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Explore Egypt on a Seniors Tour with Nile River Cruise

$ 6850 or 5 monthly payments of $1,370.00
13 days/12 nights
Per Adult

13 Day Egyptian Highlight Tour for Seniors

This Egyptian Highlights tour will definitely ticks off items on your bucket list! Visit the magnificent Pyramids of Giza (the only present day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), cruise down the Nile River, marvel at the Valley of the Kings and take in the incredible history of thi...

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Highlights

  • Return economy airfares flying with Emirates from Brisbane or Sydney
  • Experience 4 Nights on a Nile River Cruise
  • Visit some of the most amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as The Pyramids of Giza, Temple of Karnak and Luxor, Valley of the Kings and Temple of Abu Simbel to name a few
  • Select meals included as per itinerary 
  • Departs: 1 Oct 2018

Itinerary

Day 1, Monday, 1 OCT
Today you will depart Australia, flying to Cairo, to commence this exciting Egyptian Hightlights Tour.

Day 2, Tuesday, 2 OCT
Upon arrival at Cairo, your travel coordinator will meet and greet you inside the airport, prior to passport control checking point and will finalize all arrival formalities. You will then be transferred to your hotel, where you will spend the next 2 nights. The rest of the day will be at leisure until your Group Welcome Dinner this evening.
Stay: Semiramis Cairo Intercontinental or similar 
Meals: Dinner

Day 3, Wednesday, 3 OCT
After breakfast today you will take an unforgettable tour of the great Pyramids of Giza. The only present day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, they are among the world’s greatest tourist attractions and never lose their ability to inspire and overwhelm visitors, (including entrance to the 2nd Pyramid). You will then venture to Sakkara, the oldest Ancient Egyptian cemetery. It lies on a desert plateau, southwest of Cairo. Above rises the Step-Pyramid and mortuary compound, built by the engineer lmhotep for King Zoser. This evening sail on a Felucca as you enjoy dinner and an unforgettable view across the Nile.
Stay: Semiramis Cairo Intercontinental or similar
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Day 4, Thursday, 4 OCT
After breakfast you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to catch a domestic flight to Luxor. Upon arrival to Luxor you will be transferred to your Nile River cruise where you will be able to rest and refresh before lunch. You will then enjoy a half day tour to Karnak Temple, built over a period of two millennia by generations of Pharaohs, the 62-acre Temple of Karnak was dedicated to the God Amun with numerous pylons, obelisks and smaller temples within. You will then visit the magnificent Temple of Luxor, once connected to Karnak via the Avenue of Human-headed Sphinxes, almost 3 kilometres in length.
Stay: M/S Sun Ray Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 5, Friday, 5 OCT 
After breakfast onboard you will start the day at the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the after life by generations of Pharaohs. Then rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, you will discover Hatshepsut Temple. The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument. On the way back to the River Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. You will then return to your cruise where you will sail to Edfu via Esna and enjoy lunch on board. Unwind in the afternoon with afternoon tea, a welcome reception cocktail and dinner on-board.
Stay: M/S Sun Ray Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 6, Saturday, 6 OCT
This morning, after breakfast explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic – albeit Greek-built – temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu. You'll then enjoy lunch onboard while sailing to Kom Ombo to visit ancient Kom Ombo Temple. Dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek, the temple stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Take in the beautiful views with afternoon tea onboard as you sail to Aswan. Tonight after dinner, join in the festive fun with a Galabeya Party onboard.
Stay: M/S Sun Ray Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 7, Sunday, 7 OCT
Today you will take to the road to visit the Temples of Abu Simbel. The two temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel are each fronted by colossal statues up to 20 metres high, and are famed as the most impressive monuments remaining of Ancient Egypt in modern times. Recently the temples were threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, and with the help of a UNESCO campaign they were cut into blocks, raised piece-by-piece, and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside. You will then return to Aswan for lunch and dinner onboard your cruise. 
Stay: M/S Sun Ray Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

 Day 8, Monday, 8 OCT
After breakfast, you will say goodbye to the Nile as you disembark your ship. You will then take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. This afternoon, your Egyptologist guide will escort you to visit the Aswan High Dam, Egypt’s contemporary example of building on a monumental scale. 
Stay: Helnan Aswan or similar 
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Day 9, Tuesday, 9 OCT
Today you will be transfered to Aswan Airport for your domestic flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo you will be transfered to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight immerse yourself in Egyptian culture as you enjoy a beautiful meal and a cooking class at a local home. 
Stay: Semiramis Cairo Intercontinental or similar 
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Day 10, Wednesday, 10 OCT
Your Egyptologist guide will escort you today on a fascinating tour to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The Museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, including 12 rooms filled with golden treasures from the world famous tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen
Stay: Semiramis Cairo Intercontinental or similar
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner  

