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Pyramids & Christmas Nile Cruise

8 Days
Private Tour
21st DEC 2016
from / per person

A simply delightful way to celebrate Christmas vacation and the festive season in Egypt with all of the best Egyptian sites and accommodation in a unique setting with The famous Giza Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo, then a simply inspiring Nile Cruise by luxury 5 star Boat with a Gala Christmas dinner and party on Christmas Eve whilst sailing and stopping at colourful Nubian Aswan and all its sites before exploring the wonders of Ancient Luxor (old Capital of Thebes) with the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. 8 days of an unforgettable Christmas holiday in Egypt.

  • Met and assisted at arrival and departures (Flights and Trains) by Memphis Tours Representative.
  • Expert assistance and guidance during your stay by our Personnel, including all tours mentioned
  • All transfers by private deluxe air condition vehicle.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Cairo Hotel on breakfast basis. 
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on board Nile cruise Luxor to Aswan on full board
  • Accommodation for 2 nights aboard sleeper train with dinner and breakfast
  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo as mentioned in the itinerary (private tours)
  • Tour to Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum
  • Tour to Egyptian National Museum, Coptic and Islamic Cairo
  • Tour to Karnak Temples and Luxor Temple
  • Tour to Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon 
  • Tour to Kom Ombo Temple and Edfu Temple
  • Tour to the Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Temple of Philae in Aswan
  • All Sightseeing tours between Luxor and Aswan sharing cruise group
  • Gala Dinner Party for Christmas on board the Nile Cruise in Egypt
  • Lunch meals during tours in Giza  / Cairo
  • Admission fees to the sights throughout the tours
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Applicable taxes for all Hotels and Nile cruise included in the price
  • Bottled water during the tours
  • Free loan of mobile phone charged against 30 min local calls / 3 min. international calls.
  • International airfare to Egypt.
  • Entry visa to Egypt.
  • Personal spending.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tipping for boat crew and Guides.

* Please Note: For return flight option (Cairo / Aswan - Luxor / Cairo), supplement of $135 per person would apply.
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Day 1: Arrival Cairo - Welcome to Egypt

You will be met at Cairo International Airport by a Memphis Tours Representative, who will accompany you to your Hotel in Cairo for check-in and a free welcome drink. There you will be introduced to your Tour Leader for the trip, who will explain what to expect on your visit. Your Tour Leader will be your point of contact throughout the whole trip in Egypt, and will give you details of how to contact him at any time whilst in Egypt under the care of Memphis Tours. Throughout your Egypt holiday, in addition to the Tour Leader you will meet a variety of English-speaking expert Tour Guides, who have been chosen for their expertise on each of the areas you are visiting. After check-in you are free to spend the rest of the day/evening at your leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Cairo
Welcome Drink

Day 2: Cairo Tours - Sleeper Train to Aswan

Check-out after breakfast where your private Tour Guide will accompany you for a day tour in Cairo to visit the famous Pyramids in the area. you will begin with the famous Giza Plateau to visit the only remaining wonder from the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Great Pyramid of Khufu (called Cheops by the Ancient Greeks). Also on the plateau are the pyramids of Khafre (Chephren) and the smallest Pyramid Menkaure (Mykerinos). The plateau is as famous for the mysterious structure 'the Sphinx' as it is for the Pyramids, where you will visit the Valley Temple. Then you will visit the world-renowned Egyptian Museum in Cairo that was built in neo-classical style and designed by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon. The museum's vast collection of over 120,000 artifacts ranges from pre-dynastic era, through the Pharaonic era to the Greco-Roman period of Egypt. Amongst the most famous items which you may see are the funerary treasures of the child King Tutankhamun, the colossal statues of the heretic king, Akhenaten, and the only surviving image of Khufu, creator of Egypt's Great Pyramid. Visiting the Egyptian Museum is a great introduction to learning about the ancient Egyptian civilization, including their famous art of mummification. Continue your tour to the Christian heritage in Coptic Cairo, including some of the early religious monuments of the city such as the Hanging Church. This basilica Church was named for its location on top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon and became the centre of the Christian Church of Egypt. You will visit also the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, a major Souk in the Islamic district of Cairo, the bazaar district is one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. This full day ends with dinner during an overnight trip to Aswan by a Sleeper Train.
Please Note* There is an additional charge for entering inside the Pyramids and also the Solar Boat Museum. Also an additional charge to enter the Mummies Room at the Museum. Please speak with your tour guide should you wish to purchase a ticket to enter one of these sites.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Aswan Nile Cruise Tours

Enjoy breakfast with sunrise views from the train before arriving Aswan, where you will be met by Memphis Tours Representative who will transfer you to your Nile Cruise Boat then escorted by your Egyptologist tour guide for a day tour in Aswan. You will begin by visiting the Aswan High Dam, built in the 1960’s to provide the much needed electricity and irrigation for Egypt. Nubia, the area that was flooded, experienced the biggest and most thorough archaeological excavations that Egypt has known. Then we go to see the ‘Unfinished Obelisk’ which still lies in the granite quarries which provided ancient Egypt with building materials. It would have been the largest piece of stone ever handled but when a crack was discovered it was abandoned where it was being hewn. Cross by boat to Angilika Island, to see Philae Temple, one of the Nubian Temples rescued before the High Dam was built. Enjoy Philae’s long colonnades, towers and reliefs which include the last surviving hieroglyphic and demotic inscriptions in Egypt. Back to your Nile boat with Overnight stay onboard in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

