Classic Egypt

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Classic Egypt

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Cairo's museums and bazaars with your own private Egyptologist
  • Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza - and nearby Sakkara's even older stepped tombs
  • Board a luxury Nile cruise, complete with private docking and expert Egyptologists
  • Float along an offbeat stretch of the Nile, to the Ptolemaic Temple of Dendarah
  • Visit the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Aswan and other key sites

     

Day 1 UK/Cairo
Welcome to the world's oldest tourist destination! Feel instantly amid the action at the Fairmont Nile City, which sits on the banks of the mighty river, with views of the bustling capital and the distant Pyramids.
Fairmont Nile City Hotel

Day 2 Cairo
Take a trip back in time, first to the ruins of Memphis, to see the stepped pyramid at Sakkara - the oldest stone structure in the world. Then visit the mysterious Sphinx and the colossal pyramids at Giza, the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World standing intact and a masterstroke of ancient engineering.
Fairmont Nile City Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Cairo
Cairo is a city of infinite riches - some 120,000 of which lie within the matchless Egyptian Antiquities Museum, including ancient mummies and the spoils of Tutankhamun. Beyond, you'll find treasures lurking everywhere: down the narrow alleys of medieval Cairo, at the imposing hilltop Citadel, within the city's splendid mosques and amid the maze-like Khan el Khalili Bazaar - the place to haggle for local crafts.
Fairmont Nile City Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Cairo/Luxor
A short flight south transports you to Luxor, capital of the Upper Nile, a city of ancient temples, horse-drawn fiacres and balloon flights at dawn. The luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat (III or IV) is docked and ready - your home for the next seven nights. A chilled juice and a warm welcome awaits you on board.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Luxor/Dendarah/Luxor
There's no better way to get a feel for Ancient Egypt than from the Nile - floating past riverbanks dotted with palms and donkey carts, it's as if the past 2,000 years haven't happened at all. This is particularly true of this stretch of the cruise, an off-the-beaten-track glide along beautiful river-scapes to the Ptolemaic Temple at Dendarah, a wonderfully preserved site complete with underground passages and towering hieroglyphics. Tuck into afternoon tea on the trip back to Luxor, before a gourmet dinner, accompanied by traditional Egyptian dance.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Luxor/Kom Ombo
Today, sail south past the lively market and ancient temple at Esna en route to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the largest and best-preserved in Egypt dedicated to the falcon-headed god. It's a good place to gen up on your hieroglyphics before retiring to the sun deck and enjoying a tasty Egyptian supper.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 Kom Ombo/Aswan
Aswan is your next port of call. Visit the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island - moved brick by brick to its current location in the 1970s, after the construction of the Aswan Dam. Then relax on the Sun Boat, perhaps taking a dip in its plunge pool or retiring to the outdoor bar to watch the sun sink into the Nile.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Aswan
There's a lovely laidback vibe in Aswan. Soak it up on a wander around the aromatic souq or under the riverside palms. Then switch briefly to a smaller vessel - a traditional, single-sailed felucca - for an afternoon drift amid Aswan's islands, to see ruins, Nubian villages and the Botanical Gardens' exquisite blooms.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 Aswan/Kom Ombo
Turn north once more, bound for Kom Ombo, where 300 crocodile mummies have been found, and where the mighty temple is jointly dedicated to Horus and Sobek, the crocodile god. Tonight, an Egyptian banquet awaits.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV| Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 Kom Ombo/Luxor
Docking back in Luxor is far from the end of your journey: some of the country's most important sites are still to be seen. Join an Egyptologist for a humbling walk through the temple complex of Karnak to see its Great Hypostyle Hall, a forest of 134 gargantuan columns, some 21m tall. After lunch, cross to the Nile's West Bank. Here, descend into the richly coloured tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Queens and feel tiny at the imposing cliffside Temple of Hatshepsut. Then, bid a final farewell to the Nile with a proper send-off dinner back on board.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 Luxor/UK
Head to the airport for your short flight back to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

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Best time to be there

Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.

Fly to

Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)

Flying time

4 hours 50 minutes direct

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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