Duration
13 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
18 Feb 2020
Destination
Egypt
Visiting some of the world’s oldest tourist attractions is not a holiday you’re likely to forget. This 13 Day Sunchaser Egypt Tour takes it up another notch again, with the once in a lifetime experience of the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel. King Ramses II had his grand temples and huge statues built in such a way that the sun’s rays aligned twice a year – his birthday and the date he took the throne. Conquer your bucket list with a 3-night 5 star Nile cruise, guided tour of Egyptian Museum and sightseeing in the Luxor.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spend 3 nights aboard 5 star Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
  • Cover the must-sees of ancient Egypt, such as the Pyramids of Giza, Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience of Abu Simbel Sun Festival included

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
1 overnight train: Cairo – Aswan (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Luxor and Hurghada
Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
7 nights 4 – 5 star hotels and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
1/2 night 4-5 star Aswan hotel prior to overnight bus journey (3.5hrs) to Abu Simbel
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 11
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

TRAVEL DATES
  • Departs 18 Feb 2020

ITINERARY – EGYPT SOLO TOUR
  • Day 1: Cairo
  • Day 2: Pyramids & Saqqara / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 3: The Treasure of King Tutankhamen / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Philae Temple & Abu Simbel / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Abu Simbel Sun Festival / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Nile Cruising / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Luxor / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 8: Valley of the Kings / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 9:  Luxor at leisure / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Return at Cairo, free time / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 11:  Farewell  / Meals: Breakfast
Note: Compulsory Tipping and Local Guide excluded and paid on arrival. Approx US$200.00 For Full Itinerary CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • Cairo: Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi or similar
  • Nile Cruise: M/S Medea or M/S La Traviata
  • Luxor: Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
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FINE PRINT
  • Valid for travel: 18 Feb 2020
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: Flights, visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned, Entrance Fees: USD$80-100pp, paid in local currency, Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 – 7 per day, per traveller. Tip for your Felucca Crew, we recommend you allow $10 USD. Tipping your guide and crew is an entirely personal gesture, Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency, Items of a personal nature.

VISA INFORMATION Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
TO BOOK YOUR EGYPT SOLO TOUR, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Cairo

Tuesday 18 February 2020. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to pre book our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am today.
2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Visit to the famous pyramids and monolithic Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu), the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid – constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC!
MEALS: Breakfast
3

The Treasure of King Tutankhamen

Cairo – Aswan. The morning is at leisure so why not go out and visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar – This is a great place to pick up a few bargains or just sip some tea and people watch! Following hotel check out, this afternoon we embark on a guided tour of the enlightening Egyptian Museum, where you can opt to see the famed solid gold death mask of King Tutankhamen, or the Royal Mummy room. There is time for dinner before our overnight sleeper train to Aswan. MEALS: Breakfast
4

Philae Temple & Abu Simbel

Aswan – Abu Simbel. Arrive Aswan, today we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. There is time to rest before departing in the early hours of the morning on our coach journey toward the Grand Temples of Abu Simbel. In readiness we await for the first rays of golden sunlight to touch the temple gate signifying the start of the Sun Festival of the mighty King Ramses II. 5 STAR NILE CRUISER: You will be provided with the cruising schedule upon arrival to Aswan. Cruise schedules vary. Boarding of the cruise ship will be on day 5 for a period of 3 nights, or on day 6 for a period of 3 nights. Facilities on board the Nile cruiser include a bar, lounge, dining room and outdoor recreation area. The boat deck offers plenty of space for relaxation and there is a swimming pool. Your outward facing cabin located on the main or upper deck offers air-conditioning, a private bathroom and views of the Nile as we sail. In the evening, low–key entertainment is on hand. All meals are included, buffet style. Your cruiser will sail for a total duration of 8 – 12 hours covering a distance of 212km (split between 2 of the 3 days you are on board). The remainder of the time the boat is in dock in either Aswan, Luxor or at sightseeing stops en route. Views will be obstructed whilst the cruiser is in dock as ships dock side by side. You may also need to cross the reception of other boats the reach your vessel. Free time is offered during this time to independently explore whilst docked when sight-seeing is not included
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

