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Monday
22 October
9:00am - 7:30pm
Tuesday
23 October
9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday
24 October
9:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday
25 October
9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday
26 October
9:00am - 7:30pm
Saturday
27 October
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
28 October
10:00am - 4:00pm
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For years Egypt and its sites have been depicted in many books and films, but to truly appreciate its magnificence and splendour it has to be experienced firsthand floating on the longest river in the world - the Nile.

Africa, Egypt, Luxor, Karnak temple

Why Go?

  • Experience the ‘Land of the Pharaohs’
  • Travel along the longest river in the world
  • A treasure trove of Egyptian antiquities
  • Fascinating sites
  • Guided tours of mighty temples
  • Learn about historic legends
  • Cruising from Luxor to Aswan
  • Full board, onboard the MS Iberotel Crown Empress
  • Gain an insight into local culture

It's almost as if we step back in time as we cruise along this enchanting river. We cover the Egyptian stretch between Luxor and Aswan encompassing a treasure trove of Egyptian antiquities, many fascinating sites and historic legends. There are guided tours of mighty temples, such as Karnak and Luxor, plus the tombs of the Valley of the Kings. During the cruise there is also an opportunity to visit mesmerising Abu Simbel.

 

 Luxor - Esna

After breakfast and our welcome meeting our sightseeing begins of some of the amazing East Bank sites: the wonderful Temple of Luxor with its giant columns and avenue of sphinxes and the enormous complex of Karnak, as seen in James Bond, 'The Spy Who Loved Me' amongst many other films. We sail on towards Esna this evening.

 

Esna – Edfu - Kôm Ombo

Upon arrival in Edfu we have the option to visit mighty Edfu Temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. From here we sail on to Kôm Ombo and overnight.

 

Kôm Ombo - Aswan

Our sightseeing includes a visit to the magnificent Temple of Kôm Ombo, dedicated to falcon and crocodile gods followed by cruising leisurely towards Aswan. Upon arrival we take a tour of the Philae Temple complex on Agilika Island.

 

Aswan - Abu Simbel (optional tour)

A free day in Nubian-influenced Aswan, with time to visit the fascinating markets or take an optional excursion to the great Temple of Abu Simbel. This impressive temple is home to the four 60ft high seated figures of Pharaoh Ramses II. In the afternoon we sail on a felucca boat, passing by a botanical garden and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.

 

Aswan - Luxor

Day on board to relax and watch the stunning scenery sail by as we cruise back to Luxor.

 

Luxor

West Bank sightseeing of the Necropolis of Thebes, including the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon statues.

 

Optional Excursions:*

  • Visit to the Temple of Abu Simbel
  • Edfu Temple
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Temple of Medinet Habu
    * Subject to availability

Iberotel Crown Empress or similar ★★★★★

Measuring approximately 110m in length and impressive from the outset, our ship is elegant, personal and luxurious. Sit back and relax as we are entertained on board.

 

Cabins Include

Our cabins are located on the main deck and all feature large panoramic windows, private facilities, air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini fridge, safe and hairdryer.

 

Facilities Include

Extensive facilities to enjoy when we are not out sightseeing include a bar and lounge, restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, sun deck with swimming pool and pool bar, steam bath, sauna and steam bath, fitness equipment, beauty salon, Jacuzzi, laundry service and internet (charges may apply for some services). Afternoon tea is also served on the sun deck.

 

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Luxor 16°C Feb, 26°C April

 

Approx. Flight Time

6 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

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Useful Information

Visas

British passport holders travelling to Egypt normally need a visa.

You can get a visa online at Visa2Egypt. Tourist visas granted using the e-visa system are valid for a maximum of 3 months. Although it’s still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, it’s better to get one before you travel.

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. Visas granted on arrival are valid for a maximum of 30 days. There’s no need to buy a visa from an agent. In many cases agents will charge more than US$25 for a visa. If you’re harassed by an agent, report the incident to the tourist police in the airport terminal.

You may also get a visa from an Egyptian Consulate outside of Egypt before you travel. If you’re entering Egypt for work or business it is preferable to get a visa before you travel.

British nationals travelling to Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts for up to 15 days receive a free entry permission stamp upon arrival. If you intend to travel out of these areas or stay longer than 15 days, you must get a visa.

If you have travelled to one of the South Sinai Red Sea resorts, entered without a visa and your plans have changed, you can normally purchase a visa at Sharm el Sheikh Airport to allow you to travel elsewhere.

Applications for visa extensions should be made at Egyptian Passport and Immigration Offices. You may have difficulties leaving Egypt with an out of date visa. You will not normally be allowed to leave without paying a fine if your visa is out of date by more than 14 days.

For further information and enquiries, contact the Egyptian Consulate in London.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt.

Transfer time

The transfer time for the main tour between Luxor Airport and the Iberotel Crown Empress 5* or similar is approximately 30 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Gratuities

We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £30.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Included programme

A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.

Dress code

The dress code for during the day is casual. In the evenings the dress code is smart with gentlemen requested to wear a shirt and tie. Comfortable shoes for walking and sightseeing are recommended.

NB: A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts.

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Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
11 Feb 2019 18 Feb 2019 7 All Ages £ 1529 BOOK
29 Apr 2019 06 May 2019 7 All Ages £ 1529 BOOK

What's Included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Luxor with Egyptair & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double cabin for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Luxor & Karnak Temples
  • Necropolis of Thebes including Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & the Colossi of Memnon
  • Temples of Kôm Ombo & Philae
  • Felucca ride from Aswan
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here.
  • Egyptian visa – currently $25
  • Drinks & crew gratuities
  • Upgrade to a Higher Deck, please call.

 

 

 

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