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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.
Depart 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.
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.
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.
Cross over to the west bank of Luxor, where you will visit the Valley of the Kings, Ancient Egypt's royalty. Take an optional hot air balloon ride over Luxor (payable locally) 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.
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.
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.
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, a series of temples intricately cut into a rocky cliff overlooking the Nile or join a bird-watching excursion and visit to Nubian house (both payable locally)
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 deck with a cocktail.
This morning starts with a visit to the vast Karnak Temple complex - over 200 acres housing temples and sanctuaries adorned with intricate hieroglyphics. Return to your ship for lunch, before continuing to the beautifully preserved Luxor Temple and explore the interior, statues and carvings of this religious site.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Luxor for your return flight via Cairo to the UK
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.
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
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp 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.
Your initial flight is to Cairo International Airport with EgyptAir, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Your return flight is from Luxor International Airport, via Cairo, with EgyptAir.
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.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.
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.
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.
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. Your cruise and excursions are not exclusive to Mercury Holidays and will be shared with other travellers.
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.
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.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|06 May 2023||15 May 2023||€2127.00|
|13 May 2023||22 May 2023||€2127.00|
|20 May 2023||29 May 2023||€2183.00|
|27 May 2023||05 Jun 2023||€2183.00|
|03 Jun 2023||12 Jun 2023||€2015.00|
|10 Jun 2023||19 Jun 2023||€2127.00|
|17 Jun 2023||26 Jun 2023||€2116.00|
|24 Jun 2023||03 Jul 2023||€2015.00|
|01 Jul 2023||10 Jul 2023||€2351.00|
|08 Jul 2023||17 Jul 2023||€2351.00|
|15 Jul 2023||24 Jul 2023||€2463.00|
|22 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||€2743.00|
|29 Jul 2023||07 Aug 2023||€2463.00|
|05 Aug 2023||14 Aug 2023||€2463.00|
|12 Aug 2023||21 Aug 2023||€2463.00|
|19 Aug 2023||28 Aug 2023||€2463.00|
|26 Aug 2023||04 Sep 2023||€2463.00|
|02 Sep 2023||11 Sep 2023||€2183.00|
|09 Sep 2023||18 Sep 2023||€2317.00|
|16 Sep 2023||25 Sep 2023||€2127.00|
|23 Sep 2023||02 Oct 2023||€2127.00|
|30 Sep 2023||09 Oct 2023||€2351.00|
|07 Oct 2023||16 Oct 2023||€2351.00|
|14 Oct 2023||23 Oct 2023||€2743.00|
|21 Oct 2023||30 Oct 2023||€2575.00|
|28 Oct 2023||06 Nov 2023||€2351.00|
|04 Nov 2023||13 Nov 2023||€2351.00|
|11 Nov 2023||20 Nov 2023||€2239.00|
|18 Nov 2023||27 Nov 2023||€2239.00|
|25 Nov 2023||04 Dec 2023||€2239.00|
|02 Dec 2023||11 Dec 2023||€2351.00|
|06 Jan 2024||15 Jan 2024||€2519.00|
|13 Jan 2024||22 Jan 2024||€2631.00|
|20 Jan 2024||29 Jan 2024||€2519.00|
|27 Jan 2024||05 Feb 2024||€2519.00|
|03 Feb 2024||12 Feb 2024||€2519.00|
|10 Feb 2024||19 Feb 2024||€2519.00|
|17 Feb 2024||26 Feb 2024||€2519.00|
|24 Feb 2024||04 Mar 2024||€2519.00|
|02 Mar 2024||11 Mar 2024||€2519.00|
|09 Mar 2024||18 Mar 2024||€2519.00|
|16 Mar 2024||25 Mar 2024||€2519.00|
|23 Mar 2024||01 Apr 2024||€2519.00|
|30 Mar 2024||08 Apr 2024||€2967.00|
|20 Apr 2024||29 Apr 2024||€2407.00|
|27 Apr 2024||06 May 2024||€2743.00|
|04 May 2024||13 May 2024||€2295.00|
|11 May 2024||20 May 2024||€2295.00|
|18 May 2024||27 May 2024||€2295.00|
|25 May 2024||03 Jun 2024||€2295.00|
|01 Jun 2024||10 Jun 2024||€2183.00|
|08 Jun 2024||17 Jun 2024||€2071.00|
|15 Jun 2024||24 Jun 2024||€2071.00|
|22 Jun 2024||01 Jul 2024||€2183.00|
|29 Jun 2024||08 Jul 2024||€2575.00|
|06 Jul 2024||15 Jul 2024||€2575.00|
|13 Jul 2024||22 Jul 2024||€2687.00|
|20 Jul 2024||29 Jul 2024||€2911.00|
|27 Jul 2024||05 Aug 2024||€2687.00|
|03 Aug 2024||12 Aug 2024||€2687.00|
|10 Aug 2024||19 Aug 2024||€2631.00|
|17 Aug 2024||26 Aug 2024||€2687.00|
|24 Aug 2024||02 Sep 2024||€2631.00|
|31 Aug 2024||09 Sep 2024||€2295.00|
|07 Sep 2024||16 Sep 2024||€2295.00|
|14 Sep 2024||23 Sep 2024||€2295.00|
|21 Sep 2024||30 Sep 2024||€2295.00|
|28 Sep 2024||07 Oct 2024||€2575.00|
|05 Oct 2024||14 Oct 2024||€2631.00|
|12 Oct 2024||21 Oct 2024||€2911.00|
|19 Oct 2024||28 Oct 2024||€2743.00|
|26 Oct 2024||04 Nov 2024||€2631.00|
|02 Nov 2024||11 Nov 2024||€2519.00|
|09 Nov 2024||18 Nov 2024||€2407.00|
|16 Nov 2024||25 Nov 2024||€2407.00|
|23 Nov 2024||02 Dec 2024||€2407.00|
|30 Nov 2024||09 Dec 2024||€2631.00|
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.
5 - 6 hours
14 °C / 34 °C
Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.
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