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Best of Egypt including Nile Cruise & Abu Simbel -11 November 2018 - 9 Days
Travel to ancient Egypt with other Solo Travellers on this 9-day adventure to the ‘Land of the Pharaohs’. Begin your journey in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, full to the brim of chaos and contrasts and of course, home to the world’s last remaining ancient wonder; the Great Pyramids of Giza. Take the overnight train to Aswan to sail on an Egyptian Feluccia around Elephantine Island, where the rivers flow gently from Lake Nassar. Continue your journey to Abu Simbel to visit the huge temples that were carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century. Then, you will embark upon a 3-day cruise down the world’s most iconic river; the Nile, an undoubtedly highlight of this trip. Finish up your Best of Egypt tour in Luxor, home to the great Luxor Temple and the Valley of Kings, where the tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramses VI lie. (Depart UK 11 November 2018) Day 1 – 11 November 2018 - Arrive Cairo Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Cairo. Day 2 - Cairo / Pyramids of Giza / Cairo After breakfast at the hotel, you will begin the journey to Giza to visit the only remaining ancient wonder of the world; the Great Pyramids of Giza. Whilst here, you will also see a Royal Burial Chamber and the Sphinx. Built during a time when Egypt was one of the most powerful civilisations in the world, the pyramids are some of the most magnificent man-made structures in history. More than 4000 years after they were built, the pyramids still retain majesty, providing a glimpse into the country’s rich and glorious past. After lunch, you will visit the Egyptian Museum, which is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, including many treasures of King Tutankhamen. Overnight in Cairo. Day 3 – Cairo / Aswan After breakfast, you will have the day at leisure. In the early evening, you will be transferred to the train station for an overnight train (dinner will be on-board) to Aswan. Day 4 – Aswan / High Dam / Philae / Nubia / Nile Cruise Upon arrival in Aswan, your guide and driver will pick you up from the station and transfer you to the Nile Cruise boat for check-in. Afterwards, you will visit the High Dam which is situated across the River Nile and was constructed between 1960 to 1970. Next, you will visit the Philae Temple, located on an island in Lake Nassar. In the afternoon, you will sail on an Egyptian Felucca around Elephantine Island and the Agra Khan Mausoleum before visiting the Nubian Village. Lunch and dinner will be on board the boat, where you will overnight. Day 5 – Aswan / Abu Simbel / Kom Ombo / Nile Cruise After breakfast, you will journey to Abu Simbel to visit the two huge temples, carved out of the rock. Originally situated on the western bank of Lake Nassar, about 230km southwest of Aswan, the twin temples were carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, and are now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on board, you will continue your cruise to Kom Ombo, where you will visit the Sobek Temple. Kom Ombo is an agricultural town in Egypt that became a Greek settlement during the Greco-Roman period. The town’s location on the Nile gave it some control over trades routes from Nubia to the Nile Valley, but its main rise to prominence came in the 2nd century after the temple was erected. Dinner and overnight on board. Day 6 – Edfu Temple / Nile Cruise After breakfast, you will be sailing to Edfu where you will visit the Temple of Edfu, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. Afterwards, you will sail to Esna, and then overnight, to Luxor. Day 7 – Luxor This morning you will disembark the boat and visit the great Luxor Temple and the magnificent Karnak Temple of Amun with its famous Hypostyle Hall, 134 huge columns, the Statue of Ramses II, the Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut and the Sacred Lake. Overnight in Luxor. Day 8 – Luxor This morning you will visit the Valley of Kings, where some of the richest treasures in the world exist. For a period of nearly 500 years, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles in this valley, which stands on the west bank of the Nile. You will also be able to visit some royal tombs including the Tomb of Tutankhamun and Ramses VI. Day 9 – 19 November 2018 - Depart Luxor After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Luxor Airport for international flights home. What’s Included? · Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels with breakfast (single supplement £250) · 3x nights’ accommodation on Nile Cruise · 1x nights’ accommodation on overnight train to Aswan · Tour of Cairo · All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles (includes airport transfers if travelling on suggested flights) · All sightseeing and entry fees as mentioned in itinerary · English-speaking local guides throughout · 5x Lunches 5x Dinners What’s not included? · Entry visa to Egypt (around $25) · International flights · Meals not mentioned · Tips & personal expenses The price of the above tour is £799.00 for all deposits paid by 15th October - please enquire about a price increase after this date. The price does not include flights from the UK. We will give the go ahead to book flights once we have a minimum of 5 people paid their deposits. The sooner you book, the better deals you will be able to get on flights so it is advised to book early. We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas tours without flights are TTA bonded. A non refundable deposit of £150.00 payable via bank transfer or credit card link below will secure you a place on the trip. Visas are required for British passport holders and these can be obtained on arrival. Please ensure you have 6 months validity on your passport and at least 2 blank pages. We advise making an appointment with your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before departure date. ***Please click on the link below to secure your place and pay your deposit by credit card. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. Please get in touch for details if you would prefer to pay by bank transfer*** https://live.tourcms.com/reserve/r1.php?t=72&a=10037&w=10365&ty=t&k=d1f35cb9db8f By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies: http://www.meetup.com/solo-travellers/pages/Booking_and_Cancellation_Policy/ Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most hotels. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive.

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