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Enjoy an Easter Egyptian break with a difference on this 8 day exploration staying in the best accommodations with your own private Guides escorting you on all of the famous sites in Egypt including the Pyramids and Great Sphinx at Giza and more, then sailing down the River Nile from Luxor visiting all of the ancient Tombs, Temples enroute in Luxor, along the Nile and colourful Aswan.

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Arrival Cairo - Welcome

You will be met and assisted upon arrival at Cairo International Airport by a Memphis Tours Representative who will accompany by air conditioned vehicle to your Hotel 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, and will give you details of how to contact him at any time whilst in Egypt under the care of Memphis Tours. Throughout your holiday, in addition to the Tour Leader you will meet a variety of English-speaking expert Egyptologist Tour Guides, 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. There is an option of the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids.
Welcome Drink

Pyramids and Cairo Tours

After breakfast, your expert Tour Guide will collect you for a full day of tous starting with the famous Pyramids of Giza. We begin with the famous Giza Plateau, a remaining wonder from the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Great Pyramid of Khufu (called Cheops by the Ancient Greeks). Also on the plateau are the Pyramids of Khafre (Chephren) and the smaller one of 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. A visit then to the world-renowned Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, 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 boy  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 Museum is a great introduction to learning about the ancient Egyptian civilization, including their famous art of Mummification. Your Cairo tour will continue on 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. Finally a visit to the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, dating back to 1382 for some lovely souvenir shopping of hand crafted Egyptian gifts. Transfer back to your Hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Fly to Luxor - Nile Cruise - Luxor East Bank

Check out from the Hotel in the morning then transfer to Cairo Airport Domestic Terminal for your flight to Luxor, where you will be met by Memphis Tours Representative on arrival in Luxor then accompanied to your cruise boat. Once checked in, you will have a tour in Luxor with your expert Tour Guide to visit 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. The two Temples were once linked in ancient times by the Avenue of Sphinx, currently near completion after being reconstructed. You may wish to return at night for the optional evening Sound and Light show which tells the story of Luxor and Karnak, before joining your cruise ship for dinner on board with an evening entertainment programme and overnight aboard the boat in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxor West Bank - Sail to Edfu

Breakfast is served on board in Luxor before being escorted by your guide to cross to the West Bank of the Nile to the sites of the 62 tombs of the Pharaohs, overall one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Visit the two colossal statues of Amenhotep III (Colossi of Memnon) and the Valley of the Kings to see a selection of the beautifully decorated rock-cut tombs, many of which still display vibrant colour and breathtaking detail of deities and scenes from the Book of the Underworld. The most visited tombs have walkways and electric lighting, and the internal walls are protected by glass. (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).The next stop will be the Temple of the only female Pharaoh in Egypt, that of the colonnaded and terraced Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri, which was built into a high cliff face and has graphics telling the story of Hatshepsut’s expeditions to the mysterious land of Punt. Sail to Edfu with afternoon tea. Enjoy some leisurely free time aboard the cruise and then have dinner and an enjoyable overnight stay in Edfu.
Please note* There is an additional charge to enter the Tombs of of King Tutankhamun and Ramses VI.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples - Sail to Aswan

After enjoying breakfast onboard your cruise ship, visit the huge Ptolemaic Temple of Horus at Edfu, said to be 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 on board for lunch and afternoon tea whilst sailing on to Kom Ombo Temple . Of all the ancient Temples in Egypt, this is the only one which is divided into two reflecting it’s dedication 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. The rest of the day is spent at leisure during sailing to Aswan under the large and well constructed Aswan Bridge considered the gateway to Nubia with dinner and overnight onboard inside your private compartment.  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aswan Nile Cruise Tours

After enjoying breakfast onboard your cruise boat in Aswan, you will begin by visiting 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 to be flooded, experienced the biggest and most thorough archaeological excavations that Egypt has known. Then on to explore 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 after the floods. Return to your ship for dinner and some leisurely free time in Aswan to explore the City and aromatic spice and incense Market. Enjoyable overnight stay aboard the cruise with entertainment.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembarkation - Back to Cairo

Breakfast on board your Nile cruise in Aswan before disembarkation then transfer to Aswan Airport for your return flight to Cairo where you will be met and assisted at the Airport then taken to your Cairo Hotel. A day for rest or enjoy exploring Cairo with several optional excursions on offer. Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast

Final Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

What's Included:
  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at Airports and return
  • Assistance of our Personnel during your stay
  • All transfers to/from airport and Hotel / Boat  by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo including daily breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights on board Nile Cruise on full board basis
  • Internal domestic flight Cairo/Luxor – Aswan/Cairo
  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo (Private Tours) joining English-speaking Tour Guide.
  • Lunch during your trip in Cairo
  • All sightseeing tours on the cruise sharing cruise group
  • Tour to Pyramids and Sphinx, Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Tour to Khan El Khalili Old Market in Cairo
  • Tour to Karnak and Luxor Temples
  • Tour to Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon
  • Tour to Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
  • Tour to the Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Temple of Philae in Aswan
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary
  • All service charges and taxes
  • Free loan of phone during your stay charged with 30 min local calls / 3 min. international calls.
What's Excluded:
  • International Airfare
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spending
  • Tipping for Guides and Boat Crew

Prices per Person
Accommodation :A
  • Mena House Hotel Cairo
  • Sonesta Moon Goddess Nile Cruise
  • Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel
 Price Per Person
Double $ 1370
Solo $ 2050
Accommodation Plan:B
  • Fairmont Nile City Hotel
  • Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise
 Price Per Person
Double $ 1499
Solo $ 2245
  • 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 Easter Tours to 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.

  • 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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$1370
8 Days
Private Tours
April.04.2015
Best Time to Visit Egypt
An all year round destination with winter season being the coolest with still good average temperatures between 21- 26 degrees in the Red Sea resorts and Upper Egypt (Luxor/ Aswan) between 23 - 29 degrees
Flying to Egypt
Cairo - for comfort and quality - EgyptAir & British Airways (Scheduled Airlines only) ; Luxor - EgyptAir (Scheduled), Easyjet ( Charter), Monarch (Charter) ; Sharm el Sheikh - Easyjet (Charter), Monarch (Charter) ; Hurghada - Easyjet (Charter), Monarch (Charter)
Flying Time
4 hours 50 minutes direct from London
Time Difference
GMT +2
Visas
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival for non-restricted nationalities
Health Requirements
No mandatory vaccinations
Clothing
Respectful attire in Luxor, Cairo and Alexandria on tours - More relaxed clothing in the Red Sea areas like Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh
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