Day 11, Thursday, 11 OCT
Today will see you on a full day tour of Citadel & Muhammed Ali Mosque. You'll spend time in a fascinating maze of little streets, filled with numerous old monuments and mosques from Cairo's Islamic past. Saladin's Citadel, the impressive 19th century Mosque of Muhammed Ali, and the oldest university in the world, are some of its more notable sights. You'll then have the chance to explore the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar – the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. Through the narrow streets, you will find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities. This evening enjoy one last evening in Egypt as you enjoy your exclusive Group Farewell Dinner. Take in the beauty of the pyramids as you enjoy dinner under a tent at the Pyramids area with a live show of Arabian dancing show, traditional Fire Eaters and traditional band. 
Stay: Semiramis Cairo Intercontinental or similar 
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Day 12, Friday, 12 OCT 
This morning, following breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your homeward flight. 
Meals: Breakfast  

Day 13, Saturday, 13 OCT 
On arrival into Australia, your wonderful Egyptian Highlights Tour will come to an end. 

FACILITIES

Semiramis Cairo Hotel Intercontinental Hotel: Standing on the site of the historic Semiramis hotel, guests can enjoy modern luxury on the River Nile. This Cairo hotel features a 26 m2 rooftop pool and fine dining with exquisite cuisine for every taste. A selection of 12 restaurants all reflects contemporary design, with the Nile Terrace offering stunning views of the sunset over the Nile. Located in the heart of the city centre this hotel offers free Wi-Fi and is located next to the Egyptian Museum and bazaars of old Cairo.

Mövenpick MS Sunray Hotel: Follow in the footsteps of the pharaohs as you cruise the iconic river Nile from Aswan to Luxor in style on the Mövenpick MS Sunray. With an elegant and traditional design, stylish features and spacious public areas, this cruiser offers everything you wish for: swimming pool, sundeck with a recreational area, a selection of outlets and a reading and playroom. 

Helnan Aswan Hotel: has an excellent location with magnificent views of the Nile and is ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons or those fascinated by the marvels and mysteries of ancient Egypt in addition to large conferences and incentives. This five-star property lies at the heart of what was the ancient frontier of Pharaonic Egypt, from where the stones to build the Pyramids came, You can still see traces of these 3,000 year old quarries in the cliffs and by the roadsides today.

INCLUDES

Your Egyptian highlights tour includes:

  • Return economy airfares with Emirates from Brisbane or Sydney. MyDiscoveries can arrange flights to Sydney or Brisbane to join the tour on request. Call us on 1300 404 606 for enquiries. 
  • Internal Flights as per itinerary
  • All airline taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Transfers as per itinerary in private air conditioned vehicles 
  • 4 Night Nile River Cruise 
  • Explore the Pyramids of Giza 
  • Sakkara - Ancient Egyptian cemetery
  • Half Day Tour to Karnak Temple
  • Luxor Temple
  • Full Day Tour to Valley of the Kings
  • Edfu Temple
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Temples of Abu Simbel
  • Motorboat Ride to the Philae Temple
  • Egyptologist Guided Tour of the Aswan High Dam
  • Entry to the Egyptian Museum 
  • Full Day Tour of Citadel & Muhammed Ali Mosque 
  • Visit the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar
Not Included:
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Visas 
  • Meals unless specified 
  • Beverages unless specified 
  • Items of a personal nature 
  • Optional activities 

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fine print

TOUR DATES
  • Tour departs from Brisbane or Sydney on 1 Oct 2018. 
  • SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AT TIME OF BOOKING. 
  • The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can't get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.

CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS & AMENDMENTS
  • Cancellation must be made in writing for your reservation to be cancelled.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees listed below. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a $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. 
  • Any cancellations of the tour will result in the following cancellation fees from travel operator:
  • 91 days or more prior to departure, loss of deposit plus the cost of the airline ticket if issued.
  • Less than 91 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour package price
HEALTH & FITNESS/ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • You must ensure that you are aware of any health requirements for your travel and that you are able to participate in the activities included in your itinerary.
  • This tour requires a Active Fitness
    Level.
  • All passengers must be able to:
  • It is essential that you are physically able to walk 2km at any one time unaided and at a reasonable pace over uneven
    surfaces. 
  • Parts of this itinerary may involve very long days of travel and this combined with the local infrastructure
    may prove challenging at times. This is also a large part of the appeal of the destinations so a robust adventurous
    attitude will serve you well. 
  • Walk an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
  • Get in and out of transportation unassisted
  • Stand for longer then 30 mins, without needing to sit down
  • Manage own luggage.
PRICES
  • Schedules and availability, fare conditions and prices can change at any time.
  • Price changes may occur for reason or matters outside our control which increase the cost of the products or service.
  • Such factors include adverse currency fluctuation

booking essentials

  • 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.
  • If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • 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.
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.
Visa 
Australians are required to purchase a tourist visa on entry to Egypt. Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Egyptian diplomatic mission for up-to-date information. Alternatively you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more details.

booking guarantee

The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can't get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.

travel period




Departs: 1 Oct 18

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