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Pyramids & The Nile at Christmas 2016

8 Days
Private Tour
20th DEC & 21st DEC 2016
from / per person
$1125

Enjoy a festive Christmas in Egypt with a difference in style on this 8 Day Egypt Christmas tour with an insight into the amazing Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo and more, cruising the Nile in a luxurious 5 star Nile cruise boat along. Enjoy the famous historical sights of Aswan with it’s lovely Nubian culture, and sailing to Luxor to discover the Valley of the Kings and Temples whilst enjoying the festivities on board with a Christmas theme and entertainment programme with a sumptuous Christmas dinner and Party on Christmas Eve.

Included:
  • Met and assisted on arrival and departure by a 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
  • Flight ticket from Cairo to Aswan and from Luxor to Cairo with EgyptAir
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairo Hotel on breakfast basis
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on board Nile cruise Luxor-Aswan on full board
  • Gala Dinner Party for Christmas on board the Nile Cruise in Egypt
  • Tour to Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo
  • Tour to Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple
  • Tour to Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon
  • Tour to Kom Ombo Temple and Edfu Temple enroute
  • Tour to the Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Temple of Philae in Aswan
  • Lunch meals during tours in Giza / Cairo
  • Bottled water during the tours
  • Admission fees to the sights throughout the tours as per the itinerary.
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Applicable taxes for all Hotels and Nile Cruise included in the price
  • Free loan of mobile phone charged against 30 min. local calls / 3 min. international calls
Excluded:
  • International airfare to Egypt.
  • Entry Visa to Egypt
  • Personal spending.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tipping for Boat Staff and Guides
Itinerary:
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Day 1: Arrival Cairo - Welcome

Your Memphis Tours Tour Manager will meet and assist you upon your arrival at Cairo International Airport and then escort you to your Hotel in Cairo by exclusive air-conditioned vehicle. At the Hotel, the Tour Manager will assist with a smooth check-in and review your Egypt Christmas holiday itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour. Overnight in Cairo.
Welcome Drink

Day 2: Giza Pyramids and Sakkara

After breakfast at your Hotel in Cairo you will visit Sakkara, the first Pyramid ever built in Egypt followed by the Step Pyramid of King Djoser and the Teti Pyramid. After Sakkara, you will travel to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, to visit the Colossal statue of Ramses II. Then on to explore the Giza Plateau to see the Great Pyramids of Giza, Great Pyramid of Cheops, Middle pyramids of Chephren and the smallest Pyramid of Mykerinos. Included will be a visit to the mysterious Sphinx and the Valley Temple with an optional visit to the Solar Boat Museum to admire the boat that was used to carry the Pharaoh’s mummified corpse across the Nile then buried at the foot of the Pyramid for his use in the afterlife.Transfer back to your hotel for a peaceful overnight stay in Cairo.
Please Note* There is an additional charge for entering inside the Pyramids and also the Solar Boat Museum. Please speak with your tour guide should you wish to purchase a ticket to enter one of these sites.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cairo Sightseeing Tours

Breakfast at the hotel then a visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiques which exhibits a collection of over 120000 masterpieces ranges from Pre-Dynastic era, Pharaonic era to the Greco-Roman period in Egypt including the treasures of the child King Tutankhamen, Pharaonic Gods and Goddess. Following this,a visit to the Citadel of Saladin Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque built in Turkish style and very similar to the Blue Mosque in Turkey, simply considered to be one of the landmarks of Cairo due to it’s high location and spectacular views. Then proceed to visit Old Coptic Cairo including the hanging Church,then finally transferred to Khan El Khalili Bazaar for shopping then and then back to your Hotel and overnight in Cairo.
Please note* There is 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

Day 4: Fly Cairo to Aswan - Nile Cruise Tour

Breakfast then transfer to Cairo Airport to board your flight to Aswan where you will be met and assisted by a Representative who will transfer you to embark on your Nile Cruise for the next 4 days / 3 nights. Later the same day, you will be taken on an exciting tour to the world famous Aswan High Dam which was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s and contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Continue to the Granite Quarries which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in Pyramids and Temples where the Quarries still hold the famous Unfinished Obelisk. Then you will be taken by motor-boat to the Island of Egilkia to visit the majestic Philae Temple that was dedicated to the Goddesses Isis.
An optional evening excursion is offered known as the ‘Sound and Light Show’ at the Temple of Philae. Return to the Nile Cruise ship in Aswan for free time at leisure and overnight on board your Nile Cruise in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples

Sail to Kom Ombo. After breakfast then accompanied by your English speaking Guide to visit Kom Ombo Temple, the crocodile-headed God of fertility and creator of the world. Lunch aboard your Nile cruise with free leisure time whilst sailing to Edfu to explore Edfu's Temple of Horus, one of the best-preserved Ancient Egyptian Temples on the Nile. Continue the cruise down the Nile to Luxor. Afternoon tea is served on the sundeck with dinner and overnight stay onboard the Nile cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Luxor Nile Cruise Tours

Breakfast onboard the 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 Nile cruise for lunch and after afternoon tea on the ship with free leisure time and overnight stay in Luxor.
- 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 7: Luxor Nile Cruise - Fly Back to Cairo

Today and after breakfast you will be accompanied by Egyptologist guide to visit Karnak Temple, the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name Ipet-isut means ‘The most sacred of places’. The Temple, or, more precisely the complex of Temples, was built over more than two thousand years by generation after generation of Pharaohs. Within the complex, the great ‘Hypostyle Hall’ is an incredible corridor of giant pillars .Then you will be transferred to the majestic Luxor Temple which built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II for ritual and festivals and dedicated to the God Amun, and then transferred to Luxor airport to fly to Cairo, where you will be met and assisted and transferred to your hotel in Cairo for check into the hotel with free leisure time and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Cairo - Fly Back Home

Breakfast at the Hotel in Cairo with some free time and then you will be met by our Memphis Tours Representative in the hotel lobby for transfer to Cairo International Airport for your flight back home.
Meals: Breakfast
Golden Accommodation:
  • Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
  • Mövenpick MS Royal Lily Nile Cruise
  • Le Meridien Cairo Airport
 Price
Per Person in Triple Room $ 1125
Per Person in Double Room $ 1150
Per Single Room Occupancy $ 1415
Diamond Accommodation:
  • Fairmont Nile City 
  • Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise
 Price
Per Person in Triple Room $ 1375
Per Person in Double Room $ 1399
Per Single Room Occupancy $ 1815
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  • 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.

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