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Ancient Egypt: A Luxury Small Group Tour

Take an enchanting tour to visit the pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt on this once-in-a-lifetime 10-day, small-group tour (max 16 travellers), including a four-night, all-inclusive luxury cruise on the famous Nile. Stay in luxurious five-star accommodation – including Mena House which sits mere minutes from the Pyramids of Giza – as you uncover thousands of years of history. See the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the astounding Valley of the Kings – home to the tomb of Tutankhamun, the ruins of the ancient city of Memphis and other incredible sights. All this plus all internal flights, a tour of Abu Simbel, the services of expert local guides and more.

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From sweeping deserts to bustling cities, majestic temples to colourful souks, Egypt is full of charming locations just waiting for you to explore. This adventure takes you to a plethora of UNESCO Heritage-listed sites, including the Great Pyramid of Giza which stands as the last of the 'Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the towering Great Sphinx of Giza, the Valley of the Kings where Tutankhamun's mummified body was found and so much more. Best of all, you'll travel along the Nile River on a luxurious boat, enjoying onboard Egyptian themed costume parties, galas and unbeatable views of rural Egypt as you drift on by.

See the 'Itinerary' tab for more details.

The Majesty – Discover some of history’s oldest temples on visits to Giza, Thebes, The Valley of the Kings and more

Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient pyramids as you tour the Giza Plateau. Visit the Pyramids of Khafre and Chephren along with the awe-inspiring Great Pyramid of Giza – the last of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’.

On the west bank of the Nile, you’ll discover the UNESCO Heritage-listed Theban Necropolis and the majestic Valley of the Kings. This incredible site houses tombs of pharaohs and nobles dating between the 16th and 11th century BC, including that of the legendary Tutankhamun.

Come face-to-face with the mummified remains of Egyptian pharaohs at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Admire priceless artefacts dating 5,000 years across Egypt’s history, including treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

The Luxury – Stay in hotels with pyramid views and sail the Nile on a five-star ship

With a reputation for being one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, Mena Hotel is renowned for its historic antique furnishings and beaming views of the Pyramids of Giza. Enjoy beautiful sunrise and sunset views of the pyramids during your stay as you relax with hotel service fit for royalty.

Spend four nights sailing along the Nile River, the life-blood for the Egyptian people for millennia. Onboard, you’ll learn to craft traditional Egyptian dishes with guidance from a chef, celebrate over an Egyptian themed costume party, a ritzy gala dinner and more.

Lux Upgrade Package

Want the ultimate luxury experience with breathtaking views the whole way through? Upgrade to the Deluxe Package to enjoy upgraded rooms in your five-star accommodation and aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Enjoy out-of-this-world views of the Giza Plateau's ancient pyramids at Mena House, views across the famous river Nile at the Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo, and in a cabin on the premium, highest Promenade Deck aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV.

Your Package Includes

  • Five nights of luxury accommodation in five-star hotels, including the Mena House and Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City in Cairo.
  • A four-night luxury Nile cruise aboard the deluxe Sanctuary Sun Boat IV.
  • All-inclusive food prepared by award-winning chefs, plus complimentary mineral water, tea and American coffee with every meal during your cruise.
  • A barbecue on deck, guided sightseeing with an Egyptologist, a cocktail reception and a cooking lesson, during your cruise.
  • Onboard entertainment including a traditional Egyptian party, belly dancing, a lecture from an Egyptologist and complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Daily breakfasts and additional select meals throughout the rest of the tour as noted in the Itinerary.
  • All internal flights – including Cairo to Luxor, Aswan to Abu Simbel and back to Cairo.
  • All airport transfers and air-conditioned transport throughout.
  • The services of a local, English-speaking guide and entrance fees to all sightseeing listed.