After enjoying breakfast onboard your Nile cruise ship in Aswan you sail to see Kom Ombo Temple . Of all the ancient temples in Egypt, this is the only one which is divided into two, to reflect that it is dedicated to two Gods: Sobek, the Crocodile God of fertility; and the falcon-headed Horus, God of the sky. Kom Ombo is also famous for the depictions of surgeon's instruments, giving us an early record of medicine and surgery in Ancient Egypt.
In the afternoon, sailing down the Nile to visit the huge Ptolemaic Temple of Horus at Edfu, which is the most complete and best preserved of the Egyptian Temples, consisting of many columns, halls, chambers and chapels. Two statues of Horus flank the twin towered entrance gate; and inside, one of the interesting inscriptions lists the titles of books (scrolls) held in the library. Back to your Nile cruise for dinner, afternoon tea is served on the sundeck with dinner and overnight stay onboard the Nile cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Luxor Nile Cruise Tours

Breakfast onboard the Nile Cruise then you will be taken to the West Bank of the River Nile to visit the two colossal statues of Amenhotep III (Colossi of Memnon), and then visit the Valley of the Kings, where many magnificent tombs were discovered (including the Boy King Tutankhamen), These tombs were carved deep into the desert rock, richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife of the Pharaohs and here you will visit 3 tombs. (The three tombs visited are determined by the Egyptian Government as to preserve them from the large flow of visitors, therefore are rotated throughout the year and cannot be confirmed as to which tombs prior to your visit). Continue your tour to visit Hatshepsut’s Temple at El Deir El Bahary, this impressive Temple is dedicated to the Queen Hatshepsut the only female Pharaoh rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces and merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it. Back to the cruise for lunch and after afternoon tea on the ship with free leisure time and overnight stay.
- Optional Sound and Light show at the Temple of Karnak. (Highly recommended).
Please Note: There is an additional Charge to enter the Tombs of King Tutankhamun and Ramses VI.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Luxor Nile Cruise - Sleeper Train to Cairo

Relax while watching daily life on the banks of the Nile while having breakfast on board the Nile Cruise before disembarkation. Then leave your Nile Cruise Boat to enjoy a visit to Karnak Temple, which is the world's largest ancient religious site. The hypostyle hall with its colossal granite columns is one of Egypt’s infamous landmarks. There will be free time to explore the different parts of the huge complex built during the reigns of various Pharaohs, then moving to Luxor Temple which was built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II for ritual and festivals that was dedicated to the God Amon. Later you will be transferred to Luxor Train Terminal to board your Sleeper Train back to Cairo, dinner and overnight stay on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Cairo Optional Excursions

Have your breakfast aboard the train before arriving at Giza Train Station where you will be met and assisted by a Memphis Tours representative, then transfer to your Hotel, ( you will check into your room as early as possible). Optional excursions in Cairo, with free leisure time. Overnight stay at your Hotel in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Cairo - Fly Back Home

After breakfast at your Hotel you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your return flight home.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation Plan:
  • Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
  • Mövenpick MS Royal Lily Nile Cruise
Per Person in Triple Room $ 875
Per Person in Double Room $ 895
Per Single Room Occupancy $ 1145
  • Prices - Prices per person are quoted in Sterling but can also be paid in US$ or Euros by credit or debit card via a secure credit card payment system. Any additional bank charges on bookings will be covered by Memphis Tours. Above prices valid for Christmas and New Year Tours in Egypt.

  • Payment - Reservations should be made as early as possible to avoid disappointment in securing your specific required tour package.Your booking will be secured upon receipt of a 25% deposit. Please note that during the Christmas and New Year holidays, tour packages require a deposit of 50%. This deposit forms part of your final payment by credit or debit cards via our secured payment system. Packages and vacations which include International flights will require the full flight cost and deposit (25% or 50%) due to the regulations of the Airlines who require full payment

  • Transportation - All transport within your tours is included such as domestic flights, trains, and air conditioned vehicles by road. Wi-Fi can be provided in road vehicles, therefore please inform us on booking if you require Wi- Fi whilst travelling by road along with complimentary bottled water. All our vehicles are new and of the latest design and technology.

  • Tour Guides and Representatives - Throughout your holiday from arrival to departure, you will have the constant assistance of our Memphis Tour Representatives who are responsible for your transfers to and from Airports, Hotels and resorts and will assist at the Airports with Visa, tickets and luggage and are there to answer any questions you may have. Once you start your tours of the sites in Egypt, you will have the constant guidance of your highly qualified Egyptologist Tour Guide both on included and optional tours

  • Travelling with Children in Egypt - Many children delight in touring the Pyramids, Temples and Tombs in Egypt as often it is part of their school study programme. Therefore Memphis Tours offers packages and tours to suit all ages with excellent combined ‘twin centre’ and multi location destinations such as Cairo, Luxor, Aswan (Egypt Family Tours and Nile Cruise) and the Red Sea Resorts.

  • Wheelchair Travellers - Memphis Tours are particularly keen to promote and cater for disabled and wheelchair clients having Nile cruise boats, Hotels and tours especially adapted with rooms, cabins and transportation for easy accessibility. Please check the following link for more information.

  • Tailor - Made Holidays - A holiday is a special occasion and often means spending your savings. Therefore, you need to make sure that it is the Holiday that you want. Here at Memphis Tours we are more than flexible in adapting your Holiday to what YOU require and can easily ‘Tailor’ it to your requirements .

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