Deluxe Egypt Tour with Nile Cruise

March 18, 2021 thru March 30, 2021

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The ancient world opens before us on this exciting and fascinating tour. Pyramids, sphinxes and temples – we’ll see them all as we enjoy the history and perspective provided by our Egyptologist.  We’ll enjoy a luxurious 4-night cruise on the Nile, where we see the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Horus and Aswan High Dam – a modern wonder and a stark contrast to the ancient ruins around us, and we also visit Abu Samdel and Alexandria on this thorough tour of Egypt.

 

 


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Cairo included

Transportation

Motorcoach

Deluxe motorcoach transportation and airport transfers

Transportation

Cruise

4-night Nile cruise included

Duration

13 days, 12 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

25 meals (10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners) included

Availability

Available

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Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip livery service included!

Gratuities

Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included


Tour Highlights

  • Egyptian Museum
  • Mosque of Amr ibn al-As
  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Step Pyramid of King Zoser
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Temple of Karnak
  • Temple of Horus
  • Aswan High Dam
  • Abu Simbel
  • Mokkattam Mountain
  • Montazah Palace and Gardens

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation to Cairo*
  • All transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • Pick-up/livery service
  • Domestic flights in Egypt
  • 4 night Nile River Cruise
  • 7 nights lodging at excellent hotels
  • 29 meals – 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Admissions & tours as described
  • Baggage handling
  • Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Itinerary

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Day 1 - Fly Across the Atlantic

Our journey back in time begins, as we board a motorcoach in Tucson and travel to Phoenix for our overnight flight to London.

Day 2 - Fly to Cairo

We have time at the Heathrow airport in London to stretch our legs, do some duty-free shopping and have dinner before we take another overnight flight to Cairo where we arrive at our hotel in the very early morning hours and check in for some sleep.

Day 3 – Egyptian Museum & Sphinx

After a late breakfast, we meet our guide for an orientation of Egypt and our tour.  Then, we depart for the fabulous Egyptian Museum, which houses more than 100,000 antiquities dating back to 5,000 years ago! Included is a special visit to the two Royal Mummies Halls and its Un-Wrapped Mummies of the most famous kings and queens of ancient Egypt. After, we tour the ancient churches and Cave of the Holy Family in Old Cairo, and make a short visit to the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As. This evening, we are delighted by the famous Sound & Lights Show at the pyramids near the Sphinx. (B,L)

Day 4 – Great Pyramid of Giza

Today, we see the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (and the only one to remain largely intact): the Great Pyramid of Giza. Then, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant which serves authentic Egyptian food. Our final sites for the day are the ancient Step Pyramid of King Zoser (27th century BCE) and a tomb at Sakkara, the necropolis of pharaohs during the Old Kingdom. (B,L)

Day 5 – Luxor

We fly to Luxor this morning. There, we visit the Temple of Karnak, then drive to the Temple of Luxor, used as the residence of the god Amon’s harem. Our afternoon is free to explore the city of Luxor, including shopping at Al-Souk (the old tourist market), before we board our luxurious cruise ship, the MS Concerto, for four nights. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Valley of the Kings

Today, we are in the Valley of the Kings, known as Biban-el-Muluk (Kings’ Gates), which was the burial ground for the great pharaohs who ruled the most ancient empire that history has known. We will also visit the temple built for Queen Hatshepsut, and marvel at its unique architecture. Our excursion includes the Colossi of Memnon, once related to the Greek god of music, Apollo. We return to our ship for lunch and cruise to Edfu. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Temple of Horus

This morning, we visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu, one of the best-preserved temples of the ancient world. Then, we continue cruising from Edfu to Kom Ombo, while we enjoy lunch. We make a short visit to the Temple of Kom Ombo, a dual temple which was built for two gods: the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god, Haroeris. Then, on we cruise to Aswan. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Aswan High Dam

Today, we visit the Aswan High Dam, built in the 1960s to block the Nile floods, conserve water, and generate electricity. Then, on to the Temples of Philae, saved from a watery grave by UNESCO during the building of the Aswan High Dam. We also see the unfinished obelisk, more than 3,500 years old, which has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created. We cruise the beautiful Nile while lunching aboard our ship. We continue through the Aswan National Parks to Nubaa, a colorful Nubian village and part of one of the oldest civilizations known to still exist. We return to the ship and overnight in Aswan. This evening, our special entertainment is the Nubian Dance Show at the Lounge Bar. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Abu Simbel

Today, we fly to the thrilling World Heritage Site, Abu Simbel, and its temples. Built by the famous King Ramses II for himself and his wife Queen Nefertiti, it is another complex that was saved by UNESCO during the building of the Aswan High Dam. We fly from Abu Simbel to Cairo. Once back in Cairo, we check into our hotel for a two-night stay, enjoy its restaurants, and explore the City Stars mall.(B,D)

Day 10 – Mokkattam Mountain

Today, we visit the cave church in the Mokkattam Mountain.  We drive through the Zabbaleen community and learn about how the locals cull and recycle in Cairo and how the church started the ministry there. Lunch at el Azhar Park. (B,L)

 

Day 11 – Alexandria

After breakfast, we visit a Coptic monastery at Wadi Natrun, on our way to Alexandria. Here, a monk will speak to us about the history of the monastery, monastic life, and Christianity in Egypt. We have lunch in Alexandria before a visit to the New Library of Alexandria. After a guided tour in the library, we have time to explore many art galleries and museums. We check into our hotel, for a one-night stay, and enjoy a free evening, maybe including a walk by the sea. (B,L)

Day 12 – Alexandria

After breakfast by the ocean, we check out of our hotel before a visit to the famous Montazah Palace and Gardens, then to the Royal Jewelry Museum, which is in a former palace and houses the priceless collection of the Royal Family of King Farouk. After lunch, we enjoy a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre, one of Alexandria’s most popular monuments and the only Roman amphitheater in Egypt.  Then, we drive back to Cairo for one night’s lodging and our farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 13 – Travel Home

Early morning, we depart to the Cairo International Airport for our flight home, arriving in Arizona by the evening.


Package Pricing

$7,290 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking / $3,850 by December 14, 2020

$8,055 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking / $3,850 by December 14, 2020

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation to Cairo*
All transfers & motorcoach transportation
Pick-up/livery service
Domestic flights in Egypt
4 night Nile River Cruise
7 nights lodging at excellent hotels
25 meals - 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
Admissions & tours as described
Baggage handling
Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Tour Director, Driver and local guide gratuity included


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$629 covers trip costs $7,000-$8,077.  Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


AIRLINE TICKETS

Included tickets are for the World Traveler (economy) cabin. If you would like to upgrade to World Traveler Plus (premium economy), we have a few seats held and available on a first-paid basis for an additional fee of $900 per person. We can also offer you additional upgrade or itinerary options as needed. Just call our office.

You will be issued your boarding pass the day of our departure, after we check in at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. If you have an airline frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. British Airlines gives an allowance of one checked bag per person. Note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 81 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. . If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside on the airplanes and in the motorcoaches for your hand carried bag.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 4

The Activity Level for this tour is Active

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers and local guides. Hotel housekeeping is not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the world have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Temperatures in Egypt during our stay are usually temperate and pleasant. We advise you bring a light jacket and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in the pyramids, ruins and small towns. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.

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