Valid for select departure dates below:

13 April 2018

27 April 2018 - Lux Upgrade option SOLD OUT

14 September 2018 - TOUR SOLD OUT

28 September 2018 - TOUR SOLD OUT

12 October 2018 - TOUR SOLD OUT

9 November 2018 - TOUR SOLD OUT

7 December 2018 - Lux Upgrade option SOLD OUT

14 December 2018

4 January 2019 - Lux Upgrade option SOLD OUT

18 January 2019 - Lux Upgrade option SOLD OUT

8 February 2019 - Lux Upgrade option SOLD OUT

22 February 2019 - Lux Upgrade option SOLD OUT

8 March 2019** - TOUR SOLD OUT**

22 March 2019** - Lux Upgrade option SOLD OUT**

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Mena House, Cairo Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, Nile River Cruise Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City, Cairo

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this tour package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses are not included.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings has been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

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DAY 1 – Cairo Welcome to Cairo! Known as ‘the capital of the Arab world’, this lively city of 22 million inhabitants still proudly boasts its ancient heritage which is easily spotted in places like the antiquated Khan Al Khalili markets and the iconic Pyramids of Giza. At Cairo Airport, meet your local representative and transfer to Mena House, located just minutes from the famous Pyramids of Giza. From there on, spend the day at leisure, depending on your time of arrival. Why not start off your journey right by enjoying views of the Pyramids over a drink at the hotel? Accommodation: Mena House

DAY 2 – The Pyramids of Giza In the morning, experience the majesty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient pyramids as you tour the Giza Plateau. See the legendary Great Pyramid of Giza – the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – which is believed to have been constructed around 2560BC in the Fourth Dynasty, then press on to the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Chephren. Learn the fascinating history behind the pyramids, which were constructed as tombs for Egyptian pharaohs. Next, visit the Giza Solar Boat Museum, where the funerary ship created for Khufu (King Cheops) – which was buried at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza in around 2500BC – resides. Take in stunning frontal views of the Great Sphinx of Giza before the evening arrives, where you'll be able to reflect on today’s discoveries over dinner with your group. Accommodation: Mena House Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – Cairo Today you’ll be transferred to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient city of Memphis, which stands as an open-air museum in modern times. Continue to the ancient ground of Sakkara, used as a necropolis for all of Memphis, then wander through hundreds of tombs lying around the site. You’ll also visit the Pyramid of Djoser – build during the 27th-century BC for the burial of Pharoh Djoser himself. Accommodation: Mena House Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 – Luxor, Karnak & The Valley of the Kings Board a flight south for Luxor, home to the ancient city of Thebes. Spend the morning discovering the treasures of this fascinating city, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Karnak Temple open-air museum with its colossal Hypostyle Hall. Boasting 134 columns aligned in 16 rows which previously held up the roof, some of the hall’s columns sit over a towering 24 metres high. Next, step aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat IV to enjoy a spot of lunch before setting off to explore the west bank of the Nile. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Theban Necropolis burial site and Valley of the Kings, where the tombs of pharaohs and nobles were constructed over a period of almost 500 years between the 16th and 11th century BC. The site is home to the tomb of the legendary Tutankhamun, which was famously uncovered in 1922 by English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter. Next, stop at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut – one of the few female pharaohs – and the huge Colossi of Memnon statues, which are thought to have stood in the Theban Necropolis since 1350BC. Celebrate the end of a big day of exploration with a cocktail reception on board the ship in the evening. Accommodation: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5 – Nile Cruise & The Temple of Hathor Enjoy scenic views as you cruise north on the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, away from the other ships and busy crowds. See the Dendera Temple complex with its colossal Hathor Temple, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt with incredible carvings and hieroglyphs. Back on board the ship, enjoy the cruise back to Luxor to explore the east bank of the Nile. Return to the ancient city of Thebes and take in views of the incredible Luxor Temple, which is thought to have been in constructed in around 1400BC. See the Ramses II statues and the Colonnade 5 of Amenhotep III with its 14 columns, some 50 feet in height. Enjoy dinner on board with a belly dancing and whirling dervish show. Accommodation: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – Edfu to Kom Ombo Today begins at Edfu where you can discover the majestic Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. This incredibly well-preserved shrine, thought to have been built between 237 and 57BC, was once buried under desert sand and river silt from the Nile before being restored to its former glory. Next, reboard the ship for a fantastic local cooking lesson with the chef. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to disembark at Kom Ombo to visit the town’s double temple which was dedicated to two gods: the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris. The temple’s Crocodile Museum is home to the mummified remains of crocodiles who would have lived on the shore of the Nile in ancient times. Enjoy an ‘Egyptian Night’ costume party on board, where you’ll have to chance to dress up in a traditional Egyptian ‘galabeyya’ and feast on a lavish buffet of Egyptian fare. Accommodation: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7 – Aswan and the Philae Temple Today your cruise will continue to Aswan where you’ll board a motorized boat to Agilkia Island, home of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Philae temple complex. The temple complex was relocated from its original position to prevent it from flooding during the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the Nile, which controls floods, provides water for irrigation and generates hydroelectricity. Next, on to the granite quarries where you’ll see the fascinating Unfinished Obelisk, a huge stonemasonry project – nearly a third taller than any other erected Egyptian obelisk – which was started but never finished. Finish your day with a cruise around the Aswan islands in a traditional felucca boat (weather permitting), followed by a gala dinner back on board the ship during which white-gloved waiters will serve gourmet food (please note, a jacket is required). ACCOMMODATION: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 – Abu Simbel & Cairo Disembark the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV and fly to Abu Simbel for the next part of your Egyptian adventure. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nubian Monuments site, the two Abu Simbel temples were erected in honour of Ramesses II – one of the most celebrated pharaohs – and his queen Nefertari. The temple dedicated to the former (the Great Temple of Ramesses) features four huge 20-metre statues of the pharaoh on its façade. Like the temples of Philae, the sight becomes even more impressive when you consider these temples were painstakingly moved from their original position to save them from being submerged in water from Lake Nasser after the construction of the Aswan High Dam. After your sightseeing, you’ll take a flight back to Cairo where, after checking in at the hotel, the afternoon is at your leisure. Accommodation: Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 9 – Cairo Feast your eyes on the priceless artefacts of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities – including treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun – which date back across 5,000 years of Egypt’s history. See the famous Royal Mummies Halls, which is home to the mummified remains of Egyptian pharaohs. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before exploring the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan; a huge and ornate mosque which dates back to 1356AD and is thought to be one of the world’s largest. See the Bab al-Futuh, a twin-towered gateway within the old city walls before making your way to Khan el-Khalili bazaar, a rustic shopping strip that still retains its old world architecture. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of this colourful open-air market and haggle over fare including jewellery, leather goods, spices and vegetables. Enjoy a farewell dinner to finish your final day in style. Accommodation: Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 – Tour Ends Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals: Breakfast

