Luxury Small Group Journeys - Egypt & the Nile 2016

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Best time to go: January to April, September to December

9 Nights | from £5,215pp

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Egypt and the Nile


  • A four-night Nile river cruise on board the luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat III, stopping at off-the-beaten path Denderah, one of Egypt's best-preserved and less-frequented temples
  • While in Cairo, stay at the historic Mena House Hotel, with views of the pyramids of Giza from your private balcony and at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
  • Explore the interior of one of the pyramids at Giza, where you are guaranteed entry
  • Take a camel ride around the pyramids and sail on the Nile in a traditional felucca
  • Explore Egypt's ancient capital of Memphis and the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser in Sakkara
  • Avoid the crowds and the hassle of navigating around other ships, with A&K's exclusive private docks in Luxor and Aswan

Day 1 Arrive In Cairo
On arrival at Cairo airport, a member of the A&K team will meet and accompany you to the Mena House Hotel, which offers unparalleled views of the Great Pyramids.
Mena House Hotel

Day 2 Cairo
Visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to over the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts dating back to 4000 BC, including the spectacular treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb including his solid gold funerary mask. Another of the museum's famous –if macabre –exhibits is the Mummy Room, where the mummies of Egypt's pharaohs such as Rameses II, lie in state. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, spend the afternoon relaxing back at the hotel, before the A&K hosted welcome dinner in the evening.
Mena House Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Cairo
A short drive takes you to the Giza Plateau, to view one of the world's most iconic sights close up: the pyramids of Mycerinus, Chefren and the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the last surviving structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If you choose to, you'll also be able to enter the interior of one of the pyramids. Take a camel ride around the pyramids before visiting the Solar Boat Museum, the site of Cheops' 142-foot funerary boat, perhaps the single most important archaeological find in Egypt since the tomb of Tutankhamun. Take in the Great Sphinx standing guard before the pyramid of Chefren;depicting a pharaoh with the body of a lion it ranks as the largest statue ever carved from a single piece of stone, though who the figure represents is unknown. Continue to Sakkara, the site of hundreds of tombs and 14 pyramids, including the imposing Step Pyramid of Djoser, then on to Memphis, capital of the ancient kingdom and now home to an open-air museum and giant statue of Rameses II.
Mena House Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Luxor
Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. Begin a day of exploring at the colossal Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names;the Great Hypostyle Hall with its 134 expertly-aligned columns –the largest of which is 80 feet high with a 33-foot circumference –is an awesome sight to behold. Then it's time to board the luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat III, your home for the next three nights, where you'll be serverd a delicious lunch before setting off to explore the west bank of the Nile and the Necropolis of Thebes, the burial site of the Great Pharaohs of the New Kingdom. Continue on to the Valley of the Kings, the legendary burial ground of the pharaohs and UNESCO World Heritage site. For a period of 500 years beginning in the 16th century BC, tombs were built along the valley for kings and nobles, including the boy-king Tutankhamun, whose intact tomb was discovered full of extraordinary treasures in 1922 by Howard Carter, which you will be able to enter. Before returning to Luxor, stop to visit the terraced mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut,ancient Egypt's first female pharaoh.
Sanctuary Sun Boat III | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Nile Cruise
Today Sun Boat III heads north on a scenic route, far from other ships and crowds, to the Temple of Hathor at Denderah, which is among the best-preserved temples in Egypt. This complex has a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Back in Luxor later in the afternoon, it's time to explore the east bank of the Nile, this time visiting the city of Thebes and the striking Temple of Luxor. Alongthe front of the temple pylons you'll see the three remaining massive statues of Rameses II (there were six in ancient times), the Courtyard of Rameses II behind the East Tower and theColonnade of Amenhotep III with its 14 papyrus-headed columns, some fully 50 feet in height.
Sanctuary Sun Boat III | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Cruise On The Nile
Today the Sun Boat III sails to Edfu and the Temple of Horus. Built in 230 BC, the temple spent much of the modern era buried in sand and debris, thus preserving its colourful murals from the ravages of time. Horus was revered as the god of the sky and was usually depicted as a falcon or a man with the head of a falcon. Back on board, you may like to join an Egyptian cooking lesson with the chef. After lunch, disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god) considered by ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world;you'll be able to see the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked on the shores of this stretch of the Nile.
Sanctuary Sun Boat III | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Aswan
Sun Boat III sets sail early in the morning for Aswan, where you'll disembark and board a small motor boat which will take you to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika;the temple was painstakingly moved and reconstructed here to avoid flood damage when Aswan's High Dam was built in the 1960s. The dam spans the Nile River, more than two miles across and incorporating 16 times the amount of material that went into the Great Pyramid at Giza.The reservoir formed behind it, Lake Nasser, is 340 miles long. Continue to the granite quarries to view the enormous Unfinished Obelisk, a 1,200-ton block that showcases the skill of Egypt's stonemasons. This monolith structure measures one-third taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk even in its unfinished state. End the day sailing around theAswan islands in a traditional white-sailed felucca.
Sanctuary Sun Boat III | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Abu Simbel

Disembark Sun Boat III for the final time to fly to Abu Simbel where you'll see the commanding twin temples of Rameses II, Egypt's longest-ruling pharaoh, and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former's façade is dominated by four monuments of the pharaoh. All four towering sculptures –each nearly 70 feet tall –are impressive enough;but perhaps more astonishing is the fact that this entire site was disassembled and moved to its present location to save it from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam. Fly back to Cairo and check into the Four Seasons Nile Plaza for a relaxing afternoon enjoying the hotel's facilities.
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At Nile Plaza | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Cairo

Walk from Bab el-Fotouh to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the city's major souks, where tightly packed stalls display everything from spices and leather goods to jewellery and vegetables, on a street that has hardly changed for centuries. Haggling is expected!Explore the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, built in AD 1356, among the finest examples of early Mamluk architecture, and one of the largest mosques in the world. There is a farewell dinner in the evening, hosted by A&K.
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At Nile Plaza | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Depart Cairo

After breakfast, you'll be driven to the airport to board your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

Back to Egypt


Departure Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates Per Person from
30th Sep, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Oct, 4th, 11th, 25th Nov; 9th, 16th Dec£5,475Book now
25 Mar; 1st, 8th Apr, 23rd Dec£5,610Book now
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd Sep£5,215Book now

The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
Based on Nile Deck, supplements apply for other cabin types.
Please note that two groups of 18 guests may be travelling on board Sanctuary 'Sun Boat III.'

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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


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Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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