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Steigenberger Minerva Nile Cruise at Christmas

5 Days
Group Tour
22nd DEC 2016
from / per person
$475

Festivities, Pharaoh’s and Feluccas on Steigenberger Minerva Nile Cruise in Egypt is the best way to describe this 5-day festive delight to include celebrating the Christmas holiday along with exploring the mystical magical world of Ancient Egypt in Aswan and Luxor and cruising along the centuries old River Nile on a voyage of discovery. Time to see Luxor and the famous Valley of the Kings and Temples, then sailing along the Nile stopping off at temples enroute before arriving in the colourful world of the Nubians in Aswan and all the sights. A once in a lifetime Christmas or New Year break with a Gala Dinner and Party on board in Egypt.

Included:
  • Meet and greet service upon arrival and  departure from our Representatives 
  • Assistance of our Personnel during your stay and excursions
  • All transfers by private deluxe air condition vehicle.
  • Accommodation aboard 5* Nile cruise on full board basis
  • Gala Dinner Party for Christmas / New Year on The River Nile in Egypt
  • All Nile Cruise excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Excursions to visit Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk
  • Excursions to visit Kom Ombo Temple and Edfu Temple
  • Excursions to visit Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon
  • Excursions to visit Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple
  • Admission fees to the sights throughout the tours.
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Guide.
  • Applicable taxes for Nile cruise included in the price.
Excluded:
  • Optional Activities.
  • Personal spending.
  • Tipping for Nile Cruise crew and Guides
Itinerary:
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Day 1: Luxor Nile Cruise Tours

On arrival in Luxor, you will be met and assisted at Luxor Airport or Train Station by a Memphis Tours Representative and driven by air conditioned vehicle to do your first tour on Luxor’s East Bank to Karnak Temple in all it’s magnificence and was the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name Ipet-isut means ‘The Most Sacred of Places’. The Temple or more correctly, the complex of Temples, was built over more than two thousand years ago by generation after generation of Pharaohs. Within the complex, the great ‘Hypostyle Hall’ is an incredible forest 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. After the tour, you will check in on your Steigenberger Minerva Nile Cruise. Evening onboard with dinner and time to familiarise yourself with the Nile cruise and facilities.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Luxor Nile Cruise Excursions

An early breakfast on the Nile Cruise Boat, then a guided tour of the West Bank in Luxor to visit the most famous site known as the Valley of the Kings (the Royal Cemetery to 62 Pharaohs) where the magnificent Tombs were discovered including the famous boy King Tutankhamun (included in your visit). These Tombs were carved deep into the desert rock, richly decorated and filled with treasures from the afterlife of the Pharaohs. (The 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). A visit to the Temple of Madinat Habu then on to the two enormous and impressive Colossi of Memnon, the two colossal statues of Amenhotep III. Return back to your Cruise for lunch and sailing on to Esna with overnight at Esna.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

Breakfast on board your Nile Cruise then a visit with your Guide to Horus Temple, an inspiring Temple dedicated to the God Horus (falcon headed God) and one of the best preserved temples along the Nile. Back on board for sailing to Kom Ombo. On arrival, you will be taken on your guided tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek, God of Fertility and Creator of the World. The other side is dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. After the tour, sailing to Aswan. Overnight in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Aswan Nile Cruise Tours

After breakfast you will be escorted with your Tour Guide to visit the Aswan High Dam which was built in the 1960’s to provide the much needed electricity and irrigation for the country. Nubia, the area that was flooded, experienced the biggest and most thorough archaeological excavations that Egypt has ever known. Cross by boat to Angilika Island, to see the Temple of Isis at Philae which is 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 Cruise for lunch onboard with time for relaxation.and overnight stay in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Optional Tour to Abu Simbel - Final Departure

Disembarkation after breakfast with free time to explore the lovely city of Aswan with it’s famous Nubian culture then transfer to Aswan airport / train station for your departure.
Please note* There is an optional excursion to Abu Simbel (highly recommended) from Aswan by private air conditioned vehicle or by Egypt air to explore the impressive temples of King Ramses II and Queen Nefertari temple of Abu Simbel and then back to Aswan with free time at leisure in Aswan on your own.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation Plan:
  • Steigenberger Minerva Nile Cruise
 Price
Per Person in Triple Room $ 460
Per Person in Double Room $ 475
Per Single Room Occupancy $ 635
  • 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.

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