Flights to Cairo depart daily from all major Australian cities with a minimum of one stop, usually in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha.

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 24 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

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We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone! The Mena house was superb. All the tour was great - a dream come true. Food was great, weather perfect. Nile cruise was absolutely fantastic and exceeded my expectations. This trip was one to make memories that will stay with me for a lifetime! Thank you!
- P&L Smith - 08th of December 2017
The tour was very professional and our tour leader Manal had an exceptional wealth of knowledge. The food offered on all days was excellent. The Sun Boat journey was very good, all staff and all food were of very high standards. We will definitely use Luxury Escapes again.
- B&H Vakas, 17 November 2017
Thank you for making this a most memorable experience. Manal's depth of knowledge and her patience and organisational skills made the tour special for us. We will tell all our friends to come and visit.
- P&M Notaras, 17 November 2017
Overall the tour was met and far exceeded our expectations. On my birthday a cake was made and they made me feel very special. Fun was had by all. You certainly do provide a "Luxury Escape"!
- A. McGuire, 27 October 2017
This was an excellently organised and run tour. Ahmed was so accomplished in meeting us and getting us all to our destinations. So relaxing knowing it was all taken care of. Hala was an amazing guide. Her knowledge was outstanding. 10/10 for both of them. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
- V. Roberts, 27 October 2017