22 February. Abu Simbel – Aswan – Nile Felucca Sailing. Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple in all ancient Egypt, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was constructed between 1290 and 1224 BC to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler himself. Ramses the Bold, Ramses the Great, Ramses the Narcissist are perhaps all apt titles for one of ancient Egypt’s most powerful rulers. Built by Ramses II to demonstrate his political clout and divine backing to the ancient Nubians, Abu Simbel is an incredible selftribute. Guarding the entrance to the temple, hewn into the side of a mountain, are four colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. Over the centuries, the desert sands imperceptibly shifted until the temple was all but lost to humanity. It was rediscovered by chance in 1813 by a Swiss explorer called John Lewis Burkhardt. Only one of the heads of the pharaohs was showing and a small part of the rest of the temple peeked above the desert sands. It wasn’t until the British happened upon the temple and started excavating that the full glory of Abu Simbel was revealed to the modern world. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, whilst the other two are of his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari. In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the Great Temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds assemble in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creep through the inner Hypostyle Hall and through to the Sanctuary. Significantly, the sun illuminates statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statue of Ptah – the god of darkness, remains in the shadows. Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning. After watching this incredible event unfold we return to Aswan. Our Nile Cruiser departs Aswan this afternoon and we cruise the River Nile to Kom Ombo where we disembark to visit the temple which is dedicated to the crocodile-headed god – Sobek before returning to the cruiser.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6

Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo

Nile Cruise – Luxor. Relax, enjoy a swim in the pool and chill out in the sun on deck this morning. Let your troubles melt away as we cruise the River Nile to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Arriving into Luxor this afternoon the rest of the day is free to explore the city before we spend our final night aboard the cruiser. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7

Luxor

This morning we disembark and check into our 5 star Luxor hotel. The day is free to enjoy the hotel facilities, relax and explore. Tonight, of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers.
MEALS: Breakfast
8

Valley of the Kings

Luxor. This morning we cross to the west side of the Nile and commencing our tour of the Valley of the Kings. One of the first sights you’ll see is the Colossi of Memnon, this huge pair of enthroned statues is all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III. Explore the highly decorated tombs at the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After a little R&R, we visit Karnak Temple, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
MEALS: Breakfast
9

Luxor at leisure

Luxor – Cairo. Today is at your leisure to independently explore, head to the colourful local souq (market) for a little bargain hunting. The lively night market offers comic entertainment as the sellers go about the business of hocking their wares. The market also offers an extensive array of cotton products, spices, wooden and copper ornaments, alabaster statues and beaded jewellery. Or simply relax by the pool. Tonight, we return by overnight train to Cairo. MEALS: Breakfast x 3
10

Return to Cairo, free time

Cairo. Arrival Cairo and transfer through to our hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day is free to relax by the hotel pool, shop or explore. Today there is an optional excursion to Khan el Khalili Market and a perfumed oil emporium (if not already visited in Aswan). Khan el Khalili is great for last minute souvenir shopping and at the perfumery there’s a million and one exquisite glass bottles filled with perfumed oils that make for a truly authentic Egyptian gift. Bookable locally. MEALS: Breakfast
11

Farewell...

Friday 28 Feb 2020. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport MEALS: Breakfast
Why is this tour good for MyDiscoveries Customers?
Group tours allow you to enjoy your holiday and meet like-minded travellers while your Tour Guide handles all the complicated organisational components. This tour is designed with solo travellers in mind with the comfort of a single room at no additional cost. With world famous pyramids, tomb strewn Valley of the Kings and the mighty temples of Abu Simbel, Egypt has attracted travellers since classical times. But there’s more to Egypt than pharaohs, mummies and hieroglyphics. Take a luxury cruise or sail aboard a felucca on the longest river in the world – the Nile, or experience world class diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea.
FLIGHT 
Interested in this holiday and want to know how to get from Australia to Cairo. At MyDiscoveries we can arrange flights to any destination. Connecting flights are available on Emirates from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.  Etihad Airways offers connecting flights from Melbourne and Darwin. 
TRANSFER
  • Transfers to and from the airport are available on arrival and departure from Cairo

WEATHER Egypt has three season throughout out the year. Jun to Aug is low season and the hardest time to travel in egypt due to scorching temperatures. Upper Egypt is and the western desert are the hottest areas during this time. Mar to May & Sep to Oct are the shoulder season in Egypt, crowds are lighter but heat can still be expected. High season is from Oct to Feb when the weather is sunny and warm with occasional rain, this is considered to be Egypt winter season.
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