into the Pharaonic period of Egyptian history, and this is very evident when one visits the temples, tombs and museums in Egypt. New pieces of alabaster from ancient Egypt seem to turn up constantly.

The ancient pharaohs used this wonderful material for many purposes, including household items, ritual objects, and for a number of different funerary purposes such as sarcophaguses and canopic equipment. Some of the finest ancient artifacts made from alabaster can be found in the Tutankhamun collection of the Egyptian museum, where we find a variety of different items made from this material.

Alabaster is a fine-grained, massive, translucent variety of gypsum, a hydrous calcium sulphate. It is pure white or streaked with reddish brown. Like all other forms of gypsum, alabaster forms by the evaporation of bedded deposits that are precipitated mainly from evaporating seawater. It is soft enough to be scratched with a fingernail and hence it is easily broken, soiled, and weathered. Because of its softness, alabaster is often carved for statuary and other decorative purposes. The often-used term “Oriental Alabaster” is a misnomer and actually refers to marble, a calcium carbonate, whereas gypsum is a calcium sulphate.

 

Perfume:

There are plenty of perfume shops in tourist areas of Egypt.

The perfume is mostly the same everywhere, or at least their components.

They may even be made in just a few places and then delivered to the shops.

IT IS NOT a modern perfume that could scent you for the day!

The perfume is beautiful and pleasant.

 

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